About a month back I brewed my second smoked beer, a Gratzer (or Grodziskie in Polish) and American Wheat hybrid I call in Grodz we trust. Classically using entirely or near entirely oak smoked wheat malt, Grodziskie has disappeared and made a bit of a resurgence with American craft versions popping up every now and then. In my attempt I wanted only a slight bit of smokiness to blend in with a dry, dry hopped wheat beer base.
S- Similar to many of my other dry hopped beers as the Strisselspalt really shows up with light earth, spice, vegetal and fruity black currant aroma, just a touch of smoke mixed in.
T- The smoke takes center stage with a woody chargrilled character that is followed with earthy and spicy hops and a finish that is lightly bitter and still phenol smokey.
M- Very light, dry and thin with moderate carbonation. This one is right where I was aiming for in terms of the mouthfeel.
O- This is a strange beer that is hard to pin down. It's impossible for me to say how close it comes to a traditional Gratzer but I could see it being a popular beer among those who like smoked beers. That said the moderate bitterness and hop aroma combined with the moderate smoke give a strange impression. If I were to brew again I would likely cut the smoke in half to allow the hops to be more at the front or cut the smoke entirely and add more ginger to let the spice notes really play. A drinkable, sessionable summer beer that will probably go great with grilling but certainly won't please most.