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Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden BockSierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock

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1,261 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,261
Reviews: 875
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 27
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: adamette on 01-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,261 | Reviews: 875
Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful little beer that probably won't get the credit that it deserves.

Glissade begins with a glowing light gold color, brilliant clarity and a study but short statured head. Lots of lacing all around the glass. An elegant looking beer.

Floral aromas leap out of the glass just a hair before the bready malts. A boquet of aromas give a honey-like aroma with perfumes and roses.

Clean malts lead the way in flavor. Sweet breads and honey taste set the base for the beer while the floral, herbal hops give a honey-suckle flavor. Hop bitterness increases as the subtle malt and hop flavors fall. The bitterness may hang up in the throat for a bit too long; keeping the beer frome becomming as clean as I like.

Very pilsner-like in the body but with the emphasis on malt roundness. Creamy and rich up front but the part-malt, part-grain balance is aided by the hop dryness in the end.

A nice little beer that belongs in the mix with Spaten Maibock.

Photo of oelergud
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear golden copper body with good carbonation. A white head that falls to a thin float leaving some lace.
Scents of straw, light bread, butter and citrus.
Caramel on white bread flavor. Mild hoppy aftertaste with a hint of licorice.
Full body with some coating and a dry finish.
Excellent drinkability.


Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at 50 degrees in a pilsener glass. Pours a translucent gold with a 2.5 inch frothy white head that eventually settles into a quarter inch cap. Some specks of lacing present during the tasting. Nose is very subdued - maybe some cereal grains and some sweetness (perhaps honey). Taste follows nose; however, a little bit of hops bittering comes out and dissipates the sweetness. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and lively with a fairly clean finish. Light and sessionable - maybe not as malty and fruity as some of the maibocks I've had; however, quite pleasant and easy drinking.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A bright golden body almost honey tone with a large white head very appealing look to it. Lacing is fine and even as it fades down the sides of my Sam Adams glassware. Aromatics have faint citrus lemon/lime notes with herbal fresh cut grass sensations. Ample sweetness comes through as soft biscuit malts. Flavor has a good amount of hop bitterness especially for the style. More lemon rind zest with herbal hops and a hard mineral water malt complexity going on, the malts have a bit of corn and cooked veggies going on with a touch of green apple thrown around but really lays heavy with a biscuit or cracker flavor. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a dry leafy herbal bitterness finishing off the flavor as well as a slight metallic astringency. Drinkability overall is quite solid especially for a bock bier from Cali, Sierra Nevada really hasn't screwed up much which would explain their long and bountiful career in the brewing industry thus far.

Photo of Mdog
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Not much there, a little bread.

Taste: Nice bready taste with a fair amount of grassy hop flavors to balance it out.

Drinkability: Not as strong as some other maibocks, could have a few.

Picked up a single to try since SN puts out lots of good stuff. Other than the seeming lack of smell, this is a very solid beer. Nicely balanced with maybe a little more hops than some other maibocks.

Photo of morebeergood
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Trader Joe's in Brookline for about $1.30. Poured into a stemmed beer glass. Golden sunshine colored body. Slight bit opaque, but robust looking. Fluffy white head on top provided a nice contrast. A very nice looking beer, can't wait to dive in. Smell was a bit sugary sweet, almost like a Belgian ale. Taste was good, but was hurt a bit by the slick aftertaste on my palate. There was a sweetness I detected that did not agree with me. I wish this beer was a bit drier. Other than that, it was a nice new beer to try from SN and I would try it again come springtime on tap somewhere to compare.

Photo of vdread
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada's Glissade is yellow and very clear with a small head. smells of buttery, bready malts and crisp, sweet noble hops.

slightly spicy, sweet, malty, apples and pears, honey tastes. a grainy off taste comes through. noble hops are present as well. more than some other helles, but not so much that it ruins the range of malt flavors.

mouthfeel good/average.

ok drinkability, it's a good helles bock but i can't really get into it. i enjoy SN's bolder offerings too much. it is, however, interesting, and a nice change of pace from the big bad brews i've grown accustomed to. i would recommend this to anyone who likes the style, and i think i'll even pick up some more for my craft beer fence-sitting friends.

= there's not a lot of complex aromas and flavors here, but it is solid and tasty nonetheless.

+ interesting beer considering Sierra Nevada's lineup. i'm no fan of noble hops in any beer, but this is so well done i can't help but appreciate it.

- besides the positive flavor notes, it's a little plain. (and yes i already know SNBill told us this)

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and golden, nice 2 finger white head with decent retention and lacing. Smell was of dry malt, some spice and grassy hops as well. Taste was about the same. Spice, some hops and very grassy/straw taste to it, slightly bitter. Very crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall a very good beer and nice offering from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into a beer mug.

Pours with a golden, dirty-straw color that turns to pure amber when not in the light. Lots of carbonation rising up through the clear body to supply a stubborn head of tightly-packed, envelope white bubbles that clings to the sides of the glass with every sip. Fresh, grassy hops noticed first in the aroma, followed by a bit of honey sweetness and german malts that add crackery bread notes. A bit of citrus fruit and melon (cantaloupe & honey-dew) in the background.

