Gordon Biersch Dunkels - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 48
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Wildman on 06-15-2002

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Photo of avwrite
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice caramel darkness color. Clear.

S - Scents of honey and sweetness. Nice to the nose.

T - Unexpectedly good. Definitely got that honey flavor in there, and it was enjoyable. Some molasses too.

M - An easy beer going down.

O - I enjoyed this beer and would probably get another bottle.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very light brown/dark copper color with an amazingly huge billowy off white head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – A big caramel and brown sugar aroma are the bulk of the smell. These are mixed with some nice roasted malt and toasted aromas as well as a little bit of a nutty smell. Rounding out all these is a very light earthy and herbal hop as well, creating a very pleasant aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet brown sugar and caramel flavor with a little bit of a toasted malt and a light grainy taste. The grain and malt are very light, largely being dominated by the sweeter flavors of the brew, which intensify even more after the initial taste with some other sweet flavors of a cola and molasses nature coming to the tongue. A little bit of a nut flavor develops right after the initial taste, with it then fading away toward the end due to the advent of the cola and molasses. Just a hint of herb is mixed into the taste leaving one with a very sweet, lightly roasted, and thin flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thin with a carbonation level that is high. A thicker body would have certainly been better for accentuating the roasted and nut flavors of the brew and would have made it a bit less cloying.

Overall – A little too sweet in darker sugar flavors with not quite enough malt and roast to really support the sweet. A bit sweetly unbalanced.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Gordon Biersch in Burbank, CA.

Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, and caramel. Taste is much the same with a toasty flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but nothing special.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Gordon Biersch. The beer is hazy reddish brown, thin tan head. Nice ester and phenol aromas, fresh smelling with no lactose or negative points. The taste is delicious and rich, with a little bitterness in the aftertaste, maybe from roasted malts? Creamy mouthfeel, very nice dunkel weizen.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled from Bel Air

A - Auburn brown, little, malty brown head, which dissipates slow.

S - Honey, cinnamon, malts, caramel, and dark sugars.

T - Caramel, honey, pretty good. Almost like a dubbel, but without the ester.

M - Smooth, very sweet.

D - Overall great beer, but doesn't drink similar to the style.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice dark color. It had a little head on it, which disappeared in about 3 minutes.
S: Deep caramel touches straight up.
T&M: For it's darkness it certainly makes for a smooth and light drinking experience. Not overtly strong, but very satisfying nonetheless.
D: It's not the best Dunkel that I've had, but I would try it again the next time I visit the restaurant.

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Dunkles on-tap is a handsome reddish brown with a wisp of head. Smells of raisins (golden raisins?), candy sugar, and port. Yummy malts and esters. Tastes largely of rich malts -- lots of caramel. Lightly hopped. Nice example of the style, and it doesn't go crazy. Nice mouthfeel -- it expands into a rich, full body, then contracts into a reasonably dry finish. A well made beer; maybe GB's best.

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Photo of jimbotrost
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Washington DC location and very impressed. The pour was of a medium brown with ruby highlights and and pinkish head on top of medium carbonation.. The flavor is malt dominated as it should be and the nose eludes to that fact. The finish is nice and sweet and the aftertaste leaves a lasting impression that makes you want more.

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Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid *flagship* offering. Came to the table with a good tan head on top of a deep burgundy pour. Aroma was somewhat weak, just some hints of sweet malts. Quaff was an experience, deep malty start, followed by an earthy hop finish. Noted hints of charcoal and burnt toast. Even had a small funky mold/mushroom undertaste.

Stayed rich and robust for the entire pint, or two. Easy abv (5.22) almost qualifies this one as a good session brew.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Gordon Biersch in the Brewery District.

Appearance: Served in a slender pint glass. Dark brown pour with a fluffy tan head.

Smell: A sweet malty aroma. Carmel notes here and there.

Taste: Initial malt sweetness that quickly followed by a wheat punch and a bittering finish. The sweetness alternates between a maltier sweetness to a carmel sweetness. The wheat finish is definitely along biting into some fresh wheat bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: Very well done. I kind of wished the malt would have asserted itself a little more but it's spot on for the style. Paired famously with the chicken and rice pilaf. A very well crafted beer. Recommended.

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Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Dunkel was a dark coco with a small off-white head. No real lacing.

The nose was of slightly roasted malt and an aroma that reminded me a a whole grain bagel.

The taste was much like the smell. Not bad, just a bit underwhelming. Some slightly smoked malt vibe and and a bit of sweetness.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin and I thought the beer was a bit under carbonated. It could not stand-up to spicy food. In spite of its flaws, this was an easy drinker.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dunkles is dark brown with a good-sized, creamy head. The aroma is of bready malts with just a hint of spices. The taste consists of a bready body with an underlying light spicy character. This beer is full-flavored, yet has a light enough body to be a great crossover beer to convert friends to better beer. For me this is an excellent choice for a session beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brownish red in color with a 1" tan head. No lacing developed. The aroma was mild, as only some grass and caramel were detectable. The flavor was of caramel with a hint of chocolate and a subtle nuttiness. Little bitterness.

