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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

226 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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


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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mactrail

California

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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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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fourstringer

Maryland

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.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 23:23:06 | More by fourstringer
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

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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bierdeflanders

California

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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LambicPentameter

Kansas

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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draheim

Washington

4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500mL into a weizen glass. Pours a cloudy pale yellow w/ a narrow white head that dissipates to a thin film.

Aroma is big on herbal and floral scents, many of which I'm only vaguely familiar with. Rosemary and ginger, and then some floral tea-like aromas. It's certainly unique and not objectionable.

Taste leads off with wheat malt and lemon zest, then white pepper and other spices as well as floral/herbal notes. Lots of citrusy acidity gives it a refeshing zing.

Mouthfeel is soft but lively, crisp and clean. The lemony quality gives it a refreshing finish.

Overall this is probably the first or second Gruit beer I've ever had, and I enjoyed it. Not an everyday kind of beer but one that certainly deepens my appreciation for beer's long history and wide variety. It's also a well-made beer in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 23:12:26 | More by draheim
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: Bright cloudy yellow lemonade body with a fast disappearing white head.

S: Crazy aroma. Caraway, rosemary, bay leaves, ginger, mustard seed, subtle fennel, tart citrus kissed wheat and spicy barley. Weird but amazing. Timid grapefruit in the back.

T/M: Taste comes off as a super spiced up summer wheat ale. The bay leaves really bring a bitter earthy profile along with the caraway and rosemary. Like drinking a brine solution mixed with wheat beer and tart yeast. Light zesty body that is nice and refreshing. Grapefruit in the finish.

O: I wasn't sure what to expect but I gotta say its superb. The spices really work as weird as they seem. A great easy drinking summer beer. I will definitely grab more of this. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 22:36:51 | More by Hopswagger
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: really cloudy, yellow....bright white head, spongy - a nice amount, good rise, just doesn't want to stick around....it looks like a Berliner Weisse, or Absinthe

S: herbal - pasta sauce?! (but this goes away)...I'd like to think the rosemary and ginger comes out most predominantly....sniffed, for reference, all the herbs/spices listed on the label (with the exception of gentian, though I did have Angostura on hand...)....wasn't detecting any caraway and the anise was thankfully just enough to balance, bay leaves perhaps the same...with the green herbs and the ginger was a wonderful citrus blend of an aroma....the whole spice bill was so well balanced and edged toward accessibility

T: up front, a nasty, funky mystery (but this goes away)....the aftertaste very much mirrors the smell....I suppose that's the gentian that's prevalent here....fruity, mildly tart, some vague sweetness - herbs and spices are so well balanced and mellow enough....ginger/bay-leaf bite very late, but still fairly subdued....a sort of herbal/floral and certainly bright citrus flavors are the core here

M: sort of thinnish, a little dry....spritzy (or is that the citrusy/herbal bite?) - enhances the thinness....later, there's actually a pleasant, yet soft, filling sensation, yet it washes away somewhat clean, though a little residual stickiness remains on the palate....the lighter body works to its advantage here though

O: in my mind, this is the best of the more readily available gruit ales on the market....something that truly stands out, and it's so drinkable!...and only a German or (better) British yeast seems appropriate for this style (Belgian "gruit" is a waste/joke)...the yeast must have some hand in the flavor here, but it still allows the flavorings to come through....definitely try this if you haven't!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 07:32:14 | More by Bouleboubier
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Braz

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Tacoma Boys. Pours a hazy pale gold with a lot of sediments floating around. Smells fantastic. Tons of spices, cinnamon, rosemary, fruit and zest. Taste is slightly tart, with some ginger and rosemary notes. Pretty good dose of carbonation compared to the appearance. Very light body with an abrupt finish and absolutely no bitterness. Not bad and I love this style of beer. Always interesting and the history is intriguing as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 23:40:39 | More by Braz
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a clear honey amber with a hint of a head that dissipated immediately to a ring around the glass, no lacing. Amazing aroma of rosemary, bay leaves, ginger, apple juice, light citrus; other unidentifiable aromatic herbs. Much like a kitchen dried potpourri. Starts with apple and pear juice, light grape juice; slightly vinous, aromatic herbs dominated by rosemary, slightly sweet. Finishes abruptly with dry, earthy herbs, leaving a light, but pleasant dried herb aftertaste. Light bodied. A very enjoyable reconstruction of this ancient ale style. Although I have greatly enjoyed some of the other, sweeter, gruit reconstructions from Scottish and American breweries, this one struck me as more authentic. A part of me wished for a bit more ABV to bring out the intensity of the bittering herbs. I like this Professor Briem series and am glad that he is bringing these old styles back to life.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 03:45:40 | More by LiquidAmber
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, golden straw color, with a fair amount of floating particulate matter. Head was lackluster (I may have been a little too gentle with my pouring) and faded quickly, leaving a fine lace behind.

S: A mix of champagne and apple cider are the first to greet the nose. Fruity yields to spicy, with aromas of ginger, pepper, and the faintest hint of menthol.

