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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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 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 raynmoon
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the appearance is quite nice; a nice gold with a hint of brown. It looks like honey in the glass.

The smell is of sweet malts and a hint of alcohol. I feel like I know what it is going to taste like...

The taste is pretty decent. Nice amount of malt with enough hops to balance it out. The alcohol leaves a slight dryness at the end but it is not bad.

Overall a pretty decent beer, not very offensive but not the greatest offering from Gordon Biersch. It's worth the purchase inside the Winter 12 pack, however.

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

A- Golden, clear, dark straw colored. Thin white head that disappears with no lacing.

S- Light malt notes with some sweet fruit. Raisin smells come through.

T- Malty taste with some fruit coming through. Tastes very similar to how it smells.

M- Carbonated, crisp, clean, refreshing.

O- Solid beer, but probably not something I would recommend or pursue again.

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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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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 Arithmeticus
4.14/5  rDev +23.2%
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 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 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 schoolboy
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my second opportunity to try a GB brew and it was not bad. This seems to be be somewhat faithful to the style and fairly well made. It seems to suffer from a water source problem - a funkyness, but it would otherwise be a decent brew.

It has good hoppy aftertaste - subtle and well mannered. The rest of the malt and hops are well balanced. I wonder if it is any better on tap.

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Photo of codfeast
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle to pint.

A: nice gold color, 1/4 off white head, plenty of raising bubbles, semi sticky lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, biscut.

T: It started sweet, not a rich malty sweetness I was expecting. A little hops leaves a dry and boozy finish.

M: Not as rich and creamy as I was expecting, medium carbination and body.

O: It's alright, looked and smelled a lot better than it tasted.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear light amber with about an inch of creamy off white head. Leaves light, soapy lacing.

S-Light, pale malty sweetness. Otherwise it's fairly nondescript.

T/M-Has that unsophisticated, grainy sweetness I associate with malt liquor and cheap export lagers. Subtle Hallertau (I think) hops dry out the finish, but it only does so much. Bland.

O-Don't care for it.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy, gold color with no head or lace. The aroma begins with citrus with hints of dough and vanilla as well. The flavor has a malty sweetness with orange, honey, vanilla notes with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Well balanced. It has a medium mouthfeel and is very drinkable. Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock is a refreshing, good beer, highly recommended.

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Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden copper orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: lager yeast, toasted malts, some hops

taste: toasted malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body

overall: not bad but it's nothing special. good for a warm summer day.


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Photo of KajII
2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager Glass]

The pour was a medium golden amber with a very thin (less than 1 finger) white frothy head that was fully diminishing and produced no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was that of bread and grain malts, a floral hop and a sweet yeast with a note of caramel, a little fruit and a smidgen of spice.

The taste was malty and a bit hoppy with a little bite of spice pretty much throughout with the ending being a little sweet with strong caramel and fruit notes. The flavor lasted an average amount of time after the swallow with the sweet fruitiness lingering a short while, leaving behind the slight bitterness of hops a just a little sourness.

Mouthfeel was just a little shy of medium in body with a dry, watery texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall a decent drinkable brew with a sweet sticky metallic aftertaste. Although the moderately high ABV does make it easier to partake after each swallow.

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Photo of bastardface
4.36/5  rDev +29.8%
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 CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma starts out sour, gets bready sweet, and has a light noble hop background. Appearance is light gold with a well maintained white head. Flavor is high caramel malt sweetness forward with moderate bittering but a low noble bittering character. Mouthfeel is moderate bodied with a medium high carb texture. Overall, fairly easy drinking, and rich but not complex.

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Photo of shand
2.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

Pours a transparent gold color with two fingers of white, fluffy head. The head retains decently and laces poorly. Sweet malts and floral hops dance around on the nose - perhaps just a bit too much in the favor of the sweet malts. The flavor brings this down a few notches. As I feared - ack! The sweetness! This is a very, very sweet beer! Sweet malts, sweet fruits, sweet yeasts, sweet sweetness! It gets more and more cloyingly sweet as it goes down, with just the slightest hint of the hops on the nose trying desperately to mellow the sweetness, but coming nowhere near succeeding. That said, it doesn't taste bad at all - if your tastes run towards sweeter beers this could be your thing. It's just not mine.

The mouthfeel is pleasant though, it has a fairly robust body, and a good level of carbonation. The drinkability is a mixed bag. The sweetness does make it a bit hard to drink, but it does mask it's 7% ABV quite well, have to toss it some points there. That said, I wound up having to drain pour a good third of this, it was just way too sweet. A well-done beer, just not quite to my tastes. Those who like their beers sweet should give this a shot.

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Photo of pielager
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this at a discount market with a date of "01/03/11". Initially I thought that this "blonde bock" (as it's label states) would be an early spring beer brewed early as a prediction (lets hope, I am from Minnesota).

Smelll: pretty dang good (easy) hops with a good helping of malt in there as well---just as I would be accustomed to for a Blond Bock.

It was drinkable. Fairly decent mouth feel.
Not overwhelming carbonation at room temp.
Decent Hops; though, I agree with many that the taste of both malt and hops does not linger and could use some tweaking.

But spring is coming and I cannot to judgmental.

Bottomline: IF I wanted to introduce a weakling to bock beer---it is a good beer to ween them.

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

App - deep gold color, brilliant clarity. Pours white head with poor retention (not unusual for stronger beer styles).

Aroma - slight malt aroma, and a spicy, noble hop aroma. Otherwise clean other than some alcohol that appears as it warms.

Flav - subtle malt flavor, but sweetness is well controlled. Very muted hop bitterness, and has a neutral finish. Really not much too taste - kind of boring.

MF - Medium body and carbonation. Very slight alcohol warming.

O'all - fairly clean, but a fairly bland bock. Rich, but not very exciting.

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Photo of jdense
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle gifted by a neighborhood buddy from variety 12-pack purchased at local discount store for $9.99, poured into Deschutes pint glass.

One finger cream white head, fairly quick dissipation resulting in broken layer of head, minimal lacing. Deep gold clear body multiple streams of rising carbonation. Nose is sweetish malt, some dry malt for balance, floral hops. Taste mirrors nose, blah, pretty non-descript taste profile, minimal hop presence and not a distinctive malt profile. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium decent effervescence. Drinkability inhibited by lack of distinctive taste and noticeable alcohol. Not my favorite GB beer. Pass.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
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 JayS2629
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Rich gold with a medium off white head and nice retention. Sea foam lacing.

S- Honey and sweet malts with hints of orange.

T- Honey, citrus, and buttery notes. Nice balance of sweet malts and citrus hops.

M- Well balanced.

D- Nice and well balanced beer. Slightly above average. Nothing to write home about, but better than average.

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Photo of chumba526
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It appears like the name suggests blonde with a small white head.

It smells like honey, sweet malts, lemon and orange.

It tastes much like it smells. There is a honey/ molasses sweet flavor, a bit of a nice herbal citrus flavor. It has a nice malt sweetness but is quite restrained and smooth.

The carbonation is moderate.

For a bock the drinkability is good. It is well balanced and is lighter than many bocks. These beers go down smooth.

Overall a nice beer. It is nothing amazing but it is tasty.

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Photo of burnstar
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark gold with a medium head which dissipates quickly. Smell is very mild sweet malt. Taste is very malty- sweet and a little toasty. Some fruit notes- apples etc. Just a hint of hops in the finish. Nice full bodied mouthfeel and well carbonated. Easily drinkable. Very nice overall.

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Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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