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Pecker Wrecker - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Pecker Wrecker
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: assurbanipaul on 09-15-2005

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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 26
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like a pale ale, with a clear amber color capped by three fingers of foam; the head turns rocky and leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Graham cracker malt with just a hint of Germanic hops

Taste: Graham cracker malt flavors dominate from the front end to the finish; not much hop balance but what there is tastes rather grassy

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, almost syrupy, with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: This bottle must date from the 2011 release so it is no wonder that the hops have faded; it now tastes more like a Bock than an Imperial Pilsner and it is rather tasty, if you think of it that way

Thanks to the forgotten BA who sent this to me as an extra

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dcloeren for this interesting beer, at least in name.

Big fluffy head, nice lacing, semi clear golden color.

Nose of sweet malts and candy, candied citrus, hint of fruity esters, caramel toffee like.

Taste fluffy malts, light booze, sweet candy, syrupy, malts, light bitter hops hint citrus, gritty and fairly bitter, not really a pilsner but decent beer overall.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb, bit of booze.

Overall not quite what I expected. Nothing really resembling a pilsner at all, some booze, lots of sweet syrupy malts and candy flavors, some hops, decent tasting but not nearly a pilsner like beer, even a "double pilsner".

Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

650ml brown glass bottle with uninterestined label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop.

Served cold into a pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live as an imperial pilsner per the label. Side-poured withs tandard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Two fingers wide. White in colour. Great frothiness. Nice creaminess and thickness. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is excellent - easily 10+ minutes.

BODY: Clear translucent copper with gold hues. Above average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a nice looking pilsner, but has no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: Honey, golden malts, graham cracker, a hint of bubblegum hop character, grassy hop character, and German malt aromatics.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable. The dominant graham cracker is a highlight, and gets me excited to try the beer.

Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of above average strength.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Graham cracker melts into the pilsner, Munich, and distinctly German malts. It's not as grassy as you'd expect a pilsner to be; the hop flavours are more of the bubblegum and floral variety. Honey malt adds needed depth and complexity, but also bolsters the body, making this a surprisingly full-bodied pilsner.

Has some caramel notes without ever feeling too sweet. There's a bit of piney hop character in the third act.

It's well balanced for what it is, but it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of complexity/intricacy, subtlety, and nuance. It's a pretty standard build for an imperial pilsner, aside from the graham cracker - which is fantastic.

Thick for a pilsner, without feeling overbearing. It's smooth, wet, slightly creamy, and overcarobnated. Mildly refreshing.

OVERALL: It's a nice little imperial pilsner with some interesting graham cracker flavours, but I can't see myself buying this again - at least not so long as it's only offered in the 650ml format. It's a product much better suited to 6-packs. I'll enjoy finishing the bottle, but I can't say it's a world class brew and I'll likely have forgotten it within the week. Pretty pedestrian stuff, but also very drinkable. Worth trying if you dig the style.

High C+

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3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the newest release in the breweries To Thee series.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the bread with some grassy hops. The flavor is more of the same. I get some low bitterness from the grassy and earthy hops as well as some toffee and bready malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not as good as the last two releases: Bourbon Barrel Winter Warmer and Snowmageddon.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a surprisingly dark gold/light copper color with a gorgeously dense off-white head. Nice retention and lots of lace.

Nose is pretty faint actually. Has less hop aroma than it should, and the malt is right up there matching it. Alcohol is the most prevalent aspect of the smell.

Taste is interesting, and better than I envisioned after sniffing. Imperial pilsner would be one of my last guesses for this beer blind. Nutty, grainy and light toffee flavors lead the way with a floral hop bitterness on the finish. Alcohol helps dry things out as well. Yeast is not quite as boastful as an ale, but is assuredly more notable than most lagers. Interesting beer, has a decently enjoyable malt/hop interplay and the mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Dont think of this as an imperial pilsner and you'll probably enjoy the quaff.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of HardTarget
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap at the Rahr brewery sponsored Iron Mash award dinner

Aroma: Light overall aroma with spicy peppery hops and a slight honey aroma. There was also that “water” smell that I can’t seem to describe any better.

Appearance: Dark gold glass with a hint of red crowned with a fair white cover that left a couple spots of lace.

Flavor: Deep bittering hops. The beer has a soak your chops bitter aspect to it and some caramel sweetness that tries to bring it back into balance, but fails. I put this into the “hop bomb” category.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry finish, moderate carbonation.

Overall Impression: A very dry, very embittered beer. Overall I found it just a touch harsh between the bittering hops and a noticeable alcohol flavor. That said, it was well made, just not quite my personal cup of tea. I learned they only made 100 kegs, and there are only about 33 left. You might want to hurry if you want a sample, they weren’t sure they were going to make this one again.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky orange-amber with two fingers of eggshell head. Mild aroma with a touch of grain, caramel, and a hint of earthy hops.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet, biscuity caramel up front followed by hints of lemon and grassy hops. Just a touch of booze on the finish.

Pretty solid brew...nicely balanced, maybe just a touch sweet.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow! Am I the first to review the new bottle version of this beer? What a treat! I just saw this beer at the Downtown Spec's in Houston a couple days ago, so I gave it a couple days to sit since it made the trip on my motorcycle...that way it could settle down again. Let's give this latest offering a try, shall we?

Appearance: Pours a clear deep yellow golden that has a small 1/8" head of active white bubbles on top that didn't really stick around all that long (~20 seconds). There are lots of bubbles lazily making their way to the top indicating that this beer has some residual viscosity. The bubbles don't really stick once they find their way to the top. There is some lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: In the cold beer, the aroma is reserved as you would expect for this style. There are some toasty notes from the European malts that I would consider essential, and there is some hops noticeable up front, though I don't pick up the Saaz you would expect for this style. Instead there is hops seeming to interplay with the water a bit to bring out the sulfates in this beer...though that may be a product of the yeast that I am misinterpreting.

Taste: The beer is very heavy on the palate and comes across quite syrupy. There is also a defined sharpness to the grain that I really can't appreciate and assume that it was something that happened in the mash...such as too high of a sparge temperature or something that was reacting with the water as well, but the first sip of this beer was pretty harsh. The subsequent sips are getting easier to take, so I am assuming that part of this astringency is due to high bittering, but it is getting muddled up for me. The hops are coming out a lot more as the beer warms up and is definitely the major contributing factor to this palate sensation that I am getting. The water isn't helping either. The body of this beer is full with low carbonation for what you would want for a beer like this. If the CO2 was at least double what it is now, it may help to take the edge off of the bitterness and sharper malty notes.

Opinion: I was really wanting to like this beer. I like the Rahr group, but I have been out of the loop for a couple years, so I don't know if Mark and Fritz are still calling the shots there. If so, this beer is falling short IMHO. At least the carbonation needs to be higher, but it really seems like there is something off with both the water and the mash schedule on this one. Not to mention the fact that the bittering is really high...which almost indicates a longer boil than intended or something. I will drink my whole glass, but I won't go back to this one unless I know that there was some major process change to improve the drinkability and to a lesser extent, the flavor.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of stephens101
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fluffy tan head bursts out of the pils glass off a medium pour. As much as the pale orange brew begs, the damn thing nearly refuses to go away. After a long standoff the froth relents, but leaves a sticky, thick and pocked lacing behind.

Light fruits, lemon, malts and hops all to the nose as expected. Tangy on the tongue up front with sweet malts, lemon, grass and spice all loving it up without a care.

A little creamier than expected, but with a residual edge.

Drinkable and tasty, although the "Imperial" could be easily lost without detriment.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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Pecker Wrecker from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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