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
Reviews: 873 | Ratings: 1,274
Photo of superdavex
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big Bock fan, but this was a very solid beer obviously made with a lot of care and I can appreciate that. It holds no surprises, but it will deeply satisfy the Bock fan IMO and please the good beer fan. I will have again if found at a good price.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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 getgetgettleman
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes of 4/1/11

Received this bottle from my friend Bob in a 6 pack grab.

A = Golden amber color. Lager like. 2 finger bubble froth with a drippy lace.

S = Mild and mellow hops. Pleasant nose.

T = Minor malt, hops, and flower.

M = Bubbly carb on the front end. Mellow malt on the back end. Clean.

O = This is an easy, unsophisticated brew. The clean golden bock approach should be a winner for the average drinker looking to expand their horizons.

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

Had this on 2011-05-01 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear gold with a touch of amber, a big 2-finger head and good lacing.

S - Good noble hops smell with some honeydew melon and light grain.

T - Lots of light roasted malt, sweet melon, bready yeast, mild-moderate bitterness. Aftertaste shows some more bitterness with a touch of citrus and honey sweetness. My wife says it reminds her of beers her Pennsylvania Dutch family would have at gatherings.

M - Medium body and carbonation give a creamy and substantial feel.

O - Very tasty. Not my favorite style but a worthy beer for the 1st day of May.

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Photo of BrewStoutMagic
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fine golden bock by Sierra Nevada.Why is it called a bock? To me it taste like a fine lager.Its crisp clean taste would go well with a pizza and chicken wings.This is a brew so smooth,that I think the masses would agree.I could drink these all night long.
O wow man look ABV is 6.2 . With that in mind,you may not have to drink very many to feel the effects. THen again you may want to just keep on drinking. Hey alright... Overall Sierra Nevada brewed something very drinkable.This isn't full of hoppy taste,that they often do so well.

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Photo of hiku7
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle to a nonic pint glass. Poured clear gold with an attractive thick white head. Light lacing.

Smell is a light fruitiness and yeastiness. The malt is pleasant honey. The smell adds enough to the experience but is not overwhelming by any means.

Honey malt comes through in the taste, plus a doughy yeasty taste and moderate noble hops in the finish.

Slightly creamy, but just a tad, with a smooth crispness. Very sessionable and enjoyable. Well carbonated.

Overall, this is a simple but enjoyable brew.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden wheat in color, a faint haze, a medium sized head which drops to a thin ring. The sides of the glass have some significant patches of lacing.

S - Peppery hops, sweet light malt, honey and a clean lager yeast aroma.

T - Initially, we have peppery hops and a lot of sweet light malt with a hint of honey. This actually lingers throughout the

M - High carbonation, but it is thick and pretty refreshing.

D - Nice. It is a bock, but it it surprisingly light. i enjoyed a lot and would have again.

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Photo of slowbie
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden color and a two finger white head that disappears rather quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is sweet bready malts and perhaps a bit of noble hop.

Taste is dominated by the carbonation bite up front (though this isn't overly strong). The sweet bready malt flavors quickly follow, though not as dominant as they are in the aroma. A drying noble hop flavor comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very average all around.

Overall, this beer is an above average beer to sit around and drink. I had it on tap a few weeks ago and liked it a lot more. I don't think that I'll be buying it again given all the great beers around.

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Photo of tito42
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to an imperial pint. Bottled 01/28/2011.

A: Light gold with a touch of sediment and active carbonation. A foamy, slightly off-white head leaves nice lacing.

S: Bready, malty, sweet, and a touch of hops in the nose.

T: Sweet caramel and roasted malt. Citrus in the middle with a bit of spice and dry hops at the finish. More intricate than other maibocks I have tried.

M: Nice malt backbone with effervescent carbonation and a hops dryness at the end. This beer shades from creamy to dry. Very nice.

O: I enjoy this maibock. It hits the nail on the head with the malt-hops balance, and has a more intricate flavor profile than others. An extremely drinkable seasonal from SN.

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Photo of brewdub17
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Solid gold/orange and a great amount of carbonation. This but dense head sits atop the golden body Leaves wonderful lacing.

