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 ABOWMan
2.71/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Super fine head of off white foam provided two fingers of head on this beer. The color is reddish brown in color. Nice bold upfront flavor of slightly sweet malt barley, but then the flavor fades quickly. There is no lasting power to the flavor and there is not complex finish to this beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.72/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Poplar Wine & Spirits for $8.00/siixpack.

This pours an amber brown with a 2 finger head of foam. Excellent head retention with lots of lacing.

The smell is slightly sweet with some roasted malt notes, some grain, and a light bitterness.

The taste is rather simple: some sweetness, some nuttiness, lightly bittered. That's pretty much it to my palate.

The mouthfeel is thin, the carbonation is medium, and it finishes slightly sweet that turns neutral...

Drinkability? It goes down easy enough but there's nothing memorable about it. A great looker but for every other category, just not up to snuff.

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Photo of BrewMasterG
2.77/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very promising, crystal clear Deep red-brown. Pours too freely with no viscous reserve. Small head with no creaminess which disappeared quickly.

Smell: Mild metalic, hard-water nose with little to no malty aroma. Very un-bocklike.

Taste: Mild nutty flavor with none of the classic bock malt flavor. No complexity to speak of. Not horrible (it's beer), but definitely not bock.

Mouthfeel: Minimal up-front sweetness fades instantly and leads to a roasty mid-palate and a dry finish.

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Photo of Schwarz04
3.57/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium dark reddish brown, quite flat. No head or lacing...

Smell: Slightly grainy with slight limy citrus hints that are somewhat hard to detect.

Taste: A little bitter with hints of sweetness, a little lime came through again...

Mouthfeel: Very little bitterness, bitterness doesn't linger too long, quite pleasant...no dry aftertaste..

Drinkability: Quite descent, could become a session beer, probably not my first choice though...

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Photo of SFLpunk
2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown glass twist-off. Date stamp on neck (04069, i.e. 04/06/09).

Appearance: Duvel goblet. 1/4 inch tan foamy head, recedes quickly to leave spotting on the surface and no lacing. Deep mahogany brown, but clear.

Nose: Mocha, coffee, chocolate malt. Some dark toffee.

Palate: Crisp edge up front. Lager-like flavors of corn husk mingle with some malty mocha notes. Fades quickly with a thinning finish that reminds me rather strongly of really good mazanilla (or fino) sherry....

Notes: The nose is great. The palate tastes like you dumped some caramel into a budweiser. The finish is strange, because I really like mazanilla sherry, but I don't usually associate salty brine and olive notes with bocks. Too thin and too crisp, in my opinion: Not a great example of a bock.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.19/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks super--a thick, pillowy light-tan head, which audibly crackles and lessens to a thin skim a few minutes from the pour...and the color is ruby-red meets glossy-brown, with plenty of web-like lace stickage too boot.

Aroma is a letdown from the fantastic looks. A mild toffee comes in, as does a roasty/smokey maltiness, but there's a weird cooked veggie thing happening, which seems to be the hallmark of most Leinenkugel aromas. So...a little bit nice and a little bit of a bummer, equals - Average.

I had my first one of these last night and thought "this is a piss-poor bock." I'm drinking this one a little warmer today, and I'm thinking "this is a piss-poor bock." I hate to be rude and I'm not out to personally offend the brewmaster, but this is not good beer. What I get is a largely mineral and vegetable flavor, and some sourness, with any real bock-like elements relegated to the sidelines. You can still see them, sitting on the bench, but they're not playing the game. Weak sweetness, weak maltiness, hardly robust, and lacking the luxurious body of a good bock. Too much carbonation while also being thin and watery. Bottom line: wispy and hollow in taste and mouthfeel.

This one was a complete let-down, and this from a brewer I don't have sky-high expectations for. I won't return, but why do I keep getting suckered in by all their seasonals? Well, it looks utterly fantastic, anyway, so if you're into looking at beer -- go for it!

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Photo of Strix
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

I've been wanting to try this ever since the thread first came out about its release. Found some at my local grocery and picked up a sixer.

Poured into a pilsner glass with a bright tawny/ruby color with a huge white frothy head. Smells malty and bready. Seriously, smells like I just stepped into a bakery.

