Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem
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Reviews by CharlieMopps:
3.95/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A: After inspecting the bottle for a minute or two, and reading up on the historical information on the label, I became intrigued with this beer. A moderate pour revealed a hazy, pale golden color that produced a full, white head of over three fingers. Head stuck around for a decent amount of time before receding the a thin layer of bubbles on top.
S: Slightly phenolic aroma of banana, but mostly a grainy wheat scent with a hint of yeast. Very much like a relaxed hefeweizen, with an emphasis on the grain. Having never tried a Berliner-weisse, I was eager to taste it.
T: At first taste, it seemed as unassuming as your everyday hefe, but then right away a strong tartness kicked in that was not that evident in the nose. While many of these are traditionally served with syrup, I had no immediate access to the stuff, and frankly, wanted to taste the real character of the beer by itself. Phenolic character is minimal due to the overpowering tart flavor, which had a lemony zest to it that was actually quite enjoyable. Dry finish with a small lingering aftertaste of citrus.
M: Mostly a light-bodied, crisp beer that curled the tongue from carbonation and sourness. Still, the finish was easy-going and the mouthfeel was agreeable.
D: This one is a first for me, as I had read some about the style but had yet to try one. I found it to be primarily a weissbier with a kick, a sour punch to the palate that was most welcome. The lightness of character make for good drinkability, but the tartness may wear on the tastebuds after a while. Still, drinkable in its own right.
Serving type: bottle
11-12-2007 22:35:38 | More by CharlieMopps
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4.23/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tasted 28 July 2014.
Pours a medium clear golden yellow. Two fingers of white fizzy head, okay retention and lacing.
Smell is delicate and delightful. Bright and clean, with just the right touch of lemony tartness. Soft, but stellar.
Taste is also quite good. Again, it's got the two elements I want from a berliner - clean, and light tart. I could use just a bit more of that tartness, as the wheat becomes sweet and starts to detract from the refreshment. Better cold, faded as it warmed.
Feel is good. Light-bodied, fizzy carbonation. Spot-on.
This beer reminds me why I love this style. It's the perfect thing to drink on a summer afternoon. Clean and crisp, with just a hint of lemon and acidity to take the edge off. Very nice.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2014 03:45:24 | More by zeledonia
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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