Golden Export
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Style:
Lager - European / Dortmunder Export
Ranked #97
ABV:
5%
Score:
76
Ranked #48,095
Avg:
3.31 | pDev: 15.41%
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
156
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Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
 
United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  18
SCORE
76
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Notes: 17 IBU
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argock from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap in a 21 oz. Willi at the Navy Yard-DC location.

A: Brilliant straw gold with healthy 1-finger eggshell foamy head with sparse lacing.

S: light subdued aroma with cereal grain and light floral hop note, no fruitiness or off-aromas

T: excellent flavor although I think this drops somewhere between helles and Dortmunder given the lighter body and strength. Delicious bready and grainy malty flavor with deft touch of lightly spicy and floral hopping with a touch of herbal greasiness. No yeast flavors. Light bitterness.

M: highly drinkable as well-made German lagers should be with light-medium body, medium-high carbonation and dry finish.

O: this type of well-made highly consumable lager needs a continued resurgence among craft brewers - highly enjoyable classic brew without needing a gimmick (see fried chicken or various donuts and cakes) or a flavor sledgehammer to be noticed. Maybe this pub location does an especially good job of brewing the beer - I enjoyed it a lot and would buy it again.

Sep 01, 2019
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arizcards from Arizona

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler from the Glendale, AZ brewpub on July 30th. Shared with my brother while enjoying a warm 102 degree day on my patio.

Beer poured golden with a decent white head with the initial pour.

Nose was sweet grainy malts, not bad.

Taste was crackers and bread with a decent pepper hop to balance things out nicely.

Mouthfeel was smooth yet refreshing.

Overall a solid representation of the style, which is not exciting but flavorful and refreshing.

Aug 14, 2018
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Rockjocknroll from California

3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: golden like the name, decent head but large carbonation bubbles
S: lager yeast, bready malt, earthy hop aroma
T: crisp biscuit and more lager yeast up front, nice earth and slight noble hop bitterness.
M: thicker and oilier than an adjunct, it holds flavor for quite a while. Large carbonation is apparent but not distracting.
O: very drinkable and balanced lager; good for the style and great for the price.

Apr 04, 2016
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flagmantho from Washington

3.77/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a half-liter pint glass at the Seattle brewery.

Appearance: crystal clear golden body with a light effervescence and a finger of frothy white foam atop. Not bad at all.

Smell: lightly sweet malt aroma; not overly complex, but enticing.

Taste: sweet malt with a light graininess and an overall very smooth flavor. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium light body with a good carbonation and a surprisingly satisfying creaminess.

Overall: a very refreshing and quaffable lager. I dig it.

Oct 13, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crackers, Grassy, Herbal, Spice

Perhaps the cleanest beer we’ve had the pleasure of quaffing back. Balance is perfect for the style, a bit of body up front but all leads to a drier finish. Big crispness to start, ample hoppy bitterness and herbal flavor to back everything up brings forth a bigger drinkability. Gordon Biersch is easy one the palate when it comes to full on appreciation of lagers.

STYLE: Export Lager | ABV: 5.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #94 (NOV 2014)

Aug 25, 2015
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

3.19/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draft pint, served in GB logo glass.
Gold Medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival, Denver 2014.
Clear, yellow color with a short white head. Foam settles to thin cap, thin streaky lace.
Smell is pretty basic malt, grain, and some grass.
Taste is much the same, grainy, grassy flavor, mild hop bitterness at the end.
Low level of carbonation, crisp and clean, medium body and mouth feel.
Overall, this is a light and refreshing, drinkable beer. Hits the style as needed.

Note to self: Rated #24 Dortmunder / Export Lager when I reviewed it.

Nov 30, 2014
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pilsner glass

Appearance – Served a clear golden colored brew with a two finger pure white head of foam. The head faded slowly over time to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew was slightly grainy with a moderately bready base. Along with these aromas were some lighter aromas of caramel and corn and a bit of grass.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly grainy and bready taste along with a little bit of a corn malt flavor. As the taste advances some sweetness of a caramel nature comes to the tongue. Along with this, a grassy hop taste and a little bit of herb come to the tongue. With an increase in the grain, a decrease in the sweeter flavors and a little bit of a cracker flavor coming to the tongue at the end of the taste, one is left with a crisp and slightly drier malt flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the lighter side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that was on the slightly higher side. Both are rather nice for the style and make for a very easy drinking, crisp, and refreshing beer.

