Professor Fritz Briem Grodziskie

Once the Eagles hit the third quarter, I needed another beer. I was trying to stick with a session beer ABV, so I picked this one out.


ABV: 4%

Style: Smoked Beer

Trivia: According to, “Forgotten styles brewed according to their historic recipes by Dr. Fritz Briem, Munich, Germany. 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 & beech smoked wheat malt andhopped with Perle & Saaz. A sour mash is created using the old and forgotten technique called ‘Digerieren.’ Finally a three month aging & maturation process creates a complex sour, smoky & heavily hopped wheat ale.”

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This beer poured with a thick, half finger of pure white head. The body was a very cloudy yellow color with moderate carbonation visible despite the cloudiness. The nose was like fresh wood smoke with some tartness, which was something I had never really experienced in a beer before. The taste was all smoke up front. There was lots of slightly sweet malt and then a marked taste of soap with yeasty bread dough too. I didn’t get any wheat, just smoke. The body was thin with light carbonation. It had a long, smoky finish. This was an alright beer and definitely interesting but I wouldn’t rush to have again. The soap note in the taste was just too distracting.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0