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:
360
Reviews:
134
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
14.37%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
41
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Photo of burnstar
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear gold with a medium sized head. Nice lacing on the surface. Smell is mild malt and a hint of herbal hops. Taste is light malt with fairly low sweetness. Some herbal and grassy noble hops. Clean and crisp. Medium bodied. Easily drinkable. A decent US made pils. Pleasant overall.

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Photo of tdm168
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Gordon Biersch in the RDU airport.

Pours a yellowish gold with a small, soft white head that has good retention. The nose is wheaty and faintly grassy. The flavor is straw-like and grassy up front with a rather intense, earthy hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. There is a moderate amount of carbonation and an overall light body.

This is a rather average pilsner. Nothing to really set it apart from the crowd. Highly drinkable and unoffensive.

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Photo of WJVII
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in pilsner glass this brew had a 2 finger clean white head with noticeable carbonation settling into a thin white cap. The aroma was doughy and had a nice what aroma with a slight hop presence. The taste was clean and crisp which is what I like and expect in a czech pilsner. The light body and clean malt taste was finished with a moderate hop flavor that was very delicious. This was a good example of the style and the better of the two brews I had at the location I visited.

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Photo of sommersb
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 07-24-2012
Freshness: Bottled on 01-04-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Pilsner
Purchased: Single from Publix, Huntsville

A: Big white head fills the top of my pilsner glass, showing good retention and very good lacing. The beer is a clear, golden color with lots of bubbles seen coming up from the bottom.

S: Aromas are a good balance of bready malt smells and noble hop floral, grassy notes. I also get a slight fruit/lemon aroma.

T: Clean taste features a light to medium hop bitterness coupled with malt breadiness. I do get a little bit of sourness as an off flavor, but it is not a big detraction.

M: Moderately carbonated and crisp as a pilsner lager should be. Aftertaste is lightly bitter.

O: Overall I thought this was an easy drinking, warm weather pilsner. Nothing earth shattering but a good summertime thirst quencher.

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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 LukeB
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeoClassicist
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vengeance526
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a small off-white head that soon fades to a light ring and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma of grass and grain upfront with a light hop presence in the back.

Taste starts off a little grainy but soon takes a more bready tone with a nice level of hop bitterness. Towards the end, however, it gets a little sweet.

Medium body with light to medium carbonation. Crisp, dry finish. Overall, aroma was lacking but the taste was decent and it was extremely easy to drink a couple of these in succession. Really refreshing on a hot night.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- nice golden color. A nice,full foamy 1/3 inch head forms. A ring of lacing forms around the side of the glass. Looks clean, and fresh. Light carbonation bubbles rise quickly to the top of the glass. After a few minutes the head dissipates leaving a light ring around the side of the glass.

Smell: I immediately notice spicy hops. Also hints of earth and grass. There is a full flavored smacking of bread and toasted biscuit malts. Some butter smell. Some eaters and alcohol phenols are present. Strong hop presence with a mild bitterness.

Taste: Begins spicy, then turns a buttery bread malt. Finishes highly bitter. The extreme potency of the bittering hops are obscuring some of the earthy more balanced flavors of the smell. I am starting to taste a bready malt finish as the beer warms. The balance is a little off but the quality of the brewing is apparent. Definitely not a beginners Pilsner or even a classic representation of he Czech style but if you want a pilsner with some punch grab this. It lacks the metallic taste present in some mass market European pilsners.

Mouthfeel: Light slightly slippery with a warm alcohol presence. Definitely a tad too heavy to be a true Pilsner.

Overall: A good well constructed, fresh, affordable Pilsner style beer that may lack some balance but overall is satisfying.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another 12 oz from the Fall Seasonal 12 pack Good looking true to style . Light golden, with a small pure white head. Aroma is also nice and to style bready maltiness, slight;y toasty Taste light toasted malts semi-sweet, slightly doughy..OK again to style OK on the palate..very drinkable. Better here, than the Oktoberfest..much better and a nice on this very muggy night.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A dark gold in color with a small head and some lace.

Smell: Hoppy aroma of Saaz and/or Tettnang hops. A fairly strong scent of hops is a good thing for a pilsner, and is quite inviting.

Taste: Cracker like malt character. Hops are present providing a good deal of bitterness. Spicy/Herbal hop sticks around the whole time.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, biting, viscous, well carbonated, medium bodied.

Drinkability: A solid pils with a strong hop presence. Would pair well with spicy foods.

