Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Avg: 4.09
pDev: 15.65%
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Professor Fritz Briem

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: MaltyGoodness on 04-16-2007

Created by Dr. Fritz Briem of Doemens Institute (  ), brewed by Weihenstephan & Doemens.
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Photo of Traquairlover
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a nonic.

A = Translucent haze of golden hue with a spritzy white head that forms large but quickly becomes a solid ring of medium bubbles around edge of glass and one small island in the middle on the surface.

S = Fresh wheat grain, lemon zest, white wine vinegar.

T = Lemon juice, tinged with vinegar, but accompanied by a sweeter syrupy flavor that balances it somewhat making it clearly a sour beer but one that doesn't cause you to pucker up uncontrollably after each sip.

M = Medium body, mouthcoating could be a little more, the same spritziness in the carbonation that I noticed in the head is also present in the mouth. It foams a little bit upon entering the mouth and has a popping, stinging quality to it, but that ends pretty quickly for a smoother feel as it goes down.

D = This is an enjoyable beer and would make a great beer to enjoy on a hot afternoon, but it is a bit more than one would want to drink a lot of at a sitting.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle obtained on trade (thanks, gmr75!), 2009 vintage with Brett added, poured into my The Lost Abbey teku glass, drank 05/03/2014 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - yellow-golden coloration, becomes more murky as reaching the bottom of the glass (as reagitating the yeast/wheat), sprtizy white head is initially very effervescent, reagitates on swirling but eventually and settles into a fine glass lacing persisting throughout the session, small carbonation bubbles just pouring off the bottom of the glass; small alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - the predominant aromas is lactic acid with some musty Brett character - most likely Brett c.; no hop aroma; wish that the aroma was more pungent

T: 14/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a mild-to-moderate Berliner weisse sourness - some lactic puckering; in the middle of the mouth, there Brett character emerges - earthy, woody and musty; no detectable alcohol; finishes dry and inviting of subsequent sips

M: 4/5 - light bodied and high effervescent carbonation classic for style; really nice dry, crisp finish that doesn't linger

O: 8/10 - classic Berliner weisse with added character from the Brett - just wish that it was a little bit more sour; however, I prefer this to the non-Brett version, which I find to be overrated and has been surpassed by several American breweries

TOTAL = 37/50

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a chalice

Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow with a creamy bone white head that rose quickly and fell just as fast. Settled to a thin layer of foam. Some delicate lines of lace.

The aroma is of damp hay, tart citrus and prickly barnyard funk. Fairly straightforward, as expected, since the bottle boasts as such.

On the palate, tart citrus bats leadoff with clean, damp wheat mid-palate. The carbonation is high, lifting this beer off your palate and leaving some manure/barnyard funk and tart citrus behind in the finish.

Light bodied, crisp, dry, and refreshing. Perfect on a warm day.

This is a classic, true to form example of the style. Personally, I like my Berliner-weisse to be a little smoother and not so high in carbonation.

Solid example of the style. One that everyone should try.

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Photo of drseamus
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: I left the yeast in the bottle, so the beer in the glass was a crystal clear golden color with tons of visible carbonation topped with a thin pure white head.

S: Wheaty somewhat tart aroma. A touch of banana in there also.

T: Very wheaty flavor with a slight edge of tartness. I've had tarter Berlinerwiess beers before and this doesn't require any syrups at all. There are notes of apple and banana also.

M: Medium light bodied. It would be very light bodied except for the wheat's influence.

D: This is a good beer and I know this is supposed to the one of the quintessential beers of the style, but I've had better.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw color with a big white fizzy head. Lemon and white wine notes are right upfront in the aroma. Slightly sweet with some maltiness in the background.

On the palate its a mix of tart and sweet. Not overly sour but a nice bit of lemony pucker and healthy dose of juicy fruit sweetness alongside. Light in the body and quite refreshing. Overall, a nice slightly tart Beliner that makes for a nice quick sour fix without palate busting kick out of other sour styles.

