Gordon Biersch Golden Export | Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Golden ExportGordon Biersch Golden Export
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
United States
gordonbiersch.com

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
17 IBU

Added by aracauna on 06-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
148
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.32
pDev:
15.96%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +50.6%

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Photo of jimbotrost
4.22/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Washington DC location 11.5 Plato, 5.0% ABV. Nice golden pour with a light head bright white in hue. Carbonation level medium and nice. Nose is clean, some hop, some malt, but clean and light. Sweet light malty flavor finishes with a very nice crisp aftertaste. This beer was very well made.

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4.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.14/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.09/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stckhndlr
4.07/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More flavorful than I expected.

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
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)

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.97/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excerpt from the Gordon Biersch website:
"Our lightest, most refreshing lager, delicately hopped with a clean, crisp finish. The demand was so high when it was first brewed in the 1870s, that it was “exported” to other regions.

Original gravity: 11.5° Plato
Alcohol by volume: 5.00%
Bitterness units: 17"

I'm happy to see any development of the Dormunder style come to life. A very under-rated and balanced type of beer that Gordon Biersch nails with pin-point accuracy. Described as, "A smooth, refreshing lager, lightly hopped with a dry finish" It's all delivered in a nicely, cleanly brewed lager that is both characterful, well balanced, yet non-offensive.

Bright pilsner malt, floral hops, and a soft sulfur character that when combined with esters remind me of apples all manifests in the nose.

Crisp and medium rounded pilsner malt breadiness and sweetness offer a lightly doughy taste with moderate sweetness. Hops add a much needed balance for the malt but without overstating their roles. Fuller in flavor than most lagers, the beer is accented by an overall minerally flavor that bolsters the notion of flavor. Breads and raw barley play on the mouth with a hint of peppery hop charcter along with a mild herbal and floral tone with a minty alcohol finish.

Meidum throughout the moderate hop dryness, moderate alcohol, and fortified malt textures give a fuller impression than actually exists in mouthfeel. Finishing malty-dry, lightly warming, and with a crisp and minerally finish this lager carries a rich texture that's close to appeasing the lovers of Oktoberfestbiers and Vienna Lagers.

A catch-all lager that's smooth, crisp, and rounded and is a complement to nearly every entree on the menu.

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3.86/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tommy5
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of freed
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very light, in color, aroma, and even taste. Its a blanched straw color with the slightest amount of head. There's very little detectable aroma, other than the slight hint of malt you'd expect from a light lager. The taste is somewhat surprising though. Its a very delicate but interesting beer in this regard. For such a clean taste, it really has many subtle flavors that really compliment each other, and make the beer quite enjoyable. It would be an excellent yard work beer. Quite a surprise.

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Photo of DFN
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of Gordon Biersch's better beers: a pleasant, medium-bodied brew that goes down easy, beer after beer. I've had it at the GB brewery restaurant and in bottles. It's often on sale at Trader Joe's (CA) for $4.99/sixpack, which is a bargain for an above-average beer. GB Golden Export isn't a great beer, but it's a good one: not at all bitter, perhaps even a bit on the sweet side. Not my favorite, but a contender at the right price!

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The export lager poured very clear, a light golden color, with persistant carbonation. Its initial head dispersed to a ring, leaving sudsy retention on the glass. Golden malts, light hops, and as it warmed, an aroma of wildflower honey. Nice. Tasted of floral hops, clean sweet malt, and a slight bitter yeast. Fairly crisp finish. Damned fine for the style, which admittedly is not my favorite.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of k47k
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Gordon Biersch Golden Export from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
3.32 out of 5 based on 148 ratings.
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