1888 Bock - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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1888 Bock1888 Bock

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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-12-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by WakeandBake:
Photo of WakeandBake
2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A rusty amber color with a foamy off white head.Some soft carbonation. Aroma mostly of toasted caramel malt,biscuts,chocolate faintly nutty and metallic.Flavor is pretty much sweet caramel malt.A thin smooth mouthfeel,and body.Fun to try but I think Ill pass on buying this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.27/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a dark brown in color with a modest head.

Smell - The raw molasses aroma really dominates the nose. I can also pick up some very dark sugars.

Taste - The unsulphored molasses comes on singularly at the taste pretty much stamping out any other flavors.

Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied with actually a touch of bitterness.

Drinkability - This went down well enough. I really like unsweetened molasses so enjoyed that aspect of the beer but this was an incomplete packaged. The malt was too one-dimensional, and although the style is typically not thick I thought this was too watery.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer selection at stores in the Orlando area is pretty dismal. This was one of the better choices at a Target outside of Disney World (fortunately they also sold SN Celebration).
The beer was a chesnut color with a thick tan head.
Very average aroma, some hints of sweet malt and caramel.
More of a malt presence in the taste, some caramel.
Smooth, pleasant enough, and easy to drink.

Photo of generallee
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There was no freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: The body has good clarity and a dark brownish color with a nice big fluffy head on top. The head is white in color and doesn't hang out for long. Before it settles down to just a wispy thin layer it does make a few lace rings on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma is full of sweet malt and dark bready notes.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor has a sweet and bready character with caramel notes, soft pretzel, and light nutty notes. The finish adds some mild hop notes for balance and a little dryness. Still overall it finishes on the sweet side. On the palate it has a good medium to full body with nice active carbonation and a smooth slick texture.

Notes: This bock was very tasty and easy drinking.

Photo of clarkkr
3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Looked relatively dark brown in the glass with a surprising amount of lacing and a low-to-average light-tinted head.

Smell was interesting but not strong. Some caramel and espresso tones with some hoppy fragrance contributing, especially after agitating in my glass.

Taste was as expected with the smell. The malts were sweet with a hint of some darker caramel, but I couldn't taste any of the espresso tones I thought I picked up with my nose. The hops were very tame and really only significantly contributed to the taste when the beer was swallowed or swished it in my mouth.

The mouthfeel is definitely on the watery side with very little texture.

Overall this was a pretty solid beer. I would drink it again under the right circumstances. I had it with some relatively spicy steaks, so it was a pair that worked well for the style.

Photo of merlin48
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle pours a clear chestnut brown body with a medium sized beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is molasses and toffee, some roastiness, and a hint of dark fruits. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Well carbonated. Taste has a bready sweet maltiness, with toffee prominent. A hint of floral hops. Insubstantial mouthfeel hurts drinkability. Not bad, but not one I will look for again.

Photo of nem2006
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 oz bottle. Pours clear with a nice head. A deep brown with an amber hue. A nice slightly off white head. Held fairly well.

The nose was heavily malty. Toasted and maybe a hint of caramel. Not much hop to it.

The taste is heavily malty. Sweet start with a little toasted middle and a barely evident hop finish.

Photo of tigg924
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: medium head with consistent carbonation, a clear leather color

Smell: toffee and sweet malt

Taste: very malty and light toffee

Mouthfeel: smooth, slightly watery, with a slightly bitter aftertaste..I can feel the carbonation throughout

Drinkability: An average bock that is surprisingly drinkable...Not nearly as strong as some other bocks I have had...I could easily drink a six and will have this again, but will not rush out to get it

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a tan head. The aroma is strong malt, mainly biscuit malt but some caramel as well. The flavor is more of the same with lots of malt and no apparent hop flavor or aroma. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of MattyG85
3.92/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber red with a decent sized slightly tan head than fades into a thin layer. Decent lacing.

Smell: Strong sweet caramel malts and roasted nuts up front with spices and earthy hops in the background.

Taste: Sweet roasted nuts and malts up front followed by hints of spices and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with medium carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: A nice toasty version of a bock.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a ruby garnett tone with a large creamy light beige head which leaves scattered lacing down the sides of my glass as it dwindles rather slow. Aroma has a touch of freshly slice apple and barely a hint of raisins. Sweet caramelized malts flow just as well, with just a touch of acidity in the back ground. Flavors are pretty unimpressive and generic some stale beer flavor with a metallic water sweet grainy characteristic that just feels plain dumbed down. Mouthfeel is thin and watery light bodied carbonation isn't remarkable, but at least it's not overdone. Drinkability is pretty effortless there's just nothing about this brew that makes me want another. Unoffensive and bland doesn't make for a good bock.

Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one was on tap at BWWs in Toledo. It's essentially the same as I remember from the bottle.

This brew is dark brown in color. The head has some decent retention and leaves a little lacing around.
The aroma is some caramel malts with a toasty character and some barley-like grains. There's a bit more strength to it off the tap, ans some of the astringency seems to have been tamed.
The taste follows suit, the backbone consisting of the malt with accompanying flavors of smoke, grains, caramel/toffee, and a nutty note. Hops are barely perceptible underneath. The balance isn't awful, but it's not exceptionally high either. This one may not have quite the robustness and full flavor of a big bock, but at least it's the right flavor and character.
The body is perhaps a little lighter than it ought to be in a decent mouthfeel that's marred by excessive carbonation.
This isn't one to run away from, and a bit stronger than any macro effort.
This isn't by any means the quintessential bock, but it's one of Leinenkugel's better offerings.

Photo of mully
2.51/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thich creamy tan head light brown color you can see the carbonation streaming off the glass.

Slightly sweet not much in the aroma catagory

very light malt flavor no descerenable hop charecteristics. Hints of earthly nutty malts. It's kind of like a regular macro lager with a little more dark roast malt in there.

thin mouth feel, kind of wattery, no aftertaste

If you don't mind a bored pallet, you could probably drink plently but not really enjoy/notice it.

Photo of dohastmich
2.74/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured into pint class, little head, left nice lace throughout. Beautiful clear amber/ruby red color

S - malt malt, and malt not much more than that

T - Tastes as it smells. Not much here than the caramel malt taste. Hops are minimal enough that I do not detect them. Very little to this one.

M/D - It is unbelievably thin. Actually feels as though it has been heavily watered down. Probably the reason why this goes down so fast, but its not for a good reason. If I want a session beer, there are plenty others to choose from

Photo of dacrza1
3.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Situation:Celebrating the wonders of taste and smell afterfending off aallergies and sickness...
Glassware: Celebrator Doppelbock...
Appearance: chestnut brown body with an off-white head that holds still...
Aroma: hints of pine intermingle with punchy malts and a bit of bubblegum sugar--appealing...
Palate: smooth, medium-bodied and sippable--substantial but not overwhelming...
Taste: malty presence; a bit syrupy and gummy, harkening to a malt liquor served by the 40 oz...some fruity hints round out the aftertaste, inviting another sip...
Overall: A mellow, understandable interpretation of the style. I like to think of Leinenkugel's as a more experimental version of the East's German beer beast, Yuengling. I haven't been let down by Leinie's yet, and this bock, though unspectacular, makes for a nice March night's companion...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel- 1888

A- Deep clear amber with a big thick frothy head. Good messy lacing.
S- Sweet brown sugar and smokey malt.
T- Good sweet brown sugar/ molasses malt, slight toasted grain, earthy/ leafy hop finish.
M- Thick sweet malt throughout. Earthy dry finish.

Overall- Smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. Not a complex Bock but an easily enjoyable one.

Photo of Metalmonk
2.19/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks super--a thick, pillowy light-tan head, which audibly crackles and lessens to a thin skim a few minutes from the pour...and the color is ruby-red meets glossy-brown, with plenty of web-like lace stickage too boot.

Aroma is a letdown from the fantastic looks. A mild toffee comes in, as does a roasty/smokey maltiness, but there's a weird cooked veggie thing happening, which seems to be the hallmark of most Leinenkugel aromas. So...a little bit nice and a little bit of a bummer, equals - Average.

I had my first one of these last night and thought "this is a piss-poor bock." I'm drinking this one a little warmer today, and I'm thinking "this is a piss-poor bock." I hate to be rude and I'm not out to personally offend the brewmaster, but this is not good beer. What I get is a largely mineral and vegetable flavor, and some sourness, with any real bock-like elements relegated to the sidelines. You can still see them, sitting on the bench, but they're not playing the game. Weak sweetness, weak maltiness, hardly robust, and lacking the luxurious body of a good bock. Too much carbonation while also being thin and watery. Bottom line: wispy and hollow in taste and mouthfeel.

This one was a complete let-down, and this from a brewer I don't have sky-high expectations for. I won't return, but why do I keep getting suckered in by all their seasonals? Well, it looks utterly fantastic, anyway, so if you're into looking at beer -- go for it!

Photo of Magpie14
2.23/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: thin brown color with red hues, nothing to brag about as far as head or lacing is concerned

S: nutty, malty, and watery grains. Prefabricated sweetness smell...

