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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Reviews: 174 | Ratings: 330
Photo of DogFood11
1.65/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

What the heck! maybe myself and gordon biersch dont see eye to eye on much of anything but I've yet to try a beer they make that I enjoy. Is it a Blonde, or Bock. I mean pick a team! I'm no beer expert by any stretch but this seems a bit of a task.

It wasn't golden in appearance like the label would indicate. No big deal just odd that its actually more tan than anything. Very heavy wheat taste. Taste's cheap. Carbonation just pummels the palate, overwhelming carbonation that sizzles even in the aftertaste. Medicinal type taste in the middle mixed with grain.

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Photo of Rifugium
1.75/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

First had: on tap at Gordon Biersch, Broomfield, CO

Now on their menu, this was listed as a seasonal. The bartender admitted that it was not a big seller and that he tried to convince the brewer that it tasted like Old E. Well, I'm not sure it was quite THAT bad, but it was pretty sub par anyway.

Poured a clear bronze color. Flat: almost no carbonation, and certainly no head. I was skeptical, but I picked it up anyway. aroma of grains and sweet malts. Sweet and malty taste, but very light--though still a little more flavorful than an Old E. Very mild and bland for the most part; kinda just tasted like thin malt juice. Light-bodied, and not very drinkable. It's probably just best to play it safe and avoid this one.

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Photo of bboven
1.92/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5


Nice deep, golden body, crystal clear with a nice head initially, but it fades to nothing quickly.

Grass, apple, and hot alcohol are the main components of the aroma.

Metallic grain is quietly there, but the taste is overwhelmingly sweet, hot booze. This tastes like a very sweet malt liquor. Craft beer that'll gitcha drunk?

Warming, good carbonation.

I really don't know what they were trying to do here, but it's a misfire. This beer is so boozy it's going to be very hard to finish, even fridge-cold. Some styles don't lend themselves to huge ABV's, and this is one of them. This is Dopplebock levels with no malt to back it up. Seems like they used 3 parts corn sugar to one part malt. I can't believe I paid craft prices for Steel Reserve in disguise. Never again!

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Photo of southernmagnus
2.05/5  rDev -39%
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 Riccymon
2.05/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a lifeless straw-yellow into a pint glass--lifeless, in that no head resulted. Granted the style may not be the paragon of flavor, but this one looked, smelled, and tasted like a bland macro. I got a a little corn, grain, and almost nothing more in the nose. I tasted some malt and bread in the body, but this beer was just dull with some subtle earthy, grainy sweetness. The beer was pretty full-bodied, and it was drinkable, sort of a like a less-carbonated macro. However, the taste definitely didn't make me want to drink it.

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Photo of surfmeister
2.22/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: golden, sparkling, thick head with staying power, actually one the prettier beers I've seen.
Smell: there is a cloying sweet/sour characteristic about this beer that begins immediately as soon as you smell it
Taste: that same characteristic follows on the palate, malty? OK, but something sticky and sickening about it, I would call the sour aspect akin to mildewed laundry.
Mouthfeel: Difficult to try to separate taste from mouthfeel with this one, but carbonation seemed appropriate, full feeling beer.
Drinkability: I tried it on two different occasions to make sure, the second time I poured half down the drain.
Overall: I don't know if this just isn't my type of beer, or it's just not good, be my guest and give it go.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.25/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed 7/5/2009 (bottled 03/17/09):

Pours a pale dark yellow colored body, with a small whitish color head, small and diminishing. Has a vegetable-y aroma, and some maltiness. Not too bad, somewhat enticing. Has a vegetably taste, some sourness. Malty, not good.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Back label had a bottled on date. It was a clear golden yellow color with a couple carb bubbles here and there with no lacing. It had a small white head that very quickly evaporated into a thin collar.

The aroma was wet grass clippings, sweet caramel and skunk. Never really be a fan of the bock aromas and this was typical of the style. Same on the taste. Very crisp with an overly sweet aftertaste that doesn't go away.

Overall, not one that I enjoyed. Made it thru but barely. I love most of the other Biersch's so gave this one a shot. I'll stick to their awesome Hefe and schwarzbier. Don't recommend unless you are a big bock fan. One and done.

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Photo of flipshevanel
2.32/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Very weak aroma with some hops. Very clear and pleasant looking beer though with a tough flavor but gentle on the palate. Not a very flavorful or tasy bock. The flavor was just a bit too harsh, which is odd becuase to the palate it is a beer that has a pleasant feel to the mouth.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.34/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe stem-goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty tame.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a transparent dark yellow.

Sm: Caramel, some tame dark fruit (albeit very little), too much malt, and some nuts. A moderately strong aroma.

T: Toasted malt comprises part of the foundation, with some pleasant nutty hops and slight badly handled caramel. The dark fruits up and vanished - it could have been my imagination (or my broken nose). Pretty simple, uninspired, and boring. It's decently balanced but underwhelmingly built.

Mf: Too thick by far. Smooth and wet otherwise. A poor complement to the flavour.

Dr: Drinkable but pretty crap. I'll never have it again.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.39/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark golden yellow color with a nice off-white head that possesses good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is aroma is sweet malt and fruity esters. I'm pretty disappointed with the aroma, it is pretty faint and boozy.

