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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 lwillitz
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - semi-transparent dark brown/amber with ruby highlights when backlit; 2-finger khaki-colored head leaves decent lacing

S - pine, apple, hops

T - following the smell, a tangy/piney bitterness dominates the flavor

M - unexpectedly light-bodied with high carbonation; certainly thinner than it looks

O - 1888 is an ok beer, but it could be less watery and the flavor could be more balanced. Not the best bock on the market.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.06/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1888 Bock looks like it has promise when poured, it has a nice deep amber color, glowing ruby when backlit with a light brownish head. The head falls quickly leaving little lacing.

After the promising start of the initial appearance it begins to fall beginning with the aroma department, there just isn't much there, just a mild pungency (or I'm just not picking up on it for some reason).

On to the flavor, the darkish malts have a mild ripe orchard fruit combined with a light nuttiness with a slightly sour aspect thrown in. It is lightly sweet and lightly bitter so those balance out nicely.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, just a tad watery, very carbonated but somewhat slick in the finish.

I keep trying Leinenkugel beers hoping to find one I'll like. This isn't a bad beer by any means. It is drinkable, just not remarkable. A solid average beer.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep copper color with a decent cap of foam above. A nice look brew. The aroma and flavor are similar. Sweet grainy malt. Nothing that tastes bad, but I would prefer more complexity. The mouthfeel boasts plenty of carbonation. The sweetness builds reducing drinkability a tad.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
2.61/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour: Clear, deep reddish brown color with two fingers of tan head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light mocha sweetness with a hint of coffee. Not much going on here.

Taste: Unbalanced bitter coffee back end compared with the really light malt front. Unpleasant overall.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery with a ridiculous amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I can drink it, but that's about all that I can say.

Final Notes: I was disappointed with this beer. Over carbonated and unbalanced flavor. Look elsewhere.

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Photo of dhannes
2.57/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I purchased a non-chilled 6-pack of this from Hy-Vee earlier in the week, and then tried the first bottled chilled and served in a standard pint glass.

A=Lighter than my only other reference for a bock, the old Huber Bock. The 1888 was a reddish brown color (amber at the bottom of the glass and a murky brown near the top). The foam was a nice vanilla color, about 1/2" in height.

S=My first whiff reminded me of stale urine...the second whiff presented a stronger hop presence.

T=Not what I expected...the Huber bock was thick and creamy, whereas the 1888 was similar to a hop heavy red lager. A tangy taste that worked okay with the pepperoni pizza, but still had a bit of a an aftertaste.

M=More watered down than I expected. It was almost as if they couldn't decide if it should be a maibock or a bock, so they mixed the two together.

D=The sharp tang made this difficult to drink by itself.

I am hoping that I find other uses for the rest of the 6-pack, i.e. that I can find a food that it pairs well with.

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Photo of confer
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drinking last seasons Bock.
Pours nice. deep clear brown with some red hints.
Smell is very caramely, but one of those dark caramels.
Taste is a little on the weak side. Again there is caramel in the beginning and then it finishes pretty watery.
The feel is also on the weak side, very thin.
Overall it is a very easy drinking beer but not a great representation of the style.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice mahogany color with decent head. Nose is malty with a maple component. Palate has more of the same with the maple coming through almost as if it is an artificial maple flavoring. Caramelly sweet too, too light on body, and the sweetness hinders drinkability a little for me.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.41/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a transpernt black color, with a very small tan head that disapated quickly. There is a nice malty smell, although not strong. The taste is a bit watery, but still has a nice malty flavor, rather weak, but still present. Nicely carbonated. Overall I thought a nice beer, a nice surprise from leinenkugels.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.89/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours quite nicely for a two finger thick light tan colored cranium, and has a cleanly filtered dark copper body.

The aroma is light with bready sweetness, and a hint of metallic hops.

Taste wise it has a kind of paper like character. Once past this it's slightly bready and sweet, and has a faint hint of cooked veggie.

A fair amount of carbonation makes this a little refreshing, but not crisp. There is an odd powdery feel to this. Especially odd, since there is no residual yeast.

A bock beer? I guess since Michelob has there's, but this does not hold up to any real German bocks.

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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 beerlove82
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours reddish dark amber, with a one finger light caramel head that dissipated within a few minutes, little lacing.

S: Roasted nuts, hops, dark malt, alcohol, cloves, chocolate,

T: Bitter roasted nut taste, malty, with a light hop aftertaste, dry, defiantly roasted walnut aftertaste.

M: Light carbonation, full bodied, ok.

D: Good but nothing really to jump about. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of deadliest
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish brown, light khaki head that lasts a fair bit but leaves little lacing.
S: Roast malt, honey, and coffee.
T: Roast malt/honey/coffee again, but also with a pine resin and a bit of a kinda buttery taste.
M: Medium-light body, well carbonated, a little too light.
D: Fairly high drinkability, easy going over-all.

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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 RJLarse
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six-pack of 1888 in a grocery store. $6.99. Poured inrto a pint glass.

Pours a mahogany brown color and clear, with a creamy off-white head.

Smell is sweet with dairy scent. Caramel ice cream.

Taste is pretty good. A caramel and toffee flavor up front, then a bitter black licorice tasting finish.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. The beer is highly carbonated and leaves a Coke zesty feeling on the tongue.

