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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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of jsprain1
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light on the amber spectrum. Thick, large bubbled head sits rather nicely atop. A bit of lacing.
S- A bit of a fruit aroma, apple would be my assessment. Definitely sweet maltyness on the nose.
T- Quite sweet, but not as much so as some in the style can be. There is a dried apple flavor in it as well.
M- Syrupy at first, but it finishes dryer than I expected. Decently full body for style.
O- A decent beer and it hides the alcohol pretty well. A good attempt, but I don't know that I would make a concerted attempt to try it again. I would have liked just a little bit more balancing bitterness.

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Photo of kevinv
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Bennettrox
2.61/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Optimator13 for this one

A - A nice pretty amber pour, 1 finger white head.

S - Caramel, toffee, sugar, and a little candy.

T - Sweet malts, caramel, more sugar sweetness

M - Moderate carbonation, a little thin.

O - I've had this on tap, first time on the bottle. Much better on tap, this is just overly sweet for a maibock. Not my favorite example but I know GB can do better.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light copper appearance, average head, carbonation, not much for lace. Not much for aroma.

Lighter in body than its appearance would suggest, carbonation is nicely done, very limited hop mouthfeel from this, something very low alpha acid I would expect. Sweetness is the predominant flavor, but not candy like by any means. Highly carbonated, largely drinkable, but not much defineable character beyond carbonation and sweet. Not complex by any means. A little bready downbottle, and the smell turned for the worse. Better when you pair it with their garlic fries, but what isn't?

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Photo of zimm421
2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at the Columbus, OH location. Appears an amber color with darker reddish hues. Has a decent off-white head, nothing overly impressive here.

Smells very sweet and malty. Bready, caramel and fruity are the best ways to describe the smells. Not really any hops in the nose, definitely just a sweet smelling brew. The taste corresponds to the nose very well - lots of malt. Caramel, and fruit are both present. The end of each sip is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is definitely light with an average amount of carbonation. Overall, not an impressive brew, just fairly average. A decent summer beer, and it went well with my meal, but didn't make me want to go back for more.

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Photo of Chaney
2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap at the Tysons Corner location before going to see "Thor."

A: Very cloudy caramel kiss color, with a finger or so head that stayed afloat throughout the session.

S: I got almost nothing on the nose.... and I gave it everything! I got maybe a few traces of dark malt and nuts.

T: There was a distinct vomit-like aftertaste that I found most unpleasant. Need I say more? Very dry finish.

M: Pretty carbonated for this style (which I find in most GB beers), and the taste lingered somewhat.

O: This was the worst beer I had that nice. I won't get this one again.

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Transparent amber in color, off-white head, bits of lace.

Caramelized malts, caramel, sweetness, nutty, and that's about it.

Taste is sweet, malty, caramel, nuttiness, and a hint of booze.

The feel is creamy, slick, medium bodied. Goes down smooth and is slightly rich.

Overall, a decent Maibock. Works well for a seasonal, as I will enjoy this sixer well enough, but that will do for a while.

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Photo of nimrod979
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle, poured into a standard pint glass. Clear amber/orange color with an average small off-white head that dissipates to nothing rather quickly.

Mostly malty aromas. Mix of bready, caramel and some sweet dark fruit smell peeking through.

Taste is sweet malts. Some of that dark fruit flavor showing up. Perhaps a little too sweet. A tiny hint of hops kind of shows up in the finish. but it's not really that noticeable.

Medium bodied with a fizzy carbonation and moderate finish. I don't know. I don't really love the beer. It's not fantastic and there's nothing exciting about this beer. Then again I don't hate it either. Just nothing I'd ever buy again. Distributors must've started pushing this beer around here about a year ago. It seemed like every bar or liquor store was getting this stuff.

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Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GB Maibock, 12oz's into pint. Pours deep golden, almost copper with literally no head whatsoever. Smells really sweet with lots of crystal and pale malts showing up, no hops are detected. Tastes almost cloying, and not really pleasurable to me. This beer somewhat reminds me of their Blonde Bock and I'm just not a fan of that one either. I wouldn't mind using this in a marinade or something similar, but I just cant see drinking another in the near future. Overall, I would recommend someone thats into really sweet offerings to sample this beer, its worth a try but its just not for me I guess. Cheers!

