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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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Gordon Biersch in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, toasted malt, and cocoa. Taste is much the same with a slight smoke flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that has a somewhat dirty flavor and a better smell in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2013 23:04:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

02-13-2013 05:41:54 | More by dmorgan310
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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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powdersoldier

Washington

4/5  rDev +8.1%

02-05-2013 05:04:32 | More by powdersoldier
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phishbone23

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

01-23-2013 19:51:07 | More by phishbone23
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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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pirmannt1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-27-2012 20:11:40 | More by pirmannt1
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Danobold

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-27-2012 19:48:27 | More by Danobold
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a very true to style beer, not hardly deviating at all from the traditional recipe. the pour is black but letting some light pass. the head is huge, three inches at least, foamy but airy, and with good staying power. i smell roast coffee, chocolate malt, and a lager yeast that is working wonders with this complexity. the flavor vindicates that, with some burnt sugar on the front end and bitter cocoa on the back end, tempered only by a touch of sweeter german malt and a yeast that has a tendency to calm everything down. this slides down the throat with real ease, and is much lighter than it looks is so many ways. it feels like a classic german dark lager, mellow fizz, creamy oaty feel, and a full body that doesnt limit how easily and quickly it can be consumed. this was delicious. not intriguing or challenging, but a beer you keep coming back to because its consistently well made. bravo for this.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 05:06:42 | More by StonedTrippin
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-19-2012 03:02:49 | More by t0rin0
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SocalKicks

California

3/5  rDev -18.9%

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

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

10-26-2012 00:06:08 | More by jjauga
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flagmantho

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Gordon Biersch in Seattle, served in a half-liter stange-type glass.

Appearance: totally black with a thick finger of creamy light tan head with a nice lace. Attractive!

Smell: rich, sweet, roasty malt aroma with just a hint of tart acidity. Quite good indeed.

Taste: much like the aroma, a lightly sweet malt with a good hit of roastiness. A hint of acidity is still quite balanced. I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a massive carbonation and huge creaminess. Fantastico!

Overall: a tasty, satisfying and highly drinkable schwarzbier. Good stuff!

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2012 16:44:08 | More by flagmantho
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BeerOps

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

10-13-2012 11:10:06 | More by BeerOps
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drt72

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18.9%

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

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrives nearly black with a light tan head. Retention is OK, just but nothing great. Good lacing to start but weak later.
Smell is mostly toasted malt with a hint of vanilla and caramel, I think.
Taste is solidly balanced with toasted malt, caramel, vanilla and not much else. Balance is good though.
Medium bodied with a sharp effervescence up front that drops off quickly. Drying finish, cleaner than I thought. A decent brew but nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 00:53:10 | More by PorterLambic
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jewellrunner

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

09-16-2012 15:38:57 | More by jewellrunner
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a GB restaurant. It's got that deep black body, medium tan head. Dark roasted malts are apparent on the nose and palate. Slightly bittersweet, pretty well-balanced. GB definitely does malty stuff well, and their Schwarzbier is as expected. Nothing fancy, but enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2012 20:46:24 | More by TheRealBigC
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DioS

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-28-2012 18:22:20 | More by DioS
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craigmj7

Kansas

4/5  rDev +8.1%

08-07-2012 01:04:08 | More by craigmj7
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +8.1%

07-23-2012 22:33:07 | More by ssjkyle
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Dyerseve

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

07-16-2012 23:32:11 | More by Dyerseve
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first time with the style and I liked this one. Poured brown with a big fluffy white head and lots of bubbles flowing through. Aroma of light roast, smoke, some chocolate sweetness. Flavor follows with roasty chocolate and a hint of smoke, but very light. Kind of a very light porter with the roasty chocolate smell and taste. Finishes well with just a hint of smoky bitter and roasty chocolate lingering on the palate. Good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 02:35:44 | More by BMMillsy
Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
84 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.