Gordon Biersch Winter Bock | Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Gordon Biersch Winter BockGordon Biersch Winter Bock
BA SCORE
53.4%
Liked This Beer
3.69 w/ 249 ratings
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
Ranking:
#28,692
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
249
Liked:
133
Avg:
3.69/5
pDev:
11.65%
Alströms:
3.77
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
27
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 249 |  Reviews: 114
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1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -39%

Photo of chumba526
2.43/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appears dark red with a large tan head that disappears quickly.

It smells of raisons and other dark dry fruit, molasses, banana and brown sugar.

It tastes much like the smell. There is a strong molasses and sweet sugary flavor that dominates the beer. There is a bit of a sweet raison flavor as well. A bit of a banana like yeast flavor is also present. The taste finishes with lot of sweetness mix with a very slight amount of bitterness.

The carbonation is moderate high.

The drinkability is limited as the beer is overly sweet.

Overall an ok beer, but it needs more balance. They should use more dry malts and less sweet malt. I guess the beer would be good if you have a sweet tooth but I do not. Though at the same time I know that the style this beer is tends to be sweet. The beer does have some nice qualities to it. Overall this is a slightly less than average take on the double bock style, though.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of BrewMaster
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at the GB in Pasadena. Its a cloudy amber brown with a thin head on top. The aroma is spicy and flowery with a bit of fruity sweetness. The flavor is malty sweet with a bit of cinnamon and perhaps pumpkin but it is all a bit watery. There is no hop flavor to be found in the beer and overall it lacks quality, flavor, and complexity. There is certainly nothing exceptional about this beer.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark chestnut brown with a finger of off-white foam. Brilliant clarity, but the head recedes too quickly.

Smell: Fruitcake and toasted nuts, on the estery side and not especially clean. Butterscotch sweetness, toasted cereal grain. Decent.

Taste & mouthfeel: Fruity sweetness with a touch of burnt caramel. Not nearly as clean as some of the better German examples of the style I've tried recently, though not terrible either. Dried fruit and nuts, a bit of spice. Too sweet overall, especially in the finish, which becomes somewhat cloying after half a bottle. A decent beer, but I'm glad that I only grabbed 1 bottle.

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3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lovely appearance in the glass with an attractive head and chestnut brown color. Well carbonated. Caramel smell.

Winey flavor with roasted grains and some malty sweetness. Date flavors. Kind of a burnt molasses taste in the back of the mouth. Not bad for a couple of sips but the dirty, scorched raising taste takes over and is pretty tough to swallow.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at Total Wine in Tucson.

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Photo of Offa
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not sure where to put this review; this Gordon Biersch entry says it's the production entity for the bottled beers not tap, but none of the other Gordon Biersch choices make sense.

Anyway, this is the Gordon Biersch Winterbock Doppelbock, 7.5%, which I had on tap.

It is very dark drown with a little red, a smallish but rich, creamy tan head that slowly shrinks to a foamy ring and wisps and leaves a little lace.

The aroma is mild and malty, roasty-raisiny-caramelly.

The taste is similar, mostly burnt caramel, and raisin, some alcohol, toastiness, sweet with a burnt-caramel bitterness in the finish. It is somewhat full bodied and rather pleasant but the flavours a bit a mild and simple, almost one-dimensional.

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3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of x35068
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a thin head that remains. Lacing occurs, but without lines. The color is dark brownish-red.

The smell and taste are average as far as a bock, with a slight sweet malty finish. It is similar to Michelob Amberbock, but slightly more complex. Alcohol taste is not noticable.

Mouthfeel is full and thick.

This beer is very drinkable. It goes down easily, with the 7.5 ABV is not worth having too many.

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3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at the DC location near the Verizon Center. Pours a dark brown with plenty of light showing through and a small brownish white head. Aroma of some light roast and molasses sweetness but not much else. Flavor follows with watery sweet malts, a hint of roast, some dirty lager finish, then leaving some surprising sweet citrus on the palate. Light to medium bodied, not super crisp but goes down easy enough with adequate carbonation. Overall not exciting but not terrible.

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3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This came in the winter pack from Costco.

Appearance- dark reddish brown color, thin head

Smell- sweet malt

Taste- sweet malt and caramel

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was ok. I have had better bocks but it is still ok. An average bock but that's it

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Gordon Biersch Winter Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Beer rating: 53.4% out of 100 with 249 ratings
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