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

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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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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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