Blonde Bock
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Bock - Maibock
Ranked #171
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3.36 | pDev: 16.37%
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
United States
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Notes: A traditional "Helles" or pale bock beer, Blonde Bock is a medium hopped beer with a rich, malty flavor. Made popular in the early 1600s, bock beers were originally brewed by monks to minimize hunger pangs during fasting periods. Most bock beers are dark in color. Our Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock is golden with a creamy head.

23 IBU
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Helluvaz from California

3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a chalice

A: Malt, yeast, light caramel, like a lighter version of a regular bock
A: Blonde-brown color, white creamy head with good head retention
F: Toast, dark malt, yeast, slight caramel sweetness
M: Close to full body, with excellent balanced flavor.
O: A lighter version of bock in flavor, the color may throw you off, but the body is full. An easy beer to drink. This beer uses light roasted Pils malt (which gives the color), but the I really like the flavor

Feb 03, 2019
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 50 oz pour. Golden colored with a khaki, ice cream head. Spotty lacing. Aromas of peppery/floral hops and bread. Flavors of honey biscuit with a sourdough/herbal/tea finish.

Jan 27, 2019
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teromous from Virginia

2.71/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

From the back label: "BOTTLED ON: 09:56 242 04/07/17"

Appearance: The body has fantastic clarity. It is a nice medium shade of gold with hints of orange-brown and lighter gold. The head is very large and rocky with a pure white appearance. Great retention and lacing. It looks a bit darker than normal but it still looks amazing in the glass.

Aroma: I get an odd aroma that I can only describe as dog food. Every time the glass is pulled back and re-approached there is this light bit of spicy yeast that comes through but it is immediately replaced with that dog food smell. Odd...

Taste: There is a light and slightly toasted caramel flavor, a touch of alcohol, and some herbal hop flavor, This flavor carries from start to finish. The strongest flavor at the beginning is the toasted caramel. The strongest finishing flavor comes from the herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a good medium mouthfeel that has just a light bit of texture and a nice bitter bite from the lightly roasted grains and the hops. It remains an interesting beer solely because of the mouthfeel.

Overall: That awful dog food aroma never goes away at any point and for that reason alone I would not recommend the beer. While it does have a lot of redeeming qualities it is really hard to get over a bad aroma. I would probably turn down this beer if somebody gave it to me.

Jun 04, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You get a big white head on top of the cloudy yellow pour, but the retention was substandard. Aroma was the worst part of the beer, lots of alcohol noticeable with a puree of yeast fruit that seemed misplaced.

Taste was still pushed by alcohol peeking through everything else, but it at least brought some grain aspect to try and distract from the heat. Some hop bitterness to it, again seems misplaced.

Seems like it would be a lot better if it were 1-2% less abv.

Apr 12, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Oakland airport. Light copper body, minimal head. Sweet malt aroma, taste follows with more sweet malt, honey. Body is fantastic, slick, slippery. Shame they serve it ice cold.

Feb 22, 2016
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GrumD from Japan

3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A tasty beer that does not wow. Deepish colour with a decent head and a sweet and pleasantly floral aroma. First taste is pleasant with a decent amount of malt followed by a pleasant, very American, hop kick. Not up to the standard of its European equivalents. The aftertaste is not lingering. Good but not inspiring.

Nov 21, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bready, Sweet, Clean, Bold

A beautiful looking beer showing just as much clarity and glow as it shows on the palate in cleanliness. Layers of malt take a several sips to open up, a breath of alcohol comes off desirable. One sweet side to start, hoppiness kicks in about half way then the rounded character of the maltiness finishes off with a dose of breadiness. Our noses and palates hoped for a bit more hop character but this brew will do.

STYLE: Helles Bock | ABV: 7.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #94 (NOV 2014)

Aug 25, 2015
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timbocf from Texas

5/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Gordon Biersch in San Tan Village, Gilbert AZ. Poured a rich amber color. 2 finger head that stuck around for a minute or two. Mouthful and flavor were great. They really know how to make a good beer here. Maybe I'm a lightweight but I was definitely feeling the alcohol from 2 of these. I would definitely drink this again.

