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 ThreeWiseMen
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of Duhast500
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is gold with a copperish tint with a finger of white foamy head, some slight lacing.

The smell is a bit malty with some bready flavor and a hint of some spicy hop flavor.

The taste is rich with some nice malt flavor. Some light caramel flavor and a little toasty flavor. Some bitter hop flavor with anice earthy flavor.

The feel of this beer is a really nice, lightly carbonated beer with a good quenchable feel. It goes down well and feels pretty good on the pallete.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

Pours a light straw, perfect clarity with a smallish soapy head that dies quickly.

Aroma is light malt and floral hops, slightly sweet and fruity with a touch of honey. Smallish bitter aroma from the hops comes through on the nose mostly in the finish.

Flavor is huge malt. Crackery and bready, there is quite a substance to the malt. Middle is bitter hops, solvent and slightly astringent. Green apple and dry grape come in the middle, followed by bitter hop. Hops scream out cascade and maybe amarillo (more later), the hops are piney bitter and biting, earthy. Sweetness rides into a dry grapey, chardonnay with bitter, hop finish.

Mouthfeel is lush and full and really the redeeming point of the beer. There is a soft full presence that is nice.

Overall I will say that I like the beer. However, if your looking for a traditional to style Maibock/Helles Bock, look elsewhere. This is a very malty light bock with west coast style hopping. Way too bitter for a Helles Bock and lacking in floral noble hop aromas and flavors. The substance of hop here is cascade I think and it is too bitter with no depth.

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Photo of jwillcourt
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A - Crystal clear, straw yellow color. By the time I received it, only a skim of head remained. There was good sticky lacing to indicate about a finger head that obviously disappeared fast. Stream of bubbles up the sides.

S - Sweet malt smell with grassy undertones.

T - Flavor follows with strong sweet malt flavor. There is a slight toasted grain and biscuit flavor, followed by a slightly bitter hop finish.

M - It feels soapy and creamy in the mouth. There is good carbonation causing it to foam up. It feels a little sticky from the sweet malt.

D - Refreshing. Goes down easy. Good for summer. Flavors are present, balanced, but not too much.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a Sierra Nevada 16oz pint glass to reveal a light gold with tints of auburn and orange. Initially a 2 finger head that broke up into big chunks and then dissapeared.

S- The nose is sweet malt with some grasss but hardly any hops

T- Follows the nose and builds on the sweet portion. Nothing overpowering and again hops far removed from the flavor profile.

M- Very smooth and light, glides down your throat.

D- I was expecting a bit more flavor out of this one. A nice summer beer but needs more bitterness to balance out the large malt profile.

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Photo of abriggs1
4.97/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I just love this beer. So drinkable, so refreshing, so malty, so intoxicating. Perfectly balanced and smooth as any beer out there. Sierra has redeemed themselves after their unbalanced and uninspired celebration ale. This tastes like beer. Great, satisfying beer.

Every once in a while, a beer will come along that challenges your sense of originality. This is that beer! Glissade is a totally original concoction. This beer has inspiration written all over it.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear light orange pour with a decent kinda fizzy white head that laces the top of the beer. Aroma is nothing brilliant, smells like any number of American lagers, some light maltiness with a grainy touch from the hops. Taste is very solid, malty character has a citrusy kiss that almost reminds you of an Octoberfest beer. A bit thicker than normal, a lot of body on the beer and a good bit of taste. Finishes up a tad dry, which I like. Overall, another strong well-crafted brew that will appeal to more than just beer geeks.

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Photo of Epicedion
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a strange beer, in that it tastes like the duly appointed representative of beer.

Every time I take a sip of the beer, I see in it all sorts of different styles or potentials. One sip reminds me of 3 Monts, one sip reminds me of JW Dundee's Honey Brown, the reminds me of a Shiner or Amber Bock, and the next reminds me of Yuengling.

