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

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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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Reviews: 341 | Ratings: 525
Photo of beergoot
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body looks a golden orange. The head is thick, white, and long lasting. Good lacing and rings form down the glass.

Smell seemed more malt forward than hoppy (in the Maibock / Helles Bock description). Notes of malt, caramel, and some slight fruitiness (apricot).

Heavy sweetness is the initial taste (kind of a heavy, dark fruit-like character). It then transitions a fair, mellow bitterness. Finish is rich with some alcohol warmth indicating its relatively high ABV.

Certainly an okay beer, but seems a little ham-fisted for a maibock or helles.

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Photo of Beerdregs
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from corked, caged 750 ml bottle. The cork would have blown across the room had I not had my hand firmly on the cork. Pours light amber color, good clarity with ample 2.5 finger head.

S: Smells of fresh baked bread and some light citrus hop aroma very slight. I also perceive some alcohol in the nose as well. Is there some vanilla there?

T: Flavor is honey like maltiness with dried plum. There is a fairly heavy sweetness there not cloying though.

M: Heavy carbonation with a dry finish.

O: This is a wonderful bock. I think the age has taken away quite a bit of the hops but I think they were there as I picked them up in the nose slightly and I know SN likes the hop. The sweetness of this beer is well balanced by the heavy carbonation.

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Photo of Doppelmax
4.97/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just another great big beer from SN. My wonderful daughter brought this one up to me from NYC. You have to raise them correctly!

Actually I'm a bit partial as bock is my favorite style but this one hits it out of the park. Imagine this as a Doppelbock a Sierravator.


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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Pours a beautiful golden color with an amber center and a very hazy appearance, pours with a thin finger of fine off whit lacing which dissipates quickly leaves
S: not much in the way of scent, I'd have to say lemon and whiskey
T: real solid taste, begins with nice vanilla taste, then kicks into a very slight whiskey taste, vanilla lingers on the palate long afterwards
M: smooth and creamy, very very little carbonation
O: one hell of a representation of the style

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a nice mellow bock after a bit of aging. pours a rich golden color, bordering on copper in hue. smallish white head. smells german malty, a touch sweet, and a little strong. flavor is smooth as can be, plenty of nice mellow malts without being filling in any way. a toffee like candy flavor in the finish, very autumnal harvest feeling for me. mouthfeel is great, very well blananced, just enough carbonation, and a memorable drinkability. overall a solid beer that has definitely benefited from some time in the cellar. all of the 30th anniversary beers have been excellent

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint, 9.4 oz. glass into a pint glass. Color was honey caramel. Decent amount of head, probably 1 ½ ounces. Healthy amount of frothy, white lacing on the top. Very little film on the sides.

Smelled pungent fruit right up front. Seemed to be plum, pears and raisins. Also a touch of honey and caramel malts. Had some mint in there, too, maybe candy cane?

Not much like the nose in the initial taste. I got caramel up front with a dark fruit backbone. Honey seemed to be in there in all aspects. Feel it all on the tongue after, just slightly bitter.

Medium-to-light body. Oily texture. Lively (moderate) carbonation. Long finish.

Everything about this beer says, “Good.” Not my favorite Sierra Nevada, but one I’d definitely recommend.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy deep orange, two finger head, tries to leave some lacing behind.

S-Earthy, grassy notes. Some hops still present. Rather malty.

T-Starts with bread-like malts, ends with some earthy/floral hops.

M-medium bodied, good carbonation still.

O-Although I don't have a review from fresh, it seems better with a little age on it. The malt meshes well with the remaining hops.

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Photo of JDizzle
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 25.4 oz bomber into a Imperial Pint glass.

After a money cork pop, the aggressive pour leads to a head that takes off like a mf'r. Bright White foamy head with a light hazy copper color that looks good. Smells like a biscuit with fresh sliced pears on top. A little Belgian tinge to it-which I don't like. Not my usual style, but I'm trying to venture out and explore. Really nice compare to a Lagunitas Bock I had! Taste is real bready, spicy. a banana flavor kinda comes out, but refreshing.
Not my usual style, but glad I picked this up. Can't wait to try the other styles in this series.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Gold/amber color; slightly hazy. Poured a 3 finger dense off-white head with good retention to a cap. Laced in wavy patches.

S: Big biscuity malt and sweet baked bread. Light grassy aroma.

T: Follows the nose; sweet, bready. Light-colored fruit character ahead of a warm and lighlty bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Sweet and smooth, rich and warming. Though sweetness lingers, not cloying.

O: Nice malt character and some hop balance. A bit sweet and a little warm. All good for style.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden amber in color with a thick off-white head. Head is a solid three fingers and slowly recedes to about one finger of foam. Beer is clean and clear.

S - Lots of biscuty maly and toasted white bread in the nose. Just a hint of sweetness comes through with a touch of caramelized sugar. Very bready aroma.

T - Sweet and bready up front. Light fruitiness as well. Lots of biscuit and just a bit of toasted bread. The fruitiness comes through more as the beer wams with a touch of pear and a little peach.

