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Gordon Biersch Pilsner - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch PilsnerGordon Biersch Pilsner

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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: scottoale on 12-06-2006)
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Photo of bradybeer
4.2/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark straw yellow in my glass-nice rocky white head-medium carbonation. Good floral hop aroma with a slight hop bitterness in the finish. Body is light to medium, with a nice mouthfeel from medium carbonation. Drinkability is high for me-this is my go to beer at GB-it is refreshing amd a downright good beer

bradybeer, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.2/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a tasty German pilsner.

Deep gold, it has a medium off-white head dense and slowly shrinking to a thin, foamy creamy top and leaving some lace.

The aroma is a nice pilsner, grainy with lemon, bread, hints of mineral, herb, and apple.

The taste is sweetish, smooth bread and apple at first, with a zesty, light herbal bitterness that builds to dominate the finish that includes underlying sweet bread. It's crisp, very clean, and leaves a nice, light, zesty, lingering herbal bitterness.

Offa, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.15/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extra pale straw hue, with superb clarity. Two-finger snowy-white head of dense soap bubbles shows above average retention and sheets of lace that coat the glass. Saaz, pale malt, and light-struck hop aromas. Sweet pale malt upfront... followed by an explosion of Saaz flavor! Semi-dry aftertaste, fading noble hop flavor and a hint of skunk. Very crisp and light-bodied- this has a very easy drinkability. Ample german hop flavor somehow remains balanced with a subdued and simple pale malt flavor. Finishes crisp and hoppy. I was surprised to find that Gordon Biersch makes such an impressive and traditional Pilsener.

PBRstreetgang, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of chilidog
4.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in Columbus Ohio. I found this Pilsener to be very nice, more than I expected from a brew-pub chain. It poured a good-looking clear golden straw color with a fair, soft white head. Some laceing that lasts about half beer long. The aroma is a slightly sweet (fresh cut) grassy smell. The taste carries that sweetness in the malt. The grain, grass and sweet malt are well balanced by a crisp, refreshing hop that lingers on the taste buds. The mouth is left with a slight, not over the top, hop bitterness. A very good offering to offer over the other macro (so-called) pils.

chilidog, Jul 03, 2004
Photo of Tang07
4.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well it's been hot as hell here for the last few weeks so it was too hot for the ales that I normally like to consume and I wanted a lager/pilzner and this stuff was on sale so I gave it a whirl.

What a pleasant surprise!

It poured a lovely rich gold with a bright white head, that sticks around and laces the glass quite nicely.

It smells of crisp hops.

What a nice clean and refreshing beer. It is very well ballanced and perfectly carbonated. Great mouth feel and very drinkable. I'm going to grab a second 6er while it's still on sale.

Tang07, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of WetCoaster
4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear darker-than-macro gold with very active, large carbonation. Thick, rocky pure white head with superb retention and collar throughout. Some lacing.

Smell: the obvious powerful Saaz-ish hop aroma, but a soft, sweet bready malt underneath adds nice balance.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A bit more sweet and rich than the norm, with almost wheatish body before the hops come front and center. Crisp, bitter, dry finish. Quite nice, really. The mouthfeel is fullish and soft for a pilsner, although the carbonation keeps it crisp throughout.

Drinkability: Quite; a typical refreshing pilsner with a bit of bready creaminess thrown in for good measure.

I know this brewery has a rep for brewing tepid Yuppiebrau, but this is a fine effort. A good pilsner by any standard, and a good buy.

WetCoaster, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.05/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - basic yellow gold pour. Soapy white head whips up frothily and laces rather well, good persistence to boot.

Aroma - clean grainy nose, no off aromas, right on target.

Taste - rich grain flavor, some sweetness and a nice balance of moderately bitter hops. A touch of metal occasionally but the robust flavor more than makes up for it. Surprisingly long hop finish, nice way to end up.

Mouthfeel - crisp, average weight, complementary to the taste but not necessarily distinctive.

Drinkability - blew through five of these bottles and had to force myself to save one for a few notes. Deliciously drinkable.

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of Boneheadmx
4.03/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a yellowish straw color with a decently foamy head that subsides after a while. The smell is of hops and a bit metallic, but at first taste, the beer shines through. Very crisp, and the hops finish off rather nicely. This is a very balanced beer, with just the right amount of hops for the alcohol content. The mouthfeel is excellent too. It's not too heavy, and there's just that right amount of carbonation. It doesn't go down like a soft drink like so many other lighter beers. This boils down to one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. I will definitely go for some more next time.

