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Gordon Biersch Winter Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Gordon Biersch Winter BockGordon Biersch Winter Bock

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BA SCORE
83
good

195 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%


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)
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Murph

Arizona

4.63/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a nice dark tan head that holds on most of the way down the glass and leaves a nice lace. Thick biscuity maltiness with almost chewy aspects dominates the aroma. Giant bready and sweet maltiness is all over the flavor here. Nice lightly roasty qualities to it with some almost chocolate-like qualities and some slight warming alcohol presence. This is borderline doppel territory here. Big bready, chewy and heavy body to this brew with a silky smooth mouthfeel. This put off my grumbling stomach for a bit with its huge body. Awesome cool weather brew, excellent for warming you up and filling you up as well. I would drink this all winter long if I had a GB near me. Much more flavorful than their generally dull brews.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 5010 Mission Center Rd, San Diego

02-07-2003 11:09:49 | More by Murph
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on-tap 11/29/05 at the GB brewpub in Tyson's Corner, VA.

Solid brown color with a nice light brown head and nice carbonation with slow bubbles. Smokey, roasty, dark Munich malt aroma and flavors. Lots of robust roasty full flavored characteristics that you don't normally associate with a true Dopplebock. Medium-full bodied, smooth, and warming with light alcohol on the finish.

Per an email I got from the brewer for the Tyson's location:
It is the same recipe as the Trader Joe's Dopplebock.
Malts: Munich, Caramunich, Pilsner, and Carafa.
Hops: Hallertauer Hersbrucker hops

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 5010 Mission Center Rd, San Diego

12-12-2005 16:55:05 | More by RBorsato
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stover4


4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 5010 Mission Center Rd, San Diego

02-28-2012 08:06:41 | More by stover4
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 5010 Mission Center Rd, San Diego

12-02-2007 04:11:19 | More by RoyalT
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VoodooBrew

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whew-- this is a serious beer, weighing in at around 7% ABV (this will vary by location-- I've had it at the New Orleans restaurant). Pours deep amber, very low transluscence, with a nice light brown head. The flavor is semi-sweet but balanced by a detectable alcohol presence. I gave it a 4.5 on drinkability because its high alcohol content makes one prone to drinking more than one (at least that's how it works with me).

This is a seasonal beer, so grab one before the taps run out.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 5010 Mission Center Rd, San Diego

12-13-2004 02:27:54 | More by VoodooBrew
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I Stopped over at GB for lunch. They were serving the Winterbock as their seasonal offering and since it's the only GB beer I hadn't tried natrually I ordered it.

It was presented to me in a big ass Seidel. The Winterbock was a dark brown with some nice dark red higlights. Nice head off tan foamy bubbles.

Big aroma of sweet carmel and chocolate malts.

Very thick bodied Weizenbock with a nice big malt sweetness. Flavors of caramel and raisin in the brew. Light bitterness but this one is mostly a malt bomb.

I ordered the corned beef reuben to accompany my beer. Pretty high ABV, not sure what is was but I was a little buzzy after lunch.

Rather safe WeizenBock that would appeal to the masses, but actually pretty good. Probably one of my favorites in the GB lineup. If you find yourself at a GB I recommend it.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 5010 Mission Center Rd, San Diego

12-05-2005 02:50:47 | More by SteveO1231
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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!!!

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 900 F St NW, Washington

01-10-2008 15:47:28 | More by NeroFiddled
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 900 F St NW, Washington

11-27-2010 05:35:01 | More by tjsdomer2
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Westsidethreat

California

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clean hazelnut with maple hightlights. Head is medium sized raw oat colored that I doubt will go the distance.

S: Malty, roasted pecans, molasses with a bit of pumpernickle.

T: A whole lot of malt with with a subtle hint of smoked grains....some serious German heritage going on in this brew. Loads of molasses with brown sugar licks and leather roundness. Finishes sugary with a touch of cinnamon.

M: Full mouthfeel with a slick syrupness.

