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Gordon Biersch Dunkels - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
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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Reviews by jimbotrost:
Photo of jimbotrost
4.08/5  rDev +14%

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.

jimbotrost, Jan 24, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

RoyalT, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of Dmann
3.65/5  rDev +2%

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.

Dmann, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

Sammy, Dec 06, 2004
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Beernoobie, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of dgallina
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

dgallina, Jan 24, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

AleHunter805, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Boilermaker88
2.6/5  rDev -27.4%

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.

Boilermaker88, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of StevieW
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Draft in San Francisco....The best of their offerings, IMO. Nice dark amber to brown color. Nice malty sweet, toffee, amber smell. Good balanced taste and feel. Malty taste throughout, crisp finish. Nice thickness to it, that you expect in a dark beer. Sweet malty flavor, makes it a winner.

StevieW, Jul 11, 2002
Photo of aracauna
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

aracauna, Sep 17, 2003
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Derrill, Aug 29, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev +2%

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.

smcolw, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of Gavage
3.4/5  rDev -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.

Gavage, Feb 20, 2005
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured a beautiful hazy brown with a nice head. After a long day at the conference with little to eat, this was the perfect beer. Aroma was hard to identify in the restaurant with all the other smells but a cloveyness was percieved. Sweet and malty with a light bitterness. Nicely balanced and very enjoyable.

jreitman, Mar 09, 2003
Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

Redrover, Apr 27, 2005
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4.28/5  rDev +19.6%

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.

MisterClean, Aug 10, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

brotherloco, Jun 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

crnhusker, May 24, 2014
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.65/5  rDev +2%

The GB Dunkel is a dark amber brew with a white head that is fairly well developed but diminishes in a short time. It leaves some lacing behind from the residual head. The body is medium and the feel is quite smooth. The taste comes mainly from malt and there is a fair amount of caramel in the malt. Basically fairly sweet, the beer is not particularly well balanced, but does drink well. The nose is light and gives off a caramel malt aroma as its primary trait.

AtLagerHeads, Apr 27, 2003
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3.83/5  rDev +7%

This beer poured out medium dark amber color. It formed a nice light tan head that left a nice lace as it subsided a little. Retained the head pretty well though. Not much aroma to it, maybe some hint of malt. The taste of it had carmel, malt and toffee. A good beer, although price in this chain in a pricey part of town.

Wildman, Jun 15, 2002
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Gregwa, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 16, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -3.6%

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!

BeerManDan, Oct 10, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

July2Nov, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

Vancer, Jan 23, 2006
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Gordon Biersch Dunkels from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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