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Photo of Reiksguard
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rated from a bottle conditioned 500ml poured into a pint glass (didn't have the appropriate glassware).

Poured a hazy light gold with a very deep head that dissipated rather quickly. The nose of the beer was mild at best - perhaps some buttery notes. The taste and mouthfeel were very good. I would classify it as a mildly sour beer with a good pale ale base. Minimal hop flavor.

Overall, a very good beer - something I would drink more than one of in a night.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with little visible carbonation. The head is about two fingers high fluffy white head. Excellent head retention and quite a bit of lacing.

S: Aromas of funky sourness with hints of grapefruit, lemon, and apple. A very clean aroma.

T: The flavors are sour up front followed by citrus and grapefruit notes. There is a nice balance and complexity to the flavors. Quite refreshing.

M: Light bodied with a moderate to high amounts of carbonation. It could easily be described as fresh, crisp, and effervescent.

O: One of my favorite styles of beer, would have been interesting to sample this with the red and green syrups as well as on it's own like I did when I was in Berlin last fall. Very refreshing and very sessionable, easy to drink in the cold or in the heat. Would easily pair with lots of different foods.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Chilled bottle poured into my Allagash tulip glass. Bottle opened with a bit of a gush, most of which hit the glass.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow in color and plenty cloudy. The final pour leaves a bit of yeast at the bottom of the glass. Big, fizzy head that recedes pretty quickly.

Aroma: Lemon zest definitely establishes itself upfront. Herbal and grassy notes come through after that. Some nice barnyard and funk notes are in there as well. They get stronger as this warms too.

Taste: A slight lacto sour kick hits at first, but quickly subsides. This is not at all mouth puckering. Big funk and earth tones show through. Pretty nice balance all around, but I definitely could use a bit more sour.

Mouthfeel: Really crisp and refreshing. Well carbonated all around and light bodied. Slightly dry finish.

Overall, a nice enjoyable berliner weisse and definitely a great example of the style. Plenty of funk and barnyard notes throughout and a nice dry finish. Refreshing, but I think more time in the bottle could help this become more tart.

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Photo of ATPete
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours a clear yellow color with a medium sized fluffy pure white head. A light tartness, notes of toasty wheat and a Smarties candy sweetness. Crisp with a mild sourness of lemon skin and a very delicate spice note, an aged hop bitterness rounds and balances. Clean and refreshing, a very good, highly drinkable example of the style.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pale straw color with a decent white head that fizzes away rather quickly and leaves very little lacing.

S- Musty aroma, tart, bready wheat, bananas and peaches. Smells sour and kind of like a Hefe.

T- Bready flavour that is turns into a tart lemon sour. Could not pick up any malts or hops.

M- Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation

D- For a sour beer, this is pretty easy to drink but still not one that I have all the time.

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Photo of radshoesbro
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a weizen glass.

pours a clear golden yellow with massive carbonation leading to a huge white head that dissipates quickly to very little. throughout the experience bubbles were racing up the side of my glass. smells of fresh lemon and some grass. the grass isn't very palpable, but it's there. the zest of the lemon is very prominent and overpowers anything else that might be there. there is a tartness to the aroma that is very faint. taste is of tart lemons throughout, no real noticeable wheat in the flavor at all. there's a dryness to the finish that wasn't really my cup of tea. this is a very light bodied beer with a crispness to it that makes it very drinkable and refreshing. very worthwhile and i would happily drink it again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL poured into a large snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy orange body that starts with a head and in a blink it's gone. No lacing. Nothing. Just some active bubbling. Looks kinda like Fanta.

Smell - Citrusy aromas of lemon and orange with a base of wheat and grains. A light tartness to the scent.

