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

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

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263 Ratings

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 35
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:
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 smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

smcolw, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of BrewerB
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

BrewerB, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Stockfan42
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Stockfan42, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of mj001jk
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

mj001jk, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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

brentk56, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

PEIhop, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Ralphs66, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another vintage style from the Professor Fritz Briem series. A gruit is today's specimen. The beer pours a clear yellow straw color with a touch of white foam. The strong aroma is packed full of interesting herbs and spices. Bay leaves, sage, ginger, coriander and allspice berries. Very light and nimble on the palate. The flow is laced with similar components to the aroma. This an unusual and tantalizing brew. I would definitely drink again.

BeardedBoffin, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of kornkid8600
4/5  rDev +4.2%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL.
No bottled on date.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Amazing aroma, definitely herbal in character, with notable rosemary, ginger, sage mint, and vague flowers. There's a mild wheat malt base that adds a bit of sweetness and acts as the glue between this wild variety of scents.

Tasting opens with slight sweetness and mild lemon flavor, which quickly fades into herbs. Of particular note are ginger, mint, rosemary, sage. Finishes with a bit of sweetness, then, tartness, probably from the wheat malt and yeast used.

Enjoyably light on the palate (not sure a heavier version of this would be appealing) with sparkling levels of carbonation, similar to champagne. Crisp, refreshing, and very drinkable with a dry finish.

At first I thought this might be like drinking soup base, but I was pleasantly surprised by the aromatic and gustatory aspects of this beer. I repeatedly thought how easily drinkable this was, and what an excellent apertif or dinner beer this would make. So it's not an over-the-top RIS or IPA; this is still delicious and a pleasure.

falloutsnow, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +4.2%

deapokid, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

mdillon86, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +4.2%

imperialking, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Jwren5
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Jwren5, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Jspriest
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While this isn't something I see myself purchasing on any sort of regular basis, it was a fantastically interesting beer and unlike anything I've had before. First few sips were floral and called to mind rosewater and coriander. As the beer warmed, a distinct spearmint flavor emerged. Mouthfeel was a bit thin with some wheat-like notes. Some ginger and other aromatics lurk. Final pour decanted a fair bit of unattractive brown sediment.

Brent, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a hazy light golden yellow color. It has a big fluffy 2-finger head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves some lace behind on the glass. There is some carbonation bubbles and a few bits of floating sediment. The appearance reminds me of wittier.

S - Big spice aromas in the nose. There is a lot of ginger, rosemary, mint, floral notes, and some sweetness. The nose is strong on this, and it's very interesting as well. Never had a beer that smelled quite like this.

T - The taste, wow, there is a lot going on here. It starts off with some initial sweetness and some lemon citrus flavor. That is immedietly followed by a slew of evolving spice flavors. There are flavors of ginger, mint, rosemary, black pepper, and more. There are also some light fruit flavors as well. The finish leaves a lot of lingering spice flavor and a bit of sweetness.

M - This has a medium body and average carbonation. It goes down pretty easy and has a lot of spice tingle. There is a refreshing citrus quality here as well. This is a very interesting feel, I haven't come across anything like it until now.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. It goes down easy and has a nice interesting flavor. I really like the lemon citrus flavor at the beginning. The spices are stronger than anything I've had before. This is not a bad thing, just something I think I have to get used to. Overall, I thought this was a really cool interesting beer. I think this is a style that a lot of breweries could really use to showcase their creativity, I'd like to see more of the style. I also, really like experiencing a beer that makes you feel like you are tasting part of history. I recommend picking this up. Even if you don't really enjoy it, although I did, it is still worth the experience.

JizackFH, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy, pale yellow with a fizzy white head that dissipates pretty quickly. It's murky, and for a different beer, I'd probably give lower marks, but it sorta works here.

S: Ginger, wheat, spruce, mint, licorice, clove, lemons. There's a lot going on. It's a fun mix of refreshing spices and wheat beer notes.

T: A bit much ginger comes across but it's quite refreshing and nice for the style. Lightly tart with lemons and wheat spice. Spice is strong but not overwhelming.

M: Well-carbonated. The ginger and lemon tartness pushes the prickliness even more.

O: It's probably the best gruit that I've tried, but I still can't justify giving it a higher score. There's just too much ginger. The tartness is nice but I'll take a berliner weiss over this.

popery, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of bminor7
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9 from Permier Gourmet, Buffalo.

what a neat idea. It's like someone read Randy Mosher's mind! I am grateful for this potentially one dude churning these (also Berliner Weissbier) awesome creations out.

