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Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
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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4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer on tap at Gordon Biersch in Annapolis, MD out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark black hue with a 2-finger off-white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Musty caramel aroma with hints of coffee and coca powder.

T: Smooth roasted malt flavor with slight hints of coffee and caramel. Very clean and crisp beer.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This is very good and interesting beer. It is dark in color yet light in taste and abv. Lots if flavors and aromas here. Very enjoyable and smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 04:09:27 | More by ckollias
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, deep red pour into a GB pint glass. 2-finger dark cream head. Good retention and decent lacing.

Dark chocolate malt nose. Really nice. Anise appears late in the glass.

Thin hit, but cream quickly builds. Chocolate all over, with slight vanilla compliment in the finish.

Feel is right for the style. A tad thicker than expected.

Easy drinker with the light abv.

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

03-29-2010 12:49:50 | More by beer2day
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

05-22-2013 04:59:06 | More by pin
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

04-07-2012 20:46:16 | More by Eriktheipaman
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

02-04-2012 23:58:17 | More by stampfler07
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

04-04-2014 21:10:39 | More by jgunther71
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3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into my Gordon Biersch mug at Gordon Biersch in San Diego, Calif. Color was black with a hint of brownish red mug. Reddish tint at the bottom. About 1 ½ inches of head. Good lacing on the top. Sporadic bubbly film on the sides.

Chocolate malts on the nose. Also some caramel and toffee.

Tasted more coffee than chocolate. Dark chocolate actually. Pretty smooth.

Medium body. Thin creamy texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.

Enjoyed this beer after two straight bad ones. It may be my non-seasonal-go-to-beer from GB now.

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

01-16-2012 06:35:50 | More by BucannonXC5
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

01-23-2013 19:51:07 | More by phishbone23
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3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the tap to an old motor oil black (expected of a Schwarzbier), with a thick foamy tan head that lingers well thru the entire drink and leaves decent lacing. The nose, while somewhat muted, is licorice and a hint of roasted nuts. Mouth is very tingly, albeit a tad weak, with the taste again leaning toward licorice. Finish is of medium duration and a little watery, but overall a pretty decent beer.

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

05-01-2009 19:24:07 | More by kimcgolf
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

09-29-2013 23:13:24 | More by mpalestino
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2.25/5  rDev -39%

04-18-2014 01:34:14 | More by TheBigBoy
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

05-26-2013 04:44:12 | More by random846
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Gordon Biersch restaurant in Dallas, TX. Pours almost black hue with a thin, white head . Aroma is coffee, nutty and some toasted malt. Body is creamy, medium-full. Taste is similar to the aroma. Long coffee like finish. On the whole, it is a nice session brew.

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

12-16-2010 20:01:25 | More by mikeg67
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District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black color with a slightly off-white finger of head that dissolves fairly quickly. No real lacing, but not a bad looking beer, with some nice brown highlights. Nose is mild roasted malt, some smokiness and a hint of coffee. Very light hops. Taste is likewise, fairly mild, but good if you focused your energies; smoky malt. Feel is medium to thin bodied, but not bad for the style. Overall, not a bad beer, and a good intro to the shwarzbier style.

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

03-23-2008 22:36:51 | More by soupyman10
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3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Medium brown body with minimal carbonation. The head is minimal in a color of pale tan.

S - Roasty caramel with a toasty note.

T - Slightly sweet and slight chocolate among a soft carmel flavor and a nice transition into a subtle coffee flavored finish.

M - Coarse and ordinary, nothing too interesting here.

~ Would I recommend this beer??? I suppose, but not too highly.

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

10-20-2010 04:32:20 | More by cdkrenz
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

09-12-2013 13:05:01 | More by Proclarush
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

03-07-2014 23:23:31 | More by DOCRW
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

09-21-2013 22:57:32 | More by bmjivi221
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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.

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

05-30-2010 17:35:00 | More by tjsdomer2
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-30-2013 18:26:06 | More by KStark
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

02-05-2013 05:04:32 | More by powdersoldier
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4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

03-29-2012 01:03:53 | More by gleemonger
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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, dark body with a small crown of foam. Not as much retention or lacing as I'd like.

S - Burnt malts and slight crisp hops, some chocolate. Good aroma.

T - A lot going on, this is like liquid bread. Roasted and toasted malts and chocolate, a yeasty/bready taste underlying it all. Slight hop bitterness noticeable. Very tasty.

F - I thought this would be a light to medium bodied beer, but for a black lager, this is awfully substantial in feel. A bit more full-bodied than I would have liked from this style.

D - Good, but you wouldn't want too many of these. This could be a meal replacement. Good big old black lager from Gordon Biersch.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch, 1201 Brickell Avenue #250, Miami

03-01-2008 21:39:10 | More by Patrick999
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

07-23-2012 22:33:07 | More by ssjkyle
Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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