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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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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
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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Reviews by dasenebler:
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4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

Fritz Briem Pivo Grodziskie - Graetzer Ale
8/26/12
.5L, no date.

Pours a pale, hazy orange with a small white head. Decent lacing and retention. (3.5)

Aroma is lightly sour and subtly smokey, with an almost whiskey-like woody/oaky note. Very interesting and unlike any beer I've had before. (4.5)

Flavor is tart and smokey. What a combo, really throws you for a loop. Nevertheless the beer remains subtle, balanced and drinkable, despite the oddity of the flavors. Spicy and wheaty, with a solid dose of bitterness. A bit oxidized though. The sour-mash technique and smoked wheat malt create an almost Bourbon-like character. Dry, rustic and relatively weightless on the palate. Mouthfeel tends to be a bit watery, something that could be solved by higher carbonation. (4, 3)

A fascinating, resurrected relic of a beer style. Well done, Herr Doktor Professor Briem. Smoked beer fans will find a lot to like here. A ton of flavor in a low-ABV package. (4.5)

dasenebler, Aug 26, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

GreenMountainBoy, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours out a dark golden and light brown beer, not thick viscosity like a stout, but more akin to a Newcastle flagship brown ale blended with a Coors Extra. Nice head, dense. Aroma, definitely pick up the sour mash notes, the smoke is adequately restrained for my desires, yet still existent enough to qualify as a smoked beer.

Taste, plenty yummy. Good sour and dark wheat notes, the wheat seems more robust here than in your average berlinner weisse, which is what this seems to be at its heart. Thought the tartness was adequate, could have used a little more tart factor, was just a bit below the 1809. Less sweetness (which isn't high) and more tartness could have helped, don't know to what extent the smoked wheat takes away from the sourness.

While its a little pricey for a 500ml bottle ($7), I could see this being one of those cool beers to pick up once a year, best used when grilling around the pool in summertime.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of ONovoMexicano
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.

ONovoMexicano, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of zaphodchak
1.93/5  rDev -48.3%

Nice straw-amber gradient and a finger of white head. Nice lace.

Smells obviously skunked. Difficult to discern anything else other than skunk.

Tastes quite watery, skunkiness is there as well. Behind the which there is a bit of tartness and a trace of smoke. Ideally, this would be refreshing, but this one is a drain case.

Smoothish but a bit extra-bright and overcarbonated.

You would do well to disregard this review, as I'm 85% sure this is a case of "beer that has gone bad" rather than "beer I don't like." I love smokey beers. How it skunked is a mystery (in the brown bottle) but I'm going to try and get a refund on this one if I can.

zaphodchak, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of 13esd
3/5  rDev -19.6%

13esd, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Swift989
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Swift989, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%

The beer poured a light, hazy amber that produced a nice white foamy head that was retained for a minute or so and then faded into a thin ring. The aroma was interesting as it boasted mainly a smoky aroma with hints of citrus hops. The taste of the beer was good, upfront it tasted more like Hefe, but at the back end, the smoke kicked in with a slight pepper quality as well. The beer had a light feel to it with decent carbonation. Overall, not a great beer, but one that I might be tempted to drink again.

PhillyStyle, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of jlisuk
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%

Smells of straw, funk, and a little fruit (cherries, apricot). Pale yellow, little head, effervescent with lots of fine bubbles. First taste is for wheat and smoke, unusual but tasty. Smoke is not overpowering, but it is at the forefront of the flavor profile. Sourness becomes more noticeable with every sip and is refreshing. I like this allot. Basically like a very nice Berlinner Weisse, with a smoke element. Pleasant aftertaste, does not coat the tongue.

jlisuk, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev 0%

My first Grätzer, this historical style has been on the radar for awhile. First impressions are that its a Berliner Weisse/Rauchbier hybrid. Intentionally sour and smoky, as listed on the label.

Lightly hazed golden orange, not much visible carbonation, but an ample head of foam on top. Copious lacing sticks to the glass, and a floating cluster of bubbles remains on the surface.

