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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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Ratings: 1,275 |  Reviews: 874
Photo of bourbonbock
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Clear and golden with a fizzy head that dissipated in a couple minutes. Plenty of carbonation rising from the glass and overall very good appearance.

S. Smells of malts and almost maple syrupy

T. Gentle malt flavor with spicy hop taste. The aftertaste is a little bitter and sticky.

M. Not too good not too bad very bubbly and tingly.

D. Eh, I have had beers that were much better than this one and the aftertaste is not too pleasant.

Not sure why I wasn't too happy with this beer considering that I really enjoy and SN Pale Ale.

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Photo of CASK1
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

Deep gold color with brilliant clarity. Fluffy white head faded fairly quickly, but left a dense ring at the edge of the glass that lasted to the end.

Sweet grainy malt aroma. Very light spicy hop aroma, and subdued but evident alcohol.

The flavor starts malty sweet, then a spicy but moderate bitterness kicks in. Malt character is complex, but not overwhelming. The bitterness balances the malt nicely. Alcohol dries out the finish, and is a little too intense for the style.

This beer has a medium full body, but the dry finish makes it very drinkable. Overall a well-balanced, highly drinkable Maibock.

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Photo of chaz01
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle served in a Belgium fishbowl glass.

A: Clear golden color as the name implies. A nice head retained well, good carbonation and some lacing

S: I didn't pick up anything noteworthy other than a strong lager smell.

T: Earthy, grassy, malty tones. Little or no hop flavor. Long lingering aftertaste was quite pleasant.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation.

D: Light, refreshing and mellow -- would go well with an appetizer and/or perhaps fish course. Very drinkable if you're having more than one.

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Photo of stewart124
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin whisp of white head.

Straw and floral aromas come out in the nose with something reminicent of honey.

This is a full-bodied malty beer and there is a slight spice to it. There is a grainy, malty profile with a hint of biscuit. A warming feeling hits the belly after each gulp but other than this the beer isn't harsh. Hops are noticable in that they add this spicy/earthy note that adds depth and a unique character. This finishes with a slightly cloying aftertaste with plenty of malt on the tongue.

Plenty of malts here and this is almost tart at some points. I am a fan of the helles bock style in general and this one in particular is tasty but it doesn't blow me away. Another good addition to SN's lineup

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Photo of CaliBeerLover86
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep gold color that is very clear. It had a small, but rich head that lingered for quite some time.

Smell: A nice malty smell with a slight hoppiness and some grains.

Taste: Slightly sweet malt flavor with some initial bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: As far as I am concerned, do yourself a favor and go buy Henry Weinhard Blue Boar Pale Ale and save yourself a few bucks. Remarkably similar with a slightly sweeter and more of a malt taste. Very drinkable if you are a fan of this lighter style. A summer beer for sure. Great introduction into craft beer.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a slight haze to this golden brew. Two thick fingers of foam with some decent lacy patching as the head recedes.

Aroma - clean, grainy, a wisp of spritely fruitiness at first. After set up, fairly blah.

Taste - good robust grainy opening. A touch of toastiness in there, followed by a good kick of bitterness. Provides some good balance but it's not blessed with much hop flavor, just a general snap. More maltiness into the finish, as it should be. A little roast reprise, doesn't really separate itself from the pack much though.

Mouthfeel - medium body with good crispness level. A little smoothness puts this right where it should be.

Drinkability - good session beer, I'd have a few on tap.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this one in a palm tulip glass.

Pours a bright golden with a definite bright hue. Head is a finger of bright white foam that disappears almost immediately. Lacing is there for the first few sips, but is gone quite quickly. Nose is ligtly floral With significant hops, but there really isn't much here, it's a very weak scent.

Taste is decently balanced without an excess of hops and definite floral aspects. Otherwise it just tastes like another beer, without anything particularly dynamic - which was disappointing. I may not love hoppy beers, but they usually have a uniqueness to them and this one didn't. Body is light medium and it goes down with just a slight aftertaste.

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Photo of morimech
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear, pale golden color. Half-inch of white head which has good retention. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell- Mostly just a pale malt aroma. A little toasted and peppery.

Taste- Slightly sweet malt flavor, a little floral and herbal hints, some sulfar.

Mouthfeel- A little bit above average as it has a bit more body than other pale lagers.

