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Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

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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162
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
17.96%
 
 
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Photo of drperm
4.72/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Aventinus Weizenstarkbier glass, just for fun (I love that glass).

Unassuming to the eye, it appears as a dark-apricot-colored, slightly-hazy (but not very) ale. Then the fun begins.
The nose is wheaty and earthy with a slight fruit quality: pears, bananas, and persimmons.
On the tongue, it comes to life: a pleasantly present (but not overwhelming) amount of smoke, mixed with a nice wheat-barley balance (think American wheat ale rather than Hefeweizen or Wit), and a sufficiently bitter backdrop. The sourness is more implied than overt, although them that do not like sour beers may disagree on that point.
The mouthfeel is rich and creamy with an appropriate snap at the end.

I can't get enough of this beer, and am glad my LBS is well-stocked with them! Another winner from Professor Fritz. I'm enjoying mine with a charcuterie plate that includes some Welsh mustard cheese -- the combination of it with the beer is PERFECT.

Now, if I can just find a recipe to brew this at home...

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Photo of flagmantho
4.57/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a weizen glass. I like smoky beers and I like wheat beers, so I'm thinking I'll like this.

Appearance: lightly hazy golden wheaten-ale hue. Head is a thick finger of frothy, pillowy white foam. There's also a nice, moderate effervescence to this beer.

Smell: an absolutely wonderful combination of banana-like hefeweizen aroma and a light but integral smoky component. This is my first Grätzer, but I hope it's not my last.

Taste: good smoky flavor right up front; underlying this is a wonderful flavor of wheat and some more banana-ey esters, although more limited than in the aroma. The flavor is exceptionally smooth and beautifully composed. Love it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of well-integrated carbonation. I don't know if it's the wheat or what, but this thing is delightfully creamy and just wonderful on the tongue.

Overall: I was hoping I would like this beer. Now I think it might be one of my absolute favorites. Wonderful!

On another note, I hope the Bros add a Grätzer style to the site. I would love to be able to explore this style in more depth.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy light orange with a finger of white head, sticky lace.

S: Smells like a mix of a rauchbier and a hefe. Banana, wheat malt, and bubblegum.

T: Sweet smoke flavour with a definite yeasty component, wheat malt, bread.

M: Crisp carbonation, light to medium-bodied, refreshing, very drinkable. Acidity is minor but adds a nice touch.

O: Aside from Bootlegger's Wildfire Wheat, I've never had a smoked wheat beer. This is great, more brewers should do this, it'd be great for a BBQ.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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 BeardedBoffin
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grodziskie is a Polish wheat-style brew from the days of yore. This current draught rendition, from Germany, arrived a cloudy golden color with a big sticky white cap of foam. This brew certainly has wheat character, but the smokey skeleton brings it together. The aroma is nutty and interesting. The body is thick with wheat. The flavors are earthy, smokey and yeasty. A slight touch of spice at the end provides balance. An interesting recreation of a bygone beer.

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Photo of pmsawyer
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's

Appearance - Hazy light gold with good solid head and decent head retention.

Smell - Sour grain with light smoke light spice.

Taste - Good balance of sourness and grains and hops. Pleasant tartness that does not dominate. Light smoke flavor adds to the taste without overwhelming other flavors.

Texture - Medium body, moderate carbonation with dry finish.

Overall - Thanks to Max's for this rare offering. Refreshing brew and hope the style popularity grows.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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 jlisuk
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells of straw, funk, and a little fruit (cherries, apricot). Pale yellow, little head, effervescent with lots of fine bubbles. First taste is for wheat and smoke, unusual but tasty. Smoke is not overpowering, but it is at the forefront of the flavor profile. Sourness becomes more noticeable with every sip and is refreshing. I like this allot. Basically like a very nice Berlinner Weisse, with a smoke element. Pleasant aftertaste, does not coat the tongue.

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Photo of mactrail
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Fritz Briem Pivo Grodziskie - Graetzer Ale
8/26/12
.5L, no date.

Pours a pale, hazy orange with a small white head. Decent lacing and retention. (3.5)

Aroma is lightly sour and subtly smokey, with an almost whiskey-like woody/oaky note. Very interesting and unlike any beer I've had before. (4.5)

Flavor is tart and smokey. What a combo, really throws you for a loop. Nevertheless the beer remains subtle, balanced and drinkable, despite the oddity of the flavors. Spicy and wheaty, with a solid dose of bitterness. A bit oxidized though. The sour-mash technique and smoked wheat malt create an almost Bourbon-like character. Dry, rustic and relatively weightless on the palate. Mouthfeel tends to be a bit watery, something that could be solved by higher carbonation. (4, 3)

A fascinating, resurrected relic of a beer style. Well done, Herr Doktor Professor Briem. Smoked beer fans will find a lot to like here. A ton of flavor in a low-ABV package. (4.5)

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
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 dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow with very light visible carbonation. The head is a white half finger tall and reduces to a thin layer of bubbles almost immediately. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Aromas are primarily wheat malts, lemon, and a light smokiness (almost like smoky aroma you get when opening a package of bacon).

