Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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3.58/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
07-05-2010 18:05:58 | More by Stinkypuss
3.5/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
07-25-2011 04:48:26 | More by biegaman
3.63/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
10-03-2012 21:21:54 | More by LXIXME
3.7/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
01-19-2012 09:17:19 | More by tdm168
2.98/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
08-16-2009 21:27:42 | More by glid02
4.08/5 rDev +20.4%
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.
05-04-2012 14:58:15 | More by HopHead84
3.83/5 rDev +13%
Fresh from the tap, pours an unclouded gold, bright white creamy head piles high on the body, lacing provides a tight skirt to cove the glass. Nose sweet with malt, citrus like in its crispness, start has a pleasing malt presence, the hops delectable with their spicy bitterness at the back, top is moderate in feel to the palate. Finish has the customary acidity, the hops understated but pleasingly spicy, quite dry aftertaste, a nice drinking beer, good session beer.
11-04-2007 16:58:14 | More by Gusler
3.68/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
06-08-2010 02:07:43 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.9/5 rDev +15%
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
09-25-2011 14:11:10 | More by WoodBrew
3.48/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
09-05-2011 14:19:08 | More by tone77
2.58/5 rDev -23.9%
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.
01-17-2010 02:05:50 | More by Cyberkedi
4.28/5 rDev +26.3%
Appearance This one came out a beautiful, fluffy-looking light yellow in color and was just gorgeous. It had a full, fluffy head as well that showed great retention and left tons of lacing on the inside of my glass.
Smell The aroma here was soft in nature with the typical hop notes of the style. There is what seems to be the traditional GB whiney character as well. Overall, the nose was delicate and very inviting.
Taste This is a very complex Pils. The beer is soft on the pallet but sharp, if that makes any sense. The traditional Czech Pils flavors are all present and accounted for. This is as good as it gets in the United States.
Mouthfeel This ale was medium-bodied but fluffy. The carbonation was mild but seemed to expand in the mouth producing that much-desired puffy cheek feeling. I thought that the mouthfeel was this Pils strong point.
Drinkability IMO, theres no greater session beer than a good Pilsner, and this one fit the bill. This was hands down the best American effort at this tremendously difficult style.
Comments I have only rated one American effort at the Czech Pilsner higher than 3.0 overall (3.1) until now. Dont dismiss this one out-of-hand. Take it from a guy who has sucked down many a good European Pils this is the real deal.
04-23-2004 03:52:10 | More by RoyalT
3.8/5 rDev +12.1%
Tasted on-tap 12/27/05 at the GB brewpub in Tyson's Corner, VA.
Nice clear light gold color with a full white head and nice carbonation. Aroma leans more malty than hoppy for the style in my mind. Malty grain flavor with a nice crisp hoppy balance but certainly not as strong as the style calls for. Medium bodied.
Very refreshing and sessionable but not quite on par with Czechvar or P.U.
2004 GABF - Gold - Bohemian-Style Pilsener (Chattanooga, TN)
12-28-2005 19:37:18 | More by RBorsato
3.23/5 rDev -4.7%
A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with decent retention. Light lace.
S: Spicy and floral hops up front. A light fruity aroma. Grainy malt lingers.
T: Grainy malt take over. The fruity and spicy hops are all but gone.
M/D: A thin body and high carbonation. Not hard to drink if I wanted to put a few away.
Same old song. The nose had a little more going, but overall another bland attempt.
05-11-2010 03:56:00 | More by champ103
Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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