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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 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 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 Troyone
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden color with a white head that quickly dissipated and a little action with a minute sign of sediment suspension.

Grainy barley malt aroma with Pilsner hops florals.

Lots of Pilsner hops up front including an eyewater English Tea flavor with a buttery background and some grain malt taste.

Light bodied, mix of slight buttery watery/resin feel, and a minor sourness with a soft carbonation.

For a light beer there is a lot going on here and this is a definite session beer. Bottle dated 01/12/09.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of jonziefle
2.12/5  rDev -38.9%
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.

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Photo of stckhndlr
2.14/5  rDev -38.3%
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.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
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

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Photo of dickroop
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served a darker-than-light golden amber with little head. It was described as "Pilsner Bock" whcih I guess means it was double something.

I asked for the hoppiest beer thay had, and this was what they gave me. It smelled good, definitely some malt and definitely some hops. Tastes pretty good, I had three. Big scores for drinkability. But I gotta think this stuff has an ABV well above 6%

This beer had a pretty authentic euro-flavor, pretty light, but with a kick. Recommended.

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Photo of bradybeer
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice find at GB when I was there for the Stickie Alt. This beer pours a medium gold color with a beautiful thick white head. Wonderful hop aroma, fresh cut grass? Medium body and taste that is crisp and clean with a light hint of malt and good hop bite. Beer finishes crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is good for this beer and it makes me want to have a few more. Very solid beer.

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Photo of porterwoobie
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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

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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 IPhantom
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of nezelrac
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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

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Photo of codfeast
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of hangh
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
2.58/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of Pballa4lyfe
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of PenguinBeerFan
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought to the table a lovely straw-color with a finger of bubbly head. Smelled of hops and spices - cloves, maybe? Hops and spices assault the tongue on light malty undertones, definetely saaz hops. Overly bitter aftertaste, takes away from the good inital impression. Good pilsner, but nothing special. Couldn't drink more than a couple, a little too hoppy and spicy for my likings in a pilsner, but overall above average.

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Photo of Inflames
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of clemtiger8202
3.33/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of ProducerBRBeer
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of dontpanic5
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of zsk
4.48/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I hed this at the Columbus OH location. Great beer. Not Czechvar, but close. Smooth and easy to drink. Very refreshing. I really enjoyed this. The hops (Saaz?) and malt are balanced just right for this style. I was told by the manager that this beer was going on tap year round, not just a seasonal.

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Photo of SteadySippin
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light golden/copper color with finger thick head. Not much lacing.

S - Hop and malt scent. Pretty pungent.

T - Light hop bitterness with malt on the finish, also hints of citrus. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - Feels light in the mouth. Not too much carbonation, goes down easy.

O - Not a big pilsner drinker but I didn't mind this one. I don't have much to compare it to, but I wouldn't mind drinking it again. I probably wouldn't pick up a six pack of it, though. If you try it don't expect a world class beer, but its nothing bad.

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