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Gordon Biersch Winter Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Winter BockGordon Biersch Winter Bock

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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 11-28-2006)
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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This came in the winter pack from Costco.

Appearance- dark reddish brown color, thin head

Smell- sweet malt

Taste- sweet malt and caramel

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was ok. I have had better bocks but it is still ok. An average bock but that's it

jeffjeff1, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of NorCalYeti
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

taste- roasted malt

color- deep copper

clarity- dark and clear

smell- roasted malt

body- soft, medium-light body

appearance- nice looking dark beer

overall impression- better than expected

notes- nice maltiness with a soft mouthfeel. finish is a little amateurish in that it tastes like a cheap lager. this review is for a 2008 vintage tasted in 2008

glassware: pint

NorCalYeti, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

twiggamortis420, May 05, 2009
Photo of arizcards
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

arizcards, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

clayrock81, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Dark, translucent chocolate color with 1" of white, fluffy head. The foam receded quickly into a ring, but left no lacing down the glass.

S: Toasted malt is strongest in the nose, with hints of caramel malt and coffee. Weaker smells are chocolate and nuts.

T: Following the nose, toasted malts are strong up front. When the drink is cold, the caramel malts and coffee are the only secondary flavors; as it warms, the chocolate and nuts become much more noticeable. The finish is slightly grassy and coffee bitter.

M: Light-bodied with light carbonation. Easy on the mouth.

D: Decently drinkable; if I had a sixer I wouldn't have any problems putting it away. I just don't care for it enough to seek out another.

Arbitrator, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
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

brentk56, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of jgap
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with little head which, i'll admit could be my fault as i'm using a new glass and mis-judged the pitch. Anyways, the head quickly recedes to a thin lacing. Smell is rasins, light prunes and very strong sugary- caramel malt. Taste is ripe apricot, rasins, and fruit followed by a drawn-out sweet, tasty caramel malt. Alcohol is almost undetectable. For how available and inexpensive this beer is, I'd say it's a fantastic brew but I had pretty low expectations...

jgap, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of DijonKetchup
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six pack from BevoMo.

Poured dark amber and very sirupy, indicating low carbonation (good for style) but high sweetness, dominated by burnt sugar, which was the first smell I got - sweet malts. Very caramel oriented beer, and tastes a bit too much like alcohol, which shouldn't really happen with the doppelbock style.

A solid offering, no doubt and competitive with the original German versions, just not as complex. As mentioned, a bit too sweet and alcohol-y for my taste and could have used a bit more fruit (fig, plum) aspects instead of just caramel, which simply dominated.

DijonKetchup, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of RunDWP
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

RunDWP, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of atsprings
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

atsprings, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of soupyman10
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it at Gordon Biersch in DC. Poured a solid tan head on a near black beer. Kind of a standard doppelbock, sweet and slightly spicy in both the nose and flavor. Not in any way bad, and actually really accessible (had a couple non-beery work friends there who really enjoyed it). One of the better brews I've had at GB.

soupyman10, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of stephens101
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with crimson hues and is topped by a good amount of tan head which doesn't fade too quickly and leaves a few spots of lacing behind. Clusters of carbonation bubbles cling to the glass as more shoot through the middle of the brew to the top. The malts smell of sweet caramel. Behind that are subtle notes of spice, cherries and vanilla. Tastes of sweet malts, cherries, coffee and hops. Mouth-feel is slighty creamy and it goes down smooth. Excellent winter ale, but not as spicy as some others.

stephens101, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of JoshuaCain
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a very nice looking mahogany brown color. thin off white head with little retention, no lacing.
smells like a real nice, rich doppelbock. sweet, roasty, raisins and dates, malty and bready.
tastes weaker than the aroma lets on. a yeasty sweet raisin bagel, big malts and little else. a faint grassiness in the finish.
mouthfeel is fine, but outweighs the light flavor.
drinkability is average, would be higher if this wasnt about two dollars more than the other Gordon Biersch 6'ers.
all in all its a fairly decent doppelbock, but not close to the better German examples of the style.

JoshuaCain, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Gordon Biersch in Bolingbrook, IL on 12/18/2008.

A= This beer was poured into a clear glass mug and showed a very clear, deep red color with a slight brownness to it. The head poured 1/2" of slightly yellow off-whiteness and quickly dropped to a skim.

S= Aromas of malty sweetness, some sulphur, very faint nuttiness, and a mild roasty character.

T= Much the same as in the aroma. Malty sweetness followed by a sulphur note and mild grainy bitterness. Some alcohol in the finish.

MF= Bigger but still in the medium body range. Crisp mouthfeel cleansed the palate well.

D= This is a pretty solid dopplebock with an easy drinking flavor yet a solid alcohol kick. I look forward to this seasonal release every year!

spointon, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of bigbelcher
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very light brown/dark gold color with a good frothy head. The aroma was that of light malt and alcohol esters. The flavor was good German malts with that left over real lager twang, finished really dry, not sweet like a lot of bocks. A good seasonal beer.

bigbelcher, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of TheMistler
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Initially displayed a solid, multi-fingered, off-white head. I look back after taking a few notes and - poof! - nothing but a ring and some fast-disappearing film on top. A bit soda like. A dark, nearly opaque amber brown color to the beer itself.

Some roasted malts to the nose. Molasses. Raisins. Not particularly aromatic.

Light in flavor and feel up front, the beer definitely becomes more substantial as it warms. Some dark bread, a hint of alcohol and spice leading into a burnt toast and sugars finish. Tinge of citrus contribute to a drying sensation.

Well carbonated, providing a slight, nice prickly kick. Light to medium in body, this is pretty tasty and goes down smooth and easy.

TheMistler, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

BeerSox, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of Offa
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not sure where to put this review; this Gordon Biersch entry says it's the production entity for the bottled beers not tap, but none of the other Gordon Biersch choices make sense.

Anyway, this is the Gordon Biersch Winterbock Doppelbock, 7.5%, which I had on tap.

It is very dark drown with a little red, a smallish but rich, creamy tan head that slowly shrinks to a foamy ring and wisps and leaves a little lace.

The aroma is mild and malty, roasty-raisiny-caramelly.

The taste is similar, mostly burnt caramel, and raisin, some alcohol, toastiness, sweet with a burnt-caramel bitterness in the finish. It is somewhat full bodied and rather pleasant but the flavours a bit a mild and simple, almost one-dimensional.

Offa, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

DoubleJ, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of largadeer
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

largadeer, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

bunnyhustle, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby Brown tinted. 1/2 inch of head with a decent lace around the rim.

Smell: Big sweet smell of malt, raisins and caramel. Nice mixture.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Starts off smoothly with a sweetness of a toffee flavor and builds up into a fullness of what appears to be raisins and then mellows out while still retaining a slight tingling of the taste buds. Nice! Pleasant and smooth all around. Slightly carbonated

Drinkability: I know this is for the winter time, but this tasty brew could be enjoyed year-round. Very surprised by how good this was. This is on my "return" to list, for sure. This dark double bock lager is my favorite out of the Gordon Biersch variety box, by far.

July2Nov, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

BEERchitect, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

charlzm, Apr 17, 2008
Gordon Biersch Winter Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
84 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.