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Gordon Biersch Winter Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
83
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201 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 11-28-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by stover4:
Photo of stover4
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I live in California and Gordon Biersch is truly a quality restaurant and brewery.

Few chain brewery can brew this type of beer. Now I've not had any beer from the ones out side of California, but the ones I have had beer from are excellent.

Gordon Biersch is one of the only places in the states, in my opinion, that make a true German style Bock and Doppelbock beer. Only served in the Winter time as a seasonal beer, their Winter Bock is a beer of hearty goodness, easily bringing home very high marks in my book.

The bottle is good, but the tap version at the brewery is even better.

If you're in San Diego, the one in mission valley has and excellent brewer by the name of Doug Hasker. Give him your regards as you sample his fine craft.

stover4, Feb 28, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This dark brown bock hid underneath a massive, cascading head that was a beautiful dark tan in color. That had to be one of the nicest-looking DB heads I’ve ever seen.

Smell – The raw bockish malts are nice at the smell. There’s a rich molasses aroma along with an avalanche of sugars. There’s some light chocolate in here too.

Taste – This explodes on the taste buds. It is so big and powerful in flavor that you just want to hold it in your mouth forever. It is more balanced at the taste than I thought it would be from the smell. The dark molasses is here but it is softened up by tons of sweetness.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and velvety smooth in the mouth. Even though the carbonation is modest the flavors slow you down.

Drinkability – This is true to the style and just smoothed over enough that your average Joe can enjoy it. An excellent offering by GB.

Comments – Am I the highball here? This was my first beer of the night so we can’t blame it on intoxication. It is a terrific beer that I unrepentantly replaced with my usual weizen accompaniment to a dish of weisswurst and red cabbage.

RoyalT, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of Dmann
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was very simmilar to their dunkel but it seemed like an upgrade of the dunkel. The color and head were about the same but this brew had a great touch of spice that made this one worth comming back for. The malt profile filled everything out nicley but it was that slight hop/spice punch that really took this beer to the next level. I wish they would bottle this stuff!

Dmann, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date.

Big heady beginnings with good stickage, clear and dark chestnut colored liquid. Toasty bready sweet malty goodness in the nose. Flexed crispness pops from the thickness of the medium body. Rich toasted malt shows some roasted flair, broth and ample sweetness though the toasted flavors keep that to a minimum as does the hop bitterness. Alcohol is prevalent, clean warmth. Finishes with more of the toasted grain and faded leafy hops.

A decent pick for the winter, clean and not spiced not anything off the wall. Its focus set on the style, enjoyable.

Jason, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of monkeybeer
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a reddish brown with a tan head that went down perty quickly light head floating on top sticky lacing.

S- Sweet malt aroma with a hint of caramel and nuts

T/M - A nice mixture of a caramel nuttiness, with a slight alcohol undertone.

D- Very drinkable winter brew. Perfect on a warm night. This is one of the best beer I feel that Gordon Biersch brews. Very nice Especially on tap.

monkeybeer, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle bottled on 26 Sept. 2012 and served in a snifter.
GB Winter Bock pours a dark mahogany color with a small but attractive tan head. The head has poor retention but there's decent lacing.
Smells like a mix of caramel, medium and dark malts with some sherry/alcohol overtones. Very good malt complexity.
Taste: follows nose, but tilts towards the darker malts and shows a moderate level of bittering hops after an initial moment of overly sweet ale. Exceptional and lasting aftertaste features caramel and dark malts with good sweet/bitter balance.

Medium-full body; creamy up front but a bit harsh in the alcohol-laden finish. Proper carbonation.

O: A relatively big dopplebock, in terms of flavor. Worthy of the Bavarian references.

chinchill, May 17, 2013
Photo of OStrungT
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a ruby red color, with a thin light tan head. The head fades too quickly, leaving a thin lacing.

This beer has a sweet caramel malty aroma. It has a slight brown sugar aroma also. Some raisins are present. A very subtle herbal hop aroma is present.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Sweet caramel up front. Behind that, it has a slight fruity flavor. Some hops are present also. This beer tastes quite bland for the style.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a sweet caramel aftertaste.

This beer would probably not be the best session beer. It is a little high in alcohol, and it is quite sweet.

Overall: I am not overly fond of anything Gordon Biersch as it is. My mom had a few bottles of this, and I snagged one for the hell of it. I doubt I will ever dring this beer again. It was booring and mediocre at best.

OStrungT, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

acurtis, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of watermelonman
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a nice deep color with a small head that lasted well. Lace is minimal.

Dark malts come through strong both in the smell and in the taste. Hints of chocolate are found in the finish, along with just enough hop flavor to balance things out. The mouthfeel is fairly full, while drinkability is very good.