T: Malt sweetness lasts but a second before a tart fruitiness comes to dominate. The raw ginger that was soft in the nose is quite potent on the palate (not like a true ginger beer, but more than enough to grab my attention). As the ginger recedes after a moment, tartness returns with a mildly bitter, herbal finish; a hint of soapy fatty acid lingers on the tongue afterward.

M: Crisp and richly carbonated. Mildly astringent in the finish.

O: Despite a couple of rough edges (the soapy astringency in the finish detracted from the experience slightly), this was a tasty foray Into the sort of beverage our ancestors enjoyed. Not a drink for everyday consumption, but a nice "just because" experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 21:41:40 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 09-05-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Balloon glass
Purchased: Single from Liquor Express, Huntsville AL

Appearance is cloudy and yellow, capped by a foamy white head. I see lots of floating particles in my glass which is unusual. I guess this is part of the grut/gruit spices. Head retention is good but lacing is very sparse.

Aromas are very fragrant, with lots of spices I can't identify plus a lemon citrus fruit character.

Taste is tart and fruity, with green apple, lemon and orange peel. Also has some grape/wine like flavors. As noted in the aromas, there are a lot of spices in the beer, but I can't pick them apart to identify them. The label lists many of these.

Mouthfeel has a medium-level body and a high amount of carbonation. The finish is dry and somewhat tart.

Overall a very unique and interesting beer. I'd like to try some other examples of the style, but would probably not seek out this one again. I'm glad to have tried it, but once is enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 02:52:57 | More by sommersb
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dulled golden straw, lots of haze and particulate, moderate cap of big bubbles, short lasting. Scent brings a deep bouquet of of presh picked herbs, quite a bit of ginger and sage on the nose, light sugary and fruity sweetness and faintly bready malt. Again, fresh picked herbs everywhere on the tongue, luckily all work well in conjunction with none being overly palate smashing. Little notes of sweet, juicy berries play well with the herbal notes. Lighter side of medium, moderately carbonated. Suprised by how well the taste came together, enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 15:55:44 | More by rfgetz
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

First sniff on cap removal : Ginger Ale. Pours out looking exactly like a nice cloudy Ginger Ale as well, with a very soda-like carbonation and lack of head. Second sniff in the glass reveals the complex aromas of the gentian, anise, and oily piny rosemary that needed the disruption of the pour to stand out. The Bay leaves stay in the background of the nose, thankfully. (I have a personal bias against Bay aroma)

First Sip : Texturally is exactly like a ginger ale as well. Light body and soda feel. Flavor...is very much like a conglomeration of mint, a very dry and spicy hot ginger ale, anisette, and a light wheat-like sort of malt tartness. More aspects of rosemary and even a bit of fresh squeezed asparagus juice sweet/vegetal flavor combo appear as I take my time with the glass. The Bay leaf hits me as the last guest left in the party at the finish, the obnoxious one that won't leave. (Again, I dislike Bay leaves, YMMV)

Still, the oddball herbalism that is contained within WORKS. I can tell that every component has been carefully counter-balanced against each other for the net gain of something better than the sum of it's parts. Well worth experiencing if you can get your hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 02:53:10 | More by WastingFreetime
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superspak

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden straw color with a small 1 finger foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to nearly nothing. Minimal lacing clinging to the glass. Aromas of lemon, apple, wheat, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, earth, anise, and steak sauce; seriously, steak sauce. Some very interesting aromas with good strength and decent balance. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, rosemary, basil, ginger, pepper, clove, anise, and herbal spiciness. Very slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruit, spices, herbs, wheat, and pepper on the finish for a very short bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity; quite dry on the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very crisp and clean mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present on the finish at all as expected. Extremely easy to drink. Overall this is a nice Gruit style ale. The aromas were certainly interesting; but the taste was nicely balanced and very smooth. This was quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 04:05:04 | More by superspak
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bfields4

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of sediment floating around. Straw yellow body. Little bit of off white head.

Aroma has a lot of lemon, ginger, pick up a bit of the ains. If i didn't know better the aroma would push me towards thinking this was a sour blond.

Light flavors. More lemon. Def picking up the rosemary now a little bit of the bay as well. Very herbal quality.

Very interesting beer. Easy to dink. Low alcohol and low carbonation goes down easy. Not my favorite, but worth giving a shot on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 00:51:50 | More by bfields4
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 16/7/12 cheers Masterski and Sean9689 for sending me the bottle

A cloudy pale orange with heaps of sediment all throughout, a thin but well sustained cap leaves a single ring of lace

S lots of ginger hit me on the first whiff, some bay leaves, lemon, herbal tea, and a bit of a sweet whipped egg meringue thing going for it and some fennel and floral notes. Smells different but great

T some apple cinnamon pie perhaps, its slightly sour with some cider notes, not as strong as the nose but most of what I smell's still there in one form or another

M lots of big bubbles in a fairly light body, fairly refreshing even with some tannins, spicy aftertaste lingers with some ginger

O something different but I really liked it, interesting mix of flavors and I never wrapped my head around it before my glass was empty

different can be good, I enjoyed this one for sure, strange at first but it quickly grew on me and ended up going down pretty fast.
I still have a few styles too try but this one brings me a little closer to hitting them all

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 19:20:46 | More by wordemupg
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tony223366

California

4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Three fingers of one of the fizziest beers I've seen in a long time. It's actually kind of amazing how fizzy it is considering how big it got. White color that quickly turned into a fine lace. Golden straw hue with some sediment. Slightly cloudy. Honestly this is hard to judge because I've never had one before.