I'm getting a lot of different "classic" beer flavors here, and while they don't exactly mesh together well, they don't exactly not. It's sweet and bitter and earthy and heavy and drinkable and it feels like you're drinking a lot of alcohol even though it doesn't taste like you're drinking a lot of alcohol.

I don't know what to say other than "I like it." At least a little bit. No, I like it. It's a beer packed with beer and more beer. A real beer's beer. Beer-fed beer for that double-beer juiced-in goodness.

Sorry, this one's thrown me for a loop. Try it.

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Photo of mjl21
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 1/5/10. Comes in at 6.4%.

A-Pours a clear golden yellow. It has a small head that qucikly breaks to a small ring. A faint amount of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom.

S-Sweet pale malt, grain, bready lager yeast, and earthy hops.

T-Sweet pale malt is noticeable from the start. The earthy hops and bready lager yeast are also noticeable. A touch of grain hits towards the back. It has some hop bite as it goes down.

M-Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

D-Not a bad beer for one or two in a session. The sweetness would limit this one for me.

Not a bad seasonal from SN. It is an easy drinking beer that would be a crowd pleaser if you have an audience that usually does not drink craft.

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Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a clear golden-copper. A white head pours out thick and rocky. It lasts for a time, not particularly long but somewhat respectably, but leaves minimal lacing behind.
Hops are upfront, not heavy but clean, with a fresh grains behind. Underneath are light citrus, tart fruits, a subtle sweetness, and a gentle peppery spice.
The taste is to par with a bit of a stronger grains presence that comes up front and vies with the hops rather than sitting beneath it, coming out stronger in the finish. There's a hint of an herbal, earthy flavor underlying here as well. Malts are underneath. There's a cleanliness to this and a good balance.
The body is medium, and the mouthfeel begins with a very subtle crispness which then gives way to a moderate smoothness. Carbonation is light.
This is a very drinkable beer and quite sessionable.

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Photo of vkv822
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Totally transparent golden yellow with nice carbonation and a thick white head, but not very long retention. Has a malty smell, with a bready, malty taste, mixed with a herbal hop bitterness and hint of alcohol at the finish. Although I had to let it warm up quite a bit more than expected for full notes of flavors to come through The mouth feel is a nice full feel.

It does claim to be "remarkably mellow", which I think it does, almost too well though. The flavors are enjoyable, but for my personal preference a bit understated, but still an enjoyable beer.

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

Pint glass pour and a hazy apricot colored ale shines through with an eggnog white head with staying power. Bitter, grassy and malty smells. Smooth and easy swallows followed by a big biting bitter kick after the swallow, which stays on the buds. For me it is a rather unpleasant aftertaste and doesn't improve as it warms. Drinkability is easy and consuming multiples on a hot day is very doable.

Overall I wanted to be impressed with this new beer from the Chico crew but it was not to my liking. Give it a whirl and see for yourself.

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Photo of Finn
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light golden color with great clarity, and very little head retention to speak of.

Aroma: Honey, wheaty, sharp, crisp aroma

Taste: A sweet, layered malt flavor opens this up, followed by a balancing herbal bitterness that stays a while, and finishes with a wheat-like aftertaste, and fairly dry as well.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, strong carbonation

Drinkability: good drinkability.

I like the complexity of malt in this one, in spite of it's very light color. Although I haven't tried many beers in this style, it was treat and a nice break from the usual styles I usually end up trying. And, of course, the quality of this Sierra Nevada brew is superb.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a dimpled mug. NOTE: I am not too familiar with the style

Appearance: Pours a pale, crystal clear golden-orange, with three fingers of frothy white head. Lighter than I expected, but I understand this style is supposed to be lighter. The head subsides very slowly, and leaves tons of lacing.

Smell: Smells a lot like a pilsner, with strong scents of grassy hops. A mild sweetness from the malt in the background backed by a slight spicy smell.

