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

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86
very good

276 Ratings
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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 36
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Slatetank on 07-29-2008

Created by Dr. Fritz Briem of Doemens Institute (  http://www.doemens.org  ), brewed by Weihenstephan & Doemens.
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Photo of cowboy83
2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

Photo of Domingo
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of od_sf
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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).

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of biercycle
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of gleemonger
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of jpajpajeff
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of PuFtonLyfe
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Soneast
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of alalvarez75
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a fair amount of sediment/yeast. The head is about a half finger white head that reduces to nothing but a tiny pool of bubbles in the middle of the top almost instantly. Very little lacing is observed. Also, there is a light amount of visible carbonation as well.

S: Floral aromas with hints of spices/herbs - anise, ginger, rosemary and bay leaf.

T: Again there are a lot of flavors of spices/herbs - bay leaf, rosemary, ginger, anise, and caraway. Also, there is a slight amount of sourness and some lemon. Very complex but not a huge flavor, slightly more subtle.

M: Light to medium bodied with high amounts of carbonation. Very crisp.

O: Very interesting style and a pretty good example of it. I have had a couple of others and this is probably my favorite of them - though not a style that I have frequently. I really enjoy the savory aspects of the smell and taste. Not a real sessionable beer but definitely good.

Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of Presticle
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of disemgrowler
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a blonde haze with a fizzy white head. Aroma is unique of some ginger, peppery notes, herbs, and spices. Taste is more sweet than spicy. The ginger comes forth but not as prominently. The herbs are there but lean heavier on the rosemary. The peppery spices seem tamed as well. Sweet malt and wheat come through towards the back end. Body is light and refreshing with the carbonation being creamier than expected. Ends with more ginger and peppery flavors, light rosemary, sweet malt and grains. Definitely an unique beer from old Germany!

Photo of smcolw
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale, almost translucent color. Lots of chunky yeast that settles at the bottom of the glass quickly. Long lasting thin head that leaves a slippery blanket of lace (doesn't last on the glass).

Strong licorice, white pepper and juniper berries. Attractively spicy.

Pale malt and very watery up front. The spices kick in quickly and dominate the taste from this point onward. Mildly sour. Lots of effervescence. Surprisingly short aftertaste. Nicely warming in the throat and tummy.

Photo of BrewerB
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This arrived courtesy of a Healthy Spirits Beer of the Month. This is a new style for me and I'm interested to try it.

Poured into a 3 floyds pint glass. This is a medium gold with a thin white head and little retention. Great clarity.

Intriguing aroma includes a moderately intense anise and ginger. Floral and sweet.

Quick flash of bay leave in the front followed quickly ginger in the middle and an anise finish. Herbal remnants linger briefly after the dry end.

Medium-light in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall, a lot going on the herbal/spice department but not enough to make me keep drinking. Good example of the style, perhaps just not something I want more of.

Photo of Stockfan42
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of mj001jk
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy and light-yellow. Very little head remains after a couple of minutes.

The aromas are decidedly herbal with ginger, lemon and an earthy mineral character. I could have sworn heather was a component in this gruit but alas it is not present. Instead it is made with bayleaf, ginger, caraway, anise, rosemary and gentian.

The flavors and mouthfeel are refreshing with zingy lemon, ginger and a slight sourness that lingers. None of the flavors are overpowering but instead blend in a complex yet vivacious harmony.

This is by far one of my favorite gruits so far and a nice contrast to the often darker siblings.

Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy lemon juice color with what turns out to be a modest head (although it foamed out of the bottle initially); a few dots of lace

Smell: Lemon juice and fresh ginger, with coriander, rosemary and bay leaf elements

Taste: Puckery lemon juice and ginger, up front, with the coriander, rosemary and bay leaf elements developing by mid-palate; all of the flavors come together, in the finish, with the aftertaste being as puckery as the beginning

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with high carbonation

Overall: A very interesting concoction; I appreciated it much more than I liked it

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Professor Fritz Briem 13th Century Grut Bier from Professor Fritz Briem
86 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.