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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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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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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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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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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, 33 East San Fernando Street, San Jose

02-25-2009 02:45:54 | More by Troyone
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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, 33 East San Fernando Street, San Jose

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

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a rather odd selection for me, in that I had never heard of it and really did not know what to expect going in. Poured decent pale golden amber with a nice white foamy head on top and a good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. A touch of side glass lace was present, but nothing to write home about. The smell was light, full of grain with a touch of rice or corn. Seemed to come off a bit muted to be honest. The flavor again was decent, but it too seemed to be a bit muted, like it was missing something. Lots of malt tones and a decent backbone of a bread like nature. Some small bettering hops could be detected in the finish as well as a bit of a light fruitiness. Very nice carbonation and a very light body made this about as drinkable as water. Overall it was not terrible by any means. A bit of an average pilsner for me, enough there though to get me curious about some of the other offerings the brewery may offer. May have to check them out sometime in the future if I get a chance to go out that way. But a good call, better then a macro for sure.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 1 Aloha Tower Dr, Honolulu

11-02-2007 00:04:09 | More by mikesgroove
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flexabull

California

3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color with a decent white head.

Aromas are kind of skunked, a bit spicy and floral.

Taste is dry and clean. Crisp, and with a floral grassy hop finish. Only a hint of malts in the flavor, somewhat creamy, but the hops are the main flavor here.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Full and thick feeling in the mouth.

Not a bad pilsner, but certainly not great. Drinkable, and not bad for a session. The price is about right at $5.99 a sixer.

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

09-23-2007 06:01:49 | More by flexabull
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JBogan

Nevada

2.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden yellow color with a moderate bubbly head which left slightly less than average lacing in my glass.

There was a fair amount of hops present in the smell, however there also seemed to be a slightly unpleasant odor also present which I couldn't identify.

The beer did have a better taste than smell, a pretty typical pilsner.

It had a slightly better than average mouth feel, just about the right amount of bite.

All in all it was a drinkable beer, just nothing I'd go back to again in a hurry. I would like to try one some other time, or on tap at my local GB brewpub just to see if that mildly unpleasant smell was still there or if I perhaps have a "bad" 6 pack on my hands.

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

09-16-2007 17:11:00 | More by JBogan
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw in color with fizzy head.

Lemon zest, soap, and some spice aromas. Kind of dull.

Lots of lemon pulp with some zesty spice flavors and not a whole lot more. Lacks any malt depth. Assertive bitterness. Refreshing if nothing else.

Fizzy mouthfeel and kind of watery.

This beer is okay but it is kind of dumbed down. Refreshing but there are many other American craft Czech. Pilsners that are astronomically better than this offering (think Prima Pils and Sierra Nevada Summerfest).

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

06-19-2007 02:08:23 | More by bosco7
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rkuhnel

California

3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Safeway in Eureka. Poured a bright yellow with a moderate white head. Minimal lacing. Nose of light malts and hops. Mouthfeel average. and flavors of malts, hops, and something odd. Not really the greatest pils, but then not a drainpour either. Maybe slightly below average

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

02-27-2007 23:45:35 | More by rkuhnel
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Zorro

California

3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

San Jose bottled beer purchased from the San Jose BevMo.

This is a clear gold colored lager with a skimpy white head.

Smell is sweet with a bit of grassy and citrus smelling hops. Malt doesn't feature much in this beer except for its absence.

Taste is quite dry with a grassy hop flavor at the beginning. Flavor doesn't develop much from the first taste; this is just a noticeable more bitter lager.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Honestly this is a disappointing beer. A Heineken has more pilsner flavor than this beer. Avoid, try anything else made by the company.

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

01-20-2007 09:21:28 | More by Zorro
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scottoale

California

3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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

12-06-2006 22:51:23 | More by scottoale
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

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

08-19-2006 03:30:47 | More by PBRstreetgang
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Boneheadmx

California

4.03/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

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

07-27-2006 11:26:26 | More by Boneheadmx
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Tang07

California

4.13/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

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

07-27-2006 03:05:53 | More by Tang07
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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a decent creamy white head. Good lacing. Rather attractive to look at.

The aroma is light. Not much going on. Some hops.

The taste is crisp with some light sweetness and a decent hops bitterness.

Medium bodied mouthfeel, rather dry with decent cleansing.

Overall, I am not a big fan of this style but this was fairly drinkable. Nothing too exciting. Not bad in a pinch but I prefer some other offerings from GB.

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

05-12-2006 16:41:23 | More by atigerlife
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nlmartin

Ohio

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

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer is a golden yellow coloration. The head was short lived and white in coloration.

Smell: There is a bit of malty breadyness. The hops show up as briefly spicy.

Taste: The beer has a pretty nice wheat bread maltyness. The hops provide some bitterness to break up the sweetness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a light body with minimal carbonation. The beer is ok to drink but not something I will repeat.

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

04-02-2006 13:47:12 | More by nlmartin
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Hhawk06

Massachusetts

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

The fiance brought this one back for me from a recent west coast trip. Heard so much about the brewery, I couldn't turn it down.

Anyway, it poured with a frizzy, crackling, bleach white head. Meanwhile the beer itself is light golden and crystal clear with a highly carbonated effervescense. A light floral bouquet exists in the nose that displays some paler malt notes as well. Very light and crisp mouthfeel defines the style. There's some maize flavors, a little bit of floral, but certainly more pale than I would have expected upon embarking on this brew. I'd give a slight edge to the hops in the balance battle. It finishes with a little bitter kick but still remains soft. I sense a touch of grapefruit at the end. Not bad, however mostly a forgettable beer.

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

02-19-2006 14:08:24 | More by Hhawk06
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

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

01-15-2006 16:27:35 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Gordon Biersch Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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