In this special beer blog, we are going to get into a beer from New Belgium and 3 Floyd’s. It is Grätzer Ale. This is an old and ancient Polish beer recipe. If you read my beer blog posts on both of these breweries’ beer, you know the history of these breweries. If you have not, please, read them to get to know these craft breweries. Let us into this beer.
It has a jet black color with a tan color head. The smell a chocolate to cocoa notes. The taste has a burned to smokey caramel to chocolate notes. The aftertaste is dry cocoa notes with hints of smoke that disappears fast. It is kind of drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
It’s not dead. But Grätzer is definitely a long-buried style from Poland. Together with 3 Floyds we unearthed its robust smokiness with oak smoked wheat and midnight wheat. Polish Lublin hops for a bitter bite and lacto for a slightly sour finish. This pours out a billowing, foamy mouth worth indulging.
Here is a description from their website (www.newbelgium.com):
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!
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Twitter: @newbelgium and @3floyds
Closing, this is a great beer and I enjoyed drinking it very much. The Midnight Wheat is featured pretty well in this beer. I enjoy it like most hops in the beer world. This beer is a limited release and kind of rare. However, I just feel the beer is average, I enjoyed drinking. I just wish the price was a little lower but it is worth the try. This is a great beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser