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Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Gordon Biersch Czech Style PilsnerGordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner

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BA SCORE
78
okay

251 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.41%


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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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean and golden colored. Not a lot of head or carbonation. Mild malty aroma. Malty flavor with a touch of hop bitterness. Has an almost "straw" like flavor to it. The hop bitterness tends to linger in the finish. Decent body-fairly dry and quenching. An ok beer overall. My first beer from Gordon Biersch-have wanted to try a brewpub of theirs for ages. I bet it would be an improvement on draft.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 00:07:18 | More by lackenhauser
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jeffjeff1

California

3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This came in the winter pack from Costco.

Appearance- pale yellow color, good head but dissipates quickly

Smell- malt, corny aroma

Taste- sweet in the beginning, malts

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- ok I would drink it if there's nothing else but I won't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 21:27:55 | More by jeffjeff1
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kevinjosephlee

Georgia

2.55/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A golden-straw color, bright and clear with a creamy head that dissipates rapidly with some lacing.

S: Light grainy aroma with hints of DMS notes of corn and with no floral or citrus hops. No fruity esters or diacetyl. For a Czech style pilsener, the malt complexity is lacking.

T: One of the first flavors and smells to come out of this beer was a honey sweetness. This honey gave way to the risp and bitter taste with the pale malts up front and heavy DMS leading to a vegetably flavor. The bitter and DMS both linger which is uncharacteristic of this style; the honey sweetness is also more characteristic of Dutch or Belgian pilseners.

M: light mouth feel that is overwhelmed by the bitter and DMS. Carbonation tingle also on the tongue.

D: Crisp and biting; however, lacking in malt complexity and not particularly well-balanced.

Overall: Not a bad drink, but perhaps not my favorite style. Also, this might be better described as a German-style pilsener and not Czech (Bohemian). From my understanding though, GB makes beers very well in the German style and have even imported many of their yeast strains from Germany.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 15:03:50 | More by kevinjosephlee
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JBmadera

California

2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - light straw color

S - mix of grass and grain, more so as it warmed up a tad

T - a little hoppier than I would have expected but after a couple of sips the hoppiness faded some

D - I guess it's an ok pils and it was fairly drinkable but since I am a HUGE pils fan I was somewhat disappointed.

certainly will not seek out...but what's funny is as I have been writing this review it's already starting to taste better

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 16:36:03 | More by JBmadera
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a two finger head that leaves a nice splattering behind

Smell: A bit overwhelming on the sulfur versus the noble hops; bready undertones

Taste: Bready, at the outset, with the noble hops kicking in with a grassy bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bready flavors return to dominate the finish, which is also slightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderately crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Not the greatest example of the style, but very easy to drink; refreshing, too

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 00:06:04 | More by brentk56
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trying something new and interesting while watching the US/Mexico World Cup qualifier.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Prima Pils glass a crystal clear light golden color. A bright white head forms at 2 fingers and does a fantastic job at maintaining a rocky cap.

SMELL: Surfury lager aroma is fairly significant, but it is cut by a formidable malt base. Hop aroma is low and it seems to combine with everything else create a tobacco aroma. Kinda weird.

TASTE: It's pretty much all pilsner malt with a little diacetyl on the back end and a restrained bitterness providing balance. The finish is a little harsh and lingering.

MOUTHFEEL: Crisp but not completely dry which seems about right. Carbonation is at average levels or just above.

DRINKABILITY: It's actually not too bad. Despite some off-tastes, it still is not tough to drink. I don't think I'd have another, but I wouldn't have a problem if there was no alternative.

Eh, not my thing I guess. The beer didn't really have any kind of hop presence. Even the slightest bit more would've made a huge difference.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 21:10:52 | More by jmalex
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Arbitrator

California

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. I had this in probably the perfect situation for a pilsner: working on my car on a hot California afternoon, covered in oil and tranny fluid, and needing a refreshing beverage. This fit the bill.

