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Gordon Biersch Maibock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch MaibockGordon Biersch Maibock

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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 BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer fares better than most other GB lagers. Bold in its maltiness and subtle in the Pilsner grains, the beer takes on a hearty, bready tone with moderate sweetness. Herbal and grassy hops prove to be bold, but balanced both in flavor and bittering. Spicy and lightly fruity notes help to decorate the beer. Warming in the finish, but allows for smooth texture and easy drinking. Head retention could be better.

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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 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 tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden yellow / light copper in color. Short one finger head lingers a bit before becoming a surface bubble or two.

Smell: sweetness is abundant and easy to detect.

Taste: strong grainy malt base with honey, melon sweetness, and a decent bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable and there is a touch of earthiness and yeast tones. All in all a sweet and flavorful offering.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start, almost syrupy at the finish. Medium-heavy in body. Long malt sweetness and hints of alcohol glue themselves to your tongue for a lengthy aftertaste.

Drinkability: smooth and quenching even though this feels thick on the tongue. Good version of the style worth seeking out on draft.

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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 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 Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a wide-mouthed pint glass)

A- This beer has a wildflower honey colored body with a slight hazy and a thin light beige head on top that is supported by a gentle carbonation.

S- The clean smell has notes of soft raw grain and light toasted malt notes.

T- The light taste of caramel malt is dry but is followed by a faint sweetness of pale malt. There is a smooth cream note in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a full texture as long as the head last, which is for a good part of the beer. There is no alcohol heat noticed.

D- This beer is a nice sipper with a very smooth flavor for a 7.0%ABV beer, but the muted flavors really leave me wanting more flavor. If they doubled the malt bill it would have a great flavor.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at the Seattle location.

Appearance: murky brown-orange hue with a thick finger of ivory foam. Not at all bad.

Smell: toasty and caramelly with a lightly balanced sweetness. I like it.

Taste: sweet with a nice caramelly character. There's a hint of toastiness that works well. There's also a nicely balanced bitterness that I dig.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: a surprisingly decent maibock; worth a try!

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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 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 clayrock81
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not the greatest or most fair review, since I went to the Maibock spring release party tonight and tried this. The beer had a clearish, auburn color with good head and some decent lacings. The smell, to my nose at the time, was mildy hoppy and had nothing else. The taste was very hoppy, while the body was full and filling. A slick passing over the tongue was balanced with a very dry result on the backend. Some earth and grassy notes I must add, and some malts like bread that filled the stomach quickly. This isn't a good review, I reiterate, but I know that this brew was fully enjoyable and I recommend a try to anyone visiting the VB location soon.

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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 Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the Columbus brewpub's Maibock Tapping Party. Hazy light amber/orange color with a medium thick off-white head that lasts fairly well. Earthy malt and floral hops aroma. Medium-bodied with a fairly bitter character. Flavors of malt, grain and fruit are counterbalanced by an indistinct bitterness. The finish is fruity and still bitter. Not too bad really, just needs better balance.

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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 Fatehunter
3.55/5  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.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at the Summerlin Gordon Biersch location.

This Maibock poured a hazy, copper color with creamy, white foam that settled and left a thin layer on the surface of the beer. The smell was mildly malty with a hint of Munich malt and a note of alcohol. The taste was strongly malty with a touch of Munich malt and a faint bit of caramel. The light malty sweetness was balanced by a nice hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was smooth and malty with medium body and moderate carbonation. The malt and hops lingered nicely in the finish. This was a nice, American take on a German Maibock.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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.


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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 BigBry
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap pint, the seasonal selection at the time.
Clear, dark copper brown with a creamy light brown head. Some hop aroma with the malty sweetness. Flavor was a bit sweet, pretty well balanced. Very typical of the style. By the end (after it had warmed a bit) there was a alcoholic bite aftertaste. Slightly thin, medium mouthfeel, but you don't want it to be heavy. Good drinkability, too bad time issues would not allow me to try some more.

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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 CuriousMonk
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.76/5  rDev +9%
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.

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