Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner | Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch Czech Style PilsnerGordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner
BEER INFO

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

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
Ratings:
358
Reviews:
133
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
14.37%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
41
For Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
2.87/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Washington, DC location. Saaz hop bitterness, not quite, near metallic. Medium yellow, a caesar crown of white and lace. Medium mouthfeel. Off bitterness that makes it not all that drinkable.Under-average beer, but hey you need a pilsner in a standard lineup.

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Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.41/5  rDev -2%
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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An excerpt from the Gordon Biersch website:
"A classic Bohemian-style Pilsner with a rich golden hue, medium-bodied and boldly bittered with spicy, signature Saaz hops from the Czech Republic.

Original gravity: 12.5° Plato
Alcohol by volume: 5.60%
Bitterness units: 36"

With the crispness of a German Lager but the mild hop yet robust oveall character of a Czech Pilsner, the beer is a winner to those who love German-style Lagers but want a more restrained hop character.

Balanced aromas of crisp breads, light yeast, and a hop combo of floral and spice all become the major contributors to the aromatic matrix. Lightly sufury, the beer tickles the nose with an element of match sticks and apples.

Similarly, the flavors closely resemble those of scent: A mild bready sweetness of part malt, part grain work in conjunction with cracker-like dry breads. A hop balance of spice and herbal elements fuse with the slight malt sweetness for the impression of mild honesuckle or herbal teas. Overall, the lager delivers much more variety than is often given to the style.

Crisper than is normally expected from Czech Pilsners, the Lager lacks the overall full body and rich melanoidin weight that is so celebrated by beers like Pilsner Urquell. But with a drier and lighter body throughout, it's well suited for a German Lager, except for the lack of hop dryness and bite in finish.

This somewhat non-descript European Lager is a fine and tasty beer that went very well with the grilled chicken salad, but pushing this beer into a better celebration of German noble hops would have given a crispness to the beer that suits more of the beer's nuances much better than the deliniation of Czech Pils.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a pilsner glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are that it will be mundane.

A: Four finger head of nice cream, nice thickness, and very good retention - though the ABV is merely average. Colour is a clear yellow-copper.

Sm: Pleasantly handled barley and lively cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Generic cream and standard barley. Not a whole lot going on here. It isn't even really that refreshing. The cream is pleasant and welcome, however. It's just very simple and boring. It's balanced I guess.

Mf: Too smooth and too wet. Nicely creamy, but the smoothness is so artificial it's hard to appreciate. Sort of suits the flavour.

Dr: Drinkable but simple and of limited quality. I wouldn't have it again, except maybe to have it on draught.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a two finger head that leaves a nice splattering behind

Smell: A bit overwhelming on the sulfur versus the noble hops; bready undertones

Taste: Bready, at the outset, with the noble hops kicking in with a grassy bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bready flavors return to dominate the finish, which is also slightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderately crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Not the greatest example of the style, but very easy to drink; refreshing, too

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Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear, golden-yellow color with a thin, white, bubbly head of foam. It left soapy sheets of lace.

S - It smelled of floral notes, grains, caramel and mild vanilla notes.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and grains. Almost honey-like flavors. It had a spicy and grassy hop bite to match the sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and dry. A light bodied pils.

D - This is a nice representation of the Czech Pils. It is spicy and sessionable.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of LXIXME
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A small white head settles into a thin lacing above a clear golden copper colored beer with decent carbonation.

Light caramel malts, with light spices, some very light apple cider, with a slight hops aroma.

Light spices, some floral hops with light caramel malt taste that seems very well balanced between those and other hints of tastes trying to come through.

A lighter dryish aftertaste that seems to stick around a while on this light bodied beer.

With it's taste that seems to be well balanced with nothing really taking over, I kind of enjoyed this beer that is well outside my dark beers and IPA's taste.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Rifugium
2.68/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Gordon Biersch, Broomfield, CO

Poured a clear, straw-yellow with a fizzy white head. Aroma of pale/pils malts, hay, and light floral hops. Taste is light with subdued pils malts and an underlying metallic sensation, lightly hopped. Weak but balanced at least. Very light mouthfeel, somewhat unpleasant aftertaste. A drinkable beer for the unadventurous, but just not my style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled On: 09/23/09.

Appearance: Pours a very clear, deep yellow body with an inch-high layer of white head.

Smell: Pilsner malt with lightly sweet-scented, grainy tones and a mild background Noble hop spiciness. Small hint of white grape in there, too.

Taste: Sparsely grainy, lightly sweetish pilsner maltiness preceding the mildly spicy Noble hop character with a fairly low amount of bitterness. Slight white grape fruitiness. Finishes lightly spicy and drying, but then, well, nothing, it just finishes kind of flat without that desired zip of crisp carbonation to help seal the deal.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Without that added zing of crispness, it made for a sub-par, hohum pilsner. Pity.

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Photo of smcolw
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More amber than a typical pilsner would offer (golden, not straw). Nice head with spotty lace.

Very little aroma--predominately malt. I can't find the hop. The taste matches this: the hop is light, showing up as a counter-melody to the stronger malt. I like the body and carbonation.

This is certainly superior to the mass-produced American "pilsners". Still, in the USA, I believe that Brooklyn and Saranac produce far superior versions.

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Photo of atrocity
1.75/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
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 woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle from my now-famous local trader, tone77. The man is coming by again on Monday and I have to make room for his next drop-off! How do these things happen?

From the bottle: "Pilsner is a crisp, golden, lightly 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. Before this time, all beers were dark and cloudy. Pilsner was the first beer to be brewed clear and golden. Prost!"; "Never trust a skinny brewer."; "Crisp Robustly Hopped Lager".

I went with an aggro pour, nearly inverting the bottle at one point, just to see what would happen. My glass filled rather quickly is what happened and once the swirling agitation settled, I had just over a finger of fluffy, eggshell white head with decent retention. Color was a deep golden yellow with NE-quality clarity. Unbidden, my uncle mentioned Croesus at Thanksgiving dinner unbeknownced that I routinely allude to him and his greed, especially for gold. Nose smelled of grassy Saaz hops and I knew that I was in for a good time. I love Czech Pilsners as my favorite style of Lager beer. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was of freshly mown grass near a field of barley. This could be especially nice in the summertime. It makes me wonder if their production facility has room for a CANning line as I would definitely drink this from a CAN in my cooler. Finish was dry, refreshing and a nice example of a tasty Pils.

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