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

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 37
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem

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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Ratings: 277 | Reviews: 160
Photo of drpimento
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow. Nice beer. Friends and I agree this would be a nice summer beer. The combination of aromas and flavors almost seem a little lemony. And pickles. Very refreshing. Poured with small white head that lasts and no lace. Color is a hazy light yellow. Flavor is similar to nose but lots more going on and really quite good. A lot of this kind of beer I'm not so partial to but this works. Body is very good and great carbonation. Long finish of the same flavs. Don't really think it'd be a session beer though.

Photo of lpayette
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No apparent bottling or best by date, which I'm not a big fan of... especially on imports.

Appearance- Extremely light in color. Think about your typical run of the mill "light" beer, now go a shade or two lighter, and that's what you have. Now add lots of yeast haze (dependent upon how carefully you pour) and a one finger bright white head that dissipates rather quickly. On appearance alone I would never guess this to be a grut/gruit, but I'll have to take the brewers' word for it that it's authentic since the label states that it was "brewed according to recipes dating back to before the german purity law in 1516."

Smell- Initial impression I had was perfume-like smell, but after a few whiffs I think I would run as fast as I could from any woman smelling like that... it's much more of a cologne smell. By cheating and reading what went into the beer, I can tell you that the bay leaves seem to dominate, followed by the rosemary, ginger, caraway, and anise. I have no clue what gentian smells like, but that's listed too, and I'm sure it's in there somewhere. There are smells similar to lemon rind and honeydew in there too. Overall it is all very medicinal and tea-like, and very complex.

Taste- As expected from the smell, it's a real shock at first. The many flavors at play however keep it interesting enough to give it another chance. I can sum up the flavor experience with that it pretty much tastes like drinking some sort of lemon tea. There are moments of sourness, but the overwhelming feel is very herbal. It does change quite a bit as it warms up. Surprisingly it seems that there are more flavors evident when a bit colder, which is typically the exact opposite. A more likely explanation is the numbing of the palate to certain subtle flavors over the course of a few sips. The finish is more distinct in its herbal nature than the start. The anise is more evident here, and indeed there is a licorice-like quality. The rosemary shines through near the middle.

Mouthfeel- Malted wheat is pretty subtle but adds texture up front. A mild sourness erases that pretty quickly, and the whole thing finishes semi-dry. Scrubbingly strong carbonation initially, but that goes away pretty quickly and there is only light carbonation within a few minutes.

Drinkability- I wasn't sure if I'd want to finish this or not, but the complexity and the act of thinking about (writing this review) kept me interested enough to do so. This isn't for everybody, but I suspect if you are a big tea drinker, this may be just what you are looking for (especially if allowed to warm up).

Photo of gford217
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours very light - a hazy straw with a big fluffy white head that recedes fairly quickly to a small collar. Not much lacing to speak of.

The aroma is fantastic and super pungent. I can smell the ginger from across the room and when I get closer, it's just a massive mix of all kinds of herbs and spices with some light fruit hiding underneath...way underneath.

The taste is extremely pungent as well with an almost minty character. There is plenty of ginger and anise and probably some of the other spices that I couldn't identify if I had to. There is a definite grassy, slightly earthy farmhouse thing going on as well with a dry finish.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and lively on the palate with strong carbonation. It's extremely refreshing and tingly.

I've looked at this on the shelf of the local store for ages and finally bought it. The herbs are awesome, especially in the nose, though it gets a tad tiring in the taste. Either way, a solid and very unique beer.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is what I call an "off-beat" beer. The label says something about an ale..
Upon pouring this libation I could swear it was a belgian something or other-- maybe a lambic. It pours a cloudy yellow-straw-amber. It's opaque.
The beer produces a short-lived head that's frothy and fizzy and the head quickly expends its energy dissipating to a small thin ring on the inside perimeter of my glass adorned by a hair of lacing. A swirl of my glass excites the lethargic head into renewed exuberance with more short-lived froth.
The nose is slight but with a difficult to characterize melange of notable signatures-- even I might add-- antiseptic cleaner or something like that-- there's lemon, citrus, the bucolic contryside, yeast, coriander, and probably something else that hasn't come to mind.
The flavor is like this beer's body-- light yet the nose and the flavor are almost one and the same-- the list for the nose is the list for the flavor. With the impossible to be ignored addition of effervescence.
The mouthfeel is very cordial- the flavor body is light and so is the over all "weight" of the mouthfeel. This beer would be without question a very refreshing summertime drink-- and I bet it would be just as agreeable served cold.
Another thing about this beer enhancing its drinkability is the relatively low alcohol ABV. This makes this beer very drinkable.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: incredibly pale yellow color, I'd think this was a Miller Lite or similar style beer, nice lively carbonation
S: very interesting, prominent spices with ginger dominating, almost like Cock and Bull Ginger Ale
T: very unusual and hard to characterize, thin, pale in taste with definite spice notes (ginger mostly), not a ton of depth but a decent drinking beer
M: surprisingly good, very light in body and taste but dances on tongue and has decent quality, you definitely taste the beer and spices and very refreshing
D: surprisingly drinkable, light but would be a great summer beer, reminded me a bit of a very good shanty

