Gordon Biersch Dunkels | Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Wildman on 06-15-2002

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by UCLABrewN84:
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3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Gordon Biersch in Burbank, CA.

Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, and caramel. Taste is much the same with a toasty flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but nothing special.

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Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one poured an orangish brown in color and gave off a nice head.

Smell – The singular aroma was darkly-toasted grain.

Taste – The dark, bitter grain dominated this Dunkles.

Mouthfeel – There was some sharp carbonation here that I thought was a little out of place, but otherwise this light to medium-bodied lager fell good in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This went down reasonably well. It is proven to be a difficult style to produce in the US, and Gordon Biersch did a decent job here.

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Photo of Dmann
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was expecting better things from this one, but it turned out just average. The glass I recieved was very dark in color with a small thick pillow of foam at the top. The smell was very sweet and malty. The taste closly followed the smell and was quite malty and good, but it just needed that extra kick to be something better. This one goes down very eaisly though so try this one if you are ever at the resturaunt.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The most interesting in their Fall lineup- richer. Dark with lace. Liquor and licorish aroma. Unfiltered and light on alcohol. Medium chewy roast flavour. Less aggressive carbonation used. Apple, lemony and lots of malt. Sour finish which I liked but may not be for everybody.

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Photo of Beernoobie
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of k47k
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dgallina
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Arrived a medium-brown with small creamy tan head which quickly dissipated to a light film. Smells of sweet grains with light spicy hops in the background. Taste dominated by lightly toasted grains with a medium-sour hop finish. Slightly creamy and highly carbonated in the mouth. Quite drinkable, but very simple and *completely* unexceptional.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Boilermaker88
2.59/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a pint of this dark lager while at the Gordon Biersch Restaurant in Pasadena. Being unfiltered, it had a murky brown color and a modestly sized off-white head and left small clumps of lace.
Try as hard as I could, I was unable to get any kind of aromas from the nose of this beer. Baffled, I tried repeatedly, only to be rebuffed each time. It was like sticking my nose up to a glass of water. A beer without any nose? This can't bode well for anything else.
At least there was some flavor to this beer. Unfortunately, it wasn't very impressive. Just a bit of caramel and light diacytel flavor up front before an astringent, slightly metallic and sour finish. The feel was medium/light, thin and a bit watery.
Well, up to this point the GB brew I liked the least was their marzen. Now, I've found one to like even less. Lifeless, boring and just not very tasty, I'll avoid this one in the future.

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Photo of StevieW
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft in San Francisco....The best of their offerings, IMO. Nice dark amber to brown color. Nice malty sweet, toffee, amber smell. Good balanced taste and feel. Malty taste throughout, crisp finish. Nice thickness to it, that you expect in a dark beer. Sweet malty flavor, makes it a winner.

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Photo of aracauna
2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This was a completely unimpressive beer. It has an ok flavor, but it's very thin. The sweet opening a little cloying with a little lemony citrous middle, and the finish a little bitter. Gordon Biersch seems to worry more about making pretty beers than tasty beers.

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Photo of Derrill
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany-cherry wood in color. Opaque due to darkness, I presume.

The aroma is very disappointing: there is a very strong soapy smell. Behind that, I detect some roasted nuts and a touch maple. The flavor is predominately chocolate. There is also some soft hop that prevents an overly strong sweetness. Still, this is a sweet-ish dunkle.

The aftertaste quickly disipates. This much thinner than expected with a high carbonation. I believe this is the weakest beer at Gordon Biersch. While it is not bad, I suggest trying the exceptional Kolsch first.

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Photo of Gavage
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brownish red in color with a 1" tan head. No lacing developed. The aroma was mild, as only some grass and caramel were detectable. The flavor was of caramel with a hint of chocolate and a subtle nuttiness. Little bitterness.

Mouthfeel was crisp at the start and finish. The finish was rather clean, only a slight hint of caramel lasted briefly. Overall the flavors are tame and this reduces the drinkability down a notch as this was slightly dull.

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Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful hazy brown with a nice head. After a long day at the conference with little to eat, this was the perfect beer. Aroma was hard to identify in the restaurant with all the other smells but a cloveyness was percieved. Sweet and malty with a light bitterness. Nicely balanced and very enjoyable.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a 21 ounce glass full at Gordon Biersch, Virginia Beach. They give their beers different names. This one was called Klassibier at 5.7 .abv vice 5.4 as it says here. It is a Gordon Biersch Dunkle Lager a ll the same. Pours a fairly clear light brown color with reddish highlights. Nice size light tan head with good retention and plenty of filmy lacing on the big Weizen glass. Rich aroma of bready malt with hints of molasses, caramel and brown sugar coming through. Mouthfeel is crisp and rich, for a lager. Nice and smooth, with a light touch of bitterness in the finish. Very enjoyable, would have liked it better if it wasn't served ice cold.

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Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Dunkel was a dark coco with a small off-white head. No real lacing.

The nose was of slightly roasted malt and an aroma that reminded me a a whole grain bagel.

The taste was much like the smell. Not bad, just a bit underwhelming. Some slightly smoked malt vibe and and a bit of sweetness.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin and I thought the beer was a bit under carbonated. It could not stand-up to spicy food. In spite of its flaws, this was an easy drinker.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled from Bel Air

A - Auburn brown, little, malty brown head, which dissipates slow.

S - Honey, cinnamon, malts, caramel, and dark sugars.

T - Caramel, honey, pretty good. Almost like a dubbel, but without the ester.

M - Smooth, very sweet.

D - Overall great beer, but doesn't drink similar to the style.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jimbotrost
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Washington DC location and very impressed. The pour was of a medium brown with ruby highlights and and pinkish head on top of medium carbonation.. The flavor is malt dominated as it should be and the nose eludes to that fact. The finish is nice and sweet and the aftertaste leaves a lasting impression that makes you want more.

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Photo of crnhusker
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The GB Dunkel is a dark amber brew with a white head that is fairly well developed but diminishes in a short time. It leaves some lacing behind from the residual head. The body is medium and the feel is quite smooth. The taste comes mainly from malt and there is a fair amount of caramel in the malt. Basically fairly sweet, the beer is not particularly well balanced, but does drink well. The nose is light and gives off a caramel malt aroma as its primary trait.

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Photo of Wildman
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out medium dark amber color. It formed a nice light tan head that left a nice lace as it subsided a little. Retained the head pretty well though. Not much aroma to it, maybe some hint of malt. The taste of it had carmel, malt and toffee. A good beer, although price in this chain in a pricey part of town.

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Photo of Gregwa
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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