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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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1,248 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,248
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 Andreji


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 09:49:32 | More by Andreji
Photo of jovy1097


3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 04:08:34 | More by jovy1097
Photo of adam42381


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 03:27:34 | More by adam42381
Photo of gfreed


3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 01:41:46 | More by gfreed
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.43/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 21:29:42 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of armock

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 19:58:07 | More by armock
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 12:58:40 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of far333


3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 23:09:36 | More by far333
Photo of beerbutcher


2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2010 16:00:07 | More by beerbutcher
Photo of skinny0ne

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 00:17:14 | More by skinny0ne
Photo of bigdeuce


3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 00:11:31 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of billab914


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 22:45:49 | More by billab914
Photo of burnstar


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear gold with a good sized head. Smell is mostly floral and herbal hops with some light malt. A lot of herbal noble hop flavor. Nice maltiness in the background. Pleasant lingering bitterness. Well balanced. Smooth, well carbonated, and medium bodied. Easily drinkable. Quite good overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 00:38:00 | More by burnstar
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a darker yellow, average head and lacing, lacking a distinct aroma.

Taste, impressive, a little more bitter and hoppy than I expected, still reminiscient of pale bock, but feels a little more alcoholic afterwards (not in the taste).

Mouthfeel, feels wheat-esque, some lemon, honey. Pleasant. Sessionable. Very drinkable, a good beer at a good price.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 23:58:48 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a ring, leaving some lace. Crystal clear orange/amber color. Light grapefruit hop nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is light honey sweetness that is balanced by some hop bitterness. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Barb's Beer Emporium, Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 23:33:26 | More by jdhilt
Photo of BeerManDan


3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured in to a pint glass, the color was a medium golden yellow. The foam dissapated almost immediatley, with no lace what so ever. The smell was of a sweet nature. But, that was the high point. The taste was of a acidic lemon flavor. Not a lot of flavors in this ale. What a dissapointment for me. Not an impressing ale. Just a lack luster flavor with to much bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 00:11:33 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

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

A-Pours a translucent gold with a thick white head that lasts for a good while.

S-Nothing overpowering here, but some hops as well as malt presence and a touch of lemon zest.

T-Lemon stood out the most to me, but there was some piney hops and nice touch of malt in the finish. It also tasted a sweet flavor.

M-Nicely carbonated, not too creamy, and actually a little thin.

D-Very, very drinkable. This is a session beer all the way.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I could see myself drinking this in the summer months because it seemed a little on the lighter side and I hate wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 16:22:24 | More by thegodfather2701
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

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 02:38:34 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 23:06:58 | More by ghebel
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 07:36:10 | More by Phelps
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 05:12:25 | More by Sam21
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 03:45:26 | More by MadTown1000
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
Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,248 ratings.