Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie - Professor Fritz Briem
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4.75/5 rDev +27.3%
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...
09-08-2012 19:13:19 | More by drperm
4.58/5 rDev +22.8%
Poured from 500mL bottle into a weizen glass. I like smoky beers and I like wheat beers, so I'm thinking I'll like this.
Appearance: lightly hazy golden wheaten-ale hue. Head is a thick finger of frothy, pillowy white foam. There's also a nice, moderate effervescence to this beer.
Smell: an absolutely wonderful combination of banana-like hefeweizen aroma and a light but integral smoky component. This is my first Grätzer, but I hope it's not my last.
Taste: good smoky flavor right up front; underlying this is a wonderful flavor of wheat and some more banana-ey esters, although more limited than in the aroma. The flavor is exceptionally smooth and beautifully composed. Love it.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of well-integrated carbonation. I don't know if it's the wheat or what, but this thing is delightfully creamy and just wonderful on the tongue.
Overall: I was hoping I would like this beer. Now I think it might be one of my absolute favorites. Wonderful!
On another note, I hope the Bros add a Grätzer style to the site. I would love to be able to explore this style in more depth.
04-27-2012 19:37:05 | More by flagmantho
4.4/5 rDev +18%
500 mL bottle,
A: Pours a cloudy light orange with a finger of white head, sticky lace.
S: Smells like a mix of a rauchbier and a hefe. Banana, wheat malt, and bubblegum.
T: Sweet smoke flavour with a definite yeasty component, wheat malt, bread.
M: Crisp carbonation, light to medium-bodied, refreshing, very drinkable. Acidity is minor but adds a nice touch.
O: Aside from Bootlegger's Wildfire Wheat, I've never had a smoked wheat beer. This is great, more brewers should do this, it'd be great for a BBQ.
06-12-2012 18:14:19 | More by Halcyondays
4.22/5 rDev +13.1%
Grodziskie is a Polish wheat-style brew from the days of yore. This current draught rendition, from Germany, arrived a cloudy golden color with a big sticky white cap of foam. This brew certainly has wheat character, but the smokey skeleton brings it together. The aroma is nutty and interesting. The body is thick with wheat. The flavors are earthy, smokey and yeasty. A slight touch of spice at the end provides balance. An interesting recreation of a bygone beer.
11-27-2011 01:46:11 | More by BeardedBoffin
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.
09-06-2013 23:14:36 | More by jlisuk
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
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
On tap at Max's
Appearance - Hazy light gold with good solid head and decent head retention.
Smell - Sour grain with light smoke light spice.
Taste - Good balance of sourness and grains and hops. Pleasant tartness that does not dominate. Light smoke flavor adds to the taste without overwhelming other flavors.
Texture - Medium body, moderate carbonation with dry finish.
Overall - Thanks to Max's for this rare offering. Refreshing brew and hope the style popularity grows.
12-11-2011 14:08:42 | More by pmsawyer
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden body. The head settles rapidly and leaves only light lace.
S - Smoky, phenolic, and spicy with notes of wheat, clove, basil, and anise.
T - Spicy wheat notes up front with a hint of vanilla and some coriander. More spicy character comes out in the middle as clove, lemon, and anise appear. The beer finishes with wheat, bready malt, light smoke, and more lemony coriander character as well as a light, lingering tartness.
M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.
D - With historical styles like this it can sometimes be kind of hard to judge, but in this case it is a very drinkable beer by any standard. Reminiscent of a Gose with an even more spicy character and light, but noticeable, smoke character that is at its strongest in the aroma. Like the other Fritz Briem beers, this is a must try for any true beer geek.
01-27-2012 01:56:22 | More by nickfl
Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie from Professor Fritz Briem
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