Mouthfeel was crisp at the start and finish. The finish was rather clean, only a slight hint of caramel lasted briefly. Overall the flavors are tame and this reduces the drinkability down a notch as this was slightly dull.

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Photo of dgallina
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Arrived a medium-brown with small creamy tan head which quickly dissipated to a light film. Smells of sweet grains with light spicy hops in the background. Taste dominated by lightly toasted grains with a medium-sour hop finish. Slightly creamy and highly carbonated in the mouth. Quite drinkable, but very simple and *completely* unexceptional.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The most interesting in their Fall lineup- richer. Dark with lace. Liquor and licorish aroma. Unfiltered and light on alcohol. Medium chewy roast flavour. Less aggressive carbonation used. Apple, lemony and lots of malt. Sour finish which I liked but may not be for everybody.

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Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany-cherry wood in color. Opaque due to darkness, I presume.

The aroma is very disappointing: there is a very strong soapy smell. Behind that, I detect some roasted nuts and a touch maple. The flavor is predominately chocolate. There is also some soft hop that prevents an overly strong sweetness. Still, this is a sweet-ish dunkle.

The aftertaste quickly disipates. This much thinner than expected with a high carbonation. I believe this is the weakest beer at Gordon Biersch. While it is not bad, I suggest trying the exceptional Kolsch first.

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Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one poured an orangish brown in color and gave off a nice head.

Smell – The singular aroma was darkly-toasted grain.

Taste – The dark, bitter grain dominated this Dunkles.

Mouthfeel – There was some sharp carbonation here that I thought was a little out of place, but otherwise this light to medium-bodied lager fell good in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This went down reasonably well. It is proven to be a difficult style to produce in the US, and Gordon Biersch did a decent job here.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Las Vegas brewpub.

This lager poured a clear (though unfiltered),dark, brown-amber color with tan foam that settled. The smell was malty with a bit of caramel. The taste was malty with some caramel and a very light sweetness. Other flavors included some yeast and a low hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was clean, and very smooth and creamy with medium body and good carbonation. This was an enjoyable dunkel.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
2.59/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a pint of this dark lager while at the Gordon Biersch Restaurant in Pasadena. Being unfiltered, it had a murky brown color and a modestly sized off-white head and left small clumps of lace.
Try as hard as I could, I was unable to get any kind of aromas from the nose of this beer. Baffled, I tried repeatedly, only to be rebuffed each time. It was like sticking my nose up to a glass of water. A beer without any nose? This can't bode well for anything else.
At least there was some flavor to this beer. Unfortunately, it wasn't very impressive. Just a bit of caramel and light diacytel flavor up front before an astringent, slightly metallic and sour finish. The feel was medium/light, thin and a bit watery.
Well, up to this point the GB brew I liked the least was their marzen. Now, I've found one to like even less. Lifeless, boring and just not very tasty, I'll avoid this one in the future.

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Photo of Dmann
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was expecting better things from this one, but it turned out just average. The glass I recieved was very dark in color with a small thick pillow of foam at the top. The smell was very sweet and malty. The taste closly followed the smell and was quite malty and good, but it just needed that extra kick to be something better. This one goes down very eaisly though so try this one if you are ever at the resturaunt.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.24/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Sampled on tap at the brewery in San Jose.
This beer is unfiltered, so it is quite cloudy. It is a reddish brown color, and has a thin tan head. Quite fruity smelling. It is lightly astringent in the finish and has quite a bit of diacetyl as well as a malty backbone, which is nice. Ultimately the diacetyl in the background distracts from this beer.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a sample at the Gordon Biersch Columbus location. The color was a dark amber, with a decent head. The smell was sweet. The taste was fairly sweet. Mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, not bad at all.

I prefer the drier dunkel lagers (ie, Penn Dark), but that doesn't take away from this beer. A quality beer, and certainly one I'd have again, if the chance presented itself.

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Photo of BrerRabbit
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly clean, malty German dunkel. The malt flavor is up front, bitterness is light and appropriate, no hop aroma. It's not quite up to a real German dunkel if you can enjoy it in Munich, but for those of us state side it's pretty damn close. This beer is my standard choice at Gordon Biersch, unless their winter seasonal is on tap.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While visiting the Gordon Biersch Brewery in Honolulu I had a glass of his Dunkles. The color was a medium dark brown with little foam and no lace. The smell of hops and malt was evident in this beer. The taste of hops and malts would have been great, but, it was just a little to flat. Not enough bitterness in the finish!

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Photo of aracauna
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This was a completely unimpressive beer. It has an ok flavor, but it's very thin. The sweet opening a little cloying with a little lemony citrous middle, and the finish a little bitter. Gordon Biersch seems to worry more about making pretty beers than tasty beers.

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