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Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
77
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293 Ratings
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | 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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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.

Photo of July2Nov
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light amber with an inch of foam.
S: Very sweet smelling. Has a fruity (apple/citrus) twinge to it.
T&M: Very mellow and bland. Watery to boot. I really can't believe this would have 7% abv in it. Very light tasting. Like the smell it's got a sweet kick to it.
D: This beer would be perfect for hot days, as it's very light tasting and more thirst-quenching than I was expecting.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep golden yellow in color with a medium amout of foam and some lace on the side of the glass. The smell of hops and malts filled the nose. The taste was of a tart, bitter sweetness and not really that bad of a typical Blonde Bock. No really dissapointed, but just wish there was something a little extra to the flavor of this Blonde Bock.

Photo of shivtim
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The best beer at Gordon's, at least based on the little sampler they brought out, so I ordered a pint of it.
It's a clear yellow brew, looks a little like urine but with a white head that fades gradually. Nose is musty hops and slight sweetness. Taste is mild grassy hops, with European hop qualities. A bit lager-ish, even. Malt sweetness too. Mouthfeel and drinkability both not bad.

Photo of ttu94
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer from "hotterthanhell" as it is not to be found in Texas. I was surprised to find so many GB blond bocks reviewed under different locals. This one claims to hail from San Jose CA.
Bottled on date of 10/3/07. Nice light gold color but very little head. Bottle says rich and I would find that an accurate description. Nice, understated malt aroma. Full, (really full) flavor taste. It is such a pleasure to have a such a nice LAGER. Clean mouthfeel. Great beer to have this time of year to break up all the heavy winter ales that I have drinking.

Photo of tapman
4.3/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light copper bolnde. Color is golden at the botom and dark at the top, nice lighting effect, with a 2 finger head, creamy and white...pilsner like though not as thin.

S- Smells like a Pilsner with toffee malts instead of the usual thin maltiness present in a pilsner. Hops are Bavarian in aroma as well as the malts. A bit of caramel and toffee, butter and a slight tartness in the yeast and hop balance. A slight dry yeast sting in the nose finish.

T- Sweet and sour; bitter in hop/malt balance with a seet malt/yeast balance. Slight dry finish, hoppy, tart aftertaste. As it warms it gets sugary sweet and resembles juicy fruit gum.

M- Crisp, refreshing, a little sticky in the finish. A pretty complex mouthfeel which you don't hear to often.

D- A bit hoppy for me, but it is a 'hele' bock beer so... Very Pilsnery, which I'm generally not crazy about, but this adds a nice bit of sweet malt thus gets a higher score from this BA. If your stuck in a San Francisco airport you could do much, much worse.

Photo of metallistout
4.83/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz Bottle
Pours a yellow-copper color with a full, foamy head that stuck around for a decent while. Sweet malty nose, you can smell the high gravity for sure. The taste is extremely malty and you can definitely feel the alcohol. I can drink these all of the time. Only thing I would change is a hint more on the hops side, but other than that it is a good brew.

Photo of jbsteiny
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the GB brewpub in Honolulu Harbor. Crystal clear, bright gold. Slight head, no lace. Smelled of honey and floral hops. Slight apricot ester. Very appealing. Bright taste, starts with honey with a hop bite. Creamy mouthfeel with a kick. Along with the Dunkel, I think this is one of the best beers they make.

Photo of bosco7
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden in color, perfect clarity, and decent head when poured. Dissipates quickly though.

Lawn clippings, mild honey, spicy hops, and earthiness in the nose.

Sweet malty flavors upfront, some bread, and light clover honey. Finishes dry with grassy, spicy, and earthy hop flavors. Some alcohol in the finish as well. Nothing out of the ordinary but not bad. Much better flavor than other GB beers that I have sampled.

