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Beer #66 – March 10, 2010: Glissade Golden Bock

March 13, 2010

Thanks to a stomach bug for two days, plus my lack of variety in beer in Mexico, now means I’m three beers behind for the year.  Rather than using beer reviews from last year as I initially planned, I’ve decided I’m dedicated to trying 365 beers in 2010. meaning I’ll be doubling up on reviews over the next week or so till I’m back on track.

Beer: Glissade Golden Bock

Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, California

Style: Maibock

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $8.99 / six-pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Dimple Mug

Strength: 6.4% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: A nice Springtime bock, balance of light sweetness and mildly bitter hops.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours a clear golden hue with rising bubbles and a meringue-like white head.

Aroma: Sweet clover honey.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick, full mouthfeel, yet a light flavor for a nice contrast.

Taste: Starting with a clover honey sweetness, and light grainy malt, a little chewy, followed by mild fruit notes: a touch of green apple and pineapple.  Followed by flavors of green grass, spice, floral notes, and a green peppercorn bitterness provide a nice balancing bitterness.

Lagers are quite tricky beers for brewers.  Unlike the fruity, sometimes funky flavors imparted by ale yeasts, lager yeasts add little if any flavor, meaning there is no room to hide flaws.  And while this results in beers that are typically not as complex as ales, this particular example is extremely well-crafted, clean and flawless.

Pairing: Classic but relatively light German cuisine… potato salad, weisswurst, pork loin.

Trivia: Maibocks are a lager style of beer, and a Springtime (Mai = May in German) take on the traditional German Bock style.  They are lighter in color than traditional bocks, and have a much more prominent hop flavor, making them simultaneously big (in alcohol) and light (in color and flavor).

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