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Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden BockSierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock

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1,239 Ratings

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Ratings: 1239
Reviews: 873
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: adamette on 01-05-2010)
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Photo of WastingFreetime


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Transparent light golden color, 1cm of white foam that lasts for several minutes but only has minimal lacing qualities. Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation levels.

Smells faintly of cereal grains, a couple of white bread crusts, and some hay-like grassy hopping. Taste is slightly more centered around honeyed light graininess with the same herbals playing second fiddle. While this certainly is a clean and crisp beer, and it does indeed evoke the notion of 'spring' and 'freshness', it doesn't really do anything in particular that is memorable in comparison to other, similar offerings on the local market.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 18:58:39 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of TheRealBigC


3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is easily the worst of Sierra Nevada's seasonal rotation. It's got the same crispness as Summerfest, but much less flavor and much less balance. The hops come in up front but don't give way to any other big flavors. I mean, it's better than hoppy selzter water, but in the spring time I'd go for Sam Adams' Noble Pils instead, though unfortunately they've replaced it on their major rotation with another beer. I wanted to like it, but it kind of bored me.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 00:01:15 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of Jesse13713


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - An undersized head that does not exceed a half of a finger. Leaves a thin film at the top of the brew. Exploding with carbonation and floating yeast. A beautiful orange/golden brew that looks beautiful under the light.

Smell - Delicious hops that smack the nose. Grassy, wheaty notes with light malt in the background. Pleasant to the nose.

Taste - Still quite fresh for being a few months old. Sparkly hops coat the entire mouth. Light hints of lemon peel and tangerine. The hops are fresh and mouth watering. The malt back is well-balanced and delicious. Grainy, malty, and wheaty.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Very smooth - slides right off the tongue. Light bodied and well-balanced. Lots of flavor here.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 03:40:33 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of BostonHops


3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a perfectly clear bright golden yellow; a somewhat aggressive pour yields just shy of 2" foamy, light beige head. above average retention leaves a bit of patchy lacing. great looking beer. nose is firmly planted in the subtle camp: muted notes of toasty maltiness, a touch of citric fruit. tough sledding trying to pick apart this aroma.

flavor delivers a bit of that toasty malt out front with a strong dose of hoppy bitterness following. i cotton to it a bit as i drink, bumping the taste .5, but in the end this is a middling brew. good mouthfeel., medium-light bodied, crisp and refreshing. appearance aside, this would be the brew's best attribute IMO.

overall this is OK. not a drainpour by any means, just underwhelming. i would glady accept one if offered for free but will not seek it out again.

originally reviewed: 04-14-2011

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 22:24:19 | More by BostonHops


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle. Tumbler glass. Enjoyed on jul´11. Golden color. White, medium size bubbled, creamy crown. Some lacing on sides. Aromas are hoppy & bready. Spicy touch & honey notes. Flavors are sweet & malty, fruity notes. Citrics & pepper in the middle. Medium body, medium carbonation. Slightly bitter finish. Easy drinkability & flavorful sensation.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 22:49:07 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 7/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear, light orange amber. Thin white head dissipated quickly leaving a ring of foam and slight lacing. Faint aroma of malt and hops. Flavor better, nice sweet malt up front blending into a gentle hop finish. Nothing distinguishing, but well balanced and pleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 03:58:58 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of scratch69


4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Slightly cloudy golden color with two fingers worth of head. Nice amount of lacing.

Smell- Sweet malts and grain with a hint of citrusy hops.

Taste- Same as the smell but with a little grassiness and nuttiness also.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and well carbonated. Smooth and crisp.

Overall- Very nice and easy to drink. I would love to try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 18:59:16 | More by scratch69
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost clear golden straw with lazy carbonation raising a head up to two fingers. Frothy white head drops after a few minutes leaving spotty lace on the pilsner glass.

Malty, honey and fresh-cut straw with light cookie dough and hints of bell pepper in the background.

Flavor follows the nose with an emphasis on the grains. Mild finish rounds this one out.

Medium body, dry and chalky. There is no alcohol presence. Carbonation is light.

An easy drinking beer that is better on the cooler side. Probably best on a warm day. This would make a fine standby for any party.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:26:00 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of eduardolinhalis


3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a beautiful yellow to orange golden color. A bit hazy. Forms a big white aired bubbled head when poured. Medium retention and some nice lacings left

S: Sweet malts. Grassy bit citrus hops. A bit skunky too

T: Simple beer. Sweet malts, yeasts and grassy hops. Quite neutral and smooth beer. Moderate bitter end

M: Light body. Some hop bite. Good carbonation. Mild bitter end

O: Very drinkable. Hoppy and skunky in overall. Good quality Sierra Nevada after all

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 23:29:31 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay goblet glass.

