1888 Bock | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 297 | Ratings: 490
Photo of Drak-Nib
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another of the many Leinenkugel's beers tasted from 2008-2010. Well, it ain’t bad, but it ain’t exactly memorable either. Bit spicy. Aftertaste could be better. 2010/02/08

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Photo of ChrisPratz
3.57/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice deep dark brown color pours to about a finger and a half worth of head that dissipates to a very thin veil of lace that coats across the top and edges.

S: Very nice malty tones. Caramel and dark fruits come thru strong. Also picking up mild tones of bread and biscuit.

T: Toasted malt flavors right up front with some piney hops notes coming thru towards the end. Aftertaste is left with a mild bitterness.

M: Mild carbonation, slight chalkyness mixed in with the malty tones and then a bit dry at the end for the after taste.

O: Not a bad Bock, i've been a fan of most Leinie brews for awhile and think this is another good one they've put forth.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Spring Seasonal sampler 12 pack varietal by Leinenkugel, this is one of the beers that I have been wanting to try the most of the Leinenkugel lineup. Lets see how it holds up to other bock beers. Date on bottle is May 28 12.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Leinenkugel pint glass. Served at 46º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp fizzy head of a medium tan complexion. Retention is decent, and the head thickens and becomes creamy as it settles downward over a length of time. Body color is a deep ruby brown with little visible carbonation. Beer looks pretty good, but combined with the average head quality, presentation is not likely to be a key point of this beer. 3

(Smell) Aromas are very typical for bock beers, relying heavily on a sweet caramel and toffee malt base and not much on others. A crisp caramel malt aroma paired with an even more dominant sweet toffee tone is the brunt of the aroma. Bitterness is mild with some buttery tones, although hop aromas are largely muted in the nose. Aroma is smooth and embraceable with few astringencies, unless counting the butter. Overall the beer smells very sweet. Potency is medium. It's an enjoyable, if not too predictable aroma. 3

(Taste) While several takes on the bock style can really blend into one predictable case, this one has a pretty decent summation of flavors. There's a decent roasted caramel malt bill in the mouth with a balanced toffee and caramel malt complexity, somewhat chalky leaving the palate a touch dry. Hints of bitter chocolate come into play in the finish as well, although in small doses. A mild spicy bitterness from a subtle hop addition pairs with a slight puff of smoke and roasted caramel, keeping the flavor profile approachable and the beer interesting. It's a solid effort by Leinenkugel, and a good session beer, one of the more enjoyable bock beers that I have tried. 4

(Mouthfeel) A very slick mouthfeel with a touch of air on the tongue from a subtle carbonation presence. Texture is a touch dry and chalky. Alcohol presence is low. Body is low/medium. I think the texture should be a touch creamier to accent the toffee and caramel highlights in the beer, as the current texture comes off as too crisp for the flavors presented here. Mouthfeel is one thing that needs a bit of improvement in this beer, bringing up the cream a tick and removing any chalky textures to bring a fuller body will complement all of the roasty and sweet malt flavors. 2.5

(Overall) Bocks happen to be one of my favorite Lager styles, and this one is certainly an enjoyable one amongst the many available in the pack. It has its flaws regarding appearance and texture, but it remains a decent effort by Leinenkugel, and one of the better takes on a style that the brewery has done. 3.5

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company's
1888 Bock

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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish amber with a half of an inch of brownish, fizzy head that's thick, soft, and has good retention. The nose has notes of caramel, chocolate malts, and yeast. The flavor has a mild burnt malt flavor up front followed by some faint, sweet caramel, chocolate, and some very mild alcohol. There is a faint bitterness in the finish that adds some balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, but a bit too carbonated.

This is probably the best beer I've had by Leinenkugel's. It has drinkability, body, and in some sense has complexity. I wouldn't seek this out, but I wouldn't turn it down either.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Old Chicago. Slightly malty nose but otherwise very mild and very faint.  There really isnt much there. Early hint of sourness on the pallet becomes slightly metallic, then earthy. Grains throughout. Light body that doesn't hold together well. Slightly sweet finish isn't great. Glad to have tried it, but won't revisit.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Translucent red-brown with a 4 finger frothy head. Head retains well and laces well.

S- Roasty and malty on the nose. Hints of lighter grains with a little bit of spice. Fairly simple.

T- Roasts and malts meet you up front, but they are faint and watery. Metallic taste kicks in, then is followed by a lighter cereal grain presence. Very watery and diluted tasting.

M- Very light and above average bock carbonation. Easy to drink, and could pound these all night.

Overall, another mediocre offering from Leinenkugels. For one of their "seasonals" I was disappointed. Too watery and light to be considered a decent bock.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass smells like grass and a bit like Blue Moon of all things, very little head which leaves some lacing around the glass. Dark and roasty malt flavor that ends watery with a roasty after taste. Overall, pretty unremarkable and I was hoping for more from this style with this brewer for the $8.99 price tag. Another average offering from Leinenkugel which is what I find most of their beers to be, decent stuff but not really worth the price.