Photo of drperm
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I honestly had no idea what to expect from this, and I really *wanted* to like it -- so a certain trepidation factor entered in, and I was preparing myself for disappointment.

There was no need. This is the most surprising -- and surprisingly different -- brew I've had in quite a while. The closest thing I've had to this would be the offerings from Williams Brothers (makers of Heather Ale and such), but this one really picks up where they leave off.
In summary: I love it. The $7 price tag (ouch!) might keep me from having a steady supply on hand, but otherwise I'd make this a staple in my house.

Appearance: Yellow. Bold, sparkly, glowing, translucently-cloudy yellow. With a billowy white sea-foam top. In my Duvel goblet, it looks divinely perfect. For some reason (and ignoring the other posts on here) I was expecting a much darker brew (thanks to Williams Brothers). Lovely.

Aroma: Wow. This smell is incredible -- like the way I hope my kitchen smells on good days! Bay leaves, ginger, anise, cardamom, peppercorns, coriander, sour cherry, pear, and cinnamon.

Taste: Mulling spices meet Belgian farmhouse meet heather ale. This is absolutely out-of-this-world. My fear was that the "herbiness" would quickly become tiresome and over-the-top, but the opposite happened -- it becomes increasingly catchy and addictive the more I sip. Extremely thirst-quenching and unendingly intriguing. I could honestly stand it to be stronger in the malt, or overall-strength, department, but that's my only (slight) complaint.

Mouthfeel: Perfect. Juicy, piquant, scrubby-bubbles, off-dry. It would even work as a lawnmower beer for some days.

Drinkability: Again, the hefty price tag for a 16.9 fl oz bottle, but geezus this is delicious stuff. I'm going to have to show superhero restraint, put the rest of my unconsumed glass in the fridge, and cook up some vegetarian Indian food to go with this. It's begging for it. It would also be a winner with my "Chaucerian" spiced-Venison pie.

Holy cow I'm in love with this beer.

Photo of Richardberg
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: poured from a half-liter. Virtually no head but very fizzy. Pale yellow, almost limeade-green. Could be mistaken for Mt Dew. Interesting.

S: whoa, tons of spice. Ginger, allspice, caraway, bay leaf. Some rosemary and anise after you step back a little. Not a lot of typical beer-y smells.

T: all of the spices above are present, but remains smooth and balanced. Slightly sour -- in the vein of sour apple candy, quite pleasant.

M: bubbly, more body than I was expecting for such a translucent beer, sensations fade quickly though

D: fun beer I can see myself revisiting. Tonight's food pairing (schnitzel) was perfect. It could go totally wrong with a different dish, though; and despite liking the taste I don't think I'd want more than one...time to seek out another flavor once you've "gotten over" the sensations.

Photo of drabmuh
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a fizzy yellow beer, and that's not a bad thing, I think. Poured from a bottle into a glass, there is absolutely no head, hte carbonation is a bunch of large bubbles and its steady. It is light yellow, the lightest i've ever seen a beer, and completely clear. The smell is of spice only, almost like Chai Tea. Interesting. Taste is sour and dry. Almost like lemon soda. Cloves, anise, rosemary, its hard to drink. Not feeling this beer. Too spicy, its overwhelming. Sorry Grut Bier, not a repeat.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up today at the COOP.. I think I paid about $6.. Efff... expensive, but I missed out on it last time Matt had it in. Poured into my small La Trappe Goblet.

1" head dies back quickly... the brew is a super hazy glowing pale gold.

