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Day #144 – Rahr & Sons Pecker Wrecker

May 25, 2011

I am officially a graduate student as of this week.  Most of you know I am a teacher, and I have started my graduate studies into Eduactional Administration.  I have no idea how this will affect my free time or my ability to have a beer daily, but if I am able to then I will absolutely continue this blog!

Rahr & Sons Pecker Wrecker

I have so longed to see this beer come out of retirement.  I first heard about the Pecker Wrecker many years ago when I started going to Rahr on the weekends.  They had a huge banner on the wall with this picture of a wood pecker driving a tow truck.  I thought that was so cool but by that time they had ceased making it.  Apparently there was some difficulty with the TABC not liking the name of the beer but it appears they got things sorted out.  Very glad to see this in their line-up again!

The Pecker Wrecker is classified as an Imperial Pilsner/Strong Pale Lager and has an ABV of 7%.  It’s interesting to note the misnomer on the label due to the state of Texas requiring them to label it as an “ale” when the beer inside is CLEARLY a lager.  Silly state.

Pours a clear dark copper color with a tall frothy white head.  It looks lovely in my 5th anniversary Rahr glass.  Lots of carbonation bubbles present too.

The aroma is dry, malty with a strong peanutty aroma.  Slight wood but mainly malty.  I suppose I could see some earthy hops in this but they are subtle.

Flavor is also dry and malty bitter.  Dry grains and nuts continue throughout.  The flavor is mostly concentrated around these grainy/bready notes.  Slight hops emerge as it warms.  Finishes warm with a medium body and light bitterness.  Hmm, well it’s straightforward I suppose with the warmness of a higher alcohol beer.