Taste: Incredibly smooth. Mild sweet malt, with the slightest lemony-citrus kick in the background. Grassy hops pervade the taste as well, and the finish is crisp and smooth. Absolutely no hint of the alcohol. This doesn't taste like any other bock I've ever tasted - tastes much more like a pilsner. If this was presented to me blind, I'd say it was a pilsner. There is a very noticeable hop flavor, but there just doesn't seem to be a strong enough malt balance - the malt is very mild tasting in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, and not too thin. Feels nice on the tongue.

Drinkability: Definitely a beer I could kick back a few of if the ABV was a little lower. It is very easy to drink and very smooth. My biggest gripe with this beer is the style - while again, I admit I'm not too familiar with Maibocks, all of the characteristics of this one, absent color, point more to a pilsner. I might rereview this once I've tried more in the style. Still, a solid, if unspectacular, beer.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a style that is very hard to come by. In fact, the only other Maibock I have ever had was Rogue Dead Guy Ale. Lets see if Sierra Nevada can breath new life into the style.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden-yellow. Head is rather creamy with some decent lacing. Not much carbonation going on. Looks like a nice, tasty brew.

S/T: The aroma is pretty grainy. Some breadyness and a touch of hop bitterness. The taste reminds me a lot of a Pilsener, and a good one at that. Lots of grain and bready malts upfront. A sharp hop bitterness takes over in the finish. I get a touch of grassyness in there as well. It has a very full flavor that lasts throughout.

M/D: This is where the beer differentiates itself from a Pilsener. The mouthfeel is a tad heavier, and it is less fizzy and carbonated in the mouth. Still very easy drinking and sessionable.

I was actually quite impressed by this one. I was expecting it to be a very sweet and malty brew, but it turns out this is a solid take on a very obscure style. Well worth checking out, especially if you are a fan of Pilseners.

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

I always like to try something new from a good brewery, and was looking forward to this one.

Pours a clear pale yellow color with bright white head and robust carbonation. Smell was subtle; got a hint of sweetness and maybe a faint pine scent.

Taste is a fuller experience, with a very nice maltiness that finishes with a slight dryness. A bit of a pine note in there, but does not interfere with the sweet malt at all.

Mouthfeel was not very full, but it was a very tasty and drinkable brew. I will happily have a couple a night for the next week.

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Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden color and a mostly clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big malty aroma, with traces of hops.

T: Taste was dominated by malt, with some bitter hops in the finish. A nicely balanced flavor.

M: An extremely well-carbonated beer with a super-dry finish.

D: Typically, bocks are not beers I gravitate towards, but this is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of travduke
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby poured into an Otter Creek pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden body. 1 finger head. Looks almost like an adjunct lager.

Smell: Light hops, malty, earthy. Nothing really stands out here.

Taste: Is this supposed to taste like something? Minimal hops, malt, bready. Sadly this reminds me of budweiser with a mild hop presence.

Drinkability: Could easily down a 6pack of these. Goes down like carbonated water.

Side Notes: I'm not really impressed with this SN offering. I didn't go into this with high expectations from what sierranevadabill was saying from the get-go. Its a nice intro beer into the craft world non-the-less.

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Photo of kwakwhore
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden pour with a decent white head which subsides rather quickly but does leave some lacing on the glass.
Hops and malt on the nose and on the tongue. Mixture of bread malts and a persistent hop presence, perhaps a bit more than usual for the style but not surprising considering this beer's west coast provenance.
Decent mouthfeel, not overly carbonated. Pretty easy to drink as well.
A decent beer from Sierra Nevada. Not their best, but well crafted and a pleasant change of pace from their more typical offerings.

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Photo of KingEdward
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this beer from the bottle to a pint glass It had about a one finger head that was gone very quickly and had a small amount of lacing. The color is golden and clear. The aroma was of hops, yeast, and notes of malt. The taste was crisp and hoppy with notes of malt. The beer had lots of carbonation and felt foamy in the mouth with a hoppy after taste. I thought the body was between light and medium. I thought this beer was very average.

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Photo of goldbot
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear golden-yellow in color with lots of carbonation. A nice foamy white head with good lacing and retention.