Pours a golden (like the name, clever eh?) yellow colour with a decent white head.

Smells faintly hoppy and alcohol-y.

Taste is a bit harsh due to the carbonation and alcohol I think. Other than that it works well and tastes quite nice.

Overall a pretty enjoyable beer, i'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 03:36:35 | More by CwrwAmByth
Photo of warnerry


3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 release; notes from Feb. 2011

A - Pours a clear straw color with two fingers of white head and nice slow rising carbonation.

S - Slightly sweet malts and grain.

T - Some subtle hops not present in the smell. Also more earthiness than the smell suggests, which lingers in the aftertaste. An unfortunate metallic taste really takes away from the good things going on here.

M - Medium mouthfeel with lingering bitter earthiness and metal funk.

O - Some off notes in the taste really reduce my enjoyment of this, which is unfortunate because I am a fan of the style and was looking forward to this one. Probably would not get again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 02:20:48 | More by warnerry
Photo of ZenAgnostic


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Heel of bottle stamped 018 11.

Appearance - Hazy amber-yellow body. Pours one finger white head with low stick and decent retention.

Smell - Sweet and grassy. Hidden corniness underneath. Faint honey and alcohol.

Taste - Light splash of complexity. Thin honey malt followed by light hop. Very balanced and mild. No off characters.

Mouthfeel - Light. Some bite. Thin honey stickiness that doesn't linger.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty legit. Demands to be a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 02:25:41 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with a moderate sized head and minimal lacing. Smells slightly grassy and with a bit of citrus.

Taste- has a citrus kick from the hops, followed by sweet bready malts.A slight bitterness at the end closes out a nice blend of flavors. Lots of great tastes coming through here yet it all balances well. Mouthfeel is great, smooth and very drinkable.

Overall a great seasonal. It has a great balance between the spicy hops and sweet malt. Very easy to drink as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 03:38:02 | More by Treyliff
Photo of BilbosNuts


3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a big white head that has decent retention but eventually fades to a thin film over the top. It looks very lively with a high amount of carbonation. It looks like a dark colored champagne.

S: The overall aroma is quite mellow with light floral and grassy hops as the backbone. In the background, some grainy and bready malts can be found.

T: Pale malts and herbal hops are front and center, while the hops provide a mild bitter finish.

M: It has a light body with a high amount of carbonation that allows the beer to dance on the palate. The carbonation effectively cleanses and refreshes for the next sampling.

O: This was sort of a mellow beer overall. I wasn't overly impressed with much and with all the other great Sierra Nevada offerings readily available, I probably won't be visiting this one again soon.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 03:33:16 | More by BilbosNuts
Photo of Suds


3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an extremely hazy liquid, with a moderately sized white head. It's aroma is a little malty, nutty, and woody. Not as aromatically intense and I expected, but it does have an appealing, earthiness in it's smell. The taste is notably stronger...malt, a touch of hops...nice balance. It is a bit more carbonated than necessary. Medium body. All in all, a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 01:21:14 | More by Suds
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast..

Poured a golden yellow colour. White head poured big, thick and fluffy then faded slowly to wispy coating with thick edging. Barely any carbonation... some faint lacing...

Aroma - Sweet slightly overripe fruits, marzipan / almond notes, quite grainy, wet and maybe slightly rotten grass, pepper spiciness, treacle / golden syrup notes, some toasted bread...

Taste - Quite a lot of bready and grainy malts, spicy dried fruits (raisins, currents, figs), honey sweetness, some metallic notes, definitely some marzipan, salty hints, some peppery and grassy notes..

M&D - Sharp initally then becomes slightly cloying... medium bodied... a little sickly for my liking to be very drinkable...

Overall - An ok bock which is maybe a bit on the sweet side... worth a try though...

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 07:46:06 | More by mdagnew
Photo of windypete

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Harf a finger head that did'nt hang around to long.

Aroma was light grass notes & sleight hoppiness.

Taste was crisp & light malts. This beer does'nt hide the alcohol very well.

Overall this is a nice crisp beer but it dont stand out much. I like sierra's other offerings more & would pick them over this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 15:05:55 | More by windypete
Photo of Blueribbon666


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Unlike 90% Sierra Nevada's offerings no intense hop scent from bottle or glass when poured into dimpled mug. Been very interested to try this different style as I am familiar with their Pale Ale, Stout, Porter, Bigfoot, Torpedo and Celebration Ale. This Glissade is from 2011, pours a copper color with a grassy smell and a bit of maltiness in their as well. Very nice, well balanced mouth feel malt is very subtle without being too much and a slight hop finish that adds a crisp clean finish even though the abv is evident from the 1st sip. I enjoyed this and would get more of this to enjoy 3 or 4 of w/a meal. An enjoyable and different offering from Sierra Nevada

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 13:33:51 | More by Blueribbon666
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer from a bottle into a tapered pilsner glass. The initial head was very light and fluffy. This dissipated pretty quickly into a small halo around the top of the glass.

