Sierra Nevada Pale Bock | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale BockSierra Nevada Pale Bock

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-18-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by pnkermiz:
Photo of pnkermiz
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Barcade. Beautifully clear golden in color with a fruity hop aroma and a very crisp, clean flavor of biscuit-y malts. For a moment, I wondered where the hops were being a Sierra Nevada beer... but just then the light hop finish come through. A great session beer for the summer or whenever the brewers decide to send this one east. Not sure what the reasoning is for the "malt liquor" label on the tap handle, though.

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(from notes) I sampled this fairly rare creation from Sierra a few months back at the Blind Tiger. Poured clear and a light honey shade of amber, respectable fine lacing. This is a medium bodied, rich , malty brew. Notes of lime, cranbury. Crisp, fruity, dry , strong and tasty. Still maintains the typical SN hop bite. Well worth a try if you happen to see it at your local.

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Photo of rastaman
2.18/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tap, Toronado, San Francisco. Malty, cereal, some chlorine, with not much esle to speak of, easy to drink, short finish, watery texture, hard to see anything interesting about it, below average lager, with some subtle hop twang, hard to see why this rates highly, but everyone has different taste i suppose, its not nasty though, its just boring.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a clear and bright tone without much head. It's not leaving much lace, either, but the color is still pretty nice.

It actually has a bit of a hop kick to it. It's pretty decent tasting, but there's too much potency and alcohol in the smell.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Mug's in Brooklyn on Monday. Had never seen this before so I was jazzed to give it a try. I tried mine in a 20 oz pint glass and it poured a pale yellow color with a minimal head and good lacing. This one had a nose of sweet malts and some citrus tones, lemony. The taste was crisp and smooth at the same time. The beer had a medium body and made for easy drinking and a nice mouthful. What a treat.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bit lighter than expected but nice looking nonetheless light golden colour with a mid-sized to smallish white frothy head that quickly dissolved to a thin lace in the glass. Residue left on the glass was kept to a minimum.

The aroma is basic, but decent: grain, light malt with hints of caramel, and a light hoppiness blending with everything. There's a touch of a general sweet fruit note here as well. Very basic, but effective.

Flavour basically takes the aromas and expands upon them. The malt base and fruit sweetness still lead the way, but hops give more of a floral flavour here, along with a touch of a pilsner feel and/or bite at times. Grain flavours can still be detected throughout as well. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a bit of a pop to it.

It was nice to be able to sample this rare release from Sierra Nevada. Like basically all of their beers, they don't try to overwhelm you with over the top flavours, hoppiness, etc, but focus on creating a solid flavourful beer that is true to the style. They have certainly done it again here.

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Photo of scottoale
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at O'Brien's yesterday served in a pint glass, bright gold with amber hues and a 1/2 inch of white (with an orange tint) foamy head. Head settled leaving some lace as you drink.

The nose was fairly sweet and malty with undertones of citrus (mainly orange), honey and wee bit of hops.

The taste being very similar to the smell with a nice sweetness of oranges throughout the taste. A pleasant little hop bitterness to the finish. A very refreshing beer to have on such the hot day that it was...kinda smoldering, humid heat for this place.

With a medium-ish body, decent carbonation and the alcohol hidden well, it has a smooth that turns a bit crisp mouthfeel to it.

An easy warm weather refreshing drinker, I'm sure it tastes great fresh in Chico, CA. this time of year...Cheers!

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Blind Tiger.

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a hal finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet caramel and a heavy cereal malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront sweet malt, with a flowery hop and a doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty and perhaps overly sweet bock. Delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A surprisingly light straw color for this beer, which I expected to be pale ... but this is PALE.

One of my favorite reviews of this beer comes from the very observant CellarMan. Its a hop-focused beer for lager lovers. Which somehow seems to be mutually exclusive. But this stuff sells like hot-cakes around Butte county when it comes out.

I found some strangely clove-y textures as this beer got down to the end as well, which I found intriguing but I wondered how I woudl respond to this trait as a session beer. I'd love to snatch a six when it comes to stores, but its popularity keeps it under wraps except for a few lucky Californians.

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Photo of MattSlem
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of waldoiverson
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into clear US Pint

A: first, lots of carbonation in this one, with fairly white head and a very golden color. you could give this to a non-beer advocate and they would feel fairly comfortable with the look.

S: smells...creamy, fairly light aroma given the amount of carbonation nucleating all over this glass.

T: definite german hop, a little grassy and bitter. the malt is unremarkable

M: Creamy yet crispy with the carbonation, maybe my favorite part of the beer.

