Gruffmeister 8 - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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26 Reviews
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Reviews: 26
Hads: 69
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2006

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Reviews: 26 | Hads: 69
Reviews by beerinator:
Photo of beerinator
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden copper, very clear beer. Nice head on a three day old growler. Head retention is good.

Aroma: Yeasty and bready. Sweet aromatics that bring along a touch of fruityness. The alcohol is showing through just slightly.

Taste: Sweet malted caramel, mealy mouthfeel that is full on the palate. The fruit that I smelled is present in the taste as well, but only slightly. Slight hints of apple blends with the caramel for a quite pleasant flavor. The finish is slightly bitter from the hops and it finishes dry.

Notes: This is a solid drinkable beer that really shouldn't be consumed in sessions! The only giveaway for me that Gruffmeister was 8% abv (before I saw the official name, that is...) was the slight hints of alchol in the nose. Way too drinkable for 8%! Not that this is a bad thing. (816 characters)

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice to drink a good Mai Bock because they are so hard to find,poured a deep bronze with a small but swell sustained white head.Big alcoholic aromas with a apple cider touch,tangy and fruity.This is a true Mai bock by all sences malty fruit steeped in alcohol,sweet but not overly so very smooth going down.A spring bock on the sweeter side but the alcohol warmth comes in handy in nights like tonight in downtown W-S enjoyable and true to form. (445 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Biscuity and bready with a slightly hoppy end. Can taste the alcohol. Is slightly above average for the style. Would not pass this up, but would not rush out to get it. (172 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest

A - dark copper; no head

S - alcohol, lager yeast, grains

T - alcohol, corn flakes, grains

M - Crisp, smooth, warm, medium bodied

This is a rather disappointing beer. The alcohol overpowered the other flavors. The warmth diminished most of the flavor and mouthfeel. And there was a very odd, grainy character throughout that I felt was out of place. Still it's Foothills and I'll try everything from them I can. (450 characters)

Photo of aleckpa
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of thagr81us
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a standard pint. Poured a golden yellow with a minimal off-white head. There was no apparent lacing evident. The aroma was comprised of malt, fruit, and bread. The flavor was of malt, bananas, buiscuit, citrus, and alcohol. It was light on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was not a bad brew. The flavor and aroma was of this one were quite complex and enjoyable. If you are a fan of this style of brew, you owe it to yourself to get your hands on it. (485 characters)

Photo of GatorTodd
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of hemorhoidzz
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bung
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tap at Macs Steel Creek. Bright orange pour. Half finger of fine bubbled white head.

Aroma, corn, light caramel. Cornbread. Not real strong here, like many German styles for me.

Taste, real nice caramel and breadiness. Some grainy hay and a very herbal like hop profile, though the hope are obviously pretty limited. There is a toasted grainy note in the finish.

A good level of carbonation. Medium body, abv is well hidden. A very faint warming. Wouldn't want a lot but that has more to do with the style than this beer.
This batch is well done in my opinion. (563 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CM31
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Melllow Mushroom in Asheville over the weekend, the seasonal foothills still on tap there for Spring. Poured a deep dark amber, very clear with lots of streaming carbonation from the bottom of the glass, but no head. Slight amount of lace. Smell was very bready and grain like, with a hint of a slight bitterness, but definatly bread like. The flavor followed suit as it was highly malted and full of grain like flavors. Not much hops to balance, but ever so slightly dry finish. Kinda thin in feel, not enough carbonation to give it that silky smooth feel. Overall this was a decent offering from foothills, and an average representation of the style. The alcohol is very, I mean very well hidden, I could swear this was a 4% beer, was shocked to see it at 8% before my review. Overall definatly give this one a try if you can. (851 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the brewery.
The color of a copper kettle with a thin head and little lacing. Nice coloration.
Had to sniff hard for the aroma. Mild fruity aromas but I couldn't find anything else.
Lot's more going on in the flavor. Golden Delicious apples. Yummmm!!!! Sweet and fruity. Alcohol kick in the end.
Very thin mouthfeel for an 8% beer. This makes the beer feel lighter and I swear I thought it was no more than 5%.
It's good. It's drinkable. It's also a style I'm not familiar with and probably don't fully appreciate. (528 characters)

Photo of JasonTaverner
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ordered on draft on a whim.
Deep clear gold with a small white head.
Aromas are bready and sweet. I actually do pick up the strawberries in the nose as the website says. The taste is sweet bready goodness with some... nevermind ALOT of alcohol presence and enough hops to clean it up a bit.
I did not realize this was 8% when ordered and the first few sips forced me to look up the ABV. I was actually disappointed the abv was so high. I wanted another, but at that percentage I will have to wait for another day to have this one again.

Update, I won't order this again, as it warms the alcohol gets way to be way too much in a harsh way. Down this while its ice cold and call it a night. (691 characters)

Photo of Jason_Shaw
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bubseymour
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of cdizinno
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Honey, golden color. Light, white head with little to no lacing.

S: Mostly malty aroma with a mild hop scent.

T&M: Crisp up front with fine carbonation that and a medium body. Definitely maltier than hoppy. The sweetness of the malts are balanced at first with the hops, but finishes with a sweeter, alcohol burn at the end.

Great beer, but not really aligned with the style due to the sweeter/maltier taste. (414 characters)

Photo of FriedSlug
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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Gruffmeister 8 from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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