Gordon Biersch Golden Export - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 16.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
17 IBU

(Beer added by: jbsteiny on 07-29-2007)
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4.25/5  rDev +32.8%

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4.2/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Washington DC location 11.5 Plato, 5.0% ABV. Nice golden pour with a light head bright white in hue. Carbonation level medium and nice. Nose is clean, some hop, some malt, but clean and light. Sweet light malty flavor finishes with a very nice crisp aftertaste. This beer was very well made.

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4.13/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the restaurant in Virginia Beach, VA
(Post is from notes)

A- Clear golden color with a light wispy head. Not a hint of lacing

S- Bitter sent of hops and straw, mellow and bland.

T- Musty corn husk flavor, dry finish. Pleasant. kinda sticks on the back of the tongue.

M- Thin feel with good carbonation.

D- American macro lagers wish they could taste like this.

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3.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excerpt from the Gordon Biersch website:
"Our lightest, most refreshing lager, delicately hopped with a clean, crisp finish. The demand was so high when it was first brewed in the 1870s, that it was “exported” to other regions.

Original gravity: 11.5° Plato
Alcohol by volume: 5.00%
Bitterness units: 17"

I'm happy to see any development of the Dormunder style come to life. A very under-rated and balanced type of beer that Gordon Biersch nails with pin-point accuracy. Described as, "A smooth, refreshing lager, lightly hopped with a dry finish" It's all delivered in a nicely, cleanly brewed lager that is both characterful, well balanced, yet non-offensive.

Bright pilsner malt, floral hops, and a soft sulfur character that when combined with esters remind me of apples all manifests in the nose.

Crisp and medium rounded pilsner malt breadiness and sweetness offer a lightly doughy taste with moderate sweetness. Hops add a much needed balance for the malt but without overstating their roles. Fuller in flavor than most lagers, the beer is accented by an overall minerally flavor that bolsters the notion of flavor. Breads and raw barley play on the mouth with a hint of peppery hop charcter along with a mild herbal and floral tone with a minty alcohol finish.

Meidum throughout the moderate hop dryness, moderate alcohol, and fortified malt textures give a fuller impression than actually exists in mouthfeel. Finishing malty-dry, lightly warming, and with a crisp and minerally finish this lager carries a rich texture that's close to appeasing the lovers of Oktoberfestbiers and Vienna Lagers.

A catch-all lager that's smooth, crisp, and rounded and is a complement to nearly every entree on the menu.

Photo of freed
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very light, in color, aroma, and even taste. Its a blanched straw color with the slightest amount of head. There's very little detectable aroma, other than the slight hint of malt you'd expect from a light lager. The taste is somewhat surprising though. Its a very delicate but interesting beer in this regard. For such a clean taste, it really has many subtle flavors that really compliment each other, and make the beer quite enjoyable. It would be an excellent yard work beer. Quite a surprise.

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3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of Gordon Biersch's better beers: a pleasant, medium-bodied brew that goes down easy, beer after beer. I've had it at the GB brewery restaurant and in bottles. It's often on sale at Trader Joe's (CA) for $4.99/sixpack, which is a bargain for an above-average beer. GB Golden Export isn't a great beer, but it's a good one: not at all bitter, perhaps even a bit on the sweet side. Not my favorite, but a contender at the right price!

Photo of jbsteiny
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The export lager poured very clear, a light golden color, with persistant carbonation. Its initial head dispersed to a ring, leaving sudsy retention on the glass. Golden malts, light hops, and as it warmed, an aroma of wildflower honey. Nice. Tasted of floral hops, clean sweet malt, and a slight bitter yeast. Fairly crisp finish. Damned fine for the style, which admittedly is not my favorite.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.78/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Number three of a mixed six-pack of G.B. brews I picked up over the weekend. Golden Export had a warm golden color with a foamy white head that left some webby lace behind.
The nose was rather bland, having only some light grainy malt aromas and no discernible hops notes. The taste was a light and clean blend of biscuity malt notes and a small amount of citric hops in the finish. Overall, it had a nice sweetness but could stand a little more tang with some hops. Well carbonated for a crisp finish.
Overall, this was the best of the three G.B. brews I tried (the others being the Marzen and Blonde Bock). Golden Export had an easy drinkability thanks to the light, crisp feel. This was a nice beer to sit down with after a couple hours of yardwork.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the DC location.

