Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant - Midtown
Active Beers: 37
Beer Ratings: 2,622
Beer Avg: 3.64
Taps: 5 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
3.56/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 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
3.7/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
My aunt and uncle swear by the one that I turned them on to in their native Washington, DC, so I am a fan of the chain by proxy.
This location was in ATL's Midtown section, which seemed to be up and coming. It was well-lit and as I approached, the brickwork was enticing. Entering through a short vestibule, the m.d.s. was directly inside of the doorway. In fact, the m.d.s.'s position helped to bisect the space. The bar area was to the left with many high tables and chairs plus a couple of booths and the marble-topped bar was to the extreme left. All of the way aft was the kitchen and the smells wafting from the brick oven were mouthwatering. The right side was mainly booth seating. There was lots of vintage advertising throughout the space.
Upstairs, off to the left, was the brewhouse, fronted by a small bar. Off to the right up there were high tables and chairs as well as three billiards tables.
My server was a personable fellow named Justin. I really enjoyed their seasonal Festbier.
02-13-2007 08:50:37 | More by woodychandler
3.66/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4 | $$
They now have 6 beers available up from 4, so a slight selection raise is in order. All beers remain decent and to style.
Original review of 7/23/03
This is a very nice and well-designed brewpub. It is very airy and the designer has made excellent use of dark wood and glass to give this a very unique and classy look. I liked the touch of having the Munich banners hung from the ceiling. They have a smallish bar, but a great set-up of lots of long tables and booths. They also have a nice small garden for those days when it’s actually cool enough to spend time outside in Atlanta.
They had four of their beers available. I tried the wheat and the marzen. Both were decent but not spectacular representatives of style.
The food was very good. I hosted a business diner there and everyone seemed to like their food. We had some good appetizers to lead things off and the dinner portions were generous.
All-in-all a very nice place. I think they could be a little more adventurous with their beers, but I plan on going back next time I’m in town.
07-23-2003 18:29:53 | More by Redrover
3.3/5 rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
In a nice midtown location. Fairly large space, with lofted seating as well. There's not enough room at the bar, but there are a number of high-top tables adjacent to the bar.
Gotta love the free beer sampler, as others have mentioned. I went with a pint of the Blonde Bock, which was not bad. Service was decent, the beer was decent, the selection was 6 choices (seasonal was an alt). Beer was mostly ok. We didn't try the food.
Not my first choice for Atlanta, but not a bad stop if you're in midtown; could easily combine it with a trip to the Vortex or a number of other locations in the area.
02-13-2008 18:54:12 | More by shivtim
4.28/5 rDev +19.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I had a very good experience here. I caught the bartender on a slow day. As he poured more than a few pints, we discussed all things beer and brewing. The brewery takes on a retail feel, right on the street and sidewalk, and allowing very good visability into and out of the otherwise standard, dreary bar. The interiors gleamed with light colored woods and stainless steel. Airy and loft-like inside with a quite, confident brewery metality. The standard 5 beers were pure, simple, and very well brewed, formulated, and handled. The seasonal (Vienna) was also a welcome surprise. As I told the bartender, I can appreciate a brewery who knows their identity (German lager-based) and does not get distracted with the IIPA's, Imperial Stouts, and 12%'ers. The food was varied so that there is a taste for everyone; all done reasonably well. Albeit on the lighter side, the foods paired well with the beers. A welcoming place, just don't expect any bells or whistles, or any exotic American experiments.
06-11-2007 17:14:00 | More by BEERchitect
3.05/5 rDev -14.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
I have mixed feelings about Gordon Biersch (GB) over the 5+years I have been in the Atlanta area. On my first visit I wasn't impressed with the taste of the food vs. the price. However, after multiple visits over the years I have warmed to the food selection and the taste of many of the dishes are excellent. The atmosphere to me is rather generic and it feels like the big-business that it is (i.e. It feels sanitized). Don't get me wrong it's a beautiful place, but the overall feel is of less and not more. The focus is taken off the beer (which is good beer) and it looks like they even took steps to hide the on-site brewery. The staff give canned speeches on each style and it all has a MacBeer or Wal-Beer feel to it. However, the beer is rather good and I'm very fond of the Marzen and occasion I follow it up with the Dunkles. This is the type of place I will readily go if a friend asks but I'm not inspired to go on my own.