Drinkability- A nice example of the style but nothing extraordinary. Worth a try but I hope they bring back ESB next year as I have ready access to better Maibocks.

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Photo of Yesac
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear pale gold. Small white head.

S- grass, malts

T- toasted grainy malt, subtle honey sweetness. Zesty.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation. Great coating on the palate.. leaves good amount of flavor.

D- Easy drinking here and a nice amount of flavor for this style. Cant wait to drink some when it warms up.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, gold in color, 1/4 inch head, medium/high carbonation

Smell: hay, grass, and grain

Taste: hay, grass, hops, and grain

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light bodied, moderately bitter with a very bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: A very drinkable, slightly hoppy, summer beer. This almost tastes like a hoppy pils. I could have two or three.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, golden color, with average head/lacing

S - Grains, biscuity malt, subtle hops

T - A smooth, bready malt palate, with subtle hops for balance. Pretty basic, yet pretty flavorful at the same time.

M - Medium light/Medium body. Like a pale lager, but heavier.

D - Nice and drinkable, it makes a good session beer.

Overall - Not too much for me to say about this beer, but don't take that as a bad thing. It's basically like a pale lager, but with more flavor (and higher ABV). It's an excellent session beer, and is just the thing for the coming of Spring.

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Photo of joshstevens87
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear yellow with an average white head
S-crisp bready biscuty malt with a very light balance of spicy hops
T-a very nice taste of biscuty bready malt that tastes very crisp and refreshing with a perfect amount of spicy hops
M/D-a nice full body and malt taste with some spicy hops and a nice carbonation to still make this a highly enjoyable beer that can easily be enjoyed throughout the night

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

A clear lightgolden color body with a two finger foamy white head , lasting a bit and fading to a ring , jagged lacing left, lively carbonation , a really nice looking beer. Aroma is of toasty grain ,bread crust ,floral hops ,honey and candy sugar . Flavor starts with some piny,floral hops followed by a nice lightly sweet toasted cereal grain, honey and I keep getting this light candy sugar hint and flavor in my lips , short lightly hoppy, spicy finish , moderate bitterness , moderate sweetness . Quite sessionable . I drank this the other day on a very sunny , nice spring day and it REALLY hit the spot , was better than expected , A very nice offering .

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

I drank this beer straight from the bottle and warm my first try. It had a bitter taste on the first swig with a smooth fulfilling finish on the end. After a few swiggs it lost it's bitter taste and was very pleasent to drink all around.

I tried it again, cold and in a glass this time, and had the same experience and effect. It's a fine beer on a sunny spring day and will drink again.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep gold color that is very clear. It had a small, but rich head that lingered for quite some time.

Smell: Had a rich malt aroma with a slight bit of funk that I couldn't quite identify. Perhaps hops. Not bad though.

Taste: Has a rich malt backbone that is a little funky and start, but it goes away after a few sips. Good hop kick at the end.

Mouthfeel: A little thin. I know it's not a stout or anything, but I was expecting a little bit more here.

Drinkability: Good. Certainly something I could get again and it would go perfect a cool spring/summer day. It's quite refreshing.

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Photo of SamN
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a healthy, foamy white head, Great bubbles oozing up from through the head.Leaves patchy lacing down the glass. Color is a bit weak. Corona-esque color and clarity, small amount of visible carbonation. Orange copper color.

S- Lighter scents, florals, singing hops, mild fruit aromas, sour apples. Fairly average hop esthers. This is not a strong smelling beer, it takes ample swirling to coax out decipherable smells. I'd wish this smell'd stronger, but in truth it has a pretty average smell so I don't feel I'm missing too much. The mild fruits you do get are very pleasant and unexpected.

T- True to maibock style, this is a lighter bock lager with a significant hops profile. These are apparently European hops being used here, and I think it's a different hops taste. More pine and less citrus, but I can find some sweetness here. The hops quickly fades after the initial burst, than the beer mellows into an easy finish. Wishing for more balance, perhaps this isn't my style of bock. A tad too bitter, much too light for me and sort of boring, I think I prefer an original German bock to this.

M- This seems like a medium bodied beer to me, which isn't what I expected from it's light color and taste. Good construction, a fuller body makes me wonder why the taste is a little boring, shouldn't there be more to this? Guess not. Nice tensile feel, and less carbonation than I was expecting too. Not bad here.

