Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie - Professor Fritz Briem
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3.81/5 rDev +2.1%
Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in a mini snifter.
A- Pours a semi-hazy light amber color with a full inch of white head that retains well before becoming a
S- Slightly effervescent wheat aroma with some nice notes of lemon and even some musty funk. The smoke is very mild which is a plus for me.
T- Smoke is more apparent in the flavor but not overly so. It lingers a bit but the wheat does a good job of equalizing the profile so things don't go overboard.
M- Thin but with a good amount of carbonation and yeast texture. Light body.
O- Finally got to taste this fresh and it's quite good. Smoke is one of my least favorite flavors in beer but this one does a nice job of keeping it a subtle afterthought to the wheat base.
08-18-2014 01:40:41 | More by Immortale25
2.98/5 rDev -20.1%
Smells slightly smokey. Bit of bubblegum at the edge, some spice notes. Yeah, nice savoury smoke but has some notable flaws/palate holes at edges.
Taste starts with that odd herbal, almost minty note, then gets a bit smokey midway, very weak though with just a hint of woody notes. Quite metallic, almost salty at the back. Really confused beer, not really one thing or another.
OK body; a bit flat though.
Really no idea what to make of this. Tastes savoury, but insubstantial. Also weird.
08-06-2014 01:10:24 | More by laituegonflable
3.41/5 rDev -8.6%
500ml bottle sealed with pressure cap.
poured into HF Wine Stem.
Appearance: dull golden or pale yellow colored beer (with a copper hue?). 2 full fingers of white head that yeilds a large bubbles from a hard pour. Head drops down to thin and uneven ring around the glass. Thick lacing around the glass.
Smell: Apples, cereal grains and barley, with meaty and earthy smoke. Spicy yeast.
Taste: Red apples and red apple skin. Apple cider. Hint of lemony citrus. Wheat bread and honey. Grainy especially barley. Very light smokiness. This is much sweeter than I expected this to be. I want more smoke in this beer to make it more substantially flavored. Not much tartness in this beer to speak of either. Watered down and muddled finish.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Feels light and watery. Pretty mellow and very drinkable.
Overall: I was told this was a soured smoked wheat beer. I was dissapointed that it wasnt very tart or smokey. Its sounded really interesting. After having it, I felt that was a gimmick. I wouldnt necessarily call this a smoke beer, but it definately is a beer style that I have never tried(Gratzer Ale according to the beer label). Average and nothing too interesting here.
07-09-2014 06:03:59 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.5/5 rDev -6.2%
Poured from a bottle into a modified tulip.
A - Mild copper color, minor layer of crisp white froth, slow dancing carbonation, no lacing.
S - Tinge of sour, beechwood lite smoke, hints of fresh cherry.
T - Slight sour with cherrywood carrying through the first sips, then the wheat body takes over. Fine round carbonation leads to a slightly grainy finish. Interestingly the smoked wheat is mild, actually quite nice.
M - Medium bodied, a lazy feel across the palate, finish lingers and closes out with a bit of savory, which I enjoy.
O - The historic series this collective brews is something I have truly enjoyed. This offering is no exception. A learning experience from a fine offering. I would enjoy this with a plate of cured meats on a sunny day.
06-08-2014 20:01:49 | More by SABERG
3.78/5 rDev +1.3%
From a 500 ml bottle into a hefeweizen glass.
A-The beer is medium-golden in color and mostly clear. There is a steady stream of carbonation visible and the head is less than one finger of white foam. I do not get any lacing, but a thin cap hangs around for a while.
S-The aroma is lightly tart at first with a musty wheat aroma that reminds me of a berliner weiss. Another good sniff reveals just a hint of smoked flavor, but nothing like a heavier rauchbier. There is a bit of honey and nut sweetness in there, too.
T-The taste mostly follows the smell with mild flavors of lemony, musty, wheat tartness combining with light smokiness. The beer is sweeter than I would have expected with a honey maltiness that fades a bit on the finish.
M-The feel is light to medium in heft with a smooth, almost-creamy carbonation. Easy to drink.
O-This is an unique beer and one that I found really easy to drink. The flavors are restrained but provide enough oomph to stay interesting. If you want super sour, look elsewhere; if you want super smokey, look elsewhere; but if you want an easy-drinking beer that would go well with BBQ on a hot summer day, this is a good choice.
05-20-2014 02:43:11 | More by spoony
3.73/5 rDev 0%
Professor Fritz looks like he's concocted a winning wheat beer: this has the style's requisite cloudiness, that golden sun-kissed radiance, and that quintessentially moussy head that all weissbiers wear all so proudly. This style may have been forgotten but its look became timeless.
This review comes from my first time trying a Grätzer aka Grodziskie (the former the German term, the latter derived from the Polish town where the style is believed to originate). Even Google doesn't know much about this obscure style. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect but the label provides a few clues: smoked malt, sour mash, heavily hopped...
Of which only the smoked malt is readily appreciable; the taste reminds me of smoked salmon and sweeping the floor of my grade eight shop class. Honorable mention should be given to the hops, however, which perfume the nose with notes of orange blossoms and provide the finish with a heavier-handed bitterness than is customary in wheat beers.
The special "Digerieren" mashing technique, on the other hand, is a bit of a disappointment; those who, like me, enjoy Berliner Weiss-level tartness won't be satisfied. The mouthfeel is still pretty interesting (in addition to being fluffy and full); the smokiness of the wheat is uniquely "clean" and woody (beech wood to be precise) with nothing 'campfire-y' about it.
Depending who you ask Grodziskie is (or should be) considered its own style. Styles are often distinguished either by the use of a specific ingredient, unique brewing process, or on the grounds of regional tradition - Grodziskie qualifies for all three and yet it's still not widely recognized as a distinct style. Regardless, this one is still a pretty good beer in its own right.
04-03-2014 22:17:47 | More by biegaman
3.95/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured from the bottle into a stein. I'm not sure if that's the correct glassware, but I'm not sure what style this is, other than a smoked beer.
Pours a golden color with some amber cloudiness and produces a finger and a half thick head that quickly settles. A thick layer of lace remains though. There's ample carbonation present.
I think of apple cider when I first smell this. There's some wood and smokiness, but it's mellow and kind of plays the background. I get a hint of tartness as well.
There's much more smokiness, like a smoked ham flavor, on my palate. My first thought is that this beer is like a lighter, more refreshing rauchbier. But there's also some tanginess, wheat, and some sweetness and hint of apple cider again. I like how light the beer is, yet it still offers a lot of flavor. One thing I don't get much of, however, is sourness. I guess for Germans this is as sour as they'll allow a beer to get.
I could drink this beer plenty in the summer months. It's an easy-sipper with enough flavor to keep me interested.
03-30-2014 23:11:17 | More by ONovoMexicano
4.11/5 rDev +10.2%
Color is a weak tea brownish pale amber. I got out the slender Faust Weizen glass which shows a tall head and the bubbles streaming. Mouthfeel is sudsy and light.
The smoke and sourness are both subtle, but there is a distinct fragrance of both in the nose. I guess there is no category for Polish/German smoked wheat malt beers, but the wheat taste is rather distinct. The tangy edge with the whiff of smoke is really worth tasting. This gets better after some sipping and expectations dissipate. One of the more intriguing beers I've had.
Overall, this turns out to be highly quaffable. After a week in Utah, I am sensitized to what brewers can do with the 4.0 ABV limitation, and this one gets a lot of flavor with minimum hops at that benchmark. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Mayfair Liquors in Denver.
03-24-2014 05:02:08 | More by mactrail
Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie from Professor Fritz Briem
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