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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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1,254 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,254
Reviews: 874
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 26
Gots: 31 | 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 Walken
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada: Glissade, Golden Bock (2010) (Tasted 01/19/10)
12 oz bottle, poured into a becker.

Appearance: Rich gold, like filtered apple juice with a nice head of bubbly foam, about an inch high, that fades down and stays at about three millimeters thick, crown around the edges, some spotty lacing.
Odor: Soft, subtle aroma of European base malt, lightly toasted bread, some nondescript spicy, resiny hop in the background.
Consistency: Smooth as a similie about a baby. Carbonation tickles the tongue ever so slightly. Light end of medium body.
Flavor: Rich malt palate, expressing toasted white bread, light caramalt sweetness and some raw grain flavors. Impressive bitterness from the hops balances the malt evenly while throwing some spicy, earthy and fruity flavors out. Finish is clean & relatively dry for a bock, some hop resin and bread crust left on the palate.

I guess this is somewhere in between a Munich helles and a traditional pale bock, I dig it. Great, drinkable lager? I'll take it!

Dear Sierra Nevada,
You cemented your place as one of the best breweries in the country years ago, but that's not enough? First, you release an exceptional, year-round IPA, then replace one of the weakest beers in your lineup with an exceptional German style weissbier. As if that wasn't enough, you axed your weakest seasonal and replaced it with a great German style pale bock. I can't stop loving you baby, oh yeah, oh yeah.


Walken, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of Brew33
2.48/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer at a tasting last weekend. The apperance is promising, strong yellow/gold, thin white head. The smell is not great. Grain, faint hops, light struck Euro lager. The taste was not great but the finish and aftertaste were bad, really bad. Similar aftertaste to a Heineken. I use the term loosely but it tasted "skunky". Slightly hoppy. Mostly faint, spicy, European hops. I don't like the malt profile.... at all. It's awful. This beer isn't good. I don't have many other Maibocks to compare it to but if this is indicitive of the style, I don't want anymore. Somthing tastes off here.

Maybe I had a bad example but I tasted it with a table of 7 other craft beer enthusiasts and 1 of 8 enjoyed it. Not a good effort from SN. The ESB will be sorely missed.

Brew33, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden-yellow color with a fizzy-ish white head that settles relatively quickly. Spotty patches of lace and weak head retention.

S: Aromas of toasted grain, grassiness, and spice predominate, along with a honey-like malt aroma. Yellow apples are also present with warming. The smell has all the requisite elements of a standard helles beer, but with more intensity.

T&M: Grainy and spicy up front, with a healthy dose of what tastes like pilsner and Munich malt. Mineral-like flavors take a back seat and provide an interesting complement to the malt. Some dry apple comes on mid palate, before finishing with a light dusting of herbal hop flavor. Well balanced and smooths out well as it warms. Body is medium with a heavy-ish carbonation level.

D: It's big for a pale beer, but still decently enjoyable. I'm a little bummed that this is what's replacing the ESB, but I am happy to see Sierra Nevada branching out into new styles with this beer and Kellerweis. Glissade is stuck in the middle between being a lighter helles bock and a biggish maibock.

BamaBeerBuff, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of mudbug
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada, thank you!
I've shied away from lagers too long, burned out by the BMC swill that permeates sales in America and unable to find quality examples that are fresh.
This beer rocks! Pours an unbelievable crystal clear light orange with a steady white cap of foam, the aroma is barley in it's best suit, slightly roasted and slightly sweet
Taste is everything a lager should be with perfect balance between the biscuit and spicy hops, bitterness is minimal the aftertaste is dry and refreshing
Nicely carbonated, fizz till the bottom of the glass.
Refreshing? Oh yes, this is going to be my first choice on those hot summer days.

mudbug, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of californiakulak
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

californiakulak, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BARFLYB, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...)

flexabull, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of Foxtrot
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Foxtrot, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of wedge
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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...

wedge, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of Norfawkers
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Norfawkers, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ianjsullivan, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of mikey711
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

mikey711, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of advill88
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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."

advill88, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

glid02, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of JBogan
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

JBogan, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of boston2bburg
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

boston2bburg, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Zorro, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of beerman21
4.72/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

beerman21, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Chambic
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Chambic, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of NicholasSchell
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

NicholasSchell, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of CpnYates
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

CpnYates, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

clayrock81, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of JamesS
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

JamesS, Jan 14, 2010
Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,254 ratings.