Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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1.93/5 rDev -47.1%
How many beers labeled bock must I try before I find a real one? This beer poured a straw yellow pilsner colour. The other fake bocks I've had at least had the decency to LOOK like a bock. The tiny white head it had disappeared in seconds. It tasted like hops. Hops! That's it. It has sort of a resinous flavour. I paid way to much for this "golden bock" to end up with a resinous hopped beverage. It is WAY too bitter. Not enough to not be palatable. Some people might even like the flavour, but I just want to get across to the potential consumer and hopefully to the brewery how far from a bock this is. Bocks should never ever be at all bitter. It's not part of the style. They should also be dark.
Compared to the standard (Shiner Bock):
Definitely inferior. Shiner Bock lacks the proper maltiness to be an excellent bock, but Glissade trails so far behind it. And they have the nerve to charge more! Don't buy this. Buy a Shiner instead. Buy ANY bock instead.
04-01-2011 10:11:05 | More by ElCommodoro
2.03/5 rDev -44.4%
Poured into my trusty pint glass
A - Clear golden color with active carbonation and a gigantic soapy looking head that has big air bubbles.
S - Smells a bit like glass cleaner with hops added, kinda weird.
T - Bitter and a bit rancid tasting, hops are prevalent but in a bad way.
M - light sunflower oil.
D - Terrible, really disappointed in this, SN usually have great offerings but this is all sorts of awful. Drain pour, I kinda feel bad for my sink.
02-22-2010 03:06:39 | More by semibaked
2.03/5 rDev -44.4%
12oz bottle poured into 16oz snifter
A: Pours a clear golden-amber color; a very nice tone, but the head leaves something to be desired. With about half of the bottle poured into my glass and no head forming, I embarked on a VERY aggressive pour, which still resulted in a finger of head that diminished almost as quickly as it had arisen (think of the head on a glass of soda if it lasted 3 or 4 times as long... still not much). Spotty lacing; I'll let head + lacing slide because the color of this beer is so great.
S: I'm disappointed in the smell after how great the appearance was; I can pick up a tiny amount of a sweet lemongrass scent, but only after intense swirling. I don't think I would be able to smell anything if I was not drinking this out of a snifter. At least it's not actively unpleasant... but the smell leaves a LOT to be desired.
T: Once again, I am not very impressed... a light lemongrass flavor alongside what tastes like an amped up adjunct lager: corn flavor, but with bonus bitterness. But, at least with an adjunct lager you know what you're getting (and not that this factors into my rating, but they're usually from breweries with track records that don't approach that of Sierra Nevada). Something almost skunky is at play here, which is odd considering this is a very recent bottle. An odd, slightly tart but indistinct bready malt lingers on the finish of this beer. While this beer is a bit docile in the intensity of its poor flavor, that can't save it from the fact that it is a largely unenjoyable one.
M: Thin/medium body, with moderate carbonation. No real characteristics stand out in regards to this beer's body: it's as average as average can be.
D: I don't plan on having another one of these; while it isn't the worst beer I've ever had, it's a good deal below average (except for the looks). A benefit it has going for it is that the alcohol is well hidden; not sure if that's saying a whole lot at 6.4%, but hey, it's worth a mention.
02-15-2011 05:58:28 | More by AwYeh
2.03/5 rDev -44.4%
Argh, this should come with a tube and a funnel because that's about all it's good for.
A: Clear filtered with 1/4 finger of bubbly head. I'm surprised that it's not bottle conditioned like the other SN offerings.
S: Mild lemongrass sweetness and a very very faint sourness hiding in there
T: Yuck. Really thin, weak flavor. A bit of mild vegetable starchiness like potato water combined with an off-sweet flavor reminiscent of rancid malt liquor, topped off with a vomit-like bitterness that brings back bad memories of teenage debauchery and hard evenings spent curled up against a ceramic bowl. Yuck.
D: Like I said, give me a funnel and I could slam these back until I'm poisoned but certainly not enjoyable.