Taste - The tartness is not intense, but it's the dominant flavor. I can see why syrup is added to it. It would add a layer of complexity and perhaps take the edge off of the tartness. The tartness is a citric acid sort of flavor. Very good flavor for a hot afternoon.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation, despite the lack of a head. Dry finish that makes it feel lighter. If it weren't for the tartness, it would be going down very easily.

Overall - A style I wouldn't drink year-round. But it's nice when I'm hot and thirsty. An intriguing twist on what malt and yeast can become.

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Photo of kkipple
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So 1809 just landed in our fair state and I simply knew I had to take a crack at it... interestingly, the word "Weihenstephan" is nowhere to be seen on the label, instead this says it was brewed by "Dr. Fritz Briem, Munich". Hmm... oh well, time to pop this and see what's up. A new Berliner Weiss is always welcome. Wish I knew how old this was, though.

Pours a snappy, fat, 3 finger white head. Sea-foam, rocky, dense, soapy... pretty and lively, but dies fast. Eventually nothing is left, no lace, no nuthin'. The brew is a dirty, unfiltered pale yellow-brown. Some chunks of yeast fall immediately to the bottom of my glass and there's a decent amount of sludge left in the bottle. Okay.

Smell is quite sharp and lactic-sour, and takes a while to open up. Eventually -- well, yeah, it's still lactic-sour. Lots of dry lemon going on, some wheat, a hint of DMS, banana, starch, no hops, very little sweetness present. You don't smell beer like this very often. It's not wild, rather the opposite - quite clean and man-made.

Taste is fully sour. A puckering wallop greets you on first sip, but lessens as your tongue gets used to it. The sourness here crowds out most everything else -- the overall impression is good, if you like this sort of thing -- but I do wish there was a little more nuance let through the lemon-lactic barricade. Wheat is quite noticeable. Very low malt sweetness, almost delivers a salty quality. Refreshing in a way.

Mouthfeel is thin, but the explosive, full carbonation masks that. Lingering sour-wheat finish sticks around after you've sipped this.

Not terribly drinkable, the one 500ml bottle was enough for me. A pretty good, and intense, example of the style, but the sourness is a bit much and hurts the brew overall for my tastes. Recommended to round out your beer experience, if nothing else. I will revisit this.

*** re-reviewed Dec 2010 ***

Clear this time, no yeasty sediment if you pour it proper. Less sour than the first bottle, marvelous mouthfeel. Quite nice with a dash of real Woodruff syrup. Bumping taste up from 3.5 to 4.0. Total score goes from 3.7 to 3.85. This is a very nice example of the style when you get a good one. Would love to try fresh, age can't help this any way that I can think of. Bottle date would be very welcome.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split into a 12oz tulip.

Pours a mild yellow, though reveals a good brown note. Mild fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly.

Nose is very dry. Like sniffing a dry chardonnay. Earthy notes, a bit of citrus on the edges with a sour/funk that reminds me of cutting into an unripe lemon. Or grapefruit for that matter.

Light, mild citrus notes. Mild spice character. Lingering sweetness, though mild. Did I say the flavors presented are mild? Big bite in the front, but after that resides, the "weisse" part takes over.

Clean finish, crispness and a fizzy mouthfeel. An experience.

A testament to the style and a fine example of what it should be, although, it is rather bland and lifeless. If you could consider this to be the "banner bearer" of berliner weisse, then I can see plenty of room for which this style could grow. Regardless, an excellent summer style and beer.

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Photo of bonbright7
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this on a tip from another beer site and after I reported seeing it, I decided to try it out as a new one on me. It poured well into hazy golden orange cloud in my bodum insulated glass which produced the scents of hops and grapefruit.

My first taste through the generous head started with a light cream that went bitter and then stopped with a tart snappiness. It was interesting to try this as it could be good palate clearing light ale. One of the other reviewers noted the sour elements which I also came across as I drank this further.

As for its long term drinkability, I do not think this would be an all night kind of beer, but would be better suited to getting used to first.

