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The Monarchy
Brewed at Jopen

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

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RATINGS: 128   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".


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (3814) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2013
Sampled at Cotteridge Wines, during RB Black Country Crawl. A totally weird beer style, but this one was even better than the De Molen one I sampled a few days previous. Sweetness, sourness, super smoothness. Full of flavour. Liked.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
caesar (5119) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2013
Bottled, drank next to the gratzer. Similar base beer, but obvious woody notes extra to this grodziskie. For me, giving it more complexity, but also a bit more dry, whereas the version without the willow bark seems to be more refreshing and fruity sour. Still, I think I prefer the Grodziskie, but just by a small bit.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rauchbierlover (596) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 16, 2012
ON tap@MAcche (Roma). Hazy yellow body with a foamy and persistent white head (it went not away even when I finished the beer!!!). Aroma is some pine, resin, smoke, wood. Taste is leather, wood again. Dry herbal finiish

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erzengel (2607) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 20, 2013
33cl. The beer in the glass is light orange, camel and very cloudy. Nice white head. The beer starts slightly sour, very smooth due to the yeast. The mainpart has a nice beech-herbal flavour (like beech in the sauna smells) together with a slightly bitter and slightly sour touch. Dry and aromatic. The aftertaste is long, intense, beech, sourness, dry and still smooth.
A very interesting beer. I like the combination of beech together with the dry sour and horseblanket-like flavour. Great! --> 13/10/12/13

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plaas (85) - Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2012
Tasted it together with the Grätzer in In de Wildeman. Not easy to distinguish from the Grätzer, just as great as the Grätzer is. Very good session beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quack-Duck (7911) - Down South, GERMANY - JAN 13, 2013
bottle from Bierkompass. Cloudy brownish yellow colour, creamy white head. Shy smoky aroma. Very light-bodied, wheaty and yeasty with just a hint of smoke and a touch of resiny wood, very shy. Thats the only difference I can sport in comparison to the Grätzer version without willow-bark. Very creamy and smooth texture and palate. Again, a very, very interesting and also moreish beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8430) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Tap at CK thanks to craftycarl21! Beautiful full haze straw pour. Good lace. Really bomb nose- mix of lemonade, hibiscus tea, smoke, lime honey. In taste, clean, very light, grassy hops, not sour. More sessionable with a grassy hop balance. Clean, bright. Really good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7594) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle. Smoked meat and barley malt aroma. Cloudy golden yellow with moderate head. Mildly sweet smoked ham and malt flavor. Nicely blended. Less fruity that the Graetzer. Not sure what the willow bark added to this - possibly a beer that can prevent hangovers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11812) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Draft at Churchkey. Cloudy pale yellow color, fluffy white head, delicate lacing. Aroma of straw, lemon, haylofts. Taste is smooth peppery citrus. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerohen (1995) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
Bottled from Biernavigatie.nl. Very cloudy yellow colored, small white head. Smoky nose, quite woody, malts. Subtle smoky flavor, lots of wood again, hint of laurel. I haven’t compared them side by side, this this one seems to substantially differ from the Gratzer version, with lots of wood, less yeast and wheat presence, and a little bit less bitterness. Difficult for me to think which one i would prefer, they are both very nice low alcohol beers.


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