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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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271 Ratings
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | 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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tylerthetiger

Alabama

1/5  rDev -70%

02-16-2014 01:54:51 | More by tylerthetiger
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DogFood11

California

1.63/5  rDev -51.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2005 04:59:48 | More by DogFood11
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

1.78/5  rDev -46.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2011 20:52:44 | More by Rifugium
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bboven

Texas

1.88/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Whew.

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 21:34:58 | More by bboven
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AZYescas

Arizona

2/5  rDev -39.9%

11-22-2013 00:33:51 | More by AZYescas
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jesus808

California

2/5  rDev -39.9%

10-31-2012 06:26:46 | More by jesus808
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swungomonkey


2/5  rDev -39.9%

10-26-2012 06:46:07 | More by swungomonkey
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southernmagnus

Alabama

2.05/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 20:01:35 | More by southernmagnus
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Riccymon

Texas

2.05/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 03:15:13 | More by Riccymon
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surfmeister

California

2.2/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 05:53:00 | More by surfmeister
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.2/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 23:55:22 | More by jujubeast6000
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TexIndy

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 22:33:15 | More by TexIndy
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Jamstone714

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

08-03-2012 04:23:42 | More by Jamstone714
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Zbeetleman

California

2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

07-08-2013 04:01:21 | More by Zbeetleman
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kojevergas

Texas

2.3/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 10:08:24 | More by kojevergas
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flipshevanel

Arizona

2.3/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 04:07:49 | More by flipshevanel
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largadeer

California

2.33/5  rDev -30%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 00:42:34 | More by largadeer
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cjgator3

Florida

2.35/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 02:30:20 | More by cjgator3
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BucannonXC5

California

2.38/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 06:16:55 | More by BucannonXC5
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jcalabre

California

2.45/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2003 03:25:01 | More by jcalabre
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bighandsjohn

California

2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

06-09-2014 04:52:21 | More by bighandsjohn
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PacNWDad

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

01-02-2012 18:24:52 | More by PacNWDad
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

08-17-2013 14:28:09 | More by deapokid
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jophish17

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

12-06-2011 07:01:57 | More by jophish17
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bmjivi221

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

09-21-2013 22:58:42 | More by bmjivi221
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Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
76 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.