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1888 Bock - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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464 Ratings
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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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bbeane

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... a weak fizzy head erupts and disappears quickly leaving no lacing. Beer is ruby/brown with little activity

S- Smells of malt, bread, coffee

T- Ill be honest, much better than I expected. Has a nice caramel malt taste with a crisp finish

M- Medium/full bodied with light/medium carbonation

D- I think I could put a few of these down. Definitely better stuff out there, but the best Leines I've had so far

CHEERS!!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 03:31:06 | More by bbeane
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BeerDrinkerDave

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What a weird name for a beer company. The beer pours a weak head (pinky width) which dissapates quickly into a thin lingering foam like a cheap Bud.
The smell isn't bad, not inviting either. The taste is ok but not impressive by far. The color is a deep brown, oak cask color.
I probably won't be purchasing this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 23:11:12 | More by BeerDrinkerDave
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I wanted to try this for a while but had so many other beers to try it never ended up in my six pack until now.

A - Not as dark as I expected for a bock. Head was pretty decent though.
S - Very slight malt smell. Nothing to get excited about.
T - Slight malt with a porterish bitter taste. OK I guess.
M - Light and crisp. Always good for a Lennie.
D - One of my favorites from the brew but Berry weiss will always be my first.

Overall if this was stocked in PA at a decent price per six pack it may sit in my fridge but eventually get downed in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 07:33:10 | More by DrDemento456
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DerekP

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

I was in my local 6-pack shop looking for randoms to pick up when I saw this: Leinenkugel's 1888 Bock. I'm a fan of Leinenkugel Brewery (Jacob Leinenkugel Brewery to be exact). Based out of Chippewa Falls, WI, the only beers of theirs that I'm either opposed to drinking or haven't thought were that great were Berry Weiss & Classic Amber. Berry Weiss is close to wine in sweetness/intensity, and Classic Amber is earthy and unflattering. But try them both and decide for yourself.

Today was the first day I've ever seen 1888 Bock. The beer is dark brown, maybe mahogany. Lacing does not exist in this beer's world. As you can see in the picture, a healthy head establishes itself at first, but it turns out only to be a card carrying bluff. There is a rim of foam after a few minutes, but it's quality is similar to that of a settling soda.

The smell emits sweet malts, a little alcohol, and an oak barrel. The taste is about the same, with sweet malts coming out the most, but balanced with an alcohol bite. I would assume the bite is also derived from hops, but I can't really distinguish hops from alcohol in this beer. Bitterness is present, but nothing overwhelming. If you like bocks you shouldn't be disappointed or taken aback. It goes down nicely without a fuss, and the body is a standard medium.

I'm happy to say that this is another Leinenkugel brew that I approve of.

Side Note: I bought this beer for 98 cents. It had acquired the cardboard box dust around the shoulders of the bottle, a condition that always makes me question whether my purchase will be satisfying or just plain disappointing. I'd have to say that although this one example doesn't prove anything 100%, dust on the bottle doesn't necessarily mean the beer has been sitting around too long for it to be consumed.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 02:30:01 | More by DerekP
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AmberMan22

Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice solid brown, darker than most brown ales. Finger+ of creme colored head. when backlit it turns to a radiant strawberry red.

Smells roasty and malty, here goes.

Taste is underwhelming. Everything is there, but there isn't enough of it. Malt is weak, which is disappointing for a bock -- especially one so dark. Can barely taste the hops, everything seems a little watery.

Way too fizzy. Carbonation is even worse out of the bottle.

Overall, it's not terrible, but it certainly is a little disappointing. Especially when I just had Sam Adams Winter Lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 03:00:28 | More by AmberMan22
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emsroth

New York

3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 02:55:11 | More by emsroth
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whtguitarguy

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a brown color with a little bit of red when held up to the light. It has a rather sweet aroma. It doesn't really taste like beer to me. No alcohol flavor, a medium mouthfeel. Flavors are a bit sweet. The best thing is that there is no aftertaste. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 22:43:49 | More by whtguitarguy
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium brown color with no haze, lots of red-orange highlights. Tops has some good stick and leaves a decent lace even on a shaker pint. The nose is noticeably chocolatey for the style, along with other brown ale notes. A hint of Munich malt keeps it in line with a bock. Not much going on in the nose in terms of power.