D- I wasn't impressed with this beer a whole lot. I can't really say I have a desire to drink this again, nothing would bring me back for more.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a golden yellow, with white foam. Sticky, laces well. Smells clean, light malt, otherwise absent.

Taste is a light hop throughout with a note at the finish. Good carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Hard to describe really - tasty, drinkable, unspectacular.

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Photo of Iloverasputin
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass stein and had an above average white head. It had a light honey color that was quite clear, with good lacing. It looked great in the stein. The smell was good although not as malty as I had anticipated, some fruity hops hit the nose. The taste was also not as malty as I had anticipated. The malt features more in the background, a little bit of fruit, with a bitter dry hop finish. This was a much more satisfying than the typical lager, but not as good as some german bocks that I have had.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty clear amber with an average white head. Aroma is crisp, fruity and somewhat sweet. Flavor is crisp, malty, fruity and sightly sweet, like a typical lager but with more complexity. Lively, edgy and tingly texture leaves a fruity and slightly hop-bitter finish.

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Photo of cgull
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a plastic pint glass. It had 18s in the microwave to warm it.

Has a fine foam head, about 1.5 fingers, that dissipates fairly quickly, leaves a lighter lace on the glass. Medium amber color, the aroma from the head was pleasant but rather mild.

Initial impression was "gosh, this is like a macrobrew without the rice". Light hops, light flavor, just kind of lightweight in general, you forget it 5s after you sip it. When cold, it has a traditionally Germanic flavor with bitter hops. But as it warms, it picks up more character: malty and strong with alcohol, with just enough bitter/hops to finish it on a sip. Drinkability is better when it's cold, but it's more enjoyable when it's warmer. Drink at 50 degrees plus.

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Photo of meatyard
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale, golden yellow with a 1-finger white head that falls quickly and doesn't leave much of any lace. It's very well carbonated.
The smell is mild lemon and a bit of malt graininess & sweetness.
The taste is mostly mild malt, there's no hop flavor but there is some mild bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light edging towards medium, a bit over-carbonated for me and it ends dry.
Drinkability is OK but barely. If you like a light, underflavored beer that you can session then this is OK. I am a bit disappointed with this, wishing it had just a bit brighter hop and malt flavor. It needs some serious tweaking, SN can do better with this beer.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 3-19-10
Bottled in 2010

Pours a clear orange amber color, with almost no head and a few areas of white bubbles.

Smell is almost nothing, a little bit of hops and a rather adjunct bready finish. Not good.

Taste is very tame, almost boring. Not bad, the hop finish is enjoyable, but nothing like SN's other great beers.

Mouthfeel is good, thinner but refreshing.

Drinkability is actually quite good, the flavors are unoffensive and the lightness really makes it go down easy.

Overall, a decent beer, but nowhere near what I've come to expect from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Bartrob6
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

very bright clear golden color with a nice pale white head with alot of lacing.

smells of all malt almost, maybe a little spicy/earthy hops too. nothing is too great, but definitely not bad at all.

taste and mouthfeel is very full with the some spicy german tasting hops. bitterness balances nicely with the amount of malty flavor. i definitely want more hops in the flavor though

mouthfeel is a little heavy, just wish it was slightly lighter.

drinkability isn't the greatest because i want some more hop flavor to overcome the malt.

overall a decent beer. i would imagine a wide variety of opinions on this one.

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Photo of jp32
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Glissade as a nice golden color, minimal head, but it doesnt look as thin as most beers this golden in color. The smell is sweet, malty, and inviting.

The taste is very well-rounded. A lot malt flavors balance well with earthy hops. Nothing overpowering, but enough to keep me interested.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are borderline medium-bodied, which is all i could expect, if not more for a beer of this style and appearance. I enjoyed this offering and will be likely to buy again.

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Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Pint Glass

Pours a finger and a half of creamy off white head. Fades to a thin layer. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a very clear golden yellow.

Aroma: There really isn't too much going on with this beer. It reminds me of a typical maco.There is some grassy hops and pale malts it seem like.

Taste: A lot of malt flavors. Very bready with some grassy hops. Not a lot of good flavors to me.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and creamy. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very malty with a distinguished hop profile.

Overall, not my type of bock. Just didn't seem to flow with me. I have had others in they style, but just don't like this one very much. Drinkable and maybe decent for the spring weather, but not something I am enjoying.

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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
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