Pours a moderate golden-yellow color with a white head. Several fingers at first but falls down a bit quickly. A few rings of head remain throughout. The nose is some light hops along with a bit of grain. Taste is grainy and hoppy with a bit of bitterness from the grain husk.

Feel is really nice and crisp. Drinks well in the summer. A style I'd like to see more of and this one is pretty well done.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Decent head retention, not much foam. Pale golden with good carbonation.

Smell: I like the subtle bread-like smell. It's kind of a warming smell. Definitely nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is pretty good. Basically tastes like fresh bread. Not much hops, but some decent malt. I really like the mouthfeel of this though. Very crisp, dry, and refreshing.

Drinkability: What Bud Light SHOULD be.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised with Golden Export. I would definitely drink more of this.

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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Starts with a decent sized head for a bar pour. This dies to a minute level of fine bubbles that leave only a couple of spots. Very clear with a pretty golden color.

Smells soapy, this happened two days ago as well. They need to do a better job rinsing their glasses. When I reinvigorate the head, I smell a good pale malt baseand a faint floral aroma of hop.

Initial mpression is a cross between unmalted and malted pale grains. Relatively thin, but the aftertaste has a touch of bitterness that brings some good balance. Overall, I'd say this is a true to style Dortmunder. The taste provides a nice recovery from the poor handling of the glassware.

Photo of Reidrover
3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok bought this in a 6 pack three days ago..time to tuck in..comes in the usual BG brown 12 ozer usual boring label , this time yellow.
Nice light honey coloured beer with a small but persistent pure white head.
Nice strong smell of malts in this one..very "biscuity" sweet.
Again the malts tend to dominate this with the hops only making a late appearance in taste.
Nice and smooth on the tongue.
Quite a drinkable Dortmunder..though I dunno..the taste grows on you.

Photo of Redrover
3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured a nice golden yellow. Decent head, not a lot of lacing. Not much smell, some hops & a slight grapefruit hint.

The initial taste was of subdued hops with a slight citrus/pine under tones. Malt was evident and beer was in balance. As the beer warmed, it became sweeter. I would like a little more hop presence. Good carbonation.

Beer was easy to drink, would be a good session type of beer.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first in the line from the 6x Sampler at the Rockville Restaurant. Obviously a very popular beer at GB, but (even by admission of the waiter who said it was popular and added, "it compares to your typical macro beer"). I wouldn't say it's that bad, but it's definitely the beer of choice for the "micro-uninitiated." Plain gold in the glass with soft cream-colored head. No lacing per se, but a nice malt in the nose, soft carbonation, and the taste is almost all malty slick--like butter. Enough hops bitterness to (barely) balance the malt, but definitely a macro-lover's beginning foray to the craft world. Went down well, but I was glad I started with it. The rest only got better.

Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with a nice 2" head that last quite a while. No lacing develops. The aroma is of grass and lemon citrus. Some of the flavors detected are lemon citrus, grass, and a slight piney bitterness. Overall this is a clean but not overly exciting brew.

Very crisp in the mouthfeel, and very clean dry finish. The drinkability is quite nice, and this would be a great choice for a hot summer day.

Photo of beergeek279
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a sample at the Gordon Biersch in Columbus. The color was golden, with a bit of head. The smell was a nice, sweet malt. The taste was fairly sweet...more like a Munich Helles than a Dortumunder. Mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have a few more.

Though I wouldn't run back to Columbus for this beer, if I got my hands on a bottle, I would be pleased. A nice little lager!

Photo of rjochman
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium golden color with a small amount of white head. Not a lot going with the smell but do get a bit of malt and hops. Taste is similar to the smell, nothing much but very clean. Medium carbonation and really easy to drink. Had this as well as a couple other beers at Gordon Biersch. Not great but not bad either.

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Gordon Biersch Golden Export from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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