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

The beer selection at stores in the Orlando area is pretty dismal. This was one of the better choices at a Target outside of Disney World (fortunately they also sold SN Celebration).
The beer was a chesnut color with a thick tan head.
Very average aroma, some hints of sweet malt and caramel.
More of a malt presence in the taste, some caramel.
Smooth, pleasant enough, and easy to drink.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: chestnut brown, 2 finger head.

S: light malt with carmel.

T: sweet, toffee, nutty, hint of malt.

M: light/medium body. big carbonation feel, not enough body for the flavor profile.

D: very sessionable beer and might be a baby step for a newbie into Bock beers, but this is just ok.

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Photo of rundocrun
2.71/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice deep brown color. Thin head that quickly dissipates.

S - Nothing stands out here. Slight chocolate and floral notes.

T - some chocolate flavors along with malts, coffee, and a subtle metallic tang

M - Watery!

D - Aside from appearance, this is really the only other thing I would say is good about this beer. I could probably take down more than a few without even thinking about it. But honestly, why would I want to?

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Photo of beeragent
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a deep copper, forming a 1/2 inch off-white head with light lace.

S - The aroma is slightly sweet and very malty.

T - Light caramel flavor up front followed by a bready dryness afterwards. Low hop profile, mainly floral in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation. Very smooth and clean.

D - Not a bad beer at all, and one of the better ones by Leinenkugel. The aroma and flavor are not as strong, but thats not neccessarily a weekness. The flavor still brings plenty of complexity and the body seems to be right on for the style. Easily sessionable.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a case at the local distributor as it was on-sale for $11.99 discounted from $27.99. I like a bock beer, so I was willing to give it a shot.

A: Pours a dark amber, almost brown-like. Decent little head. Good carbonation.

S: Smells mostly malty like.

T: Tastes of chocolate & roasted grains. Would like to see more bready & doughy malt character. Not sure if it's totally in style for a bock, but it's not a bad tasting beer by any means. Little hop presence.

M: Tastes a little watered down. Wish it had some more malt character and something a little less roasty and chocolate like. A little on the lighter side of a medium tasting mouthfeel, but about even in terms of sweet versus bitterness.

D: A decently drinkable beer. Could easily drink a number of these down, but I think I would likely switch for something with a bit more flavor & character.

Not a bad attempt, but I think there's better tasting bock beers out there.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at Woodman's in Janesville, Wisconsin in early 2010 when it was in season.

This spring seasonal beer is fairly dark in color as is normal with bock beers and has a fairly inviting smell. It does come with a rather strong bitter taste. Not quite to the point that an IPA does but still bitter. Not the best bock beer on the market but for a local Wisconsin $6/6pack it certainly is worth a try.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle poured into a mug

Leinenkugel's 1888 poured a very clear reddish-brown [moghany like] color that had a small off-white head. The nose was a little sweet, with hints of roasted grain. The taste is mildly nutty, caramel like, and a touch toasty. Mouth feel is a little on the thin side but crisp.

For a Bock, 1888 is definitely on the light side and maybe a little too thin for a true Bock. However, the lighter weight and flavor does increase drinkability.

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Photo of nukem5
3.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice dark amber color with a nice tan head with decent lacing.

S: Nice bready nutty almost banana sweet.

T: Sweet Carmels and malts.

M: Nice almost like drinking some banana nutty bread type thing sweet and carmely.

D: Could drink a few of these but not many.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: The body is a clear, bright reddish brown, and underlies two fingers of fairly coarse tan foam. Decent retention and spotty lacing. Not bad at all.

S: Tons of lager yeast chalkiness over the top of some caramel malt and light, earthy hops. A little boring, but not terrible at all.

T: Big, rich caramel and faintly roasted malt dominates, with some bitterness on the finish providing balance. Pretty good, actually.

M: Medium bodied with almost unbearably sharp carbonation; my tongue is sore.

D: Certainly not a tough bock to drink (partly because it's weak for the style, I'm sure). I don't really want another, but I wouldn't turn one down, either.

Notes: Like most everything else from Leinie's, this is drinkable and inoffensive. Not a great bock by any means, but not one to avoid. Thanks to my dad for saving one of these for me to try.


