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Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier
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84
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207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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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2.25/5  rDev -39%

TheBigBoy, Apr 18, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

acurtis, Jan 22, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Mrose78, Sep 19, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

sneaks2210, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a wide-mouthed pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep brown body that is crystal clear and glows in the light. There is a sticky light beige head that sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a gentle carbonation of bubbles that roll up the side of the glass but the rest hide in the brew.

S- The smooth clean smell of roasted dark malt has a note of darker toasted malt and a light watery nose to it.

T- This beer has a tangy flavor of soft dark toasted malt and raw grain. The finish is a light pine hops with some bite of raw grain bitterness and a carbonic acid flavor.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizzy dry finish.

D- I do enjoy this style of beer and this was a pretty watered down version. It tasted like a very light beer that had just a bit of black patent malt dipped in it. No much depth of flavor or interesting qualities.

rhoadsrage, May 14, 2008
Photo of Deconstructionis
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer is dark but a tad watery looking for this style. the head is a foamy light brown from too much carbonation. Very little aroma, a tad burnt smelling. The taste is dominated by stale coffee but very little bittnerness. It's thin and uninteresting in the mouth. I'm glad to see people try this style, which I like, but this is mediocre.

Deconstructionis, Sep 07, 2006
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

DOCRW, Mar 07, 2014
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2.92/5  rDev -20.9%

stomioka, Nov 11, 2014
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2.94/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a gray greasy lace, thick puffy head that recedes slowly, dark black, solid

s roasted malt, sweet rainy earth, slight citric background, rocky stream in a deep valley so far back it isn't even canvas

t roasted malt retreats into tap water quickly

m watery, but not thin, easily drinkable

o early promise, but disappointed in the end; would not order again, but would give their other brews a chance

Mattamue, Feb 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Psberrier, Aug 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

avisong, Apr 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Beestin, May 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

pin, May 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

SocalKicks, Nov 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

RayOhioFelton, Jan 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

graybayou, Jan 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

sjrodriguez, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of birchstick
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ GB in KCMO. Pours a really nice dark brown, almost black. Smells of some caramel malts, a little smoke, and some toasted malt. Taste is similar to the nose. Some caramel malts open this up. These fade to a little smoked malts and a touch of fruits. Watery mouthfeel that also translates on the palate. This is a decent beer. Worth a shot, but I was ready to move on.

birchstick, Jan 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

drt72, Oct 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is pretty boring, which I guess is a fit with the style (I find Schwarzbiers to be pretty unexciting), but this one registers with me overall as just sort of OK. Dark, not too roasty, inoffensive. Dry? Yes. I just can't say much about this beer - there is not much here to describe, but there is certainly nothing off or offensive either. I don't know whether to recommend or not...I am stumped.

BeerBelcher, Jul 05, 2009
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

zbooks, Jan 22, 2014
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3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I'm not impressed at all with this. Some ok lacing, but no foam retention at all. Looks like watery coffee. Definitely not black.

Smell: Some weak coffee.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Ok taste. Coffee/caramel malts. I actually sense some good hops bitterness as well.

Drinkability: A thin dark beer. It's clean though and kind of refreshing.

Overall: Highly disappointed with the Schwarzbier. It's definitely "bier" but not "schwarz." Definitely didn't reach expectations.

tjsdomer2, May 30, 2010
Photo of beachbum1975
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this beer on 5/10 at the Gordon Biersch brewpub in San Jose.

I'm not a huge fan of this style of beer, but what I had here was decent. Pour a cloudy, dark brown with a creamy white head. I definitely got some roastiness in the mix and tasted some light hops, but overall the flavor was mild and uninteresting. I didn't dislike this beer, but it was rather dull.

beachbum1975, May 13, 2010
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Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
84 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.