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Gordon Biersch Dunkelweizen - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Gordon Biersch DunkelweizenGordon Biersch Dunkelweizen

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BA SCORE
88
very good

56 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 14.43%


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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cjgator3

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 22:26:42 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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Rootdog316

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 02:52:17 | More by Troyone
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy rust color with a magnificent creamy head; great retention and strands of lace

Smell: Green bananas, unsweetened apple sauce and cloves

Taste: Green bananas and cloves up front, with bubblegum and unsweetened apple sauce arriving to add complexity and balance; by mid-palate, a lemony tartness notches up the flavor profile and after, the swallow, all of the flavors come together in a well-balanced fashion

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and creamy, with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: I have had mixed experiences with Gordon Biersch beers, but this one is a top notch example of the style

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 16:57:05 | More by brentk56
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btorsdog

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 06:09:34 | More by PatrickJR
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Nick3

California

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My Eisenbahn Weizenbock glass wasn't cleaned properly, so I will use my Widmer Hefeweizen glass to hold this beer. On to the beer:

Brown with hues of orange, a mysterious cloudy haze that's candy to my eyes, and a creamy white head on top. The aroma tries to match the beauty of the appearance with cloves, cinnamon apples, and a touch of banana with good intensity. I predict good things up ahead.

I don't know what it is, but this dunkelweiss is a winner! Sweet, juicy apples quickly jump to my mind. Apple strudel comes next, and I think I can taste the flakiness of that bakery pastry. A little spicy with some mixed fruits notes as each sip nears completion. Phenolic overall. Medium carbonation, but with a gentle feel.

Gordon Biersch knows how to make those German wheat ales. Their Hefeweizen is damn good, and their Dunkelweizen might even be better. A hell of a good beer....did someone say breakfast in a bottle?

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 05:09:25 | More by DoubleJ
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marksto

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

GB beers recently became available in our area.

This one is poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 3/11. It's bottle conditioned as should be with this style. Displays a muddy, light brown color with requisite wheat haze and a big fluffy head. The head has great retention and takes on a rocky appearance as several minutes pass.

Really nice, full weissbeer aroma with banana, clove, and a delicate spiciness. The banana and clove carry over in the flavor. This beer also has that subtle tart, tangy character that the best german wheat beers possess. The esters are toned down a bit more than a regular hefe would be, as the darker malts lend a light richness and temper the estery character a bit. This beer has a light body and great frothy carbonation level that accentuates the spiciness and makes it very quenching.

This is one beautiful dunkelweizen! The best I've had outside Germany and a must-have for any afficiando of this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 00:12:06 | More by marksto
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royalk

California

4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle bottled 37 days ago according to the date on the bottle. Perfect banana and clove flavors - intense without seeming fake or overpowering. Appealing coffee color. Lots of fine sediment. Not much hop flavor, but that seems consistent with the style. Exceptionally good, get it while it is fresh. Maybe the best beer GB makes?

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 21:26:06 | More by royalk
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setto69

California

4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My wife and I purchased a 6-pack from BevMo and was absolutely satisfied with the taste of this beer. From the minute you pour it into the glass you can see it is a nice wheat brown look with a great Hefeweizen smell to it.

When taking the 1st drink I knew that this was now my favorite beer. I was eating mexican food and the taste combined with the enchiladas was magnificent. The beer was a perfect match for the spicy taste. I finished the beer in about 4 gulps and wanted another 1 right away. All I can say is this a must beer for anyone. The smoothness that Gordon Biersch has perfected will be a delight for any beer drinker. Go ahead and give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 06:10:14 | More by setto69
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