Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock | Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Blonde BockGordon Biersch Blonde Bock

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Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by StevieW on 07-11-2002

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Ratings: 333 |  Reviews: 175
Reviews by al3:
Photo of al3
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden yellow, very clear, could pull my prints from the other side of the glass.

S - sweet, slight dried fruit aroma, clean.

T&M - sweet malt and grain, slightly creamy and buttery. appropriate carbonation. I get a hint of hops and a fruit brandy flavor on the finish.

D - very drinkable, a good spring/warm weather beer.

Overall, a well crafted, good tasting brew. I don't drink many Bock's but GB seems to get these right. I would buy again and would seek out to try on draft.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
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)

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Photo of oberon
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blonde bock/Mai bock is my favorite lager style and in the spring I look forward to trying new ones.This poured into a .5 liter stein a full rich golden (not blonde) with a fluffy very well defined white head thaat turned into a creamy mass after settling slowly.Aromas were not pleasant,like wet grain with some sort of spoiled corn element,just not good.The flavors didnt show many of the nasty attributes of the smell wich is good,big buttery, caramel sweetness with some sweet alcohol and and toasty grain in a lingering finish.If you take away the bad smell this is a pretty good blond bock,just needs some tweekin.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This blonde bock is, well, not so blonde, but it is lighter than a regular bock. I’d call the color a light orangish-brown, like a very light copper. The head was big and full with lots of active carbonation feeding into it.

Smell – The nose here is light but not subtle, if that makes any sense. What I can pick up is some sharp sugary notes with a bit of caramel-laden malt beneath.

Taste – This tastes a lot bigger than it smells. The super-sweet caramel is huge and drowns out the malty base. This is definitely cloying in the taste. The sugary sweetness is good but over-the-top.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied Bock is so sweet my mouth puckered when I took my first swig.

Drinkability – This one is a little much to qualify as a session beer (which I think all Bocks should be able to do) but it was drinkable on a limited scale. I wouldn’t want more than one round of it, but it wasn’t bad.

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Photo of Shakerman
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Dmann
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very sessionable beer despite it's 7% abv. The beer poured a clear golden color with a small white head that settled into a small rim of foam and left little lace. The smell was quite grainy and had a nice sweet maltiness to it. The flavor was pretty good with a good sturdy malt backbone, a medium bodied mouthfeel and a hint of spice in the background. A good offering from GB.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of southernmagnus
2.05/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

After having two of these, I Googled Gordon Biersch to see if they were actually a front for Anheuser-Busch.

Super clear yellow, fizzy and macro-tasting.

If, God forbid, you've always wondered what 7% Budweiser would taste like- this is as close as I've found.

Not for beer lovers, at all.

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Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Big yellow pour with massive head, disappointing lacing, if you could call it that.

Aroma was a turn off, alcohol and I dunno, strawberry hairspray.

Taste, a little better, sweet, wish I could give it a 3.25 rating (edit: now I can!). Get rid of the primary "flavor" being "alcohol" and this could be a 4. Mouthfeel, the alcohol dominance doesn't stick around, so it succeeds there, but its lacking hop, malt quality leave room for improvement.

Expensive for what it is.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber blonde with a white fleeting head leaves thin sporadic spots of lace. Aroma: Rich maltiness semi-nutty with alcohol making a strong presence on the nose, a bit one dimensional with a touch of hops. Taste: Grainy offness in each sip high alcohol isn't hidden well at all, semi sweet graininess and off bitter grainy finish not that great. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied strong lager not my cup of tea I've had better German and American brewed versions. Drinkability: Lacks many characteristics to bring a high level of drinkability, getting one down is a job not well constructed a bit harsh with the grainy offness and overbearing alcohol.

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Photo of aschwab
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it in a bottle - poured it into a glass.

A slight bock color, clear. Its a brownish color.

Did not smell the beer.

Tastes fresh, however not as much bock flavor as I was hoping. Could use more flavor...

Goes down smoothly.

It is drinkable, but not a beer I would grab for all the time.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of bighandsjohn
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of samtrillo
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of watermelonman
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured to a bright and deep gold color without much head. It's not leaving any lace behind either.

The smell is a little subdued but still hints at the potency at hand. I wasn't much of a fan of the flavor, however. It tastes cheap and overly grainy. It's pretty drinkable considering the contents, but it's not something I really enjoyed.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance is golden, orange, yellow with a small head and great lacing...

smells of malty sweetness...with some fruitiness...

taste very malty not much hop presence but it is there...i get a little citrus in the taste...

feels very nice in the mouth....tingly carbonation....kinda dry though...

decent drinkability...although it is 7% abv!

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Photo of Drew03cmc
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad beer. I haven't had a bock before, but if this is representative of the type, I will have more.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of asabreed
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Fizzy yellow for the most part, with a decent soapy white head.

Smell: Some honey, grain, seemingly mild hops. Not what I expected from a Bock, but maybe I'm not in tune with the style.

Taste: Grain and malt sweetness. Honey. Maybe a bit of diacetyl. Oddly bitter finish with some citrus and pungency.

Mouthfeel: A bit oddly carbonated, a little sticky, and somehow a bit cloying.

Drinkability: This doesn't make me want to try any other GB products, as this one is drinkable, but nothing I'd want to session or really try again. But still, it's average if not a bit better I think overall.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1303 reviews and never tried anything by Gordon Biersch, nor been to one of their many brewpubs. Guess it's time to try 'em out...

Pours out a beautiful peachy orange, hazed over and sporting a firm, creamy off-white head. My oh my, I do think it looks a beaut.

Smells nice too, very nice. Has a strong fruity essence reminding of mango or guava (something you don't normally think of first when you think "bock"), possibly even a little banana, with a strong honey-like flair and, seriously, Fruit Stripe gum. Hopefully the flavor lasts longer than 3 seconds (I'm lookin' at you, Fruit Zebra...)

Taste favors honey, various tropical fruits, and a nearly astringent bitterness, kind of green, and the latter is the taste that rides out longest into the finish. Juicy white grape. A pretty vivid yeasty component, too. Somewhat buttery, though never quite reaching full-on caramel. It sounds sweet, but it's not overly so. Semi-dry finish. Taste is a pleasingly strong presence at first, but the quick dry thing leaves you without much impression seconds after each sip is gone.

Carbonation is on the aggressive side, although it's got a nice slickness that offsets that, or tries.

In looks and taste, this blurs the lines between bock and maibock, and has a bit of an American wheat/hefe weizen sort of thing, with that banana character (and other tropical fruits). Gordon Biersch isn't exactly the hippest and hype-est amongst beer cognoscenti, but I thought this offering was quite good, which must mean I'm still a newbie.

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Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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