Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 4
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz tap pour into a weiss glass at Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. in the San Francisco Airport, CA. (I imagine that since they don't brew in the airport, this location would be providing them with the beer.)

A - This pilsner is insanely carbonated and clear golden yellow with a foamy white head with fantastic retention to the pile but little lace left over.

S - Despite the mild scent, what's there is decent. Nice light pale and pils malts tango with noble hops to give it a crisp nose.

T - Pale malts and noble hops take a back seat to a hard mineral water flavor. Fair resemblance of a classic pilsner but it doesn't hit the mark with flavor.

M - This refreshing pilsner is light-bodied and crisp with a sharp carbonation finish.

D - Their Czech Pilsner is pretty easily drinkable but there isn't much there. A decent offering that leans towards being pretty capable but just doesn't quite make it.

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 tdm168
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Gordon Biersch in the RDU airport.

Pours a yellowish gold with a small, soft white head that has good retention. The nose is wheaty and faintly grassy. The flavor is straw-like and grassy up front with a rather intense, earthy hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. There is a moderate amount of carbonation and an overall light body.

This is a rather average pilsner. Nothing to really set it apart from the crowd. Highly drinkable and unoffensive.

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

Tasted On: 07-24-2012
Freshness: Bottled on 01-04-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Pilsner
Purchased: Single from Publix, Huntsville

A: Big white head fills the top of my pilsner glass, showing good retention and very good lacing. The beer is a clear, golden color with lots of bubbles seen coming up from the bottom.

S: Aromas are a good balance of bready malt smells and noble hop floral, grassy notes. I also get a slight fruit/lemon aroma.

T: Clean taste features a light to medium hop bitterness coupled with malt breadiness. I do get a little bit of sourness as an off flavor, but it is not a big detraction.

M: Moderately carbonated and crisp as a pilsner lager should be. Aftertaste is lightly bitter.

O: Overall I thought this was an easy drinking, warm weather pilsner. Nothing earth shattering but a good summertime thirst quencher.

Photo of LXIXME
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A small white head settles into a thin lacing above a clear golden copper colored beer with decent carbonation.

Light caramel malts, with light spices, some very light apple cider, with a slight hops aroma.

Light spices, some floral hops with light caramel malt taste that seems very well balanced between those and other hints of tastes trying to come through.

A lighter dryish aftertaste that seems to stick around a while on this light bodied beer.

With it's taste that seems to be well balanced with nothing really taking over, I kind of enjoyed this beer that is well outside my dark beers and IPA's taste.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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 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 Stinkypuss
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A dark gold in color with a small head and some lace.

Smell: Hoppy aroma of Saaz and/or Tettnang hops. A fairly strong scent of hops is a good thing for a pilsner, and is quite inviting.

Taste: Cracker like malt character. Hops are present providing a good deal of bitterness. Spicy/Herbal hop sticks around the whole time.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, biting, viscous, well carbonated, medium bodied.

Drinkability: A solid pils with a strong hop presence. Would pair well with spicy foods.

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 Norfawkers
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Photo of cjgiant
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

On tap (had numerous times):
Pours dark golden, with a fairly decently sustaining head. Nose is bready malts and noble hops, maybe a very slight metallic note thrown in.

Taste starts a little crisp, light graininess, but the hops come on nicely and fairly early. Hops are a bit woody, tending a bit towards pine. The after taste has a weird sweetness to it, but this is also where I get another hint of metal. The feel is light bodied, with an average amount of carbonation to add some energy to the beer.

This as been my favorite standard beer at GB for a while. I enjoy the style in general and this one seems like a fair/average representation.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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

Look-This beer poured a brilliant gold. It had a fat head of at least 3 fingers, the lacing was not as expected kind of light.
Smell-Grassy, sweet, pine is what I got.
Taste- The pils malts are really good. Hits up front and on the lips for a long time afterwards. But its cut through with a good hoppy taste. It reminds me of a caramel apple for some reason. It leaves a sour taste to me.
Mouthfeel- It is SUPER drinkable. Carbonation is great, hard to improve on that aspect of the beer. I could drink a bunch of these and not get tired of them.
Overall- Great session beer, not tops in terms of pushing any limits on brewing. Staying classic while breaching new frontiers is a hard act to balance but Gordon Biersch is doing exactly that!

