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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Reviews: 570
Hads: 1,319
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 124
Gots: 134 | FT: 0
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Professor Fritz Briem

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 CAMRAhardliner
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was $6.20 at Downtown Liquors in Boston, expensive, but Im glad I got a chance to try it.

Pours a hazy straw color with a wispy head that quickly turns to a thick ring and some patches. The carbonation is very active, creating whirlpools at the surface. Citrusy, wheaty, fruit estery, woody aromas fill the nose. Minimal sourness shows in the nose as well. Cidery acidity greets my tastebuds upon first sip. Tangy wheat malt, ginger, cloves, and orange flesh flavors all abound. Even some herbal hops make a showing. The mouthfeel is medium with a creamy subtle carbonation feel. The finish is tart and citrusy with a bit of lingering spice.

The balance between sourness and traditional weissbier flavors work really well. This is a fantastic beer, and If its representative of the style, I like this style. Its like a lambic without the funk.

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Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is straw yellow. Pale in color with a bright white head that pops and fizzes and throws off a puff or two of foam and leaves copius lacing.

Smell - There's some lemon here for sure, this even smells tart. After my first experience with Duchesse du B I'm glad I do not detect acetic acids or funk. I will try in the future the sours I encounter to attempt to retrain and expand my palate, but as far as sours go this is rather good for me. Pure lacto, no brett, no acetic odor and flavor.

Taste - Inoffensive taste of light grains, with a large burst of juicy lemon and lactic tartness. This is a simple beer with a one-dimensional sort of flavor, but as a summer quencher it hits the mark perfectly. A tad bit sweet to my tastes, with a rather restrained maltiness. White grapes in the background, sourness, tartness, like ripe fruit. Reminds me of white wine or champagne in some way, not sure exactly what as they don't taste too much alike.

Mouthfeel - A spritzy carbonation level means that even a pour beyond gentle into geriatric territory brings forth a three finger head or so. The carbonation boueys up the lovely tartness.

Drinkability - High, especially in some hot weather, when the cold effervescence and tart flavors refresh to excess!

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Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a plastic glass (I'm on vacation in a hotel, sue me), this comes out a clear, very effervescent golden color with a large head that fades to nothing (BJCP says that's appropriate--this is only my second weisse ever, and I can't remember if the first was like that). The nose is highly fruity with a tart underpinning, reminiscent of granny smith apple peelings. The taste is unique: noticibly cereal-like, with a lot of wheat detectable, more than in weizens certainly. Acidity is a major component, but it's nowhere near that of the sour beers of Belgium or elsewhere. It's very refreshing, and quite dry in the same sense that champagnes are dry--very few residual sugars.

Not a complex beer, but very tasty, and much better than the first weisse I had (which was only about 3% alcohol, and had probably sat on the shelf far too long).

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium cloudy yellow. Some floaties at the end of the bottle. Towering white foam head. No lace.

Big aromas of yeast, lactic acid, some light malt, and tart notes.

Big tart yeasty malt up front, leading to a lingering sourness that is transplanted by a subtle light bitterness that is not unlike a bitter husk. Some sweet raw grain is is there, with false tart lemon edges. These flavors bounce back and forth; fade and come forward. How can you love and find so refreshing something so tart? It is liking sharp cheese -- a refined and unique flavor for the product.

Lighter bodied, medium (surprise again) carbonation.

Wonderful stuff. Clean, refreshing, complex. Loved it.

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Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up on the advice of my drinking buddy rate beerian fishingnet.

A: Pours a nice light yellow hue, somewhat cloudy. The head is big and bold. 3 fingers in height with tons of carbonation. The head dies to absoultely nothing with no lacing but some floaters are present.

S: Nice light aromas with hints of yeast, wheat, and lemon.

T: Wow. Nice, light, yeasty, wheaty, lemony goodness. Very good.

M: Nice and light, tons of carbonation.

D: Soo drinkable. The perfect florida summer brew.

Overall: I loved Festina Peche which sent me in search of other wonderful Berliner's. Fishingnet from ratebeer told he to get this one. Boy was he right. Tons of nice light flavor with wonderful drinkability. I can see me sipping many of these during the hot Florida summer days.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml brown bottle into my shaker "pint" glass. Appears a slightly cloudy golden yellow/orange color with about two fingers of white foam. Smells of crisp wheat as well as a mild sourness. Taste is refreshingly sour, almost addictive, making you crave another sip. Lemon and yeast are also present. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation that works perfectly with this beer. An excellent warm weather beer. Wish I would have bought more than one bottle.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My friend from Vermont sent this down my way in Connecticut.
Although I notice that the label is imported through CT.

