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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,231
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 103
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
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Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MaltyGoodness on 04-16-2007

Created by Dr. Fritz Briem of Doemens Institute (  http://www.doemens.org  ), brewed by Weihenstephan & Doemens.
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Photo of EricCioe
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle at The Red Bird in Missoula on our 7 year anniversary. Incidentally, after this we went around the corner and had 2010 Abyss on draft for $4 a pint. Pretty good beer day for a Monday.

This pours a super hazy light orange with a frothy white head that dies down quickly but stirs back up with agitation. On the nose there is hazy wheaty notes of banana and clove, but underneath there is citric acid and tartness. In the mouth the wheat asserts itself most, with the banana and clove notes coming through the nose while the soft body that wheat beers tend to have hangs with the tart flavor in the mouth. This is a really beautiful beer to drink. It's very complex and does so at a very low abv, always impressive to me.

Overall, I like this beer a great deal. The complex flavors and supreme drinkability had the two of us thinking, a day after brewing our first batch, when we ought to brew a Berliner Weiss.

Photo of SourBatchKid
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Share with a few friends and some hot soft butter pretzels.

A- Sunshine yellow with a cloudy hue, about a finger (mine) of head that quickly evaporates to only the memory of foam. Be-careful, if you blink you might miss it.

S- It smells like I just walked into a french bakers kitchen, creamy butter, yeast, and the slightest of bit of buttermilk. I love how this smells, its like someone just baked up some butter milk biscuits.

T- Refreshing and slightly tangy, green love from the funky farmy horse barn-age. I am diggen this one and am really glad I got two.

M- Spicy carbonation that cuts my tongue as it aerates in my mouth. All most to the point of (good) pain, it slowly subsides. Its like S&M in my mouth, it like it.

D- This is a summer time patio pounder, I could drink this refreshing brew siting out side looking at the ocean. I cant thing of any thing I would rather have on a hot summer day.

Photo of zeledonia
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of utopiajane
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours the color of light straw and with exceptional clarity. Continually effervescing and capturing and light. It had a thick white head of loose soapy foam that fell off very quickly to a scant film and thin ring. No lace. The nose was light. Sweet lemon peel and then a little tart citrus. Tiny bit of spice. Floral and with a light wheat dryness on the nose and a hint of cracker. There is a sweet honey like quality underneath that is perfectly poised with the sweeter aspect of the lemon but it's bashful and never comes out from behind the fruit. It has a good musty yeast smell that is not too strong or off putting. It also has a fresh earthy quality like wet hay that is dewey and damp. Taste is as clean and clear as the body of the beer. Light sweet lemon peel greets the palate followed by the tart citrus. This was not at all sour. The cracker malt and wheat are dry and carry a little faint spice and musty barnyard to the back palate where it fades without much aftertaste but leaves a dry and cleansed palate. Body of the beer is well carbonated and light.

This was not terribly complex. It had exceptional balance and poise. Well turned out and sparkling . Vivacious and enlivening. A terrific beer with a low abv that is the perfect thirst quencher for a hot day. Would compliment almost any food.

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4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i got this one from dmeadows. He also included some strawberry syrup, but this review is without the flavoring added. Ive wanted to review another true Berliner for a long time.

A- The carbonation is lively and crackly. Its rushes to dissipate, leaving no lace. The beer is a clouded, frankly, urine yellow with lots of active bubbles.

S- The smell is very nice and tart with a strong lemony presence. A dash of salt, and lots of funk. Its a very strong barnyard, muddy hay, cattle kind of funk.

T- Tart lemon that can get quite sour. It grips the sides of the tongue. It moves into a very musty hay dust funk. The finish is very minerally like very hard water with a lemon wedge.

M- This is one of the driest beers Ive ever had. Carbonation and tartness all play into the feeling, making this beer very clean.

D- Really nice stuff. I would drink this often in the summer.

Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden opague color with a small white head that fades to more or less a lacing of head around the top. Smell of light hay with zest. First taste has a bright lemon sourness that is washed away by a fair amount of carbonation with a clean dry finish. A pleasant funk lightly lingers in the back end. A great example of the style.

Photo of jrallen34
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a bright light colored cloudy gold. It almost looks like its neon. The head is white and rises about 1 finger but fades quickly on pour retention. The lacing is spotty and watery.

The aroma is sharp to start with a nice tartness. It smells just like a granny smith apple. I've even peeled one to confirm this, and its confirmed! There is hint of vinegar and wheat.

The taste is great, nice light vinegar taste that is sharp and has a great aftertaste that makes it no doubt what type of beer this is.

The beer is a little watery, but highly drinkable.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an extremely light, straw color with a large white, foamy head on top with great retention and tons of lacing.

S: Slightly musty with a faint tartness as well. A good bit of pale and bready malt.

T: Very light tart lemons mixed with a little bready malt. Slight tartness, very nice.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A very nice Berliner, incredibly easy drinking.

Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Color is a clear golden straw color with a quickly dissipating white head and quite a bit of carbonation. Evan after the head makes its exit the carbonation keeps going and going, sending a plume of bubbles right up the middle of my tulip glass...good show.

The aroma is odd, not like your usual beer. The nose is dominated primarily by an unusual combination of musty pale malts and a citric sourness...funky.

Flavor begins with slightly sweet muted grains and then quickly shifts into a delicious citric lemon tartness, quite refreshing. This beer finishes with a lingering lemony tartness that is quite different and pleasurable. Body is light with plenty of carbonation. An enjoyable drink.

This is my first Berliner Weisse and I am definitely enjoying it and will be buying more in the future.

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Nonic Pint.