Wow... as soon as I cracked the cap, I can smell bunches of herbs that I don't expect inside a beer... the nose is chock full of ginger... "bay leaves" come to mind.. just a ton of herbs... wow.. rosemary.. lavender?? No "real" beer characteristics are identifiable on the aroma... very perfumy as it warms up..

Flavor begins with a medicinal herbal quality that moves full force into ginger.. bay leaves are again a completely unexpected component ... rosemary seems way too high... the finish reminds me of spearmint with a lingering ginger quality.. Zeppole rye comes to mind with room temperature.. caraway seed? lingering.. too much... I like this but I hate it... Definitely not an end of the night beer...

The body is light and carbonation is fairly heavy... drinkability varies on every sip.. some, I love.. others, I swear that I am gonna have terminal heartburn later tonight... also I could see how this would sooth an upset stomach...

Edit.... this is taking me forever to gather my thoughts/palate on this one.. licorice is building as the glass warms.. I don't like anise in beer.. and this is making it harder for me..

Photo of HalfFull
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a glass mug with a handle. This bier pours with a bit of haze but is otherwise mostly clear, and more so as the carbonation settles. A thin white head reveals itself after a careful pour as the bier was trying to escape from the glass on its own. Golden in color and with a firm carbonation, yielding strong retention and lacing. A bit Wit-like in appearance.

Wow, an unusual brew. Notes of allspice, caraway/cumin even, bit of apple. More anise and cinnamon with some air. Dried flowers and rosemary. Bit of sourness as the foam settles. Lemon and more dried flowers, in fact a bit of a potpourri basket on the nose.

Taste follows and is in fact overwhelmed by the everpresent nose. Flowery but not sweet up front with spices dominant in the finish. Has the light body of a witbier yet is more balanced and complex.

Smooth and easy on the feel with a fine and continuing carbonation, giving a refreshing citrus feel not unlike having some Fresca as a base beer. A slight bitterness concludes a flowery finish.

Overall a fantastic brew that might overwhelm given the mix of spices and herbs. Surely reminiscent of a potpourri pot or a kitchen spice cabinet.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Upon opening, the beer sort of fizzed out of the bottle, so an immediate pour was necessary. In the glass, the beer is hazy with lots of carbonation bubbles. A thin and fizzy, soda like head forms but remains a sort of veil of bubbles on top of the beer.

Aroma is really intriguing and quite honestly, delicious. Loads of ginger with some rosemary, juniper, and pine needles. This one smells really festive. I know this isnt a Christmas beer but it could sure pass for one. Really amazing. Although the ginger is the dominant flavor and at times seems to overpower everything else, I cant say that the ginger is the ONLY aroma. Quite complex actually.

Lots of ginger in the flavor with more juniper berries. Although everything seemd okay in the aroma, the flavor was a little overpowering.

Didnt like the body or feel of this one. WAY overcarbonated; mouthfeel of canned ginger ale. Really thin and watery and very carbonated. I could see this as a lunch time beer with food, possibly with a turkey sandwich or chicken salad wrap. I found the flavors okay for Christmas time, but any other time of the year, the flavors would get old fast. A beer to be consumed with Christmas dinner, but not really any other time.

Photo of avalon07
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A sweet smelling beer - spicy, malty, hoppy.

T: Tasted of hops and spices with some malt. Spices ruled the roost, but that's not necessarily a bad thing this beer.

M: A vibrant amount of carbonation and a dry, smooth finish. Light-bodied.

D: An airy, tasty, drinkable beer. Great for summer.

Photo of Damian
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl oz bottle purchased at Mountview Plaza Wines & Liquors, Naugatuck, Connecticut
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a slightly cloudy, pale yellow color with a flimsy, bright white, one-finger head that quickly dissipated.

The aroma was absolutely amazing and so unique. Super herbal, spicy and floral with notes of ginger and orange zest. As the beer warmed, the ginger became progressively stronger.

The taste was wildly interesting and complex. Like the aroma, the flavor profile was quite floral with tons of lavender and anise notes. Citrusy, with indications of lemon and jasmine. Rosemary appeared in the center. Hints of eucalyptus were noticeable as well. Bay leaf and anise came through on the crisp, dry, slightly earthy finish. Overall, I found that this beer had more intense top notes than other gruits.

