Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden BockSierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock

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

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by adamette on 01-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Tops Tasting Room. A full mouthfeel bock. Golden yellow with some lace. I can see carbonation bases. They said it had only been tapped recently, but it was not all that flavorful, though quenching.Very little hop apparent, rather disapointing for this brewery.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glissade to me was a little bit of a disappointment. The beer pours out as a golden color with a decent looking head. The lacing doesn't really do much. The smell of the beer has a bunch of malt aromas with some faint hops in the back end. The taste is on the sweet side. Very malt based taste, not overly complex in any way. The mouthfeel is light with a decent carbonation. Overall this beer in no shape or form out does the ESB that it replaced last year. Hopefully Sierra Nevada will come to terms with that fact and bring back the ESB one day.

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Photo of metter98
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that settled down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The nose has light aromas of spicy hops.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and has a slight amount of bitterness. There are notes of biscuity and grainy malts as well as spices in the flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of alcohol warming in the finish.
D: The alcohol content and large amount of maltiness makes this a beer that can't be downed quickly but it's perfectly suited for drinking outside on a mild spring day.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful little beer that probably won't get the credit that it deserves.

Glissade begins with a glowing light gold color, brilliant clarity and a study but short statured head. Lots of lacing all around the glass. An elegant looking beer.

Floral aromas leap out of the glass just a hair before the bready malts. A boquet of aromas give a honey-like aroma with perfumes and roses.

Clean malts lead the way in flavor. Sweet breads and honey taste set the base for the beer while the floral, herbal hops give a honey-suckle flavor. Hop bitterness increases as the subtle malt and hop flavors fall. The bitterness may hang up in the throat for a bit too long; keeping the beer frome becomming as clean as I like.

Very pilsner-like in the body but with the emphasis on malt roundness. Creamy and rich up front but the part-malt, part-grain balance is aided by the hop dryness in the end.

A nice little beer that belongs in the mix with Spaten Maibock.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah Sierra Nevada with a new seasonal brew... I have to pick it up and try it. I must preface this by saying bock's of all sorts are not my favorite style by any means, but this one is pretty solid. Pours a nice golden color with tons of bubbles. Small white head to it. Medium body to it.. nice hop smack, a tinge of alcohol (pretty high ABV for a bock) and a smooth finish balanced out by the malts. Not very bitter, as expected. I would prefer other styles beers over this one just because I love hoppy bitterness but this is one of the better bock's I've tried and it's damn drinkable.. kudos SN.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light golden color ale with a medium foamy head with OK retention. Aroma consists of semi-sweet malt base with not much else. Taste is nice enough malt centric ale with nice semi-sweet malt notes with limited complexity. Body is about average with good carbonation. A bit disappointing with limited complexity but good drinkability factor

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Photo of LXIXME
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear rich golden color, with an almost white head. A decent sized head fades in a nice long lasting lacing. Aroma is of sour grains and yeast but is not overwhelming. Sour to bitter grains with some light hops coming through in the taste. leaving a light sour dry aftertaste. Not sure what Glissade means and not really sure if I'm gonna hunt down more of this stuff or not.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a very clear, very bubbly, golden-yellow color with a two-finger, cream colored head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of grains, caramel and subtle floral notes.

T - It tasted of toasty malts, sweet caramel and toffee. There were mild bittering hops present. Nice overall character.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied bock that is easy drinking.

D - This is a pretty good maibock. Worth trying and nice on a warm spring day.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly-clouded grain color with a white head. The nose is fairly light both in oomph and complexity. There are some slight grain and bread notes along with faint fruits and hops. The taste adds in characteristic nutty characteristic with very light amounts of sugar. Nice body. An easy quaffer.

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Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Pint Glass

Pours a finger and a half of creamy off white head. Fades to a thin layer. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a very clear golden yellow.

Aroma: There really isn't too much going on with this beer. It reminds me of a typical maco.There is some grassy hops and pale malts it seem like.

Taste: A lot of malt flavors. Very bready with some grassy hops. Not a lot of good flavors to me.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and creamy. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very malty with a distinguished hop profile.

Overall, not my type of bock. Just didn't seem to flow with me. I have had others in they style, but just don't like this one very much. Drinkable and maybe decent for the spring weather, but not something I am enjoying.

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Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam that sits on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - A nice, malty bread aroma with some light toasted notes. Some light, spicy hops in the background to balance to honey notes of the malt.

