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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Photo of DoubleJ
3.13/5  rDev -6%
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 brentk56
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
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 kwakwhore
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On sale at Sam's in Durham. I needed a break from my DIPA binge and this is it. I kind of like Maibocks/Helles bocks so I was curious to try this one.
Very clear gold pour into my Ayinger Celebrator glass. White head subsides fairly quickly leaving lacing on the glass.
Smells of honeyish malt.
A pleasing blend of honeyed sweetness and a good bit of hop bitterness characterize the flavor. Some spiciness in the finish. This beer gets better the more I drink.
Nicely carbonated mouthfeel, pleasant enough.
Very easy to drink. I could have a couple of these pretty easily and I'd certainly like more than one.
This beer turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. Very tasty and very reasonably priced.

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Photo of bboven
1.92/5  rDev -42.3%
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 TexIndy
2.3/5  rDev -30.9%
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 HardTarget
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Nice bright clarity in a dark yellow gold glass. The white head faded out pretty quickly to a collar that struggled to hold and lace.

S) A little mineral water, inappropriate for the style, soft grape malt toast with a swirl of honey

T) Big bitter for a Bock, leafy hops are pretty strong and earthy. It leaves the flavor somewhat balanced with the firm peppery bitterness and the sweet base both showing, but the style should be maltier.

M) Bit fizzy, medium light body, and an oily finish.

D) Eh. GB makes a fine beer, but this seems too far from the Bock model, an American Bock, and we already have a Texas Bock muddying the waters. Nothing great, nothing wrong here.

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Photo of largadeer
2.39/5  rDev -28.2%
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 RunDWP
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is another beer that I've enjoyed for quite some time now. It's not something that's going to blow you away, but when you just want to have a beer and not get too wrapped up in flavor complexity and malt-hops balance, it's a "go to" beer for that.

Pours a bright, golden yellow with a slight, white fluffy head with some lacing on the glass. Couldn't really pick up much aroma, maybe a little caramel malt, a little grassy hops. The taste was more of the same, with a slightly sweet caramel note well balanced with the grassy hops. It's not going to blow you away with flavor, but it's a pretty drinkable brew.

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Photo of Riccymon
2.05/5  rDev -38.4%
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 hiikeeba
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A _ Pours up a honey golden color with a dense white head that lingers a while.

S - Aroma starts with sweet malt, accented by hops

T - Slightly sweet malt starts with hops coming through at the end. Flavor is mild and pleasant.

M - Feels a bit thin, and carbonation is a little low.

D - At 7%, this is hardly a slamming beer, but it's smooth and pleasant, and before you know it, you had three or four.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a very slight orange tint to it. There was a good off-gas when I popped the top, but the head wasn't huge after a relatively aggressive pour. The head was gone and was a small ring of bubbles within about 30 seconds. You can't see too many bubbles seeking the surface, so all is quiet now.

Aroma: Right after I poured the beer, I god a distinct corn aromatic that was actually like cream corn. I guess that this is DMS from the light malts, but it faded quickly. My second sniff didn't show that as much as the sweet slightly toasty malts. There is some reserved floral hops in this beer, but the malt is the key player.

Taste: The flavor is pretty well balanced between the malts and hops. The beer is pretty dry overall and well attenuated giving is a slightly acidic impression on the back of the palate. The bittering hops are definitely there, but let the malt stay in charge of the finish. The beer really doesn't let on that it is 7%, and only gives you notice by the warming in the belly after only half the glass.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer...especially for a beer that has the word "bock" written on the side if it is brewed in the USA. If I want to nit-pick, it is a bit hoppy, a little under-represented on the carbonation, and maybe the water could use a bit of adjusting...but that is seriously nit-picking. This is a pretty good beer overall, and I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up again...especially over some of the "Bocks" available here in Texas.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thick frothy head with good retention and a clear orange color.

Smell is of noble hops and pilsner malts. There is a hint of DMS in the nose.

Taste has some problems. There are caramel malts to balance out a pilsner malt sweetness. The hop bitterness is decent as well to balance, however there is a little bit of DMS problems. There is a bit of a grassy and cooked vegetable flavor.

This beer is crisp and refreshing.

Pale styles of beer are less forgiving. This is not a good example of the style.

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy (nearly opaque), tangerine color with a creamy, off, white head. Light retention and no lacing as expected.

Smell: Orange zest, spices and horse blanket over a smooth malt backbone. A strange, yet familiar vegetable aroma comes through as well. I can't quite put my finger on it.

Taste: Sour yeast, malt and a good amount of spice (even some black pepper). A somewhat earthy aftertaste follows. Dry alcohol becomes apparent as the session progresses.

Mouthfeel: Very, very creamy especially for a bock. Carbonation is medium in intensity. Medium bodied and quite smooth.

Drinkability: A pretty good bock. More colorful than most I've tried, however the flavor isn't something that makes you crave more. Dry alcohol aftertaste is boring.

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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 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 flipshevanel
2.32/5  rDev -30.3%
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 July2Nov
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light amber with an inch of foam.
S: Very sweet smelling. Has a fruity (apple/citrus) twinge to it.
T&M: Very mellow and bland. Watery to boot. I really can't believe this would have 7% abv in it. Very light tasting. Like the smell it's got a sweet kick to it.
D: This beer would be perfect for hot days, as it's very light tasting and more thirst-quenching than I was expecting.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep golden yellow in color with a medium amout of foam and some lace on the side of the glass. The smell of hops and malts filled the nose. The taste was of a tart, bitter sweetness and not really that bad of a typical Blonde Bock. No really dissapointed, but just wish there was something a little extra to the flavor of this Blonde Bock.

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Photo of shivtim
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The best beer at Gordon's, at least based on the little sampler they brought out, so I ordered a pint of it.
It's a clear yellow brew, looks a little like urine but with a white head that fades gradually. Nose is musty hops and slight sweetness. Taste is mild grassy hops, with European hop qualities. A bit lager-ish, even. Malt sweetness too. Mouthfeel and drinkability both not bad.

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Photo of ttu94
3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer from "hotterthanhell" as it is not to be found in Texas. I was surprised to find so many GB blond bocks reviewed under different locals. This one claims to hail from San Jose CA.
Bottled on date of 10/3/07. Nice light gold color but very little head. Bottle says rich and I would find that an accurate description. Nice, understated malt aroma. Full, (really full) flavor taste. It is such a pleasure to have a such a nice LAGER. Clean mouthfeel. Great beer to have this time of year to break up all the heavy winter ales that I have drinking.

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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 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 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 bosco7
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden in color, perfect clarity, and decent head when poured. Dissipates quickly though.

Lawn clippings, mild honey, spicy hops, and earthiness in the nose.

Sweet malty flavors upfront, some bread, and light clover honey. Finishes dry with grassy, spicy, and earthy hop flavors. Some alcohol in the finish as well. Nothing out of the ordinary but not bad. Much better flavor than other GB beers that I have sampled.

Smooth malty mouthfeel that is scrubbed clean with the medium-high carbonation . Overall a decent brew, however it is a little dull/flat/one dimensional in the flavor department making it something I wouldn't spend an evening with.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 333 ratings