Golden Export LagerNovember 22, 2014
Gordon Biersch Brewing Co.
San Jose, CA
The latest release from Gordon Biersch is brewed with Pilsner malt and Hallertau and Tettnang hops, and uses bottom-fermenting yeast from the Weihenstephan yeast bank.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1046
AVAILABLE: CA, HI, NV
Not long ago, this style from Dortmund and Northern Germany was that country’s largest seller. Though it has lost favor (most Dortmund breweries have now closed or are run by global players), it remains a delicious style, more malty than hoppy. In the old country, it tends to be higher in alcohol. That said, Golden Export is the color of a gold coin, heady and finely aromatic, at the more sessionable strength of 5%. Clean and refreshing on the palate, it was superb with Rose Ann’s organic Yukon Gold potato soup with a dollop of sour cream, caraway rye, and organic poblano peppers stuffed with bison and onions.
- Charles Finkel
Crystal clear and with an appetizing layer of suds. Very light pleasant malt aroma accompanied with a floral, sweet, honey-like hop bouquet. Delicate and inviting. Medium-light body with a fantastic malt foundation. Excellent balance of hop bitter and flavor. Great example of “export” style. Finishes smooth with a tantalizing hop bitterness that begs you to continue to the finish and ask for another.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and National Beer Examiner at examiner.com. Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.