Smell: Small fruitiness but mostly the smell is occupied by a small amount of alcohol scents. Some notes of caramel come through but are slight, nevertheless.

Taste: Sweet, caramel flavors, dryer towards the back with a nice balance up front from the sweetness. Small alcohol backbone but that is expected and accepted.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully effervescent. Great showcase of balance between a dry feel and sweet taste. Very easy drinking.

Overall: I am very impressed with what SN has done here and am maddened that I have not tried this earlier. Compliments the fresh subtleties of spring.

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Photo of mpyle
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - Golden color, brilliant clarity. Pours a white head, moderate in size, tightly bubbled and with good retention.

Aroma - a quick whiff of DMS, then a gentle malty nose

Taste - Malty at the beginning without being sweet. Some spicy flavors apparently from the hops add complexity. Gentle bitter in the finish. Overall a clean flavor profile - definitely a lager!

MF - Medium body and carbonation, no astringency, really no alcoholic warming.

Overall - A tasty but not overpowering lager. Hard to say if it is a good example of the style, but certainly not a bad beer.

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Photo of socon67
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pour is golden with a bit of white foam.

S - Distinct bread-like aroma, with a little citrus scent.

T - Nice mellow taste for a bock. Malty flavor gives to a wheat taste. Finish is lightly sweet.

M - Very subtle and smooth for a maibock. Hides the ABV well; this has the feel of a lighter beer.

O - Great beer for the spring and a solid offering from SN.

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Photo of gregshead
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted on 3/21/11. Reviewed from notes:

A: Pours a light golden color w/ half finger thick head

S: Nose smells strong light sugar/lager smell. Unfortunately, the aroma reminds me a lot of a Budweiser

T: Light on the taste. Sharp bitterness at the end, especially for a lager/bock. Some spice flavor but very subdued. Tastes like an extra hopped average lager.

M: Nice light feel. Good sharp carbonation at the end.

O: A hoppy lager. Not much more to me than just a hoppy lager.

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Photo of sweetwaterman
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Bottle purchased ~April 2011)

Appearance: Dark straw gold. Crystal clear. Actually very striking. Modest head which dissipates rapidly.

Smell: Subdued. Note of fresh cereals. No real hop presence.

Taste: Rush of clean cereal on beginning. Barest hint of floral hops. Middle continues much the same but begins a bittering trend. Finish is dry and pleasantly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Partly effervescent. Wonderfully dry. Gentle on the palate without being restrained or subdued.

Overall: A very good Maibock from Sierra Nevada. Might just be me, but I can sorta sense the connection with the SNPA. So, a good version of their house "style" as it were. Anyway, really enjoyed this one.


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Photo of MattyG85
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. 2011 bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Bright golden orange with a medium sized white head that quickly fades away. Not much lacing.

Smell: Caramel malts and bread up front. Hints of citrus and floral hops in the background.

Taste: Bready with toasted malts up front. Spices and hints of earthy hop bitterness in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with medium carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall: A decent version of a bock.

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

Before I review, I should note I'm not very big into maibock/helles bock, or bock in general, so this review is hardly "to style," so keep that in mind as you read. I also for some reason thought this was a seasonal pale ale before I drank it...

Had on tap at the Tap and Barrel in Smithtown, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: slightly hazy, golden body. The haze clears up as it warms. Nice, visible carbonation. The thin, white head dissipates fairly quickly and doesn't leave a whole lot of lacing behind.

Smell: European hops really stand out to me with a bit of sweet maltiness in the background. Spicy, herbal and grassy hops are the characters I get with a bit of toasted malt. Good.

Taste: follows the nose well, with a good deal of hoppy flavors, such as hop spice, herbs, and grassiness with some subtle toasted malt flavor. Nicely balanced.

Feel: doesn't feel like a 6.4% ABV beer, nicely balanced, nicely carbonated, and a medium to light body. As for drinkability, this is very easy drinking and I drank mine a little too fast as a result. It could make for a good, sessionable brew if you don't mind the ABV exceeding 6%.

Overall: a very solid brew. Sierra Nevada really can't get it wrong, it seems. I am pretty sure the only other Maibock/Helles Bock I've had is Dead Guy Ale and I'm not sure that one quite counts. This beer has made me realize I probably need to do some more bock drinking and keep exploring those classic, German beers. I recommend this one wholeheartedly. Cheers!

