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Grätzer - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%


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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psmith161

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

03-16-2013 00:02:11 | More by psmith161
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huntermop

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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 -3.6%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 -3.6%

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

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

12-05-2013 13:36:00 | More by JISurfer
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jack_pitts_3

South Carolina

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-07-2013 17:54:29 | More by icehawk
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GABrew

Georgia

3/5  rDev -17.4%

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KVNBGRY

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-01-2013 13:29:17 | More by KVNBGRY
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nickfl

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lace. The body is gold and very hazy. The aroma is very smoky, with notes of ash and something I hate to describe as cigarette smoke. Light, dry malt up front with a bit of honey and some smoke. Finishes with a touch of spicy hops and more ashy smoke. Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish. Kind of odd, the oak smoke is really odd and not particularly pleasant in the aroma. That being said, it is much more drinkable than it smells with a balanced finish and relatively mild smoke character.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 00:47:04 | More by nickfl
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Lovely85

Florida

4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-01-2013 00:44:56 | More by Lovely85
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-01-2013 00:37:29 | More by kylehay2004
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JohnnyK

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -17.4%

07-29-2013 19:06:58 | More by JohnnyK
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CarolinaKev

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-27-2013 23:31:20 | More by CarolinaKev
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mporter249

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

06-19-2013 08:40:38 | More by mporter249
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johnsonni

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-10-2013 17:56:57 | More by johnsonni
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-04-2013 16:41:39 | More by ygtbsm94
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very excited to try this one. I'm a big fan of German beers, low alcohol beers on a wrm day, and smoked beers. This seems like a great marriage of the above.

The beer is clear and pale golden with a small white head. The aroma brings some German characteristics, bread, grain, subtle smoke. Smoke character emerges more as the beer is allowed to warm. Really light and refreshing. A lot of flavor packed into such a low abv beer, though everything is chill and understated. Smoke and kolsch linger in the finish. Nicely done. I'm glad I have another to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 01:37:50 | More by Huhzubendah
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ndepriest

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-10-2013 16:31:18 | More by ndepriest
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a SN IPA glass
Bottled on 12/19/12

A - Extremely pale golden color, slightly hazed with 1.5 fingers white dish soap head.

S - Nice delicate smoke, wheat malt, lemon/lime citrus, some sun block aroma.

T - Wheat husks, lightly smokey, fresh oak wood, white pepper, salty lemon/lime, slight vitamin mineral note towards the finish. Finishes very clean and refreshing.

M - Light clean body, effervescence carbonation, clean and refreshing finish.

It was hard to drink this slow. I honestly could have chugged it without blinking an eye. Lots of flavor packed into such a low ABV with effortless balance. Refreshing just keeps coming to my mind. This is my first beer from Westbrook and I don't want it to be the last! Thanks to Hopswagger for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 02:43:30 | More by StaveHooks
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

03-31-2013 21:24:23 | More by mikeincharleston
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Treebs

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Westbrook snifter. Bottle 12/19/12.

A: Pours a semi-hazy apricot color with a foamy white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin bubble film and ring. Sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: I've smelt a beer like this beer. Cracked wheat with a nice smokey body. No char or meat flavors, just a nice woody smoke. There is a light underlying fruitiness to it as well, but it smells fresh and grassy as well.

T: The smoke is upfront. Wood smoked oats with some grassy hop undertones. There is a light residual tartness, but it is short lived on the palate. The finish is extremely clean with just a hint of smoke on the jowls.

M: This goes down like water. Light bodied with a medium high carbonation level. Slightly prickly in nature this goes down very easy and is highly drinkable.

O: This was quite the interesting beer. The smoked wood flavors that this had was something I've never picked up in a beer of this drinkability and lightness. The smoke isn't overpowering and it fits nicely with the light base beer. Sessionable and highly drinkable. I recommend this to people looking to try something new.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 00:16:12 | More by Treebs
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Grätzer from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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