Leinenkugel’s “1888 Bock” Review (#024)

1888 Bock
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

From The Brewery:

We tapped our family’s original bock recipe to create Leinenkugel’s 1888 Bock, which features a robust head that seizes the rich aroma of toasted and caramel malts. The flavor of this full-bodied brew is heavily defined by the Munich malts and the 20 to 25 day lagering process which creates a smooth, toasted malt flavor. 1888 Bock also features caramel, pale and two-row chocolate malts while cluster hops add a touch of citrus charachter.


Appearance: I poured this Redish Orange to light brown liquid into a mug, giving plenty of room for the thick white head to expand. It is a rich colored beer, saturated but transparent.

Smell: Mild and sweet of malts and a slight nuttiness. The crisp lager yeast shone through and was quite welcoming.

Taste: It tasted very tea like, sweet, with hints of apples and an autumn characteristic. It leaves you with a dry lager yeast finish, that changes to a dough or pretzel flavor as it warms up a bit. Towards the end, I was getting a taste of an unlit light colored cigar.

Mouthfeel: It is a medium bodied beer, with a fine, sharp carbonation. Smoothed out a bit as it flattened out just a bit.

Drinkability: Medium; a little too much carbonation, but I enjoyed the smooth, drying finish. Spring Bocks like these go down smooth and easy.

Notes: Overall, a good beer. Nice spring transition beer from the heavy winter stouts, barley wines, and porters, to lighter summer beers.


2 comments on “Leinenkugel’s “1888 Bock” Review (#024)

  1. Lost says:

    I LOVE this stuff. Haven’t seen it in the store yet, but when I do I’m definitely getting a sixer.


  2. whodeywhodey says:

    It’s a flat out crying shame that this is a seasonal beer. I LOVE it. Another great product from Leinie!

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