Smooth malty mouthfeel that is scrubbed clean with the medium-high carbonation . Overall a decent brew, however it is a little dull/flat/one dimensional in the flavor department making it something I wouldn't spend an evening with.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I agree with Ding, this is a very good, strong brew. A brilliantly clear straw color with sparkling carbonation (could have better head retention). Strong, sweet pilsner malt aromas have a honey-like sweetness with light earthy-grain flavors. Hops offset the sweetness, but contribute little in the way of flavor or aromas. Spicy from the Saaz and from highter than normal alcohols. A sweet alcohol and evaporative feel, both approach teeth-hurting and warming. Finishes sweet with a light hop bite. Even with a few inconsistencies, it has enough intrigue to win over some taste buds.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from 12 oz. bottle, have had on tap before but this review is for the bottle. Pours amber-orange with decent head the hung around for a little while and left trace amounts of lace. Although new to the bock style I enjoyed the taste, strong malts but didnt notice the hops much, malt dominated the taste. Could also tell this was a higher alcohol brew. Medium-heavy mouthfeel due to the malt and low carbonation. Definitely a drinkable beer. From what I recall I enjoyed the tap version better of course.

Photo of theopholis
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Body s a very clear, amber/honey color. It looks like an incredibly high quality of honey. Some effervesance that quickly is depleted. Has a very impressive loose, bubbly off-white head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing. Would have gotten a 4 or 4.5 for color, but the head fell so fast, it just didn't earn it.

Aroma- Niced blend of a sublte malt sweetness, graininess and hop bitterness. A hint of pineapple and caramel. Very inviting.

Taste- Nice blend of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Well balanced. Nothing presents itself as overwhalming, so it's hard to describe.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. A tad under-carbonated. Nicely coats the mouth, giving you a long-lasting if not subtle aftertaste. Just a little bit of a pucker at the end.

Drinkability- PRetty nice. Not outstanding, not to bad. Just about what you would expect from Gordon Biesch.

Photo of flexabull
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold color with a faint head.

Aromas are of dust, a bit of creamy fruits, and yeast.

Flavor is yeasty, a bit sweet and creamy, and with a slightly crisp and bitter hop finish. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is above average. Has a nice clean and well rounded feel.

A pretty nice easy drinking bock. Not overly interesting, but it's pleasant and well worth the reasonable price of $5.99 for a six pack.

Photo of aquatonex
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, gotta love business trips that let you try new beers in new locations...

Pours a light hazy-ish amber with a nice foamy head, good carbonation. Smells of sweet malts, slight alcohols peeking through though. Taste is full of medium bodied creamy malts, slight sweetness. Nice and filling but still refreshing. Only weak point is the alcohols in the taste as in the nose.

Photo of clickpush
4.35/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: At Dulles airport, draught to weizen glass. Showed a two finger white head over a half-cloudy honey colored beer. Lots of interior bubbles throughout. Head fled after a minute or two, leaving some trails along the glass and a hefty cap over the surface of the beer. Looks very refreshing.

Nose: Alcohol is present and (after a long flight) inviting. Pineapple sweet, yeasty, grassiness from the hops, and caramel. It all combines to make a strong, delicious aroma.

Mouth: Yeasty, fruity, and delicious. Enjoyable malt characters are the highlight. Strong prickling carbonation on front of tongue but is a tad flat by the end. After swallowing a sweet, bready flavor lingers and mingles with a grassy hop flavor. As it warms it seems to fall apart a little, and the balance does not last very long.

Over all, I would buy this in bottles to stock at my house.

Photo of Boneheadmx
3.95/5  rDev +19%
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 Westsidethreat
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Off white head with medium sized bubbles. Light mustard yellow body with touch haze.

S: Wet hay with a mild sweetness and a grainy profile.

T: White corn, toffee and American barley. Mellow butterscotch aftertaste, slightly metallic with a tad of bittering hops.

M: Medium body with somewhat fluffy carbonation.

D: Not very bock like. Pretty straight forward but not a big fan of any metallic aftertaste.

Photo of atigerlife
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice big white creamy head sits on top of a golden/orange tinted brew. Good amounts of carbonation can be seen rising. Decent lacing. Nice to look at.

The aroma was light with sweetness and malts in evidence.

Taste was sweet with malt throughout. Some nice light hop backbone.

The mouthfeel was good with medium body and good carbonation that was quite cleansing. Overall, very drinkable. I have this beer on a bunch of occasions and consider it a very nice offering for GB.

