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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.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep gold color that is very clear. It had a small, but rich head that lingered for quite some time.

Smell: Had a rich malt aroma with a slight bit of funk that I couldn't quite identify. Perhaps hops. Not bad though.

Taste: Has a rich malt backbone that is a little funky and start, but it goes away after a few sips. Good hop kick at the end.

Mouthfeel: A little thin. I know it's not a stout or anything, but I was expecting a little bit more here.

Drinkability: Good. Certainly something I could get again and it would go perfect a cool spring/summer day. It's quite refreshing.

Photo of SamN
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a healthy, foamy white head, Great bubbles oozing up from through the head.Leaves patchy lacing down the glass. Color is a bit weak. Corona-esque color and clarity, small amount of visible carbonation. Orange copper color.

S- Lighter scents, florals, singing hops, mild fruit aromas, sour apples. Fairly average hop esthers. This is not a strong smelling beer, it takes ample swirling to coax out decipherable smells. I'd wish this smell'd stronger, but in truth it has a pretty average smell so I don't feel I'm missing too much. The mild fruits you do get are very pleasant and unexpected.

T- True to maibock style, this is a lighter bock lager with a significant hops profile. These are apparently European hops being used here, and I think it's a different hops taste. More pine and less citrus, but I can find some sweetness here. The hops quickly fades after the initial burst, than the beer mellows into an easy finish. Wishing for more balance, perhaps this isn't my style of bock. A tad too bitter, much too light for me and sort of boring, I think I prefer an original German bock to this.

M- This seems like a medium bodied beer to me, which isn't what I expected from it's light color and taste. Good construction, a fuller body makes me wonder why the taste is a little boring, shouldn't there be more to this? Guess not. Nice tensile feel, and less carbonation than I was expecting too. Not bad here.

D- I wasn't impressed with this beer a whole lot. I can't really say I have a desire to drink this again, nothing would bring me back for more.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a golden yellow, with white foam. Sticky, laces well. Smells clean, light malt, otherwise absent.

Taste is a light hop throughout with a note at the finish. Good carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Hard to describe really - tasty, drinkable, unspectacular.

Photo of Iloverasputin
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass stein and had an above average white head. It had a light honey color that was quite clear, with good lacing. It looked great in the stein. The smell was good although not as malty as I had anticipated, some fruity hops hit the nose. The taste was also not as malty as I had anticipated. The malt features more in the background, a little bit of fruit, with a bitter dry hop finish. This was a much more satisfying than the typical lager, but not as good as some german bocks that I have had.

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

Pours a pretty clear amber with an average white head. Aroma is crisp, fruity and somewhat sweet. Flavor is crisp, malty, fruity and sightly sweet, like a typical lager but with more complexity. Lively, edgy and tingly texture leaves a fruity and slightly hop-bitter finish.

Photo of cgull
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a plastic pint glass. It had 18s in the microwave to warm it.

Has a fine foam head, about 1.5 fingers, that dissipates fairly quickly, leaves a lighter lace on the glass. Medium amber color, the aroma from the head was pleasant but rather mild.

Initial impression was "gosh, this is like a macrobrew without the rice". Light hops, light flavor, just kind of lightweight in general, you forget it 5s after you sip it. When cold, it has a traditionally Germanic flavor with bitter hops. But as it warms, it picks up more character: malty and strong with alcohol, with just enough bitter/hops to finish it on a sip. Drinkability is better when it's cold, but it's more enjoyable when it's warmer. Drink at 50 degrees plus.

Photo of meatyard
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale, golden yellow with a 1-finger white head that falls quickly and doesn't leave much of any lace. It's very well carbonated.
The smell is mild lemon and a bit of malt graininess & sweetness.
The taste is mostly mild malt, there's no hop flavor but there is some mild bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light edging towards medium, a bit over-carbonated for me and it ends dry.
Drinkability is OK but barely. If you like a light, underflavored beer that you can session then this is OK. I am a bit disappointed with this, wishing it had just a bit brighter hop and malt flavor. It needs some serious tweaking, SN can do better with this beer.

Photo of BMoney575
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 3-19-10
Bottled in 2010

Pours a clear orange amber color, with almost no head and a few areas of white bubbles.

Smell is almost nothing, a little bit of hops and a rather adjunct bready finish. Not good.

Taste is very tame, almost boring. Not bad, the hop finish is enjoyable, but nothing like SN's other great beers.

Mouthfeel is good, thinner but refreshing.