M - Light to medium bodied with a moderate cabonation. Sweetness sticks long after the drink.

O - A nice beer here with a zesty feel and nicely moderated sweetness. Always fun to come across beers that show off their malts more than anything else.

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Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours slightly hazy copper color with three finger off-white head. Head is creamy and has good retention.

S - Lots of toasted malts with some nice florals. A faint sweetness as well.

T - Similar to smell there is a nice toasted malt presence, faint sweetness and a hop presence that I didn't get from the nose. Really nice. Nice hop presence for a year old beer.

M - Medium, slightly sticky and creamy mouthfeel that finishes pretty dry.

O - This doesn't seem to get the same respect as the other 30th anniversary beers, but I really enjoyed it. A hoppier than average Maibock, which is a style I really enjoy.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this bottle sitting in the cellar for a while but felt it'd be better to drink it sooner rather than later so here it goes. Pours a hazy orange body with a bone white head thats dense and slightly sticky and fills up the upper third of the glass.

Aroma is notably sweet up front with hints of toffee but this sweetness steps aside to reveal a strong note of toasted malt. The mild sweetness sticks around in the background though while a nice floral hop character rounds things out, albeit a bit faded.

Bread and grain set up the base for the flavor while nice caramel malt character adds a sweeter note. Hops a slightly floral but probably a bit faded as this bottle is over a year old now. Finishes with just a slight bitter kick and a little umphh from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pleasantly creamy. Overall, The whole Sierra 30 series was a great success in my opinion. Each beer presented you with a solid representation of topnotch American craft beer and we owe so much to Sierra Nevada and their friends. Not sure about calling this an "Imperial Helles" but hey, I'll happily drink this tasty brew no matter what they call it.

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Photo of meatyard
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear, golden color with ample, visible carbonation and a short, dense, fluffy white head.

While not especially aromatic, the smell is crisp and bready.

The taste is clean, crisp, malty, sweet and balanced. Quite tasty and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is medium towards thin with moderate carbonation and tends toward dry even with the sweetness.

Overall: I found it pleasant to drink but not overly impressed.

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Photo of JayQue
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice!!!! Don't know why I waited so long to drink this one. Pours a hazy dark orange color from a corked and caged bottle into my Bud Select Pilsner glass. Not much in the way of lacing....big frothy white head with decent retention.

Mild aroma of caramel malt and floral (hops?).

Tastes good!!! Bready and caramel malts, floral hoppiness and a warming touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a bit light...the alcohol may be involved in thinning this beer out a bit. Still solid enough...the alcohol is warming and the crispness is there also.

This is a good beer. I am in the process of drinking the whole bomber myself...enjoying every sip.

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Photo of Thads324
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nicely presented, corked bottle I have been saving for a while.

A : pours a slightly hazy golden orange. A nice thick and tight slightly off white head. really nice spiderweb lacing all over.

S : the smell is musty and biscuity. some bread and a solid german yeast aroma in the back end.

T: starts a bit sweet and has that nice light bread malt flavor. A tinge of honey sweetness and a good hop bitterness. The hops have a good earthy flavor that stands out better as the beer warms up a bit. Finishes with a good german yeast that is mild and enjoyable.

M : nicely carbed and full flavored. very easy to drink and very little boozy for its high alcohol. finishes crisp and smooth.

A really nice beer. I wasn't expecting it to be as drinkable. Not much else to say here, but I really liked it.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I’ve been hanging onto this one for awhile, and with the temperatures in the triple digits all day it felt like today would be a perfect day to bust out a Helles, even if it’s of the imperial variety.

The cork pops with a nice sound, and the beer pours quite clear. I’m using a flared lip pilsner glass for this affair. The color is actually darker than I expected, as it comes across as more of a deeper gold than that of a light straw. Classic pillowy head that offers nice lacing and sticks around for days.

The beer has a nice bready characteristic followed by crisp lager sourdough character. It comes across as somewhat muted.

The first taste gives a sense of lively carbonation. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. You just start to get a sense of the grainy malt character when alcohol takes over. There’s also some alcohol warming in the finish, along with some alcohol character. That’s one of the problems with this style of beer – be it imperial pils, helles, or whatever – there’s just no where for the alcohol to go, so it feels in some respects like a regular beer spiked with vodka. That’s not to say this beer isn’t well crafted – it is – but I’m just not the biggest fan of the imperial style when it comes to lighter beers. I do like the initial impression that this beer gives. There’s a wonderful grainy malt flavor that shines through. Unfortunately, for me anyway, it’s just obliterated by the alcohol in the finish. The more you drink it the less pronounced the alcohol character is, as it’s taken over by a sort of honey malt sweetness that I suspect is a byproduct of the high alcohol levels – alcohol sweetness in other words.

