1888 Bock | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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1888 Bock1888 Bock

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: 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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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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 BEERchitect
2.54/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

As with most other Leinhenkugel beers, 1888 Bock takes some shortcuts that cheapens the style.

A standard Bock-brown with mohogany highlights, good clarity, and a lot of carbonation. Off white head shows fizziness at first but soon settles into a froathy blanket that covers the beer and laces well. Aside from the carbonation, the beer has a handsome appearance.

The character of the beer is a one-dimentional malt flavor and aroma. Wet grain flavors play a major role in the complexity where a malty melanoidin-rich flavor should take precedence. Grain astringency gives an awkward bite and hurts the smoothness of the beer. Light caramel and toast try to make the beer Bock worthy but is more of a tangent than a benefit.

Thin, harsh, and astringent- the mouthfeel is where the beer suffers the most. Michelob Amber Bock passes for a better Bock than this. Not a good showing at all.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, light brown color with a tan, foamy head that had some very large bubbles. it left minimal traces of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, roasted malt and some very subtle floral notes.

T - It tasted of caramel, sweet maltiness and slight bitter hop kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied lager with a smooth finish.

D - This is an okay bock. It really doesn't have the complexity of flavors I'd like to see in a bock.

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Photo of mothman
2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a sam adams sensory glass.

Color is a bronze amber.
Head is a thin tan off white, but dissipates quickly. Leaves some splattered lacing.

Aroma is pretty malty. There is a burnt carmel smell as well. Smell is not very pleasing. Taste is nothing complex or great at all. Taste is almost skunky. Some bready malts as well.

Mouthfeel is too crisp, not something I enjoy. End with a sticky aftertaste. Over carbonated...

Overall, this is not a bock I enjoy at all. I think their big butt was a lot better. I am having a tough time with finishing this beer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of off-white foam that leaves light traces of its presence on the glass as it recedes. The body is a dark, amber-brown with excellent clarity and ruby colored highlights.

S - Malty notes of dark bread and some fruity notes of plum and honey.

T - Fruity caramel up front with a bit of toasted bread and dry plum. More dry caramel in the middle with some light honey malt notes. The beer finishes fruity and dry with lots of caramel and toffee richness.

M - Medium body moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable with a nice caramel character. Not as rich and sweet as some other bocks, but things are still working pretty well in this beer. The malt has a rich fruitiness that comes out especially well in the aroma. There are certainly better bocks available out there, but for a beer from the local grocery store, this isn't half bad.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Leinie's 1888 Bock pours a crystal-clear deep chestnut body beneath a short head of creamy light tan foam. The head retention is pretty good, and even though it settles to a wide collar, it still leaves some nice walls of lacing about the glass.

The aroma is delicately malty with a caramelish and nutty side, and that carries over into the flavor. It's got a decent enough mouthfeel to it, but it's not really that rich. I had to let it warm up quite a bit before the malt started to show its full character.

Again, it's nutty and caramelish, and even a touch toasty, and perhaps chocolatey. It's clean, and backed by a moderate bitterness. It finishes with a light note of caramel and cocoa, and hints of leafy hops here and there.

Technically this fits the guidelines for a bock beer, but it's definitely on the light side. That said, as it is, it's a pretty tasty and drinkable brew if you take it out of the fridge and let it warm up to about 50˚F. I'd imagine on tap at a bar you'd find it a little too thin and watery.

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Photo of mactrail
2.96/5  rDev -10%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

After trying the gag-inducing Berry Weiss and the entirely shameful Fireside Nut Brown Ale, I was more than a bit hesitant to go another round with Leinenkugel, but we're only talking about a lone twelve ounce single. How bad could it be? What's the worst that could happen?

Appearance: Clear, dark reddish-brown body with a small, fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Vaguely sweetish, slightly fruity nose with notes of roasted and toasted nuts.

