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 tdm168
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Gordon Biersch in the RDU airport.

Pours a dark light brownish amber with a thin lacing of head that quickly fades. The nose is simple with light notes of caramel. The flavor is only slightly more complex with spices up front, mainly clove and a little coriander, followed by sweet, caramel notes and baked apples. There are some faint yeast notes throughout. The body is smooth and medium bodied with light carbonation.

This was a decent beer. Nothing really stands out. It was good once, but I wouldn’t seek it out again.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks WestSideThreat

Pours a golden dark amber color, nice carbonation, not much of a head though, and left pretty quickly, not much lacing as well, but what is there is sticking to the edges. Scents of sweet malts, slight hops, and caramel. The taste is kinda sweet and malty, nice warm feeling in the throat, there is a nice hint of caramel as well, leaves with a dry finish. Medium body, well balanced brew. Very drinkable, a nice Weizenbock from GB, would recommend.

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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 Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tommy5
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single 12 ounce bottle paired with pizza, on to the beer:

Pours dark amber, almost amber brown into my flute glass. Good head sits on top. The aroma is right on the mark for a doppelbock, raisins, bread crust, some alcohol, sweet. The taste is more of the same. Unlike other doppelbocks out there, this one is lighter on the palate and not quite as malty, making it relatively easier to drink and enjoy. Oh, and it goes well with pizza.

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at the Gordon Biersch in Seattle.

Appearance: dark brown with a fair haze and two fingers of creamy tan foam. An attractive beer indeed!

Smell: sweet with a little caramel. Light in intensity, but not bad.

Taste: super malty with a little bit of caramel, a little roast and a little toast. Lightly complex and not too cloying -- not bad!

Mouthfeel: medium-light body but with a good creaminess for the style. I dig it.

Overall: quite a drinkable example of the style.

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Photo of John_M
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at T Bonz during their X-mas in July event.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with minimal lacing and not much head retention. The nose is very malty, leading me to expect a fairly sweet beer. In fact, while there is some modest sweetness to this beer, it's not as much as I was expecting. Otherwise, I get a considerable malt presence, light milk chocolate, light vanilla and some tar in the finish. There's also some noticeable alcohol as well, though it's not too bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the beer finishes fairly well.

Shrug. A pleasant enough beer, but nothing so exciting that I'd probably want to ever order it again.

Edit from 11/16. Am trying this beer again at the Oakland airport, GB kiosk spot. If nothing else, you have to give GB props for consistency. The beer at the airport is actually a bit better then what I had at T bonz some years back, as I'm not getting as much of the tar flavor in the finish I previously encountered. There's a hint of bitterness in the finish in the current version, and despite the malty sweetness, the finish is pretty clean. It's pretty similar to what I encountered back in 2011 otherwise. The biggest difference between the current version and what I tried back in 2011, is the current price. At the airport, the beer is $8.50 for a shaker glass fill (typical lousy pour from the airport bartending staff, so figure a 12 ounce pour). Needless to say, this beer isn't nearly so wonderful as to justify that kind of price, but what do you expect at the airport (alas, this is Oakland and not pdx).

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Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

NOTE: I had this right before the end of 2008 and was told then that it was the Xmas brew but also the same as the Dopplebock they brew in the winter. Was told on 3/6 that the Dopplebock was actually a different brew - and there are mild taste differeces - and that the previous seasonal was the Winter Bock (a single bock).
Damn servers...here is my review of the Winter Bock (which I was originally told was a dopplebock).
Pours a murky brown body, almost black with no lacing but a superfoamy two-finger tan head that takes forever to die. A mild, sweet malt smell of roasted and cocoa malt dominate the aroma (hints of coffee). Not a particulary thick bock, but not thinnish or syrupy either. A mild-mannered but pleasant sweetness, with hints of chocolate, caramel, toffee, butterscotch and other sugariness I can't think of. Not overly sweet, mind you. Has minor roasted notes and hops for a slick but hints of dryness on the backbite; not a milkshake here. Mildly warming also. ABV hidden well - I wouldn't guess a 7.2 except it is on the menu.

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Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown beer with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Puffy tan head.

Smell is less malty than expected with herbal hop aroma being dominant. It is a bit fruity smelling with figs and raisin aromas being the strongest. Slight alcohol scent carries a pleasing black pepper scent to your nose.

