Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie - Professor Fritz Briem

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Professor Fritz Briem GrodziskieProfessor Fritz Briem Grodziskie

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 151
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
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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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. (648 characters)

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. (892 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours an orange colour, very cloudy, as opaque as the NSA's privacy policy. Head is flat, can be revived OK though.

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. (610 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From: The Andersons, Columbus, OH
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass

Adequate in flavor (not tart or smoky enough), easy drinking, this could easily be a sessionable style, but at $8 for a 17oz bottle, it is a once-and-done (and still slightly annoyed at the price point). As an available introduction to the style, this has led me to wonder what other Gratzer beers may be like, but I can't see myself returning to this particular one.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of fairly clean, white-colored foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, which fades to a thin cap of lace atop the body in slightly over one minute. Lacing is modest, a few medium-sized blotches cling to the sides of the glass. The beer's body is a golden orange color, with light bringing out pale golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the hazy (60-70% opaque) body, fairly high in number and activity.

Aroma is a mix of tangy, mildly tart malt courtesy of Lactobacillus, mild smokiness from the beechwood-smoked wheat malt, and a basic grain-breadiness from the base barley and wheat malts. Not bad, but not nearly as tart, smoky, or complex as I thought this could be.

The smoke and tartness are quite mild, making this an easy introduction to either smoked or soured beers, the maltiness smoothing out the flavor profile into familiar ale-like territory. Front of palate picks up slightly bread-like malt characters with mild smoke and tart-tanginess. Mid-palate is of lightly smoked malt, with faint tartness and tanginess, atop a slightly sweet and bread-like pale barley and wheat malt base. Back of palate picks up more notable tartness and tanginess, though still quite modest, along with some pale malt sweetness, virtually no smoke. Aftertaste of very mild tanginess and a touch of smoke, mild and clean bitterness, and slight malt characters.

Beer is of medium-light body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a smooth, slightly foamy, slightly watery mouthfeel. Closes dry, with little stickiness remaining on the palate or lips. (2,067 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

eyes...
on an easy pour an audibly sizzly head settles in around one finger of white fluff, routinely fizzy with lots of carbonation up the glass, kind of golden with a turn towards light orange, head retention is good as is the lacing, a nice looking glass of suds

nose...
wine/vinegar aroma, like a sharp white wine (dry-ish), some floral notes that drift slightly into herbal zones, the barest hints of smoke, not much else going on

taste etc...
starts sour (but not bracing) and melds into a bready (but not heavy) tone, the moment it might turn to off tasting it saves itself and seems.... quasi refreshing ? sip to sip this is utterly consistent, the hops lend a very subtle bitterness after the initial wheat-ish thing, sort of reminds me of kolsch style things for some reason... this doesn't wow me but yet is strangely pleasant, weight wise this is nearly flawless, a really smooth brew with spot on carbonation and it stays around just the right amount of time

verdict?
interesting and refreshing but just OK overall, probably nice on a summers eve out by the pool not in the heat of the day (1,105 characters)

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. (638 characters)

Photo of BillHilly
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured at 55 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: Bright golden, slight haze, nice head and retention

S: Sharp hops, not really smokey, slight acid tinge

T: Typical bavarian wheat, very little smoke, the souring is not really prevelant, and a sharp saaz hops & yeast finish.

M: Decent carbonation, easy drinker

O: The pour and the smell had me excited...this beer is median at best. (381 characters)

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. (580 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a flute glass

A: Pours clear light golden color with a finger of dense foam. Retention is impressive. Great looking beer.

S: Light bacon-like smokiness with even lighter lemon citrus scent. Some wheat in the background.

T: Tastes just like a mixture of a rauchbier and a berliner weisse. The sourness is very light, though. The smokiness comes out a bit more in the taste than it did in the aroma, but it's still pretty faint.

M: Light bodied with strong carbonation.

O: Not bad, but all the aromas and flavors are pretty weak. However, this is enjoyable. (579 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle, part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program. It was pored into my petite Duvel tulip.

Professor Briem's Grodziskie pours a lightly hazy orange. Maybe two fingers worth of white foam rise up and linger for a minute before fading. The nose is very interesting, featuring well balanced interplay between smoke, spicy saaz hops, and a touch of tart, citric lemon. The flavor profile leads off with a bit of a grainy, wheat taste, only for a peppery flourish from the hops to come in next. A light smokiness comes in for the close. Though it's not particularly intense, it does manage to blunt most of the impact of the delicate sourness present (or at least anticpated based on the aroma). The body has a little more heft than I might have anticipated from a 4% beer, and the carbonation just doesn't quite liven the beer up enough. This gratzer's a fairly unique kind of beer, and one that I'm glad I tried. Don't know if I'd actively seek out another one though. (981 characters)

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. (1,226 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of smoked grain and some tart/sour aromas. Taste is of slightly smoked wheat and campfire flavors. There is a slight sourness on the tongue with each sip but nothing too strong. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and an interesting style for sure perhaps to one day be added to the style list on BA. (530 characters)

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. (508 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright but slightly hazy orange with a skim white head that is a bit bubbly on the edges.

Some light malt aromas, but not much else. Some wheat notes, some honeyed aromas.

