Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
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3.68 | pDev: 13.86%
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
United States
Notes: Gordon Biersch FestBier celebrates fall and the flavor profile of beers served at the modern-day Oktoberfest. FestBier emphasizes rich, malty undertones with a moderately hoppy finish. The maltiness is created via a combination of dark-roasted, Munich-style malt and Pilsner malt. The hoppy aroma is achieved via the imported Hallertau aroma hops.
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arizcards from Arizona

3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoying a pint at the Glendale, AZ location today 9.27.2018 for $5.25.

Beer was served golden with a solid white head.

Nose is grainy and bready.

Taste follows the nose, bready with some cracker finishing with a spicy noble hop tingling.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Overall an enjoyable fest lager.

Sep 27, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow beer, half inch of white head that gets the F outta dodge pretty quick. Mild, underplayed aromas, almost nothing beyond grain, mildly toasted. Mild Mild Mild. I need another adjective. Now I have that adjective song from Mr. T Experience stuck in my head.

Its an easy going beer with slightly more, toastier malt than BMC, the wheat giving it a craft edge so you can put a slice of ___ citrus fruit in your glass. Has a place in the world.

Jan 26, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Atlanta brewpub. Served colder than ideal temperature.

Look: amber body with excellent clarity and a creamy bone head.

Aroma: mild mix of malts and hops, with a hint of citrus.

Flavor: follows the aroma. Clean but a bit mild.

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

Overall: clean, refreshing, easy drinking,

Dec 19, 2015
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KWolf from New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Original must have had Hallertau, but the version in Syracuse uses Hersbrucker.
Still the same awesome style, but with a bit more floral to me.
Very well done, just seems a little maltier with the 'Brucker.

Dec 02, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Gordon Biersch, San Francisco Airport Terminal 3

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Sweet aromas of bready and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of sweet toasted malts and bready malts, the latter of which stand out in the finish. There is a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with a bit of smoothness.
O: This beer has an interesting mix of bready and toasted malts.

Serving type: on-tap

Nov 02, 2015
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furballkazoo from California

4.46/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic seasonal selection from Gordon Biersch that make me look forward to the Fall months. Can be enjoyed by itself, or paired with a wide range of foods.

Jul 04, 2015
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a pale orange body with two finger head and a little bit of lace. Somewhat of a spicy, dirty, funky, hop bite, touch of citric and bread malt, possibly some sweetness that I missed. Smooth, easy to drink, not overly spicy or bitter, pleasant breadiness leads to crisp, dry finish, touch of sweet malts and for a second I thought some rauchbier flavors but could be my imagination. Something is a tad off but I did enjoy this beer, although $14 for the big boy Oktoberfest glass is a little much.

Oct 01, 2013
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TheSixthRing from California

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear golden amber with a 2 finger head, decent retention, and a resulting lace that's spotty.

Smell - Aroma is primarily sweet - hints at bread and caramel, with a bitter hop note edging around the sweetness.

Taste - Starts sweet, bread, caramel and a touch of butteriness, then cut into mid-taste by a biting grass bitterness. Hops continue to build through the finish, hitting on floral notes before fading in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with a soft, tingly carbonation. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall - Nothing great, but it's somewhat enjoyable. Probably wouldn't buy again, but I'd drink it if offered. Mayhap Okterberfests just aren't my thing... actually, I think I've had my fair share to say they're not. It's a decent style, but I've only had one that's ever really wowed me.

Oct 22, 2012
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flagmantho from Washington

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on-tap at the Gordon Biersch in Seattle. Served in a half-liter Maßkrug.

Appearance: medium orange with a moderate haze and a little bit of creamy ivory head. Not bad.

Smell: light yeasty malt aroma with a hint of biscuit. Decent if not my favorite.

Taste: biscuity malt flavor with a lighter, sweeter malt finish. Some noble hop character present and a decent bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and very good creaminess.

Overall: decent and quite drinkable. Gets a little better with each sip. Not bad at all.

Oct 17, 2012
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jkrich from Florida

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16 oz. stein: clear, deep golden to light amber with a quickly receding foamy white head.
Very fresh aromas of spicy, European hops and malt.
A solidly malty entry with a faint earthy flavor in the background; hints of bready yeast flavors with a nice hoppy finish.
The body is a little thin with zesty carbonation. The mouthfeel was slick and rather sweet with some faint hops on the palate.
This was a solid effort that complemented the German sausage and red cabbage dinner I enjoyed at the Louisville, KY Gordon Biersch restaurant.

