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Gravel Road - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 106
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Sweasty on 07-09-2011

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Photo of JMad
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a pint glass...

The beer is dark copper with a thick tan head that faded and left a filmy layer and lacing. It smells strangely of mint with some spicy hops and fruit, it's a very different smell for a beer but it does smell quite good. It tastes bitter with lemon and pine, there is a lot of sweet caramel malt and dark fruit. The beer is thick with low carbonation and a sticky lingering finish. This is the best altbier I've had so far, it is very balanced between sweet and bitter.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(from notes)

Pint on tap

Look- Brown/ruby brown, crystal clear. Burnished mahogany- Nice red tint. Served without head, sparse lacing.

Smell- Nutty, raisin, rye toast, maple.

Taste- Roasty-toasty, caramel maple. Brandylike, lightly sweet, caraway seed, sarsaparilla, marshmallow, chocolate covered raisins. Delicious.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full, slick, rish, chewy. Mild booze on the back end. Rich feel, medium carb.

Overall- More of a stickebeer than what I would consider an alt, I almost passed, but I'm glad I didn't. Rich, malty, substantial, almost Scotch ale-like. I'll keep an eye out for this one. Recommended.

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Photo of deepchills
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper to brown. Very little head.

The nose is a giant mixture malts. With 4 different malts in this beer there is no way around the heavy, sticky sweet variety of maltyness in the nose. Lots of toffee and caramel, with a little underlying roast. I also note a slight sourness.

Everything the nose led you to believe is in the taste. Sticke sweet, toffee and caramel are dominate. It would be to sweet if it weren’t for a combination of the Carafa Special 3 malt bringing some delicious roastiness to the game, and 2 different hops adding a light green bitterness to the finish.

This beer is particularly easy to drink if you have one or two. Not a beer to session in my opinion, as the incredible sweetness would weigh on you after a short time.

I also find it to be ever so slightly under carbonated, which is a common complaint of mine from Rahr beers in general.

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Photo of mjurney
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper color, touch of haze. Mild carbonation. A little head.

Good amount of malty aroma... Bready, toasted, some hint of sweet chocolate.

Sweet malts up front along with bitterness at the end. Malt character is almost like a Doppelbock style, I'm getting lots of sweet malts, caramel-toffee, maple, just a touch of milk chocolate. Floral-citrus hop character towards the end.

Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

Bitter finish, yet very smooth.

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Photo of abeerwiseguy
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a chance to try Rahr’s Gravel Road which is their rendition of a German style brown ale (a.k.a. Altbier) on tap yesterday.

The very dark brown beer was served in a frosted schooner with a large head of light brown foam that persisted for some time. The thick head provided aromas of roasted malt and coffee.

Rahr lists the beer at 7.5% ABV on their website. I have to keep reminding myself that, while thankful for the richness the micro brewing industry has bestowed upon us, the higher ABV percentages do add up quickly and 7.5% means we are consuming almost a full ounce of alcohol with each 12 ounces of beer.

The rich taste conveys roasted malt, coffee bean, and hints of chocolate and a bit of spice.

All of the flavors meld to create a very slightly sweet, malty, rich, full bodied, and lingering mouth feel balanced by a slight hop taste with low carbonation. Very balanced.

I like this beer and will be drinking more of it.

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Photo of pgfault
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice 2012 altbier. I had this earlier in draught and it seemed a bit sweet. Not so from the bottle!

Pours from the bottle into a std pint tumbler with about 1/2" head, which quickly dissipates. Color is a dark, roasted brown, as expected. Initial taste is fairly bitter with considerable roasted malt. The hops really present themselves on first swallow, but the malt remains to let you know that you've had a serious alt bier.

The season is winding down for this. Grab a couple sixes if you can find 'em. Great brew for the Fall.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark copper with only the slightest hint of a head. However, a constant rise of carbonation bubbles keeps plenty of small foamy islands floating across the top of this beer.

The aroma is bready and toasty. There are plenty of sweet malty smells with hints of chocolate and caramel.

A smooth and thick medium body, but on the heavy side of medium with just enough carbonation to let you know that the beer is alive. The flavors are all sweet and malty. There is caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, and a hint of maple. All of this smoothly transitions to a slightly bitter finish that's just dry enough to make you really want that next sip. I'm really enjoying this beer and wishing that altbier was a more readily available style.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a reddish mahogany with a khaki head that fades to a thick ring and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: The nose has big notes of caramel, toffee, slight dark fruits, and bready malts. Very malty and it almost smells belgian.

T: The taste is a nice balance of caramel and bready malts with piney and bitter hops. It's sweet at first and then the bitter hops take over the finish.

M: The feel is crisp yet creamy from the carbonation.

O: This is tasty although I have no basis as to the style. Reading about some of the other beers in the style it seems pretty close. Well done, Rahr.

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Photo of videofrog
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle from a six pack into a stange.

A: Hazy dark brown with ruby highlights. Not much carbonation visible. Thin head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

S: Slight roasted malts, grassy hops.

