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Gordon Biersch Maibock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Gordon Biersch MaibockGordon Biersch Maibock

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14%

Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 04-17-2006)
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Photo of Wasatch


3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled On: 1/2/13

Got this one at the SLS in Cedar City

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden dark amber color, some carbonation, with a little fizzy off white foamy head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some sweetness. The taste is mostly malty, with some sweetness. Medium body. Overall this would be a way better brew if it was not this old. Some of the SLS SUCK when it comes to getting in fresher brews, because of this you need to look at dates, which I did not do in this case.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 02:25:17 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap, Gordon Biersch, Myrtle Beach

A- pours a hazy golden orange color with a small white head with decent retention

S- light floral hop, sweet bready malt, fruity notes with a bit if yeast

T- moderate floral hop with some fruity, apple-like flavor. The malt is sugary and sweet with a clean-yet-fruity finish

M- medium-heavy body, slightly viscous and sticky mouthfeel with a creamy finish. Alcohol is hidden very well

O- easy drinking spring seasonal, this ine can catch up with you fast as the alcohol is hidden very well. Glad to try, but probably won't buy again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2013 17:43:38 | More by Treyliff
Photo of FlatRabbitRed


4.16/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very surprising beer for a chain microbrewery!

Copper color with nice head and very flavor fortified beer, balanced strong malt character with sweetness, low hop balance.

Roasted malt and sweet caramel up front, background spices cinnamon, anise, raisons. Very minor hop feel, just enough to know they are there. Warming balanced well with the sweet strong body of this beer.

I really enjoyed this one!

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2013 14:14:36 | More by FlatRabbitRed
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Served in a tall glass. Copper with good lacing.

Smell: Malt liquor...not an unpleasant smell actually Caramel sweetness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Extremely malty, maybe a bit too much like malt liquor. It could definitely use some more balance. Mouthfeel is clean but too flat in the finish.

Overall Drinkability: I was a bit disappointed in this. I feel like they froze a decent lager and then melted it in order to concentrate the alcohol ala an eisbock. This was a slight miss, but I would drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2013 03:23:23 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of Fatehunter


3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a half finger of head on a dark amber colored body.
The aroma has a faint grain smell.
The taste is nice and rich with roasted and caramel malt, it finishes with a mild bitterness.
the texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's lacking in the appearance and smell but the taste is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 02:54:45 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

12 oz brown bottle with pry off cap poured in a miscellaneous large glass at our rental condo inTurtle Bay, North Shore, Oahu. Purchased at the north shore Foodland, in a variety 12 pack.

Red-brown amber and clear. Off-white head is 3/8th inch on the pour but quickly disappears.

Aroma is lots of malt. Woody, caramel, nutty and honey with hints of spicy and herbal hops.

Nutty and woody sweet malt. Almost cloying. Not far off from syrup. Finish has a hint of pecan nuttiness, but it's largely herbal and floral hops.

Medium bodied but oily.

Cloyingly sweet at the start and finishes mildly hopp. Pretty boring and nothing near as good as past examples of the style I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 07:07:40 | More by Noxious26
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a half of an inch of off-white, thick, dense, head that has great retention

S - caramel, apples, sweet

T - caramel, apples, faint hops, some sugar

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth

The caramel and baked apple notes dominated this one. There are some faint hops for balance, but overall, it's sweet, fruity, and sticky. I'll pass in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 00:40:38 | More by tdm168
Photo of HopHead84


2.58/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Draft at Gordon Biersch San Diego.

A: Dark orange and slightly hazy with a fast fading white head.

S: A little plum and orange with toasted bread and biscuity notes. Seems pretty estery for a Maibock. 

T: Bread blends with biscuit and toasted notes. There's a light citrus presence that brings to mind orange flesh. The beer has a light sugary quality to the sweetness. There's a touch of spiciness in the finish.

M: Medium body with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft.

Overall: Comes across as messy. Too much yeast driven fruitiness for the style. 

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2012 14:52:04 | More by HopHead84
Photo of CraftBeerTastic


3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #158
Served On: 04/25/2012
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: 7.3%
Date/ Code: 2/01/12

This was in the 2012 spring mixed 12 pack from Evergreen Liquors in Frederick ($14.99).

Look: Out of the bottle was a super clear copper with a thin coating of sandy colored foam. A stray carbonation bubble would randomly appear.

Smell: Sweet malts with a hint of spice in the nose. The lager quality shined through with some biscuit notes. The 7.3% ABV was noticeable.

Taste: First off there was a bittersweet malt. Then a warm spice completely coated the mouth. The finish was a tangy bitterness with a sticky biscuit note that slowly formed the aftertaste. An alcohol warmth was present throughout.

