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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Grodziskie or Grätzer is a Sour Smoked Wheat Ale that was brewed in the 1900s in East Prussia and dates back to as early as the 15th century. It was named after the Polish town of Grodzisk Wielkopolski or Grätz in German. Our historic version is brewed according to the German Purity Law with air-dried barley malt and beech smoked wheat malt and hopped with Perle and Saaz. A sour mash is created using the old and forgotten technique called “Digerieren.” Finally a three month aging and maturation process creates a complex sour, smoky and heavily hopped wheat ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (8104) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 1, 2013
50 cl. bottle sampled @ RBESG 2013. Thx! to jfb. Hazy golden with a creamy white head. Nose is paint, new wood, light smoke, touch acetone, touch paint thinner but not overly brutal, interesting. Taste is sour grains, some leather, sweet spices, mellow sourness, wheat, mellow smoke, touch bread, lightly fruity,… Easy to drink, lightly grainy body. Very easy to drink, interesting, quite lovely. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloshgator (708) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Very unique style. Not too sour and not too smoky. Drank at Redlight Redlight in Orlando. Highly recommend trying if you can find it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
EithCubes (5618) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle. Nose is wheaten, lightly tart with beech smoke that starts slight and gains in prominence. Pours clear golden with medium carbonation and lacing white head, even slight legs. Taste is tart to start but that’s caught and quickly passed by an ultra-smooth and rounded beech smoke. Strong lemony citrus character with some wheat, not intensely flavorful but allows for a lot more (and longer) enjoyment. Just a touch of lactic and the tartness is quite restrained (no one on this site would call this a ’sour beer’). Woodiness detached from smoke also present and long-lasting through the aftertaste, citric hops are a little green, bitterness low, little hints of choice harvest grain here and there, but overall fresh and clean. No signs of alcohol, medium body ... this is a tremendous volume drinker, or quaffer, with a lovely rounded mouthfeel and the grace of extended age. It won’t get the high marks of an imperial stout but it’s made extremely well and I’d rather have this ten times out of ten.

It’s just so mellow and easy-going, balances all its elements and manages significant complexity for such a light beer. [2014.01.20: 4.2]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie (3278) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle from 5 Points Bottle Shop. Boy was I excited about this one. They had me at sour-smoked ale. I guess I was expecting something more intense, but this is not as sour as a Berliner weisse nor as smokey as a Bamberg rauchbier. Instead, this is a beautifully harmonious, tasteful, light-bodied ale. The aroma did surprise me with its assertive Euro-hop character. This blended well with a citrus tartness and delicate notes of banana. The flavor finally reveals subtle smoke which gives this a little heartiness. Finish is pleasantly tart with an ongoing lemon quality. It’s complex and unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2012
500mL Bottle at Track 84 - Warwick, RI. Aroma of distant baba ganouj came with salted lemon and grain sugars. Flavors were much, much, much lighter than I had anticipated. It’s a delicate, but eminently drinkable and enjoyable true "session" beer. The crisp, prickly sour mash creates a nice light acid that blurs into a hint of smoke, kind of like potatoes on the grill or eggplants, followed by rich, earthy grain and juicy Noble hop quenching sensation. Very well executed. I love the elegant flourish through many different flavors and sensations this gives. Complex for such lightness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
n00bface (137) - Minneapolis, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle from South Lyndale Liquors (Minneapolis, Minnesota, 5/12/12)
Aroma: Sauerkraut, wheat, hay, earthy, and smokey.
Appearance: A hazy light amber color with a small white head.
Taste: Medium sweetness and a medium sourness. The smokiness comes in right before the finish.
Palate: Full bodied, slightly thin in texture, with a soft carbonation.
I love sour ales, smoked ales, and wheat ales, so this is a bit of a dream come true for me. If it weren’t a historic style I’d have even called it innovative. I’m surprised by how well everything works together in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (964) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 3, 2013
It starts off with a slight tart smell that transitions to a very dough yeast scent. It is a cloudy amber color with constant tiny bubbles rising through it, Taste tartness over all with hints of yeast wheat and smoke, would have liked them to be a little more present. The mouth feel is great refreshing while a slight roughness traces over the roof of your mouth and your tongue. The after taste leaves a yeasty coat that is enhanced by running your tongue over the surfaces. like stepping on the sand as a wave recedes. Over all it would be great if the smoke and wheat was a little more present but still and outstanding beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Unfiltered orange-tan. Thin white head. Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy on the palate. Banana, tangy hops, mild smoke, clove, bubblegum. Really pleasant sour tones. Hyper sessionable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartlebier (3422) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2014
Draught(!) at Braukunst Live, München 02/2014. Aroma of wey, peachy wheats and whispy smoke. Pleasant light palate, pillows of eggwhite. Wheat acidity, delicate pale smoke trails and zest. A late, almost lambic-like old hop bitterness kicks in after a while, adding layered and timed complexity to a beautifully designed and revived for sessioning historical beer style. Now only to make it available in sessioning quantities on its continent of origin...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayzz (481) - Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2014
A really odd refreshing beer. Has a slightly fetid sweet honey aroma and flavor with a hint of the smoked. Very smooth taste with a fizzy long finish. Good and different.

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