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Gordon Biersch Czech Style PilsnerGordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner

Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
United States

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

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
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 +10.4%
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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +11%
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 WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gordon Biersch Czech Style Lager has a thin, slightly off-white head and a very clear, golden appearance. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is very faint, but one can pick up a bit of barley malt. Taste is good, with breadiness, but the hop level is lower than what one would expect from reading the bottle label or the website. Mouth-feel is light, and the beer finishes crisp and dry. Overall, I really enjoyed this and would certainly have it again.


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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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 TheSixthRing
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear golden yellow with a white 2 finger head. Decent retention, but the resulting lace is spotty though everpresent.

Smell - Picking up faint aromas of caramel, grain and some floral or grassy hops.

Taste - Starts with some light bread and caramel malts, then a little grain and some floral hops come into play. Aftertaste turns to a grassy bitterness which fades steadily.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. goes down like silky butter. Carbonation is a tad lacking, but the buttery smoothness more than makes up for it.

Overall - For a pilsner, this is damn good. Light enough to drink on a hot summer day, but full and flavorful enough to satisfy an ale aficionado such as myself.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
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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Photo of animal69
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a light-med. golden color with a thin white head which dissipates quickly leaving a moderate lace in my pilsn glass

S- smell is big grassy, spicy hops up front with notes of bready malt coming through

T- crisp hop bitterness from the beginning, spicy hops pretty much dominate the palate with some bready cereal coming into play midway, some diacytl in the slightly soapy and sweet finish

M- a semi-dry, slightly thicker than light body with ample co2

D- a nice authentic representation of this style, very drinkable

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Photo of therica
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on-tap and my review would be about the same as for this bottled version.

A= golden with big fluffy white head

S= more nose than usual for a Czech Pils, some nice hops florals and grassy malts with biscuity notes and even a slight prune-liquor hint, it seems. Light pepper or spicy ginger whiffs occasionally.

T= a boost over the traditional Czech Pils style which is usually not nearly as bold, they've cranked up each flavor a few notches. Somewhat dry and crisp, nice hops florals and some adequate bitters, nice grassy malts. Light banana hints early on.

M= slightly dry and crisp on the tongue with hints of the hops florals, and malt sweetness that could be lessened for my preferences.

D= session, probably good with most anything where Pils would work plus maybe with some roasted meats as well.

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Photo of codfeast
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably my favorite offering from the Virginia Beach Gordon Biersch, solid white head atop my glass of bright golden slight hazed czech style pils. Nose was packed ull of Saaz and herbal grassy lemon zest notes. Biscuit malts with subtle sweetness coming through. Flavors was all around solid not the best but well made and easy to consume, enought bitterness with the Saaz flowing the herbal hops and lemongras blend is great with the mild biscuit layers of sweetness I could drink this in session no problem, very smooth balanced brew that makes you appreciate a good lager. Mouthfeel is sturdy carbonatino but not overdone naturally produced and served from the serving tanks. Drinkability would have been more than a few half liters but I was able to make it back to the hotel room to watch the Penns and Red Wings battle it out with an amazing back and forth Penguins victory while drinking Sierra Nevada Summer another tasty pils.

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Photo of Troyone
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden color with a white head that quickly dissipated and a little action with a minute sign of sediment suspension.

Grainy barley malt aroma with Pilsner hops florals.

Lots of Pilsner hops up front including an eyewater English Tea flavor with a buttery background and some grain malt taste.

Light bodied, mix of slight buttery watery/resin feel, and a minor sourness with a soft carbonation.

For a light beer there is a lot going on here and this is a definite session beer. Bottle dated 01/12/09.

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Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Noble hops, some sulfur, slightly grassy

L: Straw crystal clear yellow, white head that dissipates

T: Grainy and almost corn like sweetness followed by an herbal medium bitterness. Soft hoppiness persists finishing quite clean with just a touch of hops.

M: Medium bodied, medium-low bitterness

Fairly solid, classic soft malt bodied with just enough noble hops.

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Photo of bradybeer
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice find at GB when I was there for the Stickie Alt. This beer pours a medium gold color with a beautiful thick white head. Wonderful hop aroma, fresh cut grass? Medium body and taste that is crisp and clean with a light hint of malt and good hop bite. Beer finishes crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is good for this beer and it makes me want to have a few more. Very solid beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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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Photo of dickroop
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served a darker-than-light golden amber with little head. It was described as "Pilsner Bock" whcih I guess means it was double something.

