Grätzer | Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

very good
15 Reviews

Brewed by:
Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BierGartenok on 02-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 24
Photo of dngilb
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, buy this beer and save it for back yard Bar-b-ques in the heat of the summer. Just drinking it makes me think of pool parties and grilling... resonating with summers when I lived on a lake.

A: very pale yellow. Color is uninspiring, but lets you know its going to be refreshing. Pretty decent lacing.

S: smells like smoke coming off the grill. and beer.

T: refreshing white grape, apple/pear, white tea, wheat/grain, tiny hint of green melon, AND smoke right off the barbecue. Maybe a little white pepper towards the last half. It's like you get to taste a refreshing beer and barbecue at the same time. ;-)

M: very pleasant amount of effervescence, early on in the experience there is a slight creamy feeling that makes me think of a banana. Not syrupy, not watery... just right for a refreshing summer brew.

O: drink this outside in the summer. very nice. I'll buy a few more and wait for warm weather.

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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Biergartenok for setting one aside for me!

Pours a semi-hazed honey color with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Bready notes, juicy-fruit notes

T: Subdued smokeyness, mostly beechwood with pears & grainy bread up front. More smokeyness as this warms, along with white grape & a little bit of banana peel. Finishes semi-dry with subdued smokeyness & a bit of pear & woody dryness

MF: Light/medium bodied with nice effervescence

Pretty drinkable, nice restrained used of smoked malt. Nothing to really compare this to, does make me think a little bit of Bamberg & a smoked hefe I tried from Rocky Mountain Brewing in Co Springs...

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Photo of chocosushi
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Resurrection from Krebs!
~Unibroue Tulip~
A ~ Pours murked & milky orange/beige with effervescent medium bead of carbonation and an enamel colored head.
Spitty looking lace.

S ~ Soggy wheat bread crust with a mild oaky astringency...apricot flesh...there's a musty quality similar to mushrooms.

T ~ Wheat following through with garden herbs & yellow apple.
Hints of steamed greens. Mushrooms & Dry wood.. The smoke really whispers through. Finish is bark & black pepper. Great balance here.

M ~ Crisp & Peppery. There is a great deal of flavor within the 4 % abv. A word I must used to describe this is meaty. Would pair well with any meat-based dish, as would a good Rauch. A very unique dry, mineral-y finish.

D ~ A very intriguing style that reminds me of a lighter bodied parallel of Rauchbier, and I really cannot get enough it. Worth seeking out simply to try the style, not to mention that it has an incredible flavor. Drinkability is extremely high.

Cheers to Krebs for another gem!

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Once poured into the thistle glass a huge mountain of fluffy white head arises perched ontop of a bath of cloudy, and creamy light gold with dark highlights. Good head retention with bubbly lacing climbing the sides of the glass.

S: A robust scent of campfire smoke, heavy wheat compliments and timid nodes of rotten wood.

T/M: Wow! A vibrant explosion of funky wheat, yeast, slightly metallic and timid earthy hop attributes to this light but well carbonated brew. Wood, hay and a lingering delicate smoke deliver a crisp and refreshing finish.

O: Hats off to Brewmaster Lalli at Choc. This delicious offering has crisp fresh flavors with a smoky twist. A fantastically well done rebirth of this forgotten style. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to enjoy this fantastic beer and recommend anyone that is able to get this to try it.

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Photo of BierGartenok
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Down in Krebs Oklahoma there are a few guys that still believe there are beers out there that need to be rediscovered. Mr. Lalli and the crew at Choc have brought back a beer from the grave and given it a new life in the heartland of America..Grätzer. From the wheat to the yeast,the only thing "Oklahoman" in this brew is the water and the hands used to produce it. Choc believes that authenticity is the root of what makes beers great...I would have to agree.

Sticking with the new world style of brewing using old world ingredients, Grätzer is a beer you may have never had the chance to sample in your lifetime. Upon inspection the 750ml bottle is understated amongst some others, but it is whats inside that counts. Giving the bottle a good swirl to loosen the sediment...I popped the cork. Great carbonation is evident right away. A good hazy golden straw color with a nice bubbly white head is apparent as you pour. The head slowly dissipates and lingers, hop lacing is very evident and persistent. Mild oak smoke is apparent followed by some bread, clove and banana. Hops are slightly detectable, but nothing to speak of. Creamy and cloudy it appears in the glass, which is appropriate for the style. The head has thinned to a fine strip but is hanging around the glass tightly. With the first sip lots of carbonation up front, tingly with a slight hop bitterness. The smoke follows throughout the middle and all the way to the finish. The finish is dry as the smoke sticks to the back of your tongue. There is a slight astringent aspect in the finish, but in no way does it distract from the flavor. Possibly caused by the Oak Smoked wheat? The smoke and other esters are extremely well balanced and enjoyable. Body is medium and appropriate for style. With only 4.0% ABV this beer is not intended to be a Huge juggernaut. The smoke is so mild, that it is a very inviting lingering aroma after the beer is finished...Well done! This beer would be simply amazing with bacon and eggs in the morning!

Having never sampled an authentic Polish Grätzer, this beer makes me want to visit my friend in Warsaw even more. I do not believe I could have ordered a more authentic beer representative of this style anywhere in the world, including Poland. Mr. Lalli and the crew at Choc have done an amazing job at resurrecting this wonderful beer from certain death. Here is to Mike and all the Craft Brewers that step outside the box to bring us AMAZING beers from all over the world!
Na Zdrowie!

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Grätzer from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
3.92 out of 5 based on 24 ratings.
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