Grodziskie
Professor Fritz Briem

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Style:
Smoked Beer
Ranked #66
ABV:
4%
Score:
85
Ranked #31,943
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 11.17%
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
172
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Professor Fritz Briem
 
Germany
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85
Very Good
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Notes: Grodziskie or Grätzer is a Sour Smoked Wheat Ale that was brewed in the 1900s in East Prussia and dates back to as early as the 15th century. It was named after the Polish town of Grodzisk Wielkopolski or Grätz in German.

Our historic version is brewed according to the German Purity Law with air-dried barley & beech smoked wheat malt and hopped with Perle & Saaz.

A sour mash is created using the old and forgotten technique called "Digerieren." Finally, a three month aging & maturation process creates a complex sour, smoky & heavily hoppy wheat ale.
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VoxRationis from New York

3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a crystal clear, light copper color with fairly limited head formation (but rather large bubbles), little retention and soapy lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, dark bread rind, cracker and white pepper.
T: Dry and flavors follow the nose closely. Perhaps a touch tart, but certainly produces a nicely crisp finish.
M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. A bit more watery than expected.
O: Not terribly smoky for a smoke beer, nor particularly tart for a sour, but very drinkable and inviting. Entry level for those? Perhaps. I enjoyed it.

Sep 22, 2019
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Dec 10, 2017
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Suds from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Feb 25, 2017
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teromous from Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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 character...at all...in 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.

Jun 07, 2016
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Jan 31, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Jan 03, 2016
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Nov 12, 2015
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Jul 31, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13%
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.

Jul 21, 2015
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Zach136 from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Jul 19, 2015
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Jimmys from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Jun 23, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Jun 08, 2015
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

24k gold liquid sitting under a small head of foam.

Big fruity tartness with a bit of smoke in the smell.

Taste wise, again, delightful fruity tartness backed by a very mild amount of smoke. Fairly subtle flavours which makes this a very easy drinker.

Light bodied.

Nice historical brew!

Apr 18, 2015
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +1.3%

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in a mini snifter.

A- Pours a semi-hazy light amber color with a full inch of white head that retains well before becoming a

S- Slightly effervescent wheat aroma with some nice notes of lemon and even some musty funk. The smoke is very mild which is a plus for me.

T- Smoke is more apparent in the flavor but not overly so. It lingers a bit but the wheat does a good job of equalizing the profile so things don't go overboard.

M- Thin but with a good amount of carbonation and yeast texture. Light body.

O- Finally got to taste this fresh and it's quite good. Smoke is one of my least favorite flavors in beer but this one does a nice job of keeping it a subtle afterthought to the wheat base.

Aug 18, 2014
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laituegonflable from Australia

3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours an orange colour, very cloudy, as opaque as the NSA's privacy policy. Head is flat, can be revived OK though.

Smells slightly smokey. Bit of bubblegum at the edge, some spice notes. Yeah, nice savoury smoke but has some notable flaws/palate holes at edges.

Taste starts with that odd herbal, almost minty note, then gets a bit smokey midway, very weak though with just a hint of woody notes. Quite metallic, almost salty at the back. Really confused beer, not really one thing or another.

OK body; a bit flat though.

Really no idea what to make of this. Tastes savoury, but insubstantial. Also weird.

Aug 06, 2014
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle sealed with pressure cap.

poured into HF Wine Stem.

Appearance: dull golden or pale yellow colored beer (with a copper hue?). 2 full fingers of white head that yeilds a large bubbles from a hard pour. Head drops down to thin and uneven ring around the glass. Thick lacing around the glass.

Smell: Apples, cereal grains and barley, with meaty and earthy smoke. Spicy yeast.

Taste: Red apples and red apple skin. Apple cider. Hint of lemony citrus. Wheat bread and honey. Grainy especially barley. Very light smokiness. This is much sweeter than I expected this to be. I want more smoke in this beer to make it more substantially flavored. Not much tartness in this beer to speak of either. Watered down and muddled finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Feels light and watery. Pretty mellow and very drinkable.

