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Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Czech Style PilsnerGordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner

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BA SCORE
78
okay

285 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
36 IBU

(Beer added by: Troyone on 02-28-2009)
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Reviews by SteadySippin:
Photo of SteadySippin
3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light golden/copper color with finger thick head. Not much lacing.

S - Hop and malt scent. Pretty pungent.

T - Light hop bitterness with malt on the finish, also hints of citrus. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - Feels light in the mouth. Not too much carbonation, goes down easy.

O - Not a big pilsner drinker but I didn't mind this one. I don't have much to compare it to, but I wouldn't mind drinking it again. I probably wouldn't pick up a six pack of it, though. If you try it don't expect a world class beer, but its nothing bad.

SteadySippin, Nov 22, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.28/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one came out a beautiful, fluffy-looking light yellow in color and was just gorgeous. It had a full, fluffy head as well that showed great retention and left tons of lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – The aroma here was soft in nature with the typical hop notes of the style. There is what seems to be the traditional GB “whiney” character as well. Overall, the nose was delicate and very inviting.

Taste – This is a very complex Pils. The beer is soft on the pallet but sharp, if that makes any sense. The traditional Czech Pils flavors are all present and accounted for. This is as good as it gets in the United States.

Mouthfeel – This ale was medium-bodied but fluffy. The carbonation was mild but seemed to expand in the mouth producing that much-desired “puffy cheek” feeling. I thought that the mouthfeel was this Pils’ strong point.

Drinkability – IMO, there’s no greater session beer than a good Pilsner, and this one fit the bill. This was hands down the best American effort at this tremendously difficult style.

Comments – I have only rated one American effort at the Czech Pilsner higher than 3.0 overall (3.1) until now. Don’t dismiss this one out-of-hand. Take it from a guy who has sucked down many a good European Pils – this is the real deal.

RoyalT, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

Out comes a beautiful-looking Pilsner with a big head and a crystal-clear golden hue. Herbal, floral and spicy hops aroma meets the dried hay-like malt. The fluffy and crisp light-to-medium body contains delicate hopping with a long, drawn out floral flavor. The maltiness packs a lot of flavor with bread and grassy tones. The hop bit- terness shows some sharpness and spice to balance this brew. An excellent go at the style with a bit more body and less crispness than expected. Still so very drinkable.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of mjh0527
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

mjh0527, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably my favorite offering from the Virginia Beach Gordon Biersch, solid white head atop my glass of bright golden slight hazed czech style pils. Nose was packed ull of Saaz and herbal grassy lemon zest notes. Biscuit malts with subtle sweetness coming through. Flavors was all around solid not the best but well made and easy to consume, enought bitterness with the Saaz flowing the herbal hops and lemongras blend is great with the mild biscuit layers of sweetness I could drink this in session no problem, very smooth balanced brew that makes you appreciate a good lager. Mouthfeel is sturdy carbonatino but not overdone naturally produced and served from the serving tanks. Drinkability would have been more than a few half liters but I was able to make it back to the hotel room to watch the Penns and Red Wings battle it out with an amazing back and forth Penguins victory while drinking Sierra Nevada Summer another tasty pils.

WVbeergeek, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of glid02
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at the brewery.

Pours a clear gold color with a one-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light pilsner malts with hints of grassy and herbal hops. As it warms substantial amounts of diacetyl waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Straight off the tap it's not bad with pilsner malt backed by light noble hop flavors, but as it warms it becomes too buttery for my liking. Ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is just not that good. I didn't finish the glass and wouldn't order another.

Overall I hope this was just a bad batch but chances are I won't be visiting again anytime soon to see for myself.

glid02, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of Adkins1203
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Adkins1203, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a wide-mouthed pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm but very light copper-yellow hue that is crystal clear with a good carbonation of big bubbles racing through it. There is a thin sticky snow-white head that last for a few sips and then is gone.

S- This beer has a very clean nose with some hint of sulfury hop bitterness coming through when the beer warms. There is a soft tap water note or corn hint but it is very light.

T- The big sulfury taste blends into a nice Kolsh sweetness then a dry pale malt comes through. There is a big dandelion hops bitterness at the finish with some bitterness lingering after each sip.

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

D- The nice subtle Kolsh flavors of sweet sulfur like licorice hints are overpowered by bitterness and start masking all the other flavors.

rhoadsrage, May 14, 2008
Photo of LXIXME
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A small white head settles into a thin lacing above a clear golden copper colored beer with decent carbonation.

Light caramel malts, with light spices, some very light apple cider, with a slight hops aroma.

Light spices, some floral hops with light caramel malt taste that seems very well balanced between those and other hints of tastes trying to come through.

A lighter dryish aftertaste that seems to stick around a while on this light bodied beer.

With it's taste that seems to be well balanced with nothing really taking over, I kind of enjoyed this beer that is well outside my dark beers and IPA's taste.

