Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem
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4.25/5 rDev +3.4%
A-What a unique pour. A straw yellow hue with a violent, fizzy head that starts huge and quickly (but not quietly) fizzes down to nearly nothing. The bubbles rise like Alka-Seltzer. Only slightly hazy, but there are some clear sediment chunks floating around.
S-Have never had this style before. The bubbles prickle the nose. Aroma is tart. Apple juice aroma hides behind the tartness. It almost smells like a white wine, or a light champagne. Very excited to try the flavor.
T-The flavor is light and sweet and deliciously tart. The sour fruity flavors and light yeast make this one complex brew. There is some interesting clove flavor in here as well. I very much enjoy this one's flavor.
M-Light but not too light in the body' extremely crisp too. Bubbly and seltzer-esque.
O/D-I like this one a bunch. Very unique. Great for warm weather. Would love more than just one bottle of this. A very solid, well-rounded beer. I have nothing bad to say about this one. Great introduction to the Berliner Weissbier style.
06-14-2011 20:38:14 | More by VelvetExtract
4.25/5 rDev +3.4%
1809 pours a great looking slightly hazy straw golden with a great deal of carbonation. Streams and explosions of carbonation rush to the surface and help keep the fingers worth of micro-bubbled head intact. 1809 just looks refreshing and leaves some decent but thin lace down the glass.
My nose is immediately greeted by a very noticeable wheat twang and a nice sour wheatiness as well. Once I dig beyond the wheat there's a healthy dose of mouth puckering lemon juice. The sourness of the wheat and lemon make this all at once smell refreshing and makes my mouth water. I didn't catch it at first but with a little warming there seems to be a low key banana by-product from the yeast used that adds another layer of complexity. I can't get my nose out of this glass.
The body is very champagne like in the mouth. The wheat is all over the tongue along with puckering lemon sourness and a damp(sour) wheatiness. The lemon really plays a huge role in the flavor and this beer is better because of it. Not much, if any, banana in the flavor but there does seem to be a green apple like tartness floating around in there. Each sip quenches your thirst and then leaves a slight pucker which makes you want another drink.
The mouthfeel is right on. Again this is very champagne like with big yet smooth carbonation rolling over the tongue. Light bodied with a nice puckering ability and a slight drying on the back of the tongue.
This is one of those ultimate warm weather drinkers. If it didn't cost so much I would buy this by the case and sip the summer away.
1809 turns out to be a great brew that is lower on the abv but packs a lot of flavor. A definite session beer and something to be enjoyed while outside on a warm day. I will pick this up again without question.
04-26-2008 22:57:04 | More by joe1510
4.25/5 rDev +3.4%
1 pint 0.9 fl oz. bottle with a big white label on the front that has everything you want to know about the history of the Berliner Weisse style. The back label only has all the mandatory US information. There is no date anywhere on the label or bottle. There wasn't even a crude brewery number.
When poured into a weizen glass, "1809" is a pale and I mean pale light lemon yellow color. It was so pale you could see all the carbonation bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Sitting on top of this pale liquid was a creamy 2 inch head of white foam. This creamy head of foam had great retention that left behind a thick white film and a ton of sticky white streaks of lace around the glass. What a knockout beer appearance!
The aroma was nice and tart with a gigantic amount of tart lemons. Behind the lemons was malted wheat, a small touch of apple juice, a splash of orange peel, and a hint of yeast at the end. There's no denying that the tart lemons ruled over this aroma!
The taste starts off very sour and tart with lemons, a hint of green apples, malted wheat, a touch of orange peel, and a few more citrus fruits. It's true the lemons were tart, but nowhere as tart as they were in the aroma. After the sour and tart aspect of the beer, in comes a refreshing crispy taste of malted wheat. It was great how it started off tart and sour, but ends on a crispy malted wheat taste.
The mouthfeel was light, but this light beer had a refreshing tart lemony/malted wheat aftertaste. There was nothing more then the lemons and wheat in the aftertaste.
I honestly thought that this was going to be a light beer with a light taste of just malted wheat. Boy was I wrong!! In the end this was a great light yet sour and tart lemony beer. Who needs the flavor syrup when it comes to this Berliner Weisse? Not me!
07-17-2008 22:26:01 | More by AltBock
4.25/5 rDev +3.4%
Brilliant clear gold body with a head that dissipates within a minute.
Sharp wheat scent accented by a tart lemon nose which finishes clove-spiked.
Everything in a standard weiss (wheat-y zing, lemon, yeasty) turned on its head with a bracing and refreshing sourness.
Thinner than I like from most beers and especially something in the weizen family. However, the mouth puckering finish is a big plus. When the weather is as hot as it is today in Chicago (95 and humid) something like this really hits the spot.
NOTE: I decided to concoct my own fruit syrup as I've heard such a mixture is added to Berliner Weiss' in their traditional setting. Using a mixture of blended peach and strawberry and a simple syrup strained through a mesh filter, I added the concoction to the beer. The appearance was dramatically improved upon by the resulting Champagne-esqe head with tremendous staying power. The taste was altered a good deal and was honestly (If I do say so) quite good but I wouldn't say better per se. It was simply different. If I were to choose, I would take the beer in its original form sans syrup and enjoy the sheer sourness and uniqueness of the experience.
07-10-2007 03:30:33 | More by malcontent
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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