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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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1,246 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,246
Reviews: 873
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 26
Gots: 28 | 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 Axic10

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Pours a light golden yellow with a quarter inch of head that quickly disappears.

Smell: Grass/hay, lemon zest, malt

Taste: Grass, zest, malt and slighty hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light and very clean.

Drinkability: Very solid beer that I think will drink even better once warmer weather comes. Very light, almost like a pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 00:34:11 | More by Axic10
Photo of steelerguy

New York

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear, golden, smallish head that settles to a covering. Slight bit of "material" floating in there.

S - Malty, slight biscuit, with some sweetness. Slight floral hop aroma that goes well with the sweet malt.

T - Clean malt flavor with a little sweetness that finishes with a nice hop snap.

M - Perhaps a little thinner than some Maibocks, with the carbonation finishes clean and almost Pilsner like.

D - Easy drinking, a little high on the ABV for a session beer, but goes down easy and is refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 00:26:34 | More by steelerguy
Photo of Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from jprime. Clear golden body. Aroma of smoked grain, alcool and a hint of toffee, not that good. Macro taste with some honey and caramel. Palate is average, quite full, sticky and lively carbonation. I was looking forward to this one but it is a little but of a letdown. Not a bad beer, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 00:25:06 | More by Luk13
Photo of wspscott


3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass

A: Light straw color, crystal clear, pours with a fluffy white head that does not linger, needs more lace.
S: Light grains mixed with a little hoppy bitterness.
T: Bready malts, a hint of huskiness, lots of hop in the background but surprisingly little hop character, mostly bitterness.
M: Very crisp with lots of carbonation, no residual sweetness, nicely attenuated.
D: An excellent spring/summer beer. No hint of alcohol makes this go down a little too easy, could be dangerous. I only hope that they make this through at least the early summer, I suspect that one of these would be very nice sitting next to the pool. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 00:11:44 | More by wspscott
Photo of gatornation


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden yellow color with minimal head but did have a fresh white ring..i smell munich malts ,grass, and noble hops with bread and some zest in the background..the taste is malts first with a noble hop bite/taste balanced out nicely ..this is a crisp and clean tasting maibock nowhere as good as say dead guy..but reminds me more of sam adams noble pils or daves brew farm golden select..to me it is closer to a euro pils..it does have a 6.4 abv like a maibock should so you will feel this one if you start pounding them and you could with this one..this is a good springtime bock easy to drink but a little high on the ABV..still a solid offering from SN..they do make well made brews at an affordable price..recommended

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 21:52:49 | More by gatornation
Photo of Pencible


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear light gold, with some off-white head. It smelled like lemon and grassy hops with bready yeast and a bit of wild honey. It tasted like bitter lemon and waxy grass hops, with some copper and sweet honey and a bit of cultured yeast. It was oily with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was very crisp and clean, but not the most enjoyable flavor to me. It had good body and was easy to drink. I just am not a fan of the "golden" part of this bock. It wasn't a great example of the Helles bock style, and even still, I would prefer a standard bock. Maybe that's just me?

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 20:33:11 | More by Pencible
Photo of Cubsfan1087


3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glissade is a decent beer, but nothing spectacular. It pours nice golden color, with white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smell isn't entirely appetizing, even a little skunky. There isn't a great deal of flavor, and the bitter aftertaste kind of dominates the taste. Like I said, it isn't a spectacular beer, but I've had much worse.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 03:27:59 | More by Cubsfan1087
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4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear golden colored body, good sized fluffy white head. Leaves some lacing. Sweet malts on the nose, maybe a hint of hops. Pretty sweet grainy taste for the most part. Fairly spicy hop profile. Nice full mouth. Very clean and refreshing with a very nice taste. Check er out

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 02:55:20 | More by Tballz420
Photo of zoso493

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an Ommegang flute.

Appearance: The label on the beer describes this as a "golden bock" and this description really hits the nail on the head in terms of color. This brew pours a radiant golden color with a bubbly one-finger head that dissipates relatively quickly.

Smell: Pretty weak nose in this guy. All I can get out of it is some pleasant-smelling yeast and a touch of graininess.

Taste: The taste pretty much follows the nose with the yeast playing a central role and the grains playing less of a part than they do in the smell. There is a good touch of hop bitterness at the end, though, but aside from that, there's not a whole lot going on.

Mouthfeel: This is a nice and crisp brew. I'm not an expert on the style, but it seems more full-bodied than you would expect from the taste, but it works very well.

Drinkability: This is a pretty mellow beer, as the label promises, but maybe too mellow for me. Since it's a bit lacking in taste, I probably wouldn't want to drink a whole lot of these.

Overall, this is a decent beer, though not very flavorful. Again, I haven't had many similar beers style-wise, but this lacks a certain something. It's not a bad beer by any means and it would be really pleasant to drink during the summertime.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 23:08:31 | More by zoso493
Photo of jeffthecheff


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/15/10.

Poured into my Celebrator glass, it's golden in color with great clarity. The head is white and has great lacing and retention all the way till the end.

