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Gordon Biersch Pilsner - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch PilsnerGordon Biersch Pilsner

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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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 russpowell
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!

russpowell, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
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.

PBRstreetgang, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of Boneheadmx
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.

Boneheadmx, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of Tang07
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.

Tang07, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of atigerlife
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.

atigerlife, May 12, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
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.

nlmartin, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of Hhawk06
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.

Hhawk06, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of Vancer
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.

Vancer, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of UberWasser
2.45/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz Brown Bottle, bottled on August 30th, 2005, served in a 24 oz Pilsner glass.

Pours a pale grainy yellow color. Not really amber. Two finger head that lasts for a minute or so. A ring of foam is present at the edges the rest of the way. Attractive enough, but hardly inspiring.

Smell is plain. Mild citrus. Could almost be scentless if you did not try hard.

Taste is of mild hop bitterness, but not much more. Very little more develops as the beer warms. Actually just gets more sour, in a bad way. Mouthfeel is watery, but not unpleasant.

An ok Pilsner, but not at all stellar. Too little smell, too little flavor, too little body. Uninteresting. I don't think I could drink a lot of it either because of the sour taste it develops after a while.

UberWasser, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of Hunter
2.05/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I haven't cared much for the offerings of this quasi-upscale corporate brewhouse, and have avoided it for some time after an initial visit. But I decided to give the beer another try.

Pilsner pours a slightly deeper gold than your American pilsner, with thin threads of bubbles and a fluffy white head with no staying power.

Aroma is thankfully absent of adjunct. Light grassy hops and malt in the nose, it smells clean and crisp.

Gods, does the promise go downhill on the tasting. Brash, metallic flavor overrides everything. Bitter aftertaste and thin mouthfeel give way to a brassy finish.

Leave this for the yuppies who think they're drinking a sophisticated microbrew.

Hunter, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
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.

GClarkage, Mar 03, 2005
Photo of misterscooter
2.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I usually don't drink pilsners by choice but I didn't have much choice and I haven't had the GB version. I didn't get to pour this one so that is why I gave the appearance a 3. This wasn't a standout beer in any way. The words that kept coming to me in regards to the smell and taste were light and crisp. However, with "light and crisp" in my head, the beer was a little too malty for me. I don't think I'd turn this one down but, like most pilsners, it wouldn't be my preference. After trying this one in a bottle, my rating might change. Who knows when that will be, though.

misterscooter, Jan 19, 2005
Photo of MobBarley
3.98/5  rDev +21.7%
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 WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
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

RBorsato, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of WetCoaster
4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
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 surfmeister
3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
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 Bierguy5
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.

Bierguy5, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of chilidog
4.13/5  rDev +26.3%
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 beertaster13
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
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 Gavage
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.

Gavage, May 06, 2004
Photo of DESTRO
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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 Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
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

beerguy101, Aug 19, 2003
Gordon Biersch Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
76 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.