Taste: Pale malts with a very thin taste of chocolate powder followed by a flavor of toasted nut shells. Hint of apple and raisiny fruitiness. Light bitterness. Sip of metallic-tasting water, like a mouthful of loose change. Finishes quite crisp with a lingering nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Not quite as soul-crushingly poor as some of their other products, but by no means is it a good bock. Not recommended.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.43/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tree bark brown that becomes crystal clear russet when backlit. There aren't too many bocks (that aren't doppelbocks) darker than this one. The golden sand colored lid looks decent enough and is doing an okay job of laying down lace.

The nose is a roughly equal mixture of bock and brown ale. That's what happens when the malt bill includes pale, Munich, caramel and chocolate. Knowing this brewery, the fact that the aroma is inoffensive is probably because it's also underpowered.

JLBC has never brewed good beer (that isn't named Big Eddy), but it honestly seems like they're going downhill of late. Then again, checking some of my reviews, they've pretty much been at the bottom of the hill from the start. It can't be *that* hard to create a decent bock, can it?

The biggest sin is that there's very little malt... and a malt-deficient bock ain't no bock at all. At least it doesn't taste like extracts were used, so that's something. Flavors include watery caramel, watery chocolate and a watery nuttiness. The taste score continues to free-fall. If I had to drink more than 12 ounces, it might have been one notch lower.

The mouthfeel (no surprise here) is nothing to write home about. It's essentially one step above a fizzy yellow lager, so let's call it a partially fizzy brown lager. This is macro crap, plain and simple.

For some reason, I actually thought 1888 Bock would be decent. It isn't even close. I've now officially given up hope that Leinenkugel beer will ever do anything but piss me off. Maybe they contracted out the Big Eddy beers.

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Photo of russpowell
2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review based on notes

Pour copper with 3 fingers of tan head. Average head retention & below average lacing

S: Grainyness, cooked cereal & metallic hops

T: Caramel, cornyness, & smokeyness up front along with a bit of dryness. Some leafy hops & grainyness as this warms, along with astringency & toasty malt. Finishes with a caramel candy corn sweetness

MF: Thin bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinks okay, lacks malt depth needed for the style, I found it a bit boring, but would take this over Shinerbock any day

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one from Leine that I was able to try today. I had been neglecting them so I decided a mixed sixer would work the best and this was the last of it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/13/2010.
The pour was pretty damn good I have to admit, nice hazelnut brown in color with a smooth, even head of white that reached a height of around two fingers deep before fading off into some nice side lacing. It backed off just a little bit but still left a decent amount of lacing along the top. Aroma was rich roasted nuts, hints of bready malts, touches of barley and a nice, but light earthy bittering hop profile. Really well done I have to admit. Smooth and creamy body led to a really nice feel here, well carbonated and easy to drink, I had no trouble at all with enjoying this one. As each rich creamy sip passed over the palate it seemed to get fuller and fuller, roasted nuts, bready tones and a nice chewy, earthy quality all seemed to work quite nicely.
Overall a very solid little bock here, I have to admit I was not expecting it to be as good as it was and I was quite surprised by this. Nice job.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled into a siedel.

A - An inch of basic pale tan from a semi vigorous pour. The lager is bronze in color and has garnet accents with very good clarity. There is visual carbonation in the liquid and the bead is pin-sized, the lacing is thick and clings to the glass well.

S - A mild honey-like sweet malt aroma w/ nutty woodiness w/ subtle biscuit and toffee notes. The scent has mild dark fruit scents and hints of tobacco.

M - Highly carbonated medium body w/ mild sweetness and dry/clean finish

T - The taste of toasted malt is light and has subtle cereal grain flavor w/ hints of hops w/ mild spiced elements. The flavor has subtle fruit which is like sweetened raisins and reminds me of raisin bran in a glass. It is like an over ripe fig with light toast in the final taste.

D - a basic bock, but the flavor is better than average and it has relatively good drinkability. I found it to be refreshing and flavorful, I will certainly try this again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown where light passes through even at the center. Light off-white head that leaves a couple of spots on the glass as I drink it down.

