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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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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

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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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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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

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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DoubleJ

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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?

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

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +21.8%

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
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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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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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Durge

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

04-30-2009 22:51:42 | More by Durge
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

04-26-2009 16:57:05 | More by brentk56
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nick76

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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charlzm

California

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

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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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%

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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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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goschool

California

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

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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setto69

California

4.88/5  rDev +23.9%

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.

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

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

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
Gordon Biersch Dunkelweizen from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
88 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.