Notes: What went wrong here? I understand the style, but I think this really needs to be revisited. It's very close but to do this style well you have to be perfect. The first taste is the deal breaker. The bitter/sour combination is way too close to vomit. It's just not nice. Meld something....anything into the combo and it would be good. My suggestion to SN is to take this recipe and turn it into a rice lager. Give it an earthy, oily flavor and I think it would round out nicely.
02-18-2010 00:13:21 | More by xerxes2695
2.05/5 rDev -43.8%
Extremely disappointing brew. Appearance is pleasant with a nice pour and good head retention. Then its downhill from there.
Smell is not unlike pabst or another low grade macro, very grainy with bitter hop notes.
Taste is equally unremarkable. No distinct malt presence, just blandness. Hops are bitter but the finish is fast and not very strong. Light lemony notes but its not good.
Mouthfeel is average. good carbonation and body. Nothing remarkable though.
I bought a six pack of these to take to a dinner party along with a trader joes pale ale. I wish I had brought the left over Mission streets home, not these. I've had two since the party and finished neither. An extremely disappointing brew from Sierra Nevada.
06-01-2010 03:32:13 | More by HugePlume
2.13/5 rDev -41.6%
I poured into a pint glass to an above average head. It is yellow and clear. The smell is sweet malt. The taste is not good. I get a bitter, metallic taste. It reminds me of European beers in green bottles. It's not skunky tasting, but it is just off putting. I'm glad Alkemy gave this to me rather than me buying a whole six pack. It looked nice poured into the glass, but it went downhill from there.
02-25-2010 02:11:43 | More by buschbeer
2.25/5 rDev -38.4%
This beer produced a 2 finger head that dissipated quickly. The beer is very clear and a nice deep yellow color which is, I guess, appropriate for its type "Golden Bock". Very big creamed corn aroma is the first thing that I smell. Very faint maltiness beneath the sulfury corn. Taste is far too bitter for a bock. Almost no malt flavor is cutting through the bitterness. The mouthfeel seems a little light for a bock but the carbonation is just right. If it wasn't for the overwhelming corn aroma this would be a very easy drinking beer.
02-22-2010 03:09:27 | More by DNA
2.3/5 rDev -37%
A-Clear golden with moderate carbonation. Firm white head that dissipates after a few drinks.
S-Not much of an aroma, weak malted barley aroma, similar to most large scale lagers.
T-Smooth malt flavor upfront, takes over with fair amount of piney hop notes that linger.
M-Lots of lubricity and creamy mouthfeel.
D-Below average for a bock.
Overall-If you like a lot of pine tree/grapefruit hoppy flavor this is a good beer for you. Thought the hops weren't balanced well with the malt, so I would choose many others when choosing a maibock.
02-12-2011 23:50:00 | More by deebo
2.35/5 rDev -35.6%
The beer looks as the name suggests, golden with fairly lively carbonation. A flufffy head slowly retreats to reveal a cirrus cloudy head replenished by a constant stream of small bubbles.
The smell is rather thin, acrid yet sweet, understated.
Fairly bitter flavor, slightly fruity.
Thin watery body, plenty of carbonation scrub.
Nothing stands out as paticularly bad, easily drinkable.
Not impressed with this offering from SN
02-17-2010 01:41:00 | More by cbn
2.38/5 rDev -34.8%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mini beer mug.
Appearance: Beer is a deep golden color. Head is similar to a meringue topping, very wispy and frothy. Fairly even moderate carbonation.
Smell: Roasted toffee malt, heavy on the earthy scents (hops, fresh cut grass), some mellow spices. Just a touch of ester.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer has a medium-lightness, with sparse carbonation. As it settles, there's a very smugly bitter taste which is not super-pleasant. It tastes brown, and thorny. Kinda like sod removed from underneath a rose bush in a manure pile. Alcohol is overdone, and the earthy taste is just overpowering.
Overall: Below average. The taste is just too much.
