1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Gruffmeister 8 - Foothills Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Gruffmeister 8Gruffmeister 8

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

53 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Amedlin18
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Amedlin18, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Guitars_and_beer
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Guitars_and_beer, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of JasonTaverner
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

JasonTaverner, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

atrocity, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of zekeman17
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

zekeman17, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Canada_Dan, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of humuloner22
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe my numbers are lower because overall this beer is not my favorite, but its not a bad beer. I have never had a Maibock before. Its more of a lager to me, its an alcoholic lager. But you really don't taste the booze that much. Its a good solid lager, really better than most. You can taste some hops in taste but its really a more flavorful lager. Maybe that is how the style is supposed to taste. I really don't know since this is the first of the style for me. Don't get me wrong I liked it, but it was not close to being my favorite beer. I am not sure if I have found that one yet! Practice is all I can say.

Appearance: Golden hay. A good lager color.

Smell: Not much going on some malts, not hoppy, a little boozy.

Taste: Solid lager, if it was the same price or even a few dollars more than Torch, I would buy it more often.

Overall: Good beer, will I seek it out again, probably not, unless I see it on sale somewhere or I am at a bar that is running a tap special.

humuloner22, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of BigGingDrinker
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

BigGingDrinker, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

bacher468, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

2dogbrew, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of baklo
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

baklo, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of aleckpa
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

aleckpa, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of KrisB
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

KrisB, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of ascags
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

ascags, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Dave_Treat, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of rangerred
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a clear medium gold with a thin half finger white head. Really good head but lacing is nearly nonexistent.

Aroma has fairly heavy notes of caramel and toast along with a fairly assertive grassy hop note. A whiff of alcohol comes through underneath.

The flavor is lighter on the caramel leaning more towards biscuit with hints of toast and cracker. Very slightly metallic but it is not distracting. Hops figure somewhat heavy in this brew but they are very subtle. Moderate to high bitterness throughout with some background grass and hay. It helps to balance out the comparatively high maltiness. This brew isn't' overly sweet, however, and has just a little stickiness on the finish.

Overall, for a style I am not particularly fond of I enjoy this beer. It is not too sweet and the alcohol is well hidden. Nice job by Foothills.

rangerred, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Kegatron, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of McAndrew
3/5  rDev -17.4%

McAndrew, May 21, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, honey-gold coloring with a tall, frothy, foamy, white head and a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body. Aromas of baked bread, cut grass, pepper, floral highlights, and subtle mossy notes. Very earthy aromas. Flavors are roasted and sweet forward, with notes of buttered toast, toasted grains, earthy characteristics, oregano, cut grass, and subtle notes of caramel sweetness. Smooth and light in mouth, with an aftertaste that is sweet and has grassy highlights. There is also a slight warmth building as you drink; don't take this brew lightly. The finish has a grassy and slightly hopped linger on an otherwise slick, smooth transition across the palate.

GarthDanielson, May 18, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

dbrauneis, May 10, 2014
Photo of ben4unc
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

ben4unc, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

buckyp, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Mantooth, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of CM31
4/5  rDev +10.2%

CM31, Aug 08, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Gruffmeister 8 from Foothills Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.