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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 smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 obywan59
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glissade--from the French glisser, to slide.
1. to perform a ballet glissade
2. to slide in a standing or squatting position down a snow-covered slope without the aid of skis.
As the label shows a couple of snow-covered peaks in the distance, I think SN is going for the latter.

Clear golden yellow with a thick white head from a hard pour. Decent lacing.

Lightly sweet and citrusy, but a more pronounced bitter aroma sometimes reminiscent of popcorn or toasted nuts. Wow!, now that I thought of that, I'm REALLY getting the popcorn.

Popcornish in flavor as well. Lightly sweet malty flavor and nicely bitter hoppy taste in the finish--more pronounced in the first beer.

Medium body with light tang from the alcohol.

I consider this to be very drinkable. It would make a GREAT summer beer for me.

It does have it's Macro aspects. It reminded of a summer job when I was in college in the late 70s, doing a landscaping job on Deep Creek Lake in MD. The owner told us to help ourselves to the keg in the garage, I think it was Miller. My first taste of beer. I was planting a bed of marigolds in the PM and looked up into the trees and all I could see was a green blur. Then later, me and another guy were weighing down the York rake on the back of a tractor. I was looking up into the trees again as we drove around and was thinking, wow, this is cool! when we took too quick of a turn, and I went sailing off through the air. Ah!, the good old days.

But I digress.

While reminiscent of a macro, this is way better. Like another reviewer said, it would make a good crossover beer. Give to your macro-drinking friends. No nasty aftertaste, and more buzz. Maybe they'll never go back.

I really enjoyed it. It was a nice change of pace.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light gold with white head. Nose is somewhat faint with some cereal-y grain notes. On the palate the malt sweetness is just not there for a proper maibock, and if it's not aiming to be a maibock then it's still fairly light on the malty side of things for a helles bock. Some peppery notes balance out the light sweetness, and then there's the alcohol that is even more unwelcome than I find in most other bocks. There's too little going on in this beer.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours bright yellow with one finger of sticky foam with craterous bubbles that slowly burst and dissipate. Aroma is mild, slight cooked corn and spicy hops.

Carbonation is very low, just a small trickle of bubble mosey to the surface. The beer is substantially maltier than I expected by the appearance. The maltiness gives way to a decent hop flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit lacking. The 6.4% ABV is nicely disguised.

Overall, this is a good and well balanced beer, but a little straightforward and predictable. A solid "B".

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Photo of gordavidson
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- A very clear golden color with a thin, splotchy white head that settles to a thin ring. Looks kind of dead.

S- Light and fruity with a sweet tinge in there as well. Smells kind of macro-y.

T- Same as the aroma with a slightly sweet oaty aspect. Very sweet and beery.

M- Smooth and sweet with a light carbonation bite.

D- Very sweet and rich, but this just tastes like a way-to-sweet macro lager. I wish I enjoyed this more.

Normally Sierra Nevada can do no wrong, but in this case it is a misstep.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a completely transparent pale golden yellow with some bubble action happening. the head is pure white in dissipates quickly leaving a light lacing on the glass.

S-sweet caramel malt hits the nose first with some grainy pale malts coming in next with notes of brown sugar, citrus hops and a touch of honey.

T-the taste brings some sweet caramel malts, hints of honey, some pale malt and a fair amount of citrus hops with a nice touch of sweet honey

M-this is extremely smooth and has a fair amount of carbonation. it has a little syrupy thing going on that coats the mouth and is slick on the back of the throat

D-super tasty and extremely drinkable. awesome mouthfeel, i will be drinking this much more!

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Photo of KeefD
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden color with no head or lacing. Aroma is grainy, lightly hoppy, a touch of sweetness. Taste is pretty much the same. Sweet grainy malts are balanced nicely with the lightly bitter hops, turns dry on the finish. Medium body, average carbonation. An easy to beer to drink, but nothing special.

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Photo of bruinhoppy
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was happily surprised to see this beer at my local Wal-Mart and eagerly made my purchase.

The head seemed to disappear a lot sooner than I expected yet I was impressed by the sunset-caramel look to the beer

Enjoyed the initial taste, which held up to it's promise of a good mix of hops and malt.

After a while, it did seem to taste like a Sierra NV pale ale yet the aroma was crisp and little tangy.

