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Gordon Biersch Winter Bock - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Gordon Biersch Winter BockGordon Biersch Winter Bock

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BA SCORE
83
good

195 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 195
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%


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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JayQue

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 00:19:34 | More by JayQue
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wknight167

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 11:39:41 | More by wknight167
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nickfl

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 401 N. Front Street, Columbus

12-16-2009 03:58:47 | More by nickfl
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled on: 10/14/09.

Appearance: Pours a dark tawny brown body with a respectably-sized, frothy, light beige head. Thin coating of lace on the way down.

Smell: Toasty and nutty with a fruity hint of both well-grilled apple wedges and from-those-lil'-boxes raisins brushed with caramel and flecked with chary roastiness. Some wafting alcohol notes begin to perk up and assault the nose as it warms.

Taste: Deeply toasted bread crusts and grains sweetened up with modest touches of gooey dark caramel and brown sugar. Slight nuttiness throughout. Also, some perceived tangy blips of quality pilsner malt in the mix. Mingling of apple and raisins for a kick of fruit flavor. Spicy, earthy hops that, along with a hint of roasted grains, provide a reasonable amount of bitterness. Drying, slightly warming finish with a lasting, if light, apple taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. There's an admirable smoothness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not a bad lil' doppelbock, though, it starts to kind of fall apart as it warms (seeming ever more alcoholic), so don't dilly-dally while drinking this one. I've been slowly, respectfully working through the recent influx of Gordon Biersch's bottled offerings and, while not outstanding, WinterBock is better than some of the others I've sampled.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 401 N. Front Street, Columbus

12-14-2009 18:08:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
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seand

California

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch, 33 East San Fernando Street, San Jose

11-20-2009 19:25:57 | More by seand
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: almost pitch blackness, head did not hold up.

smell: fruity. maybe raisin

taste: alchohl hidden well. a nice dopple. deep roasted flavors, dark fruits

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: a very solod dopple, extrmely impressed and more than expected.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch, 33 East San Fernando Street, San Jose

11-20-2009 03:11:30 | More by CampusCrew
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porterwoobie

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 401 N. Front Street, Columbus

11-15-2009 19:56:10 | More by porterwoobie
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HalfFull

California

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 401 N. Front Street, Columbus

11-13-2009 06:50:59 | More by HalfFull
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jeffjeff1

California

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
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

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch, 33 East San Fernando Street, San Jose

11-09-2009 00:12:54 | More by jeffjeff1
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NorCalYeti

California

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 401 N. Front Street, Columbus

10-17-2009 21:37:29 | More by NorCalYeti
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 401 N. Front Street, Columbus

05-05-2009 02:01:16 | More by twiggamortis420
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arizcards

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 401 N. Front Street, Columbus

04-09-2009 21:41:40 | More by arizcards
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Arbitrator

California

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 401 N. Front Street, Columbus

02-22-2009 10:24:42 | More by Arbitrator
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
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

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 401 N. Front Street, Columbus

02-19-2009 00:31:01 | More by brentk56
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jgap

California

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 5010 Mission Center Rd, San Diego

02-11-2009 03:44:31 | More by jgap
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DijonKetchup

California

3.78/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch, 33 East San Fernando Street, San Jose

01-29-2009 02:27:47 | More by DijonKetchup
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RunDWP

California

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch, 33 East San Fernando Street, San Jose

01-27-2009 02:53:12 | More by RunDWP
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 401 N. Front Street, Columbus

01-02-2009 22:49:05 | More by stephens101
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JoshuaCain

California

3.68/5  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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 401 N. Front Street, Columbus

12-28-2008 05:32:08 | More by JoshuaCain
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DoubleJ

California

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 401 N. Front Street, Columbus

12-06-2008 02:30:03 | More by DoubleJ
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largadeer

California

3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 401 N. Front Street, Columbus

11-21-2008 08:23:13 | More by largadeer
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bunnyhustle

Illinois

3.68/5  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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 401 N. Front Street, Columbus

11-20-2008 01:01:31 | More by bunnyhustle
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July2Nov

Hawaii

4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch, 33 East San Fernando Street, San Jose

08-29-2008 06:16:32 | More by July2Nov
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charlzm

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch, 33 East San Fernando Street, San Jose

04-17-2008 00:04:09 | More by charlzm
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aquatonex

New York

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch, 33 East San Fernando Street, San Jose

01-21-2008 18:11:13 | More by aquatonex
Gordon Biersch Winter Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
83 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.