30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by IrieJackalope on 05-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 528 |  Reviews: 342
Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long day today. Nice long session at Barleys followed by a big tasting back at the house,. What more
could anyone ask for? Consumed on 07/05/2010.

I was actually very excited to try this one and unfortunately was let down a bit because of this. The
pour was decent if not a bit light for what I would normally assume for the style. Nice head of light
tan came up and over the top, settling down nicely and leaving a good coating of lace.

Aroma is roasted nuts, chocolate, hints of coffee and deep caramel but comes across a bit thin for me.
This is very apparent in the feel which did not have that really big, full body you would have
expected. I tempered this though and went through. Nice and medium carbonation and an easy profile led
to it being very session able, but just not the big bock I was hoping it was going to be.

Overall while not bad by any stretch it just kind of left me guessing.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark honey color, with a dull white head.

Smells of sweet bread.

Flavors of dense sweet malts/ honey/ and alcohol which is also kinda sweet. It had a slight hoppy/ spicy character that danced about quickly and disappeared in favor of the cloying sweet alcohol.

Medium-full body with a slick sweet malt and alcohol finish.

It was a bummer. Helles bocks ought to be outlawed.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 8.3% ABV, no date.

A - Carbonation rises all through the crystal clear golden amber beer. A tall pour unleashes a three-fingered frothy white head. Poor retention is a let-down as is the lack of lace on the glass.

S - Light floral and grassy hops open the aroma with a little citrusy kick. The more I smell it the more floral it becomes. Light pale malts hide timidly in the background with a touch of light caramel drizzled on top.

T - Lots of caramel maltiness really pushes forward in the flavor casting the hops aside. The finish certainly showcases the floral and citrusy nature of the hops. A good balance and lack of noticeable alcohol for the level it's at really makes the flavor profile of this Imperial Helles Bock a treat!

M - Full-bodied and slightly sweet with a smooth feel and light dry finish, the second instillation of the Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary series finishes smooth with a subtle lingering dryness.

D - This is probably the only time I'll be able to experience a beer from Papazian and Eckhart. I'll definitely be getting more of this drinkable beer!

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Photo of bbeane
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Be careful opening this guy... cork almost took out a light

A- Poured into a DFH snifter... has a huge head that lingers around a bit, but leaves no lacing. Beer is a dark amber color with very fine sediment throughout

S- Smells sweet and spicy. Expected some bready aroma, but not getting any

T- Pretty nice sweet malty caramel start with that hoppy bitter finish you expect from sierra

M- Medium body with medium carbonation

D- A good tasting beer, though I feel that so many of sierra's beer taste so similar to each other... maybe it's just me. Anyways, a good beer but not worth the price tag imo


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Photo of jjanega08
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= The pour is a nice golden amber color with a huge head on it that is a strange off white light tan color. The head is suprisingly dark for the beer. The heads also about four five fingers high with great lacing.

S= A nice malty backbone on it with a slight spicy hop character. There isn't much more to it than that. There may be a slight bready yeast to it.

T= The taste is actually really really nice for a Helles. Great balance of caramelly sweetnes and super spicy hops. Not fruity hops or piney hops but the greatest spicy earthy hops money can buy.

M= Nice medium body and a low carbonation.

D= Pretty nice Helles. Pretty spot on for the style. Another great example from SN. This beer is a little out of the ordinary for an anniversary ale but excellent collab from the boys at SN.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle opens with a loud pop before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a clean dark copper, and a hard pour results in a massive, slightly off white crown. Retention is decent, but lacing is completely nonexistent. The nose is good, spicy floral hop notes with a bready malt background, though it's a little weak. The taste duplicates the nose, and the sharp floral hops are clearly in charge, though the aforementioned bready malt flavor is also appreciable. The carbonation is pretty locked in, enough to highlight the hops but it stops short of being intrusive. The body, on the other hand, is a little too thin. Above all else, this beer if very clean and smooth, and with the lack of any alcohol presence it is very easy drinking.

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Photo of chumba526
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a medium bodied orange color with a thick white head.

