Gordon Biersch Winter Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
84
good

112 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 112
Hads: 229
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 7.01%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Murph on 02-07-2003

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Photo of tdm168
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of DasPuma
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 12/07, consumed 04/16/08.

Pours a deep, rich brown with a one finger head that rapidly dissipates. Bubbles stay active to the bottom of the glass.

Aromas of sweet malt and... nutmeg?

A little thick as it enters the mouth, this beer has some flavor! First taste reveals sweet malt breadiness, some brown sugar, figs and spice (nutmeg, I think), followed by a mostly clean finish and some subtle, lingering bitterness. Barely perceptible parching on tongue after each taste. The 7.5% ABV is not noticeable in the flavor.

While I think I would tire of this after more than one bottle, it certainly can hit the spot if in the mood. (642 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark copper with a decent head and noticeable carbonation.

Smell: Caramel, bread, and spice.

Taste: Roasted caramel, brown sugar and thick bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, slightly bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. A decent representative of the style, it’s fairly tasty and goes down smooth. Nothing to make it stand out, but nothing to complain about. (396 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium mahogany, very translucent, with a 2 finger of tan leather colored head. Too light and watery for a "dark" double bock.

Smell is nice, with lots of malts sweetness, roastedness, and caramel.

Taste is on par with the aroma, with nice sweetness, maltyness, roasted notes, caramel and a bit of toffee.

Heavy for a lager, creamy, and smooth. Little carbonation.

Drinkability is solid. Defintely not the best dopplebock I've had, but surely not the worse. Good enough to revisit each winter. (499 characters)

Photo of leadguit1
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks reddish brown after it pours, looks dark as it pours.

Smells kinda like a malt liquor, not very impressive, but not bad.

Taste surprised me with a good,brown malt palate. Alcohol is part of this taste, but comes after the malt. I enjoyed it.

Thin character in the mouth, but that's what delivers the final alcohol body. It works for that reason.

Goes down readily, I think two will give you that "Winter Warmer" Feeling. (438 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap into a cross of a weizen glass and pilsner glass

Deep mohogany opaque hue with a tan two finger head that slowly settles to a thin rim along the glass. Spotty lacing. The aroma was brown sugar with a little bit of caramel. The taste had a little bit of a candy like flavor mixing in with some more caramel flavors. The bitterness was low, maybe a little bit from the carmelized malts. Full bodied. The finish was clean with a little bit of lingering malts. (464 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is extremely easy to drink, dominated by the malt (caramel mostly). The flavor and aroma are extremely clean, but the flavor and aroma aren’t very strong. In fact, this is an excellently brewed beer without the slightest flaw in any way and there’s nothing off-putting about it, but it’s rather boring. (310 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear dark copper color with some red hue, small white head that reduces to a thin layer on top, a bit of lace clings to the sides

S- sweet, bready and malty. Some winter spices, nutmeg, maybe some cinnamon

T- bready with a touch of sweet honey, some winter spice notes, possibly picking up some nutmeg on the taste as well. Mid palate provides some dark fruits, the finish is dry and slightly sweet

M- medium body and somewhat high carbonation, smooth and creamy mouthfeel, velvety finish

O- this one hides the alcohol quite well, but I was looking for more of a malt profile that is typical of a doppelbock. Overall pretty good though. (653 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked upas part of a mixed cased from Costco for $19.99.

Beer poured a reddish brown with a nice lasting tan head. Nose initially was heavy on roasted malts, becoming sweeter as it warms. Taste is heavy on roasted malts and finishes somewhat sweet. Mouthfeel is pretty good as it is medium bodied, decently carbonated, and fairly smooth across the palate. Overall drinkability is pretty good. This is a pretty good representation of style and not bad to try. (460 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark copper in color supporting a thick head leaving nice layered lace. Smell of big upfront malt and sweet dark fruits. Taste comes through as in the aroma with a malt sweetness and moderate alchohol. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Nothing complex thats mildly rough around the edges, but definately warming. (337 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled on: 10/14/09.

