Gordon Biersch SommerBrau | Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch SommerBrauGordon Biersch SommerBrau

Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
United States

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!

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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 118
Photo of kflorence
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden, straw color with an ample amount of head that leaves a bit of of lacing around the glass. I would not say this beer is pale, more on the pilsener side of the golden spectrum (ever so slightly copper).

S: Smells of bread, honey, caramel and some buttery, toasted malts with a faint floral hop aroma. I would say the smell is mostly sweet, dominated by the honey, malts and bread smells.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell, with the buttery, toasted malts shining up front, however, the hops are definitely more distinguishable on the palate coming in with a grapefruit tang towards the backend of the swig. Unfortunately there is a very slight metallic flavor in the aftertaste, but the hops are what truly linger on the tongue. Overall nicely balanced.

M: Pretty decent feel on the tongue. A little buttery and a little watered down, and perhaps slightly over carbonated for my tastes, but it's light and goes down easy.

D: This is a pretty good beer with a nicely balanced malt/hop ratio that is easy to drink and quite sessionable. I don't think I would seek it out, but I wouldn't turn one down. More good stuff from Gordon-Biersch!

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

SommerBrau pours a clear lemony yellow with warmer gold highlights and a nice big whit head that leaves a fair amount of lacing as it falls.

The aroma has faintly spicy and freshly floral hops with a nice freshly baked bread background.

The flavor opens up with a faint lemon taste behind a bready pale malt, hops are floral and somewhat spicy. Bitterness is almost equally balanced with the slightly sweet and bready, somewhat grainy malt. Finish is light, dry and moderately bitter.

Mouthfeel is light and lively, though slightly rough from the carbonation.

This is an unobtrusive, highly drinkable and refreshing beer. Like most of the beers from Grodon Biersch I have tried I feel it would accompany food extremely well just as all the others have.

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Photo of kshankar
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay, so this pours pale, golden yellow with some minimal foam. The foam sticks around for a decent amount of time. Looks like beer.

Aroma is grainy, grassy and minimally malty. Whiff of lemon in there too.

..Which all reflects on the taste. Doesn't taste too much different from the aroma. Pretty Kolsch-like, which isn't a bad thing. Mouthfeel is Kolsch-y as well, crispy and light. High drinkability.

I prefer wits and hefeweizens as summer beers, but I would have this again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a translucent, pale gold body with a smallish, scant, white head.

Smell: Lightly toasted, grainy malts paired with an equally strong scent of floral hops.

Taste: A sweetish taste of toasted grains, with a slight mealy homemade dough character in the background. Floral hop character, a bit of spiciness, too, and a light, complimentary bitterness. Finishes rather dry, a lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Boy, I just had a good Kölsch. As in the new brew from Stoudts I had a few hours ago. This one, well, it's okay. As in terms of "how was the beer" it was acceptable, sufficient even. Can't we just leave it at that?

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden color with a very thin white head that quickly fades to a light ring and leaves little lacing.

Light bready, malty aroma. Some grass and grain show up as well but overall this aspect isn't all that appealing.

Taste comes off better with toasty malts upfront along with graiin and grassy hops in the background. A very faint hint of citrus also shows up toward the end. Again, nothing special but still refreshing and much more pronounced than the weak aroma.

Light to medium body with light carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel. Not too bad, drinkability is fairly high, seems like a decent summer beer.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This just started popping up around here recently, by recently I mean within the last 6 months. Pours to a clear yellow. It is rather crisp and refreshing and has a consistency like some kind of soda. It is slightly bitter with a citrus note. It is a good brew for summer. It's got that fresh kind of feeling to it.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Gavage
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear light pale yellow in color with a one inch head that lingers around a while.

Smell: only a little bit of grass is detectable here.

Taste: soft grainy malt base with some lemon zest, some grass, and a mild bitterness. Overall a mild flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp at the start, lightly crisp at the finish. No aftertaste at all but it is refreshing.

Drinkability: a light summer beer that works time of year, but one may get a bit bored with this after a few glasses.

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Photo of Shaw
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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 nsw
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
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 BrewAskew
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a thin white head and golden clear color. Good lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and noble hops typical for the style. Flavor is a stark juxtaposition of malt sweetness and graniness and hop bitterness. Finishes dry and crisp. Easy to drink for a summer brew.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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 jushoppy2beer
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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 woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
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 JDV
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some lacing on a light yellow pour. Very easy to drink and light bodied and flavored. Low carbonated and almost seemed a bit flat, at the Gordon Biersch Brewery. Nothing special really, and perhaps one of my least favorite Kolsches I've had. I liked Saint Arnold Lawnmower better, and also also Pyramid's Curveball kolsches better than this, I think.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This kolsch pours a typical clear yellowish gold. Aroma is hoppy and not strong. Flavor is fairly hoppy, pleasing although not complex - a typical summertime brew, light and refreshing, with just a touch of fruity sweetness. Finish has more sweet in it than the initial taste.

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