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RATINGS: 339   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.

Fritz123's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (1346) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle from Knightley Spirits in Orlando. Shared with Edgar at Universal hotel room. Small glasses. Pours a very dark porter-like color with a small off-white head. Good aroma with smoked malts, chocolate, dark grains, and slight peat. The taste is a combination of the smoked malts and the peatiness with dark grains up front. Very mild tasting compared to the bold look. Nice chocolate and slight caramel in the malts as well. Light body and malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (14303) - 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 (2064) - 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 (263) - 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 (671) - 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 (343) - 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 (1129) - Garching, Bavaria, GERMANY - JUL 20, 2015
Brown color with tan head. Coffee, some plums, smokey. Bitter bite, full taste and refreshing at the same time. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRenter76 (303) - Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Originally rated on 6/29/14. "UMM.. interesting, yet strange..aromas of faint smoke, wheat, dark fruits, leather and toast.Deep black body, with a thick frothy head. Flavors are all over with the dark fruits, wheat, biscuits, and smoke hint floating throughout.The most noticeable flavor was used coffee grounds. Overall if you were to cross a Belgian dubbel with a smoked wheat, and toss some used coffee grounds in the beer you would have a version of this. Weird thing is that i kinda liked it..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - 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 (8672) - 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 (3260) - 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.

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