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Gordon Biersch Winter Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
83
good

196 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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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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

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

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

12-19-2010 23:20:08 | More by nickthegun12
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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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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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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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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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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, 33 East San Fernando Street, San Jose

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, 33 East San Fernando Street, San Jose

11-07-2010 22:56:08 | More by burnstar
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Loveyourbeer

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9%

12-07-2011 01:55:31 | More by Loveyourbeer
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9%

11-16-2011 02:38:25 | More by oline73
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quantumcipher

California

4/5  rDev +9%

01-08-2012 06:24:13 | More by quantumcipher
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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9%

03-03-2012 22:14:04 | More by Hanzo
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jesus808

California

4/5  rDev +9%

12-20-2011 01:29:36 | More by jesus808
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9%

12-05-2011 00:57:12 | More by nmann08
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grubefresh

Arizona

4/5  rDev +9%

12-01-2012 21:12:51 | More by grubefresh
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xgrimx


4/5  rDev +9%

01-07-2013 00:55:39 | More by xgrimx
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with crimson hues and is topped by a good amount of tan head which doesn't fade too quickly and leaves a few spots of lacing behind. Clusters of carbonation bubbles cling to the glass as more shoot through the middle of the brew to the top. The malts smell of sweet caramel. Behind that are subtle notes of spice, cherries and vanilla. Tastes of sweet malts, cherries, coffee and hops. Mouth-feel is slighty creamy and it goes down smooth. Excellent winter ale, but not as spicy as some others.

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

01-02-2009 22:49:05 | More by stephens101
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BlackBearForge

Florida

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on October 26, 2009

WinterBock pours a nice deep ruby maroon, very clear with a nice head that falls quickly leaving little lace.

The aroma has nice sweet cocoa, caramel and licorice tones.

The flavor has a pleasant sweet buttery toasted malt with rich cocoa, caramel, licorice and spicy dark fruits. Bitterness is low and is felt on the finish as more of a clove spiciness than hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, clean and somewhat creamy while carbonation is low to medium.

A very pleasant dark lager, I wish it had hit the market here before Winter is nearly over, arriving just a few short weeks ago. However it is a nice way to toast the last few remaining days of the season. I've been pleasantly surprised by other Gordon Biersch beers and WinterBock is no exception, being a solid pleasant strong dark lager that I will look for again next year!

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

03-10-2010 00:35:51 | More by BlackBearForge
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July2Nov

Hawaii

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby Brown tinted. 1/2 inch of head with a decent lace around the rim.

Smell: Big sweet smell of malt, raisins and caramel. Nice mixture.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Starts off smoothly with a sweetness of a toffee flavor and builds up into a fullness of what appears to be raisins and then mellows out while still retaining a slight tingling of the taste buds. Nice! Pleasant and smooth all around. Slightly carbonated

Drinkability: I know this is for the winter time, but this tasty brew could be enjoyed year-round. Very surprised by how good this was. This is on my "return" to list, for sure. This dark double bock lager is my favorite out of the Gordon Biersch variety box, by far.

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

08-29-2008 06:16:32 | More by July2Nov
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9%

02-01-2012 02:53:55 | More by AndrewMichael
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%

11-20-2011 20:12:36 | More by DoctorB2B
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%

11-26-2011 21:54:04 | More by Yabev15
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HollywoodNate

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9%

07-15-2013 15:05:00 | More by HollywoodNate
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dowen44

Georgia

4/5  rDev +9%

12-05-2011 21:40:44 | More by dowen44
Gordon Biersch Winter Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
83 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.