1888 Bock - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 3
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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Photo of Pauly2X
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice sloid ruby color, 1/4 finger head.

S- Clean malts and that signature Leinenkugel smell.

T- Overall there's a good malt character with a decent dose of hops to bring it into balance. However there's a somewhat harsh underlying astringency that shouts right over the the soft spoken malt/hop balance.

M- A little on the thin side, otherwise, ok.

D- Despite the flaws this beer still remains approachable.

Not a great Bock by any means. Could of benefited from some extended lagering. Still, it's not terrible at all. I wouldn't seek it out but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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

I was surprised to find this product at a chain store in New Hampshire at a seemingly high price of $8.49 a 6-pack. Since I'm a fan of Bocks, I decided to give it a try.

Rather weak smell but looks nice when poured into the glass. My overall impression is that it doesn't have a strong Bock flavor and has significantly less body than I would have expected from this style. Quite drinkable, however, and far from a drain pour.

If the price were lower, I might purchase it again. However, in NH, many solid craft products can be purchased at the $8.49 level and I don't feel this one merits that price.

Photo of Tone
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smell slightly of hops, good malt characteristic, and some sweetness. Fits the style of a Bock. Smooth and crisp mouth feel. High carbonation levels present, but a little watery(thin) as well. Sweet malts are noticeable, maybe a hint of roasted malts but very little. Hop bitterness is present but does not dominate the beer. The roasted malt flavor is dominant in the aftertaste. Not quite enough body overall, a little too watery. Not a bad brew from Leinenkugel's, worth a try at least. For the price $6.99 here in Missouri this is one of the better deals (price vs. taste).

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Eh...cant say too much about this. I swear this is the 3rd or 4th "Leine" thats ok, and thats about it. Pours a clear ruby color with creamy off-white head. Miniam lacing and retention. Smell was malty and bicuity. Taste was malty and biscuity. Very dry. Mouthfeel seemed fine for the style, a little on the thin side. Overall...eh. Little bit boring I thought, but not bad for a $5 6 pack.

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.

Photo of bboven
2.6/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice clear dark amber body with a half-finger of head that never goes away. thin but covering veil of lacing as well. By far the best aspect of this beer.

Aroma is very sweet and bready.That's about it, though. Bocks should definitely be richer and more complex than this.

Harsh mettalic taste prevails, it's a bit weak on flavor, like a watered-down bock. The underlying slight alcohol isn't there at all. It's a shadow of what it should be.

Very thin mouthfeel, highly carbonated, very (too much so) drying.

This is a bock in name only; a 'bock' for the masses. However, it's pretty cheap and has some flavor, so at least they didn't charge a premium price for this.

Photo of hosehead83
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass--Left a thick two inch head

Aroma of malts and very faint nut-like scent

Taste-Light to medium bodied, mostly subtle malts and just of hint of hops-- an unusual metallic aftertaste that seemed out of place--Thin lacing and rather thin flavor overall.
-A little disappointing overall, tasted more like a macro version of the style-- Worth a try if you are able to buy it as a single

Photo of dsa7783
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree...
Appearance: Dark-amber hue, minimal head, minor lacing, hardly any carbonation present....
Smell: Dark, roasted nut, malty aroma....
Taste: Equally malty flavor, heavy on the bread, butter, caramel,nuts, dark-fruit, prunes, figs...
The taste wasn't too assertive for a Bock, more light and mainstream than anything...
Light mouthfeel...
Easily drinkable, but light on flavor...

Photo of Rupertlikesbeer
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i saw this while browsing around my liquor store one night and figured I'd give it a shot since I've tried all their other varieties.

ok...im pouring one now.

It's a nice reddish brown color with good clarity and a nice creamy head that stays around and leaves nice tracing.

I notice notes of malt, nuts, and slight hop aroma.

Taste is of roasty malt but mild. There are nutty notes and a slight hop finish.

the mouth feel is smooth. Especially while the head is hanging in there (which is still there and i have about a quarter of a beer left).

Drinkability is ok. i liked it. It's not over the top impressive but its not a bad beer. I'd buy it again if I didn't see anything else I'd prefer. would go good with steaks or other beef dishes. Maybe even seafood.

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.

Photo of nick76
2.63/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smells like freshly laid carpet. There is also some chocolate, roasted malt, raisins, and herbs. The appearance is brown with a respectable head that leaves lace. The flavor is about what I would expect a carpet to taste like. It does have the other elements from the aroma but way too much in the off department to be enjoyable. The palate is OK. Overall a rather typical beer from this brewer.

Photo of allengarvin
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a pretty good looking beer with a dark copper color and a modest head on top. Solidly malty nose with a caramel toastiness. Unfortunately, the flavor doesn't really stand up--a little grainy malt, and very light caramel, but not much else.

Another disappointment from Leinenkugel.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.33/5  rDev +32.8%
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.

