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

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301 Ratings
Professor Fritz Briem 13th Century Grut BierProfessor Fritz Briem 13th Century Grut Bier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Created by Dr. Fritz Briem of Doemens Institute ( http://www.doemens.org ), brewed by Weihenstephan & Doemens.

Added by Slatetank on 07-29-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,053
Reviews:
166
Ratings:
301
pDev:
15.89%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
13
Trade:
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Ratings: 301 |  Reviews: 166
Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light yellow with a whitish internal haze. Smells like bay leaf shaving cologne. Mouthfeel is both creamy and a tad sour with fizzy carbonation. Very interesting tastes, its a sipper until I am used to it, and then it goes easier. This brewery puts together some high quality products.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light orange with a 1/2 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, herbs, spices, and some interesting sour/tart aromas. Taste is of grain, leafs/herbs, spices, and a sourness on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with an interesting history behind it but it's definitely weird in a good way.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a bright hazy looking yellow color with a big fizzy white head with lots of chunky sediment. The head fades but the carbonation spits from the top of the beer similar to how soda does. The smell of the beer is lemony with some herbal qualities to it. It smells refreshing. The taste of the beer is herbal with some citrus hints in the distance. The mouthfeel of the beer is light, very carbonated and a little on the watery side. Overall I enjoyed trying the beer, I can't say I'd buy it again but it was nice to have once.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured light yellow in color and slightly hazy. A light to medium level of carbonation is visible and a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: The smell is very interesting and unique--there's a strong aroma of herbs and spices. Notes of ginger and rosemary particularly stand out.
T: As soon as you take a sip, the flavor of the herbs and spices hits you right away. There seems to be a good balance amongst them as not one particularly stands out. There's a bit of sourness in the overall taste.
M: It feels light-bodied, bubbly and prickly on the palate; there Is some dryness in the finish.
D: This tasted pretty good by itself and I might have this again the next time I am looking for an interesting change of pace. It might also be interesting to pair with a salad during dinner. Like gueuze, it's definitely an acquired taste, but I am liking it more with each sip. It's also very refreshing and might make for a good drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pastel yellow body, it just glows when backlit. A fizzy flurry of bubbles flock to the surface, settling into a white blanket of foam, that settles out soon enough. As this sits and opens up, there's a complex array of spices out there. Lots of floral and citrus, daffodil, coriander, anise, plenty of stuff i'm missing, due to not knowing my specific spices (bottle also lists caraway, bay leaf, rosemary, and gentian). Maybe ginger root, even though I hate ginger, it smells pretty good.

Leafy, herbal taste, core root beer spices without the sweetness, mild popcorn kernel, all on a soft bed of wheat. So fresh smelling, like fresh cut herbs. Really something unique, it's hard to describe. Dry aftertaste that has a natural sweetness to it. Lots of character, and i'm at a loss for words this time. It's really effervescent and that carries it along well. Easy to finish the 16 oz.

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Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of superspak
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden straw color with a small 1 finger foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to nearly nothing. Minimal lacing clinging to the glass. Aromas of lemon, apple, wheat, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, earth, anise, and steak sauce; seriously, steak sauce. Some very interesting aromas with good strength and decent balance. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, rosemary, basil, ginger, pepper, clove, anise, and herbal spiciness. Very slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruit, spices, herbs, wheat, and pepper on the finish for a very short bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity; quite dry on the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very crisp and clean mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present on the finish at all as expected. Extremely easy to drink. Overall this is a nice Gruit style ale. The aromas were certainly interesting; but the taste was nicely balanced and very smooth. This was quite enjoyable.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful beer in all aspects. Complex herbal bouquet - slightly perfumed and floral, smelling like spring, laurel & bay, rosemary and lemon balm. Flavor adds a mentholated winter green brightness, slight ginger bight, rustic wildness of sage. Slightly mossy and forest edge. Effervescent but not sharp; rounded and soft. All this makes the beer sound incredibly odd. The real accomplishment here is that it's not; its uniqueness is intriguing rather than in your face and challenging. To American palates unaccustomed to herbal drinks, only familiar with herbs as something in your occasional cough drop or medicine, sure; I can see how they may struggle to wrap their minds around this. But for anyone with a modicum of culinary sophistication, this is astounding.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a fair amount of sediment/yeast. The head is about a half finger white head that reduces to nothing but a tiny pool of bubbles in the middle of the top almost instantly. Very little lacing is observed. Also, there is a light amount of visible carbonation as well.

