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 Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just tapped here at Boston's Bistro in Dayton. Pours a very clear bright golden color. White foamy head holds together well for a few minutes, then disappears leaving a few spots of lace. A constant stream of fine bubbles rising up to the surface.

The nose is full of sweet, soft bready malt. Soft floral and earthy hop aromas compliment the malty nose. Pretty simple here, nothing out of place.

Sweet bready malt up front here, just as in the nose. Soft floral bitterness helps to round things out. Finishes dry. Very well rounded.

Medium body, with soft carbonation. Just a hint of alcohol warmth. A solid bock, with some teeth. Bring on spring!

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Photo of natelocc787
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden-straw body with a large white head, moderate lacing. Grain alcohol, corn adjuncts, apples and pears in the back. Light fruit notes, mostly more adjunct malts and noble hops, honey too. The finish on this one is bad though, skunky and watery with an off, coppery character. Beer tastes good on the palate, once swallowed it becomes much less desirable. Crisp feel, somewhat refreshing. Close to being good, this recipe needed more tinkering.

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Photo of thespaceman
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a flute.

Appearance: Pours a very clear, bright gold in color. Tons of bubbles stemming up the glass, head quickly builds and leaves excellent amounts of lacing behind it.

Smell: I get lots toasted malt up front, a small fruit floral quickly hits the nose as well, small amounts of hop and a touch of citrus. Not much to note here but it's clean and appealing to the nostrils.

Taste: A small amount of residual hop spice up front is what I first spot, it leads into a nicely built bread like maltiness, very toasty. Fruit florals flying around all over this beer, I get a tinge of apple and some lighter fruit. Finish consists of a touch of raw honey and some more "toasty" elements.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, a bit slick but this beer really feels nice and firm on the tongue. A slight amount of bitterness on the tongue.

Drinkabilty: This beer definetley drinks better then the 6.4% ABV, I would never guess this ABV on this beer blindly. A solid Maibock style beer and a very good subsitute for their ESB. Easy to drink and perfectly aligned with the style. I'll be sippin' more of these this Spring for sure!

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. 6.4% ABV, 000510 on label.

A - The almost-golden pale yellow is brilliantly clear with a big two-finger white head. Moderate retention to the dense bubbles lead to a little layer with bits of lace left over.

S - The mild nose has light corn and straw with a pale malt presence that's got a fair floral hop finish. Rather bland but not bad.

T - Glissade starts with a smooth pale malt with a drizzle of raw honey and moves, like most other Sierra Nevada beers, into a hoppy flavor. Light and floral with no bitterness. It ends sweet.

M - Creamy and smooth, it's got all the qualities of a well-brewed lager. The floral notes make it refreshing while the sweetness lingers throughout giving it a medium body.

D - A bit cloying in the sweetness but not by a whole lot, Glissade may have a weird name, but it sure is tasty and smooth. A few wouldn't be a problem but I wouldn't session this beer beyond three.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale gold with white foamy head that disappears quickly

S: a slight sweetness followed by lots of brown bread and toast, a very slight touch of hops on the end

T: pretty much matches the nose, lots of sweet and slightly tart notes in the mid palate, and all kinds of toasty bread on the front and finish. The drinks like a beer that is no more than 5%. This is a full flavored lager and I like it.

MF: very crisp and refreshing light body with high carbonation

D: this beer is quite palatable and refreshing. Another solid brew from Sierra Nevada and a nice change from their hop forward beers.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle purchased at Hannaford in Derry. Pours a crystal-clear amber-yellow body with nearly an inch of short-lived off-white head. Hints of grass and biscuit in the aroma. Grassy hops and bready malts characterize the flavor. Delicate flavors perfectly balance here, but it's a very subtle beer as far as taste goes. Light in body with with moderate carbonation. A super-easy drinker, possibly the most drinkable beer I've had. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden. I cannot believe this is 6.4% ABV - I'd easily guess it was at least 2% less. Not in your face, very simple and straight-forward, but it's good. I'd definitely consider giving this to my non-craft drinking friends to try.

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Photo of teovaldi
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was a bit hesitant to buy this as I know it's a spring seasonal and it's January but it was only a single and 1.50 so I said what the heck and gave it a try...

Pours a gold color with a nice white head that leaves a respectable amount of lacing.

The smell is hardly there, maybe a bit of honey and bread.

The taste starts out with a honey-like sweetness quickly followed by a bit of zesty hop flavor. Finishes quite zesty.

This is the first Maibock/Helles Bock I've had besides Rouge Dead Guy so I was expecting a bit more of a "heavy" beer but the Glissade is quite light and very refreshing with a good amount of carbination.

Overall I was impressed, with a 6.4% abv I was expecting a "bigger" tasting beer and this isn't that at all. Hats off to SN for brewing a 6.4 that is "light" but also quite tasty. Extremely drinkable and I could see myself easily putting down 6 of these...glad I only grabbed the single.

