Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant - Midtown
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2.5/5 rDev -29.6%
Second trip to this place, neither visit was impressive to say the least.
Most recent was a Sunday night, so it was not overly busy. Took the waitstaff about 15 minutes to finally ask if we wanted something to drink and another 10 to bring it out. Had the blonde bock and it was barely finishable...barley. I think they only had 3 beers on tap, so they made up for the fourth by offering a mixed beer of the dunkel and blonde. The dunkel was slightly better than the blonde bock, but not by much. Also ordered a pizza, when it came out I thought there were white/yellow onions all over the pizza. It turns out they were all whole garlic cloves, waaay to many.
Ended up having to leave after 2 beers and seeking out a better drinking establishment.
Definitely will not go back.
10-02-2008 16:51:46 | More by twiggamortis420
2.95/5 rDev -16.9%
This is a really nice, upscale looking place with great ambience. Easy to find along Peachtree St. (yes, but aren't they ALL called Peachtree Street?), in what looks to be a fairly decent area of town. The service was good, with the good news being the bartender would provide plenty of samples at the drop of a hat and was nice as heck. The bad news is that none of the beers is at all noteworthy. Corporate-made lagers really aren't designed to stand out, but come on...at least step out a bit. The Marzen, Pilsner, "Blond" Bock (whatever that is) were all almost identical. The dunkel (a basic dark lager) has no malty notes whatsoever. What's the point in making it? While competently made to the mass tastes that appear to be the norm in Atlanta, these beers just don't stand out by any beer geek definition I have. The food was fairly decent, so maybe that's what the attraction is here. All in all, though, GB may be one of the best of the national chain "brewpubs" and actually does merit a stop.
03-29-2008 20:37:02 | More by BertSugar
3.05/5 rDev -14.1%
I have mixed feelings about Gordon Biersch (GB) over the 5+years I have been in the Atlanta area. On my first visit I wasn't impressed with the taste of the food vs. the price. However, after multiple visits over the years I have warmed to the food selection and the taste of many of the dishes are excellent. The atmosphere to me is rather generic and it feels like the big-business that it is (i.e. It feels sanitized). Don't get me wrong it's a beautiful place, but the overall feel is of less and not more. The focus is taken off the beer (which is good beer) and it looks like they even took steps to hide the on-site brewery. The staff give canned speeches on each style and it all has a MacBeer or Wal-Beer feel to it. However, the beer is rather good and I'm very fond of the Marzen and occasion I follow it up with the Dunkles. This is the type of place I will readily go if a friend asks but I'm not inspired to go on my own.
01-31-2006 15:55:12 | More by TheEclecticGent
3.08/5 rDev -13.2%
I must say that I was underwhelmed with Gordon Biersch in terms of its beers. The selection is lacking--I was really in the mood for an IPA or even just a pale ale. I sampled the seasonal, a pumpkin spice beer. Usually these beers are, to my taste, overspiced and too heavy on the pumpkin. This one went too far in the opposite direction; I couldn't make out much pumpkin OR spice. I decided to go with the Dunkles, which I found to be bland.
The atmosphere was not what I would expect from a brewpub. In fact, I don't recall seeing the brewing equipment on my visit, though I didn't explore the entire premises. All in all, it seemed to me to be very sterile.
That said, the food was awesome. I fully enjoyed the pulled pork sandwich, and I think they have the best french fries I have ever had. They are coated with some sort of minced garlic concoction that had me drooling.
Visit date: 12 November 2006
11-22-2006 21:35:14 | More by oxguru
3.2/5 rDev -9.9%
I'm not a big fan of this place. The beers are consistent and gorgeous, but a bit middle of the road in the flavor department. It's also one of those places that try to be trendy and upscale with their food, but it's really not worth the price you have to pay. I kind of like the design of the place, though and the pool tables upstairs are nice. You just have to be careful though, the staff doesn't really know anything about the beer and there are instances of poor service.
06-25-2003 23:20:13 | More by aracauna
3.3/5 rDev -7%
In a nice midtown location. Fairly large space, with lofted seating as well. There's not enough room at the bar, but there are a number of high-top tables adjacent to the bar.
