Gordon Biersch Maibock | Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch MaibockGordon Biersch Maibock

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Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by AtLagerHeads on 04-27-2003

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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 172
Photo of ender796
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the tapping party and at the Weasel Boy for the NHC judging/stewards reception. Liked it better the second time. I always seem to pick up a bit of woodyness and slight woody/musty aroma when getting it form the wodden keg. Go figure! Anyways its a great tasting beer. Smooth and easy drinking. I think this one is the favorite among the brewer's choice/seasonal beers.

A: Nice darker golden color. Very clear with a nice head.

S: Nice bready, malty aroma. Didn't detect any diacetyl or hop aroma. The beer smelled inviting to me.

T: This is where the beer won me over. The grainy flavors were outstanding. Kinda bread crust taste. Hops were in balance for me. It seemed to be well balanced with no sweetness to my taste.

M: Medium carbonation. very smooth.

D: I could drink this beer all day. Well, at least until I fell on my ass drunk as a skunk!

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Photo of jburris64
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Had this at the Va Beach Brew pub and loved it! I love having fresh brewed beer on tap. Smooth on the palate this is an extremely easy beer to drink alone or with a meal.
I'll be back for this one.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my glass it is a dark red brown with a creamy light brown head. Slight hop aroma-sweet malt in the initial taste-this malt sweetness stays with you until the last swallow. There is also a alcohol warmth to this beer-mouthfeel is medium, and lucious. Drinkability is good-it needs more hops to balance the malt sweetness-almost too sweet to have more than a few

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very surprising beer for a chain microbrewery!

Copper color with nice head and very flavor fortified beer, balanced strong malt character with sweetness, low hop balance.

Roasted malt and sweet caramel up front, background spices cinnamon, anise, raisons. Very minor hop feel, just enough to know they are there. Warming balanced well with the sweet strong body of this beer.

I really enjoyed this one!

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lovely caramel color with crystal malts all over the nose and flavor with a perfect hop balance. Say what you will about GB but they have mastered a few lagers including this one. Possibly the best maibock I've ever had. The winterbock is even better.

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Photo of Riggo
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap in Washington, D.C., this strong springtime lager is dark gold with a creamy white head that leaves nice, web-like lacing. The nose is malty, yeasty, musty and fruity--bubblegum and a touch of lemon. The taste is somewhat fruity (orange, lemon) with a deep, full maltiness, yeastiness, and alcoholic warmth balanced with a crisp carbonation edge. I detected no hops in the flavor profile. The mouthfeel was full with perhaps a little too much carbonation for my tastes. Balance is there but drinkability suffers from a bit too heavy maltiness. A fresh-tasting and characterful brew.

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Photo of dstc
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, burnt orange color with a decent off-white head. Head falls to nothing leaving the thinnest of lace.

Aroma is of roasted malts. No real hops noticeable. Bit earthy.

Nice, deep roasted malt taste. Sweet malts linger on the tongue along with drying alcohol. Very nice.

Medium bodied and rather smooth.

Gordon Biersch does not seem to get too much respect but I have been loving there stuff lately for session beers and this one does quite well. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of allthatAles
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red, creamy head quickly fades, it wreaks of malt, red apples (caramel).

Mouth; kiss of malt, cream, candied cranberry red apple, hops see the finish, though subtle provides for a fruity sweet tart finish.

Bubbles fade quickly from this med-heavy lager. I notice this isn't necessarily a 'bloating beer'. Still best enjoyed in moderation.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pokal.

A = Caramel color with extremely good clarity, forms a small one finger bone white head that settles quickly into a solid covering of small bubbles over the surface. Lightly carbonated with very small bubbles.

S = Rye bread dough, cloves, white pepper, some tropical fruits.

T = Clean, crisp flavors of unsalted crackers, cloves, plantains, fresh wheat and barley, slight earthiness, finishing with a light bitterness which offsets the stronger malt flavors it started with.

M = Medium body, light sparkling champagne like carbonation, good mouthcoating.

