So, funny thing… I saw a six pack of this at Smiley’s in Dover, grabbed two bottles out of it to make a mixed six pack, got home, and found that they were actually Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat. D’oh. On attempt number two, though, I managed to actually look at the bottles and get the 1888 Bock into my fridge.
In the spring of 1888, after 21 years of brewing in Chippewa Falls and one of the harshest winters anyone in the Midwest could remember, the then Jacob Leinenkugel Spring Brewery staff realized Leinie fans were primed for the brand’s first seasonal brew. So, they produced a hearty bock beer, a style that rose to popularity as a source of sustenance for monks during the Lenten fasting season and can be traced back to14th century Germany. (from an article on Beer Advocate)