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Gordon Biersch Golden Export - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Golden ExportGordon Biersch Golden Export

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49 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 140
Avg: 3.31
pDev: 26.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: aracauna on 06-27-2002

17 IBU
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Photo of Sammy
2.54/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap at the Miami brewpub. Medium yellow coloured body with some white head, and lacey. Not a good aroma, cheesy beer smell.A decent bitterness tht has a fresh crispness, though dry. Some apple juice. Better when it was just below room temperature.Below average mouthfeel.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.19/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Gordon Biersch in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a grassy flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but nothing I would go after again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.38/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Gordon Biersch, Broomfield, CO

Poured a golden-yellow with a small fizzy white head that fizzled out rather quickly. Grainy aroma, with a light citrusy hop profile. Simple taste, nothing too interesting happening. Lightly toasted grains and light citrus and piney hops, leaving a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Balanced, but just too light for me. Drinkable if you're playing it conservative.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 10/22/11 notes. On tap at the DC location.

a - Pours a clear, pale yellow color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grain, corn, wheat, and some pale bready malts. Lightly sweet but not a ton going on.

t - Tastes of grains, corn, and bready malts. Pretty average and a bit of a step down from the nose.

m - Light mody and low to moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty average lager. Lots of that grain and corn in the nose and taste. Not bad at all, but pretty average. Would suggest trying one of their other beers.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.51/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a wide-mouthed pint glass)

A- This beer has pale straw yellow hued body with a gentle carbonation of bubbles gliding to the surface. On top is a thin white head of foam that is perfectly calm for a good bit then breaks up into a thin ring.

S- The clean smell of light sulfur gives way to raw grain notes and a finish of soft noble hops.

T- The sulfury noble hop bite is the first taste but notes of tap water and field corn come through soon after. There is a green noble hop finish with a raw grain flavor coming out as the beer warms a bit.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp fizzy texture at the finish.

D- This veer has a big crisp sulfury flavor with other flavors falling behind or are covered up. I don't hate this beer there is just little flavor character to review.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.77/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a half-liter pint glass at the Seattle brewery.

Appearance: crystal clear golden body with a light effervescence and a finger of frothy white foam atop. Not bad at all.

Smell: lightly sweet malt aroma; not overly complex, but enticing.

Taste: sweet malt with a light graininess and an overall very smooth flavor. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium light body with a good carbonation and a surprisingly satisfying creaminess.

Overall: a very refreshing and quaffable lager. I dig it.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.17/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A light, seethru golden body with minimal head that did stay with the beer and maintained some lacings. A crisp, earthy smell belied by some hop bitterness and some fruit notes. A watery, almost bland beer but there is a sharp hop bite and it does go down smooth. I guess this is there version of a light beer, and it is better than a Bud or Miller. That being said, I think this is the beer a non-beer drinker gets and if you like real beer you can skip this, trust me.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer while I was waiting for the plane to take off from LAX, which it did, fours hours late, so its probably a good thing the beer selection is limited at the airport.

The beer pours a typical lager/pils golden yellow, monstrous bright white head, frothy in texture and the lace a thin sheet to cover the glass. Nose is the archetypal sweet malt, crisp and clean with the start excessively sweet, fair malt presence, top thin as my patience after sitting in the airport for almost 8 hours. Finish brisk in its carbonation and the hops apropos to the style, quite dry aftertaste that lingers on to long.

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Photo of champ103
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color. A minimal white head forms, and recedes to nothing in a second. Not much lace to speak of.
S: Sweet and grainy malt. Bread and biscuit. Kind of bland.
T: Follows the nose, and like the nose this is pretty bland. Sweet grainy malt. Bread and biscuit.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. Thin and watery. Easy to drink. Not hard to put back a few.

Just bland. Nothing wrong with this beer, but uninspired. Good for what it is, a light lager. Though nothing that resembles a Dortmunder/Export Lager.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So this is a Dortmunder. Nice hops and gold (not yellow!) color. Medium head and minimal lacing. While crisp and refreshing, this is by no means GB's best beer, if you are getting a GB, go for the Marzen or Dunkles.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
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)

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Photo of Reidrover
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of BigBry
3.19/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draft pint, served in GB logo glass.
Gold Medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival, Denver 2014.
Clear, yellow color with a short white head. Foam settles to thin cap, thin streaky lace.
Smell is pretty basic malt, grain, and some grass.
Taste is much the same, grainy, grassy flavor, mild hop bitterness at the end.
Low level of carbonation, crisp and clean, medium body and mouth feel.
Overall, this is a light and refreshing, drinkable beer. Hits the style as needed.

Note to self: Rated #24 Dortmunder / Export Lager when I reviewed it.

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Photo of Redrover
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light straw gold color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is grainy, fruity and sweet. A light bodied dortmunder style lager. Lightly hopped, lightly malted. Mild flavor. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are slighty spicy. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly malty, not bitter.

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Photo of rarbring
2.55/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A straw colored beer, a white small head, no lacing, no curtains.

Sweet smell of apples an lemon.

Sweet white bread, lemonade, some apple peel.

Medium high carbonation, soft small bubbles, a light dry finish.

A bit too sweet, reminds of euro pale lager.

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Gordon Biersch Golden Export from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
77 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.