Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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3.55/5 rDev +4.7%
Pours crystalline yellow into a pilsener glass with an all too short lived cloudy white head. Smells appetizingly grassy, with a nice malty sweet backbone. Taste is floral hops up front--I'd be curious to see their hopping mix--and sweet malts in the back. No particularly outstanding notes to mention, just a nice, approachable, delicously standard brew. Mouthfeel is buttery carbonated with a crisp finish, kind of a citrusy bitterness on the aftertaste. Two best uses for this one: give it to somebody transitioning from micro to macro, or to a visiting German friend who wants a little taste of home. Only complaint I have about this one is the price.
12-06-2011 23:43:04 | More by IPhantom
3.95/5 rDev +16.5%
Another bottle from my now-famous local trader, tone77. The man is coming by again on Monday and I have to make room for his next drop-off! How do these things happen?
From the bottle: "Pilsner is a crisp, golden, lightly hopped lager. This style beer was first brewed in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia in 1842 using a sample of special yeast smuggled from Germany by a Czech monk. Before this time, all beers were dark and cloudy. Pilsner was the first beer to be brewed clear and golden. Prost!"; "Never trust a skinny brewer."; "Crisp Robustly Hopped Lager".
I went with an aggro pour, nearly inverting the bottle at one point, just to see what would happen. My glass filled rather quickly is what happened and once the swirling agitation settled, I had just over a finger of fluffy, eggshell white head with decent retention. Color was a deep golden yellow with NE-quality clarity. Unbidden, my uncle mentioned Croesus at Thanksgiving dinner unbeknownced that I routinely allude to him and his greed, especially for gold. Nose smelled of grassy Saaz hops and I knew that I was in for a good time. I love Czech Pilsners as my favorite style of Lager beer. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was of freshly mown grass near a field of barley. This could be especially nice in the summertime. It makes me wonder if their production facility has room for a CANning line as I would definitely drink this from a CAN in my cooler. Finish was dry, refreshing and a nice example of a tasty Pils.
11-25-2011 10:07:05 | More by woodychandler
3.5/5 rDev +3.2%
I had a draft of this during a layover at an airport in Washington DC. I was happy to see a Gordon Biersch at the airport as I've never had it in New York. I was also surprised to see that a company that pays so close attention to German styles would make a czech pilsner.
Appearance was very clear, nice active carbonation. Color was typical of a pilsner.
Aroma was a little bready but not much there.
Flavor was nice and refreshing. I thought it was typical of the style but I had been hoping for the more bitey flavor of a German Pilsner.
Overall I liked this beer with the caveats mentioned above.
11-15-2011 21:05:38 | More by david18
2.58/5 rDev -23.9%
12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Bottom of back label stamped BOTTLED ON: 04/19/11.
Appearance - Slightly hazy golden yellow-orange body. Pours two finger loose rocky white head with good stick and decent to low retention.
Smell - Almost no smell. Faint sweet corn.
Taste - Dry and musky corn and hay. Faint honey sweetness appears here and there but is almost absent. Tastes stale.
Mouthfeel - Some metallic astringency. Light bodied.
Overall Drinkability - Unrefreshing. Mostly bland and offers almost only off-characters in the profile. May be a bottle past its prime, because usually this brewery has gotten pretty good scores from me.
11-10-2011 00:23:59 | More by ZenAgnostic
2.58/5 rDev -23.9%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a pilsner glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are that it will be mundane.
A: Four finger head of nice cream, nice thickness, and very good retention - though the ABV is merely average. Colour is a clear yellow-copper.
Sm: Pleasantly handled barley and lively cream. A mild strength aroma.
T: Generic cream and standard barley. Not a whole lot going on here. It isn't even really that refreshing. The cream is pleasant and welcome, however. It's just very simple and boring. It's balanced I guess.
Mf: Too smooth and too wet. Nicely creamy, but the smoothness is so artificial it's hard to appreciate. Sort of suits the flavour.
Dr: Drinkable but simple and of limited quality. I wouldn't have it again, except maybe to have it on draught.
11-08-2011 06:42:07 | More by kojevergas
3.1/5 rDev -8.6%
From 10/22/11 notes. Had on tap at the DC location.
a - Pours a hazy pale yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of grain, bready malts, floral notes, and wheat. Pretty bland and not much going on here.
t - Tastes of grain and bready malts. Lightly musty notes as well. Again, pretty average and bland.
m - Light to medium and low carbonation.
o - Overall an average pilsener. Not much in the nose or the taste at all, but pretty easy to drink. Wouldn't seek it out again.
10-24-2011 18:54:49 | More by mdfb79
3.98/5 rDev +17.4%
bottle to pint.
A: Clear gold, thin head, minimal lacing.
S: Straight forward big malt, grains, hops.
