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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Reviews: 297 | Ratings: 488
Photo of Treborofmoria
3.39/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, this is a mass produced beer by a very large company. It is aimed at being good enough for craft drinkers, but mainly aiming to introduce a style of beer for people not familiar with Bock style. It is not going to be super flavorful or stylistically perfect. Don't expect to put this up against Schneider's Aventinus. It will not work. It does have a nice copper color,not much of a nose,strong malt taste, and the hops are not of much notice(correct stylistically).
It is very drinkable and does not have any off tastes. As far as seasonal Leinie beers go, this is a good choice. The value for this six is high.

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Photo of Magpie14
2.23/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: thin brown color with red hues, nothing to brag about as far as head or lacing is concerned

S: nutty, malty, and watery grains. Prefabricated sweetness smell...

T: malts are present with a dab of toasted nuttiness. Sweetness gives way to vanilla and caramel notes and seems rather light for a bock. Maybe a whiff of hops in the finish otherwise terribly tender

M: light to mild body with reasonable carbonation. Lingering artificial sweetness is a turn off

D: ah...drinkable? Yes it is, but it's rather disappointing

This is a rather lame attempt at the style and just festers with unnatural sweetness and overall a thin complexity, rather boring

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Photo of drpimento
2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Liked the older version better. This one poured with little head and a bit of lace. Decent brownish red with faint red highlights. Aroma is burnt sugar and circus peanuts with charcoal, tobacco, and hints of fruity citrus. Flavor's about the same. Not bad, but a sense of lack of depth. I recall the bock of some years back to be maltier and more solid. Carbonation in this was overdone. Finish was ok.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.91/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to WJVII for this gift.

A - Dark brown body with a very nice inch and a half of light tan head. Stamina is a good adjective to describe this topper. Its frothy and thick leaving a hummocky topography. The only attribute holding this bock back from an exceptional spot on looks is the lacing. It is only okay.

S - Caramelized malt, plum and campfire.

T - Well rounded malt with hinting at a sweet chocolate flavor before finishing with a nice smooth hop.

M - It finishes with a slight sandpaper edge after starting smooth and water-like.

~ I am impressed with this bock. I have been a fan of Leines Beer for a long time. Lately I've let them sit on the sideline as I've not been really impressed with some of their later lines. This is however a change. This brew is something I'd like to see stick around for awhile.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.41/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/brown color. The beer is completely clear, but there is a good amount of carbonation that creates a thin white/tan head that has great retention.
Smell is very malty. Beyond the standard strong malt smell there is not much besides that.
Taste is very fresh. There is a nice malt taste along with a good biscuit taste as well.
Mouthfeel has a nice balance of a crisp bite and a smooth finish.
Drinkability is good on this bock beer. There is a good fresh taste to this beer that goes down smoothly, making this a definite session beer.

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Photo of WakeandBake
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A rusty amber color with a foamy off white head.Some soft carbonation. Aroma mostly of toasted caramel malt,biscuts,chocolate faintly nutty and metallic.Flavor is pretty much sweet caramel malt.A thin smooth mouthfeel,and body.Fun to try but I think Ill pass on buying this.

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Photo of mully
2.51/5  rDev -23.7%
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 Mistofminn
4.24/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle. Had this at my friends apartment during a holiday celebration for me and my friends in the building.

Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head with decent lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts and caramel. Taste is what you would expect from the smell, very similar, along with a grain taste. Very drinkable.

I haven't had many bock's, but the few that I have, have left a good impression on me. This didn't disappoint, and I will definitely buy it in the future. I am beginning to become a huge fan of winter seasonal's.

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Photo of JoeCeez
3.21/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear tawny amber with an offwhite head that leaves some faint lacing

S: grainy nutty cereal malts with some toasty bread and carmel sweetness, some earthiness

T: sweet malts, toasted pumpernickle bread, not much complexity even for a bock, slightly spicy and herbal but not much hop flavor, some alcohol is detectable as it warms

M: medium body low carbonation

D: This beer is pretty drinkable however I find it boring and uninspired.

I'm not a huge fan of this style but this is probably one of the least flavorful bocks I've had. I've had a few Leinenkugels and I was very unimpressed by their fruit beers and their seasonals, that said I liked this better than any of their other beers I've tried

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a stein

Pours a reddish amber with a two finger, pillowey head that leaves lasting sticky lace.

Aroma is sweet malt. Weak but there, the aroma broadens to include the hop profile as the beer warms.

Flavor is malty and a bit boozy, but not MALTY like I would expect from a bock of the caliber that Leinie's would produce. Flavor of hops comes through on the finish weakly.

Honestly this is an above average macro lager, but no bock. It's not a bad beer, just too weak and thin to call a bock. A little disappointing.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.16/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Color was a dark reddish brown with a 1 finger white foamy head that left a small layer on top during the whole pint. No visible bubbles rising. Smell was slightly sweet, and grainy, possibly malts, but with a bit of alcohol showing through. Taste was earthy and grainy, reminded me strongly of a wheat bread. Felt watery in the mouth, overly thin. Very easy to drink, I can see it being popular with the macro crowd.

