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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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1,250 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,250
Reviews: 873
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 26
Gots: 30 | 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:
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 californiakulak


4.33/5  rDev +18.6%

I bought a 24oz bottle of this beer and poured it into an Anchor Steam pint glass.

A. Very light straw color. Nice tight one inch head with good lacing.

S. Mild grassy smell. Grainy scents. Sweet.

T. Very good beer. Bready malt tastes. A little hop bite at the end. Has strong honey flavors as well.

M. Crisp and refreshing. Below average amount of carbonation. A hint of a warming alcohol feel.

D. Very drinkable. It might bore some people but I down several in one session.

01-19-2010 01:42:39 | More by californiakulak
Photo of BARFLYB


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

12oz bottle into a Flying Fish pint glass, Happy to see it in the store but a bit early for this type of beer.

A- Glissade has a lighter shade of gold plus some hints of faint orange if you look close enough. A nice semi full off white head stayed afloat for a few than died into a ring around the glass, shreds of lace, not much. After a while the beer looks kind of dead.

S- Very faint for a SN beer and probably the faintest in their lineup. The smells just don't burst out, glissade is quite tame. What I get is some sweet malt with a few earthy hops balancing out a beer that is not too complex. Hay and earth, this beer kind of reminds me of a light lager in the nose.

T- A beer for a newbie, something for early spring, this light bock does not pack a lot of flavor, but it has it's place, it's simple, it's supposed to be. With that said this reminds me of a light lager with more taste in the sweet malt dept. Some caramel up front with earthy hops finishing, but not the least bittering or intruding. No more, no less.

M- A step up from light bodied with enough carb to let you know it's alive, but nothing major. There is a kind of bland, off putting aftertaste that reminds me of some type of beer out of a can. The feel is nice and lightly sweet, the aftertaste is not good.

D- Having been bottled on the last day of the year, this one should taste fairly fresh, but it more so taste like a stale light sized beer with some age on it. If you want to hop on the Glissade train, I suggest you do it soon, key elements are already falling off, if there were ever any to begin with. A light simple beer for the light at heart, this may be a gate opener for new converts though, myself, i won't be going for a six pack like most SN offerings.

01-19-2010 01:23:16 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of flexabull


4/5  rDev +9.6%

I like the ode to the old Pale Bock, the small goat on the label.

Pours a bright and clear light gold color with a nice big white head.

Aromas are a little creamy, doughy, and spicy.

Taste is clean and crisp. Light malty sweetness, with some creamy flavors, and an easy bready dough like character. Finish is a little dry, with a mild mineral hop bite that helps balance out the malts nicely.

Mouthfeel is good. Full, soft, and smooth.

Drinkability is nice. This reminds me of Pale Bock, but it's a little more refined and easy to drink. Good stuff Sierra, nice change of pace from your normal offerings. My only question, why is a spring beer being released in mid January?! (I'm not complaining though...)

01-18-2010 07:44:50 | More by flexabull
Photo of Foxtrot


3.98/5  rDev +9%

Saw my local beer scene stocking this and had to pick up some. After having Kellerweiss, I couldn't wait to see what else Sierra Nevada had in stored

Pours a blonde/honey hue with minimal head retention and light lacing. Small bubbles are around the sides of the glass, and not in the middle.

Aroma is light malts, honey, and a strong hop presence giving it an air of crispness.

Flavor is delicate and strong at the same time. Sweet honey grainy malts are apparent but are overshadowed by a good strong hop presence adding bitterness to the malted sweet notes. Goes down very smooth and leaves lasting taste for a moment.

Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation really gives this beer a huge benefit.

Drinkability was fantastic! I could put a few of these away and keep on goin.

01-18-2010 07:25:27 | More by Foxtrot
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%

Clear solid gold with a small, airy white head. Aromas of honey and floral hops with apple, caramel and a light toasted malt background. More fresh grain as it warms. Spicy and fruity becoming sweet and finishing with a last hit of grain. Not quite as richly malty as I like to taste in a bock, though as with the aroma, the malt reveals itself with some time. Biscuity pale malts are discernable, but the sweetness is a little over the top for me. Medium bodied. I'm just not too excited, though I'll give it another shot...

