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Gordon Biersch Dunkels - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Gavage on 02-20-2005)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2013 23:12:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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avwrite

California

3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2014 17:23:23 | More by avwrite
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Beernoobie

California

3/5  rDev -16%

07-07-2014 05:39:03 | More by Beernoobie
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2014 04:15:11 | More by Darkmagus82
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12%

06-12-2014 03:39:36 | More by Gregwa
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brotherloco

California

3.5/5  rDev -2%

06-09-2014 03:10:47 | More by brotherloco
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2%

05-24-2014 14:37:39 | More by jpd7374
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crnhusker

Nevada

3/5  rDev -16%

05-24-2014 02:54:14 | More by crnhusker
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dwtyler

California

3.25/5  rDev -9%

05-03-2014 05:44:13 | More by dwtyler
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sbanacho

California

3.75/5  rDev +5%

05-03-2014 05:35:42 | More by sbanacho
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KimenTshom

California

3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-26-2014 05:20:29 | More by KimenTshom
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2009 01:12:31 | More by TurdFurgison
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MisterClean

California

4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 19:06:28 | More by MisterClean
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 1 Aloha Tower Dr, Honolulu

09-22-2007 03:44:36 | More by July2Nov
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jbsteiny

Hawaii

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 1 Aloha Tower Dr, Honolulu

07-29-2007 00:56:20 | More by jbsteiny
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jimbotrost

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 900 F St NW, Washington

01-24-2006 21:02:41 | More by jimbotrost
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Vancer

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch, 1201 Brickell Avenue #250, Miami

01-23-2006 15:04:26 | More by Vancer
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch, 1201 Brickell Avenue #250, Miami

11-19-2005 02:22:52 | More by mattcrill
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Redrover

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch, 1201 Brickell Avenue #250, Miami

04-27-2005 15:10:40 | More by Redrover
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch, 1201 Brickell Avenue #250, Miami

04-18-2005 19:35:39 | More by Gagnonsux
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 900 F St NW, Washington

02-20-2005 21:24:37 | More by Gavage
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dgallina

Georgia

3/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 900 F St NW, Washington

01-24-2005 19:15:38 | More by dgallina
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 900 F St NW, Washington

12-06-2004 04:40:46 | More by Sammy
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 900 F St NW, Washington

09-06-2004 01:14:59 | More by smcolw
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RoyalT

Ohio

3/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 900 F St NW, Washington

04-23-2004 03:38:51 | More by RoyalT
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Gordon Biersch Dunkels from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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