1888 Bock | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 489 |  Reviews: 297
Photo of allengarvin
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.3/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from local Hannaford. Pours a dark copper body with a short-lived inch of off-white head. Caramel, toffee, chocolate, and floral hops all characterize the aroma. Tastes like chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, with some grassy and floral hops, in almost equal parts. On the lighter side of medium-bodied with ample carbonation, making this an easy drinker. A solid beer, not what I think of when I think of bock, but mighty tasty and I'll probably be picking this one up again.

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Photo of tburkhart
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear amber. Nice creamy head sits nicely on top of the beer and partially clings to the glass as the beer disappears.

Smells of caramel malts, with possibly some molasses in there.

Taste of sweet caramel malts.

A bit thin in my opinion in the mouthfeel. I prefer a bock to have something there, and this beer lacks that.

Another OK beer by Leinie's. Fits right along all their other brews. Glad I picked it up, but wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of colts9016
3.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance:A deep copper color with a one finger head. There is a lot of carbonation in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear. The head is slowly dissipating.

Nose: A strong toasty malt, caramel, molasses and oranges. There is a sweet aroma to the beer.

Taste: A toasty malt, with hints of caramel and molasses.

Overall: The mouth feel is a medium body. The finish is dry and not lingering. I feel that this bock is slightly bland but it is very easy to drink. Another beer from Leinenkugel that is simple and easy to drink with out a ton of flavor.

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Photo of guild337
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
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 cagocubs
3.34/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Im not a big fan of Leinenkugels in general, but I am a fan of bocks so I felt this was worth a try. Im glad I did. The beer poured a bronze color with a nice big ivory head that laced the sides of the glass. The smell was not as impressive as other bocks. Toasted malts was the first scent I got followed by a sweet caramel. The taste features toasty malts and some hops with barley. There is some sweetness lingering in evey sip. The mouthfeel and drinkability of this beer is good.

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Photo of charliedango
3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Is this a bock or a porter?

That's the question I find myself wrestling with while drinking this. Since I like both styles I can't say I'm offended by it's taste, mouthfeel or drinkability at all.

I like this beer and it definitely challenges the palette upon the first taste. I simply have a difficult time calling a bock a bock when it tastes so much like a porter. I mean, should we be judging these beers based on the style in which they claim to be or whether or not we enjoyed tasting them?

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Photo of bataround
3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A = Dark amber, caramel color, decent white head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving no lacing.

S = Smells of hay, fresh grain and caramel.

T = Pretty bland, very light bitterness from hops, light caramel malty tastes. Becomes more flavorful as it warms but that introduces a sweet corn syrupy taste that I cannot quite decide whether I like or not.

M = Light bodied, carbonation stings the tongue too much, mouthcoating okay.

D = An easy drinking beer, but might become cloying after a couple. Still better than a lot of offerings, so really depends on what else is available

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Photo of berserker256
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The amber/black color is OK. Rich tan head. Not a whole lot of lacing. Faint odor of semi-smokey prunes or plums. Light flavor for a bock style beer. Right consistancy and heavyness. Pretty easy to drink. Decent Bock but I've had MUCH better. I would be much more descriptive but this crying baby forces me away from the computer... It's an OK bock...

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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 whiterascal
3.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, coppery brown. thin head with a little lacy rim
S: malty, nutty, creamy
T: high carbonation bite, malty and very nutty
M: smooth
D: fabulous
I like Leinie's in general, so I was anxious to try this one... I think it's a well balanced beer and I could definitely drink a couple. It's not at all heavy, but I wouldn't say it's thin either.

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Photo of reallyhoppie
2.71/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

My first beer review, I wish it could have been a better one.

This beer started with a really nice copper color and a creamy, strong head.

Smells of sweet malt with maybe a little caramel.

Tastes kind of bland. I'm not a huge bock fan in general, but when I drink one I like it to taste like a bock. Roasted malts with a little citrus. There is a a little bit of sourness at the finish.

Mouthfeel was probably the best part. Smooth and clean. As good as I can expect from this style.

It's an average beer, I wouldn't turn my nose up at it if that's what someone offered. Definitely not one of Leinenkugel's best.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
2.88/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Dark copper beer, pristinely clear. Tan head reduced quickly to a thin bubble layer, which slowly diappeared.

S-An almost sweet roastiness backed by roasted malt. All quite subtle, which should have been a bit more prominent.

T-A little bit of diluted-tasting hearty malts, with a slight roasted character in there. Bitterness is minimal, appearing right before the dry finish.

M-Typical carbonation with a pleasant medium body.

D-Session beer worthy, but only because of the relatively bland flavor and moderate body. I thought this beer was pretty average, if not approaching mediocre. Does not achieve the overall maltiness that a bock should have.

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Photo of cokes
1.9/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Clear garnet brown with a big, bountiful, buttercreme head that shows excellent durability and lacing.

It really is a beautiful looking beer. It's a shame that everything else is so sub-par.

The nose rings hollow with husk and chalk, and phantoms of things sweeter.
It rides equally bland through the mouth. Water is the main player in the flavor department. With a good deal of concentration, a small toasty and husky maltiness can be perceived, as well as dab of grape-like fruitiness later on.
The body is flaccid, washed-out, pale, and dilute.
It's drinkable in the way that flavorless light beers are, as that's basically what it is....or at least what it seems like.
There really is a scarcity of taste here.
Avoid this.

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Photo of lhaqq
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear brown body with a creamy tan thin head that disperses quickly but a remnant stays around.
S: Butter, cream, sweet malts.
T: Like the smell, but not as flavorful as would have expected. A bit too watery, but it still has a good amount of sweetness
M: Pretty round, creamy and sticky but still kind of thin at the same time.
D: Not too bad--pretty drinkable, but also not terribly flavorful nor masking a particularly high abv.

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Photo of alexgash
3.42/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Amber maple syrup body. Good clarity. Very small, ringy, off-white head. Sugary, caramel malt nose, abetted by light cooked vegetable notes and maple syrup. Toasted malts and light grain astringency up front. Cookie dough sweetness (mild) follows and mixes with caramel. Light vegetal notes and faint spiciness in the finish. Lingering cookie dough malt with a scorched edge. Moderate body with a slightly fizzy feel. Not bad, but it pales compared to the outstanding Schell's Snowstorm bock right next to it on the shelf!

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Photo of Bagman007
2.73/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Clear amber/light brown coloring with about two finger width's of head.

S- Scent of caramel and hops. Also has a yeast like scent as well.

T- Very yeasty flavor. Hops and caramel are detectable, but do not have a very strong presence

M- Not really bitter or smooth, but just too yeast like.

D- Too much of a yeast presence in the taste for me to drink more than one of these.

Overall a very poor Bock beer. Not a good effort from Leinenkugel.

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Photo of Treborofmoria
3.39/5  rDev +4%
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 -31.6%
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 -8.6%
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 +19.9%
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 +4.6%
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 -9.5%
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%
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 +30.1%
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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