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 pBRale
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 9-4-11

Appearance:Clear, deep gold with 1/2 in. head that quickly dissipates leaving very little delicate lacing behind.

Smell: Delicious malty blast with a trace of grassy hops.

Taste: Strong malty flavors and smooth with a touch of hops to balance the finish, which is crisp and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light bodied beer that is crisp and highly carbonated.

Overall: Good, refreshing beer that quenches the thirst and is perfect in warm weather.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but I am down to my last two beers from a six-pack to review, so I must have liked it at some point. Let's give it a proper review with a fresh palate.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden color with a small 1/4" head at the peak during the pour that settled into a thin layer of foam within about 45 seconds. There were a few bubbles lazily making their way to the top, but the carbonation is visibly a little low.

Aroma: I initially got mostly toasty malt notes as I would expect with a small amount of hops that I am questioning their nobility, but since they are reserved, that is still OK. I am anxious to come back to the hops when the beer warms up some. As the beer has sat for a while, the alcohol is adding more spice than the hops are intensifying, so this is falling more in line with a MaiBock as it warms up, but the alcohol is a bit noticeable.

Taste: The flavor is pretty malty with some obvious hops in for balance. The hops add a mildly green flavor to the beer that seem like they may be some off-shoot of Hallertauer. Overall the malt is in charge, which is a good thing. The carbonation is low, so the beer comes across a bit heavy on the palate and near the finish the alcohol comes into play to make the finish slightly lighter, but not by much. Overall the beer is medium to slightly full bodied, and the low carbonation accentuates this property. There is some warming that comes in late in the finish, and this gives a slight spicy impression as well.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent representation of the style. I would certainly like it to be a bit drier, but I am not sure if it just needs more CO2 or if it is under-attenuated. I am guessing the former, so they just need to get it adjusted. I would try this beer on tap if given the chance, and I would probably look for it to try as well, and that is a compliment to an American brewer making a German style beer as those are my favorite, bar-none.

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Photo of sixthglass
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: golden in color with a white head. Not much lacing...

S: the bouquet is dominated by bread and honey, and some hops

T: bready, with a hint of honey and then hops

M: medium body, slightly sticky, carbonation is ok at best.

D: A decent brew from a solid company, who puts out good decent sessions brews.

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

Ba Review #35
Served On: 8/17/2011
Glassware: Wheat Glass

Found this one hanging out in the back of my beer fridge. A leftover spring seasonal, no doubt.

Look: Poured a white 4 finger pillowy head. Color was a crystal clear golden color with tons of carbonation bubbles. I know a wheat glass isn’t usually used for bocks, but this beer looks gorgeous in one.

Smell: Had a real malty sweetness in the nose. Some slight citrus hops. Also a bready yeast note.

Taste: Carbonation really took off at first. The sweet malts coated the tongue and the finish had a crisp honey taste - blander malt notes faded into the aftertaste. No real citrus detected - more like a tangy honey. A mild warming sensation started somewhere in the middle of each sip and lasted till the end - probably the 6.4% ABV making its appearance.

This is a great example of the Helles Bock style. It offers a complex palate, but still proves to be drinkable – even at the 6.4%.

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Photo of DavidST
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled on 1039 (Feb 8?).

This pours a clear light golden color with a nice foamy white head. The smell is bready and malty with a little grassy and floral hints. Feel is medium to light. Taste is a little bready and sweet at first, then a little grassy with some bitter aftertastes. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of StaEva
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very clear golden straw color with a slightly off-white two finger head.

smells of honey-malt, slight grassy herbal quality.

tastes nice and mildly sweet honey-malt, slighty grassy hop finish. medium carbonation and slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

one of my all time favorite beers.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glissade, one of Sierra Nevada's Seasonals, is a Golden Bock that smells of light citrus (orange, apricot), gently toasted grains, caramelized sugars, and, though I hesitate to add this one, reminds me of the scent of rainstorms.

On the tongue, the beer turns out to be slightly more bitter than the nose implied, with a medium-light pine and grapefruit-bitter buzz rolling across the tastebuds. Grape Nuts-like grains run beneath that bitterness, along with light oranges and apricots, and hints of nut. The aftertaste is a grapefruit-and-nut combo that lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-high.

Overall, this is a good beer, though I do find that the hops tend to overshadow the malts, and the beer is slightly out of balance in this respect, giving the aftertaste a distinct taste of pine sap. I would have liked a slightly stronger sugar and apricot base to help counter this.

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Photo of Jerone
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light amber with a bright white quickly fading head, light carbonation.

S - Smells of malt with a touch of hops, maybe light caramel with a bit of floral.

