Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Blonde BockGordon Biersch Blonde Bock

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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StevieW on 07-11-2002

23 IBU
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Photo of oberon
3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blonde bock/Mai bock is my favorite lager style and in the spring I look forward to trying new ones.This poured into a .5 liter stein a full rich golden (not blonde) with a fluffy very well defined white head thaat turned into a creamy mass after settling slowly.Aromas were not pleasant,like wet grain with some sort of spoiled corn element,just not good.The flavors didnt show many of the nasty attributes of the smell wich is good,big buttery, caramel sweetness with some sweet alcohol and and toasty grain in a lingering finish.If you take away the bad smell this is a pretty good blond bock,just needs some tweekin.

Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This blonde bock is, well, not so blonde, but it is lighter than a regular bock. I’d call the color a light orangish-brown, like a very light copper. The head was big and full with lots of active carbonation feeding into it.

Smell – The nose here is light but not subtle, if that makes any sense. What I can pick up is some sharp sugary notes with a bit of caramel-laden malt beneath.

Taste – This tastes a lot bigger than it smells. The super-sweet caramel is huge and drowns out the malty base. This is definitely cloying in the taste. The sugary sweetness is good but over-the-top.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied Bock is so sweet my mouth puckered when I took my first swig.

Drinkability – This one is a little much to qualify as a session beer (which I think all Bocks should be able to do) but it was drinkable on a limited scale. I wouldn’t want more than one round of it, but it wasn’t bad.

Photo of Dmann
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very sessionable beer despite it's 7% abv. The beer poured a clear golden color with a small white head that settled into a small rim of foam and left little lace. The smell was quite grainy and had a nice sweet maltiness to it. The flavor was pretty good with a good sturdy malt backbone, a medium bodied mouthfeel and a hint of spice in the background. A good offering from GB.

Photo of southernmagnus
2.05/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

After having two of these, I Googled Gordon Biersch to see if they were actually a front for Anheuser-Busch.

Super clear yellow, fizzy and macro-tasting.

If, God forbid, you've always wondered what 7% Budweiser would taste like- this is as close as I've found.

Not for beer lovers, at all.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Big yellow pour with massive head, disappointing lacing, if you could call it that.

Aroma was a turn off, alcohol and I dunno, strawberry hairspray.

Taste, a little better, sweet, wish I could give it a 3.25 rating (edit: now I can!). Get rid of the primary "flavor" being "alcohol" and this could be a 4. Mouthfeel, the alcohol dominance doesn't stick around, so it succeeds there, but its lacking hop, malt quality leave room for improvement.

Expensive for what it is.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber blonde with a white fleeting head leaves thin sporadic spots of lace. Aroma: Rich maltiness semi-nutty with alcohol making a strong presence on the nose, a bit one dimensional with a touch of hops. Taste: Grainy offness in each sip high alcohol isn't hidden well at all, semi sweet graininess and off bitter grainy finish not that great. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied strong lager not my cup of tea I've had better German and American brewed versions. Drinkability: Lacks many characteristics to bring a high level of drinkability, getting one down is a job not well constructed a bit harsh with the grainy offness and overbearing alcohol.

Photo of aschwab
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it in a bottle - poured it into a glass.

A slight bock color, clear. Its a brownish color.

Did not smell the beer.

Tastes fresh, however not as much bock flavor as I was hoping. Could use more flavor...

Goes down smoothly.

It is drinkable, but not a beer I would grab for all the time.

Photo of samtrillo
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy orange gold. Expertly performs a disappearing head trick. Lots of bubbles rising to the top.

S - Sweet bread with a bit of caramel and grassiness.

T - Somewhat sweet bread to start, end and aftertaste was pretty unpleasant sour. Tasted 'old', I don't know how to put it. Another reviewer said astringent.

M - Loads of carbonation is fun but the aftertaste lingers too long and it is an unpleasant one.

O - Not really my thing, and there are other beers in this category that can do it more justice.

Photo of watermelonman
2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured to a bright and deep gold color without much head. It's not leaving any lace behind either.

The smell is a little subdued but still hints at the potency at hand. I wasn't much of a fan of the flavor, however. It tastes cheap and overly grainy. It's pretty drinkable considering the contents, but it's not something I really enjoyed.

