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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10606) - 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 (3916) - - 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 (3810) - 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 (1275) - 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 (539) - 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 (3459) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 3, 2008
.5 liter bottle poured into a tumbler. This beer pours the color of a lemon shandy with a creamy medium-sized head. The nose contains lemon, ginger and mint. It smells refreshing but also sort of like that goop you spread on your chest when you have a cold. The body is medium in heaviness and comes across as flat although it isn’t really flat. I think the lack of hops brings this illusion about. This is a nice lemon-like beer with unfortunate hints of soap. It would probably go well with Indian food as some of the spices are similar. The finish is quick leaving a lemon zest or maybe Pledge polish taste behind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Bottle: Cloudy yellow pour with a fading white head. The aroma is complex a array of spices. Has some aged lemon peel, ginger, coriander, basil/oregano-like suggestions, ivory soap, all mingle well with the crisp wheat-like body underneath the spices. Crisp body with prickly yet pleasant carbonation. Has a fresh flavor with a crisp, wheaty base and a depth of spices varying from tons of ginger & lemon character, bay leaf, rosemary and white pepper. Has tons of character (especially for the low ABV) Very unique and full of subtlety. Extremely drinkable, despite it’s complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 Pours a heavily carbonated yellow with a fizzy head. Aroma is crazy... lots of ginger, but not in a very spicy or fruity way... kind of like a flower’s aroma. There’s a certain light mustiness to it as well, like an old abandoned greenhouse. Strong, but you can’t quite put your finger on what it is. The flavor is negligible up front, with a nice sweet middle, with some apple peeking through the ginger. The finish reveals more apple and a little pear. My main complaint is the mouthfeel... it’s pretty thin until the finish, when it starts to fill out on the tongue. If it had more body, this would be a top-notch beer. As it stands, everyone should have it at least once... unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4557) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 21, 2008
Pours very milky yellow / orange with a small, but sturdy white head. The aroma is a potpourri of spice ~ ginger and rosemary strike me as being the most up front of those listed on the bottle, but there seems to be some hibiscus and rooibos as well. The wheat malt is quite noticeable as well. The aroma is quite nice. Medium semi-rough body with some moderately sharp carbonation. The taste is much like the aroma, but not as forceful. This strikes me as an alcoholic herbal tea. Thankfully I’m a fan of herbal teas. A nice enjoyable beer for me, but I can see this one being quite polarizing.

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