Grodziskie
Professor Fritz Briem

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Style:
Smoke Beer
Ranked #63
ABV:
4%
Score:
85
Ranked #29,367
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 11.17%
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
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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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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 169
Reviews by laituegonflable:
Photo of laituegonflable
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.

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Photo of Suds
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
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!

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The description of this beer at Max's doesn't sound super attractive, but what the hell... I had to try it.

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden amber color, with pretty good head retention and considerable lacing. On the nose.... um, not getting a whole lot here folks. There's sort of a light, smoked honey flavor, but that's about it. OK. On the palate, I'm now getting the bar menu description (a smoked, sour wheat beer). Sure enough, the beer is slightly sour and there's definitely a wheat beer flavor compoent going on. There is also some light fruit and hoppy bitteress in this beer, which is kind of impressive, given the low abv. The beer is otherwise pretty dry, and to no great surprise, has a pretty light mouthfeel.

Couple of thoughts. IMHO, it takes considerable cajones to make this kind of experimental ale. The beer is surprisingly tasty and flavorful, especially considering the low abv. and weird combination of flavors. Yet much to my surprise, that combination works pretty well, and I found myself enjoying this beer more than I expected. The sour component is pretty restrained, and in a beer with this low abv., I'm guessing that's not easy to do.

All things considered, this is pretty impressive....

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
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.

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Photo of SCW
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ego
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

eyes...
on an easy pour an audibly sizzly head settles in around one finger of white fluff, routinely fizzy with lots of carbonation up the glass, kind of golden with a turn towards light orange, head retention is good as is the lacing, a nice looking glass of suds

nose...
wine/vinegar aroma, like a sharp white wine (dry-ish), some floral notes that drift slightly into herbal zones, the barest hints of smoke, not much else going on

taste etc...
starts sour (but not bracing) and melds into a bready (but not heavy) tone, the moment it might turn to off tasting it saves itself and seems.... quasi refreshing ? sip to sip this is utterly consistent, the hops lend a very subtle bitterness after the initial wheat-ish thing, sort of reminds me of kolsch style things for some reason... this doesn't wow me but yet is strangely pleasant, weight wise this is nearly flawless, a really smooth brew with spot on carbonation and it stays around just the right amount of time

verdict?
interesting and refreshing but just OK overall, probably nice on a summers eve out by the pool not in the heat of the day

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Grätzer, this historical style has been on the radar for awhile. First impressions are that its a Berliner Weisse/Rauchbier hybrid. Intentionally sour and smoky, as listed on the label.

Lightly hazed golden orange, not much visible carbonation, but an ample head of foam on top. Copious lacing sticks to the glass, and a floating cluster of bubbles remains on the surface.

Smoky rauchbier aroma at first, pork-derived, sweet smoky bacon, with a light lemony accent behind it. Flavor is similar, smoky woody malts blend oddly enough with lemongrass and a flash of tartness upfront. Lingering aftertaste of sweet smoked malts, and vague floral fruitiness. Even celery maybe. Tartness is gentle and not overly dominating. Aftertaste is really mild and pleasant actually. Carbonation is fairly low, and its medium bodied. Something different to be sure, hope this historical series continues.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of akttr
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of bluejacket74
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.

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Photo of biegaman
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From: The Andersons, Columbus, OH
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass

Adequate in flavor (not tart or smoky enough), easy drinking, this could easily be a sessionable style, but at $8 for a 17oz bottle, it is a once-and-done (and still slightly annoyed at the price point). As an available introduction to the style, this has led me to wonder what other Gratzer beers may be like, but I can't see myself returning to this particular one.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of fairly clean, white-colored foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, which fades to a thin cap of lace atop the body in slightly over one minute. Lacing is modest, a few medium-sized blotches cling to the sides of the glass. The beer's body is a golden orange color, with light bringing out pale golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the hazy (60-70% opaque) body, fairly high in number and activity.

