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Gordon Biersch Czech Style PilsnerGordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner
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Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Czech Pilsner is a crisp, golden, highly hopped lager. This style beer was first brewed in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia in 1842 using a sample of special yeast smuggled from Germany by a Czech monk. Until this time all beers were dark and cloudy. The new Czech Pilsner was the first beer to be brewed clear and golden.

36 IBU

Added by Troyone on 02-28-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
351
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
23.63%
 
 
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4
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Photo of clayrock81
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A seethru, pale gold body with some nice head. Like any pilsner, its taste relies on its hops and this beer is alright (think Pils Urquell basically). The hops are there with no real balance or mixing. A slick passing over the tongue with some hop backbite is how I would describe this beer, and not really seperated from other pils.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thought this was decent and better than the Schwarzbier I had before it. A golden straw color with some nice head and a brilliant body. Aroma is very Saazy. Flavor is full-bodied, with some straw-like maltiness, and a good amount of Saaz hop character. There is also a metallic note that is distinctly off. To me, Pilsner Urquell is the quintessential Czech Pilsner (Czechvar is OK and Burgerbrau is garbage), and this is a decent clone. Not bad.

The Gordon Biersch beer menu doesn't offer much excitement; in my opinion this is about the best you're going to get.

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Photo of spointon
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this one on tap at the G-B in Bolingbrook, IL on 1/9/2009.

A= This beer poured a clear, medium yellow/gold color with a dense, 1/2" snow white head. The head quicklt dropped to a thin film and left just a few spots of lace.

S= Very mild and clean aroma consisting of sulfur, noble hops, and an extremely faint crackery malt character.

T= As in the smell, there was a big sulfury flavor up front alongside a very mild sweetness. From about halfway through each swallow this beer dried out immensely. I mean it was bone-dry. Moderate but un-relenting hop bitterness through the middle and finish.

MF= Lighter side of medium body with a crip carbonation feel.

D= An ok beer that suffers from being a bit too dry. Not terible though and certainly paired well with food.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

a - Pours a hazy pale yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grain, bready malts, floral notes, and wheat. Pretty bland and not much going on here.

t - Tastes of grain and bready malts. Lightly musty notes as well. Again, pretty average and bland.

m - Light to medium and low carbonation.

o - Overall an average pilsener. Not much in the nose or the taste at all, but pretty easy to drink. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of SteadySippin
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light golden/copper color with finger thick head. Not much lacing.

S - Hop and malt scent. Pretty pungent.

T - Light hop bitterness with malt on the finish, also hints of citrus. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - Feels light in the mouth. Not too much carbonation, goes down easy.

O - Not a big pilsner drinker but I didn't mind this one. I don't have much to compare it to, but I wouldn't mind drinking it again. I probably wouldn't pick up a six pack of it, though. If you try it don't expect a world class beer, but its nothing bad.

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Photo of Redrover
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was in New Orleans this week and had time to stop by GB for some beers and dinner. According to the bartender, this is a new offering.

Served in a tall pint, the beer is bright gold with small but dense white head. Good lacing.

Light spice-pepper nose with some sweet malt.

The taste is a bit light but still a bit crisp. It is slightly sweet and grassy with a touch of bitterness. Everything is good, but it is a bit underpowered.

The mouth is a solid 3. The drinkabilty is decent. May be better on a very hot day. Not a bad cross-over beer.

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Photo of Inflames
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this a few times before, always felt it was drinkable but not worth getting excited about. Since my first experience with Czech pils I've had other true Czechs and some American attemps.
6 weeks old from the bottle
Pours clear-straw color, with little to no head. Has the scent of old file drawers and early mouring mash-ins. Taste is a doughy, post saaz induced spicyness. This beer is dry and partially tart,(makes it hard to stop drinking)
If it weren't for the the lingering malty flavor I would skip this brew. I find this interpritation to be similar to the true style but not enough to make me a full time GBCSP drinker.

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Photo of B4PTSD
3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I will just get straight to the point this is an average pilsner. A little better than some major companies like miller lite. I am not a fan of this beer. On a positive note this beer is smooth and crisp. Beer drinkers can enjoy this beer on a hot sunny day for something light and refreshing. This is my first czech style pilsner so take it for what its worth.

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Photo of hangh
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale yellow clear colored beer. It has a pretty clumpy head with some decent lacing. Very few carbonation bubbles after about 1 minute past opening. It has a clear bready smell. It is very mild though and hard to pick up unless you are almost touching it. Taste is like most pilseners. Some more eccentric hops at work here, not just traditional pils hops. I'm having trouble picking it out. It's medium bodied with medium carbonation. I'd say it's a decent beer, but not the beer I'd order if I wanted a pils

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is light golden in color with a fluffy crisp head and loose lace. smell has has a loose Czech style with fairly clean grain and honey notes. Taste has a light honey sweet spicey graininess that finishes in a light bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a medium with good carbonation. Overall not to bad, just maybe a little rough around the edges.

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Photo of jdense
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Gordon Biersch Washington DC 2.19.12.

Deep gold mostly clear a bit of chill haze. Clean malt bill in the nose, floral hops. Taste mirrors nose, pretty clean but a bit sweet. Mouthfeel well on light side of medium, dry finish. OK but pretty sweet for the style.

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Photo of champ103
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with decent retention. Light lace.
S: Spicy and floral hops up front. A light fruity aroma. Grainy malt lingers.
T: Grainy malt take over. The fruity and spicy hops are all but gone.
M/D: A thin body and high carbonation. Not hard to drink if I wanted to put a few away.

