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RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Sampled at pauls. Pale yellow with a little co2. Spicy cinnamon nutmeg. Lots of pepper and spice. Odd ball.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palidor19 (3081) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2008
A great beer, lots of spices, ginger, rosemary. Herbal all the way, its gives a nice cloudy look with a solid ivory head. goes great with cured ham and bacon. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nick76 (4315) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2008
The aroma is nice and floral with herbs, spices, bread, yeast, ginger, fruit, and barley malt. The appearance is cloudy and gold with a large white head. The flavor is slightly watery but balanced and complex with a hefe like bubble gum, clove, and banana taste. The palate is thin but OK. Overall a very very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2008
<b>In short: </b>An light but tasty spicy herbal beer-lemonade. Very interesting.
<b>How: </b>Bottle, consumed fresh a few days after purchase
<b>The look: </b>Cloudy banana colour body topped by a very small white head
<b>In long: </b>Nose of coriander, spices and lemonade. Taste is a bit like a spiced Berliner Weisse with crisp hay, coriander, lemongrass, white pepper, some alfalfa sprouts, grass, grapefruit, lemon, herbs. The beer is overall rather juicy but the finish is dry and herbal. Body is light but doesn’t feel empty. A overall sensation that there’s a lot of spices and herbs in this beer which makes it very tasty but less refreshing than it could have been, almost hard to take big sips. Ha the 13th century, a time of wars and crusades. A time when men were real men, and women were, well, kind-of-men.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10908) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2008
500 mL bottle received via trade with jjpm74. Pours hazy yellow with a small, fizzy, white head, mostly diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (hay, straw, meal), average hops (flowers, grass, spruce, citrus) with notes of pepper, banana, pear, and dust. Light bodied, gritty texture, lively carbonation, and a chalky finish. Long duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3991) - - SEP 11, 2008
alright! been waiting for this a long time. pours a very cloudy gold that looks like grapefruit juice. loud fizzy carbonation with a quickly dissipating white head. aroma of massive amounts of ginger with lesser amounts of black pepper and rosemary. flavor is minty, wintergreen, insane herbal-ness. finishes with a licorice aftertaste. tart, crisp, light palate. i could brush my teeth with this stuff! it might even make a great chicken marinade. probably cures diseases too. what a treat! i’ll sell the rest of my ideas for some $$$.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4006) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2008
As I am pouring this into my 25cl tulip glass I notice that it is incredibly aromatic; spicy and herbal with and aromatic turpene character. The beer is incredibly hazy with an almost white sheen to its straw color. The head starts out almost three fingers in height and is a pale, white color. A closer inspection of the aroma yields aromas of woody rosemary, spicy licorice, lemon zest, substantial ginger, an herbal bay leaf thing and a sort of earthy sage note. This is very aromatic, it practically jumps out of the glass, but it does not pick up any harsh notes and isn’t all that over-bearing.

The taste is quite dry and that seems to mute the spice flavors quite significantly (especially as compared to the aroma). Ginger flavors seem to be the most noticeable after the first sip and there is a light lemon zest note as well as an herbal, menthol sort of turpene character that is mix of rosemary and bay. Very light and quaffable, and with all the herbal notes I was actually expecting this to be quite a bit more astringent and bitter than it actually is. There is a touch of tannic character here and the beer comes off as being lightly tart (perhaps from the ginger).

This is actually quite refreshing. This would be an awesome aperitif, it gets the juices flowing and you ready for a meal. Gruit beers are novel enough that this beer gets props for being unique. I definitely enjoy tasting modern interpretations of history & I do like the mix of flavors that the specific herbs contribute to this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mephisto (1276) - TAIWAN - SEP 10, 2008
cloudy yellow with citrusy aroma, it has a sour and fruity flavor with dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Floback (541) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Bottle courtesy of SoLan. Thanks bro! As usual, you have impeccable taste in your selections. Pours a cloudy gold and a fingernail of white head with chunks of sediment. The aroma is incredibly complex and herbal with notes of earth, mint, spices, and flowers. Flavors are similar and yet even more complex: lemons, licorice, and sassafrass all show through. Very herbal with a kick of grain in the back of the tongue. Finishes quick, smooth, and slightly dry, leaving you wanting more. Medium/full carbonation and medium body. This beer is interesting and vey different; a fantastic brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3530) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2008
Pale yellow, clear, initial fizzy head fades very quickly - almost looks like a cider. Aroma is grainy, with notes of wheat and lots of spiciness. Although not listed, I was getting coriander and chamomille, almost reminded me of a cross between a wit and a saison. The flavor was very much a match initially, but on the finish, the rosemary and ginger became apparent. Fascinating stuff. Perhaps more interesting than an enjoyable drink, but glad to have tried it. An accidental 1900th rating that wouldn’t have been if I had gotten around to entering that cask JW Lee’s Calvados into the database.

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