Smells fairly floral and sweet. A bit of a grassy smell is apparent as well.

Taste has flower pollen like flavor to it. There is nice malt caramel/ sweet bread like flavor as well. There is a nice sweetness to it. After the sweetness a nice aromatic yet bitter dose of hops hit the palate. There is also a mild spiciness to the hops. A very nicely balance beer. It starts with a solid and flavorful dose of malts and moves on to a hop lead finish.

The carbonation is medium low. Though the alcohol content is fairly high I find this to be fairly drinkable because the sweetness is not to overbearing and the hops help counteract the sweetness.

Overall a unique lager that is sophisticated and complex. Worth trying.

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma right of is really yeasty. Fresh aked bread almost. But there is nice malt aroma behind it.

Beuatiful amber color and totally clear with a big white head that lasts and leaves some lacing. There a lots of pinprick rising bubbles from the bottom of the glass that keep the head thick.

Flavor is full of malt, munich maybe, with melanoidin flavorsI get a little of that bread yeast flavor but its pretty clean lager fermentation. A little on the sweet side but that's not unusual in MaiBock and this is a big mai bock.

Medium-full body with a nice carbonation level. There is an alcohol warmth after about half a glass so you know it's got some punch.

I'll admit that MaiBock isn't among my favorite beers. I often find it too sweet (personal taste) or lacking depth of flavor. That said, this is a fine example of the style but I don't think I'll stock up on this version of the 30th.

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Photo of Hershdawg
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into nonic pint. I do have the 30th anniversary glass but didn't feel like it.

A: Pours a thick creamy head. Which lingers forever and leaves a good lacing on the walls. golden amber hue with visible carbonation.

S: malt. Some earthiness, and what I call a lager smell. Definite lager yeast strain smell. Toned down from what their summerfest has.
T: Not light but not heavy. A little bready notes from the malt and the Cry Havoc. Spiciness from the noble hops Not really a Helles bock or a Maibock. Clean finish but not entirely dry. Its a truly unique beer with a flavor profile unlike any other beer.

M: Medium body. Not as huge as the previous IRS in the 30th series but when most of think lager we expect something lighter. The resin from the hops tends to stick in the mouth but not for too long.
D: I could drink a few glasses of this but the 8.3% could catch up fast.

Unique beer. Doesn't really fit a style. Worth trying and getting a hold of before stores are out.

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Photo of Kendo
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml, caged and corked. Loud 'pop!' upon its release leads my wife in the other room to ask, "what was that?"

A: Poured into a mug. Holy foamy head, Batman. 2 fingers of beer yields nearly 4 fingers of ivory, off-white head. Loads of visible carbonation in the clear, dark-golden, bordering-on-copper body. After the head settles, some splotches of lace are left behind.

S: Cereal grains and toasted malt with a touch of earthy-ness.

T: Follows the nose: grainy malt up front with a touch of sweetness in the middle -- whole wheat bread, perhaps? -- then a slight bitterness at the finish for balance. Hint of spice at the back end, with alcohol evident the first couple sips, but after that it seems more subdued as I become acclimated to it. Lingering sweetness almost leads me to drop this down to 3.5 on the taste.

M: Odd - given the relative light color of the bottle and the visible carbonation (from the head and streaming bubbles), this one comes across as a tad bit flat and on the syrupy side of things, feel-wise. Medium in weight.

D: OK. Too thick and syrupy to be an Oktoberfest-style chugger. I think this would have been better as an early Fall release or maybe late Winter/early Spring. Seems too heavy for a quaffable summer offering.

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Photo of bsp77
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner/Imperial Pint hybrid.

Appearance: Clear golden amber with a huge frothy head that eventually settles down to a fine lace.

Smell: Apple, toasted malts and floral noble hops - smells like a massive Maibock.

Taste: Sweet and relatively mellow apple and toasted malt upfront. Then it turns more bitter and metallic at the end with floral noble hops. Ending seems harsh at first, but mellows as it warms/sits in the glass.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation (I think the massive head killed it), medium body, ridiculously smooth.

