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Gordon Biersch SommerBrau - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Gordon Biersch SommerBrauGordon Biersch SommerBrau

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BA SCORE
78
okay

81 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.24%


Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cjgator3 on 05-28-2009)
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SpencerT

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The ale was served in a variation of the traditional Stange. This brew had a clear effervescent body with a whipped egg white head. The aroma was of malt and floral aroma hops. The sweetness of the malt is well balanced with the hop bitterness. This beer is a great example of the Kolsch style. Very similar to Reissdorf Kolsch. I highly recommend this as an alternative to the BMC brews for your NON-BA friends.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2010 13:59:03 | More by SpencerT
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This had a foamy, bone-white marshmallow-like head upon arrival with good retention. The color was a pale yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a sort of a lemony/citrus scent underlain with a yeasty mustiness. The mouthfeel was medium with a powerful lemon/citrus tang on the tongue. Finish was fantastically dry and intensely refreshing. Hefe for the summer? Hell, no! I'm having more of this! There was good lacing throughout.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 3987 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas

06-12-2008 10:18:59 | More by woodychandler
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed to style: kolsch

Pours a very appetizing color of golden/honey with white head. Lots of light here. Nose is soft with some bready notes, and floral/herbal complexity. On the palate there's a big kolsch character that is delightful with plenty of herbal hop qualities, minerals, and light malt. Finish is overall deliciously herbal through the aftertaste. Medium bodied. Incredibly drinkable, yet also flavorful. Too bad most folks don't appreciate Kolsch.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 3987 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas

07-17-2011 19:42:51 | More by yemenmocha
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GrumpyGas

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very clean tasting beer with no aftertaste. Served in a tall pilsner glass, the golden yellow beer was topped with a fine dissipating foam.
SummerBrau has a crisp mouth feel that still makes it's presence known and is perfect match for the seafood specialties.
I could drink this all day long.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 3987 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas

08-06-2011 05:23:05 | More by GrumpyGas
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Shaw

Florida

4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Gordon Biersch beers are a new arrival in Florida. I've had their beer at their San Jose brewpub years ago.

This is a light golden in color with a foamy white head.

It has a light grassy and malty aroma.

The taste is perfectly German. It's lightly bitter with a nice grassy and grainy flavor. Very clean.

Light and bubbly body.

I'm impressed with this beer. I was expecting a watery "summer" brew; instead this is a full-flavored lager that still quenches the thirst and is easy to drink. No light beer here.

I look forward to more Gordon Biersch beers.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 3987 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas

08-11-2009 03:22:35 | More by Shaw
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

With its brilliant golden color and superb lacing, this is a beautiful beer to look at. This beer has a fresh grain aroma with a hint of yeast, and is slightly floral from the hops. Its crispness is spot-on and holds the light- to-medium body together. Malty, bready, grassy and faint biscuity flavors paint a broad stroke on the palate. Moderate hopping gives a balanced bitterness and a long trail of herbal flavor. This beer is a little nutty in the dry finish. Super drinkable and loaded with flavor, this brew is an amazing example of its style.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 3987 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas

01-11-2011 03:28:35 | More by BeerAdvocate
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beer2day

North Carolina

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

Featured beer for the summer at GB.

230z pour. Light lemon color. 1-finger head with thin retention. Just a trace of lace down the glass.

Tart lemon citrus nose.

Bright fizzy taste. As in the nose, lots of tart lemon. Weak banana backs that up. Creamy up front with a tart bite in the end.

Quite thick for the style.

Very nice beer on a blazing hot day in MB and easily their best offering.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 3060 Howard Ave, Myrtle Beach

08-21-2010 01:15:30 | More by beer2day
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jushoppy2beer

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A very nice summer beer that is very drinkable in the hot Virginia weather. A beautiful clear golden color with a decent head greets you when it's brought to your table. A modest smell of malt and a crisp refreshing taste almost reminiscent of a helles beer, but with mild hoppiness. This is a really nice session beer that helps to while away those long sultry weekend days with good company.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 7861 Tysons Corner Ctr, McLean

08-05-2008 19:32:27 | More by jushoppy2beer
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cjgator3

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thin fizzy head. The aroma is grain, hay and a touch of spicy hops. The taste follows the aroma with a clean dry finish and a nice kiss of hops. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer and definitely a good beer to enjoy during the warm summer months!