Overall: I was told this was a soured smoked wheat beer. I was dissapointed that it wasnt very tart or smokey. Its sounded really interesting. After having it, I felt that was a gimmick. I wouldnt necessarily call this a smoke beer, but it definately is a beer style that I have never tried(Gratzer Ale according to the beer label). Average and nothing too interesting here.

Jul 09, 2014
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a modified tulip.
A - Mild copper color, minor layer of crisp white froth, slow dancing carbonation, no lacing.
S - Tinge of sour, beechwood lite smoke, hints of fresh cherry.
T - Slight sour with cherrywood carrying through the first sips, then the wheat body takes over. Fine round carbonation leads to a slightly grainy finish. Interestingly the smoked wheat is mild, actually quite nice.
M - Medium bodied, a lazy feel across the palate, finish lingers and closes out with a bit of savory, which I enjoy.
O - The historic series this collective brews is something I have truly enjoyed. This offering is no exception. A learning experience from a fine offering. I would enjoy this with a plate of cured meats on a sunny day.

Cheers all

Jun 08, 2014
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spoony from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml bottle into a hefeweizen glass.

A-The beer is medium-golden in color and mostly clear. There is a steady stream of carbonation visible and the head is less than one finger of white foam. I do not get any lacing, but a thin cap hangs around for a while.

S-The aroma is lightly tart at first with a musty wheat aroma that reminds me of a berliner weiss. Another good sniff reveals just a hint of smoked flavor, but nothing like a heavier rauchbier. There is a bit of honey and nut sweetness in there, too.

T-The taste mostly follows the smell with mild flavors of lemony, musty, wheat tartness combining with light smokiness. The beer is sweeter than I would have expected with a honey maltiness that fades a bit on the finish.

M-The feel is light to medium in heft with a smooth, almost-creamy carbonation. Easy to drink.

O-This is an unique beer and one that I found really easy to drink. The flavors are restrained but provide enough oomph to stay interesting. If you want super sour, look elsewhere; if you want super smokey, look elsewhere; but if you want an easy-drinking beer that would go well with BBQ on a hot summer day, this is a good choice.

May 20, 2014
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biegaman from Canada

3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Professor Fritz looks like he's concocted a winning wheat beer: this has the style's requisite cloudiness, that golden sun-kissed radiance, and that quintessentially moussy head that all weissbiers wear all so proudly. This style may have been forgotten but its look became timeless.

This review comes from my first time trying a Grätzer aka Grodziskie (the former the German term, the latter derived from the Polish town where the style is believed to originate). Even Google doesn't know much about this obscure style. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect but the label provides a few clues: smoked malt, sour mash, heavily hopped...

Of which only the smoked malt is readily appreciable; the taste reminds me of smoked salmon and sweeping the floor of my grade eight shop class. Honorable mention should be given to the hops, however, which perfume the nose with notes of orange blossoms and provide the finish with a heavier-handed bitterness than is customary in wheat beers.

The special "Digerieren" mashing technique, on the other hand, is a bit of a disappointment; those who, like me, enjoy Berliner Weiss-level tartness won't be satisfied. The mouthfeel is still pretty interesting (in addition to being fluffy and full); the smokiness of the wheat is uniquely "clean" and woody (beech wood to be precise) with nothing 'campfire-y' about it.

Depending who you ask Grodziskie is (or should be) considered its own style. Styles are often distinguished either by the use of a specific ingredient, unique brewing process, or on the grounds of regional tradition - Grodziskie qualifies for all three and yet it's still not widely recognized as a distinct style. Regardless, this one is still a pretty good beer in its own right.

Apr 03, 2014
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a stein. I'm not sure if that's the correct glassware, but I'm not sure what style this is, other than a smoked beer.

Pours a golden color with some amber cloudiness and produces a finger and a half thick head that quickly settles. A thick layer of lace remains though. There's ample carbonation present.

I think of apple cider when I first smell this. There's some wood and smokiness, but it's mellow and kind of plays the background. I get a hint of tartness as well.

There's much more smokiness, like a smoked ham flavor, on my palate. My first thought is that this beer is like a lighter, more refreshing rauchbier. But there's also some tanginess, wheat, and some sweetness and hint of apple cider again. I like how light the beer is, yet it still offers a lot of flavor. One thing I don't get much of, however, is sourness. I guess for Germans this is as sour as they'll allow a beer to get.