LXIXME, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

acurtis, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of nickthegun12
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very nice example of a pils...

straw golden yellow in color with a fading head....and moderate lacing...

smells funky like a pils should....im guessing its from the saaz hops...or some other noble hop...

taste thirst quenching....with noticeable hop bitterness...

not too dry on the palate....very "wet"

i could drink these all summers day long

nickthegun12, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gordon Biersch(VB)- Czech Export

A- Golden acorn brown with a moderate size foamy white head and solid lacing.
S- Earthy hops & fresh grainy malt although light and tough to pull out.
T- Sweet carmelized malt with dry earthy hops and a touch of honey.
M- Sweet grainy malt up front with a crisp dry hop body and end.

Overall- Good solid lager, clean and crisp. A good beer to start off the night with!

NJpadreFan, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear golden yellow with a white 2 finger head. Decent retention, but the resulting lace is spotty though everpresent.

Smell - Picking up faint aromas of caramel, grain and some floral or grassy hops.

Taste - Starts with some light bread and caramel malts, then a little grain and some floral hops come into play. Aftertaste turns to a grassy bitterness which fades steadily.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. goes down like silky butter. Carbonation is a tad lacking, but the buttery smoothness more than makes up for it.

Overall - For a pilsner, this is damn good. Light enough to drink on a hot summer day, but full and flavorful enough to satisfy an ale aficionado such as myself.

TheSixthRing, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of Sammy
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Washington, DC location. Saaz hop bitterness, not quite, near metallic. Medium yellow, a caesar crown of white and lace. Medium mouthfeel. Off bitterness that makes it not all that drinkable.Under-average beer, but hey you need a pilsner in a standard lineup.

Sammy, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Psberrier
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Psberrier, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Gordon Biersch in the RDU airport.

Pours a yellowish gold with a small, soft white head that has good retention. The nose is wheaty and faintly grassy. The flavor is straw-like and grassy up front with a rather intense, earthy hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. There is a moderate amount of carbonation and an overall light body.

This is a rather average pilsner. Nothing to really set it apart from the crowd. Highly drinkable and unoffensive.

tdm168, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of tjsdomer2
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale yellow. Not much foam or head retention.

Smell: Some hops, but not much. A bit of a sour smell as well. Not terribly impressed, but it's not awful.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Average overall. Some mellow hops and decent carbonation. A bit of a watery feel.

Drinkability: Nothing offensive.

Overall: Comes across very similar to Golden Export at first, but Czech Lager is definitely not as good.

tjsdomer2, May 30, 2010
Photo of Rootdog316
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a Bohemian-style Pilsner with a nice golden hue to it. It came across as medium bodied, and it was accented with a spicy hop character. Apparently the hops are imported from the Czech Republic. Usually I'm not a big fan of Czech hops, but this beer came across as pretty decent. It is certainly worth trying.

Rootdog316, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the Czech Pilsner at the G & B in Bolingbrook, IL last evening. The color was a clear golden with white head that laced slightly. The aroma was common of Czech Pilsners grain, hops, etc. The taste was powering with grain and hops....very smooth. The grain and malt was balanced nicely with hops and the beer came off the pallet clean. Overall not to bad...the mouthfeel was smooth and easy. good session beer

WoodBrew, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of hyoung41
3/5  rDev -11.5%

hyoung41, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

avisong, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of prototypic
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Czech Style Pilsner is very clear and pours a very pale straw color. It's alright, but far from a stunner. It's topped with a generous foamy white head that reaches a couple of fingers in depth. It held on for a few, but not long. Lacing was sticky and relatively light. Above average, but not by much.

The nose is a little limited in range, but is punchier than I expected. It's primarily grainy and a little grassy. Hops are distinct and seem prominent. They smell mostly floral and give it strong earthy characteristics. Smells like pale malt anchors it down pretty well. I'm not picking up any sweet notes here. It's not going to win any awards for depth, but it smells pretty good and is consistent with the style. Not bad.

The flavor's very consistent with the nose and the style. It's earthy, grassy, and a little grainy. Hops do their job nicely and add a little bitterness and quite a bit of earthy character. Pale malts give it a nice base and a good deal of balance, though it remains a little buzzy and bitter. The hops seem to take on a spicy character toward the end. I like that aspect. It's effective and really brings it in line with the style nicely. There's no hint of alcohol here. Finishes a little bitter and spicy. Again, it doesn't have a deep flavor, but it's well done for the style. I like it pretty well.

The body feels light and thin. Carbonation seems a tad light for a pilsner. It certainly has a spicy finish, but it doesn't feel crisp. I like that in Pilsners. It's noticeably missing here. Far from bad though. Drinkability is above average. This is an easy drinking beer with a pretty good flavor. I could handle a couple of these. I'd probably move on to something with a little more flavor before too long, but it's not bad.

Czech Style Pilsner's a pretty decent beer from Gordon Biersch. I'm often disappointed in their beer, but this one isn't bad at all. It's a more than decent Czech Pilsner that doesn't deviate from the usual bells and whistles of the style. It's honestly a bit better than I expected. Obviously, I had pretty low expectations. Ultimately, it lacks a little in the depth department, but that's somewhat typical for the style. Not a bad beer. Worth checking out if you run across it.

prototypic, May 18, 2009
Photo of tclipse
3/5  rDev -11.5%

tclipse, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

cliff1066, Mar 02, 2013
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Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
78 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.