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 7861 Tysons Corner Ctr, McLean

05-28-2009 20:28:53 | More by cjgator3
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nsw

California

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 10-year-old Russian River Brewing Company pub glass resulting in a clear golden color with a shortish, thin white head.

Good malt sweet breadiness at first with a very dry hopped finish. These are going to be very easy to quaff.

Another good brew from GB.

Speaking of Gordon Biersch, I recommend their restaurant/brewhouses. I've got great memories of sitting in GB restaurants over the years in San Jose, Scottsdale and Honolulu, getting toasted on some great brews!

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 7861 Tysons Corner Ctr, McLean

07-24-2009 00:52:46 | More by nsw
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear shiny golden hue, thin but sticky lacing

SMELL: Bready, faint pear, grassy, mildy nutty, herbal, hop spice

TASTE: Very crisp, ample hop bitterness, grassy, crackers, doughy bread, spicy, herbal, kiss of fruit, faint tartness, semi-dry finish

Solid all around, definitely comparable to the few Kölschs we get in the US. I'd prefer to drink this from a bigger mug ... Eine Maß!!

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 7861 Tysons Corner Ctr, McLean

04-05-2012 01:39:00 | More by Jason
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clemtiger8202

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap from the Myrtle Beach location. Poured a clear, light gold/honey color with a small but lingering white head. Citrus notes like lemon and grapefruit. A slight bread note. Tasted of bread, citrus fruit, and a little herb/pine on the finish. Light bodied. Didn't finish as dry as I thought it would for the style. Very drinkable and probably one of the better ones I had on my visit.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 7861 Tysons Corner Ctr, McLean

09-13-2012 18:56:24 | More by clemtiger8202
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well obviously it a little dated, but this beer is pretty darn good on a damp, chilly early autumn day as well.Poured a clear straw color with a very tight formed one finger bone white head that has great lasting power.Aromas are toasty with light floral notes,crisp and clean on the palate with toasted cereal grain and a decent smack of leafy hoppiness in the finish.To me this is a great kolsch it stays delicate but has flavor,this was bottled back in April and it held up well,nice job GB on this one.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 7861 Tysons Corner Ctr, McLean

10-06-2009 20:12:51 | More by oberon
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled July 2011
Brilliantly clear, full gold color that is topped by a frothy, thin, quarter finger thick, off-white colored head. The beer has quite a fruity smell to it up front and sort of reminds me of a floral pear. There is a a noticeable, though light, herbal character here in the nose too that lightly accentuates the up front fruitiness. Honey like malt notes meld well with the fruitiness and towards the middle and finish there is more of a cracker like malt character that has a hint of biscuit like softness to it at times.

The beer has quite a carbonic bite to it which serves as a nice foil to a solid fruitiness found in the middle of this beer. The fruit accentuates a honey like malt sweetness, which in turn is off-set by a firm bitterness that lingers on the palate in the finish with a fair amount of bite to it. There is a nice hop flavor to this beer that is at times a touch lemon like, but is really more herbal than anything; the herbal notes are nothing too distinct, but hint at a touch of pine, perhaps a touch of menthol and maybe something sort of like lemon thyme.

Not a bad Kolsch, it perhaps is a little more fruity than I had expected, but not so much that it keeps this from being out of style for me. Certainly at the very least a beer I am happy to be sipping upon as I while away a few hours in the airport.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 7861 Tysons Corner Ctr, McLean

08-09-2011 14:16:13 | More by Gueuzedude
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EagleTalon

Arkansas

3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a thin white head and golden clear color. Good lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and noble hops typical for the style. Flavor is a stark juxtaposition of malt sweetness and graniness and hop bitterness. Finishes dry and crisp. Easy to drink for a summer brew.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 7861 Tysons Corner Ctr, McLean

07-11-2009 17:34:46 | More by EagleTalon
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magictacosinus

California

3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My friend is drinking light beers these days, so he graciously gave me this one (of my favorite style of light beers, no less) to review. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a stange glass. Bottling date is 03/28/13 - a bit old, so I'm anticipating some oxidation.

