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:
0
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of IPhantom
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystalline yellow into a pilsener glass with an all too short lived cloudy white head. Smells appetizingly grassy, with a nice malty sweet backbone. Taste is floral hops up front--I'd be curious to see their hopping mix--and sweet malts in the back. No particularly outstanding notes to mention, just a nice, approachable, delicously standard brew. Mouthfeel is buttery carbonated with a crisp finish, kind of a citrusy bitterness on the aftertaste. Two best uses for this one: give it to somebody transitioning from micro to macro, or to a visiting German friend who wants a little taste of home. Only complaint I have about this one is the price.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a draft of this during a layover at an airport in Washington DC. I was happy to see a Gordon Biersch at the airport as I've never had it in New York. I was also surprised to see that a company that pays so close attention to German styles would make a czech pilsner.

Appearance was very clear, nice active carbonation. Color was typical of a pilsner.

Aroma was a little bready but not much there.

Flavor was nice and refreshing. I thought it was typical of the style but I had been hoping for the more bitey flavor of a German Pilsner.

Overall I liked this beer with the caveats mentioned above.

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2.57/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Bottom of back label stamped BOTTLED ON: 04/19/11.

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden yellow-orange body. Pours two finger loose rocky white head with good stick and decent to low retention.

Smell - Almost no smell. Faint sweet corn.

Taste - Dry and musky corn and hay. Faint honey sweetness appears here and there but is almost absent. Tastes stale.

Mouthfeel - Some metallic astringency. Light bodied.

Overall Drinkability - Unrefreshing. Mostly bland and offers almost only off-characters in the profile. May be a bottle past its prime, because usually this brewery has gotten pretty good scores from me.

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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 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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3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to pint.

A: Clear gold, thin head, minimal lacing.

S: Straight forward big malt, grains, hops.

T: Much like to smell, nice malty start, hints of grains, and grass gives way to the hops for a bitter backend.

M: crisp, medium carbination, and body. Nice dry finish cleans everything out for the following sip.

O: Refreshing and easy drinking. Strikes a nice balance between the malt and the hops. Good beer for a warm evening, especially given the price.

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

Had the Czech Pilsner at the G & B in Bolingbrook, IL last evening. The color was a clear golden with white head that laced slightly. The aroma was common of Czech Pilsners grain, hops, etc. The taste was powering with grain and hops....very smooth. The grain and malt was balanced nicely with hops and the beer came off the pallet clean. Overall not to bad...the mouthfeel was smooth and easy. good session beer

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Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, just a touch of sweetness. Taste is crisp, grainy, some malts, a little bit bitter at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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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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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4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrives from the tap with quarter finger thick, lightly tanned, pale head. The beer is a clear, rich gold color with a touch of red tinges to it; in the light it is quite amazingly brilliantly clear with a deep gold color. The beer smells hay like and herbal with a touch of wild flower like character to it even. There is a hint of lemon zest here from the hops and this is accentuated by just a hint of honey like malt character.

The beer has a brisk, but not aggressive carbonation to it, this couples with a nice bitting bitterness that lingers in the finish for quite some time. Towards the middle and finish the bitterness couples with an herbaceous hop flavor that leans towards lemon zest at the front of each sip. Once again it is a bit on the warm side for the serving temperature of a typical Czech Pilsner, though this beer is made well enough that this only helps to accentuate the wholesome hop and malt flavors; still I can’t help but wish that this didn’t start out a bit colder (even 45*F would have been good), prior to warming up to this temperature (my guess is that this was served close to 60*F).

Despite the serving temperature issue, this beer is still quite nice and enjoyable. It seems that the DC installation can brew a pretty good version of this beer as I am certainly enjoying this beer. I have a feeling that I would be enjoying this quite a bit more if it had been initially served at a cooler temperature (even if I am enjoying this beer anyway).

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Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
3.48 out of 5 based on 358 ratings.
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