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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 10
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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 kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  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 TMoney2591
2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
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 JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of oline73
3.18/5  rDev -15%
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 mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mactrail
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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 corby112
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of biegaman
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.

Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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 PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie from Professor Fritz Briem
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