Smooth and light beverage and could go well with just about any entree or as a reward for a well mowed lawn.

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Photo of jkrich
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep, clear golden color with a fluffy white head that slowly receded leaving a little lacing on the glass.

Strong perfumy, malt aromas with some spicy odors.

The taste is an initial blast of malty sweetness and faint raisin flavor with hints of syrup that leads to a slight hoppy lingering bitterness at the end. There is also a hint of bread like flavor and .

This medium bodied bock has a rather thick mouthfeel with noticeable carbonation.

The somewhat heavy mouthfeel and malty flavor may limit one to only a few, but it is very refreshing. I have tried two other helles bocks, and this one is by far the best.

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Photo of JRed
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light transparent golden body with sizable bubbly head. A sweet smell of wheat, corn, slight floral. Tastes of corn, wheat, grain, vanilla toward the finish perhaps, cereal, herbs aftertaste. Crisp in mouthfeel and light in body. Very sessionable even at a moderate ABV of 6.4%. A good alternative for wheat drinkers looking for a sessionable light beer that's not the SNPA.

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Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in Imperial pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, slightly golden yellow (hate to say it but, urine colored) and had about a half inch of just off-white head, which had moserate retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly neutral but did have a slightly grainy scent. Unusual for SN, but there was no over the top hop blast in the nose. The flavor was similar to the aroma, slightly grainy, but mostly benign.

The body was smooth and even. This beer had very good drinkabilty, it was smooth and easy to drink.

Overall, this was a good but not spectacular beer. I could having a few more of these as the weather warms up, but I probably won't seek this brew out.

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Photo of RJUGA03
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Golden with an orangy tint that held almost zero head.
S-Sweet, burnt caramel and hops.
T-Hops, Malt,and the simplicity of a Macro-brew.
M-Heavy hop tingle with a somewhat dry finish.
d-If it was 1/3 the price then it would be very drinkable or if it was the same price as a typical domestic macrobrew.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a tall narrow mug.

Honey gold body with lively carbonation supporting a long-lasting fluffy white head and an excellent network of lacing. Aromas are yeasty, bready and grainy with a very light fruitiness and an earthiness hiding in there somewhere. Tastes much more complex, spicy cracked pepper and stinging grassy bitterness dance with crisp grains and a simple sugar sweetness. The bitterness lingers for a moment, then yields to buttered toast with apple jam and a bit of alcohol heat. Medium-thick bodied with prickly carbonation.

Overall impression: Very enjoyable brew. This one's gonna be a staple in the beer fridge for the next few months.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a pale yellow, with a soft white head, really looks like a macro lager.

S: Strong malt, bready, sourdough.

T: Grainy barley malt flavour and light honey. Has a bit of "malt liquor" strong lager taste to me. The ethanol does come out a bit. Sweet overall.

M: Nice and creamy mouthfeel. Smooth.

D: Not a bad beer from Sierra Nevada, really reminds me of the Pale Bock I had from them in '07. Maybe it's the same beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of dbossman
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The way a golden lager should look; clean, clear, golden; thick and foamy head with a fair amount of circular and intricate lacing

S: Bready and grainy; a nice sweet maltiness; slightly buttery; good but nothing overwhelming (for good or bad) in the aroma

T: A great subtle hop balance; grainy and bready; sweetness is mild, which I appreciate in a bock; there is a great bready/malty taste left on the back of the tongue

F: Carbonation seems right; pretty well balanced mouthfeel

D: A very drinkable version of the style; maybe my favorite American Helles Bock

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Absolutely crystal clear golden color. The dogfish super glass keeps the bubbles flowing. Poured with a thin cover of white head. Quickly retreated to the rim of the glass except for the dogfish logo in the center.

S: Sweet malt. A little bit of candi sugar. A little bit of a tight nose and it is not that complex.

T: Little bit of sweetness up front. Some crisp malt in there as well. Not really much else. Good just not that complex.

M: Little bit dry. Well carbonated. Nicely done.

D: Drinks really easy but too strong to session. If the ABV was a point lower it would work better for me. Good beer but a miss overall.

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Photo of racer2k
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into 20oz beer glass

A - Very nice crystal clear golden straw color which produces about one finger of head in the initial pour. This quickly dissipates into some frothy lacing which covers the top of the beer as at moves lower down the glass.

