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 Metalmonk
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1303 reviews and never tried anything by Gordon Biersch, nor been to one of their many brewpubs. Guess it's time to try 'em out...

Pours out a beautiful peachy orange, hazed over and sporting a firm, creamy off-white head. My oh my, I do think it looks a beaut.

Smells nice too, very nice. Has a strong fruity essence reminding of mango or guava (something you don't normally think of first when you think "bock"), possibly even a little banana, with a strong honey-like flair and, seriously, Fruit Stripe gum. Hopefully the flavor lasts longer than 3 seconds (I'm lookin' at you, Fruit Zebra...)

Taste favors honey, various tropical fruits, and a nearly astringent bitterness, kind of green, and the latter is the taste that rides out longest into the finish. Juicy white grape. A pretty vivid yeasty component, too. Somewhat buttery, though never quite reaching full-on caramel. It sounds sweet, but it's not overly so. Semi-dry finish. Taste is a pleasingly strong presence at first, but the quick dry thing leaves you without much impression seconds after each sip is gone.

Carbonation is on the aggressive side, although it's got a nice slickness that offsets that, or tries.

In looks and taste, this blurs the lines between bock and maibock, and has a bit of an American wheat/hefe weizen sort of thing, with that banana character (and other tropical fruits). Gordon Biersch isn't exactly the hippest and hype-est amongst beer cognoscenti, but I thought this offering was quite good, which must mean I'm still a newbie.

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Photo of Lucklys
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a rich golden color with a strikingly orangey-amber glow in the light and is very clear with sparkling carbonation. It produces a white finger-thick head that dissipates almost in seconds, leaving nothing but a very sparse patchy island in the middle and no lacing. If the color wasn't so brilliant, I might have been a bit more disappointed in the appearance. Apparently, most bocks lean on the darker side, appearing more brown, but because this is a blonde, it stands to reason that it's lighter in complexion.

Any specific aromas were a bit hard to detect, and it wasn't the most pleasant smelling beer I've ever stuck my nose in, but the Blond Bock certainly has a characteristic all its own. It has a cleaner nose with overtones of pale, grainy malts that are also lightly sweet, hidden mild hops that are barely noticeable, and definite hints of alcohol. Being at 7% ABV, it would be hard to hide in a lighter beer for sure. The hops that are used in this lager are Hallertau aroma hops, which essentially define an authentic European-style lager and are characterized with a mild spicy aroma and flavor.

While I didn't get too much of the Hallertau spiciness in the nose, it immediately presented itself with the first sips of beer. Along with the spiciness, which was only exacerbated by the fine-bubbled carbonation, it had a bitterly sweet presence that intertwined with grainy malts and a zesty alcoholic bite that warmed me after each swallow. It holds a very solid medium mouthfeel that seemed to press the lighter bitterness into the roof of my mouth while the heavier alcohol and malts slid over my tongue. It was a curious sensation to say the least. My only complaint with this brew is that it leaves quite a sticky bitter, almost sour, aftertaste; but with 7% ABV, it proved itself to be remarkably quaffable once I got going.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glass: Sam adams glass

Pours a true amber color with a 1 1/2 foamy head. Clear but slightly hazy with minimal bubbles showing. Super light lacing, almost none-existent, head stayed thin but stuck.

Right away, the hops are noticeable, which is a bit surprising for a bock. Nice lemon rind smell that clashes with a very malty, light toast, muted caramel and an almost buttery aroma.

This beer feels very smooth in the mouth, it has a medium body with medium-low carbonation and just a hint of alcohol on the back-end.

Taste is very balanced, citric hops and an overall intense malt flavor, lots of dough, light caramel, toast and maybe a touch of date.

Gordan Biersch reminds me a lot of Sam Adams, always playing it safe to please the masses. It's a good beer overall, very drinkable at 7% ABV but i can't help feeling that GB should put out something that is a little more robust.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased at Bevmo In Redlands, CA

Glass - Mug

A - Very clear golden color with a 2-finger white head that holds decently. Lite-moderate C02 can be seen and it didn't leave any lacing.