Gotta love the free beer sampler, as others have mentioned. I went with a pint of the Blonde Bock, which was not bad. Service was decent, the beer was decent, the selection was 6 choices (seasonal was an alt). Beer was mostly ok. We didn't try the food.
Not my first choice for Atlanta, but not a bad stop if you're in midtown; could easily combine it with a trip to the Vortex or a number of other locations in the area.
02-13-2008 18:54:12 | More by shivtim
3.5/5 rDev -1.4%
The place itself is actually very cool with outdoor seating (which unfortunately faces the parking lot) and an upstairs with pool tables and a separate bar. The food is pretty good with some solid standbys, but I usually stuck with the appy's. The beer is just ok in my book, I usually had the marzen because they were usually out of most things and I just didn't care for the Hefeweizen they had. The main dining room is attractive as well, but I rarely used because of the upstairs, the bar and the surrounding area with casual pub tables. The crowd can get on the yuppy side so be prepared for Southern belles.
12-20-2002 12:01:54 | More by doho95fu
3.56/5 rDev +0.3%
I wanted to go hit brewpubs, but they were like, "We're taking all of you out for dinner tonight in Atlanta", and you know, it was a work stint, so you really have to deal and go to their shitty sushi place. Now here's the part that kills me. We leave said shitty sushi place, and I can see Gordon Biersch a block and a half up on the other side of the street. I mean, hell, I'm right there, but I'm one of the people with wheels, and I carted a couple of people into the city from the hotel, some dozen miles back towards the airport, and am going to have to cart them back. So I resign myself to the "guess Gordon Biersch ain't happening", and head back to the hotel. But I'm itchy, you know? So I get into the lobby, and say, "Yo, Connecticut, what are you doin'? You up for a beer?" And yep, we drove back to Gordon Biersch...
Long narrow room, with seating to the right and a marble top bar to the left. The bar seats about a dozen and a half, and they've got 2 towers pouring 5 beers and a few TV's hanging about. The bar overlooks roughly 18 bar tables with low lantern lighting. The rest of the room is basically seating area, 4 dozen tables of different sizes and shapes with string lighting. Yellow walls with ivy covered canopies over the booths, large brown wood pillars and wooden beam awnings, checkered German flags and large German beer prints, and an open faced kitchen to the rear. There's a large display case right in front of you as you enter with cool old beer steins and mugs, some of them dating back to the 1700's. At both ends of the bar lie doorways to the outside deck, housing a dozen tables and 6 smaller round bar tables. A staircase towards the back leads you upstairs to a room with 3 pool tables and a small bar, and a party room off of that as well as a small room with a bunch of fermenters. You can get a good view of the entire place from up there.
Meanwhile, they're pouring just 5 beers (Marzen, Dunkles, Golden Export, Hefe & Blonde Bock). Asked for a sampler and got 5 small half filled glasses. Was taken aback for about 6.27481 seconds before remembering my sampler experience from the Gordon Biersch in Las Vegas, which is that their idea of a sampler is giving you a taste of all of their beers. It's a freebie so they're not pouring you full 4 ounce glasses, they're really just tasters. Sampled the wares and then had me a pint of the Dunkles which I think is the best of the lot of 'em, although the Marzen ain't too shabby either. Would like to have seen a seasonal or something but you get what you get.
08-09-2004 02:24:34 | More by slander
3.63/5 rDev +2.3%
A group of us went there on Christmas Eve, and the place was empty for post-lunch, which was fine with us. The service was good, considering we had two children with us. Selection was common for a brewpub; I must admit that the Winterbock was surprisingly yummy. Food was good. I had the goat cheese ravioli, which completed the Winterbock well. As for the prices, it was standard fare. Pub group were between 7 and 12 dollars, and the dinner meals were higher. Knowing this establishment is part of a chain, I might be skeptical in visiting another Gordon Beirsch. However, I would not think twice about coming back to the ATL location.
12-29-2008 03:04:50 | More by tommy78
Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant - Midtown in Atlanta, GA
84 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.