Taste is malty fist and foremost. Sweet and after a bit the hop bitterness does kick in with a pleasing bitterness. This is just a little one-dimensional, bock for dummies I would say.

Mouthfeel is good.

An OK but in no way outstanding bock beer. I won't buy this again.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, clear caramel color with a ruby hue. Poured a 1 finger creamy tan head that dissipated slowly to a thick skim. Laced the glass in thin sheets.

S: Burnt caramel and some peppery spices. A little smokey and earthy.

T: Big toasted malty up front; burnt caramel, nuts and smoke. Sharp bitter bite lingers along with some of the malt character.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Very flavorful malt character with enough bitter to balance.

D: Easily drinkable. flavorful, smooth and balanced.

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Photo of weeare138
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Actually calls itself a Dark Double Bock Lager underneath the title.
Appears a hazy, dark amber with a decent tan head that slowly fades out and leaves spotty lacing around the glass.
Smell is of toffee and dark malt. A bit of a let down considering the style.
Taste is of a mild dark lager with some caramel notes...sub par of the true German style.
Mouthfeel is malty, sweet with a mild toffeeness hanging on to the tongue.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on-tap 11/29/05 at the GB brewpub in Tyson's Corner, VA.

Solid brown color with a nice light brown head and nice carbonation with slow bubbles. Smokey, roasty, dark Munich malt aroma and flavors. Lots of robust roasty full flavored characteristics that you don't normally associate with a true Dopplebock. Medium-full bodied, smooth, and warming with light alcohol on the finish.

Per an email I got from the brewer for the Tyson's location:
It is the same recipe as the Trader Joe's Dopplebock.
Malts: Munich, Caramunich, Pilsner, and Carafa.
Hops: Hallertauer Hersbrucker hops

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single for $1.99 from the Village Pump. Bottled on the 11th of October 2011.

A wonderful deep mahogany with a dense, tan head with pretty solid retention and no real lacing, this looks pretty good! The clarity and color are particularly appealing. The nose has plenty of caramel and bready malt character, with mild Munich malt character as well. However, there isn't enough of the rich breadiness, at least for my palate. Mild earthy, leafy hop character is present. Plenty of dark fruit character, with raisins and plums are present.

The palate opens with a blend of moderate bitterness and caramel and raisin bread. There's plenty of hop flavor, lending an earthy, flavorful backbone to this beer. The palate has too much of the caramel and dark caramel malt character without the bready flavors that you'd get from the better German brewed versions. Toffee, dark fruit, caramel and a touch of brown sugar are all present, along with a mild spicy note, especially on the finish. Medium in body with moderate carbonation (a little too much?), this beer is pretty solid and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a dimple mug

Appearance- The beer is served a deep mahogany color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a nice caramel and toffee smell infused with aromas of toasted malt and some bready smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt taste along with some flavors of caramel and toffee. The caramel becomes more buttery in nature as the flavor advances further taking on a more toffee like nature. Along with the toffee so to comes some flavors of darker fruits. The fruits are mainly of raisin and fig, but have a little bit of an apple flavor mixed within. Toward the end the roasted flavors of the brew increase along with a very light spice flavor coming to the tongue, in the end leaving a nice blend of roasted and sweet malt y flavors to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thicker and creamier body are fantastic for the malty, roasted and sweeter flavors of the brew, allowing all the nice malty and sweet flavors to soak into the tongue.

Overall – A very enjoyable doppelbock with tons and nice smooth flavors but yet maintaining a nice easy drinking feel.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
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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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

Pours an opaque chocolaty brown with a fine-bubbled off-white head. Rich aroma is malty, spicy and just a little chocolaty. Flavor is mainly malty with a spicy undertone that is mostly cloves and cinnamon. Texture is pleasant, smooth and fizzy, going down nicely.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear dark brown color with a decently fluffy light tan head. Fairly good retention with just a smattering of lacing.

Nose is pretty well done for a D-bock, Tons of roasty chocolate malts with a few toasty and nutty notes as well.

Taste consists mainly of sweet burnt caramel and toasty malts, molasses and plenty of fusel alcohol. I was really disappointed in the two times I visited the brewpub in the ATL, but this beer shows some promise. A little more smooth chocolate maltiness and hide the ABV some and this could be a good beer. Overall, it is not a half bad attempt at a DB, but needs a bit more refinement to hang with the big dawgs from Deutschland.

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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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