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1888 Bock - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 297
Hads: 485
Avg: 3.29
pDev: 20.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of PapaGemutlich
4.92/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'll admit to a subjective bias on this one.

I remember this beer from my youth in Minnesota, when bock beer was only available during Lent, and Leinenkugel sold its bock only in returnable bottles and the usual cardboard cases carried a stapled-on yellow "BOCK" tag on the end of the case. When Leinie's sold the distribution rights to Miller, the spring tradition went by the way, and Leinie's only bock offering was a year-round, far-too-cutely-named Big Butt Doppelbock that tasted like what it was: a focus-grouped brewer's ode to blandness.

I had been overseas with the government for a number of years, and I was delighted this spring to discover that Leinie's had gone back to its traditional practice and traditional recipe. And they aren't kidding: the 1888 Bock is the same beer I drank when I was a kid. I remember the solid body, deep-red color, and well-rounded caramel flavor (is that a hint of smoke?) with not much hop bitterness, all appropriate to the style. The story I heard years ago was that bock was what the old German brewers in Minnesota and Wisconsin made once a year when they were scraping out the burned malt from their roasting kettles, and Leinie's Bock tasted like it. In the Minnesota of my parents' youth, this was the beer they let kids drink, owing to it's smooth drinkability.

Aroma and taste are a strong memory trigger, and it's hard to fake--this is the stuff I drank as a teen in the 70s. That was a grim era for beer lovers, and the Jacob Leinenkugel folks kept the torch alive, even if they sold out just when the craft brewing movement redeemed their efforts.

I give this one a high rating a) because I really like it and b) because it's an accurate taste representation of an old recipe. This is a good beer to know.

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Photo of Fatduck
4.37/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one was a real surprise for me. I like Leinenkugel, but I dont expect much from them.

Pours out a very silky dark copper color, clear but dark. Smells of caramel and malts. Low hop bitters in the back end. A nice smooth feel, and a supremely drinkable. After my first 6pack I went right back to the bottle store for 2 more.

The biggest surprise is that my GF likes it, Maybe I've found a starting point for getting her into beer.

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Photo of cooch69
4.3/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep murky brown with a nice creamy off white head.

Nose is rich on the bready dark malts. The taste is very slick and straightforward. Caramel bready malts upfront. There is a good amount of hops in here. Making this beer a little spicy and more balanced out. Finish is amazingly bready, just like eating a loaf.

This guy sure likes dark lagers and this one did the job for me. Clean malty easy to drink and very satisfying.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.3/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from local Hannaford. Pours a dark copper body with a short-lived inch of off-white head. Caramel, toffee, chocolate, and floral hops all characterize the aroma. Tastes like chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, with some grassy and floral hops, in almost equal parts. On the lighter side of medium-bodied with ample carbonation, making this an easy drinker. A solid beer, not what I think of when I think of bock, but mighty tasty and I'll probably be picking this one up again.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.24/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle. Had this at my friends apartment during a holiday celebration for me and my friends in the building.

Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head with decent lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts and caramel. Taste is what you would expect from the smell, very similar, along with a grain taste. Very drinkable.

I haven't had many bock's, but the few that I have, have left a good impression on me. This didn't disappoint, and I will definitely buy it in the future. I am beginning to become a huge fan of winter seasonal's.

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Photo of Lacesoutcody
4.2/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: A dark deep red, like a black cherry. Head is a nice thin, off white that sticks around for awhile, the lacing is good as well.

S: Not much sticks, out a lil roasted flavor, and hops, mostly clean.

T: Nice, nothing overpowering, some toasted malts, and hop bitterness on the end. Satisfying, while not overtly complex.

M: A little thin, but soft, pleasant.

D: Very good, something to be tried.

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Photo of Adam2200
4.08/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the appearance is nice and ruby dark color much like a bock

the smell of the beer is very well set up not average for a bock.

the taste is smooth and a nice mouth feel that leaves you wanting more

the drinkability of the beer is nice for a cold winter day or a late night to wind down after a days worth of drinking.

