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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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112 Reviews
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Reviews: 112
Hads: 230
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | 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: Murph on 02-07-2003

In the 11th century, Belgian monks sustained themselves during winter fasts with beers made from strong, dark flavored malts. These creamy books ensured that the monks would fast frequently.
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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.

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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.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of charlzm
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Went to Tanglewood at Santana Row for the first time, wasn't too impressed with this particular place. All hype. Also, this beer was not all that impressive, either.

Pours mahogany translucent with a short creamy head. Good carbonation. Nose is dominated by semisweet malts and a tinge of alcohol. Taste follows with overpoweringly coffee-ish malts, moderately bitter, and rather astringent from the alcohol. It gave me a gag reflex slightly when I first drank it, was expecting a bit more balance and complexity. Overall, not too impressed. Maybe would be better on tap.

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Photo of BigBry
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint of this seasonal offering on my last trip to Columbus.
The color is dark reddish brown, coppery highlites. Thin cap of foam, left thin lace strings.
The smell and taste are a bit thin, I guess I was expecting more. Slight sweet maltiness, warming alcohol finiash. Mouthfeel thin, without much going on. This beer is drinkable and not offensive. Maybe I had too high expectations, it was a cold windy day, and I wanted a nice hearty, malty bock beer. Too bad this didn't cut it.

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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!!!

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Photo of monkeybeer
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a reddish brown with a tan head that went down perty quickly light head floating on top sticky lacing.

S- Sweet malt aroma with a hint of caramel and nuts

T/M - A nice mixture of a caramel nuttiness, with a slight alcohol undertone.

D- Very drinkable winter brew. Perfect on a warm night. This is one of the best beer I feel that Gordon Biersch brews. Very nice Especially on tap.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- About a 2-3" dark tan head on a dark brown ruby body.
S- Big sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, nice strong wheat aroma, grassy hops, some toffee, and touch of alcohol.
T- Sweet caramel and toffee malt body. Chocolate flavor comes through nicely. A lot of dark esters and wheat flavor. Banana comes through a bit also. Grass hops leave a light bitterness on tip of tongue. Pretty much all of the flavors stick around for the aftertaste with just a hint of warming (barley none) from the alcohol.
M- Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation.
D- It is a decent Weizenbock but nothing to go crazy about. There are a lot better out there but it still is a decent beer.

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Photo of x35068
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a thin head that remains. Lacing occurs, but without lines. The color is dark brownish-red.

The smell and taste are average as far as a bock, with a slight sweet malty finish. It is similar to Michelob Amberbock, but slightly more complex. Alcohol taste is not noticable.

Mouthfeel is full and thick.

This beer is very drinkable. It goes down easily, with the 7.5 ABV is not worth having too many.

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

When poured, it was a dark brown with very little tan foam. The smell has a mild aroma of roasted malts and a hint of caramel. The flavor was of roasted malts, caramel and a spice or two. Not overpowering on the alcohol or the bitterness/sweetness, but well balance between all three components. A pleasant tasting ale for the old and new year!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 I’ve ever seen.

Smell – The raw bockish malts are nice at the smell. There’s a rich molasses aroma along with an avalanche of sugars. There’s 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 can’t 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.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a ruby red color, with a thin light tan head. The head fades too quickly, leaving a thin lacing.

This beer has a sweet caramel malty aroma. It has a slight brown sugar aroma also. Some raisins are present. A very subtle herbal hop aroma is present.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Sweet caramel up front. Behind that, it has a slight fruity flavor. Some hops are present also. This beer tastes quite bland for the style.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a sweet caramel aftertaste.

This beer would probably not be the best session beer. It is a little high in alcohol, and it is quite sweet.

Overall: I am not overly fond of anything Gordon Biersch as it is. My mom had a few bottles of this, and I snagged one for the hell of it. I doubt I will ever dring this beer again. It was booring and mediocre at best.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Though not a huge GB fan, I was quite impressed with this seasonal offering at their brewpub..

Poured a dark mahogony with a big fluffy brown head that had good retention.

Aroma was of roasted malts with some sweetness and alcohol coming through.

Taste was of sweet roasted malts. Some hints of nuts and dark chocolate. Nice alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel was a little lighter than expected but rather creamy with a medium body.

Overall, a very nice seasonal from GB. Perfect for sitting outside on a cooler evening in Honolulu. Very, very drinkable.

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Photo of leadguit1
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks reddish brown after it pours, looks dark as it pours.

Smells kinda like a malt liquor, not very impressive, but not bad.

Taste surprised me with a good,brown malt palate. Alcohol is part of this taste, but comes after the malt. I enjoyed it.

Thin character in the mouth, but that's what delivers the final alcohol body. It works for that reason.

Goes down readily, I think two will give you that "Winter Warmer" Feeling.

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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.

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Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!

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Photo of scottoale
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This new offering from GB comes in a brown long-neck 12oz. bottle with a "bottled on" 10/10/06 date and code 12:53 669.

It pours a nice deep darkish copper with an ivory colored head of two-plus fingers. The head dwindles within a few minutes, leaving some nice lace and a healthy foam ring...the carbonation is good, but mild.

The smell is sweet and malty with a strong note of alcohol. The hop presence is mild and grassy...it truly does have a good hearty aroma of the style intended here. It also reminds me of the Sam Adams Double Bock in it's early years...the smell that is.

Wow, pretty nice in the taste dept. with dark malty sweetness full of toffee, caramel and a heap of nuttiness. Add that to a strong dose of alcohol, a big and creamy full body with a long lingering bock of an aftertaste and your ready for the next rinse.

Suprisingly good everything in this beer, much to my amazement...this is the tastiest beer that Gordon Biersch has to offer that I've tasted thus far and will gladly tip a few more.

Cheers to a tasty and fairly strong beer here, give it a try if you find it.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clean hazelnut with maple hightlights. Head is medium sized raw oat colored that I doubt will go the distance.

S: Malty, roasted pecans, molasses with a bit of pumpernickle.

T: A whole lot of malt with with a subtle hint of smoked grains....some serious German heritage going on in this brew. Loads of molasses with brown sugar licks and leather roundness. Finishes sugary with a touch of cinnamon.

M: Full mouthfeel with a slick syrupness.

D: Solid winter brew. Good times.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a touch of gold where the light shines through the glass. A very small head disappears to a fine ring of lacing that seems to last with most of the drink.
Aroma is dark amber malt with a little wet cardboard (the beer is very fresh so I don't know where the wet cardboard is coming from)
Mouthfeel is slippery thick with a sweetness that coats the tongue....not really cloying...just coating.
Taste is dark amber malts which taste just a little toasted. Toasted sweetness gives way slowly to a softly bitter hops to balance it out. In the middle you will find a little dark fruits and some chocolate.
Nice warming of alcohol as you drink it.
This is really a different and very nice winter warmer that lives up to the name of 'warmer'...nice comfortable beer to finish an evening with.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a nice deep color with a small head that lasted well. Lace is minimal.

Dark malts come through strong both in the smell and in the taste. Hints of chocolate are found in the finish, along with just enough hop flavor to balance things out. The mouthfeel is fairly full, while drinkability is very good.

Flavorful and easy to drink, this is definitely one of their best.

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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.

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