T- The taste features some sugary malt with some fruitiness and a lot of alcohol in the finish The alcohol is a little much in the taste, it's a little too boozy for a beer of 7% ABV.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this beer. There really isn't any complexity at all with this one, and it is pretty much all alcohol. I don't see myself purchasing again in the future.

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Photo of largadeer
2.39/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Burnt amber with a big bubbly pure white head that has a steam of rising carbonation feeding it. Tons of stickage as the head slowly drops. Pretty stuff.

Smell: Muted honey and fruit malt aroma. Ripe apricot, faint noble hops. A bit chalky.

Taste & mouthfeel: Up front coating dryness, strangely husky and astringent with some fruity apricot sweetness (barely) present beneath. Dry finish with more astringency. Pretty terrible stuff, I couldn't even finish 12 oz of it.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.43/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a draft into my Gordon Biersch mug at Gordon Biersch in San Diego, Calif. Color was light honey. About an inch of head. Nice lacing on the top. Minimal film on the sides.

Smelled of pilsner malts. Bready,wheaty, corn and caramel.

Tasted a huge alcohol bite up front, almost like a shot of liquor. Caramel and syrupy finish. Maybe a bad pour?

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Astringent finish.

Looking at the other raters, I must have gotten a bad pour or something. To me it was a heavy alcohol bite with a bad finish. Either way, I’ll stay away from this one in the future.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.45/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I originally sampled this beer on October 1, 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
There is nothing special about this beer. It has a slightly malty flavor with a little bit of bite at the end. I certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it. Another mediocre beer from a brewpub chain that specializes in producing mediocre beers.

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Photo of Fatehunter
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.

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Photo of zerk
2.61/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this in a pub in the Phoenix airport... a clear deep gold, with a thin white head. Had to strain my nostrils to get any aroma... just a touch of caramel malt. Flavor is very boring... a bit of caramel malt with just a hint of bitterness and some alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel was thin for a bock. Overall, a very, very boring beer.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.71/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this bottle a while and saved it for a Friday "night-in", as it is 7.0% ABV. Lovely Gold color, that tempts you take a drink before the beer even settles. Malty aroma that is sweet smelling, but there is not much else in the nose. A light mouthfeel that leads to a quick initial punch of alcohol, but this rapidly fades to leave a sweetish aftertaste. Slight bitterness. I was expecting much more flavor for this beer - Maybe its a little past it's best, or I do not fully understand Blonde Bock. I am not being facetious when I say that, just honest.
Started well, but in teh end was a big let down, a touch light on flavor and aftertaste for me. One day I will try this on draft and compare notes.

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Photo of kiya
2.71/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

i had a 20oz glass of this at the gordon biersch in palo alto, ca...
i was excited to see the head on this beer.. what a pour...
everything from the substantial lace to the color was great..
but that's where the greatness ends.

sharp smells of citrus are instantly noticeable... i was expecting a deeper flavor profile, especially considering the 7%ABV and color of this beer...
i was sorely disappointed in every aspect.. the mouthfeel was over carbonated, and astringent, and the flavor left nothing pleasant in my mouth. no be honest, the beer didn't really leave any flavor in my mouth once i swallowed.

for me this was an almost non-existent beer.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had this one while vacationing in Las Vegas, NV. Served in a schooner glass.

Pours a yellow/gold color and is a clear. A foamy white head forms on the surface of the beer, is resilient and produces moderate lacing on the glass.

The smell is floral and fruity.

The taste is sharp, slightly sweet with a medium hop finish. There is some malt presence. It’s hard to describe the sharp flavor, a little like vinegar maybe.

Mouth feel is thin, with a zippy character from the hops.

This is a very drinkable beer, but the sharpness in the flavor gets a bit tiresome. I probably would not have another.

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Photo of Fnord
2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pale gold and effervescent with a large white head.

Smell - Alcohol, grassy hops, and a bit of brown sugar.

Taste - More alcohol at the start, with some hoppiness quickly following. The finish is sweet. The aftertaste is an unpleasant medicinal alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thin body and high carbonation.

Notes - I hate to say it, but this is not a very good beer. The hops and malts are muted enough that the alcohol is the dominant flavor, and it's not a pleasant, rounded alcohol flavor, either. It's harsh and medicinal. The malts are trying to balance, but they just don't have the presence they need. Unless you're a Gordon Biersch fan, I recommend you pass on this one.

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Photo of watermelonman
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
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 samtrillo
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.

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

On draught at Frog Bear Wild Boar, and coincidentally not available at the Gordon Bierch two doors down. Dark gold with an orange hue, medium thick off-white head and little lacing. Aroma is alternatingly fruity and malty. Flavor is kind of tangy, without much malt balance. Rather clean finish but I thought this was pretty average. Alcohol level was well hidden.

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Photo of mickeymac
2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at GB's Burbank location. It' golden with a sticky white head. Both the smell and taste are on the light side, but the alcohol somehow doesn't overwhelm it. Although the lack of a strong alcohol taste and smell makes it more drinkable, the overall experience is nothing special.

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Photo of ProducerBRBeer
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Gold amber color with a white head. Lace is lighter and is not as sticky as the other Gordon beers I have had. Head dies fast but is white yellow in color.

S - Malty smell with a more earthy hint.

T - Very sweet and biscuit taste or almost heading towards a corn flavor.

M - Very light carbonation and a medium body. Very slight dryness but smooth.

O - Decent but nothing to scream about. I prefer many of the other Gordon beers over this one but it is not bad.

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