Grodziskie | Live Oak Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Smoke Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Grodziskie resurrects the last indigenous Polish beer style to go extinct in the twentieth century. Originally borne out of necessity in the 11th century CE, to substantiate one's diet and offset lack of potable water for sustenance. Production ceased in Grodzisk in 1991. It is brewed using only oak-smoked wheat malt and assertively hopped like a pilsner. Even with a low ABV, the wheat malt delivers a full-bodied beer. The original Polish ale yeast strain ferments cold, alongside our lager yeast throughout lagering. Please enjoy this truly rare beer.

Added by Getalegup on 08-10-2014

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by kinupanda:
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1/5  rDev -71.6%

This is probably the first beer I have tried that has made me dry heave; thinking about it while writing this review is causing the same reaction. I had one sip that tasted like burnt melted butter, coating my mouth and triggering my gag reflex. I expect some smoked malt flavor, but that was completely muted... to me, the beer essentially looked and smelled like phenol. That was enough for me to pour this one. I usually stand by the quality of Live Oak's offerings, but to call this one a disappointment is an understatement. Even the bartenders at the establishment at which I tried this called said "we probably couldn't even give this away"... I have to agree.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Looks like a banana smoothie with head. 4.25

Smells like fresh bananas, wood and smoke. Love the smoke. 4.25

Vegetal, earthy, woody, smoky, wheaty and touches of fruity. Don't love the vegetal aspect but love the smoke. 3

Bitter and vegetal over a light body. Smokiness is on point and aggressive but still takes a backseat to the bitterness. Doesn't drink refreshingly as should be the case. 2.25

Sampled first and loved what I tasted but it didn't carry well to a full pour. It was a task to drink this unfortunately.

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Photo of javlin624
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live Oak "Grodziskie"
on tap @ Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden, Austin, TX

"Last indigenous Polish beer style. 100% wheat smoked with oak."

Appearance: Hazy, very light straw gold with a "white" cast if that's possible. Short head of bright white foam. Average head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Slightly sweet malt with soft smoke.

Flavor: As in the aroma, but more pronounced. Mildly earthy, spicy and subtly citrusy. Solidly bitter at its center. Dry finish. The smoke gently lingers.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and gently effervescent. Seems appropriate.

Overall: As I've never had this style, nor heard anything of it, I'll have to judge it hedonistically - and I like it! I'm not sure it's a beer I'd go back to beyond one (and I doubt I'd ever have three in a row), but I'd certainly try it again. If you enjoy smoked beer it's nice. It's neither overdone nor too light, and the malt, even though it's a small beer, still comes through.

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Photo of Anayalator
4.78/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of TheGent
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of crobinso
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChaseTheAce
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of sd123
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of champ103
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Most recently on tap at Hay Merchant in Houston.

A: Pours a vibrant, cloudy yellow color. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention and lace. looks like a spot on Hefe.
S: Up front, all I get is buttery diacetyl. Some grains, and fruity esters come next. All that intermingles with a smoked meat aroma. Odd to say the least.
T: Again, big on the almost buttery popcorn flavor. Definite diacetyl going on here. Fruity esters, even a slight tart lemon flavor. Mixed with the strong and lingering smoked malt character.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp and effervescent. The smoked malt makes this kind of dirty. Even at the ridiculous low ABV, this is still a chore to drink. The yeast and smoke are at odds here.

I can very much appreciate what Live Oak tried to do. Though it did not hit with me. Maybe it was more the perceived diacetyl than the actual awkwardness of the style. Without the buttery note, I might really enjoy this. As is everything is odd at out of wake. Interesting style, interesting take, one of my favorite breweries, but just a miss.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-draught @ Live Oak for $5 USD. 3.00% ABV.

Low B / GOOD

05/19/18 can:

Neutral up front, finishing smokey but not harsh. A pleasant smoked beer and a more mild alternative to aggressive German rauchbiere.

More solid fare from Live Oak.

High B- / WORTHY

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Photo of beeragent
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Poured a light, slightly hazy straw. Medium white head with light lace. Smelled strongly of smoked malts. Taste up front is the smoked malt, but not as strong as a traditional rauchbier, but still pronounced. Also more smooth than a rauchbier with the wheat characteristics coming through more in the finish. Good carbonation and clean finish. I know a lot of people would find this style unappealing, but if you're familiar with the style beforehand, you'll see that Live Oak has made a great example of the style. I would easily buy this in six packs or bombers if it were available!!

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Photo of Matt141
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mwbbq
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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Grodziskie from Live Oak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 53 ratings