Gordon Biersch Winter Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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3.6/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
05-19-2010 03:02:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.15/5 rDev +12.8%
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
02-19-2009 00:31:01 | More by brentk56
3.6/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
04-22-2008 20:52:36 | More by BEERchitect
3.58/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
12-14-2009 18:08:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.05/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
11-21-2008 08:23:13 | More by largadeer
4.2/5 rDev +14.1%
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!!!
01-10-2008 15:47:28 | More by NeroFiddled
3.33/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
12-25-2011 03:23:47 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.9/5 rDev +6%
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.
12-16-2009 03:58:47 | More by nickfl
3.73/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
12-07-2010 01:08:21 | More by Jason
4.08/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
12-14-2012 05:14:36 | More by StonedTrippin
3.03/5 rDev -17.7%
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.
01-09-2013 21:02:34 | More by mactrail
4.03/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
12-27-2005 13:58:12 | More by Gavage
3.3/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
04-07-2006 17:34:07 | More by weeare138
3.35/5 rDev -9%
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.
01-25-2006 04:29:04 | More by Zorro
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
12-06-2008 02:30:03 | More by DoubleJ
3.88/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
12-15-2006 00:52:40 | More by Wasatch
3.7/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
07-11-2011 13:06:36 | More by John_M
3.43/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
01-19-2012 09:13:53 | More by tdm168
Gordon Biersch Winter Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
83 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.