Overall this is a very nice beer and a rather unique take on the Helles style. It’s crisp and clean, though the heavy alcohol profile may not be for everyone.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a slightly hazy golden color. The head was pretty strong looking and left behind a nice scattered lacing. The smell of the beer had some aromas of grain and some sweet malt aromas. The taste of the beer had some bread flavors to it and a bit of citrusy fruits. The mouthfeel wasn't overly thick, somewhere around a medium body I'd say. Overall this brew was really good, Not my favorite of the series but pretty close.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a big bottle to a SA imperial snifter glass.

Looks good, clear burnt orange, reddish hue, 3 finger head, nice retention. Bready malts fill the nose then crisp citrus hops on the follow, with banana and apricot melt with plumes of alcohol throughout. Malt forward again on the tongue, then a caramel sugar rush,tastes like a trail mix of dehydrated fruits and nuts with a bitter sweet finish. Light body, crisp, sweet very sweet. This was a nice treat from a good friend, a nice enjoyable maibock.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light honey orange color with a 2 inch off-white head that fades to a thin cap. Random smears and streaks of foam stick to the glass on the drink down. Smells of sweet malt, bread, and light fruit aromas. Taste is of grape-like fruit flavors, honey, and sweet malt. The carbonation is a bit flat making for a slightly thick and sticky in the mouth. Overall, this is a good beer and the first of the 30th anniversary beers from Sierra Nevada I have had. I am looking forward to trying the other 3.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cellared at 43 degrees for 1 year.

A - Pours a crisp golden yellow with a hint of orange. The head is big and is an extremely pale tan color with nice frothiness and moderate stamina.

S - Slight fruit aroma amidst sweet malt.

T - It has a citrus note to it, but not that found with hops. More of an orangish mango flavor accenting the mild malts. There is a hinting at some hops as the brew wears on.

M - Watery feel with a slight coarseness in the end.

~ This is a beer that I wish I had not paid $12.49 for. I'd say this is a Helles worth about 2/3 of that. Either way, I have it and it is a decent beer, just not one I would seek out or suggest to a friend.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A bright light copper/amber body with an attractive creamy white head

S - Sweet and malty (pils?), with hints of bread, brown sugar, and spicy hops.

T - Malt flavors dominant, and the high ABV is nicely hidden. Tempered sweetness. True to style but enhanced flavor profile that has more boldness (although this isn't a bold beer) and complexity than usual.

M - Medium;light body and smooth, but with moderate-to-lively carbonation.

O - A hearty Helles bock. Normally, not one of my favorite styles but this beer was very pleasing and work work well as a session beer. Recommended for Maibock fans.

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Photo of jsanford
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C&C bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Tulip.

A - Pours a hazy light copper with a 1-inch white head that dissipates to a slight pillow and ring, leaving behind a tiny bit of spotty lacing.
S - Sweet aromas of biscuit malt, honey, and caramel with a good amount of orange peel hops and a slightly spicy yeast profile.
T - Again, sweet is the operative word here, lots of caramel and honey malt with a candied orange peel hop character. Very smooth, with an ever-so-slight bitterness in the finish.
M - Slick and slightly creamy, with a medium-full mouth-feel and moderate carbonation. Slight burn in the finish from the +8% ABV, but it doesn't detract much.
O - A solid effort from a great brewery, I just wish I was more of a Bock fan so I could truly appreciate it.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from yesterday's notes.

I found a bomber of this recently at the walk in cooler at the store, and I have to assume that this has been sitting in the cooler all this time, as there is such a predominant hop presence in this brew. Lucky me!

Its very orange and has a big poofy solid head, smells like biscuits and incredible amounts of lemon / orange peel citric hops. Seriously, I have never smelled so much lemon hop without detecting any tropical fruit / pine tree hop scent before. Has the effervescent and refreshing mouthfeel of a pilsner, the hops of a Really Lemony IPA, and the bready scent and taste of a good bock. Despite having so much style confusion, I really like what has resulted. Well, maybe not the thin body so much. Could have been heftier.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 13 Nov 2010. I was at TJ's, BTW!

It came with a thin white head with low retention. Color was a deep gold with NE-quality clarity. Midas would have been proud. Nose had a pleasant sweetness to it, but I also picked up some alcohol heat. Mouthfeel was slightly hot with a welcome effervescence to burn/wash out the day's previous indulgences. Sometimes H2O just does not do the trick. Taste was honey-like, but with a slight tang, probably of hops and with some heat. Finish was also slightly hot, simmering down to a glowing coal in the back of my throat. Frankly, this needed to age a while longer, IMHO.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Thick and creamy looking orange color with a heavy, cake-like, beige head.

Aroma: Fruity esters, grapefruit citrus hops and a little flowery and peppery.

Flavor: Sweet pale malts and European hops, though the hop character is not prominent. Caramel flavors in the malt with a touch of creamy sweetness. Thick and dry finish with almost no lingering tastes.

MF: Great body, goes down very smooth without abrasive tastes or a tongue-deadening bite.

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30th Anniversary- Charlie, Fred And Ken's Bock from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.94 out of 5 based on 525 ratings.
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