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30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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514 Ratings
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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 21
Gots: 67 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IrieJackalope on 05-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 514 | Reviews: 338
Reviews by MatthewWilde:
Photo of MatthewWilde
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Dark orange in color, pours a strong off-white head that sustains, moderately strong internal carbonation, slightly cloudy throughout

S: Moderately fragrant, elements of mild citrus and dried fruit, sugar cane, some caramel, interesting, slight alcohol

T: Much akin to the nose, more alcohol than expected, especially given the age, sweet, creamy, followed by citrus and dried fruit notes

M: Smooth and certainly drinkable, but not exactly cellar worthy, more alcohol than should be present, no aftertaste, not lingering or drying on the palate

O: Not sure what a fresh version tasted like, but not entirely impressive, still true to the style and worth a try, but nothing to write home about (a review on Beer Advocate is a different story, however)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a rich clear copper/bronze with a large fluffy white head atop that turned nto a creamy mass as it settled slowly.Aromas were pretty clean with floral and spicy hop dominating,light toastiness and caramel are there but they are pretty faint.Lighter feel for the style and pretty clean on the palate,light caramel malt and a bit of sweet dough with a hefty drying,spicy finish.Not true to form, its to hopped up wich I dont mind,but it just seems to lack a little heft in my opinion.

Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant deep golden color with a two finger head of creamy white foam that has some nice staying power! Good active carbonation - the cork could have easily hit the ceiling when I opened this one. Aromas of crisp bready, toasted malts along with a honey glaze. Floral and herbal hop accents with a bit of spiciness. Semi-sweet, fresh and vibrant.

First sip brings smooth, crisp toasted maltiness with a honeyed bread twist. A slight sweetness along with floral, herbal hops adding a kiss of bitterness. Touch of spiciness. Smooth and easy drinking brew!

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with good carbonation. A little slick on the palate but it works well. Overall, a solid amped up helles bock and I wouldn't have expected anything less. The 30th anniversary series has been great and I'm looking forward to the black barleywine next. Cheers to Sierra Nevada!

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle in a pilsner glass.
Copper color, nice thick tan head that persisted well.
An earthy aroma, sweet, floral.
Taste was also on the earthy side, some sweet caramel, and a bite of hops at the end.
Fairly substantial, a beer to savor, and one I will try again.

Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour into a tulip forms an abundant golden head with nice lace as the head dissipates.
Cloudy golden/amber in appearance. Sweet with a hint of hoppy citrus at the finish. Very tasty.
Cloys slightly by the end. Would not make a good session beer for that reason in my opinion.

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours slightly hazy copper color with three finger off-white head. Head is creamy and has good retention.

S - Lots of toasted malts with some nice florals. A faint sweetness as well.

T - Similar to smell there is a nice toasted malt presence, faint sweetness and a hop presence that I didn't get from the nose. Really nice. Nice hop presence for a year old beer.

M - Medium, slightly sticky and creamy mouthfeel that finishes pretty dry.

O - This doesn't seem to get the same respect as the other 30th anniversary beers, but I really enjoyed it. A hoppier than average Maibock, which is a style I really enjoy.

Photo of Beaver13
2.12/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is pretty subdued - some toasted malt and some vegetables and nitro(?). Kind of smells like a bad cream ale.

The flavor is toasted malts with some a good amount of bitterness that is slightly metallic and some noticeable alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a watery texture.

Overall, I did not care for this. It tastes like an imperial cream ale to me. It's watery, harshly bitter and alcoholic with very little redeeming about it. Not nearly as good as the Fritz and Ken.

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Doppelmax
4.97/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just another great big beer from SN. My wonderful daughter brought this one up to me from NYC. You have to raise them correctly!

Actually I'm a bit partial as bock is my favorite style but this one hits it out of the park. Imagine this as a Doppelbock a Sierravator.


Photo of merlin48
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml, cork twists off with a pop and a considrable amount of gunsmoke. Slightly hazy, golden amber body has a medium offwhite head that leaves some pretty patch lace.

Aroma is creal grains, toasted caramel and faint floral hops.

Mouthfeel is unremarkable. Medium body and carbonation.

Taste has a solid malt base of toasted caramel. Floral and earthy hop bitterness and alcohol notes play off the malt base throughout. Vague fruity notes emerge midway and carry into the finish, unripe pears perhaps.

Decent, but this one just doesn't turn my crank.

Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked, $11.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours cloudy dull lighter amber, the head is large, medium tan and loose. Shows quality retentive powers, staying at about 1/3 on an inch forever. Leaves better then respectable thick lacing, sheeting and collar.

Malty sweet nose, with a hint of lemon.

Sweet malts carry the load here. Vanilla, honey, and cookie notes up front. Has a tea, floral and dull lime hop snap on the rear end. Easy drinking with the 8.2% well hidden/bended into the mix.

Tasty stuff. Go get some and enjoy while its still around.

