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RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 20, 2009
And now for something completely different...Pours a very hazy pale golden color with a thick white head that hangs around forever. Wow, you can smell the ginger from across the room. Going in for a closer...err...smell, there is also anise, pepper, rosemary, and a wonderful floral quality in the aroma. The aroma of this is just incredible. Slightly tart and lemony flavor plays with the underlying malt and anise sweetness. All of these spices play off of each other very well, I couldn’t imagine there is a more perfect ratio of these spices. The qualities of the caraway and anise really emerge in the flavor, especially as this brew warms. I imagine this is going to be a love it or hate it brew, put me down firmly in the love it camp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 18, 2009
(500ml bottle) Pours a hazy pale yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of ginger, tea, bay leaves, rosemary, pepper, florals, and anise. Flavor of lemongrass, ginger, tea, light pine, and other herbs.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2009
My first grut, and unfortunately I can not endorse this brew. I was not a big fan of the spicy "special ingredients" that hit your nose and palate upon the sudden splash of quofffing. I would not recommend this to anyone except someone with a great palate for different tasting brews and someone willing to deviate from the norm. Bad beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2009
16 oz bottle from South Bay Drugs. Pours a clear pale oily yellow color with a small fizzy white head. Nose is quite spicy with rosemary and ginger being dominate. Flavor was ginger and very different, interesting with no hops being added. Kind of almost salty and reminded me of ginger beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4598) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Cloudy yellow with a decent sized white head. Aroma is of ginger, bay leaves, tea tree oil, and a little caraway. Taste is spicy herbal, rooty and earthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2715) - 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 (6737) - 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 (2875) - 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 (5256) - 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 (7917) - 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.

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