The mouthfeel was light, crisp and a touch airy with a near Champagne-like carbonation.

Drinkability was excellent. This is a light, refreshing and flavorful beer that goes down so effortlessly. I could imagine this making for a wonderful aperitif.

After trying a few of the best gruits in the world, I can unquestionably say that this one is tops on my personal list. Seek this out and be prepared to taste something like you have never tasted before.

Photo of Rayek
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip.

A: Cloudy gold with a steady stream of fine carbonation. A frothy eggshell head has decent retention, but doesn't leave any lace.

S: Extremely herbal. Heavy scents of caraway, rosemary, bay leaf and ginger dominate the nose. The caraway aroma almost clears the nostrils. A dry biscuit scent hides way in the back.

T: The herbs continue. Biscuit malts are there, plus a bit of lemon, but the herbal flavors steal the show. The herb flavors are numerous and the label is happy to list them all: bay leaf, ginger, caraway, anise, rosemary and gentian. Of those, the rosemary, ginger and caraway are the most pronounced. Finishes with a effervescent dryness.

M: The light body is grainy and has a high level of carbonation.

D: This is certainly a different beer that I had to drink with an open mind. The pleasant herbalism combined with the low ABV make this beer go down easily. I'm really glad I picked this one up.

Photo of wchesak
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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

Photo of Ragingbull
1.76/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Cloudy gold with a dot of lace and a rim of foam. Spicy and light nose that seems more like a health and beauty aid than a beer. I sampled some of this during a tasting I put on for my wife and my in-laws and they were utterly umimpressed. I was left wanting. At first it was novel and I even wrote "curious." Those drinking with me said it tasted like medicine and also, very specifically, Gilchrist and Soames soap. It just had a "pure cleaner" type of flavor in my opinion. The anise pops out at me with some ginger coming through as well. The attack is actually mild compared to the smells. In the mouth it acts like Ben-Gay. Actually Sucrets is an accurate comparison as I have never eaten Ben-Gay. It numbs my mouth like Sucrets. I do feel as if I ate muscle rub however. The flavors and spices are fairly mild and would maybe garner a higher rating if not for a horrendhous mouthfeel and drinkability. Its tought to be generous with the numbers for this. I was pretty excited about it and I am all about "buying in" to new styles, old styles, and innovative styles. Its probably going to hurt their business that I was able to buy a single of this. Sell it by the case or at least six pack if you want to make money. I won't buy it again unless I have someone who can't resist looking at the train wreck.

I really am trying to be productive here. The spices working together in place of "normal" ingredients is a nice try, but I really think they ought to try again. I have been hesitant to review things I don't like on here in the past, but a B+ rating on BA for this beer is calling into question the integrity of the site in my opinion so I have "sounded off." People who use this site to find good beer as I do on occasion would be upset to go by this review in my opinion. Some stores even print "BA shelf talkers" and I want to have my opinion averaged in here. . . especially since I have three other beer lovers who thought I was being nice.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a decent white head. Rich aroma is malty and just a little bit fruity, rather appetizing. Flavor is mainly malty, slightly yeasty, with an undertone of fruit and a little bit of an alcohol bite. Smooth, fizzy, edgy texture helps it glide down the pipes.

Photo of watkins
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Since I don't know what to compare this to, this is difficult. Looks like a hazy tea or soda like Mountain Dew a loose, fizzy soda-like head that disappears rather noisily and almost instantly.

S: Smells strongly of aromatic herbs. Fresh bay leaf definitely sticks out. The spice of anise is there as well.

T: Uniquely delicious and light. Sort of like a steeped tea. The spice flavor comes through almost minty. Reminds me of the mice en place for an aromatic stock (peppercorns, caraway, herb bouquet, etc.). Really interesting, and delightful.

M: Very light with prickly yet sparse carbonation.

D: Different, but delightfully so. I probably wouldn't down several of these back to back. However, it's something I will definitely visit again.

