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 CharlatanSin
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Always happy to try a new brew from Sierra. The beer pours into a pint glass a dazzling golden yellow. It creates a foamy white head and leaves minimal lacing.

The nose is a very nice blend of sweet clover honey and an almost oat-like grain. A little tangy citrus bitterness to compliment. The taste, however, is a bit of a mishmash. It seems to be going for balance, as there's a distinct hop component and a distinct malt component. The hop component is pleasant. Fruity with an extremely deep, somewhat astringent bitterness. It's like chewing on an orange rind. The malt component, however, is difficult to get through. The grain from the nose is fine, but the honey-esque sweetness is overly sweet and cloying. It overwhelms everything up front, though the nice bitterness comes through at the end.

The beer is medium bodied. The finish is all dry bitterness, which is nice. Still, the cloying, almost medicinal sweetness makes the beer a little difficult to finish by the end. Not a disaster of a beer by any means, but not something I'd necessarily have again.

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

Clear, light golden liquid with a white rocky head. The aroma is mostly yeasty malt and noble hops. The flavor is bittersweet with a bit too much malt sweetness and a somewhat astringent hop bitterness. It's an ok beer but the noble hops are a bit much for me. I love Sierra Nevada but their lagers haven't wowed me yet. The malt flavors get a bit cloying and I prefer their normal American hop dominant beers. Still, not bad for the style.

Update: 4/1/10 - Enjoying this beer a lot better now. The hops don't seem quite as prominent this time. The beer has a nicer balance than I remember. It's got a nice lager flavor.

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Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass. Certainly seems to match the name.

Aroma is full of malt that is slightly sweet and grainy. Not much else but it's a very clean aroma overall.

Taste is full of grainy, bready malt with a nice touch of hops that stand out quite a bit. Hops are grassy and contribute another dimension to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grainy, bready malt and hops. Very nice. Drinkable.

Worth a try. Easy to drink, enjoyable and has the hallmarks of a Sierra Nevada beer.

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

Pours a glistening golden shade of amber, large puffy head with good retention and small amounts of sticky lacing.

Smells sweet, almost buttery. Some woody notes along dry grains and a mildly citric hop profile.

The taste is buttery and toasty accompanied by subtle spicy hop flavors. Mild and even, no one component screams here. Very balanced, the alcohol is also very well masked.

The mouthfeel is mid range, somewhat sticky but on the lighter end of the grand scale. Lively carbonation and a minute richness.

Overall, very solid brew from a reliable brewery. Enjoyed this one a lot, glad they come in 12pks and will buy again.

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

Sparkling golden color with a decent amount of fluffy white head that disappears a little too quickly. Hints of honey and bread in the nose, but more up front is the scent of grassy hops. Taste is almost exactly as it smells, with a bit more of the honey balancing out the grass. This brew is light and enjoyable, not the best from Sierra but a nice change from what I'm used to from them. Definitely drinkable, especially now that I'm seeing it's 6.4%, I would have guessed closer to 5%.

I've been going back to this beer, especially now that it's springtime. It really is exceptional.

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

Re-reviewed on 04-09-10. Much better tasting than I remembered. Maybe the first time was a bad batch or old keg. This stuff was much better than I remembered. (old review was 3.8)

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow. Little to no lacing.

S: Sweet malty aroma, grassy scent, and mild earthiness.

T&M: Medium bodied. Mild spiciness with sweet citrus hops. Nice balance of flavor from the malts and hops. Slightly dry finish.

Decent brew. Defintely not my favorite of the Sierra family, but drinkable.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a style I love, so I was quite pleased to find six-packs available today at Ayottes for $8.99. Auf gehts!!

I started with a hard-pour into a Smutty Imperial Pint glass. Glissade has a clear, striking golden color, with a few light trails of carbo meandering upwards. Head is stark white and fine, but thins much too rapidly, leaving a miniscule layer of foam and a few traces o' lace. Aroma is quite bready, with a bit of toasty malt and subtle, flowery hops. The body here is smack dab in the middle of the medium range, no more - no less. As for its feel, it is fairly smooth, with some light, bubbly airiness to it.

