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Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | 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:
Beer added by: aquatonex on 11-10-2006

23 IBU
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Photo of redneckchugger
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours about 2 shades darker than budweiser, with a nice looking head cream head.
Sweet nose, lightly floral, quite delicate.
Tastes of light floral notes, with some earthy hops in the back. This beer is very subtle. So suble that its very hard for me to pick out individual flavors. Its good however, Defenite complexity, and the lager finish really works for this beer. It his the abv well, and goes down wuite smoothly. I really like this beer, I don't love it, but i liek it a lot.

Photo of HalenRush
3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful gold and a moderately beaded head that dissipates quickly

S - Nothing too special here...Has a Bohemian yeast smell like Urquell but less pronounced. Very little in the way of hop character.

T - Low marks for taste...not very Bock-like. It doesn't taste bad, its just not as malty as some bocks can be.

M - Meh...For a style being known for maltiness it falls short.

D - I rate this good, it is a drinkable beer, but when fitting to style, not so much.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.25/5  rDev -32%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
2.39/5  rDev -27.8%
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 BeerSox
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
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 yemenmocha
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours rather translucent with thin white head that disappears. Nose is faint with some some honey, and maybe melon. Palate delivers the expected malt focus, light hops, good carbonation and alcohol warmth. Very drinkable, and a style that is underappreciated, unfortunately.

Photo of aschwab
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Bung
3/5  rDev -9.4%
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 arizcards
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a mixed case picked up late last fall at Costco for $19.99.

Beer poured gold with a very long lasting white head. Nose is malt city with some corn lingering in the back. Taste is very sweet with a hint of corn finishing with a decent hop balance. Mouthfeel is very smooth, medium bodied, moderately carbonated and somewhat lively on the palate. Drinkability is good. I am surprised at how drinkable this brew is. I would not mind having this again in the future.

Photo of nick76
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The aroma is malty and hoppy with a nicely done balance. There is also a corn like element to it. The appearance pale gold with a foamy head. The flavor like the aroma with a obvious corn presence. The palate is thin. Overall this is a good beer but not great.

Photo of asabreed
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Proteus93
3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Josh @ Beer Run for this bottle.

A: Deeper golden than what I would consider 'blonde,' but no love lost. It's a decent looking pour, though the head is quite short lived.

S + T: Sugary malts and a touch of a fruitiness - plum, specifically. The sweet malts translate to the palate, as well, but the fruitiness not so. There's a little bit of a medicinal flavour lingering in the background that is a little unusual, but it does maintain some decent qualities

M + D: Moderate carbonation, though body feels a little thin or slightly diluted. The alcohol notes become more apparent as it warms, and give it a touch of harshness. Not really my thing at the end of the day.

Photo of oberon
3.37/5  rDev +1.8%
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 DoubleJ
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Now that I think of it, all of the helles bocks I've tried have been American-brewed. From a newly designed Gordon Biersch bottle label, on to the beer:

Clean orangish-gold color with a soapy describes the initial look of this beer. The aroma is boozy, almost malt liquor-like. Grain, ethanol, and honey play around with the nose. In the mouth, it has some smoothness with a brushing action of carbonation. Honey dominates here, alongside a sharp pinch of alcohol. Faint bubblegum flavor in the back, Some floral notes appear from underneath the sweet malty base.

The sharp boozy aspect takes some of the joy out of this beer. Give it a pass.

Photo of brentk56
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear honey color with a frothy white head that leaves nice lacing

Smell: Sweet malt along with some raw grain

Taste: Starts out with a sweet milk chocolaty flavor that is the beer's best aspect as, mid-palate, some off raw grain flavors kick in from the hops and leave an unpleasant astringent aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a healthy level of carbonation; the alcohol also hits you after the swallow

Drinkability: That aftertaste brings the marks down here - too bad as the beer has a number of commendable elements

Photo of kwakwhore
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On sale at Sam's in Durham. I needed a break from my DIPA binge and this is it. I kind of like Maibocks/Helles bocks so I was curious to try this one.
Very clear gold pour into my Ayinger Celebrator glass. White head subsides fairly quickly leaving lacing on the glass.
Smells of honeyish malt.
A pleasing blend of honeyed sweetness and a good bit of hop bitterness characterize the flavor. Some spiciness in the finish. This beer gets better the more I drink.
Nicely carbonated mouthfeel, pleasant enough.
Very easy to drink. I could have a couple of these pretty easily and I'd certainly like more than one.
This beer turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. Very tasty and very reasonably priced.

