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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
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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 tjsdomer2
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

tjsdomer2, May 30, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with decent retention. Light lace.
S: Spicy and floral hops up front. A light fruity aroma. Grainy malt lingers.
T: Grainy malt take over. The fruity and spicy hops are all but gone.
M/D: A thin body and high carbonation. Not hard to drink if I wanted to put a few away.

Same old song. The nose had a little more going, but overall another bland attempt.

champ103, May 11, 2010
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 MrHungryMonkey
4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose has spicy noble hop and grainy toastiness (or perhaps toasty graininess). Smells good.

Pours clear medium-dark yellow with rocky head. Looks nice.

Flavor follows as expected with a nice stiff hoppy bitterness (and flavor). Soft malt character. Very soft sweetness. Finishes hoppy and dry. Nice balance. Tastes good. Feels good. Very good drinkability.

Hoppier and stiffer than some Bohemian Pilsners. Very nice.

MrHungryMonkey, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of jonziefle
2.1/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured a clear brownish yellow, but with an odd microsuspension. Half finger bubbly white head, without much retention at all. Some carbonation, but very flat looking. No lacing.

Smell: Sour and bitter corn mash. Some yeast esters. Mild sweetness.

Taste: Bitter bite up front with a very grainy malt taste. Medium sugary sweetness. No hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied with a carbonation bite.

Drinkability: Tastes more like an adjunct lager than a Czech pilsener. No hop presence at all. Bitter adjunct malts, with out much taste or body. I guess being “easy to drink”, might be its one positive here.

Buy Again? No.

jonziefle, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice golden amber with a thick, white, fine-bubbled head. Aroma is strong, malty and slightly fruity. Flavor is malty and pleasant but a little watery. Texture is smooth and a bit thin - too bad. I do tend to discriminate against pilsners, but this one failed to impress me.

Cyberkedi, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of porterwoobie
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: straw yellow, very clear, 2 finger white head that dissipates quickly to a nice blanket, good lacing.

S: very malty with a noble hop aroma.

T: has a nice malty body to go with the clean hop bitterness. the taste starts off sweet that tails off to a dry/slightly bitter finish.

MF: medium bodied, moderatly high carbonation.

Drinkability: enjoyable beer.

porterwoobie, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled On: 09/23/09.

Appearance: Pours a very clear, deep yellow body with an inch-high layer of white head.

Smell: Pilsner malt with lightly sweet-scented, grainy tones and a mild background Noble hop spiciness. Small hint of white grape in there, too.

Taste: Sparsely grainy, lightly sweetish pilsner maltiness preceding the mildly spicy Noble hop character with a fairly low amount of bitterness. Slight white grape fruitiness. Finishes lightly spicy and drying, but then, well, nothing, it just finishes kind of flat without that desired zip of crisp carbonation to help seal the deal.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Without that added zing of crispness, it made for a sub-par, hohum pilsner. Pity.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of lackenhauser
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

lackenhauser, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.05/5  rDev -10%
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.

jeffjeff1, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of kevinjosephlee
2.55/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

kevinjosephlee, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of JBmadera
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
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

JBmadera, Sep 09, 2009
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 brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +15%
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

brentk56, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: crystal clear golden yellow in color with a bright white 1" head that lasts a bit.

Smell: mild Saaz hop bitterness is easily detectable but one dimesional.

Taste: nice malt base with some green grapes, grass, and a nice balancing bitterness. Nice version of the style.

Mouthfeel: super crisp from start to finish. A hint of dryness late. Clean and refreshing overall.

Drinkability: perfect beer for hot and humid day in Myrtle Beach. Must try this one.

Gavage, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of glid02
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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%
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 BeerBelcher
3.05/5  rDev -10%
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.

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

Arbitrator, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of Norfawkers
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
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.

ABOWMan, Jun 11, 2009
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 prototypic
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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

arizcards, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of illidurit
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

illidurit, Mar 28, 2009
Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
78 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.