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Gruffmeister 8 - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2006)
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

buckyp, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Mantooth, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

CM31, Aug 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

mwbrady12, Jul 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Bcarson7287, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Rifugium, May 31, 2013
Photo of Bung
3.86/5  rDev +6%
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.

Bung, May 28, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.4/5  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.

tdm168, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of SlowWideTurns
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

SlowWideTurns, May 20, 2012
Photo of BigTrubble
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

BigTrubble, May 12, 2012
Photo of DaveONan
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

DaveONan, May 11, 2012
Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +9.9%

EasyReader, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of avalon07
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

avalon07, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

thagr81us, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

cdizinno, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Onenote81, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of rtratzlaff
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

rtratzlaff, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of Strix
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Strix, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of drunkmonk
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour with nice fluffy head, gives way to thin wispy lace. Pear, green apple and some bubble gum aromas blend with caramel and toffe malts. All the same flavors along with some clove, bannana, and some spicy ethanol. A kiss of honey like flavor lingers on the finish. Hops riding way back, are there just to keep the sweet malts from becomming cloying. Some light ethanol warming felt in the throat by mid glass, other wise the 8% is fairly well integrated here. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing. This is nice easy drinker. Proceed with caution. Well done.

drunkmonk, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange with a medium cream white head and light lacing. Lots of carbonation. Smell is rather light but not offensive. Grains, light tart fruits, hint of earthy hops. The grainy, lager type scent was most apparent. Taste expands on the subtleties I found in the nose. Good fruit flavors with light tartness. A bready dough flavor soaked in toffee and a touch of caramel. Earthy hops and grain with little dryness. Nice mouthfeel, very silky smooth and almost creamy. Clean and a little crisp finish. Overall a pretty good drinker. It's tasty, just doesn't quite compare to the Smutty version I had a couple weeks ago.

ncvbc, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of wcudwight
3.55/5  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.

wcudwight, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of atsprings
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

atsprings, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of kkipple
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahh, now this is more like it! I had this alongside the Foothills Hefe and this was the better of the two by a mile. Onwards to Beerdom!

Gruffmeister 8 ( ? ) is a clear, still, copper-rust orange beer with a tiny 2cm head that hugs the rim of my pint glass. The foam completely fades soon, leaving no barrier between the beer and my lips! Bwah-ha!

I stick my nose into the pint before I drink it. I get beer on my nose and wipe it off before our cute hippie waitress notices. But what I come away with is a sweet, biscuity aroma full of caramel and malt and a yeasty, medicinal, alcoholic tartness. Smells real young, like it just came from the fermenter. Maybe it did!

The flavor is classic: sweet rich bready malts, a slight citrus hop presence mingled with singed sugar and a grainy, earthy taste. I find it a bit hard to nail down, exactly, but I know I like this beer. If it's 8% you could've fooled me. It's clean, finishes bittersweet and fills you up. A real blue-collar, "I've been working in the potato fields since sunrise yesterday" sort of beer.

Now, most would agree that Rogue Dead Guy is the the reigning king of the Maibock style by virtue of sheer ubiquitousness. So the question is, is Gruffmeister better than Dead Guy? I'd have to do more tasting to be sure, but my first impression is: YES. And that's no small feat for an up-and-coming 3 year old brewery from North Carolina. Gruffmeister is a flavorful, rich beer and a superb example of the style which deserves a much wider following. Come to North Carolina and give it a try!

kkipple, Jun 29, 2007
Gruffmeister 8 from Foothills Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.