Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier | Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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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
Ratings:
227
Reviews:
91
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.29%
 
 
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4
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Photo of dbalsock
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I found this to be an interesting schwarzbier... it lacked the underlying hoppiness I'm used to, but made up for it with an interesting malt character. It was fresh, which helped out, and tasted a little bit like my most recent homebrew (insert positive bias here). The mouthfeel was somewhat weak... it fit the profile of a schwarzbier, but lacked a little kick that I'm used to. It was, however, incredibly drinkable, and I would stick to this beer if I return again to the Tempe, Gordon Biersch. It was a pretty standard color, with the head being very nice, and longer lasting than most lagers I've had. Overall it's an impressive attempt, but not amazing.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the tap to an old motor oil black (expected of a Schwarzbier), with a thick foamy tan head that lingers well thru the entire drink and leaves decent lacing. The nose, while somewhat muted, is licorice and a hint of roasted nuts. Mouth is very tingly, albeit a tad weak, with the taste again leaning toward licorice. Finish is of medium duration and a little watery, but overall a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Just a dark German bier.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty close, if not outright, black. Brown highlights to it. Head is thick, with large bubbles at first. Disappates down somewhat, but still has good texture to it.
S- Roasted coffee, a bit of chocolate, and kind of an odd, steely sweetness to it.
T- Definite coffee notes, that's what I'm picking up right away. It's pretty sweet for the style, with a milk chocolate note to it as well. Just a bit of bitterness, but it's still leaning sweet, style considered, for me.
M- Light, but not too much so, but the finish stays too much on the tongue. Not dry enough considering their description and my general understanding of the style.
O- It's a good enough beer, but there are some tweeks (particularly with the finish) that could make it a better beer for me.

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Photo of mjh0527
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Atlanta brewpub. Not a favored style.

Look: clear but near blck body with an off-white head that has limited retention.

Aroma: mild but attractive with more toffee than expected.

Flavor: follows the aroma but with ore dark roasted malts showinng.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body and medium-light carbonation. very smooth.

Overall: mild and clean.

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Photo of Acubflem
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ajtorres311
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of CBodamer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Durge
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the San Jose location with my meal, this German style brew shows a deep black mahogany color with a modest off-white head and very little lace. The aroma is mild coffee grinds and delicate prune. A bit too subtle but not bad. The flavor brings bright cracker and weak coffee. Generally weak in feel with a medium light body and fair carbonation. There's a slight citrus hop idea and dry finish. Pretty crisp and refreshing, interesting but kind of wimpy. It's drinkable enough but not something I would necessarily nominate for sessioning.

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Photo of Jordan444
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of dirtyjerk
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of jewellrunner
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MsRif
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mentor
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger light brown head over a very dark brown liquid. Smells strong dark malt with moticable noble or english hops. Roast and chocolate with a creamy hint. Earthy hops with gentle perfumey.

Tastes medium intensity roast with mild sweet underneath. Roast is coffee and char-like with a gentle sour edge. Mild hop grassiness. Drying finish due to good attenuation and a slight alcohol cleaning. Light body, but some creaminess. Modest carbonation. Nicely hopped for the style, but a bit too charred for the style.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrives nearly black with a light tan head. Retention is OK, just but nothing great. Good lacing to start but weak later.
Smell is mostly toasted malt with a hint of vanilla and caramel, I think.
Taste is solidly balanced with toasted malt, caramel, vanilla and not much else. Balance is good though.
Medium bodied with a sharp effervescence up front that drops off quickly. Drying finish, cleaner than I thought. A decent brew but nothing special.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ChristiBerli
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
3.72 out of 5 based on 227 ratings.
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