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Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier
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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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weerezboy

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

03-06-2013 17:34:20 | More by weerezboy
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gleemonger

California

4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

03-29-2012 01:03:53 | More by gleemonger
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

4.58/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2008 04:32:24 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

08-17-2013 14:29:11 | More by deapokid
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TerrenceOBrien

New York

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

01-17-2012 20:35:17 | More by TerrenceOBrien
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2005 16:38:48 | More by RBorsato
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GeneralZod

California

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 23:59:16 | More by GeneralZod
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2008 16:36:44 | More by tugdriver7
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2005 19:50:27 | More by Gagnonsux
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kaltkaelir

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

07-25-2014 13:24:00 | More by kaltkaelir
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

01-15-2013 21:31:26 | More by Rhettroactive
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krome

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

04-07-2014 17:58:01 | More by krome
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jgunther71

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

04-04-2014 21:10:39 | More by jgunther71
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DexterP236


4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

04-06-2012 21:45:08 | More by DexterP236
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Pac-N-West_SNOB


4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

04-22-2013 19:50:11 | More by Pac-N-West_SNOB
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Rootdog316

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2009 18:05:15 | More by Rootdog316
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cjgator3

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 420 S Mill Ave, Tempe

01-21-2007 03:23:15 | More by cjgator3
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MTNboy

Germany

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 420 S Mill Ave, Tempe

01-27-2012 04:50:04 | More by MTNboy
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AmishT

Alabama

4.18/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 420 S Mill Ave, Tempe

05-25-2008 04:09:11 | More by AmishT
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 900 F St NW, Washington

09-07-2009 17:44:16 | More by rfgetz
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TheMistler

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 900 F St NW, Washington

03-15-2009 21:44:30 | More by TheMistler
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yesyouam

New York

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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)

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 900 F St NW, Washington

12-12-2008 14:11:41 | More by yesyouam
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 900 F St NW, Washington

01-21-2008 14:25:35 | More by woodychandler
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droomyster

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery restaurant in Palo Alto with their double chocolate fudge cake. It was terrific combination that I highly recommend to anyone lucky enough to visit one of the restaurants.

Poured an impenetable black with a beautful white fluffy head that lasted forever and left a rich set of lace rings on the glass to mark my every sip and gulp.

Smells of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes the same, light carbonation and smooth creamy texture, washed my heavy cake down better than milk. More sweet than bitter. I consider this schwarzbier superior to my last bottle of Köstritzer.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 900 F St NW, Washington

03-13-2005 04:48:12 | More by droomyster
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JayQue

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gordon Biersch has a good atmosphere and brews some tasty beers on the premises. I had a couple of pints of the Schwarzbier. with dinner. Good appearance, dark, dense color...no light getting through. Good size head that slowly dissipates to a solid ring around the glass. Average lacing. Taste was good, malty, smoky, slightly bitter but much more subtle and light than a porter or stout. This is a beer that could be sipped or guzzled with equal enjoyment. Nice rich mouthfeel for this style. This is a highly drinkable beer. I look forward to going back there and trying their other beers.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 900 F St NW, Washington

02-06-2007 03:10:03 | More by JayQue
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Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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