Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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4.47/5 rDev +31.9%
I hed this at the Columbus OH location. Great beer. Not Czechvar, but close. Smooth and easy to drink. Very refreshing. I really enjoyed this. The hops (Saaz?) and malt are balanced just right for this style. I was told by the manager that this beer was going on tap year round, not just a seasonal.
01-12-2006 23:31:47 | More by zsk
4.43/5 rDev +30.7%
This presents a clear golden color, with maybe a hint of orange. Nice frothy white head sits on top and lingers for a while, leaving a few spots of lace. Not much aroma from the pale malt, however there is a good amount of floral, spicy, and a bit grassy hops. The malt character is slightly sweet and dry, plae, and goes well with the spicy, flowery hop flavor. very clean and crisp. The hop bitterness seems almost perfect in this. Czech lagers are best fresh, and this really shows why. Light body, with a refreshing amount of carbonation. Very solid.
07-22-2006 22:26:16 | More by Bierguy5
4.38/5 rDev +29.2%
From GB Rockville.
Rich golden color, very nice clarity. Poured a moderate white head with little retention, but could have been my wimpy pour from the growler.
Very clean hop aroma with some pepper notes, and maybe a slight malty sweetness.
Wonderful malt presentation up front just before the hops begin to take hold. Always enjoy a pilsner that shows some malt. Wonderful spicy, almost peppery flavor from the hops. Hops take it to the bitter side of balanced, but the bitterness isn't overpowering. Finish is gently bitter and clean. Beer appears to have been well lagered.
Medium body and moderately high carbonation. No harshness to the beer - very easy drinking.
Nice to see what fresh, well made pilsner tastes like. Hop character is top notch, and it is a clean, easy drinking beer with no rough edges.
01-04-2014 20:32:58 | More by mpyle
4.3/5 rDev +26.8%
The third in the line from the 6x Sampler at the Rockville Restaurant. Bright yellow in the glass, with a very nice foamy head that laced the glass all the way down. Soft bubbles race up the sides. This one was the surprise of the bunch. Your typical imported Czech Pils is refreshing and drinkable, yes; but often accompanied by an annoying (I call it "import lager cardboard") aftertaste that makes the finished product less than perfect. My world-traveler kids have told me that even Stella Artois (on tap in country) is quite good; so I was pleased when I raised this one to my lips and found a very clean, refreshing (and fresh) taste. Extremely well balanced, clear malt flavor and a nice, fruity hops "bite" that is so well done that I found myself wishing I could have a whole glass of it. I am not necessarily a Czech Pilsner fan (nor a hops head), but this one really won me over. Would have been great with the food.
09-08-2008 16:22:04 | More by tugdriver7
4.3/5 rDev +26.8%
Presented as a bright golden color with mioderate white puffy head. Smell is very spicy and hoppy. Taste is very enjoyable with a strong crispness and a nice hoppy bitterness, Very refreshing and thirst quenching. Nice mouhtfeel. Very flavorful. Nice surprising beer.
06-11-2006 17:47:07 | More by tgbljb
4.3/5 rDev +26.8%
12oz bottle into a pilsner glass, bottled 8/10/2010 and sampled about 6 weeks later.
Looks nice in the glass, but is lacking any real head which has to knock down the score. It's a clear straw/gold color with a touch of orange and very active carbonation.
The smell is really nice. The spicy, floral aroma of the Saaz hops are really popping, and there's a touch of grainy malt underneath. It just lacks a bit of depth but is very prominent and expressive.
Wow, this is an excellent Czech Pilsner, defined by its smooth and crisp malt character. It's sweet and just a touch grainy. The hops are earthy and give a touch of spice at the end. The beer finishes with sweet malt and a touch of bitterness, but it's fantastic in it's absence of any alcohol whatsoever. Just shy of perfection, something I've never experienced in this style but imagine fresh pilsners in the Czech republic must offer.
The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with light body and perfect carbonation. The finish, described above, is great. Just a smidge watery otherwise really great. This is a great example of the style and should be more appreciated by the BA community in general. It's the exact opposite of barrel aged, but somehow, when a brewery nails this style, it feels somehow innovative. A beer I would happily drink again and again.
09-23-2010 19:16:02 | More by jampics2
4.28/5 rDev +26.3%
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, theres 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. Dont 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.
04-23-2004 03:52:10 | More by RoyalT
4.22/5 rDev +24.5%
12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.
A: straw yellow, very clear, 2 finger white head that dissipates quickly to a nice blanket, good lacing.
S: very malty with a noble hop aroma.
T: has a nice malty body to go with the clean hop bitterness. the taste starts off sweet that tails off to a dry/slightly bitter finish.
