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RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   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.

Fritz123's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (1123) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duster1354 (9) - - DEC 20, 2014 does not count
Not as tart as a sour ale, with the light body and low ABV it would make a nice summer beer. This is a hard one to rate never having had the style before

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (4097) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - DEC 20, 2014
650ml bottle. Opaque, darkest brown colour with average to huge, thick, frothy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, beige to tan head. Decent smoky, malty aroma, hints of oak ashes, bacon, a touch of milk chocolate. Taste is minimally tart, minimally strawy, cautiously smoky, a layer of slightly sweet malt with a touch of milk chocolate and treacle throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3569) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Bomber from Whole Paycheck. Very dark brown with a light beige head leaving foam all over the glass. Aroma is slightly tart and lactic with a smoky, roasty note. The flavor is really nice, slightly tart, roasty and lactic with notes of charcoal. Slight bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is robust yet the beer is drinkable. Higher carbonation. Interesting beer! I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (5101) - Utah, USA - DEC 15, 2014
22oz bottle picked up at Supermarket Liquors
Pours dark brown with a medium sized beige head, lots of lacing. Aroma is smoky, roasted malts, woody and chocolate. Taste is dark malts, cocoa, some sourness with a bitter finish
A nice easy drinking beer. It changes quite a bit as it warms up .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (1947) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2014

I’ve pretty much learned not to buy any more of the lips of faith series bombers, but I broke my rule because I’d never tried a Grotzer and I figured maybe the 3 Floyds collaboration might be interesting as well. I’m fairly glad I did.

Very dark pour for a relatively low alcohol beer, orange-brown highlights. Large billowing head, ashy brown and very attractive, settling back into a hilly topography atop my glass. Roasty, smoky aroma, smoked like a smoked porter rather than a rauchbeer, is met with mocha notes and just a slight lacto sourness. The flavor pretty much follows the unusual aroma: very roasty, ashy, relatively dry, very gently sour, modest smoke. This reminds me more of a sourish smoked porter than anything else I can think of. Fairly thin, quaffable mouthfeel is not a detriment, rather, it’s nice to have a beer that is easy to drink and low in alcohol with flavor this big. I can’t say that this is a style I would drink regularly, but it’s interesting and now I’d like to try the real thing.

tl;dr summary: This dark lager is roasty, moderately smoky, and just a bit sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SotallyTober (40) - Channahon, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Pours black with a two finger mocha head. Nice lacing left throughout. Has a coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and chocolate. Mildly sour upfront that finished dry and bitter. Flavors of dark roasted malts, coffee, caramel, and dark chocolate. Medium body that was dry and chewy on the palate. Was decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RumRunner101 (808) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
Dark pour with brown head. Aroma has a slight lacto note with roasted malts, slight fruity sweetness (dates). Relatively light bodied. Smokey notes upfront, with some mid palate malt sweetness and roast. Slight lacto finish and a little acidic and creamy. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Itzjerm (1396) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Considering the ABV of this brew I was impressed. Light smokey. Light body but both just enough. If its supposed to be a sour beer they really failed very light to no sour. But overall I would say I would get this again. Nice mouthfeel. This is worth being canned and sold regularly in my opinion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ghostbeer (27) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 12, 2014
I tried this at a recent tasting not knowing what to expect stylistically. I sort of enjoyed it, but that is based on a small sample and I doubt I would want to drink an entire bomber. Smokey and savory on nose and palate I think this would be great with a meal or paired with cheese. For as bold as it seemed, it was pretty approachable and light in body. Good overall balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tonypreto (123) - Akron, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2014
On draft. Aroma was malty. Pours a murky dark brown with lighter brown two finger head. Tasted malty and rich, the sourness surprisingly did not come through as much as I’d if liked...all and all a decent brew.

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