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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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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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 NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +30.6%

Marked by a grainy, even "juicy" malt, this beautiful helles bock is a perfect example of the style! It's golden body has a light orangeish tint beneath it's short but very creamy bright-white head. The head retention is quite good given its 7% alcohol content, and it leaves walls of spotty lace about the glass. The nose is clean and fresh with lightly candy-sweet and grainy malt that beckons you to imbibe. A zesty, fine-bubbled carbonation cuts through some of its medium body, leaving it to appear a touch thinner than it is; and awakens the tastebuds before the beer slides smoothly away. Balance is what the flavor is all about, and it's sweetish dose of malt is balanced by a low-lying bitterness and snappy alcoholic bite. As it warms, the richness widens, but it never steps beyond it's bounds. It's not intended to be a complex beer - just a rich one, and it succeeds masterfully. It's masterfully brewed, and despite it's alcohol content, it remains highly drinkable!

NeroFiddled, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of HochFliegen
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%

Not quite as golden as I thought it would be. It was more of a copper color than gold. It was clear and did have a good sized frothy head.
The smell was sweet with a carmel smell being the most discernable. A light citrus smell as well.
The taste was very sweet almost too much for my taste. A strong carmel flavor with a hint of bitter in the end. Nothing more really stood out to me.

HochFliegen, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of Redrover
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%

I had a ½ liter of this on tap from the Las Vegas Brew Pub. The beer is a bright crystal clear gold. It did not have much in the way of a head or lacing (that’s probably due to the bartender).

The beer had a pleasant but slight nose of malts and wet hay.

The first taste was slightly sour, but it turned sweeter quickly. Not much hoping (and I wasn’t expecting any) and no off or artificial taste. Almost all grainy malts in the taste profile. The beer went very well with the food.

Good crisp carbonation for the mouthfeel. Easy drinking beer, but I would prefer something a little more complex.

Redrover, Oct 29, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev +6%

Appearance – This blonde bock is, well, not so blonde, but it is lighter than a regular bock. I’d call the color a light orangish-brown, like a very light copper. The head was big and full with lots of active carbonation feeding into it.

Smell – The nose here is light but not subtle, if that makes any sense. What I can pick up is some sharp sugary notes with a bit of caramel-laden malt beneath.

Taste – This tastes a lot bigger than it smells. The super-sweet caramel is huge and drowns out the malty base. This is definitely cloying in the taste. The sugary sweetness is good but over-the-top.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied Bock is so sweet my mouth puckered when I took my first swig.

Drinkability – This one is a little much to qualify as a session beer (which I think all Bocks should be able to do) but it was drinkable on a limited scale. I wouldn’t want more than one round of it, but it wasn’t bad.

RoyalT, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of Bierguy5
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours a clear golden liquid with a good thick white head. The head disappeared way too quick for me. Very little lace on the glass. Typical pale malt smell, with a touch of earthyness. Malty up front. The malt had some degree of depth to it. Dry at the end, with very little bitterness. Light body, with a fair amount of carbonation. Overall, pretty easy to drink, but not really outstanding.

Bierguy5, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of DFN
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%

I've had GB Blonde Bock both on-tap and from the bottle. This review is based on the bottled version; an empty bottle sits before me as I write this. This is not a bad beer; in fact, it's pretty good. But its greatest asset is probably its appearance -- a rich, coppery gold color with a medium head. Just looking at a glassful makes you want to drink it.

And when you do, you may be slightly disappointed -- not because it's bad, but because it's so pretty, you expect it to be better. GBBB is more hoppy than malty, and leaves a very slight metallic aftertaste. And because of its high alcohol content (7.0%) you may not want more than one. Overall, I'd rate it Good, but nowhere close to Great.

DFN, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
3.43/5  rDev +3%

Not bad by any means, pours a solid orange/gold color. A semi white head is decent to the eye, lacing is average. The smell is of syrup and sweet sugar malts, slight hints of molasses. The tase is of apple/caramel and molasses, no real hop to balance out the sweetness, still not powerful, wich is good in a golden bock, still a bit rich.

beertaster13, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of kiya
2.68/5  rDev -19.5%

i had a 20oz glass of this at the gordon biersch in palo alto, ca...
i was excited to see the head on this beer.. what a pour...
everything from the substantial lace to the color was great..
but that's where the greatness ends.

sharp smells of citrus are instantly noticeable... i was expecting a deeper flavor profile, especially considering the 7%ABV and color of this beer...
i was sorely disappointed in every aspect.. the mouthfeel was over carbonated, and astringent, and the flavor left nothing pleasant in my mouth. no be honest, the beer didn't really leave any flavor in my mouth once i swallowed.

for me this was an almost non-existent beer.

kiya, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is golden, with an uneven, bubbly head. The smell is malt, with a slight bit of hop. The taste is a very slight sweetness covered mostly by low-alpha hops, with a bit of an off diacetyl taste. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, maybe another, but that's it.

When I went to Biersch in Columbus, I was impressed beyond average with the beers that they'd had there, but this just isn't that great. I'd probably give it a try on draft, but the bottle isn't something that particular impresses me.

beergeek279, May 06, 2004
Photo of Dmann
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

This is a very sessionable beer despite it's 7% abv. The beer poured a clear golden color with a small white head that settled into a small rim of foam and left little lace. The smell was quite grainy and had a nice sweet maltiness to it. The flavor was pretty good with a good sturdy malt backbone, a medium bodied mouthfeel and a hint of spice in the background. A good offering from GB.