Looks cloudy, like hmm...strangely the first thing that comes to mind is, someone forgot to flush the toilet about 2 days ago. There is some whitish sediment falling out on the bottom of the glass. The color is a very light straw yellow with a hint of orange. Some fizzy bubbles form but only a whisp remains.

Smell is lemony coriander, lemongrass, no hops, more like a craft liquer or soda, actually a lot like a soda. when reading the description of all the spices added (ginger, caraway, anise, gentian, rosemary, bay leaves) I can somehow imagine that they are all in there, at the same sensory threshold, making something very unique. and isn't that one of the challenges of brewing?

Taste follows...very refreshing. Lemony, sweet, but with a savory spiciness that is so hard to place. the malts only show in the aftertaste.

this is endlessly drinkable. who wouldnt want to be crushing a 30-pack of GRUTBIER instead of some Schaefer?? Oskar Blues, are you listening?

Try it!

bminor7, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

"13th Century Grut Bier, brewed according to recipes dating back to before the German Purity law in 1516, Historic Signature Series, Forgotten styles brewed according to their historic recipes by Dr. Fritz Briem, of the Doemens Institure, Brewed by Dr. Fritz Briem, Munich, Germany.

"Before the German Purity Law "Reinheitsgehot" of 1516 it was common practice to use any kind of different spices, herbs, fruits and other plants to provide balance to beer. Hops was not yet well known at this time.
Grut beer has roots in many cultures and each culture has it's own "special ingredients."Egyptians, NAtive Americans, Arabian Tribes, Gaulles, Germanic Tribes, and the Vikings.
This interpretation of a traditional grut bier is spiced with lobber (bay leaves), Ingwer (ginger), Kummel (caraway), Anis (anise), Rosemarin (rosemary), & Enzian (Gentian)." 4.6% ABV.

Enough of the long-winded explanations. Let's crack it open!

Cloude, pale yellow appearance. Head starts, then quits forever. Not particularly appetizing. Visually, that is.

Sniffing it: Beautiful, floral, spicy and arousing. Ginger is loudest in this, but the others play their part. Anise and rosemary…very pretty. Wonderful mix.

Now, let's drink it!
Wow! Very sharp on the palate, big spicy lemon citric bite! The promise of the nose is spoiled by the flavor. Harsh, sour, and bitter. Light medium body. Faint finish, the sour and trails off, leaving spice. Effervescent mouthfeel, nice carbonation, but the lack of body and absent malt profile leave me wanting.
In the end, it's all lemon, and I'm finishing it, but I'm not really liking it

feloniousmonk, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of zaphodchak
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkly, foamy white head, about 1 finger, which fizzes away. Unusually light, taux blond body, like champagne.

Powerful herbal nose, vegetal with plenty of basil plus some kind of sweetness, maybe berry.

Rosemary in the taste. Very light, but not watery. Rich with herbal flavor and would probably pair with food amazingly. Consider creamier cheeses. Faint, delightful tartness that is in no way overpowering. Light, very balanced.

Mouthfeel is bright, champagne-like carbonation, but not unpleasantly fizzy.

Quite refined, nice for toasting or as an apertif. Again, this begs to be paired. I was nervous it wouldn't justify the price. I'm still not sure it does, but I'm nonetheless impressed.

zaphodchak, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale, very cloudy yellow with bits of yeasts floating around. Moderate half-cm head, which persists well. Nose is very rich and spicy. I can identify ginger and caraway, but there are other things I cannot. The flavor is interesting... very spicy, quite tart, with no real malt presence. The ginger is pleasant. I can pick up the bay, I think, though it tastes more like curry leaves to me. There's a not-quite citrus lemoniness throughout. Surprisingly dry.

I'm not sure I'd seek this out to drink on a regular basis. It doesn't really resemble beer as we expect it. But it's not bad. Paired with the right foods it might be a great meal-accompanying beverage.

allengarvin, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light yellow almost pale. Amost no head .smells very interesting. Lots of caraway, anise and lot more on the nose. Very spicy. Taste light and bubbly lot of intestine spices. Carroway heavy with some other interesting flavours. Overall very tasty. Smething i would definitely have again

Urbancaver, Jul 21, 2011
Professor Fritz Briem 13th Century Grut Bier from Professor Fritz Briem
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