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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.

36 IBU
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Photo of Sammy
2.87/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Washington, DC location. Saaz hop bitterness, not quite, near metallic. Medium yellow, a caesar crown of white and lace. Medium mouthfeel. Off bitterness that makes it not all that drinkable.Under-average beer, but hey you need a pilsner in a standard lineup.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a wide-mouthed pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm but very light copper-yellow hue that is crystal clear with a good carbonation of big bubbles racing through it. There is a thin sticky snow-white head that last for a few sips and then is gone.

S- This beer has a very clean nose with some hint of sulfury hop bitterness coming through when the beer warms. There is a soft tap water note or corn hint but it is very light.

T- The big sulfury taste blends into a nice Kolsh sweetness then a dry pale malt comes through. There is a big dandelion hops bitterness at the finish with some bitterness lingering after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a dry finish.

D- The nice subtle Kolsh flavors of sweet sulfur like licorice hints are overpowered by bitterness and start masking all the other flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A seethru, pale gold body with some nice head. Like any pilsner, its taste relies on its hops and this beer is alright (think Pils Urquell basically). The hops are there with no real balance or mixing. A slick passing over the tongue with some hop backbite is how I would describe this beer, and not really seperated from other pils.

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Photo of jackorain
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at the Broomfield Colorado outpost of GB.

A-Crystal clear, golden dark straw color. Decent retention of the stark white head. As it receded it left a little lacing.

S-not much here. Clean husk aroma, gariny and lager yeast.

T-Sweet biscuit malt, lager yeast and an earthy hop bitterness that builds as the beverage warms up. A touch too sweet on the finish.

M-light body and light carbonation.

D-I moved on after one.

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Photo of tpd975
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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

Fresh from the tap, pours an unclouded gold, bright white creamy head piles high on the body, lacing provides a tight skirt to cove the glass. Nose sweet with malt, citrus like in its crispness, start has a pleasing malt presence, the hops delectable with their spicy bitterness at the back, top is moderate in feel to the palate. Finish has the customary acidity, the hops understated but pleasingly spicy, quite dry aftertaste, a nice drinking beer, good session beer.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of dickroop
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served a darker-than-light golden amber with little head. It was described as "Pilsner Bock" whcih I guess means it was double something.

I asked for the hoppiest beer thay had, and this was what they gave me. It smelled good, definitely some malt and definitely some hops. Tastes pretty good, I had three. Big scores for drinkability. But I gotta think this stuff has an ABV well above 6%

This beer had a pretty authentic euro-flavor, pretty light, but with a kick. Recommended.

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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 mjc410
2.89/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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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 hunteraw
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden copper color in the glass, big white head, some lacing down the glass. Smell is lagery clean, with a hint of hops. Taste is the big surprise here. More hops than I expected in a pilsener, more like APA levels here, but the rest of the beer is more subdued like you'd expect in the style. Light mouthfeel, finishes well on a dry, hoppy note. Drinkable.

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

Presented as a bright golden color with mioderate white puffy head. Smell is very spicy and hoppy. Taste is very enjoyable with a strong crispness and a nice hoppy bitterness, Very refreshing and thirst quenching. Nice mouhtfeel. Very flavorful. Nice surprising beer.

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Photo of PenguinBeerFan
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought to the table a lovely straw-color with a finger of bubbly head. Smelled of hops and spices - cloves, maybe? Hops and spices assault the tongue on light malty undertones, definetely saaz hops. Overly bitter aftertaste, takes away from the good inital impression. Good pilsner, but nothing special. Couldn't drink more than a couple, a little too hoppy and spicy for my likings in a pilsner, but overall above average.

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Photo of zsk
4.48/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I hed this at the Columbus OH location. Great beer. Not Czechvar, but close. Smooth and easy to drink. Very refreshing. I really enjoyed this. The hops (Saaz?) and malt are balanced just right for this style. I was told by the manager that this beer was going on tap year round, not just a seasonal.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on-tap 12/27/05 at the GB brewpub in Tyson's Corner, VA.

Nice clear light gold color with a full white head and nice carbonation. Aroma leans more malty than hoppy for the style in my mind. Malty grain flavor with a nice crisp hoppy balance but certainly not as strong as the style calls for. Medium bodied.

Very refreshing and sessionable but not quite on par with Czechvar or P.U.

2004 GABF - Gold - Bohemian-Style Pilsener (Chattanooga, TN)

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

More amber than a typical pilsner would offer (golden, not straw). Nice head with spotty lace.

Very little aroma--predominately malt. I can't find the hop. The taste matches this: the hop is light, showing up as a counter-melody to the stronger malt. I like the body and carbonation.

This is certainly superior to the mass-produced American "pilsners". Still, in the USA, I believe that Brooklyn and Saranac produce far superior versions.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one came out a beautiful, fluffy-looking light yellow in color and was just gorgeous. It had a full, fluffy head as well that showed great retention and left tons of lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – The aroma here was soft in nature with the typical hop notes of the style. There is what seems to be the traditional GB “whiney” character as well. Overall, the nose was delicate and very inviting.

Taste – This is a very complex Pils. The beer is soft on the pallet but sharp, if that makes any sense. The traditional Czech Pils flavors are all present and accounted for. This is as good as it gets in the United States.

Mouthfeel – This ale was medium-bodied but fluffy. The carbonation was mild but seemed to expand in the mouth producing that much-desired “puffy cheek” feeling. I thought that the mouthfeel was this Pils’ strong point.

Drinkability – IMO, there’s no greater session beer than a good Pilsner, and this one fit the bill. This was hands down the best American effort at this tremendously difficult style.

Comments – I have only rated one American effort at the Czech Pilsner higher than 3.0 overall (3.1) until now. Don’t dismiss this one out-of-hand. Take it from a guy who has sucked down many a good European Pils – this is the real deal.

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