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Gordon Biersch Dunkelweizen - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
87
very good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.29%
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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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Durge, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

cjgator3, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lordofthewiens, May 06, 2009
Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerAdvocate, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CuriousMonk, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Tucquan, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of CrellMoset
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

CrellMoset, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of charlzm
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

charlzm, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Proteus93, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of SkinniePost
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

SkinniePost, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of phishbone23
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

BeerManDan, May 10, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

ThreeWiseMen, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of DOCRW
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

DOCRW, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of nzerbe
3/5  rDev -23.5%

nzerbe, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of PatrickJR
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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.

PatrickJR, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Murchmac, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of nick76
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has bananas, bubble gum, cloves, and wheat. The appearance hazy amber with a very large head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall a nicely done Dunkelweizen. I would gladly drink another one by itself or with food. It's worth a try.

nick76, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of TrojanWheels
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

TrojanWheels, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Asics
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Asics, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Lukebell15
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Lukebell15, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of goschool
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

goschool, May 19, 2008
Photo of cynical1027
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of brywhite
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

brywhite, Sep 04, 2014
Gordon Biersch Dunkelweizen from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
87 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.