The aroma is very sweet and full with only a faint smell of hops. It could use a bit more to give it a "crisp" aroma. There's a slight toasted bread aroma from the Munich malt, making this beer smell distinctively German. It smells good, but immediately reminded me of the smell of a day old keg cup.

The flavor is big, malty, and deep with unmistakable German malt character. There's a robust, grainy bread flavor which is very sweet. Also has a slight nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium up front with a big, lingering sweetness. Carbonation is low for a lager but enough to make it feel lively. It's quite drinkable for it's strength. I need to remember that even though this is a quaffable lager, it's still 6.4%. I didn't love it at first, but it's kind of growing on me.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 22:41:22 | More by jeffthecheff
Photo of Buebie


4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the pour from a 12 oz bottle a 1'' white sudzy head forms up, receding to leave a thick collar. Color is a darker golden, transparent with an abundance of carbonation rise.

Aroma is pretty citrusy with lemon rind, mild orange peel, grassy hops and a biscuit laced bready aroma.

Taste is light at first, very pleasant, gaining flavor momentum including more of the lemon rind, quite malty too plenty of biscuit, grassy hops, fresh cut hay likeness, and some hop bitters to finish.
Flavor is much more pronouned then the appearance might have suggested.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth carbonation tickle, slick across the pallet. Definatley a pleasing beer. Will be much more enjoyable on a warm day. This would/ should be moved to a summer release in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 21:29:03 | More by Buebie
Photo of tzieser


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: poured from a 12oz bottle into a Lowenbrau dimple mug. bright crystal clear golden color, with a 1-2 finger head that simmers a bit quicker than expected, but holds a thin lacing. not bad.

s: a nice sweet malty nose, with a noticible crispy, grassy character to it. very reminiscent of a standard munich helles lager. pretty good, but nothing very unique.

t: not bad. a pretty decent take on a maibock. sweet malty character quickly followed by a crisp aftertaste (hops). i was expecting a bit more maltiness, but it's still pretty decent. i'd say this tastes like more like a munich helles lager as i said before. i've had better maibocks.

m&d: good crisp mouthfeel, slightly dry aftertaste which keeps me wanting more. drinkability is great-- i had a few fishing and they went down right. 6.4% abv is hidden well.

worth trying, especially for those that haven't tried many maibocks. not necessarily true-to-style, but pretty damn close. recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 20:39:13 | More by tzieser
Photo of mindlucent2007


3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Poured golden with a thin head that quickly dissipated. Nice lacing.

smell: Bready, malts dominate, minimal hops, nothing unique and kind of a plain Jane for my olfactory.

taste: Mostly malts again and I can't taste the hops, probably because I am coming off of an IPA binge. Regardless, this was a weak taste for my liking. Then it grew on me a bit and balanced out a little. Aftertaste is smooth. Still lacking something here for a Sierra Nevada though.

mouthfeel: medium carbonation, pretty dry

drinkability: For 6.4 abv. the alcohol is hidden well. I would rock a few of these bocks, but would go with something else from Sierra Nevada next time.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 01:19:14 | More by mindlucent2007
Photo of Minkybut


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this very good beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a big off white head that was very creamy for a domestic. The color of the beer was a nice golden beer color. The brew had a bit of a flowery smell to it. The brew had great lacing and was a nice clean beer that I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 23:16:14 | More by Minkybut
Photo of yuenglings


3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear goldeen yellow with good head and very good laceing.
S: Slight maltness up front with a hint of hops at the end.
T:Bready like malts up front with a slight hoppyness to it nothing to bold or strong but thats a good quality.
M:Very smooth with a slight fizzyness very light but not watery at all
D:Not suprised at all this is another very drinkable beer from serra nevada not as drinkable as the summerfest lager (that stuff is amazingly drinkable) but i will but another case of this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 16:51:54 | More by yuenglings
Photo of mnrider


3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz. brown bottle.

A: Pours a clear golden color, with medium white head. Nice carbonation and good lacing.

S: Sweet malts and floral notes.

T/M: Smooth but not very crisp. Hops are o.k., but not as strong a I thought it would be for SN. Malts are sweet at but don't do much for the brew later on. Bitterness is quite strong and dry, especially at the end.

D: Interesting beer. I'm not that familiar with Bocks, so I don't have really much to compare it with. The bitterness and dryness is not bad, but could get boring after a few bottles. Not sure if i'd get this one again.


Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 04:23:44 | More by mnrider
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear rich golden color, with an almost white head. A decent sized head fades in a nice long lasting lacing. Aroma is of sour grains and yeast but is not overwhelming. Sour to bitter grains with some light hops coming through in the taste. leaving a light sour dry aftertaste. Not sure what Glissade means and not really sure if I'm gonna hunt down more of this stuff or not.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 23:48:25 | More by LXIXME
Photo of kegger22


4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock was a golden color with a one finger white head that took its sweet time fading to a thick collar.

The aroma was a malty grain smell.

The taste was an interesting departure from the norm. Some malt sweet biscuit up from, a nice salt flavor in the middle, and then a bit of the bitter for a finish.

For the mouth feel, I gave Glissade medium body, oily and sufficient carbonation.

