1888 Bock
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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German Bock
3.27 | pDev: 16.21%
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews by output01x:
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 pvllbum
3.79/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm not gonna reiderate what everyone has all ready said about this beer but I will say that it was a good beer. Not great and really just a simple bock but I think Leine's will help move people away from your miller and bud lites and start looking into other types of beer. I like to consider it a starter bock because it's pretty much a simple taste.

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Photo of SHCC
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Strix
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear crimson, decent initial head, minimal lacing.

Smell is predominately grainy, but has a bit of maple syrup and bread.

Taste isn't bad. A bit of malt and sweetness make this pretty drinkable, if not very complex. A vague maple syrup note in there. Hampered a bit by a grainy finish.

Mouthfeel clean, a bit weak.

This is among Leinenkugel's better beers. I'd have it again. It didn't especially impress, but was a decent simple beer, easy to drink, with pleasant flavors.

Once again, Jacob et al., if you're reading, PLEASE devote more resources to your Big Eddy line, which is phenomenal.

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of nickynick
3.19/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

1888 Bock poured a very nice dark ruby, with and excellent tan head. It also showed very good lacing. Smell was faint. A bit of malt and hops, but also slightly skunked. The taste of this beer was very light. Only the faintest hint of malt sweetness. Picked up a the smallest hint of brown sugar, and no hops what so ever. Mouthfeel was a bit watered down for a bock. Drinkabilty was very nice, went down easy. I was disappointed in this beer because it poured so promising. But the body of the beer left me wanting more for the other senses. This is not a god awful beer, but it is also not a real bock. I won't turn down a free one, but I won't go out of my way to find one either.

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Photo of RDW
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a sweet malty nose

T - Follows the nose sweet malt with a touch or caramel

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

D - For what it is its really not a bad beer it has a pretty good taste thats easy to drink for an easy to get beer its worth a shot

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Photo of TheStoutHound
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of animal69
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of dlin0sbb
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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 Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
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 squirrelpirate
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Leinenkugel 1888 Bock pours a coppery brown with a thick tan had that quickly recedes to a light film on top of the beer, and leaves no lace on the way down. Very active carbonation bubbles floating up to the surface.

A light caramel maltiness and roasted barley character come through in the aroma, which really lacks any sort of hop contribution.

The taste has the same attributes as the aroma, but stronger. A nice specialty malt flavor with a tad of fruit sweetness. Light mouthfeel that maintains the high carbonation for the length of the beer. I was intrigued by the Leinenkugel take on a bock, but I was not impressed. The beer is very drinkable, but I would much rather drink something else.

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Photo of bill_rue
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of dsa7783
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree...
Appearance: Dark-amber hue, minimal head, minor lacing, hardly any carbonation present....
Smell: Dark, roasted nut, malty aroma....
Taste: Equally malty flavor, heavy on the bread, butter, caramel,nuts, dark-fruit, prunes, figs...
The taste wasn't too assertive for a Bock, more light and mainstream than anything...
Light mouthfeel...
Easily drinkable, but light on flavor...

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Photo of SheboyganJake
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1888 Bock looks like it has promise when poured, it has a nice deep amber color, glowing ruby when backlit with a light brownish head. The head falls quickly leaving little lacing.

After the promising start of the initial appearance it begins to fall beginning with the aroma department, there just isn't much there, just a mild pungency (or I'm just not picking up on it for some reason).

On to the flavor, the darkish malts have a mild ripe orchard fruit combined with a light nuttiness with a slightly sour aspect thrown in. It is lightly sweet and lightly bitter so those balance out nicely.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, just a tad watery, very carbonated but somewhat slick in the finish.

I keep trying Leinenkugel beers hoping to find one I'll like. This isn't a bad beer by any means. It is drinkable, just not remarkable. A solid average beer.

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Photo of WhatAlesMe
4.5/5  rDev +37.6%

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

12-oz bottle poured into a pilsener.

A = Clear dark amber liquid small but firm tan head, not much retention.

S = Light syrup notes mix with roasted grains, earthy smells as of fresh turned garden soil, also a slightly pungent yeasty scent in the background when swished.

T, M & D = Taste is a little thin in terms of strong malts, but has a sharp bitter kick at mid-palate and a relatively long bitter-sweet finish. The thinness seems to really be as much a problem of feel as taste. It is just kind of watery feeling up front, though it gets moderately better throughout the drinking experience. This is an easy quaffing bock, but not at the front of the pack.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of guild337
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find Leinenkugel to be a middle of the road brewery. The Sunset Wheat, and the Nut Brown are ok, but leave a little to be desired. The 1888 Bock is just a little bit better than the rest.

A - Nice and dark, not watered down looking like some Leinnies. Minimal head, but it last throughout.

S - Nice malt sweetness in the aroma. Clean.

T - A nice tasty brew. Again with the malt sweetness, and a little (very little) bitterness on the tail end.

M - Not heavy, light. A little watery, and flavor disapates quickly.

D - Refreshing, and the lack of bitterness makes it very easy to drink. If that's what you're into.

Not too bad at all. It takes the top spot as my new favorite Leinenkugel.

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Photo of BeerdNick
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

1888 Bock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 490 ratings