Sep 22, 2012
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ThePaleRider from California

3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Orangey amber with a bright white head that left no lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet breads and malts.

T - Nice lager with a really inviting sweetness. A little bit of spice up front with malts picking up the rear.

M - Light body with nice carbonation.

O - Pretty nice lager that I wouldn't mind drinking again. I'm not a huge lager fan but this is a very sessionable beer.

Sep 20, 2012
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MTNboy from Germany

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From The Kansas City Restaurant

Appearance: A little darker than their original Marzen. A bronze colored body with more of a dark sand colored head and lace.

Smell: Bread like with more hoppiness than the original. It is a bit more floral and earthy.

Taste: The flavor and the aroma do not differ that much. I think this is sweeter and bitter than the original more of a citrus presents.

Mouthfeel: Thin and has plenty of bite to it.

Overall: I thought it was weird that this was on tap at the same time as the Marzen but even though they are the same style there are notable differences.

Jan 27, 2012
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a beer with more yellow going for it than I was expecting, was thinkin more auburn for this style and these guys more traditional old world ways. Smooth and mild toasty aroma.

Taste, again, decently smooth, easy drinking beer with slightly more malt and roasting than BMC, hopping not apparent, easy enough body. Nothing over the top, nothing that tastes bad, I consider it worthy of a recommendation given that it was marked down to $3.99/6pk, the old lady thinks they're good, so these come in handy.

Jan 22, 2012
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this in a trade with my local trader, tone77, who brought over a whole bunch of nice beers for me to try.

As an homage to sommersb, some stats:
Tasted On: 01-15-2012
Freshness: Bottled on 08-02-2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle

From the bottle: "Never trust a skinny brewer."; "Oktoberfest-style lager"; "Gordon Biersch FestBier celebrates fall and the flavor profile of beers served at the modern-day Oktoberfest. FestBier emphasizes rich, malty undertones with a moderately hoppy finish. The maltiness is created via a combination of dark-roasted, Munich-style malt and Pilsner malt. The hoppy aroma is achieved via the imported Hallertau aroma hops."

My pour netted me a finger of tawny head with low retention. Color was a coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. The nose was very rich and sweet, like caramel/toffee and molasses with a light underlying bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium and it was really sweet and malty on the tongue to this hophead. It had some nice clean flavors to it, but overall, it was just too sweet for me to really enjoy. One was plenty for me but YMMV.

Jan 15, 2012
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sommersb from Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 01-01-2012
Freshness: Bottled on 09-15-2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Seidel
Purchased: Single from Publix, Huntsville

A: Clear, bright copper color with a white head 3 fingers high. A good amount of bubbles are seen in the mug. Both head retention and lacing are good.

S: Clean aromas of biscuit-like malts and noble hops.

T: Crisp, lager taste with a malty backbone. The spicy hops yield a light bitterness. Notes of roasted grain round out the flavor profile. Smooths nicely as it warms.

M: Body is medium, with a moderate level of carbonation. The finish is dry and lightly bitter.

O: Simple and easy drinking lager, just like you'd expect for this style. Nicely done.

Jan 02, 2012
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at wine source, enjoyed from a willbecker chilled.

A light copper color with great clarity and light cream colored cap which settles to a ring with ultra tight bead. The head revives when swirled. The smell is nutty and bread crust with a slight fruity light yeast aroma with a mild ting of floral hops accenting the nose. There is a slight spice and malt body gives a medium full feel iwth moderately high carbonation with a relatively clean yeast w/ mild bitterness and semi-dry finish.

The flavor has a mild fruity and toasted malt entry with light spice and subtle hop flavor which adds deptht to the light sweetness with nutty flavor anchoring the body with a subtle hint of dried fruit sweetness. The gentle dry yeast flavors are almost mineral which seems to add to the bitter hop accent and finishes in the clean dry end. Overall a beer I could be happy with most often, very approachable and drinkable. I think it is a high quality lager -very clean and quaffable.

Dec 13, 2011
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.38/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; GB doesn't make any great beers - at least none I've tried.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, decent/okay thickness, and average (~ minute) retention. Colour is a transparent textbook copper.

Sm: Marzen hops, cream, and overdone caramel. I'm not horribly excited for this. Aroma is moderate in strength.

T: Overdone caramel is a definite here, but the marzen build does what it can to resist - and fails. Some cream is present, but it's buried. Pretty simple, pretty boring. Not well balanced or built by any means (or stretch). Bleh.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Standard fare. Nothing exciting.

