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1888 Bock - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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470 Ratings
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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | 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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1/5  rDev -69.3%

Drk93TT, May 18, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -54%

harrylee773, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of alkemy
1.73/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A fellow beer aficionado and friend gave me this (we are now into trading partial sixers for tasting sessions) and I really wish he wouldn't have. I had to give up a perfectly good IPA to try this. I don't like bocks, so here it is: Pours brown in color with about an inch high head. Smells like what I remember Mich Amber Bock and Shiner Bock to smell of, which is to say not fabulous. Thankfully, the taste wasn't as bad as the aforementioned beers. It was, in fact, weaker which I considered a blessing. I like some of Leiny's beers but certainly not this one.

alkemy, Mar 13, 2009
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1.75/5  rDev -46.3%

blknikon, May 08, 2013
Photo of cokes
1.85/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

cokes, Jan 07, 2009
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2/5  rDev -38.7%

Punkrckr281, Jun 23, 2012
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2/5  rDev -38.7%

Raynae, Jan 01, 2013
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2/5  rDev -38.7%

jharris0624, Nov 17, 2012
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2/5  rDev -38.7%

klipper, Aug 01, 2012
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2/5  rDev -38.7%

Brownsfan13, Mar 03, 2013
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2/5  rDev -38.7%

antoines15, Apr 16, 2012
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2/5  rDev -38.7%

MerkurKing16, Nov 17, 2011
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2/5  rDev -38.7%

gater_ade, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Metalmonk
2.1/5  rDev -35.6%
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!

Metalmonk, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
2.2/5  rDev -32.5%
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

Magpie14, Jan 01, 2009
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2.25/5  rDev -31%

Jimboe, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of TMB0424
2.25/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into mug

Poured a mahogany body with reddish-amber edges when held to the light. A tight, slightly off-white head very quickly reduced into a ring, leaving minimal lacing. Nothing special.

Aroma is nice I guess, but extremely one-sided and simple. It's basically just of sweet, roasted malts - and it's weak. A slight tinge of breadiness, but not much.

Taste is of roasted malts mixed with a hint of nuts and an extremely weird lemon/metal flavor. It's totally watered down, totally muted. No evidence of any alcohol.

Mouthfeel is decent at best, mostly due to its high carbonation. Medium bodied. It goes down fairly smooth (due to its totally watery body) but the flavors of a normal Bock just aren't there at all, and when they are there - it just doesn't click. The offsetting metallic/lemon taste ruins any good aspect of this brew as well. Would not revisit.

TMB0424, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of strengthdoc
2.25/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I used to like Leinenkugel when I was in college at the University of Illinois, but I have been dissapointed in the offerings I have had since moving to CT. There is a mild roasted malt aroma and the beer is dark brown in color. The mouthfeel is very light and watery as well as the taste. There is a mildly sweet taste with a hint of lime.

strengthdoc, Jun 27, 2009
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2.25/5  rDev -31%

Hallce2, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of secondtooth
2.3/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

secondtooth, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of tzieser
2.33/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

a: wow. surprisingly good look to this...could be this be the first decent Leinenkugel brew? thick tow finger head that simmers into a thin lacing. great dark brown color.

s: barely any aroma. faint hints of grainy malts. nothing special.

t: oh no...thin, watery malt flavor. dammit leinenkugel! you've let me down again! strange grainy bitterness up front, a very faint taste of caramel and bready malts in the finish. not very pleasant of a flavor. at all.

m&d: over-carbonated mouthfeel. drinkability is terrible, because of the aforementioned reasons.

ugh! when the hell is this brewery going to put something out worth drinking? i can't believe these guys have been around for this long, putting out these kind of mediocre brews.

it's like they cant decide if they want to be sam adams or budweiser, so they try doing both....and fail miserably.

tzieser, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of sweethome
2.33/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour is deep chestnut brown color. Very white head is in stark contrast. The color is promising, but the head just looks out of place,

oh, the nose is so leinie - so uniquely leinie. A bit of cardboard, some backing of sugar-coated cereal.

Enters with a cloying sweetness and artifical flavor of maple - reminds me of their nut-brown artificial flavor.

Why say much more? This is better than drinking macro light, but anything more? I think not.

sweethome, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.38/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tree bark brown that becomes crystal clear russet when backlit. There aren't too many bocks (that aren't doppelbocks) darker than this one. The golden sand colored lid looks decent enough and is doing an okay job of laying down lace.

The nose is a roughly equal mixture of bock and brown ale. That's what happens when the malt bill includes pale, Munich, caramel and chocolate. Knowing this brewery, the fact that the aroma is inoffensive is probably because it's also underpowered.

JLBC has never brewed good beer (that isn't named Big Eddy), but it honestly seems like they're going downhill of late. Then again, checking some of my reviews, they've pretty much been at the bottom of the hill from the start. It can't be *that* hard to create a decent bock, can it?

The biggest sin is that there's very little malt... and a malt-deficient bock ain't no bock at all. At least it doesn't taste like extracts were used, so that's something. Flavors include watery caramel, watery chocolate and a watery nuttiness. The taste score continues to free-fall. If I had to drink more than 12 ounces, it might have been one notch lower.

The mouthfeel (no surprise here) is nothing to write home about. It's essentially one step above a fizzy yellow lager, so let's call it a partially fizzy brown lager. This is macro crap, plain and simple.

For some reason, I actually thought 1888 Bock would be decent. It isn't even close. I've now officially given up hope that Leinenkugel beer will ever do anything but piss me off. Maybe they contracted out the Big Eddy beers.

BuckeyeNation, May 24, 2009
Photo of Ricochet
2.4/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear, dark brown, little head and a faint lace and no carb bubbles. Smelled strong, burnt grain, almost a stout. Mouth had an watery, slightly sticky wash with a bit of bitter and odd, "old prune" aftertaste?

Okay, so what does it taste like? Sour grains, burnt a bit, with a bitter outer range. My main impression is prune. That's it. Unimpressive.

Well, I don't really like Leiny's stuff much. I've had a few that are good, most fall in the average category for me. Better than BMC but still, towards the bottom of the step off beers.

Ricochet, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.45/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 18, 2009
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1888 Bock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.