Jopen / The Monarchy Vereinigte Historische Bierfanatiker Grätzer

The Monarchy
Formerly brewed at Jopen

Style: Grodziskie/Gose/Lichtenhainer
Köln (Cologne), Germany


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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Five beer enthusiasts with a common passion for historic brewing came together to create this distinct Polish beer style in the most authentic way we can think of after the brewery in Grodzisk Wielkopolski closed in 1993. It is brewed by Jopen and Monarchy of Musselland together with the beer writers Ron Pattinson and Evan Rail. We use 100% oak-smoked wheat malt, have the exact same gravity of 7.7 degrees Plato, employed classic Lublin hops and fermented with the original yeast. As the town once and again today belongs to Poland, but in the meantime was part of Prussia, there are two different names for the style: Grodziskie and Grätzer. Our research found that brewers also formerly used willow bark in brewing which we thought was an interesting variation. That is why we are offering two different takes on the style: a classic version bearing the name "Grätzer"and a willow bark version called "Grodziskie".

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fdemmer (51) - - MAR 26, 2015
murky orange with little white foam. slightly earthy aromas. fruity, sour, little damp yeasty, hoppy bitter, smokey, tast. after taste even a little salty, smokey, like misosoup, refreshling, actually pretty light feel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wlajwl (6607) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Aroma is fruit/citrus, salt and mild oxidation. The flavor is smoked malts, wheat, mild sweetness, salt, spices and a mix of slightly odd heat and sour in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (8296) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2014
11.2 ounce brown glass, my bottle did NOT have a chick with a big rack on it, which is bullshit, i like fat tits! .. . smell is of cereal and smoke .. . medium body .. . mild grains, cereal, raunchy hay, and mildly sweetened smoke . . very crushable beer .. i’d drink this every now and again .. . . gently massage fire onto face, using circular motions. use twice a day or as needed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reggiedunlop (3704) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy blond with a medium white head...creamy lacing and retention. Aroma is crackery with faint smoke and fruit. Flavor follows suit...steps up the smoke just a bit...very mild. Mouthfeel is medium / full and creamy with a finish that goes from mildly earthy to more smokey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (2418) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Murky yellow orange color, small mostly diminishing off-white head, fair lacing; aroma smoked malts, wheat, barnyard, straw, citrus; taste combination of medium sweet, bitter and sour, smokiness, ; medium body, oily texture, sof carbonation; finish medium bitter, spicy and smoky till the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2014
Poured hazy light golden with a frothy off white head. Aroma of sweet rauched malt. Medium body, flavour is much as the aroma, fairly average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (5115) - BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2015 Grodziskie made by The Monarchy, which intends to resurrect extinct beer types; a collaboration between Jopen, De Bierkoning, Evan Rail and beer historian Ron Pattison. Unfortunately not the willow-bark version - that would have been even more authentic, I guess. Stable, thick, creamy head, murky ochre blonde colour. Wheaty aroma with smoked meat, ashes, charcoal, grass, straw, soap; wheat sourish onset, some estery fruitiness, bit of citrus, strong smoked malts in the middle, ashes and tobacco, finishing in grassy and peppery hop bitterishness. Very interesting but not really accessible - and let’s be honest, there is not much around to compare this with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MWMBeerguy (203) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Wonderful smoky aroma. Gold color with thick white frothy head. Nice pallate with balanced smoky taste. Really good beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fkoolen (1132) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2014
Slightly hazy golden colour, white foamy head that nicely laces the beer. Nose has smoky but creamy cheese and sweet malts. Additionally, taste is very soft and slightly acidic (probably the oat or the yeast used). Medium carbonation, easily drinkable light body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fonefan (47622) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2014

Draught @ 5th Borefts Beer Festival 2013, Brouwerij de Molen, Bodegraven, Netherlands.

[ As Jopen / The Monarchy Vereinigte Historische Bierfanatiker Grätzer ].
Unclear medium orange yellow color with a small, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, pale malt, smoke, light caramel. Flavour is moderate sweet with a average duration, mint - minerals ! smoked, pale malt. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20130928]

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