Dr: This is a hoi polloi beer aimed at commercial success and nothing else. It's better than budweiser, but my compliments stop there. It's drinkable, but so is water. Leave this where it belongs, lads: on the shelf.

Nov 27, 2011
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mdfb79 from New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

a - Pours a medium amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready and toasted malts, caramel malts, grain, and some fruity malts. The fruit coming in the nose is nice and helps it out a bit.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, toasted malts, fruity malts, and light wheat or grain. Again, I enjoyed the fruit mixing with everything else.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty decent beer, one of the better ones I had at GB. Some nice fruit mixing with the caramel and toasted malts, something I would probably order again if I was at GB.

Oct 24, 2011
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rel from Florida

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have this place less than half a block away from the entrance to my building. The smell from the microbrewery exhaust is amazing when they're mashing. Its a great way to be welcomed home honestly.

To the beer!

I don't frequent the restaurant despite its proximity, until festbier is on the menu. Not to downplay the others; they create wonderful brews for a "commercialized" joint.

Deep golden color, somewhat hazy and hard to see in the dark lighting, but I can see it has a nice head and its served in a nice little stein.

Smell reflects the more common american interpretation of the fest beer. Nice bready malts, but it also has some sweet hoppy notes.

The taste reflects the smell of the malts, while the feel reflects the hops. A very comforitng taste accompanied by a tingling bitterness that lingers.

A great balanced dark style fest beer.

Oct 18, 2011
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a dimpled glass...nice touch. Good ring lace after a modest head. Cloudy, dark gold color.

Mild pale, fully-malted barley smell. No notable hop, which is okay for the style and understandable based on how full the glass was initially.

The taste is more grainy than I expected based on the smell. The body tilts to the thin side, even for a Marzen. The high carbonation exasperates this. Low to no bitterness, but this brew is still relatively dry.

Oct 17, 2011
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travisnd from Virginia

3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer that last time I was at Gorden Biersch which was just a few weeks ago. The staff was really pushing this beer as I usually order the Marzen but I figured I'd give it a try. It wasn't bad, though not sure I would order it again. I did have it just after it was released so it's possible it could be alittle better now.

Oct 07, 2011
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Schmittymack from Colorado

2/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Old Chicago Westy for the Octoberfest Mini Tour. Poured an orange-amberish color with aromas of some spices, rye bread, and some fruitiness. Tasted started a bit sweet, then turned to disgusting before I could even swallow the sip. I tried another sip, then decided I wasn't going to be a trooper and finish this one. Not quite Bud Light Lime territory but pretty damn close!

Oct 03, 2011
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent pour yielding a creamy 1/2 finger head that fades semi slowly with some lacing, over mostly clear golden tan colored beer.

Nose is loaded with golden malts, light toasty pilsner malts, some nice lager aromas with a bit of lager fruit, hint of apple and pear, slight touch of grassy herbal hops.

Taste starts with lots of toasty malts, straw, earthy straw toasty pilsner malts, light sweetness. Then some lager flavors, light crisp lager but not very dry, a bit too sweet, and some light lager fruits with hints of apple and pear again. Finish gets a bit drier but sticky as well, more lingering fruit, and just a hint of grassy hops come through with touch of bitterness.

Mouth is a bit lighter bodied, decent carb, slightly crisp but not dry at all.

Overall a nice beer, very drinkable, they got the malts down pretty well, nice and toasty straw etc, not loaded with caramel and reddish malts, etc. Hops are the right variety but a bit too light for the hops, maybe a hint more would help. The biggest set back that keeps this from the A- to A range is the sweetness, it really needs to be a lot drier and it would be really high class.

Oct 02, 2011
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emmasdad from Colorado

1.68/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a brilliant orange/amber color, with a smallish beige colored head. A little spicy on the nose, with a bit of caramel, some cereal and rye bread. On the palate, this one is sweet, crisp and medium bodied, with some caramel, toasted malt and cereal. Seriously disgusting.

Sep 29, 2011
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had the Fest Beer at the G & B in Bolingbrook, IL last evening. The color was a nice copper/amber with white head that laced slightly. The aroma was sweet with hints of malt. The taste was a good balance of grain, hops and malt. The was a bigger presence of sweetness, more so than the Marzen, that made the beer a little too sweet for me to drink. The beer did come off the pallet clean. Overall not to bad....too sweet for me to session.

Sep 25, 2011
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