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Gordon Biersch Winter Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
83
good

226 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Murph on 02-07-2003

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

taste- roasted malt

color- deep copper

clarity- dark and clear

smell- roasted malt

body- soft, medium-light body

appearance- nice looking dark beer

overall impression- better than expected

notes- nice maltiness with a soft mouthfeel. finish is a little amateurish in that it tastes like a cheap lager. this review is for a 2008 vintage tasted in 2008

glassware: pint

Photo of Arbitrator
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Dark, translucent chocolate color with 1" of white, fluffy head. The foam receded quickly into a ring, but left no lacing down the glass.

S: Toasted malt is strongest in the nose, with hints of caramel malt and coffee. Weaker smells are chocolate and nuts.

T: Following the nose, toasted malts are strong up front. When the drink is cold, the caramel malts and coffee are the only secondary flavors; as it warms, the chocolate and nuts become much more noticeable. The finish is slightly grassy and coffee bitter.

M: Light-bodied with light carbonation. Easy on the mouth.

D: Decently drinkable; if I had a sixer I wouldn't have any problems putting it away. I just don't care for it enough to seek out another.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single for $1.99 from the Village Pump. Bottled on the 11th of October 2011.

A wonderful deep mahogany with a dense, tan head with pretty solid retention and no real lacing, this looks pretty good! The clarity and color are particularly appealing. The nose has plenty of caramel and bready malt character, with mild Munich malt character as well. However, there isn't enough of the rich breadiness, at least for my palate. Mild earthy, leafy hop character is present. Plenty of dark fruit character, with raisins and plums are present.

The palate opens with a blend of moderate bitterness and caramel and raisin bread. There's plenty of hop flavor, lending an earthy, flavorful backbone to this beer. The palate has too much of the caramel and dark caramel malt character without the bready flavors that you'd get from the better German brewed versions. Toffee, dark fruit, caramel and a touch of brown sugar are all present, along with a mild spicy note, especially on the finish. Medium in body with moderate carbonation (a little too much?), this beer is pretty solid and quite enjoyable.

Photo of Phelps
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark cranberry-purple, almost perfectly clear and topped with one finger of creamy tan foam. The bubbles recede pretty quickly, becoming a thin and silky top layer.

Smooth, sweet, bready aroma. A little cooking wort, some caramel, baking bread, the lightest touch of grape.

A nice hit of caramel in the flavor, met with sweet honey buns and another very subtle hint of dark fruits. Fairly bitter, roasty finish.

High carbonation breaks the brew into just a bit of fizz. Body is just a shade under medium, and alcohol is pretty much unnoticeable.

The flavor’s decent — nice bits of caramel and bread. Finishes clean and keeps the brew drinkable. As doppelbocks go, it’s not as intense as I’m used to or prefer, but I might pick this up occasionally were I at the brewpub in wintertime.

Photo of BlindPig
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- About a 2-3" dark tan head on a dark brown ruby body.
S- Big sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, nice strong wheat aroma, grassy hops, some toffee, and touch of alcohol.
T- Sweet caramel and toffee malt body. Chocolate flavor comes through nicely. A lot of dark esters and wheat flavor. Banana comes through a bit also. Grass hops leave a light bitterness on tip of tongue. Pretty much all of the flavors stick around for the aftertaste with just a hint of warming (barley none) from the alcohol.
M- Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation.
D- It is a decent Weizenbock but nothing to go crazy about. There are a lot better out there but it still is a decent beer.

Photo of DOCRW
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of BeerCigar
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of illidurit
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of SurferEric
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Sludgeman
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of acdcsmith22
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of wking
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a beautiful dark caramel color, with a little red hue to it. Head dissipated quickly leaving little to no lacing.
Smells like sweet, sweet malt. Sweet bread and dates. If I smell really deep into this beer I can smell some alcohol but that's hidden well with the sweet caramel. I LOVE THE SMELL OF THIS BEER.
Taste is alright, almost too much going on here, and I can taste the alcohol in this. But there is a bready/cinnamon spice that I'm getting.
Overall its a good beer and being a 7.5 abv it will kick your booty if you try and session with this. This beer came in a variety pack for 10.99 that alone makes it well worth the buy. I will buy again but not because its the best tasting beer. Rather its one of the best deals out there.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear dark brown color with a decently fluffy light tan head. Fairly good retention with just a smattering of lacing.

Nose is pretty well done for a D-bock, Tons of roasty chocolate malts with a few toasty and nutty notes as well.

Taste consists mainly of sweet burnt caramel and toasty malts, molasses and plenty of fusel alcohol. I was really disappointed in the two times I visited the brewpub in the ATL, but this beer shows some promise. A little more smooth chocolate maltiness and hide the ABV some and this could be a good beer. Overall, it is not a half bad attempt at a DB, but needs a bit more refinement to hang with the big dawgs from Deutschland.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from optimator13, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a reddish brown color with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, brown sugar, fruit, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, honey, brown sugar and fruit. Then theirs is some breadiness that comes in from the lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are several others in the style that I would pick first.

Photo of ImusBeer
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Actually calls itself a Dark Double Bock Lager underneath the title.
Appears a hazy, dark amber with a decent tan head that slowly fades out and leaves spotty lacing around the glass.
Smell is of toffee and dark malt. A bit of a let down considering the style.
Taste is of a mild dark lager with some caramel notes...sub par of the true German style.
Mouthfeel is malty, sweet with a mild toffeeness hanging on to the tongue.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap from GB in Washington, DC. Poured into pint glass. Pours a dark brown, decent head that left a nice layer of foam, but little lacing. Pleasantly sweet aroma of malts with some caramel. Flavors were stronger, and also had some dark cherries and a touch of chocolate. Smooth, just a bit creamy, fairly full-bodied.

Photo of BigBry
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint of this seasonal offering on my last trip to Columbus.
The color is dark reddish brown, coppery highlites. Thin cap of foam, left thin lace strings.
The smell and taste are a bit thin, I guess I was expecting more. Slight sweet maltiness, warming alcohol finiash. Mouthfeel thin, without much going on. This beer is drinkable and not offensive. Maybe I had too high expectations, it was a cold windy day, and I wanted a nice hearty, malty bock beer. Too bad this didn't cut it.

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.

Photo of dshansen1184
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown beer with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Puffy tan head.

Smell is less malty than expected with herbal hop aroma being dominant. It is a bit fruity smelling with figs and raisin aromas being the strongest. Slight alcohol scent carries a pleasing black pepper scent to your nose.

Taste is malty fist and foremost. Sweet and after a bit the hop bitterness does kick in with a pleasing bitterness. This is just a little one-dimensional, bock for dummies I would say.

Mouthfeel is good.

An OK but in no way outstanding bock beer. I won't buy this again.

Gordon Biersch Winter Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
83 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.