Gordon Biersch Winter Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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3.8/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
05-17-2013 02:15:13 | More by chinchill
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
On draught at the brewpub. This beer is a dark ruby-brown color with a medium thick and foamy light beige head. Thin lacing. Malt aroma is very pronounced, and there is some caramel as well. Creamy (if slightly thin) body with a fair amount of malt flavor, along with some chcolate and caramel. There was also a bit of a smokey character to it which was a bit of a surprise. The finish is mostly sweet malt, with a pinch of hops. This is one of Gordon Biersch's better offerings in my opinion.
01-02-2004 14:58:20 | More by Dogbrick
3.28/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
05-05-2009 02:01:16 | More by twiggamortis420
4/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
01-17-2010 20:31:48 | More by Cyberkedi
3.2/5 rDev -13%
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.
01-09-2012 03:04:02 | More by DefenCorps
4.35/5 rDev +18.2%
Appearance This dark brown bock hid underneath a massive, cascading head that was a beautiful dark tan in color. That had to be one of the nicest-looking DB heads Ive ever seen.
Smell The raw bockish malts are nice at the smell. Theres a rich molasses aroma along with an avalanche of sugars. Theres some light chocolate in here too.
Taste This explodes on the taste buds. It is so big and powerful in flavor that you just want to hold it in your mouth forever. It is more balanced at the taste than I thought it would be from the smell. The dark molasses is here but it is softened up by tons of sweetness.
Mouthfeel This is medium-bodied and velvety smooth in the mouth. Even though the carbonation is modest the flavors slow you down.
Drinkability This is true to the style and just smoothed over enough that your average Joe can enjoy it. An excellent offering by GB.
Comments Am I the highball here? This was my first beer of the night so we cant blame it on intoxication. It is a terrific beer that I unrepentantly replaced with my usual weizen accompaniment to a dish of weisswurst and red cabbage.
12-02-2007 04:11:19 | More by RoyalT
4.5/5 rDev +22.3%
Tasted on-tap 11/29/05 at the GB brewpub in Tyson's Corner, VA.
Solid brown color with a nice light brown head and nice carbonation with slow bubbles. Smokey, roasty, dark Munich malt aroma and flavors. Lots of robust roasty full flavored characteristics that you don't normally associate with a true Dopplebock. Medium-full bodied, smooth, and warming with light alcohol on the finish.
Per an email I got from the brewer for the Tyson's location:
It is the same recipe as the Trader Joe's Dopplebock.
Malts: Munich, Caramunich, Pilsner, and Carafa.
Hops: Hallertauer Hersbrucker hops
12-12-2005 16:55:05 | More by RBorsato
3.9/5 rDev +6%
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.
02-07-2011 19:22:37 | More by Haybeerman
3.65/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
02-21-2008 02:06:20 | More by Durge
3.68/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-07-2009 16:36:12 | More by clayrock81
3.53/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
12-03-2010 02:29:42 | More by EgadBananas
British Columbia (Canada)
3.78/5 rDev +2.7%
Found this in Maui in a mixed winter 12 pack was very impressed with the rich malty flavours that came out in this beer. The balance is good with the sweetness being balanced with a dryish finish. I also thought the mouthfeel was just right and looked forward to a second bottle
03-11-2012 00:07:50 | More by canucklehead
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
Served on tap in a dimple mug
Appearance- The beer is served a deep mahogany color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a nice caramel and toffee smell infused with aromas of toasted malt and some bready smells.
Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt taste along with some flavors of caramel and toffee. The caramel becomes more buttery in nature as the flavor advances further taking on a more toffee like nature. Along with the toffee so to comes some flavors of darker fruits. The fruits are mainly of raisin and fig, but have a little bit of an apple flavor mixed within. Toward the end the roasted flavors of the brew increase along with a very light spice flavor coming to the tongue, in the end leaving a nice blend of roasted and sweet malt y flavors to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thicker and creamier body are fantastic for the malty, roasted and sweeter flavors of the brew, allowing all the nice malty and sweet flavors to soak into the tongue.
Overall – A very enjoyable doppelbock with tons and nice smooth flavors but yet maintaining a nice easy drinking feel.
12-25-2013 03:01:11 | More by Darkmagus82
4.08/5 rDev +10.9%
Pours a ruby red meets glistening brown color, with an off-white head that scatters to a crown fairly quickly. Bits of lace left around the glass, in Morse code-ish dots and dashes.
Welcoming aroma of huge dark fruit (fig, plum, grape), pumpernickel, chocolate cake batter, toffee, caramel, butter frosting. Lightly burnt facet too, like the upper crust of a creme brulee.
Flavor is all that the aroma promises, the dark fruits and chocolate cake batter being especially prominent, with noticeable assistance from fresh green hops and a nice liqueur-like blow from the alcohol, although it's subdued and never overdone. Sweet gooey caramel and toffee factor in big with warming. Overall it's hugely malty up front, reminding of dark breads and cookies, while a leafy bitterness creeps in near the finish.
Nice softness, slickness and roundness to the texture, with enough carbonation to add just an edge of sizzle. A bit dry, but not too dry.
A total comfort beer that I'll gladly pick up anytime I'm wanting a flavorful and reasonably-priced American version of this greatest of German beer styles.
12-27-2010 18:41:12 | More by Metalmonk
3.73/5 rDev +1.4%
On-tap at Flying Saucer, reviewed from notes, served a crisp ruby red with a thin diminishing head. The aroma was some sweet malts and fruits. The taste was a candy-like sweetness with some dried fruits and molasses. The beer was medium to heavy bodied with some warming alcohol and light carbonation. This one is somewhat enjoyable, but I'd probably not seek this one out again.
01-15-2009 23:00:04 | More by atsprings
4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
This was the seasonal offering. Served in a mug, the beer is dark brown with a skimming of a tan head. Not a ton of lacing.
The nose is of dark fruits, molasses and roasted malts.
The beer is a bit sweet with tastes of plums, molasses, raisins, and subtle spicing. Some coffee notes emerge late. Nice winter sipper.
The beer is a bit over carbonated, but that was offset by a subtle creaminess. Nice session type beer.
The regulars at the bar were lobbying for this to join the standard rotation and I can see why. Well done!!
12-01-2006 18:46:39 | More by Redrover
Gordon Biersch Winter Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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