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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: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 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 StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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. (1,597 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
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 (607 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 largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark chestnut brown with a finger of off-white foam. Brilliant clarity, but the head recedes too quickly.

Smell: Fruitcake and toasted nuts, on the estery side and not especially clean. Butterscotch sweetness, toasted cereal grain. Decent.

Taste & mouthfeel: Fruity sweetness with a touch of burnt caramel. Not nearly as clean as some of the better German examples of the style I've tried recently, though not terrible either. Dried fruit and nuts, a bit of spice. Too sweet overall, especially in the finish, which becomes somewhat cloying after half a bottle. A decent beer, but I'm glad that I only grabbed 1 bottle. (633 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 nickfl
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of light brown head on top of a dark brown body with good clarity and ruby highlights. The foam settles slowly and leaves little lace.

S - Rich dark malt aromas of toffee, caramel, and a little bit of roast grain. Some fruity notes as well, plum and a hint of raisin.

T - Thick, sweet malt up front; lots of toffee and caramel. Plums and caramelized raisins in the middle that fade to caramel in the finish. The sweet, dark malts are balanced by moderate malt bitterness and just a slight note of hops. Lingering dark caramel and molasses flavors in the aftertaste as well as some light roast flavor.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a flavorful dopplebock with lots of malt character. The dark flavors are a nice combination of caramel and subtle fruit, though they do also include some light roasted notes that technically shouldn't be there. Overall a nice beer that fits the season well. (974 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
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!!! (839 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (924 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lovely appearance in the glass with an attractive head and chestnut brown color. Well carbonated. Caramel smell.

Winey flavor with roasted grains and some malty sweetness. Date flavors. Kind of a burnt molasses taste in the back of the mouth. Not bad for a couple of sips but the dirty, scorched raising taste takes over and is pretty tough to swallow.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at Total Wine in Tucson. (408 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date.

Big heady beginnings with good stickage, clear and dark chestnut colored liquid. Toasty bready sweet malty goodness in the nose. Flexed crispness pops from the thickness of the medium body. Rich toasted malt shows some roasted flair, broth and ample sweetness though the toasted flavors keep that to a minimum as does the hop bitterness. Alcohol is prevalent, clean warmth. Finishes with more of the toasted grain and faded leafy hops.

A decent pick for the winter, clean and not spiced not anything off the wall. Its focus set on the style, enjoyable. (596 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle bottled on 26 Sept. 2012 and served in a snifter.
GB Winter Bock pours a dark mahogany color with a small but attractive tan head. The head has poor retention but there's decent lacing.
Smells like a mix of caramel, medium and dark malts with some sherry/alcohol overtones. Very good malt complexity.
Taste: follows nose, but tilts towards the darker malts and shows a moderate level of bittering hops after an initial moment of overly sweet ale. Exceptional and lasting aftertaste features caramel and dark malts with good sweet/bitter balance.

Medium-full body; creamy up front but a bit harsh in the alcohol-laden finish. Proper carbonation.

O: A relatively big dopplebock, in terms of flavor. Worthy of the Bavarian references. (750 characters)

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 Gavage
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single 12 ounce bottle paired with pizza, on to the beer:

Pours dark amber, almost amber brown into my flute glass. Good head sits on top. The aroma is right on the mark for a doppelbock, raisins, bread crust, some alcohol, sweet. The taste is more of the same. Unlike other doppelbocks out there, this one is lighter on the palate and not quite as malty, making it relatively easier to drink and enjoy. Oh, and it goes well with pizza. (437 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (593 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 Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks WestSideThreat

Pours a golden dark amber color, nice carbonation, not much of a head though, and left pretty quickly, not much lacing as well, but what is there is sticking to the edges. Scents of sweet malts, slight hops, and caramel. The taste is kinda sweet and malty, nice warm feeling in the throat, there is a nice hint of caramel as well, leaves with a dry finish. Medium body, well balanced brew. Very drinkable, a nice Weizenbock from GB, would recommend. (474 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, clear caramel color with a ruby hue. Poured a 1 finger creamy tan head that dissipated slowly to a thick skim. Laced the glass in thin sheets.

S: Burnt caramel and some peppery spices. A little smokey and earthy.

T: Big toasted malty up front; burnt caramel, nuts and smoke. Sharp bitter bite lingers along with some of the malt character.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Very flavorful malt character with enough bitter to balance.

D: Easily drinkable. flavorful, smooth and balanced. (505 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (1,093 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)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque chocolaty brown with a fine-bubbled off-white head. Rich aroma is malty, spicy and just a little chocolaty. Flavor is mainly malty with a spicy undertone that is mostly cloves and cinnamon. Texture is pleasant, smooth and fizzy, going down nicely. (263 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 twiggamortis420
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (678 characters)

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