A- Pours a very clear pale straw color with fizzy white head that is leaving fairly quickly and leaving no lacing on the glass. The head never really dies down completely. It has left half a fingers width worth of a "cap" on top of the beer.

S- Some funky tartness, sour green apples, and some lemony citrus.

T- Crisp, tart, and refreshing. Starts off with a mouth puckering lemon sourness that is rounded with a smooth wheat flavor. Finishes a little dry.

M- Carbonation explosion. The carbonation bubbles dance on your tongue. Easy drinking medium body.

O- A nice offering. Refreshing on these hot summer days.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 16.9 oz. bottle, poured to a pint glass. From the "Historic Signature Series", which features "forgotten styles brewed according to their historic recipes by Dr. Fritz Briem, of the Doemens Institute". Only had a couple Berliner Weisses before; this one I'm eager to try.

A: Popped the cap on this bottle and walked away for a moment to retrieve a glass. Returned to find a slow gusher of white foam streaming from the neck, pooling on the table. A quick pour into the glass yielded a seafoam-like froth that nearly crested the glass - 2 fingers of liquid, 6 fingers of head! Time calms this one; subsequent pours offer 2-3 fingers of noisy, crackling whiteness - drops eventually to a roiling 1/4" of cream, then disappearing altogether. Beer is a hazy pale wheat, denser at its core, with plenty of fast-rising bubbles. No lace.

S: A tart, acidic aroma that tingles in the nostrils. Beneath is a pulpy sweetness and an oddly briny aroma that hints at smoke...smoked fish even? Some strange scents...

T: Oh yes, that is tasty! Juicy and tart, a pucker-inducing meyer lemon-type acidity that isn't entirely sour. Tartness mellows and malts enter, proving to be yeasty and dough-like. Some pear, some green apple and a dab of honey. Sugars and light citrus fruits interplay with that lactic acidity wonderfully. Dry finish. Delicious!

M: For such a carbonated beer, this has a smooth, almost viscous, quality that's nice. Grainy residue fills the mouth and sticks in a gummy way on the tongue, so as refreshing as this beer is, it isn't cleansing. Light mouthfeel and fairly light body.

D: A lovely beer, extremely easy to drink (if your palate is ready for it...). I really love these tart, traditional beer styles and was very happy to receive this one, as an extra from BanditBrewingCo (thanks Alan!). Haven't seen this in Portland, but I really wish it (and other Berliner Weisses) would make their presence felt. Very tasty, one I'd love to have again and definitely recommended for fans of this style of beer.

I should add that the second half of this bottle I paired with a small block of fresh Creamy Havarti from a local cheesemaker - stunning!

Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Popped the bottle and noticed a slight pellicle around the bottle opening. Typical of sours, but not necessarily Berliners. A few moments later and this beer decided it was time to gush. Very pale pastel yellow in color. Almost white. Forms an enormous, very bubbly, white head that eventually reduces down to not very much. No lacing.

S: Smell is fresh. Surprisingly fresh. Lemons and lemon rind. Some lactic acid and a touch of barnyard.

T: Taste is similar. Lightly sweet. Lemon. Essentially effervescent lemonade. Some lactic acid with a bit of earthiness on the finish. Light wheat character. Not overly complex. Quite simplistic actually, but also a very clean and refreshing tartness.

M: Lighter bodied. Heavy carbonation gives a prickly mouthfeel. Light tartness. Non-existent bitterness.

O: I can't say I've ever had a Berliner Weisse in Germany, so while I can't vouch for the authenticity of this beer, I can say this is about as spot on a Berliner as I could imagine. Tart, but not sour, with a strong lemony taste. Well done.

Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 500 mL bottle from State Line Liquors.

A: The weissbier is pale, a faintly golden straw color that looks like several drops of food coloring in a glass of water. The clarity is pristine, bright and radiant. A finger of head on each pour is quick to settle down, leaving little hint of its presence. A steady stream of bubbles in the center of the glass is visually appealing.

S: The wheat aroma is strong, giving a mildly tart aroma to the ale. Lemon and ripe apples peek through the wheat.

T: The ale has a pleasant tartness up front, sharp but not overpowering. That tartness transitions nicely into a fruity melange thanks to the yeast strain. Berries and citrus are prevalent and nicely cut the wheat's tartness. Bready grains follow the fruit, settling all of the flavors down. A faint banana flavor, near the end of the sip, nicely ties this into Weihenstephan's weisse line.

M: The mouthfeel really benefits from the yeast, layers of sweet fruits emerge that are a needed counterpoint to the wheat's tartness.

D: I'll be sure to grab another bottle or two, as this one is a nice summer sipper.

Photo of Gusler
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer departs the 500ml bottle a hazy light gold, the head monstrous in size, a bright creamy white, and it fades slowly, leaving the lace a thick and tight sheet upon the glass. Nose has a sweet and sour tone, fresh, crisp, spicy and mouth watering to say the least. Start is sweet with grain, tart at the back with the top light to medium in feel. Finish has a modest acidity, the sweet and sour taste continues to the end, quite dry and a good representative to the style.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap at Avenue Pub NOLA. Pours a hazy golden with a little bit of white foamy head. Great hefe banana and clove aromas with a nice dose of sour. Taste is fantastic banana hefe wheat, with a burst of sour. Finishes with a chocolate like note and smooth. Its amazing how the tartness just finishes out leaving the maly characteristics behind. Really a fantastic brew.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of wheat, bananas and citrus, light malts, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste is bready, fruity and spicy up front with flavors of wheat, bananas and citrus. The malt character is on the thin side as it should be and there's a mild hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and extremely crisp, light body, high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not filling at all, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent light and flavorful beer that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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