Glissade Golden Bock
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Bock - Maibock
3.67 | pDev: 12.53%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a real pretty beer, both when being made and the final product. Dark yellow, big 1" head white. The aroma is pretty neutral.

Taste still leans hoppy for style true to form for Sierra Nevada, this one drops plenty of wheat and barley, lemon like feels. Lots of pleasantries for someone who doesn't like the over bittering hopping, this one has it above average for style, but stays in check otherwise. Definite breadiness. Hearty carbonation. Has a dry and almost chalk like finish after a full mouthfeel gamut of bread feels.

Sep 21, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes. L: Pours brilliant orangish gold with a 1” gold tinted white persistent foam collar. S: Bready, biscuit malt aromas T: Light bread flavors with a spicy hop accent. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: A big, bready bock that is well balanced and easy to drink.

Aug 04, 2015
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gopens44 from Virginia

4/5  rDev +9%

Think some of my reviews either didn't take or I dreamt reviewing them. Oh well, I loved this beer and would gladly buy it again if it were to make a return. Smooth and easy drinking.

Nov 06, 2014
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WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Transparent light golden color, 1cm of white foam that lasts for several minutes but only has minimal lacing qualities. Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation levels.

Smells faintly of cereal grains, a couple of white bread crusts, and some hay-like grassy hopping. Taste is slightly more centered around honeyed light graininess with the same herbals playing second fiddle. While this certainly is a clean and crisp beer, and it does indeed evoke the notion of 'spring' and 'freshness', it doesn't really do anything in particular that is memorable in comparison to other, similar offerings on the local market.

Sep 06, 2012
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TheRealBigC from Nevada

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is easily the worst of Sierra Nevada's seasonal rotation. It's got the same crispness as Summerfest, but much less flavor and much less balance. The hops come in up front but don't give way to any other big flavors. I mean, it's better than hoppy selzter water, but in the spring time I'd go for Sam Adams' Noble Pils instead, though unfortunately they've replaced it on their major rotation with another beer. I wanted to like it, but it kind of bored me.

Jul 27, 2012
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Jesse13713 from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - An undersized head that does not exceed a half of a finger. Leaves a thin film at the top of the brew. Exploding with carbonation and floating yeast. A beautiful orange/golden brew that looks beautiful under the light.

Smell - Delicious hops that smack the nose. Grassy, wheaty notes with light malt in the background. Pleasant to the nose.

Taste - Still quite fresh for being a few months old. Sparkly hops coat the entire mouth. Light hints of lemon peel and tangerine. The hops are fresh and mouth watering. The malt back is well-balanced and delicious. Grainy, malty, and wheaty.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Very smooth - slides right off the tongue. Light bodied and well-balanced. Lots of flavor here.

Jun 28, 2012
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BostonHops from Massachusetts

3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a perfectly clear bright golden yellow; a somewhat aggressive pour yields just shy of 2" foamy, light beige head. above average retention leaves a bit of patchy lacing. great looking beer. nose is firmly planted in the subtle camp: muted notes of toasty maltiness, a touch of citric fruit. tough sledding trying to pick apart this aroma.

flavor delivers a bit of that toasty malt out front with a strong dose of hoppy bitterness following. i cotton to it a bit as i drink, bumping the taste .5, but in the end this is a middling brew. good mouthfeel., medium-light bodied, crisp and refreshing. appearance aside, this would be the brew's best attribute IMO.

overall this is OK. not a drainpour by any means, just underwhelming. i would glady accept one if offered for free but will not seek it out again.

originally reviewed: 04-14-2011

Jun 13, 2012

3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle. Tumbler glass. Enjoyed on jul´11. Golden color. White, medium size bubbled, creamy crown. Some lacing on sides. Aromas are hoppy & bready. Spicy touch & honey notes. Flavors are sweet & malty, fruity notes. Citrics & pepper in the middle. Medium body, medium carbonation. Slightly bitter finish. Easy drinkability & flavorful sensation.

Apr 14, 2012
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 7/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear, light orange amber. Thin white head dissipated quickly leaving a ring of foam and slight lacing. Faint aroma of malt and hops. Flavor better, nice sweet malt up front blending into a gentle hop finish. Nothing distinguishing, but well balanced and pleasant to drink.

