Gordon Biersch SommerBrau - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: cjgator3 on 05-28-2009

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Ratings: 109 | Reviews: 42
Photo of nickthetick
2.62/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a clear gold color into an American shaker with a tiny skim of white bubbles. No lacing.

S: light malt and wheat. Grassy and a bit lemonade like.

T: orange notes, lemon and malt. I get a good bit of wheat and bread. Honey sweetness but not a whole lot else going on.

MF: refreshing, sweet(almost cloying), heavy.

O: not a fan of this kolsch. I don't find a whole lot going on that I enjoy.

Photo of scottfrie
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into nonic glass. Bottled 6/25.

A: Pours a light golden with three fingers of active bright white head that faded into a thin collar that left a few sticky streaks of lace down the glass.
S: Light nose. Pale malts and dry grains dominate with a hint of yeast a light citrus.
T: Disappointingly flat tasting and almost metallic. Grains are dirty and almost sour tasting. Flavors are not clean or refreshing. There’s a hint of roast, bitter hops, and citrus in the finish, and the aftertaste is full of toasted bread crust.
M: Extremely thin, even for a kolsch, with very active bubbly carbonation and a watery mouthfeel.
O: Having just had an amazing kolsch a few days ago, I can say this is a less than amazing example of the style. Flavors were off putting. I won’t be drinking this again.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.64/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of the Summer Brews pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Decent thin rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains and mustard seeds. This is very weird. Taste is of toasty grains, citrus zest hops, and a bitter metallic flavor. There is a medicinal bitterness that lingers after each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with a weird mustard/metal thing going on. I am not a fan of this beer.

Photo of BucannonXC5
2.91/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a tap into a pilsner? glass. Color was dark gold. Had an inch and a half of foam that remained there for awhile. Smell was a slight hint of honey but not a strong odor elsewhere. Very carbonated. Lots of flavors, but honey stood out. Golden honey would be a better way to describe it. Good summmer beer and was refreshing.

Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some lacing on a light yellow pour. Very easy to drink and light bodied and flavored. Low carbonated and almost seemed a bit flat, at the Gordon Biersch Brewery. Nothing special really, and perhaps one of my least favorite Kolsches I've had. I liked Saint Arnold Lawnmower better, and also also Pyramid's Curveball kolsches better than this, I think.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This kolsch pours a typical clear yellowish gold. Aroma is hoppy and not strong. Flavor is fairly hoppy, pleasing although not complex - a typical summertime brew, light and refreshing, with just a touch of fruity sweetness. Finish has more sweet in it than the initial taste.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This "kölsch"strikes me as typical of a lot of American produced examples of the style: a bit too thick and bodied. Consistent, sure. But too much on the profile. This seems a very difficult style for American producers to get close to doing well on.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a transparent golden yellow in color with yellow highlights and a very thin head leaving almost no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: pretty much the nose was made up of sweetness coming from the malts and had faint citrusy, grainy, and honey notes.

T: the flavor was also big on the malty sweetness alongside citrusy honey notes and a touch of grainy crispiness.

M: the brew was light in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a a lot of malty sweetness, citrusy, and grainy crisp finish.

D: very drinkable beer that would be a great session brew to take to a party for everyone to sip on.

Photo of whtguitarguy
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This just started popping up around here recently, by recently I mean within the last 6 months. Pours to a clear yellow. It is rather crisp and refreshing and has a consistency like some kind of soda. It is slightly bitter with a citrus note. It is a good brew for summer. It's got that fresh kind of feeling to it.

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

SommerBrau pours a clear lemony yellow with warmer gold highlights and a nice big whit head that leaves a fair amount of lacing as it falls.

The aroma has faintly spicy and freshly floral hops with a nice freshly baked bread background.

The flavor opens up with a faint lemon taste behind a bready pale malt, hops are floral and somewhat spicy. Bitterness is almost equally balanced with the slightly sweet and bready, somewhat grainy malt. Finish is light, dry and moderately bitter.

Mouthfeel is light and lively, though slightly rough from the carbonation.

This is an unobtrusive, highly drinkable and refreshing beer. Like most of the beers from Grodon Biersch I have tried I feel it would accompany food extremely well just as all the others have.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a translucent, pale gold body with a smallish, scant, white head.

Smell: Lightly toasted, grainy malts paired with an equally strong scent of floral hops.

Taste: A sweetish taste of toasted grains, with a slight mealy homemade dough character in the background. Floral hop character, a bit of spiciness, too, and a light, complimentary bitterness. Finishes rather dry, a lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Boy, I just had a good Kölsch. As in the new brew from Stoudts I had a few hours ago. This one, well, it's okay. As in terms of "how was the beer" it was acceptable, sufficient even. Can't we just leave it at that?

Photo of Vengeance526
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Murrhey
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a pilsner glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Aggressive pour. Thick, five finger white head with middling retention. Active carbonation atop a light golden body. Quick moving bubbles, high clarity and an overall nice Kolsch looking beer. Color is maybe a little darker and richer than normal Kolschs, but hey. The fluffy head sticks around longer.

S- Golden malts, apples and crisp hoppy aftertaste. A little hoppier than the usual Kolsch.

T- Very tasty, crisp flavors.

M- Smooth, buttery and medium-bodied.

O- Fine example of the style. Americanized, but good.

Photo of kflorence
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Photo of JayQue
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had two 21 oz glasses at Gordon Biersch in Virginia Beach. Poured a fairly clear goldon color with a fairly small white head. The frosted/ice cold glass may have contributed to the small head. Head retention is about average with some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is malty with some yeast. Fairly subdued.

Taste is fairly good. Mostly malty, some yeast flavor and a little finishing bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, nicely carbonaated.

Overall, a good session beer.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear light golden color with a billowy white head. The head has a lighter level of retention, fading to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – A slightly sweet fruity aroma of pear and peach as well as a little bit of sweet honey complement a decently strong bready smell nicely. Along with these aromas are some hoppy smells of a light herbal and grassy nature producing a rather nice smelling brew overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat crisp cracker like flavor mixed with a bit of graininess and a lighter sweetness of a fruity nature with some pear, white grape, and apple. Quickly some hop flavors come to the tongue, with a lighter flavor of grass and hay being the strongest. As the taste advances these hop flavors get stronger in nature all while the fruit flavors fade some. The fruit however has a slight resurgence at the end however, with the mix of tastes leaving a moderately sweet, but still rather crisp and clean, lightly hopped, malt flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thin with a carbonation level that is very high. The combination of the two really create a wonderfully crisp drinking beer, complementing the blend of lighter fruit flavors, malt, and grassy hop flavors rather well.

Overall – A fairly nice kolsch. Nothing super extraordinary, but very enjoyable none the less.

Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of DaveHS
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of briman
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of kshankar
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of magictacosinus
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.7/5  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.

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