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 dontpanic5
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I had this at the brewpub in Tysons Corner with some delicious brunch in the early afternoon. It pours golden with a white head. The smell is malty and clear. It's a crisp brew, with some amount of hops, and a dry taste. I wasn't a fan of the mouthfeel, too dry.

Photo of IPhantom
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystalline yellow into a pilsener glass with an all too short lived cloudy white head. Smells appetizingly grassy, with a nice malty sweet backbone. Taste is floral hops up front--I'd be curious to see their hopping mix--and sweet malts in the back. No particularly outstanding notes to mention, just a nice, approachable, delicously standard brew. Mouthfeel is buttery carbonated with a crisp finish, kind of a citrusy bitterness on the aftertaste. Two best uses for this one: give it to somebody transitioning from micro to macro, or to a visiting German friend who wants a little taste of home. Only complaint I have about this one is the price.

Photo of PintOHops
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Pilsner

A - Golden colored brew with lots of visible carbonation, high clarity, and a 2-finger head that created a little volcano on the top. Head retention seems great for a Lager. Some nice lacing as well.

S - Apple/pear skin upfront. Lemon and leafy hop notes. Cracker malt notes. Grassy throughout. Simple and clean.

T - Apple/grape/pear upfront. Very grassy mid-finish. Finishes with soft cracker, dryness, low bitterness, and leafy hop characteristics.

M - Lite-medium bodied, medium-high crispness, a bit oily from the hops.

O - I think this is a decent Pilsner. It's refreshing, no off flavors, and the price is perfect. Nothing outstanding about it but I'd pick it up again to toss back at parties. Worth a try. Cheers!

Photo of prototypic
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of MTNboy
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Kansas City Restaurant

Appearance: It has a light and transparent gold body with small carbonation bubbles throughout the body. A thin ring of head and not a whole lot of lace.

Smell: Sweet and crisp with some grassy undertones.

Taste: A little bit malt but finishes up with a refreshing little hops bite that I found to be true to this style. There also a bit pasture like quality in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin with a little bit of fizziness.

Overall: I would say a good summer day beer.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a draft of this during a layover at an airport in Washington DC. I was happy to see a Gordon Biersch at the airport as I've never had it in New York. I was also surprised to see that a company that pays so close attention to German styles would make a czech pilsner.

Appearance was very clear, nice active carbonation. Color was typical of a pilsner.

Aroma was a little bready but not much there.

Flavor was nice and refreshing. I thought it was typical of the style but I had been hoping for the more bitey flavor of a German Pilsner.

Overall I liked this beer with the caveats mentioned above.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the mixed winter 12 pack. I enjoyed this Pils, it had the right amount of dryness to the finish combined with a hoppy nose and solid mouthfeel. Better than the lagers available in Maui (Kona,Maui Brewing)as it had more complexity. I can get this in BC and probably will pick some up for the Summer.

Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at AT&T Park, in San Francisco.

My impression of Gordon Biersch has always been that they're an average brewpub chain, and indeed this pilsner has a very average look to it. (Then again, what else to expect from the world's most conventional beer style?) It is a stock yellow colour, perfectly clear complexion, with little bubbles and a fine white head that increases with agitation.

The smell too is average, with minimal hoppiness and an assertively bready maltiness that let's you know you're in for something perfectly ordinary. It smells much as most mainstream lagers do, albeit without the fouling adjuncts. Still, even minus the corn-y tint, it's no more pleasurable - just a simple, standard smelling beer that'd be recognizable to anyone.

I'm glad the brewer ensured that lots of the bready, pale malt flavour would shine through - if only he did the same for the hops. As it stands this beer is terribly undistinguished which, although not such a bad thing for the other 42,999 people at the ballpark this evening, is a bit middling for me. I was hoping for just a little bit more character with my $9.75 pint.

Still, I'll happily take this over mass-marketed swill any day. It is refreshing, agreeable even as it looses its chill and the malts are easily discerned as undiluted - heck, there's even a bit of earthy hop bitterness after all! Plus it made a quenching accompaniment to a ballpark dog, an order of garlic fries and lazy summer evening baseball - what else can be asked of it?

If you like mainstream commercial lagers, there's no way you won't enjoy this (if you're the type who sorts through reviews on Beer Advocate chances are you already know exactly how much you'll enjoy this). Bottom line: Gordon Biersch Czech Pilsner is far from the epitome of the style but it's better than many others on the market and, in a pinch, will do just fine.

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