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RATINGS: 257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, - JAN 13, 2011
{thoughts} Great balance; highly drinkable for a bigger beer with deeply malty qualities.

{elements} Medium brown hue with mahogany highlights; tall, khaki head. Shy but clean nose of toffee, bananas and sweetened coffee with cream. Firm fruity and caramel sweetness, moderate dark fruit and carbonic acidity, just enough bitterness to keep things going. Creamy texture, champagne-like carbonation, medium-full bodied. Draft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RafeAU (629) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Bottle in LA. Strong malt character and big sherry-like plummy flavour, without being boozy like so many doppelbocks are. Very drinkable. A nice easy drinking doppelbock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Panzuriel (1626) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2016
On Tap at Gordon Biersch in Columbus OH. Gordon Biersch Winter Bock is a darker red brown clear beer with an inch of fluffy tan foam. Nose is caramel, brown sugar, and toasted malt. Taste is initially a bit sweet playing well with the brown sugar notes that persist. Medium malt body with very light herbal hops. a nice winter warmer to be sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
asheft (2825) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2016
[on tap at Gordon Biersch, DTW airport] Aroma is nutty, biscuity malt with low noble hops in the background. Clear chestnut appearance under a persistent tawny, off-white sheet. Sweet, complex cereal grain malt flavour that quickly dries out and becomes a bit ethanolic. Moderate bitterness. Medium body, slightly warming, smooth start and crisp finish. Medium carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kevinator (1730) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Pretty traditional offering. Faint sweet malt aroma with a hint of burnt sugar and wood. Nice dark brown color with a sustainable head. Weighty. Flavors match the aroma with a slight smokiness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
katrinaez (944) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Ok for a standard bock. Aroma is low. Residual sugars are nice. Not thick enough. Color is dark reddish brown. Translucent. Nothing to write home about. Detroit airport. Tap

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (1298) - HONG KONG - OCT 25, 2015

355 ml bottle bought at The Q-Club in SoHo, Central.

Looks: Clear deep Cola ruby-brown colour; Less than one-quarter finger head with residual soapy light beige foam which fades in 10 seconds; Small sticky lacing with zero carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet dark malt, with very strong caramel, strong toffee, very strong plums, raisins, light mustiness, sugar, light chocolate, lemon and light grass.

Taste: Medium sweet dark malt, with very light roastyness, strong caramel, toffee, moderate dark fruits, brown sugar, light dark bread, strong lemon, strong bitter hops and sharp grass.

Body: Medium body. Quite slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Good dark maltyness in a pretty smooth background. Moderate roastyness much like a Dunkler bock. Caramel, toffee and dark fruits are not as strong as the aroma. Light breadyness, good brown sugar sweetness to mix well with strong lemony hops. Simple but pretty good!

Hoppiness: Notable lemon and light grass in nose, and much stronger and impressive in taste. Bitterness is head-strong for a lasting, high astringent sweet-bitter finish.

After Taste: Quite dry. Malty and bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one feels more like a Dunkler Bock with strong roast maltyness, very good caramel aroma, subtle brown sugar taste and unexpectedly strong hoppy finish. A twist to the usual German Doppelbock style, with good effect. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2015
On draft at the brewpub in Leawood. Aroma of sweet, darkly toasted malt, toffee, faint licorice and cellar must(?), some slight hazelnut in the background. Clear deep, dark red-brown in color, very slight head. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, more toffee, toast and licorice with a tingly finish, plenty of dark malts and faint raisin here at the end, as well. Body is medium, mouthfeel is tingly and low in effervescence. Interesting, some traces of the alcohol here, though, which is unusual for the style and for only being moderately strong at 7.5% abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (3713) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2015
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. It’s rich and malty, lightly chocolatey and full-flavored. It’s 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (9563) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2015
[2/20/15] Draught at Gordon Biersch Mission Valley in San Diego. Dark amber-brown color. Aroma of malt, caramel and some alcohol. Sweet flavor, malty, caramelly, with some toastiness, a nutty note and an alcoholic note. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (1495) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2015
On tap at some bar in Louisville on December 27. Enjoyed while watching the Kentucky-Louisville game. The pour was a heavily carbonated dark brown color with that light beige head that falls down slowly. There is a lot of carbonation here, almost too much. The aroma is heavy on malt. There is a light funk before it moves through to come darker fruits. It’s a little nutty as well. Surprising for a dopplebock. The flavor is also pretty sweet. There is a little more spiciness happening here with some good malts and a little burnt toffee. The mouth feel is pretty thin. That carbonation should help, but it doesn’t, and it falls off the tongue. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet and roasty with a little funk happening as well. It was a strange one

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