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 Duff27
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a mid golden with a thin white head. A few dozen streams of effervescence involved there too. No lacing and below average head retention.

S- Grassy, hints of honey.

T- Bread. Pilsner-esque with a burnt(?) quailty. Honey-kissed.

M- Good carbonation, slightly on the syrupy (thick) side of mouthfeel.

D/O- I remember this being better last year. I was under the sun mid-summer then as opposed to inside right now. Would like to revisit this another time to get a better feel for it.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Overall good appearance. Solid golden with an excellent layer of foam that never quite fizzles out. Lacing is good and there is an orange tint as well.

Smell: Kind of a sweet metallic smell. Some wet grass as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very sweet and thick. Taste kinda metallic and sugary. A hint of dry grass at the end.

Drinkability: A bit too thick and not terribly drinkability due to the combination with the sweetness.

Overall: A middle of the road beer. Better than average.

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Photo of Pharkle
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A smooth drinking beer, with plenty of malt. Not overdone, but moderately sweet, with carmel and toffee flavors. Poured into both a standard shaker, mug, or tulip, it makes a good creamy head, but it does not last. Good bitterness to balance the predominant sweetness.

Since it is a seasonal, Glissade becomes very affordable in late spring. However, it makes a good anytime beer that is very satisfying.

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light amber with a 2 inch white head. Head dissipates quickly. Not much of a nose, but potentially may be due to me not having the greatest sense of smell. Smells remind me of autumn. Tastes like honey to me. Sweetened nicely, good carbonation. Very enjoyable. I think I should have drank it colder than what i did. I think I have it around 60 degrees, I'd like to try it around 50. Overall a beer that I could drink all the time.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Clear golden with a large rocky white head. Great retention, clumps of sticky lacing cling to the glass.

S: Hefty dose of pilsner malt and freshly baked bread. European hops are grassy with impressions of both dry hay and freshly cut grass clippings. A bit of a floral element in there too.

T: Sweet and bready malts up front. Grain, bread, dough, straw. Grassy hops follow closely behind. Pilsner malt. Hay. Light floral tastes play in the background. Maybe even the slightest hint of citrus.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Very full and lush in the mouth, very creamy. Seems to melt in your mouth and slide across the tongue. Active carbonation balances. Very impressive mouthfeel.

O: A very good, easy to drink bock.

Notes: The Maibock/Hellesbock style has always seemed bland to me, but this one is very well done. One of the better representations of the style I've had. Glad to see a more traditional, simple beer (and a lager at that) released as a spring seasonal instead of the predictable hoppy amber or pale ale.

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Photo of jera1350
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow with a minute head of white in which some sticks to the sides of the glass.

The nose is a bit light, but it does produce some honey and graham cracker with a touch of hops.

Light malt sweetness with an equally light addition of hops with a touch of bitterness. A bit bready/biscuity and cookie like. Not big flavor, just good.

Very smooth with extremely creamy carbonation. Finishes pretty dry.

What we have here, is just a well crafted and easy to drink brew. There are really no frills, but it is enjoyable as a whole. I could easily tip a few of these back on a warm summer day.

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

A: golden - very light amber, clear and brilliant, long lasting foam

S: fruit ester, very sweet and juicy smell. may be the caramel smell.

T: soft, rounded, and silky smooth malt flavor. followed by a bite of spitzy carbonation to cut through the malty flavor. little bit of earthy hop flavor felt on back tongue.

M: very smooth and clean.

D: good.

I am not a big fan of bock beers because of its cloying, twangy sweetness (mostly from german -ator stuff i have tasted in past). this beer is very smooth and rounded, and does not have a typical flavor i mentioned. i might have to revisit how i view these bock styles again

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The Maibock poured a nice clear golden color.The Head was very nice stickage was very good. Head retention was average. The aroma was full of citrus, pepper and grain. The taste was of toasted malt and finishes with a nice hint of hops. Medium in body, and finishes clean. Nice summer beer.

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Photo of Lauthaha
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mini beer mug.

Appearance: Beer is a deep golden color. Head is similar to a meringue topping, very wispy and frothy. Fairly even moderate carbonation.

Smell: Roasted toffee malt, heavy on the earthy scents (hops, fresh cut grass), some mellow spices. Just a touch of ester.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer has a medium-lightness, with sparse carbonation. As it settles, there's a very smugly bitter taste which is not super-pleasant. It tastes brown, and thorny. Kinda like sod removed from underneath a rose bush in a manure pile. Alcohol is overdone, and the earthy taste is just overpowering.

Overall: Below average. The taste is just too much.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Glissade pours a clear straw color with a high level of carbonation. About a finger of white head forms that has good retention and minimal lacing.

