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Gordon Biersch Dunkelweizen - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
88
very good

59 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 20
Gots: 2 | 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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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

This is my favorite of the Gordon Biersch beers. It pours kind of an ugly muddy brown color with a big off white head. The aroma is a little bready and herbal, with spices and berries. The flavor is strong with banana, clove, spice, herbal tea, and berries. A bit clunky, like most of GB beers, but tasty and not bad.

02-04-2011 18:41:27 | More by CuriousMonk
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

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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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

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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Arborescence

Finland

3.93/5  rDev 0%

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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RunDWP

California

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

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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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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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Leftofthedial

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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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Durge

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Since the location where I had this is not listed yet but it has to be brewed at one of the brewing locations so I'll go with this one. It's a pretty thick tan amber with a modest white head and similar lacing. The aroma is clove and light banana and some sweet malt. The flavor is firm clove wheat, bread and subtle citrus. It's a well carbonated brew with a good feel that goes down easy. A very solid, refreshing brew.

04-30-2009 22:51:42 | More by Durge
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SlowWideTurns

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-25-2012 02:25:23 | More by SlowWideTurns
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BeerManDan

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured a deep brown with a fair amount of foam and loads of lace. The smell of wheat, roasted malts and yeast filled the nose. The taste was of a thick sweetness with a hint of bitterness to balance this smooth tasting dunkelweizen. One of the best U.S. Dunkelweizen that I've tasted in a long time!

05-10-2008 22:07:02 | More by BeerManDan
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-19-2012 02:56:48 | More by t0rin0
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

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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Proteus93

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

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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chuckyboomboom

California

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%

08-22-2014 00:51:44 | More by chuckyboomboom
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goschool

California

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Appearance: The pour is cloudy brunt orange in color with a frothy off-white head.

Smell: The nose is dominated by unripened banana. Aromas of wheat and clove are also noticeable.

Taste: The flavor profile starts out with soft wheat and an mild herbal and clove component. Lemon zest, caramel and notes of banana join the mix in the mid-palate. The finish is where this beer really brings it. Banana, fresh-squeezed lemon and clove, explode and linger well in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It's on the lighter end of medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a really good effort. Great traditional approach to the style.

05-19-2008 05:07:45 | More by goschool
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charlzm

California

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

Consumed 02/11/09. Served at approx. 38 degrees F in a weizen glass. Bottled on 01/07/09.

Beer pours a cloudy, almost murky orange-medium brown. A two finger light tan head dwindled fast to a fairly sticky layer of lace. Very well carbonated in the glass, with lots of very small bubbled slowly streaming up the sides.

Aroma is fairly thick and heavy, with bananas and subtle clove being the main ingredients. A carmelized sugar note as well as some vanilla. Honeysuckle. Reminds me of banana pudding with vanilla wafers. Yum!

Beer is thick and just short of chewy. Carbonation evident in glass doesn't seem to play a role in the mouth.

Flavor is less appetizing than aroma but still just fine. Banana and vanilla are more subtle on the palate than in the nostrils. Clove is more pronounced. Slight metallic wheat tang and a touch of citric tartness. Very clean finish with nearly no aftertaste. A real refresher.

This is a perfect hot afternoon beer, or as a warmup for a drinking session. Don't think I could do more than one of these, though.

02-11-2009 20:55:35 | More by charlzm
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BrewMonkey

California

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a deep cloudy hazy amber with quite a rapidly developing head that sits up very nicely.

Very pleasant clove and fruit aroma, minimal citrus. A slight sourness attacks the pallet and gives way to a mellow fruity caramel profile. Very bubbly mouthfeel, a little bit thin but not bad. Slightly spicy aftertaste.

Overall a pretty good beer, especially considering it cost less than a dollar a bottle as part of a Costco mixed 24 pack.

03-28-2008 01:05:57 | More by BrewMonkey
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cjgator3

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

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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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! I'm just now getting around to reviewing this one, as I'm desperately looking for an excuse to stop studying for the bar. A dunkelweizen is as good an excuse as any!

Appearance: Pours as you would imagine - looks like, well, a dark, unfiltered wheat beer. It's sort of a hazy dull brown, and not quite as opaque around the periphery, where it shines a muted sepia. The lightly tanned two-fingers of rocky head fade quickly at first and then even out, maintaining a formidable one-finger height for a while, a foamy, soapy, sticky mass. Fast, zippy carbonation is visible at the very edges of the glass - anything deeper is obscured. The lacing itself spotty, speckly, dotty. This really is an attractive beer - if the lacing and head retention were a little nicer, it'd be near perfect.

Aroma: Robust, bready, lightly caramelized malts meld with a traditional hefeweizen combo punch - soft yet nonetheless crisp wheat, a slight yeasty nuttiness, mild cloves, and a nice, not underripe but not overripe banana note.

Taste: About what you were expecting from the nose, though perhaps a little bit thinner and a little more "unripe" in the banana notes (which is probably just me detecting lighter, fruitier esters). Very bready and moderately roasted malts - lending it a very sweet though not syrupy or sticky backbone - accompany the aforementioned slightly underripe banana notes, a few a faint green nutty notes, and a handful of other sharper, more citrus-esque fruit notes. All in all it's a little less vibrant and varied than the nose - seems a little "thinner," too - but it's good.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and full of light, average-sized effervescence in a body of moderate thickness that's still somehow reasonably even. About what you want from this style, though it is perhaps a little thin.

Drinkability: My first Gordon Biersch, and a surprisingly pleasant beer. First off, good for them for taking a stab at a style many don't. Secondly, kudos to them for getting it right. This has all the characteristics of a straightforward, drinkable drunkelweiss, from the bananas and cloves all the way down to the roasted but soft malty foundation. And at 5.4%, you can afford to drink it while studying for the Virginia bar exam.

07-06-2009 02:57:16 | More by CrellMoset
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Rootdog316

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

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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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance: Opaque orange-brown with thick creamy head. Looks gorgeous!

Smell: Very floral with banana, clove, figs and malted wheat. Looking forward to this one.

Taste: Creamy banana with some dark fruits, clove and spices. A touch of citrus as well on top of a wheat base. Maybe it's because I'm having this right after a St. Pauli Girl, but this is delicious.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied with lower carbonation.

Drinkability: Wish there were some more of these in the fridge. Gotta get back to the Fresno State-Rutgers game. Go Dogs!

09-01-2008 22:26:42 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

Had this at the San Francisco airport on 2009-04-30

A - Pecan brown with a 1-finger, tan head

S - Bread, clove, citrus and a little bubblegum

T - Remarkable. Smells are mirroed in the taste with the classic banana, clove, and sourdough bread. Just a wisp of hops. Compares very favorably with a Franziskaner Dunkelweizen although it is a short step below a Weihenstephaner Dunkelweizen.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation

D - This one surprised me. I didn't expect to get an American Dunkelweizen in an airport that compared so favorably to the brews from Munich.

04-27-2010 18:00:38 | More by Tucquan
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