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Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
76
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298 Ratings
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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | 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: StevieW on 07-11-2002

23 IBU
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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.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy (nearly opaque), tangerine color with a creamy, off, white head. Light retention and no lacing as expected.

Smell: Orange zest, spices and horse blanket over a smooth malt backbone. A strange, yet familiar vegetable aroma comes through as well. I can't quite put my finger on it.

Taste: Sour yeast, malt and a good amount of spice (even some black pepper). A somewhat earthy aftertaste follows. Dry alcohol becomes apparent as the session progresses.

Mouthfeel: Very, very creamy especially for a bock. Carbonation is medium in intensity. Medium bodied and quite smooth.

Drinkability: A pretty good bock. More colorful than most I've tried, however the flavor isn't something that makes you crave more. Dry alcohol aftertaste is boring.

Photo of spointon
4.3/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap tonight at the Gordon Biersch in Bolingbrook, Il on 11/5/2008.

A= This beer poured a very clear gold color with a 1/2" snow white head. The head quickly dropped to a skim and left decent sheet lacing down my glass.

S= Quite clean, with malt sweetness as the dominant aroma. Very little of the faint sulfur smell I normally detect in lagers.

T= Like the smell, this tasted very clean and fresh. The malt sweetness was comprised mostly of light caramel and peach syrup notes. A mild hop presence balanced the flavors. Alcohol presence was very much hidden. This tasted like a sweeter version of a Maibock.

MF= Medium body with a crisp and refreshing carbonation level.

D= Well balanced flavor profile and dangerously easy to drink. I really liked this beer and will definitely get back for more. I am glad my local G-B added this to their lineup this Fall!

Photo of Offa
4.47/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty bock.

Deep gold with orange hints, it has a medium, off-white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and leaves some decent lace.

The aroma is quite nice with bread, raisins, grapes, dry, dusty hay with hints of herbs and pine.

The taste is also very nice, smooth, yet interesting, with bread crust, raisin, with a persistent, smooth alcoholic warmth, bite, and spiceiness. It has firm sweetness bit moves into a finish that has clean, bitter dry leaves and dry grass as well as raisiny spiciness.

Photo of flipshevanel
2.32/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

Photo of July2Nov
3.12/5  rDev -5.7%
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 +5.7%
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 -7.9%
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
3.97/5  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
4.28/5  rDev +29.3%
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
4.8/5  rDev +45%
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 +23.9%
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
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
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
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
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
3.51/5  rDev +6%
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
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
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 -3.9%
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 +31.4%
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
3.91/5  rDev +18.1%
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
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
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
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
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
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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
3.41/5  rDev +3%
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.

Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
76 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.