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

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. There was a date/batch stamp at bottom of bottle - but it didn't mean anything to me.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow with a hint of orange. White foam on pouring died down fairly quickly just leaving a thin ring at the edge and almost no foam on the top. No lacing noted. Nice color, but lack of foam is a bummer.

Smell: Floral hops with some apple thrown in.

Taste: Malty, with definite fruit (apple mostly) flavors up front, then moving into some floral / spicy hops and then a bitter finish. Pretty tasty brew - lots going on in the middle and I can't tease out all the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Quick spicy carbonation on the tongue, otherwise a little bit slick and oily at the same time, with the hop oils clinging to the teeth. Definitely thicker than water with a nice body to it.

Overall / Drinkability: Nice beer. Went very well with a meal (Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes) and it's pretty good to finish off with after the meal is done as well.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance-Golden yellow, light brownish body, lots of carbonation bubbles sticking to side of glass. Solid one finger head, little retention, no lacing.

Smell-Is this beer not fresh? I love Sierra Nevada but this is real dull. Some light lemon and some malts. Pretty boring.

Taste-As I figured after first sip, dull. Slightly bitter throughout whole sip. Lighty sweet, with a dry finish. Leaves an awkward aftertaste, not sure if I'm just not too familiar with the style, or it's just not my cup of tea.

Mouthfeel-Smooth, with some better flavors I'd say it's refreshing. Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall-I may be unfamiliar with this style. I'm going to get a Dead Guy Ale this weekend to compare. Just not impressed, better then BMC.

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Photo of addmorehops
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have also had on tap, just poured a 12 oz bottle with no noticable difference.

I have a strange affinity for this beer as it takes a lot to lure me from my cone brained hop moorings.

Tasty with great mouthfeel, smooth and creamy yet crisp with a delicate malt woven between layers of hop dryness.

Easy session beer. I think about the next one while pouring the one at hand. Mystifying. Nice one SN.

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Photo of mooselvlt
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours clear and gold. Moderate 1 finger off white head, quickly dissipates.

S - Very faint. Pick up light malt, perhaps some grassy hops. Very very subtle nose

T - A lot like the nose, very faint, light malt with a little kiss of hops. Its not bad, but its rather non-descript to me. Some light bitterness lingers after a few sips.

M - Light to medium bodied. Very smooth, well carbonated. Drinkable, especially this time of year here.

O - Not bad, but also not great. I love this style so I was a little let down. All in all, its OK

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Photo of miket163
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep gold with a very nice fluffy off white head, with a touch of lacing left on the sides of the pint glass.

The smell was very malty with some citrus, grass, but mainly sweet bead. The taste was very nice, a tad too sweet at the first drink but the hops came through and balanced it out very nicely: bread, lemon, alfalfa, sugar-cane, and a touch of pine.

Very nice Bock. Probably would opt for a nice APA or Hefe, but this is a nice change up occasionally.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass; nice bright white head that laces nicely; color is bright clear gold.

Smell is crisp pilsner malt sweetness with a solid citrus/pine mix of hop scent. Malt flavors dominate with hints of grass and bread.

Taste is solid pilsner malt flavor with a touch sugar sweetness followed by a nice hop balance. I can't pin point the mis hit here, but malt profile is almost to clean on the pils side.

Mouthfeel is great, just enough sweetness that the flavors sit on the tongue with solid bitterness balancing and drying it out.

Overall, this is a solid maibock, smell, flavors and mouthfeel are work well together.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz -> Spaten Octoberfest Glass

A ~ Pale Gold. Spotty gritty head.

S ~ Crispy malt, Fresh grass, English hops

T ~ Notes of Cracker, Honey, Wheatbread, Spicy/Earthy Hops (English). Hints of Biscuit and Pine (go figure)

M ~ Very fresh and clean, great to drink on the porch with a few pals. Just the right amount of hops, and the malt is not too sweet. I'm not a big bock fan, but this beer works.

D ~ Not an avid Lager or Bock drinker, but Very drinkable with the weather we have been having in Oklahoma. I enjoy it more than Summerfest, but would only buy in the spring or summer season.

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Photo of RickS95
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a soft orange color with almost no head. It looks like a peach sitting in the glass.

Scents of flowers and honey, kind of like a sweet pilsner.

Nothing special about the taste. Like the smell, it tastes like a sweetish pilsner.

Theres a fake of sweetness early on, then it gradually fades to a bitter finish. Would probably make a good summer beer, but I'd still prefer something else.

Not the best selection from Sierra Nevada. If you're used to mass-produced American beer, you'd probably enjoy this; otherwise, it's just average.

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Photo of DCon
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $4. Poured into a Pint Glass and has 1 021 213 26 written on the back. Not sure if this is a date or not...

Aroma- Has a mild banana small with huge grains. Very nice peppery/roasted smell as well.

Appearance- Pours a light orange, hazy body with a 3 finger head that has good retention. Nice lacing on the sides also.