Pours a beautiful kölsch, actually - a gold amber color complete with a frothy head that resembles bubbly soap suds. I absolutely love it when "delicate" types of beers do this, and the extra carbonation to boot adds a sparking wine-like appearance to the entire product at hand. Some lacing, as well as a persistent head that never gives up throughout consumption. An excellent take on the beer, but I wouldn't expect anything lesser from Gordon-Biersch.

The aroma is definitely sweet (from the bottle's age, no doubt), but there's no off aromas to speak of - only highly sweetened ones as a result. Aromas of white Muscat grapes, honey, caramel, marmalade, and stonefruit immediately hit the nostrils. Some grassy hops persist, as well as a slightly funky apple aroma from the yeast. The grains are hidden in terms of delivering a cereal backbone, but the grape aromas are full-fledged here. This is a much better take on the style compared to most American-made kölsch - no weird banana phenols, nor too much of a plain grainy flavor. A little too sweet, but I'd imagine fresh that this is even better.

The flavor is immediately awash with a crisp grainy character that follows some of the sweetened fruits and funky yeast, as well as some fresh grass from the hops. Lighter Muscat grapes this time around, as well as pears, apples, and light honeysuckle. Then (oh no!), some off metallic notes resembling stainless steel. This seems to vanish as it warms up, but it took me off-guard. Otherwise, the hoppy character is nicely done - Americanized, that's for sure, but nevertheless refreshing. The grainy texture at hand is crisp and warm, as it should be. Not nearly as sweet in the flavor compared to the aroma, and a bit thin at the finish, but definitely easy to drink and refreshing.

For the price, this is a great American-made kölsch. It's great that a brewery as big as G-B is able to deliver solid offerings that are well-intended takes on many of the different regional styles of beer throughout Germany. I could definitely have this again, although I'd want it fresher next time. Good stuff through and through - always a welcome treat after plummeting through lots of strong beers or a after a bad day at work.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 7861 Tysons Corner Ctr, McLean

08-27-2013 03:35:41 | More by magictacosinus
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zeff80

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a cloudy, golden yellow color with a thin, white head of foam. It left almost no lacing.

S - It smelled fruity and yeasty with a grain and caramel kick.

T - It tasted of grains with fruitiness and some yeasty. There was a very mild spiciness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied kolsch-style ale that was very easy drinking.

D - This is an okay kolsch. A little more bland than most.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 3060 Howard Ave, Myrtle Beach

07-17-2010 01:42:01 | More by zeff80
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kshankar

District of Columbia

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

Okay, so this pours pale, golden yellow with some minimal foam. The foam sticks around for a decent amount of time. Looks like beer.

Aroma is grainy, grassy and minimally malty. Whiff of lemon in there too.

..Which all reflects on the taste. Doesn't taste too much different from the aroma. Pretty Kolsch-like, which isn't a bad thing. Mouthfeel is Kolsch-y as well, crispy and light. High drinkability.

I prefer wits and hefeweizens as summer beers, but I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 3060 Howard Ave, Myrtle Beach

05-17-2010 04:02:57 | More by kshankar
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briman

Texas

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

Pours a very pale straw color, cloudy, with a moderate stark white head that retains well, and leaves moderate lacing along the edges of the glass.

Aroma has elements of fresh bread, with what seemed like a light wheat note right at first, and a touch of floral hops in the background.

Bready flavors upfront, and settling into a somewhat grainy finish, with a distinct grassy tone. A light bitterness comes through in the aftertaste and lingers only slightly.

Body leans more towards medium that light, with just the right amount of medium-high carbonation.