A: A pale straw-colored body -- doesn't look very substantial to me. A moderate off-white head with a few minutes of retention and light lacing down the glass.

S: Floral hops with a slight earthy bent (but that could be imparted by the grain I also smell). Some grassiness. Pilsner malt, of course.

T: Nicely dominated by pilsner malt and a slight grainy flavor. It becomes grassier toward the finish, with a slight spicy character just as the taste closes. A simple, but clean flavor.

M: Excellent. Light bodied, and has a high carbonation that makes it very crisp and cleansing after each swallow.

D: I enjoyed this one immensely, probably helped by my strong need for a thirst-quenching beverage. It had pretty good flavor and didn't impart a buzz, which suited the bill perfectly. The flavor was a little weak though, so if I were drinking more than one, I'd probably move on to something else.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 03:22:18 | More by Arbitrator
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ABOWMan

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light golden straw color with perfect clarity which has an ample head of fine white bubbles which are relatively long lasting.

The aroma of malt with some hoppy background.

The flavor is acidic and grassy, which perfectly fits the description of the a Check Pilsner. I don't get the hops, mostly becasue I perfer the US Micro brewed big hop beers.

Not my favorite beer, or even in my top 500, but it is a decent Check Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 21:40:54 | More by ABOWMan
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle with a description of the history of the style on the back without a word about what to expect from what's inside other than that it will be clear rather than dark.

The appearance is a clear straw with a thick egg white head that leaves lacing as it subsides.

Aromas are grassy and herbal hops.

The first sip is metallic, a decent amount of sharp hop flavor fades somewhat quickly. The flavor is slightly one dimentional, grassy, maybe some floral notes.

The body is decent with the help of slightly lower carbonation than is usual for the style, but that is splitting hairs.

As its warmed a bit, pale malt character shows more and I helps balance the sharp mettalic thing.

Overall, nothing amazing. A good pilsner. It was priced well too at 6.96 a sixer. I may go back to this if I want a decent Czech Pilsner and don't want to pay for Pilsner Urquell or SN Summerfest.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 21:40:02 | More by rtratzlaff
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prototypic

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 01:49:16 | More by prototypic
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arizcards

Arizona

3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed cased picked up at Costco last fall.

Beer poured golden with a decent white head that is hanging around. Nose is somewhat malty with no other distinguishable characteristics. Taste is pretty well balanced, biscuity malt backbone blends pretty nicely into a crisp hop finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and fairly smooth. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a crisp clean refreshing beer that would pair well with mowing the lawn!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 23:05:13 | More by arizcards
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illidurit

California

2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Shimmering gold color with a creamy white head. Aroma is light fruits with pale malts and spicy hops. Flavor is sweet malts (overly sweet for the style), some light but spicy hops, and a metallic, mealy, malt finish. Watery body with high carbonation. Pretty boring.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 22:20:36 | More by illidurit
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Troyone

California

4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 02:17:43 | More by Troyone
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mpyle

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: growler

01-04-2014 20:32:58 | More by mpyle
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

At the restaurant in Miami. Smell is much sweeter than I expected, with cloying funky sweetness on top of light malts. Flavor follows the aroma, with overly sweet flavor, almost like artificial sweetener in it, some hay and honey, bleh. Drinkable and light, but the sweetness makes it difficult to get it all down. Would not order again, but not a terrible beer if you happen to be eating there.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2013 22:03:38 | More by BMMillsy
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gordon Biersch, Myrtle Beach

A- pours a bright golden and clear color with a foamy white head and good retention

S- faint crisp and clean hop, with some slightly toasted malt on the finish

T- clean malt follows the nose, slightly grassy with just a touch of yeast, dry and crisp finish

