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Gordon Biersch Winter Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Winter BockGordon Biersch Winter Bock

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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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Phelps

Arizona

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 04:49:22 | More by Phelps
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Arbitrator

California

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 10:24:42 | More by Arbitrator
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-17-2007 05:00:18 | More by BlindPig
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DOCRW

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

03-07-2014 23:19:23 | More by DOCRW
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BeerCigar

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

12-01-2013 16:09:41 | More by BeerCigar
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wking

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 07:51:45 | More by wking
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

09-18-2013 19:21:23 | More by ROGUE16
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Zbeetleman

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

07-08-2013 04:03:39 | More by Zbeetleman
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illidurit

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

07-05-2013 03:11:59 | More by illidurit
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

01-10-2013 04:32:03 | More by dmorgan310
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

12-09-2012 02:31:25 | More by Sludgeman
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acdcsmith22

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

02-03-2014 06:12:26 | More by acdcsmith22
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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

05-05-2009 02:01:16 | More by twiggamortis420
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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

04-07-2006 17:34:07 | More by weeare138
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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

12-25-2011 03:23:47 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Zorro

California

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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

01-25-2006 04:29:04 | More by Zorro
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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

01-27-2011 23:09:00 | More by CuriousMonk
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OStrungT

California

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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

12-27-2006 01:45:01 | More by OStrungT
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ImusBeer

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch, 33 East San Fernando Street, San Jose

12-15-2009 14:40:42 | More by ImusBeer
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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

01-20-2008 04:08:37 | More by BigBry
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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

01-19-2012 09:13:53 | More by tdm168
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DasPuma

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Very dark red/brown with little carbonation and one inch caramel colored head that dissipates slowly with decent lacing

Smell - subtle coffee smell

Taste - The roasted malts definetely come through as well as a little alcohol, but not overpowering at all.

Mouthfeel - Slightly heavy with medium carbonation

Overall a pretty good beer that I will definetely keep in my collection. I haven't had many bocks before, but if this is standard for the type, consider me a fan.

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

01-17-2012 20:47:54 | More by DasPuma
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jdense

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from neighborhood beer buddy obtained at local discount grocery store in variety pack, poured into pint glass 1.1.9.11.

One finger slowly developing light tan, quick dissipation with no lacing. Clear amber brown body some visible carbonation. Nose is roast-dominate with a significant amount of sweetness, medium crystal with medium cherry-ish esters, floral hops in the nose. Taste mirrors the nose, a bit too sweet for style. Mouthfeel is fairly light for style, a wee bit of effervescence. Drinkability is ok, but the cloying sweetness in absence of roast character was a bit befuddling.

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

01-20-2011 02:42:44 | More by jdense
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GMUPatriot_inKansas

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-15-2013 16:02:23 | More by GMUPatriot_inKansas
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jh1982

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-03-2011 04:01:08 | More by jh1982
Gordon Biersch Winter Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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