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Gordon Biersch Golden Export - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
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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Photo of Yabev15
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Amalak
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of mdfb79
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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 WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
2.4/5  rDev -25%
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.

Photo of beerhobo22
2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma of noble hops w some malt. Golden straw color, very clear. Mild hop bitterness, with mellow malt. Overall, good session beer, but a bit thin for my pallet. Restaurant setting w a nice outdoor seating area. Food caters to the masses, as does the beer.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a tap into a .5L glass at Gordon Biersch (San Diego). Missed seeing the pour, but when it arrived there was about a ¼-inch of film. Color looked honey golden with a small hint of orange.

Nothing too special about the smell, maybe even a bit skunky. Pretty plain if anything.

Clean and refreshing taste. Malty. Better than the smell.

Pretty high on the carbonation. Bitter, but the freshness makes it easy to drink.

Not a bad beer overall, which is surprising considering their other beers. I would order this again, especially at GB considering their other options. Good beer for the summer.

Photo of stckhndlr
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.

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.

Photo of mikeg67
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at Gordon Biersch restaurant in Dallas, TX. Pours light-golden hue. Aroma is of hops and some biscuit malt. Body is medium, crisp. Piny hops and biscuit malt are balanced on the palate. Long, dry finish. On the whole, it is nice Helles lager.

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 PhillyStyle
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

Photo of champ103
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of Norfawkers
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Sammy
2.55/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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 rhoadsrage
2.7/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
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 clayrock81
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of atigerlife
2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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 tgbljb
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Gordon Biersch Golden Export from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
75 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.