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

326 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 4
Gots: 28 | 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

36 IBU
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Ratings: 326 | Reviews: 131
Photo of Inflames
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this a few times before, always felt it was drinkable but not worth getting excited about. Since my first experience with Czech pils I've had other true Czechs and some American attemps.
6 weeks old from the bottle
Pours clear-straw color, with little to no head. Has the scent of old file drawers and early mouring mash-ins. Taste is a doughy, post saaz induced spicyness. This beer is dry and partially tart,(makes it hard to stop drinking)
If it weren't for the the lingering malty flavor I would skip this brew. I find this interpritation to be similar to the true style but not enough to make me a full time GBCSP drinker.

Photo of EgadBananas
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Classic pilsener look: Golden straw color, bright white two finger head, nice lacing.

Aroma is pleasant. Lightly sweet malty nose, with juts of herbal hops.

Lightly bitter, herbal, spicy hops, with some sweet malt tones. Not bad at all.

The feel is decent, sort of slick, could be crisper and more refreshing.

Overall, a fairly standard Czech Pils worthy to have as a stand by on a hot day.

Photo of WJVII
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in pilsner glass this brew had a 2 finger clean white head with noticeable carbonation settling into a thin white cap. The aroma was doughy and had a nice what aroma with a slight hop presence. The taste was clean and crisp which is what I like and expect in a czech pilsner. The light body and clean malt taste was finished with a moderate hop flavor that was very delicious. This was a good example of the style and the better of the two brews I had at the location I visited.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- nice golden color. A nice,full foamy 1/3 inch head forms. A ring of lacing forms around the side of the glass. Looks clean, and fresh. Light carbonation bubbles rise quickly to the top of the glass. After a few minutes the head dissipates leaving a light ring around the side of the glass.

Smell: I immediately notice spicy hops. Also hints of earth and grass. There is a full flavored smacking of bread and toasted biscuit malts. Some butter smell. Some eaters and alcohol phenols are present. Strong hop presence with a mild bitterness.

Taste: Begins spicy, then turns a buttery bread malt. Finishes highly bitter. The extreme potency of the bittering hops are obscuring some of the earthy more balanced flavors of the smell. I am starting to taste a bready malt finish as the beer warms. The balance is a little off but the quality of the brewing is apparent. Definitely not a beginners Pilsner or even a classic representation of he Czech style but if you want a pilsner with some punch grab this. It lacks the metallic taste present in some mass market European pilsners.

Mouthfeel: Light slightly slippery with a warm alcohol presence. Definitely a tad too heavy to be a true Pilsner.

Overall: A good well constructed, fresh, affordable Pilsner style beer that may lack some balance but overall is satisfying.

Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of stckhndlr
2.14/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at the restaurant in Virginia Beach, VA
(Review is from notes)

A- Golden yellow with light head and poor lacing.

S- Hops, faint fruit. almost has no smell to me.

T- Dry hops bitter on the back end, not much happening. Very bland. Faint fruit again.

M- Dry, med to thin body.

D- Nothing impressive, can't say I would drink this again. Didn't even finish it.

Photo of ejimhof
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- pours a light yellow color lots of head retention and lots of lacing.

Smell- slight grassy aroma.

Taste- light bodied with a slight hop presence.

Mouthfeel- slightly crisp and dry but not in the league of Prima Pils and others.

Drinkability- a sessionable beer but not tops for the stye.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of nezelrac
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - classic yellow-gold; pours with a thick 2 finger head with moderate persistence and thick lacing

S - good pils nose; a little bigger malt backing than anticipated; earthy and a little spicy

T - clean pale malt and noble hops followed by an earthy note and malty sweetness; all brought back in line by hops and yeast firmness

M - medium weight - perhaps a little big; good CO2

D - quite drinkable; session-worthy

Photo of therica
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

Out comes a beautiful-looking Pilsner with a big head and a crystal-clear golden hue. Herbal, floral and spicy hops aroma meets the dried hay-like malt. The fluffy and crisp light-to-medium body contains delicate hopping with a long, drawn out floral flavor. The maltiness packs a lot of flavor with bread and grassy tones. The hop bit- terness shows some sharpness and spice to balance this brew. An excellent go at the style with a bit more body and less crispness than expected. Still so very drinkable.