T: Great balance of grassy hops and caramel/toffee malts. Both represented well in aftertaste.

M: Medium and a bit slick and creamy.

O: Great representation of the style as the hops and malts are very well balanced, it's easy to drink, and the subtle flavors don't overpower one another.

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Photo of raffy313
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Gravel Road is classified as a "sticke" Altbier by the brewery.

12 ounce bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

This beer pours a clear dark amber(almost reddish brown), with a 1 finger off white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves behind little to no lacing.

Sweet dark roasted malts hitting the nose initially. Getting some toffee notes with a slight coffee aroma, and abit of dark fruits coming in. Some nice grassy, wheaty notes. A bit of spiciness, but very little hop presence in the nose.

Flavors are abit more balanced than the aroma. Nice wheaty, grassy flavors are the first to hit the palate, with the addition of some citrusy, hoppy bitterness. Roasted malts kick in with a hint of caramel and some coffee notes.

Medium body with above average carbonation. Goes down rather smooth and leaves behind a dry, bitter feel.

Overall, although I really don't have much to compare this stye to as this is probably my second ever altbier((512)Alt being the first), I actually enjoyed it quite abit and would certainly buy this local, neighborhood brewery's version again.

Go Rahr!

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up at the Central Market in Fort Worth. I have never seen this one in Houston. I don't see that it is 7.25% marked on the bottle, so I wonder if that was a mistake as that is pretty big for an Altbier. Let's give it a shot anyway. Here we go:

Appearance: Pours quite Alt-like being a very clear brown color with a small head of barely off-white bubbles that were small and compact. The head was only on the beer for about 30 seconds and ended as a small ring where the beer meets the glass. There are a few bubbles rising and they stick for a second or two before bursting into oblivion. The color is based a little more on Brown than Red, like most commercial Altbiers, but it is still inviting for the style. There is some lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: The aroma is also pretty good for the style. There is mostly malt in the nose and it gives the toasty notes like you would expect. There is a little bit of hops noticeable in the aroma, but it is reserved as it should be. I am getting a little bit of cherry as the beer sits a bit, which is a little odd. Overall the grain is in charge, but it isn't coming across as grainy, which is good.

Taste: The flavor also reminds me of an Altbier, but it is a little more out of line than the other attributes. The hops is still pretty noticeable in the finish indicating that this beer is a little bit young. It leaves a mild grassy impression on the back of the throat that lingers for quite some time after the sip. The carbonation is appropriate to a tad low, and the body is appropriately medium. The finish is definitely toward the hops, but it seems to be working with the water pretty well.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent representation of this style, and this is definitely one of my more favorite beers that I have tried from Rahr (Their Barrel Aged Winter Warmer is my favorite so far). This one is a little green, but this is a hard style to do well, and they did pretty well. If you are a big fan of Altbiers, like I am, I would give this one a "day in court".

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rockwell Tavern without knowing the style. Pint glass served a dark crimson color with a dense, tight off-white head. Good looker, pretty clear.

Nose is malty, lightly earthy. Some dark fruits showing through with a burnt caramel aspect. Very little hops…my first guess was a Scottish-style ale.

Taste leans heavily towards the malty end of the spectrum with a nutty yeast flavor and bold, near-burnt toffee…almost like licking a coffee bean….roasted and husky even. Sweetness is low and shows barely a light dusting of cocoa powder. Alcohol is up there, feels around 7% or so. Not bad, not bad…an interesting bockish-scottish ale that drinks pretty decent. I see this is an Altbier here on BA...I can see that, maybe like an Imperial ALtbier of sorts :)

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Photo of jALEson
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured to pint glass. A hazed, dark amber pour with little head that quickly fades to collar and almost no lace. Aroma of toasted malt and a spice like a rye. The flavor is caramel malt balanced with a hay-like hop and tangy spice. Has an earthy, slightly bitter and dry finish. More than average carbonation keeps it lively. Think this beer would be perfect when paired with a grilled pork chop.

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Photo of gtermi
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: I poured the beer from a 12 oz bottle into a glass and it has a a dark brown color with not much head

smell: I am getting a lot of chocolate malt scents from this beer. Also have some caramel scents

taste: The taste was super unexpected. It hits your pallet with a toffee flavor with a slight chocolate flavor after taste.

M: The mouth feels is amazing. Super smooth and just as perfect as it gets for a beer.

Overall this beer is okay.

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Photo of ranger7
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought in a pick 6 from Central Market.
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
(Review from notes)

A - Dark red/brown, thin white head, good retention.

S - Sweet and roasty smell.

T - Roasted hops is the dominate flavor, but it's not overly hoppy.

M - Smooth and thin, hoppy.

Summary - Very nice Altbier. This is becoming one of my favorite beer types.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gravel Road pours a nice crystal clear mahogany brown. Things are topped off by a fingers worth of bone white head. Head settles to a ring. Fair amount of lace is left down the glass.