Flavor- Has a nice malty, sweet flavor and has a grainy follow up. Nice hops used, and perfect for the maibock style!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, nice carbonation, and great amount of grain on the palate afterwards.

Overall Impression- While I see Sierra Nevada, I'm thinking HOP! This one was brewed perfect to style and a favorite for a reason! Great seasonal. Could drink many in one day.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pint glass, bottled on the 7th day of 2011.

a - pours a deep golden color, transparent with lots of bubbles streaming to the top. gave me a finger of white foamy head that calmed to a thin cap and stuck around. got a few legs of lace here and there.

s - slight carmel malt with grassy hop character.

t - starts off kind of sweet and toasty, then a nice spicy bitterness takes over the middle of the tongue to balance it out. finish is a little sticky and bittersweet.

m - medium in body with plenty of carbonation and a sticky, mouth coating action.

o - overall a decent beer, especially on a hot summer day. would buy this again, though it certainly wouldn't be my first pick at the beer store.

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Photo of mdvatab
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into imperial pint glass.
Bottled on the 356th day of 2010.

Aroma: Grainy malt, hay, grassy hop, light sulphur, and light brown sugar sweetness.

Appearance: Crystal clear golden body. One finger head dissipates quickly like an American lager, but a very thin film of bubbles remain.

Flavor: Robust malty sweetness transitions to almost cloying honey to very mild bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, sweet malt covers palate. Fairly clean finish, if with a little sweetness.

Overall: A sessionable lager, but the sweetness is probably a bit high for the style. Nonetheless, it would be a good gateway beer for drinkers who are wanting to get into craft beer, but dont generally like hop or malt bombs.

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Photo of claminat420
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- poured a transparent golden color with a frothy white head. left a light amount of lacing.

S- smells like a basic plain @ss lager. nothing too special coming from it.

T- a very light bubble gum taste. maybe some spicy euro hops backing it up. pretty much basic but not to the point where it seems like you're just tasting yeast water.

M- medium/ light bodied. good carbonation.

Drinkability- the one and only six pack i'll ever buy.

Overall- being a massive hophead this beer to me tastes bland to sh%t! i can't discriminate because there are other lager's i've liked out there but this german bock seems recycled. it tasted like that pilsner urqueal(spelling?) crap i tasted awhile ago. nothing great but coming from sierra i'm sure people hype it up. and i know that was a pilsner and this is a bock but to me it tasted the same. nothing special. beer tastes cheap.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 350ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2012. Purchased at my favourite local beer specialist.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A pale golden hue with low carbonation and a faint haziness. Produces a huge head of white foam following a hard pour, but this reduces and disappears entirely after a few minutes. Aroma of light malt with a hint of grain and distinct aromatic hops. Alcohol is also discernible.

Tastes of light malt with a slight grainy sweetness. Nicely balanced with crisp aromatic hops; citrus notes dominate. No real bitterness - the hops are all aroma. The alcohol adds a warming solvent note. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, but it feels rather flat. Aftertaste of sweet malt and aromatic hops.

A decent beer, but lacking in carbonation - I think it would have tasted better otherwise. Perhaps something happened to the bottle. I also suspect this bock is rather hoppier than a German example, but I haven't tried many. A bit sweet for my taste, but would go down nicely on a warm spring day.

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

Saw this first at the store and was afraid to try it out as I tried the summerfest last year and most summer beer offerings I've found to be a little on the light side in terms of flavor. But, this is an early to late spring beer and after reading about it on Sierra Nevada's site and saw that its BTU rating was higher than even their trademark Pale Ale, I thought I'd give it a try.

Appearance is a golden pale color looking through the side of the glass and looking straight down from the top the condensed color becomes more coppery and rich.

Aroma is almost in line with a sweet German or Czech Pils. There is a slight note of yeast fermentation, nice malt and touch of grassiness that really hits the spot.

Flavor is much like the nose, more grassy and slight yeasty notes, some hop spiciness, very well balanced with the malt body of the beer.

Mouthfeel reveals decent carbonation and it does really glide down as described.

Really wonderful beer for me, I wish I could see it extend into summer as I find it very refreshing and easily drinkable.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm not entirely sure I've actually had a proper Maibock. German brewing and cultural history is what got me into beer, so a Maibock/Helles Bock review is long overdue.

1034 110 56 marked on the label. 2011 on the neck label. Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

This beer has exceptional clarity and great color. It shimmers and shines with tints of gold and brass. There is a big white head that slowly fades with intricate lacing in it's trail.

This aroma is nice and intense, I'm just not sure I really enjoy it. But, that's just a personal preference. Lots of lemon, lime and grass, all turned up to 10. This smells, probably, a little hoppier than an old school German Maibock, but this is Sierra Nevada. The hop aromas aren't conjuring thoughts of bitterness or palate decimation though, they are very grassy, almost noble. Malt is there, but in the back; providing an even-keeled sweetness with lots of dough.

There is a tangy, hop-driven, grassy and lime sweetness right upfront. Things move along with some light dough. Lots of lime flavor stays throughout.

