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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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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

04-18-2014 01:34:14 | More by TheBigBoy
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

01-22-2012 00:57:55 | More by acurtis
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sneaks2210

New York

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

11-16-2012 02:16:19 | More by sneaks2210
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2008 18:39:38 | More by rhoadsrage
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Deconstructionis

West Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -27%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2006 14:16:34 | More by Deconstructionis
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DOCRW

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

03-07-2014 23:23:31 | More by DOCRW
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Mattamue

Iowa

2.94/5  rDev -20.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2013 01:11:39 | More by Mattamue
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avisong

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18.9%

04-11-2012 03:10:32 | More by avisong
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Beestin

Iowa

3/5  rDev -18.9%

05-03-2014 20:33:19 | More by Beestin
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pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -18.9%

05-22-2013 04:59:06 | More by pin
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SocalKicks

California

3/5  rDev -18.9%

11-19-2012 00:47:29 | More by SocalKicks
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RayOhioFelton

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18.9%

01-10-2014 02:14:49 | More by RayOhioFelton
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graybayou

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.9%

01-15-2014 00:28:36 | More by graybayou
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birchstick

Colorado

3/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 20:56:46 | More by birchstick
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drt72

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18.9%

10-11-2012 00:24:06 | More by drt72
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atrocity

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18.9%

04-29-2014 15:06:38 | More by atrocity
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 401 N. Front Street, Columbus

07-05-2009 17:15:15 | More by BeerBelcher
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zbooks

Texas

3/5  rDev -18.9%

01-22-2014 19:08:45 | More by zbooks
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 401 N. Front Street, Columbus

05-30-2010 17:35:00 | More by tjsdomer2
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beachbum1975

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 401 N. Front Street, Columbus

05-13-2010 03:14:07 | More by beachbum1975
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JDV

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Roasty coffee smells from a dark brown/black pour, with some malty drying tastes. Light bodied, like all schwarzbiers despite the roasty character and isn't very full bodied I thought. This is more a knock against the style than the particular beer though, and it is decent for a schwarzbier. Not my favorite, but drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, 401 N. Front Street, Columbus

01-31-2008 21:29:26 | More by JDV
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

06-23-2013 01:11:04 | More by LXIXME
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hyoung41

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

04-13-2013 21:07:57 | More by hyoung41
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jesus808

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

02-14-2013 07:56:46 | More by jesus808
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

08-30-2013 00:59:51 | More by goblue3509
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Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
84 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.