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Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie | Professor Fritz Briem

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Professor Fritz Briem GrodziskieProfessor Fritz Briem Grodziskie
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3.75/5
Very Good
167 Ratings
Professor Fritz Briem GrodziskieProfessor Fritz Briem Grodziskie
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by oline73 on 11-22-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,598
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
167
pDev:
11.2%
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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of zaphodchak
1.91/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice straw-amber gradient and a finger of white head. Nice lace.

Smells obviously skunked. Difficult to discern anything else other than skunk.

Tastes quite watery, skunkiness is there as well. Behind the which there is a bit of tartness and a trace of smoke. Ideally, this would be refreshing, but this one is a drain case.

Smoothish but a bit extra-bright and overcarbonated.

You would do well to disregard this review, as I'm 85% sure this is a case of "beer that has gone bad" rather than "beer I don't like." I love smokey beers. How it skunked is a mystery (in the brown bottle) but I'm going to try and get a refund on this one if I can.

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Photo of akttr
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

It's been a while since I was excited to try a Polish-style beer... This one pours a lightly hazy goldenrod topped by a finger or so of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises lemon-coated must, light wisps of smoke, and toasted wheat. I can't say this is the most appealing smell in the world, but it's not all bad. The taste starts off with a mildly tart lemon flavor, then goes into a lightly smoky haze, then revisits the sourness with some sour, funky wheat. Again, like the smell, things just don't come across as appealing, with neither the sourness nor the smoke coming through well enough, strong enough, for either to succeed, even when they start to cooperate. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sticky finish. Overall, an interesting trip into brewing history, but this artifact just doesn't work for me.

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
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 iCabaLLero
3.02/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
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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Photo of Ego
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
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 oline73
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a solid layer of fluffy white foam. Some lacing and decent head retention.

Smell: Mildly sour with a hint of banana and some spice. A bit floral and not very smokey.

Taste: I thought this was really different from anything I've had. Sour, but not overly so. Some smoke and a bit acidic. I'm tasting the wheat and a confusing flavor that is a bit herbal. The finish is bitter. A bit muddled.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I had a tough time describing this one. Really different.

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Photo of brez8791
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of thebouch01
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of match1112
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of RochefortChris
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of PaulsBrew
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of BillHilly
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured at 55 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: Bright golden, slight haze, nice head and retention

S: Sharp hops, not really smokey, slight acid tinge

T: Typical bavarian wheat, very little smoke, the souring is not really prevelant, and a sharp saaz hops & yeast finish.

M: Decent carbonation, easy drinker

O: The pour and the smell had me excited...this beer is median at best.

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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

Photo of Tone
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
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 coreyfmcdonald
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a flute glass

A: Pours clear light golden color with a finger of dense foam. Retention is impressive. Great looking beer.

S: Light bacon-like smokiness with even lighter lemon citrus scent. Some wheat in the background.

T: Tastes just like a mixture of a rauchbier and a berliner weisse. The sourness is very light, though. The smokiness comes out a bit more in the taste than it did in the aroma, but it's still pretty faint.

M: Light bodied with strong carbonation.

O: Not bad, but all the aromas and flavors are pretty weak. However, this is enjoyable.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle, part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program. It was pored into my petite Duvel tulip.

Professor Briem's Grodziskie pours a lightly hazy orange. Maybe two fingers worth of white foam rise up and linger for a minute before fading. The nose is very interesting, featuring well balanced interplay between smoke, spicy saaz hops, and a touch of tart, citric lemon. The flavor profile leads off with a bit of a grainy, wheat taste, only for a peppery flourish from the hops to come in next. A light smokiness comes in for the close. Though it's not particularly intense, it does manage to blunt most of the impact of the delicate sourness present (or at least anticpated based on the aroma). The body has a little more heft than I might have anticipated from a 4% beer, and the carbonation just doesn't quite liven the beer up enough. This gratzer's a fairly unique kind of beer, and one that I'm glad I tried. Don't know if I'd actively seek out another one though.

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