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Gordon Biersch Maibock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of nickd717
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pokal.

A = Caramel color with extremely good clarity, forms a small one finger bone white head that settles quickly into a solid covering of small bubbles over the surface. Lightly carbonated with very small bubbles.

S = Rye bread dough, cloves, white pepper, some tropical fruits.

T = Clean, crisp flavors of unsalted crackers, cloves, plantains, fresh wheat and barley, slight earthiness, finishing with a light bitterness which offsets the stronger malt flavors it started with.

M = Medium body, light sparkling champagne like carbonation, good mouthcoating.

D = This is perhaps just a bit too strong in the taste department (and ABV) to be something you want to have too much of at one time, but it is a perfect beer on a lazy Spring afternoon.

Photo of al3
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - I've honestly never seen a beer that did not look like something I'd want to drink. Brown/reddish brown, filtered. The look matched the taste.

S - smell was OK, nothing offensive.

T & M - Flavor was lotsa malt, sweet with a roasted/toasted something thrown in. For me the mouthfeel did not seem to match the taste, I expected a fuller body. It seemed lighter/thinner than it should have.

D - easy to drink, could put back a few, no problem.

Overall, a good beer, worth trying.

Photo of largadeer
3.33/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of allthatAles
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red, creamy head quickly fades, it wreaks of malt, red apples (caramel).

Mouth; kiss of malt, cream, candied cranberry red apple, hops see the finish, though subtle provides for a fruity sweet tart finish.

Bubbles fade quickly from this med-heavy lager. I notice this isn't necessarily a 'bloating beer'. Still best enjoyed in moderation.

Photo of ender796
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the tapping party and at the Weasel Boy for the NHC judging/stewards reception. Liked it better the second time. I always seem to pick up a bit of woodyness and slight woody/musty aroma when getting it form the wodden keg. Go figure! Anyways its a great tasting beer. Smooth and easy drinking. I think this one is the favorite among the brewer's choice/seasonal beers.

A: Nice darker golden color. Very clear with a nice head.

S: Nice bready, malty aroma. Didn't detect any diacetyl or hop aroma. The beer smelled inviting to me.

T: This is where the beer won me over. The grainy flavors were outstanding. Kinda bread crust taste. Hops were in balance for me. It seemed to be well balanced with no sweetness to my taste.

M: Medium carbonation. very smooth.

D: I could drink this beer all day. Well, at least until I fell on my ass drunk as a skunk!

Photo of jbphoto88
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of yesyouam
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
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)

Photo of BigBry
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of bradybeer
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my glass it is a dark red brown with a creamy light brown head. Slight hop aroma-sweet malt in the initial taste-this malt sweetness stays with you until the last swallow. There is also a alcohol warmth to this beer-mouthfeel is medium, and lucious. Drinkability is good-it needs more hops to balance the malt sweetness-almost too sweet to have more than a few

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of Atlas1
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Riggo
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap in Washington, D.C., this strong springtime lager is dark gold with a creamy white head that leaves nice, web-like lacing. The nose is malty, yeasty, musty and fruity--bubblegum and a touch of lemon. The taste is somewhat fruity (orange, lemon) with a deep, full maltiness, yeastiness, and alcoholic warmth balanced with a crisp carbonation edge. I detected no hops in the flavor profile. The mouthfeel was full with perhaps a little too much carbonation for my tastes. Balance is there but drinkability suffers from a bit too heavy maltiness. A fresh-tasting and characterful brew.

Photo of ecoboy
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An unfiltered amber beer whose white head died quickly, but I'll blame that on the dirty glass that I got it in. (shame shame: get a dishwasher that gets lipstick off.)

Aroma is sweet and tart with not much hop presence. Flavor is fruity with definite raisin and orange notes. Finish was much cleaner than something with this much malt dominance might suggest; not syrupy like the stronger big-beer maibocks. Seemed like it would work as a session beer, and it has the taste that may send you springing for the "outdoors": porch, balcony or biergarten. Would love to have this with a cheese, bread and fruit picnic.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This spring offering is one of the heavier G. Biersch brews and it is a good one. The glass displayed a cloudy apricot colored beer that was topped by a decent white head. This beer laced extremely well. The feel was fullbodied, creamy and smooth. The nose was malty, bready and pleasant. The overall taste was malty and a bit sweet, but also reasonably balanced. The finish was quite nice and followed by a slight and sweet aftertaste.

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Gordon Biersch Maibock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
79 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.