Overall – A decent lager with a very easy drinking taste and feel. Nothing outstanding but rather crisp and refreshing.

Dec 27, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.19/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Gordon Biersch in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a grassy flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but nothing I would go after again.

Feb 16, 2013
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rarbring from Sweden

2.55/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A straw colored beer, a white small head, no lacing, no curtains.

Sweet smell of apples an lemon.

Sweet white bread, lemonade, some apple peel.

Medium high carbonation, soft small bubbles, a light dry finish.

A bit too sweet, reminds of euro pale lager.

Apr 03, 2012
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MTNboy from Germany

3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From Kansas City Restaurant

Appearance: It has a golden colored body. The white head and lace are rocky and spread out.

Smell: It has a very corny aroma with a little hint of bread and faint hops.

Taste: Also corny and metallic with bread dough flavors. It has a bit of a crisp bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and light.

Overall: Alright for sampling it isn’t something I would just order

Jan 27, 2012
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mdfb79 from New York

3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 10/22/11 notes. On tap at the DC location.

a - Pours a clear, pale yellow color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grain, corn, wheat, and some pale bready malts. Lightly sweet but not a ton going on.

t - Tastes of grains, corn, and bready malts. Pretty average and a bit of a step down from the nose.

m - Light mody and low to moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty average lager. Lots of that grain and corn in the nose and taste. Not bad at all, but pretty average. Would suggest trying one of their other beers.

Oct 24, 2011
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Starts with a decent sized head for a bar pour. This dies to a minute level of fine bubbles that leave only a couple of spots. Very clear with a pretty golden color.

Smells soapy, this happened two days ago as well. They need to do a better job rinsing their glasses. When I reinvigorate the head, I smell a good pale malt baseand a faint floral aroma of hop.

Initial mpression is a cross between unmalted and malted pale grains. Relatively thin, but the aftertaste has a touch of bitterness that brings some good balance. Overall, I'd say this is a true to style Dortmunder. The taste provides a nice recovery from the poor handling of the glassware.

Oct 18, 2011
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.51/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had the Golden Export at the G & B in Bolingbrook, IL last evening. The color was a clear yellow with white head that laced slightly. The aroma was common of dortmunder grain, Saaz hops, etc. The first taste was overpowering with grain and was a bit rough, but the following drinks were more smooth. The grain and malt was balanced with hops and the beer came off the pallet clean. Overall not to bad...the mouthfeel was smooth and easy. good session beer.

Sep 25, 2011
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Rifugium from North Dakota

2.38/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Gordon Biersch, Broomfield, CO

Poured a golden-yellow with a small fizzy white head that fizzled out rather quickly. Grainy aroma, with a light citrusy hop profile. Simple taste, nothing too interesting happening. Lightly toasted grains and light citrus and piney hops, leaving a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Balanced, but just too light for me. Drinkable if you're playing it conservative.

Aug 30, 2011
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beerhobo22 from Nebraska

2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma of noble hops w some malt. Golden straw color, very clear. Mild hop bitterness, with mellow malt. Overall, good session beer, but a bit thin for my pallet. Restaurant setting w a nice outdoor seating area. Food caters to the masses, as does the beer.

Aug 08, 2011
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Original ratings on Aug 1, 2011: 4.00, 2.00, 3.50, 2.50, 3.00
New ratings on Jan. 17, 2017: 4.00, 2.75, 3.25, 3.25, 3.25

Poured from a tap into a .5L glass at Gordon Biersch (San Diego). Missed seeing the pour, but when it arrived there was about a ¼-inch of film. Color looked honey golden with a small hint of orange.

Nothing too special about the smell, maybe even a bit skunky. Pretty plain if anything.

Clean and refreshing taste. Malty. Better than the smell.

Pretty high on the carbonation. Bitter, but the freshness makes it easy to drink.