Crisp, green, grassy hops hit the tongue with a zesty bitterness that gets quickly balanced by some unique malt-work. Saltine crackers give way to an aftertaste with suggestions of dry wood and whiskey, sans the alcohol. Dry, lightly carbonated body with a medium-low mouthfeel and a slightly sour finish. Glissade is certainly a unique take on the Helles Bock style, but I can't say that I care for it as much as Sierra Nevada's other new releases (Kellerweis, Torpedo). Still, it's definitely worth a try.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

Beautiful gold with a thin, white head with good retention. Great clarity too.

The nose has honey, bread and sweetness. Bitterness is quite prominent, harsh almost. This is replicated on the palate, where the beer opens with a prominent earthy bitterness with some nice honey, caramel sweetness. The bitterness is quite overdone, clean and lingering on the finish. Medium in body with a soft, creamy carbonation, this really isn't my thing.

Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator glass a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, slightly spiced. The taste is malty, nice little hop note, and some spices. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry/bitter. Drinkable, a pretty tasty brew.

Photo of Jmoore50
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada is always a great brew, and this is no different.

The appearance is a straw yellow with a foamy dense white head. It leaves a medium lacing down the sides of the glass.

The smell is of spicy hops with lots of a light malt backbone. You can smell the bread earthy yeast as well.

The taste is smooth and refreshing with spice hops with a light bread malt backbone. There is a honey sweetness paired with the spice of the hops is delightful.

The mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated and has a great body for a sessionable brew. This is a very good beer from Sierra Nevada.


Photo of CharlatanSin
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Always happy to try a new brew from Sierra. The beer pours into a pint glass a dazzling golden yellow. It creates a foamy white head and leaves minimal lacing.

The nose is a very nice blend of sweet clover honey and an almost oat-like grain. A little tangy citrus bitterness to compliment. The taste, however, is a bit of a mishmash. It seems to be going for balance, as there's a distinct hop component and a distinct malt component. The hop component is pleasant. Fruity with an extremely deep, somewhat astringent bitterness. It's like chewing on an orange rind. The malt component, however, is difficult to get through. The grain from the nose is fine, but the honey-esque sweetness is overly sweet and cloying. It overwhelms everything up front, though the nice bitterness comes through at the end.

The beer is medium bodied. The finish is all dry bitterness, which is nice. Still, the cloying, almost medicinal sweetness makes the beer a little difficult to finish by the end. Not a disaster of a beer by any means, but not something I'd necessarily have again.

Photo of popery
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, light golden liquid with a white rocky head. The aroma is mostly yeasty malt and noble hops. The flavor is bittersweet with a bit too much malt sweetness and a somewhat astringent hop bitterness. It's an ok beer but the noble hops are a bit much for me. I love Sierra Nevada but their lagers haven't wowed me yet. The malt flavors get a bit cloying and I prefer their normal American hop dominant beers. Still, not bad for the style.

Update: 4/1/10 - Enjoying this beer a lot better now. The hops don't seem quite as prominent this time. The beer has a nicer balance than I remember. It's got a nice lager flavor.

Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass. Certainly seems to match the name.

Aroma is full of malt that is slightly sweet and grainy. Not much else but it's a very clean aroma overall.

Taste is full of grainy, bready malt with a nice touch of hops that stand out quite a bit. Hops are grassy and contribute another dimension to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grainy, bready malt and hops. Very nice. Drinkable.

Worth a try. Easy to drink, enjoyable and has the hallmarks of a Sierra Nevada beer.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glistening golden shade of amber, large puffy head with good retention and small amounts of sticky lacing.

Smells sweet, almost buttery. Some woody notes along dry grains and a mildly citric hop profile.

The taste is buttery and toasty accompanied by subtle spicy hop flavors. Mild and even, no one component screams here. Very balanced, the alcohol is also very well masked.

The mouthfeel is mid range, somewhat sticky but on the lighter end of the grand scale. Lively carbonation and a minute richness.

Overall, very solid brew from a reliable brewery. Enjoyed this one a lot, glad they come in 12pks and will buy again.

Photo of josefnewsong
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sparkling golden color with a decent amount of fluffy white head that disappears a little too quickly. Hints of honey and bread in the nose, but more up front is the scent of grassy hops. Taste is almost exactly as it smells, with a bit more of the honey balancing out the grass. This brew is light and enjoyable, not the best from Sierra but a nice change from what I'm used to from them. Definitely drinkable, especially now that I'm seeing it's 6.4%, I would have guessed closer to 5%.

I've been going back to this beer, especially now that it's springtime. It really is exceptional.

Photo of cdizinno
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-reviewed on 04-09-10. Much better tasting than I remembered. Maybe the first time was a bad batch or old keg. This stuff was much better than I remembered. (old review was 3.8)

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow. Little to no lacing.

S: Sweet malty aroma, grassy scent, and mild earthiness.

T&M: Medium bodied. Mild spiciness with sweet citrus hops. Nice balance of flavor from the malts and hops. Slightly dry finish.

Decent brew. Defintely not my favorite of the Sierra family, but drinkable.

Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a style I love, so I was quite pleased to find six-packs available today at Ayottes for $8.99. Auf gehts!!

I started with a hard-pour into a Smutty Imperial Pint glass. Glissade has a clear, striking golden color, with a few light trails of carbo meandering upwards. Head is stark white and fine, but thins much too rapidly, leaving a miniscule layer of foam and a few traces o' lace. Aroma is quite bready, with a bit of toasty malt and subtle, flowery hops. The body here is smack dab in the middle of the medium range, no more - no less. As for its feel, it is fairly smooth, with some light, bubbly airiness to it.

Flavor has a bit of malty sweetness, though it goes light on the bread and toast here. More prominent are some fruity notes, like pear and green apple, plus a solid dose of flowery hops. They also possess a herbal nature, and linger long on the palate, well after the liquid has passed "go". A little more malt and less hops and this would be top-shelf. As it is, it's a solidly made, quality offering from SN, and goes down quite well. May have to bring some of this to Ft Indiantown Gap next week; it will hit the spot after "defending Bastogne from the Krauts". ;-)


look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


Photo of MisterClean
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a sixer from Bel Air grocery.

A - Pours a shady golden, almost yellow, fairly clear with 1/2 to 1 finger of white head that dissipates fast. Leaves no lacing.

S - Honey, grass, and bits of cereal-like grains. There is a hint of earthiness as well.

T - Honey and grassy hops, which are followed by a spicy and yet earthy hop. There is a nice balance of flavor from the malts up front with a strong, if not, overly potent bittering hop finish.

M - Very smooth up front with a nice balance between malts and hops. This is a moderate bodied beer with a resounding hop bitter and slightly dry finish.

D - It's very difficult to judge this beer as it is very unique tasting. However, I'd say it's not bad given that I personally like malts and hops to compliment each other all the way through. The finish was a bit dry for this beer as well.

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear, burnished gold with creamy off-white head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Smells both sweet and dry, with apple, orange, bread, straw and spicy hops. Nice Maibock aroma but fades a little too quickly.

Taste: Sweet and malty upfront with apple, caramel, sugar, bread and grass, then abruptly changes to become more citrusy and peppery. Slightly bitter finish. Despite the abrupt shift in flavor, it is mellow and balanced throughout.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

Drinkability: While I have always enjoyed Maibocks, I tend to find them a little harsh with their sweet malt / bitter hop balance. Glissade is not harsh at all, but very smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of illidurit
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temp. Clear golden color with a smallish cap of white foam. Aroma is basically Honey Nut Cheerios. Cereal grains, honey, crackers, lightly toasted, a vague hint of honeydew. Flavor has all the same notes but in different proportions. Pale cereal malts dominate with lesser notes of honey and the slightest noble hop finish which contributes an appreciable bitterness. Unfortunately the bitterness is paired with a rather prominent astringency; the finish is overly drying to the tongue. Medium body and carbonation. A decent bock but really boring.

Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear and very pale golden yellowish orange color with golden banana yellow hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind. Lots of visible carbonation bubbling up.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of grassy hops and straw along with subtle light fruit and malt. I'm picking up some light crisp apple and pear notes but the nose is dominated by the earthy hops, grass and straw.

Surprisingly full medium body with a great balance of earthy hops and pilsner malt. There's also a good bit of crisp light fruit, earthy grass and straw. Hints of apple and pear that provides a nice counterpoint to the earthiness and biscuit/pilsner malts. Complex, well balanced and very quaffable. The aroma and appearance of this beer were just average in my opinion but it has a nice palate, plenty of flavor and drinks very well.

Photo of blackie
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pilsner glass, golden in color with a full white head, high retention and light lace

s: full lager malts with just a dash of light munich and spicy noble hops, fresh white bread, good euro lager aroma but not particularly impressive

m: carbonation on the full side of medium, light to medium bodied

t: malty lager body with an extra fullness of pale, lightly caramelized munich malts, finishes with a round noble hop flavor and mild, crisp bitterness

d: carries the abv well, no problem here

single from Trader Joe's, Reston

Photo of adamette
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken about 45 minutes ago at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio. Poured from tap into a standard, clean clear 16 oz. pint glass. I think that it was something like $4.00.

A One inch off white head over a straw yellow translucent body. Kind of forgettable look. No lacing observed by me. 2.5

S Light malt and some bitter hops. The smell is not strong. 3.5

T Light malt and moderate hops. This struck me as a hoppier version of SNPA. The problem is that I do not like the type of hops used in this beer, a grapefruit bitterness that turns me off. That being said, the taste is at least fair for the style. 3.5

M Thin to touch but the bitter hops toughens up the feel with its bitterness. 3.5

D Fair to good. The grapefruit bitterness reduces the drinkability for me but anyone who loves that taste may find it quite drinkable. 3.5

Notes: Sierranevadabill (BA member) mentioned that "this will not do well here on BA" since it does not have a big ABV and it is not a RIS. I think that he has made a reasonable session beer for those that really appreciate hops. It just so happens that these hops (found in Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale as well) do not please me.

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Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,261 ratings.