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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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WinterBock is a strong, dark beer that was used by eleventh century Bavarian monks to help sustain themselves during winter fasts. These creamy bocks ensured that the monks would fast frequently. Gordon Biersch WinterBock is a classic dark double bock featuring 4 different types of malt: Munich malt, pilsner malt, dark roasted caramel malt, and black malt. This is a big beer with a lot of body, and is available seasonally from November through January.


3.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
coll3735 (4) - Aiea, Hawaii, USA - MAR 18, 2006 does not count
An excellent beer when consumed on tap, not so much bottled. An excellent finish, sweet aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAR 16, 2006
The aroma is malty with hints of sweet fruit. The pour is a deep brown with a tan head. Very malty palate with some slight hoppiness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Pour was reddish. Tan creamy head. Nose sweet/sour with caramel and earth-yeast. This had a spicecomponent that I can’t pine down. I have a unpleasant after taste, something sour and off, otherwise very nice. Thanks OHIODAD!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2006
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear copper color with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet and caramely, maybe just a hint of smoke too. Taste is all malty sweetness. Duane is right, there was something in the finish that just didnt seem quite right, but all around a decent bock.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2006
12 oz. bottle from OhioDad, thanks Scott.
reddish brown in color with a fast fading tan head. aroma reminds me of a gooey caramel roll. flavor is malty sweet with some caramel and a hint of chocolate. a rather strange tartness on the finish detracts just a bit from an otherwise enjoyable bock.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2067) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Dark purple color with no real head. Sweet, smokey, dark candi aroma. This is nicely done. All the flavors mix well together with nothing dominating. A little light in the body but otherwise very nice.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Dopple bocks have often been called "liquid bread" and that is a very apt descriptor. These beers are rich, delicious, sweet malty and warming brews. Gordon Bierch pays tribute to this tradition, and their version is true to their German inspiration. Gordon Biersch WinterBock pours to a beautiful, deep brown, almost black color with a creamy tan head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is wonderful, with very deep toasty and sweet malty aromas. The palate is rich and delicious with more sweet malt, toasty, and nutty flavors. The mouth feel is very full and slick on the tongue as it slides down the throat. This beer finishes with more wonderful big sweet malty and toasty flavors, and ends with a soothing, warming, alcohol burn. This is a very impressive example of German dopple bock, from a brewpub chain that specializes in German beer styles. I tried a number of dopple bocks on a recent trip to Germany, and this beer fairs well against the Bavarian classics. I have found the DC location of Gordon Biersch to be doing an outstanding job, and I have never had a beer here that I have not been impressed with.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2006 Bottle... Clear, copper lager with a small, creamy, beige head. Malty aroma with notes of caramel, dark raisins and light molasses. Rich, malty flavor. Medium sweet and very caramely. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with medium carbonation. Finishes bittersweet and a little chocolaty. Thanks go out to DarkElf for sending the bottle!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2006
01.18.06 12oz bottle thanks to DarkElf. The label of this beer says 7.5%...hmm...and there is a Trader Joe’s double bock brewed by Gordon Beirsch that is 7.5%. That’s probably what this beer is, or not. The beer is a dark root beer brown with a sturdy beige head that fades quickly to a ring. Aroma is sweet, nutty, slightly vinous, lots of raisin and prune, and some hints of smoke. The beer itself is quite sweet, maybe too sweet, but there’s an addictive background toasted nut something or other that makes me want to just pound the whole glass. Body is creamy and soft but maybe a bit thin, not quite holding up to the burst of booziness. Quirks aside, it’s a fine but average brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - JAN 17, 2006
Tap @ Raleigh’s. Dark brown with absolutely no head. Sweet, malty flavor with a bit of alcohol. Medium bodied, fairly flat, with a decent flavor.


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