Gordon Biersch Winter Bock | Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

BA SCORE
84
good
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
Ratings:
249
Reviews:
114
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.59%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
27
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 249 |  Reviews: 114
Photo of Loveyourbeer
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of dowen44
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jh1982
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Yabev15
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

This draught was poured at GB restaurant in Broomfield, CO. Tapped in early November.

A: Dark but not opaque, good froth and lacing

S: Malt and toffee aromas, slightly sweet and spicy

T: Very flavorful as are most dopplebocks. Malty sweetness with toffee and some hints of holiday spices. Some finish hops balance it out nicely.

M: Nice body, some stickiness; carbonation was right on this tap, releasing flavor but maintaining the body.

O: A worthy example of a holiday winter warmer or dopplebock. In some aspects better than Spaten Optimator on tap, which I use as my reference for this variety.

 603 characters

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of rand
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at their restaurant in Mission Valley San Diego, poured into mug

A: Dark brown in color, frothy head with lots of sticky lacing

S: caramelly malts predominant, bready, touch of nutmeg

T: The sweet malts up front, sugary. Slightly earthy yeast breaks things up, keeping balance. Hops play a small roll, but give the brew enough astringency to keep things from getting overly sweet.
A few holiday spices round the profile, as the beer finishes slightly dryer than the front of the palate.

M: Bready, chewy. A little overly carbonated for the style - wonder if this is to please their stateside demo.

A pretty solid offering from the Bierch crew. The touches of holiday spice are appropriate for the seasonal release, and the balance of flavors will please a wide spectrum of taste.

,

 800 characters

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a 0.5L glass. Color was dark brown, almost mahogany (I read the description). About an inch of head when I got it. Fairly thin lacing on the top. Sporadic film on the sides.

Smelled of dark toffee malts. It reminded me a bit of a dark Heath bar. Also some caramel and coffee in there, too. Sweet flavors.

Tasted a little bit lighter than the nose. Toffeeish. Pretty smooth, but hardly any aftertaste. I bit too much alcohol kicker.

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Smooth feel.

A decent beer, but a little late in the overall taste. Would like it slightly darker.

 610 characters

Photo of taigor
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Gordon Biersch pint glass.

A - Very dark with slight ruby hints and a big head that slowly dissipated leaving significant lacing around the glass.

S - Sweet roasted malts with caramel, honey, dark chocolate and some spiciness to it.

T - Sweet caramel with roasted malts upfront followed by slight dark chocolate bitterness and a nutty dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with above average carbonation.

O - Very nice and enjoyable bock. ABV is hidden well and almost not noticed. I would recommend to try it if you get an opportunity.

 545 characters

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).

 1,584 characters

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.

 505 characters

Photo of stckhndlr
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a glass resulting in a nice 1 inch plus head. Has a nice deep cherry would color when held up to a light. Very pretty. Average lacing but a nice looking beer all the same

S- Nice dark fruit smell (figs, plums, and black cherry), malted fragrance topped with caramel and faint chocolate.

T- Malt and caramel flavor with a dry finish. Bit of a bitter aftertaste when you expect more of a sweeter end. Not as pleasing as I would like but over all a fine dark beer.

M- has a thicker feel to it as I think a bock should. almost gives you the sensation of having a syrup consistency.

D- All in all it's a good beer, could be a little more balanced with a more rounded flavor but still a decent choice. Still gives you a warm feeling on the colder winter nights.

 774 characters

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap from GB in Washington, DC. Poured into pint glass. Pours a dark brown, decent head that left a nice layer of foam, but little lacing. Pleasantly sweet aroma of malts with some caramel. Flavors were stronger, and also had some dark cherries and a touch of chocolate. Smooth, just a bit creamy, fairly full-bodied.

 319 characters

Photo of jdense
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from neighborhood beer buddy obtained at local discount grocery store in variety pack, poured into pint glass 1.1.9.11.

One finger slowly developing light tan, quick dissipation with no lacing. Clear amber brown body some visible carbonation. Nose is roast-dominate with a significant amount of sweetness, medium crystal with medium cherry-ish esters, floral hops in the nose. Taste mirrors the nose, a bit too sweet for style. Mouthfeel is fairly light for style, a wee bit of effervescence. Drinkability is ok, but the cloying sweetness in absence of roast character was a bit befuddling.

 605 characters

Photo of greenmiller
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at GB Bolingbrook, IL. Pours a dark ruby not opaque with minimal tan head. No lacing at all down the glass. No discernable aroma, just a malty, sweet smell. Tastes very smooth, almost sweet malty. No hops detected. Mouthfeel again is very smooth and easy going down. Little carbonation feel. NOT a session beer as this made me a little giddy after just one! But is a great winter warmup if you plan to stay awhile and let someone else drive you home. Would drink again.

 478 characters

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.

 1,103 characters

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

 402 characters

Photo of mikeg67
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled at Gordon Biersch restaurant in Dallas, TX. Pours hazy-amber hue with a slight tan head. Aroma is of sweet malt and some cherry. Body is medium, smooth. Taste is sweet caramel malt and cherry fruit. Short, malty finish. This brew is too sweet for me.

 258 characters

Photo of chumba526
2.43/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

 914 characters

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

A: Beer arrived and had a nice deep ruby color with a nice thick head which slowly faded as I was prepping for the review. Head faded down to a nice thin head that lingered through most of the session. Some slight lacing present.

S: Nice sweet malt present with some spices coming through. Reminiscent of cinnamon . Touch of alcohol and yeast present in the aroma too.

T: Very malty up front that lingers throughout the finish. Has a nice crisp bite.

M: Smooth and medium bodied brew. Nice carbonation level in this beer.

D: Nice and easy drinking, could have several of these. Great beer for a relaxing session.

 619 characters

Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 bottle into a pint glass. Two fingered tan head that dissipated rather quickly. Minimal lacing.

A - Lovely, crystal clear, chestnut color.

S - Sweet, malty, lightly burnt toast

T - Sweet, malty, star anise.

M -Medium bodied slightly syrupy.

D - I'm not a big fan of sweet brews but this was a very drinkable, delicious brew. I've had many GB brews at their brewpub on F street in DC and though not always overwhelmed I'm always pleased. GB Winter Bock is no less pleasing. A nice change of pace.

 518 characters

Gordon Biersch Winter Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
3.71 out of 5 based on 249 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.