Piwo Grodziskie

Recipes:
138
BJCP 2021:
27A
Era:
Historical
Origin:
🇵🇱 Poland
Fermentation:
Top
Color:
Pale
Strength:
Low
Taste:
Bitter

Profile

Piwo Grodziskie, also known as "Grätzer," is a historical Polish beer style that features a unique profile primarily due to its use of oak-smoked wheat malt. With roots dating back several centuries in the town of Grodzisk Wielkopolski, this light and smoky ale was traditionally brewed using water with high mineral content, contributing to its distinctive taste.

In terms of appearance, Piwo Grodziskie pours a pale golden color with notable clarity. It's highly carbonated, forming a fluffy white head that tends to persist due to the protein content from the wheat. The smoke character should be evident but not overpowering when it comes to aroma – imparting notes reminiscent of beechwood or oak smoke. Other aromatic qualities might include a slight fruitiness and clean hop presence, with no diacetyl or off-aromas that would detract from the primary characteristics.

The flavor profile carries through the gentle but pronounced smoked aspect without veering into harshness. The wheat malt contributes a grainy background with possibly a touch of sourness, which together with the high carbonation can deliver a refreshing quality often desired in lighter beer styles. Low to moderate hop bitterness balances the malt sweetness, though hops generally play a supporting role without contributing much flavor or aroma. Piwo Grodziskie has a relatively dry finish and is known for being quite sessionable due to its typically low alcohol content.

While Piwo Grodziskie shares certain elements with other wheat beer styles – such as German Weizenbier – it stands apart largely because of its smoked character and minerally water profile. Its position as a light, smoky session ale makes it somewhat unique on the spectrum of European wheat beers and traditional smoked beers alike.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
2.5 – 3.3 %

In Database
2.4 < 3.1 < 3.6 %

Bitterness

Specification
20 – 35 IBU

In Database
17 < 26 < 35 IBU

Color

Specification
6 – 12 EBC
3 – 6 SRM

In Database
5 < 6 < 11 EBC
2 < 3 < 6 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
7.1 – 8.0 °P
1.028 – 1.032 OG

In Database
6.3 < 7.8 < 9.5 °P
1.025 < 1.031 < 1.038 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
1.5 – 3.1 °P
1.006 – 1.012 FG

In Database
0.9 < 1.8 < 3.3 °P
1.004 < 1.007 < 1.013 FG

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