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Gordon Biersch Brewing
Last updated: August 30, 2000
640 Emerson Street
Palo Alto CA 94301
Phone: +1 650-323-7723
Fax: +1 650-323-6129
Opened June 1, 1988.
Brewer: Tom Davis.
1,936 bbl annual capacity.
One of my favorites. The best time to visit is a weekday afternoon. Excellent beer, excellent food, excellent service, high prices on the menu. A controlling interest in the company was sold to a Las Vegas casino in November 1995...the new team opened Barley's Casino and Brewing in Henderson NV in early 1996.
Directions: 101 to the University Avenue exit. Go west on University to downtown Palo Alto, turn left on Emerson. Gordon Biersch is two blocks along on the right.
My Opinion Of The Beers That I've Tried:
15.0 points overall
Style 12 - Bock
- 17 points - Beer #31-2534, Gordon Biersch Brewer's Lunch #1, Palo Alto CA, Date unknown
Hazy. VERY good head. Thick, not sweet.
Style 13 - German Dark Lager
- 13 points - Beer #7-444, at the brewery, September 14, 1994
Brown opaque, thick brown head. Malty (black) aroma. Black malt and carbonation bite. Long burnt finish. Not particularly clean. Young batch?
Style 14 - German Light Lager
- 14 points - Beer #1-22, at the brewery, May 15, 1993
Yellow. A little hazy...surprising because this is usually a "brilliant" beer. Aroma is a little malty, with a good dose of those European hops. Good body, nice carbonation bite. Bitter but clean finish.
- 16 points - Beer #31-2532, Gordon Biersch Brewer's Lunch #1, Palo Alto CA, Date unknown
Clear, good head. Malt aroma, no hops. Thick, malty.
Style 19 - German-style Wheat Beer
- 17 points - Beer #14-1006, at the brewery, June 9, 1995
Dark yellow opaque. Big head. Banana and wheat aroma. Good thick body, fairly high carbonation. Banana flavor pretty strong, but doesn't overpower the wheat. Touch of clove, too.
Style 17 - Vienna / Märzen / Oktoberfest
- 14 points - Beer #1-23, at the brewery, May 15, 1993
More amber than yellow...much darker than Export. Aroma similar to Export, but much maltier. Much higher alcohol flavor, and nice crystal malt. Strong beer but not strongly flavored.
- 12.5 points - Beer #31-2533, Gordon Biersch Brewer's Lunch #1, Palo Alto CA, Date unknown
Thick head, amber but lighter than Spaten Oktoberfest. No aroma. Thin. Good finish.
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