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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5779) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2012
Hazed yellow pour. Smoke, peat, and wheat. Large peat, wheaty, and yeasty. Medium bodied and fizzy. rbwg

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VsXsV (3920) - 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatehunter (2240) - 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sledutah (7013) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (5684) - 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.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gyllenbock (7687) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (10002) - 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 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6504) - 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

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