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Before the German Purity Law "Reinheitsgebot" of 1516 it was common practice to use any kind of different spices, herbs, fruits and other plants to provide balance to beer. Hops was not yet well known at this time. Grut bier has roots in many cultures and each culture had it’s own “special ingredients": Egyptians, Native Americans, Arabian Tribes, Gaulles, Germanic Tribes and the Vikings. This interpretation of a traditional Grut Bier is spiced with Lorbeer (Bay Leaves), Ingwer (Ginger), Kummel (Caraway), Anis (Anise), Rosemarin (Rosemarie) & Enzian (Gentian). It is brewed with water, wheat & barley malt, "pollinated wild hops" and fermented using top fermenting yeast. - Dr. Fritz Briem Historic Signature Series

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2406) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Nose is herbs (mostly bay leaves) citrus, and ginger. Flavor is lemon zest, limes, ginger, and bay leaves. Thin burning mouthfeel and medium length finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6231) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 4, 2009
Courtesy of bu11zeye. Hazy golden with a fleeting white head. Big spice rack aromas with ginger and rosemary. Light/medium body with a smooth mouthfeel. Good flavor is ginger, caraway,with other herbs and spices on a tart wheat base brew. Enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours cloudy, light yellow, white fizzy head. Aroma is very light herbs, tea, flowers. Flavor is herbs, flower tea, medicinal. Mouth feel is light, soft body with medium-high carbonation. A Very interesting beer....I liked it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mar (5003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. murky yellow pour with no head. nose is very spicy and some pumpkin? thin on the palate with a very spicy pumpkin flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 3, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a hazy white with a white head over it. Aroma is salty, gatorade powder, chamomile, bay leaves, fennel, pepper, ash, caramel, and other various spices. Taste is very herbal with rosemary, fig and very much tea like. Light carbonation. Very strange and I am glad to have had it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6166) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2009
bottle, light hazy yellow color, good whipped foam, strong menthol aroma, flavor has a lot of potpourri and herbs, vegetal finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5206) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle. Hazy yellow golden with fluffy white lacing head. Aroma immediately reminds me of the dentist’s office, spicy and herbal with a distinct paste quality, crushed mint (and L. says a bit of chamomile!) and a light malt base. Interesting, though I think I still long for Heavyweight. Again, strange to have such a dry mf and taste with no hops. Creamy medium body, some incense, could it be sage? Easy drinking, balance with true craftsmanship! How to rate one of these?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2009
PPWD Show. Herbal in evey way, Rosemary, ginger and everything else. Very unique beer that I personally could not drink on a day to day basis. It should pair well with some roasted red meats, or game, or perhaps used to boil brats. Glad I tried it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle from SoLan, thanks Alan. Poured a hazy yellow color with a quarter-inch white head that faded to a ring. Interesting, spicy aroma with hints of ginger, caraway, wheat, and a moderate earthy, spicy fruitiness with hints of lemon zest, orange, and some anise. Crisp, lightly tart entry with some light lemon and a smooth wheatiness that transitions into a moderate spiciness with hints of ginger, caraway, anise, and rosemary that finishes lightly dry with a nice peppery flavor. Moderate carbonation with a nice crisp, dry mouthfeel. Nice beer, I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (13272) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2009
Cloudy yellow with no head. That is one spicy mamma jamma! Rosemary, black pepper, flowers, cinnamon and mint al lin there. Complex herbal palate is fairly peppery and finishes with a distinct rosemary note. Very refreshing, almost gingery. I could drink a lot of this - have I met a gruit I don’t like yet?

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