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Jopen / The Monarchy Vereinigte Historische Bierfanatiker Grätzer - Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 37
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 32.78%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
Netherlands | website

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer | 4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jwale73 on 05-22-2013

Five beer enthusiasts with a common passion for historic brewing came together to create this distinct Polish beer style in the most authentic way we can think of after the brewery in Grodzisk Wielkopolski closed in 1993. It is brewed by Jopen and Monarchy of Musselland together with the beer writers Ron Pattinson and Evan Rail. We use 100% oak-smoked wheat malt, have the exact same gravity of 7.7 degrees Plato, employed classic Lublin hops and fermented with the original yeast. As the town once and again today belongs to Poland, but in the meantime was part of Prussia, there are two different names for the style: Grodziskie and Grätzer. Our research found that brewers also formerly used willow bark in brewing which we thought was an interesting variation. That is why we are offering two different takes on the style: a classic version bearing the name "Grätzer"and a willow bark version called "Grodziskie".
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste is light toasted malt, white bread, grain, and smokiness. Nice light bodied beer that I could session. Both the smokiness and the toasted malt portion of the beer shine. Really like this one.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours amber with golden highlights. It is capped with an inch of off white head that leaves virtually no lacing.

It smells sweet and smoky.

The taste is almost too sweet. If it wasn't for the smoke coming to rescue my palate I would have a rough time drinking it.

Thin mouthfeel

I was thinking grätzers were supposed to be a little sour. This beer is very sweet. I like smoke beers, but will probably not be purchasing this beer again. I am glad I tried it though. It is a unique taste experience.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up a pretty good amount of head which has decent retention. The head is a pure, cotton-white while the body is a hazy, pale amber which appears as a murky but golden straw to pale amber when held up to the light. Lacing is substantial with patches of sheeting in places.

Nose- Light than a rauchbier but still full of inviting smokiness. Hints of barbecue that tend toward notes of tomato sauce and mild vinous notes. Hints of ash and cloves, slight banana. Even a touch of apple after some swirling.

Taste- Pretty reflective of the nose as was the case with the Grodziskie but there is more presence from the smoke and the phenolic notes of ash and cloves than fruit esters. Still, could use more smoke flavor. It gives you a tease but it doesn't deliver in the way that a rauchbier would. I've read that these types of beers should be smokier but I have no basis for comparison. Light hints of tomato and barbecue sauce, even a little bit of bubblegum. Not a bad beer, just kind of boring. It's pretty much just above average. Some grain in the background, a bit of mineral or chalk on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Just a little more than light bodied with slight effervescence. A bit of a carbonic note on the finish but it matches with the smoke and phenols well.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing but also somewhat boring. Definitely not worth the price. This will not be a repurchase.

Overall- Just above average. Can't comment about how faithful of a representation it is but I gather from reviews and ratings that it is lacking. Although if you are interested in less popular styles, you might want to try it.

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Pours a murky light whitish-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, smoke, earth, and sour aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, smoke, and woody flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. There is also something in the beer that delivers a bit of a numbing quality in the mouth after each sip. Overall, this is an above average beer with some interesting aromas and flavors, and while I respect the historical aspect of this beer I could not drink more than a few ounces.

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3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

33cl bottle. Style is described as a Grodziskie (sour wheat beer with smoked malts - in this case oak smoked. Pours a dull, orange-gold with a loose, 1/8th inch bright white head that coalesces around the edges while leaving a soapy slick across the surface. Nose is weird - smokey and citrusy with some barley and toasted malts at the back. Taste consistent with nose; some earthy hops bittering co-mingled with smoke at the back. There are also some tea-like qualities to this beer. Mouthfeel is light and lively, somewhat acrid, with a hint of acidity that stimulates the salivary glands. Overall, I'm not really sure how to rate this style. I can't say I care for it, but I have no other style reference for comparison.

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Jopen / The Monarchy Vereinigte Historische Bierfanatiker Grätzer from Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
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