Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden BockSierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock
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German Maibock
3.67 | pDev: 12.53%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden BockSierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock
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Reviews by Metalmonk:
Photo of Metalmonk
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A modest-looking beer, simple and smart, but not a total eye-catcher. A regal gold color sits under a wispy white head that never sticks around long, even with a hard pour. It's real anxious to get to the crown stage, it seems...

Not a totally promising aroma. Has a steamed-veggies aroma, and not enough of the mead-like character of better-smelling Maibocks. A pretty tepid nose...

A fair bit of clover honey in the flavor; malt has a grainy vibe, recalling wheat bread; mineral/stone. Hops dominate the malt a little too much. I know hops have to factor into this style, but it seems the best ones impress more for the malt element than anything else. Here Sierra Nevada's typically heavy-handed hops usage doesn't do the trick.

Crisp, snappy, dry mouth, it certainly feels all lager-y somehow...although a fuller/creamier aspect would've helped prop up the beer.

This is one of my favorite beer styles and I was hoping that, considering the price and availability, Sierra Nevada would brew a mind-altering Maibock. They haven't, and it is in fact one of the least remarkable ones I've ever had. But no worries...they still crank up a mean Bigfoot every year.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of gopens44
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.

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

I wish they'd bring this back. I recall it being incredibly smooth and light. A big fan the handful of times I had it...

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with 1-finger of white head, which slowly turns into a heavy film with decent lacing.

Smell: Aroma of sweet malts, some florals, and fresh grass.

Taste: Malt and fruit flavors up front, followed by some hops and a bit of alcohol towards the finish. Rather astringent aftertaste, though.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with just a hint of carbonation. Relatively smooth overall.

Drinkability: The ABV isn't that high, but you definitely notice the alcohol a bit more than you'd expect. The aftertaste is a bit of a bummer.

I had this a week ago on tap and thought it came out better that way. It is a decent maibock, but leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of Kallessin
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very clear golden color with very few bubbles in it. Has a large foamy off-white head that settles to thin film after several minutes.

Has some nice spicy/citrus/grassy hops in the aroma mixed with some nice biscuit, pretzel and cereal grain aromas. A little caramel sweetness.

Has a light malty biscuit/cereal flavor with some very subtle sweetness. This is very well balanced off the spicy/citrus hop flavors and mild bitterness.

Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy with light carbonation. Has a slight dryness to it.

This is a very nicely balanced, easy drinking beer. Very nicely balanced flavor, smoothness and great aroma make this a great beer. This is a great session beer, perfect for any season.

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Photo of ThePortlander
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jsulko
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a shaker glass

Pours a golden yellow color with a medium head that goes away quickly.

Malty smell with little hop detected.

Taste is pretty smooth with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

Not my favorite beer but a break from all the Hop bombs I have had lately.

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Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an uninteresting light gold with a thin white head, decent amount of carbonation.

Smells like a fruity lager with some hoppy citrus notes.

Tastes grassy and fruity upfront with a nice malty backbone, finishes nice and hoppy with a citrus like character. Very well balanced and exceptionally drinkable. Very nice velvety mouthfeel. Overall a good beer, but unremarkable.

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Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan brown, dark orange tint, 1/2 head with some lacing

Smell - Malts, citrus fruits, some sugars, lemon, bananas, some yeast and hops sneek through also.

Taste - Has a crisp almost wheat lager flavor at first, then sweet lemon yeast and malts kick in. Real smooth and easy to drink. The spices are present and give it a bitter flavor.

Mouthfeel - Its thin and relaly doesnt last long. Its neither real sweet or bitter, kind of just mild and easy going. Dont expect palette of mouth to get a workout.

Drinkabilty - Its smooth and very easy to dirnk but rather bland and boring, nothing special really. The bitter aftertaste also is a dissapointment. Its not bad, just better mailbocks out there for sure.

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Photo of phattman073
4/5  rDev +9%

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

Poured into a Celebrator glass a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, slightly spiced. The taste is malty, nice little hop note, and some spices. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry/bitter. Drinkable, a pretty tasty brew.

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

12oz bottle into a Flying Fish pint glass, Happy to see it in the store but a bit early for this type of beer.

A- Glissade has a lighter shade of gold plus some hints of faint orange if you look close enough. A nice semi full off white head stayed afloat for a few than died into a ring around the glass, shreds of lace, not much. After a while the beer looks kind of dead.

S- Very faint for a SN beer and probably the faintest in their lineup. The smells just don't burst out, glissade is quite tame. What I get is some sweet malt with a few earthy hops balancing out a beer that is not too complex. Hay and earth, this beer kind of reminds me of a light lager in the nose.

T- A beer for a newbie, something for early spring, this light bock does not pack a lot of flavor, but it has it's place, it's simple, it's supposed to be. With that said this reminds me of a light lager with more taste in the sweet malt dept. Some caramel up front with earthy hops finishing, but not the least bittering or intruding. No more, no less.

M- A step up from light bodied with enough carb to let you know it's alive, but nothing major. There is a kind of bland, off putting aftertaste that reminds me of some type of beer out of a can. The feel is nice and lightly sweet, the aftertaste is not good.