T: Much like to smell, nice malty start, hints of grains, and grass gives way to the hops for a bitter backend.
M: crisp, medium carbination, and body. Nice dry finish cleans everything out for the following sip.
O: Refreshing and easy drinking. Strikes a nice balance between the malt and the hops. Good beer for a warm evening, especially given the price.
09-27-2011 02:29:10 | More by codfeast
3.9/5 rDev +15%
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
09-25-2011 14:11:10 | More by WoodBrew
3.48/5 rDev +2.7%
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, just a touch of sweetness. Taste is crisp, grainy, some malts, a little bit bitter at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.
09-05-2011 14:19:08 | More by tone77
3.23/5 rDev -4.7%
Beer poured from bottle into a tall Pilsener shaped glass
A - Beer pours with a clear golden colored body; well-carbonated; forms a nice one finger sized white head, but doesn't seem to hold very well; would get more style points, but kind of looks very thin, even for a Pilsener
S - Grain and corn; basic malt scents of toast; touch of rose, almost floral, nose to it; some sweet sugary notes to it also; lager airiness
T - Straight lager airiness; flat with slight bitter taste; not much bite; corn and some other grains; touch of sweetness at the start of the sip
M - Crisp and refreshing; slight hop bitter aftertaste, but lingers much longer and becomes more profound as time passes
D - Overall I'm not very crazy about this beer; I would pass if I had another stab at this; probably not something to brag about, but wouldn't hurt to have if you invite guests over who aren't that familiar with craft brews
09-04-2011 04:11:47 | More by ferrari29
2.68/5 rDev -20.9%
First had: on tap at Gordon Biersch, Broomfield, CO
Poured a clear, straw-yellow with a fizzy white head. Aroma of pale/pils malts, hay, and light floral hops. Taste is light with subdued pils malts and an underlying metallic sensation, lightly hopped. Weak but balanced at least. Very light mouthfeel, somewhat unpleasant aftertaste. A drinkable beer for the unadventurous, but just not my style.
08-30-2011 20:44:47 | More by Rifugium
4/5 rDev +18%
The beer arrives from the tap with quarter finger thick, lightly tanned, pale head. The beer is a clear, rich gold color with a touch of red tinges to it; in the light it is quite amazingly brilliantly clear with a deep gold color. The beer smells hay like and herbal with a touch of wild flower like character to it even. There is a hint of lemon zest here from the hops and this is accentuated by just a hint of honey like malt character.
The beer has a brisk, but not aggressive carbonation to it, this couples with a nice bitting bitterness that lingers in the finish for quite some time. Towards the middle and finish the bitterness couples with an herbaceous hop flavor that leans towards lemon zest at the front of each sip. Once again it is a bit on the warm side for the serving temperature of a typical Czech Pilsner, though this beer is made well enough that this only helps to accentuate the wholesome hop and malt flavors; still I can’t help but wish that this didn’t start out a bit colder (even 45*F would have been good), prior to warming up to this temperature (my guess is that this was served close to 60*F).
Despite the serving temperature issue, this beer is still quite nice and enjoyable. It seems that the DC installation can brew a pretty good version of this beer as I am certainly enjoying this beer. I have a feeling that I would be enjoying this quite a bit more if it had been initially served at a cooler temperature (even if I am enjoying this beer anyway).
08-11-2011 14:27:49 | More by Gueuzedude
3.5/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
07-25-2011 04:48:26 | More by biegaman
3.85/5 rDev +13.6%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsener glass.
A: Pours a rich golden hue with a two finger-thick white head that slowly settles to a nice centimeter-thick froth on the surface. Carbonation is lively and head retention is above average.
S: slightly "Euro" up front, with some floral hop notes, along with some bready, honey malt undertones.
T: Very crisp up front with some fruity notes, along with cracker and sweet honey. Hops lend a floral character, along with a slightly bitter, dry finish.
Notes: This is a solid pils. Light to moderate in body, with a crisp, dry finish. Not one of my favorite brews of this style, but very drinkable nonetheless. Definitely a good brew for a long Summer afternoon doing yard work.
07-15-2011 07:39:24 | More by WYVYRN527
3.15/5 rDev -7.1%
I've had this a few times before, always felt it was drinkable but not worth getting excited about. Since my first experience with Czech pils I've had other true Czechs and some American attemps.
6 weeks old from the bottle
Pours clear-straw color, with little to no head. Has the scent of old file drawers and early mouring mash-ins. Taste is a doughy, post saaz induced spicyness. This beer is dry and partially tart,(makes it hard to stop drinking)
If it weren't for the the lingering malty flavor I would skip this brew. I find this interpritation to be similar to the true style but not enough to make me a full time GBCSP drinker.
05-14-2011 05:31:55 | More by Inflames
Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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