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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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1,251 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,251
Reviews: 874
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 EnojysAnyBeer
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, golden-yellow colored body with a nice fluffy head.

S- Bread dough smells along with a bit of leafy herbal aroma.

T- Slightly buttery, mostly biscuit-like with nuances of a fine Saltine with a lightly toasted aspect.

M- Clean and dry with a carbonation that is mostly smooth but harsh around the edges of the "beer puddle".

D- A very drinkable ale with a higher alcohol content than you would expect from such a tame beast

EnojysAnyBeer, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of ghebel
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear, yellow to gold color with a two finger slightly off white creamy head. The head does not stay long, leaving thin, long laces on dissipation.

S - Grainy, maybe slightly toasty or sweet malt up front with spicy hops in the background. Some alcohol also present. Hint of fruitiness.

T - Malts dominate the palate, but coupled with a noticeable bitterness.

M - Carbonation tingle, with a lingering bitterness. Body is thin to moderate. Warming on the throat. Alcohol sensation on the breath. Dry finish. Smooth overall.

D - Drinkable.

Overall - Smooth. easily drinkable with a nice bitterness to complete the profile.

ghebel, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of Phelps
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Adams pint glass.

What's a golden bock look like? Light gold, like pencil wood, with a marshmallow white puffy head. Lacing, perfectly clear, nice bubbles. Lookin good, glissade.

Wheat bread, light piney hops. The smell's well-balanced, but there's not much there.

In the mouth, a light bitterness grips the sides of the tongue. A slight graininess of amber malts with a little bit of zesty European hops. A little sweetness develops as it nears room temp. Finishes clean and dry.

Perfect carbonation: medium-light. Creamy mouthfeel.

This would be a nice one by the pool on a sunny day. Spring, here we come!

Phelps, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of Sam21
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a golden orange with a soapy head that recedes quickly to a thin coating. Leaves a small amount of lace.

Smell - Very earthy and spicy. The smell is very delicate with light lemon zest scents mingling with earthy grains and a small amount of hops.

Taste - Taste follows the smell very closely. It begins with an earthy malt flavor that fades into a gentle balance of hops, grains, and lemon zest. Overall the taste is just as the beer's description says, mellow and subtle and very crisp.

Mouth Feel - Light bodied but more towards the medium side of the scale with the perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - The subtle and mellow flavors of the beer combined with the light body make for one easy drinking beer. I'm having this in march while there is still snow on the ground and the days are still cold, but having a couple Glissades is putting me in the mood for spring. Crisp with a fantastic taste that doesn't overwhelm.

Sam21, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of MadTown1000
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours into a stein with a solid 6 inches of foamy head. The first 2 dissipate quickly, the next 2 take about a minute, and the last 2 hold on for dear life. It definitely lives up to the "golden" part of its name. Nice looking beer.

Smell is not strong, either out of the bottle or the glass. All I can detect is sort of a generic "this is beer" aroma.

Taste, on the other hand, is excellent. At first, it's like taking a bit of a really flavorful piece of bread (and with that head, you pretty much can take a bite out of it.) The alcohol is present, but balanced by a nice sweetness. My only complaint is that it has some hoppiness, but it's concentrated in the foam - the beer itself lacks that flavor, leaving it predominantly sweet. If the whole beer tasted like the foam, it would be truly remarkable.

The sweetness is a bit cloying, which hurts mouthfeel a bit. Drinkability has nothing to recommend it one way or another.

All told, this beer is on the edge of greatness, but doesn't quite seal the deal. It's quite enjoyable, but it coulda been a contender.

MadTown1000, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of Axic10
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.

Axic10, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of steelerguy
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.

steelerguy, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of Luk13
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.

Luk13, Mar 09, 2010
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.

wspscott, Mar 09, 2010
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

gatornation, Mar 08, 2010
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?

Pencible, Mar 08, 2010
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.

Cubsfan1087, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of Tballz420
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

Tballz420, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of zoso493
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.

zoso493, Mar 07, 2010
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.

jeffthecheff, Mar 07, 2010
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.

Buebie, Mar 07, 2010
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.

tzieser, Mar 07, 2010
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.

mindlucent2007, Mar 07, 2010
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.

Minkybut, Mar 06, 2010
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.

yuenglings, Mar 06, 2010
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.


mnrider, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of LXIXME
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.

LXIXME, Mar 05, 2010
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.

kegger22, Mar 05, 2010
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...

number1bum, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of PBoegel
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.

PBoegel, Mar 05, 2010
Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,251 ratings.