RATINGS: 256   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

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rdixon77 (3013) - Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Definitely a unique beer. My wife has been wanting to brew one of these so we gave it a shot. Poured hazy gold with little foam. Bay leaf and ginger dominate aroma with a nice lemon presence. Obviously a big medicinal and earthy flavor profile...all over the place: Ginger, bay leaf, anise, lemon, pepper. Finishes bitter and dry.

solidfunk (9407) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Wow, talk about loaruel and ginger in here. Not sure how much I like this one. Pours cloudy yellow without much head or lacing. Lots of rosemary as well. A little jumbled. Tap at Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont.

rougeau13 (3188) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Tons of spices in the aroma. Where do I begin? Bay leaf, ginger, rosemary, pepper, cardamom, with lemon as well. Taste is much milder. Slightly spiced tasting; more sweet, grainy, and fruity. Light to medium bodied. Hazy yellow with a white head.

Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2014
The dominate aroma is ginger supported by herbal notes. Pours a hazy straw hue with a non-lasting white head supporting no lacing. The taste is extremely herbal and moderately bitter. Ginger, bay leaves, pepper, and rosemary, with a hoppy bitter finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, this beer is like a liquid salad. In fact it would probably be good with a green salad.

kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2014
Hmmmhmmm! Aroma of fresh, unburned (good) cigarettes and potpourri. Hazy, light yellow color with a thin white ring head. Very herbal. Lots, I mean a ton, of herbal stuff going on here. Its hard to tell where the adjuncts stop and the beer begins. An earth queen’s dream.

hotstuff (5258) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Rated on 11-21-2010. This beer has a medium sized very, very fizzy white head that quickly dissipates, transparent yellow body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and no lacing. The aromas are wheat, herbal, lemony, ginger, spicy, lightly fruity, and sweet. The taste is sweet, fruity, spicy, herbal, lightly bitter, and semi-dry. The mouth feel is syrupy, sticky and thick. This beer is light-medium bodied. The flavor of this beer is not for me at all. I could not get a liking for it as the flavors just taste weird to me. This is a beer I will not drink again. To each their own.

high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Pours a hazy gold with a thin white head and lacing. It has a mild aroma of light malt and numerous spices like bay leaves and anis. The same spices a throughout the flavor leading to a clean, spicy finish over a medium-light body. A very interesting brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle shared by my brother. Clear yellow in color with a thin white head. Aroma of rosemary, malt, pine and citrus. Malty flavor giving way to grapefruit peel, plants and rosemary before a very bitter finish.

VinegarStroke (445) - Napa, California, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle: Pale gold to straw, with weak head and no lace. Just spice and herbs. I cant see anything else. Unpleasantly strong and cheap perfume like. Dry, slightly sour and bitter. Hard and nasty flavor. Just leaves a horrible flavor and mouthfeel. Not for me. This shows why the purity laws were introduced. No technical faults

allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Poured a very cloudy yellow, moderate head and lacing. Nose is very herbal and medicinal. The anise really comes through in the aroma. Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. The flavor is dominated by the herbs and spices. The bay leaves are pretty strong, as is the anise. No malt or hop character. Glad I tried it. It is certainly interesting, but I would have a hard time finishing a pint. It did drink easier after the first couple of sips, so perhaps it’s something that grows on you. Tasted this one as part of a craft beer class at the Holy Grale in Louisville.

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