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An all-sorghum beer. New Grist, a beer for Celiacs brewed from sorghum and gluten-free yeast grown on molasses. New Grist is the first “official” gluten free beer in the U.S., although it cannot technically be called “gluten-free” until established governmental guidelines are determined for all products claiming “gluten-free” status. In the interim, this Celiac-safe beer can be called “barley-free,” and is a welcome product to those who need to live on restricted diets due to intolerance to gluten, a protein found in common brewing grains such as barley, wheat, rye, oats, spelt, kamut and triticale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aurelius (4961) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Big boofy head. Very clear with big bubbles. Bad label. green, diacetyl, homebrew character. Cidery. Sweet finish is quick. Lightly sweet and tart. Poor offering.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Bottle - very sweet aroma. Very pale yellow body and a white head that is gone almost before it hits the glass. Flavor is almost like an extract homebrew - and one of mine, not a good one. Needs more hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
igneous1 (1530) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAY 15, 2006
pale yellow, no head. aroma is sweet, heavy on the yeasty aroma. smells a bit like a belgian. flavor is a bit of spice, sweet, but has a very mild underlying tartness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jtw (1151) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2006
hmm. smells like sourdough bread and tangy yeast , and it looks like miller lite with a bit more gold saturation. almost no head to speak of, and little aroma or flavor aside from the clean taste of "malt" (sorghum?) and hops. i’m glad i’m not a celiac.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Not all that malty or flavorful, but I guess when you can’t add gluten, your hands are somewhat tied. I don’t even know what gluten is, but must taste fantastic, because without it this beer’s like water flavored with a hint of lemon. Quite citrusy in a lawnmower-beer sort of way. Evidently, there’s rice in this beer as well, which my label proudly claims (oddly, the pictured label on RateBeer doesn’t show the word "Rice". Go figure. Nice foamy white head, but overally this is a flavorless bummer from an otherwise fantastic brewery. In fact, Lakefront is so solid a brewer that if they can’t do much without gluten, I’d wager no one can.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
thegreenrooster (3887) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 29, 2006
Pour is a bright yellow with a white head. Aroma is very sweet. Flavor is also very sweet and thick. Almost a winey vinagar hits the tounge after the first sip. Im not sure what sorghum tastes like but im sure its in there somwwhere. If you not a fan of a pale lager this is not the beer for you. Very sweet and bland.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
feedmec00kies (49) - New York, New York, USA - APR 23, 2006
Tried this with my Celiac roommate. I’m not sure when this change occurred, but the bottle we had said "brewed from sorghum and rice". In the way of beer, not too impressive. Clear yellow, with a white head that lasted shorter than the foam you get pouring soda. Something in the aroma I couldn’t figure out, grains. A few of us gluten-eaters tasted it and agreed it tasted like it was trying to be beer, but the taste died out pretty soon after it was swallowed. Some really weird, strong/sour flavor (the sorghum?) that was a bit like eating the concentrated flavor of 50 sticks of celery at once, pickle flavor, and a very ricey aftertaste that stuck around for a while. Though not a factor in to consider as a beer, in the tradition of Celiac products, this is apparently not too bad. I’d say it’s comparable to at least cheaper beers; there are plenty of gluten-free products that are awful compared to even their cheapest counterparts. From my roommate’s wheatless perspective, this was easier for her to drink than any real beer she’s tasted in college.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
vyvvy (5464) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2006
Pours clear yellow and minimal head from the pour and that is gone instantly. The aroma has a light sweetness and something odd - could be the sorghum, I have no idea what aroma that gives off. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Taste is different - it is sweet and cloying with light citrus aspects. There is a stale and sour aspect along with some rice. This beer is not pleasing at all. However, if I was unfortunate enough to have to be gluten free I may actually drink this. Oh, I hope that never happens. I don’t want another one of these.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
JK (5624) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2006
Strange but a respectable attempt at something different. Odd aromas including rice and other cereals, pickles and canned green olives. Light gold and lightly carbonated; like an ordinary pale lager. Flavor is light as well, like a lager with a vegetal flavor I am not familar with on the back of the tongue.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
TAR (2625) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2006
Radiant straw. Buoyant bubbles form a thick white collar of foam. Light and tangy aroma with a hint of rubbing alcohol and yogurt. Active and harsh carbonation. Initially astringent and overrun with acetaldehyde which, in this case, resembles spoiled apple juice and white grapes. No hop character, whatsoever, and very husky. “Off” fruitiness continues to wreak havoc as it generates more mushiness. Finishes with a salty seltzer quality to it, along with melon and an overabundance tacky rice textures and flavors. This tastes more like sake or seltzer water than beer. My high hopes of liking this have been totally dashed.

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