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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

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dmschefke (568) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Wow, I don’t even know where to start with this beer. Pours a hazy straw yellow with thin white head that disappears quickly with no lacing. Aroma is of a flippin’ spice rack. I can’t even distinguish all of them with the exception of ginger and pine. Taste matches all too well and is a bit overwhelming. Aftertaste like I took a bite of a pine tree and is not very pleasant. I have to keep drinking it in order to not have the aftertaste. Very interesting beer, but not my style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrBeerFanatic (864) - Friona, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Pours light hazy faint yellow with a foamy head. Aromas ginger, Apple, faint anise, cloves. Flavors of wow, and ugh, with some ooo. That’s faint rosemary, leaves, slight ash tray, clove and bay leave. Weird as weird gets. Slight sour. Slight bitter dry finish. No sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (4369) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2014
pours hazy if not cloudy extra pale yellow with a small white cap, some retention and lacing. strong bay leaves aroma, astringent black tea, ginger and lemon peel, Rosemary and other bitter herbs, pink pepper, very light acidity. yeast, slightly vinous, pale wheaty base. average to moderately low carbonation, light body - never watery, fairly astringent and very spicy-herbal-peppery finish. interestingly.. unique.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (3565) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow with medium frothy off white head that lasts. The aroma is strong dandellion and wheat. Medium mouthfeel with sweet grain, rosemary, floral, light tartness. Such a complex brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
nimbleprop (4871) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2014
On tap at Paradiso Dupont. Pours a hazy gold with some thin white head. Nose of aftershave, mint, loads of spice. Like someone opened their spice cabinet and it fell into the boil... and late. Flavor follows right along, loads of fresh herbs, mint, aftershave. Drain pour, in my opinion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillWyce (723) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Pours lightly hazy straw color with a 1-finger white head. Aroma of lemon and ginger, with an evergreen-like note. Body is light and slightly oily, with a brief, dry finish. Flavor is lemony with an evergreen note from the rosemary. Some grassy and peppery notes underneath.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Cavie (3795) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle. Cloudy yellow pour. White head. Aroma is peppery, lemon, eucalyptus and potpourri. Flavor is super spicy! Incense, potpourri, burns over the palate. Not my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (680) - 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 (924) - 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 (1384) - 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 (1672) - 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.

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