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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 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 mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 10/22/11 notes. Had on tap at the DC location.

a - Pours a hazy pale yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grain, bready malts, floral notes, and wheat. Pretty bland and not much going on here.

t - Tastes of grain and bready malts. Lightly musty notes as well. Again, pretty average and bland.

m - Light to medium and low carbonation.

o - Overall an average pilsener. Not much in the nose or the taste at all, but pretty easy to drink. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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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 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 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 Noxious26
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz brown bottle with pry off cap poured in a miscellaneous glass in our rented condo at Turtle Bay, Oaho, Hawaii. Purchased at Foodland on the North Shore.

Clear, pale golden yellow. Bright white head is 1/2 inch on the pour. Sporadic lines of lace here and there.

Aroma of noble hops. Herbal and floral. A little biscuit In the background.

Light grainy sweetness with some herbal hops off the start transforms into a floral/herbal hop bitter finish. Pretty straight forward and un-complex.

Light bodied. A little harsh mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation.

This is ok, but nothing special. Pretty average. Not soft enough in the mouthfeel or crisp enough.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

At the restaurant in Miami. Smell is much sweeter than I expected, with cloying funky sweetness on top of light malts. Flavor follows the aroma, with overly sweet flavor, almost like artificial sweetener in it, some hay and honey, bleh. Drinkable and light, but the sweetness makes it difficult to get it all down. Would not order again, but not a terrible beer if you happen to be eating there.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #154
Served On: 04/13/2012
Glassware: Rolling Rock Pilsner Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 2/12/12

This was in the 2012 spring mixed 12 pack from Evergreen Liquors in Frederick ($14.99).

look: Poured a very clear and effervescent pale yellow. Head was 1/2 finger of white foam. The head reduced down to a thin coating within seconds.

Smell: The nose was a bland malty note with some faint aroma hops. That was about it.

Taste: First was the bland malts. Then a quick burst of citrus. Finish was fairly clean with a nice bitterness.

Overall this is probably one of the better Pilsners I’ve had. It's nothing real exciting, but that’s to be expected with the style.

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Photo of glid02
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.96/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the San Jose locale, on to the beer:

Orangish colored, almost leaning into copper. Solid foam sits on top of the beer, which retains solidly and leaves a little lace. The nose is a dissapointment. It offers some cider and grass, the former which leaves me scratching my head. It does get better. Cooked cereals in the taste (crap!). But seriously, it's a small improvement over the cider, and with a sharp hop bitterness and honey to distract, it's not the worst Czech-style lager I've put into my body. The body is boderline light/medium with a low level of crispness.

It's okay. Then again, the San Jose locale also had an export lager that I tasted awhile back with a similar cooked cereal problem. I hope it's an isolated problem.

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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 JBmadera
2.88/5  rDev -17%
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

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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 illidurit
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of ABOWMan
2.72/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Gordon Biersch, Broomfield, CO

Poured a clear, straw-yellow with a fizzy white head. Aroma of pale/pils malts, hay, and light floral hops. Taste is light with subdued pils malts and an underlying metallic sensation, lightly hopped. Weak but balanced at least. Very light mouthfeel, somewhat unpleasant aftertaste. A drinkable beer for the unadventurous, but just not my style.

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Photo of belgiumbud
2.66/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color...Medium cloudiness...More body than any other Czech Pils that I have loved before but decent amount of malty sweetness with ample lace around the glassware...Finishs with a hint of hop bitterness and a generous malt back...Pretty well balanced between the malt sweetness and the hop bitterness...But not what I am used to as being a Czech Pilsner

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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 Cyberkedi
2.6/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a pilsner glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are that it will be mundane.

A: Four finger head of nice cream, nice thickness, and very good retention - though the ABV is merely average. Colour is a clear yellow-copper.

Sm: Pleasantly handled barley and lively cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Generic cream and standard barley. Not a whole lot going on here. It isn't even really that refreshing. The cream is pleasant and welcome, however. It's just very simple and boring. It's balanced I guess.

Mf: Too smooth and too wet. Nicely creamy, but the smoothness is so artificial it's hard to appreciate. Sort of suits the flavour.

Dr: Drinkable but simple and of limited quality. I wouldn't have it again, except maybe to have it on draught.

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