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Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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 AaronHomoya
3.71/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of nlmartin
3/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of RJLarse
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of Rezzin
3.21/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of Vancer
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.92/5  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.

Photo of leadguit1
3.06/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of UberWasser
3.37/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Troyone
3.41/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Hunter
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
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

Photo of KoG
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

Photo of Kreuger
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Photo of DogFood11
1.65/5  rDev -50.2%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
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

Photo of GClarkage
3.21/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of droomyster
3.51/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +30.8%
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!

Photo of HochFliegen
2.92/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of Redrover
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of DFN
3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of beertaster13
3.42/5  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.

Photo of kiya
2.71/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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