DarkElf (3014) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draft: Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. in San Diego, CA) Having just taken my postal test, I now have a rare afternoon off from the Post Office, and so commences an afternoon of hitting the local breweries. First up is this Schwarzbier. It’s very dark brown in color, nearly black, and in fact, it is black unless I hold it up to the bright blue San Diego sky. Tan head is large and very bubbly when served, but fades to a thin film. Lightly sweet and roasty notes in the nose, but the aroma is mostly that standard Gordon Biersch lager aroma. Surprisingly, the flavor is quite dry and roasty, mildly bitter, but not sweet and not all that malty. I swear I taste a bit of soap in here. Very carbonated mouthfeel, medium in body. Not bad, but a bit too dry to me.
steview (1012) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2005 on tap at the brewery in San Diego, California / may the schwarz bie with you! not bad at all. a light dark beer, as it should be. roasty, dry, but not sour--although it reminded me of guinness. smooth, good.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Decent brew on tap at the restaurant in SF. Very smooth, nice and malty. Lots of roasted character. Nice full body with a smooth finish. Solid schwarz.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark body with good head and lacing. Had a roasted flavor and aroma. Was kind of disappointed with the dry finish but will have to go back and give this one another look.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured black with a great head and lacing.
Light roasty, coffee and malt aroma.
Flavor is the same as the aroma with a light -medium body.
This is a very good easy drinking beer. Very nice!
droomyster (14) - USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on tap at the brewery restaurant in Palo Alto with their double chocolate fudge cake. It was terrific combination that I highly recommend to anyone lucky enough to visit one of the restaurants. Poured an impenetable black with a fluffy off-white head that lasted forever and left a rich set of lace rings on the glass to mark my every sip and gulp. Smells of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes the same, light carbonation and smooth creamy texture, washed my heavy cake down better than milk. More sweet than bitter. I consider this schwarzbier superior to my last bottle of Köstritzer.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque with ample head and lacing. A very smooth beer with a nice roasty backbone.A very thin mouthfeel and clean finish. A very good, highly drinkable session beer on tap IMO.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at brewpub. Pours dark clear brown with a large tan head that lingers somewhat. Malty aroma and flavor, hints of coffee and bitter chocolate as well. Medium body and pleasant carbonation. Went well with the steak I had for dinner, but I wouldn’t to out of my way for this one.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty good. A bit malty and a little bitter. The best of the regular beers at Gordon Biersch.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught in DC. Great looking and sweet smelling. Luckily, taste wasn’t as sweet as the aroma. Some maltiness and a decent finish with just a hint of bitterness.
Not worth the trip to Washington, but made an afternoon of sightseeing a bit more tolerable.