D = This is perhaps just a bit too strong in the taste department (and ABV) to be something you want to have too much of at one time, but it is a perfect beer on a lazy Spring afternoon.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at the Summerlin Gordon Biersch location.

This Maibock poured a hazy, copper color with creamy, white foam that settled and left a thin layer on the surface of the beer. The smell was mildly malty with a hint of Munich malt and a note of alcohol. The taste was strongly malty with a touch of Munich malt and a faint bit of caramel. The light malty sweetness was balanced by a nice hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was smooth and malty with medium body and moderate carbonation. The malt and hops lingered nicely in the finish. This was a nice, American take on a German Maibock.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden yellow / light copper in color. Short one finger head lingers a bit before becoming a surface bubble or two.

Smell: sweetness is abundant and easy to detect.

Taste: strong grainy malt base with honey, melon sweetness, and a decent bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable and there is a touch of earthiness and yeast tones. All in all a sweet and flavorful offering.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start, almost syrupy at the finish. Medium-heavy in body. Long malt sweetness and hints of alcohol glue themselves to your tongue for a lengthy aftertaste.

Drinkability: smooth and quenching even though this feels thick on the tongue. Good version of the style worth seeking out on draft.

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Photo of mklinger
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass. It was a nice pale amber with a 1/2 inch white head that left some decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma and flavor were both mostly bready malt with just a little light caramel sweetness. Lots of Munich malt in this one -- a nice rich character. Some hop bitterness for balance but it was still a background quality.

This beer had an appropriately thick, rich mouthfeel. I found this beer to be surprising just how nice & rich and enjoyable this was. Nice beer

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Photo of al3
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - I've honestly never seen a beer that did not look like something I'd want to drink. Brown/reddish brown, filtered. The look matched the taste.

S - smell was OK, nothing offensive.

T & M - Flavor was lotsa malt, sweet with a roasted/toasted something thrown in. For me the mouthfeel did not seem to match the taste, I expected a fuller body. It seemed lighter/thinner than it should have.

D - easy to drink, could put back a few, no problem.

Overall, a good beer, worth trying.

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Photo of BigBry
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap pint, the seasonal selection at the time.
Clear, dark copper brown with a creamy light brown head. Some hop aroma with the malty sweetness. Flavor was a bit sweet, pretty well balanced. Very typical of the style. By the end (after it had warmed a bit) there was a alcoholic bite aftertaste. Slightly thin, medium mouthfeel, but you don't want it to be heavy. Good drinkability, too bad time issues would not allow me to try some more.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer fares better than most other GB lagers. Bold in its maltiness and subtle in the Pilsner grains, the beer takes on a hearty, bready tone with moderate sweetness. Herbal and grassy hops prove to be bold, but balanced both in flavor and bittering. Spicy and lightly fruity notes help to decorate the beer. Warming in the finish, but allows for smooth texture and easy drinking. Head retention could be better.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap, Gordon Biersch, Myrtle Beach

A- pours a hazy golden orange color with a small white head with decent retention

S- light floral hop, sweet bready malt, fruity notes with a bit if yeast

T- moderate floral hop with some fruity, apple-like flavor. The malt is sugary and sweet with a clean-yet-fruity finish

M- medium-heavy body, slightly viscous and sticky mouthfeel with a creamy finish. Alcohol is hidden very well

O- easy drinking spring seasonal, this ine can catch up with you fast as the alcohol is hidden very well. Glad to try, but probably won't buy again.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not the greatest or most fair review, since I went to the Maibock spring release party tonight and tried this. The beer had a clearish, auburn color with good head and some decent lacings. The smell, to my nose at the time, was mildy hoppy and had nothing else. The taste was very hoppy, while the body was full and filling. A slick passing over the tongue was balanced with a very dry result on the backend. Some earth and grassy notes I must add, and some malts like bread that filled the stomach quickly. This isn't a good review, I reiterate, but I know that this brew was fully enjoyable and I recommend a try to anyone visiting the VB location soon.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An unfiltered amber beer whose white head died quickly, but I'll blame that on the dirty glass that I got it in. (shame shame: get a dishwasher that gets lipstick off.)