Photo of pjwilson
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: poured a few bottles into my liter mug. the beer is a nice light marzen like orange. it does look a little thin though. the head fades quickly

smell: i haven't really had a helles bock yet with much smell. just a dull mild grain smell

taste: got a bit a bite to it. The first sips were the best because they were the coldest, this 95 degree weather warmed the beer up too fast. i'm giving it a 3.5, but it is still pretty good. has that nice golden malt flavor i've come to love from mai-bocks. the more it warms the more the hops stick out, this beer is actually quite, quite bitter.

mouthfeel and drinkablility: the mouthfeel is lite as feather, i have no idea how they make these helles bocks so light drinking. nice drinker, in fact the alcohol can get you in trouble. I like these mai-bocks for sunsets in may.

Was it worth 6 bucks a six pack? yes, but not much more than that. However, it is a true rep. of the style but not top.(none of GB beers are but they usually hit the spot)

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on-tap at dulles airport GB substation in the united terminal

crystal clear and golden, slow bubble traffic northbound. solid head of varying densities and flame-like lacing. not much aroma, some candy corn and the spike of bitter lemon rind. malty to the bone, but not quite maibock as it lacks a denser brand of sweetness. still brings that refreshing hop mouth-tingle.. fresh and low alpha. licorice and mint notes soothe in the flavor and add character.. they work well side-by-side with the cereal sweetness of the style.

finishes just a tad too harsh. the bitterness from the hops imparts an earthy bitterness which interrupts the flavor and drinkability- too much for a blond bock. somewhat waxy after-palate. shame this beer falls short at the end.. it's solid otherwise.

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz brown bottle into a glass.

While I lived in CA this was one of my favorite regular-old beer that was pretty cheap out there to buy.

It's a nice dark blonde color with decent head. Not an amazing aroma, but malty. The flavor is sweet and smooth with malt and a satisfying hop finish. Nothing too complex or memorable, though. Mouthfeel is decent, smooth. This is pretty drinkable and refreshing for a 7.0% ABV beer, nice to have a couple at a BBQ.

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

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a coppery yellow coloration. The head was honey colored two fingers high. The head had no staying power.

Smell: There is a vaguely nutty malty smell to the beer.

Taste: The beer has a malty slightly nutty flavor. The alcohol is just to pronounced in the taste. The taste is not as heavy as I expected and doesnt really hang around for an after taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a lighter side of medium body. Overall seems a bit thin for the style. An ok beer drink if nothing else is available.

Photo of RJLarse
2.7/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had this one while vacationing in Las Vegas, NV. Served in a schooner glass.

Pours a yellow/gold color and is a clear. A foamy white head forms on the surface of the beer, is resilient and produces moderate lacing on the glass.

The smell is floral and fruity.

The taste is sharp, slightly sweet with a medium hop finish. There is some malt presence. It’s hard to describe the sharp flavor, a little like vinegar maybe.

Mouth feel is thin, with a zippy character from the hops.

This is a very drinkable beer, but the sharpness in the flavor gets a bit tiresome. I probably would not have another.

Photo of Rezzin
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden straw color with fluffy white head. Semi decent lacing. Pretty clear.

S - Biscuity and nutty in the aroma with some sweetness. Slight hop aroma.

T - Malty and a little spicy. Definetely on the sweet side with an alcoholic bite to it - not too much but it's there. I'd say there are some apples notes to the flavor but to play it safe I'll just say 'fruity'. There is a strange aftertaste to me but being unfamiliar with this style, I won't rack my brain trying to describe it since I can't find the words. Slight bitterness.

M - Nice mouthfeel - very smooth going in - almost silky. Moderate carbonation.

D - It's a drinkable beer. I probably wouldn't buy this one again however.

Photo of Vancer
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Suppose to have a creamy white head, came to the table with a slow dying frothy head – on top of a golden amber brew – interesting for a bock. Again (like the Dunkle), not much aroma but small hints of malt.

Taste buds were awakened with a hearty quaff – starts with grassy, earthy and leathery notes. Then a nice hop finish appeared, along with some subtle spice notes.

Crisp and tart, the 7+ abv could hurt you, but for a couple this was a pleasurable offering.

Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
77 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.