S: Wow this is incredibly fragrant. I get lots of fruity notes along the lines of a sweet apple but then it's all herbs. I get the rosemary/bay leaves primarily. Especially the bay leaves. And ginger. Wow! It's exciting to smell something so different. Some grain too.

T: I don't even know how to classify this... but I do know it's good! I thought the spices were going to hit me over the head, but they're actually pretty well balanced. Granted I can definitely taste them but they're not overtaking the beer. I get a lot of tangy wheat flavors as well. Then lots of the bay leaf and ginger. This isn't nearly as sweet as I thought it'd be. It's fairly dry and really good! I can't get over how surprising this beer is.

M: Light body with great carbonation. Some mild creaminess. Great!

O: Huge surprise in how much I like this beer. I would actually drink it on occasion! Not every week but definitely atleast once a month! Nice work Fritz

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 04:24:36 | More by tony223366
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks like a witbier. Hazy pale golden with a big white head. Settles down to a quarter finger. Some lacing.
S- Wow the nose is a big kick. Ginger gets all up and powerful. There is a light floral aroma. I am picking a bit of the advertised anise too.
T- Very spicy on the tongue. The ginger hits big here. There is a bit of a lemon juice note. A fairly present wheat base.
M- Quite light body. Fairly crisp carb.
O- This is fun. This isn't an every kind of night of beverage, but this is just a fun and different kind of drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 02:33:16 | More by jsprain1
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DaveBlack

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Much lighter than I was actually expecting, but still a nice looking beer. Very pale, light straw color. Quite a lot of head and no lacing, with a fair amount of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. The beer is hazy, with some very VERY loose sediment.

S: Intensely spicy smelling. Lots of floral notes and yeast.

T: Very light and crisp, with lots of ginger, nutmeg, some slight rosemary. This almost tastes like a spice cake in a glass, but with a really crisp and light body. It is surprisingly dry on the finish.

M: Light and crisp with a lot of carbonation. Maybe too light.

O: A very good beer. Interesting to say the least, and full of great flavors. I would definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 21:56:22 | More by DaveBlack
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Domingo

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An oddball style that I really enjoy, although there aren't very many examples of it.
Pours a hazy eggshell color. Doesn't look all that different from a weissbier or witbier, although the foam isn't as thick or voluminous.
Ginger is the first thing that hits my nose. That's definitely one of the stars of the show. Bay leaves would be next. Then a citric sourness from the beer itself and a little liquorice. Short of some unusual lactic sour beers, you're not going to mistake this for anything else in Germany.
The beer isn't nearly as spicy as the nose might have you expecting, but it is DEFINITELY spicy. A little acidity up front bleeds into ginger. the bay leaves give it a certain savoriness that offers just a hint of rosemary character, too. The finish has a little bit of bitterness from wild hops.
Fans of witbiers and other unusually spice brews would probably love this. One really nice thing about it is that the spices blend together almost perfectly. The ginger seems strong at first, but it seamlessly carries over into other flavors, too.
Good stuff, and quite the quencher if you wanted, too.
I'm glad to be getting this after hoping to see it for a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 01:15:29 | More by Domingo
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super excited to try this after reading the herbs that went into it.

The beer is a pale, dull yellow with a thin white head and huge chunks of yeast. This beer is obviously a living organism and smells incredible. There are strong herbal notes without anything distinct in particular along with a sour tartness that screams zesty lemons. Absolutely divine drinking with a thin watery, but zingy mouthfeel...which is rather unexpected. It's highly drinkable and reminds me of a mild ginger beer that would cool off the hottest of summer days. I would definitely recommend giving this beer a shot if you've never tried a gruit before, it puts DFH's ta hen ket to shame (and yes I know THK isn't technically a gruit...but it's full of funky herbs from the egyptian market nonetheless).

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 03:16:54 | More by ThePorterSorter
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light orange with a 1/2 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, herbs, spices, and some interesting sour/tart aromas. Taste is of grain, leafs/herbs, spices, and a sourness on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with an interesting history behind it but it's definitely weird in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 05:29:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a bright hazy looking yellow color with a big fizzy white head with lots of chunky sediment. The head fades but the carbonation spits from the top of the beer similar to how soda does. The smell of the beer is lemony with some herbal qualities to it. It smells refreshing. The taste of the beer is herbal with some citrus hints in the distance. The mouthfeel of the beer is light, very carbonated and a little on the watery side. Overall I enjoyed trying the beer, I can't say I'd buy it again but it was nice to have once.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 04:41:41 | More by Knapp85
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