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RATINGS: 343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
It’s not dead, but Gratzer is definitely a long-buried style from Poland. And together with 3Floyds we have unearthed the best of beer zombies. Full of bold flavors from oak-smoked wheat, and along with Midnight Wheat, this beer presents a pure black pour. A subtle, spicy note from the Polish Lublin hops hides in the aroma, just below the dark and smoky surface. Despite all appearances, the Gratzer is very drinkable at 4.5% ABV, and walks itself with a nice, light body. Cheers to drinking smoky, undead beers. Prost!

Target, Polish Lublin

Pale, Midnight Wheat, Oak-Smoked Wheat

Special Processing
Add a small amount of Lacto (souring bacteria) to a portion of the overall wort, which produces lactic acid that gives a characteristic aroma and sourness. That acidic portion is then added to other portion of the wort that was fermented with the German Ale yeast.

alliance100's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (1043) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2014
22oz bottle - pours a dark brown with fluffy tan head . Mild smoked malt aroma . Light easy drinking body . Hints of chocolate and a nice smoke note . Solid brew . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2535) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Draft at Henry’s. Pours very dark nearly black with a small brown head. The aroma has quite a bit of smoky salty notes. The taste has a huge smoky flavor, a bit salty, a bit sweet, toasty, roasted. A cool brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
biirusaikou (1446) - - SEP 29, 2015
Sampled at Keyaki. Pretty weird stuff, roasted, smokey and sour with a decent dose of funk, earthy finish. Quite a confusing one, don’t know the original style but I doubt this was a wise idea...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4011) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2015
Sampled July 2014
A steady pour into my New Belgium glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, pale brown tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is approaching black in its concentrated brown color; when held up to the light the beer shows quite opaque. The aroma has a rich smokiness to it up front, but seems to finish with a rich, cherry like fruit character. The aroma has a toasted whole grain character and a rich toasted nuttiness. Toasted straw aromas, a touch of cocoa, and some and a bit of roasted, coffee leaning, dark malt character, all of which support the smoky notes that are dominant in the nose.

The beer is quite dry, and fairly light bodied, but does have just a touch of viscosity to it. Smoky, with a bitter burnt character, and a touch of sourness that comes from the roasted malt. The finish has a lingering toasted straw character to it, as well as a burnt grain husk like, and dark malt richness to it. There seems like there might be a touch more tartness to this beer than a purely straight beer might produce, but it might just be the wheat and burnt malt.

This is a pretty tasty beer, I was expecting something that wasn’t so roasted in character, and was hoping for something that was sour & smoky; at least it is smoky, and the roasted character actually adds some richness and complexity that actually works here. I am not sure how much of a traditional example this is, but it is fairly tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2613) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Pretty much opaque black with a nice tan head. Light roasted porter like aroma. Some roast and a little smoke in the flavors. Light but smooth and creamy pallate. A touch of late astringency at the end. Interesting sub style of smoked/roasted beers

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (14742) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle shared at chriso’s Easter 2015 tasting - London. Thanks to Kenny for this one. Pours deep brown with a creamy, tan head. The nose has light smoke, rubber, ash, earth. Light sweet flavor with some ashy roast, eathy bitterness, stones, cigarettes. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Dry and ashy on the finish. So so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricksta_p (2254) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2015 On tap at Craft & Draft, Amsterdam. Aroma of slightly roasted malt, mild smoke, peaty notes, chocolate, lactose. Flavour is moderate sweet. Easily drinkable and rather well-balanced. A fine smooth smoked beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerandhockey8 (271) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - JUL 24, 2015
From 22oz bottle to English pint. Pour is a black with a brown thick head. Nose is roasted malt, smoke, resin. Taste is medium bodied, sour. Very smooth mouthfeel, smoky finish. Different style

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
King_Alex_II (739) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 23, 2015
Pitch black color with light brown foam. The smell is roasty and malty. The taste is quite roasty, a little watery and very tart. The aftertaste is roasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
anstei (447) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JUL 20, 2015
Bottle at SinH4’s Goodbye Event. Smoky nose, some roast notes too. Has the air of a porter to me, but very nice for the ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SinH4 (1244) - Garching, GERMANY - JUL 20, 2015
Brown color with tan head. Coffee, some plums, smokey. Bitter bite, full taste and refreshing at the same time. Nice!

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