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Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
78
okay

308 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An excerpt from the Gordon Biersch website:
"A classic Bohemian-style Pilsner with a rich golden hue, medium-bodied and boldly bittered with spicy, signature Saaz hops from the Czech Republic.

Original gravity: 12.5° Plato
Alcohol by volume: 5.60%
Bitterness units: 36"

With the crispness of a German Lager but the mild hop yet robust oveall character of a Czech Pilsner, the beer is a winner to those who love German-style Lagers but want a more restrained hop character.

Balanced aromas of crisp breads, light yeast, and a hop combo of floral and spice all become the major contributors to the aromatic matrix. Lightly sufury, the beer tickles the nose with an element of match sticks and apples.

Similarly, the flavors closely resemble those of scent: A mild bready sweetness of part malt, part grain work in conjunction with cracker-like dry breads. A hop balance of spice and herbal elements fuse with the slight malt sweetness for the impression of mild honesuckle or herbal teas. Overall, the lager delivers much more variety than is often given to the style.

Crisper than is normally expected from Czech Pilsners, the Lager lacks the overall full body and rich melanoidin weight that is so celebrated by beers like Pilsner Urquell. But with a drier and lighter body throughout, it's well suited for a German Lager, except for the lack of hop dryness and bite in finish.

This somewhat non-descript European Lager is a fine and tasty beer that went very well with the grilled chicken salad, but pushing this beer into a better celebration of German noble hops would have given a crispness to the beer that suits more of the beer's nuances much better than the deliniation of Czech Pils.

BEERchitect, Apr 22, 2008
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, Oct 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Pilsner

A - Golden colored brew with lots of visible carbonation, high clarity, and a 2-finger head that created a little volcano on the top. Head retention seems great for a Lager. Some nice lacing as well.

S - Apple/pear skin upfront. Lemon and leafy hop notes. Cracker malt notes. Grassy throughout. Simple and clean.

T - Apple/grape/pear upfront. Very grassy mid-finish. Finishes with soft cracker, dryness, low bitterness, and leafy hop characteristics.

M - Lite-medium bodied, medium-high crispness, a bit oily from the hops.

O - I think this is a decent Pilsner. It's refreshing, no off flavors, and the price is perfect. Nothing outstanding about it but I'd pick it up again to toss back at parties. Worth a try. Cheers!

PintOHops, Jul 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the mixed winter 12 pack. I enjoyed this Pils, it had the right amount of dryness to the finish combined with a hoppy nose and solid mouthfeel. Better than the lagers available in Maui (Kona,Maui Brewing)as it had more complexity. I can get this in BC and probably will pick some up for the Summer.

canucklehead, Mar 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

midnitesun11, Apr 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at AT&T Park, in San Francisco.

My impression of Gordon Biersch has always been that they're an average brewpub chain, and indeed this pilsner has a very average look to it. (Then again, what else to expect from the world's most conventional beer style?) It is a stock yellow colour, perfectly clear complexion, with little bubbles and a fine white head that increases with agitation.

The smell too is average, with minimal hoppiness and an assertively bready maltiness that let's you know you're in for something perfectly ordinary. It smells much as most mainstream lagers do, albeit without the fouling adjuncts. Still, even minus the corn-y tint, it's no more pleasurable - just a simple, standard smelling beer that'd be recognizable to anyone.

I'm glad the brewer ensured that lots of the bready, pale malt flavour would shine through - if only he did the same for the hops. As it stands this beer is terribly undistinguished which, although not such a bad thing for the other 42,999 people at the ballpark this evening, is a bit middling for me. I was hoping for just a little bit more character with my $9.75 pint.

Still, I'll happily take this over mass-marketed swill any day. It is refreshing, agreeable even as it looses its chill and the malts are easily discerned as undiluted - heck, there's even a bit of earthy hop bitterness after all! Plus it made a quenching accompaniment to a ballpark dog, an order of garlic fries and lazy summer evening baseball - what else can be asked of it?

If you like mainstream commercial lagers, there's no way you won't enjoy this (if you're the type who sorts through reviews on Beer Advocate chances are you already know exactly how much you'll enjoy this). Bottom line: Gordon Biersch Czech Pilsner is far from the epitome of the style but it's better than many others on the market and, in a pinch, will do just fine.

biegaman, Jul 25, 2011
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EasyReader, Dec 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got on draft in the national airport.

A: Pours a lovely golden yellow with an average head. Lots of bubbles rising to the top of the pils glass.

S: Nice malty aroma with hints of citrus and fresh cut wet grass.

T: Nice and crisp. Spicey hops with hints of citrus. Not your typical pils, rather tasty actaully.

M: Nice and light, very crisp.

D: Only had one, but I did enjoy it.

Overall: Nice tasting beer. One of the better beers I have ever consumed in an airport.

tpd975, Dec 03, 2007
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Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
78 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.