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Photo of jsprain1
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale honey color with a one and a half finger head that disappates down to half a finger. Holds well there. Some lacing.
S- Smell is somewhat subpar. Grassy and a touch malty.
T- Much more character here. Starts grassy and spicy and finishes definitely nutty.
M- Real superb mouthfeel. A bit over crisp up front is really my only complaint. Much smoother and almost creamy near the finish, and neither too heavy nor too light for the style.
O- A decent spring seasonal. A good example of the style.Positive recomendation.

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Photo of Brunite
2.94/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Super clear golden color with 1 finger of white head.

S: Not much. Slight notes of hops and biscuit.

T: Breadiness with a strong hop bitterness. The hops seem to only add bitter and not much else.

M: Light carbonation and a thin body.

O: Not too thrilled with this beer. I am also not a huge fan of the style so I can't slam it. I'll grade it as average.

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

Bottle consumed at 6-and-Save, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Golden yellow with a thin white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. 3.0

S: mild scent of sugary malts. 3.0

T: light and smooth, this beer isn't complex. A thick malt backbone finishes semi-sweet. There's enough bitters here to keep things balanced and drinkable. 3.0

M: light and smooth with low carbonation. 3.0

D: unremarkable but not offensive. 3.0

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear golden lager color with 2 finger head that was gone quick. No lacing

S- Light malt and hops with a floral aroma but it is very faint

T- Sweet malt flavor, refreshing citrus with a dry finish

M- Not to heavy, light. carbonation is a little high.

O- eh, kinda like a glorified bud light with a bit of malt. Nothing to fancy to me.

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Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Sierra Nevada Glissade, 12oz's into Fischer's .4L tulip. Pours like it states, a cool golden shade with a 3/4" white head that doesn't stick around long and leaves little to no lacing. Smells of light Crystal, Pale, and Biscuit malt. There is a slight hop character in the nose, most likely Hallertau. Taste is caramel up front, with the biscuit malts coming through in the back. Mild hop bitterness shines through on the swallow. Mouthfeel is to style, medium carbonation. Overall, this is an "ok" beer from SN. I'm glad I got a good deal on these, because it will most likely be the last time I reach for them again. Stick to the hop forward offerings from this brewery, thats what they do best. Cheers!

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

The local liquor store had this stuff at $5.39 a 12 pack! Picked up two to enjoy during playoff hockey. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Crystal clear copper hue with a half finger head that leaves no side lacing and minimal head retention.

S - Golden malts and carmel, very light with a touch of grassy hops as well and even some bready yeast notes.

T - More of the aromas here startign with that sweet malts and ending with the grassy slightly citrus hops. Again, theres almost a bread yeast quality right at the very end.

M - Light carbonation here. Not that dry, very drinkable.

O - Its another very drinkable, enjoyable offering from Sierra Nevada. At the price point I paid, its better than anything else for the money.

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Photo of DNICE555
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Elis. This is an ML beer... so I am very nervous as he likes crap beer. Pours a nice golden color with a white head. Smells of wheat malt, fruit, and some hops. Ok ML I'll give you a chance since you say you are hung like a burmese python and have tiger blood and are part warlock. Tastes like malt, bread, grain, and a few hops. Light body with a crisp mouthfeel. Better cold and gets maltier and worse as it warms. Only share this one with ML out on the porch on a warm day.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright clear golden-orange color with a nice finger of frothy white head. The head reduces down to a ring around the glass leaving behind some lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is a mix of some citrus elements (orange and lemon) and some toasted malt. A touch of breadiness. Overall, very subtle.

T - Starts off fairly light and citrusy. Little bit of toasted sweet malt in the background. Through the middle some bread flavor comes through, almost biscuity. Finish has the citrus and malt flavors and is joined by a touch of floral hops and a tad of bitterness. Does not really linger.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Feels really smooth and crisp in the mouth. Finish is really clean and a touch dry.

D - Extremely drinkable. Very crisp and goes down super smooth. Could use maybe a touch more flavor, but what is there is pretty good. Only real downside is the finish is a bit bland and the nose is not very exciting.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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