I could drink this beer plenty in the summer months. It's an easy-sipper with enough flavor to keep me interested.

Mar 31, 2014
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mactrail from Washington

4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color is a weak tea brownish pale amber. I got out the slender Faust Weizen glass which shows a tall head and the bubbles streaming. Mouthfeel is sudsy and light.

The smoke and sourness are both subtle, but there is a distinct fragrance of both in the nose. I guess there is no category for Polish/German smoked wheat malt beers, but the wheat taste is rather distinct. The tangy edge with the whiff of smoke is really worth tasting. This gets better after some sipping and expectations dissipate. One of the more intriguing beers I've had.

Overall, this turns out to be highly quaffable. After a week in Utah, I am sensitized to what brewers can do with the 4.0 ABV limitation, and this one gets a lot of flavor with minimum hops at that benchmark. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Mayfair Liquors in Denver.

Mar 24, 2014
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CochonKing from New York

3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a light golden straw with almost no head whatsoever. Small champagne like bubbles. - 4.00

Smell - Honey, smoke, lemon give way to a strong malt back bone. - 3.75

Taste - Slightly sour, but not a noticeable sour. Smoke barely comes forward on the palate. Has a taste similar to honey comb with grain. Finish is short and tastes watered down. - 3.75

Moutfeel - Light body with small champagne style bubbles. Watery finish on palate as well - 3.25

Dec 26, 2013
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utopiajane from New York

3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured golden with a very slight haze and a thick creamy head of white foam. Haphazard bubbles streamed to the top throughout the drink. Looked like a kristallweizen in the glass.

Nose is tart citrus with a touch of grain sweetness. A wheat dryness and a faint banana. Some spice tickles the nose a bit while the smoke quality of this translated to a woody scent of beechwood.

Taste is very much like a pils. Ha s light body that is smooth and a bit creamy. It's crisp and the carbonation is just like a good pilsner. The taste is citrusy with a touch of lemon, a little spice, the natural sweetness of the grain and the tiny touch of banana for smoothness. The smoke in the drink remains light until it warms then you can taste actual smoke. It finishes with a nice tart flourish and a bit of the smoke quality, a nice contrasting sweetness and dry overall.

Dec 08, 2013
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Sam and Rich. This is clearly my first Grätzer, so stylistically I'm only really going off the ingredients and the description on the bottle itself.

Pours a rather clear golden colour, with a decently frothy head, at least initially. Body is quite light and bright but holds a decent amount of fine carbonation within it. Minimal lacing. Looks decent enough.

Smell is strange, but definitely fills all of the things I was expecting of it: slight smokiness, mild banana wheat characters, and some noticeable acidity. There's a hint of menthol coming through along with some other sharper slightly spicy characters. Perhaps from the yeast, there's a sweetness that comes through too, giving an odd, almost phantom character of raspberries. It's very strange. But good.

Taste is strangely empty. On the front there's definitely a smokiness that comes through, along with a thin, reedy wheat acidity, by the mid-palate, all the body has dropped out, leaving very little sweetness, and not much in the way of those weizen banana characters (although there's a volatile hint of them still in the sinuses). On the back, there's a slightly salty/mineral character and some residual dry smoke.

Feel is very light.

Overall, it's very interesting: there's no doubt about that. And I'm glad to be able to say I've tried a Grätzer. There's some level of integration here which is rather pleasant, but overall it just doesn't grab me, despite the obvious uniqueness of it.

Oct 26, 2013
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a half inch off-white head. Both the head retention and lacing are decent enough. The aroma is light, the brew smells like wheat, smoke, and some fruitiness. It mostly tastes like smoked malt and wheat, along with some green grapes/grape skins, apples and a bit of tart lemon. The label says it's a sour smoked wheat ale, but there really isn't much tart/sourness in this at all. With that being said, it's not a bad tasting brew! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick, smooth and easy to drink. At $6.49 a bottle, I don't think I'd pay that price for this again. But it was nice to try once.

Sep 22, 2013
Grodziskie from Professor Fritz Briem
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 172 ratings