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
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326 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Photo of damndirtyape
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Gordon Biersch restaurant at Reagan Airport. Served in a Hefeweizen-style glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow, thin white head, some strands and islands of lacing noted.

Smell: Crisp, herbal, floral, apple, German noble hops.

Taste: Clean malt, crisp, hint of apple, German noble hops at the end. Simple, nothing special.

Mouthfeel: Spicy on the tongue, good carbonation, but it stuck to the teeth a bit.

Overall / Drinkability: Went well with a meal (crab cake sandwich) and drinkable enough I could see myself having another. Not a bad - not amazing, but not bad. Not the most flavorful pilsner, but much more flavor than others I've had.

Photo of clemtiger8202
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Myrtle Beach location. Served in a pils glass. Was honey colored with a small white head. Smelled of pine and flowers and toast. Saaz hops are obvious when you take a sip. Bitter, spicey, maybe somewhere in there is some sweetness from malt, but I don't really detect any, just hops. Finishes very crisp and dry. Not a huge fan of czech pils, maybe is the saaz hops, but not a totally bad beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer pours a clear, medium golden color with a nice fluffy white head about 2/3 inch thick when poured that eventually settles to a nice thick ting lining the inside of the glass. Not much lacing here. Aromas of herbal hops and a nice malt presence. Has a light bready, somewhat caramel malt sweetness flavor upfront that gives way to a floral hop bitterness flavor. Also a big of grassyness. Good balance of sweet malt and hop bitterness here. Has a crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation. Has a clean and dry finish. Easy to drink in the way a beer like this should be. Practically spot on for the style too. A very good, solid beer here!

Eric

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 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 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 TheSixthRing
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear golden yellow with a white 2 finger head. Decent retention, but the resulting lace is spotty though everpresent.

Smell - Picking up faint aromas of caramel, grain and some floral or grassy hops.

Taste - Starts with some light bread and caramel malts, then a little grain and some floral hops come into play. Aftertaste turns to a grassy bitterness which fades steadily.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. goes down like silky butter. Carbonation is a tad lacking, but the buttery smoothness more than makes up for it.

Overall - For a pilsner, this is damn good. Light enough to drink on a hot summer day, but full and flavorful enough to satisfy an ale aficionado such as myself.

Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4/30/2012

Draft at Gordon Biersch San Diego.

A: Burnished yellow gold with perfect clarity and a mountain of soapy white foam. Retention is outstanding and lacing is everywhere as the head slowly recedes. Impressive.

S: Spicy Saaz notes are prominent, blending with floral aromatics. The nose is herbal and grassy and clean. Light biscuit with doughy malt.

T: Grassy and lightly spicy with pervasive herbal notes. There's a firm upper moderate bitterness blending with doughy malt. The finish is crisp, dry, and clean.

M: Light body with high carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: A nice Bohemian Pilsner. Best beer I've had here.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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

On tap at Gordon Biersch Washington DC 2.19.12.

Deep gold mostly clear a bit of chill haze. Clean malt bill in the nose, floral hops. Taste mirrors nose, pretty clean but a bit sweet. Mouthfeel well on light side of medium, dry finish. OK but pretty sweet for the style.

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 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 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 stephenjmoore
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of ProducerBRBeer
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light amber color and very transparent. The head is fluffy and white and the lace is thin, light and sticky. There is a very nice carbonation that gives the beer a good appearance.

S - Malty and crisp with a hoppy undertone.

T - Very light and crispy. A sweet beginning and middle with a small bite at the very end. Also it finishes a little dry and has that pilsner taste to it.

M - Nice and bubbly which is what I usually enjoy from pilsners, even though I don't enjoy drinking them too much. The dryness definitely over lapses with the taste.

O - I am not a pilsner fan but this one is pretty decent. I would not overlook this beer if it was offered on draft.

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 woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle from my now-famous local trader, tone77. The man is coming by again on Monday and I have to make room for his next drop-off! How do these things happen?

From the bottle: "Pilsner is a crisp, golden, lightly 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. Before this time, all beers were dark and cloudy. Pilsner was the first beer to be brewed clear and golden. Prost!"; "Never trust a skinny brewer."; "Crisp Robustly Hopped Lager".

I went with an aggro pour, nearly inverting the bottle at one point, just to see what would happen. My glass filled rather quickly is what happened and once the swirling agitation settled, I had just over a finger of fluffy, eggshell white head with decent retention. Color was a deep golden yellow with NE-quality clarity. Unbidden, my uncle mentioned Croesus at Thanksgiving dinner unbeknownced that I routinely allude to him and his greed, especially for gold. Nose smelled of grassy Saaz hops and I knew that I was in for a good time. I love Czech Pilsners as my favorite style of Lager beer. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was of freshly mown grass near a field of barley. This could be especially nice in the summertime. It makes me wonder if their production facility has room for a CANning line as I would definitely drink this from a CAN in my cooler. Finish was dry, refreshing and a nice example of a tasty Pils.

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 ZenAgnostic
2.57/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Bottom of back label stamped BOTTLED ON: 04/19/11.

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden yellow-orange body. Pours two finger loose rocky white head with good stick and decent to low retention.

Smell - Almost no smell. Faint sweet corn.

Taste - Dry and musky corn and hay. Faint honey sweetness appears here and there but is almost absent. Tastes stale.

Mouthfeel - Some metallic astringency. Light bodied.

Overall Drinkability - Unrefreshing. Mostly bland and offers almost only off-characters in the profile. May be a bottle past its prime, because usually this brewery has gotten pretty good scores from me.

Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of codfeast
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to pint.

A: Clear gold, thin head, minimal lacing.

S: Straight forward big malt, grains, hops.

T: Much like to smell, nice malty start, hints of grains, and grass gives way to the hops for a bitter backend.

M: crisp, medium carbination, and body. Nice dry finish cleans everything out for the following sip.

O: Refreshing and easy drinking. Strikes a nice balance between the malt and the hops. Good beer for a warm evening, especially given the price.

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

Had the Czech Pilsner at the G & B in Bolingbrook, IL last evening. The color was a clear golden with white head that laced slightly. The aroma was common of Czech Pilsners grain, hops, etc. The taste was powering with grain and hops....very smooth. The grain and malt was balanced nicely with hops and the beer came off the pallet clean. Overall not to bad...the mouthfeel was smooth and easy. good session beer

Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, just a touch of sweetness. Taste is crisp, grainy, some malts, a little bit bitter at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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