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!
AndySnow (1199) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sample @ SBWF 12. Hazy golden colour with a white head. Spicy ham, malt aroma. Grainy flavour with smoke, ham, yeast.
bu11zeye (11111) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(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.
Fratto (2328) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2012
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
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