Flavor has a bit of malty sweetness, though it goes light on the bread and toast here. More prominent are some fruity notes, like pear and green apple, plus a solid dose of flowery hops. They also possess a herbal nature, and linger long on the palate, well after the liquid has passed "go". A little more malt and less hops and this would be top-shelf. As it is, it's a solidly made, quality offering from SN, and goes down quite well. May have to bring some of this to Ft Indiantown Gap next week; it will hit the spot after "defending Bastogne from the Krauts". ;-)


look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


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

Purchased a sixer from Bel Air grocery.

A - Pours a shady golden, almost yellow, fairly clear with 1/2 to 1 finger of white head that dissipates fast. Leaves no lacing.

S - Honey, grass, and bits of cereal-like grains. There is a hint of earthiness as well.

T - Honey and grassy hops, which are followed by a spicy and yet earthy hop. There is a nice balance of flavor from the malts up front with a strong, if not, overly potent bittering hop finish.

M - Very smooth up front with a nice balance between malts and hops. This is a moderate bodied beer with a resounding hop bitter and slightly dry finish.

D - It's very difficult to judge this beer as it is very unique tasting. However, I'd say it's not bad given that I personally like malts and hops to compliment each other all the way through. The finish was a bit dry for this beer as well.

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Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear, burnished gold with creamy off-white head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Smells both sweet and dry, with apple, orange, bread, straw and spicy hops. Nice Maibock aroma but fades a little too quickly.

Taste: Sweet and malty upfront with apple, caramel, sugar, bread and grass, then abruptly changes to become more citrusy and peppery. Slightly bitter finish. Despite the abrupt shift in flavor, it is mellow and balanced throughout.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

Drinkability: While I have always enjoyed Maibocks, I tend to find them a little harsh with their sweet malt / bitter hop balance. Glissade is not harsh at all, but very smooth and easy to drink.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temp. Clear golden color with a smallish cap of white foam. Aroma is basically Honey Nut Cheerios. Cereal grains, honey, crackers, lightly toasted, a vague hint of honeydew. Flavor has all the same notes but in different proportions. Pale cereal malts dominate with lesser notes of honey and the slightest noble hop finish which contributes an appreciable bitterness. Unfortunately the bitterness is paired with a rather prominent astringency; the finish is overly drying to the tongue. Medium body and carbonation. A decent bock but really boring.

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Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear and very pale golden yellowish orange color with golden banana yellow hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind. Lots of visible carbonation bubbling up.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of grassy hops and straw along with subtle light fruit and malt. I'm picking up some light crisp apple and pear notes but the nose is dominated by the earthy hops, grass and straw.

Surprisingly full medium body with a great balance of earthy hops and pilsner malt. There's also a good bit of crisp light fruit, earthy grass and straw. Hints of apple and pear that provides a nice counterpoint to the earthiness and biscuit/pilsner malts. Complex, well balanced and very quaffable. The aroma and appearance of this beer were just average in my opinion but it has a nice palate, plenty of flavor and drinks very well.

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

a: pilsner glass, golden in color with a full white head, high retention and light lace

s: full lager malts with just a dash of light munich and spicy noble hops, fresh white bread, good euro lager aroma but not particularly impressive

m: carbonation on the full side of medium, light to medium bodied

t: malty lager body with an extra fullness of pale, lightly caramelized munich malts, finishes with a round noble hop flavor and mild, crisp bitterness

d: carries the abv well, no problem here

single from Trader Joe's, Reston

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Photo of adamette
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken about 45 minutes ago at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio. Poured from tap into a standard, clean clear 16 oz. pint glass. I think that it was something like $4.00.

