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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
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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 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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Photo of climax
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden amber hue with excellent clarity sat below a very large off-white head. It was quite bubbly and alive.

Nice balance of pale malts and crisp hoppiness. Bright citrus and pine flavors ran the spotlight a bit more than some less-favorable tinny and apple cidery tones.

The flavor is bittered nicely. Resiny, but light the hops stayed at the forefront. Mostly honey, Granny Smith apples, and a juicy orange-peel and graham cracker finish. Kinda bland.

The body was a bit on the light side, yet easy to drink and not too watery. The carbonation is a bit on the mellow side, but crisped it up enough. Easy to drink, but not Sierra Nevada's best.

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Photo of champ103
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Grainy malt up front. There is an off putting mineral aroma as well. Subtle hops linger. Not much here.
T: Again, grainy malt up front. A little sweeter than the nose, and there is a more substantial hop bitterness lingering.
M/D: A light to medium body. A bit over carbonated for me. Not hard to drink. Though one in a sitting is fine.

Not that impressed with this. There is not much here. I would not recommend this.

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Photo of Andreji
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong offering from SN i picked up at a food emporium on 63rd and 3rd.

Pour is rather pale translucent honey like dark yellow, thick in appearance with a nice but small white head, fizzy and thin bubbled.

Smell is hoppy, very hoppy, metallic and rather stings, strongly perceivable. some malt can be felt but the hops dominate it.

Taste is nice, not fabulous. seems like a strong ale, somewhat sweet at first with a distinct malty flavour but slides right on to the bitter and strong hop mouthfeel, although not particularly aggressive still very dominating. not so complex IMO, rather a blunt sequence. some alcohol perceivable at taste but rather a nocker after a couple (or 3) which sent me straight to a couch, which is why i'd stick to a lower drinkability.

Still, not a bad offering from SN, but definetly not their top.

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Photo of jovy1097
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.
Appearance: Pours pure golden-amber and perfectly transparent. Beautiful carbonation and a huge head that leaves clouds of lacing along the side of the glass.

Smell: Grassy, citrus, maybe a little pine mixed in from the hops.

Taste: A very up-front sweetness that slowly diminishes to a hoppy bite of bitterness. The overwhelming trait is the sweetness - much more than I expected. A twinge of honey in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation. Medium feel. Pretty crisp.

Drinkability: Very drinkable - epecially considering it's a bock. Goes down easy at first, but gets more cloying as you near the end of the glass. Certainly not a session beer! Not a beer that really trips my trigger. I'm not a huge fan of the golden bock style though. I prefer darker bocks. It's a little too sweet and cloying for me. However, it's pretty good for the style and I would definitely recommend it to those wanting a nice example of a Helles Bock.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 1 finger foamy white head which dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing.

Smell: Aroma of malts and hops. Just a hint of lemon zest. Nothing too complex.

Taste: Mixture of malt and hops up front. A bit of lemon zest in the middle. Finishes with a piney hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a light amount of carbonation. A little bit crisp up front. Quite smooth throughout. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Fairly high drinkability. Good spring beer. Knock back a few as you thaw out from winter.

Overall: I'm not really familiar with the style but I enjoyed this beer. It's definitely not the best offering from Sierra Nevada but it's still a solid offering. You could do a lot worse.

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

This was a corrective experience for me. Two years ago I had a SN porter that was so terribly awful that I vowed never to drink anything from them again. Then the other day I was in a favorite beer store where they buyer made a pitch to me about the Glissade. I took home a six and my wife and I were quite impressed.

Not exactly spectacular in color or in the head, but it has a pleasant honey tone to it with a nice stream of bubbles ever rising to the top. A little bread is present in the nose; otherwise it's got malt up front and a little orange in the back. Very smooth taste with a hefty malty smack, with honey, lemons, toffee and beans (?) not far behind. A little fruityness brings up the rear. Overall a pleasant weekday drink. I'd definitely buy another. But I still won't touch their porter.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear yellow color with a small white head that thinned to a ring.
S - sweet malt and European hops.
T - decent balance of malty sweetness and the bittering from the hops.
F - lighter bodied with mild carbonation.
D - it's ok but there are other beers I'd reach for first.

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

A - Poured a clear golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grainy malt with some spicy hops

T - Follows the nose grainy malt upfront big spicy hop finish

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - Overall this is an okay beer but its not really doing much for me pretty average all around this will probably be the only six pack I buy

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer has a crystal clear golden orange body with a sea of bubbles and a spongy thick white head that last for the full beer.
S- the soft dry pale malt note has a flinty quality to it and some dry woody hops with a noble finish. Otherwise it is a pretty clean aroma.
T- This beer has a dry green noble hop hint with a sulfury dry bite in the finish. There is a slight flinty note and a bitter hop bite that lingers after the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture. There is a tight carbonation in a very dry finish.
D- This beer is very dry and bitey with a big sulfury flavor. The flinty quality is very pleasant and the malt notes are nice but everything is really overpowered by the sulfury hop bitterness. It is a bit tough to get through.

