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Gordon Biersch Maibock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 162
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 24.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: AtLagerHeads on 04-27-2003

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Photo of Noxious26
2.33/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
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. 

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Photo of Bennettrox
2.61/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of Soonami
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Gordon Biersch has a pretty good reputation in beer circles for their brewpubs that make beers on-site, so I decided to try their Maibock that I found on the shelves at Stateline Liquors in Elkton, MD.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with a tan head the quickly devolves to a sparse coating. The beer smells very malty with sweet apples notes, rising bread, and hints of oxidation like turn wine or bruised fruit (not good). The bock is very sweet with a thick layer of oxidation that lingers on the tongue leaving a clingy almost vegetal after taste. The oxidation tastes almost metallic like crushed apples sitting in an aluminum tin for days. I did not enjoy this beer very much and I would not try this again.

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Photo of Onenote81
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not sure what the difference is between this and the Blonde Bock from the same brewery. Same style and essentially the same ABV. My bottle is labelled Maibock, so I'll stick the review here.

12oz bottle poured into a mug. Pours a dark crimson/amber. There's a thin beige head on top, but it disappears quickly. No lace present. Scents of figs, raisins, toffee, and a little booze quality. Different.

The mouth is firm. Pretty heavy body for what it is. Carbonation level is decent. The flavors are unlike any other of this style that I have had. This is more like an English Mild Ale, or a weak Old Ale. Dark fruits abound. Some plum and raisins present. Bitterness is moderate. There's a bit of an alcohol burn on the back end. This was an odd offering. I enjoyed their Marzen, but this one, not so much.

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Photo of zimm421
2.76/5  rDev -20%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
2.76/5  rDev -20%
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.

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Photo of shand
2.79/5  rDev -19.1%
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

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Photo of nimrod979
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
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!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.83/5  rDev -18%
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?

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Photo of yesyouam
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the San Jose location. The Maibock is a Hazy sienna with a thin white head. It's quite sparkling and it leaves good lacing. The aroma is fruity and wooden... a little butyl. It is medium-bodied, smooth but slightly chalky. The flavor has a nice fruit peel bitterness and a little black pepper from the alcohol. Not bad.
(rated May 15, 2007)

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of Atlas1
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decided to give the GB Maibock a try one day when I stopped in one day during American Craft Beer Week to get the brewer's signature.

Poured a dense opaque apricot-amber color. A bit lighter orange at the base when held up to the light. It had a decent two-finger head but left no lace. The aroma was a light, thin malty scent with some very faint fruit esthers. Otherwise, there wasn't much there and it was a rather bland aroma. Taste possessed a rich caramel flavor with a spicy hop finish. Not a bad flavor, for sure. Not the best maibock I've had this season, but not the worst tasting one either. The mouthfeel had an almost creamy sensation to it, but that was quickly drowned out by a strong carbonation tang which detracted a bit from the overall tasting. Certainly not a bad beer, but probably not one I'd return to in the future. I'll likely stick with the GB Schwarzbier from now on.

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Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber to red colored beer with a medium sized tan colored head. This is decidedly dark for the style.

Smell is sweet and nutty. Strong malt aroma that is about 1/2 Molasses and 1/2 Brown Sugar. That sums this up all malt and nuts.

Starts out mildly malty with a distinct raw almond taste. Grassy hop and thankfully the taste isn't near as malty as the smell. Slight taste of burnt sugar and a slight salt flavor. Still this is mostly malt and nuts.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a decent Maibock. Wouldn't be my first choice from the brewery though.

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Photo of WJVII
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
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?

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had on the release night at the Plano GB. It is blood orange in color with lovely amber highlights. A light sand colored head that is quick to fade leaving nothing but a wispy collar.

Smell is of sweet malts and a light touch of grain alcohol. Gently toasted grains, honey and a touch of caramel.

Taste is sweet more then anything else but there is a soft toasted malt flavor with a defined grain alcohol note. A coy bitterness appears in the finish along with a distinct dry mouthfeel. Distant is a honey apricot creaminess that is nothing more then ok.

Look is the best feature of this beer. The nose slips as does the flavor but never to a point of damnation. The biggest problems of this beer, in my opinion it's the mouthfeel. Rough on the palate and dryer then I would expect for the style. Each sip seems to be more of a chore then a pleasure. It tastes like a cookie cutter beer and isn't as good as the others in GB year round line up. Worth a try but I'll look forward to the next seasonal.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle for a buck at Whole Foods. Clear bronze in the glass, brilliantly clear in fact, with two fingers of white froth topping the body. Looks good, albeit filtered to death. Apricot, peach and Munich malt aromas with hints of more acidic fruit, though it's on the sweet side. The taste follows suit, Munich malt joining light fruity esters to create a tasty but slightly cloying baked stonefruit flavor. Medium bodied, sweeter than I'd like and not particularly quaffable or complex, this is decent all the same, possibly the best beer I've had from this brewery.

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Photo of nickd717
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gordon Biersch at the San Jose airport. Shame on GB for having Bud and Bud Light on tap here to appease the ignorant/brainwashed masses.

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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a lovely deep honey-brown with a nice thick fine-bubbled head. Aroma is weak but pleasant and malty. Flavor is surprisingly hoppy, considering the aroma; there is a malty undertone along with a nice bitter bite. Smooth, lively, a delight to drink.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, caramel-colored body with a tall head stand of off-white foam.

Smell: Pils malts wrapped up in moderately toasted bread. It's like a pils malt sandwich! Additional supporting notes of herbs, caramel, and apples.

Taste: Opens with a taste seemingly of pilsner malts with some addition of toasted bread accents. Slight caramel sweetness. Hint of baked apple. Lightly herbal, leafy hops with a touch of balancing bitterness. Drying, herbaceous finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation. Could benefit from a slight boost in carbonation, as it sits rather languid on the tongue.

Drinkability: If nothing else, it paired surprisingly well with the cover song "You Oughta Know" by the group Das Racist. While (for me at least) none of the bottle Gordon Biersch brews have been exemplary, they've at least been sufficient to get the job done.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Gordon Biersch Maibock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
79 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.