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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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1,140 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,140
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 95
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

(Beer added by: MaltyGoodness on 04-16-2007)
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Photo of ithacabaron
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a wisp of a head that keeps vibrating as the carbonation hits it. The head stays pretty low, however -- it would have been neat to have a bit more going on here.

Aroma is relatively neutral, pure lemon zest and malt, with little hint of anything else. Bland, but clean.

Taste, on the other hand, is a riot of horse blanket and lemon, with a sour, crisp, bitter attack. Who knew Weihenstephan had this kind of funk in them? Most importantly, it does all this without tripping over its feet; this is funk with regimentation, George Clinton making a bed with military detail. Now, I'm not saying this is Cantillon level funk -- but it's right up there with Orval and the late, great, and still-mourned McKenzie's Trappist Pale Ale. Every US brewer who thinks that they can just toss some Brett into a cluttered beer and call it a wild ale should be made to drink this first. Brilliant.

Mouthfeel is great too, sharp, needly, and active enough to keep your mouth awake. Nearly perfect for the style.

I'm honestly trying to remember the last time I had a beer this refreshing. A revelation, and certainly the best Berliner Weiss I've ever had the pleasure to sip. Go get yourself a bottle.

ithacabaron, May 28, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tasting glass

A-straw color. Hazy color with little color
S-smells very sour. Nice fruity undertones. Very tart.
T-alot like it smells. Very fruity, sour and tart
M-very light and crisp.
D-very drinkable. Very nice sour after taste. Taste was gone in no time

brew3crew, Feb 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

hilgart1, Mar 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

VelvetExtract, Jun 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Envelopes, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle
$5.49
West Lakeview

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.

joe1510, Apr 26, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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CADMixes, May 14, 2012
Photo of AltBock
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

AltBock, Jul 17, 2008
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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