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

A: Pours a fairly clear golden color. The ivory colored head is fairly tall, with a very densely frothy and creamy texture. Retention is quite sturdy, with very nice lacing.

S: Sweet, lightly grainy pale malt aromas. Some toasty notes. A pleasant spicy hop aroma is definitely also available. Some floral and fruity hints as well.

T: A sweet, grainy, bready maltiness up front. A nice spicy/floral hop flavor adds good depth and solid bitterness. Modest flavors of honey-covered crackers are also present. A second dose of more noticeable bitterness fades into the finish.

M: Medium-bodied. Carbonation is somewhat crisp. A hoppy, slightly astringent dryness into the finish.

D: A tasty, somewhat hop-forward bock from Sierra Nevada. Far from one-dimensional though - this has a firm, bready maltiness that provides nice balance. A welcome addition to an underrepresented style.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a big white head that leaves enough lacing on the glass.

Smells of bready malts, some floral hops, and a little honey sweetness.

Tastes of a lightly toasted grain with a small amount of sweetness on top. Followed by a definite earthy and floral hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium light with a solid amount of carbonation.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a big ol bottle into a pint glass. Pours hay yellow with brighter yellow highlights and a thin white head that sticks around a while. Visually, it brings to mind Miller High Life.

S - Nothing to write home about. Green apple, lemon, sugar.

T - Smooth, citrusy, and faintly earthy. Just a tad bit sour. Lingering grassy aftertaste.

M - Thin and creamy.

Really drinkable. I could grip and sip on this for a while.

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Photo of FatSean
4.8/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can I say? An amazingly delicate bock from Sierra Nevada. If you like the subtleness of a good lager, you must try this.

Poured a pale straw yellow with a white head that quickly faded into nice big bubbles on the top.

Smelt of bittering hops and delicate bread/biscuit scents.

I tasted some graininess quickly followed by subtle low hop notes. A dry finish keeps you thirsty.

Pleasantly carbonated, can't think of how to improve.

Incredibly drinkable. Don't let me near yours.

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Photo of MOB210SA
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Glissade

My first introduction into the style. I read the description of the Maibock and makes more sense to me now. Had to pick this up as soon as I saw it for the first time.

I really like the cover art. 1 finger creamy, nice retaining head that is staying put, not too much action happening.
Great looking pale/soft golden amber color.
Head finally subdued to a frothy patches that cover the entire surface. Good amount of nice looking lacing.

Sweet grains/oats mild corn and wheat, with a subtle nice hop rounding it off.

Taste, I was suprised with the first sip (being new to the style) it was lighter than I expected. This reminds me of a fuller body, more flavorful pilsner. This isnt a world class beer, but it has good taste and is pretty damn drinkable. This would be awesome around the hotter days. The taste is almost exact with the nose. The nice hoppiness being the best attribute, giving this pilsner like beer something extra.

Medium bodied, washes into the mouth and clings with a good lasting finish.

Again, the drinkability would be better on a warm day. Dont think it is quite the perfect season to be enjoying this one yet, but its time will definatly come. It really light but full of flavor.

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Photo of nickd717
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from City Beer in SF. Well, sierranevadabill said people on BA probably wouldn't rate this too highly. Now I am the most extreme of the extremophiles, demanding an ABV times IBU total of 1000 for a beer to be considered worthy (with the exception of sours, for which I like a pH less than 3). But I'll give less extreme beers a fair shake too. I liked Surly Hell a lot, for example. This one, however, fell slightly short of the mark, even for this style.

Pours golden in color with a creamy one-finger white head. Can't fault it for much on the appearance.

Aroma is sweet and malty with honey and mild grain, as well as mild floral notes.

Flavor is decent for the style, but very grainy. Tastes like there might be corn and/or rice in this one, but I know Sierra Nevada wouldn't stoop to this level. The Budweiser comparisons definitely have something to them, although this beer isn't nearly that crappy. Sweet pale malt, honey, and some floral/earthy hops.

Medium bodied and somewhat slick on the palate.

Drinkability is pretty good. Overall, I respect what they were trying to do here, but I just don't like the end result all that much. It's above average for the style, but a fairly boring beer.

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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 oelergud
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear golden copper body with good carbonation. A white head that falls to a thin float leaving some lace.
Scents of straw, light bread, butter and citrus.
Caramel on white bread flavor. Mild hoppy aftertaste with a hint of licorice.
Full body with some coating and a dry finish.
Excellent drinkability.


