Gordon Biersch Winter Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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84
good

112 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 112
Hads: 229
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 7.01%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Murph on 02-07-2003

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Photo of stephens101
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on October 26, 2009

WinterBock pours a nice deep ruby maroon, very clear with a nice head that falls quickly leaving little lace.

The aroma has nice sweet cocoa, caramel and licorice tones.

The flavor has a pleasant sweet buttery toasted malt with rich cocoa, caramel, licorice and spicy dark fruits. Bitterness is low and is felt on the finish as more of a clove spiciness than hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, clean and somewhat creamy while carbonation is low to medium.

A very pleasant dark lager, I wish it had hit the market here before Winter is nearly over, arriving just a few short weeks ago. However it is a nice way to toast the last few remaining days of the season. I've been pleasantly surprised by other Gordon Biersch beers and WinterBock is no exception, being a solid pleasant strong dark lager that I will look for again next year! (868 characters)

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. (694 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (263 characters)

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. (392 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of Dmann
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was very simmilar to their dunkel but it seemed like an upgrade of the dunkel. The color and head were about the same but this brew had a great touch of spice that made this one worth comming back for. The malt profile filled everything out nicley but it was that slight hop/spice punch that really took this beer to the next level. I wish they would bottle this stuff! (379 characters)

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. (437 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a brick red to burnt orange and clear with a tan head.

Smell: Powdered sugar, syrup, carmel...malty goodness with some raisiny sweetness to it.

Taste: A dusty blend of carmel, molasses, brown sugar, and a wheaty bite to finish it out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and drying.

Drinkability: Pretty safe...I like the balance b/t sweetness and dryness. Highly sessionable and this works for me during the colder months. Recommended. (456 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (493 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep caramel amber with a heaping head of of-white carbonation. I get spoke-like, spiderwebby lace on my GB25 glassware. Great appearance!

Nose is caramel malts, some spice, and nice sweet roastiness.

Taste is, again, very much a roasty, malty, semi-sweet melding of dark malts, with a chewy caramel or toffee character dominating. There’s also an element of nuttiness in the flavor, which is perfect for a chilly snow day. This is everything a solid doppelbock should be. The body seems a tad light, but the flavor does not suffer. A solid drinking bock, and at a strong 7.5%, this is a deceptively enjoyable brew. Bravo! (635 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,389 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (974 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (349 characters)

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! (344 characters)

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

This draught was poured at GB restaurant in Broomfield, CO. Tapped in early November.

A: Dark but not opaque, good froth and lacing

S: Malt and toffee aromas, slightly sweet and spicy

T: Very flavorful as are most dopplebocks. Malty sweetness with toffee and some hints of holiday spices. Some finish hops balance it out nicely.

M: Nice body, some stickiness; carbonation was right on this tap, releasing flavor but maintaining the body.

O: A worthy example of a holiday winter warmer or dopplebock. In some aspects better than Spaten Optimator on tap, which I use as my reference for this variety. (603 characters)

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

A: Beer arrived and had a nice deep ruby color with a nice thick head which slowly faded as I was prepping for the review. Head faded down to a nice thin head that lingered through most of the session. Some slight lacing present.

S: Nice sweet malt present with some spices coming through. Reminiscent of cinnamon . Touch of alcohol and yeast present in the aroma too.

T: Very malty up front that lingers throughout the finish. Has a nice crisp bite.

M: Smooth and medium bodied brew. Nice carbonation level in this beer.

D: Nice and easy drinking, could have several of these. Great beer for a relaxing session. (619 characters)

Photo of beer2day
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper pour into a .5 liter mug. 1-finger head. Very nice, thick lacing down the side of the mug.

All malt nose. Wood and bread dominate.

Sweet hit, with caramel malt. Dry finish, but maintains that sweet, bready taste throughout. Weak vanilla there, too.

Feel is just right for the style.

Easy drinker after walking DC on a 28 degree day. (349 characters)

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

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. (505 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of porterwoobie
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: ruby red to brown color, clear, slight tan head, no lacing

S: big on the maltiness. has a little prune/plum aroma and a slight alcohol presence. no hop aroma noted.

T: malty, rich, and sweet. has a toasted character, but no hop or fruity flavor is detected. has a sweet finish.

MF: medium-full bodied, low carbonation, drinks pretty smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: decent brew. flavor didn't seem as bold as other winter bocks i've tasted. enjoyable nonetheless. (519 characters)

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. (474 characters)

Photo of TheMistler
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 bottle into a pint glass. Two fingered tan head that dissipated rather quickly. Minimal lacing.

A - Lovely, crystal clear, chestnut color.

S - Sweet, malty, lightly burnt toast

T - Sweet, malty, star anise.

M -Medium bodied slightly syrupy.

D - I'm not a big fan of sweet brews but this was a very drinkable, delicious brew. I've had many GB brews at their brewpub on F street in DC and though not always overwhelmed I'm always pleased. GB Winter Bock is no less pleasing. A nice change of pace. (518 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (750 characters)

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