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
For Trade:
0
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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a wide-mouthed pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm but very light copper-yellow hue that is crystal clear with a good carbonation of big bubbles racing through it. There is a thin sticky snow-white head that last for a few sips and then is gone.

S- This beer has a very clean nose with some hint of sulfury hop bitterness coming through when the beer warms. There is a soft tap water note or corn hint but it is very light.

T- The big sulfury taste blends into a nice Kolsh sweetness then a dry pale malt comes through. There is a big dandelion hops bitterness at the finish with some bitterness lingering after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a dry finish.

D- The nice subtle Kolsh flavors of sweet sulfur like licorice hints are overpowered by bitterness and start masking all the other flavors.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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

Photo of DrJay
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of markgugs
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours clear golden color with a billowy white head of foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – A lightly toasted malt and biscuit aroma mixed with a little bit of a caramel smell are the most pronounced. Along with these smells comes some other aromas of a light floral and grassy nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a crisp lightly toasted malt flavor with a little bit of a corn and caramel. As the taste advances it bitters up some with flavors of a grassy and hay-like nature coming to the tongue. Along with these flavors, some other hop flavors of a floral and a bit of lemon citrus come at the very end, leaving a rather crisp and drier flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that slightly higher. For the mix of sweet malt and grassy flavors the feel is rather good as it maintains enough thickness to uphold the flavor all while the carbonation helps keep it more refreshing and crisp.

Overall – A very easy drinking and nice crisp brew. This is one great brew for the summer months when sitting outside and enjoying the world.

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Photo of champ103
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with decent retention. Light lace.
S: Spicy and floral hops up front. A light fruity aroma. Grainy malt lingers.
T: Grainy malt take over. The fruity and spicy hops are all but gone.
M/D: A thin body and high carbonation. Not hard to drink if I wanted to put a few away.

Same old song. The nose had a little more going, but overall another bland attempt.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

At the restaurant in Miami. Smell is much sweeter than I expected, with cloying funky sweetness on top of light malts. Flavor follows the aroma, with overly sweet flavor, almost like artificial sweetener in it, some hay and honey, bleh. Drinkable and light, but the sweetness makes it difficult to get it all down. Would not order again, but not a terrible beer if you happen to be eating there.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of glid02
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at the brewery.

Pours a clear gold color with a one-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light pilsner malts with hints of grassy and herbal hops. As it warms substantial amounts of diacetyl waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Straight off the tap it's not bad with pilsner malt backed by light noble hop flavors, but as it warms it becomes too buttery for my liking. Ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is just not that good. I didn't finish the glass and wouldn't order another.

Overall I hope this was just a bad batch but chances are I won't be visiting again anytime soon to see for myself.

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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 BeerFMAndy
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz tap pour into a weiss glass at Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. in the San Francisco Airport, CA. (I imagine that since they don't brew in the airport, this location would be providing them with the beer.)

A - This pilsner is insanely carbonated and clear golden yellow with a foamy white head with fantastic retention to the pile but little lace left over.

S - Despite the mild scent, what's there is decent. Nice light pale and pils malts tango with noble hops to give it a crisp nose.

T - Pale malts and noble hops take a back seat to a hard mineral water flavor. Fair resemblance of a classic pilsner but it doesn't hit the mark with flavor.

M - This refreshing pilsner is light-bodied and crisp with a sharp carbonation finish.

D - Their Czech Pilsner is pretty easily drinkable but there isn't much there. A decent offering that leans towards being pretty capable but just doesn't quite make it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.6/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice golden amber with a thick, white, fine-bubbled head. Aroma is strong, malty and slightly fruity. Flavor is malty and pleasant but a little watery. Texture is smooth and a bit thin - too bad. I do tend to discriminate against pilsners, but this one failed to impress me.

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Photo of mig100
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%

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 bumchilly25
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 RoyalT
4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
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 Treyliff
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gordon Biersch, Myrtle Beach

A- pours a bright golden and clear color with a foamy white head and good retention

S- faint crisp and clean hop, with some slightly toasted malt on the finish

T- clean malt follows the nose, slightly grassy with just a touch of yeast, dry and crisp finish

M- light-medium body with high carbonation, crisp mouthfeel with a foamy finish

O- easy to drink, sessionable summer beer. Nothing less and nothing more.

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Photo of arizcards
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed cased picked up at Costco last fall.

Beer poured golden with a decent white head that is hanging around. Nose is somewhat malty with no other distinguishable characteristics. Taste is pretty well balanced, biscuity malt backbone blends pretty nicely into a crisp hop finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and fairly smooth. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a crisp clean refreshing beer that would pair well with mowing the lawn!

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

A- Deep golden body with a white head. Light lacing.

S- Light malt and some hops, maybe a hint of fruit.

T- Light sweetness up front with a light malt and hop finish.

M- Light body with medium carbonation.

O- Not my cup of tea, too light and lacking flavor.

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Photo of illidurit
2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Shimmering gold color with a creamy white head. Aroma is light fruits with pale malts and spicy hops. Flavor is sweet malts (overly sweet for the style), some light but spicy hops, and a metallic, mealy, malt finish. Watery body with high carbonation. Pretty boring.

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