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Gordon Biersch SommerBrau | Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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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

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#41,928
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
121
pDev:
12.94%
Bros Score:
3.94
 
 
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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had two 21 oz glasses at Gordon Biersch in Virginia Beach. Poured a fairly clear goldon color with a fairly small white head. The frosted/ice cold glass may have contributed to the small head. Head retention is about average with some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is malty with some yeast. Fairly subdued.

Taste is fairly good. Mostly malty, some yeast flavor and a little finishing bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, nicely carbonaated.

Overall, a good session beer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

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

Smell – A slightly sweet fruity aroma of pear and peach as well as a little bit of sweet honey complement a decently strong bready smell nicely. Along with these aromas are some hoppy smells of a light herbal and grassy nature producing a rather nice smelling brew overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat crisp cracker like flavor mixed with a bit of graininess and a lighter sweetness of a fruity nature with some pear, white grape, and apple. Quickly some hop flavors come to the tongue, with a lighter flavor of grass and hay being the strongest. As the taste advances these hop flavors get stronger in nature all while the fruit flavors fade some. The fruit however has a slight resurgence at the end however, with the mix of tastes leaving a moderately sweet, but still rather crisp and clean, lightly hopped, malt flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thin with a carbonation level that is very high. The combination of the two really create a wonderfully crisp drinking beer, complementing the blend of lighter fruit flavors, malt, and grassy hop flavors rather well.

Overall – A fairly nice kolsch. Nothing super extraordinary, but very enjoyable none the less.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My friend is drinking light beers these days, so he graciously gave me this one (of my favorite style of light beers, no less) to review. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a stange glass. Bottling date is 03/28/13 - a bit old, so I'm anticipating some oxidation.

Pours a beautiful kölsch, actually - a gold amber color complete with a frothy head that resembles bubbly soap suds. I absolutely love it when "delicate" types of beers do this, and the extra carbonation to boot adds a sparking wine-like appearance to the entire product at hand. Some lacing, as well as a persistent head that never gives up throughout consumption. An excellent take on the beer, but I wouldn't expect anything lesser from Gordon-Biersch.

The aroma is definitely sweet (from the bottle's age, no doubt), but there's no off aromas to speak of - only highly sweetened ones as a result. Aromas of white Muscat grapes, honey, caramel, marmalade, and stonefruit immediately hit the nostrils. Some grassy hops persist, as well as a slightly funky apple aroma from the yeast. The grains are hidden in terms of delivering a cereal backbone, but the grape aromas are full-fledged here. This is a much better take on the style compared to most American-made kölsch - no weird banana phenols, nor too much of a plain grainy flavor. A little too sweet, but I'd imagine fresh that this is even better.

The flavor is immediately awash with a crisp grainy character that follows some of the sweetened fruits and funky yeast, as well as some fresh grass from the hops. Lighter Muscat grapes this time around, as well as pears, apples, and light honeysuckle. Then (oh no!), some off metallic notes resembling stainless steel. This seems to vanish as it warms up, but it took me off-guard. Otherwise, the hoppy character is nicely done - Americanized, that's for sure, but nevertheless refreshing. The grainy texture at hand is crisp and warm, as it should be. Not nearly as sweet in the flavor compared to the aroma, and a bit thin at the finish, but definitely easy to drink and refreshing.

For the price, this is a great American-made kölsch. It's great that a brewery as big as G-B is able to deliver solid offerings that are well-intended takes on many of the different regional styles of beer throughout Germany. I could definitely have this again, although I'd want it fresher next time. Good stuff through and through - always a welcome treat after plummeting through lots of strong beers or a after a bad day at work.

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Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a pilsner glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Aggressive pour. Thick, five finger white head with middling retention. Active carbonation atop a light golden body. Quick moving bubbles, high clarity and an overall nice Kolsch looking beer. Color is maybe a little darker and richer than normal Kolschs, but hey. The fluffy head sticks around longer.

S- Golden malts, apples and crisp hoppy aftertaste. A little hoppier than the usual Kolsch.

T- Very tasty, crisp flavors.

M- Smooth, buttery and medium-bodied.

O- Fine example of the style. Americanized, but good.

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Gordon Biersch SommerBrau from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 121 ratings
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