Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 37
Beer Ratings: 2,637
Beer Avg: 3.64
Taps: 5 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
District of Columbia
3.73/5 rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Tysons Mall is one of our favorite hangs and will continue to be so. The great thing about this place is that one can come here, drink some brews, eat some pretty good food, then hit a movie, which is only a few steps away.
Atmosphere and Quality: If you come to the Tyson's Mall on Friday or Saturday, you're crazy. Sure, this place is really nice and very filled with the rich. Because I'm a movie buff, this place is VERY nicely located.
Service: Great overall. Never had any problems here.
Selection: Decent beer, German style, fine to my mind.
Food: The fries are to die for. Get those!
Value: Considering it's in the same complex as a movie theater, I'd gladly spend that $$ again.
O: Good drinking hang, amazing location.
04-15-2013 05:53:10 | More by Chaney
3.48/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
A book signing at Barnes & Noble required that I make a very rare trip to Tyson’s Corner Center, a massive shopping center located amid the soulless sprawl of Northern Virginia just outside Washington, DC. Opposite the Level 1 entrance to the bookstore, Gordon Biersch beckoned. Ah! A brewpub in a mall! How quaint. Not really; actually, having a Gordon Biersch in Rockville, Maryland (See My Review) had negated any reason to visit … until now. So, why not stop in for a few schwarzbiers, since I am here anyway.
The venue is L-shaped; upon entering the L’s corner, you see the large, dimly-lit, bar to the right; if you head straight, up a few stairs, you are in the vertical segment of the “L,” which is the main dining room, where there several rows of comfy booths. On your right is the open kitchen; straight ahead, at the top of the “L” are located the restrooms and the glistening brewing tanks. There is also a “patio” where you can sit outside and gape at the crap-laden shoppers as they stumble past. Intimate it is not.
If you have been to a Gordon Biersch, then you know of the beer selection: a light helles style, a marzen, a wheat, a Czech pilsner, the aforementioned dark lager and a seasonal – this was not available at the time of my visit, but was told to expect a Belgian saisson. Yes, indeed. GB beers are fresh and adequate if somewhat over carbonated. The menu was the usual array of appetizers, burgers, wraps, salads and entrees – and those garlic fries that will render any palate numb. (I enjoyed an undercooked kobe cheeseburger.)
The service was very good: my beer was always replaced and the water glass always replenished. All in all, and despite the horrible location within a terrible locale, this was not a bad experience at all. I got beered, burgered and went home. Would I return to this specific location? No. It’s in a mall!
By the way it was ten years ago today that I first became a Beer Advocate. [Applause and Cheers] Thank you!
02-01-2012 20:20:07 | More by jjboesen
3.1/5 rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Situated right in the Tysons Corner mall. I am not a big fan of brewpubs inside malls - reminds of airport pubs. But, again it is nice to drink craft beers while waiting on the missus while she shops or while you wait for your flight. However, I feel GB has become too large to the point where it isn't an unique pub to obtain quality craft beer. Service here is subpar - most likely because of how busy this place can get (hello, its a shopping mall with guaranteed foot traffic). There is an "oustide/indoor" patio, if that makes any sense which is kind of cool for people watching or when hanging out with a large group of people. Food is once again just average just like their beer flight.
02-24-2011 18:40:16 | More by CuriousMonk
2.05/5 rDev -40.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | $$
I stop into the location in DC quite a bit after hockey games, so figured this one would be okay while waiting for some friends to show up. The service at the bar was, for me, horrible. The bartender was the rudest I've met, and took forever to come over to me both the first time and when I was finished (in an empty bar). The beer is Gordon Biersch - a couple solid brews, but nothing to write home about. I haven't been back, but in passing by a few times, I've never seen it as packed as some of the other reviews, so the atmosphere was fine.
01-13-2009 13:03:14 | More by milk93rd
3.3/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
I've been to Gordon Biersch a couple of times now, and I haven't been terribly impressed. The food is good but nothing special, the service is mediocre, the atmosphere tries a little too hard, and the beer selection is somewhat disappointing. I can understand that it's supposed to be a German style restaurant, so their beer selection is all Germans. But they're simply not good. Microbreweries should take more pride in their beers, but for Gordon Biersch, it definitely seems like an afterthought. You can skip this place.
10-18-2008 19:23:10 | More by Pencible
3.98/5 rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
I stopped in Gordon Biersch after a day of shopping with the girlfriend at Tyson's Corner. I've heard many good things about Mr. Biersch, his styles of beer, and the precision control of the brewing process. I must say that actions do speak louder than words when it comes to this beer. From the minute you put the mug to your lips to take a sip you know that somebody behind the scenes really cares about this brew. The exceptional quality of each beer is imminent and the hard work really pays off. The only down side is that since the restaurant is located in NOVA don't expect any happy hour/good deals when you get there....
01-31-2008 21:49:14 | More by VaTechHopHead
3.45/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Brewpub in a high-profile suburban mall! Service was good, beer selection is two dimensional, but very good quality within its limited range. Crowd is well - the kind of people you might expect to actually want to spend an evening drinking in a mall. The atmosphere is...the mall, as in the whole place is open to it. The perfect environment however for those lacking the imagination and daring to spend their free time in an actual neighborhood or town instead of a sprawling retail complex. Lots of guys drunkenly hitting on girls, and a few jock casualties actually walking around staring down admiringly at their intentionally puffed out chests. Wow. My one visit will not be repeated. I am glad though that this place drains off extra meat heads that would otherwise be hanging out at - and ruining - cooler places.
01-05-2008 06:39:52 | More by dedrinker
3.63/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Recently stopped here with the wife after a morning of shopping at the Tyson's Corner Center. The place was fairly busy during lunch time on a Saturday but we found a seat fairly easily in the bar area. Atmosphere was what you would expect from a brew-chain like this. Meaning fairly average. The brewing area is off to the back behind glass but besides that and some random beer signs on the walls, you'd be hard pressed to know what they did here. I feigned ignorance to our server as to what the place was all about, so that she could give her spiel on the beer. Not too bad. She directed us towards the Golden Export, if we were used to BM/C. She was fairly prompt and courteous with the service during our visit, so no complaints there.
In the beer department, they offered up six selections of the German variety. The Golden Export, Hefe, Czech Lager, Marzen, Schwarzbier, and a Seasonal, the Autumnfest. I went with the Autumnfest and it wasn't bad. Nothing too stellar in the taste department but it was fresh and crisp and cold and helped quench my thirst. We split a crab and artichoke dip for lunch and it was a good sized portion for two people and quite good. Both food and beer prices were reasonable and about on par with what you would spend at a similar type of brew-chain.
All in all it's not a stellar beer drinking venue but if your thirsty for a cold one and some decent food during a cramped, crowded day at the mall, you could certainly do much worse. I personally wish every mall had a place like this attached to it when such occasions arise.
11-15-2007 17:46:43 | More by Kegatron
Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in McLean, VA
83 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.