Drinkability is actually quite good, the flavors are unoffensive and the lightness really makes it go down easy.

Overall, a decent beer, but nowhere near what I've come to expect from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of Bartrob6
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

very bright clear golden color with a nice pale white head with alot of lacing.

smells of all malt almost, maybe a little spicy/earthy hops too. nothing is too great, but definitely not bad at all.

taste and mouthfeel is very full with the some spicy german tasting hops. bitterness balances nicely with the amount of malty flavor. i definitely want more hops in the flavor though

mouthfeel is a little heavy, just wish it was slightly lighter.

drinkability isn't the greatest because i want some more hop flavor to overcome the malt.

overall a decent beer. i would imagine a wide variety of opinions on this one.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Glissade as a nice golden color, minimal head, but it doesnt look as thin as most beers this golden in color. The smell is sweet, malty, and inviting.

The taste is very well-rounded. A lot malt flavors balance well with earthy hops. Nothing overpowering, but enough to keep me interested.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are borderline medium-bodied, which is all i could expect, if not more for a beer of this style and appearance. I enjoyed this offering and will be likely to buy again.

Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Pint Glass

Pours a finger and a half of creamy off white head. Fades to a thin layer. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a very clear golden yellow.

Aroma: There really isn't too much going on with this beer. It reminds me of a typical maco.There is some grassy hops and pale malts it seem like.

Taste: A lot of malt flavors. Very bready with some grassy hops. Not a lot of good flavors to me.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and creamy. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very malty with a distinguished hop profile.

Overall, not my type of bock. Just didn't seem to flow with me. I have had others in they style, but just don't like this one very much. Drinkable and maybe decent for the spring weather, but not something I am enjoying.

Photo of climax
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden amber hue with excellent clarity sat below a very large off-white head. It was quite bubbly and alive.

Nice balance of pale malts and crisp hoppiness. Bright citrus and pine flavors ran the spotlight a bit more than some less-favorable tinny and apple cidery tones.

The flavor is bittered nicely. Resiny, but light the hops stayed at the forefront. Mostly honey, Granny Smith apples, and a juicy orange-peel and graham cracker finish. Kinda bland.

The body was a bit on the light side, yet easy to drink and not too watery. The carbonation is a bit on the mellow side, but crisped it up enough. Easy to drink, but not Sierra Nevada's best.

Photo of champ103
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Grainy malt up front. There is an off putting mineral aroma as well. Subtle hops linger. Not much here.
T: Again, grainy malt up front. A little sweeter than the nose, and there is a more substantial hop bitterness lingering.
M/D: A light to medium body. A bit over carbonated for me. Not hard to drink. Though one in a sitting is fine.

Not that impressed with this. There is not much here. I would not recommend this.

Photo of Andreji
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong offering from SN i picked up at a food emporium on 63rd and 3rd.

Pour is rather pale translucent honey like dark yellow, thick in appearance with a nice but small white head, fizzy and thin bubbled.

Smell is hoppy, very hoppy, metallic and rather stings, strongly perceivable. some malt can be felt but the hops dominate it.

Taste is nice, not fabulous. seems like a strong ale, somewhat sweet at first with a distinct malty flavour but slides right on to the bitter and strong hop mouthfeel, although not particularly aggressive still very dominating. not so complex IMO, rather a blunt sequence. some alcohol perceivable at taste but rather a nocker after a couple (or 3) which sent me straight to a couch, which is why i'd stick to a lower drinkability.

Still, not a bad offering from SN, but definetly not their top.

Photo of jovy1097
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.
Appearance: Pours pure golden-amber and perfectly transparent. Beautiful carbonation and a huge head that leaves clouds of lacing along the side of the glass.

Smell: Grassy, citrus, maybe a little pine mixed in from the hops.

Taste: A very up-front sweetness that slowly diminishes to a hoppy bite of bitterness. The overwhelming trait is the sweetness - much more than I expected. A twinge of honey in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation. Medium feel. Pretty crisp.

Drinkability: Very drinkable - epecially considering it's a bock. Goes down easy at first, but gets more cloying as you near the end of the glass. Certainly not a session beer! Not a beer that really trips my trigger. I'm not a huge fan of the golden bock style though. I prefer darker bocks. It's a little too sweet and cloying for me. However, it's pretty good for the style and I would definitely recommend it to those wanting a nice example of a Helles Bock.

Photo of adam42381
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 1 finger foamy white head which dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing.