Smells of bright, sweet malt and bread. There is a fruity smell also, apple I think, and some spice notes as well. Taste is more sweet malt and bread up front with a touch of apple again. This moves to a smooth, hoppy bite that is very floral. Finishes dry and hoppy with a balance of grain hanging around as well.

A clean and crisp, light-bodied beer, great for food pairings with a variety of cuisine. I'm loving these Spring beers in January. I'll be buying more of this from now through Spring for sure.

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

Sierra Nevada: Glissade, Golden Bock (2010) (Tasted 01/19/10)
12 oz bottle, poured into a becker.

Appearance: Rich gold, like filtered apple juice with a nice head of bubbly foam, about an inch high, that fades down and stays at about three millimeters thick, crown around the edges, some spotty lacing.
Odor: Soft, subtle aroma of European base malt, lightly toasted bread, some nondescript spicy, resiny hop in the background.
Consistency: Smooth as a similie about a baby. Carbonation tickles the tongue ever so slightly. Light end of medium body.
Flavor: Rich malt palate, expressing toasted white bread, light caramalt sweetness and some raw grain flavors. Impressive bitterness from the hops balances the malt evenly while throwing some spicy, earthy and fruity flavors out. Finish is clean & relatively dry for a bock, some hop resin and bread crust left on the palate.

I guess this is somewhere in between a Munich helles and a traditional pale bock, I dig it. Great, drinkable lager? I'll take it!

Dear Sierra Nevada,
You cemented your place as one of the best breweries in the country years ago, but that's not enough? First, you release an exceptional, year-round IPA, then replace one of the weakest beers in your lineup with an exceptional German style weissbier. As if that wasn't enough, you axed your weakest seasonal and replaced it with a great German style pale bock. I can't stop loving you baby, oh yeah, oh yeah.


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Photo of Brew33
2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer at a tasting last weekend. The apperance is promising, strong yellow/gold, thin white head. The smell is not great. Grain, faint hops, light struck Euro lager. The taste was not great but the finish and aftertaste were bad, really bad. Similar aftertaste to a Heineken. I use the term loosely but it tasted "skunky". Slightly hoppy. Mostly faint, spicy, European hops. I don't like the malt profile.... at all. It's awful. This beer isn't good. I don't have many other Maibocks to compare it to but if this is indicitive of the style, I don't want anymore. Somthing tastes off here.

Maybe I had a bad example but I tasted it with a table of 7 other craft beer enthusiasts and 1 of 8 enjoyed it. Not a good effort from SN. The ESB will be sorely missed.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden-yellow color with a fizzy-ish white head that settles relatively quickly. Spotty patches of lace and weak head retention.

S: Aromas of toasted grain, grassiness, and spice predominate, along with a honey-like malt aroma. Yellow apples are also present with warming. The smell has all the requisite elements of a standard helles beer, but with more intensity.

T&M: Grainy and spicy up front, with a healthy dose of what tastes like pilsner and Munich malt. Mineral-like flavors take a back seat and provide an interesting complement to the malt. Some dry apple comes on mid palate, before finishing with a light dusting of herbal hop flavor. Well balanced and smooths out well as it warms. Body is medium with a heavy-ish carbonation level.

D: It's big for a pale beer, but still decently enjoyable. I'm a little bummed that this is what's replacing the ESB, but I am happy to see Sierra Nevada branching out into new styles with this beer and Kellerweis. Glissade is stuck in the middle between being a lighter helles bock and a biggish maibock.

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Photo of mudbug
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada, thank you!
I've shied away from lagers too long, burned out by the BMC swill that permeates sales in America and unable to find quality examples that are fresh.
This beer rocks! Pours an unbelievable crystal clear light orange with a steady white cap of foam, the aroma is barley in it's best suit, slightly roasted and slightly sweet
Taste is everything a lager should be with perfect balance between the biscuit and spicy hops, bitterness is minimal the aftertaste is dry and refreshing
Nicely carbonated, fizz till the bottom of the glass.
Refreshing? Oh yes, this is going to be my first choice on those hot summer days.

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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