M- light-medium body with high carbonation, crisp mouthfeel with a foamy finish

O- easy to drink, sessionable summer beer. Nothing less and nothing more.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 01:26:07 | More by Treyliff
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"this is our most hoppy beer" hahaha. okay. whatever. it isnt hoppy at all, but it tastes pretty good. the pour is clear and golden to yellow, with a gorgeous white head more than three inches high, foamy and lasting. more lacing and retention than usually seen from such a light beer. the nose is crisp as anything. sure to be satisfying in both winters coldest months and summers hottest. there is a lot of light pils malt, but its very fresh and seedy, from the field. the flavor is balanced, with some sort of goldings hops on the back end, but it isnt bitter, just sort of tames the sweetness of otherwise doughy malts. finish is super fast, dryer than it should be, but very very drinkable. the body is light, but not watery, and the carbonation is near spot on. bubbly enough but not laughably upbeat. this is much much much much better than i expected it to be when it was given to me by the head brewer of the syracus facility, who is a legend by the way. overall a nice americanized version of a central european classic. ill drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 04:55:20 | More by StonedTrippin
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Gordon Biersch restaurant at Reagan Airport. Served in a Hefeweizen-style glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow, thin white head, some strands and islands of lacing noted.

Smell: Crisp, herbal, floral, apple, German noble hops.

Taste: Clean malt, crisp, hint of apple, German noble hops at the end. Simple, nothing special.

Mouthfeel: Spicy on the tongue, good carbonation, but it stuck to the teeth a bit.

Overall / Drinkability: Went well with a meal (crab cake sandwich) and drinkable enough I could see myself having another. Not a bad - not amazing, but not bad. Not the most flavorful pilsner, but much more flavor than others I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 21:35:41 | More by damndirtyape
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clemtiger8202

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Myrtle Beach location. Served in a pils glass. Was honey colored with a small white head. Smelled of pine and flowers and toast. Saaz hops are obvious when you take a sip. Bitter, spicey, maybe somewhere in there is some sweetness from malt, but I don't really detect any, just hops. Finishes very crisp and dry. Not a huge fan of czech pils, maybe is the saaz hops, but not a totally bad beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2012 18:46:18 | More by clemtiger8202
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DoubleJ

California

2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the San Jose locale, on to the beer:

Orangish colored, almost leaning into copper. Solid foam sits on top of the beer, which retains solidly and leaves a little lace. The nose is a dissapointment. It offers some cider and grass, the former which leaves me scratching my head. It does get better. Cooked cereals in the taste (crap!). But seriously, it's a small improvement over the cider, and with a sharp hop bitterness and honey to distract, it's not the worst Czech-style lager I've put into my body. The body is boderline light/medium with a low level of crispness.

It's okay. Then again, the San Jose locale also had an export lager that I tasted awhile back with a similar cooked cereal problem. I hope it's an isolated problem.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2012 05:38:13 | More by DoubleJ
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dontpanic5


3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I had this at the brewpub in Tysons Corner with some delicious brunch in the early afternoon. It pours golden with a white head. The smell is malty and clear. It's a crisp brew, with some amount of hops, and a dry taste. I wasn't a fan of the mouthfeel, too dry.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 00:09:16 | More by dontpanic5
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HopHead84

California

4.08/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4/30/2012

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2012 14:58:15 | More by HopHead84
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jdense

Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Gordon Biersch Washington DC 2.19.12.

Deep gold mostly clear a bit of chill haze. Clean malt bill in the nose, floral hops. Taste mirrors nose, pretty clean but a bit sweet. Mouthfeel well on light side of medium, dry finish. OK but pretty sweet for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 18:15:22 | More by jdense
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MTNboy

Germany

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Kansas City Restaurant

Appearance: It has a light and transparent gold body with small carbonation bubbles throughout the body. A thin ring of head and not a whole lot of lace.

Smell: Sweet and crisp with some grassy undertones.

Taste: A little bit malt but finishes up with a refreshing little hops bite that I found to be true to this style. There also a bit pasture like quality in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin with a little bit of fizziness.

Overall: I would say a good summer day beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 04:26:52 | More by MTNboy
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 09:17:19 | More by tdm168
Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
78 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.