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

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30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock

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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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Photo of beer2day
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Myrtle Beach. Who knew??? Got the last glass out of the keg.

Deep orange color, 1/2 finger of head in my snifter. Faint retention and lacing.

Sweet nose, with lemon grass, honey, mead, light citrus, and lots of malt.

Deep honey coated malt flavor. Excellent syrupy bock finish. Mild grape flavor midway through.

Great sipper in the summer heat. Syrupy bock feel is great. Lots of sweetness creeps in here, too.

If Maibock is your style, seek this one out.

Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Teresa's Next Door during Philly Beer Week.

Appearance: Amber reddish with a thin head that maintains throughout the entire drink.

Smell: Strong aromas of malt and licorice with some of the hop profile that Sierra Nevada is known for.

Taste: Heavy on the malt, with some hoppiness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Very good beer from three pioneers of craft brewing. I'd be happy if they ended up making this a year round or a seasonal beer.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep clear gold with a decent head that dissipates to a layer of fine bubbles, not much lacing.

Aromas of sweet malt, straw, brown sugar, hops.

Taste follows the nose with sweet malt and resinous, bitter hops. Finishes dry and really clean.

Body is medium with crisp carbonation, really makes this refreshing.

This is a very drinkable beer. I like the sweet and bitter combination, and the alcohol is moderate.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo.

Served in a pint glass.

A - Dark yellow hint of brown. Not much head at all.

S - Bready malts and a slight hop smell. Not an overly pronounced nose.

T - Floral hops with a significant bready malt backbone and a nice caramel sweetness. Extremely tasty.

M - Medium body, silky, some chew.

D - An excellent beer and great example of the style.

Photo of Tilley4
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City snifter...

A deep golden with a thick creamy white head that fades a little too quickly for my liking...a nice looking beer but nothing memorable

Sweet malty graininess with a twinge of hoppiness as well.. This smells like warm buttered bread to me which is an awesome thing... As it warmed, it got more pronounced... Very nice...

Sweet maltiness big time right up front with a nice hop bitterness present here as well... This seems fairly balanced with the malts taking the lead throughout. I wasn't really sure what to expect with this one but I'm pleasantly surprised. Its actually really tasty... Hints of booze throughout keep you honest but this is really nice...

One of the most luxurious mouthfeels ever in my opinion... It feels thick and creamy and coats the mouth on the finish very nicely..

Overall, another winner... I don't like it as well as the first one of the series but this is really nice

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada's Charlie, Fred & Ken's Bock is sweet, fruity, clean, and refreshing.

It poured light amber with cascading bubbles and a two-finger thin bubbly head that disappeared within seconds. It left a crystal-clear glass. The smell was all metallic malt, but the flavor had a very nice fruit quality, with hints of cherry. The feel was crisp, smooth, and refreshing, with a very clean finish.

I love what Sierra Nevada is doing with the anniversary collaborations. Charlie, Fred & Ken's Bock is delicious and has the perfect crisp feel after a 20-mile bike ride on an 85 degree day.

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

Pours a crystal clear deep golden amber color with a huge bubbly white head that takes it's time receding. Smells of floral/spicy hop, sweet caramel and slightly bready malt with hints of alcohol in there as well. Taste is sweet with bready malts, floral and spicy hops, a bit of honey. Taste is sweet on the malt side with a touch of alcohol in there to keep everything in check. Light hop presence. Medium body with a sweet slick bordering on syrupy mouthfeel. Ample carbonation pricks my tongue with every sip. Another winner from the collaboration of a couple of people who have brewed once or twice. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It tastes like a maibock should despite the increase in alcohol. If it weren't 14.50 a bottle I might have purchased more.

Photo of waltonc
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden/caramel with a substantial white head. Smells of abundant malts, lemon, and floral hops. Very clean flavor - as advertised, plenty of toasted malt in here, with some hints of spice, including cardemom. Quite floral. Not very bitter. Moderate sweetness. A great beverage for a hot summer day if you're out of Coors Light. Body is moderately thick with smooth, ample carbonation. Another outstanding anniversary offering from Sierra; though points docked for the fact that it's easy to find this beer and it's not barrel aged. Who makes an anniversary beer without aging it in barrels and limiting production to 50 cases for release only at the brewery?

Photo of Bluetick
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Nice golden brown with great effervescence and about half-inch of head

S: Smells malty, a bit of hops...but nothing overpowers or stands out

T: Extremely surprised by the taste. I've had lots of different Sierra Nevada's beers and they've always seemed to have one basic characteristic - an overpowering taste of cascade hops. Some people die for this, other like me like the hops a bit more balanced. This has a a good taste of pine - but honey, malt, a honey are will balanced with the hops.

M: This is where this beer really shines. It literally feels, silky smooth, buttery, and bubbly at the same time - wonderful.

D: It goes down too easy. The alcohol doesn't overpower anything or make it to "heavy".

Photo of wahhmaster
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 700 mL bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a light brown color with lots of carbonation bubbles. Has a large, effervescent head that lingers for a very long time and leaves absolutely perfect lacing. Looks damn near perfect...