S - Very bready aroma with soft biscuit notes. I get mild-moderate leafy and lime like hop aromas, pretty sweet smelling with a dominate malt base. I also get a touch of brown sugar.

T - Leafy and oily hop flavors seem to coat the tongue and almost dominate the malts. The second thing I noticed was the alcohol and then finally the semi sweet malts. I get lots and lots of bread with hints of honey. The alcohol becomes more pronounced as it warms, bitterness is subtle as well.

M - Smooth and chewy like, around full bodied with soft carbonation.

D - Not bad, it's like an average Bock and I liked that it wasn't too sweet like allot of Bocks tend to be. I didn't like that the flavor profile was a bit boring. I could set down with a couple over some food but I won't go out of my way to buy it again. Worth a try I suppose, especially for Bock fans. Cheers!

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Photo of animal69
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep gold color w/ a thin white head which dissipates quickly leaving little lace in my nonic

S- a steely cereal grain mixed with grassy hops and a touch of nuts, a bit of alcohol towards the end as it warms

T- quite sweet from the onset, bitterness does come into play to balance it out along with some dried fruit and toasty biscut notes, a touch of alcohol is present in the bittersweet finish

M- a med. bodied moderately carbonated brew, quite in line with the style

D- a great beer to sit beside the fire with on a cool autumn night, very quaffable

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance has a nice golden amber with a thin head with no lace. Smell, although somewhat faint is rich in malts, mild fruits and honey. Taste has mild but rich malts that carry a honey note that is mildly hoped. Mouthfeel is a creamy medium with just enough carbonation to make it go down easy. I wouldn't consider it a true for the style, but not bad.

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Photo of papat444
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at an ABC store (S. Orange location in Orlando) and enjoyed Sept. 9, 2010 with my supper, chicken drumsticks & cucumber salad.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled on 7-10-09.

Appearance: A 2-3 finger white head appears upon a hazy golden body before standing at 1 finger.

Smell: Notes of toffee & fruit with a bit of port-like character. Age hasn't adversely affected the aroma.

Taste: Caramel with some sweetness. There's a bit of dark fruit in there and a touch of sugar. Interesting how the taste has developed with age. It is a bit mellow but still has flavor. As it warms though, it takes on a harsh dryness.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is active and the body has held up somewhat. Smooth and even a bit chewy.

Drinkability: Hard to believe it's 7%. I liked drinking it.

Overall: This is not bad with a year on it so fresh must be great. I finally found a fresher bottle so i'll do a comparison and update my review accordingly.

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

Im pretty sure this is the same bock they make for trader joes, maybe a few tweaks actually but close to the same

very light yellow, almost clear with thin white head

Smell is strong lager, seems sweet, very little hops, slight citrus

Taste is great, carmel, buttery, very light with a creamy aftertaste. Slight citrus, a little fruity, very good beer

Mouthfeel is quite light, slight bubbles, smooth drinking

Very great beer overall, because of the contract work and multiple brewpub location they do get shot down in the community, but I think this is a exceptional beer.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
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 Rommy
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is good, dark golden color. Nice head, but dissipates quickly. Looks great!

Smell is nearly non-existant. What little smell there is, isn't unpleasant though. Bit of a sweet scent.

Taste: Wow. A cut above many average beers out there, but something about it is WEIRD. Has an bit of an alcohol aftertaste, leaves a bit of a tart taste in the mouth as well, however the initial taste is almost... dirty. Not like a dirty tap, but like water that was left out in the sun, cooled, and then drank. Aftertaste slightly tastes fruity, like a plum that is a bit unripe.

Mouthfeel is very light. Not Bud Light light, but nothing fancy. I've had much better.

Drinkability? It's not a bad beer at all, but I'm not buying it again. I like slightly higher quality beers if I'm going to pay a good amount of money for them.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Super clear and dark golden in color. The head is foamy and leaves nice lacing.

S- The yeast dominates the smell profile here. Berry fruit and a sort-of medicinal sweetness with a pinch of herbal hops.

T- The flavor is light and smooth with a metallic, almost old-world lager yeast profile.

