Grätzer

Colorado
United States
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
85
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

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!

Profile

ABV: 
4.5%
IBUs: 
30
Served at: 
38˚ F
Hops: 
Target, Polish, Lublin
Malts: 
Pale, Midnight Wheat, Oak-Smoked Wheat
Judges Review 
BC Review's picture
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

From the start, this is a different beer: near-black in color with a smoky-roasty aroma that evokes dark chocolate and charred hardwood. Leathery and bacon-like aromas add to the curious mix. No notable hop character is present in either the aroma or flavor. The flavor continues the theme of roast malt and adds a subtle ashy smoke character. A layer of dark ripe fruit (fi g/prune/date) gives way to a tart, grainy acidity that lends to a crisp finish. Just a hint of puckery astringency lingers in the aftertaste. This beer is an interesting oddity, with an aggressive roast malt component buttressed by a surprisingly gentle smokiness.

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