Gordon Biersch Winter Bock | Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Winter BockGordon Biersch Winter Bock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
United States
gordonbiersch.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the 11th century, Belgian monks sustained themselves during winter fasts with beers made from strong, dark flavored malts. These creamy books ensured that the monks would fast frequently.

Added by Murph on 02-07-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
248
Reviews:
114
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.59%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clean hazelnut with maple hightlights. Head is medium sized raw oat colored that I doubt will go the distance.

S: Malty, roasted pecans, molasses with a bit of pumpernickle.

T: A whole lot of malt with with a subtle hint of smoked grains....some serious German heritage going on in this brew. Loads of molasses with brown sugar licks and leather roundness. Finishes sugary with a touch of cinnamon.

M: Full mouthfeel with a slick syrupness.

D: Solid winter brew. Good times.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a nice deep color with a small head that lasted well. Lace is minimal.

Dark malts come through strong both in the smell and in the taste. Hints of chocolate are found in the finish, along with just enough hop flavor to balance things out. The mouthfeel is fairly full, while drinkability is very good.

Flavorful and easy to drink, this is definitely one of their best.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Though not a huge GB fan, I was quite impressed with this seasonal offering at their brewpub..

Poured a dark mahogony with a big fluffy brown head that had good retention.

Aroma was of roasted malts with some sweetness and alcohol coming through.

Taste was of sweet roasted malts. Some hints of nuts and dark chocolate. Nice alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel was a little lighter than expected but rather creamy with a medium body.

Overall, a very nice seasonal from GB. Perfect for sitting outside on a cooler evening in Honolulu. Very, very drinkable.

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Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the seasonal offering. Served in a mug, the beer is dark brown with a skimming of a tan head. Not a ton of lacing.

The nose is of dark fruits, molasses and roasted malts.

The beer is a bit sweet with tastes of plums, molasses, raisins, and subtle spicing. Some coffee notes emerge late. Nice winter sipper.

The beer is a bit over carbonated, but that was offset by a subtle creaminess. Nice session type beer.

The regulars at the bar were lobbying for this to join the standard rotation and I can see why. Well done!!

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very light brown/dark gold color with a good frothy head. The aroma was that of light malt and alcohol esters. The flavor was good German malts with that left over real lager twang, finished really dry, not sweet like a lot of bocks. A good seasonal beer.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red meets glistening brown color, with an off-white head that scatters to a crown fairly quickly. Bits of lace left around the glass, in Morse code-ish dots and dashes.

Welcoming aroma of huge dark fruit (fig, plum, grape), pumpernickel, chocolate cake batter, toffee, caramel, butter frosting. Lightly burnt facet too, like the upper crust of a creme brulee.

Flavor is all that the aroma promises, the dark fruits and chocolate cake batter being especially prominent, with noticeable assistance from fresh green hops and a nice liqueur-like blow from the alcohol, although it's subdued and never overdone. Sweet gooey caramel and toffee factor in big with warming. Overall it's hugely malty up front, reminding of dark breads and cookies, while a leafy bitterness creeps in near the finish.

Nice softness, slickness and roundness to the texture, with enough carbonation to add just an edge of sizzle. A bit dry, but not too dry.

A total comfort beer that I'll gladly pick up anytime I'm wanting a flavorful and reasonably-priced American version of this greatest of German beer styles.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i have a confession to make. i am friends with the brewer at one location, and i got to try this before is was released to the public. it was about two weeks away from general tapping, but the beer was more than ready in the horizontal lagering tank in the cold room. he poured me a mug, and i had to drink it. the beer was sensational straight up. he was worried about the abv, and about the hops in the finish, thought a few more weeks would make it more acceptable to the masses, but i am not the masses. it was creamy and rich brown sugar in color, with a two inch khaki colored head that did not recede at all. the smell was cara-munich and cara-red malts, which affect the color as well as the nose, giving it a sweet doughnutty aroma. flavor is true to that at first, but a surprising hop kick comes in with a little wintery spice mix in the finish to crisp it up. this is what any winter lager should taste like. i hate to give this much props to a chain, but this is a brilliant holiday offering, better than most craft stuff on the market. the freshness of the hops might have made this for me, sort of english barleywiney in ways, but german malty. its special, and i hope its just as good in other mediums, but somehow i am doubting that it could be. for now though, suffice it to say that tis beer is a wonderful thing. heavy and light at the same time in feel, with a full body, sticky like honey, but like a memory foam pillow in the finish, in the sense that it fits your shape and rlaxes you slowly. this beer was top notch, and i wish that everyone could try it as i did tonight.