I asked for the hoppiest beer thay had, and this was what they gave me. It smelled good, definitely some malt and definitely some hops. Tastes pretty good, I had three. Big scores for drinkability. But I gotta think this stuff has an ABV well above 6%

This beer had a pretty authentic euro-flavor, pretty light, but with a kick. Recommended.

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Photo of Gavage
4.06/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: crystal clear golden yellow in color with a bright white 1" head that lasts a bit.

Smell: mild Saaz hop bitterness is easily detectable but one dimesional.

Taste: nice malt base with some green grapes, grass, and a nice balancing bitterness. Nice version of the style.

Mouthfeel: super crisp from start to finish. A hint of dryness late. Clean and refreshing overall.

Drinkability: perfect beer for hot and humid day in Myrtle Beach. Must try this one.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Draft at Gordon Biersch San Diego.

A: Burnished yellow gold with perfect clarity and a mountain of soapy white foam. Retention is outstanding and lacing is everywhere as the head slowly recedes. Impressive.

S: Spicy Saaz notes are prominent, blending with floral aromatics. The nose is herbal and grassy and clean. Light biscuit with doughy malt.

T: Grassy and lightly spicy with pervasive herbal notes. There's a firm upper moderate bitterness blending with doughy malt. The finish is crisp, dry, and clean.

M: Light body with high carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: A nice Bohemian Pilsner. Best beer I've had here.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very nice example of a pils...

straw golden yellow in color with a fading head....and moderate lacing...

smells funky like a pils should....im guessing its from the saaz hops...or some other noble hop...

taste thirst quenching....with noticeable hop bitterness...

not too dry on the palate....very "wet"

i could drink these all summers day long

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Photo of neenerzig
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer pours a clear, medium golden color with a nice fluffy white head about 2/3 inch thick when poured that eventually settles to a nice thick ting lining the inside of the glass. Not much lacing here. Aromas of herbal hops and a nice malt presence. Has a light bready, somewhat caramel malt sweetness flavor upfront that gives way to a floral hop bitterness flavor. Also a big of grassyness. Good balance of sweet malt and hop bitterness here. Has a crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation. Has a clean and dry finish. Easy to drink in the way a beer like this should be. Practically spot on for the style too. A very good, solid beer here!


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Photo of GPHarris
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three-fingers thick fluffy white head into a pilsener glass that settled into a very thin ring. the body was straw gold and very bubbly.
s - grainy and bready with a hint of lemon.
t - same but a slight hop kick.
m - very crisp and thin.
d - a very nice summer session beer.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose has spicy noble hop and grainy toastiness (or perhaps toasty graininess). Smells good.

Pours clear medium-dark yellow with rocky head. Looks nice.

Flavor follows as expected with a nice stiff hoppy bitterness (and flavor). Soft malt character. Very soft sweetness. Finishes hoppy and dry. Nice balance. Tastes good. Feels good. Very good drinkability.

Hoppier and stiffer than some Bohemian Pilsners. Very nice.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one came out a beautiful, fluffy-looking light yellow in color and was just gorgeous. It had a full, fluffy head as well that showed great retention and left tons of lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – The aroma here was soft in nature with the typical hop notes of the style. There is what seems to be the traditional GB “whiney” character as well. Overall, the nose was delicate and very inviting.

Taste – This is a very complex Pils. The beer is soft on the pallet but sharp, if that makes any sense. The traditional Czech Pils flavors are all present and accounted for. This is as good as it gets in the United States.

Mouthfeel – This ale was medium-bodied but fluffy. The carbonation was mild but seemed to expand in the mouth producing that much-desired “puffy cheek” feeling. I thought that the mouthfeel was this Pils’ strong point.

Drinkability – IMO, there’s no greater session beer than a good Pilsner, and this one fit the bill. This was hands down the best American effort at this tremendously difficult style.

Comments – I have only rated one American effort at the Czech Pilsner higher than 3.0 overall (3.1) until now. Don’t dismiss this one out-of-hand. Take it from a guy who has sucked down many a good European Pils – this is the real deal.

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Photo of porterwoobie
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: straw yellow, very clear, 2 finger white head that dissipates quickly to a nice blanket, good lacing.

S: very malty with a noble hop aroma.

T: has a nice malty body to go with the clean hop bitterness. the taste starts off sweet that tails off to a dry/slightly bitter finish.

MF: medium bodied, moderatly high carbonation.

Drinkability: enjoyable beer.

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Gordon Biersch Czech Style Pilsner from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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