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

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

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226 Ratings

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%

Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem

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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Reviews by wchesak:
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South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a conical dogfish head glass

A - 1 1/2 fingers of white head, which disappeared quickly and left a very tiny ring of white around the rim, looks very much like a Belgian wit or gueze with the light straw/cloudiness, no lace at all

S - like someone was blindfolded and picked out spices from a spice rack - carraway is the biggest, lemon peel, ginger

T - some of the same characteristics of a wit, with the toned down malt profile and slight tart in the back of the throat, however the spices, with some profile as smell, take center stage in the middle of the tasting

M - light bodied, good bubbly carbonation, finishes clean

D - refreshing but don't think i could put up with the different spices beyond a bottle, glad I tried this style of beer that is not represented very much on the market

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 01:45:33 | More by wchesak
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-31-2014 01:06:39 | More by starshockey9
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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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-24-2014 16:50:39 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-07-2014 03:15:44 | More by threedaggers
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 0.5L bottle into a large glass stein. Moderately aggressive hand. No clear date on a hasty examination of the vessel.

A: Hazy, yellow-green body with 1 finger of white, sudsy head. Ok retention. No lacing. That's an interesting hue...

S: Herbal spice, heavy black pepper, lemon, a bit of grass. Cool.

T: Tart and herbal initially followed by the development of an astringent bitterness. Very dry finish. Lingering essence of bitter-lemon in the aftertaste. No alcohol of note.

M: Moderate to light carbonation with a light body. Has a certain drying effect on the palate.

O: Pretty tasty, citrusy, herbal concoction. Refreshing. Tea-like in it's astringency, but nicely drinkable. It's very interesting that I don't detect any of the cited herbs/spices specifically, but together they generate a very appealing flavor profile.


Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 23:23:06 | More by fourstringer
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

02-18-2014 02:28:48 | More by FFATS
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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 55 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of a spring meadow with an over smell of fall’s goldenrod
Head average (4 cm), white, frothy, mostly diminishing into a 2 mm ring
No lacing
Flavor of an herbal tea (Drink it, it’s GOOD for you), obviously no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl; the only identifiable flavor is of bay leaves and maybe cumin.
Palate light, watery, carbonation starts lively but immediately fades to none.

Kind of makes me glad to be a beer drinker today, not then.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 13:28:42 | More by Ozzylizard
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-09-2014 01:51:03 | More by Resuin
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2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

S: fruity, biscuit, with some spice

A: golden color

T: spicy, bitter, floral ( lavender) on finish leaves a lingering sharpness.

O: interesting beverage from the 13th century. A little bread note with hints of spice. bitterness lingers on the back of the palate.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 04:37:00 | More by bierdeflanders
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

11-26-2013 01:07:06 | More by Chugs13
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

11-20-2013 22:44:48 | More by edhizdeid
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3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a brown 500 mL botttle with no dating that I can find on the bottle. Poured into a 50 cL glass stein with a textured exterior.

Appearance - Sunny golden body with some haze and on overall bright but somewhat translucent appearance to it. Head is about a finger thick and delicate looking, with small bubbles, like you might expect from champagne, only this one has more heft to it, and sticks around longer too. Eventually the head recedes to a film across the top, leaving little to no lacing whatsoever.

Smell - Very herbal up front, with lots of different spices coming through. The predominant ones to my nose are the bay leaves and rosemary, with a hint of the anise and ginger peeking through as well. Very light and tea-like.

Taste - The way in which the nose reminded me of tea is only more on display with the taste. It's very much like a strong herbal tea, with notes of lemon zest and lemongrass, bay leaves, ginger, and bitter garden greens. The multitude of herbs clearly take the place of hops in modern beer styles, and while it's exceedingly different and unique it's not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate to low carbonation, with a dry, bitter finish.

Overall, a style I'm glad to have gotten the opportunity to sample. It would be interesting to see other brewers' takes on the style, similar to how berliner weisse (another Professor Fritz Briem portfolio beer) has become increasingly popular in the last several years, it seems. This reminded me a little bit of the limited experience I've had with the Sahti style. Personally, I'll stick with hops for my bittering and flavor when given a choice.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 06:11:18 | More by LambicPentameter
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New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

08-25-2013 07:39:49 | More by Maillard
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

08-22-2013 01:45:17 | More by ausonius
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

08-18-2013 19:39:43 | More by coldmeat23
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New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-18-2013 18:50:23 | More by smithj4
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.9%

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