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Gordon Biersch SommerBrau - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
82
good

41 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 114
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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? (765 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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!! (435 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,351 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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! (383 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,463 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of beer2day
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of Shaw
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (2,494 characters)

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