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Gordon Biersch Golden Export - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 136
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: aracauna on 06-27-2002

17 IBU
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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 136
Photo of jimbotrost
4.22/5  rDev +27.1%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of stckhndlr
4.07/5  rDev +22.6%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crackers, Grassy, Herbal, Spice

Perhaps the cleanest beer we’ve had the pleasure of quaffing back. Balance is perfect for the style, a bit of body up front but all leads to a drier finish. Big crispness to start, ample hoppy bitterness and herbal flavor to back everything up brings forth a bigger drinkability. Gordon Biersch is easy one the palate when it comes to full on appreciation of lagers.

STYLE: Export Lager | ABV: 5.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #94 (NOV 2014) (518 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (1,727 characters)

Photo of freed
3.85/5  rDev +16%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of DFN
3.85/5  rDev +16%
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! (444 characters)

Photo of jbsteiny
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.72/5  rDev +12%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.72/5  rDev +12%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of tugdriver7
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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! (397 characters)

Photo of rjochman
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented as a medium golden color beer with white puffy head. Smell is light with slight malt notes present. Taste is light and refreshing and unobtrusive. Finishes with a slight sweetness but not much else. Easy to drink, but nothing great. A step up from a macro. (266 characters)

Photo of Rootdog316
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GE pours a very clear, lemon-like gold color with a white head. I could smell a bit of pils malt sweetness in the aroma. The flavor of the beer is balanced between equal parts pils malt and hop bitterness. The pils malt is just a little sweet yet balanced by a medium amount of hop bitterness that is very smooth and sticks around on the palate for a bit. Overall it is medium bodied, medium carbonated, and smooth & balanced. (426 characters)

Photo of misterscooter
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle, so no pour on this one. However, I have had it in the glass and it has a nice, golden color, not too yellow. The smell is a bit malty but sweet, almost floral, which surprised me a little.

The taste does deliver some malt and just a bit of hoppiness. Enough carbonation to feel it and it goes down easy with some bite. The aftertaste lingers a bit and it feels like butter coating your mouth.

Not a bad beer. I've had several and like them but GB has better. (483 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had the Golden Export at the G & B in Bolingbrook, IL last evening. The color was a clear yellow with white head that laced slightly. The aroma was common of dortmunder grain, Saaz hops, etc. The first taste was overpowering with grain and was a bit rough, but the following drinks were more smooth. The grain and malt was balanced with hops and the beer came off the pallet clean. Overall not to bad...the mouthfeel was smooth and easy. good session beer. (456 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This poured a nice, light yellow with a pretty good head.

Smell – This had a lovely, light grain aroma with nice, sweetish notes at the end. I never thought I’d say the words “lovely” and “grain” together in a beer rating, but there it is.

Taste – This is the micro for the macro (drinkers). There’s nothing bad or offensive here. There’s an interesting kind of “whiney” character to this beer. It’s quite interesting.

Mouthfeel – Light-bodied with some teasingly delicate carbonation. This lager was well-balanced with a dry finish.

Drinkability – This went down quite well. (615 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at the Las Vegas brewpub.

This lager poured a clear, yellow color with white foam that settled. The smell was minimal: malt and some hops. The taste was a bit thin: light malt and a touch of bitter hops. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Overall a bit thin. This was an OK beer, easy to drink, but rather light. (369 characters)

Photo of beernbbq
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special. Just straight Export Lager. Nothing about the hops, malt or body was interesting. I really hold up Great Lakes Dortmunder as the best example of this style. Try the Marzen, it is more interesting.

Overall, good food. Unfortunately, picked the wrong night to go as the place was packed to the rafters. (320 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pilsner glass

Appearance – Served a clear golden colored brew with a two finger pure white head of foam. The head faded slowly over time to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew was slightly grainy with a moderately bready base. Along with these aromas were some lighter aromas of caramel and corn and a bit of grass.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly grainy and bready taste along with a little bit of a corn malt flavor. As the taste advances some sweetness of a caramel nature comes to the tongue. Along with this, a grassy hop taste and a little bit of herb come to the tongue. With an increase in the grain, a decrease in the sweeter flavors and a little bit of a cracker flavor coming to the tongue at the end of the taste, one is left with a crisp and slightly drier malt flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the lighter side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that was on the slightly higher side. Both are rather nice for the style and make for a very easy drinking, crisp, and refreshing beer.

Overall – A decent lager with a very easy drinking taste and feel. Nothing outstanding but rather crisp and refreshing. (1,282 characters)

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Gordon Biersch Golden Export from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
77 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.