Boneheadmx, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of bobojuice
4/5  rDev +22.7%

bobojuice, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +22.7%

wrightst, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of MobBarley
3.98/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe not quite properly cast as a pilsner, this one certainly is crisp and slightly bitter...best served ice cold on a warm day. In fact, the ice cold one right now can be summed up as yello-gold in color with a thin, lageresque head that dissipates. Lace? Nada. The smell is mild and herbal...Saaz it is. Some maltiness competes in there as well. Taste is superb when the beer is frigid, reducing to average as it nears room temp. A malty wave settles over the palate before being washed away by a nice astringent buzz of assertive hops bitterness, which tingles the tongue as it dissipates. Mouthfeel is thin...though not for the style. Drinkability is fine, though maybe a little low for this time of the year. A good beer and a bit less expensive than most brews of its caliber. At least "worth a try".

MobBarley, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the CO Springs airport, this was a bit pricey, $6 for a .5L, try it elsewhere if you can

Poured gold & efferevescent wit a tight 1" white head. Good lacing & pretty fair head retention

S: Floral hops, maltyness & a hint of grainyness

T: Sweet malt quickly gives way to floral hops & grainyness. Slight grassyness emerges as it warms, along with a kittle soapyness. Finishes crisp, hoppy & a little sweet

MF: Medium bodied, maybe a little too overcarbonated, but not prickly, the balance is a bit all over the place. Couldn't pin down if this was a hoppy pils or a malty pils!

russpowell, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a white head.
Typical pilsner aroma. Pungent hops dominate the nose.

Nice crisp hop bite. Good pale malt flavor for support. Some astringency. Like many lagers, it tastes better closer to 45 degrees and starts to show some off-flavors as it warms to 50 or above.

Mouthfeel is good, but just a bit thin.
Some lingering bitterness at the finish, but this is an easy-going beer.

Overall, this is a good lager with a nice pilsner hop bite.

PhantomVodoo, Apr 12, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great benchmark for other pilsners to live up to. The hardest thing is choosing between this and the GB Marzen, unless they have a decent seasonal in rotation.

Dogbrick, Jun 20, 2002
Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - A very mild malt sweetness. Quite prominent DMS. Some spice notes from the noble hops. I'm a bit sensitive to DMS, so this beer's aroma isn't very pleasant for me.

Appearance - Very clear straw color. Poured a 1/2 finger width head, but quickly dissipated into just a small ring around the edge. No sign of the large head associated is pilsners. The visible carbonation is very low.

Taste - Grainy pilsner malt. The hop flavor and bitterness is noticeable all the way through, but it does not overwhelm the flavor of the malt. Again there is some noticeable DMS in the flavor of the beer, but nothing inappropriate for the style. Very clean finish. Almost no lingering flavors, or bitterness. No diacetyl.

Mouthfeel - Light body with medium level of carbonation. No perceived alcohol. Some perceived bitterness. Somewhat dry.

Overall Impression - I'm still trying to develop my palate for lagers, but this is a very solid German Pils. There is enough hop to distinguish itself from it's American counterpart; a pleasant surprise for me. This beer is nicely balanced overall, and is an extremely drinkable beer.

Hullabaloo2, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/03/05- Snagged from best friends wedding in February.

Presentation- 12 oz brew with date on the back label. Poured into my Radeberger glass.

Appearance- 3/4 inch beautiful creamy ultra white head. Classic dark yellow color and above average lacing.

Smell- Very light smell. A bit of grain and that's about it.

Taste- Very flavorful. Lots of malty grain. Very crisp and somewhat dry on the finish. A tad bit of bitterness to be found.

Mouthfeel- Dry mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation.

Drinkability- This is a pretty decent pils. Very impressed with this one. Better than some of the more popular ones I have tried. Two thumbs up here. Tasty.

GClarkage, Mar 03, 2005
Photo of surfmeister
3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally a GB beer I didn't pour down the drain, fine golden hue, firm foamy head, great blast of sweet malt and prickly hops, full flavor for a pilsner. Note: I did taste a hint of the GB "funk", an odd sour taste that seems to permeate GB products, but it was so faint it might have been my imagination, so I ignored it, pounded many in tropical paradise and enjoyed this flavorful pilsner!

surfmeister, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of Troyone
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with mininal white head, some action, and a bit of suspended sediment.

Some barley grain aroma with the grassy aroma of the hops used.

Has more of a weed/grass hop flavor and a blended barley grain taste.