A One inch off white head over a straw yellow translucent body. Kind of forgettable look. No lacing observed by me. 2.5

S Light malt and some bitter hops. The smell is not strong. 3.5

T Light malt and moderate hops. This struck me as a hoppier version of SNPA. The problem is that I do not like the type of hops used in this beer, a grapefruit bitterness that turns me off. That being said, the taste is at least fair for the style. 3.5

M Thin to touch but the bitter hops toughens up the feel with its bitterness. 3.5

D Fair to good. The grapefruit bitterness reduces the drinkability for me but anyone who loves that taste may find it quite drinkable. 3.5

Notes: Sierranevadabill (BA member) mentioned that "this will not do well here on BA" since it does not have a big ABV and it is not a RIS. I think that he has made a reasonable session beer for those that really appreciate hops. It just so happens that these hops (found in Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale as well) do not please me.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - VERY transparent dark yellow mixed with light orange. Had a 2-finger white head that fading about 1/3 through the glass but left a good amount of lace. Nice amount of carbonation cascading towards the top of the brew.

S - It is very much malty with just a hint of dimethyl sulfide. The Euro hops come into the picture at the end with scents of Earth tones but are somewhat faint compared to the malt.

T - Again, the malts are the the major player in this beer. Has a nice light malt sweetness from crystal, carapils type malts. Again, that corn flavor from the DMS is barely there. It finishes with smooth, and not very bitter, hops but add a nice dry finish. Overall not to complex.

M/D - Medium to light body but it is very smooth. Finishes semi-dry, more so than usual in this style of beer. Very drinkable.

Not my favorable representation for this style of beer but it does do the job of hitting the transition spot between the malty winter beers and the hoppy spring brews.

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

A- Pale yellow, clear, 1cm head that fizzes out pretty quickly.

S- Mild pale malt sweetness, faint hop buzz, kind of subdued but nice.

T- Crisp, sweet, hoppy. A good amount of sweet malt and a bitter hop kiss give this one a good dollup of flavor. Malts border on too sweet but are still pretty good, and hop bite is nice and crisp.

M- Easy-drinkin', a bit more than I thought it would be. Good beer. Great carbonation goes a long way.

D- Yep. I'll be buying more of these. Really drinkable, easy to knock a few back.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this tonight at Julio's on my way home from work. The hard pour in to a tulip glass reveals a brilliant golden beer, with two fingers of white heading. Nose is musty, with egg white, baked bread and yeast. Much of the same can be tasted as well. The real story here is the beautiful amount of carbonation. Sometimes this style can be a bit heavy or syrupy, but in this case the heightened fizz level makes it really drinkable. The balance of malt and hops is close to perfect. Damn, this is a delicious Lager to be had. Yet another example of why Sierra Nevada remains one of the best breweries out there.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours crystal clear golden copper color with about two fingers worth of white foamy head. Little to no lacing to speak of.

sweet, malty aroma with slightly bready smell. There are also a fair amount of hops in the background as well. overall the scent is very mellow.

sweet, but not overly sweet, slightly bready. The hops do start to make their way to the forefront as the beer warms. lots of carbination gives it a prickly feel on the tounge. Nice and light but with enough flavor to keep me interested.

All in all this is a great session beer. Cudos to Sierra Nevada for keeping up the good work

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glissade pours a crystal clear lucent coppery yellow with a small fizzy white head that dissipates very quickly with little lacing.

The aroma is pale bready malts with a nice floral, grassy and somewhat pungent hop aroma.

The flavor has the same lightly toasted bready malts noted in the aroma, a bit sweet at first, somewhat honey like, but which is balanced by a nicely bitter finish with a nice spiciness from the hops. The hops also impart a nice mouth filling pungency which doesn't overwhelm. Alcohol is noted but doesn't intrude, acting rather as an intensifier to the other flavors and is nicely warming.

Mouthfeel is a relatively light but firm if that makes sense. There is no wateriness at all and there is a touch of chalkiness along with a touch of creaminess. Quite pleasant actually with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Glissade is another excellent new beer from Sierra Nevada and is a very easy drinking Spring seasonal. I may still be drinking Winter Warmers and lovely beers like Celebration but Glissade will definitely make it's way into my seasonal line up, which is fitting as Spring always comes early here in Florida.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Krušovice pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden translucent color with lots of carbonation bubbles. Has a large, foamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: Has a malty, biscuit-y smell with some hoppy aromas as well.