This was a fairly nice Maibock that certainly held up to the style nicely. The higher ABV was noticeable, but I find that to be nice in spring offerings. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 22:28:13 | More by CraftBeerTastic
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gordon Biersch Maibock has a thick, cream-colored head and a clear, amber appearance, with lots of lacing and streaming bubbles. The aroma is faint, but one can pick up sweet, medium-roasted malts and a little bit of grain husk. Taste is sweet malt, some syrup, brown bread, a touch of hop bitterness, and alcohol is present across the sip.The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Gordon Biersch Maibock finishes crisp and fairly easy drinking. Overall, this is a very good beer.


Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 21:50:48 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a draft into my Gordon Biersch stein in San Diego. About one finger of head once I got it. Color was basically orange with lots of carbonated bubbles. White even lacing on the top. Minimal film on the sides.

Smelled some skunky notes up front. Initially reminded me of a pilsner. Then got caramel malts, sweet malts, dark fruit and the dreaded corn malts.

Tasted true to the Gordon Biersch style. Lots of flavors on the tongue. It reminded me a bit of the pale ale that I recently had here in San Diego. Caramel malts seemed to lead the way. Very malty. Also got some light citrus notes on the back end.

Medium-to-light body. Thin texture. Above average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

Enjoyed this beer, which is something since it’s a Gordon Biersch beer. Good beer for the season.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2012 06:27:18 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of jsprain1


3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light on the amber spectrum. Thick, large bubbled head sits rather nicely atop. A bit of lacing.
S- A bit of a fruit aroma, apple would be my assessment. Definitely sweet maltyness on the nose.
T- Quite sweet, but not as much so as some in the style can be. There is a dried apple flavor in it as well.
M- Syrupy at first, but it finishes dryer than I expected. Decently full body for style.
O- A decent beer and it hides the alcohol pretty well. A good attempt, but I don't know that I would make a concerted attempt to try it again. I would have liked just a little bit more balancing bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 14:36:03 | More by jsprain1
Photo of kevinv


3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tyson's Corner location in McLean, VA in early May. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a deep copper/bronze color with a foamy 3 finger off-white head. The beer is almost translucent after it settles from the pour. Great head retention and nice lacing. Does this beer vary in color? Some reviewers reported a similar color to mine while others say "light golden." Odd.

S - Earthy, some toasted pale malts, lightly hoppy, and a little caramel sweetness. Slight alcohol in the nose.

T - The taste is toasty malts with a moderate presence. Bready with a nice caramel sweetness. A hint of alcohol comes through, more so as the beer warms. Light floral hop bitterness. The finish was a little dry with a light hop bitterness.

M - High-light body to a low-medium body. I expected, and would have liked this to be a little fuller in the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

O - Honestly, I really enjoyed this beer. It was probably my favorite of the night out of a few of their offerings. Like another reviewer said, goes great with their garlic fries. I'll have to try this from the bottle and see how it compares. Pretty solid overall with the exception of the light mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 19:25:21 | More by kevinv
Photo of Bennettrox


2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Optimator13 for this one

A - A nice pretty amber pour, 1 finger white head.

S - Caramel, toffee, sugar, and a little candy.

T - Sweet malts, caramel, more sugar sweetness

M - Moderate carbonation, a little thin.

O - I've had this on tap, first time on the bottle. Much better on tap, this is just overly sweet for a maibock. Not my favorite example but I know GB can do better.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 15:11:57 | More by Bennettrox
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.85/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light copper appearance, average head, carbonation, not much for lace. Not much for aroma.

Lighter in body than its appearance would suggest, carbonation is nicely done, very limited hop mouthfeel from this, something very low alpha acid I would expect. Sweetness is the predominant flavor, but not candy like by any means. Highly carbonated, largely drinkable, but not much defineable character beyond carbonation and sweet. Not complex by any means. A little bready downbottle, and the smell turned for the worse. Better when you pair it with their garlic fries, but what isn't?

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 18:30:29 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of zimm421


2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at the Columbus, OH location. Appears an amber color with darker reddish hues. Has a decent off-white head, nothing overly impressive here.

Smells very sweet and malty. Bready, caramel and fruity are the best ways to describe the smells. Not really any hops in the nose, definitely just a sweet smelling brew. The taste corresponds to the nose very well - lots of malt. Caramel, and fruit are both present. The end of each sip is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is definitely light with an average amount of carbonation. Overall, not an impressive brew, just fairly average. A decent summer beer, and it went well with my meal, but didn't make me want to go back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 18:15:46 | More by zimm421
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap at the Tysons Corner location before going to see "Thor."

A: Very cloudy caramel kiss color, with a finger or so head that stayed afloat throughout the session.

S: I got almost nothing on the nose.... and I gave it everything! I got maybe a few traces of dark malt and nuts.

T: There was a distinct vomit-like aftertaste that I found most unpleasant. Need I say more? Very dry finish.

M: Pretty carbonated for this style (which I find in most GB beers), and the taste lingered somewhat.