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Photo of tim28
4.07/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack at the local liquor store. Poured into a regular beer glass
A-Brownish red. Not much head
S-Malts. Caramel. Some nuttiness
T-Good. An easy going beer. Malty and nutty.
M-Light to medium.
D-Very good. Not a lot of alcohol and good mouthfeel make this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of pweis909
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Garnet-brown color, clear, with a thick head that fades fast, leaving some lacing on the glass. It's a very appealing look.

S-Malty aroma with a enough caramel to make me wonder if it could be "sticky." Clean, as in no fruity esters.

T-Malty and moderately sweet, but not as caramelly as the initial smell lead me to believe. A slight roastiness and just enough bitterness keeps it from being one-dimensional.

M-Slightly thick, in a pleasant way.

D-Quite drinkable, on it's own, with a meal, or as a not-too-decadent dessert.

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Photo of avaccani
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A Nice deep brown with a 2 finger off white head. Lacing lasted the whole glass.

S - I get caramel, sweet malt, toffee, and some piney hops.

T - It is very malt forward. A nice caramel sweetness upfront balanced by a crisp hop bite at the end. Hops never overpower, only balance. A lingering sweet malt / caramel flavor is left in your mouth.

M - Great on tap, body is lighter so drinking a few isn't out of the question.

O - Great Bock! It is an easy drinker with a good malt driven flavor.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When i poured this beer, it has a nice dark brown body with a nice 2 inch finger white head that lays down slowly. The smell is malty with some coffee and chocolate hints. The taste is nice and malty with chocolate and coffee being the dominant flavors. I get a little hop flavor on the back of the tongue. It has a nice smooth mouth feel. Overall i think this is a ok bock to drink.

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Photo of evanlarkin
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown, dark amber light spilling through the edges. Light and small head.

Coffee comes through first, with a sweetness. More caramelly than toasted.

Coffee flavors as it goes in, caramel in the mouth, with a toasted malt finish.

Rich without being thick, with light carbonation coming up from the tongue.

Reasonably high, in my opinion. I could drink this happily as a session beer. The flavor isn't overpowering, but generally pleasant.

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Photo of likethetaste
3.98/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pick this up at food lion just to give it a try. A nice surprise. This is pretty good. Pours a nice medium brown with a nice head. Really not much in smell. Taste has hints of nut in it. Feel nice in the mouth and this is very drinkable. This is not a bad beer to pick up at food lion.

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Photo of whiterascal
3.97/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, coppery brown. thin head with a little lacy rim
S: malty, nutty, creamy
T: high carbonation bite, malty and very nutty
M: smooth
D: fabulous
I like Leinie's in general, so I was anxious to try this one... I think it's a well balanced beer and I could definitely drink a couple. It's not at all heavy, but I wouldn't say it's thin either.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at Woodman's in Janesville, Wisconsin in early 2010 when it was in season.

This spring seasonal beer is fairly dark in color as is normal with bock beers and has a fairly inviting smell. It does come with a rather strong bitter taste. Not quite to the point that an IPA does but still bitter. Not the best bock beer on the market but for a local Wisconsin $6/6pack it certainly is worth a try.

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Photo of beergod1
3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat a lighter bock, but still a nice malty roasted nut flavor....not a typical bock, liike other Lienies, the names of the beer doesn't mean it tastes like what is says. Octoberfest, is another good beer, but doesn't really taste like a Marzen. Fireside nut brown is next in my fridge, im sure it will taste fine, but maybe not a nut brown? I think Leinie's get a bad rap for their beers are generally "lighter" versions of the style on the bottle. But all their beers are good tasting and very sessionable, giving all the 'BIG" beers out there, my palate could use a nice relaxed beer now and then....thank you Leinenkugels.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.92/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spyed a 6'er of this new brew and picked it up for a review. As a note the label says 5.2% ALC/VOL. Smell is malty with very slight roasted malts and some caramel and butterscotch smells. Pours to a reddish rootbeer color with a big bubble head that dissapates quickly. Taste is sweet, but not overly, malt. Slight bit of hops in the background. Finishes slightly bitter but a dry bitterness with a hint of cocoa. Mouthfeel has a lot of carbonation but it isn't too much as it goes good with the sweetness. This is a tasty brew. I can't put it down. Better a little warmer than cold. I could drink this all day long without getting bogged down. This is a sessioner with no doubt.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.91/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to WJVII for this gift.