01-18-2010 02:42:02 | More by wedge
Photo of Norfawkers


4.15/5  rDev +13.7%

This is a bit different than the usual Sierra Nevada fare. They've sacrificed citrus hoppiness for more earthy and grassy tones but in the end it is well balanced and highly drinkable.

Appearance: Clear, lightly golden with minimal head

Smell: Malty, oaty, hay

Taste: Full flavored grainy; wheat, grass, earthy

Mouthfeel: mild and smooth with a lingering bitter finish

Drinkability: well balanced and flavorful; may bring out more flavors with a meal

01-18-2010 01:32:37 | More by Norfawkers
Photo of ianjsullivan


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

Serving: 12 ounce

A: Thick head that retains fairly well, light yellow orange color.

S: Citrus hops.

T: Sweet malts are balanced by crisp bitter hops.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, with a sweeter hops finish.

D: Decent taste that does not tire out the mouth.

An interesting beer, sweet malt is balanced by two bittering hops and loaded with four other types of hops. The finish has a slight sweet taste turning into a bitter taste in the throat.

01-17-2010 20:24:09 | More by ianjsullivan
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

A: Light gold/ yellow in color and crystal clear. Some carbonation from the bottom. Small head that does not hold very well. No lacing

S: Light crisp hop aroma, caramel and biscuit notes

T: Nice crisp and slightly piny hop notes on top of a bready malt note. Very clean and refreshing.

M: Very nice feel. No harshness or booze. Good body and creamy feel

D: Very enjoyable and easy to sip on a few

01-17-2010 19:07:37 | More by mikey711
Photo of advill88


4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

Pours a light golden color with a substantial white head.

Smells very grainy with a light background of spice.

Taste is a light malt up front with a faint hint of citrus that's balanced with a touch of hops at the back end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a good dose of carbonation. Finishes very crisp and refreshing.

Very drinkable, but quite flavorful...I think this is the perfect beer to introduce to any BMC drinker because it's light, but delicious, unlike anything that BMC calls "light."

01-17-2010 06:00:03 | More by advill88
Photo of glid02


4/5  rDev +9.6%

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear dark gold color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of very lightly toasted sweet malts with mildly spicy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy toasted malt flavors up front are joined by very mild spices midway through the sip. The ending is crisp and mildly bitter. The malt flavors sweeten as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a bock with a solid hop presence but it was certainly not over-hopped. Relatively true to style for SN (not a dig but many SN beers I think are Americanized a bit) and well worth a shot.

01-17-2010 03:39:25 | More by glid02
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: Served up a rather clear, golden-orange body with a thin layering of wispy white froth on top.

Smell: Spicy, peppery hop tones with some slight notes honey-coated, toasted grains and, upon warming, dried apple peelings.

Taste: Sweetish, lightly honeyed maltiness with a zip of delicately toasted grains and then a quick progression of zesty, spicy European hop flavor and attending light bitterness. Developing a hint of apple fruitiness as it warms. Finishes dry with a bright, lingering zestiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a bad little beer, Sierra Nevada. It's decently balanced, amply carbonated, and goes down easy.

01-17-2010 01:53:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of JBogan


3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours a clear gold color with a small white head which leaves moderate lacing behind. Very ordinary looking really. Nothing about it that differentiates it from any standard macro lager.

A fairly nice aroma of sweet malt, herbs, some grain and even a bit of a floral note.

Taste much as it smelled, along with a strong breadiness and a hint of citrus. However I felt that the aroma was more inviting than the taste.

Mouthfeel was very nice. Medium bodied with a clean crispness. Refreshing and excellent for the style.

All in all I felt this was a nice brew, but not something to get excited about. Perhaps I'll have it again at some point, but IMO Sierra Nevada Brewing has a number of other beers on offer which I enjoy more. I've heard this one is replacing the ESB in the lineup. I hope that's not the case as I felt the ESB was a better beer.

01-16-2010 23:01:40 | More by JBogan
Photo of boston2bburg


4.28/5  rDev +17.3%

Gorgeous looking brilliant light gold body with lots of fluffy, pillowy foam and excellent retention. Immaculate clarity.