Right off the bat this beer has a great smell. I was expecting a yeast smell with bananas based on the color, but there is much more to this.

The pour is a unfiltered yellow with sediment strands through the brew. Carbonation is nice.

The taste is wonderful. It tastes like a German sour with a great tartness flavor. Pear and Apple taste.
Big fan of this beer.

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Photo of danedelman
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Planning on brewing a berliner weisse so doing some homework. Poured in a large sniffter glass.

I have to say after looking at reviews on youtube that those people do not understand the style at all. Saying it is like bud light and lime is an insult. They say the french brought over the sour mashing technique as they traveled through Flanders, it shows!!

A-very clear pale yellow with a nice white fluffy head.

S-funky sourness, grapefruit, lemon juice, wheat, peach, apricot and on and on. Very clean.

T-starts with the sourness of a ruby red grapefruit with lemon and some grass. Wheat smooths this one out nicely and adds some body. Flavors of peach come out too similiar to a Fou Foune.

M-very light and refreshing. I am brewing this to be enjoyed in the heat of summer. Can't wait!!

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a very light straw, almost clear in spots, with two fingers of beautiful foam. Very good retention, effervescent, but basically no lacing.

S: Lactic tartness, green apple, lemon, pale malt, and a little sweetness to round out the aroma. A little yellow grapefruit too.

T: Veeery nice. Tartness is light, just a touch, along with fruity sugar coated lemon.

M: Medium-light body and carbonation. Good, light crispness.

O: Very drinkable and refreshing this may be the perfect warm weather beer. Best I've had of the style.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap @ The Devil's Den

Look: Pale golden color, cloudy - yeasties dancing all over, with a head that dissipates very quickly

Smell: Lemon zest, vanilla, wheat, acid funk - very aromatic

Taste: Up Front: Nice and tart, lemon zest. Finish: Sweet. Good balance of malt and wheat flavors

Mouthfeel: Thin, and very smooth

Drinkability: Super quaffable session beer! Uber refreshing! Not sure how many I could have in a row. I'll have to test that one day.

Overall Impression: This is a style that will appeal to people that enjoy Tart Belgian Ales, and Wild Ales. I strongly recommend against getting the syrup poured into it, thus making it a foofoo girly drink.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap over at Lion's Pride, poured in a tall mug.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a large fluffy white head that fades very slowly, leaves some patchy lacing.

Smell is lightly sour and tart with a nice malt sweetness in the background, nice amount of citrus in the nose with no hops to balance things.

Taste is refreshing tart but not overwhelming, the right amount of sweetness makes it tolerable, no bitterness to speak of, lightly acidic with a decent amount of citrus, the only complaint is it's a bit light in flavor and at times feels watery.

Easily one of the best in the berliner weissbier style and the fact that it's readily available makes it ever better.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a duvel snifter. Poured a cloudy murky straw color with thick foamy white head very little lacing. Smell is a mixture of lemon zest, banana phenolic, apple cider, and sour lactic scents. Taste is extermely refreshing with a sour citur dry flavor again with some apple flavor minus hop and only slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a light body. I could drink this beer on the beach, mowing the lawn, pretty much anywhere and especially in times of hot weather because I think its more refreshing then lemonade. First Berliner weissbier and to me its a nice one.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App: Light yellow straw color, cloudy. Fair amount of floaties despite a gentle pour. Fluffy white head, good retention and lace.

Smell: Mild lemon tartness, very clean aroma, not particularly strong however.

Taste: Tart and lemony, crisp and refreshing. Lightly sour but certainly nothing too strong. Mildly lactic, hints of green apple, sauvignon blanc.

Mf: Crisp and clean. Thinnish body with good carbonation. Super easy to drink, pairs well with food.

Overall: Delicious, quenching, refreshing. One of my favorites of one of my favorite styles; wish more breweries were doing a Berliner weiss. Hopefully they will be soon, 1809 is fantastic.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly cloudy golden straw color with a 1 finger foamy white head with poor retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. No glass lacing, and a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big tart lemon, apple, pear, grape, grass, hay, cherry, and yeast spices. Fantastic aromas here, with good acidity and balance. Smells a lot like a dry cider. Taste of tart apple, pear, grape, lemon, pepper, grass, hay, yeast spices, and slight funk. Fairly dry on the finish; but there are some lingering notes of apple, pear, hay, grass, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Great balance of flavors with a nice tart/sweet balance. Medium-high carbonation and fairly light bodied; with an extremely smooth and crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol is completely hidden at 5%, with no warming present at all as expected. Overall this is a fantastic Berliner weissbier. Fantastic flavor balance, with a nice amount of flavors. Very drinkable and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into an Odell's Rastal Tulip.

