Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem
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2.55/5 rDev -38%
*did not really mind would not buy*
app: icky cloudy yellow with white bubbly head
smell: oh no, smells like a heffe with some steamed greens in it. like canned spinach.
taste: lil sour lil bananas lil of the green smell sneaks in through the nose. mostly a sourish heffe
mf: nice alive and soothing
drinkable?: sure, sept for the greens
09-08-2007 02:31:53 | More by AndoBrew
3.03/5 rDev -26.3%
16.9oz bottle poured into a nonic.
A - the color is reminiscent of a dehydrated person's urine. pale yellow. A tall white head quickly formed and then quickly dissipated...kind of like pouring 7-up or sprite into a cup. Even though there was no head, there was continual carbonation making its way to the top of the beer. very unappetizing appearance
S - lactic acid, wheat, and grape jelly?
T - way too dry for my enjoyment. I'm not sure whether the tanginess is due to the lactic acid, the wheat, or both. If it's because of the lactic acid then there was no malt flavor to notice. It was a very, tart, sour fruit flavor with a very acidic, biting quality to it. The beer was dry throughout.
M - a very bubbly beer, like champagne.
D - i was not a fan of this beer.
02-04-2009 03:22:00 | More by bowersdm
3.05/5 rDev -25.8%
pours clear yellow with a 1 finger white head that fades fast and leaves no lacing
smell is tart sour apples
tastes the same as the smell tart sour apples with maybe some lemon - not a fan
mouthfeel/drinkability - its a very light beer but overly carbonated and added to that tart sour taste make it almost painful to drink
06-11-2009 00:04:44 | More by jsh420
3.05/5 rDev -25.8%
This beer poured a very, very clear light apple juice gold in color with a three finger self destructive white foamy head. The head appeared to consume itself before setting as a light white lacing around the edges of my snifter. It's probably the clearest Berliner Weiss I've seen to date. The aroma is of light yeast with the lightest of tartness. It definitely isn't as aromatic as the other Berliners I've had. The flavor is very subtle and very light. It gives off slightly sweet pale malts, dry yeastiness, with just a tad of sourness. It's so light that I'm not even sure that sourness is the right word. It's drink fine but isn't dry like most of the style are. Perhaps this was an old bottle. I don't know, it just wasn't nearly as good as advertised.
05-12-2011 02:49:20 | More by aasher
3.05/5 rDev -25.8%
Bottle from Keg Liqour on 09/17/2007.
Poured hazy yellow color with a large frothy white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing.
Moderate wheat sour fruit aroma.
Light to medium body.
Light sour fruit flavor with a light sour finish of moderate duration.
Interesting, not my style.
11-12-2008 16:29:25 | More by tmoneyba
3.06/5 rDev -25.5%
From: The Andersons, Columbus, OH
Date: None on bottle (purchased 5/2013)
Glass: Standard US pint glass
A somewhat strange, overcarbonated, overly sweet like-green-grapes-and-apples and just slightly tart beer in the Berliner weisse style, Fritz Briem's attempt is one that I don't anticipate revisiting, despite having done so several times already.
A gentle pour produces a pale white head several centimeters in height, made up of medium-sized bubbles, giving a slightly sponge-like appearance. Retention is excellent, and fades to a Some residual lacing on glass, and after each sip. Body is a light golden yellow color, with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the rather murky (60-70% opaque) beer, numerous and very active.
Scent is of sweet, green grape juice, tart apples, slightly soured wheat mash, very light lemon citrus notes, and clover flowers. For the style, somewhat expressive, but also nowhere near tart enough and with no real lactobacillus influence, despite its being mentioned.
A surprisingly sweet Berliner weisse, with a touch of lactobacillus-influenced flavor and Mcintosh apple-like tartness. Front of palate picks up flour-like wheat malts with a modest touch of tartness and lactobacillus flavor, along with moderately strong green grape and Mcintosh apple-like sweetness. Mid-palate continues the mild tartness, as mostly from Mcintosh apples and green grapes with mild wheat malt characters. Back of palate finally detects some Lactobacillus influences, along with continued Mcintosh apple tartness and green grape sweetness alongside a slight hint of wheat malt; still too sweet. Closes sweet with slight tartness, Lactobacillus-influenced flavor, and Mcintosh apples with a hint of wheat flour.
