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Gordon Biersch Braumeister Selekt IPB - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
84
good

42 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 07-06-2012)
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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

GRG1313, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -19.1%

jaydoc, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange color with a white head. Starts off with a strong floral hop aroma which fades into a grassy note. Bready malt gives a slight sweetness and there is a hint of yeast and mid esters. The flavor is exceedingly bitter, or at least harshly bitter, and unpleasant. It's also very grassy. Some mild floral hop notes, bread, and a slight sweetness of malt. Overall, though, this was not something I enjoyed.

womencantsail, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a three-finger, khaki colored head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very floral with some bready notes.

T - Floral hop presence with caramel, toffee and bready notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager.

O - This is a nice lager. It was a steal for $3.99.

zeff80, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big head of coarse foam in the Stella glass. Lots of champagne bubbles. Attractive amber color. Unusual resiny aroma that is hard to place. Something herbal like wild sage, but not much of the floral sort of hop.

Tastes stronger than advertised. Hops are full throttle but bitterness is manageable. Malty with the browned biscuit taste. An odd mineral taste and a hint of the skunk which is pleasant enough. Some fruity flavor like canteloupe. Fairly bitter aftertaste. Crisp and a little acidic but fairly malty.

If this is a double, it's two times 3.2% = 6.5%, but pleasant enough for an ABV in the usual IPA range. From the tall swing-top bottle, at least you get some class for your cash. Rather tasty and reminds me of the Gordon Biersch golden bock with a lot more hops.

mactrail, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML flip-top brown glass bottle.

Deep golden colored beer with a puffy white colored head.

Smell is spicy Saaz hop, the bottle claims it is 50 IBUs. Strong noble hop aroma, saffron, hay, grass, soapy and herbal scents. Smells a little soapy with a noticeable trace of sulfur from the yeast.

Starts out mildly sweet with a biscuit malt flavor and a slight sensation of salt in the mouth. Good strong hop flavors, mostly herbal and mineral on the tongue. Lots of grass and herbs in the flavor, it is bitter but not to an annoying level. Mild sensation of alcohol warmth in the chest.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a decent beer. Not sure it really qualifies as an Imperial Pilsner, it is just stoutly hopped.

Zorro, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Foamy off-white head sits about 2 fingers high. Excellent retention and ok lace. Nice orange gold body. Slightly cloudy.

S - Bready pilsner malt nose, plantains, lightly spicy hops.

T - Sweet bready malt; white bread and biscuits. Round, herbal hop bitterness with a bight black pepper and lemon finish.

M - Medium-light frame. Maybe medium to style.

O - A solid American take on a pilsner with bigger malt and hop notes than you'd traditionally expect in the style.

vfgccp, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of ccrida
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is dark gold with a white head leaving decent lace.

Smell is really skunky, this has a monster dose of nobles, herbal, a little sweet cereals.

Taste is similar. The big skunky hop flavor is coupled with a firm bitterness, which tempers the sweetness of the pils. Clean.

Mouthfeel is dry, lighter, almost watery.

Drinkability is pretty high, this is a quenching, tasty imperial pils for the hop heads out there. Nice to have a big hoppy beer using nobles to switch up the taste profile.

ccrida, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of pilsner and grainy malts with lemon, citrus, floral, and noble hops.

T - Starts off with pilsner and some sweet grainy malts with some lemon and citrus hops and some bitterness. Through the middle, some more lightly bready malts come through with some floral and a bit of grassy hops and more bitterness. The finish is a mix of pilsner malts, citrus and floral hops, some bitterness, and some lager esters.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and lightly dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very crisp and refreshing and overall well balanced.

ngeunit1, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #68 (Spetember 2012):

LOOK: Massive head, bright and bold golden hue

SMELL: Grainy, grassy hop, nutty, clean, floral, hint of alcohol

TASTE: Light to medium body, solid crispness, quite hoppy, bitter, husky grain, grassy, slightly chalky, very herbal, leafy, quince, green peppercorn, mild warmth, vegtal, undoubtedly dry, long hoppy finish

Yet another brewer jumping into the big beer, big bottle format. With the “Imperial” tag we expected a bit more alcohol, at 6.5% it does not really come close to that realm but a nudge of 1% would have helped here. Aside from that this lager does not lack character at all, pretty much a mouthful of hops the whole time.

