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

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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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".

(Beer added by: Jwale73 on 05-22-2013)
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New York

3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that died down and consistently left a thin head that mostly covered the surface and consistently remained.
S: Moderate aromas of smoked wheat are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite smoky, resembling what you would expect from a rauchbier (but without the malty body).
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The wheat base for this beer makes it easier to drink and a good smoked beer for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 16:24:38 | More by metter98
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-29-2014 16:21:37 | More by smithj4
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

05-10-2014 19:33:25 | More by Gregwa
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3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of smoked wheat, earth, tree bark, yeast, and slight funk aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke, wheat, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite unique and I am glad to be able to try a beer of this style brewed with historical accuracy.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 04:06:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

03-28-2014 23:54:13 | More by gillagorilla
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3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i am happy that this style exists, and is in the united states, basically the gratzer with willow bark added. i think i like the original better, but this is one unique brew, with lots of dense wheat malt and a smoke profile that rivals some of the german rauchbiers. hazy and heady, good looks, understated yet appetizing. the nose is not my friend though, it smells like prepackaged hotdog buns loaded with preservatives. wet and bready, more of a chemical reaction that a bakery process, but its almost in a good way in retrospect. totally different from other beers, thats for sure, but the hotdog smell is strong, and with the smoke it almost feels like a fourth of july barbecue that got rained on before food was served. i do like the taste a little better, but that off flavor is still there, must be the willow bark, because i got none of that from the gratzer, and as an ingredient in beer, im not real familiar with it. the smoke is still nice though, strong, and playing well off the wheat malt. the carbonation and fuller richer body are attractive assets, but i cant get past the hotdog bun honestly, wish i never thought of that, but it sort of killed this beer for me, even though i respect it as much as any out there just for being itself, i dont need to drink it again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 23:21:48 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has decent retention. The head is a weak but pure, cotton-white while the body is a dull and hazy, pale to medium amber which appears as a hazy, pale amber in the light. Some lacing with small patches of sheeting.

Nose- Starts off with a noticeable smokiness that recalls barbecue and hints of tomato/tomato sauce. Fades rather quickly and leaves a more subtle smoke with woody notes. Not as in your face as the rauchbiers I've had but still enjoyable. After a little time, some brown bread and even slight raisins show.

Taste- Lots of the fruitiness I detected on the nose shows up in the flavor profile. Slight tomatoes, a good amount of raisins that mixes with brown bread. Fairly smooth, nothing cloying. Maybe a touch of caramel in the middle. Slight smokiness, a bit of ash on the finish. Pretty smooth and probably more accessible than a rauchbier (though I do love their decadent smokiness). Some spice that hints at pepper, maybe a little cinnamon. A little bit of citrus on the front- mostly orange. Seems to lack some of the presence you would expect from a smoked beer but is an above average to good beer. Recalls many styles, from a scotch ale to a quad even. Does flatten out a bit as it opens up. Tinges of honey around the edges- even tastes of candy after a while. Definitely could use more smoke. More ash than smoke on the linger.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with light carbonation. Slight zing that matches well with the smoky notes.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing and I imagine this could be a gateway into smokier beers. At 5.49 a pop, it is pricey. I will not be buying it again.

Overall- Above average to good beer but probably just above average. I appreciate the opportunity to try this very rare style but I'm sure there's room for improvement. Worth a try but won't be a repurchase.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 05:14:35 | More by artoolemomo
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

01-17-2014 07:08:35 | More by GRG1313
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

11-06-2013 22:53:59 | More by nmann08
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

09-29-2013 03:18:42 | More by rapayn01
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-02-2013 21:13:02 | More by THECPJ
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New York

3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy yellow with a high white head. The smell is leather and barbecue, some crisp mineral notes. Taste is ashy, quite bitter, a hint of grapefruit to it, some woody notes. Highly carbonated, clean on the palate. A very interesting beer, but I wouldn't want to finish the growler alone in one evening.

Serving type: growler

07-03-2013 04:50:50 | More by gory4d
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Rhode Island

2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

33cl bottle. Style is described as a Grodziskie (sour wheat beer with smoked malts - in this case willow smoked. Pours a dull, orange-gold (slightly lighter than the oak-smoked variant) with a loose, 1/8th inch bright white head that coalesces around the edges while leaving a soapy slick across the surface. Nose is smokey and citrusy with some barley and toasted malts at the back, as well as old cigarettes. 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. A bit more watery and acidic than the oak-smoked variant. Mouthfeel is light and lively, with a bright, prickly carbonation and 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. That said, this beer tastes pretty much the same as the oak-smoked version; however, I got more of an ashtray quality with this variant.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 01:41:55 | More by Jwale73
Jopen / The Monarchy Vereinigte Historische Bierfanatiker Grodziskie from Jopen Bier BV Haarlem
83 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.