Taste: Starts bitter and slightly citrus-y. Finishes sweet and biscuit-like. Has a slight alcohol taste at the end as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a heavy carbonation bite.

Drinkability: A decent bock. This isn't the best I've had and it certainly isn't up to the standard of Sierra Nevada's top beers (Pale Ale, Celebration Ale, Kellerweis). Nevertheless, it is pretty drinkable and pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a very large white head and lots of bubbles rising from the bottom. The head dissipates slowly and leaves thick lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, with some lemon aromas. Slight hop spice as well.

Taste: Begins sweet and slightly citrusy, with a citrus-peel bitterness at the end that has some herbal hop character along with it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with sharp carbonation and a crisp finish.

Drinkability: A good, but not great, beer. Similar to a hefeweizen, but lacks the wheat and yeast. Worth a try.

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Photo of froghop
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear yellow-orange with a medium size white head that dissipates quickly, and good lacing.

smell is of malt, grain, and citrus.

taste is of sour malt, some grain, and hops, ends dry, a little sour, and bitter.

overall a very good helles bock.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New seasonal from Sierra Nevada God bless Sierra Nevada.

Appearence: Little bit off golden hue with little visible carbonation (even with my Sierra Nevada lazer etched hop glass) still nice looking though.

Smell: Smells very malty like a lager this beer is super malty even before you taste you know.

Taste: Wow this tastes like spring,super grainy malty bisquits with a nice portion of hops that acctually pull through. YUM.

Mouthfeel: Feels nice, medium-full bodied with nice carbonation but not to harsh.

Drinkability: I could drink a 6 pack in one session at 6.4 ABV I like this beer A lot.

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Photo of brewgnome
4.72/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this for the first time last night. I am a big fan of SN brews! This could be one of my new favorites. I am looking forward to sharing some with my friends tonight at the weekly meeting of the IBCFM ( International Beer Club for Men)! very nice flavor, great taste, good head and reasonable ABV of 6.40.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I hate to say it, but advertising works... After seeing this advertised in a recent edition of BA magazine, I was looking forward to trying this beer. While in Arizona I noticed it on the shelf... Must be an annual release as the bottle had 2010 listed on the label.

In short, I really enjoyed this beer. It seems that Helles Bocks are a sneaky favorite style of mine. While I don't drink them too often, I really have enjoyed the good examples of the style.

Pours with an almost fluffy bright white head. Excellent retention and sticky lacing everywhere. Bright golden/amber color with single strings of carbonation rising to the surface.

Aroma is very interesting. Earthy, grassy, perfume like.

Really enjoyed the flavor. Very bready flavor along with grass notes and some perfume like citrus notes. An interesting sweetness that has some honey qualities..

Bright, fresh light bodied mouth feel.

Very drinkable and a beer that I will seek out again.


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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours out oily and golden, producing a loose, fizzy, white head. Head quickly fizzles down to a hair-thin halo. Body is bright gold and crystal clear, showing off ever-so-light streams of carbonation.

Smell: Dirty socks, in a semi-good way. Funky, yeasty, grainy, finishes with a rich yet subtle hop aroma. Smells like one seriously pungent lager, as a bock i supposed to... right? I'm slowly acclimating to it.

Taste: Loads of whole grain, complemented by lager yeast, lemon zest, Hallertau (or something similar) hops, and alcohol. Very well-balanced, tasty, and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, oily, and medium-to-light in body. Creamy when swished, which is really pleasant. Alcohol pulls through in the end, giving the beer a nice, dry finish. Aftertaste is mild, enjoyable, and long-lasting.

Drinkability: This beer gets better and better with each successive bottle. I wasn't too hot on this one when I first tried it, but now I can't wait for the next! Be patient with this one and it'll probably grow on you too!

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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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