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Photo of Chaney
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the restaurant in Tysons Corners, Virginia while waiting for the most recent "Harry Potter" movie to start.

A: Poured a crystal clear, straw-colored brew with about a finger or two worth of head, with minimal lacing.

S: Yeasty, wheaty, and with a tinge of mild sweetness.... everything a nice German Pilsener should be.

T: Very similar to the nose. Medium bodied, with the taste being substantially full and juicy. The mild hop bitterness was very pleasant.

M: Thick enough for this style, nice bubbly carbonation, and no sticky residue left behind.

D: Nothing complex here, nor do I think it was meant to be. I'm glad I ordered this one and I'd definitely get this again.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the more flavorful beers on tap but lacks overall drinkability

Appearance: Golden, light with sufficient lacing

Smell: Spicy; sour apple

Taste: Earthy and spicy

Mouthfeel: Lingering bitterness with lasting finish

Drinkability: May go well with a meal; has a decent flavor but not en masse

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Photo of cjgiant
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%

On tap (had numerous times):
Pours dark golden, with a fairly decently sustaining head. Nose is bready malts and noble hops, maybe a very slight metallic note thrown in.

Taste starts a little crisp, light graininess, but the hops come on nicely and fairly early. Hops are a bit woody, tending a bit towards pine. The after taste has a weird sweetness to it, but this is also where I get another hint of metal. The feel is light bodied, with an average amount of carbonation to add some energy to the beer.

This as been my favorite standard beer at GB for a while. I enjoy the style in general and this one seems like a fair/average representation.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a Bohemian-style Pilsner with a nice golden hue to it. It came across as medium bodied, and it was accented with a spicy hop character. Apparently the hops are imported from the Czech Republic. Usually I'm not a big fan of Czech hops, but this beer came across as pretty decent. It is certainly worth trying.

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Photo of Treycotton
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wking
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look-This beer poured a brilliant gold. It had a fat head of at least 3 fingers, the lacing was not as expected kind of light.
Smell-Grassy, sweet, pine is what I got.
Taste- The pils malts are really good. Hits up front and on the lips for a long time afterwards. But its cut through with a good hoppy taste. It reminds me of a caramel apple for some reason. It leaves a sour taste to me.
Mouthfeel- It is SUPER drinkable. Carbonation is great, hard to improve on that aspect of the beer. I could drink a bunch of these and not get tired of them.
Overall- Great session beer, not tops in terms of pushing any limits on brewing. Staying classic while breaching new frontiers is a hard act to balance but Gordon Biersch is doing exactly that!

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Photo of chumba526
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears golden with a sizeable white head.

It smells of bread, toasty malts, citrus fruit and molasses.

It tastes much like it smells. The taste is of sweet tasting bread, citrus. The flavor ends with a nice mild bitterness. This has more of a bread like malt character then most Pilsner I have had.

Carbonation is around medium.

This is well balanced and drinkable so I could drink a few of these.

Overall this is a nice Pilsner. It is nothing amazing but it is nice tasting and above average.

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Photo of tommy5
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RangeRooney
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: 0.6L draft
Glass: Gordon Biersch 16-oz. Wallenstein glass
From: Gordon Biersch Brewery in San Diego, Calif.
Price: $5.95 (I think)
Purchased: Jan. 16, 2017
Consumed: Jan. 16, 2017
Reviewed as: Czech Pilsner
Misc.: N/A

Kind of rushed this review as I thought I had already reviewed it and I was at dinner. Really wanted to get back to trying some of these Gordon Biersch beers since I was not reviewing some of these true to style.

Poured a medium yellow clear color with three fingers of rocky white head when I got it. A few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Very good foamy lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled corn, hay, grass and honey. Not getting much spice from the Saaz hops as I would have thought. Definitely could tell it was a pilsner. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste followed the nose, getting hay, grass, honey and some spicy Saaz, but not as much pepper as I would have thought. (Taste - 3.50)

Light body. Thin texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, crisp finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was a good Czech Pilsner, but not great. (Overall - 3.50)

3.57 | 81 | B

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Photo of dontpanic5
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I had this at the brewpub in Tysons Corner with some delicious brunch in the early afternoon. It pours golden with a white head. The smell is malty and clear. It's a crisp brew, with some amount of hops, and a dry taste. I wasn't a fan of the mouthfeel, too dry.

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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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Photo of Momon
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
3.48 out of 5 based on 360 ratings.
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