D: Solid winter brew. Good times.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 5010 Mission Center Rd, San Diego

11-04-2006 07:30:19 | More by Westsidethreat
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a sturdy tan head that retains reasonably and leaves a few ringlets of lace behind

Smell: Rich caramel aroma with stone fruit undertones

Taste: Caramel flavors build in intensity from the get go, with a growing stone fruit element appearing after a while; a subtle bitterness develops, as well, prior to the swallow; the finish has a bit too much lager twang for my palate, however

Mouthfeel: Medium body with sprightly carbonation

Drinkability: I wasn't prepared to like this as much as I did, judging from the other reviews, but this is a very nice bock

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 5010 Mission Center Rd, San Diego

02-19-2009 00:31:01 | More by brentk56
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bigbelcher

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very light brown/dark gold color with a good frothy head. The aroma was that of light malt and alcohol esters. The flavor was good German malts with that left over real lager twang, finished really dry, not sweet like a lot of bocks. A good seasonal beer.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 5010 Mission Center Rd, San Diego

12-18-2008 09:31:38 | More by bigbelcher
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: almost pitch blackness, head did not hold up.

smell: fruity. maybe raisin

taste: alchohl hidden well. a nice dopple. deep roasted flavors, dark fruits

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: a very solod dopple, extrmely impressed and more than expected.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 5010 Mission Center Rd, San Diego

11-20-2009 03:11:30 | More by CampusCrew
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watermelonman

California

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 5010 Mission Center Rd, San Diego

05-09-2006 21:44:16 | More by watermelonman
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Redrover

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the seasonal offering. Served in a mug, the beer is dark brown with a skimming of a tan head. Not a ton of lacing.

The nose is of dark fruits, molasses and roasted malts.

The beer is a bit sweet with tastes of plums, molasses, raisins, and subtle spicing. Some coffee notes emerge late. Nice winter sipper.

The beer is a bit over carbonated, but that was offset by a subtle creaminess. Nice session type beer.

The regulars at the bar were lobbying for this to join the standard rotation and I can see why. Well done!!

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 5010 Mission Center Rd, San Diego

12-01-2006 18:46:39 | More by Redrover
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atigerlife

Hawaii

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Though not a huge GB fan, I was quite impressed with this seasonal offering at their brewpub..

Poured a dark mahogony with a big fluffy brown head that had good retention.

Aroma was of roasted malts with some sweetness and alcohol coming through.

Taste was of sweet roasted malts. Some hints of nuts and dark chocolate. Nice alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel was a little lighter than expected but rather creamy with a medium body.

Overall, a very nice seasonal from GB. Perfect for sitting outside on a cooler evening in Honolulu. Very, very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 5010 Mission Center Rd, San Diego

12-21-2006 07:03:14 | More by atigerlife
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 5010 Mission Center Rd, San Diego

12-27-2010 18:41:12 | More by Metalmonk
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i have a confession to make. i am friends with the brewer at one location, and i got to try this before is was released to the public. it was about two weeks away from general tapping, but the beer was more than ready in the horizontal lagering tank in the cold room. he poured me a mug, and i had to drink it. the beer was sensational straight up. he was worried about the abv, and about the hops in the finish, thought a few more weeks would make it more acceptable to the masses, but i am not the masses. it was creamy and rich brown sugar in color, with a two inch khaki colored head that did not recede at all. the smell was cara-munich and cara-red malts, which affect the color as well as the nose, giving it a sweet doughnutty aroma. flavor is true to that at first, but a surprising hop kick comes in with a little wintery spice mix in the finish to crisp it up. this is what any winter lager should taste like. i hate to give this much props to a chain, but this is a brilliant holiday offering, better than most craft stuff on the market. the freshness of the hops might have made this for me, sort of english barleywiney in ways, but german malty. its special, and i hope its just as good in other mediums, but somehow i am doubting that it could be. for now though, suffice it to say that tis beer is a wonderful thing. heavy and light at the same time in feel, with a full body, sticky like honey, but like a memory foam pillow in the finish, in the sense that it fits your shape and rlaxes you slowly. this beer was top notch, and i wish that everyone could try it as i did tonight.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 5010 Mission Center Rd, San Diego

12-14-2012 05:14:36 | More by StonedTrippin
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BoulderBarrovecchio

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this back in early December in San Diego, and didn't take notes. The thing I remember most is that it tasted very similar to Sam Adam's Winter Lager to me, with a slightly fuller body. Overall, very good taste and mouthfeel. Very enjoyable for an everyday doppelbock.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 5010 Mission Center Rd, San Diego

02-18-2014 03:05:55 | More by BoulderBarrovecchio
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IntriqKen

California

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 5010 Mission Center Rd, San Diego

10-28-2006 02:26:28 | More by IntriqKen
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nickthegun12

Alabama

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 5010 Mission Center Rd, San Diego

12-19-2010 23:20:08 | More by nickthegun12
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WetCoaster

California

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice, somewhat pale (for the style) burgundy/copper. Head and carbonation somewhat lacking; a bit dead.