Same old song. The nose had a little more going, but overall another bland attempt.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a tall Pilsener shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a clear golden colored body; well-carbonated; forms a nice one finger sized white head, but doesn't seem to hold very well; would get more style points, but kind of looks very thin, even for a Pilsener

S - Grain and corn; basic malt scents of toast; touch of rose, almost floral, nose to it; some sweet sugary notes to it also; lager airiness

T - Straight lager airiness; flat with slight bitter taste; not much bite; corn and some other grains; touch of sweetness at the start of the sip

M - Crisp and refreshing; slight hop bitter aftertaste, but lingers much longer and becomes more profound as time passes

D - Overall I'm not very crazy about this beer; I would pass if I had another stab at this; probably not something to brag about, but wouldn't hurt to have if you invite guests over who aren't that familiar with craft brews

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Photo of ndekke39
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank a half-pint of this beer on tap at the 2007 North Market Microbrew Fest. The brewer himself was there, and this is what he recommended from their selection. Pours a clear, bright yellowish-gold with a fizzy white head. Pretty good retention. Taste and smell were clean and crisp, like a nice pilsener. Nothing remarkable. Balanced between a medium maltiness and a little hoppiness. Again, nothing stands out. Sharp mouthfeel, almost bitey. Overall, pretty easy to drink. When it's a little colder, it's nice and refreshing, but anyone looking for real complexity should look elsewhere.

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Photo of Zorro
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden colored beer with a middle sized puffy white colored head.

Smells malty with a flowery hop aroma. Soda cracker malt with noble hops somewhat grassy it also smells a little sweet.

Starts out mildly sweet and a little bitter. Slightly grassy this has a sharper hop bite than expected. and that is about it, sort of boring.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK beer.

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Photo of clemtiger8202
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Myrtle Beach location. Served in a pils glass. Was honey colored with a small white head. Smelled of pine and flowers and toast. Saaz hops are obvious when you take a sip. Bitter, spicey, maybe somewhere in there is some sweetness from malt, but I don't really detect any, just hops. Finishes very crisp and dry. Not a huge fan of czech pils, maybe is the saaz hops, but not a totally bad beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled On: 5/1/13

Got this one at the SLS in Cedar City

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a two-finger foamy white head, with some very nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, nice little hop note. The taste is mostly malty, with some hop notes. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry and bitter. Overall a nice brew for a hot day, but would not buy again.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean and golden colored. Not a lot of head or carbonation. Mild malty aroma. Malty flavor with a touch of hop bitterness. Has an almost "straw" like flavor to it. The hop bitterness tends to linger in the finish. Decent body-fairly dry and quenching. An ok beer overall. My first beer from Gordon Biersch-have wanted to try a brewpub of theirs for ages. I bet it would be an improvement on draft.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Bright gold with a quickly disappearing head and a touch of carbonation.

Smell: Indistinct malts and hops. Basically, it smells like beer.

Taste: Hops and cereal malts.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. My descriptions may not sound exciting, but this is pretty much what a pils should be. Nothing above and beyond, but nothing to fuss about either. Just a good solid beer.

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Photo of arizcards
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed cased picked up at Costco last fall.

Beer poured golden with a decent white head that is hanging around. Nose is somewhat malty with no other distinguishable characteristics. Taste is pretty well balanced, biscuity malt backbone blends pretty nicely into a crisp hop finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and fairly smooth. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a crisp clean refreshing beer that would pair well with mowing the lawn!

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 12-pack $13.49 Foodland
Clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Very light hops taste, mainly watery with just a touch of bitterness
Overall not one that I would buy again.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gordon Biersch(VB)- Czech Export

A- Golden acorn brown with a moderate size foamy white head and solid lacing.
S- Earthy hops & fresh grainy malt although light and tough to pull out.
T- Sweet carmelized malt with dry earthy hops and a touch of honey.
M- Sweet grainy malt up front with a crisp dry hop body and end.

Overall- Good solid lager, clean and crisp. A good beer to start off the night with!

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Photo of Treyliff
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gordon Biersch, Myrtle Beach

A- pours a bright golden and clear color with a foamy white head and good retention

S- faint crisp and clean hop, with some slightly toasted malt on the finish

T- clean malt follows the nose, slightly grassy with just a touch of yeast, dry and crisp finish

M- light-medium body with high carbonation, crisp mouthfeel with a foamy finish

O- easy to drink, sessionable summer beer. Nothing less and nothing more.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"this is our most hoppy beer" hahaha. okay. whatever. it isnt hoppy at all, but it tastes pretty good. the pour is clear and golden to yellow, with a gorgeous white head more than three inches high, foamy and lasting. more lacing and retention than usually seen from such a light beer. the nose is crisp as anything. sure to be satisfying in both winters coldest months and summers hottest. there is a lot of light pils malt, but its very fresh and seedy, from the field. the flavor is balanced, with some sort of goldings hops on the back end, but it isnt bitter, just sort of tames the sweetness of otherwise doughy malts. finish is super fast, dryer than it should be, but very very drinkable. the body is light, but not watery, and the carbonation is near spot on. bubbly enough but not laughably upbeat. this is much much much much better than i expected it to be when it was given to me by the head brewer of the syracus facility, who is a legend by the way. overall a nice americanized version of a central european classic. ill drink this again.

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Photo of Philousa
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light copper color with a thin head that slips from the glass to the drink with each sip. Very crisp, clean aroma. Peanut and almond mix with cracked barley. Yeast is present as well, coming across pungent but light. The pungent, slightly sour yeast starts and ends things in the taste department. It mellows out in the middle with wheat bread flavor and brazil, walnut, and almond nuttiness. Turns flowery/nectary then bitter, but bitterness is gentle. The yeast sits at the back of the tongue, reminding you to have another sip. Feel is thin, finish is slightly sweet.

This is a solid, tasty Pils. I would look for a stronger nuttiness and a little more malt in the flavor in an ideal world, but I could drink this all day.

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Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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