Onto the aroma. Initial whiff of flowers hit the nose. A slight backing note of spice present as well. Beneath the floral qualities, a strong malt shines. Dark toasty malts dominate. Sweet toffee plays a shining role. Some light caramel backs things up. A hint of roasted coffee rounds things out.

Gravel Road is soft on the palate. The floral notes in the nose strike first on the palate. A smooth bitterness takes hold mid palate. The malt in the nose plays a much stronger role on the palate. Sweet caramel and toffee notes hits first. Beneath the sweet notes some light roasted coffee comes into the play. A bit of earthiness rounds out the malt. The finish is fairly quick, with a short lingering floral note.

Gravel Road is a nice medium bodied brew. The carbonation is adequate, helping to lighten up the body a touch.

This is a nice new brew from Rahr. Its dangerously quaffable. The alcohol never gets in the way. Its practically unnoticed. Not necessarily the best altbier I have had. It does, though, hit all the right notes. Props to Rahr for creating another tasty brew.

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Photo of roblowther
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My buddy Scott stumbled across this, cheers. It is dark, translucent brown with very little head. The smell gets things going, though, with caramel, wood, and a biscuit smell. The taste is slightly sharp and almost smoky with a kind of earthy aftertaste. Very easy to drink. See? I just did it. The mouthfeel is thin and a little slippery. Overall, definitely a refreshing beer with a noticeable but not overpowering character. I'd like it with BBQ, I imagine and I like it in me, I'm sure. Somewhere between "buy another sixer" and "buy a keg" I'd say.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, this is very dark for an alt: dark brown, nearly opaque. The head fades quickly after the pour. Aroma is heavy on the malt, with a bit of roast character... a little chocolate. Very unusual for an altbier. The follows the nose, pretty much, though it offers some bitterness with no accompanying hop flavor. Very lightly fruity yeast character. Finish is malty. Body is a tad thin and watery.

While the Rahr brewery generally impresses me, this beer does not. I would probably have called it a strong porter rather than an alt. It doesn't fit alt characteristics at all. And, it's just not a very interesting beer.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark caramel colored amber. Thin light yellowish head that disappears fairly quickly.
Smell - Not too much aroma, slight fruity notes.
Taste - Mellow and smooth. Lots of fruit tastes, apricots, dark fruits, peachy, dash of raisins. A slight hoppy bitterness lingers after.
Mouthfeel - Body feels good.

Overall - An enjoyable brew.

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Photo of coldriver
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into Sam Adams glass. Pours dark for an altbier, with a one finger head with medium dissapation.

Aroma is darker as well with coffee, caramel, and bready malt scents.

Taste is biscuit and toffee as well as a little fruity - maybe pears. Light hops come through for a nice finish.

Overall this is a pretty decent beer. A nice bit of experimentation - sort of a Altbier/Light Porter. Nothing earth shattering but I'd happily have another or six.

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Photo of zdk9
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours pretty dark brown, like a piece of black maple wood. Not really a head which seems somewhat surprising. Maybe I shouldn't be?

S- This smells kind of porterish, with smoke notes, and roasty toasty malt notes. And a good deal of spiciness like there's some wheat or rye in there.

T- Light smokiness. Bready. A woodfire. Maple syrup sweetness. Some hops, especially coming out in the aftertaste.

M- As I anticipated because of the head, this could use a bit more carbonation. Perhaps the style doesn't need a ton, but I think a little more liven up the beer a bit.

O- Smoky, interesting, decent.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brownish-red color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of toffee with some dark fruit added. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of toffee and hazelnut notes, with some dark fruit thrown in. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I don't have much to say about the beer because there is not a whole lot going on. A decent, easy drinker but nothing too exciting.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber hue with a big fluffy head. Nice lacing throughout the drink as well.

The aroma is of caramel, smoke, roast, and some hops. I see where the alt comes in. There is a hint of staleness in there and a slight hint of bile.

The taste is mostly sweet malt with some roast and a bit of hoppy bitterness to balance. Not bad at all. Very wasy drinking.

The feel is a bit light, yet maintains a creaminess.

Overall, pretty good. This would pair better with food than it stands alone.

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Photo of stinkydaddy
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a –clean with little hop presence. picking up slight oxidization. this beer was further down the flight so some of the aroma may have escaped (though I gave it a nice swirl) and my nose may have been shot.

a – very thin off-white head. copper/mahogany hue. some haze.

f – sweet malt with spicy hops. toffee. hops shine through on a nice malt backbone

m – well carbonated. medium body. no astringency

a – nice alt. reads as a Dusseldorf. good balance. though oxidization detected this is a very drinkable 7.2%

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Photo of brurevu
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my tasting notes: The Gravel Road was a deep reddish amber color that’s not too heavy despite its 7% alcohol content. I tasted a malty sweetness and slight caramel as well. It went down fast and easy and was a good introduction to Rahr & Sons. Not a great Alt but not bad either.

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Gravel Road from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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