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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!


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
burg326 (3543) - Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Oh boy opened this one up, poured a darker yellowish color with aromas of light wheat, smoked sausage, and some earth. Thought this was going to be good, first sip tasted like old hot dog water, second sip was older hot dog water, not good for me, disappointed.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (3328) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ReggieDunlap (3023) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2012
Pours an opaque pale orange with a thin whit head. Aroma is funky and reminiscent of hot dogs. Flavor follows suit...hot dogs!...nasty! Drain pour.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AndySnow (2900) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2012
Sample @ SBWF 12. Hazy golden colour with a white head. Spicy ham, malt aroma. Grainy flavour with smoke, ham, yeast.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Fratto (2590) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Light pour with a small white head. Aroma is a little meaty, bread, and kinda yeasty. Taste very strongly resembles vegan bacon.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2422) - Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2014
[Bottle] Pours a dirty yellow color with a large cap of white head. High carbonation levels make this one look like a hefeweizen. Aroma of smoke and brine. Taste includes salt water, gravy, cumin and grains. Not overly smoky. Good lacing. Highly drinkable. Tasting notes from 1/2012.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hirigalzkar (2240) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2012
Sample @ SBWF 2012. Pours light yellow. Wheat, smoke and gooseberry notes in aroma. Fresh, crisp and slightly smoked taste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VsXsV (2175) - Linköping, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
finol (2109) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle at SBWF. Bit tart aroma. A bitter lager with taste of brussels sprouts.


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