D: It is fine but it just is not interesting enough to really pull me back to buy more

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember looking forward to this one every spring back when I lived in Northern California. Pours a crisp, clear dark golden color, with a good cap of rocky white foam. Nice aromas--piney hops, biscuity malt and an underlying sweetness. Similar on the palate, sweet and malty with just a bit of hop.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Scott for a quaff of this newly bottled offering.

A - Pours golden with a 2 fingered white head. Dissipates moderately slow and left nice lacing.

S/T - Honey, grass, and light bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, hop dominated. A little surprised by the hoppiness of ths maibock, but then again, it is SN.

D - Great overall. Less hops in the beer would be appreciated but SN is too good for that.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on draft during my inaugural visit to the Hollingshead’s Delicatessen in Orange, CA this weekend.

Generic Sierra Nevada Tap Handle that had a white oval on the wooden tap handle. The oval had the words ‘Pale Bock Malt Liquor’ on it.

Poured like a Teutonic lager with a super clear golden body which had a brilliant fresh mountain water clarity to it. Soft creamy white head which has an egg white stiffness and lasted throughout the pour and beyond the last drink, it left some froth in the bottom of the glass. Looked great in the dimpled straight sided handled mugs that Hollingshead’s Deli use.

Grassy skid-marks mix in with a soft malty nose which had some citric fruits had a well rounded feel to it. Fresh crisp herbal body had lots of character and a lovely appealing Drinkability that made this one a real quaffer. Medium body has a light element but it holds out well in the long run. Dry bitterness with a lemony spice splash in the finish. I could have easily managed a major session on this beauty.

I don’t often review from memory but this one was quite the rare treat and a lovely brew. Well worth sampling if you see this one on tap.

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Photo of stirgy
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m glad I had the chance to try this west coast rarity. Poured ultra bright, golden and clear and had a bright translucent glow. Beer was topped off with a thin white head. The aroma has soft creamy buttery malt notes with sweet clementine oranges surfacing along with some grassy grains. Do not let the light look of this one fool you, it's a serious beer. The taste is very smooth with herbal-like malts and a soft sticky bitterness. The finish is very dry, sharp and has a spicy bite. Solid, but dry malt body, with a subdued sweetness. Beer has strong herby qualities and overall very enjoyable. Thanks to Scoats for digging this one up!

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Sierra Nevada offering was delicious.
Very light yellow color.
The Pale Bock was very Sweet, very nice full flavor like most Sierra Nevada beers but that sweet finish really suprised me. I myself am a huge Sierra Nevada fan and really enjoyed the different flavor offered with the Pale Bock

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Photo of Nickls
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Light golden hue, with sticky/frothy white head. Great lacing all the way through sample

S - A bit of fruit in the aroma, some graininess, and finally a bit of malt. Hints at some hop inclusion

T - Pretty delicate flavors. Malty and a bit earthy. Hoppy dryness in the end.

M- Smooth and a little creamy for the style

D - Very drinkable, with nice but not overpowering flavors. Pretty balanced, but nothing extraordinary.

Overall, and pretty decent brew and would recommend when considering the style.

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Photo of rrryanc
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of Floydster
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint from Hollingshead's Delicatessen

Clear yellow color with a strong smell of honey and oranges

Too sweet in my opinion, but not a bad beer in the hot summer heat

I have heard this is going to be bottled soon, so that should be interesting

Not a bad beer, but not oone of the best

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Photo of Durandal_777
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ThomasG19
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of IceAce
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first notable thing about this beer is what is tasted last...a Euro-hop bite and a bready malt fade.

This golden beauty boasts outstanding clarity and a fine nose of bright malt, spikey alcohol phenols, and a subtle yeast backdrop.

CO² cradles the tongue while the doughy malt and slightly corny midtaste caress the taste buds. Mouthfeel is full and chewy while drinkability is borderline exceptional.

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

Enjoyed in a pilsener glass.

A: White finger of good looking head over a semitransparent light golden/orange brew. Head dissipates relatively quickly but at least lingers over the surface of the beer for the session.
S: Crisp lager freshness on the nose with malt sweetness delicately balanced out by hops. Honey and grains on the nose.
T/M: Crisp, light and perfectly carbonated mouthfeel brings out a balanced but seemingly basic malt and hop profile. Honey (as on the nose) with a semi-dry, bitter hop finish.
D: No overwhelming flavors or aromas...nondescript brews are necessary now and then! This is great for the style, and it's a perfect beer to welcome the hot Cali sun. This beer is easily sessionable.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Bock from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.78 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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