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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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BA SCORE
92
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1,160 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,160
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 BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sun-faded lemon with edges that are nearly colorless. The bright white crown is large to start and slowly crackles and sizzles its way into the atmosphere, leaving several sudsy strands of lace. Since the appearance follows the style guidelines, it's hard to be too critical. Besides, this is the richest looking version that I've seen to date.

The nose is more white wine (Sauvignon Blanc) than beer. It's white grape fruity with a light muskiness and a considerable lactic tang. The one word that keeps coming to mind is 'elegant'. I have no doubt that my taste buds are gonna be happy in a few seconds.

It's difficult to compare different beers of the same style over time... especially beer of a style that I've had only three times previously. With that caveat in mind, 1809 is the most delicious, most complete and most well-balanced Berliner weissbier yet.

Part of the reason for the enthusiasm is that I can actually taste the grains (50% wheat and 50% barley), something that makes this offering taste more beer-like and something that I don't recall with the others. The dominant flavor, however, is the tangy fruitiness imparted by lactobacilli.

Specifics include lemon peel, tart white grapes, and the aforementioned untoasted grains (which are subtle). The beer has plenty of the dry, snappy, puckery character that is the defining characteristic of the style. The finish is amazingly dessicating. It paradoxically quenches one's thirst and then adds to it.

While the mouthfeel is light, it isn't thin or watery. There's some substance there. The bubbles need to be close to perfect for a good score to be granted... and they are. Sparkly carbonation adds energy and helps to scrub the tongue clean after each mouthful.

Simply put, Brauerei Weihenstephan 1809 is the best Berliner Weissbier that I've had so far. I can't see myself drinking beer of this unique style very often, but it's nice to know there's a damn good one out there. If you're curious about the style, start here.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 20, 2008
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

RES, Aug 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

HRamz3, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of donaldchapman
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light golden color, good clarity, with a very small head.
S - Very clean smell, slight lacto aroma, and some wheat.
T - Good malt flavors, with a noticeable but not overwhelming lactic sourness.
M - Medium light bodied with a good carbonation.

This beer was good, it has a fuller body than I would expect, and the lactic acid flavors could be more pronounced. Very drinkable beer though.

donaldchapman, Jul 18, 2008
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

KAF, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

jbaker67, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

TargaFlorio, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

cgentzkow, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice golden blonde body. More pale and a little cloudy, effervescent.

S - Just a light crisp citrus nose. Some earthy wheat present too.

T - A nice refreshing taste of citrus with tart and sour notes. Nice wheat body present. Wouldn't really consider this a sour beer but it has a nice amount of sour kick to it. All the tastes are those that leave your tongue and palate refreshed and good for when you're thirsty.

M - This beer is well carbonated and effervescent. Its light bodied and crisp. I swilled the bottle to get all the residual yeast.

D - This beer is well noted for its drinkability. Its very light and refreshing and goes down as easy as any.

Notes - This beer is light but only in nature. It can be light but still pack enough flavor for any beer drinker. I've had it straight and also had it rot, or red with himbiersirup added. Both were enjoyable.

BeerForMuscle, Mar 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Paccamacca, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

sliks96, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of spoony
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle into a weizen glass.

A-The beer was bright hay and sunshine colored with a two-plus finger plume of white head. Lots of carbonation visible.

S-Lots of citrus smells going on here: lemon, orange, and a little spice. The citrus gave it a light tartness that blended well with the wet hay and wheat undertones.

T-The taste followed the smell very closely. Not terribly tart or sour (compared to other Berliners), but the brew gives you a pleasant lemony bite. Crisp.

M-Light body with lots of prickly carbonation. This beer is highly quaffable and, fortunately, lacks the watery feel that sometimes afflicts wheat beers or weissbiers.

O-This is a solid, above-average Berliner. The whole package was nicely balanced in terms of feel and flavor, but nothing jumped out and made me say, "Wow!" This would be a good introduction to sour beers for the uninitiated.

spoony, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Azurescens
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 5/28/11

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with large white head. No lacing left around glass.

S: Nose is wheat with lactic sourness, some lemon peel citrus aromas and grass as well.

T: Sour wheat with lots of lemony citrus notes. Simple, clean and quite sour.

M: Very light bodied, sour and crisp. Moderate carbonation, finishes dry.

O: Very refreshing and drinkable. The citrus notes in addition to the wheat and lactic acidity are really enjoyable and make this beer much more drinkable.

Azurescens, May 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Casey3236, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

ortie, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

derkfromwi, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

cjgiant, May 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Happyhopper, Nov 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

jreindl, Apr 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

sbart518, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

diverite, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Liquor Shed.

A hazy straw yellow pour with 3 fingers of foam.

It smells earthy, with lemon citrus that imparts both tart and spicy notes.

Lemony, yeasty, peppery, very dry on the palate.

Light body with perhaps too much co2.

This is very nice.

Bitterbill, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of hardy008
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color with a two finger foamy head which quickly fades to 1/2 finger and holds, leaving spotty lacing. (I poured the sediment in later, and the beer had a cloudy lemon color then.) The aroma has tart lemon, wheat, green apple skin, AND SOME FUNK.

The taste is tart, with some unexpected sweetness at the end. There is tart lemon, wheat, green apple skin, and some funk.

Light bodied with high carbonation. Leaves a dry, sticky feeling in the mouth, with a lightly bitter aftertaste. After two disappointing Berliner Weissbiers, I found this one, which I like quite a bit.

hardy008, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of aflockofshegulls
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all, 1809's bottle is great. I love the design and little history lesson included on it. The beer is brewed in a very non-traditional manner. The mash is hopped, and the resulting wort is not boiled. The beer is fermented with the presence of lactobacteria. I bet the brewer adds a controlled bacteria culture, but I suppose historically this beer was sour because of the wort went into fermentation without being boiled.

Totally unlike any German beer I've tried. I would compare it to a Belgian wit, but that is a stretch in itself. Appearance is pale straw, and a little unappetizing.

The use of lactobacteria in fermentation gives it a pervasive, though not dominant sourness. It is a wheat beer, and there is a certain hefe quality to it (banana/clove) as this is unfiltered. Carbonation is high; mouthfeel is effervescent and crisp, with a peculiar aftertaste. The taste is perhaps powdery? with a minor fruitiness (green apple present - acetaldehyde, but not from spoilage because this bottle tastes very fresh). I am a huge fan of sour beer, but 1809's sourness just can't be compared to that of a Belgian.

I really liked this beer. And would be interested in trying it with the raspberry or woodruff syrup that Berliners drink it with.

aflockofshegulls, Jan 20, 2009
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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