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Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie - Professor Fritz Briem

Professor Fritz Briem GrodziskieProfessor Fritz Briem Grodziskie

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%


Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: oline73 on 11-22-2011)
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Misanthropy_Sipping

Nebraska

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was really expecting something out of this world when I picked this up in Durango, CO. I am definitely in love with the Berliner W. from the same brewer.
The smell of smoke, slightly tart citrus, and wheat germ was all very delicate but inviting. Not nearly as effervescent as the Berliner.
The smoke was mild, the sourness was mild, the overall beer was simply delicate. Of good quality, but utterly delicate. So much to the point I was a bit disappointed. I was hoping for even a tad bit more sourness and smokiness to this. Just a tad, but it did not quite pull through.
I was pleased to give it a whirl, but it won't be something I will be charging back to the store for and grabbing up each and every time I see it.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 19:36:53 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
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drperm

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +27%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 19:13:19 | More by drperm
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dasenebler

Maine

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Fritz Briem Pivo Grodziskie - Graetzer Ale
8/26/12
.5L, no date.

Pours a pale, hazy orange with a small white head. Decent lacing and retention. (3.5)

Aroma is lightly sour and subtly smokey, with an almost whiskey-like woody/oaky note. Very interesting and unlike any beer I've had before. (4.5)

Flavor is tart and smokey. What a combo, really throws you for a loop. Nevertheless the beer remains subtle, balanced and drinkable, despite the oddity of the flavors. Spicy and wheaty, with a solid dose of bitterness. A bit oxidized though. The sour-mash technique and smoked wheat malt create an almost Bourbon-like character. Dry, rustic and relatively weightless on the palate. Mouthfeel tends to be a bit watery, something that could be solved by higher carbonation. (4, 3)

A fascinating, resurrected relic of a beer style. Well done, Herr Doktor Professor Briem. Smoked beer fans will find a lot to like here. A ton of flavor in a low-ABV package. (4.5)

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 22:35:35 | More by dasenebler
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 17:27:04 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 16:28:51 | More by PhillyStyle
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Halcyondays

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 18:14:19 | More by Halcyondays
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 01:47:26 | More by Rutager
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 03:48:29 | More by axeman9182
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 03:09:02 | More by LiquidAmber
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superspak

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 02:19:19 | More by superspak
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 03:39:06 | More by corby112
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crossovert

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 20:46:31 | More by crossovert
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tewaris

Minnesota

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

16.9 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Light golden with a great head and spritzy looks. Good retention.

Hops and slight tartness in the nose. Only slightly tart, somewhat meaty and smoky, with a woodiness to it. Interesting to say the least and quite unique. Slight bitterness at the end that lingers. The palate soon gets accustomed and it drinks as easy as any other light and crisp (and good) beer.

Medium body with good carbonation. Would like to see a Gose soon.

4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 22:52:11 | More by tewaris
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flagmantho

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 19:37:05 | More by flagmantho
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 04:40:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 19:14:41 | More by OtherShoe2
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 13:46:31 | More by dbrauneis
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Holy Grale, served into a tumbler.

A pale, hazy yellow with a frothy head that sticks around and makes plenty of lace.

Tart lemons, a touch of bready yeast and some hints at earthy hops.

Sour on the tongue with notes of lemon peel and sour mash. A touch of yeast and earth round out the flavor a bit and provide contrast.

Soft with low carbonation, thin medium in body.

A great sessionable sour wheat beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 05:29:38 | More by auroracrisis
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BillHilly

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 01:02:54 | More by BillHilly
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 03:14:17 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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avalon07

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 13:08:56 | More by avalon07
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 04:06:52 | More by metter98
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nickfl

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 01:56:22 | More by nickfl
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emerge077

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 03:48:37 | More by emerge077
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 05:45:45 | More by TMoney2591
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