T - Sweet, bready malt notes up front with some honey and pilsner malt character. Spicy hop flavors in the middle with more grainy malt. Finishes with spicy hops, sweet malt and moderate bitterness. Lingering musty hop character with lightly spicy alcohol.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Fairly drinkable with aggressive doses of both hops and malt. The spicy hops are particularly assertive in the flavor where they more than balance the malt through the finish. Because of the strong hop character, it almost comes as an imperial pilsner rather than a bock. Worth a try, perhaps even worth buying a six-pack.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours crystal clear golden amber color with a 2 finger white head with decent retention and decent lacing. A fair amount of rising carbonation noticed in the glass. Aromas of spiciness, grass, light malt, and bread. Aromas come in a bit weak. Taste of spices, grass, malt, light citrus, and bread. The malty character is a bit light, with bitterness showing forth the most in the flavor with spices. The finish is quite dry and crisp, but there is some light lingering bitterness with spiciness after the finish. No alcohol noticed at all. Medium body and carbonation. It was a tad bit odd at first, but as I kept drinking it improved. Overall it is easy going with good drink ability, and decent flavor. Enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of jlindros
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Large rising head of 3+ fingers forces me to stop pouring. Its white and fluffy and fades somewhat slowly. A brilliantly clear golden watery yellow color reveals only a few bubbles rising up from the etch at the bottom of my SA pint glass.

N: Some grassy hops, some light malts, golden like malts, little sweetness and bright fruit, and a lager like aroma.

T: Starts with a distinct lager like flavor, dark lager like a marzen style without the toasty and dark malt flavors. Some lighter malts. A strange fruit flavor as well. Slight grassy hops. Later comes some toasty flavors. A hint of spicy hop flavor as well.

M: Actually thicker than I expected, with less carbonation than I expected.

F: Finishes semi bitter, some pale hop flavors kick in late. A little spicy hop flavors as well. It has some dryness as well. The weird fruit flavor also seems to linger with a not so tasty syrupy sweet sticky flavor with a nagging unpleasant bitterness. The taste was nice up to teh finish, which almost ruins the beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz "2011" bottle poured in a pint glass.

Light clear amber with a small, short-lived off-white head.

A nice European style (tastes German to me) bock. Aroma is mediocre, however, in part due to to it subtlety. Hop-tinged malt/grain flavor with a nutty finish. Not great on its own, but a nice malt mix for your tongue and good with a meal. Should appeal to pilsner fans.

Nice mouthfeel with medium/light carbonation.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler into several glasses. Big thanks go to Slatetank for generously providing this during Deuane's 40th Birthday Blowout Tasting on 2/3/10.

Pours a clear gold, with a thin covering of bright-white frothy head. This stays foamy around the edges, with a quality 1/4 finger flare-up that leaves some good looking spotty lacing behind. The aroma is floral and a bit spicy, with some light bready sweetness and a touch of citrus shining through the hops.

The taste, is once again lightly bready and fruity feeling, with some gentle hop character providing a spicy zip across the back. Finishes with some lingering dryness and a touch of leftover sweet tanginess. The mouthfeel is lighter, with a crisp feeling creaminess in that mouth that belies it's over 6% ABV.

This was very easy overall on the palate, with an extremely drinkable body for the size and a crisp and spicy profile that kept things interesing flavor wise. This would be an easy choice on a warm spring day.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 release poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts, honey, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey and fruit up front. Then some bready flavors of lager yeast and a thin malt character come in. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's a solid beer to drink for a while but there are better choices within the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served up a rather clear, golden-orange body with a thin layering of wispy white froth on top.

Smell: Spicy, peppery hop tones with some slight notes honey-coated, toasted grains and, upon warming, dried apple peelings.

Taste: Sweetish, lightly honeyed maltiness with a zip of delicately toasted grains and then a quick progression of zesty, spicy European hop flavor and attending light bitterness. Developing a hint of apple fruitiness as it warms. Finishes dry with a bright, lingering zestiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a bad little beer, Sierra Nevada. It's decently balanced, amply carbonated, and goes down easy.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Honey gold with light showers of swirling yeast and slowsteady carbonation. Almost half the glass is filled with high quality foam of a bleached bone hue. The suds melt in fine fashion and stick to the glass in respectable fashion.

This helles bock smells like helles bocks smell. In other words, it's golden malty with a solid smack of herbal-grassy Euro hoppiness. German (Magnum, Perle, Spalter) and Slovenian (Aurora, Styrian) varieties were used exclusively.

