Choc Brewmasters Signature Michael Lalli Grätzer
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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Here at Choc Beer Co., we take great pride in producing top-quality, innovative beers. With that in mind, we are very excited to announce the rebirth of Gratzer! Gratzer is a traditional Polish style of beer that has been commercially extinct since the early 1990s. Our Gratzer will take its place in our Signature Series as an annual release. The beer will be available in 750 ml corked-and-caged bottles with a very limited amount on draft. Traditionally the style was brewed with 100 percent oak-smoked wheat malt and a Polish yeast. The unavailability of these ingredients have created major obstacles for any commercial brewer interested in bringing back Gratzer. Undeterred by these challenges we decided to recreate this style. After considering smoking wheat malt in Krebs, we were able to convince Weyermann, our malt supplier, to smoke the malt. Once the malt was secured our attention turned to sourcing yeast. We could have used a readily available yeast strain, but we wanted to recreate a historically accurate Gratzer. With that in mind, a member of our team traveled to Poland to secure the proper yeast. The resulting combination of wheat and oak smoke is very unique. It is a beer that every serious enthusiast should experience when Signature Gratzer hits stores in Oklahoma and western Arkansas in late January. As always with the annual Signature releases, there is a limited quantity. Once the beer is gone there will be no more until next year!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VsXsV (3970) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle at Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival 2012. Hazy yellow liquid with small white head. Aroma of smoke, wheat, sausage, clove and knäckebröd. Taste is dry and light bitter with notes of sausage and some floral hops. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Interesting, but weird, stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatehunter (2275) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2012
2011 Bottle. Into a snifter. Cloudy dark straw color with two fingers of head. Smells like smoked salmon. A lighter smoke than other smoked beers. There’s a bit of fruit, maybe banana in the smell too. Smoke taste too. Soft wheat texture and taste. Low bitterness. Moderate carbonation, the bubbles dance in the mouth. I enjoy that fact that this is a revived beer from history. But I do not personally enjoy it enough to want more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hirigalzkar (2955) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2012
Sample @ SBWF 2012. Pours light yellow. Wheat, smoke and gooseberry notes in aroma. Fresh, crisp and slightly smoked taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
finol (3124) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle at SBWF. Bit tart aroma. A bitter lager with taste of brussels sprouts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Urbancaver for this. Brewed in 2011. 3.0 A: Murky brownish yellow color. Three fingers of foamy white head. Retention is below average and just a few whisps of lacing are left. 5.0 S: Wonderful nose! Powerful smoked malt with layers and layers of depth. Campfire smokiness is in the forefront, but underneath there is porcine galore and beyond that are BBQ briquettes. The rest of the smell is pretty simple as you can’t get past the smoke and to it. Still, this is absolutely perfect. Big and powerful and as complex as you can get (given the big and powerful) and yet it’s so well integrated and rounded. 3.5 T: The taste can’t hold up to the nose. The smoke flavor is there, but it’s not nearly as deep or complex as in the nose. Only the campfire variety manifests. You can, however, get to the base now though. Light pear fruitiness, dirty earthiness, and poplar wood. Chard and chard-like bitterness. A bit grainy and wheaty as well. 3.5 M: Medium body. A little more carbonation than I care for, but not bad. "Fluffy" creaminess. Smooth. 4.0 D: Easy drinker with a killer nose. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-19-2012 04:47:23

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2012
750ml bottle at the Flying Saucer in Little Rock, AR. Pours a lightly hazed golden-yellow colored body with a finger-width, dense and frothy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is grainy pale malts with some wheat, a moderate smokiness, some plastic phenols, a touch of bread, and a light wood. Flavor is similar. Grainy pale malts with a light wheat, some dry smoke, a light wood, and a touch of peat up front. Light breadiness in the middle with some yeast spice before this finishes dry and woody with a moderate bitterness as well as a hint of phenol and a light grainy wheat. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a crisp, refreshing, moderate carbonation. Overall, an interesting beer. I’m dumb to the style, but it seems like a well made example of a style without a lot of flair. Grainy malts with no sweetness and some wheat, dry wood, and some smoke. Nothing special, but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RasterMaster (258) - , Oklahoma, USA - JUL 2, 2012
2011 Vintage. Hazy pale blonde pour into thick pillowy white head that slowly dissipates into sticky lacing that melts into a lingering pool of foam as carbonated bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Aroma of smoky oak, roasted malt and yeasty biscuit. Initial flavor of yeasty biscuit and toasted wheat bread which fades into a bitter lemony tartness that is soon overpowered by the smoky, oaky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bricktop86 (792) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Pours hazy very pale yellow with a lot of pillowy head. Aroma of hay, smoked ham, grain, and slight skunk. Taste grain up front then turns into smoked ham some sulfur tastes as well. Long smokey finish. Pretty good and different

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 23, 2012
On tap. Hazy golden color with white foam. Spicy smoked polish sausage, tart wheat, smoked wood aromas. Medium bodied with light co2. Nice spicy smoked sausage, lightly tart wheat flavors--good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10657) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Bottle… Murky golden ale with a mid-sized, fluffy, white head. Good retention. The bouquet is closer to smelling like smoked meat than any Rauchbier, American smoked beer or Lichtenhainer Weisse I’ve ever come across. It’s full-bodied with mild carbonation. Flavor-wise, this one sort of falls flat, but what are you gonna do? “Wheat is for baking and barley is for brewing,” although if Choc had thrown more acidity my way, I would have scored this beer much higher and I imagine others would have done the same. Finishes coarse and wheaty. Well, at least it’s perfectly-balanced and inoffensive. A+ for the attempt as I’m a sucker for breweries that try to recreate ancient, extinct and/or traditional beer styles; because, after all, no one is putting a gun to their head to do it and there’s a very good chance the brew will not go over well. Otherwise, the beer style probably wouldn’t be a thing of the past now, would it? Big props to ericandersnavy for providing this bottle!

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