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Gordon Biersch Winter Bock | Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Winter BockGordon Biersch Winter Bock
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3.68/5
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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
Ranking:
#31,234
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
251
pDev:
11.68%
Bros Score:
3.77
 
 
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Photo of BlindPig
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- About a 2-3" dark tan head on a dark brown ruby body.
S- Big sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, nice strong wheat aroma, grassy hops, some toffee, and touch of alcohol.
T- Sweet caramel and toffee malt body. Chocolate flavor comes through nicely. A lot of dark esters and wheat flavor. Banana comes through a bit also. Grass hops leave a light bitterness on tip of tongue. Pretty much all of the flavors stick around for the aftertaste with just a hint of warming (barley none) from the alcohol.
M- Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation.
D- It is a decent Weizenbock but nothing to go crazy about. There are a lot better out there but it still is a decent beer.

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Photo of x35068
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
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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Photo of BeerManDan
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured, it was a dark brown with very little tan foam. The smell has a mild aroma of roasted malts and a hint of caramel. The flavor was of roasted malts, caramel and a spice or two. Not overpowering on the alcohol or the bitterness/sweetness, but well balance between all three components. A pleasant tasting ale for the old and new year!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This dark brown bock hid underneath a massive, cascading head that was a beautiful dark tan in color. That had to be one of the nicest-looking DB heads I’ve ever seen.

Smell – The raw bockish malts are nice at the smell. There’s a rich molasses aroma along with an avalanche of sugars. There’s some light chocolate in here too.

Taste – This explodes on the taste buds. It is so big and powerful in flavor that you just want to hold it in your mouth forever. It is more balanced at the taste than I thought it would be from the smell. The dark molasses is here but it is softened up by tons of sweetness.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and velvety smooth in the mouth. Even though the carbonation is modest the flavors slow you down.

Drinkability – This is true to the style and just smoothed over enough that your average Joe can enjoy it. An excellent offering by GB.

Comments – Am I the highball here? This was my first beer of the night so we can’t blame it on intoxication. It is a terrific beer that I unrepentantly replaced with my usual weizen accompaniment to a dish of weisswurst and red cabbage.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a ruby red color, with a thin light tan head. The head fades too quickly, leaving a thin lacing.

This beer has a sweet caramel malty aroma. It has a slight brown sugar aroma also. Some raisins are present. A very subtle herbal hop aroma is present.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Sweet caramel up front. Behind that, it has a slight fruity flavor. Some hops are present also. This beer tastes quite bland for the style.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a sweet caramel aftertaste.

This beer would probably not be the best session beer. It is a little high in alcohol, and it is quite sweet.

Overall: I am not overly fond of anything Gordon Biersch as it is. My mom had a few bottles of this, and I snagged one for the hell of it. I doubt I will ever dring this beer again. It was booring and mediocre at best.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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 leadguit1
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks reddish brown after it pours, looks dark as it pours.

Smells kinda like a malt liquor, not very impressive, but not bad.

Taste surprised me with a good,brown malt palate. Alcohol is part of this taste, but comes after the malt. I enjoyed it.

Thin character in the mouth, but that's what delivers the final alcohol body. It works for that reason.

Goes down readily, I think two will give you that "Winter Warmer" Feeling.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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 scottoale
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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 Westsidethreat
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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 IntriqKen
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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 watermelonman
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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 weeare138
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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 Zorro
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Gavage
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 mattcrill
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a brick red to burnt orange and clear with a tan head.

Smell: Powdered sugar, syrup, carmel...malty goodness with some raisiny sweetness to it.

Taste: A dusty blend of carmel, molasses, brown sugar, and a wheaty bite to finish it out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and drying.

Drinkability: Pretty safe...I like the balance b/t sweetness and dryness. Highly sessionable and this works for me during the colder months. Recommended.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
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 SteveO1231
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I Stopped over at GB for lunch. They were serving the Winterbock as their seasonal offering and since it's the only GB beer I hadn't tried natrually I ordered it.

It was presented to me in a big ass Seidel. The Winterbock was a dark brown with some nice dark red higlights. Nice head off tan foamy bubbles.

Big aroma of sweet carmel and chocolate malts.

Very thick bodied Weizenbock with a nice big malt sweetness. Flavors of caramel and raisin in the brew. Light bitterness but this one is mostly a malt bomb.

I ordered the corned beef reuben to accompany my beer. Pretty high ABV, not sure what is was but I was a little buzzy after lunch.

Rather safe WeizenBock that would appeal to the masses, but actually pretty good. Probably one of my favorites in the GB lineup. If you find yourself at a GB I recommend it.

Cheers!

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
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 VoodooBrew
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whew-- this is a serious beer, weighing in at around 7% ABV (this will vary by location-- I've had it at the New Orleans restaurant). Pours deep amber, very low transluscence, with a nice light brown head. The flavor is semi-sweet but balanced by a detectable alcohol presence. I gave it a 4.5 on drinkability because its high alcohol content makes one prone to drinking more than one (at least that's how it works with me).

This is a seasonal beer, so grab one before the taps run out.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3/5  rDev -18.5%
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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Photo of aracauna
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is extremely easy to drink, dominated by the malt (caramel mostly). The flavor and aroma are extremely clean, but the flavor and aroma aren’t very strong. In fact, this is an excellently brewed beer without the slightest flaw in any way and there’s nothing off-putting about it, but it’s rather boring.

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Photo of Dmann
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was very simmilar to their dunkel but it seemed like an upgrade of the dunkel. The color and head were about the same but this brew had a great touch of spice that made this one worth comming back for. The malt profile filled everything out nicley but it was that slight hop/spice punch that really took this beer to the next level. I wish they would bottle this stuff!

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught at the brewpub. This beer is a dark ruby-brown color with a medium thick and foamy light beige head. Thin lacing. Malt aroma is very pronounced, and there is some caramel as well. Creamy (if slightly thin) body with a fair amount of malt flavor, along with some chcolate and caramel. There was also a bit of a smokey character to it which was a bit of a surprise. The finish is mostly sweet malt, with a pinch of hops. This is one of Gordon Biersch's better offerings in my opinion.

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Gordon Biersch Winter Bock from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 251 ratings
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