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Photo of mactrail
2.96/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Can't quibble with the nice amber appearance, or the lacing along the glass. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and almost creamy. But it's just so totally uninspired and seems to be a slightly flavored average lager. A decent crisp acidity is coupled with the dirty, uninteresting hops for a slightly bitter, dishwatery aftertaste. Blindfolded you'd think it was an American Blonde. Watery taste overall. Clean and fine for a quick gulp, but I wouldn't waste the caloric intake on it.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear reddish-amber, topped by a thick, dense cream-colored head. Thick, scattered lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is slight and slow-rising.

Aroma: Earthy bitter cocoa, and roasted notes dominate the aroma.

Taste: Opens with toasted malts. As the taste progresses caramel and cocoa flavors appear.Late in the taste there is a wave of nut flavors. Close to the finish, some mild citric hops manifest themselves, and linger on at the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: A bit watery and thin.

Drinkability/notes; Not bad, but needs improvement, particularly in the body of the beer. More malt would be welcome.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When i poured this beer, it has a nice dark brown body with a nice 2 inch finger white head that lays down slowly. The smell is malty with some coffee and chocolate hints. The taste is nice and malty with chocolate and coffee being the dominant flavors. I get a little hop flavor on the back of the tongue. It has a nice smooth mouth feel. Overall i think this is a ok bock to drink.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Situation:Celebrating the wonders of taste and smell afterfending off aallergies and sickness...
Glassware: Celebrator Doppelbock...
Appearance: chestnut brown body with an off-white head that holds still...
Aroma: hints of pine intermingle with punchy malts and a bit of bubblegum sugar--appealing...
Palate: smooth, medium-bodied and sippable--substantial but not overwhelming...
Taste: malty presence; a bit syrupy and gummy, harkening to a malt liquor served by the 40 oz...some fruity hints round out the aftertaste, inviting another sip...
Overall: A mellow, understandable interpretation of the style. I like to think of Leinenkugel's as a more experimental version of the East's German beer beast, Yuengling. I haven't been let down by Leinie's yet, and this bock, though unspectacular, makes for a nice March night's companion...

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 1888 Bock pours out as a nice deep amber color, it's basically brown. It has a fizzy tan colored head that fades away after a few minutes. The smell of the beer is malty and has a hint of hops in the background. The taste has a lot of big malt and grain flavors with a nice hop bite in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium for the most part. Overall I like this beer, I find it to be one of the better choices that Leinenkugel has put out. It's not the best Bock beer on the market but for the price it's really not that bad of a deal.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle, picked up at Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA. A warming, I hope, bock for a cool May evening.

A: A robust chestnut brown, the bock is just dark enough to be opaque. Only the base of the glass offers any visual respite. A half a finger of white head hasn't left much in the way of lace.

S: The nose has caramel and biscuit aromas, although they aren't particularly rich, as I'd expect for a bock.

T: Wow, that first taste really turned things around. Caramel and chocolate provide a sweet, albeit syrupy, boost. Even some coffee flavors pop up. Only the caramel flavors have a lasting presence. Hops are mild, an afterthought in the bock. Oddly good, even though none of the flavors rise to the appropriate level of richness.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet, a little too syrupy at times. The caramel and chocolate, though, create a nice mouthfeel while they last.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours very dark brown with a two finger head that dies quickly with no lace. On the nose there is a mixture of caramel and roasted malts with definite nuttiness, bordering on oaty. In the mouth, a thinnish body carries down toasted oats and nutshells, some sweet caramel, and just a hint of hops that showed up a little in the nose. The finish is pretty short but nice with some nuttiness and toasted malt hanging on for a little while.

Overall this beer isn't bad but lacks something in integration. The nuttiness and roasted flavors are nice but it just doesn't get far enough.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's 1888 Bock is a crystal clear, deep coppery red lager with a pretty dense, light khaki head that fades to a sturdy, splotchy film and leaves outstanding lacing on the glass. It has a toasty aroma with a malty sweetness. It smells like caramel. It's medium bodied and foamy. The finish is pretty dry and crisp and the mouth is left just the slightest bit silty. It's pretty lightly flavored, but well balanced. It's pretty toasty and there's a good amount of caramel with a touch of sweetness. There's a slight hint of wooden bitterness at the finish. Wow, I'm really impressed that A-B is offering me a beer this drinkable! I could have more than one of these!

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Photo of MattyG85
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Deep amber red with a decent sized slightly tan head than fades into a thin layer. Decent lacing.

Smell: Strong sweet caramel malts and roasted nuts up front with spices and earthy hops in the background.

Taste: Sweet roasted nuts and malts up front followed by hints of spices and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with medium carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: A nice toasty version of a bock.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.17/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: Clear, very dark amber brown body. Caramel head darker at the rim than in the center of the glass.