The beer is more than a little watery. The malts are barely present, weighing in with hints toward caramel, chocolate, hazelnut, etc. That, combined with a fizzy, light body makes me feel sad that I drank it. 1888 looks the look but doesn't walk the walk.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 04:30:04 | More by BretSikkink
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luchris80

Florida

2.65/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in a pilsner glass.

Aroma: Moderate lightly toasted malt aroma.

Appearance: Brown with ruby highlights in the background. Tall (four finger or so), tan head that dissipates slowly with some trail. Clear with many tiny bubbles.

Flavor: Some toasted malty flavor (not overwhelming). Light hop bitterness with slight astringency at the finish. Flat flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body (if that) with pretty low carbonation. The opposite of creamy (whatever that is).

Overall Impressions: Low alcohol for style (6.3-7.2%). Really blah overall and I wouldn't bother with it again (even though this one was a freebie). Not their best beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 17:54:27 | More by luchris80
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 00:34:31 | More by twiggamortis420
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a coffee brown color with a thin tan head that disappates quickly. nothing specatcular going on.
S- smells of malt, a little bit of nut, and a large amount of sweetness. a tiny bit of metallicness and some hop.
T- Starts off a little nutty and the malty. pretty run of the mill. a little bit of bitter hops in there but generally the sweetness is carrying the flavor.
M- A little bit slick and kinda fizzy but too watery for the style.
D- Not terrible, I wouldn't mind another. But all in all i'm pretty neutral. not a terrible bock, but nothing outstanding. I do not regret the 6 pack purchase but it wont be a re-buy.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 05:02:49 | More by jsprain1
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russpowell

Oklahoma

2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review based on notes

Pour copper with 3 fingers of tan head. Average head retention & below average lacing

S: Grainyness, cooked cereal & metallic hops

T: Caramel, cornyness, & smokeyness up front along with a bit of dryness. Some leafy hops & grainyness as this warms, along with astringency & toasty malt. Finishes with a caramel candy corn sweetness

MF: Thin bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinks okay, lacks malt depth needed for the style, I found it a bit boring, but would take this over Shinerbock any day

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 04:32:13 | More by russpowell
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my shaker glass. Appears a clear chestnut color with about a finger of of quickly fading fizzy light tan foam. Nose and flavors are of fruits such as apples and cherry skins, light toasted cereal grain, some caramel, sweet. Light body with decent enough carbonation. If you dig bocks and must try every one out there, then I suppose you could add this one to your list.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2009 17:56:43 | More by ClockworkOrange
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generallee

New York

3.88/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Rhode Island

2.8/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

appearance - Reddish brown color, small head.

smell - Some roasted malts, and nutes here.

taste - Toasted malts, nuts,slight bitterness, watery. Not much going on.

mouthfeel - Medium light body, watery.

drinkability -Least favorite bock, I would say.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 15:54:48 | More by auxiliary
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squirrelpirate

Maryland

3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Leinenkugel 1888 Bock pours a coppery brown with a thick tan had that quickly recedes to a light film on top of the beer, and leaves no lace on the way down. Very active carbonation bubbles floating up to the surface.

A light caramel maltiness and roasted barley character come through in the aroma, which really lacks any sort of hop contribution.

The taste has the same attributes as the aroma, but stronger. A nice specialty malt flavor with a tad of fruit sweetness. Light mouthfeel that maintains the high carbonation for the length of the beer. I was intrigued by the Leinenkugel take on a bock, but I was not impressed. The beer is very drinkable, but I would much rather drink something else.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 02:39:49 | More by squirrelpirate
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donmonkey1

Tennessee

3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark, dark brown with a really foamy light tan head. Not particularly good lacing, but some.

Smell: Really mild but kind of nutty.

Taste: Weak maltiness, nothing really stands out. Maybe a hint of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thicker than water with a touch of astringency.

Drinkability: Easy because it's so weak, but still much better than standard macros.

This is an OK beer. It's really weak but decent.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 23:48:19 | More by donmonkey1
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Poured a dark burgundy with a 1 finger fizzy and micro-bubbly tan colored head that quickly fizzled out leaving no lacing. Visible carbonation was light-medium. Rather ordinary here but a deep coloring gives this a slight bump.

