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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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129 Reviews

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Reviews: 129
Hads: 339
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 23.63%
Wants: 4
Gots: 36 | 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:
Beer added by: Troyone on 02-28-2009

Czech Pilsner is a crisp, golden, highly 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. Until this time all beers were dark and cloudy. The new Czech Pilsner was the first beer to be brewed clear and golden.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gordon Biersch(VB)- Czech Export

A- Golden acorn brown with a moderate size foamy white head and solid lacing.
S- Earthy hops & fresh grainy malt although light and tough to pull out.
T- Sweet carmelized malt with dry earthy hops and a touch of honey.
M- Sweet grainy malt up front with a crisp dry hop body and end.

Overall- Good solid lager, clean and crisp. A good beer to start off the night with!

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Photo of Redrover
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was in New Orleans this week and had time to stop by GB for some beers and dinner. According to the bartender, this is a new offering.

Served in a tall pint, the beer is bright gold with small but dense white head. Good lacing.

Light spice-pepper nose with some sweet malt.

The taste is a bit light but still a bit crisp. It is slightly sweet and grassy with a touch of bitterness. Everything is good, but it is a bit underpowered.

The mouth is a solid 3. The drinkabilty is decent. May be better on a very hot day. Not a bad cross-over beer.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Deep golden body with a white head. Light lacing.

S- Light malt and some hops, maybe a hint of fruit.

T- Light sweetness up front with a light malt and hop finish.

M- Light body with medium carbonation.

O- Not my cup of tea, too light and lacking flavor.

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Photo of animal69
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a light-med. golden color with a thin white head which dissipates quickly leaving a moderate lace in my pilsn glass

S- smell is big grassy, spicy hops up front with notes of bready malt coming through

T- crisp hop bitterness from the beginning, spicy hops pretty much dominate the palate with some bready cereal coming into play midway, some diacytl in the slightly soapy and sweet finish

M- a semi-dry, slightly thicker than light body with ample co2

D- a nice authentic representation of this style, very drinkable

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Photo of cjgiant
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%

On tap (had numerous times):
Pours dark golden, with a fairly decently sustaining head. Nose is bready malts and noble hops, maybe a very slight metallic note thrown in.

Taste starts a little crisp, light graininess, but the hops come on nicely and fairly early. Hops are a bit woody, tending a bit towards pine. The after taste has a weird sweetness to it, but this is also where I get another hint of metal. The feel is light bodied, with an average amount of carbonation to add some energy to the beer.

This as been my favorite standard beer at GB for a while. I enjoy the style in general and this one seems like a fair/average representation.

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Photo of jampics2
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.42/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of spointon
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this one on tap at the G-B in Bolingbrook, IL on 1/9/2009.

A= This beer poured a clear, medium yellow/gold color with a dense, 1/2" snow white head. The head quicklt dropped to a thin film and left just a few spots of lace.

S= Very mild and clean aroma consisting of sulfur, noble hops, and an extremely faint crackery malt character.

T= As in the smell, there was a big sulfury flavor up front alongside a very mild sweetness. From about halfway through each swallow this beer dried out immensely. I mean it was bone-dry. Moderate but un-relenting hop bitterness through the middle and finish.

MF= Lighter side of medium body with a crip carbonation feel.

D= An ok beer that suffers from being a bit too dry. Not terible though and certainly paired well with food.

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Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear golden yellow with a white 2 finger head. Decent retention, but the resulting lace is spotty though everpresent.

Smell - Picking up faint aromas of caramel, grain and some floral or grassy hops.

Taste - Starts with some light bread and caramel malts, then a little grain and some floral hops come into play. Aftertaste turns to a grassy bitterness which fades steadily.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. goes down like silky butter. Carbonation is a tad lacking, but the buttery smoothness more than makes up for it.

Overall - For a pilsner, this is damn good. Light enough to drink on a hot summer day, but full and flavorful enough to satisfy an ale aficionado such as myself.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head pours big and mean yet deflates in little time, actually breaking apart in islands(?) on the surface. Light, yellow-gold color - right on. Sunbeam haze.

