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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,162
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 99
Gots: 84 | 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 StlHopHead77
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazed-out,dull yellow body with bits of yeast dispersed and suspended throughout by nice active carbonation.The head consisted of 2 full fingers of rapidly fading,noisy,bone-white foam that left virtually no lacing with the exception of a few sudsy dots here and there.

S-Juicy Fruit gum,preserved lemon,Wheaties,sourdough toast,an earthy/grassy scent and a slight sour milk note similar to Greek yogurt.

T-Bright flavors of Granny Smith apple,pear,unique citrus(Meyer lemon,starfruit),fruity yeast notes and a toasty wheat base.

M-Super bright and mild to moderately tart but not sour.Light bodied with active,prickly carbonation and a slight,subtle creaminess.

O-I must revisit this in the summer months!Super refreshing and unique style.

StlHopHead77, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a somewhat hazy pale orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma is of funky and sour with some dark fruit and plums. The taste has more of a sour zing to it, and some nice acidity in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of refreshing carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice Berliner Weisse. I will certainly drink this again.

KarlHungus, May 31, 2008
Photo of EricCioe
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

EricCioe, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a straw yellow with a one finger head with big popping bubbles. Head dissipated rapidly.

S- Tart lemon, mango, tropical fruit, hay, and some funk. Very strong and aromatic beer, I could smell this as I was pouring it.

T- Sour lemon, tropical fruit, hay, big funky notes, and wheat.

M- A little lighter and thinner, high prickly carbonation, high acidity, finishes dry, and pretty refreshing

O- A very good Berliner Weisse that packs a lot of funk and some sourness. At first it was not as sour as the Bruery's Hottenroth I had recently, but still quite sour. After I poured my second glass more of the sentiment got in the glass and it became a lot more sour. This one packs a punch. Very nice refreshing summer brew.

Hoptometrist, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of m1ked
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger

A- pours a cloudy dull straw yellow. Minimal head that turns into a half circle of whitle foam. Looks like dull pineapple juice.

S-Tart green apple, touch of vinegar, tad cinnamon/clove. Its not overpowering at all.

T- Lemony tartness at first is all I notice but it never really peaks to the saliva producing stages. Once the tartness fades I get the green apple rhubarb with light cinnamon.

M- Very light, not too tart. Crisp carbonation.

D- I think this is a cool style in general- and this is a good representation. I wouldn't put down a bunch, but I think pairing with food would be cool.

m1ked, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of GradyS1
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy light yellow with a strong 2 finger head, carbination noticable
S- strong citrus notes,lighter pilsner wheet favor comes in as well
T- Sour and Funky upfront but not overwhelming. Sour apples, lemons and a wheat beer mixed togeather. Nice balance.
M- Light, crisp and carbonated.

Overall, I like this syle and this was the best one Ive had so far. It is really a crisp refreshing beer, would have no problem drinking these all day long in the summer

GradyS1, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of drummstikk
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Fantastic!

A hazy gold with bright white head that dissipates quickly into a lasting thick ring.

Smells of soft plastic sheeting and tangy grains.

Tastes like heaven. Sweet bananas and apricots, followed by a very balanced sourness that gives you a pucker only during the first sip. A hint of hop bitterness vanishes into the dryest cleanest finish I've tasted from a beer in a long time, almost like the dry vinous finish to a champagne.

Throughout, carbonation is high and spritzy, giving the illusion (perhaps reality?) of a light body. But the body could not be too watery, because it never tastes thin or watery. It is this contradiction in the mouthfeel that makes drinking this beer so exceptional. I can't imagine why anyone would ever choose Bud Light to cool off on a hot day after tasting this beer.