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Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this back in early December in San Diego, and didn't take notes. The thing I remember most is that it tasted very similar to Sam Adam's Winter Lager to me, with a slightly fuller body. Overall, very good taste and mouthfeel. Very enjoyable for an everyday doppelbock.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

all round great beer....

very dark in color a dark brown but you can still see through it...nice creamy head....with great lacing...

smell is of dark fruits...sweetness...maybe some caramel...and alcohol

taste is very full bodied a residual sweetness....slightly fruity...

great feel on the palate...feels very wet...on the ol mouth...

great drinkability....although high in alcohol content though

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a touch of gold where the light shines through the glass. A very small head disappears to a fine ring of lacing that seems to last with most of the drink.
Aroma is dark amber malt with a little wet cardboard (the beer is very fresh so I don't know where the wet cardboard is coming from)
Mouthfeel is slippery thick with a sweetness that coats the tongue....not really cloying...just coating.
Taste is dark amber malts which taste just a little toasted. Toasted sweetness gives way slowly to a softly bitter hops to balance it out. In the middle you will find a little dark fruits and some chocolate.
Nice warming of alcohol as you drink it.
This is really a different and very nice winter warmer that lives up to the name of 'warmer'...nice comfortable beer to finish an evening with.

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Photo of scottoale
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This new offering from GB comes in a brown long-neck 12oz. bottle with a "bottled on" 10/10/06 date and code 12:53 669.

It pours a nice deep darkish copper with an ivory colored head of two-plus fingers. The head dwindles within a few minutes, leaving some nice lace and a healthy foam ring...the carbonation is good, but mild.

The smell is sweet and malty with a strong note of alcohol. The hop presence is mild and grassy...it truly does have a good hearty aroma of the style intended here. It also reminds me of the Sam Adams Double Bock in it's early years...the smell that is.

Wow, pretty nice in the taste dept. with dark malty sweetness full of toffee, caramel and a heap of nuttiness. Add that to a strong dose of alcohol, a big and creamy full body with a long lingering bock of an aftertaste and your ready for the next rinse.

Suprisingly good everything in this beer, much to my amazement...this is the tastiest beer that Gordon Biersch has to offer that I've tasted thus far and will gladly tip a few more.

Cheers to a tasty and fairly strong beer here, give it a try if you find it.

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Photo of spointon
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Gordon Biersch in Bolingbrook, IL on 12/18/2008.

A= This beer was poured into a clear glass mug and showed a very clear, deep red color with a slight brownness to it. The head poured 1/2" of slightly yellow off-whiteness and quickly dropped to a skim.

S= Aromas of malty sweetness, some sulphur, very faint nuttiness, and a mild roasty character.

T= Much the same as in the aroma. Malty sweetness followed by a sulphur note and mild grainy bitterness. Some alcohol in the finish.

MF= Bigger but still in the medium body range. Crisp mouthfeel cleansed the palate well.

D= This is a pretty solid dopplebock with an easy drinking flavor yet a solid alcohol kick. I look forward to this seasonal release every year!

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice, somewhat pale (for the style) burgundy/copper. Head and carbonation somewhat lacking; a bit dead.

Smell: Hey, not half bad. That nice tangy, malty burnt sugar richness you look for in a dopplebock with a nice ripe apple fruitiness. Bit of boozy solvent.

Taste: Again, nice. A bit of caramel apple, of bit of flan/burnt sugar, a bunch of tasty. Mouthfeel is a bit underpowered, thinish and a bit flaccid. Still, not at all bad.

Drinkability: No, it doesn't have the mind-blowing complexity of Salvator or the sinful richness of Koribinian. Still, this is a legit -- and quite tasty -- dopplebock that I can get at my local supermarket for less than $7 a sixer; you could do worse. McMicro shoots and scores.

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Photo of burnstar
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear brown. Big light tan head. Smell is mild roasted malt with some chocolate notes. Taste is sweet and malty. Big chocolate flavor. Very nice full bodied mouthfeel. Creamy. Very easily drinkable. I really like this one overall. Great for a non-German doppelbock and a very nice winter seasonal.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of HCGS89
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of quantumcipher
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear black in color with burgandy highlights at the edges of the glass. Short 1" head that recedes pretty quickly to a surface foam.

Aroma: the nose picks up mild roasted malts.

Flavor: the taste is of roasted malts, mild bitter chocolate, raisins, and sports a decent bitterness. The maltiness gives way to some dark fruit sweetness while swallowing.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start. The finish is also smooth and long on the roasted tones / bitter chocolate. Medium bodied and generally lighter than many other dopplebocks I've sampled.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable and worth having if it is available.

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Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jesus808
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of grubefresh
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of xgrimx
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of stephens101
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with crimson hues and is topped by a good amount of tan head which doesn't fade too quickly and leaves a few spots of lacing behind. Clusters of carbonation bubbles cling to the glass as more shoot through the middle of the brew to the top. The malts smell of sweet caramel. Behind that are subtle notes of spice, cherries and vanilla. Tastes of sweet malts, cherries, coffee and hops. Mouth-feel is slighty creamy and it goes down smooth. Excellent winter ale, but not as spicy as some others.

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Gordon Biersch Winter Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
3.71 out of 5 based on 248 ratings.
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