T: malts are present with a dab of toasted nuttiness. Sweetness gives way to vanilla and caramel notes and seems rather light for a bock. Maybe a whiff of hops in the finish otherwise terribly tender

M: light to mild body with reasonable carbonation. Lingering artificial sweetness is a turn off

D: ah...drinkable? Yes it is, but it's rather disappointing

This is a rather lame attempt at the style and just festers with unnatural sweetness and overall a thin complexity, rather boring

Photo of emsroth
3.49/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

App: Small off white head that very quickly dies. A beautiful medium brown that is just too dark to be transparent.

Smell: Lots of great roasted malt. Solid aromas of coffee and some caramel. Herbal hops make themselves known, but are subtle.

Taste: A rather uniform taste of dark caramel/coffee. Ends with a wonderful marriage between husky malt, coffee roast, and herbal bitterness.

Crisp bock carbonation that I love, but the body is a bit thin and detracts.

Photo of cokes
1.9/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Clear garnet brown with a big, bountiful, buttercreme head that shows excellent durability and lacing.

It really is a beautiful looking beer. It's a shame that everything else is so sub-par.

The nose rings hollow with husk and chalk, and phantoms of things sweeter.
It rides equally bland through the mouth. Water is the main player in the flavor department. With a good deal of concentration, a small toasty and husky maltiness can be perceived, as well as dab of grape-like fruitiness later on.
The body is flaccid, washed-out, pale, and dilute.
It's drinkable in the way that flavorless light beers are, as that's basically what it is....or at least what it seems like.
There really is a scarcity of taste here.
Avoid this.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad bock and a good drinking beer. Amber brown coloured body with a three-eighths inch head. Carbonation is right there. A decent balance of a kiss of sweetness and toasted malt, a hint of chcolate malt, a drop of citrus. A tad above average mouthfeel.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.32/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber with a one finger beige head. This is darker than I thought it would be, and the head is persistent despite the lack of lace.

S - Earthy toasted malt with a hint of espresso and caramelized sugar. This smells like warm maple syrup served in a cabin near the tree it was tapped from. This really nails the "Nort-woods of Wiscansin" aroma to a tee.

T - Like the nose, this is earthy and dirty with a nice moderately sweet molasses an maple syrup note combined with a more bitter dark coffee flavor. When I say "dark coffee" I by no means mean that this is in stout or even porter territory, but it does have a tiny hint of roasty black coffee bean that really helps add complexity to what could have ended up being another relatively boring brown ale.

M - Light bodied, crispy carbonated, and pretty damn dry on the finish. Honestly, this one has more balls than most other Leinie offerings, and the finish is indicative of that more forward nature. The finish leaves lingering malt and black coffee bean pleasantries on the tongue for minutes after the swallow.

D - Well done! I honestly have quite a bit of beef with Leinenugels... I consider them to be one of the shittier "craft" brewers out there. They are slowly redeeming themselves though. I was impressed with Creamy Dark and their most recent offering, Fireside Nut Brown, and this is about of the same level of moderately good brew. Leinenkugels will never be overly adventurous, and they will always make anemic under-flavored brews, but for what it is this ain't bad. It was pretty damn cheap too. If this was a dollar or two more per sixer I might have rated this slightly lower. I know money isn't supposed to influence our reviews, but in light of the current state of the economy it alters my choices in the bee aisle so why not add that factor into the drinkability score?

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish amber with a half of an inch of brownish, fizzy head that's thick, soft, and has good retention. The nose has notes of caramel, chocolate malts, and yeast. The flavor has a mild burnt malt flavor up front followed by some faint, sweet caramel, chocolate, and some very mild alcohol. There is a faint bitterness in the finish that adds some balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, but a bit too carbonated.

This is probably the best beer I've had by Leinenkugel's. It has drinkability, body, and in some sense has complexity. I wouldn't seek this out, but I wouldn't turn it down either.

Photo of mempath
3.42/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep amber like cream soda. little head and lacing.

nice bready/malt nose, a little like beer bread batter with some yeasty wafts. not bad.

flavor is actually not bad, but is obliterated and subdued by the odd mouthfeel of too much carbonation and thinness.

drinkable enough and probably a good summer brew or mid-spring gardening refreshment. but nothing special.

Photo of secondtooth
2.34/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark amber with medium tan head. A little lace. Nothing too impressive.

Strong aroma -- nutty, caramel, roasty, and robust.

Flavors are sweet and malty. Too much so. Slight roasty overtones, but this one seems to be a malt bomb, both one-dimensional and overbearing. Nope.

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1888 Bock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.