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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: 290
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 5
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 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
Photo of KoG
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden body with a frothy white head. Leaves a good bit of lacing as it gows down.

Smell is mostly malt with a bit of wheat and some light citric and flowery hops.

Tastes rich and malty but not heavy or cloyingly sweet. No bitterness can really be found until the end, and then only a nice light touch.

I had no clue it was 7% ABV as it is hidden and not detectable at all. A very nice brew and it worked very well on a hot day of brewing. Might have to pick this one up again.

KoG, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of Kreuger
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blonde Bock

Bottled on May Third 2005
Consumed on July Twenty First 2005

A - Poured a clear, rich gold color. The head jumped up tall at first after a moderate pour, but settled down to a thin icing on the surface; lacing moderately.

S - Malty and sweet, with a touch of a soft honey. Though there is a definite astringent smell when you get your nose down close to the beer. A touch of a sulfurous skunk character in the background.

T - Very pleasant. Malty and strong like a good pilsner but with a touch of sweetness I didn't expect. The bitterness is solid and worthy of any good lager. Ther aftertaste carried a bit of the afore mentioned skunk character - I'm not sure if this is from the store's storage or the beer itself; either way it wasn't strong enough to really hurt the experience. It might have been whay conjured 'pilsner' for me when I was enjoying this.

M - Smooth and clean with a quick dry finish. Not as full bodied as one might expect of something with 'bock' written on the bottle, but still quite good.

D - Here is where this one's a real winner. Its neither heavy nor pungent, and is a very enjoyable. This has "Über-Session Beer" written all over it. And at 7% ABV, this beer will pick you up and set you pleasantly on your butt everytime.

This one is a winner, not too complicated or unaccessable but still an excellent brew. Mine disappeared very quickly, and complimented my snack of sourdough bread and cheese handily.

Thumbs up!

Kreuger, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
1.63/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

What the heck! maybe myself and gordon biersch dont see eye to eye on much of anything but I've yet to try a beer they make that I enjoy. Is it a Blonde, or Bock. I mean pick a team! I'm no beer expert by any stretch but this seems a bit of a task.

It wasn't golden in appearance like the label would indicate. No big deal just odd that its actually more tan than anything. Very heavy wheat taste. Taste's cheap. Carbonation just pummels the palate, overwhelming carbonation that sizzles even in the aftertaste. Medicinal type taste in the middle mixed with grain.

DogFood11, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden with a nice off-white head and nice active carbonation which lasts. Solid malt aroma with a very light Euro hop smell. Nice malty flavor (light graininess) with a good balance from hidden hops. Light-medium bodied and smooth with nice carbonation and traces of alcohol on the finish.

Per Label: "Rich Golden Lager"

Bottled: 09/03/04
Tasted: 05/07/05

RBorsato, May 16, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

03/03/05- Snagged at my best friends wedding.

Presentation- 12 oz bottle, dated on the back, poured into my Radeberger pils glass.

Appearance- Vigorous pour yields a 4-5 inch head...whoops, finally settles in at about 3/4 of an inch. Yellowish dirty colored head with yellow-orange liquid and moderate lacing.

Smell- Funky carmel malt and nutty aroma. Very odd scent. Almost skunk-like.

Taste- Pretty much just like the scent. Malt is very sweet with hops swirling around at the same time. Is this what blonde bock is supposed to taste like?

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation and a tad creamy.

Drinkability- Odd tasting beer. Maybe I snagged a bad one. May have to review this one another time. Although, this is the first "blonde bock" I have ever had. Oh well, live and learn.

GClarkage, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of droomyster
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean golden color, with small amounts of carbonation floating lazily to the top. Small white head doesn't last long, but makes for an overall beautful beer while it's there. Aroma and taste of green apples and pears, but not enough to hide the formidable 7% abv. Light carmel and lemon finish. Not quite enough hops to balance the sugariness. Medium light bodied. An excellent lager for the price, very drinkable, one of my standards.

droomyster, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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 +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +5.4%
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.

Dmann, May 05, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

watermelonman, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Zorro, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

UncleJimbo, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Boilermaker88, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of Ahhdball
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Ahhdball, Dec 31, 2003
Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
77 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.