Photo of nickthegun12
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance is golden, orange, yellow with a small head and great lacing...

smells of malty sweetness...with some fruitiness...

taste very malty not much hop presence but it is there...i get a little citrus in the taste...

feels very nice in the mouth....tingly carbonation....kinda dry though...

decent drinkability...although it is 7% abv!

Photo of Drew03cmc
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad beer. I haven't had a bock before, but if this is representative of the type, I will have more.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden orange with an off-white finger width head. Good retention, gives way to a broken layer of suds across he surface. Very little in the way of lacing.

Smell - A strong bready aroma and lesser caramel intertwined with prominent notes of freshly cut grass.

Taste - A noticeable undercurrent of grassy, floral hop bitterness gives depth and balance to this brew rich with caramel and bready malts. The hops do well, peaking mid-taste, but don't quite have the punch to overtake the stronger malt qualities. The finish is sweet, with lingering caramel and hints of honey.

Mouthfeel - Certainly heavy-bodied as far as lagers go. Carbonation is moderate, but still delivers a solid crispness and bite to the lips.

Overall - If there's one thing Gordon-Biersch does well, it's lagers. This one is no exception. A clean, fairly crisp and well-balanced maibock with nice character. A fine example of a style that's not so common in the U.S.

Photo of asabreed
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Fizzy yellow for the most part, with a decent soapy white head.

Smell: Some honey, grain, seemingly mild hops. Not what I expected from a Bock, but maybe I'm not in tune with the style.

Taste: Grain and malt sweetness. Honey. Maybe a bit of diacetyl. Oddly bitter finish with some citrus and pungency.

Mouthfeel: A bit oddly carbonated, a little sticky, and somehow a bit cloying.

Drinkability: This doesn't make me want to try any other GB products, as this one is drinkable, but nothing I'd want to session or really try again. But still, it's average if not a bit better I think overall.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1303 reviews and never tried anything by Gordon Biersch, nor been to one of their many brewpubs. Guess it's time to try 'em out...

Pours out a beautiful peachy orange, hazed over and sporting a firm, creamy off-white head. My oh my, I do think it looks a beaut.

Smells nice too, very nice. Has a strong fruity essence reminding of mango or guava (something you don't normally think of first when you think "bock"), possibly even a little banana, with a strong honey-like flair and, seriously, Fruit Stripe gum. Hopefully the flavor lasts longer than 3 seconds (I'm lookin' at you, Fruit Zebra...)

Taste favors honey, various tropical fruits, and a nearly astringent bitterness, kind of green, and the latter is the taste that rides out longest into the finish. Juicy white grape. A pretty vivid yeasty component, too. Somewhat buttery, though never quite reaching full-on caramel. It sounds sweet, but it's not overly so. Semi-dry finish. Taste is a pleasingly strong presence at first, but the quick dry thing leaves you without much impression seconds after each sip is gone.

Carbonation is on the aggressive side, although it's got a nice slickness that offsets that, or tries.

In looks and taste, this blurs the lines between bock and maibock, and has a bit of an American wheat/hefe weizen sort of thing, with that banana character (and other tropical fruits). Gordon Biersch isn't exactly the hippest and hype-est amongst beer cognoscenti, but I thought this offering was quite good, which must mean I'm still a newbie.

Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hopmonk, Sebastol location. A decent serviceable blond. Slightly yeasty "dirty blonde" flavour which was fine on a 26 degree Fall day. A bit funky as a result, but I was expecting something cleaner and a mild hoppy ale. Significant retained head on light blond body. Carbonation above average.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Marked by a grainy, even "juicy" malt, this beautiful helles bock is a perfect example of the style! It's golden body has a light orangeish tint beneath it's short but very creamy bright-white head. The head retention is quite good given its 7% alcohol content, and it leaves walls of spotty lace about the glass. The nose is clean and fresh with lightly candy-sweet and grainy malt that beckons you to imbibe. A zesty, fine-bubbled carbonation cuts through some of its medium body, leaving it to appear a touch thinner than it is; and awakens the tastebuds before the beer slides smoothly away. Balance is what the flavor is all about, and it's sweetish dose of malt is balanced by a low-lying bitterness and snappy alcoholic bite. As it warms, the richness widens, but it never steps beyond it's bounds. It's not intended to be a complex beer - just a rich one, and it succeeds masterfully. It's masterfully brewed, and despite it's alcohol content, it remains highly drinkable!