Beer is with carbonation of high intensity, leading to a very fizzy (painfully so), ultra-foamy mouthfeel that's just too much for the style and the beer itself as well. Closes semi-dry, with light stickiness remaining on the palate.
10-12-2013 03:47:48 | More by falloutsnow
3.08/5 rDev -25.1%
A - Cloudy yellow with a small head, ton of floaty yeast or something in there. Nice dissipation leaving some very intricate lacing around.
S - Yeast and malty with a tart smell. Apples and pears come through on the nose.
T - Quite tart, but not quite sharp enough. A little creamy, pear taste is just a little too much like juice to be good. Don't get me wrong, pretty pleasant to drink, but missing the sharpness of the berliner weisses that I prefer. Nice yeast hints with some malts appearing on the backend.
T - Creamy, slipperly, light. Would have liked a touch more carbonation.
D - For some reason this beer just was not super drinkable for me, surprising considering the low ABV. Maybe it's just the sweetness becoming overpowering. Had trouble getting through the single bottle.
03-02-2010 21:27:59 | More by AgentZero
3.1/5 rDev -24.6%
Pours a clear pale honey color with a small white head that leaves a crown.
Smells like a lemon explosion. Reminds me of a white wine. Very acidic, white grapes, sour apple, hard to pick out the malt.
Tastes like a lemon explosion. It tastes more like a tart pinot grigio than a beer. The malt comes through at the end as a pale dry wheat and is quickly drowned out by the after-effect of the tartness.
Light but a little sticky, very tart and with so much acidity it's hard to pick out detailed flavors because my glands are secreting as much saliva as possible in response to the tartness. Something of a confusing experience.
This was not at all what I was expecting. However, re-evaluated under the category it actually fits, it appears to be a fairly complex and interesting brew.
But it still is like a whole tree of lemons exploding in my mouth.
03-16-2011 00:07:51 | More by Thanby
3.18/5 rDev -22.6%
Pours a hazy light yellow with a huge head and a ton of carbonation.
Aroma is bubblegum, green apple, hay and loose tobacco.
Taste is similar to the aroma with wheat and some green apple tartness, but not super tart. I don't pick up any lacto. The finish is relatively dry and slightly tart.
Overall, this was somewhat of a disappointment. It just tasted like a boring, fizzy wheat beer with a little bit of tartness. I'll conclude that I prefer the modern American Berliners with a more robust lacto component than this traditional Berliner.
03-03-2013 23:46:45 | More by GuzzLah
3.18/5 rDev -22.6%
Pours a cloudy thick yellowish orange color with a one finger foamy white head that quickly disappears, leaving no lacing. Kind of sludgy looking and unappealing.
Citrusy aroma with hints of corriander and orange peel as well as some funky sour tartness. Slightly spicy with hints of peppery lemon zest.
Funky sour version of a heffe. Bready yeaty bosy with hints of corinader, lemon and orange peel as well as some subtle grapefruit and ripe banana. The tartness is subtle and not as dominant as I was expecting and/or hoping for. Slightly tart finish but otherwise just tastes like a muddy earthy german wheat beer.
11-02-2009 09:03:41 | More by corby112
3.2/5 rDev -22.1%
pours a semi-hazy sunshine yellow, with a large white bubbly head, live carbonation, and not much of a lacing.
smell is of wheat, light citrus, and a touch of spice.
taste is crisp, lots of lemon (too much), and yeast, ends on the sour side.
overall tastes better than it look or smells, refreshing, leaves mouth clean.
06-21-2009 00:10:12 | More by froghop
District of Columbia
3.23/5 rDev -21.4%
a huge wheatiness spews forth. spice also, and it really smells like a wit. as i would have expected: some tartness. the head was huge up front, and fell steadily. very light, slightly hazy
the tartness is quite a bit more prevalent in the taste, and really carries the rest of the flavor profile on its back. some sweetness, but the citricity is the most noticeable of the flavors. coriander and other spices come through. caraway?
12-05-2007 00:56:53 | More by bruachan
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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