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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

285 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | 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 glid02
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%

On-tap at the brewery.

Pours a clear gold color with a one-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light pilsner malts with hints of grassy and herbal hops. As it warms substantial amounts of diacetyl waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Straight off the tap it's not bad with pilsner malt backed by light noble hop flavors, but as it warms it becomes too buttery for my liking. Ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is just not that good. I didn't finish the glass and wouldn't order another.

Overall I hope this was just a bad batch but chances are I won't be visiting again anytime soon to see for myself.

glid02, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of jmalex
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%

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 BeerBelcher
3.05/5  rDev -10%

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.

BeerBelcher, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

Arbitrator, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of Norfawkers
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

One of the more flavorful beers on tap but lacks overall drinkability

Appearance: Golden, light with sufficient lacing

Smell: Spicy; sour apple

Taste: Earthy and spicy

Mouthfeel: Lingering bitterness with lasting finish

Drinkability: May go well with a meal; has a decent flavor but not en masse

Norfawkers, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of ABOWMan
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

ABOWMan, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of rtratzlaff
3.73/5  rDev +10%

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 prototypic
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

prototypic, May 18, 2009
Photo of arizcards
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

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!

arizcards, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of illidurit
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%

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.

illidurit, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Troyone
4/5  rDev +18%

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.

Troyone, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of bradybeer
4/5  rDev +18%

What a nice find at GB when I was there for the Stickie Alt. This beer pours a medium gold color with a beautiful thick white head. Wonderful hop aroma, fresh cut grass? Medium body and taste that is crisp and clean with a light hint of malt and good hop bite. Beer finishes crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is good for this beer and it makes me want to have a few more. Very solid beer.

bradybeer, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of spointon
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

spointon, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of tugdriver7
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%

The third in the line from the 6x Sampler at the Rockville Restaurant. Bright yellow in the glass, with a very nice foamy head that laced the glass all the way down. Soft bubbles race up the sides. This one was the surprise of the bunch. Your typical imported Czech Pils is refreshing and drinkable, yes; but often accompanied by an annoying (I call it "import lager cardboard") aftertaste that makes the finished product less than perfect. My world-traveler kids have told me that even Stella Artois (on tap in country) is quite good; so I was pleased when I raised this one to my lips and found a very clean, refreshing (and fresh) taste. Extremely well balanced, clear malt flavor and a nice, fruity hops "bite" that is so well done that I found myself wishing I could have a whole glass of it. I am not necessarily a Czech Pilsner fan (nor a hops head), but this one really won me over. Would have been great with the food.

tugdriver7, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +18%

Probably my favorite offering from the Virginia Beach Gordon Biersch, solid white head atop my glass of bright golden slight hazed czech style pils. Nose was packed ull of Saaz and herbal grassy lemon zest notes. Biscuit malts with subtle sweetness coming through. Flavors was all around solid not the best but well made and easy to consume, enought bitterness with the Saaz flowing the herbal hops and lemongras blend is great with the mild biscuit layers of sweetness I could drink this in session no problem, very smooth balanced brew that makes you appreciate a good lager. Mouthfeel is sturdy carbonatino but not overdone naturally produced and served from the serving tanks. Drinkability would have been more than a few half liters but I was able to make it back to the hotel room to watch the Penns and Red Wings battle it out with an amazing back and forth Penguins victory while drinking Sierra Nevada Summer another tasty pils.

WVbeergeek, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%

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!

NJpadreFan, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of Sammy
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

Sammy, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.78/5  rDev -18%

(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.

rhoadsrage, May 14, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

BEERchitect, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

clayrock81, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of jackorain
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

jackorain, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of tpd975
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

tpd975, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of Gusler
3.83/5  rDev +13%

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.

Gusler, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of ndekke39
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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 dickroop
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%

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.

dickroop, Apr 29, 2007
Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
78 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.