Light to medium bodied, slightly buttery and some resinous feel, and a crisp comfortable carbonation.

The almost medium bodied blended hops and barley grain taste will probably suite this more as a session starter or an inline session beer.

Troyone, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of scottoale
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This American version of a Pilsener seems more German than Czech in style and comes in a 12fl.oz. brown longneck bottle. The newly fashioned label features their GB (icon like, trade mark) logo on the front and neck, with a "bottled on" date on the back label.

Poured moderately aggressive into my Sam Adams BL taster glass reveals a pristene golden lager with 3/4" of fluffy white, short-lasting head. Good carbonation on the pour settles down quickly leaving some nice lace initially, but none towards the finish.

The smell is of sweet doughy malt with a strong grassy hop in it's midst. A very light wiff of alcohol rears as it warms. Much like it smells comes the taste...medium body with a sweet doughy malt that's quite tasty. The sweetness bows down to a crisp slap of the hops...bitter and balanced with a clean, fresh finish.

An easy drinking pils that's rather well suited to this warm (70 degree F) winter day...worth a try.

scottoale, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of beertaster13
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off I could have rated this beer 4.5 and 5's if compared to other pilsners, in my reviews I review the beer versus all types however. Pours a nice light yellow/gold with a nice frothy/foamy/bubbly white head that settles into suds in the glass. Smell was suprisingly malty, hints of molasses, roasted grain and barley brought up the rear, very clean. The taste was light and crisp, This beer is perfect for newbies and so called "experts" The hops and extra smooth taste will keep the experts happy while the light not so over the top taste will satisfy the newbies and not scare them away. Medium bodied for a pilsner, very drinkable. Goes great with shellfish.

beertaster13, Jun 29, 2004
Photo of DESTRO
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so im at this sweet ass steakhouse about to get my grub on, they have like over 300 wines so im hyped they might have some decent beer...naw. this was the only non macro beer they had, owell. this pours out a nice clear golden with a decent fluffy white head. not bad. light on the nose with hints of grain and hops. in the mouth its clean and crisp, refreshing. good all around flavor, slight grain with a little malt sweetness, lightly spicey hops. balanced. a good solid pilsner, better than i thought it would be, thumbs up.

DESTRO, Apr 14, 2004
Photo of EagleTalon
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from visit to Colorado Springs 4/25/2008:

Look: Thin head, golden, crystal clear

Smell: vinous, noble hops, pilsner malt

Taste: weird waxy flavor gives way to dry malt/hop tang. Is it wood-aged?

Feel: good

Drink: good

General Impression: good beer with a distinct infusion that makes it interesting

EagleTalon, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of Vancer
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Final taste at GB in Miami : Crystal clear pour, although darker-than-macro gold , with a nice thick, dense pure white head with superb staying power. Even some lacing.

Aroma: the kick from a Saaz hop aroma, but a soft, sweet bready malt underneath adds nice balance.

A bit more sweet and rich than the norm pilsner affairs, an almost wheatish body before the hops come front and center. Crisp, bitter, dry finish. Pretty darn good. The mouthfeel is full bodied and soft for a pilsner, although the carbonation keeps it crisp throughout.

Yep, a better -than-average refreshing pilsner with a bit of bready creaminess tossed in for good measure.

Vancer, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of Bierguy5
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep slightly darker golden color that is crystal clear. There was a decent foamy head, however it disappeared rather quickly. Not a lot of lace on the glass at all. Smells slightly herbal, with no other outstanding notes. Good amount of sweet pale malt, followed by a fair amount of herbal hops. Very dry finish. Tastes a bit grainy. High carbonation and the light body go well together, making this a pretty drinkable beer. Overall, not bad I wanted it to be a bit cleaner and crisper, but this was not bad.

Bierguy5, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass

A: Nice, bright straw gold, pure white frothy, foamy head, no doubt the glass helps the appearance

S: Standard pils aroma, pale malt, no sign of adjunct sweetness though, nice bright hops, the key word I would use here is clean just nothing overly impressive, but above average

T: Again those nice light hops, but a good dose of malt, very clean and true to style, just basic hops and malt, but again just above average

M: Nice and light, good carbonation, crisp

D: Just as easy to drink as those macro pilsners, but actually has flavor

Notes: A solid representation of the original pilsner, what it should be. Worthy of picking up if you're looking for a solid lighter beer, but nothing amazing.

dpodratsky3, Nov 26, 2009
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Gordon Biersch Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
76 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.