O: This was the worst beer I had that nice. I won't get this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 12:20:50 | More by Chaney
Photo of EgadBananas


2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Transparent amber in color, off-white head, bits of lace.

Caramelized malts, caramel, sweetness, nutty, and that's about it.

Taste is sweet, malty, caramel, nuttiness, and a hint of booze.

The feel is creamy, slick, medium bodied. Goes down smooth and is slightly rich.

Overall, a decent Maibock. Works well for a seasonal, as I will enjoy this sixer well enough, but that will do for a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 01:21:37 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of nimrod979


2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle, poured into a standard pint glass. Clear amber/orange color with an average small off-white head that dissipates to nothing rather quickly.

Mostly malty aromas. Mix of bready, caramel and some sweet dark fruit smell peeking through.

Taste is sweet malts. Some of that dark fruit flavor showing up. Perhaps a little too sweet. A tiny hint of hops kind of shows up in the finish. but it's not really that noticeable.

Medium bodied with a fizzy carbonation and moderate finish. I don't know. I don't really love the beer. It's not fantastic and there's nothing exciting about this beer. Then again I don't hate it either. Just nothing I'd ever buy again. Distributors must've started pushing this beer around here about a year ago. It seemed like every bar or liquor store was getting this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 22:16:10 | More by nimrod979
Photo of OhYesILoveBeer


2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GB Maibock, 12oz's into pint. Pours deep golden, almost copper with literally no head whatsoever. Smells really sweet with lots of crystal and pale malts showing up, no hops are detected. Tastes almost cloying, and not really pleasurable to me. This beer somewhat reminds me of their Blonde Bock and I'm just not a fan of that one either. I wouldn't mind using this in a marinade or something similar, but I just cant see drinking another in the near future. Overall, I would recommend someone thats into really sweet offerings to sample this beer, its worth a try but its just not for me I guess. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 21:39:33 | More by OhYesILoveBeer
Photo of WJVII


3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass this brew has a 1 finger off white head that left little lacing and nearly no cap once settled. (was over poured and served said boo-yah when slamming it onto my coaster). The aroma was very sweet and full of dark fruits and caramel. The taste was along those lines, very sweet, nutty malts and a strong plum and raisin flavor. Not much hop noticed in this brew. The carbonation was moderate and there was a little notice of the alcohol warmth after about half the brew. This was an OK beer but nothing to write home about and after getting the tab, don't think it was worth the price- BOO-YAH?

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2011 17:13:27 | More by WJVII
Photo of shand


2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic. ABV is 7.3%.

Pours a rather orange-red color with a fairly minimal head. It comes on sweet at first, very sweet caramel malts. The aroma is fairly good, a strong caramel maltiness with a touch of frutiness. Smells a lot like their Blonde Bock, actually. The sweetness never goes away, even as this brew turns more bitter towards the finish. Cloyingly sweet. It almost tastes like the exact same recipe as their Blonde Bock with just some more hops thrown in. This brew's saving grace is some nice roasty nuttiness that comes on in on the finish, saves it from going even lower taste-wise.

The mouthfeel is just alright, it's highly carbonated and seems full-bodied, but somehow just washes right down. The drinkability is OK, it would drink a lot more easily if it weren't so damned sweet. Another letdown from Gordon Biersch. I find that everything they do is just too sweet for my liking. I mean, this is a decently constructed beer

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 02:08:36 | More by shand
Photo of cjgator3


3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear dark amber/copper color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is bready malt with caramel and hints of dark fruits.

T- The taste like the aroma is predominantly malty with a 
a lot of sweetness from the malt up front with some caramel flavors and a moderate amount of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not bad but not not great either. This one is right in the middle, a pretty average beer. Not something I would purchase again but not something I would turn down either.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 02:56:48 | More by cjgator3
Photo of Nerudamann


3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Look - Copperish in color, with about half a finger's worth of foam that dissipates quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - malty but with a touch of zestiness from the hops. Smells sweet too, like a cola.

Taste and Mouthfeel - sweet in the beginning, a bit musky or "dryer" in the middle, and bitter in the finish. I can't taste the carmelization..pity. Texture is very well-balanced.

Drinkability - despite the bitterness at the end, I find this to be a very drinkable brew! Worth a six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 03:58:25 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium amber color with minimal head. Aroma is pleasant and sweet-smelling with caramel malt and some plum-like fruitiness. Flavor is caramel malt and pale malt along with slight dark fruit notes. Very mild bittering hops come through on the finish. Decent. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Rather flat on the mouthfeel. Overall, well, this is all right. Slight shortcomings on the palate and appearance are made up for by pretty good aroma and flavor for the style.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 900 F St NW, Washington

02-04-2011 18:39:51 | More by CuriousMonk
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Gordon Biersch Maibock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
80 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.