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Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie - Professor Fritz Briem

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Professor Fritz Briem GrodziskieProfessor Fritz Briem Grodziskie

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oline73 on 11-22-2011)
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a half inch off-white head. Both the head retention and lacing are decent enough. The aroma is light, the brew smells like wheat, smoke, and some fruitiness. It mostly tastes like smoked malt and wheat, along with some green grapes/grape skins, apples and a bit of tart lemon. The label says it's a sour smoked wheat ale, but there really isn't much tart/sourness in this at all. With that being said, it's not a bad tasting brew! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick, smooth and easy to drink. At $6.49 a bottle, I don't think I'd pay that price for this again. But it was nice to try once.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 23:18:01 | More by bluejacket74
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2014 06:03:59 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Lovely85

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-19-2014 02:35:23 | More by Lovely85
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-19-2014 02:22:50 | More by kylehay2004
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SABERG

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Cheers all

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2014 20:01:49 | More by SABERG
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starshockey9

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-02-2014 01:36:51 | More by starshockey9
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logicalparadox

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

05-29-2014 23:25:51 | More by logicalparadox
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

05-22-2014 18:17:43 | More by afsdan
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spoony

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2014 02:43:11 | More by spoony
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-04-2014 02:49:31 | More by djrn2
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xungmound98

New York

4/5  rDev +7%

04-20-2014 13:36:28 | More by xungmound98
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 22:17:47 | More by biegaman
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 23:11:17 | More by ONovoMexicano
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-26-2014 04:15:26 | More by derkfromwi
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mactrail

Washington

4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 05:02:08 | More by mactrail
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-08-2014 05:04:19 | More by Kahlerbock
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YeastInception

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-23-2014 20:18:11 | More by YeastInception
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PaulsBrew

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

02-20-2014 18:13:31 | More by PaulsBrew
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JohnathanColeman

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

02-20-2014 17:42:29 | More by JohnathanColeman
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

02-16-2014 15:59:16 | More by ChicagoNick
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sneaks2210

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-15-2014 21:21:12 | More by sneaks2210
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%

01-15-2014 21:09:31 | More by PatGreer
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CochonKing

New York

3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a light golden straw with almost no head whatsoever. Small champagne like bubbles. - 4.00

Smell - Honey, smoke, lemon give way to a strong malt back bone. - 3.75

Taste - Slightly sour, but not a noticeable sour. Smoke barely comes forward on the palate. Has a taste similar to honey comb with grain. Finish is short and tastes watered down. - 3.75

Moutfeel - Light body with small champagne style bubbles. Watery finish on palate as well - 3.25

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 23:33:30 | More by CochonKing
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12-25-2013 00:25:56 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

4/5  rDev +7%

12-20-2013 13:54:18 | More by HRamz3
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Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie from Professor Fritz Briem
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