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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

264 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 34
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:
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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Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

xShoWTeKx, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of RMoeNay
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

RMoeNay, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev +4.2%

brandon911, May 27, 2014
Photo of logicalparadox
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.

logicalparadox, May 25, 2014
Photo of afsdan
5/5  rDev +30.2%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +4.2%

gtermi, May 18, 2014
Photo of jALEson
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

jALEson, May 18, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
Photo of JohnBender
4/5  rDev +4.2%

JohnBender, May 08, 2014
Photo of amalburg
1/5  rDev -74%

amalburg, May 01, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

kjkinsey, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +4.2%

cdwil, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of kew
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

kew, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Jame515
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Jame515, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of starshockey9
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

starshockey9, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of mactrail
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.

mactrail, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

iatethecloudsfor, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of SLeffler27
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.

SLeffler27, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

threedaggers, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of fourstringer
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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!

fourstringer, Feb 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

FFATS, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
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.

Ozzylizard, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Resuin, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of bierdeflanders
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.

bierdeflanders, Jan 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Chugs13, Nov 26, 2013
Professor Fritz Briem 13th Century Grut Bier from Professor Fritz Briem
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