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Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier
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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
21 IBU

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 06-23-2008)
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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

weerezboy, Mar 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into regular pint glass by informed waitress. Jet black in color with a half a finger of head, laces remaining throughout. Coffee aroma from the roasting but not overpowering. Quite smooth in the delivery to bely the imposing color, My first schwarzbeir, so i likened it to a sweet porter. An excellent batch and style in general.

Brianmerrilyn, Jan 29, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

deapokid, Aug 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

TerrenceOBrien, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of RBorsato
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on-tap 11/29/05 at the GB brewpub in Tyson's Corner, VA.

Black to dark brown in color with a nice beige to light brown head. Decent carbonation and some lace. Nice roasty and coffee aromas and flavors. The flavor was more robust than aroma with lots of coffee and light chocolate tones. Light-medium bodied with a dry roasty finish.

Very nice and one of GB's better beers that I have not seen at their other locations. A shame since this is my favorite regular beer of theirs.

RBorsato, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of GeneralZod
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE
Pours of a dark color and very thick and high head retention.

SMELL
Has a very roasty smell to it. Possibly malts and chocolate??

TASTE
Has a very nice roasty flavor. With a hint of lightly sweet aftertaste. Very, very good.

MOUTHFEEL
It is actually very light compare to what it looks like. Also has adequate carbonation.

DRINKABILITY
Very good. This is one of my favorite beers.

GeneralZod, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of tugdriver7
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The fifth in the line of the 6x Sampler at the Rockville restaurant. This is the one I went to try and, while it was good, there were a couple of other pleasant surprises in the sampler that were strong competition for the Schwarz. The beer looked dark brown to black in the glass, with brown and ruby highlights--like a real syrupy Coke. Slight head retention with some bubbles visible on the sides. As with most craft-brewed Schwarzbiers I've tried lately, the smell was more "stout" than "dunkel" and, while perhaps not on par with the best Germans of the style, extremly fresh tasting and enjoyable. Nice roasted malt in the flavor... and that's about it. Nothing particularly complex, but extremely tasty and enjoable. Another one that would go down easily.

tugdriver7, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Schwarzbier is almost black in color with a solid, creamy head. The smell is of dark roasted malts with a notable coffee aroma. The taste is very similar to the aroma, dark roasted malts provide chocolate and coffee flavors. Schwarzbier is very rich and flavorful, but not as heavy as it's color and taste would seem to indicate. This was the best beer of the three beers that I was able to sample at this GB. I would come back for this brew alone.

Gagnonsux, Apr 18, 2005
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4.28/5  rDev +16.3%

ContentmentDIPA, Oct 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

kaltkaelir, Jul 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Rhettroactive, Jan 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

krome, Apr 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

jgunther71, Apr 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

sharkboy, Aug 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

DexterP236, Apr 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Pac-N-West_SNOB, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Rootdog316
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another great beer at GB in Rockville. In the German language, this beer actually means "black beer." One would think there would be a heavier body, but did not come across as heavily bodied as one would think. It had a chocolate-esqe flavor to it and had a dark brown tint. A very good Schwarzbier. Definitely give it a try.

Rootdog316, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant before the BCS National Championship game in Glendale, AZ (Go Gators)! This beer is dark black in color with a finger light tan colored head. The aroma features dark roasted malts and chocolate. The taste is much like the nose with a lot of roasted malts and a burnt chocolate flavor as well. Light-medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall, this was a solid brew that I really enjoyed.

cjgator3, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Kansas City Restaurant

Appearance: It was a black bodied beer with a dark brown hue. The head and lace were both a little thin and a tan color.

Smell: It smells of caramel and a little bit of coffee.

Taste: The flavor is not over powering but is still very roasted and malty. Small tones of sweetened coffee with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and a bit watery but you find that in most German Schwartz(s).

Overall: It might be my favorite from this particular visit.

MTNboy, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of AmishT
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Gordon Biersch in NOLA on-tap

A - Black with ruby highlights. A one-finger, off-white head that does not retain very long and leaves very little lacing.

S - A very bold and up-front nose. Strong toasted malt aromas are prevalent, coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of dark fruit.

T&M - Starts off with toasted malts that compete with the bite from the strong carbonation. A very nice roasted coffee finish. As the beer warmed, the bite of the carbonation mitigated a bit, and the beer became more flavorful as a result. A nice, somewhat earthy bitterness coats the palate after swallowing. The flavors endure rather well, though I'd like there to be less carbonation in the mouthfeel.

D - Light bodied, low ABV, and some nice flavor make for a pretty sessionable schwarzbier.

AmishT, May 25, 2008
Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark brown, minimal head and lacing

S: Rich roasted malts... scents of roasted nuts, coffee beans and slight cocoa

T: Excellent flavor from full roasted malts... roasted nuts and coffee flavors.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Light on the carbonation. Some earthy feel to it but finishes thin.

D: Excellent Schwarzbeir. The roasted grains and organic feel make this top notch.

rfgetz, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of TheMistler
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black, of course. Or, rather, such dark, opaque brown as to be black for all intents and purposes. Creamy head, very tiny bubbles. Not too much, nor with the greatest retention, although the ring that remains is substantial. Little lacing.

Subdued nose. Tangy, roasted - even a bit smoky.

Not a subdued taste. Roasted. Hints of coffee and powdery dark chocolate. The slightest undercurrent of sweet chocolate, but this is a well roasted beer that also has evident hops.

Rather light bodied and easily drinkable. Crisply - maybe slightly overly - carbonated, becoming creamy only after its been swirled around the mouth a bit.

TheMistler, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the San Jose location. This beer is a handsome black with a pillowy light tan head that has great retention and lacing. The aroma is dark, dusty, roasty and perhaps sweaty. It is medium light in the mouth; very smooth with a crisp finish. The roastiness is on the subtle side, but provides the main flavor here. This is the best beer I've had from Gordon Biersch and the best beer I've had in San Jose. What a great session beer. I had to go back the next morning and get a growler of this.
(rated May 17, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The site currently lists the ABV as "Unknown", but I know it to be 4.29% and I have submitted a Change Request.

It had a big, thick light-brown head upon arrival. The beer itself was a deep, deep-brown color with NE-quality clarity when held up to the light. The nose had a pleasant charcoal smokiness. The mouthfeel was thin-to medium with a lightly smoky taste on the palate. The finish had a lingering smokiness, but not necessarily a dry one, as suggested by the menu. As it warmed, I even got a black pepper bite on the finish.

woodychandler, Jan 21, 2008
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Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
84 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.