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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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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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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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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch, 1 Flatiron Cir, Broomfield

09-29-2006 04:09:29 | More by russpowell
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

Sampled on tap at the brewery in San Jose.
Crisp and hoppy. A nice gold color topped by a dense white head. There is perhaps a faint bit of haze. The aroma is of continental hops, as it should be. The beer is finished by a light bitterness. Fortunately it has been served warm enough to get the subtle malt expression. A bit more hops would make this beer wonderful.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch, 1 Flatiron Cir, Broomfield

11-07-2003 20:11:59 | More by Gueuzedude
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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

Appearance: Filtered golden straw color fluffy bright white head leaves fine even lacing all around my pilsner glass. Aroma: Biscuit pale malts slight grassy hop bursts not bad at all, good combonation of scents here with the Saaz becoming very noticeable. Taste: European hops dominate the palate in a good way, low sweetness finishes very crisp with a slight driness with a grainy finish and lasting hop flavor that seduces the palate, nice well done solid all around pils. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied very refreshing evenly carbonated each sip produces the aahh that's refreshing sound. Drinkability: Easy to consume glad a picked up a sixer of this brew.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch, 1 Flatiron Cir, Broomfield

12-09-2004 22:51:46 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color with a decent 1/2" head. Few lacing spots at the start, but none after a few minutes. The aroma is faint of light grass and grains tones. The flavor is slightly weak on the malt levels and the bitterness is about right for a pilsner. Some grassy tones evident.

The mouthfeel is crisp with a clean finish. Thin bodied. Nicely drinkable, but this is a rather bland pilsner on the flavor front.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch, 1 Flatiron Cir, Broomfield

05-06-2004 00:43:13 | More by Gavage
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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
@ Gordon Biersch, 1 Flatiron Cir, Broomfield

10-29-2010 17:17:54 | More by lacqueredmouse
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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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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
@ Gordon Biersch, 33 East San Fernando Street, San Jose

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

Arizona

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

The prototypical pour, a perspicuous golden yellow, the head modest in size, bright white in color, the texture frothy, with the residual lace very thin sheets that cover the glass. The nose matter-of-course malt dominated, citrus crisp, fresh and clean. Start malt, lightly sweet, top skinny in feel, the finish is strikingly acidic, pertinent in its hop spicy bite, the aftertaste very dry and long lasting. One of the few “Pilsners”, I feel I could drink on a regular basis, “Great” no, but makes a fine everyday beer.

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

01-14-2003 15:34:18 | More by Gusler
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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

06-20-2002 08:07:08 | More by Dogbrick
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GClarkage

California

3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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

03-03-2005 20:14:23 | More by GClarkage
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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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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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Durge

Connecticut

3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a big 22 ounce glass at the Gordon Biersch "pub" at Dulles Airport and was surprised that it was showing very little head and almost no sign of lacing. A thin yellow-gold with a subtle nose of orange biscuit. A crisp taste of fairly classic peppery grain/wheat, but kind of watery. The initial carbonation that gives it a little bite seems to die pretty quickly, but it's still fairly drinakble. Nothing exciting here. Would rather gamble on another unknown than take another one of these (especially at $6+ a pop!) but it shouldn't hurt anyone's feelings. My experience at the brepub in San Jose is a little better than this but I don't think I have ever sampled the pils before so this will have to do.

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

07-21-2007 02:15:40 | More by Durge
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Vancer

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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

01-23-2006 16:00:07 | More by Vancer
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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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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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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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beerguy101

California

3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lt gold color, large white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and sweetish. Light hops and malts. Light tasting pilsner. Malts are fruity and fairly sweet, maybe overly so. Hops are mild and slightly spicy. Full round mouthfeel. Good flavor. Nice balance. Finish is smooth and clean. Aftertaste is smooth and slightly bitter

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

08-19-2003 01:39:29 | More by beerguy101
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RBorsato

Virginia

2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear straw/light gold color with a nice white head at first with subdued carbonation leaving good lace. Light German hop aroma with little to no malt aroma or flavor and no outstanding characteristics. Very light bodied with a dry finish.

Very boring Pils -- not one to seek out in bottles. I've had better on draft at the GB brewpubs.

Per label: "Crisp Golden Lager"

Bottled: 09/14/04
Tasted: 11/18/04

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

11-29-2004 19:30:27 | More by RBorsato
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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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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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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, 33 East San Fernando Street, San Jose

01-31-2008 21:32:45 | More by JDV
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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

07-17-2004 03:11:13 | More by Bierguy5
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Gordon Biersch Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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