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Gordon Biersch Kölsch - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Kölsch
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 07-10-2006)
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wrightst, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of JLSIV
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer very much…I am a big fan of lagers, and like to see micros work on these as well.
Appearance-Bright yellow, looked very similar to German brews I have had overseas
Smell-Bright and beer like, minimal floral, which I like
Taste-Crsip and refreshing, went well with my food
Mouthfeel- I am a novice on this, so unless it does something weird, i'll call it good
Overall- 4 out of 5, Outstanding, will order it often

JLSIV, May 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

acurtis, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of mikeg67
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at Gordon Biersch restaurant in Dallas, TX. Pours hazy-golden hue. Aroma is of yeast, some banana and cloves. Body is medium, smooth. Taste is similar to aroma - mostly yeast with some banana and cloves. On the whole, it is not a German hefeweizen, but still not bad.

mikeg67, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of Jhandy
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried this for the first time recently and was really impressed with how clean and crisp this beer was. Had it on tap at the brewpub in town it was served in a traditional tall slim glass, it looked at first glance an average beer. The taste however was quite good subtle flavors of the grain and hops that was followed by a subtle sweetness. On that hot july day here in Vegas it was very refreshing and so easy to drink it can be dangerous if your don't watch yourself.

Jhandy, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of boss302
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GB Kolsch served on draft in what I would describe as an Americanized version of a straight Kolsch glass, i.e., LARGE, probably 16oz as compared to a Koln Kolsh glass of 0.2 liters.

A This is light colored beer similar to an Am Pils, but with some haze that shouldn't be there in a Kolsch. Thick head to start, but faded. There was a thin layer at mid glass.

S Estery, yeasty aroma. Some tart old fruit there also.

T Clean crisp, nothing really stands out. A little malt above the very low hopping. Clean finish, no off flavors, which is difficult in such a light flavored beer style.

M Light body, good carbonation.

D Very easy to drink. Could drink several of these. Kolsch's are very light in flavor and ingredients, thus making any flavors/aromas seem more apparent than they would in other more robust beers. It is a difficult style to craft.

boss302, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gordon Biersch Kolsch, ontap at the restaraunt.

Appearance: Light pale gold with a large bone white pillowy head and some lacing going down the sides of the glass. Pretty good stickage.

Smell: Pungent Euro hop aroma with some soft grains underneath.

Taste: Grainy flavors met by a slight bitterness. Muted sweet notes and a crisp dry finish. Grassy hops.

Drinkability: A solid kolsch and one that would pair well with more delicate dishes. Spot on for style, this was a nice beer.

Stinkypuss, Jul 05, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

We've had a Gordon Biersch restaurant in New Orleans for quite a long while, and I've had a couple of their beers while dining, but never seen a bottle until now.

Pours a deep straw color, not as light as say a macro, but not as deep as some pales. Nice pillowy head adorns the top, two fingers, leaves kinda quick but laces rather nicely.

Smells of a little malt, with some faint floral hops. It's not particularly aromatic.

Tastes very refreshing, light to medium body. This was actually a little heavier than I anticipated. It's not medium bodied, but its far from paper thin. It's good and hearty for the style. Theres some nice citrus hops that bombard you up front and it finishes smooth with a nice malt undertone. It's very well balanced.

A dark beer lover at heart, I've began to appreciate the lighter fare, and this is a solid and wonderfully drinkable beer. Light on the wallet and good to the tummy.

EgadBananas, May 08, 2010
Photo of TLove
2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had last night on tap at the Big Hunt in DC.

Big fan of the local brou's attempts to try new styles, however, was not crazy about this kolsch.

Perhaps its just a kolsch style issue, but the beer's piss-yellow color and mediocre tastes did not leave much to the imagination. There isnt much flavor to note, but the beer went down quite well, with a nice, even carbonation.

Better luck next time, Gordon Biersch.

TLove, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Washington, D.C. brewpub with the brewer on his last day. A good bitterness, a good lace on light yellow. A little creamy. Average mouthfeel, and drinkable on a hot Washington summer day.An average beer, which is better than may attempts others have made at the style.

Sammy, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Redrover
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Sommerfest Kolsh is the summer special seasonal. It is served in a large .51 L Kolsch style straight glass.

The beer is a hazy gold with a fluffy and clingy white head. It is a very good looker.

The aroma is a bit underpowered. Malts and hints of pears.

The taste tracks closely to the smell. It is slightly sweet, a bit crisp with grains adding most of the flavor. It could use a bit more of that pear and apple taste that many kolschs have.

The mouth is pleasant and smooth with just a bit of carbonation bite at the finish.

Easy enough drinker, could be a good intro to the style or as a cross over.
Glad to see GB take a stab at this as I think this is an under represented and underappreciated style!

Redrover, Jul 02, 2008
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2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the seasonal offering at Honolulu's Gordon Biersch in the Aloha Tower. It poured an extremely pale and cloudy yellow, an almost disconcerting color. It left slight lacing on the glass. Faint aromas of wheat, light citrus, and bread. I thought it tasted dirty -- sharp citrus bite before the swallow fades into an unpleasant yeasty finish that's too bitter for what should be a crisp style... Surprising as GB specializes in smooth lagers. Thin and fizzy with no crisp finish, this beer is nevertheless easy to guzzle on a hot day. Poor showing.

jbsteiny, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a couple of beers at the GB near Gallery Place in DC last week and it's taken me a while to get around to typing out my review notes. The Kolsch was the first of two beers I had that afternoon.

It was brought to me in a tall, slender GB Kolsch mug. I liked the glassware a lot. I'm a firm believer in beer-appropriate glassware. It appeared a slightly cloudy golden straw color, with little-to-no head, surprisingly little carbonation, and virtually no lace. The beer produced a nose of banana and spice. It was quite a malty/fruity bouquet, but one that I would have expected on a weizenbock moreso than this kolsch. Still, it was a nice aroma. The taste was crisp and refreshing. It produced a buttery-malt sensation, but with a nice spicy, dry finish. It smacked of lemon in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was smooth and dry. I'd say this is a highly drinkable beer for folks trying to beat the DC summer heat, but overall it's nothing special.

Atlas1, Jul 13, 2007
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Gordon Biersch Kölsch from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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