Expected DMS from the unboiled wort, but instead got the most delicate malt sweetness and the flavor of grains. The body is flush with malt flavor, balanced with sourness that, because of the complete lack of vinegar, tickles the tongue.

drummstikk, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of dakid618
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz pilsner type glass. Pours a light golden color with tons of fizzy soapy head. Smell is faint and in my opinion apple like. I've never had a lighter beer that tasted quite like this. Very funky taste in a good way. Tastes like a really light sour to me. Light mouthfeel almost like drinking water. Very drinkable, I will be enjoying this beer often in the summer months.

dakid618, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of gabemasiulis
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A) This Berliner-Weisse is litght in color, quite murky, but still translucent, it had a decent size fine fizzy head, almost like a soda.
S) The aroma was sweet with a hint of a tart fruity taste, maybe kind of cherry-like.
T) This beer bites in dry, but rapidly swells to a sweet and wet lingering taste. The dark cherry sweetness lilts leaving the tartness at the bottom of the palate to linger.
M) This beer has a fair share of complexity to its feel. It starts dry, lingers wet, as if it were almost sticky, if it wasn't for the fizz dancing on the tongue.
D) The tart-sweetness, combined with the light fizziness strikes me like it would be a very nice summer celebration beer. It is tart, but very slightly, and leaves me wanting another.

gabemasiulis, May 08, 2008
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

MbpBugeye, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of BeerBelcher
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my opinion, if there were to be a pyramid hierarchy of beer flavors, sour would be at the top. I think sour takes the longest to acquire a taste for, and can be one of the most sublime. As such, I really liked this beer.

This beer poured a hazy gold/straw color with lots of fluffy head. Aroma was light clove and sourness. Flavor was also a blend of sour and cloviness. I felt this beer was less sour than Berliner Kindl Weiss. I had this beer with a meal, and I noticed a pleasing fruitiness as the beer warmed which was really a nice complement to my meal. Mouthfeel was soft and champagne-like. I really thought highly of this beer.

BeerBelcher, May 11, 2007
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Stakem for this bottle in our recent trade, insane box.
A - Served in a tulip this beer pours a murky faint neon yellow with a small white head that fades quickly but has continuous bubbles running the side of the glass.
S - Theres definitly a tart funkiness in the nose of this beer, with notes that remind me of lemon pepper.
T - Stakem informed me this beer is better slightly warmer then most and there is no doubt about that. Spent about 45 minutes sipping on this and the last 20 were where it really stood out. Lots of lemon citrus taste with a funky brett character and perfect tartness.
M - Enjoyable mouthfeel, that was crisp and somewhat dry, very easy drinking.
O - Only my second in the style and really liked it.
Looking forward to some Stakem homebrew Berliner's someday, thanks again Adam.

BdubleEdubleRUN, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of dpodratsky3
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass

A: Hazy golden color of wheat, super fluffy pure white head, settles to a light half finger

S: Like white wine with that touch of sweetness to counter the acidity, didn't know how to rate because I am not familiar with the style, but it smells good to me, maybe some slight influence of yeast as well

T: Definite white grapes and other white fruits, maybe pear too, big tartness from the fruit, more so than ordinary wine, the tartness builds where the hops would build in an ordinary beer, intensifying until your mouth starts to salivate, kind of paradoxical as tartness dries your mouth out and wets it at the same time, delicious combination of flavors

M: Pretty carbonated, acidity kind of masks the mouthfeel, dry and champagne like

D: Even though it's sour it tastes good and makes you want to keep drinking

Notes: This is my first taste of a very interesting style, and I was not disappointed. It is definitely not your ordinary beer. I loved it plain, however, I would love to try this in the traditional style by adding flavored syrup. Apparently in Germany, woodruff is the popular flavor.

dpodratsky3, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of andrewinski1
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The color is very light straw and clear. There is a spritzy half inch head that shrinks to a layer around the edge of the glass.

The aroma is popcorn and wheat malt with some nice lemony tartness.

The taste has some mild wheat malt flavor in the start. This is quickly overrun with a clean sour lemon tartness in the middle and finish. The balance is heavily emphasized on the tartness.

This is very light with smooth carbonation that is only slightly spritzy.

This is very delicious and is a slightly more drinkable alternative to lambics and gueuzes.

andrewinski1, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

warnerry, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of mdvatab
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle into tall weizen glass.

Aroma: Sour, lemony yeast, hay, and cereal grains. Some faint spiciness. Very subtle sulphur note.

Appearance: Very hazy, opaque, golden-white body. Active, fine carbonation. Bright white, fluffy, 3 finger foamy head collapses quickly. Minimal lacing. Would have liked a bit more clarity.