Very dry with a sharp carbonation. As a result of the stripping carbonation, the dryness lasts and lasts. The body is just at medium.

Nothing off about this beer, I'd say. But I'm not quite sure how traditional it is. I'd wager this is a bit hoppier than the Germans would do. Its a solid beer, but not the kinda thing I could get down on very often. It would make an easy pleaser for anyone who's not yet into gnarly DIPAs and RISs.

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Photo of zrab11
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear golden color with a nice 2 finger fluffy head.

S- Has a cirtusy smell with some lemon and yeast

T- Is a smooth citrus beginning followed by a touch of bitterness and finishes with a dry spiceness

M-Light bodied with ok carbonation

D-Overall this was ok for the style.plently more in this style i like better. But an easy drinker none the less

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm a little late with this spring seasonal (bottled in late December) but here we go with the golden bock.

This pours an appropriate gold but is much clearer than I was expecting; that is to say, crystal. Aroma is grassy and grainy - pretty clean. This is one of driest beers I've come across, as there is no sweetness from the malt and very little hoppiness to contribute any fruit aroma/flavor. There is a bit of bitterness in the finish to keep me interested, and the mouthfeel has some heft to it. This seems like a true maibock, which means it's hard for me to be all that interested.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 Edition poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Crystal clear golden brew with a nice fluffy head. Retention was pretty good and the body was populated with a constant flow of rising suds.

S - Sweet citrus aroma, lemon and grapefruit, mostly. Faint, yet pleasant.

T - Smooth malty body with a touch of hop bitterness. I found it to have an herbal spiciness in the finish.

M - Crisp, clean body, good carbonation level, slightly dry at the end.

D - Enjoyable and refreshing, also quite simple. Possibly forgettable, but I would never turn one down. If it happens to be around, give it a whirl, but I wouldn't go out of my way to procure it.

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Photo of Sweetmambyjamby
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Just like the name golden color. Slightly fluffy white head about one finger. Lacing is alright, doesn't stick to the glass a whole lot though.

S- It's a very sweet malt smell. Some hops are noted in the scent. Just a solid malt smell.

T- Viscous malty sweet beer.

M- Viscous as noted, carbonated.

O- It's ok and that is it. Just ok. I could drink another one if offered with lesser alternatives.

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Photo of BigB415
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have a mixed track record with Sierra Nevada. I liked Celebration and I liked 2011 Bigfoot but everything else I thought was ok. I saw a single 12oz of Glissade at Whole Foods for $1.99 so I thought I'd give it a try.

Pours golden see through color with heavy lacing. Smells of faint hops and that's pretty much it. Tastes of faint hops too, nothing overpowering. I wish there was something overpowering, give my taste buds something to grapple with. I guess that's why I like stouts so much there is never a dull stout. I hate to say it but this beer reminds me of Coors Light and that's probably one of the reasons why I don't like it.

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Photo of farlieonfootie
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft into a goblet, Glissade pours a lustrous, deep gold color, with a head so thick you could cut it with a knife. The retention is pretty strong, too. The beer's predominant smell is malts, with some citrus in the form of lemons and orange coming through, too, kind of like the first hint of Spring. Some light hoppiness is also vaguely apparent.

Glissade is medium bodied in the mouth, with a crisp, bready flavor, and nicely carbonated to keep your interest piqued. I'm a fan, and could easily drink more than one of these -- and plan to!

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in short straight glass

A: little head, but really bubbly; light golden yellow, somewhat cloudy; the top of the beer is somewhat gelatinous looking
S: not an appetizing smell; macro-brew malt smell; but this is a SN, so I know that's not the taste in store
T: a very bitter bock; not very sweet; nicely hopped; grassy flavor
M: very thick in the mouth; perhaps not to everyone's liking, but I don't mind

Not SN's best; but if you're after a helles bock that has a distinctive American touch (think hopped) this is a good one to try

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Photo of Beaver13
2.45/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a medium white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is cereal grains, hay and a little honey with some soapy floral hops.

The flavor is sweet malts with some off, slightly metallic notes. It leads to a medium bitterness in the finish that is a bit plasticky. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I didn't really care for this. The off notes subsided some as I drank it, but it was still not something I liked.

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Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a pale see through golden hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head and little lacing,the smell is not very strong and has aromas of perfumey,floral hops,golden malts and some light toffee,it has a light-medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of golden caramel,honey soaked barley,white grapes and finished with a herbal,floral,grassy hop finish and overall its alright without being great.

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


Crisp golden/almost yellow with a very thin immediate receding head


Toasty malt goodness backed up with the slightest hint of grassy hops


A majority of caramel/sweet malts with a delicate balance of grassy/herbal hops remains proportionate until the last sip


Fairly dry for a malty bock. Good amount of carbonation makes for a crisp feel on the palate. Smooth bitterness is left in after taste


A very interesting beer. It has a bit more hop bitterness to balance the malts than some of the other bocks that im used to drinking. A good all around brew that goes down easy and is quite satisfying

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