The Monarchy
Brewed at Jopen

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


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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (11421) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2014
At Borefts Beer Festival 2013. Cloudy yellow with a lasting white head. Aroma of clove, smoke and grassy hops. Malty and spicy flavour with banana notes. Slightly tart and somewhat yeasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ericdevin (969) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle from Belmont Station, Portland. Pours a medium golden orange, decent amount of white head which dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma interesting; definite smoke character but also a some biscuit and caramel notes, like an over-malty IPA. Body decently lively, finish smoky but in an artificial way. Essentially disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3807) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle from the BierKoning. Hazy yellow-whitish pour with thin white head. Aroma of lemon rind, lemon tea, smokey, iced tea notes, something distinctly tree-like, don’t know if it’s really the willow bark but it is certainly pleasant. Taste is mild, light smokiness, lemony, zesty, quite refreshing, light floury body with mild bitter vegetal finish. Palate is light, a tad watery, low carbonation. Super easy drinking, I’d have this on cask on my patio all summer long.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dEnk (4137) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle @ De Molen. Aroma is silty herbs, some malty notes. Flavour is zesty bitter grains with herbs and spices. Lot of things going on. Not really my thing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (9286) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 5, 2014
Leicht trübes orangegoldenes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch nach Citrus, Kraut, Gewürze, genauso ist auch der Geschmack.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vipinvelp (2542) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2014
Opaque dark yellow with small lacing foam head. Aroma has some smokey notes, some wood. Very nice taste, some wood, some grass notes. Short aftertaste. (Haarlem 201404)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2014
Bottle... Poured pale yellow with a thin forming head. Aroma of smoke, ash, toasted grains, and brûlée-ed sugars. Smoke flavors similar to the aroma with more of a malty sweetness and even some bitterness. Foamy mouthfeel, carbonation was just right. Sweet and campfire smoke in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (7133) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 14, 2014
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Caramel and light wheat aroma with light smoke. Smoke and light citrus flavor. Medium-light bodied. Smoke and light citrus lingers with light wheat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (3897) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 12, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks Koelschtrinker for this bottle! Pours an hazy dirty with no head, aroma of smoke, cheese and lactic tones, flavor is slightly sour with, cigarette, mint, freshness, slightly bitter, medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robinvboyer (3363) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
Very very hazy straw colored pour, with a small white head. Upfront, strong smoked wheat aroma, lots of smoke, meat, smells like bacon cooking over a campfire. The smoke totally dominates, and masks much of the other flavors. The finish is very savory, and salty, with hints of wheat. Very interesting brew.

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