Gordon Biersch Golden Export - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 46 | Display Reviews Only:
3/5 rDev -6.5%
Served in a .5L glass:
The beer appeared a clear yellow, with a decent white head that had some retention that receded too fast and almost completely.
The beer gave off a slight aroma, mainly a light malty/grainy aroma. Nothing much else to speak of.
The taste, upon my first sip, followed the nose, it was lighter than expected, but it has a sweet grain/bready flavor to it. I would have likened the beer to an English Pale Ale, having never tried a Dortmunder.
The beer felt light and maybe a bit over carbonated, but overall felt right. The beer's best quality was the drinkability. I could have easily could have downed a couple without thinking about it. Overall, a decent beer, but certainly not one that I would seek out or make a special trip to try.
08-12-2010 16:19:06 | More by PhillyStyle
3.75/5 rDev +16.8%
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.
05-30-2010 17:40:06 | More by tjsdomer2
3.1/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
05-11-2010 03:44:46 | More by champ103
3.53/5 rDev +10%
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.
09-08-2009 17:49:13 | More by Rootdog316
3.25/5 rDev +1.2%
True to German style; a good drinking/eating beer but not overly flavorful
Appearance: Pale yellow, little head and lacing
Smell: Faintly malty
Taste: Very slight malt flavor and finishes nutty
Mouthfeel: Slightly bitter on the initial sip but finishes relatively smooth
Drinkability: Versatile; goes well with a burger or other Gordon Biersch fare
06-21-2009 19:25:32 | More by Norfawkers
2.55/5 rDev -20.6%
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.
02-20-2009 20:12:18 | More by Sammy
3.68/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
09-08-2008 16:12:28 | More by tugdriver7
2.7/5 rDev -15.9%
(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.
05-14-2008 18:05:07 | More by rhoadsrage
3.9/5 rDev +21.5%
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.
04-22-2008 18:37:05 | More by BEERchitect
3.15/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
03-18-2008 20:02:48 | More by clayrock81
2.9/5 rDev -9.7%
Poured a darker golden color with a 2 finger white head that dissipated rather quickly. Light carbonation seen rising.
Aroma was light hops, light malts. Not much happening.
Taste was light hops, some citrus, sweet malts. Again, not a lot going on. Tasted slightly off.
Mouthfeel was very light and lightly cleansing.
Overall, somewhat refreshing. Not one I would search out. Just too light and lacking any character.
09-04-2007 01:57:06 | More by atigerlife
3.85/5 rDev +19.9%
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.
07-29-2007 00:43:45 | More by jbsteiny
3.6/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
06-11-2006 19:21:36 | More by tgbljb
4.2/5 rDev +30.8%
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.
01-24-2006 21:06:06 | More by jimbotrost
3.68/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
02-20-2005 21:38:15 | More by Gavage
3.88/5 rDev +20.9%
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!
10-20-2004 02:11:57 | More by DFN
3.53/5 rDev +10%
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.
07-19-2004 00:45:16 | More by misterscooter
1.58/5 rDev -50.8%
Presents in a 12oz. brown bottle with the bottled date marked on the back. The beer pours a weak one finger white head that disappears quickly, leaving no trace. A very clean straw yellow color. Not an impressive appearance.
As I take my first smell, it flashes me back to my days of downing Milwaukee's Best Light after losing at beer-pong. I cant describe the smell very well other than it smelling like a cheap American Lager. The taste is more of the same. Nothing special. Starts like carbonated water and ends with a slight hop bitterness to remind you that you are drinking a beer. The mouthfeel is that of carbonated water. As for drinkability; I could drink it but, why would I want to?
04-30-2004 20:59:36 | More by crackerpooch
3.5/5 rDev +9%
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 Id say the words lovely and grain together in a beer rating, but there it is.
Taste This is the micro for the macro (drinkers). Theres nothing bad or offensive here. Theres an interesting kind of whiney character to this beer. Its 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.
04-23-2004 03:43:42 | More by RoyalT
3.4/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
03-10-2004 09:48:05 | More by UncleJimbo
3/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
02-23-2004 22:12:59 | More by Gusler
3.78/5 rDev +17.8%
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.
02-17-2004 17:10:38 | More by Boilermaker88
2.58/5 rDev -19.6%
I've determined that GB makes the most beautiful, most average to funky tasting beer ever. This from a brewer who was educated at the great Weihenstephaner beer University.
Appearance: golden, always beautiful, f...ing gold
Smell: hmmm, there's that smell again, what is it? motor oil? mixed with malt and hops of course
Taste: this beer is a subtler version of the blonde bock which I found undrinkable. GB has a funk all it's own, too bad it's a nasty funk
Mouthfeel: moot, at this point
I really wanted to like this beer, I didn't want to believe the plethora of negative comments about GB. I will not purchase another GB product. I've renamed this beer "Golden Shower"
02-12-2004 05:35:40 | More by surfmeister
3.65/5 rDev +13.7%
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!
11-06-2003 17:05:05 | More by beergeek279
3.7/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
09-11-2003 02:25:25 | More by Reidrover
Gordon Biersch Golden Export from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
75 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.