Appearance: An average pour produced a substantial 2'' bright white big-bubbled rocky head that lasted for quite a while. Color is yellow, and the clarity is hazy. Very pretty.

Smell: Smell is of bread, dough, earth, leather, and vinegar. This one smells tart, but also like a nice yeasty wheat beer would.

Taste: Taste continues the same way as the smell, with a wonderful crisp tart quality imparted from the vinegar-like sourness. Flavor duration is average-long, and sour/bitterness is moderate to heavy.

Mouthfeel: Body is light and texture is thin and slick. Carbonation is lively, with a sour, dry finish. A great mouthfeel for the style, so thin and the carbonation is effervescent. Very refreshing!

Overall: A super refreshing tasty beer. Like a slightly sour hefeweizen, with a bit less banana and clove sweetness. Very enjoyable. I want more!

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Photo of electrobunny
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours clear with a very pale yellow body and a thin white head. A lot of lemon in the nose with some apple and pear that give away the yeast in the bottle. Also some banana in the aroma along with some skunky grass notes. Very refreshing. Lemon, pineapple and apple cider are prominent. Definitely has a tart champagne quality with a some husk/wheat malt coming through at the finish. Hops are subtle but impart a nice grassy quality. Light bodied and well carbonated. Mouthfeel is tart and fizzy with a dry finish. Not a lot to this beer but it's very enjoyable if you're in the mood. The right amount of sourness to play off the malt. A bit Phenolic as it warmed but super easy to drink. Great presentation.

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Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An immaculately spotless white head is observed but wouldn't hold up. The beer is not so much coloured as it is hued; yellow tint over what is otherwise colourless. Its body is so unique it may be deserving of having a colour named after it. The tinge itself is fairly clouded but the beer holds itself quite clear and even gives off a little twinkle to the light.

Wow, what an aroma! For anybody first being acquainted with the style this is quite an introduction. The aroma is a little sour, with vibrant notes of fresh fruit, apples mainly. The unmalted wheat is faint but present alongside, maybe, a little clove too? The lemon citrus adds to its tartness. This is acidic and you know what's to come is gonna sting ...

The mouthfeel is extremely spritzy with a high and prickling carbonation. All flavour is coated with an underlying tartness, for which we have the lactobacilli to thank. Make no mistake, however, the beer is entirely clean the whole way through. The wheat is vivid and the flavours tangy. There is lots of banana flavour and also plenty of lemon. Berlin's style weiss beer is very similar to the more generic Krystal weiss but it is far more lively, spritzy, and delicious.

The production of Berliner Weiss, due to its lactic bacterial fermentation, shares many similarities to white wine, champagne in particular. The average person will find it overly acidic and it is quite common to see fruit syrups mixed in. Not for me though, I've come to love this rare treat. Its prickling tartness and acidic tang makes it a splendid warm weather drink.

I'm definitely happy living in the 21st century, but all 700 of Berlin's 19th century weissbier breweries probably made a compelling argument that life was certainly worth living before electricity. The label claims Napoleon and his troops called this style "lively and elegant", so it would seem they certainly knew good beer. Maybe this is to blame for all those invasions?

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Photo of armock
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to biggreen for sharing this bottle with me.

A - Poured a golden yellow color with a white head

S - Is of sour wheat for the most part

T - Follows the nose sour wheat and some how has a slight apple taste

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - If you like wheat beers and sours this is the best of both world for you an interesting beer thats very good worth finding to try

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw yellow, looks very crisp and clear. The head is about 2 1/2 fingers and is constantly being fed by bubbles from all around the glass so it stays around for a bit.

S: A complex smelling brew, every time I stick my nose up to the glass I come away with something different. My first thought was sour green apple (much like hard cider), then a nice yeasty aroma, then a light malty aroma.

T: Once again, the comparison to hard cider is unavoidable. Only instead of being sickly sweet like so many of them are it has a beautiful sour tartness. There is a slight maltiness at the beginning and a bitterness at the end, taste of white grapes pervades throughout.

M: Light and heavily carbonated, a very crisp and refreshing beer.