Apr 26, 2015
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B4PTSD from Hawaii

3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid beer in my opinion. There is a balance between the bitterness and sweetness. You can not taste the 7% abv in the beer. I would get this beer over a Heineken beer if your into lagers. Overall this is a good beer smooth and refreshing. This is my first time buying any kind of Gordon Biersch beer. So far no disappointment from this company. When I'm not in my hoppy mood or dark style kind of beers I would get another six pack of this beer. My review probably doesn't give outsiders a good evaluation but I have not had too many Blonde Bocks and this one is good until proven otherwise.

Apr 02, 2015
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draft pint, served in a logoed glass.
One of the Brewmaster's Choices / seasonals at the San Jose location.
Dark golden color with a solid white head, thin lines of lace.
Sweet, malty aroma, minimal hop smell.
The flavor is also on the sweeter side, malty, caramel.
Smooth mouth feel, alcohol seems well hidden. Good carbonation, thin body.
Ok, but wanted a bit more flavor.

Jan 17, 2015
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archyquaffer from Montana

3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a longneck into a shaker. A moderate pour produces a billowing 1.5 inch frothy, white head that dissipates into a continuous sheen that sticks around pretty well. The beer is a pale copper color ("strawberry blonde"), crystal clear, and with light carbonation.

A very delicate floral hop aroma is apparent, along with a little DMS. The flavor could be described as snappy, with a decent hit of spice and some citrus to balance out the grain or cracker-like malt base. The body/mouthfeel is very moderate, with some lingering frothiness. A little bit of alcohol warming is apparent, to accentuate the spice and herbal notes.

The beer goes down easy and is just light enough to make it a bit dangerous as a session beer. It strikes me as an excellent example of a light bodied beer with some complex flavors and an alcohol bite, which is just what you want in a bock.

According to the brewery's website, I should not be able to buy this beer within a hundred miles of where I live, but I actually bought a six pack at Front Street Market in Butte, Montana. It was 7-something a six pack on sale.

Aug 01, 2014
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades quite fast to leave only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big and bready with lots of sweet caramel smells. Some lighter hop aromas, of a grassy and citrus nature, are mixed with these subduing the sweetness ever so slightly.

Taste – The taste begins with a moderate doughy taste mixed with lots of sweeter flavors. The sweet is a mix of fruit, caramel and honey with the caramel being the dominate taste but complemented well by some apple and pear. As the taste moves on, some hop hits the tongue with a bit of a grassy and citrus hop coming along. All the while, the doughy flavors dwindle a bit while the sweet flavors get slightly stronger. With a decent, but not obnoxious, alcohol taste coming to the tongue at the end, a rather nice sweet and lightly hopped warming taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thicker body and lower carbonation help create that creamy feel which is quite nice for the sweet, light hop and light booze flavors of the brew.

Overall –A bit sweeter and less malty then I was anticipating, but very pleasant none the less. A nice brew for the price.

Jun 26, 2014
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samtrillo from California

2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy orange gold. Expertly performs a disappearing head trick. Lots of bubbles rising to the top.

S - Sweet bread with a bit of caramel and grassiness.

T - Somewhat sweet bread to start, end and aftertaste was pretty unpleasant sour. Tasted 'old', I don't know how to put it. Another reviewer said astringent.

M - Loads of carbonation is fun but the aftertaste lingers too long and it is an unpleasant one.

O - Not really my thing, and there are other beers in this category that can do it more justice.

May 04, 2014
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TheMarkE from California

3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gold/copper with a decent sized but quickly disappearing head. Noticeable carbonation.

Smell: Bready malts, grass, caramel.

Taste: Caramel, honey, grass, and a hint of floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and creamy. Not much of an aftertaste.

The Verdict: Good beer. A solid, well balanced bock offering. Nothing out of the ordinary maybe, but exactly what it’s supposed to be. You really can’t ask for more than that.

Dec 02, 2013
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wking from California

2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can't attest for the sight of this beer since I am drinking it out of the bottle next to a fire, but if its anything like the rest of the beer I imagine it being quite average.
Again drinking from a bottle doesn't do smell justice either, up front there were some lemon notes mixed with some bready caramel. Maybe a bit of alcohol.
It taste...ok. A touch spicy, mainly sweet. The malt is prevalent in this brew, although the citrus lets its presence know right away. I have to say finishing this beer there was an isopropyl taste during the last few drinks. Not a real great after taste.
Overall I would only recommend this beer to someone who likes trying different bock style beers. It did come in a variety 12 pack so I'm hoping there is some gold left in it.

