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Gordon Biersch Maibock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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1/5  rDev -71.3%

Jbowmann, Jul 01, 2014
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2/5  rDev -42.5%

Pac-N-West_SNOB, Apr 22, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

MathNut, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Noxious26
2.3/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

Noxious26, Feb 03, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

GraduatedCashew, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Soonami
2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Soonami, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

4/30/2012

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. 

HopHead84, May 04, 2012
Photo of Bennettrox
2.6/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Bennettrox, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Onenote81
2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Onenote81, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of Chaney
2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Chaney, May 11, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -21%

avisong, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of shand
2.75/5  rDev -21%
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

shand, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of zimm421
2.78/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

zimm421, May 11, 2011
Photo of nimrod979
2.78/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

nimrod979, May 01, 2011
Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
2.78/5  rDev -20.1%
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!

OhYesILoveBeer, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
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?

Beerandraiderfan, May 11, 2011
Photo of yesyouam
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
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.
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yesyouam, Dec 12, 2008
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2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

EgadBananas, May 09, 2011
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Gordon Biersch Maibock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
79 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.