The Monarchy
Brewed at Jopen

Style: Grodziskie/Gose/Lichtenhainer
Köln (Cologne), Germany


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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Five beer enthusiasts with a common passion for historic brewing came together to create this distinct Polish beer style in the most authentic way we can think of after the brewery in Grodzisk Wielkopolski closed in 1993. It is brewed by Jopen and Monarchy of Musselland together with the beer writers Ron Pattinson and Evan Rail. We use 100% oak-smoked wheat malt, have the exact same gravity of 7.7 degrees Plato, employed classic Lublin hops and fermented with the original yeast. As the town once and again today belongs to Poland, but in the meantime was part of Prussia, there are two different names for the style: Grodziskie and Grätzer. Our research found that brewers also formerly used willow bark in brewing which we thought was an interesting variation. That is why we are offering two different takes on the style: a classic version bearing the name "Grätzer"and a willow bark version called "Grodziskie".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (3674) - BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2015 Grodziskie made by The Monarchy, which intends to resurrect extinct beer types; a collaboration between Jopen, De Bierkoning, Evan Rail and beer historian Ron Pattison. Unfortunately not the willow-bark version - that would have been even more authentic, I guess. Stable, thick, creamy head, murky ochre blonde colour. Wheaty aroma with smoked meat, ashes, charcoal, grass, straw, soap; wheat sourish onset, some estery fruitiness, bit of citrus, strong smoked malts in the middle, ashes and tobacco, finishing in grassy and peppery hop bitterishness. Very interesting but not really accessible - and let’s be honest, there is not much around to compare this with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MWMBeerguy (186) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Wonderful smoky aroma. Gold color with thick white frothy head. Nice pallate with balanced smoky taste. Really good beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fkoolen (671) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2014
Slightly hazy golden colour, white foamy head that nicely laces the beer. Nose has smoky but creamy cheese and sweet malts. Additionally, taste is very soft and slightly acidic (probably the oat or the yeast used). Medium carbonation, easily drinkable light body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2014

Draught @ 5th Borefts Beer Festival 2013, Brouwerij de Molen, Bodegraven, Netherlands.

[ As Jopen / The Monarchy Vereinigte Historische Bierfanatiker Grätzer ].
Unclear medium orange yellow color with a small, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, pale malt, smoke, light caramel. Flavour is moderate sweet with a average duration, mint - minerals ! smoked, pale malt. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20130928]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
miquelcrush (1935) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 12, 2014
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle @ Greg’s dump. Pours a fairly clear golden appearance with a white head. Some paper / wood smoke, lemon, slight metal, twangy aroma. Medium bodied. Fairly tart and spicy. Big woody smoke. Ehhh OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilgrimoutlaw (874) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2014 Bottle pours dark bronze with white head. Smoke, straw, leather, citrus, light fruit. Moderately bitter. Medium body. Lightly crisp

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bosskie (629) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2014
Opaque hay-orange colour with a weak head and gentle carbonation. Smell is smoke and wood, leather and meat, with subtle hints of fruit (dried peaches) and sourness. Salty and spicy. Taste is also smokey but much more subtly. Leather and wood subtle too, dominated by a fizzy warmness and a full-bodied feel. Dry meaty finish. There’s a sweet sourness in there on the edge between nasty and nice - interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (4234) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle (330 ml). Courtesy of JulienHuxley, thanks! Murky yellow with a small white head and little lacing. Aroma is smokey with wheat, bread and lemon. Taste is also smokey with a touch of wheat acidity, lemony notes, bread and an eucalyptus finish. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Tasty and quite drinkable. Very interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rikstar (1638) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2014
O,33l fles gedeeld met Nikos. Mooi amberkleurig bier met wat bezinksel. Aangenaam aroma en smaak met een wat hop, gist en ook duidelijk de rook. Body is medium.

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