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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TJay7481 (80) - Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Very aromatic. I thought it almost had the smell of a medicinal lemon tea. Pours hazy yellow with minimal head. A very light mouth feel. Strong Ginger flavor with a little Rosemary on the back end. No alchohol present. Drinks very easy and if very refreshing. Probably one of the most unique beers I have had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3184) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Wow. Nice beer. Friends and I agree this would be a nice summer beer. The combination of aromas and flavors almost seem a little lemony. And pickles. Very refreshing. Poured with small white head that lasts and no lace. Color is a hazy light yellow. Flavor is similar to nose but lots more going on and really quite good. A lot of this kind of beer I’m not so partial to but this works. Body is very good and great carbonation. Long finish of the same flavs. Don’t really think it’d be a session beer though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Floback (550) - 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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2013
P: Bright cloudy yellow lemonade body with a fast disappearing white head. S: Crazy aroma. Caraway, rosemary, bay leaves, ginger, mustard seed, subtle fennel, tart citrus kissed wheat and spicy barley. Weird but amazing. Timid grapefruit in the back. T/M: Taste comes off as a super spiced up summer wheat ale. The bay leaves really bring a bitter earthy profile along with the caraway and rosemary. Like drinking a brine solution mixed with wheat beer and tart yeast. Light zesty body that is nice and refreshing. Grapefruit in the finish. O: I wasn’t sure what to expect but I gotta say its superb. The spices really work as weird as they seem. A great easy drinking summer beer. I will definitely grab more of this. Cheers!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2008
16oz bottle. Pours a hazy straw color with a white fizzy head. Nose is tons of mint and ginger and a little bit of yeast. Very cool complex aroma with lots of spices floating around. The flavor is awesome and refreshing. This was a big hit at the tasting. Tons of spicyiness up front but no hops obviously so no bitterness but a faint sweetness and pungernt tartness from the ginger and rosemary. Light wheat taste, this leaves you wanting more, a great summer beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
500 ml bottle. Very pale yellow-white beer with a thin fast-fading white head. The aroma is great. Loaded with fresh herbs, light lemony coriander, citrusy sweetness and a bright lavender/floral quality as well. There is a nice sweet spearmint sweetness that I find very appealing. Bright citrus and wheaty spiciness initially on the palate. Through the middle is nice rosemary/thyme pine herbal character. Nicely refreshing lightness with a soft wheaty finish. As the beer warms, a very light licorice richness adds yet another layer of complexity. Very unique and very delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (15806) - 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?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Pronounced herbal aroma. Dry, light herb flavors promenently rosemary. Finishes remarkably with no noticeable bitterness but instead, minty coolness. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merc7186 (2957) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
A: Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head, Decent Lacing S: Rosemary, Chardomum, Grassy T: Rosemary, Grassy, Hay M: Decent Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying Overall, so freaking earthy with the different combination of spices, great beer....especially for $3.

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