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

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 12-12-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 490 |  Reviews: 297
Reviews by AdamMY:
Photo of AdamMY
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Deep amber brown color, with a decent tan head that faded into thin strip somewhat quickly.

Chocolate and raspberry on the nose, with a hint of other caramelized sweetness.

Mainly roasted malt, but towards the finish its got a slightly sour taste that seems like its attempting to be chocolate.

Mouth feel is rather bad, it is a bit like mouth wash, it feels like thick water.

Drinkability is not bad, though probably less than average

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Photo of RoyalT
3.27/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a dark brown in color with a modest head.

Smell - The raw molasses aroma really dominates the nose. I can also pick up some very dark sugars.

Taste - The unsulphored molasses comes on singularly at the taste pretty much stamping out any other flavors.

Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied with actually a touch of bitterness.

Drinkability - This went down well enough. I really like unsweetened molasses so enjoyed that aspect of the beer but this was an incomplete packaged. The malt was too one-dimensional, and although the style is typically not thick I thought this was too watery.

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Photo of Brent_B
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dmheinz57
3.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer selection at stores in the Orlando area is pretty dismal. This was one of the better choices at a Target outside of Disney World (fortunately they also sold SN Celebration).
The beer was a chesnut color with a thick tan head.
Very average aroma, some hints of sweet malt and caramel.
More of a malt presence in the taste, some caramel.
Smooth, pleasant enough, and easy to drink.

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Photo of CaeserTits
4.75/5  rDev +45.7%

Photo of generallee
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There was no freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: The body has good clarity and a dark brownish color with a nice big fluffy head on top. The head is white in color and doesn't hang out for long. Before it settles down to just a wispy thin layer it does make a few lace rings on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma is full of sweet malt and dark bready notes.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor has a sweet and bready character with caramel notes, soft pretzel, and light nutty notes. The finish adds some mild hop notes for balance and a little dryness. Still overall it finishes on the sweet side. On the palate it has a good medium to full body with nice active carbonation and a smooth slick texture.

Notes: This bock was very tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of clarkkr
3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
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 merlin48
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle pours a clear chestnut brown body with a medium sized beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is molasses and toffee, some roastiness, and a hint of dark fruits. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Well carbonated. Taste has a bready sweet maltiness, with toffee prominent. A hint of floral hops. Insubstantial mouthfeel hurts drinkability. Not bad, but not one I will look for again.

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Photo of nem2006
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 oz bottle. Pours clear with a nice head. A deep brown with an amber hue. A nice slightly off white head. Held fairly well.

The nose was heavily malty. Toasted and maybe a hint of caramel. Not much hop to it.

The taste is heavily malty. Sweet start with a little toasted middle and a barely evident hop finish.

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Photo of tigg924
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: medium head with consistent carbonation, a clear leather color

Smell: toffee and sweet malt

Taste: very malty and light toffee

Mouthfeel: smooth, slightly watery, with a slightly bitter aftertaste..I can feel the carbonation throughout

Drinkability: An average bock that is surprisingly drinkable...Not nearly as strong as some other bocks I have had...I could easily drink a six and will have this again, but will not rush out to get it

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a tan head. The aroma is strong malt, mainly biscuit malt but some caramel as well. The flavor is more of the same with lots of malt and no apparent hop flavor or aroma. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of NilocRellim
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of MattyG85
3.92/5  rDev +20.2%
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 WVbeergeek
2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a ruby garnett tone with a large creamy light beige head which leaves scattered lacing down the sides of my glass as it dwindles rather slow. Aroma has a touch of freshly slice apple and barely a hint of raisins. Sweet caramelized malts flow just as well, with just a touch of acidity in the back ground. Flavors are pretty unimpressive and generic some stale beer flavor with a metallic water sweet grainy characteristic that just feels plain dumbed down. Mouthfeel is thin and watery light bodied carbonation isn't remarkable, but at least it's not overdone. Drinkability is pretty effortless there's just nothing about this brew that makes me want another. Unoffensive and bland doesn't make for a good bock.

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Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of robthepenguin
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one was on tap at BWWs in Toledo. It's essentially the same as I remember from the bottle.

This brew is dark brown in color. The head has some decent retention and leaves a little lacing around.
The aroma is some caramel malts with a toasty character and some barley-like grains. There's a bit more strength to it off the tap, ans some of the astringency seems to have been tamed.
The taste follows suit, the backbone consisting of the malt with accompanying flavors of smoke, grains, caramel/toffee, and a nutty note. Hops are barely perceptible underneath. The balance isn't awful, but it's not exceptionally high either. This one may not have quite the robustness and full flavor of a big bock, but at least it's the right flavor and character.
The body is perhaps a little lighter than it ought to be in a decent mouthfeel that's marred by excessive carbonation.
This isn't one to run away from, and a bit stronger than any macro effort.
This isn't by any means the quintessential bock, but it's one of Leinenkugel's better offerings.

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Photo of RDW
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mully
2.51/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thich creamy tan head light brown color you can see the carbonation streaming off the glass.

Slightly sweet not much in the aroma catagory

very light malt flavor no descerenable hop charecteristics. Hints of earthly nutty malts. It's kind of like a regular macro lager with a little more dark roast malt in there.

thin mouth feel, kind of wattery, no aftertaste

If you don't mind a bored pallet, you could probably drink plently but not really enjoy/notice it.

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Photo of dohastmich
2.74/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured into pint class, little head, left nice lace throughout. Beautiful clear amber/ruby red color

S - malt malt, and malt not much more than that

T - Tastes as it smells. Not much here than the caramel malt taste. Hops are minimal enough that I do not detect them. Very little to this one.

M/D - It is unbelievably thin. Actually feels as though it has been heavily watered down. Probably the reason why this goes down so fast, but its not for a good reason. If I want a session beer, there are plenty others to choose from

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1888 Bock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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