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

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Reviews: 174 | Ratings: 329
Photo of Sammy
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I agree with Ding, this is a very good, strong brew. A brilliantly clear straw color with sparkling carbonation (could have better head retention). Strong, sweet pilsner malt aromas have a honey-like sweetness with light earthy-grain flavors. Hops offset the sweetness, but contribute little in the way of flavor or aromas. Spicy from the Saaz and from highter than normal alcohols. A sweet alcohol and evaporative feel, both approach teeth-hurting and warming. Finishes sweet with a light hop bite. Even with a few inconsistencies, it has enough intrigue to win over some taste buds.

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Photo of brentk56
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear honey color with a frothy white head that leaves nice lacing

Smell: Sweet malt along with some raw grain

Taste: Starts out with a sweet milk chocolaty flavor that is the beer's best aspect as, mid-palate, some off raw grain flavors kick in from the hops and leave an unpleasant astringent aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a healthy level of carbonation; the alcohol also hits you after the swallow

Drinkability: That aftertaste brings the marks down here - too bad as the beer has a number of commendable elements

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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 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 oberon
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
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 NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a translucent, bright orange-gold body with a slender, white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented nose of a thin layer of simple syrup and apple juice poured over some grainy pilsner maltiness and dosed with a drop or two of alcohol.

Taste: Sweetish, grainy combination of pale and pils malt with an iota of DMS gleaned from the latter. Small sip of golden syrup for added sweetness. Lightly spicy, lightly bitter Noble hop character. Touch of yellow apple fruitiness. Touch of alcohol warmth on the sweet finish with a lasting taste of pilsner malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation. A bit smooth but also a bit sticky, too.

Drinkability: It's sweet, it's smooth and an overall okay blonde bock.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly dusted orange-amber. A well-carbonated interior results in a large head that is the exact color of butter, although not nearly as creamy. It deflates more quickly than expected, refusing to completely fade away because of the bubble engine feeding its underside. A few stray scraps of lace do nothing to enhance the appearance.

Does anyone really love the smell of a blonde bock? Pale malt is so bland and uninteresting that it fights an uphill battle when asked to carry a nose all by its lonesome. As expected for the style, there's almost no hoppiness. The nose isn't bad exactly, it's just bland and uninteresting.

The same criticism applies to the flavor profile. Unfortunately, it's as one-dimensional as they come. You either like that dimension or you don't. I'm not thrilled with it, but I can appreciate it. GBBB is modestly sweet, with alcohol easily cutting through the malt sugars. The mouthfeel is the undisputed highlight for me. It's solidly medium and is nicely smooth with a restrained amount of carbonation.

Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock isn't really my thing. Lovers of the style might find a good deal to like. However, having such little knowledge of the style, and even less interest, I can't even make that call with any degree of certainty.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this in a trade with my local trader, tone77, who brought over a whole bunch of nice beers for me to try.

As an homage to sommersb, some stats:
Tasted On: 01-15-2012
Freshness: Bottled on 08-01-2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle

From the bottle: "Never trust a skinny brewer."; "Full Bodied Golden Bock Beer"; "Blonde Bock is a moderately hopped beer with a rich, malty flavor. Made popular in the early 1600's, bock beers were originally brewed by monks to minimize hunger pangs during fasting periods. Most bock beers are dark in color. Ours is golden with a rich creamy head. Prosit!"

My pour resulted in two fingers of French-Vanilla colored head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose was malty, but not as pronounced as in their Fest Bier. It had a pleasant malty character without being overwhelming, nor was there a lot of heat evident, which I sometimes get in bocks. Mouthfeel was on the full side, not creamy, but more towards viscous and the sweetness also had a slight metallic tang behind it. Finish was moderately sweet, but not to the point of being cloying. This was a pleasant beer, but I probably would not want a whole lot of it at one time.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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 GClarkage
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

03/03/05- Snagged at my best friends wedding.

Presentation- 12 oz bottle, dated on the back, poured into my Radeberger pils glass.

Appearance- Vigorous pour yields a 4-5 inch head...whoops, finally settles in at about 3/4 of an inch. Yellowish dirty colored head with yellow-orange liquid and moderate lacing.

Smell- Funky carmel malt and nutty aroma. Very odd scent. Almost skunk-like.

Taste- Pretty much just like the scent. Malt is very sweet with hops swirling around at the same time. Is this what blonde bock is supposed to taste like?

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation and a tad creamy.

Drinkability- Odd tasting beer. Maybe I snagged a bad one. May have to review this one another time. Although, this is the first "blonde bock" I have ever had. Oh well, live and learn.

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Photo of stevoj
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Now that I think of it, all of the helles bocks I've tried have been American-brewed. From a newly designed Gordon Biersch bottle label, on to the beer:

Clean orangish-gold color with a soapy describes the initial look of this beer. The aroma is boozy, almost malt liquor-like. Grain, ethanol, and honey play around with the nose. In the mouth, it has some smoothness with a brushing action of carbonation. Honey dominates here, alongside a sharp pinch of alcohol. Faint bubblegum flavor in the back, Some floral notes appear from underneath the sweet malty base.

The sharp boozy aspect takes some of the joy out of this beer. Give it a pass.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of biscuts and malts, a touch of caramel. Taste is also biscuty, some malts, a touch of hops kicks in at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden brew, with a slight orange tinge.

Smell is sweet and malty with a slight caramel smell.

Taste is sweet malt with a mild bitter hop flavor. Mixes sweetness and bitterness and creaminess together in a flavor all it's own.

Mouthfeel is good, nice creaminess.

A drinkable brew packs a punch too.

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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 rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden with a nice off-white head and nice active carbonation which lasts. Solid malt aroma with a very light Euro hop smell. Nice malty flavor (light graininess) with a good balance from hidden hops. Light-medium bodied and smooth with nice carbonation and traces of alcohol on the finish.

Per Label: "Rich Golden Lager"

Bottled: 09/03/04
Tasted: 05/07/05

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
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 Bung
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. Clear dark gold pour. White head, nearly non-existent, but a little ring does stick around. Aroma is some grapefruit, a little pine, a little Heineken(meh). The flavor has some nice malt with a little citrus and pine. Pretty lively mouthfeel. Unfortunately the over-riding tone to me in this is that "Heinie" flavor. Not quite sure I would even classify this as a bock. OK, as far as bocks go anyways. Could drink a few, but will only do so since I bought a sixer. I wouldn't bother trying this more than once. A Heinie clone for comparison sake.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
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.

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