Grätzer | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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3.49 w/ 87 ratings

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.40%

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

Added by avalon07 on 05-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by BlackBelt5112203:
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3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of AdamF625
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- hazy orange with a large soapy white head.
S- wheat, clove, earthy hops, and basil.
T- earthy bitter hops, wheat, faint smoke, burnt corn, and grassy.
M- moderate carbonation and light body, dry finish.
O-This was a strange one for me. I was expecting a lot more smokiness and received a lot of earth tones instead. I would have to dive deeper into the style to appreciate it.

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Bung
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jsanford
4.67/5  rDev +33.8%
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?

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of patre_tim
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy lemon gold with lots of fine bubbled carbonation, 2 fingers of off white head, chunky lacing.

S: Lemonade, light smoke, sour quality, bubblegum, plastic

T: Light crisp lemon rind, a sudden hit of bitterness, light lemon juice quality, plastic, light smoke but its almost not there.

M: Light and airy and powdery, lots of fine bubbled carbonation.

O: My first of this style, I was glad to find this in Greenville, SC and am enjoying it on Deerfield Beach, FL, July 14, 14. Reminds me of Chimay’s lesser distributed monks staple brew, in lightness and some of the smoky plastic like flavor profile. Not the same style, just some similarities. Also reminiscent of witbiers. Very light and good for hot weather.

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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Grätzer from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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