S: Floral aromas with hints of spices/herbs - anise, ginger, rosemary and bay leaf.

T: Again there are a lot of flavors of spices/herbs - bay leaf, rosemary, ginger, anise, and caraway. Also, there is a slight amount of sourness and some lemon. Very complex but not a huge flavor, slightly more subtle.

M: Light to medium bodied with high amounts of carbonation. Very crisp.

O: Very interesting style and a pretty good example of it. I have had a couple of others and this is probably my favorite of them - though not a style that I have frequently. I really enjoy the savory aspects of the smell and taste. Not a real sessionable beer but definitely good.

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3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this interesting piece of history thanks to kkipple, then later noticed that its around here. But still looks cool.

A: Head rises up the neck of the bottle as I decap it, so I rush to quickly pour it. A fizzy soda like head rises up quickly to 2 fingers, but fades quickly as well. It's probably the haziest mofo I've ever seen! A murky pond water banana colored soup like concoction, with some yellow orange tan colored ugly beast.

N: I could smell this thing wafting out on the pour from a few feet back. It's a spicy mufu! All the spices listed on the side come wafting out to my nostrils, teasing but scorning them alike. Some orange peel to go with that, as well as aromatic malts, some wheat, bitterness from the various bittering spices and hops, some fruits like fig and the lot. It has quite an effervescence. It's almost like a spicy root beer combined with ginger ale and lots of spices all blended together with some malts.

T: Wow again, that interesting ginger ale and root beer combination strikes again. This time the spices are lighter, allowing me to breath a sigh of relief that it doesn't destroy my palate. It has a crazy combination of a myriad of spices one cannot comprehend. Everything from ginger, corriander, orange peel, to the bay leaf all seem to shine on their own. It even comes with it's own fruit, more fig again, a little raisiny, and hints of banana. THere are also some malts somewhere in there, a little wheat, creamy malts, and slightly toasty.

M: Medium to lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: Semi bitter, lots of light lingering spices, which seem to die rapidly after the nose. More orange peel here as well, a little anise, more bay leaf, and the lot. Pretty dry as well, with again a touch of creamy malt and some fruit lingering.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with half a finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, straw yellow body. The head dissipates rapidly and leaves no lace.

S - Lots of spicy notes with some tart wheat aromas. Notes of coriander, black pepper, basil, and caraway.

T - Spicy and tart with lots of black pepper up front. Distinct ginger spiciness in the middle with more tartness. The finish is light and herbal with a touch of grainy sweetness but little malt flavor. Lingering ginger spiciness with some basil and black pepper notes.

M - Medium-light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Interesting, this is a very light, but heavily spiced beer. The wheat flavor is fairly dominant and there is some lactic tartness that helps to accentuate this characteristic. The spices are well balanced with ginger notes that are significant enough to lend the beer a little bit of hotness in the finish. This isn't quite as good as the Berliner Weisse, but it is something that must be tried, if only once. I am looking forward to whatever the Professor brews next in this series.

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle.

A: Pours a very hazy egg yolk yellow under an extremely thin (1/16") white head at the rim and leaves a couple of spots of lace.

N: Boat loads of spices and herbs, bay leaves and ginger are prominent along with anise and rosemary, some thyme, clove, perfumy florals.

T: Grapefruit pith, ginger, nutmeg, clove, flowery. Reminds me of a medicinal tonic.

M: Semi-moderate body and very light carbonation. Spicy and herbal finish lingers.

O: Unique and glad to say "thank God for hops".

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 301 ratings
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