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%
 
 
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4
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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 MichaelCM
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | 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 WYVYRN527
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: Pours a rich golden hue with a two finger-thick white head that slowly settles to a nice centimeter-thick froth on the surface. Carbonation is lively and head retention is above average.

S: slightly "Euro" up front, with some floral hop notes, along with some bready, honey malt undertones.

T: Very crisp up front with some fruity notes, along with cracker and sweet honey. Hops lend a floral character, along with a slightly bitter, dry finish.

Notes: This is a solid pils. Light to moderate in body, with a crisp, dry finish. Not one of my favorite brews of this style, but very drinkable nonetheless. Definitely a good brew for a long Summer afternoon doing yard work.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The body is a clear golden color with bubbles coming from a single Cneuclation point. The head is a light tan color, good retention, sparce lacing, medium bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are yeast, grass and pine hops.
Taste: The flavors are earthy hops, yeast and caramel.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is crisp with a dry body.
Drinability: This beer is very drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on-tap 12/27/05 at the GB brewpub in Tyson's Corner, VA.

Nice clear light gold color with a full white head and nice carbonation. Aroma leans more malty than hoppy for the style in my mind. Malty grain flavor with a nice crisp hoppy balance but certainly not as strong as the style calls for. Medium bodied.

Very refreshing and sessionable but not quite on par with Czechvar or P.U.

2004 GABF - Gold - Bohemian-Style Pilsener (Chattanooga, TN)

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Photo of Ohiovania
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gusler
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh from the tap, pours an unclouded gold, bright white creamy head piles high on the body, lacing provides a tight skirt to cove the glass. Nose sweet with malt, citrus like in its crispness, start has a pleasing malt presence, the hops delectable with their spicy bitterness at the back, top is moderate in feel to the palate. Finish has the customary acidity, the hops understated but pleasingly spicy, quite dry aftertaste, a nice drinking beer, good session beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head pours big and mean yet deflates in little time, actually breaking apart in islands(?) on the surface. Light, yellow-gold color - right on. Sunbeam haze.

At about 5 months old, I'm sure the contents of this bottle has lost some of its hop zip (among other things). But, lo and behold, we still have a solid, vibrant floral (Saaz) hop presence, but yes some long-faded spice. Same could be said of the taste as well. The firm floral flavors are balanced nicely with a firm, full malty foundation, of which some residual sweetness lingers for a good stretch (damn, the floral lingers a heck of a lot longer though). Not necessarily the cleanest, crispiest feel, but still pleasant all the same.

The store I bought this at appears to have kept it in the fridge the whole time. But how many people on the east coast have heard of Gordon Biersch? Aside from probably loss of spice in the hop profile, I'd like to believe I caught this on the tail end of its quality window. Pretty decent. Definitely tastes like a faithful take on a Bohemian pilsner.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- pours a light yellow color lots of head retention and lots of lacing.

Smell- slight grassy aroma.

Taste- light bodied with a slight hop presence.

Mouthfeel- slightly crisp and dry but not in the league of Prima Pils and others.

Drinkability- a sessionable beer but not tops for the stye.

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Photo of sporklift87
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nezelrac
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - classic yellow-gold; pours with a thick 2 finger head with moderate persistence and thick lacing

S - good pils nose; a little bigger malt backing than anticipated; earthy and a little spicy

T - clean pale malt and noble hops followed by an earthy note and malty sweetness; all brought back in line by hops and yeast firmness

M - medium weight - perhaps a little big; good CO2

D - quite drinkable; session-worthy

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Photo of Pballa4lyfe
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- clearish yellow, little head that followed down the glass

S- hints of malt and hops

T- hints of malts and hops

M- good, low carbonation, low on the palete

D- very drinkable

overall, if your at the restaurant, this beer wasn't bad, but again wasnt the bed Pilsner in the world, but was still a descent beer choice, worth a try

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Photo of Coconuts
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hunteraw
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden copper color in the glass, big white head, some lacing down the glass. Smell is lagery clean, with a hint of hops. Taste is the big surprise here. More hops than I expected in a pilsener, more like APA levels here, but the rest of the beer is more subdued like you'd expect in the style. Light mouthfeel, finishes well on a dry, hoppy note. Drinkable.

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Photo of ProducerBRBeer
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light amber color and very transparent. The head is fluffy and white and the lace is thin, light and sticky. There is a very nice carbonation that gives the beer a good appearance.

S - Malty and crisp with a hoppy undertone.

T - Very light and crispy. A sweet beginning and middle with a small bite at the very end. Also it finishes a little dry and has that pilsner taste to it.

M - Nice and bubbly which is what I usually enjoy from pilsners, even though I don't enjoy drinking them too much. The dryness definitely over lapses with the taste.

O - I am not a pilsner fan but this one is pretty decent. I would not overlook this beer if it was offered on draft.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours two fingers of head on a clear light straw colored body.
The aroma is metallic dry grain, good.
The taste has that nice dry lemon bitterness with just a touch of malt sweetness in the middle. Finishes with a sharp bitter note.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Great profile and balance.

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Photo of Nage37
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of GratefulEdd
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle with a description of the history of the style on the back without a word about what to expect from what's inside other than that it will be clear rather than dark.

The appearance is a clear straw with a thick egg white head that leaves lacing as it subsides.

Aromas are grassy and herbal hops.

The first sip is metallic, a decent amount of sharp hop flavor fades somewhat quickly. The flavor is slightly one dimentional, grassy, maybe some floral notes.

The body is decent with the help of slightly lower carbonation than is usual for the style, but that is splitting hairs.

As its warmed a bit, pale malt character shows more and I helps balance the sharp mettalic thing.

Overall, nothing amazing. A good pilsner. It was priced well too at 6.96 a sixer. I may go back to this if I want a decent Czech Pilsner and don't want to pay for Pilsner Urquell or SN Summerfest.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of ac22rush
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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