Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 35
Beer Ratings: 2,590
Beer Avg: 3.64
Taps: 5 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by scoobybrew:
3.58/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
I stopped here on a recent trip to Phoenix while visiting friends.
Typical of Gordon Biersch, the place has an upscale type vibe, but not so much that you feel uncomfortable dressing fairly casual. There's outside seating that overlooks the Tempe 'main street' downtown area - which is what we choose.
Quality was top notch from what I expected, having been to a couple of their locations in the past. I was very impressed with the seasonal winter bock. It was quite tasty.
Since we were one of the only people outside (it was chilly 55 degrees or so on this night in Phoenix for the natives - but being from the frozen Midwest it was quite comfortable) so the wait staff too perhaps a little longer than expected. However, they were not unfriendly and the service was decent all things considered.
Selection is typical of a Gordon Biersch, all German type styles, primarily lagers with the exception of a hefeweizen. All of which were of good quality.
The food was tasty enough, but my spicy stir-fry I think needed a bit more heat for being labeled spicy. However, it was nicely done and those with me liked their dishes.
If you've been to a Gordon Biersch before, this is really no different. That said, it was consistent with my memories of the other locations, which were consistently good - and I think that's what the proprietors have in mind.
01-11-2009 22:48:18 | More by scoobybrew
More User Reviews:
3.11/5 rDev -16.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25 | $$
A standard "chain like" brewery, comparable to BJ's and Rock Bottom, this brewery lacks a true brewery feel and is a draw for those looking for decent food in a contemporary setting that might not necessarily care about the beer. The beer itself was average, nothing they brewed made me say, bring me more of that!
05-24-2013 21:53:54 | More by DRTBrewster
3.15/5 rDev -15.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
The two things this place definitely has going for it is the location (Mill Ave.) and the atmosphere. It's a good getaway with decent beer on Mill if you don't feel like clubbing or paying absurd covers to other places on Mill. It's a smaller bar if you are there just to drink, and many times it's difficult to find a seat at the bar, but the tables are alright, too. It is on the second floor and features a balcony, with a perfect view of the biggest intersection in the Mill Ave. District. The price is a bit high for the food, and wasn't anything special.
12-20-2011 09:19:28 | More by downhilldrift
4.38/5 rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Been coming here since the late 90's when they first opened, and the location is quite good on Mill (2nd story above Starbucks). Nice upper deck that overlooks Mill with views of the jets taking off or landing at the airport as well.
Gordon Biersch started in Tempe with focusing just on German style lagers only, then ventured into Hefe-Weizen which became a regular offering. Too bad Blonde Bock and Dunkles are not regular offerings now as they were at first at this Gordon Biersch location.
Tapping parties and beer dinners are held periodically at this location and can be quite good. Get on their mailing list to be notified.
Food is miles above & beyond most brewpubs and beer bars in the Phoenix metro area, and in fact good enough to be enjoyed just as a restaurant even if they did not have craft beer.
Service is always good if not excellent, and they train their staff well. Such a refreshing change compared to some amateur operations in the area that are clueless.
02-24-2011 18:23:36 | More by yemenmocha
Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in Tempe, AZ
86 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.