Smell: Smells very toasty with hints of floral hops.

Taste: The taste is surprisingly light for something with this high of an ABV or for something labeled "imperial." It really doesn't hit you over the head but rather introduces itself subtly. It is mildly bitter up front and develops toasty, grassy, and slightly sweet notes towards the back. The alcohol is hidden exceptionally well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and surprisingly light. This is pure lager bliss.

Drinkability: Wow! This has to be one of the best beers I've had this year, if not ever. Surprisingly easy to drink for the 8.3% ABV, yet still full of depth of flavor. Highly recommended and a real treat!

Photo of hosehead83
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary bomber bottle into a standard pint glass
Coppery gold in color, with an expansive head of white foam
Aroma-Subtle malt and a spicy sweetness
Taste-Malty sweetness, toasted almonds,lingering, subtle hop note. Medium to full-bodied, smooth, with warming alchohol comoing around as it warms.
Overall, although not my favorite style, an obviously well-crafted brew.

Photo of david131
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- An absolutely clear orange/copper liquid with a creamy bone white head that has some good retention.

S- Some citrus rind, caramel, alcohol, honey, and spice. Fairly faint. Smells like a boozy lager.

T- Caramel malt, citrus rind, spice, and alcohol. A bit hot.

M- There is a lingering bitterness and alcohol presence, but the carbonation level is spot on.

D- A unique take on the style that has some rather apparent alcohol. Not as entertaining as the Fritz and Ken's ale, but that set a pretty high standard.

Photo of carlborch
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful Champagne-style hiss upon removal of cage and cork. Pours deep golden-copper with a 3-inch creamy off-white head that settles in at two inches. The nose provides evident, but light and bright floral hops and toasted malt. Medium body and long lingering. Moderate to high carbonation. Excellent mouth-feel. The relatively high ABV is noticeable in the sense of warmth and sweetness. It is moreish! I would seek it out again. Excellent with food but very tasty on its own. If I were a monk, i'd put some aside for lent.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is an almost clear golden/amber color with a huge frothy head that stays around for quite some time. A beautiful head on this one. I smell alcohol and some spices. I also get some malts. Maybe a bit of pepper and zest as well. This taste is very nice... At first I get tons of sweet malts followed by some lovely bread. As it warms up a bit, the beer gets a little more chewy and syrupy. I think the mouthfeel could be a lot better. The drinkability is pretty high, but would have been a lot better if the beer wasn't so syrupy.

Photo of chaz410
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle bought at Brawleys in Charlotte.
Pours a clean amber body with a nice two finger lenth head that's very white and very thick.
Smells of toasted malt, typical lager rounded earthy sweetness, some nice earthy hops and some pine notes.
Taste of sweet caramel, toasted biscuits, nutty sweetness with a clean earthy pine note ringing out through the swallow but warms with alcohol towards the end. Finish is typical rounded balance you find in a nice bock. Very sweet upfront but mellows out as it goes down.
This is avery clean and easy drinking beer for the abv and style.

Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle int my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a nice amber color with 2 fingers of off white head that lasts for several minutes. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus fruits and hops, bready malts, toasted malts, and hint of floral to it.

t - Tastes of spice, citrus hops, booze, and some smooth caramel malts. An odd combination.

m - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth.

d - Wasn't a big fan of this one. A decent smell but I thought the taste was an off combination that I wasn't a big fan of. Wouldn't look to buy again.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle

A: Clear, bubbly golden under a quickly falling white head. No lace, no retention.

S: Big floral, peppery hop, not IPA in your face but big. Sweet malt backbone is there, not quite getting a lot of toasted malt like it says on the bottle, but the aroma is fairly balanced.

T: Hops and booze dominate, slightly unbalanced. Again, not getting a lot of toasted character. Hops are good, but booze could be hidden a little better.

M/D: Medium to full bodied, carbonation is surprisingly low (compared to the bubbles I saw during the pour). Drinkability is fine. A little unbalanced in the tasted, can't help but to think that a little taste was sacrificed to get this one to 8.3%, but otherwise a decent, balanced beer.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden/amber-hued body with beautiful copper glow, thinnish, near white head. quickly disaptin head with no lacing.

Smell: toasty amber malts, slight citrus from hops.

Taste: very impressed. alcohol well hidden, great hop presence. could have used more, but good. Very balanced imperial lager.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body.

Drinkability: fabulous big lager. This is what I wanted from Glissade. Nice job!

Photo of californiakulak
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at BC's Pizza in Clovis California.

A. Darker than I would have thought. Very clear amber with a seriously thick head.

S. A thick alcohol and malty aroma dominates. Sweet and toasted scents with some noble hop spiciness.

T. very good beer. Thick, syrupy, and hot alcohol. It tastes bigger than its 8% alcohol.

M. Thick, mouth coating with some warming from the alcohol.

D. This beer is very drinkable. I finished two pints before my pizza even arrived.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quality, yet somewhat forgetable, beer that takes an imperial twist on a classic German Maibock.