Mar 15, 2012
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scratch69 from Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Slightly cloudy golden color with two fingers worth of head. Nice amount of lacing.

Smell- Sweet malts and grain with a hint of citrusy hops.

Taste- Same as the smell but with a little grassiness and nuttiness also.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and well carbonated. Smooth and crisp.

Overall- Very nice and easy to drink. I would love to try this one again.

Feb 20, 2012
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost clear golden straw with lazy carbonation raising a head up to two fingers. Frothy white head drops after a few minutes leaving spotty lace on the pilsner glass.

Malty, honey and fresh-cut straw with light cookie dough and hints of bell pepper in the background.

Flavor follows the nose with an emphasis on the grains. Mild finish rounds this one out.

Medium body, dry and chalky. There is no alcohol presence. Carbonation is light.

An easy drinking beer that is better on the cooler side. Probably best on a warm day. This would make a fine standby for any party.

Jan 15, 2012
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eduardolinhalis from Switzerland

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a beautiful yellow to orange golden color. A bit hazy. Forms a big white aired bubbled head when poured. Medium retention and some nice lacings left

S: Sweet malts. Grassy bit citrus hops. A bit skunky too

T: Simple beer. Sweet malts, yeasts and grassy hops. Quite neutral and smooth beer. Moderate bitter end

M: Light body. Some hop bite. Good carbonation. Mild bitter end

O: Very drinkable. Hoppy and skunky in overall. Good quality Sierra Nevada after all

Jan 07, 2012
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CwrwAmByth from England

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay goblet glass.

Pours a golden (like the name, clever eh?) yellow colour with a decent white head.

Smells faintly hoppy and alcohol-y.

Taste is a bit harsh due to the carbonation and alcohol I think. Other than that it works well and tastes quite nice.

Overall a pretty enjoyable beer, i'd have it again.

Dec 19, 2011
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warnerry from Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 release; notes from Feb. 2011

A - Pours a clear straw color with two fingers of white head and nice slow rising carbonation.

S - Slightly sweet malts and grain.

T - Some subtle hops not present in the smell. Also more earthiness than the smell suggests, which lingers in the aftertaste. An unfortunate metallic taste really takes away from the good things going on here.

M - Medium mouthfeel with lingering bitter earthiness and metal funk.

O - Some off notes in the taste really reduce my enjoyment of this, which is unfortunate because I am a fan of the style and was looking forward to this one. Probably would not get again.

Dec 13, 2011
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Heel of bottle stamped 018 11.

Appearance - Hazy amber-yellow body. Pours one finger white head with low stick and decent retention.

Smell - Sweet and grassy. Hidden corniness underneath. Faint honey and alcohol.

Taste - Light splash of complexity. Thin honey malt followed by light hop. Very balanced and mild. No off characters.

Mouthfeel - Light. Some bite. Thin honey stickiness that doesn't linger.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty legit. Demands to be a session beer.

Nov 28, 2011
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with a moderate sized head and minimal lacing. Smells slightly grassy and with a bit of citrus.

Taste- has a citrus kick from the hops, followed by sweet bready malts.A slight bitterness at the end closes out a nice blend of flavors. Lots of great tastes coming through here yet it all balances well. Mouthfeel is great, smooth and very drinkable.

Overall a great seasonal. It has a great balance between the spicy hops and sweet malt. Very easy to drink as well.

Nov 15, 2011
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BilbosNuts from Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a big white head that has decent retention but eventually fades to a thin film over the top. It looks very lively with a high amount of carbonation. It looks like a dark colored champagne.

S: The overall aroma is quite mellow with light floral and grassy hops as the backbone. In the background, some grainy and bready malts can be found.

T: Pale malts and herbal hops are front and center, while the hops provide a mild bitter finish.

M: It has a light body with a high amount of carbonation that allows the beer to dance on the palate. The carbonation effectively cleanses and refreshes for the next sampling.

O: This was sort of a mellow beer overall. I wasn't overly impressed with much and with all the other great Sierra Nevada offerings readily available, I probably won't be visiting this one again soon.

Oct 14, 2011
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Suds from Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an extremely hazy liquid, with a moderately sized white head. It's aroma is a little malty, nutty, and woody. Not as aromatically intense and I expected, but it does have an appealing, earthiness in it's smell. The taste is notably stronger...malt, a touch of hops...nice balance. It is a bit more carbonated than necessary. Medium body. All in all, a nice beer.

