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Grätzer - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  3.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is our interpretation of a Grätzer, which is a traditional German style smoked wheat brewed with lots of hops and 90% oak smoked wheat malt. The result is a spritzy, smokey and refreshing ale.

10 IBU

(Beer added by: avalon07 on 05-26-2012)
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mporter249

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

06-19-2013 08:40:38 | More by mporter249
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3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, wheat, smoke, coriander, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Smoked Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus, smoke, hint of hop, and slight wheat. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, and body. The smoke is subtle, but discernible.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2014 12:59:32 | More by Tone
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

06-03-2014 17:24:27 | More by Brdlist
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, hazy, corn yellow coloring with a steady flow of carbonation throughout, and a tall, fluffy, big bubbled, white head. Aromas of tangy sweet banana, tropical fruit, coriander, nutmeg, clove, hints of smoke, a bready backbone, and some yeasty funk. Smells are pretty balanced, and pretty unique. Flavors are a bit more smoke forward, with a lemon, banana, and tart apple fruit blend to follow. The smoke carries on throughout, and the spices come off a bit on the muddled side. Robust, light bodied, with a heavily roasted, smoky, and tart/tangy aftertaste. The finish is really quick, short lived, kind of like a slap after all the places the palate went to. Different brew, but a bit of a jumble.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2014 01:27:37 | More by GarthDanielson
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-28-2014 20:23:05 | More by jshusc
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%

05-27-2014 19:50:01 | More by Boski
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%

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South Carolina

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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%

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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-27-2014 02:10:36 | More by jrohrbacher
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

04-02-2014 04:45:12 | More by huntermop
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to dogdoc for sending this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into an Upland pint glass.

A: Very hazy light gold, with a thin white head and visible carbonation average to a bit low.

S: Smoky, like old charcoal, wheat malt and a light lactic presence. The smoke isn't terribly strong, but seems to blanket over most of the rest of potential aromas.

T: Barbecue smoke, light wheat and pilsner malts, a very light lactic tartness, and a mild hoppy bitterness towards the end. The smoke flavor lingers a bit in the hang.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation sensation, no alcohol presence at all.

O: I believe this is my second Gratzer, and while smoked beers aren't my thing in general, I find these lighter smoked beers to be among the most palatable. I don't know that I'd go looking for another pour of this one, but that's personal preference. I feel like the beer was well-made. Not nearly as tart as Westbrook's take on the Gose, but still a quality beer. Would be about a 3.5 on my scale of personal preference.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 17:05:36 | More by macrosmatic
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hopkrid

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-16-2014 01:49:30 | More by hopkrid
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joe1510

Illinois

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

22oz Bomber

Yet another gem sent my way courtesy of Cackalack Wil, thanks guy! This Gratzer is very pale, straw golden from the get go with substantial haze. Tiny little carbonation bubbles rush to the crown from what seems every surface of the glass. The head is amazingly white, creamy, and leaves behind sheet lacing. Impressive.

The nose actually smells very refreshing, mouthwatering actually, especially when taking into consideration that this is a smoked beer. Tangy wheat is first and foremost with the smoke a close second but keep in mind this beer is soft all around. Neither the wheat nor the smoke are overly done. There's an undercurrent of snappy citrus that reminds me of coriander but is probably from the "lots of hops" that Westbrook mentions using.. I like where this is headed.

There's nothing really to update from nose to flavor. The wheat remains tangy and surprisingly substantial for a beer with such low abv. The smoke is soft, muting the wheat a bit and leaving a film on the palate with hardwood embers and very mild smoked sausage lingering. Again, what reminds me of coriander pops up in the middle and adds a touch of citrus. Hops again. The finish is salty like a gose. I'm a big fan of these flavor combinations.

The mouthfeel is tough to explain. The actual weight is light but it has, from the smoked malt I assume, a palate coating ability that seems wholly appropriate. The light smoke lingers while a little slickness remains after each drink. This beer is refreshing and highly drinkable.

Westbrook nailed this beer. It's exactly what they describe on the label; "spritzy, smoky, and refreshing". The wheat and smoke are perfectly balanced. The hops add a nice citric side note. I could drink this beer often. Can this and toss it in sixers. Thanks. Cheers, Wilson!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 03:44:57 | More by joe1510
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-19-2014 00:55:15 | More by MacQ32
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber into a tulip

pours a light golden color with a big foamy white head. smell on point...tangy, refreshing. lots of wheat and coriander. dont get any smoke in the nose. this beers high point. taste starts out with a TAD of tartness but is soon overwhelmed by the smoke and this flavor lasts all the way through. not very strong smoke honestly, but enough to be too much, especially because this is such a light beer. body is light and carbonation is medium.

overall wont be returning, but not terrible.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 04:14:20 | More by Axnjxn
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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Grätzer from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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