Photo of Pballa4lyfe
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- clearish yellow, little head that followed down the glass

S- hints of malt and hops

T- hints of malts and hops

M- good, low carbonation, low on the palete

D- very drinkable

overall, if your at the restaurant, this beer wasn't bad, but again wasnt the bed Pilsner in the world, but was still a descent beer choice, worth a try

Photo of hangh
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale yellow clear colored beer. It has a pretty clumpy head with some decent lacing. Very few carbonation bubbles after about 1 minute past opening. It has a clear bready smell. It is very mild though and hard to pick up unless you are almost touching it. Taste is like most pilseners. Some more eccentric hops at work here, not just traditional pils hops. I'm having trouble picking it out. It's medium bodied with medium carbonation. I'd say it's a decent beer, but not the beer I'd order if I wanted a pils

Photo of nickthegun12
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very nice example of a pils...

straw golden yellow in color with a fading head....and moderate lacing...

smells funky like a pils should....im guessing its from the saaz hops...or some other noble hop...

taste thirst quenching....with noticeable hop bitterness...

not too dry on the palate....very "wet"

i could drink these all summers day long

Photo of mikeg67
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of chumba526
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears golden with a sizeable white head.

It smells of bread, toasty malts, citrus fruit and molasses.

It tastes much like it smells. The taste is of sweet tasting bread, citrus. The flavor ends with a nice mild bitterness. This has more of a bread like malt character then most Pilsner I have had.

Carbonation is around medium.

This is well balanced and drinkable so I could drink a few of these.

Overall this is a nice Pilsner. It is nothing amazing but it is nice tasting and above average.

Photo of Chaney
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the restaurant in Tysons Corners, Virginia while waiting for the most recent "Harry Potter" movie to start.

A: Poured a crystal clear, straw-colored brew with about a finger or two worth of head, with minimal lacing.

S: Yeasty, wheaty, and with a tinge of mild sweetness.... everything a nice German Pilsener should be.

T: Very similar to the nose. Medium bodied, with the taste being substantially full and juicy. The mild hop bitterness was very pleasant.

M: Thick enough for this style, nice bubbly carbonation, and no sticky residue left behind.

D: Nothing complex here, nor do I think it was meant to be. I'm glad I ordered this one and I'd definitely get this again.

Photo of burnstar
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear gold with a medium sized head. Nice lacing on the surface. Smell is mild malt and a hint of herbal hops. Taste is light malt with fairly low sweetness. Some herbal and grassy noble hops. Clean and crisp. Medium bodied. Easily drinkable. A decent US made pils. Pleasant overall.

Photo of Reidrover
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another 12 oz from the Fall Seasonal 12 pack Good looking true to style . Light golden, with a small pure white head. Aroma is also nice and to style bready maltiness, slight;y toasty Taste light toasted malts semi-sweet, slightly doughy..OK again to style OK on the palate..very drinkable. Better here, than the Oktoberfest..much better and a nice on this very muggy night.

Photo of animal69
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
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

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gordon Biersch Czech Style Lager has a thin, slightly off-white head and a very clear, golden appearance. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is very faint, but one can pick up a bit of barley malt. Taste is good, with breadiness, but the hop level is lower than what one would expect from reading the bottle label or the website. Mouth-feel is light, and the beer finishes crisp and dry. Overall, I really enjoyed this and would certainly have it again.

RJT

Photo of jampics2
4.27/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is light golden in color with a fluffy crisp head and loose lace. smell has has a loose Czech style with fairly clean grain and honey notes. Taste has a light honey sweet spicey graininess that finishes in a light bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a medium with good carbonation. Overall not to bad, just maybe a little rough around the edges.

Photo of droomyster
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a magnificent white head that stands tall and frumpy in the pilsner glass. Aromas of pilsner malt are mostly honeyish. Flavors are straightforward: honeyish pilsner malts with a leafy hoppiness that comes through on the midpalate and finish. Overall a beautiful beer to look at, whose taste is not bad at all.

Photo of beer2day
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
78 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.