As for being a Kolsch this is not an authentic interpretation, but nevertheless is within style guidelines even considering the wheat addtion.

Overall, this is a clean, crisp, and refreshing beer. Pleasant certainly, and perfect for summer. Not a style I normally gravitate to, but worth checking out for something different.

Serving type: growler
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 3060 Howard Ave, Myrtle Beach

07-26-2010 04:01:18 | More by briman
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear light pale yellow in color with a one inch head that lingers around a while.

Smell: only a little bit of grass is detectable here.

Taste: soft grainy malt base with some lemon zest, some grass, and a mild bitterness. Overall a mild flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp at the start, lightly crisp at the finish. No aftertaste at all but it is refreshing.

Drinkability: a light summer beer that works time of year, but one may get a bit bored with this after a few glasses.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 3060 Howard Ave, Myrtle Beach

08-21-2009 12:48:03 | More by Gavage
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clayrock81

Virginia

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

For some reason, probably money (and that's it), GB released a new summer seasonal, listed as a Pils, although they released one a couple of summers ago under a different name that is a Kolsch but pretty much the same although the tweaks aren't improvements at all.
Pours a golden body with minimal but frothy head with great lace on a light fruity body with pils malt smell. Light-bodied, dry pils malt taste yet a slightly sweet fruit taste that has some sugariness to it and is balanced with a sour apple/pear fruit taste. Not a bad summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 4561 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach

08-09-2010 12:59:51 | More by clayrock81
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DaveHS

California

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

A-Pours pale clear blonde with 1/4 inch of creamy brilliant white head. Leaves streaks of soapy lacing.

S-Very light and crisp, with perfumey sweetness and notes and hints of passionfruit and mango.

T/M-Super light and crisp. Very delicate flavor profile. I can barely make out any distinct flavors. Some light tropical fruit sweetness and
a touch of dry, earthy hops on the back end. Light bodied with soft, light carbonation.

O-Great for hot weather. A good candidate for a lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 4561 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach

05-25-2011 04:56:13 | More by DaveHS
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kflorence

California

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden, straw color with an ample amount of head that leaves a bit of of lacing around the glass. I would not say this beer is pale, more on the pilsener side of the golden spectrum (ever so slightly copper).

S: Smells of bread, honey, caramel and some buttery, toasted malts with a faint floral hop aroma. I would say the smell is mostly sweet, dominated by the honey, malts and bread smells.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell, with the buttery, toasted malts shining up front, however, the hops are definitely more distinguishable on the palate coming in with a grapefruit tang towards the backend of the swig. Unfortunately there is a very slight metallic flavor in the aftertaste, but the hops are what truly linger on the tongue. Overall nicely balanced.

M: Pretty decent feel on the tongue. A little buttery and a little watered down, and perhaps slightly over carbonated for my tastes, but it's light and goes down easy.

D: This is a pretty good beer with a nicely balanced malt/hop ratio that is easy to drink and quite sessionable. I don't think I would seek it out, but I wouldn't turn one down. More good stuff from Gordon-Biersch!

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 4561 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach

06-22-2010 03:32:03 | More by kflorence
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden color with a very thin white head that quickly fades to a light ring and leaves little lacing.

Light bready, malty aroma. Some grass and grain show up as well but overall this aspect isn't all that appealing.

Taste comes off better with toasty malts upfront along with graiin and grassy hops in the background. A very faint hint of citrus also shows up toward the end. Again, nothing special but still refreshing and much more pronounced than the weak aroma.

Light to medium body with light carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel. Not too bad, drinkability is fairly high, seems like a decent summer beer.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 4561 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach

04-26-2010 02:11:35 | More by Vengeance526
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Bottled On: 4/10/13

Pours a nice clean/clear pale yellow color, nice carbonation, with a fizzy white head, not much sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, slight citrus note. The taste is malty, with some grapefruit notes, slightly hoppy/bitter. Medium body. Overall, a good thirst quencher, but I would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle
@ Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant, 4561 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach

07-30-2013 00:31:28 | More by Wasatch
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