Smell - Deep maltiness. Brown sugar more than overripe dark fruit.

Taste - Let down. Some hoppiness, mostly like unsweetened coffee. No real detectable alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Underwelming. Watery.

Overall Drinkability - Alright for a major brewery, but would be considered crap for the craft beer world.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad bock and a good drinking beer. Amber brown coloured body with a three-eighths inch head. Carbonation is right there. A decent balance of a kiss of sweetness and toasted malt, a hint of chcolate malt, a drop of citrus. A tad above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of output01x
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

A strong pour yields a 1-finger off white head that quickly settles to a light dusting atop a clear dark reddish brown body. A good amount of bubbles rise toward the surface. Lacing attempts to stick around, but continually falls back down to the beer.

Sweet malt is the primary aroma. Caramel and roasted nuts characterize this, with an earthy, spicy hop aroma in the background. I would have preferred for these aromas to be a little stronger as they have so much to add to the taste.

Sweet, mellow roasted malt is coupled with a striking nuttiness. An almost sour sweetness pierces the very tip of the tongue. A dark coffee flavor is also noticed at the back of the tongue. Spicy, floral hops are just barely noticable.

Light bodied with good carbonation, this beer is very refreshing. Each sip hits your tongue quickly then fades away just as fast leaving a watery finish. Unfortunately, I would have liked less carbonation to allow the flavors to last longer. Easily drinkable, especially with the 5.1% ABV, this beer is very sessionable and would be great on a warm day.

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Photo of curasowa
3.46/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - medium brown color with 1finger of head that fades slowly to a cap.

S - toasted malt with some nutty and grain husk notes.

T - nutty, toasted malt up front, then some faint bitterness that shows up with the carbonation, then right back to the malt all the way through to this finish, which is lingering with a slightly dry, nutty taste.

The Rest - body is on the thin side of medium and drinkability is Ok. A decent bock with a little too nutty balance issue.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber red with a steady 1 inch head. below avg lacing. Head is a pale grayish tan head.

S- Lime citrus and dark hops. A bit of smoke.

T- Dark roasted flavor with a hint of citrus. Nothing super amazing. Bitter hops on the finish

M- Medium to thin body. Smooth finish despite the hops.

O- Not bad overall.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As my taste in beer has gotten more and more sopisticated, I drink Leinenkugel Beer less and less because even though it is readily available and cheap here in Wisconsin, I guess I start to think it is too low end for me. I still like some of their offerings but usually only drink it if I am looking to polish off a bunch of brews in a row.

That said, the 1888 Bock is surprisingly good. It tastes a little stronger than some of their beers and I dare say I think it is on par with Capital Brewery's Maibock which I previously thought was better.

The color of this beer is impressive looking to me, the smell and mouth feel are pretty average and the taste is one of a solid craft beer. I don't really get the sweetness that other people mentioned. I think it just has a nice average malt taste and the same goes for the hoppiness.

EDIT- I had one more bottle of this left over from March (it is now October) and I had it the other night. This is definitely not a beer for cellaring as after 6 months, the alcohol was still there but a lot of the maltiness that I liked in the spring is now gone. Oh well. Maybe I will buy a fresh six pack in March next year.

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Photo of clarkkr
3.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Looked relatively dark brown in the glass with a surprising amount of lacing and a low-to-average light-tinted head.

Smell was interesting but not strong. Some caramel and espresso tones with some hoppy fragrance contributing, especially after agitating in my glass.

Taste was as expected with the smell. The malts were sweet with a hint of some darker caramel, but I couldn't taste any of the espresso tones I thought I picked up with my nose. The hops were very tame and really only significantly contributed to the taste when the beer was swallowed or swished it in my mouth.

The mouthfeel is definitely on the watery side with very little texture.

Overall this was a pretty solid beer. I would drink it again under the right circumstances. I had it with some relatively spicy steaks, so it was a pair that worked well for the style.

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Photo of Looneybiz
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass and it has a nice dark amber hue. A two finger head that sticks around for a while and leaves nice lacing.

There is a nice caramel malt smell to it, you almost think your going to be drinking a porter from the smell.

The taste is great. The sweet malt is there right up front and it stays there until the end. Only a very slight bitterness at the end that finishes off very nicely.

I have to say that this has been my favorite from Leinenliugel's so far and would definetly drink it again.

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Photo of avaccani
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A Nice deep brown with a 2 finger off white head. Lacing lasted the whole glass.

S - I get caramel, sweet malt, toffee, and some piney hops.

T - It is very malt forward. A nice caramel sweetness upfront balanced by a crisp hop bite at the end. Hops never overpower, only balance. A lingering sweet malt / caramel flavor is left in your mouth.

M - Great on tap, body is lighter so drinking a few isn't out of the question.

O - Great Bock! It is an easy drinker with a good malt driven flavor.

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1888 Bock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 490 ratings