Oct 10, 2011
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast..

Poured a golden yellow colour. White head poured big, thick and fluffy then faded slowly to wispy coating with thick edging. Barely any carbonation... some faint lacing...

Aroma - Sweet slightly overripe fruits, marzipan / almond notes, quite grainy, wet and maybe slightly rotten grass, pepper spiciness, treacle / golden syrup notes, some toasted bread...

Taste - Quite a lot of bready and grainy malts, spicy dried fruits (raisins, currents, figs), honey sweetness, some metallic notes, definitely some marzipan, salty hints, some peppery and grassy notes..

M&D - Sharp initally then becomes slightly cloying... medium bodied... a little sickly for my liking to be very drinkable...

Overall - An ok bock which is maybe a bit on the sweet side... worth a try though...

Oct 06, 2011
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windypete from England

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Harf a finger head that did'nt hang around to long.

Aroma was light grass notes & sleight hoppiness.

Taste was crisp & light malts. This beer does'nt hide the alcohol very well.

Overall this is a nice crisp beer but it dont stand out much. I like sierra's other offerings more & would pick them over this beer.

Sep 25, 2011
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Blueribbon666 from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Unlike 90% Sierra Nevada's offerings no intense hop scent from bottle or glass when poured into dimpled mug. Been very interested to try this different style as I am familiar with their Pale Ale, Stout, Porter, Bigfoot, Torpedo and Celebration Ale. This Glissade is from 2011, pours a copper color with a grassy smell and a bit of maltiness in their as well. Very nice, well balanced mouth feel malt is very subtle without being too much and a slight hop finish that adds a crisp clean finish even though the abv is evident from the 1st sip. I enjoyed this and would get more of this to enjoy 3 or 4 of w/a meal. An enjoyable and different offering from Sierra Nevada

Sep 25, 2011
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ummswimmin from New Jersey

3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer from a bottle into a tapered pilsner glass. The initial head was very light and fluffy. This dissipated pretty quickly into a small halo around the top of the glass.

This beer is a orangy/yellow. This beer is pretty clear.

I didn't get much off the top of this glass. There was just some grassiness in the nose.

The body was pretty thin, as you would expect for this beer. I get more of the grassiness in the flavor and some sweet taste. In the after-taste I get a pretty decent amount of bitterness.

This was an interesting experience. I'm glad that I was able to pick up a bottle.

Sep 24, 2011
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LittleCreature from Australia

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.5
Pours two fingers of creamy, off white head which gradually recedes to thin layer over a clear body of deep gold to light amber.

Smell - 3.5
Subtle but pleasant aroma of sweet and bready malt, balanced with spicy and herbal hops.

Taste - 3.5
Starts promising, but falls down on the back of the palate. Sweet, bready pilsener malt with the lightest hint of toastiness, hop bitterness is moderate, hop flavour is leafy and a little metallic. Very short, dry finish with noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Medium body, moderately carbonated, very smooth drinking.

Overall - 3.5
A well made, clean, malty pale lager. Downsides? There isn't enough malt or hop character to hide the obvious alcohol. A bit like a slightly too strong Oktoberfestbier.

Sep 15, 2011
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obrendano from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

one of the first true microbrewed beers I ever had, still liking this one a lot

A - sunny golden color, bleached white head dies down after a bit, slightly sticky. lots of carbonation

S - clean grassy hops, pale malt and a bouquet of light fruity esthers

T - has a very nice bite from the hops, but they do not overpower, or even really come to the forefront. very well balanced with the malt. ever so slight note of the booze in there too. a bit peppery around the edges as it warms up

M - super crisp and light, malt is a little sticky and that's fine with me

O - a very solid beer. I like when a brewery can take a relatively uncomplicated style and just hit a home run like it's no big deal at all. many of their beers fall into that category.

Sep 09, 2011
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rroberts1013 from Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried the Glissade after hearing a few of my co-workers claim that it was awful and decided to sample with an open mind. The appearance reminded me of apple juice in color and the head looked great, hanging around for about a minute. The smell was fine and the taste was surprising. I wonder what my co-workers were thinking. It's pretty damn good, balanced, and just enough hops. I would recommend!

Sep 06, 2011
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