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Gordon Biersch Dunkelweizen - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
88
very good

58 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 20
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-01-2005)
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

When most brewers are popping out light and fluffy spring seasonals Gordon Biersch jukes toward the dark side. An unfiltered dark wheat beer to be exact. Poured in traditional Weizen glasses to help swirl the carbonation around, which not only helps create a massive crowning head, but pushes some of the aromatics out. Head retention is quite stellar and the color lands dark brown and very cloudy. Bready wheat malt, dusty clove and slightly green banana in the nose. Incredible smoothness has a lot of depth in the medium body. Layered maltiness shows some breadiness, caramel and a quick twang from the wheat. A little lemony with some herbal phenolics from the yeast. Hints of green banana, apple skin and mango hit around the center. Malty, but on the dry side, with some chalky yeast in the finish.

Overall, this is a great brew. The biggest reason is that it doesn't lean toward clove and banana too much and there are no harsh phenols, which some brewers seem to not be able to tame. Kudos to Gordon Biersch, we dig this beer a lot.

08-01-2010 14:37:30 | More by BeerAdvocate
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

I have read the reviews on this beer and when in Harris Teeter today I grabbed it.Poured into my Brooklyn-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse glass a deeper russet color with a great blooming off white head that stuck like glue to the glass.Milder aromas,a mix of green apple,banana,and clove mainly,a bit of iron as well.Light but flavorful wich really is true to the style,lemony with light phenolic spice.a trace brown sugar and chocolate to compliment the fruity and spiced components.This pretty delicate compared to many American versions of the style wich is a good thing,very well done.

Oh and lets go Red Wings!

05-15-2009 00:03:20 | More by oberon
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +1.5%

On tap at Mr.Dunderbak's in Tampa. In a weizen glass the beer was a hazy brown color with a thin white head that still left a little bit of lacing. The beer had a sweet malt aroma, with a little spice. Nice sweet malt taste, some citrus, and a little clove. Comfortable, easy drinking. Enjoyed it.

05-06-2009 16:13:54 | More by lordofthewiens
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mattffrost

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Appearance: The pour is dark amber with a tint of orange the head is off-white.

Smell: I get clove the most with a wheat smell.

Taste: Very nice carmel, bubble gum, wheat.

Mouthfeel: Soft nice on the palete.

Drinkability: Very good. Goes down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 02:13:54 | More by mattffrost
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.9%

01-22-2012 00:58:31 | More by acurtis
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cynical1027

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

02-21-2012 02:31:59 | More by cynical1027
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -15%

Enjoyed on-tap at the Miami brewpub. A hefeweizen with lots more chocolate malt, nothing wrong with that. An above average mouthfeel with bananna consistency and taste. A good dunkel, good looking with lots of lace. Milkshake, though taste is on the sweet side and no complexity.

02-20-2009 20:05:58 | More by Sammy
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Rootdog316

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%

You can easily tasted the malted wheat and yeast in this beer. The roasted malt offsets some of the banana, citrus and clove flavors, producing a sweet, rich and slightly spicy brew that is both refreshing and nuanced. Apparently the beer undergoes five to six weeks of aging which helps strengthen the flavor. Another great GB beer.

09-08-2009 18:08:38 | More by Rootdog316
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -1%

Had the Dunkelweizen at the G & B in Bolingbrook, IL last evening. The color was a nice deep amber perhaps brown with off-white head that laced slightly. The aroma was sweet with hints of malt. The taste was a very good balance of grain, hops and malt. The was a slight sweetness that made the beer smooth to drink and the beer came off the pallet clean. Overall not to bad...the mouthfeel was smooth and easy. good session beer.

09-25-2011 14:25:02 | More by WoodBrew
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cjgator3

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

12oz bottle

A- Bottle poured into a weizen glass. Pours a hazed dark brownish color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is fantastic. There is a lot of wheat malt with banana and cloves and some yeast.

T- The taste follows the aroma with some sweet bready malt with the banana and clove flavors and yeast.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a pretty solid Dunkelweizen that is definitely worth a shot.

06-06-2009 02:36:12 | More by cjgator3
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1%

On-tap at the brewpub. I wasn't blown away by the other GB beers I tried, but this was a pretty solid option. It seemed to take inspiration from weizenbocks, with occasional dark fruit notes. Otherwise there a big sweet banana (like when a banana has black spots) taste along with a bit of cocoa, rum, and raisins. I'd order this again.

03-23-2009 03:12:57 | More by tempest
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Leftofthedial

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-18-2011 09:57:46 | More by Leftofthedial
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DOCRW

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

03-07-2014 23:25:07 | More by DOCRW
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Troyone

California

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

Cloudy/hazy light brown color with a tan or apricot hue and some biege head and too dificult to see the action.

Banana, hint of caramel, and some grain malt aroma.

