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:
No notes at this time.

Added by adamette on 01-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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 ZenAgnostic
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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...

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Photo of windypete
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of obrendano
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of rroberts1013
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

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Photo of pBRale
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 9-4-11

Appearance:Clear, deep gold with 1/2 in. head that quickly dissipates leaving very little delicate lacing behind.

Smell: Delicious malty blast with a trace of grassy hops.

Taste: Strong malty flavors and smooth with a touch of hops to balance the finish, which is crisp and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light bodied beer that is crisp and highly carbonated.

Overall: Good, refreshing beer that quenches the thirst and is perfect in warm weather.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but I am down to my last two beers from a six-pack to review, so I must have liked it at some point. Let's give it a proper review with a fresh palate.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden color with a small 1/4" head at the peak during the pour that settled into a thin layer of foam within about 45 seconds. There were a few bubbles lazily making their way to the top, but the carbonation is visibly a little low.

Aroma: I initially got mostly toasty malt notes as I would expect with a small amount of hops that I am questioning their nobility, but since they are reserved, that is still OK. I am anxious to come back to the hops when the beer warms up some. As the beer has sat for a while, the alcohol is adding more spice than the hops are intensifying, so this is falling more in line with a MaiBock as it warms up, but the alcohol is a bit noticeable.

Taste: The flavor is pretty malty with some obvious hops in for balance. The hops add a mildly green flavor to the beer that seem like they may be some off-shoot of Hallertauer. Overall the malt is in charge, which is a good thing. The carbonation is low, so the beer comes across a bit heavy on the palate and near the finish the alcohol comes into play to make the finish slightly lighter, but not by much. Overall the beer is medium to slightly full bodied, and the low carbonation accentuates this property. There is some warming that comes in late in the finish, and this gives a slight spicy impression as well.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent representation of the style. I would certainly like it to be a bit drier, but I am not sure if it just needs more CO2 or if it is under-attenuated. I am guessing the former, so they just need to get it adjusted. I would try this beer on tap if given the chance, and I would probably look for it to try as well, and that is a compliment to an American brewer making a German style beer as those are my favorite, bar-none.

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Photo of sixthglass
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: golden in color with a white head. Not much lacing...

S: the bouquet is dominated by bread and honey, and some hops

T: bready, with a hint of honey and then hops

M: medium body, slightly sticky, carbonation is ok at best.

D: A decent brew from a solid company, who puts out good decent sessions brews.

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

Ba Review #35
Served On: 8/17/2011
Glassware: Wheat Glass

Found this one hanging out in the back of my beer fridge. A leftover spring seasonal, no doubt.

Look: Poured a white 4 finger pillowy head. Color was a crystal clear golden color with tons of carbonation bubbles. I know a wheat glass isn’t usually used for bocks, but this beer looks gorgeous in one.

Smell: Had a real malty sweetness in the nose. Some slight citrus hops. Also a bready yeast note.

Taste: Carbonation really took off at first. The sweet malts coated the tongue and the finish had a crisp honey taste - blander malt notes faded into the aftertaste. No real citrus detected - more like a tangy honey. A mild warming sensation started somewhere in the middle of each sip and lasted till the end - probably the 6.4% ABV making its appearance.

This is a great example of the Helles Bock style. It offers a complex palate, but still proves to be drinkable – even at the 6.4%.

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Photo of DavidST
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled on 1039 (Feb 8?).

This pours a clear light golden color with a nice foamy white head. The smell is bready and malty with a little grassy and floral hints. Feel is medium to light. Taste is a little bready and sweet at first, then a little grassy with some bitter aftertastes. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of StaEva
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very clear golden straw color with a slightly off-white two finger head.

smells of honey-malt, slight grassy herbal quality.

tastes nice and mildly sweet honey-malt, slighty grassy hop finish. medium carbonation and slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

one of my all time favorite beers.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glissade, one of Sierra Nevada's Seasonals, is a Golden Bock that smells of light citrus (orange, apricot), gently toasted grains, caramelized sugars, and, though I hesitate to add this one, reminds me of the scent of rainstorms.

On the tongue, the beer turns out to be slightly more bitter than the nose implied, with a medium-light pine and grapefruit-bitter buzz rolling across the tastebuds. Grape Nuts-like grains run beneath that bitterness, along with light oranges and apricots, and hints of nut. The aftertaste is a grapefruit-and-nut combo that lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-high.

Overall, this is a good beer, though I do find that the hops tend to overshadow the malts, and the beer is slightly out of balance in this respect, giving the aftertaste a distinct taste of pine sap. I would have liked a slightly stronger sugar and apricot base to help counter this.

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Photo of Jerone
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light amber with a bright white quickly fading head, light carbonation.

S - Smells of malt with a touch of hops, maybe light caramel with a bit of floral.

T - Starts out with some sweet malt then goes into some floral hop character and then ends with some better and a sweetness that I don't like.

M - Light body with light carbonation, very drinkable.

O - Nothing impressive about the beer, but nothing bad either. It's not really my type of beer and for some reason it reminds me of a very good macro.

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Photo of Samp01
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden/yellow with a short lived white head. Aroma of sweet malt some grassy notes and light hoppiness. Taste is sweet malt, some light hops spiciness and light fruity notes. Palate is a light to med body with nice crisp mouth feel. Finish is sweet malts, some grassy notes and light spicy hops bitterness. Overall a nice refreshing brew

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Photo of fields336
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle marked 1021, Jan 21st 2011
Served in SN Snifter

A: Golden orange color with .5 finger of white carbonated head. really clear. The head dissipates quickly leaving small bubbles in the middle of the liquid.

S: bready and malty, quite traditional of the style. Some biscuity malts are definitely present, maybe some caramel as well. Some fruit is there, and some very latent floral or grassy hops maybe?

T: Sweet and caramelly at first, some hints of toffee. As it progresses to the back of the tongue it has some grassy earthy hops. Finish is of bitter hops. Definite fruit present as well.

M: Medium bodied and still fairly drinkable. lightly carbonated but you don't notice it until the end of the sip. Slightly syrupy but that can probably be expected since it is a little bit of an old bottle.

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Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.65 out of 5 based on 1,274 ratings.
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