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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Pergish1 (1) - Raleigh, Alabama, USA - FEB 1, 2014 does not count
This is great for food history buffs. My modern palate noted the flat, almost lemonade taste followed by a heavy herby aftertaste. It wasn’t something I’d drink every day ... unless I were a European laborer back in the 1400s with a very meat-starch-heavy diet. This would go great with the food of the time. Nowadays, I might serve it with barbecue.

Oogiee (71) - Taipei, TAIWAN - JAN 20, 2014
floral, grass, citrus, herbs, leaves, ginger, clove, hay, toothpaste ,golden, pale, hazy, minimal head, white foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, chalk, limestone ,light body, thin feel, lively, flat, astringent,

robgibbens (432) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Pale, muddy looking yellow color with minimal foam. The aroma is mild ginger. Refreshing aroma. Flavor is bitter with a dryness. Rosemary comes through nicely. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. Interesting beer.

merc7186 (3142) - 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.

pivnizub (10768) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - NOV 6, 2013
Bottle (thanx to jfb!!!):Pale golden, cloudy, some floaties visible, small and loose White head, moderately spicy (X-mas and cough-syrup and herbs de Provence) sourish-sweet nose; moderate sourish-sweet flavour, light bodied, a bit fizzy; light spicy and sourish finish. Like a diluted cough-syrup with a dash of lemon-juice...; no hope without hops!

drjay44 (3799) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2013
500 ml. bottle. Shared with Gabe. Pours a thin but well retained white head, over a hazy yellow (SRM 3) body....nose is coriander, light malts.....taste is light sour, with multiple spices including bay, caraway, lemon, finishing with moderate spice bitterness....mouth feel light of medium, carbonation adds tingle. This is a very different beer with multiple aromas and flavors, that are quite unusual. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7

Psytron (2446) - Turku, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2013
Smell of berries, grain, cardamom, pepper, glögg, ginger. Yellow-greyish muddy colour. White head that diminishes quickly. Aroma of yeast, basement, ginger, pepper, honey, some glögg. Apples in finish. Fruity, with "Christmas flavours". Lively and plentiful carbon. Rather exciting taste. Mostly sweet.

keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2013
No bottling information.
Appearance: The body is bright and hazy straw color with a thin and short head that quickly settles into a thin coating.
Aroma: A strong medley of herbs, maybe sage, rosemary and black licorice.
Taste: Crisp, possibly wheat, body with hints of lemon. The spices are subdued until a strong finish of herbs that lingers for a long time. Anise comes to mind on the finish. This isn’t very pleasant, it numbs my tongue a bit.
Palate: Crisp and light bodied.
Overall: This is what I expected, that doesn’t mean I have to like it. Not a fan of this, especially the finish. I’m glad I didn’t live in a time where I had to drink these.

dmschefke (575) - 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.

hivemind (919) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Tap @ Proletariat w James. Hazy white-yellow, big white head. Aroma is fresh and grassy with notes of cedar sawdust. Taste is tantalizingly aweet and tart off the bat then mellows out and goes down like a wit or heffe or something with overripe banana in the aftertaste. Some astringency at the end as well. Pretty cool and complex and I like that it teases.

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