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Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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272 Ratings
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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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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Dmann

California

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2004 10:09:55 | More by Dmann
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2004 05:15:18 | More by WVbeergeek
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watermelonman

California

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2004 21:32:15 | More by watermelonman
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Zorro

California

3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2004 00:16:29 | More by Zorro
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2004 10:07:43 | More by UncleJimbo
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Boilermaker88

California

3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 16:45:38 | More by Boilermaker88
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Ahhdball

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 22:22:30 | More by Ahhdball
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surfmeister

California

2.2/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 05:53:00 | More by surfmeister
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 04:15:13 | More by Reidrover
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beerguy101

California

3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2003 01:31:27 | More by beerguy101
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jcalabre

California

2.45/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2003 03:25:01 | More by jcalabre
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freed

Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 18:27:49 | More by freed
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jreitman

California

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2003 10:32:46 | More by jreitman
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2003 20:29:45 | More by Shiloh
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drewbage

California

3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2003 13:08:30 | More by drewbage
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Gusler

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2003 11:07:50 | More by Gusler
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zerk

California

2.6/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this in a pub in the Phoenix airport... a clear deep gold, with a thin white head. Had to strain my nostrils to get any aroma... just a touch of caramel malt. Flavor is very boring... a bit of caramel malt with just a hint of bitterness and some alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel was thin for a bock. Overall, a very, very boring beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2003 09:44:15 | More by zerk
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mickeymac

California

2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at GB's Burbank location. It' golden with a sticky white head. Both the smell and taste are on the light side, but the alcohol somehow doesn't overwhelm it. Although the lack of a strong alcohol taste and smell makes it more drinkable, the overall experience is nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2003 21:46:29 | More by mickeymac
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Dogbrick

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draught at Frog Bear Wild Boar, and coincidentally not available at the Gordon Bierch two doors down. Dark gold with an orange hue, medium thick off-white head and little lacing. Aroma is alternatingly fruity and malty. Flavor is kind of tangy, without much malt balance. Rather clean finish but I thought this was pretty average. Alcohol level was well hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2003 07:23:46 | More by Dogbrick
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rotsaruch

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle on 12/21/02. Poured with little or no head and little noticable lacing. Amber in color. Aroma was indiscernable. A faint malty, biscity taste. A noticable alcohol finish. Generally, an average, undistinquishable maibock.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2002 09:28:04 | More by rotsaruch
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TheLongBeachBum

California

2.7/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this bottle a while and saved it for a Friday "night-in", as it is 7.0% ABV. Lovely Gold color, that tempts you take a drink before the beer even settles. Malty aroma that is sweet smelling, but there is not much else in the nose. A light mouthfeel that leads to a quick initial punch of alcohol, but this rapidly fades to leave a sweetish aftertaste. Slight bitterness. I was expecting much more flavor for this beer - Maybe its a little past it's best, or I do not fully understand Blonde Bock. I am not being facetious when I say that, just honest.
Started well, but in teh end was a big let down, a touch light on flavor and aftertaste for me. One day I will try this on draft and compare notes.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2002 18:48:03 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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StevieW

Florida

3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft in San Francisco......Slight orange to amber in color, tight white head, didn't last long. Lots of sweet and inviting malt smells, then the same off smelly stales of their other beers. No noticable hop presence. Despite that the flavor was still good. Smooth, medium body, didn't taste as off as it smelled. Nice with their overpriced garlic fries.........

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2002 15:51:28 | More by StevieW
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Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
76 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.