Gordon Biersch SommerBrau | Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Gordon Biersch SommerBrauGordon Biersch SommerBrau
BA SCORE
23.1%
Liked This Beer
3.4 w/ 121 ratings
Gordon Biersch SommerBrauGordon Biersch SommerBrau
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
United States
gordonbiersch.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
SommerBrau is a Kölsch-style beer. Kölsch literally means the beer of Cologne, Germany. This beer style is a light bodied beer fermented using a special top fermenting yeast strain which we import specially from Germany to brew it true to style. The pinpoint bitterness of the German Tettnang hops and crisp finish make this beer perfect for summertime enjoyment. Prost!

Added by cjgator3 on 05-28-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,775
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
121
Liked:
28
Avg:
3.4/5
pDev:
12.94%
Alströms:
3.94
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of SpencerT
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The ale was served in a variation of the traditional Stange. This brew had a clear effervescent body with a whipped egg white head. The aroma was of malt and floral aroma hops. The sweetness of the malt is well balanced with the hop bitterness. This beer is a great example of the Kolsch style. Very similar to Reissdorf Kolsch. I highly recommend this as an alternative to the BMC brews for your NON-BA friends.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This had a foamy, bone-white marshmallow-like head upon arrival with good retention. The color was a pale yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a sort of a lemony/citrus scent underlain with a yeasty mustiness. The mouthfeel was medium with a powerful lemon/citrus tang on the tongue. Finish was fantastically dry and intensely refreshing. Hefe for the summer? Hell, no! I'm having more of this! There was good lacing throughout.

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Photo of furballkazoo
4.29/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic summer sessional, and one of their best bees in general.

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Photo of mpyle
4.25/5  rDev +25%

Soft fruity nose - lemon. Soft noble hop aroma as well.

Golden color, brilliant. Fairly large white head, creamy and long lasting.

Slight fruitiness from aroma evident in flavor. Surprisingly hoppy/spicy and bitter in the finish. Hoppier than would expect for style. Like a fruity pilsner.

Medium body and medium high carbonation. No astringency or warming.

A nice crisp beer. Still think could be reduced in hop flavor a bit to let fruity esters have a bit more voice.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.23/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed to style: kolsch

Pours a very appetizing color of golden/honey with white head. Lots of light here. Nose is soft with some bready notes, and floral/herbal complexity. On the palate there's a big kolsch character that is delightful with plenty of herbal hop qualities, minerals, and light malt. Finish is overall deliciously herbal through the aftertaste. Medium bodied. Incredibly drinkable, yet also flavorful. Too bad most folks don't appreciate Kolsch.

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Photo of axxe
4.14/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE
Color: Clear brilliant golden color.
Head: Little-to-no head, slight lacing
Lacing: light

AROMA
Hops: Distinct crisp hops
Citrus: very subtle

PALATE
Taste: Crisp lasting hops. Subtle citrus finish
Body: Refreshingly light
Carbonatiion: Balanced to bring out the taste and aroma

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.11/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very clean tasting beer with no aftertaste. Served in a tall pilsner glass, the golden yellow beer was topped with a fine dissipating foam.
SummerBrau has a crisp mouth feel that still makes it's presence known and is perfect match for the seafood specialties.
I could drink this all day long.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

With its brilliant golden color and superb lacing, this is a beautiful beer to look at. This beer has a fresh grain aroma with a hint of yeast, and is slightly floral from the hops. Its crispness is spot-on and holds the light- to-medium body together. Malty, bready, grassy and faint biscuity flavors paint a broad stroke on the palate. Moderate hopping gives a balanced bitterness and a long trail of herbal flavor. This beer is a little nutty in the dry finish. Super drinkable and loaded with flavor, this brew is an amazing example of its style.

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Shaw
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Gordon Biersch beers are a new arrival in Florida. I've had their beer at their San Jose brewpub years ago.

This is a light golden in color with a foamy white head.

It has a light grassy and malty aroma.

The taste is perfectly German. It's lightly bitter with a nice grassy and grainy flavor. Very clean.

Light and bubbly body.

I'm impressed with this beer. I was expecting a watery "summer" brew; instead this is a full-flavored lager that still quenches the thirst and is easy to drink. No light beer here.

I look forward to more Gordon Biersch beers.

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Photo of beer2day
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Featured beer for the summer at GB.

230z pour. Light lemon color. 1-finger head with thin retention. Just a trace of lace down the glass.

Tart lemon citrus nose.

Bright fizzy taste. As in the nose, lots of tart lemon. Weak banana backs that up. Creamy up front with a tart bite in the end.

Quite thick for the style.

Very nice beer on a blazing hot day in MB and easily their best offering.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear shiny golden hue, thin but sticky lacing

SMELL: Bready, faint pear, grassy, mildy nutty, herbal, hop spice

TASTE: Very crisp, ample hop bitterness, grassy, crackers, doughy bread, spicy, herbal, kiss of fruit, faint tartness, semi-dry finish

Solid all around, definitely comparable to the few Kölschs we get in the US. I'd prefer to drink this from a bigger mug ... Eine Maß!!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thin fizzy head. The aroma is grain, hay and a touch of spicy hops. The taste follows the aroma with a clean dry finish and a nice kiss of hops. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer and definitely a good beer to enjoy during the warm summer months!

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Photo of clemtiger8202
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap from the Myrtle Beach location. Poured a clear, light gold/honey color with a small but lingering white head. Citrus notes like lemon and grapefruit. A slight bread note. Tasted of bread, citrus fruit, and a little herb/pine on the finish. Light bodied. Didn't finish as dry as I thought it would for the style. Very drinkable and probably one of the better ones I had on my visit.

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A very nice summer beer that is very drinkable in the hot Virginia weather. A beautiful clear golden color with a decent head greets you when it's brought to your table. A modest smell of malt and a crisp refreshing taste almost reminiscent of a helles beer, but with mild hoppiness. This is a really nice session beer that helps to while away those long sultry weekend days with good company.

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Photo of nsw
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 10-year-old Russian River Brewing Company pub glass resulting in a clear golden color with a shortish, thin white head.

Good malt sweet breadiness at first with a very dry hopped finish. These are going to be very easy to quaff.

Another good brew from GB.

Speaking of Gordon Biersch, I recommend their restaurant/brewhouses. I've got great memories of sitting in GB restaurants over the years in San Jose, Scottsdale and Honolulu, getting toasted on some great brews!

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Photo of logan_0842
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well obviously it a little dated, but this beer is pretty darn good on a damp, chilly early autumn day as well.Poured a clear straw color with a very tight formed one finger bone white head that has great lasting power.Aromas are toasty with light floral notes,crisp and clean on the palate with toasted cereal grain and a decent smack of leafy hoppiness in the finish.To me this is a great kolsch it stays delicate but has flavor,this was bottled back in April and it held up well,nice job GB on this one.

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Photo of Hardcore
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of mkf629
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of ksaxon
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of mhaugo
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of TheOakKing
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Gordon Biersch SommerBrau from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Beer rating: 23.1% out of 100 with 121 ratings
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