Smell: Bready and biscuity malts, light citrus, lemon, a bit of nuttiness. Nothing real impressive.

Taste: Very bready up front. Noble hop character and light citrus, lemon zest, with a semi dry nuttiness on the finish. I like this one more than I thought I would.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Body is between light and medium, leaning toward medium. A lot of carb present, but it ends up being very smooth. Overall, a pretty tasty maibock. I'll probably buy a couple more 6-packs of this while it's fresh.

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Photo of david18
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my review of the bottle:

I had no idea what kind of beer this was when I opened it but it was very satisfying. The color was a bright gold, almost like a pilsner. Good carbonation. The flavor was a little light for a Maibock/Helles Bock but in general it was a very good beer.


I recently had it on draft at my local beer bar and enjoyed it about the same. Bocks are a little difficult for me. A little stronger in flavor than in alcohol but this is one of the better ones and a beer that I always come back to.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a medium amber honey gold, clear, with medium white head that dissipates after a few moments.

Smells mildly sweet like fresh malted grains with a bit of honey and caramel.

Tastes like buttered bread followed by a mild hop bitterness.

Feels moderate in thickness with a soft tingle of carbonation.

Pretty good and easily drinkable, doesn't feel quite as strong as it is. You could session this despite the abv. Nothing fantastic, but enjoyable and worth trying.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a coppery golden color with no head to speak of. Brilliant, almost fluorescent orange highlights.

S - Has a sweet, honey-like aroma with a hint of citrus and toasted bread.

T - Bright, rich and biscuity with a zesty honey sweetness. Some pleasing, balanced bitterness to compliment the sweet malt. Only detracting characteristic is a slight metallic taste toward the finish.

M - Just enough viscosity to compliment the sweetness of this bock. Leaves my mouth feeling somewhat sticky and dry, but overall very drinkable and well carbonated.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not a fan of this type but absolutely love this beer. Nice head, just off white, pretty clear and light brown. Aroma of mild malts, somewhat earthy and slightly floral. Medium malty taste with a bit of hearty breadiness which increases in bitterness toward the back of the tongue, nice light malty lingering finish. I only wish this was available year round.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden tan and almost clear, lots of rising bubbles, a one finger head that went down pretty quick but left pretty good lacing.

Smell is wheat, lemon, grasses, and a bit of flowers.

Taste is lemony with plenty of wheat, grass, maltiness, and a hop tingle, whilst being slightly slick and moderately dry. Finishes lightly bitter.

Body is relatively light and well carbonated. Lemon and lightly bitter hops dominate the aftertaste.

Overall it's not bad but not terribly impressive.

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Photo of DrewV
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle (bottled 1034 = 2011, 34th day) from the beer fridge (45 degrees) into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pale golden straw color forming a 2-finger foamy head from an aggressive pour. Head dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S: Mild noble grassy hops, some caramel malt, not a strong aroma. Relatively high alcohol is completely hidden.

T: Smooth caramel malt, more grassy hops, but lacking in bitterness. Tough to gauge this one. Very neutral aftertaste. As with the aroma, alcohol content is completely hidden.

M: Moderate carbonation, creamy feel, oily texture. Clean finish.

O: Nothing really special here. Flavors are pretty neutral overall. Not malty, but not hoppy either. Seems fairly true to style, but doesn't stand out in any way.

I think my local beer store has this priced right at $5 for a sixer. Probably would be a decent crossover beer for BMC drinkers.

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

A: Clear, golden yellow with a white head, thin ring of retention, hint of lace.

S: Floral & grassy spicing with hints of sweet biscuit & caramel.

T: Nice noble hopping: grassy, steelie mineral and a hint of rind. Sweet biscuity malt with a light caramel. Nice bitterness.

M: Moderate body has a crisp, dry finish.

OD: It's well done, but the domestic malt does show.

I think continental malt works better in big lagers.

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

I really like the Sierra Nevada green label and this is of the like. it has a hoppiness and great tasted. This is a stronger beer but would make for a good summer beer. It is better served cold and it really shows its crispness. I would say this is a good example of the style and is highly recommended

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Photo of Fenris244
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Jester King grand opening snifter

Pours a crystal clear gold, head is thin and quickly dissipates, leaves a little lacing on the glass though

Floral hop aromas and a little bit of sweetness, the nose of this beer is pretty clean.

Nice floral hope bitterness and good grain like sweetness, not an overly complicated beer and I like that, it's pretty mellow and does a great job balancing the light malt flavors with the hops

Light in body, the carbonation almost dies after pouring which was fine actually. Refreshing and smooth

Not a bad seasonal, good balance, tasty and all and all a quality brew

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Photo of rawfish
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an even clear gold into a tulip glass with two fingers of pillowey soft white head. Head settles very quickly leaving minimal stick on the glass.