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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at 50 degrees in a pilsener glass. Pours a translucent gold with a 2.5 inch frothy white head that eventually settles into a quarter inch cap. Some specks of lacing present during the tasting. Nose is very subdued - maybe some cereal grains and some sweetness (perhaps honey). Taste follows nose; however, a little bit of hops bittering comes out and dissipates the sweetness. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and lively with a fairly clean finish. Light and sessionable - maybe not as malty and fruity as some of the maibocks I've had; however, quite pleasant and easy drinking.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A bright golden body almost honey tone with a large white head very appealing look to it. Lacing is fine and even as it fades down the sides of my Sam Adams glassware. Aromatics have faint citrus lemon/lime notes with herbal fresh cut grass sensations. Ample sweetness comes through as soft biscuit malts. Flavor has a good amount of hop bitterness especially for the style. More lemon rind zest with herbal hops and a hard mineral water malt complexity going on, the malts have a bit of corn and cooked veggies going on with a touch of green apple thrown around but really lays heavy with a biscuit or cracker flavor. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a dry leafy herbal bitterness finishing off the flavor as well as a slight metallic astringency. Drinkability overall is quite solid especially for a bock bier from Cali, Sierra Nevada really hasn't screwed up much which would explain their long and bountiful career in the brewing industry thus far.

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Photo of Mdog
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Not much there, a little bread.

Taste: Nice bready taste with a fair amount of grassy hop flavors to balance it out.

Drinkability: Not as strong as some other maibocks, could have a few.

Picked up a single to try since SN puts out lots of good stuff. Other than the seeming lack of smell, this is a very solid beer. Nicely balanced with maybe a little more hops than some other maibocks.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Trader Joe's in Brookline for about $1.30. Poured into a stemmed beer glass. Golden sunshine colored body. Slight bit opaque, but robust looking. Fluffy white head on top provided a nice contrast. A very nice looking beer, can't wait to dive in. Smell was a bit sugary sweet, almost like a Belgian ale. Taste was good, but was hurt a bit by the slick aftertaste on my palate. There was a sweetness I detected that did not agree with me. I wish this beer was a bit drier. Other than that, it was a nice new beer to try from SN and I would try it again come springtime on tap somewhere to compare.

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Photo of vdread
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada's Glissade is yellow and very clear with a small head. smells of buttery, bready malts and crisp, sweet noble hops.

slightly spicy, sweet, malty, apples and pears, honey tastes. a grainy off taste comes through. noble hops are present as well. more than some other helles, but not so much that it ruins the range of malt flavors.

mouthfeel good/average.

ok drinkability, it's a good helles bock but i can't really get into it. i enjoy SN's bolder offerings too much. it is, however, interesting, and a nice change of pace from the big bad brews i've grown accustomed to. i would recommend this to anyone who likes the style, and i think i'll even pick up some more for my craft beer fence-sitting friends.

= there's not a lot of complex aromas and flavors here, but it is solid and tasty nonetheless.

+ interesting beer considering Sierra Nevada's lineup. i'm no fan of noble hops in any beer, but this is so well done i can't help but appreciate it.

- besides the positive flavor notes, it's a little plain. (and yes i already know SNBill told us this)

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

Pours clear and golden, nice 2 finger white head with decent retention and lacing. Smell was of dry malt, some spice and grassy hops as well. Taste was about the same. Spice, some hops and very grassy/straw taste to it, slightly bitter. Very crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall a very good beer and nice offering from one of my favorite breweries.

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

12oz. bottle into a beer mug.

Pours with a golden, dirty-straw color that turns to pure amber when not in the light. Lots of carbonation rising up through the clear body to supply a stubborn head of tightly-packed, envelope white bubbles that clings to the sides of the glass with every sip. Fresh, grassy hops noticed first in the aroma, followed by a bit of honey sweetness and german malts that add crackery bread notes. A bit of citrus fruit and melon (cantaloupe & honey-dew) in the background.

Crisp, green, grassy hops hit the tongue with a zesty bitterness that gets quickly balanced by some unique malt-work. Saltine crackers give way to an aftertaste with suggestions of dry wood and whiskey, sans the alcohol. Dry, lightly carbonated body with a medium-low mouthfeel and a slightly sour finish. Glissade is certainly a unique take on the Helles Bock style, but I can't say that I care for it as much as Sierra Nevada's other new releases (Kellerweis, Torpedo). Still, it's definitely worth a try.

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

On tap at Max's today.

Beautiful gold with a thin, white head with good retention. Great clarity too.

The nose has honey, bread and sweetness. Bitterness is quite prominent, harsh almost. This is replicated on the palate, where the beer opens with a prominent earthy bitterness with some nice honey, caramel sweetness. The bitterness is quite overdone, clean and lingering on the finish. Medium in body with a soft, creamy carbonation, this really isn't my thing.

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

Poured into a Celebrator glass a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, slightly spiced. The taste is malty, nice little hop note, and some spices. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry/bitter. Drinkable, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada is always a great brew, and this is no different.

The appearance is a straw yellow with a foamy dense white head. It leaves a medium lacing down the sides of the glass.

The smell is of spicy hops with lots of a light malt backbone. You can smell the bread earthy yeast as well.

The taste is smooth and refreshing with spice hops with a light bread malt backbone. There is a honey sweetness paired with the spice of the hops is delightful.

The mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated and has a great body for a sessionable brew. This is a very good beer from Sierra Nevada.


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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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