Strong caramelized brown sugar aroma.

Properly sweet, like a touch of maple syrup was added. The light hop is spot on--giving a little dimension to an otherwise light-bodied bock. High level of carbonation.

Tasty but it doesn't have the thickness I've come to expect from superior bocks.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a chilled shaker pint glass at Finn McCool's.

Yay, a new (and cheap!) Quizzo beer! It pours a clear sunset ruby topped by a finger of ecru micro-foam. The nose comprises caramel, buttery biscuits, and what I can really only describe as toasted wheat. The taste brings more of the same, though a slight bite of rye bread sneaks in there as well. Strangely, everything falls steadily away in a diminuendo of flavor. Odd. The body is a straight medium, with a moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, a pretty average bock all around. Better Quizzo beer than usual, though.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
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 johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown with a smallish beige head that sticks around for a while. Smells of bread, sugar and caramel. Not very strong in anything, but mostly malt. Taste is a bit better. Caramel and brown sugar mixed with some burnt sugars meld very well. Bit of a bitter and then alcohol bite in the finish. Taste is very sweet, mouthfeel is the same sweet and sticky. Carbonation is high, body is medium. This one is ok, it has some bock character to it, but its not the real deal. There is nothing offensive here, it certainly is drinkable. Think Michelob amber bock or shiner bock.

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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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 jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours mahogany with a bubbly tan head that becomes a patch.

The smell is fruity - berry-like with something of an artificial-ish sweetness. Toffee, light roast and vague herbal notes are present, though not robust.

The taste is of toffee/caramel with something plastic-y. There's a hint of cocoa. Lightly roasted grain gives some balance to the sweetness, with fleeting vague floral notes subdued. Thin.

It has sharp carbonation. On the weak side, though not overly watery. Just thin for the style.

A thin, dull beer that goes towards the style of a darker, fuller lager, but falls short of anything beyond mediocrity. A bit too sweet (though slightly roasted) and thin.

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smell slightly of hops, good malt characteristic, and some sweetness. Fits the style of a Bock. Smooth and crisp mouth feel. High carbonation levels present, but a little watery(thin) as well. Sweet malts are noticeable, maybe a hint of roasted malts but very little. Hop bitterness is present but does not dominate the beer. The roasted malt flavor is dominant in the aftertaste. Not quite enough body overall, a little too watery. Not a bad brew from Leinenkugel's, worth a try at least. For the price $6.99 here in Missouri this is one of the better deals (price vs. taste).

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Abe's Cold Beer. Let me just start by saying this is way better than the recently released Yuengling Bock. This beer, though a bit thin, actually tastes like a bock. I can tell what the brewers were after and enjoy drinking it - though I probably wouldn't buy it again. There are the true-to-style flavors like apple and cherry with a spicy herbal bitterness (a Leiney's beer with bitterness? that's an improvement). The aroma is a bit different with caramel/cocoa mix. Not a great beer, but impressive for the brewery.

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Photo of WesWes
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet, malty scent that boasts of crystal and chocolate malts as well as a fruity lager yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very dry feel that goes down smooth and finishes a bit sweet. The crystal malt really sticks out. The fruitiness from the esters detracts from the malt character. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied beer with lots of prickly carbonation. This is a drinkable brew, like most of their beers, but it also beats around the style.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
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 puboflyons
3.01/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle marked O4279-C20647. Sampled on April 26, 2009. The pour is fairly good looking looking mahogany brown with almost no head or lacing but adequate lacing. The smell is kind of bland like a stale bread or malts and no hops to speak of. The mouthfeel is kind of thin but not really watered down. It tastes a bit bitter but that usual yeast taste that makes Bocks bocks is really absent. It was not too bad but not typical of bocks.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Slight malty nose. Light carbonation and light bodied. Flavor is slightly malty with hints of caramel. Almost a burnt coffee finish. $1.75 for a 12oz from Barb's Beer Emporium Concord, NH.

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1888 Bock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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