Aroma is sweet and tart with not much hop presence. Flavor is fruity with definite raisin and orange notes. Finish was much cleaner than something with this much malt dominance might suggest; not syrupy like the stronger big-beer maibocks. Seemed like it would work as a session beer, and it has the taste that may send you springing for the "outdoors": porch, balcony or biergarten. Would love to have this with a cheese, bread and fruit picnic.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at the Seattle location.

Appearance: murky brown-orange hue with a thick finger of ivory foam. Not at all bad.

Smell: toasty and caramelly with a lightly balanced sweetness. I like it.

Taste: sweet with a nice caramelly character. There's a hint of toastiness that works well. There's also a nicely balanced bitterness that I dig.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: a surprisingly decent maibock; worth a try!

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Photo of kevinv
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tyson's Corner location in McLean, VA in early May. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a deep copper/bronze color with a foamy 3 finger off-white head. The beer is almost translucent after it settles from the pour. Great head retention and nice lacing. Does this beer vary in color? Some reviewers reported a similar color to mine while others say "light golden." Odd.

S - Earthy, some toasted pale malts, lightly hoppy, and a little caramel sweetness. Slight alcohol in the nose.

T - The taste is toasty malts with a moderate presence. Bready with a nice caramel sweetness. A hint of alcohol comes through, more so as the beer warms. Light floral hop bitterness. The finish was a little dry with a light hop bitterness.

M - High-light body to a low-medium body. I expected, and would have liked this to be a little fuller in the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

O - Honestly, I really enjoyed this beer. It was probably my favorite of the night out of a few of their offerings. Like another reviewer said, goes great with their garlic fries. I'll have to try this from the bottle and see how it compares. Pretty solid overall with the exception of the light mouthfeel.

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Photo of Boneheadmx
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a reddish amber with a head that subsides immediately.

Smell is of deep honey, grapes.

Taste is exactly what I expected from the smell. Fairly sweet, with a decent bite of the hoppy finish. Pretty balanced for this type of beer.

Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin, carbonated side, which I felt didn't work too well with this beer.

Drinkability is fairly good.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gordon Biersch Maibock has a thick, cream-colored head and a clear, amber appearance, with lots of lacing and streaming bubbles. The aroma is faint, but one can pick up sweet, medium-roasted malts and a little bit of grain husk. Taste is sweet malt, some syrup, brown bread, a touch of hop bitterness, and alcohol is present across the sip.The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Gordon Biersch Maibock finishes crisp and fairly easy drinking. Overall, this is a very good beer.


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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a wide-mouthed pint glass)

A- This beer has a wildflower honey colored body with a slight hazy and a thin light beige head on top that is supported by a gentle carbonation.

S- The clean smell has notes of soft raw grain and light toasted malt notes.

T- The light taste of caramel malt is dry but is followed by a faint sweetness of pale malt. There is a smooth cream note in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a full texture as long as the head last, which is for a good part of the beer. There is no alcohol heat noticed.

D- This beer is a nice sipper with a very smooth flavor for a 7.0%ABV beer, but the muted flavors really leave me wanting more flavor. If they doubled the malt bill it would have a great flavor.

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Photo of Zekezilla
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this at the City Paper Brew Festival here in Baltimore. I've only tried a few Maibocks but I really like the style and this was one was a good example of one. Malty, very little hops are present in the taste. Mostly the taste is biscuity with some herbal sweetness present also. Appearance: amber, very little lacing.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a half of an inch of off-white, thick, dense, head that has great retention

S - caramel, apples, sweet

T - caramel, apples, faint hops, some sugar

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth

The caramel and baked apple notes dominated this one. There are some faint hops for balance, but overall, it's sweet, fruity, and sticky. I'll pass in the future.

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