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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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very good

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem

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 jlisuk
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

jlisuk, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

tobelerone, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of ncelauro
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

ncelauro, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of mrchrisray
4/5  rDev +7.2%

mrchrisray, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

falloutsnow, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of magictacosinus
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

As someone getting into all things Polish as of late, I was happy to find one of these recently. Poured into a weizen glass from a 500ml bottle. No freshness date. At a 4% ABV and the style at hand, this is ready to drink now.

Pours a brownish amber color with a generous amount of carbonation and foam at the top of the glass. I noticed that this was not as yeasty or cloudy as more "traditional" hefeweissbiers, but it's nevertheless pretty well made at the style at hand, especially in terms of color - and as a product made in collaboration with Weihenstephan, I wouldn't expect any less. My only criticism is the lack of a long standing head, and the lack of lacing overall. Otherwise, it's a solid, different looking beer that fits with in the style properly well.

The aroma is not too different from other beers of its kind - indeed, the lack of smoked wheat malt flavor is difficult to find at first. I had to resort to suggesting to my brain to imagine charred or smoked wood or malts in order to convince myself that I bought this for the right reasons, but alas, to no avail. There's still a firm caramelized banana note within, as well as peaches, apricots, and cracked bready wheat characteristics. This is a little hoppier than your average German wheat offering, but the change of pace is nice, with rustic grassy aromas prevailing. Smells pretty crisp and clean otherwise, and not offensive by any means. Only lacks the smoked malty flavor overall.

The flavor is definitely better, although equally clean and crisp to the point where some of the flavors become dulled in the process. At first, there's banana, then a bit of clove, and notes of dried citrus fruit at the finish. Though it's not obvious at first, the smoky wheat malts to seep through eventually, in a very subtle way, but resembling freshly baked wheat bread, as well as slightly toasted saw dust at the end. The hops round up the flavor, and the result is refreshing, without a doubt. This drinks very well for a 4% ABV wheat beer. Thickened in body, well carbonated, and still clean enough to be a candidate for easy pounding on a lazy afternoon. Definitely very enjoyable.

While I was disappointed that the advertised smoked wheat malt flavor was not as prominent as I thought it would be, it is still a privilege to try a style as obscure as a Piwo Grodziskie ("beer from Grodzisk"), which I would encourage more brewers to adopt to spice things up. At least it's there. Everything is really mellow and subtle, including the smoky woody malty flavor at the finish, but it's good to have something different for once. Not sure if it's worth the $7 or so I paid for it, but fans of German wheat beers to try it at least once.

magictacosinus, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of StaveHooks
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

StaveHooks, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of kots84
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

kots84, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

notchucknorris, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of brez8791
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

brez8791, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of BKBassist
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

BKBassist, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of abcdefghijkyle
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

abcdefghijkyle, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of geocool
4/5  rDev +7.2%

geocool, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of thebouch01
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

thebouch01, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Ego
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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

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

interesting and refreshing but just OK overall, probably nice on a summers eve out by the pool not in the heat of the day

Ego, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Luiz0930
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Luiz0930, May 31, 2013
Photo of DaveBlack
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Slightly cloudy golden brew. The head is composed of large, loose bubbles that have zero retention, and leave no trace.

S: Toasted cereal grains, a slight smokiness, almost meaty. Not a whole lot of aroma on this beer.

T: Grains, crisp apple, and a slightly earthy flavor are soon complimented by the taste of the smoke. The smoke certainly does not overwhelm like it does in a lot of smoked beers, but is used to complement the existing flavors. The finish is slightly bitter and full of earthy hops, which carry along the smokiness. Curious that they call it sour. Tart, like green apple, perhaps, but not sour by a long shot.

M: Moderately light body with lots of crisp carbonation. Goes down really easily.

O: This is an example of a smoked beer done really well. If you don't like smoked beers then stay away, but the beer has a surprising amount of flavor, which stands up to the light smoking of the malts.

DaveBlack, May 26, 2013
Photo of Jsmick
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Jsmick, May 17, 2013
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Bouleboubier, May 09, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Mebuzzard, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Twig2848
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Twig2848, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of DRBiser
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

DRBiser, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

bigred89, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

YobroitsJoe, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of stickboymd
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

stickboymd, Mar 26, 2013
Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie from Professor Fritz Briem
85 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.