Piwo Grodziskie | Schlossbrauerei Au-Hallertau

Piwo GrodziskiePiwo Grodziskie
BA SCORE
38.1%
Liked This Beer
3.56 w/ 42 ratings
Piwo GrodziskiePiwo Grodziskie
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Schlossbrauerei Au-Hallertau
Germany
auerbier.de

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ThePorterSorter on 02-05-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,833
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
42
Liked:
16
Avg:
3.56/5
pDev:
12.36%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
1
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of morrowd3
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rypkr
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very unique. Not in love with it but I'll certainly buy this again. Shame beer advocate doesn't have a grodziskie category as this is unique from other smoked beers.

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Photo of Ottoj55
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A co-worker has been raving about this style of beer. Finally picked one up to see, and he's right. Its an amazing experience. Pours an incredibly clear pale yellow with a frothy white head. Its highly carbonated and lively in the glass. The aroma is slightly smoky with pleasant hops. Its the taste that blows you away, slightly tart, slightly smoky, nicely malty and all well balanced. The mouthfeel is also light and pleasant, its smooth. Its a light beer overall, and easy to drink. Don't fear the smoke. This isn't smoky like a rauchbier, its mild and pleasant.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of James_NelsonIV
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of thgreatrandini
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.63/5  rDev +2%

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Golden. Mild haze. Fast bubble streams. Fine bubbled head retains at a quarter inch. Lacing sticks in a thin sheet. More lager-like in appearance than anything.

S: Tart and fruity with scents of green apple skin and white grape must. Slight steely acidity. Wheats. Hop oils with mild floral notes. Subtle woody and jerky-like smoke.

T: Toasty, coarse wheat, mildly nutty. Jerky and woody smoke has a surprisingly soft touch. Tart and fruity with a mild acidity that cuts through everything on the mid palate and beyond. Floral and oily hops. Apple blossom. Steely. Fading tartness with traces of smoke on the finish.

M: Light bodied with a frothy wheat texture that gets flattened by the acidity. Semi-aggressive carbonation reinforces the cleansing affect that the acidity brings.

O: On paper this is perhaps the most ridiculous combination of flavors I've ever heard. In execution it works about as well as it could though. The balance is on point and it's subtle where it needs to be (which is pretty much everywhere). It's actually a pretty decent brew, all things considered. An interesting slice of history to be sure, but I don't expect this to ever take off as a style.

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Photo of animal69
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of KFBR392
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The color is a murky red/orange. Pours with a minimal head with some medium sized bubbles on the sides of the glass. Active carbonation is low.

Smell: Some tart fruits show up on the front with accents of apricots and raisins. Grass and some smokey malts open up on the body. White grapes and some oak are picked up as well. Not overpowering, everything plays along together.

Taste: Follows a pretty similar path to the aroma. Tart fruits on the front with accents of white grapes, cherries, and apricots. Smokiness is light at first, opening on the body and building throughout into the finish. Smokiness has a touch of ash and toasted grains. Finish is some lingering tartness.

Mouthfeel: The smoke and tartness are kept in balance well, complimenting each other throughout. Carbonation is low up it allows everything going on in this brew to shine.

Overall: My first of the style and I really enjoyed it. A sessionable option that has a tone going on. Would be a good choice to win someone over if they are not a fan of smoked beers.

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Photo of rumorsofsurf
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of nebuchadnezzer
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of bierdeflanders
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mikeburd1128
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of pkalix
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | 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 icehawk
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 

 Appearance: Transparent, gold with minimal white head 

 Aroma: Smoke, honey 

 Taste: Very subdued; slight smoke, very minimal sourness, light honey 

 Palate: Very smooth, light body. Slight, cleansing aftertaste 

 Overall: Very subtle flavors; had a hard time discerning the different flavors, picking up the smoke, etc. Still a good, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of acevenom
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a weizen glass. The beer pours slightly hazy orangish copper with a thin, white head. There are plenty of visible tiny bubbles rising in the beer. The beer smells of light smoke with some wheat and light tartness. The mild smokiness and tartness carries over into the flavor. The sour flavor is very mild, so it would not be off putting for a beginner. The smoke follows the same pattern here, adding flavor rather than being overpowering. There's a good malt backbone here as well. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. Some of the smokiness and aftertaste carry into the finish. The beer drinks pretty easily, which I would expect at 4% ABV. This is a tasty beer.

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Piwo Grodziskie from Schlossbrauerei Au-Hallertau
Beer rating: 38.1% out of 100 with 42 ratings
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