MF: medium bodied, moderatly high carbonation.
Drinkability: enjoyable beer.
12-18-2009 01:01:04 | More by porterwoobie
4.13/5 rDev +21.8%
Nose has spicy noble hop and grainy toastiness (or perhaps toasty graininess). Smells good.
Pours clear medium-dark yellow with rocky head. Looks nice.
Flavor follows as expected with a nice stiff hoppy bitterness (and flavor). Soft malt character. Very soft sweetness. Finishes hoppy and dry. Nice balance. Tastes good. Feels good. Very good drinkability.
Hoppier and stiffer than some Bohemian Pilsners. Very nice.
03-17-2010 00:17:51 | More by MrHungryMonkey
4.1/5 rDev +20.9%
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
12-20-2010 00:37:40 | More by nickthegun12
4.1/5 rDev +20.9%
Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer pours a clear, medium golden color with a nice fluffy white head about 2/3 inch thick when poured that eventually settles to a nice thick ting lining the inside of the glass. Not much lacing here. Aromas of herbal hops and a nice malt presence. Has a light bready, somewhat caramel malt sweetness flavor upfront that gives way to a floral hop bitterness flavor. Also a big of grassyness. Good balance of sweet malt and hop bitterness here. Has a crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation. Has a clean and dry finish. Easy to drink in the way a beer like this should be. Practically spot on for the style too. A very good, solid beer here!
08-07-2012 02:30:15 | More by neenerzig
4.1/5 rDev +20.9%
a - poured a three-fingers thick fluffy white head into a pilsener glass that settled into a very thin ring. the body was straw gold and very bubbly.
s - grainy and bready with a hint of lemon.
t - same but a slight hop kick.
m - very crisp and thin.
d - a very nice summer session beer.
06-01-2010 21:39:29 | More by GPHarris
4.08/5 rDev +20.4%
Appearance: crystal clear golden yellow in color with a bright white 1" head that lasts a bit.
Smell: mild Saaz hop bitterness is easily detectable but one dimesional.
Taste: nice malt base with some green grapes, grass, and a nice balancing bitterness. Nice version of the style.
Mouthfeel: super crisp from start to finish. A hint of dryness late. Clean and refreshing overall.
Drinkability: perfect beer for hot and humid day in Myrtle Beach. Must try this one.
08-21-2009 12:31:09 | More by Gavage
4.08/5 rDev +20.4%
Draft at Gordon Biersch San Diego.
A: Burnished yellow gold with perfect clarity and a mountain of soapy white foam. Retention is outstanding and lacing is everywhere as the head slowly recedes. Impressive.
S: Spicy Saaz notes are prominent, blending with floral aromatics. The nose is herbal and grassy and clean. Light biscuit with doughy malt.
T: Grassy and lightly spicy with pervasive herbal notes. There's a firm upper moderate bitterness blending with doughy malt. The finish is crisp, dry, and clean.
M: Light body with high carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and sticky.
Overall: A nice Bohemian Pilsner. Best beer I've had here.
05-04-2012 14:58:15 | More by HopHead84
4.05/5 rDev +19.5%
This brew was served a darker-than-light golden amber with little head. It was described as "Pilsner Bock" whcih I guess means it was double something.
I asked for the hoppiest beer thay had, and this was what they gave me. It smelled good, definitely some malt and definitely some hops. Tastes pretty good, I had three. Big scores for drinkability. But I gotta think this stuff has an ABV well above 6%
This beer had a pretty authentic euro-flavor, pretty light, but with a kick. Recommended.
04-29-2007 02:07:44 | More by dickroop
4/5 rDev +18%
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.
08-10-2008 19:14:33 | More by WVbeergeek
4/5 rDev +18%
Light golden color with a white head that quickly dissipated and a little action with a minute sign of sediment suspension.
Grainy barley malt aroma with Pilsner hops florals.
Lots of Pilsner hops up front including an eyewater English Tea flavor with a buttery background and some grain malt taste.
Light bodied, mix of slight buttery watery/resin feel, and a minor sourness with a soft carbonation.
For a light beer there is a lot going on here and this is a definite session beer. Bottle dated 01/12/09.
02-28-2009 02:17:43 | More by Troyone
4/5 rDev +18%
S: Noble hops, some sulfur, slightly grassy
L: Straw crystal clear yellow, white head that dissipates
T: Grainy and almost corn like sweetness followed by an herbal medium bitterness. Soft hoppiness persists finishing quite clean with just a touch of hops.
M: Medium bodied, medium-low bitterness
Fairly solid, classic soft malt bodied with just enough noble hops.
03-28-2011 04:42:37 | More by bum732
Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
78 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.