Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem
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Reviews by sfoley333:
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a duvel snifter. Poured a cloudy murky straw color with thick foamy white head very little lacing. Smell is a mixture of lemon zest, banana phenolic, apple cider, and sour lactic scents. Taste is extermely refreshing with a sour citur dry flavor again with some apple flavor minus hop and only slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a light body. I could drink this beer on the beach, mowing the lawn, pretty much anywhere and especially in times of hot weather because I think its more refreshing then lemonade. First Berliner weissbier and to me its a nice one.
05-03-2008 08:04:18 | More by sfoley333
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4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
One of the very few I have tried and this by far has been the best its just unbelievably drinkable.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull lemon color with a sptritzy white head almost like a sparkling lemonade,a little funk was noticeable in the aroma wich is a bit unpleasant but it has a nice lemon pith note that makes it a little better.Non as mind numbing tart as the others I have had this has just enough tartness to make it refreshing and not mouth puckering a bit of wet grain as well but the lemony flavors linger for a long time they still are.Man would this be a summer quencher although I am not one to drink beer real cold I bet this would be the shiznit very cold on a hot day,very nice.
10-20-2007 20:50:52 | More by oberon
3.96/5 rDev -3.6%
Light is beaming through this translucent, bright-gold and sunshine yellow Berliner, but make no mistake - it's as cloudy as they come. Totally unfiltered and unadulterated like a true Berliner Weisse should be. The head foams up like it would if you hard-poured a two liter of Sprite, and it's gone just about as quick, too. Fizzy, loud, and severely lacking in terms of staying power.
A hammer of tart apples and zesty lemons pounds your nostrils; juicy, with a light, backing acidity that alerts your glands of their presence without making them drip. German, yeasty notes abound just as well; mild clove and light spice, almost like a very timid hefeweizen. The wheat is dull, but I guess it's a substantial canvas upon which everything else lays the paint.
1809 is like a ghost on your palate, and you barely have time to appreciate its presence before its effervescence just lifts it off your tongue and disperses it into thin air. It rolls out a carpet of wheat across your mouth and opens the limo door for some musk, lemon-lime zest, and a hint of sharp carb tartness.
Very dry in the finish, as each bit of fruity tartness and must pulls together to rip the saturation right out of your mouth. The heavy only aids in the sharp nature of the mouth feel, as does the thin and vapid body of 1809. The wheat certainly helps with a touch of softness, but it can only be appreciated once the carbonation has time to dissipate a little bit.
1809 is a very nice Berliner-style Weissibier, although I haven't heard of many Berliners reach levels of 5% ABV (crazy, I know). This stuff would go down like water if it wasn't for the explosively prickly mouth feel that almost forces you to take it slow at first. Certainly not bad, though, considering you can get this almost anywhere.
07-24-2013 11:37:05 | More by tectactoe
3.93/5 rDev -4.4%
age of bottle unknown= presumed fresh
APPEARANCE- Gold, crystal clear, low white head that fades but does stay until the end of the glass
AROMA- Very light and delicate. Lightly herbal, tart, and tangy. Very bright and clean. Faint notes of fruit and a very slight musty cellar quality- but you really have to look for that. Wonderful rich, tangy wheat aroma is really what dominates.
FLAVOR- Very unusal,....first thing that strikes me is that it kinda tastes like cigarettes. Im not talking tobacco, I mean like the ashy burning paper/ chemical smell that hangs on a smokers clothes. That eventually turns peppery, and after punching through the top, fishes so quick and clean you wonder if you imagined the first flavors. Its a like a drive-by shooting on your palate. Feel like I'm getting a whisper of noble hop mid-palate. Not really what I'd call "tart" or "tangy" but certainly acidic. Acidity is nearly the only sensation, all the usual accompanying "sour" flavors are totally gone. Interesting that sucha big deal has been made out of some brewers only using lactic acid and not bacteria, can't imagine it tastes any different that this. WHeat flavor remains bright and fresh.
MOUTHFEEL- Light bodied and effervescent
OVERALL- Finally satified my curiosity about one of the last styles I haven't tried. No doubt this is the real stuff, a couple of US- brewed attempts I had were just watery and bland by comparison. This is extremely refreshing and would be better than lemonade on a summer day. I know beer snobs recoil at the idea of putting syrup in beer but I made my own woodruff syrup and a couple spoonfulls really tied things together after I wrote the review above. Wouldn't drink this again without the syrup.
10-28-2012 20:14:55 | More by JudgeRoughneck
4.38/5 rDev +6.6%
Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse 5.0% alcohol conten. Poured into a Cristoffel Goblet.
A- Amazing glowing blonde hazed to perfection in the suns light. Little to nothing head leaves a light froth and ring around glass. Looks like lemon juice.