Photo of tburkhart
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear amber. Nice creamy head sits nicely on top of the beer and partially clings to the glass as the beer disappears.

Smells of caramel malts, with possibly some molasses in there.

Taste of sweet caramel malts.

A bit thin in my opinion in the mouthfeel. I prefer a bock to have something there, and this beer lacks that.

Another OK beer by Leinie's. Fits right along all their other brews. Glad I picked it up, but wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

Photo of colts9016
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance:A deep copper color with a one finger head. There is a lot of carbonation in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear. The head is slowly dissipating.

Nose: A strong toasty malt, caramel, molasses and oranges. There is a sweet aroma to the beer.

Taste: A toasty malt, with hints of caramel and molasses.

Overall: The mouth feel is a medium body. The finish is dry and not lingering. I feel that this bock is slightly bland but it is very easy to drink. Another beer from Leinenkugel that is simple and easy to drink with out a ton of flavor.

Photo of guild337
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find Leinenkugel to be a middle of the road brewery. The Sunset Wheat, and the Nut Brown are ok, but leave a little to be desired. The 1888 Bock is just a little bit better than the rest.

A - Nice and dark, not watered down looking like some Leinnies. Minimal head, but it last throughout.

S - Nice malt sweetness in the aroma. Clean.

T - A nice tasty brew. Again with the malt sweetness, and a little (very little) bitterness on the tail end.

M - Not heavy, light. A little watery, and flavor disapates quickly.

D - Refreshing, and the lack of bitterness makes it very easy to drink. If that's what you're into.

Not too bad at all. It takes the top spot as my new favorite Leinenkugel.

Photo of cagocubs
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Im not a big fan of Leinenkugels in general, but I am a fan of bocks so I felt this was worth a try. Im glad I did. The beer poured a bronze color with a nice big ivory head that laced the sides of the glass. The smell was not as impressive as other bocks. Toasted malts was the first scent I got followed by a sweet caramel. The taste features toasty malts and some hops with barley. There is some sweetness lingering in evey sip. The mouthfeel and drinkability of this beer is good.

Photo of charliedango
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Is this a bock or a porter?

That's the question I find myself wrestling with while drinking this. Since I like both styles I can't say I'm offended by it's taste, mouthfeel or drinkability at all.

I like this beer and it definitely challenges the palette upon the first taste. I simply have a difficult time calling a bock a bock when it tastes so much like a porter. I mean, should we be judging these beers based on the style in which they claim to be or whether or not we enjoyed tasting them?

Photo of bataround
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A = Dark amber, caramel color, decent white head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving no lacing.

S = Smells of hay, fresh grain and caramel.

T = Pretty bland, very light bitterness from hops, light caramel malty tastes. Becomes more flavorful as it warms but that introduces a sweet corn syrupy taste that I cannot quite decide whether I like or not.

M = Light bodied, carbonation stings the tongue too much, mouthcoating okay.

D = An easy drinking beer, but might become cloying after a couple. Still better than a lot of offerings, so really depends on what else is available

Photo of berserker256
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The amber/black color is OK. Rich tan head. Not a whole lot of lacing. Faint odor of semi-smokey prunes or plums. Light flavor for a bock style beer. Right consistancy and heavyness. Pretty easy to drink. Decent Bock but I've had MUCH better. I would be much more descriptive but this crying baby forces me away from the computer... It's an OK bock...

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, light brown color with a tan, foamy head that had some very large bubbles. it left minimal traces of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, roasted malt and some very subtle floral notes.

T - It tasted of caramel, sweet maltiness and slight bitter hop kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied lager with a smooth finish.

D - This is an okay bock. It really doesn't have the complexity of flavors I'd like to see in a bock.

Photo of whiterascal
3.98/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Photo of reallyhoppie
2.7/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

My first beer review, I wish it could have been a better one.

This beer started with a really nice copper color and a creamy, strong head.

Smells of sweet malt with maybe a little caramel.

Tastes kind of bland. I'm not a huge bock fan in general, but when I drink one I like it to taste like a bock. Roasted malts with a little citrus. There is a a little bit of sourness at the finish.

Mouthfeel was probably the best part. Smooth and clean. As good as I can expect from this style.

It's an average beer, I wouldn't turn my nose up at it if that's what someone offered. Definitely not one of Leinenkugel's best.

Photo of CHSLBrew
2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Dark copper beer, pristinely clear. Tan head reduced quickly to a thin bubble layer, which slowly diappeared.

S-An almost sweet roastiness backed by roasted malt. All quite subtle, which should have been a bit more prominent.

T-A little bit of diluted-tasting hearty malts, with a slight roasted character in there. Bitterness is minimal, appearing right before the dry finish.

M-Typical carbonation with a pleasant medium body.

D-Session beer worthy, but only because of the relatively bland flavor and moderate body. I thought this beer was pretty average, if not approaching mediocre. Does not achieve the overall maltiness that a bock should have.

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.

1888 Bock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.