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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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

edhizdeid, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of LambicPentameter
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.

LambicPentameter, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

sirsteve42, Nov 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

BeerBucks, Sep 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Maillard, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of ausonius
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

ausonius, Aug 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

coldmeat23, Aug 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

smithj4, Aug 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Immortale25, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of harpus
1.5/5  rDev -60.9%

harpus, Aug 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

MRsojourner, Aug 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Jtrigonis, Jul 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jul 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Texasfan549, Jul 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

bifrost17, Jul 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

gueuzegossage, Jul 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

artoolemomo, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of draheim
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.

draheim, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Hopswagger
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!

Hopswagger, Jun 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Jason1337, Apr 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Beer21, Apr 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

sbanacho, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Bouleboubier
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!

Bouleboubier, Apr 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Zach136, Apr 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Keith_R, Apr 04, 2013
Professor Fritz Briem 13th Century Grut Bier from Professor Fritz Briem
86 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.