Aroma is fairly light with even amounts of toasted grains and a bready malt character. Noble hop grassy quality also there. In addition there is an artificial sweetness that reminds me of honeydew melons.

Drink offers a hearty amount of toasted grains and a raw doughy malt feel in addition to typical pilsner malts. A clean refreshing bitterness from noble hops, dry and slightly grassy.

Crisp and clean finisher, average lager body and above average carbonation keeps it clean. Alcohol surfaces from time to time.

A clean tasty bock designed well to please the masses, more malt and hop character than the appearance lets on. Subtle and solid overall.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Ever so slightly coppered golden with small white head. Clear with lots of rising bubbles and it deposits okay lacing.

S: Juicy sweet pils with some soft toasty, grainy malts. Lager ester aroma with sweet, floral, grassy, refined noble hops to round out the nose.

T: Hops are stronger on the palate, especially for the style. (SN – go figure). Grassy & floral, softly – yet strongly – herbal, refined sweetness, a soft bit of spice, & a hint of mint. Even turns pleasantly woody at the end and a touch earthy in the finish. Nicely rounded noble character. Malts are nice, in a dryish Helles way. Pils is in the background with a fair bit of toasty grain. Firmly bready in a light way, with just a super faint hint of crusty melanoidans. Some hops linger in the aftertaste along with a strong bready sweetness. Not much maltyness sticks around, but there is a honey-like aspect. Barest hint of alcohol as it warms.

M: Average body with a lush & full, yet soft carbonation – almost creamy. Some residual sugars, yet ultimately only semi-sweet as the hops are strong enough, along with a background minerally aspect, to take it to the drying side. A bit thin for a bock, yet refreshing as a biting spring beer.

D: A nice (if light for the style) maibock. Hoppy too, which lends a bit of bite that helps make it refreshing and good for spring. It has an okay balance of hops and malts. Maybe more heavy on the hops than is really to style, but it works for this beer. SN quality and drinkabilty. Not earthy shattering, but nice enough. Still – more “mai” than “bock.”

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Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

April showers bring May flowers... and May brings clear skies and sun! And clear, sunny Mai bocks too! Sierra Nevada Glissade does indeed glisten: sheeny yellow strands jaggedly stick out of the beer, as if they had been stabbed into it like stake flags planted as the triumphant act of a colonizing celestial body. And that despite a hard-pressed haze.

The subtle but distinguishing particulars of this aroma tend to nod-off quickly, but can be conveniently re-summoned with persistent swirling. Impressively clean, lightly toasted pale malt, slashed by a fine but salient alcohol note, and the distant whiff of grassy European Noble hops about sums up the style, albeit not exactly majestically.

Likewise, the taste is too delicate and conventional to likely impress many. Nevertheless, it's a fair representation of a style that is characteristically highly attenuated and discriminating as well as just plain, well, plain. This bready, sweet base of Pilsner malt should be appreciated for its simple, forthright qualities - it drinks with a pious cleanliness.

Although largely unembellished, the occasional hiccup of alcohol ester or hop bitterness does occur, which lends the beer that distinctively 'bock-y' persona. Barring the inevitable hint of alcohol, this would make a remarkable golden lager that most people would surely find to be right up their alley. Even as is, it's bound to have relative mass-appeal.

Sierra Nevada is one of America's most accomplished breweries and their lineup transcends a good number of styles, all of which they do a fantastic job with, including this Mai Bock. That said, when it comes to German bocks, I think it's safe to say that that baton has not yet been passed. Not to Sierra Nevada, not to any American brewery.

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

2011 bottle unsure what the date code means, as it is in a different format from what the website says.

Appearance: Clear golden color, big white head that dissipates fast and leaves some lacing

Smell: Very light malt & yeast smell, kinda bready with some floral hints to it.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing, malty with floral hops, some nuttiness to it

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and light body, almost a dry finish

Overall: A good way to start Spring. A pretty standard helles bock, rather enjoyable, and good as the weather gets warmer. My big beef with this is that it isn't that far into Spring (the weather just started getting nice!) and it is already hard to find and being replaced with Summerfest.

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

Nice two finger head riding atop a golden brown brew. Lots of clinging lace. The color is a 7 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell as the aromas of flowery hops and malt. The taste has flavors of line, grapefruit, malt, and roasted wheat. Mouthfeel is semi bold with some creaminess and a little drying in the back of my throat. Worth another try, if I can find any more this year.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden hue with a long lasting, white, foamy head and much lacing.
Nice aroma of sweet, biscuit malt, floral hops and hints of pear. Full, slightly crisp body. A good amount of floral hops is balanced by sweet, biscuit malt on the palate. Long, dry, hoppy, earthy finish. Great all around brew.

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