T - Starts out with some sweet malt then goes into some floral hop character and then ends with some better and a sweetness that I don't like.

M - Light body with light carbonation, very drinkable.

O - Nothing impressive about the beer, but nothing bad either. It's not really my type of beer and for some reason it reminds me of a very good macro.

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Photo of Samp01
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden/yellow with a short lived white head. Aroma of sweet malt some grassy notes and light hoppiness. Taste is sweet malt, some light hops spiciness and light fruity notes. Palate is a light to med body with nice crisp mouth feel. Finish is sweet malts, some grassy notes and light spicy hops bitterness. Overall a nice refreshing brew

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Photo of fields336
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle marked 1021, Jan 21st 2011
Served in SN Snifter

A: Golden orange color with .5 finger of white carbonated head. really clear. The head dissipates quickly leaving small bubbles in the middle of the liquid.

S: bready and malty, quite traditional of the style. Some biscuity malts are definitely present, maybe some caramel as well. Some fruit is there, and some very latent floral or grassy hops maybe?

T: Sweet and caramelly at first, some hints of toffee. As it progresses to the back of the tongue it has some grassy earthy hops. Finish is of bitter hops. Definite fruit present as well.

M: Medium bodied and still fairly drinkable. lightly carbonated but you don't notice it until the end of the sip. Slightly syrupy but that can probably be expected since it is a little bit of an old bottle.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Honey color. Liquid is quite clear. Head is slight. By the time I am ready to smell and drink Glissade the head is but a patchy layer using the liquid as a water bed. The diminutive head does leave some pretty good lacing however.

S-Euro hops and as weetness that reminds me of apple juice. Very structured aroma. Does not give you that 'what does that smell like?' feeling.

T-European hoppiness that is complemented by some mildly sweet malt. A bit of grain and grass for good measure. A hint of cinnamon?

M-Carbonation is there. Feel is good. Not blatant downsides.

O/D-Hey, it doesn't suck. It is perhaps Sierra Nevada's least exciting beer I have come across. I recently have reconciled with my now fiery passion for SNPA. This is pretty weak in comparison. This may be Sierra Nevada's weakest beer. Even worse, its the seasonal that follows Celebration Ale. Big shoes to fill. I am having it much later, and do not need to live with the disappointment of the annual death of Celebration Ale. But this one is still pretty boring.

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Photo of ericj551
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Glissade pours a beautiful golden color with hints of orange and red. The head is thin and doesn't linger. Sweetish pale malt and light, pleasant herbal hops fill the mild aroma. The flavor is delicious, mildly sweet bready malt gives way to a nice herbal and slightly earthy hop character. Some honey flavors pop up in the finish, lingering nicely. The carbonation is fairly low.

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

12 oz. bottle into a Perfect Pint.

A: Golden bock is about right: perfectly clear, effervescent golden body with just a tinge of bronze. The head is goodly-sized and consists of large bubbles that fizzle out pretty quickly, leaving a bit of lacing.

S: A bit of bready malt, and perhaps a touch of hops, but not much else besides. Not bad, but nothing stellar at all.

T: Taste picks up quite a bit--really solid malt character, just bordering on the cloying. Some slightly grassy hops to go along with it. Not bad, but not great either. The malt comes and goes quickly, leaving little behind, flavor-wise.

M: Good level of carbonation, but it's a bit sticky to me. Not too good.

O: Stick with something German. This offering is fine, and if it's on tap or available somewhere with little else besides BMC, I'd get it again, but otherwise, there are better beers around.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a great deal on this stuff, I still can't figure out why this was marked so low.

Look: An amber pour with a nice white head that dissipates quick.

Smell: Hops, malts, earthy tones.

Taste: The hops and toasted malts come through with a nice earthy/spice tone. The hops give a nice bitter taste. Some sweetness like caramel.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, body was about right.

Another nice beer from SN, nice warmer weather drink as it has good taste for a medium body.

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Photo of scubazook
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a The Bruery tulip glass.

A: Beautiful orangy amber in color, good clarity, white frothy head disappeared quickly.

S: Toasty grainy malty aromas, some noble hops.

T: Light toasty grainy malt flavors, a bit peppery spiciness. Moderate hop bitterness and clean dry finish, no caramelization. A hint of honey-like sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied, medium high carbonation.

D: A nice clean malty dry finished beer, nice graininess and has some body, it is a very meal friendly beer. Love it.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Clear yellow orange color. One finger of white frothy/creamy hybrid head. Retention isn't that great, but it leaves a decent amount of lacing.

3.0 S: Lightly spicy with grassy and herbal hops. Neutral maltiness lends a slight sweetness. A touch of honey. Not bad, but absurdly weak.

