Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock | Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Blonde BockGordon Biersch Blonde Bock

Brewed by:
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
Photo of timbocf
5/5  rDev +50.2%
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.

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Photo of metallistout
4.8/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz Bottle
Pours a yellow-copper color with a full, foamy head that stuck around for a decent while. Sweet malty nose, you can smell the high gravity for sure. The taste is extremely malty and you can definitely feel the alcohol. I can drink these all of the time. Only thing I would change is a hint more on the hops side, but other than that it is a good brew.

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Photo of pchalk
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of Tquila4u
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of Antonius08
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of Offa
4.47/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty bock.

Deep gold with orange hints, it has a medium, off-white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and leaves some decent lace.

The aroma is quite nice with bread, raisins, grapes, dry, dusty hay with hints of herbs and pine.

The taste is also very nice, smooth, yet interesting, with bread crust, raisin, with a persistent, smooth alcoholic warmth, bite, and spiceiness. It has firm sweetness bit moves into a finish that has clean, bitter dry leaves and dry grass as well as raisiny spiciness.

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Photo of furballkazoo
4.41/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice smell, and flavor, close to the German classics.

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Photo of bastardface
4.36/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer in my opinion. The born on date was on January 6 2010 so it is pretty fresh. It has a sweet taste whick is easy to drink. The smell is refreshining and rather fruity and sweet. It's not very hoppy which is fine with me. If you like light beer with a kick and gratifing taste you will like Gordon. It's easy to drink and doesn't leave a bad after taste. Mouthfeel is superb. Chill it.

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Photo of clickpush
4.35/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: At Dulles airport, draught to weizen glass. Showed a two finger white head over a half-cloudy honey colored beer. Lots of interior bubbles throughout. Head fled after a minute or two, leaving some trails along the glass and a hefty cap over the surface of the beer. Looks very refreshing.

Nose: Alcohol is present and (after a long flight) inviting. Pineapple sweet, yeasty, grassiness from the hops, and caramel. It all combines to make a strong, delicious aroma.

Mouth: Yeasty, fruity, and delicious. Enjoyable malt characters are the highlight. Strong prickling carbonation on front of tongue but is a tad flat by the end. After swallowing a sweet, bready flavor lingers and mingles with a grassy hop flavor. As it warms it seems to fall apart a little, and the balance does not last very long.

Over all, I would buy this in bottles to stock at my house.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Marked by a grainy, even "juicy" malt, this beautiful helles bock is a perfect example of the style! It's golden body has a light orangeish tint beneath it's short but very creamy bright-white head. The head retention is quite good given its 7% alcohol content, and it leaves walls of spotty lace about the glass. The nose is clean and fresh with lightly candy-sweet and grainy malt that beckons you to imbibe. A zesty, fine-bubbled carbonation cuts through some of its medium body, leaving it to appear a touch thinner than it is; and awakens the tastebuds before the beer slides smoothly away. Balance is what the flavor is all about, and it's sweetish dose of malt is balanced by a low-lying bitterness and snappy alcoholic bite. As it warms, the richness widens, but it never steps beyond it's bounds. It's not intended to be a complex beer - just a rich one, and it succeeds masterfully. It's masterfully brewed, and despite it's alcohol content, it remains highly drinkable!

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Photo of King_Lich13
4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spointon
4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap tonight at the Gordon Biersch in Bolingbrook, Il on 11/5/2008.

A= This beer poured a very clear gold color with a 1/2" snow white head. The head quickly dropped to a skim and left decent sheet lacing down my glass.

S= Quite clean, with malt sweetness as the dominant aroma. Very little of the faint sulfur smell I normally detect in lagers.

T= Like the smell, this tasted very clean and fresh. The malt sweetness was comprised mostly of light caramel and peach syrup notes. A mild hop presence balanced the flavors. Alcohol presence was very much hidden. This tasted like a sweeter version of a Maibock.

MF= Medium body with a crisp and refreshing carbonation level.

D= Well balanced flavor profile and dangerously easy to drink. I really liked this beer and will definitely get back for more. I am glad my local G-B added this to their lineup this Fall!

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Photo of tapman
4.28/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light copper bolnde. Color is golden at the botom and dark at the top, nice lighting effect, with a 2 finger head, creamy and white...pilsner like though not as thin.

S- Smells like a Pilsner with toffee malts instead of the usual thin maltiness present in a pilsner. Hops are Bavarian in aroma as well as the malts. A bit of caramel and toffee, butter and a slight tartness in the yeast and hop balance. A slight dry yeast sting in the nose finish.