Smell: Aroma of malts and hops. Just a hint of lemon zest. Nothing too complex.

Taste: Mixture of malt and hops up front. A bit of lemon zest in the middle. Finishes with a piney hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a light amount of carbonation. A little bit crisp up front. Quite smooth throughout. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Fairly high drinkability. Good spring beer. Knock back a few as you thaw out from winter.

Overall: I'm not really familiar with the style but I enjoyed this beer. It's definitely not the best offering from Sierra Nevada but it's still a solid offering. You could do a lot worse.

Photo of gfreed
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a corrective experience for me. Two years ago I had a SN porter that was so terribly awful that I vowed never to drink anything from them again. Then the other day I was in a favorite beer store where they buyer made a pitch to me about the Glissade. I took home a six and my wife and I were quite impressed.

Not exactly spectacular in color or in the head, but it has a pleasant honey tone to it with a nice stream of bubbles ever rising to the top. A little bread is present in the nose; otherwise it's got malt up front and a little orange in the back. Very smooth taste with a hefty malty smack, with honey, lemons, toffee and beans (?) not far behind. A little fruityness brings up the rear. Overall a pleasant weekday drink. I'd definitely buy another. But I still won't touch their porter.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear yellow color with a small white head that thinned to a ring.
S - sweet malt and European hops.
T - decent balance of malty sweetness and the bittering from the hops.
F - lighter bodied with mild carbonation.
D - it's ok but there are other beers I'd reach for first.

Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a clear golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grainy malt with some spicy hops

T - Follows the nose grainy malt upfront big spicy hop finish

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - Overall this is an okay beer but its not really doing much for me pretty average all around this will probably be the only six pack I buy

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer has a crystal clear golden orange body with a sea of bubbles and a spongy thick white head that last for the full beer.
S- the soft dry pale malt note has a flinty quality to it and some dry woody hops with a noble finish. Otherwise it is a pretty clean aroma.
T- This beer has a dry green noble hop hint with a sulfury dry bite in the finish. There is a slight flinty note and a bitter hop bite that lingers after the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture. There is a tight carbonation in a very dry finish.
D- This beer is very dry and bitey with a big sulfury flavor. The flinty quality is very pleasant and the malt notes are nice but everything is really overpowered by the sulfury hop bitterness. It is a bit tough to get through.

Photo of far333
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden apricot colored with a low head of firm off-white foam. Aroma of sweet biscuit malt, toffee, corn and a sharpness that I can't quite quantify.

Flavors of biscuit malt upfront, some peppery spice, followed by an orange rind bite, some bitter grassy notes and burnt orange rind lingers, plus some yeasy notes.

Full mouthfeel, pretty creamy. Not too drinkable for me, just not a big fan of the flavor profile, perhaps not a good style for me.

Photo of beerbutcher
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

color is deep gold with bright white head

aroma is very euro, clean malt, herbal hops and hints of sulfur in good proportion.

on the palate it starts firm and malty with clean herbal bitterness but turns thick and buttery on the finish. heavy butter aftertaste.

mouthfeel is generally good with nice balance and good carbonation but the butter really wrecks what should be a clean finishing beer.

overall, i will not buy this beer again with such an unattractive flaw. barely finished a 4 oz. taster

Photo of skinny0ne
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice creamy head. Minimal lacing. A good golden color leaning towards amber. The aroma is very clean. Definitely some honey upfront for the sweetness. The carbonation kicks in nicely. I get a good amount of spice/clove. Under it is banana. And under that is a bit of lemon on the tongue and in the finish. Hops show up towards the back which lends to the spiciness. A nice brew that's easy to drink.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought this beer looked excellent. Nice craggy, tight head, with tons of lacing. Golden colour, nice looking. A bit weak on the nose, scents more of a saison than a maibock. Taste was good, nice, clean, and crisp. Little aftertaste. I feel this is more of a farmhouse saison, however, than a maibock. If it were, the ranking would be higher, but it is NOT a beer I would ever turn my nose up at. It is good.

Photo of billab914
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a clear light golden color with a good amount of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The head had pretty good retention and left some good lacing as I drank it.

The aroma is pretty light, it has some hints of lemon zest, grains and some sweet malt with a touch of hops. The taste is clean and crisp with slightly spicy hop finish. It finishes with a moderate bitterness and an earthy peppery hop taste.

mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it was a light, nicely flavored, easy drinking beer. I can't say it's one of my favorite offerings from Sierra but not a bad beer for the style.

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