RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Here at Choc Beer Co., we take great pride in producing top-quality, innovative beers. With that in mind, we are very excited to announce the rebirth of Gratzer! Gratzer is a traditional Polish style of beer that has been commercially extinct since the early 1990s. Our Gratzer will take its place in our Signature Series as an annual release. The beer will be available in 750 ml corked-and-caged bottles with a very limited amount on draft. Traditionally the style was brewed with 100 percent oak-smoked wheat malt and a Polish yeast. The unavailability of these ingredients have created major obstacles for any commercial brewer interested in bringing back Gratzer. Undeterred by these challenges we decided to recreate this style. After considering smoking wheat malt in Krebs, we were able to convince Weyermann, our malt supplier, to smoke the malt. Once the malt was secured our attention turned to sourcing yeast. We could have used a readily available yeast strain, but we wanted to recreate a historically accurate Gratzer. With that in mind, a member of our team traveled to Poland to secure the proper yeast. The resulting combination of wheat and oak smoke is very unique. It is a beer that every serious enthusiast should experience when Signature Gratzer hits stores in Oklahoma and western Arkansas in late January. As always with the annual Signature releases, there is a limited quantity. Once the beer is gone there will be no more until next year!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatehunter (2641) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2012
2011 Bottle. Into a snifter. Cloudy dark straw color with two fingers of head. Smells like smoked salmon. A lighter smoke than other smoked beers. There’s a bit of fruit, maybe banana in the smell too. Smoke taste too. Soft wheat texture and taste. Low bitterness. Moderate carbonation, the bubbles dance in the mouth. I enjoy that fact that this is a revived beer from history. But I do not personally enjoy it enough to want more.

Singularity (6369) - Blattniksele, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle sample at SBWF15. Bright golden colour with white head. Aroma is smoky, spice, pale malt and light toffee. Taste is similar, pale malt and smoke dominates.

Nische (2661) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2015
Sample at SBWF. Pours a hazy yellow with a small off white head. The aroma is heavily smoked with yeast and wheat. Thin mouthfeel with a smoke and pepper flavor. Easy to drink but too much smoke for my liking.

gyllenbock (10034) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2015
Sample at SBWF 2015. A bit hazy golden/yellow with a small white head. Aroma and taste of citrus, smoke, light wood and some ham. Also notes of salt. Dry and with a sour finish.

troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2014
[Bottle] Pours a dirty yellow color with a large cap of white head. High carbonation levels make this one look like a hefeweizen. Aroma of smoke and brine. Taste includes salt water, gravy, cumin and grains. Not overly smoky. Good lacing. Highly drinkable. Tasting notes from 1/2012.

burg326 (5630) - Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Oh boy opened this one up, poured a darker yellowish color with aromas of light wheat, smoked sausage, and some earth. Thought this was going to be good, first sip tasted like old hot dog water, second sip was older hot dog water, not good for me, disappointed.

OKplus (788) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 7, 2013
A - Pours a dingy golden orange, with a sudsy active head that melts slowly. Spotty lacing. S - Aroma is smoked pork, particularly ham. Some very dusty wheat. T - Solidly smoky, light wood, bamboo, green wheat, very earthy and organic flavors. Some subtle sweet and salt characters. Finishes with delicate smoke and dryness. M - Moderate foamy carbonation. The carbonation turns smooth and almost takes any liquid feel. This begs to be paired with food! The combinations are endless. Very delicate smoke works well. I’m gonna drink the 2nd half of the bottle while grilling fajitas. Serving type: bottle 04-27-2012

WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 9, 2013
Pours a light golden straw color. Big fluffy white head with good retention. Aroma is smoke, wheat and a light fruitiness. Flavor has similar notes, but the smoke is definitely front and center, almost giving it a smoked ham flavor. More balanced than many smoke beers, but the smoke is still the focal point. Medium bodied. I can appreciate what’s going on here, particularly everything that went into recreating this rare style. But it’s just not something I would seek out to drink again.

omhper (25956) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2012
Bottled at SBWF. Lightly hazy golden, small head. Fruity and dusty smoke aroma. Dry with light body and clean crystal malt character. Light smoke as perfume atop a modern crystal malt body. Low bitterness. Superficial.

AndySnow (8311) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2012
Sample @ SBWF 12. Hazy golden colour with a white head. Spicy ham, malt aroma. Grainy flavour with smoke, ham, yeast.

oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 10, 2012
[email protected] Yellowish golden colour, aroma is spices, mild smoked notes as well as some slight herbal and toffeeish notes. Flavour is very similar with some fruityness as well. Pleasant!

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