The Monarchy
Brewed at Jopen

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


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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (6715) - 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 (3370) - 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 (2985) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (809) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2014
33cl bottle from BierNavigatie. Hazy somewhat brownish orange with a medium soapy white head. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Smoky with some sweet and bitter tones. Lots of smoke, furthermore herbs, grass, spices and flowers. A delightful tasty and refreshing special brew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Tsekouratos (184) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - APR 4, 2014
330 ml bottle shared with calm_dreamer. Golden orange color with a thin white head. Aromas of yogurt and smoke if that?s possible. Similar taste. No aftertaste. Medium body with medium carbonation. Not my style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
RW80 (514) - NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2014
33cl bottle. Appearance: Gold with a with a white head (more then 2 fingers) ,with a good retention. Aroma:smoked malts, light grain, and some wood. Taste: Smoke and rubber and slight woord , finish becomes more thin with light grains with a light citrus sourness. Finish is dry. Medium sweet and medium bitter. thin body,average carbonation. I prefered the Gratzer version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tricksta_p (876) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2014
Aroma of smoked malts, citrus, grain, hay, some wood. Flavour is citrussy, smoked malts, light tartness. Quite nice.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JanLaursen (2985) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2014
Fra fad, Mikkeller & Friends. Uklar i udseende og i duft. Som at stå i Vesterbro Svømmebad i 80’erne. Masser af klor i næsen, og lidt salt i munden. Det er jo nok røgmalten, er spiller et puds. Mineralsk, kemisk, bitter, vandig. Mere interessant end god.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3255) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2014
The Sampler, Brooklyn tap: Pours a hazy golden with white head. Aroma is a very nice smokiness backed with some pale malts, although I don’t get much bark, but that might be because I don’t quite know what to look for in bark. Taste is smoky with a sort of thin backbone. The smoke carries this quite easily. I don’t really get much of the sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
turbothy (1072) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle from P&M Getränke, Bonn - best before 11/2013. Pours hazy golden with small, uneven head. Sour smoky aroma. Funky sour smokiness continues on the palate, almost too heavy to drink. Lots of residual yeast on the bottom. Bottle might have gone a bit off - I hope.

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