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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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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: oline73 on 11-22-2011

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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 56
Reviews by drperm:
Photo of drperm
4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Aventinus Weizenstarkbier glass, just for fun (I love that glass).

Unassuming to the eye, it appears as a dark-apricot-colored, slightly-hazy (but not very) ale. Then the fun begins.
The nose is wheaty and earthy with a slight fruit quality: pears, bananas, and persimmons.
On the tongue, it comes to life: a pleasantly present (but not overwhelming) amount of smoke, mixed with a nice wheat-barley balance (think American wheat ale rather than Hefeweizen or Wit), and a sufficiently bitter backdrop. The sourness is more implied than overt, although them that do not like sour beers may disagree on that point.
The mouthfeel is rich and creamy with an appropriate snap at the end.

I can't get enough of this beer, and am glad my LBS is well-stocked with them! Another winner from Professor Fritz. I'm enjoying mine with a charcuterie plate that includes some Welsh mustard cheese -- the combination of it with the beer is PERFECT.

Now, if I can just find a recipe to brew this at home...

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of zaphodchak
1.91/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jlisuk
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Rutager
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of jsanford
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of yamar68
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of oline73
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow with very light visible carbonation. The head is a white half finger tall and reduces to a thin layer of bubbles almost immediately. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Aromas are primarily wheat malts, lemon, and a light smokiness (almost like smoky aroma you get when opening a package of bacon).

T: Flavors include a light smokiness (though not as strong as I was expecting/hoping for) with lemon citrus upfront and finishes with a wheat taste. There is also a slight hint of sourness. Almost like you had mixed a rauchbier with a kristalweiss.

M: Light bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin but still smooth.

O: Extremely interesting and something that I think I could enjoy more regularly. A very interesting style and a nice example which is quite successful. Mixture of the flavors and aromas make this beer easy to enjoy and sessionable.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

It pours a cloudy orange similar to a cider. The head is foamy and slightly off white and leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is funky as all hell to me. Sauerkraut, white raisin, lemon, rye bread, funk.

The flavor is nice. Crisp and bready. Just some beautiful malt flavors. Not much smoke but enough to keep it interesting as well as a nice fruity tartness. The hops lend a hand in balancing it out. There isn't much bitterness but some nice herbalness.

This is super drinkable. The smell is a bit off putting but wow is this a quaffer, I want a large scale cheaper version of this.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

It's been a while since I was excited to try a Polish-style beer... This one pours a lightly hazy goldenrod topped by a finger or so of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises lemon-coated must, light wisps of smoke, and toasted wheat. I can't say this is the most appealing smell in the world, but it's not all bad. The taste starts off with a mildly tart lemon flavor, then goes into a lightly smoky haze, then revisits the sourness with some sour, funky wheat. Again, like the smell, things just don't come across as appealing, with neither the sourness nor the smoke coming through well enough, strong enough, for either to succeed, even when they start to cooperate. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sticky finish. Overall, an interesting trip into brewing history, but this artifact just doesn't work for me.

Photo of Tone
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, golden/copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, wheat, slight hops, lemon, and slight clove. Does not seem to fit the Smoked Beer category more aptly applies to a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, sight hops, slight wheat, hint of smoke, slight minerals, lemon, and a hint of clove. Overall, decent blend, body, and aroma, but smoke is almost non-existent.

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The description of this beer at Max's doesn't sound super attractive, but what the hell... I had to try it.

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden amber color, with pretty good head retention and considerable lacing. On the nose.... um, not getting a whole lot here folks. There's sort of a light, smoked honey flavor, but that's about it. OK. On the palate, I'm now getting the bar menu description (a smoked, sour wheat beer). Sure enough, the beer is slightly sour and there's definitely a wheat beer flavor compoent going on. There is also some light fruit and hoppy bitteress in this beer, which is kind of impressive, given the low abv. The beer is otherwise pretty dry, and to no great surprise, has a pretty light mouthfeel.

Couple of thoughts. IMHO, it takes considerable cajones to make this kind of experimental ale. The beer is surprisingly tasty and flavorful, especially considering the low abv. and weird combination of flavors. Yet much to my surprise, that combination works pretty well, and I found myself enjoying this beer more than I expected. The sour component is pretty restrained, and in a beer with this low abv., I'm guessing that's not easy to do.

All things considered, this is pretty impressive....

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: Had an aroma of malt, a little fruit and some smokiness.

T: Tasted of a bit of citrus (lemon) up front, with some malt in the finish. The smokiness wasn't nearly as prevalent as with other beers of the style. A very focused, tight flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a creamy, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a solid, drinkable beer. Worth trying.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: slightly-hazy, light yellow-gold....several sloppy lace rings

S: honeyish, not terribly "smoky" - has more mellow floral and bubblegum phenolic characteristics....very subtle, dull smell overall

T: sharp-tart for the first sip or two, slight smoke in the finish...after the initial sip, the tartness drops off dramatically then slows builds and settles on the palate with each sip....some malt flavor, definitely wheat....the smoke flavor is remarkably reminiscent of the Bamberg beers (same malt supplier, or same wood smoked over) just several degrees weaker.... dull orange-citrus, honey-wheat late in the aftertaste

M: all top, no bottom... mild sliminess.... ridiculously dry.... little residual anything other than a sourish, dull wheat nuance

O: not bad, just dull.... maybe "dull" is not the right word - "dainty"?... comes across like a stupid-mellow Bamberg smoker

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some ok lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, herbal, toasted grain, bread, citrus peel, light smoke, and earthy spiciness. Some nice and balanced aromas with decent strength. Taste of lemon, orange peel, herbal, toasted grain, bread, wheat, floral, pear, and earthy spiciness. Lingering notes of lightly tart citrus, herbal, bread, toast, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of malt flavors with the earthy spiciness; tartness is quite subtle overall. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a slightly slick and extremely smooth mouthfeel. Extremely easy to drink; with no alcohol presence as expected of 4%. Overall this is a really nice traditional style ale! Nice flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth. I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a light copper color with a thin and quickly fading off white head. Some carbonation visible in the glass, but really not much of a head here.

S: Cereal malt, some light cinnamon and apple sweetness, super mild wheat, a bit of umami and just a hint of smoke, like you wore a sweatshirt to a campfire two weeks ago and haven't washed it since, and there's just a trace of smoke still hanging in there.

T: It starts with a mild kick of golden apple, then starts to feel like it's going to get tart, but it never really does. There's just a kiss of tart, before a long, wet wheat and grain finish. The golden apple flavor carries through the finish as well. There's just a hint of smoked sea salt on the finish, but this never really becomes that smoky. It's smooth and pretty refreshing. I wouldn't call it bursting with flavor, but it's pleasant.

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Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie from Professor Fritz Briem
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