Right away the beer feels very slick and wet. Of course this doesn't hinder the drinkability, but I don't care for how thin it feels. The flavor on this one is pretty bland at best. I can taste the sweet malt, but nothing is crisp or dominant. The best part of this beer though, is the aftertaste. For what it lacks in up-front flavor, it makes up for in aftertaste. My mouth is full of bready flavors, like I just ate some of my mom's fresh-baked pumperknickel. For this I could drink one of these after the other.

A little disappointing, but hints of this beer were promising. Leinie's needs to tweak this one just a bit more. I'll definitely drink this again.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spyed a 6'er of this new brew and picked it up for a review. As a note the label says 5.2% ALC/VOL. Smell is malty with very slight roasted malts and some caramel and butterscotch smells. Pours to a reddish rootbeer color with a big bubble head that dissapates quickly. Taste is sweet, but not overly, malt. Slight bit of hops in the background. Finishes slightly bitter but a dry bitterness with a hint of cocoa. Mouthfeel has a lot of carbonation but it isn't too much as it goes good with the sweetness. This is a tasty brew. I can't put it down. Better a little warmer than cold. I could drink this all day long without getting bogged down. This is a sessioner with no doubt.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.37/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'll say this about Leines, they are a great brewing company to move people from BMC into micros. I tend to think all of there beer is brewed with this sort of 'fringe player' mindset. They aren't out to please the hard-core beer geeks.

With that said I think this is another style that fits spot on with the idea of introducing BMC drinkers into some new tastes. However, beer geeks will probably only find this beer to be slightly above average. The color, head, taste and everything else is pretty much middle of the road. It does have that 'burnt marshmellow' aftertaste found in their Nut Brown (just not nearly as strong) - if you aren't a fan of Nut Brown you probably won't be to thrilled about this one.

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Photo of BWH3
2.6/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: A deep brown with slightest red tint. Clear. Head is very poor. Retention even worse.

S: Dried fruit (just ever so slight) and a musty malt flavor. The dark melanoidins are present in a toned down variety.

T: A sour splash hits my tongue first. (Not appropriate). The finish is grainy and somewhat rich. The aftertaste has a slight bread and grassy hops.

M: Thin and poor head retention.

D: A decade ago my college buddies and I bought cases of Leinie's for cheap at the UW. We were a step above the BMC crowd. So when I saw this variety that I never had I grabbed a bottle to sample. Unfortunately, taking a step back in time was a quantum leap backwards when it comes to enjoying beer.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber with a one finger beige head. This is darker than I thought it would be, and the head is persistent despite the lack of lace.

S - Earthy toasted malt with a hint of espresso and caramelized sugar. This smells like warm maple syrup served in a cabin near the tree it was tapped from. This really nails the "Nort-woods of Wiscansin" aroma to a tee.

T - Like the nose, this is earthy and dirty with a nice moderately sweet molasses an maple syrup note combined with a more bitter dark coffee flavor. When I say "dark coffee" I by no means mean that this is in stout or even porter territory, but it does have a tiny hint of roasty black coffee bean that really helps add complexity to what could have ended up being another relatively boring brown ale.

M - Light bodied, crispy carbonated, and pretty damn dry on the finish. Honestly, this one has more balls than most other Leinie offerings, and the finish is indicative of that more forward nature. The finish leaves lingering malt and black coffee bean pleasantries on the tongue for minutes after the swallow.

D - Well done! I honestly have quite a bit of beef with Leinenugels... I consider them to be one of the shittier "craft" brewers out there. They are slowly redeeming themselves though. I was impressed with Creamy Dark and their most recent offering, Fireside Nut Brown, and this is about of the same level of moderately good brew. Leinenkugels will never be overly adventurous, and they will always make anemic under-flavored brews, but for what it is this ain't bad. It was pretty damn cheap too. If this was a dollar or two more per sixer I might have rated this slightly lower. I know money isn't supposed to influence our reviews, but in light of the current state of the economy it alters my choices in the bee aisle so why not add that factor into the drinkability score?

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Photo of Adam2200
4.08/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the appearance is nice and ruby dark color much like a bock

the smell of the beer is very well set up not average for a bock.

the taste is smooth and a nice mouth feel that leaves you wanting more

the drinkability of the beer is nice for a cold winter day or a late night to wind down after a days worth of drinking.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.21/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice sloid ruby color, 1/4 finger head.

S- Clean malts and that signature Leinenkugel smell.

T- Overall there's a good malt character with a decent dose of hops to bring it into balance. However there's a somewhat harsh underlying astringency that shouts right over the the soft spoken malt/hop balance.

