jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 30, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap in Palo Alto. Light and lively with lots of carbonation. An odd combination. Some spice. The blonde comes through better than the bock.
beerguy101 (5294) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 10, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden color, small head. Mildly hopped, medium malts. Light flavored beer with a nice malty flavor. Somewhat sweet. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is very malty with not a lot of bitterness.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’ve waited half-a-year to try my first Gordon Biersch brew and I’m pleased I made the effort. This is a semi-sweet, almost syrupy brew that’s plenty bockish. It’s Achilles Heel is that the 7% alcohol is noticeable. Hint of spice?
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 1, 2002
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
nothing special here. A slightly malty taste w/ a little bite at the end. There are many better beers
Aubrey (3453) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet and smooth on the palate, with a vinous characteristic and an alcoholic bite in the finish. Delicate, with no obtrusive off-flavors; but then again, nothing to really take notice of either. Take that for what it is, and choose which side of the fence you want to send your perspective.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
8/05/02: Light aroma blend of flowers, hop buds and alcohol...Color is pretty honey-gold with relatively light but lacey head. Flavor is lightly sweet with hop bitters racing along sides of palate--a bit of a tang accompanies all. Finish is light and fairly clean, leaving trace dryness behind...and evidence of that demon alcohol! Despite the high ABV rating, this feels quite light-bodied--one could easily guzzle several of these down on a warm day on the patio. Personally, I wish the bottom-end flavor had a little more bloom to it, but this is smooth, refreshing, very drinkable, and it DOES have that little kick to it! Re-Rate 9/12/02: Aroma almost non-existent this round (even though it was served relatively warm). However, I liked its overall balance a bit better...it has just a touch of spice to the flavor and finish that adds a little extra warmth to its alcohol kick.
Panzuriel (1360) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting deep golden beer. Like a german pilsener sorta. Very light and citrusy with a hint of sweetness. Good texture and nice and full flavored. Very good, but not as bock-esque as I had imagined.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouring the color of old gold, this beer has a rocky head and an interesting winey nose (Vionier). Big malt andbread mouthfeel with a good dollop of alcohol and a fair hop kick. As it warms a definate wine charactor develops in the finnish.
Braudog (5903) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2007 The perfect amber color. Creamy mouthful. Nice smooth malty flavor with a slight aftertaste that barely lingers with a hint of tartness. Agree with the previous reviewer that the beer doesn’t taste of its high alcohol. In my opinion, a superb beer.
uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 13, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber in color with a slight head. Has a sweet, almost candy-like smell. The taste promises bock, but never quite delivers. Nice malty sweetness that is not very dominate at all. Hops lingers ever so slightly.