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Gordon Biersch Pilsner - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Gordon Biersch PilsnerGordon Biersch Pilsner

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.21%


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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BucannonXC5

California

3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a keg into a pilsner glass at Gordon Biersch in San Diego. About an inch of head. Plenty of lacing. Some film on the sides of the glass that stayed throughout. Color was honey.

Smelled malty, mainly grass and grains.

Initial taste was malts with heavy carbonation. Kind of a bland kick with a slight alcohol bite.

Medium body with lively carbonation. Still the bland kick.

Not the bad of a beer overall, at least compared to what else Gordon Biersch has to offer. Let’s face it, you’re going there for the food anyway.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 05:00:42 | More by BucannonXC5
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Gold color, minimal head. Muted aroma, light biscuit nothingness.

Light body, touches of diacetyl, super mild hopping. Carbonation through the roof.

At almost $8 a 6 pack, I don't know why anyone would buy this, many better options. The beer isn't terrible, but it is expensive for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 23:41:01 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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fsimcox

California

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent, straw-yellow color with a bubbly white foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin white layer. No lacing.

Smells of hops, lemon peel, and some hints of grass. Weak smell overall.

Tastes of sweet biscuit, malt, and some bitter hops in the finish, but not much. A bit of sweet biscuit in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, a little thin, and some carbonation in the end.

Not a bad Pils. But not up there with the good ones.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 16:49:40 | More by fsimcox
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-05-24 at the brew pub in Kansas City, MO (from tasting notes)

A - Clear straw with a pillowy white head that settles out quickly. Mild lacing.

S - Not much. Some grain and perhaps a little grass.

T - Reminds me of a Pilsner Urquel with a balance of sweetness, noble hops and some grassiness.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a clean feel.

D - Pretty easy to drink but the flavor wasn't interesting enough to bring me back for another.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2010 13:19:46 | More by Tucquan
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep golden colour, with a full and meringuey head of foam. Rocky bubbling leaves some sticky lacing. Lots of large-bubbled carbonation. It looks the part.

Nose is unfortunately really very weak. Bit of grainy malt, and maybe something green and a little fresher, with a bit of sharp seltzer water. Eh. Not great. Very lean on flavour.

Taste is clear and clean, but also extremely light, like the nose. Some graininess and a sharpness on the back which is probably the most pleasant aspect. Some slightly harsh huskiness come out later. Mouthfeel is sparkling, but the carbonation feels slightly bloating.

It's not bad, but it's only average. Drinkable enough, and more flavoursome than a generic pale lager, but not nearly as good as some of the best pilseners.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 17:17:54 | More by lacqueredmouse
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

2.3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this beer on draft at the restaurant in the San Diego brewpub.

A-bright white head, old gold body and very clear.

S-clean and some faint fruit smell

T-clean, light grain flavor and some hop flavor at the end

M-light

D-overall a really weak beer. Not very flavorful and somewhat one dimensional.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2010 01:10:42 | More by jneiswender
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sraimondi

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this one up during a recent trip through North Carolina. Looked forward to trying this one, GB beers are not available in CT.

A--Pours with a pretty decent white, frothy head, which settles quickly to a film head with some spot lacing. A nice straw gold color, on style.

S--Mostly grain smell with some faint floral/grassy notes.

T--Surprisingly hoppy, given the lack of any real hop character in the smell. Starts with some sweetness, with a nice bitter hop bite in the finish, which dries things out. Slight metallic aftertaste, or I would have scored this one higher.

MF--Nice medium body.

D--The first GB beer I have reviewed. Overall, I liked this one. A good example of the style with no major flaws.

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

01-19-2010 01:24:52 | More by sraimondi
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armock

New York

2.2/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the Gorden Biersch bar at LAX at 9:30 am before flying home.

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Isn't very good its of grain and dirty socks

T - It doesn't taste any better than it smells even slightly sour

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is the worst beer that I've had from Gordon Biersch and I won't be getting this one anytime soon again stay away

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch, 33 East San Fernando Street, San Jose

12-06-2009 22:43:12 | More by armock
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +11%
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.

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

11-26-2009 02:30:24 | More by dpodratsky3
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Boto

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught in Washington DC location: This one pours a clear golden color. There was a big white head on it that left a lot of lacing. The aroma is decent, but milder. It is earthy, with some malts and a hint of hops. The taste is good also. A touch malty and earthy, but needs more hops.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 900 F St NW, Washington

08-16-2009 18:24:22 | More by Boto
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Gordon Biersch Washington DC Airport restaurant brewery. First beer during our layover on the way to San Diego for a two-week "beercation!"

A - Clear golden body with sparse carbonation and thin white bubbly head that all but disappeared and left virtually no lacing around the glass.

S - Typical pils nose, albeit a bit muted overall. Slight grainy and biscuity malts are apparent, as well as mild citrus notes. There is a touch of buttery diacetyl in the midst of subtle grassy notes and a hint of alcohol.

T - Grassy hop bite paired with a grainy malt character and subtle citrus notes. Sweet malts prevail throughout suggesting caramel. There is just enough crisp hop bitterness in the finish to satisfy.