At about 5 months old, I'm sure the contents of this bottle has lost some of its hop zip (among other things). But, lo and behold, we still have a solid, vibrant floral (Saaz) hop presence, but yes some long-faded spice. Same could be said of the taste as well. The firm floral flavors are balanced nicely with a firm, full malty foundation, of which some residual sweetness lingers for a good stretch (damn, the floral lingers a heck of a lot longer though). Not necessarily the cleanest, crispiest feel, but still pleasant all the same.

The store I bought this at appears to have kept it in the fridge the whole time. But how many people on the east coast have heard of Gordon Biersch? Aside from probably loss of spice in the hop profile, I'd like to believe I caught this on the tail end of its quality window. Pretty decent. Definitely tastes like a faithful take on a Bohemian pilsner.

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Photo of jdense
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thought this was decent and better than the Schwarzbier I had before it. A golden straw color with some nice head and a brilliant body. Aroma is very Saazy. Flavor is full-bodied, with some straw-like maltiness, and a good amount of Saaz hop character. There is also a metallic note that is distinctly off. To me, Pilsner Urquell is the quintessential Czech Pilsner (Czechvar is OK and Burgerbrau is garbage), and this is a decent clone. Not bad.

The Gordon Biersch beer menu doesn't offer much excitement; in my opinion this is about the best you're going to get.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Gordon Biersch restaurant in Dallas, TX. Pours deep-golden hue. Aroma is of hops with some malt in the background. Body is medium, crisp. Spicy hops dominate the palate with biscuit malt provide some balance. On the whole, it is nice Pilsener.

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Photo of beer2day
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light clear orange pour. 1-finger head with faint retention. Faint lace as well.

Honey sweet, bready nose.

Slightly sweet hit, but very clean and crisp pils flavor. Nice pils bit at the end.

Thin, but refreshing feel.

Not my favorite of their lineup, but passable.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!


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Photo of damndirtyape
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of sommersb
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 07-24-2012
Freshness: Bottled on 01-04-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Pilsner
Purchased: Single from Publix, Huntsville

A: Big white head fills the top of my pilsner glass, showing good retention and very good lacing. The beer is a clear, golden color with lots of bubbles seen coming up from the bottom.

S: Aromas are a good balance of bready malt smells and noble hop floral, grassy notes. I also get a slight fruit/lemon aroma.

T: Clean taste features a light to medium hop bitterness coupled with malt breadiness. I do get a little bit of sourness as an off flavor, but it is not a big detraction.

M: Moderately carbonated and crisp as a pilsner lager should be. Aftertaste is lightly bitter.

O: Overall I thought this was an easy drinking, warm weather pilsner. Nothing earth shattering but a good summertime thirst quencher.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale yellow. Not much foam or head retention.

Smell: Some hops, but not much. A bit of a sour smell as well. Not terribly impressed, but it's not awful.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Average overall. Some mellow hops and decent carbonation. A bit of a watery feel.

Drinkability: Nothing offensive.

Overall: Comes across very similar to Golden Export at first, but Czech Lager is definitely not as good.

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Photo of therica
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on-tap and my review would be about the same as for this bottled version.

A= golden with big fluffy white head

S= more nose than usual for a Czech Pils, some nice hops florals and grassy malts with biscuity notes and even a slight prune-liquor hint, it seems. Light pepper or spicy ginger whiffs occasionally.

T= a boost over the traditional Czech Pils style which is usually not nearly as bold, they've cranked up each flavor a few notches. Somewhat dry and crisp, nice hops florals and some adequate bitters, nice grassy malts. Light banana hints early on.

M= slightly dry and crisp on the tongue with hints of the hops florals, and malt sweetness that could be lessened for my preferences.

D= session, probably good with most anything where Pils would work plus maybe with some roasted meats as well.

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Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
79 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.