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Grätzer - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 11.83%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

acurtis, Aug 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

ygtbsm94, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +12.7%

kylehay2004, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

nickfl, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.19/5  rDev +18%
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.

Huhzubendah, May 06, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Tone, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

GarthDanielson, May 29, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a plastic cup.

Appearance - Deep golden body. Huge white head.

Smell - Smoky. Bright wheat. Weird.

Taste - Bright citrus. Wheat grain. Smokey. Bitter in the back.

Mouthfeel - Very light, but quite bitter. Smokiness detracts a bit.

Overall - Well, I guess this is what it's supposed to taste like, but I don't get it.

Alieniloquium, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A very smoky aroma, with hints of hops and wheat as well.

T: Tasted of smoked malt, a bit of wheat, hops (more than you might expect), and possibly a little citrus in the finish. The smokiness doesn't overpower the flavor, which is pretty solid. Reminds me of Professor Fritz Briem's Grodziskie.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a crisp, smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: A well done, slightly odd beer. Drinkable.

avalon07, May 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared this one during the 2nd Annual Redneck Racin’ & Tastin’ while tailgating at the dirt track race! Served from growler into a NoDa snifter. Poured a hazy pale yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, smoke, banana, fruit, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, earth, and smoke. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Some of the people at the tasting were a real big fan of this one, and some others hated it. I was kind of in-between. The flavor on this one was really quite light as compared to some of the other things we had that evening, but it was definitely a nice refresher for the palate and very easy drinking. The aroma was a little more intense without a doubt where the smoke stole the show. An ancient style that you HAVE to try if you like ancient styled brews.

thagr81us, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Axnjxn
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

Axnjxn, Feb 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

IPAchris, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

thatoneguymike, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Bung
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Whole thing into the oversized Sam Adams glass. It was a fairly clear pour until some sediment slipped in. A dull gold with a thin white head.

Aroma, a nice light smoked wheat malt, citrus zest.

Taste, a nice earthy bitterness followed by some bready malt. Light smoke here through finish. A nice little herbal and less so anise bitterness.

Pretty light bodied, could maybe use a tad more carbonation. Drinks very well and easy. A good amount of flavor in a small brew, the biggest small beer I've had. Worth a try.

Bung, Jan 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

LoveStout, Aug 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

threedaggers, Friday at 07:23 PM
Photo of jsanford
4.7/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy white head that fades to a puffy ring in the center and a slight ring around the edge. Aromas is all smoke, and nice, meaty smoke reminiscent of bacon and smoked salmon. My fiancee claims this reminds her of a Bagel-with-lox, and I can definitely see it. Touch of grainy wheat in the aroma as well. Taste is similarly smoky, lots more bacon and fish, but amazingly smooth and refreshing. I'm getting a touch of citrusy hops as well, fitting since it's apparently brewed with "lots of hops". I'd be curious to experience this without the smoke, it'd probably make a nice citrusy Wheat Beer. Anyways. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Overall another phenomenal "forgotten" beer style from Westbrook. Between this, their Gose, and their smoked Berliner Weisse (Lichtenhainer Weisse), Westbrook has easily become one of the most exciting and unique breweries in the country. I only wonder what's next? Gruit perhaps?

jsanford, Jun 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

lupercmda, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Lovely85, Aug 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

RedneckBeerz, Feb 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

VeganUndead, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

DaPan, Jul 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

JohnBender, Mar 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

MacQ32, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of macrosmatic
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

macrosmatic, Mar 16, 2014
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Grätzer from Westbrook Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.