T: Flavors include a light smokiness (though not as strong as I was expecting/hoping for) with lemon citrus upfront and finishes with a wheat taste. There is also a slight hint of sourness. Almost like you had mixed a rauchbier with a kristalweiss.

M: Light bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin but still smooth.

O: Extremely interesting and something that I think I could enjoy more regularly. A very interesting style and a nice example which is quite successful. Mixture of the flavors and aromas make this beer easy to enjoy and sessionable.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Holy Grale, served into a tumbler.

A pale, hazy yellow with a frothy head that sticks around and makes plenty of lace.

Tart lemons, a touch of bready yeast and some hints at earthy hops.

Sour on the tongue with notes of lemon peel and sour mash. A touch of yeast and earth round out the flavor a bit and provide contrast.

Soft with low carbonation, thin medium in body.

A great sessionable sour wheat beer.

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Photo of Zach136
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
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 avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: Had an aroma of malt, a little fruit and some smokiness.

T: Tasted of a bit of citrus (lemon) up front, with some malt in the finish. The smokiness wasn't nearly as prevalent as with other beers of the style. A very focused, tight flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a creamy, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a solid, drinkable beer. Worth trying.

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

16.9 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Light golden with a great head and spritzy looks. Good retention.

Hops and slight tartness in the nose. Only slightly tart, somewhat meaty and smoky, with a woodiness to it. Interesting to say the least and quite unique. Slight bitterness at the end that lingers. The palate soon gets accustomed and it drinks as easy as any other light and crisp (and good) beer.

Medium body with good carbonation. Would like to see a Gose soon.

4, 4, 4, 4, 4

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Photo of jsanford
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Churchkey in D.C.

Smoked Sour What beer from Professor Fritz Briem (maker of one of the finest Berliner Weisse around)? I'm there! Pours a clear honey-gold with a soapy white head. Lovely aromas of Beechwood smoke, wheat malt, and lactic acid with a slight herbal character. Taste is similar to the nose, nice balance of smoke, wheat, and lactic acid with just a touch of funk. Reminds me a bit of the Westbrook Smoked Berliner Weisse I had at Brewvival last year, but not as clean. Mouthfeel is fairly light, with a slightly watery feel and lowish carbonation. Overall a very unique beer that I'm hoping gets bottled in the future. Incredibly happy to have tried this!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a slighlty coudy light orange amber. This white head leaves islands of foam and a ring around the glass, no lacing. Aroma of light bready malt, wheat and a hint of smoke. Flavor starts with light wheat, lemon and faint smokiness, becomes a little sweeter with light wheat and malt and finishes with somewhat abrupt dry wheat with faint memories of sour wheat and smoke. Very subtly flavored, but interesting flavor progression. Light bodied, but to style for a wheat beer. An interesting nearly extinct local style that is well worth bringing back for its unique flavors. I like what the Professor has been doing with these historical recreations.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Jimmys
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Misanthropy_Sipping
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was really expecting something out of this world when I picked this up in Durango, CO. I am definitely in love with the Berliner W. from the same brewer.
The smell of smoke, slightly tart citrus, and wheat germ was all very delicate but inviting. Not nearly as effervescent as the Berliner.
The smoke was mild, the sourness was mild, the overall beer was simply delicate. Of good quality, but utterly delicate. So much to the point I was a bit disappointed. I was hoping for even a tad bit more sourness and smokiness to this. Just a tad, but it did not quite pull through.
I was pleased to give it a whirl, but it won't be something I will be charging back to the store for and grabbing up each and every time I see it.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark golden and light brown beer, not thick viscosity like a stout, but more akin to a Newcastle flagship brown ale blended with a Coors Extra. Nice head, dense. Aroma, definitely pick up the sour mash notes, the smoke is adequately restrained for my desires, yet still existent enough to qualify as a smoked beer.

Taste, plenty yummy. Good sour and dark wheat notes, the wheat seems more robust here than in your average berlinner weisse, which is what this seems to be at its heart. Thought the tartness was adequate, could have used a little more tart factor, was just a bit below the 1809. Less sweetness (which isn't high) and more tartness could have helped, don't know to what extent the smoked wheat takes away from the sourness.

While its a little pricey for a 500ml bottle ($7), I could see this being one of those cool beers to pick up once a year, best used when grilling around the pool in summertime.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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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