Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie | Professor Fritz Briem

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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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Ratings:
166
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
11.23%
 
 
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Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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 ONovoMexicano
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mactrail
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of CochonKing
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of ccozzi
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of RochefortChris
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
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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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie from Professor Fritz Briem
3.74 out of 5 based on 166 ratings.
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