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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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Photo of WJVII
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
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 -19.1%
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 -2.9%
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 +3.8%
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 0%
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 -23.2%
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 +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 Onenote81
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
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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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 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 silver0rlead
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a nice off-white head. The aroma is appropriately malty with notes of caramel, toffee, green apples, bread dough, hay, a little mineraly and minty hops, and some alcohol. The flavor starts out with some bread dough and hay, green apples, toffee, raisin, mineraly hops, alcohol and some chalkiness. Mouthfeel is a little thicker than I expected, and drinkability is pretty good. Overall a solid maibock, but nothing particularly noteworthy.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, caramel-colored body with a tall head stand of off-white foam.

Smell: Pils malts wrapped up in moderately toasted bread. It's like a pils malt sandwich! Additional supporting notes of herbs, caramel, and apples.

Taste: Opens with a taste seemingly of pilsner malts with some addition of toasted bread accents. Slight caramel sweetness. Hint of baked apple. Lightly herbal, leafy hops with a touch of balancing bitterness. Drying, herbaceous finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation. Could benefit from a slight boost in carbonation, as it sits rather languid on the tongue.

Drinkability: If nothing else, it paired surprisingly well with the cover song "You Oughta Know" by the group Das Racist. While (for me at least) none of the bottle Gordon Biersch brews have been exemplary, they've at least been sufficient to get the job done.

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Photo of nickd717
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gordon Biersch at the San Jose airport. Shame on GB for having Bud and Bud Light on tap here to appease the ignorant/brainwashed masses.

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 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 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 largadeer
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle for a buck at Whole Foods. Clear bronze in the glass, brilliantly clear in fact, with two fingers of white froth topping the body. Looks good, albeit filtered to death. Apricot, peach and Munich malt aromas with hints of more acidic fruit, though it's on the sweet side. The taste follows suit, Munich malt joining light fruity esters to create a tasty but slightly cloying baked stonefruit flavor. Medium bodied, sweeter than I'd like and not particularly quaffable or complex, this is decent all the same, possibly the best beer I've had from this brewery.

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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 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 jbphoto88
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had on the release night at the Plano GB. It is blood orange in color with lovely amber highlights. A light sand colored head that is quick to fade leaving nothing but a wispy collar.

Smell is of sweet malts and a light touch of grain alcohol. Gently toasted grains, honey and a touch of caramel.

Taste is sweet more then anything else but there is a soft toasted malt flavor with a defined grain alcohol note. A coy bitterness appears in the finish along with a distinct dry mouthfeel. Distant is a honey apricot creaminess that is nothing more then ok.

Look is the best feature of this beer. The nose slips as does the flavor but never to a point of damnation. The biggest problems of this beer, in my opinion it's the mouthfeel. Rough on the palate and dryer then I would expect for the style. Each sip seems to be more of a chore then a pleasure. It tastes like a cookie cutter beer and isn't as good as the others in GB year round line up. Worth a try but I'll look forward to the next seasonal.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the San Jose location. The Maibock is a Hazy sienna with a thin white head. It's quite sparkling and it leaves good lacing. The aroma is fruity and wooden... a little butyl. It is medium-bodied, smooth but slightly chalky. The flavor has a nice fruit peel bitterness and a little black pepper from the alcohol. Not bad.
(rated May 15, 2007)

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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 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 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 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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