3.5 T: Neutral, but almost cracker-like, maltiness that gives a pleasant sweetness. Some honey malt. Grassy hops. Moderate spiciness. Similar to the nose, but a lot more powerful.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

3.5 D: Not a bad beer. Easy drinking, especially on a hot summer night.

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Photo of ModemMisuser
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I were at Heorot in Muncie, and I wanted a nice Doppelbock. Last time we were there, they had Celebrator on tap, which was incredible. This time, they had it only in bottles, and no doppelbocks on tap.

The bartender recommended this instead, saying, while not a doppel, at least it's a bock.

Well, he brought me the pint, and I drank it. And loved it. I usually don't like lighter beers, but this was good.

Color is light/medium yellow/orange. Flavor is light, fruity, a teeny bit malty.

We even bought another for a slightly intoxicated but cute wanderer-in who claimed she didn't like beer at all. She didn't like it, nor did one of her friends, but friend #2 did like it and finished it. :D

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Photo of Danimaleatdrums
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass.

A: Nice golden color, thin white head that disappeared almost immediately.

S: Malts and hops, nothing overpowering.

T: Again, malts and hops, and what seemed to be a melon-y taste.

M: Full and rich feel, with a sort of juiciness, again similar to melon.

O: A good beer, well-balanced; I really enjoyed it. Great for the hot summer day I drank it on, and I could see drinking two or three at once.

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

Light yellow color with a toasted bready malt taste. A nice amount of carbonation to carry the malt/mild hops. Minimal aftertaste, just a little bit of toasted malts.

This is a good introduction to craft beers to give to someone who likes maybe higher end 'mass market' beers and is ready for the next step. If I see this, I'll buy it as a nice easy summer drinking beer. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of FrankenBeerStein
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured it out into a basic pint glass, golden color with a small bit of white head on it that dissipated quickly with a little lacing. Smelled malty with a hint of some hop presence. Taste pretty much matched the smell. Not too overpowering either way, though it leans toward malts over hops. Finished fairly crisp. Altogether I would call it a fairly balanced and decent summer beer.

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

A - Vibrant gold color with a pretty full, foamy, light, white head. Average retention leaving a thin layer of lace.

S - Toasted grain is strongest, although it isn't very strong. Some honey sweetness along with some herbal hops in the background. A faint lemony aroma as well.

T - Toasted grain and a slight honey sweetness provide a lot of the flavor. A nice herbal hop flavor along with a bitter bite at the end.

M - Nice light crisp body with average carbonation.

D - Easy to drink and fairly refreshing on a summer day. Overall not bad and easy to drink.

Notes: Decent beer. Not my favorite but it hit the spot on a warm summer day.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glissade to me was a little bit of a disappointment. The beer pours out as a golden color with a decent looking head. The lacing doesn't really do much. The smell of the beer has a bunch of malt aromas with some faint hops in the back end. The taste is on the sweet side. Very malt based taste, not overly complex in any way. The mouthfeel is light with a decent carbonation. Overall this beer in no shape or form out does the ESB that it replaced last year. Hopefully Sierra Nevada will come to terms with that fact and bring back the ESB one day.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Source/Serving: 12oz bottle.
S: Herbal and floral hops, stale toast, light caramel, hay, and lime peel. Well balanced and intense but not too much depth. A touch of DMS.

T: Oily herbal hop balanced nicely with toasted, grainy malts. Straightforward but well balanced. Has a touch of DMS character in the middle along with some stray/hay and more oily lime peel. Some lime juice. Finish ends up slightly on the drier, more bitter side of the fence but its clean and drinkable and lingers nutty almost marzipan-like.

Notes: Notable hoppiness, but pretty average material.

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Photo of Wattsox
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 release, 355ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011, BBE Jan 2012.

A - Rich golden body with a decent head that dissipates relatively quickly, leaving virtually no head or lacing.

S - Gentle aromas of grassy hops and balanced with bready malts.

T - Very smooth, balanced taste following the aromas, light malts and a bit of hop to even it out.

M - Very smooth and pleasant; not too sweet, not that bitter.

O - Very pleasant beer to sit back and enjoy in the warm weather. Possibly a little simple by itself, but perfect for a session beer despite the slightly high ABV (6.4%).

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Photo of o19
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A: Deep golden color.
S: Sweet with hints of earthy hops.
T: Has a lasting purified sugar flavor.
M: Mediocre carbonation that suits the flavor fairly well.
O: Invigoratingly sweetened and refreshing.

There are few blends of Sierra Nevada that I DON'T like.

This one does not disappoint.

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