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Photo of 57md
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got two pours out of the 16.9 oz bottle. The first yielded a crystal clear straw color with more than two fingers of fizzy head that quickly receded into nothingness. The second pour yielded a cloudy color (due to the bottling yeast on the bottom) and the same head as the first pour.

The nose had only slight yeasty notes along with the essence of lemons. The body and flavor profile are quite light and highlighted by a touch of lemon.

This would make for an excellent summer drink, but it's really not my preferred style.

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Photo of jera1350
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow color with lots of cascading bubbles adding to the very active pure white head.

So clean, crisp and fruity. Lemony and slightly tart nose. Belgian yeast and a yogurt like scent as well. Can't wait to dig in.

Generous lemony tartness that ends with a hint of spiciness. Extremely clean and pretty straight forward taste. Crisp and refreshing.

Light bodied, effervescent like carbonation. Very crisp with an extremely dry finish on the palate.

This only being my second berliner, I was hoping this would be more like Bell's Oarsman. It's actually quite a bit different with the exception of the tartness. I have to say that I was blown away by the Oarsman and this is a bit of a letdown. It's a good beer and probably represents the style correctly, but I prefer the Bell's. Still worth a try if you are looking for a berliner weiss.

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Photo of DrewZ926
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This one's a gusher. Pours an extremely fizzy straw yellow with some more orange highlights. Minimal head that aggressively fizzles to nothing.

S- Very fresh smell, lemon and lime zest, swirls reveal slight hoppiness, also picking up some funk

T- Most surprising, very bold flavors for such a small beer, tons of lactic sourness, a bit of funk, and a sharp lemon/spicy finish

M- A bit light, feels similar to a hefewiezen, very carbonated so a there's some bite

D- Very sessionable. Perfect for a warm day. Low abv and refreshing taste.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The informative label definitely has a look about it, and it caught my eye on the shelf. Considering the concept behind this brewery's "Historic Signature Series", and the fact that it's brewed by one Dr. Fritz Briem (a Dr. of beer?)--how can you go wrong?

The appearance would rate insanely low if it weren't a tried and tested centuries-old style made with love and care. It's a light, pale close to colorless as I've ever seen a beer. Belgian's "white" beers aren't anywhere near as "white" as this. Head is comprised of tiny bubbles that almost make it look smooth as frosting. No lace.

Smells of young green apples and their juice, a little hay, a light bready yeast, and more green apple.

Flavor is what I'd imagine a green apple champagne to taste like. Elements of white grape bring on more champagne characteristics, yet the mouthfeel is bolder and broader than any champagne I've had. Tingly, sharp, dry and tart. The tartness is the focal point of this beer (and this style, really), lasting from the very beginning of the sip until long after the liquid is gone from the glass. A mild graininess comes in, reminding of a slightly sour white bread fresh from a real German bakery, but this is subtle.

Napoleon and his troops called this "lively and elegant," apparently, and while it's got something about it that's failing to blow my mind, I would have to agree with that. It a little less intense in tartness and dryness than some other Weissbiers, but clearly solidly made, and not a thing wrong with it. Pairing with sauerkraut--which it has parallels to, flavor- and aroma-wise--would be complete Germanic insanity.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle

A- Pours a hazed golden orange color with lively carbonation producing a solid off-white head that turns into a ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is pretty subtle with malted wheat and lemon and hints of yeast as well.

T- The taste is mildly tart with some citrus and a yeasty finish. Like the aroma, the taste is a bit subtle but it is a very drinkable and refreshing brew.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- This is not the most complex beer, but it is extremely drinkable. I could drink this brew all night long! Recommended.

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Photo of Amalak
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review was from 2007...suffice it to say my tastes have improved:

This is a nice cidery brew, which I normally hate, but this was carbonated and the sweetness is tamed. Very nice. Don't know what I was thinking the first time I reviewed.