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Photo of WJVII
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass this brew has a 1 finger off white head that left little lacing and nearly no cap once settled. (was over poured and served said boo-yah when slamming it onto my coaster). The aroma was very sweet and full of dark fruits and caramel. The taste was along those lines, very sweet, nutty malts and a strong plum and raisin flavor. Not much hop noticed in this brew. The carbonation was moderate and there was a little notice of the alcohol warmth after about half the brew. This was an OK beer but nothing to write home about and after getting the tab, don't think it was worth the price- BOO-YAH?

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Photo of shand
2.79/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic. ABV is 7.3%.

Pours a rather orange-red color with a fairly minimal head. It comes on sweet at first, very sweet caramel malts. The aroma is fairly good, a strong caramel maltiness with a touch of frutiness. Smells a lot like their Blonde Bock, actually. The sweetness never goes away, even as this brew turns more bitter towards the finish. Cloyingly sweet. It almost tastes like the exact same recipe as their Blonde Bock with just some more hops thrown in. This brew's saving grace is some nice roasty nuttiness that comes on in on the finish, saves it from going even lower taste-wise.

The mouthfeel is just alright, it's highly carbonated and seems full-bodied, but somehow just washes right down. The drinkability is OK, it would drink a lot more easily if it weren't so damned sweet. Another letdown from Gordon Biersch. I find that everything they do is just too sweet for my liking. I mean, this is a decently constructed beer

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Photo of cjgator3
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear dark amber/copper color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is bready malt with caramel and hints of dark fruits.

T- The taste like the aroma is predominantly malty with a 
a lot of sweetness from the malt up front with some caramel flavors and a moderate amount of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not bad but not not great either. This one is right in the middle, a pretty average beer. Not something I would purchase again but not something I would turn down either.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Look - Copperish in color, with about half a finger's worth of foam that dissipates quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - malty but with a touch of zestiness from the hops. Smells sweet too, like a cola.

Taste and Mouthfeel - sweet in the beginning, a bit musky or "dryer" in the middle, and bitter in the finish. I can't taste the carmelization..pity. Texture is very well-balanced.

Drinkability - despite the bitterness at the end, I find this to be a very drinkable brew! Worth a six-pack.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium amber color with minimal head. Aroma is pleasant and sweet-smelling with caramel malt and some plum-like fruitiness. Flavor is caramel malt and pale malt along with slight dark fruit notes. Very mild bittering hops come through on the finish. Decent. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Rather flat on the mouthfeel. Overall, well, this is all right. Slight shortcomings on the palate and appearance are made up for by pretty good aroma and flavor for the style.

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Photo of Soonami
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Gordon Biersch has a pretty good reputation in beer circles for their brewpubs that make beers on-site, so I decided to try their Maibock that I found on the shelves at Stateline Liquors in Elkton, MD.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with a tan head the quickly devolves to a sparse coating. The beer smells very malty with sweet apples notes, rising bread, and hints of oxidation like turn wine or bruised fruit (not good). The bock is very sweet with a thick layer of oxidation that lingers on the tongue leaving a clingy almost vegetal after taste. The oxidation tastes almost metallic like crushed apples sitting in an aluminum tin for days. I did not enjoy this beer very much and I would not try this again.

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Photo of dstc
4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
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 Onenote81
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not sure what the difference is between this and the Blonde Bock from the same brewery. Same style and essentially the same ABV. My bottle is labelled Maibock, so I'll stick the review here.

12oz bottle poured into a mug. Pours a dark crimson/amber. There's a thin beige head on top, but it disappears quickly. No lace present. Scents of figs, raisins, toffee, and a little booze quality. Different.

The mouth is firm. Pretty heavy body for what it is. Carbonation level is decent. The flavors are unlike any other of this style that I have had. This is more like an English Mild Ale, or a weak Old Ale. Dark fruits abound. Some plum and raisins present. Bitterness is moderate. There's a bit of an alcohol burn on the back end. This was an odd offering. I enjoyed their Marzen, but this one, not so much.

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Gordon Biersch Maibock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 176 ratings