STYLE: American Imperial Pilsner
ABV: 6.5%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

BeerAdvocate, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of yemenmocha
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful golden honey color with a slight haze, and plenty of frothy white head. Nose is herbal with some steely-metallic sort of aromas that come to mind, with some dry grain and dried out grass/hay. Palate is a dry with a malt presence that is immediately bitchslapped by the herbal hops. Incredibly dry to me. Very easy to drink, though I was surprised the abv is only 6.5%. Nice bottle, but not a great beer for the asking price.

yemenmocha, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Hellpop65, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev +7.8%

brotherloco, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of shand
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz flip-top into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This guy pours out a deep golden with a large head that drops down quickly. The aroma is fairly robust, with a big dose of sweet malts along with some grassy and zesty noble hops. The taste is very good, this one has a huge noble hop kick. Seriously, it's got that back-of-the-throat drying mouthfeel that lets you know that there's A LOT of hops in here, but it's not the same kind of hops that usually get this sort of treatment. Instead, it's full of zesty, grassy, and herbal noble hops. There's a decent amount of sweet malts that quickly get drowned out by the hop attack. Bitter and dry finish. The mouthfeel is more medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, and the drinkability is good. This is an interesting beer for the hop-head, it's an intensely hoppy beer, but with noble hops. Very interesting and tasty.

shand, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Soneast
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Soneast, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
3/5  rDev -19.1%

BarrytheBear, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

InfernoBoss, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of kaseydad
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Intensely Hopped Robust Pilser"? Let's see.

Pop the top and am met with a "Poof"...always nice to hear. Pours a pretty clear golden ale with a massive egg white colored head with sporadic lacing.

A lot of lemon in the aroma. Also an abundance of floral. Grassy. Orange. Malty. Above average but nothing special.

Being a not so Pilsner dude, the taste was better than expected. Yeasty. Earthy. The hop element is nice with a big pilsner/malty backbone on the swallow...followed by more bittering hops on the finish. Aftertaste lingers of lemon. A lot more flavor than your dad's pilsner.

Carbonated nicely.

Overall I was impressed with the offering. Not a huge Pilsner fan but the added hops spiced it up for me and gave it an unexpected push. 6.5% with a bunch of flavor. The 750 was a little much...but I finished it cuz it was the right thing to do.

kaseydad, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Beerswag
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Beerswag, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of MPSTARR
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

MPSTARR, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of TheMarkE
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

TheMarkE, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of JEdmund
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight chill haze, honey yellow, tall and frothy white head.

Strong aroma of Noble hops. Nice!

Flavor surprised me by how strong yet balanced it was and ultimately enjoyable. I really didn’t expect to like this very much, but I really did enjoy it. Big Noble hop character, which is certainly a break from the norm of American hops. Good clean malt for balance, with just a touch of honey sweetness to play off the hops. Finishes dry but with a lingering hop bite.

Overall I’d say this one is a success. Not something I’m keen to drink often, but certainly something interesting to try.

JEdmund, Aug 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Tumble, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of gpogo
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear light golden body with an impressive dense white head. Lots of bubbles.

A- Light malt, somewhat bready aroma with an ever present herbal bitterness.

T- Pleasant sweet malt flavor with a light bitterness throughout. The aftertaste has a somewhat unpleasant astringent bitterness to it.

M- Medium body and high carbonation.

D- It's alright. Not too heavy, but the bottle it comes in is quite large and after one I can't imagine having another. The astringent aftertaste was somewhat unpleasant, but other than that it is an enjoyable brew.

gpogo, Feb 03, 2013
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Gordon Biersch Braumeister Selekt IPB from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
84 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.