Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie | Professor Fritz Briem

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Professor Fritz Briem GrodziskieProfessor Fritz Briem Grodziskie

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Professor Fritz Briem

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by oline73 on 11-22-2011

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Ratings: 168 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of damndirtyape
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, no date, served in a Weihenstephaner glass.

Appearance: Clear dark gold approaching amber color. Just a tiniest bit of haze. Thin persistent white head with some small amount of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Light smokiness with a hint of sour/vinegar. Some noble hop aroma as well.

Taste: Light smoke, sour tang, a bit of biscuity malt, light noble hop bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, slick, a bit chewy, some lingering mouthfeel due to the sourness.

Overall / Drinkability: Refreshing interesting beer. The initial sips made me wonder if I would finish it due to the sourness combined with the light smokiness, but it quickly grew on me, especially as the beer warmed up. As this is a historical style, I probably should have let this warm up even more before I even opened the bottle as it got better when warmer. This would be a great beer to pair with something hearty for dinner, but in this case it paired rather well with pizza and was good to savor by itself after the meal. I would not mind having this again sometime, but not in the same evening - one half liter is a good portion to have.

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Photo of morrowd3
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Suds
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Interesting and different...This brew is a clear, golden-amber color with a wonderful white head. The smell is awesome...a wonderful sourdough bread scent...dough...yeasty...a wheat twang. I didn't get a lot of smoke at first, but after a few sips, a subtle, distant-fire smoke quality comes out. The taste is a mix of sweetness and a wheat twang. Full and creamy for a wheat ale. Excellent, interesting and very drinkable.

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Photo of AnyaS
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dewsby
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haybeerman
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't see any bottle or import date.

Appearance: Mostly transparent medium-gold colored body with a lot of visible carbonation. The head is a short pure white creamy cap that is in a perpetual state of dissolving and replenishing itself from the bubbles in the glass. It is a short but very active looking head.

Aroma: Not a huge aroma. It starts out with this semi-fruity smell which is a bit like mulberries or something similar. It doesn't smell exactly like berries but it has a similar presence. It fades out though as the nose lingers on the glass. No real aroma persists.

Taste: It has this sourdough bread taste with a bit of an old strawberry flavor. Its parallel to sourdough bread really is uncanny. I thought I was imagining it so I kept taking a sip and every time I was left with this aftertaste as though I had just taken a bite of a sandwich made from sourdough bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a rather thick or viscous presence on the mouth.

Overall: So this is a historically brewed beer and for that reason it is interesting. I was surprised that I couldn't taste or smell any wood or smoked this beer. If you are overly sensitive to woody or smoked beers then you would have no problem with this one. If you are in to the history of beers then I would recommend it but as a beer in general it is very unimpressive and wholly underwhelming. It isn't a beer I would drink again and I would not recommend this to a person looking for a beer made with smoked malt. Honestly the most interesting element of the beer is the information contained on the label.

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Photo of Mikexw
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendrick24
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SLeffler27
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A one-inch white froth lingers within a Spaten dimpled mug before depositing spotty lace above a nearly clear SRM 5-7 (golden ale). Clouds of tiny carbonation tempestuously stream upward. When put to the light it appears honey gold.

The aroma is similar to doughy white bread with a background of faint wood smoke and peat. Warmth draws out lemon.

Balance is superb with a faint banter between bitter, sweet, and sour in each sip. Light smoke, reminiscent of Taylor ham on Wheat Thin crackers. The finish is modest and almost non-existent. Warmth again draws out lemon.

A medium body with a soft smooth texture, soft carbonation, and no alcohol.

This makes for a great relaxing beer to be enjoyed with friends after work. Easy drinking and perfect for long sessions of conversation.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well if that isn't a beer that everyone should at least try once given its uniqueness. Dark gold, good 1/2" head, tiny bubble compactness. Tart lemon and smoke in restraint.

Delivered plenty of roasted/smoked wheat notes to clash with the tartness. A little pricey for what it is, but if it was something I could score for $10/6 pack, sure I'd pick one up in the spring/summer/fall I'm sure.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BranfordBound
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 500mL bottle into a pint glass, comes out honey colored with a subtle haze and a white head that stays. Smell is sweet, some fruit, maybe a hint of smoke at the most. Taste starts with a blast of fruity sweetness, bread, middle has some tartness and maybe more stone fruit. Finishes dry with a smoky finish, very similar to a wooden barrel, clean, crisp. Overall it's a nice beer, tastes like a lager, but maybe a hair too sweet and not smokey enough. Body felt heavy for the low ABV.

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Photo of iCabaLLero
3.02/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of spycow
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tillmac62
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour with suspended particulate matter. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Light nose of mild smoke, a bit of sour funk and hints of malt and yeast. As it warms, floral and apple notes are present.

Heavy light body with a smooth texture. Nicely carbonated with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is good, but rather weak. You get a little weak smoke, a little weak sour funk and a hint of balancing sweetness. As it warms, sour funk is the most prominent. The finish is semidry.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours cloudy amber crowned by a 1” sudsy white foam collar. Some cling.
S: Slight funk, light smoke, ripe fruit, light grains.
T: It’s a fairly dry drink with a little funk, sour, salt and smoke supported by light grains with some spiciness in the background.
F: Refreshing, light body with medium carbonation.
O: A light, refreshing, unique and interesting beer.

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Photo of ajdemma
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zach136
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours light yellow, dissipating head.

Aroma/Flavor: Medium smoke and light acidity. Some fruitiness and clove, maybe a hefeweizen yeast strain?

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, some residual bar-be-que smoke.

Overall: This is one of those styles i'm not surprised died off.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle into weizen glass.

A: orange with hits of brown. hazy.

S: smells slightly acidic. dull acidity, not sharp like a American wild or Belgian sour. mild smokiness is an inviting complexity.

T: mild smokiness throughout the drink. wheat grainy flavor as well. the smokiness is more on the nose than the drink. mild acidity. even less as I drink more.

M: the wheat builds a nice body on a very light beer. appreciated texture.

D: definitely a gratzer. the smoky wheat flavor is good and has a nice complexity to it. wouldn't hate for more acidity, but happy about the smoke.

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Photo of macesq
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Prost! Boise. Pours out a hazy golden with small creamy head. Aroma is slightly funky, musty, yeasty, taste brings some of the salt, without being too puckering. Quenching, tasty, crisp, clean. Nice hot day drinker.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie from Professor Fritz Briem
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 168 ratings