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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Itís 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!

Hops
Target, Polish Lublin

Malts
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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (1001) - 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cobaink2 (66) - seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Nice toasty malts with some dark chocolate in there. Like most have mentioned a really nice milky head and even though itís a low abc itís noticeable in a good way. Enjoy!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontape (295) - Valley Village, California, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Bomber. Pours pitch black with plenty of tan foam. Smoky, roasts nose. As promised, thereís a touch of hops that comes through somewhere in there. Took me a while to find the sour mash flavor but it came through as the beer warmed. Body is light but appropriate, definitely an easy drinker with a bit of complexity.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bill Becker (323) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - SEP 12, 2014
It pours a pitch black with a 2 finger head of tannish foam. It smells smokey with some earthy malt and a milk like aroma. The smoke is more subdued in the taste replaced by, I think, a mild tartness. The milkiness is there big time and I get a mildly pleasant bitterness especially in the finish. 4.5% abv? Pretty darned flavourful for being that, me thinks. It has a pretty good body for that abv as well. Nice mouthfeel. Streuth, I reckon my score is going to be higher than the average as Iím quite enjoying this brew. Thatís never happened before. ;^)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3305) - Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Pours opaque coffee brown with a thick and rather persistent light tan head. Strong aroma has earthy, charred wood, nutty, molasses, and roast malt notes. Smoky flavor gives one the feeling of drinking charcoal - malty, nutty charcoal with molasses, mocha, and subtle fruity notes. Distinctive, and delicious! Texture is firm and smooth, and though it lacks fizz it leaves a satisfying smoky and earthy finish. Bring on the zombies! Maybe we can get them to go after beer instead of brains. Drunken zombies - can you imagine that?

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gachupines (898) - USA - SEP 11, 2014
Dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is smokey and a bit pungent. Big smoke flavor with a hint of meat. Little bit of sourness comes through in the finish leaves a lingering bitterness. Thereís a lot going on, and itís almost confusing but I found it surprisingly enjoyable. Wife: 3.3

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (3393) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Draft at mill town. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Leaves a lot of lacing. Has a bit of salty smokiness on the nose. Itís smoky on the tongue but has a fairly thin mouthfeel. Finishes clean. Itís nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1075) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle. Spicy smoky chocolate aroma. Taste is very unique. Spicy, roasty, smooth, sour, bitter. Smooth body. I like this a lot more than I thought I would. Nice.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
That1Guy (1934) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Picked up a bomber of this once I saw it was a FFF collaboraish. Pours black with a good tan head that sticks around and laces the glass. No idea what Iím drinking. Roast, coffee, smoke. Is that dms Iím picking up or am I going crazy? Lively carbonation makes for a nice mouthful. Didnít live up to expectations.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daknole (9099) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Dark brown color, beige head. Smoke, watery coffee, leathery. Odd beer. Not a huge fan.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5741) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle. Hmmm ... the commercial description is actually pretty spot on. Smoky, wheaty, light bodied. Almost a sour tick. Interesting culinary artistry, but not necessarily something Iíd seek out again. (#5660, 9/1/2014)


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