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Photo of far333
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden apricot colored with a low head of firm off-white foam. Aroma of sweet biscuit malt, toffee, corn and a sharpness that I can't quite quantify.

Flavors of biscuit malt upfront, some peppery spice, followed by an orange rind bite, some bitter grassy notes and burnt orange rind lingers, plus some yeasy notes.

Full mouthfeel, pretty creamy. Not too drinkable for me, just not a big fan of the flavor profile, perhaps not a good style for me.

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Photo of beerbutcher
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

color is deep gold with bright white head

aroma is very euro, clean malt, herbal hops and hints of sulfur in good proportion.

on the palate it starts firm and malty with clean herbal bitterness but turns thick and buttery on the finish. heavy butter aftertaste.

mouthfeel is generally good with nice balance and good carbonation but the butter really wrecks what should be a clean finishing beer.

overall, i will not buy this beer again with such an unattractive flaw. barely finished a 4 oz. taster

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Photo of skinny0ne
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice creamy head. Minimal lacing. A good golden color leaning towards amber. The aroma is very clean. Definitely some honey upfront for the sweetness. The carbonation kicks in nicely. I get a good amount of spice/clove. Under it is banana. And under that is a bit of lemon on the tongue and in the finish. Hops show up towards the back which lends to the spiciness. A nice brew that's easy to drink.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought this beer looked excellent. Nice craggy, tight head, with tons of lacing. Golden colour, nice looking. A bit weak on the nose, scents more of a saison than a maibock. Taste was good, nice, clean, and crisp. Little aftertaste. I feel this is more of a farmhouse saison, however, than a maibock. If it were, the ranking would be higher, but it is NOT a beer I would ever turn my nose up at. It is good.

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Photo of billab914
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a clear light golden color with a good amount of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The head had pretty good retention and left some good lacing as I drank it.

The aroma is pretty light, it has some hints of lemon zest, grains and some sweet malt with a touch of hops. The taste is clean and crisp with slightly spicy hop finish. It finishes with a moderate bitterness and an earthy peppery hop taste.

mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it was a light, nicely flavored, easy drinking beer. I can't say it's one of my favorite offerings from Sierra but not a bad beer for the style.

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Photo of burnstar
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear gold with a good sized head. Smell is mostly floral and herbal hops with some light malt. A lot of herbal noble hop flavor. Nice maltiness in the background. Pleasant lingering bitterness. Well balanced. Smooth, well carbonated, and medium bodied. Easily drinkable. Quite good overall.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a darker yellow, average head and lacing, lacking a distinct aroma.

Taste, impressive, a little more bitter and hoppy than I expected, still reminiscient of pale bock, but feels a little more alcoholic afterwards (not in the taste).

Mouthfeel, feels wheat-esque, some lemon, honey. Pleasant. Sessionable. Very drinkable, a good beer at a good price.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a ring, leaving some lace. Crystal clear orange/amber color. Light grapefruit hop nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is light honey sweetness that is balanced by some hop bitterness. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Barb's Beer Emporium, Concord, NH.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured in to a pint glass, the color was a medium golden yellow. The foam dissapated almost immediatley, with no lace what so ever. The smell was of a sweet nature. But, that was the high point. The taste was of a acidic lemon flavor. Not a lot of flavors in this ale. What a dissapointment for me. Not an impressing ale. Just a lack luster flavor with to much bitterness.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a translucent gold with a thick white head that lasts for a good while.

S-Nothing overpowering here, but some hops as well as malt presence and a touch of lemon zest.

T-Lemon stood out the most to me, but there was some piney hops and nice touch of malt in the finish. It also tasted a sweet flavor.

M-Nicely carbonated, not too creamy, and actually a little thin.

D-Very, very drinkable. This is a session beer all the way.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I could see myself drinking this in the summer months because it seemed a little on the lighter side and I hate wheat beers.

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

A- Clear, golden-yellow colored body with a nice fluffy head.

S- Bread dough smells along with a bit of leafy herbal aroma.

T- Slightly buttery, mostly biscuit-like with nuances of a fine Saltine with a lightly toasted aspect.

M- Clean and dry with a carbonation that is mostly smooth but harsh around the edges of the "beer puddle".

D- A very drinkable ale with a higher alcohol content than you would expect from such a tame beast

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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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