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Professor Fritz Briem 13th Century Grut Bier - Professor Fritz Briem

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BA SCORE
86
very good

246 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 34
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Created by Dr. Fritz Briem of Doemens Institute (  http://www.doemens.org  ), brewed by Weihenstephan & Doemens.

(Beer added by: Slatetank on 07-29-2008)
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Brenden

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a cloudy and pale yellow gold, obviously (clearly?) unfiltered, with a little bit of sediment settling down to the bottom. The head is a creamy pillow of pure white, roughly one finger tall and holding its form for the session while dropping down deposits of webbing, patching and spotting in tandem.
This is an aromatic and fragrant bouquet with raw, rustic, herbal and earthy qualities. it's also slightly sweet, plenty tangy, and quite spicy overall. In the aroma and the flavor there's an overlying floral quality and, beneath that, a consistent perfume. I'm reminded of flowering heather in the slightly bitter, stemmy and general particularity of the spicing, while a firm backbone of dry grains and wheat-like notes hold it up and a strong taste of tangy and zesty lemon juice, maybe a hint of peel as well, hit the nostrils and the tongue at all times. There's a light minty note as well mingling with the rest, and the spicy bite has an edge like ginger or wasabi. It goes generally grassy, too, with a hint of something similar to spruce tips but underneath the rest. With all the complexity, depth and overall flavor to this beer, it may, as strange as it is, be as good a Gruit as one could find.
Flowing smoothly on the tongue and with a crisp bite that never fades, there's a dryness both from a leafy and woody feel and from a certain acidity that carries through without being harsh. The lemony tang and zest evens out the dryness and lingers well.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 18:22:52 | More by Brenden
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Atlas1

Texas

3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

How cool is it that we get to at least try something called 13th Century Grut Bier in 2014? For that reason alone I am glad to be alive in this day and age. And for other reasons too, of course. But that's a good one. Also, how weird is it that some dude in Germany named Professor Fritz Briem is apparently the only guy on the planet brewing 13th Century Grut Bier? I have so many questions about this beer.

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. This beer is a nice opaque straw color. The cloudiness dissipates after a while and it mellows out to a pretty golden straw hue. Not entirely clear, but a shiny gold color. The nose is very herbal, almost medicinal. Strong on the ginger aroma here. I like this smell, but I'm not sure what to make of it. The taste is tart and bitter up front. Heavy rosemary and ginger presence. Unlike any other beer I've ever had, but then again I've never had anything claiming to be a 13th Century Grut Bier before either. Almost unpotable at first, until you sort of get used to the taste. It kinda grows on you, though. Kinda. Very dry and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light, which I'm presuming was intended.

An odd beer for sure, but very interesting. I'm not a huge fan of this, but I like the idea of the beer completely. I could see sipping on this instead of a hot toddy next time I'm sick with a nasty cold. I would hope all the herbs contain some sort of healing powers that I could extol among my friends when they're sick as well. "Try this! It's strange and hard to drink, but has mysterious healing powers no one can explain!" Yeah, I like this. Give me a 13th Century Grut anytime. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2014 01:22:09 | More by Atlas1
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KAF

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

07-02-2014 02:12:37 | More by KAF
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pisano

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-01-2014 17:21:18 | More by pisano
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-21-2014 05:18:50 | More by DaftPatrick
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rangerred

Tennessee

1.69/5  rDev -56%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2014 01:25:17 | More by rangerred
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J_Dub

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

06-13-2014 01:52:20 | More by J_Dub
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xShoWTeKx

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

06-06-2014 00:38:14 | More by xShoWTeKx
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RMoeNay

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

06-05-2014 22:08:03 | More by RMoeNay
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brandon911

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-27-2014 02:30:52 | More by brandon911
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logicalparadox

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, straw color with thick, but short-lived head. Slight greenish hue to this one. My glass was devoid of lacing less than half way through, which made my glass feel naked. The nose is full of spices, citrus, and herbs. I get a face full of bay leaf right off the bat and hints of the rosemary and ginger. Looking for the anise and caraway, but couldn't lock onto any of those licorice-like aromatics. Taste is tart, but very herbaceous. Lemon and lemon rind, full of pith. Bitter botanicals from the steeping of the herbs and spices. The bay and rosemary really come through in the front, with ginger playing a supporting role, the caraway and anise are there if you really go looking for them, but are easily lost in the complex dance of flavors on this stage. The lasting finish is dry with a prolonged bitterness on the palate that reminds me of over-steeping lemon peels in hot tea. The bay sticks around for a long while. I don't pick up any of the wheat, nor much of the rosemary, but this is one worth returning to more than once, to ponder the depths of this polyglot brew. Mouth-feel is light and the carbonation is not very high in comparison to the initial head, but present enough to play its part.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2014 22:25:30 | More by logicalparadox
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afsdan

Colorado

5/5  rDev +30.2%

05-22-2014 18:17:27 | More by afsdan
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gtermi

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-18-2014 06:54:58 | More by gtermi
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jALEson

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-18-2014 00:47:25 | More by jALEson
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-11-2014 22:25:12 | More by Georgiabeer
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JohnBender

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-08-2014 18:56:35 | More by JohnBender
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amalburg

Michigan

1/5  rDev -74%

05-01-2014 22:57:38 | More by amalburg
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

04-28-2014 23:11:04 | More by kjkinsey
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cdwil

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-28-2014 13:12:15 | More by cdwil
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kew

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-28-2014 03:15:13 | More by kew
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Jame515

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-09-2014 03:24:14 | More by Jame515
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starshockey9

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-31-2014 01:06:39 | More by starshockey9
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mactrail

Washington

3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pale yellow with just a slight haze. I thought the Brugse Zot glass with the jester would be Medieval enough. Swarms of bubbles in the glass and a coarse white head. It settles down to near flatness after a few minutes. Light weight and rather tart.

The bitterness is a quite intense when it seeps in. Gentian is quite distinct and medicinal and you wouldn't mistake it for any kind of hop. Long aromatics in the nose, but the herbs don't jump out with individual flavors. I taste lavender, which of course isn't one of the ingredients on the label. Maybe it's the bay leaves and anis. A crazy mix.

Overall it's a very interesting interesting quaff, and this "Historic Signature Series" is well worth seeking out. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Mayfair Liquors in Denver. My first Gruit to rate, at least, though I've had the Scottish heather and seaweed ones.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 02:54:43 | More by mactrail
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-24-2014 16:50:39 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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SLeffler27

New York

4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A mostly clear gold SRM 4-5 with a big, bubbly half-inch head. No real lacing on the inside of a Spaten Seidel, though particles in suspension range in size. Most sediment was left in the bottle. That which transferred slowly settled out.

Fresh lemon with caraway. Possibly some rosemary, but definitely anise. Anise becomes stronger with warmth. Some bay leaf and fresh ginger are also noticeable.

Tart fruit with ginger. The aroma comes through nicely and is quite refreshing. The sweet/tart interplay becomes prevalent in a mild, lingering, herbal finish.

Medium body, highly spritzy with a hint of alcohol, a satin texture with light metallic notes.

This is a superbly refreshing beer, similar to a Radler. I imagine this would be a great summer beer to relax with in the shade with friends. I was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 20:11:42 | More by SLeffler27
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Professor Fritz Briem 13th Century Grut Bier from Professor Fritz Briem
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