05-11-2011 01:38:41 | More by Lauthaha
2.38/5 rDev -34.8%
A - golden color like the name suggests, very little head, disappeared in a 2 or 3 minutes.
S - i couldn't smell anything
T - a malty taste. it had an aweful aftertaste which was really nasty bitter.
M - like water
D - i would buy it again.
Really didnt not enjoy this beer
03-03-2011 04:29:36 | More by pi5porter
2.4/5 rDev -34.2%
Pour: Lightly bubbly pour, Head is modest at best, gives way quickly to a nearly nonexistent layer across the Lager. yellow tints orange-ish highlights.
Nose: Smells of notice-able malt sweetness and slight banana esther.
Mouth: Slightest sweetness pronounced malt flavor. Only a footprint of the hops is present ie the same quickly fading effervesance. The Malt mingles into a blatantly bitter but not caustic lingering finish.
I am not slamming this beer by any means. I am a HUGE fan of this brewery's Bigfoot Ale. I dunno, maybe this a reason i associate as an ale drinker not a lager. I tend to shy from banana esther, and anise flavors. Can any of the wise clue me in to what one should expect from a Glissade, as i imagine it to be a style more than a singular offering.
02-26-2010 04:43:30 | More by allthatAles
2.42/5 rDev -33.7%
12oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a medium white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is cereal grains, hay and a little honey with some soapy floral hops.
The flavor is sweet malts with some off, slightly metallic notes. It leads to a medium bitterness in the finish that is a bit plasticky. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, I didn't really care for this. The off notes subsided some as I drank it, but it was still not something I liked.
05-19-2011 02:14:40 | More by Beaver13
2.42/5 rDev -33.7%
Like their Tumbler, two important elements here are seriously underwhelming/listless: smell and taste. Even with ample time to warm up and a few hopeful swirls, my taste buds failed to rouse and sinuses nearly imploded through countless feeble attempts to detect aroma. When it was all said and done, I either imagined that I did or I actually did get an 1/8 oz of something in each facet that introduced itself to me as maibock. Just casually sipping this, however, I wouldn't object to the suggestion that this tastes/drinks like any ordinary "premium" lager.
From the notes: (poured into a trumpet pils glass)
A: golden shower yellow-gold, mostly clear but with chill haze, tiny fizzy head, no lacing
S: nearly no aroma - DMS, weak malt, bitterness(?) when warm, vaguely maibock-smelling
T: bland, transparent - light malt, DMS, champagne....cannot even begin to start talking about depth, metallic/bitter herb in aftertaste, slight tang
M: light-bodied, soft, clean, quite dry
D: see above...never again
02-13-2011 00:43:01 | More by Bouleboubier
2.45/5 rDev -32.9%
Good pour... nice golden color. At first glance and whiff, looks and smells just like a Bud, Bud Light, Miller Lite, or PBR for that matter. But I didnt prejudge it based on that. I know SN uses natural ingredients so I was optimistic that would come through. Unfortuantely, it didnt :(. I love SN beers a ton, but not this one. It tasted just like above said less expensive offerings. Cool bottle and cool feeling that its a SN product, but this beer just has no WOW factor like other SN beers like celebration ale, torpedo, pale ale, etc. I do like Miller lite sometimes, but unfortunately Miller lite is much much less expensive. I think SN needs to rethink their spring offering. Perhaps add some more hoppiness to this golden bock and give it some SN character. It needs something to make it stand out.
01-21-2011 05:01:35 | More by wojoparkcity
2.45/5 rDev -32.9%
A- Golden with an orangy tint that held almost zero head.
S-Sweet, burnt caramel and hops.
T-Hops, Malt,and the simplicity of a Macro-brew.
M-Heavy hop tingle with a somewhat dry finish.
d-If it was 1/3 the price then it would be very drinkable or if it was the same price as a typical domestic macrobrew.
01-30-2010 21:11:20 | More by RJUGA03
Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,250 ratings.