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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (25472) - 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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (23713) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bu11zeye (12756) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10644) - 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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (10520) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Pours a hazy yellow with a small off white head. The aroma is yeast and wheat. Thin mouthfeel with a smoke and pepper flavor. Easy to drink a decent ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gyllenbock (7995) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2015
Sample at SBWF 2015. A bit hazy golden/yellow with a small white head. Aroma and taste of citrus, smoke, light wood and some ham. Also notes of salt. Dry and with a sour finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (7887) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sledutah (7063) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AndySnow (6812) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2012
Sample @ SBWF 12. Hazy golden colour with a white head. Spicy ham, malt aroma. Grainy flavour with smoke, ham, yeast.

   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

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