Piwo Grodziskie - Schlossbrauerei Au-Hallertau
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3.93/5 rDev +10.4%
Appearance: The color is a murky red/orange. Pours with a minimal head with some medium sized bubbles on the sides of the glass. Active carbonation is low.
Smell: Some tart fruits show up on the front with accents of apricots and raisins. Grass and some smokey malts open up on the body. White grapes and some oak are picked up as well. Not overpowering, everything plays along together.
Taste: Follows a pretty similar path to the aroma. Tart fruits on the front with accents of white grapes, cherries, and apricots. Smokiness is light at first, opening on the body and building throughout into the finish. Smokiness has a touch of ash and toasted grains. Finish is some lingering tartness.
Mouthfeel: The smoke and tartness are kept in balance well, complimenting each other throughout. Carbonation is low up it allows everything going on in this brew to shine.
Overall: My first of the style and I really enjoyed it. A sessionable option that has a tone going on. Would be a good choice to win someone over if they are not a fan of smoked beers.
08-04-2014 05:01:15 | More by KFBR392
3.14/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
08-14-2013 05:26:41 | More by falloutsnow
3.2/5 rDev -10.1%
Bottle Appearance: Transparent, gold with minimal white head Aroma: Smoke, honey Taste: Very subdued; slight smoke, very minimal sourness, light honey Palate: Very smooth, light body. Slight, cleansing aftertaste Overall: Very subtle flavors; had a hard time discerning the different flavors, picking up the smoke, etc. Still a good, easy drinking beer.
08-07-2013 17:55:36 | More by icehawk
3.76/5 rDev +5.6%
Poured into a weizen glass. The beer pours slightly hazy orangish copper with a thin, white head. There are plenty of visible tiny bubbles rising in the beer. The beer smells of light smoke with some wheat and light tartness. The mild smokiness and tartness carries over into the flavor. The sour flavor is very mild, so it would not be off putting for a beginner. The smoke follows the same pattern here, adding flavor rather than being overpowering. There's a good malt backbone here as well. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. Some of the smokiness and aftertaste carry into the finish. The beer drinks pretty easily, which I would expect at 4% ABV. This is a tasty beer.
06-25-2013 00:14:51 | More by acevenom
3.4/5 rDev -4.5%
a - poured a one finger thick bubbly light tan head into a tulip glass that left nice lacing which settled into a thin ring throughout. the body was a bright orange-amber color.
s - wheat with a light peaty aroma.
t - a light tartness such as green apples.
m - crisp and prickly.
o - good smoked beer that had a lot of complexity though i would have liked some more smoked aromas.
01-07-2013 15:32:34 | More by GPHarris
3.8/5 rDev +6.7%
A thick finger of head formed on top of a clear, medium straw colored body.
It smells mildly sour and like hay.
The taste is sour at the beginning with the mild smoke flavor moving in at the latter half. The sour remains on the aftertaste. It is different and interesting. The sourness is mild enough to appreciate but not enough to ruin it. A good balance.
Lighter body and moderate carbonation.
Worth trying for it's uniqueness and it is good in its own right.
12-31-2012 04:14:19 | More by Fatehunter
3.58/5 rDev +0.6%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A real nice creamy foamy head, white and meringue billows up off the pour. Four fingers deep and very whipped up, and bright eggshell white. Body is a bit hazy with a amber orange and light looking carbonation.
Nose has a light malt sense, faint wood chips, and light smoke. A yeast sweetness, and a bit of caramel as well behind this. So far so good, inviting to me.
Very light palate, quite a bit watery and fleeting. However, there's a nice light toasty grain to this with a nice smoke quality. Light warming and coating on the palate for feel, just very fleeting. Some little sweetness comes off with hints of apple like finish, and bakery freshness, and even apple tart also. Really interesting...
An interesting smokey session like beer. Not bad, I could have this again, kind of fun, really would like to have this with food.
12-26-2012 21:59:07 | More by smakawhat
3.53/5 rDev -0.8%
500 ml bottle. Pours hazy-orange with a long lasting, tall, white head and lively carbonation. Nose is of barnyard yeast, wheat malt hints of noble hops and smoke. Body is medium and tangy. Taste is sour, yeasty, wheat malt, smoked wood and hints of hops. Finish is long and sour. Interesting, refreshing thirst quencher.
12-05-2012 15:04:56 | More by mikeg67
3.28/5 rDev -7.9%
Served from tap into a sampler imperial pint. Poured a hazy golden light yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, subtle smoke, sour, wheat, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, smoke, and subtle fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. I really don't know what this brew was trying to be if I am completely honest here. It looked like a Berliner and the smoke gave me the idea that maybe it was a smoked Berliner. However, something on the flavor was just offputting here. While there wasn't very much going on with it all of it just seemed to clash on your tongue with no regard for safety. The wheat on this one was definitely overpowering the entire thing including the smoke which I found hard to believe. Not sure if I would have this one again given other options, but worth trying at least once I suppose.
08-31-2012 14:21:21 | More by thagr81us
2.98/5 rDev -16.3%
The pour is a pale golden color with only a slight haze. Starts off with lots of wheat aroma and sweet malt/bread. After that, the smoke really comes through and there is a subtle lemony tartness. The flavor is just off. It’s quite smokey but also very watery. Might have a little bit of saltiness to it as well. Just a strange beer.
07-16-2012 20:18:54 | More by womencantsail
4.23/5 rDev +18.8%
Purchased at The Wine Source in Baltimore.
Brewed by Dr. Fritz Briem as part of the Historic Signature Series. Made with water, barley malt, smoked wheat malt, Perle and Saaz hops and yeast. Label reads:
"Grodziskie or Gratzer is a sour smoked wheat ale that was brewed in the 1900's in East Prussia and dates back to as early as the 15th century. It was named after the Polish town of Grodzisk Wielkopolski or Gratz in German. Our historic version is brewed according to the German Purity Law with air-dried barley malt and beech-smoked wheat malt and hopped with Perle and Saaz. A sour mash is created using the old and forgotton technique called 'Digerieren'. Finally a three month aging and maturation process creates a complex sour, smoky and heavily hopped wheat ale."
A hazy golden body topped by a decent sized frothy white head. Some lacing remains on the glass wall, indicating that this really is a "heavily hopped ale."
A light aroma of grassy hops and just a hint of smoke. Some suggestions of tartness/sourness in the aroma, but not much. A tad lemony...
The initial impression is of saurkraut. Light bodied, and thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is mild. Very light sourness up front, (nothing at all like a Belgian lambic-sour) followed by a mid-palate smokiness and vegetal character. The aftertaste is reminiscent of saurkraut as well. Very light aroma and flavor, which at 4% abv might be expected. Unique flavor, but certainly not overpowering, so it's not unpleasant..
As for the style, I have nothing to compare it to. It is certainly unique, since neither the sourness nor the smokiness are pronounced and so it falls far from a sour ale or a rauchbier.
My overall impression though is that I like it. The low abv and unique flavor profile is appealing and I can see this being great with food. I would put it up against any potato dumplings, or bread dumplings, saurkraut definitely and maybe some baurenwurst, smoked farmers sausage....pretty much any German dish...
06-02-2012 20:41:00 | More by MusicaleMike
Piwo Grodziskie from Schlossbrauerei Au-Hallertau
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