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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

270 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 34
Gots: 7 | 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 fourstringer
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
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
Photo of FFATS
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

FFATS, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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
Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Resuin, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of bierdeflanders
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
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
Photo of Chugs13
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Chugs13, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of edhizdeid
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

edhizdeid, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.59/5  rDev -6%
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 +4.7%

sirsteve42, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of BeerBucks
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

BeerBucks, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Maillard
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Maillard, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of ausonius
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

ausonius, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of coldmeat23
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

coldmeat23, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +4.7%

smithj4, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Immortale25, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of harpus
1.5/5  rDev -60.7%

harpus, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of MRsojourner
4/5  rDev +4.7%

MRsojourner, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Jtrigonis
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Jtrigonis, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Texasfan549, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of bifrost17
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

bifrost17, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of gueuzegossage
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

gueuzegossage, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
4/5  rDev +4.7%

artoolemomo, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of draheim
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +17.3%
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
Professor Fritz Briem 13th Century Grut Bier from Professor Fritz Briem
86 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.