Flavorful and easy to drink, this is definitely one of their best.

watermelonman, May 09, 2006
Photo of nickthegun12
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

all round great beer....

very dark in color a dark brown but you can still see through it...nice creamy head....with great lacing...

smell is of dark fruits...sweetness...maybe some caramel...and alcohol

taste is very full bodied a residual sweetness....slightly fruity...

great feel on the palate...feels very wet...on the ol mouth...

great drinkability....although high in alcohol content though

nickthegun12, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of IntriqKen
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a touch of gold where the light shines through the glass. A very small head disappears to a fine ring of lacing that seems to last with most of the drink.
Aroma is dark amber malt with a little wet cardboard (the beer is very fresh so I don't know where the wet cardboard is coming from)
Mouthfeel is slippery thick with a sweetness that coats the tongue....not really cloying...just coating.
Taste is dark amber malts which taste just a little toasted. Toasted sweetness gives way slowly to a softly bitter hops to balance it out. In the middle you will find a little dark fruits and some chocolate.
Nice warming of alcohol as you drink it.
This is really a different and very nice winter warmer that lives up to the name of 'warmer'...nice comfortable beer to finish an evening with.

IntriqKen, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of Loveyourbeer
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Loveyourbeer, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of GMUPatriot_inKansas
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

GMUPatriot_inKansas, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Metalmonk
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red meets glistening brown color, with an off-white head that scatters to a crown fairly quickly. Bits of lace left around the glass, in Morse code-ish dots and dashes.

Welcoming aroma of huge dark fruit (fig, plum, grape), pumpernickel, chocolate cake batter, toffee, caramel, butter frosting. Lightly burnt facet too, like the upper crust of a creme brulee.

Flavor is all that the aroma promises, the dark fruits and chocolate cake batter being especially prominent, with noticeable assistance from fresh green hops and a nice liqueur-like blow from the alcohol, although it's subdued and never overdone. Sweet gooey caramel and toffee factor in big with warming. Overall it's hugely malty up front, reminding of dark breads and cookies, while a leafy bitterness creeps in near the finish.

Nice softness, slickness and roundness to the texture, with enough carbonation to add just an edge of sizzle. A bit dry, but not too dry.

A total comfort beer that I'll gladly pick up anytime I'm wanting a flavorful and reasonably-priced American version of this greatest of German beer styles.

Metalmonk, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of jh1982
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jh1982, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Gordon Biersch in the RDU airport.

Pours a dark light brownish amber with a thin lacing of head that quickly fades. The nose is simple with light notes of caramel. The flavor is only slightly more complex with spices up front, mainly clove and a little coriander, followed by sweet, caramel notes and baked apples. There are some faint yeast notes throughout. The body is smooth and medium bodied with light carbonation.

This was a decent beer. Nothing really stands out. It was good once, but I wouldn’t seek it out again.

tdm168, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pretty heavy brown. Not much carbonation. A nice syrupy look though. A very thick layer of tan foam in the glass mug. I give this a very high rating because the foam stays very thick throughout and there is a nice layer of lacing as well.

Smell: Probably the weakness of this beer. I get some coffee malt, and that's about it. Pretty tame, but still good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very complex! A heavy, thick, smoky mouthfeel that i really enjoy. Extremely veltvety and creamy texture with this beer. High points to that! Tastes like coffee and chocolate, but also some sugar and peppered hop hints in the background. The flavors mesh really well and transform as you drink. I can get some caramel candy in the finish especially. A very warm beer.

Drinkability: I would rate this higher, but it might be a bit too heavy. Still goes great with steak and garlic fries.

Overall: Visit Gordon Biersch and try this!

tjsdomer2, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a large mug with just a short cap of light tan foam across the surface, the very dark brown body revealed ruby highlights when held to the light. The aroma was malty with a hint of roastiness and a suggestion of chocolate. In the mouth it was medium bodied and smooth with a median carbonation that gently tingled on the palate. The flavor was fuller than the aroma suggested, and in addition to deep caramel with an almost scorched edge, there was some dark fruit, a hint of spiciness, and a bit of chocolate in the background. It could have been fuller, but I think that would hurt the drinkability. As it is it's quite nicely balanced, and very enjoyable. It didn't seem strong as the alcohol was never noticeable, and I'd imagine that it would be easy to order a third glass of this and head into trouble! Very nicely done!!!

NeroFiddled, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of socon67
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours light brown with a slight tan foam.

S - Scent so fsweet malt, brown sugar, and some heavy malts.

T - Tastes robust, caramel and chocolate malt is present, and sweet. Very tasty.

M - Syrupy thick, coates the tongue, and lingers on the palate.

O - Glad I found this on tap at the GB restaurant at Raleigh Durham airport. Very enjoyable.

socon67, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of ImusBeer
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very brown, clear, light head with an off white color, light lacing down the glass as I drank.

Hints of raisin aroma and a tangy malt and raisin sweetness during the sip, bitterness at the end.

Carbonation was low with a light mouthfeel and a slight bitterness at end. A good and light but with a bite of bitterness and a smooth aftertaste and finish.

ImusBeer, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of trocketsauced
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

trocketsauced, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Hardcore
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Hardcore, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of zimm421
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

zimm421, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of DOCRW
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

DOCRW, Mar 07, 2014
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Gordon Biersch Winter Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
83 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.