Nov 19, 2013
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TheSixthRing from California

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden orange with an off-white finger width head. Good retention, gives way to a broken layer of suds across he surface. Very little in the way of lacing.

Smell - A strong bready aroma and lesser caramel intertwined with prominent notes of freshly cut grass.

Taste - A noticeable undercurrent of grassy, floral hop bitterness gives depth and balance to this brew rich with caramel and bready malts. The hops do well, peaking mid-taste, but don't quite have the punch to overtake the stronger malt qualities. The finish is sweet, with lingering caramel and hints of honey.

Mouthfeel - Certainly heavy-bodied as far as lagers go. Carbonation is moderate, but still delivers a solid crispness and bite to the lips.

Overall - If there's one thing Gordon-Biersch does well, it's lagers. This one is no exception. A clean, fairly crisp and well-balanced maibock with nice character. A fine example of a style that's not so common in the U.S.

Sep 15, 2013
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HBresler from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-blonde/light amber, crystal clear, two cm white head that stands in the glass
S-bready, malty, slight sulphur (ok, it's a lager - might improve with longer lathering)
T-clean, malty, very much to Helles Bock style, just the right hop balance to have a clean finish without really noticing the hops.
M-medium to full body, appropriate for style
O-a fine example of the Helles Bock style; in BJCP terms, it would score in high 30's to low 40's.

GB allows its brewers to perform.It is apparent from the reviews here that some excel and some don't. This GB brewer (Cheektowaga, NY) got it right.

Aug 10, 2013
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Fatehunter from Oregon

2.61/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A finger and half of head on a clear, straw colored body.
The aroma is grain with metal. Not great.
The taste is average: grain, mild bitterness and mild sweet finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A mild drink overall without any offensive notes... or redeeming qualities.

Feb 23, 2013
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Noxious26 from Canada (SK)

3.07/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle with pry off cap poured in a miscellaneous large glass at our rental condo at Turtle Bay, North Shore, Oahu. Came in a variety 12 pack.

Clear golden in colour. Bright white head is 3/8th inch on the pour but quickly recedes to a few thin islands of foam with practically no lacing.

Noble hops are at the front of the aroma with hints of herbs, malts, sweet corn and lemon.

Noble hops blend with caramel and sweet corn at the start then noble and herbal hops dominate the wet finish.

Medium bodied with little carbonation, but has a bit of an oily quality and it's a bit cloying.

Nothing special, but paired with some salty snacks it's ok.

Feb 03, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 7/24/12.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, biscuit, and some fruity notes. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and 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 a pretty good beer that is a bit strong but drinkable.

Dec 24, 2012
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scratch69 from Missouri

3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Hazy golden color with a half a fingers worth of quickly disappearing head. Minimal amount of lacing.

Smell- Pale malt and grass aroma.

Taste- Slightly sweet malt flavor at the start that is quickly overtaken by a moderate hop bitterness and faint notes of booze.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. It felt a tad syrupy at times with a dry finish.

Overall- Boring and uninspired. It was drinkable but utterly forgettable.

Nov 18, 2012
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hopmonk, Sebastol location. A decent serviceable blond. Slightly yeasty "dirty blonde" flavour which was fine on a 26 degree Fall day. A bit funky as a result, but I was expecting something cleaner and a mild hoppy ale. Significant retained head on light blond body. Carbonation above average.

Nov 11, 2012
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TheRealBigC from Nevada

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice blonde color with noticeable carbonation. Smell is malty, a little grainy. Not great, but appropriate. Tastes malty and clean with a smooth feel. An extra kick from the alcohol is nice. Overall I wouldn't say this is a great beer, but it's a pretty good attempt at a Maibock, which unfortunately I don't see much of around these parts.

Sep 14, 2012
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Mojo from Alabama

3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours up a copper color with not much head to speak of and no lacing. Smell is oranges, grass, and bread. Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Just the right amount of carbonation. Taste is sweet and malty on the front giving way to gradual hoppiness on the finish. Not the best beer ever, but a very drinkable one.

Sep 13, 2012
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a light orange amber with a thin white head and no lacing. Light bready malt aroma. Light, sweet, bready malt, a hint of hops and some light adjunct flavors. Eh… Not bad a bad beer, but a mediocre bock.

Jul 31, 2012
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