Even background notes of banana, bubblegum, and vanilla with lots of toasted grain, wheat, and barley malt flavors.

Light bodied, rich slightly buttery feel, with lively soft carbonation.

This is a toasty grain session beer brewed in craft form, excellent.

02-27-2009 02:52:17 | More by Troyone
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err122

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

06-30-2013 09:38:42 | More by err122
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evilkorova

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-21-2011 19:17:16 | More by evilkorova
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itsmejp5

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

01-26-2012 19:04:38 | More by itsmejp5
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

Thanks to Josh @ Beer Run in Charlottesville for allowing me to try this one.

A: This was one of the nicer dunkels I have poured. It came from the bottle looking beautifully unfiltered and brown... and ends up in the glass pretty much the same way. Head doesn't stick around horribly long, but it does leave some nice lacing and it has a creamy little skim over the top of the brew.

S: Fresh cloves and a fairly big bubblegum aroma upon giving it a swirl. A nice fruitiness adds some character.

T: Not incredibly rich in flavour, but quite tasty nonetheless. The banana and clove flavours are most certainly there, with a little spot of bubblegum that carries on into the finish.

M + D: Well carbonated... crisp, but with a little bit of chewiness at the same time. This is my first GB offering, and it has made a very good first impression. Quite a good beer.

03-19-2009 03:12:35 | More by Proteus93
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HungarianCount

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

08-19-2012 18:16:51 | More by HungarianCount
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btorsdog

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

Prost-X. This stuff is goood! Thoght I was back in Bavaria but on steroids, SWEET!
Foggy nut type brown with a great white head with staying power.
Smell has lots of little side notes but pretty much strait-up weizen- NICE!
Taste is outstanding somewhat bready with all the little sweetness notes nice and malty with a touch of hoppiness-very cool!
Mouth was what you think kinda thick and almost chewy but carbonation keeps it under control in a very good way.
Drnk was GREAT very refreshing and not as heavy as I expected. Very Well Crafted Brew!

08-05-2010 01:27:45 | More by btorsdog
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Arborescence

Finland

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance: Hazy, dark yellow; like carrot juice! One finger head.

Aroma: Citrus, grass, fresh but with some spicy notes, perhaps cardamom?

Taste: Mild, citrus and herbs. Quite malty for its style.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, light bodied.

Overall: Not mind blowing, but decent enough with some originality as well.

07-10-2012 10:25:04 | More by Arborescence
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Murchmac

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

This is a damn good beer. Gordon Biersch makes some ok beers, but this one is very good.

Dark toffee warm color.

Banana noise, yeasty goodness

Great carbonation, fruity taste, leaves with a roasty burnt malt taste.

Get this beer if you can and you like the style.

04-12-2008 05:21:04 | More by Murchmac
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Nick3

California

4.45/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured into a tall pilsener style glass. Beer has a nice 3 finger head that holds pretty weel. Beer is dark brownish-orange in color. Ample carbonation continues to feed the head, looks delicious. Strong banana smell is tempered by a sweet malty nose along with some spices . . can't wait to drink it! Taste does not disappoint. Extremely smooth beer with hints of banana, clove, toffee and some fruit. Nothing overpowering in the taste but an amazingly well balanced and complex brew at the same time. Could drink quite a few of these and will continue to order them when I visit the restaurant.

03-19-2009 04:22:42 | More by Nick3
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Dark brown, murky, completely opaque. Two fingers of light brown head rise with good retention. No lacing.

S - Phenomenol aroma. Huge banana aromas with a nice dark bread in the background. Vanilla creeps in and out along with a touch of sourness. Well rounded and complex.

T - Light sweetness with lots of bananas, perhaps a bit on the overripe side. Breadiness comes on full force mid palate with remnants of fruit. Slight sourness and moderate phenolic character dominate late palate. Medicinal notes with mild bitterness in the finish with banana still bouncing around.

M - On the full side of medium bodied with a moderate to high carbonation. Couldn't ask for much more except perhaps a smidge less carbonation.

D - Dunkelweizens can make great drinking beers, and this brew is no exception. Perhaps the best dunkelweizen I've had, Gordon Biersch has managed to retain some sweetness as well as highlight the sourness and phenols present in hefeweizens. Certainly one of the best dunkels out there for anyone interested.

03-31-2009 06:09:34 | More by PatrickJR
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RunDWP

California

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

I've never been a huge fan of the Gordon Biesch brews, but here is one notable exception. Lovely, deep tan colored brew, with plenty of light tan foam. Clove and slightly fruity notes greeted my nose as I opened the bottle. The taste was a fresh mix of a slightly roasted, bready malt, like a light pumpernickle bread, a yeasty clove zip, and a little fruity, slightly banana note. Mouthfeel a little tingly, but otherwise good, and a nice, smooth, enjoyable brew.

03-04-2009 03:20:13 | More by RunDWP
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