Drinkability: Very smooth and tasty Maibock but the extra alcohol seems unnecessary. Still a very good example of the style.

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station, 7.3.2010, $6.00 pint served in Sierra Nevada glass.

Finger and 3/4 white head, medium dissipation with above average lacing. Orange amber clear body with a few streams of carbonation rising from bottom of the glass. Nose is sweetish, not sure if this is caramel malt, nuanced, grassy hops, got a bit sweeter as it warmed. The taste is more like a Belgian Strong Ale than a Bock, sweet, dry, little hop presence, leading to lingering mild hop bitterness on back end. Dry attenuated mouthfeel, good effervescence. ABV well hidden. A really tasty beer, and certainly an interesting style and interpretation, which, given the beer giants involved, isn't surprising. Interesting, most definitely worth seeking out for all beer lovers.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Rich amber color, bright and nearly translucent. Lovely caramel head with tiny bubbles and strong lacing.

S - For an 8.3% ABV, there's none of the bitter bounceback I traditionally associate with high octane beers. Earthy floralness, not the bright, citrusy floral smell I'm used to on a regular SNPA. Rich and a little dark - very well balanced.

T - BALANCE. This beer grows and shrinks and morphs in the mouth, but never screams in your face - no flavor overpowers another, and your taste buds remain fully intact.; Warm malt dances with light hop notes for a daring beer. Unique, complex, perfectly executed flavor - an outstanding beer.

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Photo of Lerxst
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep copper/gold with a two finger white head that has very good retention but left little lacing. Some lacing would have made this a 5 on appearance.

S-Malt at the forefront, slightly sweet, some earthy/herb like hoppy notes coming in, but not fighting for dominance. Light and crisp would be a good way to describe the overall nose.

T-Slightly sweet bready, caramel malt. Maybe a tinge of maple syrup. Floral and pine hops coming in, but like the nose, not dominating.

M-Medium body, somewhat creamy yet still crisp and a bit dry. Slight sting to the carb bite, but it suits this beer.

D-Goes down easily enough. But hey, would you expect anything else from SN? Of course its drinkable. Its from SN.

I like the stout better, but this was a good beer for the 30th line up.

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Photo of beer2day
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Myrtle Beach. Who knew??? Got the last glass out of the keg.

Deep orange color, 1/2 finger of head in my snifter. Faint retention and lacing.

Sweet nose, with lemon grass, honey, mead, light citrus, and lots of malt.

Deep honey coated malt flavor. Excellent syrupy bock finish. Mild grape flavor midway through.

Great sipper in the summer heat. Syrupy bock feel is great. Lots of sweetness creeps in here, too.

If Maibock is your style, seek this one out.

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Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Teresa's Next Door during Philly Beer Week.

Appearance: Amber reddish with a thin head that maintains throughout the entire drink.

Smell: Strong aromas of malt and licorice with some of the hop profile that Sierra Nevada is known for.

Taste: Heavy on the malt, with some hoppiness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Very good beer from three pioneers of craft brewing. I'd be happy if they ended up making this a year round or a seasonal beer.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep clear gold with a decent head that dissipates to a layer of fine bubbles, not much lacing.

Aromas of sweet malt, straw, brown sugar, hops.

Taste follows the nose with sweet malt and resinous, bitter hops. Finishes dry and really clean.

Body is medium with crisp carbonation, really makes this refreshing.

This is a very drinkable beer. I like the sweet and bitter combination, and the alcohol is moderate.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo.

Served in a pint glass.

A - Dark yellow hint of brown. Not much head at all.

S - Bready malts and a slight hop smell. Not an overly pronounced nose.

T - Floral hops with a significant bready malt backbone and a nice caramel sweetness. Extremely tasty.

M - Medium body, silky, some chew.

D - An excellent beer and great example of the style.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City snifter...

A deep golden with a thick creamy white head that fades a little too quickly for my liking...a nice looking beer but nothing memorable

Sweet malty graininess with a twinge of hoppiness as well.. This smells like warm buttered bread to me which is an awesome thing... As it warmed, it got more pronounced... Very nice...