Photo of bboven
1.92/5  rDev -42%
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!

Photo of TexIndy
2.3/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Nice bright clarity in a dark yellow gold glass. The white head faded out pretty quickly to a collar that struggled to hold and lace.

S) A little mineral water, inappropriate for the style, soft grape malt toast with a swirl of honey

T) Big bitter for a Bock, leafy hops are pretty strong and earthy. It leaves the flavor somewhat balanced with the firm peppery bitterness and the sweet base both showing, but the style should be maltier.

M) Bit fizzy, medium light body, and an oily finish.

D) Eh. GB makes a fine beer, but this seems too far from the Bock model, an American Bock, and we already have a Texas Bock muddying the waters. Nothing great, nothing wrong here.

Photo of largadeer
2.39/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Photo of RunDWP
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is another beer that I've enjoyed for quite some time now. It's not something that's going to blow you away, but when you just want to have a beer and not get too wrapped up in flavor complexity and malt-hops balance, it's a "go to" beer for that.

Pours a bright, golden yellow with a slight, white fluffy head with some lacing on the glass. Couldn't really pick up much aroma, maybe a little caramel malt, a little grassy hops. The taste was more of the same, with a slightly sweet caramel note well balanced with the grassy hops. It's not going to blow you away with flavor, but it's a pretty drinkable brew.

Photo of Riccymon
2.05/5  rDev -38.1%
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.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A _ Pours up a honey golden color with a dense white head that lingers a while.

S - Aroma starts with sweet malt, accented by hops

T - Slightly sweet malt starts with hops coming through at the end. Flavor is mild and pleasant.

M - Feels a bit thin, and carbonation is a little low.

D - At 7%, this is hardly a slamming beer, but it's smooth and pleasant, and before you know it, you had three or four.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a very slight orange tint to it. There was a good off-gas when I popped the top, but the head wasn't huge after a relatively aggressive pour. The head was gone and was a small ring of bubbles within about 30 seconds. You can't see too many bubbles seeking the surface, so all is quiet now.

Aroma: Right after I poured the beer, I god a distinct corn aromatic that was actually like cream corn. I guess that this is DMS from the light malts, but it faded quickly. My second sniff didn't show that as much as the sweet slightly toasty malts. There is some reserved floral hops in this beer, but the malt is the key player.

Taste: The flavor is pretty well balanced between the malts and hops. The beer is pretty dry overall and well attenuated giving is a slightly acidic impression on the back of the palate. The bittering hops are definitely there, but let the malt stay in charge of the finish. The beer really doesn't let on that it is 7%, and only gives you notice by the warming in the belly after only half the glass.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer...especially for a beer that has the word "bock" written on the side if it is brewed in the USA. If I want to nit-pick, it is a bit hoppy, a little under-represented on the carbonation, and maybe the water could use a bit of adjusting...but that is seriously nit-picking. This is a pretty good beer overall, and I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up again...especially over some of the "Bocks" available here in Texas.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thick frothy head with good retention and a clear orange color.

Smell is of noble hops and pilsner malts. There is a hint of DMS in the nose.

Taste has some problems. There are caramel malts to balance out a pilsner malt sweetness. The hop bitterness is decent as well to balance, however there is a little bit of DMS problems. There is a bit of a grassy and cooked vegetable flavor.

This beer is crisp and refreshing.

Pale styles of beer are less forgiving. This is not a good example of the style.

Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
76 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.