Poland has one of the most vibrant and growing beer cultures in Europe. Its brewers are gradually creating one of the broadest rages of stouts, porters and smoked beers anywhere, with more to come.
Grodziškie (or Grätzer)
Pronounced ‘grow-JEES-kee-uh’ this light wheat beer from the Polish city of Grodziškisz Wielpolski – known as Gratz it was German-speaking – was brewed traditionally from 100% lightly smoked malted wheat, the character of which was offset by a sizable dose of Saaz hops. The version made prior to its demise in the 1990s was typically 2.5-3.3% ABV, though the revived form tends to be slightly stronger. International interest has grown, and with the demand for characterful lower alcohol beer styles may well continue to do so.
This heavy wheat beer (6.0-7.0% ABV) hails from the Polish city of Wrocław, formerly German-speaking Breslau. Despite being brewed traditionally from a base of 80% malted wheat, it tends to have more of malty rather than wheat character, with little hop presence and none of the German banana-clove elements or Belgian spiciness.