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Choc Brewmasters Signature Michael Lalli Grätzer
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20333) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 10, 2012
Bottled@SBWF2012. Yellowish golden colour, aroma is spices, mild smoked notes as well as some slight herbal and toffeeish notes. Flavour is very similar with some fruityness as well. Pleasant!

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (19381) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2012
Bottled at SBWF. Lightly hazy golden, small head. Fruity and dusty smoke aroma. Dry with light body and clean crystal malt character. Light smoke as perfume atop a modern crystal malt body. Low bitterness. Superficial.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy pale yellow body with a medium egg-white head. Aroma of wheat, herbs, sulfur, burnt plastic, and smoke. Flavor of herb, grass, smoke, and sulfur.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9163) - 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!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (6049) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
First to rate! 2/25/12. Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Very light pale dusty golden pour with a small khaki head. Smokey, meaty aroma for sure with touches of yeast. Very smokey, salty, meaty flavor with light citrus. Whoa.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Bottled, cloudy yellow orange color with bright foam, aroma of plastic and smoke, flavor is fatty, smoke, bitter wood, effervescent finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5847) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5024) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2012
Hazed yellow pour. Smoke, peat, and wheat. Large peat, wheaty, and yeasty. Medium bodied and fizzy. rbwg

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sledutah (4689) - Utah, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle shared at RBWG 2012
Hazy yellow with a small white head and some light lacing. Smokey, meaty, yeasty and bready. OK.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (3920) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Location: 750 ml bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 3/5/12

Aroma: It is rather wheaty at first, with some lemon, spice, yeast....and then the smoked meat shows up
Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow color with a big, thick, and foamy white head, and random lace bubbles
Flavor: The taste is much like you’d expect, its a wheat and meat (my apologize for the rhyme time...)
Palate: The body is fairly light and it is surprisingly easy drinking, with a decently fizzy carbonation
Overall Impression: Only the 5th rater of this one (and the first who didn’t have it at the RBWG), I guess it hasn’t been around too long... Anyway, this is an odd one. It combines some of the most common aspects of a wheat beer and a rauchbier. I certainly can’t think of anything similar to this one that I have ever tried, but I also can’t imagine that I’d want to drink beers like this regularly. I’m torn. Props for the originality, I’ll throw a couple of bonus points to the overall for that, but it still isn’t a great beer.


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