Drinkable. I'm not much on the style, but this is better than Shiner Bock for instance.

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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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Photo of tito42
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into an imperial pint. Best by 4/25/2011 stamped on bottle. 5.2% ABV

Appearance: Good head, light in color, dissipated quickly. Color of strongly brewed black tea.

Smell: Strong roasted coffee smell. Just a bit of sweetness.

Taste: Plenty of flavors going on, had a buttery diacetyl kick at first taste that didn't come back. Toasted wheat, with a hint of sweetness. Less malty and more wheaty than other bocks I've reviewed.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied for this style, a bit watery at times. A pleasant, balanced hops bite.

Drinkability: Definitely better than an Amber Bock, but falls short of other bocks I have reviewed this winter. Easy drinking, but I think it might be a bit too toasty to enjoy more than one, and seems a little watered down.

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Photo of kalkavekkian
3.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grabbed a single at my favorite hole in the wall beer store the other day to check it out.
A= Colored a dark rich brown with a thick caramel creamy head
S= Smelled malt predominately with a twinge of wheat
T= Tasted watered down and somewhat weak for this style with a burnt malt flavor.
M= Thin, oily mouthfeel with not much after taste.
D= Easy to drink but not a lot of reason for me to want to.

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of off-white foam that leaves light traces of its presence on the glass as it recedes. The body is a dark, amber-brown with excellent clarity and ruby colored highlights.

S - Malty notes of dark bread and some fruity notes of plum and honey.

T - Fruity caramel up front with a bit of toasted bread and dry plum. More dry caramel in the middle with some light honey malt notes. The beer finishes fruity and dry with lots of caramel and toffee richness.

M - Medium body moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable with a nice caramel character. Not as rich and sweet as some other bocks, but things are still working pretty well in this beer. The malt has a rich fruitiness that comes out especially well in the aroma. There are certainly better bocks available out there, but for a beer from the local grocery store, this isn't half bad.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.41/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown and clear with a good, lasting head and very good lacing.

Not a lot of smell, but what there is smells of roasted malts with a touch of hoppiness.

Pretty nice tasting. A good smoky, roasted flavor with a smidge of hops and a nice, sweet finish.

Kind of thin but not bad.

Pretty easy to drink and a good value.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.06/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Pours a blackish-brown hue with a nice looking creamy head and good lacing and retention.
S. The smell is hops and roasted barley, not much going on here.
T. Get some hops tastes right away followed by some sweet malts and barley.
M/D. The mouthfeel is surprisingly a watery feel that is thin and floes down the throat like water. Was expecting a nice creamy tasting brew by the description on the bottle, "A robust bock with a thick creamy head". It does have a creamy thick head, but calling it a robust bock not so sure about that.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a Pilsener glass

Look - Very dark red, clear when held up to the light. About a finger's worth of very light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - It smells much like the label suggests..slight tinge of barley mixed with hops. I would guess Cascade hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel - The barley permeates at the beginning, but the hops quickly take over in the middle, with a bit of a sweet finish. Texture is a bit more on the watery side..but just a bit..still a little unusual..I would expect it to be a little creamier.

Drinkability - Good taste, but not overwhelmingly complex. Also not too filling, and again..it tastes good.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.61/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purs a clear dark amber color, like a dark cherry stain. A small film of off-white head.

The scent is weak, some sweet grainy notes and not much else.

The taste is thankfully more on-par than the nose. Multiple layers of grain, bitterness and bready sweetness blending harmoniously, and some slow roasted malts. Nicely balanced Bock.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a chilled shaker pint glass at Finn McCool's.

Yay, a new (and cheap!) Quizzo beer! It pours a clear sunset ruby topped by a finger of ecru micro-foam. The nose comprises caramel, buttery biscuits, and what I can really only describe as toasted wheat. The taste brings more of the same, though a slight bite of rye bread sneaks in there as well. Strangely, everything falls steadily away in a diminuendo of flavor. Odd. The body is a straight medium, with a moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, a pretty average bock all around. Better Quizzo beer than usual, though.

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Photo of lester619
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky mahogony brownish color. The haze clears up after it sits for a minute or two. Huge rock hard brown hockey puck head. Not a ton of lacing, but there is a little stuck to the glass. A little sweetness with a burnt roasted grain smell. Smokey cigar ash flavors mix with a hint of caramel molasses sweetness. Roasted smokey grain is the overall flavor impression. There is a little hoppy bite thrown in at the end to balance somewhat, but for the most part its that roasted malt tobacco flavor with a hint of caramel sweetness. The finish has a slight burnt smokey aftertaste that cuts the caramel. Pretty thick and rich mouthfeel that goes along with the flavors well. It's not hard to drink a few of these. Overall this is a solid flavorfull beer that drinks very easy. One of my favorites from Leinies.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Good foam, but this has a thin coffee/coke reddish brown. No carbonation either.

Smell: Just some weak metallic malts here.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is pretty good. Sweet like soda and bitter like coffee, or even a rum and coke, so you can definitely taste the alcohol in this. Mouthfeel is very thin and would be ok, but it doesn't stand up to the taste.

Drinkability: Pretty tame to drink. Nothing gross.

Overall: Definitely average.

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