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Gordon Biersch Winter Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
83
good

226 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottoale on 11-28-2006

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Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of stover4
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I live in California and Gordon Biersch is truly a quality restaurant and brewery.

Few chain brewery can brew this type of beer. Now I've not had any beer from the ones out side of California, but the ones I have had beer from are excellent.

Gordon Biersch is one of the only places in the states, in my opinion, that make a true German style Bock and Doppelbock beer. Only served in the Winter time as a seasonal beer, their Winter Bock is a beer of hearty goodness, easily bringing home very high marks in my book.

The bottle is good, but the tap version at the brewery is even better.

If you're in San Diego, the one in mission valley has and excellent brewer by the name of Doug Hasker. Give him your regards as you sample his fine craft.

Photo of socon67
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours light brown with a slight tan foam.

S - Scent so fsweet malt, brown sugar, and some heavy malts.

T - Tastes robust, caramel and chocolate malt is present, and sweet. Very tasty.

M - Syrupy thick, coates the tongue, and lingers on the palate.

O - Glad I found this on tap at the GB restaurant at Raleigh Durham airport. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Chrisdslap
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mralphabet
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of WhiskeyNinja
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TrojanWheels
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of tdm168
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of joshwalt
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of DasPuma
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of JacStance
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of quantumcipher
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Bookseeb
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark color colored body with a light tan head that disappears. Some bubbles stay on top with very light lacing.

S- Caramel malts with some spices. Maybe some roasted and/or chocolate malts too.

T- Very similar to the smell. Spices, caramel, raisins and possibly a hint of chocolate. Well balanced.

M- Smooth and easy drinking. Some light carbonation and medium bodied.

O- Very impressed with this beer, a full flavored winter beer that is easy drinking. Received a Gordon Biersch sampler for Christmas and really enjoyed 3/4 beers including this one.

Photo of ProducerBRBeer
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish brown in color with a short lived head. The lace is much stickier and thicker than most of the Gordon beers. The head is a light brown color, a little sandy.

S - Malty and sweet in smell almost like molasses.

T - An earthy to slightly sweet malty taste. Almost like a brown sugar or molasses flavor.

M - Even carbonation with a smoothness to it and a slightly dry drop off. Slightly crisp.

O - Pretty good Winter bock style, I guess my first style like this, but German style beer is not really my thing.

Photo of growlerfills
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of jesus808
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bum732
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of heresy22
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of fountainofyouth
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Gordon Biersch Winter Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
83 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.