Starting with a bright light copper color with strong straw highlights. The beer has a nice glow about it. A creamy white head forms very well with a mix of tightly knit and loosely knit bubbles. The head evenually falls to a stubborn sheet before holding firm for the remainder of the session. Leaves a lot of lace behind.

Subtle aromas of straight up pilsner malt is decorated with a touch of floral and spice notes. A mild honey-suckle note rides throgh the floral hop character.

Malty flavors also prevail. Confectionate sweetness is met with light breads, sweet breads, and cookie dough. Floral and flowery flavors provide the perfect compliment to the delicate malts. Spicy with mild earthy/grassy tast, bitterness, and alcohol; just enough for added complexity and balance. A quite understated flavor profile but remains true to style despite its strength.

Medium bodied throughout although it starts out sweeter and rich. The beer fades nicely into a thirst quenching and refreshing beer late and with a mild herbal/minty aftertaste.

A very nice beer but with no real identifyable attributes other than a bigger Spaten Maibock. Fans of Oktoberfests should check this one out.

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

Crystal clear, orange-y copper with thick, creamy eggshell head. Good head retention and plenty of lacing on the glass.

Plenty of caramel in the aroma, some bread notes as well. Very light and clean aromas. A hint of fruity, herbal hop notes.

The flavor is loaded with bready malt and plenty of sweet caramel. Hints of toffee sweetness and a bright citrusy hop profile.

Nice and sweet, somewhat low bitterness. Full body with thick, creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

A tasty beer; very well balanced with a clean, smooth profile.

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

Clear yellow-orange with creamy 1/4" off-white head

Aromas of orange blossom honey, floral rubbing alcohol, coriander, fragrant grassy malt.

Rye bread bitter, touch of the fumey, black pepper. Sweet banana pie for a moment, but not cloying at all. Mouthfeel of bitter malt with a subtle hint of lemon rind citrus. Big flavor, big booze yet pretty drinkable.

Will be interesting to taste again in 3-6 months.

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

Pours crystal clear yellow with large poofy white head, moderate retention and lacing.

Aroma is a mix of esters and hops, more hoppy than I was expecting, fruit around the edges.

Flavor follows the aroma pretty close, lots of hop bitterness and flavor played off large esters and phenols, backend sweetness comes out more and more as it warms.

Interesting and drinkable, probably not an ager like the first 30th beer but I will definetly enjoy drinking my couple of bottles of this.

Photo of Pahn
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a three inch, fluffy offwhite head that dissipates steadily leaving a few bubbly rings of lacing that don't stick around. Pours a semi-translucent orange/amber.

Smell: From the bottle: all cinnamon. In the glass: clove and cinnamon, along with some floral and fruity tones. There's some mild, toasted, bready malt, but the nose is dominated for the most part by spice. A bit too potpourri for me, reminiscent of the weird "do I drink this, or scent an upper middle class living room with this?" dynamic of the Stone collaboration, Bashah. The grassy/floral hops and malt lurking in the background are really nice though. As the beer warms, it develops a really beautiful herbal character that bumped the score up from 3.5 to 4.0. The smell is a little spruce-y and minty. Interesting development.

Taste: First sip: spicy and floral with a big, airy malt finish, mildly sweet aftertaste, and lingering alcohol warmth. Getting deeper in, I'm finding the beer to be a bit too sweet and one-dimensional, and the alcohol burn seems inappropriately strong. 'Refreshing' is not a word I'd cart out for this Spring lager, which is a little disappointing. Lots of orange-y sweetness.

I have mixed feelings about the flavor of this beer. As it warms, the alcohol heat continues to be a major player, and the potpourri from the nose comes in and throws its weight around in the taste as well. Some great toasted malt flavors pop up and work against the sweetness and warmth.

I'm not sure how I feel about this one. It tastes a bit like melting a few varieties of candy cane and adding a lot of alcohol and some toast. It's sweeter, spicier, and less refreshing than I want or expect it to be, but it's definitely interesting. The flavor is growing on me, though to be honest I can't think of many unabashedly good things to say about it.

Mouthfeel: On the fuller side of medium bodied. Juicy, without much carbonation. Kind of honeylike, really. I like it, but it could use a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability: Not great. In the end, this beer is way too hot, and surprisingly inappropriate as a bit of Spring/Summer refreshment. I don't regret buying this bottle, but I have no plans of buying another one, or petitioning Sierra Nevada to re-brew this Anniversary offering (unlike Fritz and Ken's, which I found to be a really masterful stout that I'd happily return to often).

I guess it's a good thing that this is an anniversary, "special" beer. It drinks like one, but less in the "these guys know how to celebrate!" way, and more in the "well, that was an interesting one," way.

Photo of BierFan
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a glass.

Appearance: Thick off white head with real nice retention. Nice copper color. Looks like a German marzen with a crazy awesome head. Low carbonation. Good lacing.

Smell: Grassy, herbal, and slightly lemony hops. Malty caramel body makes itself present in the aroma.

Taste: Malty and dry with some caramel and decent hopping. Some alcohol in the finish.

30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.