1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. 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.

52 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 52
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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: 52 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a relatively clear honey colored body and a fluffy white head; good retention and lacing

Smell: Low grade but distinct malty aroma; a quick swirl brings out some hop aromas that quickly dissappear

Taste: Fruity and malty, with distinct biscuit and toffee flavors; a touch of balancing hops provides a crisp finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and well carbonated; some distinct warmth comes through after the swallow from the alcohol

Drinkability: Superbly refreshing and very well-balanced; one of the best craft brew takes on a Maibock that I have tasted; really hits the style and avoids some of the phenolic elements that have disappointed me about other craft brewed Maibocks

04-18-2006 11:24:18 | More by brentk56
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

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 oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%

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 Kegatron


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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


3.03/5  rDev -16.5%

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 DrunkinYogi


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-10-2014 18:30:36 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

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 GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

05-18-2014 19:47:51 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

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
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%

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 atrocity


2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

08-07-2014 12:48:00 | More by atrocity
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

Reviewed on 06/22/2009. I had this on draft. This beer pours a clear orange with a white head. The aroma is of wheat and sweet malt. The flavor is predominantly caramel malt with a sweet finish. Pretty decent and a refreshing beer. I thought this was a nice maibock.

07-14-2009 16:36:15 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of Bung


3.86/5  rDev +6.3%

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 buckyp

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-13-2013 23:30:49 | More by buckyp
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -20.7%

After a disappointing sample at the World Beer Fest in April, I hoped to opportunity to try this at Flying Saucer would be a better experience, I was wrong. The beer was served with no head whatsoever. It could have been Iced Tea for all I knew. The aroma was rather weak but present some malts. The taste was just off from what I've come to expect from the style and the alcohol only makes it harder to drink. This one was a huge disappointment and is a far cry from what I expect out of Foothills.

07-14-2007 21:14:13 | More by atsprings
Photo of 2dogbrew


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

06-28-2014 21:40:33 | More by 2dogbrew
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

Had this on tap for lunch at the brewpub.

Came out a deep hazy goldish orange with about an inch's worth of white head on top. Retention was weak, but left some nice pretty lacing. Smells of grains, honey, and booze.

Mouthfeel was crisp and bubbly, but not overly so. Classic Foothills. This beer is hot! Huge alcohol presence that masks most all flavors. I'm getting some faint grainy biscuits, and a slight bitter finish, but this is all booze. The 8% is not hidden well. There's a drying sweetness that coats the mouth at the end as well. This is different and not what I expected. With such high alcohol, this is one and done for me.

06-12-2009 17:07:28 | More by Onenote81
Photo of Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-10-2013 19:56:55 | More by Mantooth
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.45/5  rDev -5%

Poured from a growler obtained last week into an imperial pint glass. Very small head turns into a collar. No lacing left.

Strange sort of rubber aroma wafts from the top of the glass into my nose. Earthy tones. Not much hop aroma. Not much else.

Taste is average. Nice hop bitterness. The hops come out pretty strong in the taste of this one.

Clean and crisp. Medium body. A nice beer. Maibock is a unique style that I really enjoy. This one is pretty good compared to others I have had but certainly not the best.

03-26-2006 00:33:34 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of bacher468


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-29-2014 11:34:52 | More by bacher468
Photo of zekeman17


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-06-2014 16:19:50 | More by zekeman17
Photo of Dave_Treat


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

06-06-2014 01:33:37 | More by rangerred
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Gruffmeister 8 from Foothills Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.