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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

300 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of Philousa
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light copper color with a thin head that slips from the glass to the drink with each sip. Very crisp, clean aroma. Peanut and almond mix with cracked barley. Yeast is present as well, coming across pungent but light. The pungent, slightly sour yeast starts and ends things in the taste department. It mellows out in the middle with wheat bread flavor and brazil, walnut, and almond nuttiness. Turns flowery/nectary then bitter, but bitterness is gentle. The yeast sits at the back of the tongue, reminding you to have another sip. Feel is thin, finish is slightly sweet.

This is a solid, tasty Pils. I would look for a stronger nuttiness and a little more malt in the flavor in an ideal world, but I could drink this all day.

Philousa, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of 100200300
3/5  rDev -11.5%

100200300, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of dowen44
4/5  rDev +18%

dowen44, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of jmalex
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

jmalex, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of MsRif
3/5  rDev -11.5%

MsRif, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of PintOHops
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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
Photo of midnitesun11
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

midnitesun11, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of brywhite
3/5  rDev -11.5%

brywhite, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Wortman1998
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%

Wortman1998, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of SavvyStudent
2/5  rDev -41%

SavvyStudent, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of JDeming
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

JDeming, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of rtratzlaff
3.73/5  rDev +10%
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.

rtratzlaff, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of rob99er
3/5  rDev -11.5%

rob99er, Jan 08, 2012
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 mpyle
4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

mpyle, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Vengeance526
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a small off-white head that soon fades to a light ring and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma of grass and grain upfront with a light hop presence in the back.

Taste starts off a little grainy but soon takes a more bready tone with a nice level of hop bitterness. Towards the end, however, it gets a little sweet.

Medium body with light to medium carbonation. Crisp, dry finish. Overall, aroma was lacking but the taste was decent and it was extremely easy to drink a couple of these in succession. Really refreshing on a hot night.

Vengeance526, May 04, 2010
Photo of ndekke39
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank a half-pint of this beer on tap at the 2007 North Market Microbrew Fest. The brewer himself was there, and this is what he recommended from their selection. Pours a clear, bright yellowish-gold with a fizzy white head. Pretty good retention. Taste and smell were clean and crisp, like a nice pilsener. Nothing remarkable. Balanced between a medium maltiness and a little hoppiness. Again, nothing stands out. Sharp mouthfeel, almost bitey. Overall, pretty easy to drink. When it's a little colder, it's nice and refreshing, but anyone looking for real complexity should look elsewhere.

ndekke39, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of yaksurf
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

yaksurf, May 27, 2012
Photo of Nbdreher
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Nbdreher, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of weerezboy
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

weerezboy, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of mjc410
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was poured very nicely into a GB Becker, raising an off white two finger head, over a translucent, hazy bright gold body. The head falls quickly, though, to a glass ring. Neads longer head retention and better clarity. The nose is almost nothing to speak of, just a little malt. Not bad, just not there. Taste is a bit better, with nice edelhopfen cleanliness, but I feel that they didn't stick to just noble hops. It's pretty dry, not as balanced as it could be. I don't think the malts used are not up to snuff, either. Mouthfeel is just what I expect, though not sublime. A nice drinker, but missing some points, and thus average.

mjc410, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of GratefulEdd
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

GratefulEdd, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of ajdemma
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

ajdemma, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #154
Served On: 04/13/2012
Glassware: Rolling Rock Pilsner Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 2/12/12

This was in the 2012 spring mixed 12 pack from Evergreen Liquors in Frederick ($14.99).

look: Poured a very clear and effervescent pale yellow. Head was 1/2 finger of white foam. The head reduced down to a thin coating within seconds.

Smell: The nose was a bland malty note with some faint aroma hops. That was about it.

Taste: First was the bland malts. Then a quick burst of citrus. Finish was fairly clean with a nice bitterness.

Overall this is probably one of the better Pilsners I’ve had. It's nothing real exciting, but that’s to be expected with the style.

CraftBeerTastic, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of MJSJr
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

MJSJr, Jun 26, 2014
Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
78 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.