Appearance: Pours a dark tawny brown body with a respectably-sized, frothy, light beige head. Thin coating of lace on the way down.

Smell: Toasty and nutty with a fruity hint of both well-grilled apple wedges and from-those-lil'-boxes raisins brushed with caramel and flecked with chary roastiness. Some wafting alcohol notes begin to perk up and assault the nose as it warms.

Taste: Deeply toasted bread crusts and grains sweetened up with modest touches of gooey dark caramel and brown sugar. Slight nuttiness throughout. Also, some perceived tangy blips of quality pilsner malt in the mix. Mingling of apple and raisins for a kick of fruit flavor. Spicy, earthy hops that, along with a hint of roasted grains, provide a reasonable amount of bitterness. Drying, slightly warming finish with a lasting, if light, apple taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. There's an admirable smoothness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not a bad lil' doppelbock, though, it starts to kind of fall apart as it warms (seeming ever more alcoholic), so don't dilly-dally while drinking this one. I've been slowly, respectfully working through the recent influx of Gordon Biersch's bottled offerings and, while not outstanding, WinterBock is better than some of the others I've sampled. (1,379 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impressed to find this beer floating around the Columbus area. Starts off with a rusty / plumby color with a mariginal head formation, but retained well. Aromas of rich malt and a light alcohol scent with a meaty, bready, savory character. Flavors are simple and clean and closely mimic the character found in the nose. Emphasis on the rich malt flavors, light on esters, and fermentation by-products. Heavy on the meaty notes. As clean as you could expect a dopplebock to finish, but with a long lingering malty richness. (522 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing was happening.

S - Smells of brown sugar, malted milk, and bread.

T - Tastes of coffee, toffee, and bread.

M - This bottle was absolutely FLAT. The beer was extremely thick due to this.

D - I can imagine that this is quite tasty when fresh. I got this as part of a Winter sampler pack and I think that the bottle went bad. I would buy this again fresh when it comes back in season. (471 characters)

Photo of stckhndlr
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a glass resulting in a nice 1 inch plus head. Has a nice deep cherry would color when held up to a light. Very pretty. Average lacing but a nice looking beer all the same

S- Nice dark fruit smell (figs, plums, and black cherry), malted fragrance topped with caramel and faint chocolate.

T- Malt and caramel flavor with a dry finish. Bit of a bitter aftertaste when you expect more of a sweeter end. Not as pleasing as I would like but over all a fine dark beer.

M- has a thicker feel to it as I think a bock should. almost gives you the sensation of having a syrup consistency.

D- All in all it's a good beer, could be a little more balanced with a more rounded flavor but still a decent choice. Still gives you a warm feeling on the colder winter nights. (774 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect Pint Glass

A: Poured reddish brown with a good 2 fingers worth of tan head that settled to small ring with decent lacing.

S: I'm getting brown sugar, coffee and bread.

T: Coffee & toffee right up front with a hint of brown sugar mid palette.... Finish is smooth and a little bready.

M: Carbonation is sharp at first but settles quickly.. I'd call this on mid bodied.

D: Looks good, smells pretty good, tastes pretty good and mouth feel is good.. Not a bad little beer... At 7.5 ABV this is one or two beer session for me. Not a bad little brew from Gordon. (604 characters)

Photo of greenmiller
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at GB Bolingbrook, IL. Pours a dark ruby not opaque with minimal tan head. No lacing at all down the glass. No discernable aroma, just a malty, sweet smell. Tastes very smooth, almost sweet malty. No hops detected. Mouthfeel again is very smooth and easy going down. Little carbonation feel. NOT a session beer as this made me a little giddy after just one! But is a great winter warmup if you plan to stay awhile and let someone else drive you home. Would drink again. (478 characters)

Photo of seand
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a medium dark translucent brown, kind of cola-like, with a small amount of tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving essentially no lacing.

S: Big thick malty smell, some brown sugar.

T: Primarily the same thick sweetness from the nose. A slight dry bitterness to finish.

