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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUN 30, 2014
It has a hazy yellow body with a thin white head. The head quickly fades to just a small ring of foam. Lacing is minimal and slick, sliding right down the sides of the glass as I drink. The aroma is full of interesting savory spices over very light whole grain bready malt notes. There is a mild sweetness up front which quickly dries out as herbal and botanical flavors move in over the tongue. Notes of ginger, anis, and caraway seed stand out. There are also some lighter hints of herbal tea, lemon zest, rosemary and pepper. All this mixes with its base of dry wheat and pale grainy malt. The finish is slow, dry, and herbaceous (tea like) with an odd complex mix of flavor notes. Medium bodied with lively carbonation it drinks surprisingly well.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
rangerred (954) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Poured into a pint glass out of a 500ml bottle. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a one finger white head. While there is no lacing at all the head retention is quite nice. The aroma immediately reminds me of a cough drop. Absolutely loaded with menthol along with perfume and cleaner. While it is definitely spicy it sure isn’t something that appeals to me. Unfortunately, the taste is no better. It’s like someone dissolved a cough drop in old lady’s perfume and mixed it with lemon juice. Nearly gag-inducing for me. To top it all off the overwhelming astringency pretty much makes this undrinkable. I’m trying to appreciate the style and history but I just can’t drink this. Down the drain it goes. Overall, I really can’t get past the medicinal taste and extreme astringency. I like to think I have a pretty expansive palate and there are very few beers I just cannot drink but this is one. This might just take the cake as the worst beer I have ever tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1512) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Pours a nice golden color with white fizzy head. Raw wheat, spices, malt, and some light fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dfinney23 (1839) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Definitely unusual. Definitely not something I’d want to drink often. If ever. Astringent and sour in a weird way.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rdixon77 (824) - Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Definitely a unique beer. My wife has been wanting to brew one of these so we gave it a shot. Poured hazy gold with little foam. Bay leaf and ginger dominate aroma with a nice lemon presence. Obviously a big medicinal and earthy flavor profile...all over the place: Ginger, bay leaf, anise, lemon, pepper. Finishes bitter and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
solidfunk (4477) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Wow, talk about loaruel and ginger in here. Not sure how much I like this one. Pours cloudy yellow without much head or lacing. Lots of rosemary as well. A little jumbled. Tap at Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rougeau13 (2025) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Tons of spices in the aroma. Where do I begin? Bay leaf, ginger, rosemary, pepper, cardamom, with lemon as well. Taste is much milder. Slightly spiced tasting; more sweet, grainy, and fruity. Light to medium bodied. Hazy yellow with a white head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
Beerenberger (1538) - Fischer, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2014
The dominate aroma is ginger supported by herbal notes. Pours a hazy straw hue with a non-lasting white head supporting no lacing. The taste is extremely herbal and moderately bitter. Ginger, bay leaves, pepper, and rosemary, with a hoppy bitter finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, this beer is like a liquid salad. In fact it would probably be good with a green salad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (3742) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2014
Hmmmhmmm! Aroma of fresh, unburned (good) cigarettes and potpourri. Hazy, light yellow color with a thin white ring head. Very herbal. Lots, I mean a ton, of herbal stuff going on here. Its hard to tell where the adjuncts stop and the beer begins. An earth queen’s dream.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Rated on 11-21-2010. This beer has a medium sized very, very fizzy white head that quickly dissipates, transparent yellow body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and no lacing. The aromas are wheat, herbal, lemony, ginger, spicy, lightly fruity, and sweet. The taste is sweet, fruity, spicy, herbal, lightly bitter, and semi-dry. The mouth feel is syrupy, sticky and thick. This beer is light-medium bodied. The flavor of this beer is not for me at all. I could not get a liking for it as the flavors just taste weird to me. This is a beer I will not drink again. To each their own.

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