Also known as “Polish Champagne,” Grodziskie is a style of beer that is low in alcohol, highly carbonated, hopped like a pilsner, and uses only oak smoked wheat for the malt base. Extremely light with a noticeable but not overpowering smoke and hop flavor.
Grodziskie (sometimes know as Grätzer, which is the German name for the style) is a style that was once nearly extinct. The last craft beer boom has started a revival of the style, though they are still difficult to find in the US. Grodziskie translates to “beer from Grodzisk,” which is the name of the Polish town the style originated in.
The main characteristic of this style is that it is brewed entirely with oak smoked wheat malt. Other characteristics nclude low-ABV (2.7% – 3.7%), high carbonation, and a present noble hop flavor. Think of it as a Low-ABV, smoky pilsner.