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Photo of exonthebottle
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

nice head but has poor lacing looks over carbonated nice amber body color

Smell malt no hint of hops maybe a little sweet

Taste malty with little hint of hops

Mouthfeel light and clean kinda watery

Drinkability better than any other Leinies beer still not great on it's own

note at my parents house they bought this I am not sure why I keep telling them the Gospel of craft beer, anyways this better than their standard Jersey shore wannabee beers.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a ruby-red tint. Has a large, frothy head that leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Biscuity and malty on the nose with hints of fruitiness.

Taste: Flavor is highly malty. Has a slight hoppy bitterness but it's minimal.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied but still crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Kind of a ho-hum bock. Certainly not the worst but not something I'll look for again.

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

Pours a nice clear dark mahogany with a rather thick, if not persistent, pale yellowish tan head. Aroma is crisp and malty with just a hint of spice. Flavor is malty with a hint of hops and just a whisper of cloves. Texture is smooth, fairly tingly, a bit on the watery side but still pleasant.

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Photo of nickdago
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Dark brownish red color with large brownish head that is extremely quick to dissipate

Aroma is very malty. I did not pick this up myself but after reading that someone sensed raspberry notes; it is now present to me.

Taste is malty, in all i would sum it up as a malty beer.

The carbonation level of the beer creates an almost drying effect.

Overall a mediocre beer that I would not normally buy, but was $1.99/6pk. Worth the try though

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Photo of AdamMY
2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Deep amber brown color, with a decent tan head that faded into thin strip somewhat quickly.

Chocolate and raspberry on the nose, with a hint of other caramelized sweetness.

Mainly roasted malt, but towards the finish its got a slightly sour taste that seems like its attempting to be chocolate.

Mouth feel is rather bad, it is a bit like mouth wash, it feels like thick water.

Drinkability is not bad, though probably less than average

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Photo of kegger22
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel's 1888 Bock poured medium brown in color and had a tan head with large, fragile bubbles that dissipated very quickly.

The aroma was of roasted nuts, not much more or very powerful.

The taste is not all that malty; I get a bit of caramel and the nuts though. There is also a lemony flavor that strikes a discordant note with the rest of the taste.

The mouth feel is light bodied with more carbonation than is needed.

Drinkability was OK, you'd drink it if nothing else was available.

I bought this on the cheap when it was on sale a couple of months ago and this is the last of a six pack. Because of that, I was not disappointed, but it would have been nice to get an inexpensive surprise.

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Photo of biggred1
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber with a fine, creamy tan cap that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Nutty with a whiff of caramel malt, good but thin smelling. Light nutty and sweet malt flavors. Finishes with a faint coffee like roasty bitterness. Light, boderline watery bodied with seltzery carbonation. A light, macro brewed bock.

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Photo of Lacesoutcody
4.2/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: A dark deep red, like a black cherry. Head is a nice thin, off white that sticks around for awhile, the lacing is good as well.

S: Not much sticks, out a lil roasted flavor, and hops, mostly clean.

T: Nice, nothing overpowering, some toasted malts, and hop bitterness on the end. Satisfying, while not overtly complex.

M: A little thin, but soft, pleasant.

D: Very good, something to be tried.

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

Bought in a 6 pack of 12 oz bottles. The first bottle was abit of a suprize. Smelled great but being new to boch style beers (I'm an ale guy), I wasn't sure what to think. Needless to say the smell and head were great. When I reached the end of the 6 pack the beer had really grown on me. Became easily drinkable and tasted good, next time I am going to pour into my chilled Rock the Vote glass.

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Photo of PurpleCloud
3.79/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep crimson with a quickly fading off but persistent white head. Gorgeous!

S: Nutty with hops.

T: Good. Quite hoppy but low on overall flavor. Not quite as bold as it should I feel it should be. Hops flavor going down with a nice bitterness in the after taste.

M: Leaves the mouth a bit dry, but quite soft.

D: Excellent! Light enough to go down easy even after a few.

Overall: The appearance is amazing! The deep crimson color is really beautiful. Smell is good, taste is pleasant, and it goes down easy. I've lived in Wisconsin my whole life but this is my first go at 1888 Bock. I was extremely surprised with it and would recommend it to any one. Truly a fantastic beer, despite what the other reviewers have said!

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Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one was on tap at BWWs in Toledo. It's essentially the same as I remember from the bottle.