M- Light carbonation and light body with a bit of drag.

D- Great drinker deserves better than a C

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Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color with a foamy white head.

A nice fruity aroma with some sweet malt notes.

The flavor is equally good. It's rich with malt and fruit notes that remind me of grapes, with a light bitterness and mild hoppy aftertaste.

Nice and hefty body.

Overall this is a fine bock. One of Gordon Biersch's best brews. Worth seeking out.

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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 aahynick
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

about 40 degree F into a pint glass
A- pale copper with a thin head

S- malt aroma, not much else

T- malty flavor, mild spice, mild bitter finish

M- lighter body than expected

D- easy to drink, no bad in any way but lack of character would keep me from returning to it.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on April 19, 2010

Blonde Bock pours a nice golden amber with a creamy white head that falls very quickly leaving little lace.

There is a touch of alcohol noted in the aroma along with a slightly pungent light hop scent and somewhat syrupy sweet malt.

The flavor follows the nose closely, with somewhat pungent hops creating a background bitterness and a full pale malt sweetness with a somewhat bitter character in itself as some maple syrups can have. There is caramel sweetness as well along with some pear and apple aspects. Alcohol is definitely present and is an integral part of the overall flavor profile, bridging the malt and hop portions. Flavors become more full and integrated as this beer warms.

Mouthfeel is full, medium and very smooth and slick with just enough carbonation to bounce the flavors over the palate.

Gordon Biersch makes decent German lagers, I have not been disappointed in any of this breweries beers I have tried. Blonde Bock is no exception and is another good solid beer.

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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 Vengeance526
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thin off-white head that afdes away rather quickly but leaves a good amount of sticky lacing.

Light aroma of sweet malts with bread and grass.

Taste again reveals a lot of sweet malt with light spices upfront, a hint of honey and some apple/pear notes. A light touch of hops shows up toward the end. No alcohol detected.

Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall nothing really stands out about this but it is still enjoyable enough to merit having once in a while.

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Photo of al3
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden yellow, very clear, could pull my prints from the other side of the glass.

S - sweet, slight dried fruit aroma, clean.

T&M - sweet malt and grain, slightly creamy and buttery. appropriate carbonation. I get a hint of hops and a fruit brandy flavor on the finish.

D - very drinkable, a good spring/warm weather beer.

Overall, a well crafted, good tasting brew. I don't drink many Bock's but GB seems to get these right. I would buy again and would seek out to try on draft.

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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 Minkybut
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was average as you can tell by my rating. The beer poured a cloudy gold color and had an off white head. Smell was sweet and yeasty. The taste was fruity and rather confusing. I will not buy this again, it was not great.

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Photo of dstc
4.1/5  rDev +22%
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 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 dpodratsky3
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Absolutely crystal clear apple juice color, a kind of gold tinted head that turns more white as it settles, while not great looking, it is probably the best aspect of this beer

S: Sweet maltiness, definitely pale malt, has hops to it, and also a slight acidity, almost apple or juice like

T: Starts almost burny from the carbonation and alcohol, then the hops hit, which fades to some soothing malt, everything is just so light, not really all the great

M: High carbonation at first is not that pleasant, semi-dry and medium-thin

D: Not the best for me just because of the flavor profile and balance

Notes: I've never had this style before so maybe I just don't care for it, but the two other people drinking this with me agreed. It was not all the pleasant. Not that great of flavors and what was there was not balanced. The flavors seemed much too thin to support such a high alcohol beer. Just seemed out of whack. We all agreed we probably wouldn't drink this again.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: golden yellow, macro lover appealing

smell: not much aroma

taste: light sweetnes, low flavor, and again macro lover appealing, but a decent beer, great crossover beer. ABV hidden extremely well.

mouthfeel: light to medium bodied

drinkability: solid beer that I would atleast drink, but not a beer lovers beer at all.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Costco in the winter selection.

Appearance- golden color, ok head

Smell- rich, malty aroma

Taste- sweet malt, light for a bock but not too bad

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- ok I would drink it again, not on the list of ones I need but it's ok

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Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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