O: While this isn't my favorite style of beer, and I wouldn't drink it all the time I have a lot of respect for it. It brings in a lot of flavors and goes down easily. A well crafted beer and definitely worth a look.

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Photo of larryi86
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a Weizen Glass

A- A hazy golden straw color with a huge white head that fades very quickly.

S- Sour, light fruits, getting some apples, earthy funk.

T- Sour lemons, touch of apples, touch of wheat, some lactic acid in the finish, some earthy funky.

M- Crisp, light body, tons of carbonation.

O- A really nice sour that is easy to drink. Definitely will pick this up again and start seeking out more Berliner Weissbiers.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at St. James Infirmary. Nice yellow haze glow to it, ample carbobation, head retention is exceptional. Good lemony and tart aroma, fresh ground wheat. Mild yeasty presence.

Taste, more tartness, great light mouthfeel and body to the beer. Amazingly similar to Hottenroth. So fresh and so clean. A perfect summer beer. Very prickly carbonation like a nicely done skunky pilsner (this is not skunky whatsoever). Like most good bw's, there is no residual sugar, just plenty of tartness and a light wheat base to wrap it around.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an incredibly clear and vigorously carbonated yellow color with a fizzy rumply white head that just won't go away and leaves "ok" lacing.

Nose is mild wheat, slight tartness, and some lemon citrus zest. Slight pepper as well.

Wow. Some mighty tasty stuff. I was expecting a little bit more aggressive tartness, but this is quite nice. Nice almost Kristalweizen like wheat profile, a bit softer, not as much wheat yeast flavor, for obvious reasons. A beautifully dry slight tartness really helps the slight citrus zest flavor along. Some green apple like esters in here as well. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be. A nice brisk carbonation, beautifully crisp and dry finish.

Drinkability is the best ive had in a berliner weiss. Could easily pound multiples of these badboys on a hot day grillin on the back deck.

Overall a superb berliner. A tiny touch more tartness would be nice, but the subtelty of it makes it ideal for a refreshing treat. Yet another classic from one of my favorite breweries, and the authority on german styles. Great stuff.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting beer... is this specially brewed for the distributor here in America? Hmmm. Anyway, it pours the typical Berliner Weisse appearance with a slightly hazy golden body and short head of bright white foam. It offer the typical slightly-sour and mildly wheatish grainy nose, and it delivers the same tartness and graininess in the flavor. Hop flavors are not to be found, as expected, and the bitterness is next to nil, but not needed anyway. It could be a bit more sour like the Kindl Weisse, but at the same time this is probably a tad more accessible to the general public. And it's remarkably clean, which can sometimes be difficult in the production of this style. So, in an ever smaller world of Berliner Weisse, I'd say this has to come out within the top three. Well worth trying.

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Wormtown weizen glass.

A- Slightly cloudy yellow body (Very cloudy after the yeast is poured in), great big 4-finger rocky white head that shows great retention.

S- Very tart, sour, funky, musty, astringent, with a lemony spiciness. A little sour aplle aroma. Sweet white grape aroma.

T- Very nice and tart. Sour apple, funkiness, a little soury-citrus with a sweet white grape flavor again. A lemon grass flavor is there, too, but in the finish with some more tartness, that's where the acidic flavors come through as well.

MF- Light to moderate body. Very dry finish. Also a chalkiness to the finish as well.

D- Very drinkable. I love the flavor of a good Berliner Weisse or any other tart beer so it scores high with me there. The 5% abv also helps, as it becomes pretty sessionable (Not a SESSION ALE, DING, but sessionABLE). Also, the tartness doesn't wreck you palate like some other wilds/sours I like, so you could enjoy a couple of these no problem.

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Photo of GregBlatz
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thought I would give a Berliner Weisse a try. I know this is a reproduction, but it was all I could find at the local brew spot.

Very cloudy straw like color. Pours with an aggressive bleach white head that quickly recedes. Tight tiny bubbles persist.

Smell is similar to a typical german weisse, but with a fruity sour note.

Very tart and fruity. Strong lemon-like citrus flavor. No noticeable hop or malt flavor. Almost reminds me of a tall refreshing glass of lemonade. The tartness is very similar to sucking on a vitamin c tablet(which strangely, I kind of like).

I drank this out of a true Berliner Weisse bowl that I had received long ago. I know this glass is designed to drink with woodruff or fruit additives, but what the heck.

This is a beer that I could drink all day long on a hot summer day.

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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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