Photo of cjgator3
2.39/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark golden yellow color with a nice off-white head that possesses good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is aroma is sweet malt and fruity esters. I'm pretty disappointed with the aroma, it is pretty faint and boozy.

T- The taste features some sugary malt with some fruitiness and a lot of alcohol in the finish The alcohol is a little much in the taste, it's a little too boozy for a beer of 7% ABV.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this beer. There really isn't any complexity at all with this one, and it is pretty much all alcohol. I don't see myself purchasing again in the future.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.61/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A finger and half of head on a clear, straw colored body.
The aroma is grain with metal. Not great.
The taste is average: grain, mild bitterness and mild sweet finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A mild drink overall without any offensive notes... or redeeming qualities.

Photo of Troyone
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear apple juice color, a golden hue, an off white minimal head, and some carb action.

Has an insignificant toasted caramel malt smell with a citrus hops aroma.

Lightly sweet/acidic, moderately bitter, toasted caramel malt taste with a resin/grapefruit/lime hops flavor.

Medium bodied, dry slightly syrupy texture, soft carbonation, and a smooth metallic and slightly astringent finish.

Good drinkability, difficult to identify the unbalance of this bottled beer (better on tap in Palo Alto), and the finish lingers a metallic grapefruit flavor.

Photo of Bung
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. Clear dark gold pour. White head, nearly non-existent, but a little ring does stick around. Aroma is some grapefruit, a little pine, a little Heineken(meh). The flavor has some nice malt with a little citrus and pine. Pretty lively mouthfeel. Unfortunately the over-riding tone to me in this is that "Heinie" flavor. Not quite sure I would even classify this as a bock. OK, as far as bocks go anyways. Could drink a few, but will only do so since I bought a sixer. I wouldn't bother trying this more than once. A Heinie clone for comparison sake.

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of biscuts and malts, a touch of caramel. Taste is also biscuty, some malts, a touch of hops kicks in at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Photo of Boneheadmx
3.91/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a beautiful light amber, yellow color with a creamy head that subsides slowly. The smell is rather metallic with a hint of hops. Very faint smell.

The taste is rather good, with a mellow malty taste and a bit of hops at the end. I was quite surprised at the this due to the alcohol content of the beer. This tastes rather well-balanced, and I like the mellow hoppiness. The taste is fairly light and this makes the beer easy to down.

The carbonation is thinner than many other beers, but it comes out smooth and creamy. This is very easy to drink as a result. I would recommend this to people who like lagers as well as ales. It is certainly refreshing.

Photo of BeerSox
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Scandinavian mug

Crystal clear golden hue with a two finger white head that slowly settles to a thin cap. The head isn't very dense, and the lacing is a very even and rough.

Very light and sweet caramel aroma.

About the same in the flavor, but the toasty grains are a little more noticeable. The alcohol is well hidden considering its amount and the lighter flavor. Full bodied.

An okay bock, a little on the lighter side. Very drinkable though.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #151
Served On: 04/07/2012
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: 7.0%
Date/ Code: 02/01/2012

This was in the 2012 spring mixed 12 pack from Evergreen Liquors in Frederick ($14.99).

Look: Poured a clear bronze with some aggressive carbonation bubbles floating upward. The head was a thin layer of white foam that reduced down to a patchy film while leaving some nice sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Some nice malts made up most of the nose. There were also grassy notes detected.

Taste: An interesting sweet malt character seemed present throughout the entire palate. The middle had a touch of spice (maybe from hops?). The finish was bitter with some biscuit leading into a clean dry aftertaste. Higher ABV was not noticeable.

This was another solid offering from GB. They seem to take plain old German styles and jump them up a notch. This is a very nice take on another typical Lager style.

Photo of TexIndy
2.3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Back label had a bottled on date. It was a clear golden yellow color with a couple carb bubbles here and there with no lacing. It had a small white head that very quickly evaporated into a thin collar.

The aroma was wet grass clippings, sweet caramel and skunk. Never really be a fan of the bock aromas and this was typical of the style. Same on the taste. Very crisp with an overly sweet aftertaste that doesn't go away.

Overall, not one that I enjoyed. Made it thru but barely. I love most of the other Biersch's so gave this one a shot. I'll stick to their awesome Hefe and schwarzbier. Don't recommend unless you are a big bock fan. One and done.

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Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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