T- Sweet and sour; bitter in hop/malt balance with a seet malt/yeast balance. Slight dry finish, hoppy, tart aftertaste. As it warms it gets sugary sweet and resembles juicy fruit gum.

M- Crisp, refreshing, a little sticky in the finish. A pretty complex mouthfeel which you don't hear to often.

D- A bit hoppy for me, but it is a 'hele' bock beer so... Very Pilsnery, which I'm generally not crazy about, but this adds a nice bit of sweet malt thus gets a higher score from this BA. If your stuck in a San Francisco airport you could do much, much worse.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock has a thick, off-white head and a clear, golden-orange appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles and some decent lacing. The aroma is of sweet malt, molasses, caramel, and a sting of hops. Taste is the same, and one gets alcohol as well. I was impressed by the prominent hop profile with this one. Mouthfeel is medium, and Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mostly dry, and not too sweet or alcoholic. Overall, this is an excellent beer.


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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.14/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in straight tall glass at friend's house.

A: cloudy, golden orange; 1-finger head, frothy, little lacing
S: sweet, yummy aroma of malts mainly
T: outstanding, rich, deeply flavored bock; caramel; moderately hopped
M: rich, thick

I was expecting something quite pale and light, given GB's other beers, but this was deeper and richer than I expected

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Photo of HBresler
4.13/5  rDev +24%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first time I’ve tried this beer in almost 3 years, I guess I’m way over due. Limpid golden amber color on the pour, head is modest in size, frothy in consistency, tan in color and a nice lace formed to cover the glass. Malt dominated nose, light floral tones, and crisp sweet and quite pleasant to the senses with a malt sweet start and the top middling. Finnish has a perky acidity, big hop spicy bite, light but robust, dry and lingering aftertaste and real top notch bock that does the style proud.

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Photo of dstc
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with a decent off-white head. Head falls to minimal one. Thin lacing.

Thin malt aroma. Rather clean when cold but more tantalizing aromas come through as it warms.

Sweet malt taste, no real hops here. Very prominent vanilla flavor in the finish that lingers on the tongue. Nice.

Medium bodied in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Nice, easy drinking beer. Easy to have a few of these, I like it.

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Photo of KoG
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden body with a frothy white head. Leaves a good bit of lacing as it gows down.

Smell is mostly malt with a bit of wheat and some light citric and flowery hops.

Tastes rich and malty but not heavy or cloyingly sweet. No bitterness can really be found until the end, and then only a nice light touch.

I had no clue it was 7% ABV as it is hidden and not detectable at all. A very nice brew and it worked very well on a hot day of brewing. Might have to pick this one up again.

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the GB brewpub in Honolulu Harbor. Crystal clear, bright gold. Slight head, no lace. Smelled of honey and floral hops. Slight apricot ester. Very appealing. Bright taste, starts with honey with a hop bite. Creamy mouthfeel with a kick. Along with the Dunkel, I think this is one of the best beers they make.

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
4.07/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a glass; bottled on 09/21/09: nice and fresh, one month old.

A: A clear straw-gold with creamy white head that doesn't persist for long (however, it looked like it should have, and so, this lack of persistence may have to do with the cleaning of the glass).

S: Malty body with some alcohol present. Smells like fall. Fresh-cut hay with appreciable levels of DMS-veggies.

T: Sweet malt that blends with the low DMS which gives rise to the bitter hops finish with a touch of alcoholic warmth.

M: Lasting (but subtle) bitterness, in this moderately bodied offering. Clean and crisp. Once it's down the hatch, all that remains is a bitter aftertaste with hints of DMS; dry finish.

D: For 7.2%ABV, this might be too drinkable.

Overall: Some complexity and depth to the malt, with a clean finish. I enjoyed this beer, and will look for it again. A local expert (in my opinion) at Five Points Bottle Shop recently shared some beers with the owner and brewer of Gordon Biersch. And from what I understand, the yeasts come from German lines and GB is faithful to the lager styles that they brew.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Took a chance on this one as the last 2 six packs had a freshness dating of December 2009. However this is still a very tasty beer with tons of flavour( still tasted fresh ). The beer is hoppy and also slightly sweet though age might have dried it out. I liked the balance of the malt and hops and found it true to the style. Gordon Biersch is turning into one of my most underated breweries as the Hefe is also a great buy

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.04/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HCGS89
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of JoeLacy
4/5  rDev +20.1%

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