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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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +10.5%

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

4/5  rDev +10.5%

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

3/5  rDev -17.1%

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

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%

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

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

District of Columbia

4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
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 +3.6%

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

Oklahoma

3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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listenatjoes

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a world of heavy hitting, high ABV craft beers I'm intrigued to find complexity and flavors in the 4% and lower ABV beers. This is surely one. From a 22 oz bomber with bottling date of 12/19/2012 from the Greenville Beer Exchange.
Kudos to Westbrook for going so low on the ABV, at the risk of creating a watered down brew as some reviewers have noted. But this does make for a refreshing, effervescent beer with very light color (Berliner weisse) but with these great smoked wheat aromas. Much of that can be read from the label. Where the label and I disagree is in the "lots of hops". I'm getting no floral/finishing hops from this and it is only mildly bitter. At 10 IBU, it just ain't hoppy. And that's OK with me. Layers of wheat, light malt with a semi-tart finish.
As a disclaimer, though I've drank hundreds of different brews across dozens of styles, this is the first Gratzer-style beer I've had. So in terms of hitting the style guidelines, I can't be sure and have no palate reference for this specific type.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 17:13:46 | More by listenatjoes
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

02-26-2013 22:44:54 | More by Damian74Shensky
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-25-2013 00:02:36 | More by RedneckBeerz
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

02-24-2013 16:44:17 | More by UltimateLivewire
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Hazy pale golden body with wet white bubbles that spread to the edges and leave a small wake behind.

S: Oak smoked wheat, lemon zest, b-vitamins, earthy notes. Aroma is similar to smoked bologna.

T/M: Smoked oak, salt, Copenhagen long cut, wheat and musty timid earthy hops. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. A tart lemon b-vitamin finish that leaves your palate wet and requires a second swallow.

O: Interesting flavors of tobacco, earthy notes, smoke and wheat. I love that brewers are stepping up and going outside the norm. This is an exciting style that creates a unique flavor. A definite beer to try if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 00:50:25 | More by Hopswagger
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South Carolina

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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale straw color with a 2.5-finger frothy, rocky, white head. Really nice retention and some nice patchy lacing. Crystal clear with lots of bubbles. As some sediment gets into the glass, it gains the traditional haze of most wheat beers. This is one of the lightest beers that I’ve ever seen.

S – Smells exactly as advertised – smoked wheat. I’m getting grainy wheat with some coriander yeast aromas, possibly some citrus hops, and definitely a good amount of smoke reminiscent of bacon.

T – The taste is pretty bland up front but flavors start to appear after some time. Ones I can pick out include sweet bready and grainy malts, some spicy yeast (and possibly elements of smoke and hops, too), and a bit of smoke that’s not as prominent as it was in the aroma. Some faint citrus hops come through at the very finish.

F – Light-bodied with good tingling carbonation, a crisp and spritzy mouthfeel, and a sweet, slightly bitter, and crisp finish. Some spicy smoke and bitter citrus hop flavors linger.

O – This is an interesting beer. I really like when breweries recreate these old styles. The aroma is great and exactly what I was expecting. The taste has similar elements but is just very watered down. I wonder if all examples of this style are the same way. At 3.4% ABV, I think it must be tough to impart much of a robust taste. Either way, this is a cool brew and one that I’m glad I got to try.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 04:05:16 | More by BlackBelt5112203
Grätzer from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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