The Monarchy
Brewed at Jopen

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


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RATINGS: 141   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".

sebletitje's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8789) - Enghien, - JUL 10, 2013
33cl bottle, thanks Tomaz. BB 11-2013. Dorée-paille, léger trouble, col épais crémeux blanc. Arôme est assez surprenant avec des effluves de malt fumé, froment et un bouquet végétal qui aide à placer cette bière dans un ligue à part. Palais garde cette approche très allemande de par la levure et profil général. Pointe fumée porte cette dernière encore plus haut avec un côté grains froment et une note surette qui mettent la bière entre une saison et une berliner. Amertume présente un profil agrumes qui reste assez neutre pour un houblonnage européen. Rustique mais délicieuse à déguster.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Manslow (1018) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 5, 2016
Butelka 0,33l kolor złoty, mętny, piana ładnie osiada na szkle chociaż mogłaby byc bardziej obfita. Aromat wędzonki i słodu, smak taki sam Dośc dobre piwo, wędzonka długo na podniebieniu, mała goryczka.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (1331) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2016
0.33 l bottle from ’Plan B’ (Rotterdam), best before April 2014 (!). Slightly hazy, golden amber with a thin, fluffy, slowly diminishing, white head. Sweetish-malty, smoky and slightly fruity aroma of smoked ham, some citrus, banana and vanilla. Sweetish-malty, slightly sourish, smoky and slightly fruity taste of banana, smoked ham, citrus and vanilla, followed by a short, slightly tart, dry and smoky-spicy finish. Thin to medium body, smooth and slightly astringent mouthfeel, average carbonation. Well-balanced, thirst-quenching stuff!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (4702) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2015
33 cl bottle into a Hamm’s pilsner glass, on sale at Supermarket Liquors. Dark yellow and fairly clear appearance with an average beige head. Aroma of smoked malt, toasted oak, bread, light tobacco and light earth. Similar flavor, adding a bit of musty yeast. Mild to moderate bitterness with light sweetness and a smoky finish. It tastes slightly off and a little old. This held up pretty well and is way better than the Grodziskie, which was infected or something.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (4675) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2015
33 cl. pours amber with a lasting disc of spongy foam. Pleasant nose of smoked toffee apple. Tastes of earthy cocoa, apple, caramel and smoke. Light-medium body has medium carbonation and an excellent balance. Reminds me of a quality alt with a nice dose of smoke added.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rubbishystuff (2215) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2015
From WLVL. Seems at first light a soft but rather fruity lager but then has a touch of wheat beer flavor and the the smokeiness hits. Not over powering. Serving; Bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bnokk (422) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 1, 2015
APPEARANCE - golden in color white foamy head. NOSE - smells a bit like a smoked cheese. FLAVOR - light and lagerish, with very light smoke flavor at the end of the sip. NOTES - makes my friend want to get out some cheese.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
unclemike (2837) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Hazy yellow beer with a small but lasting white head. Fruity malt aroma, caramel, bready, yeast notes, some wheat. Wheat flavor, spicy, sourish notes, fruity, caramel, salty, some banana notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fdemmer (51) - - MAR 26, 2015
murky orange with little white foam. slightly earthy aromas. fruity, sour, little damp yeasty, hoppy bitter, smokey, tast. after taste even a little salty, smokey, like misosoup, refreshling, actually pretty light feel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wlajwl (5444) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Aroma is fruit/citrus, salt and mild oxidation. The flavor is smoked malts, wheat, mild sweetness, salt, spices and a mix of slightly odd heat and sour in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (7742) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2014
11.2 ounce brown glass, my bottle did NOT have a chick with a big rack on it, which is bullshit, i like fat tits! .. . smell is of cereal and smoke .. . medium body .. . mild grains, cereal, raunchy hay, and mildly sweetened smoke . . very crushable beer .. i’d drink this every now and again .. . . gently massage fire onto face, using circular motions. use twice a day or as needed.

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