A - Dark brown body with a very nice inch and a half of light tan head. Stamina is a good adjective to describe this topper. Its frothy and thick leaving a hummocky topography. The only attribute holding this bock back from an exceptional spot on looks is the lacing. It is only okay.

S - Caramelized malt, plum and campfire.

T - Well rounded malt with hinting at a sweet chocolate flavor before finishing with a nice smooth hop.

M - It finishes with a slight sandpaper edge after starting smooth and water-like.

~ I am impressed with this bock. I have been a fan of Leines Beer for a long time. Lately I've let them sit on the sideline as I've not been really impressed with some of their later lines. This is however a change. This brew is something I'd like to see stick around for awhile.

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Photo of weylinfidler
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Drinking it now so My review is fresh in my mind.

A: Pours a dark amber with a medium cream/of white head

S: Smells like you would expect from Bock beer. One of my favorite styles of beer so my mouth waters at the smell.

T: Lite hop bitterness with dark roast malt sweetness. More flavor than Michelob Amber Bock but A bit watered down compared to Tommyknockers ButtHead...still not bad.

M: Doesn't feel to heavy on the pallet, a bit to much carbonation.

D: taste is good, body feels kind of light, and the 5.2abv, not the 5.10 that is listed on site, makes this an exceptional drinker.

Any Bock lovers would enjoy this one. easily an all day drinker and not to heavy on the ABV.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a freshness code of 06019 E20728, guessing that means it was best by June of this year. Pours a deep reddish-brown color with pretty good clarity and a nice, dense tan head. Some lacing, but not an abundance.

Smell has the requisite sweet caramel maltiness, if a bit light. There are some fruit notes in there in the form of raisins and even watermelon. Hints of cinnamon and cocoa round out the nose here.

While it's not exactly bursting with flavor, 1888 bock has some good things going for it. Caramel sweet and toasty malts strike a nice balance with just a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. Fine bubbled carbonation lends a nice creamy texture to the beer. I rather like this Leinenkugel's offering and is probably the best one I have had yet.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into a siedel. no bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear brown color that produced a good eggshell colored head that clung to the glass in certain areas.

(S)- Nutty, with bits of raisins & molasses. A touch of vanilla.

(T)- Plenty of toasted almond-like nuttiness with a bit of raisin-like vanilla creaminess. Lightly sweet & molasses.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. Nice toasted-like flavors with a good sweetness for the style that isnt in your face strong.

(D)- A good Bock that is just as good as I remember it from last year when it was first bottled. What I like about it is that its a great sessionable beer that I usually dont find that often in the bock style. I could definitely have a few of these. Not overly sweet which I like.

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Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is sweet and chewy. Hints of caramel and raisin abound in this beer.

Taste is sweet and chewy. A bit too carbonated. Kind of thin at the back of the throat.

Leaves a nice malty aftertaste that's chewy and full of raisin.

A decent example of a bock. Not perfection but good enough to be sessionable.

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Photo of drxandy
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to mug, pours a deep syrupy amber reddish brown, fluffy tan head hangs around - looks nice

smells of sweet bready roasty biscuit malts, yeastliness, hops

taste is roasty barley, dry grassy hops, caramel/biscuit toasty malt, yeast provides a great backbone, a friend noted the similarity to michelob's amber bock, higher carbonation than i would like, excellent balance leaning toward malts, mmm

mouthfeel is of heavy yeast, carbonation pops everything out but a little to high for me, good weight, extremely drinkable with a load of flavor.

one of my favorite leiney offerings already (but i haven't tried any of their specialty beers)

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Deep rouge color with slight amber tones. Almost no head on pour.

S: Very yeasty. Smells like bread and caramel.

T: Big sweet maltiness brings all of the punch up front with a deep bitter hop taking over and leading to a smoky flavor. Very well done but lack a little of the full smoothness you find in all the great bottles.

M: Carbonation levels seem distracting in this style.

D: Good. Would purchase again and gladly drink (if my other options weren't great).

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1888 Bock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.