Not a bad beer overall, which is surprising considering their other beers. I would order this again, especially at GB considering their other options. Good beer for the summer.

Aug 02, 2011
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stckhndlr from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the restaurant in Virginia Beach, VA
(Post is from notes)

A- Clear golden color with a light wispy head. Not a hint of lacing

S- Bitter sent of hops and straw, mellow and bland.

T- Musty corn husk flavor, dry finish. Pleasant. kinda sticks on the back of the tongue.

M- Thin feel with good carbonation.

D- American macro lagers wish they could taste like this.

Mar 14, 2011
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rjochman from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium golden color with a small amount of white head. Not a lot going with the smell but do get a bit of malt and hops. Taste is similar to the smell, nothing much but very clean. Medium carbonation and really easy to drink. Had this as well as a couple other beers at Gordon Biersch. Not great but not bad either.

Feb 05, 2011
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at Gordon Biersch restaurant in Dallas, TX. Pours light-golden hue. Aroma is of hops and some biscuit malt. Body is medium, crisp. Piny hops and biscuit malt are balanced on the palate. Long, dry finish. On the whole, it is nice Helles lager.

Dec 16, 2010
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the DC location.

Pours a moderate golden-yellow color with a white head. Several fingers at first but falls down a bit quickly. A few rings of head remain throughout. The nose is some light hops along with a bit of grain. Taste is grainy and hoppy with a bit of bitterness from the grain husk.

Feel is really nice and crisp. Drinks well in the summer. A style I'd like to see more of and this one is pretty well done.

Nov 13, 2010
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PhillyStyle from Georgia

2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a .5L glass:

The beer appeared a clear yellow, with a decent white head that had some retention that receded too fast and almost completely.

The beer gave off a slight aroma, mainly a light malty/grainy aroma. Nothing much else to speak of.

The taste, upon my first sip, followed the nose, it was lighter than expected, but it has a sweet grain/bready flavor to it. I would have likened the beer to an English Pale Ale, having never tried a Dortmunder.

The beer felt light and maybe a bit over carbonated, but overall felt right. The beer's best quality was the drinkability. I could have easily could have downed a couple without thinking about it. Overall, a decent beer, but certainly not one that I would seek out or make a special trip to try.

Aug 12, 2010
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tjsdomer2 from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Decent head retention, not much foam. Pale golden with good carbonation.

Smell: I like the subtle bread-like smell. It's kind of a warming smell. Definitely nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is pretty good. Basically tastes like fresh bread. Not much hops, but some decent malt. I really like the mouthfeel of this though. Very crisp, dry, and refreshing.

Drinkability: What Bud Light SHOULD be.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised with Golden Export. I would definitely drink more of this.

May 30, 2010
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champ103 from Texas

3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color. A minimal white head forms, and recedes to nothing in a second. Not much lace to speak of.
S: Sweet and grainy malt. Bread and biscuit. Kind of bland.
T: Follows the nose, and like the nose this is pretty bland. Sweet grainy malt. Bread and biscuit.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. Thin and watery. Easy to drink. Not hard to put back a few.

Just bland. Nothing wrong with this beer, but uninspired. Good for what it is, a light lager. Though nothing that resembles a Dortmunder/Export Lager.

May 11, 2010
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Rootdog316 from Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GE pours a very clear, lemon-like gold color with a white head. I could smell a bit of pils malt sweetness in the aroma. The flavor of the beer is balanced between equal parts pils malt and hop bitterness. The pils malt is just a little sweet yet balanced by a medium amount of hop bitterness that is very smooth and sticks around on the palate for a bit. Overall it is medium bodied, medium carbonated, and smooth & balanced.

Sep 08, 2009
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Norfawkers from Virginia

3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

True to German style; a good drinking/eating beer but not overly flavorful

Appearance: Pale yellow, little head and lacing

Smell: Faintly malty

Taste: Very slight malt flavor and finishes nutty

Mouthfeel: Slightly bitter on the initial sip but finishes relatively smooth

Drinkability: Versatile; goes well with a burger or other Gordon Biersch fare

Jun 21, 2009
Golden Export from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 156 ratings