The Monarchy
Brewed at Jopen

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


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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   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".

larsga's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6930) - Oslo, - JUL 25, 2013
Small white head. Muddy pale, yellow body. Smoky wheaty juniper aroma with mealy notes. Dryish meaty resiny wooden smoky taste with mealy wheaty notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, mealy mouthfeel. Dryish smoky resiny wooden aftertaste with mealy dandelion notes. Some acid in the background, as well as horse and barnyard notes. Nice, weird, complex. (0.2l draft at Mikkeller Stefansgade, Copenhagen.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (4119) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey during the Freigeist Bierkultur Tap Takeover. Hazy yellow with off-white head. Aromas of tangy barbeque sauce, light honey. Tastes of wheat, floral notes, citrus. Light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drfabulous (5231) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 15, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Yeasty wheaty beer withs some lingering smoke. The smoke is too whitefish for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shot (313) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy gold with a fluffy white head that dissipates to a thin layer. Aromas are clove, smoked malt, fruit and cheese. Fruity esters--citrus, grape; sweet malt; smoked oak; clove. Slight herbal hop tones. Thin, watery mouthfeel. Clean finish. Very interesting flavors. Refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SVD (1044) - NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2015
Bottle at home, golden beer with a small head, aroma is yeasty some smoke, Taste is a bit sour, some smoke, some citrus... nice beer

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
corkyrory66 (1013) - BELGIUM - APR 11, 2015
Style historique polonais, dont la recette du Moyen-Age employée ici comprend de l’écorce de saule, en dehors d’un malt 100 % froment fumé. Houblon de Lublin. Niveau abv de 4 % ... Couleur jaune clair pâle. Voile assez marqué. Bulles fines en colonnes depuis les parois. Mousse blanche à flocons moyens, nappage à 2 mm un peu irrégulier. Arômes de pâtes au jambon, épice douce, herbes vertes, malt clair, pointe de carotte râpée. 1ère bouche liquide sur des pâtes à la carbonara, du jambon fumé. Arrière-bouche toujours sur le fumé. 2ème un peu moins fumée, mais aucun équilibre. Arrière-bouche assez plate. 3ème un peu sur la couenne maintenant … Arrière-bouche avec du jambon à l’os cru. Longueur sans harmonie, banale. Jambes assez collantes. Levure faible, un peu sur le poisson blanc. Alcool nul et non avenu. Finale encore en-dessous. CONCLUSION : mes points vont à l’anecdote de la recette historique du Moyen-Age. Pour le reste, on ne va nulle part... D’ailleurs, avec 7,7° plato on nage un peu dans le vague ...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (2230) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2015
Mooie donker oranje kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt zoetig, honing, boterbabbelaar. Smaakt zoetig, honing, bloemig en iets gerookt. Tikkeltje dun.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fdemmer (46) - - MAR 26, 2015
drinking this after the "grätzer" version. looks very similar murky, orange, maybe a little redder. smell is a little lambic/lactic, wet wood, leather, hint of licorice and cold smoke. taste is sour, citrus, still smokey, but sour and umami with a hint of soy in the aftertaste. light bodies and refreshing, will be gone quickly...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MisoW (2528) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle from my Euro Secret Santa, MrHangover, many thanks. Pours hazy golden color, white head. Aroma of malt, bit smoked, yeasty, spicy. Taste is yeasty, smoked, malty, grainy, bready.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1477) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle shared by Dan at the house. Snifter pour was a mostly unfiltered cloudy orange brown with a thick head. Some decent lace. Aroma is leather, smoke, dough, bread, cereal, and hayfield. The taste is solid with cereal, dough, leather, smoke, grass, hay, and wheat noodle. Medium to full body, moderate carb, complex flavors and finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackisle (1375) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Cloudy yellow white color. One finger frothy white head, dissipates very slowly to a thick layer, good lacing; aroma smoky, burned wood, tree bark (I think), cheese, vegetables; mild taste, combination of sweet, bitter and sour, smokiness, cooked vegetables; light body, watery texture, soft carbonation; mild bitter finish, grassy and earthy notes, and also some sweetness, smokiness lingers on in the aftertaste. Interesting, quite complex in every aspect. Wouldn’t drink it very often though.

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