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1888 Bock - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
75
okay

468 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.21%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-12-2008)
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Reviews by matjack85:
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matjack85

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -2.8%

12oz. brown bottle with no freshness date, but as this is a seasonal offering only available from January to March and this is still March, I am sure this is pretty fresh stuff.

The beer poured a clear amber/red color but it only made a half finger of light brown head that lasted less than 30 seconds. It also left virtually no lacing on the glass.

There was a roasted malt and caramel smell to this beer, but it was faint. No robust bock aroma.

For a beer made with 4 different malts, it was awful weak in the malt flavor department. It did have some nice roasted malt in there along with some caramel for sweetness, but there just wasn't enough of it. I could not taste any chocolate malt at all. At just 18 IBU's, the hops are barely noticeable. It doesn't have a bad flavor, it just doesn't have enough of what it has. Bocks should have more flavor than this.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with really crisp carbonation.

At just 5.1% abv, this beer falls below the lower limit of what BA recommends for a bock, so not only is the smell and flavor lacking, but so is the alcohol. That said, it certainly is easy to drink and price wise it's reasonable, I just don't know if It's something that I would go out of my way for to have in the fridge.

03-20-2010 05:43:06 | More by matjack85
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

04-18-2010 23:02:03 | More by RoyalT
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dmheinz57

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

11-12-2012 23:11:34 | More by dmheinz57
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.43/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

12-29-2010 01:02:11 | More by lordofthewiens
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CaeserTits

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +45.3%

03-26-2012 21:37:43 | More by CaeserTits
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generallee

New York

3.88/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

08-26-2009 16:44:30 | More by generallee
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

04-10-2013 02:29:18 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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clarkkr

Indiana

3/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

03-29-2011 20:50:30 | More by clarkkr
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.1/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

02-08-2009 00:33:55 | More by merlin48
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nem2006

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

03-08-2009 06:35:00 | More by nem2006
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -1.2%

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

02-02-2009 20:22:26 | More by tigg924
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

03-17-2010 03:28:26 | More by Mora2000
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Skye1024

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +7%

12-27-2011 19:01:34 | More by Skye1024
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

09-17-2012 21:35:34 | More by NilocRellim
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

11-15-2011 02:26:58 | More by bpfrush
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MattyG85

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +20.2%

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.

04-23-2011 05:20:33 | More by MattyG85
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.45/5  rDev -25.1%

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.

01-18-2009 16:49:45 | More by WVbeergeek
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

09-22-2013 15:36:33 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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robthepenguin

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

05-03-2012 08:03:36 | More by robthepenguin
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

04-01-2014 23:06:43 | More by LXIXME
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Brenden

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

04-19-2010 13:16:02 | More by Brenden
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RDW

Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

07-28-2012 04:16:47 | More by RDW
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mully

Minnesota

2.53/5  rDev -22.6%

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.

12-29-2008 00:23:53 | More by mully
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dohastmich

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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

04-09-2009 00:46:02 | More by dohastmich
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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +5.5%

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...

06-19-2011 01:35:14 | More by dacrza1
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1888 Bock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.