Sweet maltiness big time right up front with a nice hop bitterness present here as well... This seems fairly balanced with the malts taking the lead throughout. I wasn't really sure what to expect with this one but I'm pleasantly surprised. Its actually really tasty... Hints of booze throughout keep you honest but this is really nice...

One of the most luxurious mouthfeels ever in my opinion... It feels thick and creamy and coats the mouth on the finish very nicely..

Overall, another winner... I don't like it as well as the first one of the series but this is really nice

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada's Charlie, Fred & Ken's Bock is sweet, fruity, clean, and refreshing.

It poured light amber with cascading bubbles and a two-finger thin bubbly head that disappeared within seconds. It left a crystal-clear glass. The smell was all metallic malt, but the flavor had a very nice fruit quality, with hints of cherry. The feel was crisp, smooth, and refreshing, with a very clean finish.

I love what Sierra Nevada is doing with the anniversary collaborations. Charlie, Fred & Ken's Bock is delicious and has the perfect crisp feel after a 20-mile bike ride on an 85 degree day.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep golden amber color with a huge bubbly white head that takes it's time receding. Smells of floral/spicy hop, sweet caramel and slightly bready malt with hints of alcohol in there as well. Taste is sweet with bready malts, floral and spicy hops, a bit of honey. Taste is sweet on the malt side with a touch of alcohol in there to keep everything in check. Light hop presence. Medium body with a sweet slick bordering on syrupy mouthfeel. Ample carbonation pricks my tongue with every sip. Another winner from the collaboration of a couple of people who have brewed once or twice. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It tastes like a maibock should despite the increase in alcohol. If it weren't 14.50 a bottle I might have purchased more.

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Photo of waltonc
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden/caramel with a substantial white head. Smells of abundant malts, lemon, and floral hops. Very clean flavor - as advertised, plenty of toasted malt in here, with some hints of spice, including cardemom. Quite floral. Not very bitter. Moderate sweetness. A great beverage for a hot summer day if you're out of Coors Light. Body is moderately thick with smooth, ample carbonation. Another outstanding anniversary offering from Sierra; though points docked for the fact that it's easy to find this beer and it's not barrel aged. Who makes an anniversary beer without aging it in barrels and limiting production to 50 cases for release only at the brewery?

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Photo of Bluetick
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Nice golden brown with great effervescence and about half-inch of head

S: Smells malty, a bit of hops...but nothing overpowers or stands out

T: Extremely surprised by the taste. I've had lots of different Sierra Nevada's beers and they've always seemed to have one basic characteristic - an overpowering taste of cascade hops. Some people die for this, other like me like the hops a bit more balanced. This has a a good taste of pine - but honey, malt, a honey are will balanced with the hops.

M: This is where this beer really shines. It literally feels, silky smooth, buttery, and bubbly at the same time - wonderful.

D: It goes down too easy. The alcohol doesn't overpower anything or make it to "heavy".

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 700 mL bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a light brown color with lots of carbonation bubbles. Has a large, effervescent head that lingers for a very long time and leaves absolutely perfect lacing. Looks damn near perfect...

Smell: Smells very toasty with hints of floral hops.

Taste: The taste is surprisingly light for something with this high of an ABV or for something labeled "imperial." It really doesn't hit you over the head but rather introduces itself subtly. It is mildly bitter up front and develops toasty, grassy, and slightly sweet notes towards the back. The alcohol is hidden exceptionally well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and surprisingly light. This is pure lager bliss.

Drinkability: Wow! This has to be one of the best beers I've had this year, if not ever. Surprisingly easy to drink for the 8.3% ABV, yet still full of depth of flavor. Highly recommended and a real treat!

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Photo of hosehead83
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary bomber bottle into a standard pint glass
Coppery gold in color, with an expansive head of white foam
Aroma-Subtle malt and a spicy sweetness
Taste-Malty sweetness, toasted almonds,lingering, subtle hop note. Medium to full-bodied, smooth, with warming alchohol comoing around as it warms.
Overall, although not my favorite style, an obviously well-crafted brew.

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30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 528 ratings
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