S: Cherries add a light fruity sweetness which was backed by a semi-dry toasted munich malting. Fresh apple skins with a faint fresh flowery hopping adds some aromatic quality but found it to be less enticing then many other staples (Salvator, SA). Overall found the aroma to be light in strength, coming off decent considering the brewery, but only average in a broader scope.

T: The flavor was better then expected and what the nose led you to believe. A semi-dry toasted caramel malting along with apples, and a cherry fruitiness at the beginning redeems this somewhat. Progressing to a touch of bitterness of lemon flowers, light canned pears and a munich dry malting there was a light citrusy and floral hopping found on the finish. Much like the nose, the flavor was not as malty or fruity as other staples per style but was a better then expected effort by this brewery.

M: fizzy, way overcarbonated with a fizzy texture. Light to medium consistency. It is the overcarbonated state that distracts both the mouthful and distracts from the flavor.

D: For the casual or light craft drinker it serves it purpose. Better then average consumption but doesn't mean this is a good beer overall, im sure if I had more then one the carbonation would slow me down and turn me off even more. Once again their beers seem to be macro-style interpretations of craft beer. Overall probably one of their better beers which doesn't say much, overall would rate this as decent, nothing more, nothing less.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 22:11:39 | More by beerthulhu
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strengthdoc

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 02:32:54 | More by strengthdoc
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sweethome

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 02:47:39 | More by sweethome
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep amber brown color. Crystal clear. A solid fluffy two fingers of head that leaves a surprising amount of lace. Quick dissolve.

Nose is very mild. A touch of light fruity malt. Not a lot else. A very macro nose.

Flavor is similar, although a bit stronger. Light fruit, grainy malt. Slight smokiness up front. Light bananas, cookies, candy.

Definitely a little watery, with too much carbonation. Feel's really a mess, actually.

Overall, it's alright. Actually what I'd expect from a Leinie's bock.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 20:07:04 | More by soupyman10
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jjanega08

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A=pours a brown color with a deep deep amber highlights and a small one finger thick head that lasts suprisingly quite a while leaving some pretty good lacing
S= really caramelly sweet maltyness. A little mapley I think. Sweet smelling.
T= light in flavor not nearly as sweet as the smell. A little watery but still a little sugar. Kinda the lines way I guess. A little toasted maltyness in it and some carmel sweet malts. The maple flavor is falling down the back of my tongue a little bit.
M= extremely light and watery.
D= decent. Not much flavor or mouthfeel but its ok to session if nothing better is around.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 01:20:06 | More by jjanega08
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 12:50:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
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SaintPeter

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5.2%, date on bottle 2/17/09, tad old, reviewed on 5/18/09

Fluffy tan head, really nice retention. Stays for a while leaving a thin foam layer. Deep mahogany with deep maroon highlights. A beautiful color.

Very bready. Smells just like whole wheat supermarket brand bread with overbaked crust. Cereal malts, burnt caramel, some sweetness from the malt.

The taste is of light bread and toasted malt. Fades in the middle and finishes bland, the flavor disappears. Leaves you wanting more. Maybe that's the point?

Nice full mouthfeel with some annoying carbonation, but not bad. Very fluffy on the tongue, pleasant. There is a bit of oxidization.

I have to say that I am impressed because the last Leinie's I had was a train wreck, probably the worst review of a beer I have ever given, but this one wasn't too bad. It gets better as consumed. It is a little past it's prime (date of neck 2/17/09, reviewed 5/18/09), but I still enjoyed it. I would beg Jacob for bit more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 17:16:37 | More by SaintPeter
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woemad

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. No freshness date.

Pours a dark mahogany color that takes on a look of hazy ruby when held up to the light. Big, creamy-looking light tan head that hung around for a while and left a sticky webbing on the sides of the glass.

Malty and nutty in the nose. There's also some powdered cocoa. Not exactly a hoppy smelling beer. In fact, the smell of this beer in general is pretty restrained.

Mild sweetness at the start of the taste, with a hazelnut-like flavor hovering in the background. Faint, herbal hop zing at the swallow. Not a lot going on here, but at least it's a bit more complex than in the nose.

Thin body and watery mouthfeel for something labeled as a bock.

Thoroughly mediocre and ultimately forgettable tasting beer. You could do worse, but you could also easily do better. I've tried it and now I'll never need to again.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 01:59:04 | More by woemad
1888 Bock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.