M: Fairly carbonated, fairly full bodied and somewhat sticky.

D: Quite sweet, and not exactly low ABV, but drinks reasonably well considering that.

It's ok. I'd never seek it out, but probably wouldn't turn it down if offered. (512 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a 0.5L glass. Color was dark brown, almost mahogany (I read the description). About an inch of head when I got it. Fairly thin lacing on the top. Sporadic film on the sides.

Smelled of dark toffee malts. It reminded me a bit of a dark Heath bar. Also some caramel and coffee in there, too. Sweet flavors.

Tasted a little bit lighter than the nose. Toffeeish. Pretty smooth, but hardly any aftertaste. I bit too much alcohol kicker.

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Smooth feel.

A decent beer, but a little late in the overall taste. Would like it slightly darker. (610 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at T Bonz during their X-mas in July event.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with minimal lacing and not much head retention. The nose is very malty, leading me to expect a fairly sweet beer. In fact, while there is some modest sweetness to this beer, it's not as much as I was expecting. Otherwise, I get a considerable malt presence, light milk chocolate, light vanilla and some tar in the finish. There's also some noticeable alcohol as well, though it's not too bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the beer finishes fairly well.

Shrug. A pleasant enough beer, but nothing so exciting that I'd probably want to ever order it again. (653 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany colored brew with an off-white modest head and medium lacing. Smells of raisin and spruce. The taste starts with alcohol and some more spruce hops, fig and apple. A bit strong in alcohol but it mellows as you go and takes on more malt sweetness. The feel is smooth, medium bodied with medium drinkability. A nice seasonal offering and recommended for a try. (366 characters)

Photo of RunDWP
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's a solid winter warmer style beer from here in the Bay Area. Looked good in my shaker glass, pouring a dark reddish brown with a light tan head of a couple centimeters of fizzy foam. Slightly nutty aroma. The taste is a good mix of slightly roasted malt, some nutty character, a little sweetness, spruce, and a slight piney bitterness on the finish. I think they've done a good job of balancing and blending the flavors here, but they are a bit subdued.

A decent amount of malt gives it a slightly creamy mouth feel, and I found this a pretty refeshing brew.

Personally, I find Gordon Biersch brews to be a little under whelming, but this is a pretty good offering from them for this particular style. (710 characters)

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was suprised to see this in bottles. And I guess I'll review this as the "Vegas" location (drives me nuts how every GB has a different location when from my understanding the bottles are produced at the same plant). Anyways...nice thick and creamy head, very dark ruby (clear) with a ton of lacing as it goes down. Smell is almost a hefe crossed with a stout. Some fruit aroma as well as a nice touch of caramel. Taste was good, very much in line with other "winter" beers. Somer dark fruit, caramel, touch of chocolate, and a stronger than expected straw or grass taste as well. Mouthfeel was pretty thick due to the low carbonation but I didnt really enjoy that, it tasted a little too flat for me. Overall a very good beer and another strong offering from GB. (764 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

NOTE: I had this right before the end of 2008 and was told then that it was the Xmas brew but also the same as the Dopplebock they brew in the winter. Was told on 3/6 that the Dopplebock was actually a different brew - and there are mild taste differeces - and that the previous seasonal was the Winter Bock (a single bock).
Damn servers...here is my review of the Winter Bock (which I was originally told was a dopplebock).
Pours a murky brown body, almost black with no lacing but a superfoamy two-finger tan head that takes forever to die. A mild, sweet malt smell of roasted and cocoa malt dominate the aroma (hints of coffee). Not a particulary thick bock, but not thinnish or syrupy either. A mild-mannered but pleasant sweetness, with hints of chocolate, caramel, toffee, butterscotch and other sugariness I can't think of. Not overly sweet, mind you. Has minor roasted notes and hops for a slick but hints of dryness on the backbite; not a milkshake here. Mildly warming also. ABV hidden well - I wouldn't guess a 7.2 except it is on the menu. (1,053 characters)

Gordon Biersch Winter Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
84 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.