S - Crispy and bready malt profile with an earthy lemony, piney hue on board. The malt presence is quite strong which is atypical from your traditional Sierra Nevada beers that emphasize hops. The smell is quite grainy

T - The taste opens with a strong grainy malty taste which yields to a moderate hoppy bitter finish that is somewhat sweet to taste.

M - Moderate carbonation and a light mouth feel that is clean and crisp.

D - This is a nice beer that is very session-able. Try some.

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Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Glissade 2010 is a very German affair. A Mai bock rather than a spring bock, it is a showcase for two-row pale malts, Europils, Munich and Crystal malts, combined with Magnum and Perle hops for bittering, and Spalten, Slovenia, Aurora and Styrian hops in the finish.
A refreshing adherence to traditional brewing, Glissade 2010 may come as a shock for those who think of Sierra Nevada Brewing mainly for the hops. Here, as is the case with most traditional bock, the old world hops are there to support the malty foundation, a slightly sweet, doughy palate that surprisingly finishes somewhat dry.
An outstanding beer better suited for late spring introduction perhaps, but I am not complaining about drinking it in January. Sierra Nevada's brewing expertise is quite apparent in this one; Chico, California continues to evolve.

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

16oz draft at Blue Dust...supposedly the first place in Pgh to get this on draft

A - strong golden color, crystal clear. very thin (about half an inch) of loose white foam which fell to a ring within a few minutes.

S - lots of crispy malts (think stale crackers and bread) and a pretty strong grassy hop punch. some lemon (moreso as it warms) joins the fray along with some pine resin. somewhat hidden.

T - grains and bread before an immediate hit by a good amount of strong freshly cut grass hops turning into pine. citrus (lemon and lime zest) joins in at the end as the bitterness powers through.

M - very crisp and clean, carbonated to the point of refreshment but not distraction.

D - ABV is very well hidden, drinks like a highly sessionable pils, just not a whole lot of fancy going on. a decent beer, just not SN best.

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Photo of seanstambaugh
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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 showell
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I liked it, but I have not yet found a beer from Sierra Nevada I didn't like. Pours a pretty golden with just a touch of orange. Smells malty. Tastes malty with just a hint of hops. The hops were a surprise. I thought they would be stronger, as most of Sierra Nevada's are very hoppy, but this was a lot lighter. A bit of spice in the aftertaste. Not a session beer by any means.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: A little darker than straw yellow. Moderate carbonation. 1/4 inch head dies pretty darn quickly.

S: Grainy, hay like sweetness. A hint of spiciness from the hops. The hops are very floral and sublte. I enjoyed the aroma a great deal.

T: Hits you first with a nice bitterness and faint spiciness from the hops. The malts are very prominent and flavorful. Plenty more of that grainy, hay-like sweetness with a little honey in there as well. Just a touch of alcohol to dry the tongue out. Nice bock flavors and great balance, but nothing jumps out at you. This isn't necessarily a bad thing though.

M: Light bodied. Crisp, clean, refreshing, but more to it than that in the body. Finishes with a little sweetness in the back of the throat. Good carbonation.

D: This is a very nice Helles Bock. Surly Hell is one of my favorites when it comes to this style. This beer is quite similar. I enjoy a good flavorful session beer. While the abv excludes this beer from the session category, its drinkability definitely fits. With flavorful lagers like this out there, I wonder why people still choose the flavorless macro lager. This may be a great gateway beer to the world of craft brews. I'm glad it is in 12 packs as well as sixers.

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Photo of Gmann
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear pale honey color with a big fluffy egg-shell colored head that slowly settles into a cap. The aroma is a bit grainy and has a bready malt character. Has that sweet macro grain aroma. Quite grainy in the taste with a grassy and bittering hop presence. Seems to taste like a hopped up macro. There is a lemony flavor that peeks through as well as some metallic notes. Light to moderate feel with active carbonation, the grassy bitterness overwhelms any of the grainy sweetness, which is good. Not overally impressed with this brew. I guess I was expecting more of a helles flavor but that might not have been SN's intention. However I didn't enjoy the grainy aroma and flavor. It does drink fine and I wouldn't have any issues drinking more of these.

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