S- Heavily citric scent dominate the nose with grapefruit, lemon, and a hint of oranges. Grassy hop make a showing with the main stage, second being the musky yeast.
T-M- The taste is almost like sucking on a lemon after a shot of Tequila... Excellent! Zesty lemon and lime flavors upfront followed by a meld of sharp grassy hop and citric bite.
The yeast is on it own with a thick mouthfeel of farmhouse feel leaving a sticking flavor of the fresh lemons and limes making the tongue yearn for more.
One hell of a beer and I will look for this one over and over again! Cheers!
07-02-2011 23:19:20 | More by wesbrownyeah
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
This is an absolute perfect example of a berliner weisse. I can't imagine drinking it with syrup, though. It pours with little head, and it's a pale yellow with cloudy yeast. The aroma is slight lemon and light flowers with yeast. Mouthfeel is spritzy, the tartness of the taste changing the mouthfeel. Refreshing, light, and extremely quaffable. I'm glad the world's oldest brewery hasn't sold out.
08-21-2007 00:51:57 | More by elinash
3.85/5 rDev -6.3%
Pours hazy straw color. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is slightly sour, lemony/citrusy. Mouthfeel is spritzy, a bit like champagne. There's a pleasant tartness and nice citrusy flavor. A tad too sweet. It would be a nice refreshing beer on a hot day. Overall enjoyable
12-01-2007 00:46:20 | More by mbrandon2w
4.2/5 rDev +2.2%
A - Pours a hazy light golden brown with two fingers of head that quickly fade to a collar. Nice carbonation rising throughout.
S - Pleasant tart smells of lemon, a bit of lactic acid, and a bit of yeast.
T - Taste starts with a nice punch of tartness, with lemons, a bit of yeast and a faint wheat presence. Crisp and clean. Very nice if not particularly complex.
M - Light and crisp with nice carbonation.
O - A great beer for a warm summer night, and possibly a good beer to introduce someone to the tart/sour side of beer styles. It is pretty simple but very good.
09-12-2011 01:04:25 | More by warnerry
3.8/5 rDev -7.5%
500 ml Bottle, poured in to my Orval glass. Hay yellow with a big, fizzy white head. A soft wheaty aroma, with plenty of fruity citrus acidic notes. To me, that flavor is not much different that your average weissbier, then you get to the ultra refreshing tartness. Super dry finish. Really glad I picked this one up today.
12-17-2007 22:58:56 | More by tjthresh
4.15/5 rDev +1%
Pours a hazy blonde body, like grapefruit juice, with a rapidly diminishing white head. Some patchy lacing left on the goblet. Aroma has a sour lactic note, with green apples and green banana skins in the forefront. Some wheat malt underneath. Light bodied with crisp carbonation and an acidic bite. Taste is tart and acidic. Green apples, wheat biscuits,and lemon drops dance around in the spritzy carbonation pool. Seems like a cousin to a Flanders Red Ale with its sour bite. Fascinating style that is supremely refreshing. Wish there were more breweries trying these.
08-12-2007 14:02:36 | More by merlin48
4.53/5 rDev +10.2%
Poured from a 500ml bottle into my lost abbey stem glass.
A: Pours a massive head that dissipates quickly, (20 seconds to bubble down). Straw yellow color that’s murky throughout.
S: Barnhouse funk, lemons and sourness, with some grape and orange notes. Smells amazing.
T: Sour and carbonated upfront with some funk and a slight lemon taste on the end with the traditional European taste that (to me) separates American beer from European styles. Kinda musty.
M: Carbonation and lemon that pull away from the funk.
O: Really good example of the style. It’s no limbic but it’s really tasty and certainly the best example of the style I’ve had (and one of the most affordable and price appropriate). A
01-17-2012 04:42:44 | More by codysjb
3.88/5 rDev -5.6%
Appearance: clear, gold in color, 1/4 inch head that dissapates quickly, moderate carbonation
Smell: like a dry riesling, notes of honey, toasted malt, and grapefruit
Taste: follows the smell
Mouthfeel: crisp, high carbonation that is present throughout, dry, light body, sweet start with a slightly bitter backbone
Drinkability: Above average for the style. Never have I had a beer that tastes so much like a wine before. Not as sour and tangy as my previous experience with the style. Not bad, but I would probably reach for others in this style first.
07-11-2010 14:00:29 | More by tigg924
4/5 rDev -2.7%
The beer pours a hazy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with tart lemons. I also get some apple. The flavor is tart apples with wheat. The beer is very dry. Thin mouthfeel and low carbonation. This is a good beer, I just wish there was a little more tartness.
06-01-2010 04:30:31 | More by Mora2000
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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