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Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier
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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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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Asics, Apr 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

DudMan, Apr 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

weerezboy, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

jesus808, Feb 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

dmorgan310, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Mattamue
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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

powdersoldier, Feb 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Rhettroactive, Jan 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

pirmannt1, Dec 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Danobold, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

StonedTrippin, Dec 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

t0rin0, Nov 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

SocalKicks, Nov 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

sneaks2210, Nov 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

jjauga, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

flagmantho, Oct 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

BeerOps, Oct 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

drt72, Oct 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

PorterLambic, Oct 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

jewellrunner, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of TheRealBigC
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

TheRealBigC, Sep 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

DioS, Aug 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

craigmj7, Aug 07, 2012
Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
84 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.