Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden BockSierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock
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Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden BockSierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock

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

Style: German Maibock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,275 |  Reviews: 874
Reviews by NJpadreFan:
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada- Gissade

A- Bright golden orange with a thick clean foamy head. No lacing but clear and mild carbonation.
S- Lemony buttery malt. Lightly toasted malts with a dry grassy touch.
T- Sweet malt. Buttery and lemony with a slight corn husk flavor. Dry hay/ straw/ grass with an earthy hop finish.
M- Malty sweet and buttery smooth. Not overly cloying. Slight dry earthy hoppiness in the end.

Overall- Buttery smooth and sweet with a light touch of alc. tasty and hopefully year round.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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 +30.5%

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 oberon
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always like to see more pale bocks out there,its great to see Sierra Nevada widely distribute one.Poured a clear lighter to medium golden with a nice one finger white head atop,shotty broken lace was left as it settled pretty quickly.Aromas are toasty with big German malt notes,iron,and bread mainly,a passing herbal hop passes by.Toasty and grainy on the palate,subtle caramel sweetness with that passing herbal hop in the finish.Its not bad but misses some of the traits I like in a fuller pale bock,still not to bad.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This poured a pristine yellow in color and was clear as a glass. The white head came up nicely as well.

Smell - The grain is crisp and clean at the smell with a nice straw-like character. I'm not getting a lot of hop aroma but am finding a hint of natural sugar.

Taste - The sugars came out just enough at the taste to compliment the refined straw flavor and the leafy hops actually came on kind of strong considering that I wasn't expecting much in this department. There was just enough hop flavor here to facilitate an easy drinking experience. I should also note that the malts were a bit more structured than I had guessed as well.

Mouthfeel - This is a bit bigger than light-bodied but just floats on the tongue. The carbonation is modest but very refined showing a nice tingling sensation in the mouth without being fizzy.

Drinkability - This really went down well and I clearly enjoyed it more than most of the other reviewers. It was refined, of high quality, and exceptionally balanced. If I was rating this purely on a strict style guide I may have a few reservations, but this was such a good-drinking beer it was otherwise hard to find fault.

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Photo of boston2bburg
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous looking brilliant light gold body with lots of fluffy, pillowy foam and excellent retention. Immaculate clarity.

Aroma is a bit unrefined with a definite cooked corn (DMS) vegetal thing going on amidst some bready malt undertones. It's odd that SN would let that happen, but the BJCP allows a little bit. No real hop aroma.

A bready, malt-forward, easy-drinking bock with only a touch of hops to balance. The cooked corn is still present but not overly offensive. Some light toasty melanoidin character. A dry pilsner sweetness on the finish. Peppery hop character.

What I love about this beer is the subtle alcohol warmth that creeps up as you quickly make your way through such a drinkable beer. I'm afraid many of the negative commentors aren't privy to what makes a good helles bock. There isn't much hop character because there shouldn't be. This beer is everything it should be, except for being a little heavy on the DMS. Otherwise, clean, smooth, highly quaffable, well-constructed.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden pour with a frothy white head and fairly bubbly appearance.

Aroma is very subdued; faint, sweet malt and a hint of fruit. Really not much going on here.

Taste is the same, not too sweet, which saves it from oblivion, and an earthy hop finish.

This was a let down for me.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock, Maibock style 6.4% alcohol. Typical short and stout look of Sierra Nevada bottles poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Pours a crisp and clear pale yellow fluid that produces a one inch head upfront. This head falls to a quarter inch of froth that leaves slight patchy lacing on the sides of the glass. Decent in my opinion.

S- Sweet malts with a tangy yeast backbone come to mind. Has a tinge of hop charactor possibly pine.

T-M- Taste is sweet but bitter at the same time allowing the medium carbonation to tingle the tongue. Key flavors are piney raw hops, sweet dextrinous malts and light tangy yeast bite. Mouthfeel is slightly acidic in nature but has a light carbonation that dances past the buds to allow this to be smooth.

D- Has an ok drinkablity but not the beer i'd be drinking alot of a one time.

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Photo of steelerguy
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear, golden, smallish head that settles to a covering. Slight bit of "material" floating in there.

S - Malty, slight biscuit, with some sweetness. Slight floral hop aroma that goes well with the sweet malt.

T - Clean malt flavor with a little sweetness that finishes with a nice hop snap.

M - Perhaps a little thinner than some Maibocks, with the carbonation finishes clean and almost Pilsner like.

D - Easy drinking, a little high on the ABV for a session beer, but goes down easy and is refreshing.