The drinkability is very good. Sierra Nevada rarely disappoints in providing a tasty, reasonably priced beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 23:00:31 | More by kegger22
Photo of number1bum


4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant honey golden color with a creamy two inches of bone white head. Keeps a pretty full lace initially but then disappears completely. A couple bubbles rise pretty slowly to the top.

Smell is very grassy, with aromas of hay and bread as well. It does lean a bit toward the skunky end of the noble hop spectrum.

Taste is super flavorful and really nice. There's an underlying breadiness with some honey sweetness to it, on top of which is some really nice grassy hop flavor. Does not have the skunkiness of the smell, but instead has a bit of a citrus hop bite and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a touch on the plus side of a medium body and pretty smooth, although the carbonation is quite soft, almost too much so, making it a tad bit heavy. Not substantially so, however; that's a minor complaint. Finishes clean.

This is some really tasty stuff; one of the better maibocks I've had the pleasure to drink. Another job well done by SN which rarely misses these days in my estimation...

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 19:59:51 | More by number1bum
Photo of PBoegel

New York

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If I am reading the bottle correctly, I believe this to be bottled on 1/2/2010.

Crystal clear rich golden, a fluffy white head to start, breaks fairly easily. Good to style.

Rich malty presence in the nose, very clean, crisp, some bready tones, no hops, impressed with the lack of any off notes that can sting a lager. Extremely well fermented.

No hops in the flavor as should be the case, a deep bready slightly sweet light vanilla pudding character, a gentle creaminess, crisp malt character some sugar cookie.

Just shy of medium bodied, and appropriately bittered, a touch of sweetness but a good semi-dry finish for a bock.

Very drinkable, wish it were not a seasonal, but hopefully it will be permanent on the roster. More lagers please.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 05:03:09 | More by PBoegel
Photo of srandycarter


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours light very light honey, very clear. Not much head, only ring left right away. Not much lace.

S - Nice light malt and hint of hops. Floral.

T - Malt and flowers. Nice, easy drinking flavor.

M - On the light side, balanced pretty well, good carb.

D - ESP for the ABV very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 05:36:00 | More by srandycarter
Photo of drpimento


4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm, this is pretty good beer and very close to style. Poured with a nice foamy frothy, off white head and some lace. Color is a clear 18 k gold. Aroma is beery, malty, and light floral hop. Flavor is the same but much more intense: pick up more of everything in the aroma; plus the sense of the bitter/sweet characteristics and balance. Solid beer. Good body, somewhat smooth, yet hearty with good carbonation. Finish is like flavor and slowly tapers off. Session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 00:57:44 | More by drpimento
Photo of BeerVikingSailor


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour into GL pint glass...

Nice appearance, seriously "golden" bock....some head and small lacing on the glass, not as much as usual SN brews!

Smell was decent, some hops, some malty breadiness in there, not bad...

Tastes pretty decent, not typical of other bocks I have had, more hops (this is SN, not surprised!) and less malt forward, but still good.

Mouthfeel is also good, nice carbonation, crisp and clean, nice balance, bit of slight citrus hoppiness, and clean finish on the palate

This one is very drinkable, I like it, would be good to quaff a few while out for an early spring sail, once my lakes thaw out from all the ice this year!

Overall a decent bock offering from Sierra Nevada, slighty different take, but still quite tasty!


Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 15:14:34 | More by BeerVikingSailor
Photo of woosterbill


3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: They weren't kidding when they called this a "golden" bock. Clear gold body with a steady column of carbonation rising to refresh a 1.5" creamy white head; reasonable retention and a good amount of lace. Nice looking lager.

S: Straightforward lager aroma of biscuity malt and light herbal hops. More reminiscent of High Life than any bock I've ever had. Meh.

T: Follows the nose quite closely (unfortunately), but with a little more richness to the malt. Still a pretty damn boring lager tasty. Way more macro-ish than I expect from SN.

M: Fairly light smooth body with a moderate amount of sharp, spiky carbonation; stings the front of my tongue.

D: Despite its disappointing flavor and aroma, it goes down amazingly well for 6.4%. Good casual quaffing (dare I say session?) beer.

Notes: I wasn't expecting too much from this one, and it delivered a bit less. While lacking any off flavors, this just wasn't anything special at all. I won't be seeking it out, especially since it comes with the same price and distribution as Torpedo. ESB was way better; let's hope it makes a comeback, or that they come up with a better new spring seasonal next year.


Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 11:43:43 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Durge


4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Ohoove special, this one is a clear light gold and magnificently sparkling brew with an amazing flow of tiny bubbles in the pilsner glass. The head is big fluffy white and holds true throughout. Plenty of lacing to boot. The aroma is stiff cereal grain, clean wheat, simple and appealing. The taste brings crisp but skunky bread, rice and oats, okra and a strange hint of licorice. Very interesting with lots of carbonation, medium bodied but light enough to be very drinkable for the style. This followed a Big Foot barleywine and still held up well in flavor. Skunky cereal would be my summary, which is a good thing. Very nice, refreshing and uniquely flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 06:09:11 | More by Durge
Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,246 ratings.