M - Light to medium bodied with a slight syrupy texture, but thin and watery overall. Carbonation is pretty soft for the style, although there is a fairly crisp hop bite in the finish.

D - Overall, this wasn't a bad pils. While not too terribly exciting to look at, this was a pretty flavorful pils overall. This is the first of many beers to be reviewed over the next two weeks, as we traverse all over the great state of California.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 900 F St NW, Washington

07-13-2009 17:34:07 | More by ffejherb
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Troyone

California

3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 900 F St NW, Washington

02-25-2009 02:45:54 | More by Troyone
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the Miami brewpub. The trainer was serving me and said its more of a Czech pilsner. Of course reasonable people may disagree. Neutral aroma. A bit more cloudy yellow than a plane lager, and had some white head, left some lace. Some saaz hops, and an off-bitterness.On the thinner side.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch, 1201 Brickell Avenue #250, Miami

02-20-2009 20:21:56 | More by Sammy
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xhcadamx

Maine

3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light straw with a very foamy white head lots of light lacing.

S - Cereal with some noble hop spiciness. Smells like a typical Pils

T - More cereal and noble hop spiciness. Bitterness comes through at the end.

M - light with a good amount of carbonation ends on a dry note.

D - On a summer day I could see myself drinking these all day long.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch, 1201 Brickell Avenue #250, Miami

12-20-2008 22:02:50 | More by xhcadamx
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magictrokini

California

1.78/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I did not like this pilsener. It looked really good, clear gold pour witha frothy white head and solid lacing. It smelled awful, like b.o. The taste was not much better. Very sour, again like a dirty sweat sock. Someone said metallic-tasting, which is close. I just could not get over the smell.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch, 1201 Brickell Avenue #250, Miami

12-08-2008 23:55:54 | More by magictrokini
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Offa

California

4.2/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

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

10-27-2008 18:46:43 | More by Offa
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HoppyMcStout

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a straw-like golden color. There was a modest head that dissipated very quickly. The bottle said that is was "crisp" but this was lost on me. A Budweiser is more crisp than this brew. It had a decent hop kick, and smelled like any other pilsner to me. It clearly had a "skunkish" flavor to it that reminded me of St. Pauli Girl. I really don't know what else to say aside from the fact that I don't envision myself trying this one again - but I am not a big pilsner fan.

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

09-20-2008 13:03:24 | More by HoppyMcStout
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Hullabaloo2

Nebraska

3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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

08-20-2008 06:38:25 | More by Hullabaloo2
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July2Nov

Hawaii

2.05/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Light golden haze (ie. apple juice). 1/2 inch of foam.
S: Very light with hardly any scent at all.
T&M: Man this is just like water, but with a metallic taste near the end. Maybe I got hold of an old batch of beer, but this is not impressive at all and I'm not the harshest critic either.
D: I would try this again, just to make sure that my batch wasn't a bad one. Will have to investigate further...hopefully this was a misnomer.

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

07-19-2008 04:09:18 | More by July2Nov
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EagleTalon

Arkansas

3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch, 33 East San Fernando Street, San Jose

06-08-2008 17:13:40 | More by EagleTalon
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BeerManDan

California

3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured, the color was a light to medium yellow with little foam but a fair amount of lace on the side of the glass. The smell had a hint of roasted malt and a hint of hops. The flavor was a sort of dissapointment. Lacking in flavor, with a tart bitter after taste. Not on of Gordon Biersch's excellent beers.

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

05-10-2008 22:10:54 | More by BeerManDan
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gpogo

California

2.63/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Yellow gold. Moderate amount of bubbles. Head quickly dissipates and leaves very little to no lacing.

S- grain smell, nothing too impressive.

T- A nice hop bitterness that stays with you. Nothing too exciting though.

M- Very light. Medium carbonation.

D- Nothing too exciting. I'd have it again, but there are better pilseners out there.

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

04-15-2008 02:09:33 | More by gpogo
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bradybeer

California

4.2/5  rDev +28.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch, 33 East San Fernando Street, San Jose

04-10-2008 01:40:57 | More by bradybeer
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: This is currently the spring seasonal (I am assuming spring and not winter since it is springtime) but I was told that this GB was phasing out one of their regular beers and was going to put this pils in regular rotation.

A solid golden body that was semi-see thru with a staunch one-finger head. Had somewhat of a roasty smell, with a hint of roasted malt (go figure) mixing in with some zesty hops and a bit of lemon citrus. This citrus is mixed in with the hops for a decent taste, although the hops and lemon seem to nullify each other. Still produces a smooth body with a somewhat dry finish on the backbite, although there seems to be a bit of graininess on the backbite also. I am not a huge pils fan but this is an alright pils that I could have occasionally while sitting outside on GB's patio in warm weather.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 4561 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach

03-29-2008 15:44:40 | More by clayrock81
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JDV

Texas

2.05/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light yellow pour with a little white head that didn't last. Kind of reminds me of a Carlsberg, and had no Pilsnery bite to it. It was too yeasty, bready and doughy for me, and not the crisp pilsner I hoped for. My least favorite of their beers possibly, but I think I've already said that about their blonde bock... On tap at the SF Gordon Biersch.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 4561 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach

01-31-2008 21:32:45 | More by JDV
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