thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a dark brown beer with a soft white head. It has a definite organic smell--kinda grassy. The taste is also grassy with some nuts mixed in there. This is the best beer available at Gordon Biersch in my opinion, but there are definitely better brews out there."
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap GB: good looking beer, dark brown with large tan head in a nice GB glass. malt nose, mostly roasted malt character. pretty good all around dunkles, only had about 3 of this style so not much to compare to.
mnurda (1124) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 7, 2006
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Quite tasty, despite being overwhelmingly disappointed with my Biersch visit. Probably wouldn’t order any of the Biersch offerings after trying the sampler platter in Las Vegas.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at the embarcadero, SF. brown body, light tan foamy head. toastedmalt/hay nose. toasted malt flavor. light mouthfeel. not much finish/aftertaste.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUL 2, 2002
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of the most unusual beers I’ve had in a while. It had several flavor stages, one I didn’t care for somewhat like a chemical taste, but the carmel and malt flavors were quite good.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite G-B beers is their dunkles. Dunkles is a dark lager, that has a great malt character, and a very smooth, round, clean body. I had to laugh, I was visiting on Tuesday afternoon, sitting at the bar, and a gentleman came in and said he wanted a beer, but "I don’t want anything dark". If he only knew what he was missing out on, but he did mange to get himself a good Export, so maybe someday he will try the dunkles.
Gordon Biersch Dunkles pours to a beautiful, bright, deep ruby/brown color with a thick white and a nice bit of carbonation. This beer has a wonderfully inviting, malty nose. Aromas of sweet malt and nutty aromas invite you in to take a sip. The palate is a firm base of dark malt, lots of good sweet malt flavor paired with some nutty flavors, and a touch of toastiness. The body is so round and clean, making this beer so drinkable. This beer finishes with more good sweet malt and nut flavors up front, and is balanced with enough hop bitterness so it isn’t a cloying finish.
This is an exceptional domestic example of dunkles in my opinion. It is a fantastic dark lager showcasing malt flavor, but is a very drinkable beer as well. I could see my self drinking one liter maas krugs of this brew. Of course it is a natural with German fare. I would match this with sauerbraten, red cabbage, and spatzel, or grilled bratwurst with saurkraut and German potato salad. This beer is draught only at the moment, so if you want it, you have to visit one of Gordon Biersch’s locations. If you ever find yourself in Washington, DC, you really should visit this place, it is well worth a stop.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good attempt at a dunkle. I liked this one alot, but it had a mild aftertaste that i found rather annoying. Fairly smooth with a decent body.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 17, 2001
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft in Miami. Might have been an old batch. Creamy nuttiness but a sour toffee like flavor emerged. Not bad, but the taste was off for me.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/29/04: on tap @Gordon Biersch.
full, brown body with an almond colored head. fair amount of lacing left. nutty, caramel nose. malty flavor with caramel, some roasted-ness and a touch of licorice. slight, slight bitter finish. overall, fairly smooth.
Darkmagus82 (890) - - JUN 23, 2014
2.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a very light brown/dark copper color with an amazingly huge billowy off white head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – A big caramel and brown sugar aroma are the bulk of the smell. These are mixed with some nice roasted malt and toasted aromas as well as a little bit of a nutty smell. Rounding out all these is a very light earthy and herbal hop as well, creating a very pleasant aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet brown sugar and caramel flavor with a little bit of a toasted malt and a light grainy taste. The grain and malt are very light, largely being dominated by the sweeter flavors of the brew, which intensify even more after the initial taste with some other sweet flavors of a cola and molasses nature coming to the tongue. A little bit of a nut flavor develops right after the initial taste, with it then fading away toward the end due to the advent of the cola and molasses. Just a hint of herb is mixed into the taste leaving one with a very sweet, lightly roasted, and thin flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thin with a carbonation level that is high. A thicker body would have certainly been better for accentuating the roasted and nut flavors of the brew and would have made it a bit less cloying.
Overall – A little too sweet in darker sugar flavors with not quite enough malt and roast to really support the sweet. A bit sweetly unbalanced.