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Photo of WJVII
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a deep purple, slight amber color. The head was thick and left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was full of nutty and caramel scents. The taste is very malty and has a strange creamy texture that leaves almost a mild winter fruit taste in your mouth. Quite complex for what I expected. This is a strange brew, but I think I like it. Not the average bock, but in a good way.

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Photo of Fatduck
4.37/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one was a real surprise for me. I like Leinenkugel, but I dont expect much from them.

Pours out a very silky dark copper color, clear but dark. Smells of caramel and malts. Low hop bitters in the back end. A nice smooth feel, and a supremely drinkable. After my first 6pack I went right back to the bottle store for 2 more.

The biggest surprise is that my GF likes it, Maybe I've found a starting point for getting her into beer.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.77/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is an amberish nut brown color with a thick, foamy head. Looks like a root beer. Smell is malt dominant; hints of gently roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla and definitely on the sweeter side. The taste is also malt forward and is well balanced although the hops are not overly noticable. Very smooth from start to finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky carbonation, would have liked to see a little fuller mouthfeel. Overall, a very drinkable beer and another success for Leine's.

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Photo of drxandy
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to mug, pours a deep syrupy amber reddish brown, fluffy tan head hangs around - looks nice

smells of sweet bready roasty biscuit malts, yeastliness, hops

taste is roasty barley, dry grassy hops, caramel/biscuit toasty malt, yeast provides a great backbone, a friend noted the similarity to michelob's amber bock, higher carbonation than i would like, excellent balance leaning toward malts, mmm

mouthfeel is of heavy yeast, carbonation pops everything out but a little to high for me, good weight, extremely drinkable with a load of flavor.

one of my favorite leiney offerings already (but i haven't tried any of their specialty beers)

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Photo of KI9A
3.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark Coke color, puffy tan head, nice lace windows.

S: Not much there. Like plain chocolate.

T: Creamy, roasted malt, and chocolate. Not complex at all. Finishes with a bit of bitterness, maybe hops..

M: Again, creamy & smooth as heck.

D: Easy drinker. Very similar to Michelob's AmberBock, but with a slightly different feel to it..a bit more creamy. Damn nice session beer!

EDIT: After reviewing, I read some reviews. Most slammed it for not much flavor, ect. Remember folks, this is a bock, not a dopplebock. Very different styles.

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Photo of RickS95
2.87/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inch thick tan head. Dark caramel in color, but very clear, filtered. Chocolate and roasted malt in the nose.

Very creamy in the mouth, but tastes like almost nothing. You don't notice it's beer until you swallow.

Not much going on in the finish. Tastes like almost nothing, but you just notice the bitter sweet of the chocolate in the tail end of the aftertaste.

Very smooth beer, you could easily drink a lot of this it goes down so easy. But overall, it's a bit disappointing, there's so little smell and taste. Not a bad beer, just not great.

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Photo of KeefD
2.62/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a small, bubbly off white head that fell quickly leaving some decent lacing. Notmuch in the way of aroma or flavor. Smells like some watered down dark malts, not very sweet, slightly grainy. Taste is much the same. Watery, light sweetness, some caramel, very light herbal hop bite at the end. This beer is a real disappointment, considering it replaced their Big Butt, which was probably Leinie's best brew. Not impressed.

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Photo of xfactor9600
2.76/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a nice dark brown. Virtually no head which is disappointing.

S - Unfortunately I've notice that all Leinenkugles are beginning to smell the same out of the bottle. I do detect some wheat in the smell, but it smells very metallic.

T - The beer tastes much lighter than your average dark beer. It's kind of disappointing at first as I was expecting something thicker.

M - Very smooth with virtually no carbonation.

D - easy to drink, but I don't know if I'd buy another six pack of it.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.64/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark two finger head that retains for minutes. The color is a very dark brown.

S - The smell does not look as good as the appearance. The overall smell is wheat with hints of chocolate.

T - The taste is not as strong as the beer would have you think. The taste is faint to conditioned bock beer connoisseurs but is just right for someone who is not as conditioned in the dark beers.

M - Very smooth and creamy. There is not a lot of carbonation in this beer.

D - Like most Leinie's, this beer is very easy to drink.

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Photo of Romulux
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6 today, for $5.99. Not bad, but like most Leinies/Miller (save for Big Eddy) it has that fakey (we are serious craft brewers, but we cut corners and are one step above macro swill) feel to it. This stuff is great for the price point, but not to be taken too seriously.

Appears to have the usual,food coloring look that their other darker brews have.

Decent nose to it, taste is acceptable,in a "I will buy this again if its on sale for $10.99 a 12 and theres a mail in rebate sticker on the box sort of way"

Overall,not a fantastic bock, but you could do much worse and the price is reasonable.

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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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