Aroma is a mix of tangy, mildly tart malt courtesy of Lactobacillus, mild smokiness from the beechwood-smoked wheat malt, and a basic grain-breadiness from the base barley and wheat malts. Not bad, but not nearly as tart, smoky, or complex as I thought this could be.

The smoke and tartness are quite mild, making this an easy introduction to either smoked or soured beers, the maltiness smoothing out the flavor profile into familiar ale-like territory. Front of palate picks up slightly bread-like malt characters with mild smoke and tart-tanginess. Mid-palate is of lightly smoked malt, with faint tartness and tanginess, atop a slightly sweet and bread-like pale barley and wheat malt base. Back of palate picks up more notable tartness and tanginess, though still quite modest, along with some pale malt sweetness, virtually no smoke. Aftertaste of very mild tanginess and a touch of smoke, mild and clean bitterness, and slight malt characters.

Beer is of medium-light body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a smooth, slightly foamy, slightly watery mouthfeel. Closes dry, with little stickiness remaining on the palate or lips.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden body. The head settles rapidly and leaves only light lace.

S - Smoky, phenolic, and spicy with notes of wheat, clove, basil, and anise.

T - Spicy wheat notes up front with a hint of vanilla and some coriander. More spicy character comes out in the middle as clove, lemon, and anise appear. The beer finishes with wheat, bready malt, light smoke, and more lemony coriander character as well as a light, lingering tartness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - With historical styles like this it can sometimes be kind of hard to judge, but in this case it is a very drinkable beer by any standard. Reminiscent of a Gose with an even more spicy character and light, but noticeable, smoke character that is at its strongest in the aroma. Like the other Fritz Briem beers, this is a must try for any true beer geek.

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Photo of geocool
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light yellow in color, the beer has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of smoke, sourness and wheat in the nose.
T: Smoky flavors stand out in the overall taste, but these are much more subdued compared to a traditional Rauchbier given the light-bodied nature of the wheat malts. Some hints of sourness are also present.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is an interesting take on a forgotten style and seems to resemble a hybrid between a Rauchbier (with the smoke) and a Berliner Weissbier (with the sourness). The light-bodied nature and low alcohol content makes this very easy to drink.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of sneaks2210
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Tone
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, golden/copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, wheat, slight hops, lemon, and slight clove. Does not seem to fit the Smoked Beer category more aptly applies to a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, sight hops, slight wheat, hint of smoke, slight minerals, lemon, and a hint of clove. Overall, decent blend, body, and aroma, but smoke is almost non-existent.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark golden effervescent beer, a nice wheat head sticking to the glass.

S - Lots of sweet golden wheat aromas with an almost layered twang. Slightly bitter and dry in the nose. Hints of candied citrus, banana and tangy mineral water. The smoke is hardly present.

T - Earthy and grainy, a chewy blend of wheat bread and biscuits. A bit metallic with some tartness and fruit hints. The hops add a slightly bitter edge and the smoked character comes through cleanly in the end. This beer tastes healthy and packed with grainy vitamins.

M - Light bodied, it has a good drinkability and a clean effervescence. The subtle flavors lend a nice blend.

O - I wouldn't consider this a smoked beer but rather a wheat beer with a mild smoke. Nonetheless its tasty, clean and enjoyable.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: slightly-hazy, light yellow-gold....several sloppy lace rings

S: honeyish, not terribly "smoky" - has more mellow floral and bubblegum phenolic characteristics....very subtle, dull smell overall

T: sharp-tart for the first sip or two, slight smoke in the finish...after the initial sip, the tartness drops off dramatically then slows builds and settles on the palate with each sip....some malt flavor, definitely wheat....the smoke flavor is remarkably reminiscent of the Bamberg beers (same malt supplier, or same wood smoked over) just several degrees weaker.... dull orange-citrus, honey-wheat late in the aftertaste

M: all top, no bottom... mild sliminess.... ridiculously dry.... little residual anything other than a sourish, dull wheat nuance

O: not bad, just dull.... maybe "dull" is not the right word - "dainty"?... comes across like a stupid-mellow Bamberg smoker

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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Grodziskie from Professor Fritz Briem
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 169 ratings