1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

1888 Bock - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Not Rated.
1888 Bock1888 Bock

Educational use only; do not reuse.

479 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 479
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | 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.

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (44) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 479 | Reviews: 297
Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.37/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'll say this about Leines, they are a great brewing company to move people from BMC into micros. I tend to think all of there beer is brewed with this sort of 'fringe player' mindset. They aren't out to please the hard-core beer geeks.

With that said I think this is another style that fits spot on with the idea of introducing BMC drinkers into some new tastes. However, beer geeks will probably only find this beer to be slightly above average. The color, head, taste and everything else is pretty much middle of the road. It does have that 'burnt marshmellow' aftertaste found in their Nut Brown (just not nearly as strong) - if you aren't a fan of Nut Brown you probably won't be to thrilled about this one.

Photo of BWH3
2.6/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: A deep brown with slightest red tint. Clear. Head is very poor. Retention even worse.

S: Dried fruit (just ever so slight) and a musty malt flavor. The dark melanoidins are present in a toned down variety.

T: A sour splash hits my tongue first. (Not appropriate). The finish is grainy and somewhat rich. The aftertaste has a slight bread and grassy hops.

M: Thin and poor head retention.

D: A decade ago my college buddies and I bought cases of Leinie's for cheap at the UW. We were a step above the BMC crowd. So when I saw this variety that I never had I grabbed a bottle to sample. Unfortunately, taking a step back in time was a quantum leap backwards when it comes to enjoying beer.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.32/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber with a one finger beige head. This is darker than I thought it would be, and the head is persistent despite the lack of lace.

S - Earthy toasted malt with a hint of espresso and caramelized sugar. This smells like warm maple syrup served in a cabin near the tree it was tapped from. This really nails the "Nort-woods of Wiscansin" aroma to a tee.

T - Like the nose, this is earthy and dirty with a nice moderately sweet molasses an maple syrup note combined with a more bitter dark coffee flavor. When I say "dark coffee" I by no means mean that this is in stout or even porter territory, but it does have a tiny hint of roasty black coffee bean that really helps add complexity to what could have ended up being another relatively boring brown ale.

M - Light bodied, crispy carbonated, and pretty damn dry on the finish. Honestly, this one has more balls than most other Leinie offerings, and the finish is indicative of that more forward nature. The finish leaves lingering malt and black coffee bean pleasantries on the tongue for minutes after the swallow.

D - Well done! I honestly have quite a bit of beef with Leinenugels... I consider them to be one of the shittier "craft" brewers out there. They are slowly redeeming themselves though. I was impressed with Creamy Dark and their most recent offering, Fireside Nut Brown, and this is about of the same level of moderately good brew. Leinenkugels will never be overly adventurous, and they will always make anemic under-flavored brews, but for what it is this ain't bad. It was pretty damn cheap too. If this was a dollar or two more per sixer I might have rated this slightly lower. I know money isn't supposed to influence our reviews, but in light of the current state of the economy it alters my choices in the bee aisle so why not add that factor into the drinkability score?

Photo of Adam2200
4.08/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.21/5  rDev -1.5%
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
3.71/5  rDev +13.8%
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
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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
2.28/5  rDev -30.1%
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
2.62/5  rDev -19.6%
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
3.06/5  rDev -6.1%
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
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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
2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
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
2.64/5  rDev -19%
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
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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
4.3/5  rDev +31.9%
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
3.26/5  rDev 0%
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
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
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
3.34/5  rDev +2.5%
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
3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
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
3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
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
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
1888 Bock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.