Smoky rauchbier aroma at first, pork-derived, sweet smoky bacon, with a light lemony accent behind it. Flavor is similar, smoky woody malts blend oddly enough with lemongrass and a flash of tartness upfront. Lingering aftertaste of sweet smoked malts, and vague floral fruitiness. Even celery maybe. Tartness is gentle and not overly dominating. Aftertaste is really mild and pleasant actually. Carbonation is fairly low, and its medium bodied. Something different to be sure, hope this historical series continues.

emerge077, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

bluejacket74, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Rutager
3.88/5  rDev +4%

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy yellow gold with almost a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell. Sour and sweet wheat, a little meaty smoke and a bit of herby/earthy hops.

Taste. Light grains and smoke, not overwhealming at all. A little sour and a little bit of earthy hops are there.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with medium carbonation.

Overall. I liked this just fine. The smoke flavour and amount is actually pretty nice. Not the least bit overdone.

Rutager, Jun 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

logicalparadox, May 29, 2014
Photo of jsanford
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

On-tap at the Churchkey in D.C.

Smoked Sour What beer from Professor Fritz Briem (maker of one of the finest Berliner Weisse around)? I'm there! Pours a clear honey-gold with a soapy white head. Lovely aromas of Beechwood smoke, wheat malt, and lactic acid with a slight herbal character. Taste is similar to the nose, nice balance of smoke, wheat, and lactic acid with just a touch of funk. Reminds me a bit of the Westbrook Smoked Berliner Weisse I had at Brewvival last year, but not as clean. Mouthfeel is fairly light, with a slightly watery feel and lowish carbonation. Overall a very unique beer that I'm hoping gets bottled in the future. Incredibly happy to have tried this!

jsanford, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of yamar68
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Very excited to try this unusual sounding beer. The label describes it as an ancient Polish style of sour smoked wheat beer.

Beautiful hazy honey body capped with a thin, loose moment of spotty white carbonation... great lacing, essentially looks like a dark Berliner Weisse.

Intriguing mixture of smoked malts, light fruit, soft acidity, some sweet citrus, earthy conifer, everything is kept in check - the tartness, wheat and smoke all each offer an interesting addition to beer.

The smoke is faint and nuanced on the palate which I'm thankful for. Pale fruits - pear, apple, a bit of citrus, I wish there was a bit more acidity... without it, this beer doesn't take any one focused direction. Instead, each aspect that highlighted the nose is rather bland as it translates to the tongue.

Very unique stuff. Get yourself a bottle of this, for the sake of science if nothing else.

yamar68, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a slighlty coudy light orange amber. This white head leaves islands of foam and a ring around the glass, no lacing. Aroma of light bready malt, wheat and a hint of smoke. Flavor starts with light wheat, lemon and faint smokiness, becomes a little sweeter with light wheat and malt and finishes with somewhat abrupt dry wheat with faint memories of sour wheat and smoke. Very subtly flavored, but interesting flavor progression. Light bodied, but to style for a wheat beer. An interesting nearly extinct local style that is well worth bringing back for its unique flavors. I like what the Professor has been doing with these historical recreations.

LiquidAmber, May 23, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
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.

Immortale25, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Eighty
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Eighty, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +7.2%

DrBier, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

A: Hazy light yellow in color, the beer has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of smoke, sourness and wheat in the nose.
T: Smoky flavors stand out in the overall taste, but these are much more subdued compared to a traditional Rauchbier given the light-bodied nature of the wheat malts. Some hints of sourness are also present.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is an interesting take on a forgotten style and seems to resemble a hybrid between a Rauchbier (with the smoke) and a Berliner Weissbier (with the sourness). The light-bodied nature and low alcohol content makes this very easy to drink.

metter98, Feb 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

mendvicdog, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of odomosan
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

odomosan, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a solid layer of fluffy white foam. Some lacing and decent head retention.

Smell: Mildly sour with a hint of banana and some spice. A bit floral and not very smokey.

Taste: I thought this was really different from anything I've had. Sour, but not overly so. Some smoke and a bit acidic. I'm tasting the wheat and a confusing flavor that is a bit herbal. The finish is bitter. A bit muddled.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I had a tough time describing this one. Really different.

oline73, Nov 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

pathman, Jan 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

alalvarez75, Feb 29, 2012
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Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie from Professor Fritz Briem
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