Photo of taylorhamrick
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't know what this is supposed to look at. It's like yellow, very hazy, with loose bubbles and a thin head. Looks a bit like a Mt. Dew or something. I can't say I'm impressed, but I can't say I'm disappointed. I'm exited to dig in to something I've never seen before. The smell is what gets me. Just incredibly powerful on the floral notes, not hops, but just flowers, herbs. Maybe like rosemary, cardaomom, saffron cinnamon, coriander, I can't put my finger on it exactly, like I walked into some kind of herb shop or flower shop. Really out there, and not beery, but very pleasant. I do get a hint of sweetness, but mostly spiciness. The taste continues with the spiciness, but there's more beeriness to this one. I can taste a nice light, powdery maltiness, with some pils malt flavor, maybe some melanoids. Then the herbal, floral, spicy flavors hit full force - all the things I mentioned before, like fruity indian cooking almost - or like a really powerful and dry root beer. I can't say that it's my favorite drink on earth, like a strange tea that you enjoy drinking every once in a while. The body is thin, I didn't expect much different, but its not watery, there's enough to keep it together. Nice carbonation level to bring the herbs to the front. Overall, it goes down well, clean, a pleasant drink. I'm not sure this is a beer you'd want more than one of, but I'd recommend it for an interesting drink. I can't compare it to others in the style, but I would say this is an excellent example.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very unexpectedly light color, slight hazy yellow/gold with good berliner weissish color and carbonation.

Nose is basically a home spice cabinet. This one smells like a naturopathic doctors office. Bay leaves, caraway.

Taste pretty much follows suit. Open the pantry and take a sip of the spice shelf. Bay leaves, Gingeryness, all kinds of spice going on. The base of the beer feels like a light wheat beer, berliner weissy almost. Not as dry as i was expecting.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is right where it feels like it should be.

Drinkability is probably great for the style, but due to the slight overdoing of the spices in this one (I know, I know, its gruit) i dont see myself drinking more than one of these bad boys.

Overall a very interesting beer, and certainly fits the style profile, at least as far as my extremely limited experience with gruit goes. An enjoyable and educational brew, but not one i will be drinking very often. Cool beer.

Photo of Cresant
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a Nonic glass. No date. The body was a pale yellow-white color with a crisp white head. Sludge was visible in the bottom of the bottle. The head faded to nothing.

Smell was perfumy. Herbs. Juniper. Cracked pepper.

Taste was ginger and shrubbery. Celestial Seasonings herbal tea with carbonation is an adequate description. Rosemary. Alka-Seltzer cold medicine (in a good way!). Interesting, but I wouldn't want to drink much of this one.

Mouthfeel was nicely zesty. Medium to light body.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong spices (ginger & bay leaf), light malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste doesn't have the spice intensity that you get from the smell, but the ginger and bay leaf flavors are still the more dominant ones. There are background flavors of figs and wheat and the malt character isn't too heavy but enough to provide some substance. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, although this isn't a style that I would normally drink, this is one of the best that I've had in it.

Photo of KevinBrewer
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear straw color with a small white fizzy head that dissipates quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

N: Smells similar to a witbier. Ginger is most prominent, supported by wheat malt, anise, and other spices. No hops.

T: The taste is very light. Lemongrass with a touch of ginger and spices. The spices all blend together to form what tastes like a healing potion, in a good way. No one ingredient sticks out too much.

M: Light bodied, fizzy carbonation, and a semidry finish.

D: Very enjoyable, light, refreshing, and rejuvenating. One 17oz bottle was perfect for me.

Photo of Gmann
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale yellow color, slighly hazy, with a wispy pure white head that quickly settles into a light ring. The aroma is spicy and herby. Some banana and pepper, with Vick's vaporub. A bit bizarre but pleasant. The taste is like a Hefe spritzer, with lemon juice, more vaporub action, and other various herbs. A light and very spritzy feel, finishes sweet and tart. Most definitely a different brew, but it was enjoyable. Very light and refreshing. Flavors are a bit bizarre but they work together.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a thick soapy white head that sits on a glowing pale lemon yellow body with a slight bit of haze. With the second pour this beer becomes completely hazy. There is a very strong carbonation of tiny bubbles racing through this beer.

S- The smell of fancy designer soap has a bright floral perfume quality with some lemony citrus notes and some medicinal herb fragrances.

T- The flavor of ginger and bay really pop at the first sip with the brightness of rosemary and lavender following behind. The finish is a soft soapy anise and ginger heat that lingers for a moment.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizzy finish and no alcohol heat or astringency at all.

D- This beer has strong medicinal herb and soapy flavors that make it a hot mess. The herbs and spices all taste like they are competing against each other and just make for a strange cough drop in a glass experience.

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