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Gruffmeister 8 - Foothills Brewing Company

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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)
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Reviews by beerinator:
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3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

04-14-2006 22:25:28 | More by beerinator
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

03-18-2006 03:58:06 | More by oberon
Photo of Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%

08-10-2013 19:56:55 | More by Mantooth
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

06-07-2012 17:45:52 | More by tdm168
Photo of aleckpa

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

06-21-2014 00:16:41 | More by aleckpa
Photo of Kegatron


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-05-2014 23:55:38 | More by Kegatron
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

06-14-2010 17:18:06 | More by thagr81us
Photo of Bung


3.86/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

05-28-2013 00:53:22 | More by Bung
Photo of CM31


4/5  rDev +10.5%

08-08-2013 00:24:11 | More by CM31
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%

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.

06-25-2007 00:12:51 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

02-03-2008 02:34:20 | More by wcudwight
Photo of JasonTaverner


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-10-2014 17:46:30 | More by JasonTaverner
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

07-28-2014 18:15:51 | More by Canada_Dan
Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

06-08-2009 18:46:34 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

06-05-2010 16:56:56 | More by cdizinno
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

06-07-2014 18:37:11 | More by Dave_Treat
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -14.4%

This beer was a slightly golden amber color. Not much smell. The taste was like a lightly hopped light beer. A little watery in the mouthfeel. The drinkability was the only high point for this beer. It was fairly smooth. I would drink it again but not if there was other choices.

03-26-2006 04:16:43 | More by Enola
Photo of mwbrady12

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -17.1%

07-18-2013 01:27:55 | More by mwbrady12
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-10-2014 18:30:36 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of baklo

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-22-2014 02:41:49 | More by baklo
Photo of Rifugium


3.03/5  rDev -16.3%

First had: on tap at Foothills

Clearish copper-hued beer, with a small wispy white head. Aroma of toasted grains and corn sugar. Taste of biscuity malts, toasted grains, corn, lager yeast, light notes of fruity hops, some fusel alcohol. Light-medium body. Decent overall, but nothing really memorable.

05-31-2013 15:33:25 | More by Rifugium
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

05-18-2014 19:47:51 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-30-2014 04:03:19 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of Strix


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

Clear golden with a thin head.

Smell not very strong, malty and a bit bready.

Taste has a certain complexity to it. Bread, honey, green apple, caramel, and a hoppy finish. Alcohol was not noticeable in the taste, I was shocked that this was 8%, but I guess that explains why I was feeling it towards the bottom of the pint.

Mouthfeel smooth and refreshing.

A good effort here from Foothills; I wasn't blown away, but it went very well with a burger.

07-17-2008 02:55:29 | More by Strix
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

A: Poured from a growler to a mug. Had a brown-yellow color and a completely clear consistency. there was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Very little lacing.

S: A good aroma of malt, fruit, and an acidic quality.

T: Tasted of malt first and foremost, light fruit, and a bready, biscuity flavor. A fairly well-balanced flavor.

M: A high amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied, with a nice bite.

D: A solid, drinkable maibock.

06-19-2010 14:20:14 | More by avalon07
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Gruffmeister 8 from Foothills Brewing Company
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