Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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Reviews by kiya:
2.68/5 rDev -19.5%
i had a 20oz glass of this at the gordon biersch in palo alto, ca...
i was excited to see the head on this beer.. what a pour...
everything from the substantial lace to the color was great..
but that's where the greatness ends.
sharp smells of citrus are instantly noticeable... i was expecting a deeper flavor profile, especially considering the 7%ABV and color of this beer...
i was sorely disappointed in every aspect.. the mouthfeel was over carbonated, and astringent, and the flavor left nothing pleasant in my mouth. no be honest, the beer didn't really leave any flavor in my mouth once i swallowed.
for me this was an almost non-existent beer.
06-23-2004 03:58:41 | More by kiya
More User Reviews:
3.4/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
03-18-2009 21:34:05 | More by oberon
3.53/5 rDev +6%
Appearance This blonde bock is, well, not so blonde, but it is lighter than a regular bock. Id 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 wouldnt want more than one round of it, but it wasnt bad.
10-07-2004 14:59:43 | More by RoyalT
3.5/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
05-05-2004 10:09:55 | More by Dmann
2.05/5 rDev -38.4%
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.
05-13-2010 20:01:35 | More by southernmagnus
2.99/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
03-30-2010 22:05:34 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
04-16-2004 05:15:18 | More by WVbeergeek
3.38/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
04-17-2009 16:04:19 | More by aschwab
2.76/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
05-04-2014 05:20:25 | More by samtrillo
2.75/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
04-10-2004 21:32:15 | More by watermelonman
3.8/5 rDev +14.1%
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!
12-20-2010 23:37:38 | More by nickthegun12
3.75/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
09-15-2013 04:14:50 | More by TheSixthRing
3.23/5 rDev -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.
04-08-2009 04:15:15 | More by asabreed
3.75/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
11-10-2010 22:03:32 | More by Metalmonk
3.4/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
11-11-2012 15:02:12 | More by Sammy
4.35/5 rDev +30.6%
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!
12-13-2004 21:22:39 | More by NeroFiddled
2.35/5 rDev -29.4%
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.
05-31-2009 02:30:20 | More by cjgator3
Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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