This brew is dark brown in color. The head has some decent retention and leaves a little lacing around.
The aroma is some caramel malts with a toasty character and some barley-like grains. There's a bit more strength to it off the tap, ans some of the astringency seems to have been tamed.
The taste follows suit, the backbone consisting of the malt with accompanying flavors of smoke, grains, caramel/toffee, and a nutty note. Hops are barely perceptible underneath. The balance isn't awful, but it's not exceptionally high either. This one may not have quite the robustness and full flavor of a big bock, but at least it's the right flavor and character.
The body is perhaps a little lighter than it ought to be in a decent mouthfeel that's marred by excessive carbonation.
This isn't one to run away from, and a bit stronger than any macro effort.
This isn't by any means the quintessential bock, but it's one of Leinenkugel's better offerings.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.27/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a dark brown in color with a modest head.

Smell - The raw molasses aroma really dominates the nose. I can also pick up some very dark sugars.

Taste - The unsulphored molasses comes on singularly at the taste pretty much stamping out any other flavors.

Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied with actually a touch of bitterness.

Drinkability - This went down well enough. I really like unsweetened molasses so enjoyed that aspect of the beer but this was an incomplete packaged. The malt was too one-dimensional, and although the style is typically not thick I thought this was too watery.

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Photo of smcolw
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown where light passes through even at the center. Light off-white head that leaves a couple of spots on the glass as I drink it down.

Strong caramelized brown sugar aroma.

Properly sweet, like a touch of maple syrup was added. The light hop is spot on--giving a little dimension to an otherwise light-bodied bock. High level of carbonation.

Tasty but it doesn't have the thickness I've come to expect from superior bocks.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 5.2% ABV, 020710 printed on the neck.

A - The tall pour leaves a beautiful looking beer in the glass, one of the things Leinie's is known best for. The beer is totally clear and virtually still with a perfect bronzed amber color. The tall, foamy head with the medium-packed, sparkly bubbles is a deep bone color and resembles egg-crate foam. Superb retention and three stages of collar lace on the glass.

S - I can't honestly tell if the aroma I'm picking up is a very tiny hint of skunkiness or part of the beer. Toasted caramel malts are pretty heavy anyway and they're followed up by a pretty grassy hop aroma.

T - Toffee pokes out but the flavor relies heavily on toasted caramel malts. The maltiness seems thin though and only a pinch of caramel comes out. It's almost all a wheat bread slice of toast. A very tiny metallic flavor comes and goes in the finish.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth at first, 1888 quickly turns thin in feel and very dry with a small but noticeable metallic hint to the finish.

D - I had this last year but never reviewed it. I remember it being much better than this too. I almost wonder if it's off slightly. Only another a bottle will tell but this one is disappointing.

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

12 oz bottle with fresh-by date stamped on neck.

Clear, darkish brown/red with a sticky, trailer head, for the most part. Smell is pretty good, but with a metallic bent. Taste is similar, but a bit more sweet, malty, and smooth. The mouthfeel is very plain and non-eventful. I could drink a few of these, though. A common-like bock beer. Decent.


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Photo of PapaGemutlich
4.92/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'll admit to a subjective bias on this one.

I remember this beer from my youth in Minnesota, when bock beer was only available during Lent, and Leinenkugel sold its bock only in returnable bottles and the usual cardboard cases carried a stapled-on yellow "BOCK" tag on the end of the case. When Leinie's sold the distribution rights to Miller, the spring tradition went by the way, and Leinie's only bock offering was a year-round, far-too-cutely-named Big Butt Doppelbock that tasted like what it was: a focus-grouped brewer's ode to blandness.

I had been overseas with the government for a number of years, and I was delighted this spring to discover that Leinie's had gone back to its traditional practice and traditional recipe. And they aren't kidding: the 1888 Bock is the same beer I drank when I was a kid. I remember the solid body, deep-red color, and well-rounded caramel flavor (is that a hint of smoke?) with not much hop bitterness, all appropriate to the style. The story I heard years ago was that bock was what the old German brewers in Minnesota and Wisconsin made once a year when they were scraping out the burned malt from their roasting kettles, and Leinie's Bock tasted like it. In the Minnesota of my parents' youth, this was the beer they let kids drink, owing to it's smooth drinkability.

Aroma and taste are a strong memory trigger, and it's hard to fake--this is the stuff I drank as a teen in the 70s. That was a grim era for beer lovers, and the Jacob Leinenkugel folks kept the torch alive, even if they sold out just when the craft brewing movement redeemed their efforts.

I give this one a high rating a) because I really like it and b) because it's an accurate taste representation of an old recipe. This is a good beer to know.

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