biobier99 (23) - Neumarkt, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2001
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The best American beer I had during my internship. sweet, full flavour, good to import it to Germany!
9er (87) - Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is an excellent beer! On tap at GB in Fells point in Baltimore. Taste of cereal, honey chocolate malts, banana, clove and the slightest bit of hoops at the end. Pours a golden amber with a healthy head the dissipates on sip. This is quite well done.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
davidm (2068) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
very nice beer. Spicy, with good balance, and long length. The best I tried from GB.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2000
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hearty and robust, high ABV and a nice hop bite, well balnced with the malts makes this a Winter favorite. As a lover of bocks, itís good to see one for the long cold Winterís here in Phoenix? Ha Ha, eat your heart out Detroit!
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant Washington--Winterbock-& ABV. Nice head with lace. Rich bronze red color. Smooth mildly spicy holiday front. Rich very smooth lightly roasted sweet fruit spice body. Clean malty finish with light spice notes. Balanced clean smooth rich brew. (4.5 / 5.0) On Tap--Sampled 12/26/2000.
Gordon Biersch Brewing Company--WinterBock Dark Double Bock Lager--2005 Release--12 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV--34 IBUís. (4.0 / 5.0) Doppelbock? Rich lacy head. Clear dark ruby red color. Malt spice mild hop front. Sweet thick malty toasted toffee black cherry fruity lager smooth body. Lingering malty mild hot hop spice end. Rich. Sampled 2/20/2006.
Gordon Biersch Brewing Company --WinterBock Dark Double Bock Lager--2006 Release--12 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV--24 IBUís. (4.25 / 5.0) Doppelbock. Mild lace head. Clear dark ruby red color. Tangy malt spice mild fruit hop front. Creamy sweet smooth toasted black cherry toffee malty body. Tangy malt spice mild EtOH hop end. Rich & Tasty. Sampled 5/16/2007.
chef_brewardee (28) - Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brilliantly clear Crimson red when held to the light with a thick, creamy head. Smells of raisins, prunes and chocolate, has a faint alcohol hint. tastes of the same with a big creamy mouth feel and warming finish. Very good beer
Frank (3952) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
If you keep an open mind about it, Gordon Biersch does a really good job of what they set out to do, at least if you are talking the beers for sale in the brewpubs. This is a dark and slightly cloudy brew w/ a very creamy and long-lasting head. Itís rich and malty, lightly chocolatey and full-flavored. Itís creamy but not at all heavy w/ an earthy bitterness to round things out in the finish. This is pretty much exactly what I look for in a big, malty beer.
AGAquino (667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Gordon Biersh at Terminal D of the Washington Dulles Airport. I was expecting the Blond Bock, but got the Winter instead. This is probably much more in line with my taste. Clear ambar colur, with a small tan head; nice malty sweet aroma; and even nicer malty sweet flavour. Balanced aftertaste. With afour hour layover, I will have another.
freekyp (1871) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A perfect classic interpretation of the German original. Pours chestnut brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma is thick with dark malts. A hint of cocoa brings earthiness to the forefront. Thick and syrupy on the palate. Alcohol warming is present, but no fusel or hotness is detectable. While hops are not detectable in the aroma, there is a moderately bitter character in the finish that just barely pulls it from an overwhelmingly sweet precipice.