Aroma is a bit unrefined with a definite cooked corn (DMS) vegetal thing going on amidst some bready malt undertones. It's odd that SN would let that happen, but the BJCP allows a little bit. No real hop aroma.

A bready, malt-forward, easy-drinking bock with only a touch of hops to balance. The cooked corn is still present but not overly offensive. Some light toasty melanoidin character. A dry pilsner sweetness on the finish. Peppery hop character.

What I love about this beer is the subtle alcohol warmth that creeps up as you quickly make your way through such a drinkable beer. I'm afraid many of the negative commentors aren't privy to what makes a good helles bock. There isn't much hop character because there shouldn't be. This beer is everything it should be, except for being a little heavy on the DMS. Otherwise, clean, smooth, highly quaffable, well-constructed.

01-16-2010 22:16:47 | More by boston2bburg
Photo of Zorro


3.45/5  rDev -5.5%

Clear golden colored beer with a small white colored head. This beer is a bit lacking in head formation.

Lightly sweet scent with an equally strong grain aroma. Mild hop scent that is a bit citrus instead of the expected Nobel type hops you expect in a Lager beer style.

The flavor starts out malty and a little sweet with a lot of toasted grain flavor. Bitterness gets sharper as you drink this, at first is seems less heavily hopped at first. Malty but not sweet the flavor is toasted grain with a bit of biscuit flavor. There is a mild citrus flavor here. Hop levels are moderate and bite much more in the finish than the beginning.

Mouthfeel is full.

I am very much more of a hophead than a bock lover but this isn't bad. This is a bock but a restrained one. Worth at least a try if you see it at the store.

01-16-2010 01:45:37 | More by Zorro
Photo of beerman21


4.72/5  rDev +29.3%

I would and should give a lengthy review about this new classic presented by SNB. But i will let the beer speak for itself. Go out and bye this beer its Delicious with a capital D! Complex and smooth and very drinkable. Thats in my opinion makes a good beer, complexity to where its easy to drink more then 2 if one allows. Recommend and i will bye this again.

01-16-2010 01:33:39 | More by beerman21
Photo of Chambic


2.98/5  rDev -18.4%

01.14.10 at City Beer Store, courtesy of Aaron.

A: a pretty, light golden color, conjuring images of wheat fields

S: smells like the sweetness is from corn

T: tastes "fresh," like the grain used is straw

M: body is more substantial than it looks, holding up well

D: not my style, but glad to have tried it

01-15-2010 23:17:04 | More by Chambic
Photo of NicholasSchell


4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

A- Pours a crystal clear golden wave of grain, 2-3 finger head white pillow head, nice bubbles.

S- bread, must, the german hops really stand out, very light sweet scent, floral.

T- Well balanced between the malt and hops, spiciness from the hops, light bread aftertaste.

M- Medium body, light-medium carbonation, smooth.

D- Smooth flavor and reasonable ABV make this very drinkable.

01-15-2010 22:40:12 | More by NicholasSchell
Photo of CpnYates


2.95/5  rDev -19.2%

Poured into a 16 oz clear dixie cup during today's weekly beer lunch. A Bright beer really with really good presence, despite my lack of proper glassware. Nice reflective hue.

Here is were things went south with me on this one though. I found the smell to be pretty weak. Really lacking the spice and hop aroma of my favorite beers in this style, including my go to Rouge.

The taste was nothing special either- not a bad beer for me, but a take it or leave it. Really malty- as to be expected, but I am not getting the hop presense that should be there.

I was also let down by the mouthfeel- all but the malty-bread taste dissapears in a split second- leaving behind nothing but a slight carbonation feel to the mouth.

I did give the drinkability a 3.0- as the abv is resonable, as is the price. And the beer is not bad- but average.

01-15-2010 17:31:36 | More by CpnYates
Photo of clayrock81


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured a clear yellow body with good carbonation that led to a quickly dieing but large head. Grainy, veggie German smell I'm accustomed to with bitter hops and some bread malt that is strong. A clean tasting beer that is easy to drink as it passes and leaves some minor citric fruit notes as well as some minor sweetness on the tongue and has a sour edge. Finishes crisp and clean and is an enjoyable beer.

