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Gordon Biersch Pilsner - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 12-06-2006)
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Photo of magictrokini
1.78/5  rDev -45.4%
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.

magictrokini, Dec 08, 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 HoppyMcStout
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

HoppyMcStout, Sep 20, 2008
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 July2Nov
2.05/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

July2Nov, Jul 19, 2008
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 BeerManDan
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

BeerManDan, May 10, 2008
Photo of gpogo
2.63/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

gpogo, Apr 15, 2008
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 clayrock81
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

clayrock81, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.05/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

JDV, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

mikesgroove, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of flexabull
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

flexabull, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of JBogan
2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

JBogan, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Durge, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of bosco7
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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).

bosco7, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of rkuhnel
3.13/5  rDev -4%
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

rkuhnel, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -8%
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.

Zorro, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
2.68/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Dull golden rod color, very clean and still. Head started ok but fell to a wispy off white memory.

S: Copper coins, light white grape, corn pops

T: Begins like a bitter fruit perhaps, cranberry or unripe citrus but without the sweetness. Metallic tastes hit as the bitter fruit really begin to blossom...sort of an astringent bitterness without a lot of the attractive qualities. Finishes grainy and undefined.

M: Thin body with a medium prickly mouthfeel.

D: I really don't like this beer. It lacks the subtle sweetness that most other pilsners have. Pass. I won't finish this, move onto something else.

Westsidethreat, Jan 11, 2007
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 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 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 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 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 atigerlife
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

atigerlife, May 12, 2006
Gordon Biersch Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
76 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.