Gordon Biersch Dunkelweizen - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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4.43/5 rDev +12.7%
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
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
3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
04-10-2009 06:04:36 | More by nick76
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
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
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
3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
Poured a dark, copper, amber color with large foamy beige head. Smells of yeast, malts, spice and some kind of fruit. Tasted of wheat, yeast, roasted malts and a creamy sweetness... surprisingly good and refreshing with a great aftertaste. What a pleasant brew!
07-22-2011 02:02:06 | More by kflorence
4.4/5 rDev +12%
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
2.83/5 rDev -28%
Had this one on tap at the restaurant in Virginia Beach, VA
(Review is from notes)
A- Cloudy brownish amber
S- Caramel and clove smell, yeasty but can't get past the cloves
T- cloves, touch of banana with a flicker of fruitiness in the finish. Its a dark version of their Hefeweisen.
M- Smooth, carbonated and frothy
D- This clove thing is just not what I am looking for in a beer. Not appealing to me.
03-14-2011 02:51:18 | More by stckhndlr
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
4.45/5 rDev +13.2%
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
4.8/5 rDev +22.1%
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.
06-12-2009 00:12:06 | More by marksto
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
Gordon Biersch Dunkelweizen from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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