From 2007:

App: Not that it is important, but I love the bottle. The beer itself has a thick head. Very pale, yet semi-opaque yellow.

Smell: Nice wheaty smell that you would expect from a Weisse.

Taste: I hate it. I'm sorry, but it tastes like someone poured lemon juice in my beer. Way too tart (even if that was what they were going for) for my liking.

Drinkability: Honestly, it was so tart it upset my stomach.

It's probably something where I just don't care for this style of beer, but I do love Weisse beers. It was just too sour for me to drink. I feel bad, because it is probably a good beer for most, but I have to give my honest opinion.


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Photo of alcstradamus
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky yellow color with two fingers of head that dies down quickly to a collar.

The aroma is a pleasant mix of yeast, lemon zest, straw, milkiness, and a light peppery element. Nice and appetizing.

The taste is very lightly tart with notes of lemon zest, yeast, and straw. A bit watery. Clean flavor profile.

The body is light and carbonation is high and spritzy. The mouthfeel and flavor both improve significantly after it sits out for a while and releases those bubbles and flattens out a bit.

Drinkability is high. This is just such a clean tasting beer with subtle characteristics that are intriguing and inviting. A true lawnmower gem.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Pours hazy golden with a short lived, thin, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of lemon fruit, barnyard, sour dough and hints of hops. Medium, tart body. Very sour, tart taste with hints of hops, while high carbonation adds to drinkability. This beer grew on me with every sip. I would not mix it with a syrup.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay goblet.

My first Berliner, so I figured I'd attack this one "ohne Schuss"...always time for Schuss next time, right? Well, let's see... ... ...Sorry, the jet of bubbles through the champagne-y gold's got me all... ... ...Finding Nemo and whatnot... Shake it off, man, shake it off! Alright, maybe a good, healthy sniff will divert my attentions elsewhere. It's a bit light, but it'll do: some wet, spicy straw, coriander, peppercorns, and lemon peel. If nothing else, my trance is broken (at least momentarily), the perfect opportunity to get a taste in before the bubbles regain their insidious hold on my apparently weak spirit. The taste is heavy on the lemon peel, with those peppercorns and coriander seeds grinding their way about before having some less-than-innocent meetings with some funky characters. Not as sour as I was led to believe by my contemporaries, but not all that blunt either. Really interested in trying it mit Schuss now. Without it, it's pretty dern light and airy, leaving me with a pleasantly dry, tart aftermath. Prolly would be nice on a summer day in Saxony, mit oder ohne Schuss; gonna haveta try that someti-- ... ... ... ... bubbles... ...

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Photo of dfitch81
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love beer, but every now and then I get into a kind of beer doldrums where nothing sounds good and I'm temporarily bored of all my usual favorites. When this happens, I find that the best way to cast off my beer blues is to find something new and different: 1809, in this particular case. I've wanted to try this brew for some time, but at $5.99 the price was usually enough to make think "I'll try it next time." Damn I'm glad I bit the bullet this time. Appearance is dramatic - I popped off the cap and a fountain of tart-smelling fizz burst out. Glad I had it over the sink... Poured into my hefeweizen glass, 1809 had a towering puffy white head which slowly dissipated to leave a constant layer of froth on the surface. The beer itself looks like liquid wheat and is impenetrably cloudy. The smell of wheat is unmistakeable, but I've never smelled a wheat-beer quite so sour as this. Taste is even more tart than the smell suggests - flavors akin to sour green apple, under-ripe nectarine and grape skin are dominant. The sourness, while extreme, is not in any way unpleasant (quite the opposite), which is good because the tartness lingers on your palate long after you swallow. Mouthfeel is prickly with tenacious carbonation, but otherwise a bit spritzery - could use some more body. Drinkability is good for the style, but this certainly isn't anything you'd want to drink all night. Still, I find it enjoyably different. 1809 is certainly a special beer, and although I wouldn't seek it out as a staple, I look forward to revisiting it.

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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
91 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.