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Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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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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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.

metallistout, Oct 28, 2007
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.

jbsteiny, Jul 29, 2007
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.

bosco7, Jul 11, 2007
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 13, 2007
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.

bunnyhustle, Jun 02, 2007
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.

theopholis, May 27, 2007
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.

flexabull, May 12, 2007
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.

aquatonex, Nov 10, 2006
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.

clickpush, Oct 11, 2006
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.

Boneheadmx, Jul 27, 2006
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.

Westsidethreat, Jul 14, 2006
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.

atigerlife, May 12, 2006
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)

pjwilson, May 12, 2006
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.

goodbyeohio, May 05, 2006
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.

AaronHomoya, Apr 30, 2006
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.

nlmartin, Apr 09, 2006
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.

RJLarse, Apr 09, 2006
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.

Rezzin, Apr 04, 2006
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.

Vancer, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I haven't been terribly impressed by what Gordon Biersch has had to offer, but this was a surprise. The smell is of sweet malts just like traditional german bocks. The taste retains the same sweet malty taste but adds the light presense of bubbles. There is something about the full-mouth flavor that comes with this beer that really makes it enjoyable and different from many beers. Because of this the mouthfeel is pleasant and the drinkability is high.

Toddv29424, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of leadguit1
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

almost looks like a pale ale of some sort.

smells like a european lager, check.h me on this one, but I really taste that.

taste is rather bold. sharp on the tongue alcohol on the palate, more malt than hop.

carbonation is excellent. does not feel watery at all, since there is good body.

drinking six of these should be enjoyable for someone who drinks pale ales with lower alcohol. this one at 7 is very drinkable.

leadguit1, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of UberWasser
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, bottle September 14th, 2005, served in a 24oz Pilzner

Pours yellowish amber with a two finger head. Foam is thin and light and dissipates with a little agitation. Not unattractive, but nothing special. On the other hand, what IS left leaves a nice coating of foam as the drink recedes during a sip.

Smell holds a little hops sourness, citrus and caramel, and a little yeast. Not bad.

The taste is much nicer than the smell. It’s sharp, some hop bitterness gets the back of your tongue, the aftertaste is very dry with a metallic/grapefruit that lingers. It's refreshing, when served a little above fridge temp.

It’s nothing out of this world, but it’s a very crisp, refreshing beer. Also, with the 7% alcohol content, which you cannot taste until the beer really warms up, it’d be an easy to drink, fun session beer to drink with friends.

UberWasser, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly dusted orange-amber. A well-carbonated interior results in a large head that is the exact color of butter, although not nearly as creamy. It deflates more quickly than expected, refusing to completely fade away because of the bubble engine feeding its underside. A few stray scraps of lace do nothing to enhance the appearance.

Does anyone really love the smell of a blonde bock? Pale malt is so bland and uninteresting that it fights an uphill battle when asked to carry a nose all by its lonesome. As expected for the style, there's almost no hoppiness. The nose isn't bad exactly, it's just bland and uninteresting.

The same criticism applies to the flavor profile. Unfortunately, it's as one-dimensional as they come. You either like that dimension or you don't. I'm not thrilled with it, but I can appreciate it. GBBB is modestly sweet, with alcohol easily cutting through the malt sugars. The mouthfeel is the undisputed highlight for me. It's solidly medium and is nicely smooth with a restrained amount of carbonation.

Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock isn't really my thing. Lovers of the style might find a good deal to like. However, having such little knowledge of the style, and even less interest, I can't even make that call with any degree of certainty.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of Troyone
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear apple juice color, a golden hue, an off white minimal head, and some carb action.

Has an insignificant toasted caramel malt smell with a citrus hops aroma.

Lightly sweet/acidic, moderately bitter, toasted caramel malt taste with a resin/grapefruit/lime hops flavor.

Medium bodied, dry slightly syrupy texture, soft carbonation, and a smooth metallic and slightly astringent finish.

Good drinkability, difficult to identify the unbalance of this bottled beer (better on tap in Palo Alto), and the finish lingers a metallic grapefruit flavor.

Troyone, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of Hunter
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to dislike this beer, mainly out of spite for the snobby GB restaurant chain that I visited once awhile back and had such a bad experience with the bartenders and waitresses that I vowed never to go back (and haven't).

That beeing said - this beer is pretty darned good. Color is a bright amber, like a new zinc penny. A dense head of white foam sits atop it and manages to stick around awhile. Aromas of malt sugar and grassy hops in the nose. Taste is smooth and light, slightly sweet with the hops coming through in the back of the swallow along with a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste.

This is certainly drinkable, and I begrudingly recommend it :P

Hunter, Aug 17, 2005
Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
76 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.