Glissade Golden Bock is a fine example of the style... if you like this sort of thing. Even two seasons past the release date, it's still pretty hoppy-bitter (but balanced). 42 IBUs when fresh is pretty impressive for a maibock.

The malts are mostly pale, with a background earthy nuttiness courtesy of Munich. That particular malt, which is probably my least favorite, is the biggest reason why I can take or leave bocks of all stripes. The hops provide the same flavors as aromas. Again, this is a solid seasonal.

The body/mouthfeel is typical for this brewery. It's easily big enough for the ABV and is properly bubbled to boot. The beer doesn't quite glide across the tongue, as the name suggests, but it isn't far off.

Sierra Nevada has an outstanding lineup that has something for everyone. Even though Glissade Golden Bock is well-brewed beer that does the style proud, I'll stick with Stout, Porter, Torpedo IPA, Celebration Ale, Bigfoot... and all the rest.

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Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to finally get to try this!

Pours an effervescent honey color with a pinky of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Bready, grassy & lemony hop notes as well

T: Bready, grainy & with lemony & grassy hops, plus a kiss of honey. Grainyness & honey malt dominate as this warms, plus some herbal hops as well. Finishes sweet & bready with grassy grainy notes

MF: Medium bodied with fairly light carbonation, pretty good balance

An easy drinker, but was hoping this to be closer to the Spring Bock, but true to the style. Will buy a couple sixers every Spring I'm sure

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow another great beer from Sierra Nevada, go figure. I grabbed this one out of the fridge last night, served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/31/2010.

The pour was spendid. Rich golden in color with amazing clarity. Nice fine carbonation seemed to be leaking toward the surface throughout the session and really get a nice high head of white going from the very start. Aroma is full of bready grains, popcorn like aromas with hints of grasses and herbal hops. Well rounded, clean, concise. Just what you would expect from SN. As I take the first sip, clean, crisp flavor washes over the tongue. Rich notes of caramel, almost clove like spice and loads of grainy grasses wash over the tongue. Quick hitting as the flavor rolls on by a nice long, buttery like finish dries the palate and leaves you looking for another sip almost immediatly.

Overall this was as solid as it gets for a nice sessionable beer to enjoy with dinner, very well done.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from Sierra Nevada's description on there website:
"Glissade is a remarkably mellow take on the traditional spring bock. With restrained sweetness, we emphasize subtle malt flavor, balanced against delicate aromas of spicy and floral European hops. This complex balance helps Glissade slide across the palate"

I brought this to Deuane's 40th Birthday bash and he seemed to echo my thoughts that this seems like Summerfest beefed up- a strong pilsner with spiced hops leading the taste.

A - golden as the name implies w/ thin white cap after the settling from the pour -tiny bead and lots of carbonation is visible as the clarity is good, moderate lace collects

S - A biscuity, light bready malt scent w/ slight yeast odors and mild hop spiced nose w/ an aroma like a slightly maltier and spice-ier pilsner

M - The feel is good w/ moderately carbed and spicy hops adding texture to the dry toasted malt and mildly sweet feel

T - not quite a palate cleanser, very crisp thought and both the hops and carbonation give a clean refreshing taste w/ slightly toasted light malt and nutty pils flavors blending well. The hops add a hint of piny-ness w/ gentle honey-like accents lingering in the background. I was surprised by the dry finish and there is hardly any alcohol presence even though it is midway between 6 + 7%.

D - This is a drinkable pale bock like its predecessor Pale Bock it has the qualities you look for in a slightly bigger malty lager, yet brings some of the hop tastiness you might expect from a pils. It is something I could see myself enjoying with friends like on Saturday when I have a community brewday planned.

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Photo of billab914
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a clear light golden color with a good amount of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The head had pretty good retention and left some good lacing as I drank it.

The aroma is pretty light, it has some hints of lemon zest, grains and some sweet malt with a touch of hops. The taste is clean and crisp with slightly spicy hop finish. It finishes with a moderate bitterness and an earthy peppery hop taste.

mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it was a light, nicely flavored, easy drinking beer. I can't say it's one of my favorite offerings from Sierra but not a bad beer for the style.

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chalky white head with a blend of large and minute bubbles. Leaves chunky lace on the glass. Lots of carbonation streaming up the glass. The liquid is crystal clear and light amber/dark gold color.

First impression is there a little skunking here, but subsequent smells don't show this. A touch of sourness with a very dry grainy aroma.

Starts off as a traditional bock--lots of malt and a slight presence of alcohol. This transforms to a drier flavor and a modest hop presence. Dry and short lived finish.

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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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