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Binny's tasting room--South Loop Chicago

Appearance: copper in color, clear, moderate carbonation, 1/4 inch head

Smell: caramel and light hops

Taste: caramel and some hops--pine

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet with a bitter backbone.

Drinkability: An above average maibock. I could have a couple glasses of this but nothing I would go out of my way for.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some grassy hops mixed in. The flavor is similar. I get wheat, grain, grassy hops, toffee malt and some citrus notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty good beer, but not quite as good as I was expecting for a 30th Anniversary special release.

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of sm0key
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of bsp77
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner/Imperial Pint hybrid.

Appearance: Clear golden amber with a huge frothy head that eventually settles down to a fine lace.

Smell: Apple, toasted malts and floral noble hops - smells like a massive Maibock.

Taste: Sweet and relatively mellow apple and toasted malt upfront. Then it turns more bitter and metallic at the end with floral noble hops. Ending seems harsh at first, but mellows as it warms/sits in the glass.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation (I think the massive head killed it), medium body, ridiculously smooth.

Drinkability: Very smooth and tasty Maibock but the extra alcohol seems unnecessary. Still a very good example of the style.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a schlitz mug.

Pours a light golden amber with a small white head that slowly fades. Nose is nice, light and floral. There's a hint of vinegar but it's nice.

Taste is quite interesting, it's light, sweet and malty with a touch of booze but it's not too much. The carbonation is nice and refreshing without being over the top it. Quite an easy drinking odd style.

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Osiris9588
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, caged and corked. A huge white head blooms over the rim of a tulip, and hang around awhile before dissipating without leaving much lace. It's a clear copper color with little bubble zipping to the surface.

The aroma is rather mild, malt and grain dominate, just a slight note of dark fruit.

Very malty, somewhat sweet and grainy, a bit of cherry sweetness, and you get just a hint of sulfur and citric hop characteristics. You get elements of both styles, not as much malt as a maibock, and It's a pretty successful marriage.

It demonstrates some life on the tongue, and the hops cut the sweetness before growing cloying on the tongue--and it finishes very nicely and balances out ultimately.

Still a bit much of the dark fruit to be highly drinkable for me, but a solid effort for sure.

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured into my SA perfect pint, this bock pours a murky straw color with a billowing white capped head that is quickly to succeed to almost nothing.

S: At first pour the aroma is bold and sweet like honey. Very natural aroma like biscuit mixed with caramel malt.

T: The flavor is again like caramel covered biscuits. Very natural and bready. Nothing too deep, and a little thin in body and flavor.

MF: Mouthfeel is on the thin side. This beer would have benefited something a little bigger.

Overall, my least favorite of the 30's, but still a good beer. There isn't much you can do with a bock to satisfy the beer geek, and if you do Weihenstephaner and Ayinger have you beat!

Photo of Soonami
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this during beer week at Jose Pistolas and just found the notes in my notebook.

This beer was definitely a disappointment for me. I did not expect to see this on tap, but was very excited to see it. It was described on the beer list as a The beer looked nice with a deep golden hue and a tuft of downy foam. The smell was very malty of toasted sweet bread, like a baking loaf of brioche, but it did not have the richness that I was expecting. The taste was similarly lacking depth and complexity, I could taste the kilned German malts, but it did not have the full flavor I was hoping for. The toasty malts dominated the beer with a bit of spicy hops and some alcohol in the end. The beer though was well made, even if I do not consider it a favorite.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A perfect pop out the caged & corked bottle. Excellent carbonation (which held throughout the entire bottle) and color, orange to brown, which again, remained vibrant and attractive throughout. Aroma had a twinge of Euro sweetness to it.

Pepper, Euro Hops (saaz/tettenang?) seemed to rock the party that rocks the body. Drank so smooth, could've believed this was 5% alcohol. Was so effortlessly light on the palate throughout, just some tangy pepperish hops, so easy to drink. It might not be for newbies or flipside contrarian curmudgeon snobbies, but it is a blast for everyone in between.

Very refreshing, had this laying around the pool and previously, down by a river (not in a van). I remember drinking Pale Bock this time of year a decade or so ago . . . this really brings you back, good for warm, but not hot (well maybe?) weather. Enjoy this one while it's available. Can't wait for the next two. About time this beer got an American kick in the ass. Enough whining has been listened to from detractors regarding this style for the last decade in my experience.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Addison Oktoberfest 1.5L Mug a pale yellow with a very thick white head. Great retention and decent lacing down the mug. I'm afraid I can't get much of the nose, but my allergies have been bugging me lately. I think I'm finding some hop notes in there, but my nose is weak. The taste has a great deal of flavors going on. There is a light amount of malt sweetness with some spices mixed in there. There is a nice hop presence through out and a very crisp finish.

This is what I would think a original oktoberfest should be like, very rich in flavor. I could just imagine drinking this in a huge mug on the streets of Munich.

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30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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