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RATINGS: 332   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2015
Tap at Churck Key. Deep brown pour with a sticky tan head. The aroma is softly smoky with a touch of light roastiness and a hint of salt. Not a lot of tartness in here. Lightly roasty. As it warms, the tartness does pop up a bit. Has a little bit of cocoa and a stylish sort of spice on the back.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, coffee, smoked malt with a hint of bacon, touch of spice into a bit of yeast, grain, some slight tart lemon notes. Taste was a mix of more smoke, raisin, oak into some earth, spice, touch of meat with some cocoa, coffee, slight vinegar, finishing dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3225) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2015
22 ounce bottle
Meh. This New Belgium Lips of Faith beer falls short of the standard set by the rest of the series. That does not even take in to account the participation by Three Floyds. Instead of elevating this to a new level it falls into the middle of the pack.

Aroma / Appearance - A black base pours freely and loosely. Creamy mocha head rests on top like a finger of icing. Light smoke, wheat, and chocolate rolled in an ash tray fresh from the dishwasher leave mild traces in the air.

Flavor / Palate - Carbonated ash and wheat refresh very briefly. They then fade leaving the taste of rinse water from a back alley smoking pit. This was worth trying once but it does question my faith in the Lips of Faith series. From now on I may be sampling pours on draft before committing to a full bomber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (7836) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 30, 2015
Bottle, shared with heavylaevy, phantomhennes, and Shea at game night. Dark brown with copper highlights and a greyish-tan head. Aroma is charred and chocolatey, a touch of smoke and manure. Flavours are similar, with some dark fruit acids and a tannic dryness in the finish. The tannic quality really becomes prominent, almost leathery. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (12592) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2015
Bottle split at Chriso Easter tasting, thanks to the Ken, 04/04/15. Black with a decent tan covering that dissipates then retains. Nose is toffee, cocoa rub, light smoke, spice, dark fruit tang. Taste comprises light smoked malt notes, raisens, light spice, toffee, dark fruit peel, tarte fruit vibes, tea bag effect. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, drying close. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (5253) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2015
Bottle at Chriso easter tasting. Many thanks to Kenny for this one. Dark brown coloured pour with a sticky light tan head. Aroma is nutty, light caramel, dusty, little meaty, roast. Flavour is composed of tart raspberry, dusty, nutty old dull malts,. Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation, decent. Bit dull malts. Meh. Lingering smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
falco242 (325) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2015
Very unique, and lots of flavor for a 4.5% brew. Smoky and a bit sweet with just a note of tartness on the palate. Malt is present but light, don’t get much hops as the smoke overwhelms. Solid though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho (2299) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2015
Bottle courtesy of Falco242. Coffee, sweet and smoke in the nose. Dry palate, not unexpected for a 4.5% abv beer. A fair amount of flavor for a lighter beer. Takes a few sips to pick up the sour notes. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TH28 (238) - - APR 24, 2015
750ml bottle. May 2015 code date. Appearance: Black as night, opaque, with a khaki foam cap. Aroma: Combination of dark roasted and smoked malt, bacon like and woody. Only the faintest hint of lactic acid. Taste: Lactic acid tartness up front, which turns to light roasted malt and coffee, and finishes with a light smokiness. Mouthfeel: Light in body, with a low carbonation Finish: Lactic acid fades quickly leaving smoked, roasted malt flavors lingering on the tongue. Overall: Dark for a Gratzer, which lends to roasted malt flavors I haven’t experienced in other styles. Lacto is mild, but the roasted malt nicely accentuates the smoke flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madelfonatree (84) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2015
Look - I like the look on this one. It has different head. It looks like chocolate milk after bubbles are blown it in. It is very fine bubbles that mist for lacing. The color of the body is darker than cola, lighter than coffee. Smell - Smoky, dark chocolate. Sour milk is there too, but light. Taste - It is a little light. Smoke, wheat, chocolate, milk. Feel - It is watery. I am surprised with the lack of foam with how much head it yielded. Overall - I like this collaboration. It is light because it is 4.5%. Drinkable with taste.

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