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Active Beers: 35
Beer Ratings: 2,589
Beer Avg: 3.64
Taps: 5 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by allengarvin:
3.88/5 rDev +19.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Brand-new outlet of the national brewpub chain, in a brand new shopping outlet mall. So new that when I went, the street it's on wasn't in Google Maps yet, and it directed to the middle of a residential section of Carrollton about 10 miles away (it's really on the NE corner of the Tollway and Legacy, behind the Williams Sonoma, btw).
The beer selection is pretty basic stuff for a brewpub, all German-style beers. There was a pils, schwarz, marzen, hefeweizen, and something else I can't remember--maybe an dortmunder export? The hefe was definitely the best of the bunch, a wonderful mix of fruitiness and lightly spicy phenols. I took a growler home, in fact. The marzen was faithful to style. The remaining beers I didn't find very interesting.
Despite the all-German beer lineup, the menu is basically nouveaux-American, a bit pricy. We got a couple of pizzas, with custom ingredients. They were out of dough at first (it is very new) but they made some more and gave us one pizza for free for the delay. The garlic fries were delicious, appropriately garlicky. We also ordered gorgonzola potato wedges, and the chef forgot to add any gorgonzola. Once this was pointed out, they quickly remedied it, but it still shows they're a bit new at this. The grilled asparagus was cheap and made a great side for the hefes while we waited.The waitstaff was very attentive to our drinking needs and quite friendly. If you don't want to eat there, there was an interestingly looking sushi place immediately north.
A good addition to the DFW brewpub scene. The beers are definitely better crafted than Humperdinks or Two Rows. Hopefully they'll brew some more interesting beers in the future. I could definitely have used at least one hopped-out-the-wazoo beer before the night was over.
07-07-2008 02:27:34 | More by allengarvin
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3.48/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75 | $$$
I've been to this particular Gordon Biersch a handful of times since it opened a few years ago. For the most part, I've been underwhelmed. However, after a business lunch to the Northpark location, I decided to take my wife (a lover of German beer) back to the Plano location. Apparently they have a fairly new brewer (the waiter wasn't sure how long he'd been there) and I thought the beer was phenomenal. As noted in other reviews, they only have a handful of their own beer (traditional Germans mostly: Export, Czech Pils, Marzen, Hefe, Schwarz and a seasonal). However, they've recently added a handful of guest taps and bottles. On my last visit, the house seasonal was a very good IPA and one of the guest taps featured Community IPA. I thought that the Czech Pils, Marzen and Export were well above average examples of their respective styles-- a real tribute to the brewmaster for nailing these tough lagers. The Marzen had something slightly different about it as well (Saaz perhaps?) that was very appealing.
Additionally, although I think GB is a bit pricey for fairly average, if upscale Americana fare, I believe the best way to enjoy the food there is to stick to the very creative appetizers, several of which are pseudo-gourmet and very well done.
After my previous visits I've always left feeling like I overpaid for mediocre beer and acceptable food. This time I felt like the food was above average and the beer was well above average. GB is now back on the list of locations I'll happily return to.
11-04-2013 22:09:28 | More by TXHops
2.9/5 rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$$
Visited Gordon Biersch a short time back. My first impression was that this was trying to be a semi-fancy restaurant that happened to serve beer. It's interesting because I've been to other locations in other states where the atmosphere was much more casual, more like a typical brewpub. I don't remember any TV's, and it's not a terribly big place. Not visible from the street, if you don't know exactly where it is you might never know it is even there.
Total of 5 beers on tap this night with no seasonals offered, sampled two. The Marzen was probably the only real highlight of the evening. Nice sweet & toasted malt character right in line with what you would expect based on the style guidelines. The Schwarzbier, however, was a bit of a dissapointment. Roasted element was present, but was almost too subtle. It was just lacking character.
As for food, our table had four different dishes. Out of the four, only the Fresh Mozarella pizza arrived still warm. It was decent, but not memorable. The other four dishes, the Steak Frites, the Bistro Steak Medallions & Teriyaki Flat-iron steak all arrived on the verge of being cold. Again, nothing memorable here. The only other thing to note is that any items containing garlic (garlic mashed potatoes, and "signature" garlic fries) are literally LOADED with garlic, and are boderline overwhelming. Let's just say that if you plan on any social activities later in the evening, you should avoid these dishes.
As far as service, no complaints, certainly no better or worse than average. Pricing for our meal was on the high end, probably 30-35 per person not including dessert, but it should be noted there are slightly less expensive options. If we were to go back we would stick to more traditional fare, like sandwiches, salads, or burgers not only due to the price element, but also due to the somewhat poor results when we tried the fancier offerings.
11-23-2008 02:23:26 | More by briman
3.01/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 1 | $$
Beer bar? huh??? 5 beers to choose from and looking at the menu you'd think this was a wine bar or martini ranch. Nothing about this place really beckons me to try new beers and I was so disappointed in this as I sat next to a guy looking to try something new and whom was only into Bud products. After having their offerings I had little available to suggest, as he didn't like the 5 German offerings. The marzen and hefe in my opinion were pretty tasty, schwarz was off, but still finished it. Would be nice if a place that sported 'brewery' in its name offered more beers than wine and liquor. Two Thumbs down there. Other than that, cool new place to hang if you drank the other stuff and wanted to chat with pretentious people. :)
07-26-2008 03:04:37 | More by ballewblake
Gordon Biersch in Plano, TX
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.