D- Having been bottled on the last day of the year, this one should taste fairly fresh, but it more so taste like a stale light sized beer with some age on it. If you want to hop on the Glissade train, I suggest you do it soon, key elements are already falling off, if there were ever any to begin with. A light simple beer for the light at heart, this may be a gate opener for new converts though, myself, i won't be going for a six pack like most SN offerings.

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Photo of seanstambaugh
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a large, stemless wine glass.

A: Pours a transparent light golden-orange. A finger and a half of foam disappears quite quickly with minor lacing. Thin cap remains. Nothing impressive, but not bad.

S: Honey-wheat loaf of bread. Slightly grassy. Minor lemon peeks through.

T: Bready, grainy, sweet malt hits first, light dry alcohol comes on after a few seconds, mellows into a soft bitter.

M: Good feel; well-formed body without syrup, carbonation starts as a steady stream but quickly fades.

D: Not my top pick, but it is certainly drinkable. An interesting flavor, if not the wrong time of year...

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of TXLLama
4/5  rDev +9%

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

A-Pours a clear golden color with a small white head that had fair retention and left a bit of lacing.

S-Floral, citrus hops, some spice and a bit sweet. Smells good.

T-Really well balanced between the floral/citrus hops, spice and biscuity malt.

M-Crisp, dry yet a bit creamy. On the light side of medium body.

D-Very drinkable. A few of these is no problem.

Another job well done by SN.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Raleigh.

This beer starts nicely with a golden color, great clarity and a small white head. The aroma is toasted malt with a touch of honey. The flavor has a bready and biscuity base with a mild sweetness and a firm crispness. It's got a mild bitterness, a touch of fruit and a hint of yeast. The consistency is moderate but seems sturdy for the style. The carbonation is moderate.

This is a relatively mild beer but I think it's still got some nice flavor and makes for a good addition to the SN offerings.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm not entirely sure I've actually had a proper Maibock. German brewing and cultural history is what got me into beer, so a Maibock/Helles Bock review is long overdue.

1034 110 56 marked on the label. 2011 on the neck label. Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

This beer has exceptional clarity and great color. It shimmers and shines with tints of gold and brass. There is a big white head that slowly fades with intricate lacing in it's trail.

This aroma is nice and intense, I'm just not sure I really enjoy it. But, that's just a personal preference. Lots of lemon, lime and grass, all turned up to 10. This smells, probably, a little hoppier than an old school German Maibock, but this is Sierra Nevada. The hop aromas aren't conjuring thoughts of bitterness or palate decimation though, they are very grassy, almost noble. Malt is there, but in the back; providing an even-keeled sweetness with lots of dough.

There is a tangy, hop-driven, grassy and lime sweetness right upfront. Things move along with some light dough. Lots of lime flavor stays throughout.

Very dry with a sharp carbonation. As a result of the stripping carbonation, the dryness lasts and lasts. The body is just at medium.

Nothing off about this beer, I'd say. But I'm not quite sure how traditional it is. I'd wager this is a bit hoppier than the Germans would do. Its a solid beer, but not the kinda thing I could get down on very often. It would make an easy pleaser for anyone who's not yet into gnarly DIPAs and RISs.

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Photo of sunkistxsudafed
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint

A- honey colored, with a about 2 fingers of head, which leaves a good amount of lacing.

S- malty and nutty. though nothing really jumps out at you.

T- has the typical bock malt character paired with a nutty front. First thought to mind was: "walnut bread". a little too much alcohol taste for my taste.

M- Thicker, as is expected with a decent bock. pretty smooth.

D- not a session beer, especially for the non-beer savvy drinker. I would drink it again, but not buy it again.

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Photo of AaronBurr
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of SFLpunk
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24 oz brown glass pry-top.

Quick review: Aromas like Budweiser with more aromatic hops. A sweet lager smell, corn, light-toast malt, orange-dirt hops. Palate is crisp, but as it warms the sweetness comes out and makes the palate too smooth. There's some bitterness there but it's not what I expect from Sierra Nevada.

This is how I imagine a craft/micro version of the American Adjunct Lager. A nice gateway beer, but not impressed given Sierra's legacy.

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

A- Clear pale gold. Small white head.

S- grass, malts

T- toasted grainy malt, subtle honey sweetness. Zesty.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation. Great coating on the palate.. leaves good amount of flavor.

D- Easy drinking here and a nice amount of flavor for this style. Cant wait to drink some when it warms up.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: They weren't kidding when they called this a "golden" bock. Clear gold body with a steady column of carbonation rising to refresh a 1.5" creamy white head; reasonable retention and a good amount of lace. Nice looking lager.

S: Straightforward lager aroma of biscuity malt and light herbal hops. More reminiscent of High Life than any bock I've ever had. Meh.

T: Follows the nose quite closely (unfortunately), but with a little more richness to the malt. Still a pretty damn boring lager tasty. Way more macro-ish than I expect from SN.

M: Fairly light smooth body with a moderate amount of sharp, spiky carbonation; stings the front of my tongue.

D: Despite its disappointing flavor and aroma, it goes down amazingly well for 6.4%. Good casual quaffing (dare I say session?) beer.

Notes: I wasn't expecting too much from this one, and it delivered a bit less. While lacking any off flavors, this just wasn't anything special at all. I won't be seeking it out, especially since it comes with the same price and distribution as Torpedo. ESB was way better; let's hope it makes a comeback, or that they come up with a better new spring seasonal next year.


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Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 1274 ratings