Gordon Biersch Winter Bock

I think that in general, GB beers receive less than a fair shake, and I find many of their German based lagers tasty, brewed close to style and generally worthy.
12 oz single from Total Wine at Perimeter, Atlanta, GA, USA.
A great depth of garnet color on the pour, coupled with super clarity and a decent head, the beer looks really nice in the glass.
Nose gives some really good, alcohol soaked malts with a brief promise of some toasty warmth.
The beer delivers a taste that is a bit drier and more bitter than the nose (and indeed the style) would suggest. It delivers the aggression that one would expect from a Doppelbock, but doesn’t quite punch with the sweet blows that one might expect. Extremely bready beer with lots of yeasty tastes.
The beer finishes with a drier and less sweet ending that I would like.
Strange one this, it has some characteristics that one would obviously associate with the style, but then again it seems to lack the classic sweetness.

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12/21/2010
Style:
Doppelbock
Format:
bottle
ABV: 7.5 %
Appearance: 4.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.7
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