01-31-2006 15:55:12 | More by TheEclecticGent
District of Columbia
3.63/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Was really close to my hotel and only had a few hours to catch a brew and a bit of food. Sadly, I didn't have the chance to check out some of the better beer sites in Atlanta, but hopefully I will get to visit again.
Anyway, the atmosphere was just OK. Mostly post-work khakis and suits sitting in and around the bar area. I sat at a two-seater table, and had really fine service. The server was nice, prompt, and offered to explain anything and everything, though I didn't take her up on that.
Place had a really modern restaurant feel to it, and was actually quite large in terms of seating and space. Huge bar area, and there were numerous tables throughout. Really 'new' looking in terms of the decor and furniture. Had a kinda manufactured character to it, but it wasn't terrible or anything. Just generic.
Had about eight of their brews available on tap, and the ones I sampled were quite good in terms of quality and were definitely fresh and handled well. Just a few macro guest brews in bottles. Prices for the beer were really reasonable, and same went for the food.
The menu was quite large, but I stuck with a more than solid chicken sandwich and garlic fries.
This was an OK place and their brews made up for the lacking atmosphere, but I am sure there are far better places to hit in Atlanta (and I hope to visit them).
04-22-2009 02:05:54 | More by Nickls
4.03/5 rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Located in midtown a short walk from two MARTA rail stations, it is easy to find and appears to have adequate parking. Interior is open, clean and inviting. There is plenty of seating, from booths and tables for two to large tables for six to eight patrons, as well as a long bar and plenty of outdoor seating. The waitstaff are helpful, courteous, alert and quick. Beer servings are on the generous side, so you have to be careful - even when I followed my own rule of one beer an hour, I still got a little fuzzy. Menu is extensive, and the food I did have was delicious and satisfying. I tried four of their beers and found all of them to be decidedly drinkable.
This is a good place to have a Meetup or other sort of gathering, especially because it is easy to let MARTA be your designated driver.
05-26-2007 18:33:08 | More by Cyberkedi
3.7/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
GB in Atlanta was a welcome oasis in a city that is surprisingly void of a decent selection. The beers were fine (particularly the Kolsch), but the food was superior.
The layout features a large open space with an exposed kitchen. Very typical brewpub look. I liked the outdoor patio, but this August evening was a bit too humid for my liking, so I ate at the bar.
Asking the bartender for his recommendations, I was very pleased with the Ahi Tuna, ordered rare ($20 in 8-05). The preparation and the sauce were superb. The meal was superior to similar orders which cost me $40+. The presentation was poor (a ice cream scoop of rice with pool of collard greens), but the flavor was delightful. I also had the Southwest eggrolls (appetizer) which were very tasty but a bit dry.
The Pilsner and Marzen were good, while the seasonal Kolsch was superb. This restaurant was located in the midtown section of Atlanta.
09-03-2005 02:46:50 | More by smcolw
3.95/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5
Atmosphere This is hard to define. The set-up was very non-traditional for a brewpub, but I think in a good way. The table area was very nice. It was almost like a fine steakhouse. They serve steak and other fine foods so maybe it was just right.
The booths were high-backed with privacy walls which is conducive to a nice, quiet evening. The bar area on the other hand was very open and conducive to people watching. All in all a very good mix.
Quality Everything here was top-notch. The quality of the building materials and furniture itself was beyond reproach. The walls were adorned with fine pictures, many historical, and other places draped with the Bavarian flag. Everything here indicated a huge financial start-up capital.
Service The service on my one visit was very good. I went during an off hour, which doesnt always guarantee good service as we know, but Lee was very attentive and extremely knowledgeable about the beers.
Selection I was somewhat disappointed at the selection. They didnt seem to have much else other than GB, which is OK for a brewpub, but they only had four of their own beers available.
Food I ordered an Asian-style cashew chicken stir fry. The sweet n sour sauce was exceptional and a bit spicy as I like it. This was served atop a bed of Jasmine rice that was cooked just right.
04-23-2004 03:35:59 | More by RoyalT
Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant - Midtown in Atlanta, GA
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