01-15-2010 13:29:08 | More by clayrock81
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

I always like to see more pale bocks out there,its great to see Sierra Nevada widely distribute one.Poured a clear lighter to medium golden with a nice one finger white head atop,shotty broken lace was left as it settled pretty quickly.Aromas are toasty with big German malt notes,iron,and bread mainly,a passing herbal hop passes by.Toasty and grainy on the palate,subtle caramel sweetness with that passing herbal hop in the finish.Its not bad but misses some of the traits I like in a fuller pale bock,still not to bad.

01-14-2010 22:00:25 | More by oberon
Photo of JamesS


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a wonderful sparlking golden hue with some nice initial head and a bit of lacing. Nice scent, starts with a general lager aroma, but has nice hints of flowers in it. Good taste, starts with a slightly skunky macro lager, but goes into a wonderful slightly fruity/butterscotch tone at the end, with just a hint of bitterness. Goes down quite smooth.

01-14-2010 13:36:52 | More by JamesS
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

Bought a single of this at the COOP today... poured into my Delirium goblet.

3/4" white head looks like meringue... The brew is a polished light golden... no real lacing, but the cap sticks around.

Nose is pure clean and malty... not alot else and there shouldn't be.

Bready pale malts with just hints of spicy hops... very clean ... just enough bitterness to balance nicely... perfect body for the style with a low carbonation.

Really... this is just a well made maibock... pretty damn good and very drinkable.


01-14-2010 05:53:39 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Avagadro

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +14.5%

A: golden in color with a white head. Not much lacing, but it is very clear.

S: the bouquet is dominated by bread and honey, with a touch of hops to finish things.

T: very bready, with a hint of honey that is quickly lost in the hoppy finish.

M: medium body with a slight stickiness. Carbonation is minimal.

D: another great beer from one of the best. SN captures the essence of the style, while imparting some of its own originality. It's sad to see a beer as good as the ESB to be replaced, but at least it was for something good.

01-14-2010 01:50:59 | More by Avagadro
Photo of steadydose


3.13/5  rDev -14.2%

Haven't seen this one before, and thought it would be nice to have some easier drinking beers in my fridge...

Poured this one into my pint glass. Glissade is crystal clear with a deep golden color. Lots of carbonation result in a frothy white cap that recedes fairly quickly. The aroma is clean with a mild hint of honey and toasted grains. Taste follows the nose and is rather clean, with a touch of sweetness that is followed by a little spice, balanced with bitterness from the hops. This beer has a nice mouthfeel, smooth with a soft carbonation. Although not a true session beer at 6.4 %, I could drink a few of these on any occasion.

01-14-2010 00:44:19 | More by steadydose
Photo of Suteki


4.2/5  rDev +15.1%

Okay, new member, new beer, first reviewer of this beer, and my first review. Let's give it a try.

Poured from bottle, to a glass.

Appearance: Pours a mild orange, with a finger head that is a polished foamy white. Retention is decent and becomes a bit scattered as it eventually goes down to a skim. Body is barely hazy with perfect carbonation; the bubbles just keep floating up.

Smell: Smell is great, I'm a bit new to this so I will attempt to describe what I am smelling. There is a nice hoppy smell that seems very fresh, and trickles off with a perfect bitterness. There is at least one other ingredient to this interesting smell but I unfortunately can not place it.

Taste: Bitterness comes through a little bit more here, but it seems to go back and forth between bitter, sweet, and a dash of spice. Never overpowering, this beer seems to keep it's mildness in check.

Mouthfeel: A nice stickyness from the hops, carbonation is spot on with the creamyness. My mouth approves.

Drinkability: Pretty good, however it is a bit more potent than you're average beer with a 6.4% ABV. However since the beer does a great job of keeping its mildness in check, you would expect it to be lower. I could drink a couple of these fine, however I could see the second one creeping up on people.

Bottom Line: Great new beer by Sierra Nevada. As I'm currently living in Chico, CA. Home of Sierra Nevada. I feel some pride in how intuitive this Brewer continues to be. They reach out for new tastes instead of sticking with the same old, same old. Great Beer effort indeed.

01-06-2010 02:15:37 | More by Suteki
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Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,250 ratings.