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Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier | Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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3.69/5
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227 Ratings
BEER INFO

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

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
21 IBU

Added by BEERchitect on 06-23-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,990
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
227
pDev:
11.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
19
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 227 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.04/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I'm not impressed at all with this. Some ok lacing, but no foam retention at all. Looks like watery coffee. Definitely not black.

Smell: Some weak coffee.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Ok taste. Coffee/caramel malts. I actually sense some good hops bitterness as well.

Drinkability: A thin dark beer. It's clean though and kind of refreshing.

Overall: Highly disappointed with the Schwarzbier. It's definitely "bier" but not "schwarz." Definitely didn't reach expectations.

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Photo of JDV
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Roasty coffee smells from a dark brown/black pour, with some malty drying tastes. Light bodied, like all schwarzbiers despite the roasty character and isn't very full bodied I thought. This is more a knock against the style than the particular beer though, and it is decent for a schwarzbier. Not my favorite, but drinkable.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of hyoung41
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of jesus808
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one again today but never rated it before. Poured a deep deep amber color, so dark it was brownish even. I was sitting in the sun so it could have cast a different color. Anywho, Came with a nice frothy head, good retention. taste was of some cholocloate, roasted malts and something else that I could pick out. Decent beer.

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Photo of erk0607
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Banger530
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Opaque brown, almost black. About an inch of head when the server brought it to me.

S: Slightly sweet chocolate, notes of chocolate

T: More chocolate flavor than I smelled. Pleasant malty flavor in the middle. A slight burnt coffee flavor aftertaste.

M: Medium to full body. Light to medium carbonation.

D: Drinkable. Maybe slightly better than average. I would get it again.

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Photo of jackorain
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Broomfield CO outpost of GB.

A-Dark Brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light.

S-Roasted barley, coffee, charcoal

T-Roasted barley, coffee, chrcoal, mild earthy hop bitterness.

D-I didn't love this beer but I could have another if I had to.

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Photo of monkeybeer
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark Brown with a nice tan head

S- Malt, Chocolate and Coffee

T/M – Very strong coffee flavor almost like drinking an iced cappuccino. Very nice mouths feel no strong after taste.

D- Very drinkable, not the best dark beer they have, that would have to go to the winter bock, but defiantly worth a try and would not pass one up if it was offered to me. It is one of the better beers that the brew, just not the best one

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Gordon Biersch in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, toasted malt, and cocoa. Taste is much the same with a slight smoke flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty 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 has a somewhat dirty flavor and a better smell in my opinion.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Vegas

A - Dark mahogony, almost black body with very little visible carbonation. Better head than expected, about 2-fingers, off-white and mostly sticky. Leave pretty nice lacing

S - Gotta stick my nose in this one to get a good smell of it. Dark roasted malts with some slightly sweet brown sugar. Maybe some dark fruits, plums.

T&M - Bold, dark roasted malts up front with sweetness in the background. Not much carbonation here. Somewhat thin in the mouthfeel and the taste leaves something to be desired. I wish there was more depth here.

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Photo of snakeayes11
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of mjc410
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a GB Becker, the pour forms a massice rocky two finger head, which falls slowly to a glass ring. Very nice black-ruby when backlit. The nose is mildly caramel sweet, and roasty. Taste is a bit overly roasty, not much lager character. Mouthfeel is smooth, with medium carbonation. A good, mild drinker.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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

A- Dark but light can still get through it. Light gives it a garnet red color when held up to it.

S- Toasted malt, chocolate, caramel

T- Roasted coffee and cocoa, dry finish. May have been a bad batch because I sensed a hint of fresh corn on the cob in there.

M- Thin. Expected more chew to a beer labeled as a "black beer".

D- It was an ok beer but not the best. may have to try this one again to make sure it was not a bad batch.

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Photo of kflorence
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - MAY 28, 2008

On tap at Gordon Biersch.

Pours a very dark brown with a nice bit of foamy head. Smells of roasts, malts and grains. Tastes much the same with hints of chocolate, burnt grain, malts and a nice smooth, dry, roasted finished. Very easy to drink, although fairly simple and forgettable.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Gordon Biersch restaurant in Dallas, TX. Pours almost black hue with a thin, white head . Aroma is coffee, nutty and some toasted malt. Body is creamy, medium-full. Taste is similar to the aroma. Long coffee like finish. On the whole, it is a nice session brew.

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Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 227 ratings
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