This beer is a orangy/yellow. This beer is pretty clear.

I didn't get much off the top of this glass. There was just some grassiness in the nose.

The body was pretty thin, as you would expect for this beer. I get more of the grassiness in the flavor and some sweet taste. In the after-taste I get a pretty decent amount of bitterness.

This was an interesting experience. I'm glad that I was able to pick up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 22:41:46 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of LittleCreature


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.5
Pours two fingers of creamy, off white head which gradually recedes to thin layer over a clear body of deep gold to light amber.

Smell - 3.5
Subtle but pleasant aroma of sweet and bready malt, balanced with spicy and herbal hops.

Taste - 3.5
Starts promising, but falls down on the back of the palate. Sweet, bready pilsener malt with the lightest hint of toastiness, hop bitterness is moderate, hop flavour is leafy and a little metallic. Very short, dry finish with noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Medium body, moderately carbonated, very smooth drinking.

Overall - 3.5
A well made, clean, malty pale lager. Downsides? There isn't enough malt or hop character to hide the obvious alcohol. A bit like a slightly too strong Oktoberfestbier.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 07:36:38 | More by LittleCreature
Photo of obrendano


4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

one of the first true microbrewed beers I ever had, still liking this one a lot

A - sunny golden color, bleached white head dies down after a bit, slightly sticky. lots of carbonation

S - clean grassy hops, pale malt and a bouquet of light fruity esthers

T - has a very nice bite from the hops, but they do not overpower, or even really come to the forefront. very well balanced with the malt. ever so slight note of the booze in there too. a bit peppery around the edges as it warms up

M - super crisp and light, malt is a little sticky and that's fine with me

O - a very solid beer. I like when a brewery can take a relatively uncomplicated style and just hit a home run like it's no big deal at all. many of their beers fall into that category.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 20:27:02 | More by obrendano
Photo of rroberts1013


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried the Glissade after hearing a few of my co-workers claim that it was awful and decided to sample with an open mind. The appearance reminded me of apple juice in color and the head looked great, hanging around for about a minute. The smell was fine and the taste was surprising. I wonder what my co-workers were thinking. It's pretty damn good, balanced, and just enough hops. I would recommend!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 18:12:40 | More by rroberts1013
Photo of pBRale


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 9-4-11

Appearance:Clear, deep gold with 1/2 in. head that quickly dissipates leaving very little delicate lacing behind.

Smell: Delicious malty blast with a trace of grassy hops.

Taste: Strong malty flavors and smooth with a touch of hops to balance the finish, which is crisp and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light bodied beer that is crisp and highly carbonated.

Overall: Good, refreshing beer that quenches the thirst and is perfect in warm weather.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 00:19:20 | More by pBRale
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but I am down to my last two beers from a six-pack to review, so I must have liked it at some point. Let's give it a proper review with a fresh palate.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden color with a small 1/4" head at the peak during the pour that settled into a thin layer of foam within about 45 seconds. There were a few bubbles lazily making their way to the top, but the carbonation is visibly a little low.

Aroma: I initially got mostly toasty malt notes as I would expect with a small amount of hops that I am questioning their nobility, but since they are reserved, that is still OK. I am anxious to come back to the hops when the beer warms up some. As the beer has sat for a while, the alcohol is adding more spice than the hops are intensifying, so this is falling more in line with a MaiBock as it warms up, but the alcohol is a bit noticeable.

Taste: The flavor is pretty malty with some obvious hops in for balance. The hops add a mildly green flavor to the beer that seem like they may be some off-shoot of Hallertauer. Overall the malt is in charge, which is a good thing. The carbonation is low, so the beer comes across a bit heavy on the palate and near the finish the alcohol comes into play to make the finish slightly lighter, but not by much. Overall the beer is medium to slightly full bodied, and the low carbonation accentuates this property. There is some warming that comes in late in the finish, and this gives a slight spicy impression as well.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent representation of the style. I would certainly like it to be a bit drier, but I am not sure if it just needs more CO2 or if it is under-attenuated. I am guessing the former, so they just need to get it adjusted. I would try this beer on tap if given the chance, and I would probably look for it to try as well, and that is a compliment to an American brewer making a German style beer as those are my favorite, bar-none.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 03:16:30 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of sixthglass


2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: golden in color with a white head. Not much lacing...

S: the bouquet is dominated by bread and honey, and some hops

T: bready, with a hint of honey and then hops

M: medium body, slightly sticky, carbonation is ok at best.

D: A decent brew from a solid company, who puts out good decent sessions brews.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 23:03:50 | More by sixthglass
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Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,239 ratings.