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Photo of blackearth
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, clear golden body with a thin white head. Aromas of sweet pale malts and flowery hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium high carbonation. Flavors are similar to an authentic pilsner but with a little more body. It has a mellow hop finish. This beer sounds pretty simple, but it's done very well and tastes great.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass, this beer was a gold color with a sizeable white head that left a little bit of lacing. Fruity aroma, some sweet malt. A bit muted. Ditto the taste. Kind of fruity, more malt, a hint of hops. A decent beer, but not so special.

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Photo of warnerry
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

SN knew the BA crowd wouldn't dig this beer when they released it in '10 - and to some extent, neither did I when I first had it. This beer won't appeal to the one-and-done ticker crowd. Perhaps I didn't like it because my pallet had been zinged by all the high octane crap I was drinking last winter??? :0)

I started to dig this beer last March, just as it was about to disappear as a seasonal, and have totally enjoyed it so far in '11.

Pours a beautiful golden with little head, which is fine with me. You can smell the malt and gentle hops on the nose before the taste.

Can taste the pale malts, kinda becoming sweet, almost too sweet, but they are swept away by the restrained hops at the end of the sip. Alcohol at 6+ is well hidden, I could session this beer (and do).

Took me a few tries to see the genius of this beer and fall in love with it. This is as advertised - a drinker, not a sipper.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.45/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a medium white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is cereal grains, hay and a little honey with some soapy floral hops.

The flavor is sweet malts with some off, slightly metallic notes. It leads to a medium bitterness in the finish that is a bit plasticky. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I didn't really care for this. The off notes subsided some as I drank it, but it was still not something I liked.

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Photo of generallee
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle date is simple, just the year (2010) and the ABV is listed as 6.4%.

Appearance: It has a golden orange amber body with good clarity. The aggressive pour made only an average size head that faded quickly leaving only a light wispy film covering. There was no real lacing to speak of.

Smell: The aroma is some what sweet and bready with mild honey like notes as well as some pale grain and grassy/leafy hops.

Taste/Palate: The aroma had spot on foreshadowing to the flavor. It tastes just like the aroma with a slight addition of some light acidity in the hops on the finish. It's a medium bodied beer with a smooth lightly carbonated texture.

Notes: Overall it's a decent example of the style.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mverity
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SAxDRC5
2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: Looks good, light lacing, nice head.

S: Smells like typical cheap beer. Not what I was expecting, though i haven't much of this style.

T: Tastes like PBR to me. malty with a touch of hops bitterness.

M: way way way too carbonated. prickly on my tongue. very light feel.

D: pretty good I guess, but if I'm going for drinkability with a beer that tastes like this I'll just drink PBR, as it's a lot cheaper.

I was honestly disappointed with this offering from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness code.

Ample head size, stickage on the glass becomes eye candy. Bubbly clear and bright golden color. Hop nose ranges from fresh cut grass to lime leaves to green peppercorn, fresh dried hay and toasted bread malt comes through as well. Body has come thickness, smooth with a crisp snap in the back. Hops softly rake the palate with a semi-rough hop bitterness ... getting that hop fix sometimes is like finally reaching that itch you could not scratch. Melon rind? Malty but on the dry side with big bready, even toasty and nearly nutty flavors. Finish walks towards dry with an even linger of hops and malt.

A very tasty seasonal that wakes the palate up!

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, no bottling/freshness info. Pour clear, lighter/near golden amber, slight off white head, that does leave a moderate amount of lace on the glass... grassy, herbal, noble hop nose, comes shining through. Crisp, refreshing and tasty brew, notes of more noble hops, floral and spicy, with perhaps a hint of anise.Honey infused malts smooth and unassuming, riding just below the hoppy highlights that are just slightly in conrol here. Yes its tru, more high qualty brew from macro/micro heavyweight SN

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, gold in color, 1/4 inch head, medium/high carbonation

Smell: hay, grass, and grain

Taste: hay, grass, hops, and grain

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light bodied, moderately bitter with a very bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: A very drinkable, slightly hoppy, summer beer. This almost tastes like a hoppy pils. I could have two or three.

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Photo of dcevans
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Mora2000
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear medium yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is bready malt with something almost corn-like. The flavor is sweet bready malt, but not much else. No real hop character. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Nice, very clean, crisp beer. Very drinkable, just not too interesting.

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Photo of LyonsHead
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Darker gold with a pure white head and good lacing

S: Fairly straightforward with an herbal hop note and an strong backbone of fresh yeast, bread.

T: Malt forward with a subtle munich malt flavor. There is a good fresh bread character mixed with some grainy/grassy flavors. a well ballanced herbal hop note and a citrus character as well. There is also a subtle corn character but I would not classify it as DMS

M: Light body and finishes relatively sweet

D: Great late spring/early summer beer. Tastes a lot like a pilsner but there is a touch more maltiness

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Photo of Skye1024
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 1,275 ratings