Dmann, May 05, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%

Appearance: Amber blonde with a white fleeting head leaves thin sporadic spots of lace. Aroma: Rich maltiness semi-nutty with alcohol making a strong presence on the nose, a bit one dimensional with a touch of hops. Taste: Grainy offness in each sip high alcohol isn't hidden well at all, semi sweet graininess and off bitter grainy finish not that great. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied strong lager not my cup of tea I've had better German and American brewed versions. Drinkability: Lacks many characteristics to bring a high level of drinkability, getting one down is a job not well constructed a bit harsh with the grainy offness and overbearing alcohol.

WVbeergeek, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

This poured to a bright and deep gold color without much head. It's not leaving any lace behind either.

The smell is a little subdued but still hints at the potency at hand. I wasn't much of a fan of the flavor, however. It tastes cheap and overly grainy. It's pretty drinkable considering the contents, but it's not something I really enjoyed.

watermelonman, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a clear golden brew, with a slight orange tinge.

Smell is sweet and malty with a slight caramel smell.

Taste is sweet malt with a mild bitter hop flavor. Mixes sweetness and bitterness and creaminess together in a flavor all it's own.

Mouthfeel is good, nice creaminess.

A drinkable brew packs a punch too.

Zorro, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%

Sampled on tap at the Las Vegas brewpub.

This bock poured a clear, golden color with white foam that settled. The smell was very light malt with some sweetness. The taste was lightly malty with minimal hop bitterness. There was a touch of caramel sweetness, a hint of butterscotch and phenols. The alcohol was well hidden. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium-light body and low carbonation. The flavor lingered for a fleeting moment. This beer was OK, though a bit thin for such a high ABV bock.

UncleJimbo, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle, this bock had a dark golden hue and a firm, durable off-white head that left spotty lacing. The nose indicated a hefty amount of malts and very little hops. A slightly sweet nose with a touch of floral hops and a whiff of alcohol.
The taste had a nice sweet maltiness to it, accenuated by a modest alcohol kick. Mild hops flavor came across in the finish but the main thrust of this brew is the malt. The feel was lighter than expected for a bock, with a crisp, clean finish.
Overall, a decent beer that was pretty easy to drink. Nothing earth-shattering about it, but I've had worse in my time.

Boilermaker88, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of Ahhdball
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Gold color with a nice head. Nothing striking about the aroma, maybe some floral scent not too much though. Taste, refreshing and clean, malty for a blonde but it IS a bock, confused yet? Nice finish with a lil leftover malt on the tongue. I'll definitely have this again.

Ahhdball, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of surfmeister
2.2/5  rDev -33.9%

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.

surfmeister, Dec 26, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Ok bought in the brown 12 oz long neck with the boring GB label.
Above average looking bock..golden coloured.
beer with a largish white head on top
aroma is fresh and pretty malty..sugary even.
mmm nice bock strong as expected malt at the start and a refreshing sweetness to boot.Slight bitter aftertaste.
Pretty smooth in the mouth.
Above average drinkability an OK beer.

Reidrover, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%

Golden color, small white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and sweet. A light to medium bodied "bock" beer. Mildly hopped, medium malts. Light flavored beer with a nice malty flavor. Somewhat sweet. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is very malty with not a lot of bitterness.

beerguy101, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
2.45/5  rDev -26.4%

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.

jcalabre, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of freed
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%

Very light straw colored lager, sweet smell with wispy head. The taste is equally sweet, but lack of hop body or cripsness make it feel almost under-fermented. There was a nice creaminess about it though, and it sipped quite well. Did not stand out as a bock against the other lagers.

freed, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of jreitman
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Blonde in color with a dark tan, persistent head. Carbonation comes through on the mouth as an acidic tang. A nice sweetness comes through as do some nice grain. A very soft bitterness comes out in the finish. Mouthfeel was medium-light. From the downtown Seattle pub.

jreitman, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
3.23/5  rDev -3%

A very pretty beer. The colour was a very rich golden with slight red-like highlights. The head was minimal but glass ring and lace were impressive.
Medium body and carbonation.
The taste was very well balanced with no clear winner.
The downfall to this product is its ABV at 7% which is also apparent in the taste in a lesser mode.
Knock this lil bugger down to a 5% and you got yourself a fan!

Shiloh, Jun 23, 2003
Photo of drewbage
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%

(From the GB Burbank location)

Straw gold in a full half liter glass. Head is low and tight and drops fairly quickly. Aroma is dominated by German malt graininess. First impression of the flavor is of a sweet approach with minimal hops and a finish that fades quickly. The sweetiness carries in a German malt richness.

The real thing to ponder with this beer is the overwhelming smoothness of it in the face of 7% alcohol. The fact that this is a very drinkable beer makes it a dangerous bar stool beer.

drewbage, May 28, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +24.6%

The first time I’ve tried this beer in almost 3 years, I guess I’m way over due. Limpid golden amber color on the pour, head is modest in size, frothy in consistency, tan in color and a nice lace formed to cover the glass. Malt dominated nose, light floral tones, and crisp sweet and quite pleasant to the senses with a malt sweet start and the top middling. Finnish has a perky acidity, big hop spicy bite, light but robust, dry and lingering aftertaste and real top notch bock that does the style proud.

Gusler, Mar 30, 2003
Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
76 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.