Smell: Hey, not half bad. That nice tangy, malty burnt sugar richness you look for in a dopplebock with a nice ripe apple fruitiness. Bit of boozy solvent.

Taste: Again, nice. A bit of caramel apple, of bit of flan/burnt sugar, a bunch of tasty. Mouthfeel is a bit underpowered, thinish and a bit flaccid. Still, not at all bad.

Drinkability: No, it doesn't have the mind-blowing complexity of Salvator or the sinful richness of Koribinian. Still, this is a legit -- and quite tasty -- dopplebock that I can get at my local supermarket for less than $7 a sixer; you could do worse. McMicro shoots and scores.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch, 33 East San Fernando Street, San Jose

11-29-2005 04:03:21 | More by WetCoaster
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear black in color with burgandy highlights at the edges of the glass. Short 1" head that recedes pretty quickly to a surface foam.

Aroma: the nose picks up mild roasted malts.

Flavor: the taste is of roasted malts, mild bitter chocolate, raisins, and sports a decent bitterness. The maltiness gives way to some dark fruit sweetness while swallowing.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start. The finish is also smooth and long on the roasted tones / bitter chocolate. Medium bodied and generally lighter than many other dopplebocks I've sampled.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable and worth having if it is available.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 900 F St NW, Washington

12-27-2005 13:58:12 | More by Gavage
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scottoale

California

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This new offering from GB comes in a brown long-neck 12oz. bottle with a "bottled on" 10/10/06 date and code 12:53 669.

It pours a nice deep darkish copper with an ivory colored head of two-plus fingers. The head dwindles within a few minutes, leaving some nice lace and a healthy foam ring...the carbonation is good, but mild.

The smell is sweet and malty with a strong note of alcohol. The hop presence is mild and grassy...it truly does have a good hearty aroma of the style intended here. It also reminds me of the Sam Adams Double Bock in it's early years...the smell that is.

Wow, pretty nice in the taste dept. with dark malty sweetness full of toffee, caramel and a heap of nuttiness. Add that to a strong dose of alcohol, a big and creamy full body with a long lingering bock of an aftertaste and your ready for the next rinse.

Suprisingly good everything in this beer, much to my amazement...this is the tastiest beer that Gordon Biersch has to offer that I've tasted thus far and will gladly tip a few more.

Cheers to a tasty and fairly strong beer here, give it a try if you find it.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 401 N. Front Street, Columbus

11-28-2006 21:05:45 | More by scottoale
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spointon

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Gordon Biersch in Bolingbrook, IL on 12/18/2008.

A= This beer was poured into a clear glass mug and showed a very clear, deep red color with a slight brownness to it. The head poured 1/2" of slightly yellow off-whiteness and quickly dropped to a skim.

S= Aromas of malty sweetness, some sulphur, very faint nuttiness, and a mild roasty character.

T= Much the same as in the aroma. Malty sweetness followed by a sulphur note and mild grainy bitterness. Some alcohol in the finish.

MF= Bigger but still in the medium body range. Crisp mouthfeel cleansed the palate well.

D= This is a pretty solid dopplebock with an easy drinking flavor yet a solid alcohol kick. I look forward to this seasonal release every year!

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 401 N. Front Street, Columbus

12-19-2008 06:56:32 | More by spointon
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear brown. Big light tan head. Smell is mild roasted malt with some chocolate notes. Taste is sweet and malty. Big chocolate flavor. Very nice full bodied mouthfeel. Creamy. Very easily drinkable. I really like this one overall. Great for a non-German doppelbock and a very nice winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 401 N. Front Street, Columbus

11-07-2010 22:56:08 | More by burnstar
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Gordon Biersch Winter Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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