Gordon Biersch Winter Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Reviews: 112
Hads: 229
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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 DijonKetchup
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of taigor
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Gordon Biersch pint glass.

A - Very dark with slight ruby hints and a big head that slowly dissipated leaving significant lacing around the glass.

S - Sweet roasted malts with caramel, honey, dark chocolate and some spiciness to it.

T - Sweet caramel with roasted malts upfront followed by slight dark chocolate bitterness and a nutty dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with above average carbonation.

O - Very nice and enjoyable bock. ABV is hidden well and almost not noticed. I would recommend to try it if you get an opportunity.

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Photo of rand
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at their restaurant in Mission Valley San Diego, poured into mug

A: Dark brown in color, frothy head with lots of sticky lacing

S: caramelly malts predominant, bready, touch of nutmeg

T: The sweet malts up front, sugary. Slightly earthy yeast breaks things up, keeping balance. Hops play a small roll, but give the brew enough astringency to keep things from getting overly sweet.
A few holiday spices round the profile, as the beer finishes slightly dryer than the front of the palate.

M: Bready, chewy. A little overly carbonated for the style - wonder if this is to please their stateside demo.

A pretty solid offering from the Bierch crew. The touches of holiday spice are appropriate for the seasonal release, and the balance of flavors will please a wide spectrum of taste.


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Photo of Nerudamann
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - Medium brown color until held closer to the light, which revealed a deep red, but still clear. About two and a half fingers of beige foam that dissipates slowly. Decent carbonation.

Smell - Floral essence that masks a malty smell. Toasty smell as well.

Taste - Very toasty beginning. Quite malty and meaty afterwards. Chocolate hints perhaps, but I get a more taste of something deeper and weightier, but without the full body that chocolates might create. Texture is quite smooth and well-balanced.

Drinkability - very decent brew. Filling, but not quite as filling as it could be.

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Photo of Jason
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date.

Big heady beginnings with good stickage, clear and dark chestnut colored liquid. Toasty bready sweet malty goodness in the nose. Flexed crispness pops from the thickness of the medium body. Rich toasted malt shows some roasted flair, broth and ample sweetness though the toasted flavors keep that to a minimum as does the hop bitterness. Alcohol is prevalent, clean warmth. Finishes with more of the toasted grain and faded leafy hops.

A decent pick for the winter, clean and not spiced not anything off the wall. Its focus set on the style, enjoyable.

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Photo of wknight167
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a dark brown with red highlights and a 1 finger tan head that fades quickly.

Nose- Sweet maly, toffee, caramel, dark chocolate and stone fruits.

Palate- Sweet, dark caramel and chocolate. Raisiny, but with a roasty and spicy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full body, a little light on the carbonation, but not in a negative way.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. The WinterBock pours a deep amber with a full inch of off white head. The beer is clear and almost brown in low light and offers a light apparent carbonation.

Initial notes of caramel and milk chocolate diminish with the foam which offers moderate retention and lacing. Nose settles into light caramel and red malt and offers a fair amount of muddled piney hops when agitated to regenerate a surface cap. Truer bock notes arrive as the beer warms and gets some exposure.

Flavor follows the nose and is rather light yet full bodied, and somewhat simple/singular at the same time. The body cloaks the ABV well yet delivers a short finish with a touch of cinnamon. Moderate malts work well with the carbonation to deliver a decent feel and drinkability. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought the 12 oz bottle at Total Wine, Chesapeake VA, aged a little (bottled Sept 09).

Looks good, pours a dark, clear amber with good reddish light coming through. Some lacing. Smell was good, bready malts and a vinous aroma as well...fairly pronounced.

Taste was not quite up to the aroma but still pretty good. Bready malts and a kind of port wine kind of thing going on. Not bad.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin but still very smooth.

Drinkability is good. No big alcohol presence, not too sweet. Good sipper, could have had another.

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Photo of jgap
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
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...

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Photo of RunDWP
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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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 clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of atsprings
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of JoshuaCain
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at T Bonz during their X-mas in July event.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with minimal lacing and not much head retention. The nose is very malty, leading me to expect a fairly sweet beer. In fact, while there is some modest sweetness to this beer, it's not as much as I was expecting. Otherwise, I get a considerable malt presence, light milk chocolate, light vanilla and some tar in the finish. There's also some noticeable alcohol as well, though it's not too bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the beer finishes fairly well.

Shrug. A pleasant enough beer, but nothing so exciting that I'd probably want to ever order it again.

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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 BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a 0.5L glass. Color was dark brown, almost mahogany (I read the description). About an inch of head when I got it. Fairly thin lacing on the top. Sporadic film on the sides.

Smelled of dark toffee malts. It reminded me a bit of a dark Heath bar. Also some caramel and coffee in there, too. Sweet flavors.

Tasted a little bit lighter than the nose. Toffeeish. Pretty smooth, but hardly any aftertaste. I bit too much alcohol kicker.

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Smooth feel.

A decent beer, but a little late in the overall taste. Would like it slightly darker.

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Photo of seand
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a medium dark translucent brown, kind of cola-like, with a small amount of tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving essentially no lacing.

S: Big thick malty smell, some brown sugar.

T: Primarily the same thick sweetness from the nose. A slight dry bitterness to finish.

M: Fairly carbonated, fairly full bodied and somewhat sticky.

D: Quite sweet, and not exactly low ABV, but drinks reasonably well considering that.

It's ok. I'd never seek it out, but probably wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of greenmiller
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at GB Bolingbrook, IL. Pours a dark ruby not opaque with minimal tan head. No lacing at all down the glass. No discernable aroma, just a malty, sweet smell. Tastes very smooth, almost sweet malty. No hops detected. Mouthfeel again is very smooth and easy going down. Little carbonation feel. NOT a session beer as this made me a little giddy after just one! But is a great winter warmup if you plan to stay awhile and let someone else drive you home. Would drink again.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing was happening.

S - Smells of brown sugar, malted milk, and bread.

T - Tastes of coffee, toffee, and bread.

M - This bottle was absolutely FLAT. The beer was extremely thick due to this.

D - I can imagine that this is quite tasty when fresh. I got this as part of a Winter sampler pack and I think that the bottle went bad. I would buy this again fresh when it comes back in season.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a glass resulting in a nice 1 inch plus head. Has a nice deep cherry would color when held up to a light. Very pretty. Average lacing but a nice looking beer all the same

S- Nice dark fruit smell (figs, plums, and black cherry), malted fragrance topped with caramel and faint chocolate.

T- Malt and caramel flavor with a dry finish. Bit of a bitter aftertaste when you expect more of a sweeter end. Not as pleasing as I would like but over all a fine dark beer.

M- has a thicker feel to it as I think a bock should. almost gives you the sensation of having a syrup consistency.

D- All in all it's a good beer, could be a little more balanced with a more rounded flavor but still a decent choice. Still gives you a warm feeling on the colder winter nights.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear dark copper color with some red hue, small white head that reduces to a thin layer on top, a bit of lace clings to the sides

S- sweet, bready and malty. Some winter spices, nutmeg, maybe some cinnamon

T- bready with a touch of sweet honey, some winter spice notes, possibly picking up some nutmeg on the taste as well. Mid palate provides some dark fruits, the finish is dry and slightly sweet

M- medium body and somewhat high carbonation, smooth and creamy mouthfeel, velvety finish

O- this one hides the alcohol quite well, but I was looking for more of a malt profile that is typical of a doppelbock. Overall pretty good though.

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