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Gordon Biersch Winter Bock | Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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3.69/5
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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:
#29,649
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
249
pDev:
11.65%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
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4
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Ratings: 249 |  Reviews: 114
Photo of wisegreensoul
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkazemi
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bobbyhands
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rand
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - Medium brown color until held closer to the light, which revealed a deep red, but still clear. About two and a half fingers of beige foam that dissipates slowly. Decent carbonation.

Smell - Floral essence that masks a malty smell. Toasty smell as well.

Taste - Very toasty beginning. Quite malty and meaty afterwards. Chocolate hints perhaps, but I get a more taste of something deeper and weightier, but without the full body that chocolates might create. Texture is quite smooth and well-balanced.

Drinkability - very decent brew. Filling, but not quite as filling as it could be.

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Photo of Jason
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date.

Big heady beginnings with good stickage, clear and dark chestnut colored liquid. Toasty bready sweet malty goodness in the nose. Flexed crispness pops from the thickness of the medium body. Rich toasted malt shows some roasted flair, broth and ample sweetness though the toasted flavors keep that to a minimum as does the hop bitterness. Alcohol is prevalent, clean warmth. Finishes with more of the toasted grain and faded leafy hops.

A decent pick for the winter, clean and not spiced not anything off the wall. Its focus set on the style, enjoyable.

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Photo of peachy-tay
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFC21
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wknight167
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a dark brown with red highlights and a 1 finger tan head that fades quickly.

Nose- Sweet maly, toffee, caramel, dark chocolate and stone fruits.

Palate- Sweet, dark caramel and chocolate. Raisiny, but with a roasty and spicy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full body, a little light on the carbonation, but not in a negative way.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trocketsauced
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of zimm421
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of HalfFull
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. The WinterBock pours a deep amber with a full inch of off white head. The beer is clear and almost brown in low light and offers a light apparent carbonation.

Initial notes of caramel and milk chocolate diminish with the foam which offers moderate retention and lacing. Nose settles into light caramel and red malt and offers a fair amount of muddled piney hops when agitated to regenerate a surface cap. Truer bock notes arrive as the beer warms and gets some exposure.

Flavor follows the nose and is rather light yet full bodied, and somewhat simple/singular at the same time. The body cloaks the ABV well yet delivers a short finish with a touch of cinnamon. Moderate malts work well with the carbonation to deliver a decent feel and drinkability. Nicely balanced.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of mdlb44
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of humulusphile
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought the 12 oz bottle at Total Wine, Chesapeake VA, aged a little (bottled Sept 09).

Looks good, pours a dark, clear amber with good reddish light coming through. Some lacing. Smell was good, bready malts and a vinous aroma as well...fairly pronounced.

Taste was not quite up to the aroma but still pretty good. Bready malts and a kind of port wine kind of thing going on. Not bad.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin but still very smooth.

Drinkability is good. No big alcohol presence, not too sweet. Good sipper, could have had another.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of GratefulTech
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Marvicsin
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of HowlingTurkey
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Gordon Biersch Winter Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 249 ratings
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