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Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Blonde BockGordon Biersch Blonde Bock

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287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
23 IBU

(Beer added by: aquatonex on 11-10-2006)
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1/5  rDev -69.9%

tylerthetiger, Feb 16, 2014
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1.48/5  rDev -55.4%

Joshuabarnardj, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of DogFood11
1.63/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

What the heck! maybe myself and gordon biersch dont see eye to eye on much of anything but I've yet to try a beer they make that I enjoy. Is it a Blonde, or Bock. I mean pick a team! I'm no beer expert by any stretch but this seems a bit of a task.

It wasn't golden in appearance like the label would indicate. No big deal just odd that its actually more tan than anything. Very heavy wheat taste. Taste's cheap. Carbonation just pummels the palate, overwhelming carbonation that sizzles even in the aftertaste. Medicinal type taste in the middle mixed with grain.

DogFood11, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of Rifugium
1.78/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

First had: on tap at Gordon Biersch, Broomfield, CO

Now on their menu, this was listed as a seasonal. The bartender admitted that it was not a big seller and that he tried to convince the brewer that it tasted like Old E. Well, I'm not sure it was quite THAT bad, but it was pretty sub par anyway.

Poured a clear bronze color. Flat: almost no carbonation, and certainly no head. I was skeptical, but I picked it up anyway. aroma of grains and sweet malts. Sweet and malty taste, but very light--though still a little more flavorful than an Old E. Very mild and bland for the most part; kinda just tasted like thin malt juice. Light-bodied, and not very drinkable. It's probably just best to play it safe and avoid this one.

Rifugium, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of bboven
1.88/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5


Nice deep, golden body, crystal clear with a nice head initially, but it fades to nothing quickly.

Grass, apple, and hot alcohol are the main components of the aroma.

Metallic grain is quietly there, but the taste is overwhelmingly sweet, hot booze. This tastes like a very sweet malt liquor. Craft beer that'll gitcha drunk?

Warming, good carbonation.

I really don't know what they were trying to do here, but it's a misfire. This beer is so boozy it's going to be very hard to finish, even fridge-cold. Some styles don't lend themselves to huge ABV's, and this is one of them. This is Dopplebock levels with no malt to back it up. Seems like they used 3 parts corn sugar to one part malt. I can't believe I paid craft prices for Steel Reserve in disguise. Never again!

bboven, Feb 16, 2009
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2/5  rDev -39.8%

AZYescas, Nov 22, 2013
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2/5  rDev -39.8%

jesus808, Oct 31, 2012
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2/5  rDev -39.8%

swungomonkey, Oct 26, 2012
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.

southernmagnus, May 13, 2010
Photo of Riccymon
2.05/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a lifeless straw-yellow into a pint glass--lifeless, in that no head resulted. Granted the style may not be the paragon of flavor, but this one looked, smelled, and tasted like a bland macro. I got a a little corn, grain, and almost nothing more in the nose. I tasted some malt and bread in the body, but this beer was just dull with some subtle earthy, grainy sweetness. The beer was pretty full-bodied, and it was drinkable, sort of a like a less-carbonated macro. However, the taste definitely didn't make me want to drink it.

Riccymon, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of surfmeister
2.2/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: golden, sparkling, thick head with staying power, actually one the prettier beers I've seen.
Smell: there is a cloying sweet/sour characteristic about this beer that begins immediately as soon as you smell it
Taste: that same characteristic follows on the palate, malty? OK, but something sticky and sickening about it, I would call the sour aspect akin to mildewed laundry.
Mouthfeel: Difficult to try to separate taste from mouthfeel with this one, but carbonation seemed appropriate, full feeling beer.
Drinkability: I tried it on two different occasions to make sure, the second time I poured half down the drain.
Overall: I don't know if this just isn't my type of beer, or it's just not good, be my guest and give it go.

surfmeister, Dec 26, 2003
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2.2/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed 7/5/2009 (bottled 03/17/09):

Pours a pale dark yellow colored body, with a small whitish color head, small and diminishing. Has a vegetable-y aroma, and some maltiness. Not too bad, somewhat enticing. Has a vegetably taste, some sourness. Malty, not good.

jujubeast6000, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

TexIndy, Feb 15, 2009
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2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

Jamstone714, Aug 03, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

Zbeetleman, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe stem-goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty tame.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a transparent dark yellow.

Sm: Caramel, some tame dark fruit (albeit very little), too much malt, and some nuts. A moderately strong aroma.

T: Toasted malt comprises part of the foundation, with some pleasant nutty hops and slight badly handled caramel. The dark fruits up and vanished - it could have been my imagination (or my broken nose). Pretty simple, uninspired, and boring. It's decently balanced but underwhelmingly built.

Mf: Too thick by far. Smooth and wet otherwise. A poor complement to the flavour.

Dr: Drinkable but pretty crap. I'll never have it again.

kojevergas, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of flipshevanel
2.3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Very weak aroma with some hops. Very clear and pleasant looking beer though with a tough flavor but gentle on the palate. Not a very flavorful or tasy bock. The flavor was just a bit too harsh, which is odd becuase to the palate it is a beer that has a pleasant feel to the mouth.

flipshevanel, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of largadeer
2.33/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Burnt amber with a big bubbly pure white head that has a steam of rising carbonation feeding it. Tons of stickage as the head slowly drops. Pretty stuff.

Smell: Muted honey and fruit malt aroma. Ripe apricot, faint noble hops. A bit chalky.

Taste & mouthfeel: Up front coating dryness, strangely husky and astringent with some fruity apricot sweetness (barely) present beneath. Dry finish with more astringency. Pretty terrible stuff, I couldn't even finish 12 oz of it.

largadeer, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
2.35/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

cjgator3, May 31, 2009
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2.38/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a draft into my Gordon Biersch mug at Gordon Biersch in San Diego, Calif. Color was light honey. About an inch of head. Nice lacing on the top. Minimal film on the sides.

Smelled of pilsner malts. Bready,wheaty, corn and caramel.

Tasted a huge alcohol bite up front, almost like a shot of liquor. Caramel and syrupy finish. Maybe a bad pour?

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Astringent finish.

Looking at the other raters, I must have gotten a bad pour or something. To me it was a heavy alcohol bite with a bad finish. Either way, I’ll stay away from this one in the future.

BucannonXC5, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of jcalabre
2.45/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I originally sampled this beer on October 1, 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
There is nothing special about this beer. It has a slightly malty flavor with a little bit of bite at the end. I certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it. Another mediocre beer from a brewpub chain that specializes in producing mediocre beers.

jcalabre, Aug 08, 2003
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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

bighandsjohn, Jun 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

John_Squires, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of sjrodriguez
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

sjrodriguez, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of PacNWDad
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

PacNWDad, Jan 02, 2012
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Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
76 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.