Slightly tart wheat, with all the good sweetness as well. You get some of the smoke, but more on the back end. Smoke is too light here. Needs more. Finish is back at the wheat, with some sweetness. I actually like the swap from tart to light smoke to a little fruit, to sweet wheat. It works.

Lighter bodied. Adequate bubbles.

I'm ok with this one, and glad I tried this version of a this forgotten style. But nothing I'd rush out to get again. Tasty, different, and just ok. (657 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, pale golden orange color with a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Smokey, slightly funky aroma with an interesting combination of wheat and smoke beer characteristics. Hints of zesty, peppery coriander, banana and bready yeast along with decently smoked malt. The smoke doesn't overpower with subtle hints of charcoal, BBQ, and smoked meats.

Medium bodied with a sweet tartness that I expected from the description but was lacking in the nose. Subtle earthy funk along with a strong citrus/lemon peel presence. Plenty of zesty spice with hints of coriander and pepper along with some bready yeast. Smoke less prominent than the aroma suggests. Tastes more like a slightly sour, sweeter wheat beer with traces of smoke lingering in the finish. Pretty good but if the sweetness was toned down and there was a bit more smoke I would love it. Interesting but I probably wouldn't buy it again. (971 characters)

Photo of SABERG
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 (765 characters)

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 (881 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour with suspended particulate matter. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Light nose of mild smoke, a bit of sour funk and hints of malt and yeast. As it warms, floral and apple notes are present.

Heavy light body with a smooth texture. Nicely carbonated with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is good, but rather weak. You get a little weak smoke, a little weak sour funk and a hint of balancing sweetness. As it warms, sour funk is the most prominent. The finish is semidry. (553 characters)

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. (670 characters)

Photo of popery
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish yellow color. Fairly hazy. Slightly off-white head. Kinda rocky. Fades pretty quickly. Not a very pretty beer, but it's not an important consideration to me. The aroma is smoke with some spicy, mineral-ish hops. There's a touch of sourness and a kinda stale malt flavor. Very mild. Taste is a bit better. It's mildly tart with some nice background wheat and malt sweetness. Low level of bitterness. Good mix of wheat and hop spiciness with yeast or, maybe, actual spicing. Sort of a grassy, wheaty finish. Some funky, earthy flavors are also in the mix. Mild woody smoke. A little too much sweetness for my palate or I'd go higher with my score. Mouthfeel is a bit full. I'd prefer the beer to be a touch crisper, but the smoke might make that kinda odd. Relatively low carbonation. This was a fun beer to try, but it's just a bit mild, and the malt sweetness doesn't quite seem right. I also wonder if a fresher bottle would have a little more hop kick to it, as the label alludes to hops as a highlight and they don't really come across with much strength. Still, I'm always happy to try lesser known and historical styles. (1,143 characters)

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. (601 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz bottle served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Pours a honey amber color with a slight haze to it. Small eggshell head on top.

S - Softly smoked malts, acidic lemon, yeasty, lacto, white grapes, ripe sourdough.

T - Acidic lemon tartness, sweet wheat malts, mildly smoked, grassy hops, dull white pepper, some salty mineral notes on the back end. Lemon notes carry on through to the finish. There's a dull sweetness that in the background with light lactos/acidity on the edges of the tongue similar to white grape skins. Finishes crisp and peppery.

M - A thick and hefty body, creamy carbonation,

Soft and mellow smokiness with a little kick of tartness. The wheat malts create a smooth body and the finish is nice and crisp. Peppery/grassy bitterness rounds things off for a clean and refreshing beer that could be paired with food or could stand alone. (870 characters)

Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Prost! Boise. Pours out a hazy golden with small creamy head. Aroma is slightly funky, musty, yeasty, taste brings some of the salt, without being too puckering. Quenching, tasty, crisp, clean. Nice hot day drinker. (227 characters)

Photo of CochonKing
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (466 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Sam and Rich. This is clearly my first Grätzer, so stylistically I'm only really going off the ingredients and the description on the bottle itself.

Pours a rather clear golden colour, with a decently frothy head, at least initially. Body is quite light and bright but holds a decent amount of fine carbonation within it. Minimal lacing. Looks decent enough.

Smell is strange, but definitely fills all of the things I was expecting of it: slight smokiness, mild banana wheat characters, and some noticeable acidity. There's a hint of menthol coming through along with some other sharper slightly spicy characters. Perhaps from the yeast, there's a sweetness that comes through too, giving an odd, almost phantom character of raspberries. It's very strange. But good.

Taste is strangely empty. On the front there's definitely a smokiness that comes through, along with a thin, reedy wheat acidity, by the mid-palate, all the body has dropped out, leaving very little sweetness, and not much in the way of those weizen banana characters (although there's a volatile hint of them still in the sinuses). On the back, there's a slightly salty/mineral character and some residual dry smoke.

Feel is very light.

Overall, it's very interesting: there's no doubt about that. And I'm glad to be able to say I've tried a Grätzer. There's some level of integration here which is rather pleasant, but overall it just doesn't grab me, despite the obvious uniqueness of it. (1,572 characters)

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Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie from Professor Fritz Briem
84 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.