Flavor: Tart, refreshing lemon. Some grainy character that matches the aroma. Mild bitterness works well to support the citrusy tartness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, biting carbonation scrubs the palate. Tartness makes the mouth water. Mouth puckers, and tongue clings to the roof of the mouth like a magnet.

Overall: An excellent, refreshing example of the style. Next time I get one, I'm going to let it sit in the fridge for a week or so to let the yeast settle out. Highly recommended by my cousin, David, the clerk at Lukas Liquors, and now by me! I only wish this were more readily-available!

mdvatab, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

akorsak, May 10, 2009
Photo of Greywulfken
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: in a pint, big-as-you-want-it head of foam, deep straw-colored body , hazy

S: bright and yeasty floral and citric aromas; suggestions of hay, lemon pith, and white wine

T: slightly tart wheat and lemon; the wheat brings some of the fruitiness you'd expect, but with a funky undercurrent from the yeast; bread and lime, coriander...

M: fizzy and fuzzy, light-bodied, cleansing finish

O: delightful - my first Berliner Weissbier - crisp, refreshing, nice clean aftertaste

Greywulfken, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of dipso123
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

dipso123, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of gameface23
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Hazy straw color with a lively head. I was expecting a darker color, but it still was refreshing looking on a brutally hot day.

S: Sour, tart lemon and not much else. Sort of weak.

T: Perfectly tart with a dry finish.

M: Light bodied, but not too thin

D: Perfect for a hot day.

gameface23, May 27, 2009
Photo of mrkrispy
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a bottle at Olive Tree Market in OB, thanks Mike!

Cap came off with an assertive pop, nice.

A friendly pale yellow, completely clear. Huge white head of bubbles that quickly disappear. Slight ring of bubbles around the rim. Bubbles coming from the bottom the whole time, from my non-etched glass. No lacing.

Aroma is earthy, wheaty, some citrus peel combo I can't quite figure out - lemon and orange peel? Bread dough.

Taste: moderately light body, some dull citrus, noticeable tartness on the tongue. The wheat and bready aroma are also noticeable in the taste. Hints of a white grape wine, very slight sweetness. Lemon, lemon peel. A clean finish in the beginning, although the pucker builds up after a few sips. The tartness is not overpowering, actually not as intense as I assumed it would be. Seems to be extremely balanced, not too sweet or citrus-heavy as many domestic Berliners.

Goes down very well. I would love to try this in Germany to see how the shipping affects it. A shame we can't get 6 packs of Berliners here in San Diego, this would be a great summer session beer. I might have to pour one in a pepsi can for the beach ;)

mrkrispy, May 15, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

TheManiacalOne, May 25, 2008
Photo of jgasparine
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Served in a wine glass. The body was very cloudy, making it a completely opaque dull yellow. Lots of tiny bubbles were observed breaking on the surface. The head was thin, white and foamy... and it slowly dissipated with time, leaving no real lacing behind.

S- The nose is comprised of barnyardy grains mixed with some sour lactic notes- I'm getting aromas of straw, horseblanket, wheat and some sourness.

T- The taste is a perfect replicate of the nose, with a long lactic and slightly metallic finish. Very refreshing. The first several sips were taken au-naturale... but the last several sips were taken with additions of raspberry and woodruff syrup respectively. These syrups added a sweetness to the beer that perfectly complimented the sour lactic notes. With the raspberry syrup, I could close my eyes and believe I was drinking a Lindemans Framboise!

M- Very light body with tons of coarse carbonation. The abundance of this carbonation makes it hard to analyze the texture of the beer.

D- Very refreshing and drinkable- if it were only on tap throughout the summer!

jgasparine, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is cloudy blonde in colour, with a large white head. Good retention.

Smell contains a lot of lemon, a bit of apple. A bit tart, a bit of a lacto smell. Wheat.

Taste is like the nose. Lemon, wheat, fairly acidic, lacto. Lemon is the strongest flavour for sure. A bit of clove, noticeably more in the finish, but pretty light. A bit of cereal.

Light bodied, pretty strongly carbonated. Crisp.

Overall, quite good. While I do not have a ton of experience with them, I really like the Berliner Weisse style, and this strikes me as quite a good one.

jrenihan, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of SourBatchKid
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

SourBatchKid, Apr 16, 2010
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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