M- A little on the thin side, otherwise, ok.

D- Despite the flaws this beer still remains approachable.

Not a great Bock by any means. Could of benefited from some extended lagering. Still, it's not terrible at all. I wouldn't seek it out but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of Greenlabel
3.71/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised to find this product at a chain store in New Hampshire at a seemingly high price of $8.49 a 6-pack. Since I'm a fan of Bocks, I decided to give it a try.

Rather weak smell but looks nice when poured into the glass. My overall impression is that it doesn't have a strong Bock flavor and has significantly less body than I would have expected from this style. Quite drinkable, however, and far from a drain pour.

If the price were lower, I might purchase it again. However, in NH, many solid craft products can be purchased at the $8.49 level and I don't feel this one merits that price.

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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 bunnyhustle
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Eh...cant say too much about this. I swear this is the 3rd or 4th "Leine" thats ok, and thats about it. Pours a clear ruby color with creamy off-white head. Miniam lacing and retention. Smell was malty and bicuity. Taste was malty and biscuity. Very dry. Mouthfeel seemed fine for the style, a little on the thin side. Overall...eh. Little bit boring I thought, but not bad for a $5 6 pack.

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Photo of TMB0424
2.28/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into mug

Poured a mahogany body with reddish-amber edges when held to the light. A tight, slightly off-white head very quickly reduced into a ring, leaving minimal lacing. Nothing special.

Aroma is nice I guess, but extremely one-sided and simple. It's basically just of sweet, roasted malts - and it's weak. A slight tinge of breadiness, but not much.

Taste is of roasted malts mixed with a hint of nuts and an extremely weird lemon/metal flavor. It's totally watered down, totally muted. No evidence of any alcohol.

Mouthfeel is decent at best, mostly due to its high carbonation. Medium bodied. It goes down fairly smooth (due to its totally watery body) but the flavors of a normal Bock just aren't there at all, and when they are there - it just doesn't click. The offsetting metallic/lemon taste ruins any good aspect of this brew as well. Would not revisit.

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Photo of bboven
2.62/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice clear dark amber body with a half-finger of head that never goes away. thin but covering veil of lacing as well. By far the best aspect of this beer.

Aroma is very sweet and bready.That's about it, though. Bocks should definitely be richer and more complex than this.

Harsh mettalic taste prevails, it's a bit weak on flavor, like a watered-down bock. The underlying slight alcohol isn't there at all. It's a shadow of what it should be.

Very thin mouthfeel, highly carbonated, very (too much so) drying.

This is a bock in name only; a 'bock' for the masses. However, it's pretty cheap and has some flavor, so at least they didn't charge a premium price for this.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.06/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass--Left a thick two inch head

Aroma of malts and very faint nut-like scent

Taste-Light to medium bodied, mostly subtle malts and just of hint of hops-- an unusual metallic aftertaste that seemed out of place--Thin lacing and rather thin flavor overall.
-A little disappointing overall, tasted more like a macro version of the style-- Worth a try if you are able to buy it as a single

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Photo of dsa7783
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Rupertlikesbeer
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i saw this while browsing around my liquor store one night and figured I'd give it a shot since I've tried all their other varieties.

ok...im pouring one now.

It's a nice reddish brown color with good clarity and a nice creamy head that stays around and leaves nice tracing.

I notice notes of malt, nuts, and slight hop aroma.

Taste is of roasty malt but mild. There are nutty notes and a slight hop finish.

the mouth feel is smooth. Especially while the head is hanging in there (which is still there and i have about a quarter of a beer left).

Drinkability is ok. i liked it. It's not over the top impressive but its not a bad beer. I'd buy it again if I didn't see anything else I'd prefer. would go good with steaks or other beef dishes. Maybe even seafood.

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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 nick76
2.64/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smells like freshly laid carpet. There is also some chocolate, roasted malt, raisins, and herbs. The appearance is brown with a respectable head that leaves lace. The flavor is about what I would expect a carpet to taste like. It does have the other elements from the aroma but way too much in the off department to be enjoyable. The palate is OK. Overall a rather typical beer from this brewer.

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

This is a pretty good looking beer with a dark copper color and a modest head on top. Solidly malty nose with a caramel toastiness. Unfortunately, the flavor doesn't really stand up--a little grainy malt, and very light caramel, but not much else.

Another disappointment from Leinenkugel.

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1888 Bock from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.29 out of 5 based on 488 ratings.
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