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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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1,168 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,168
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 99
Gots: 86 | 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 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
Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely... hazy pear gold body produces a thin but noisy finger of head that settles down quickly, leaving a slender collar - just enough to leave some lace.

Dry, fruity yeast type of funk, some faint lemon peel, white grape, green apple, subtle funk the whole way through.

Soured apple cider, would make for a beautiful introduction to the sour beer world - finishes dry and clean, nice.

Infinitely drinkable. Great next to a slice of pizza.

yamar68, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of danadeny
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this in bottle at The Metropolitan in Baltimore. I've only had a few (maybe 3) berlinerwisses in my life so I though this would be a good opportunity to taste another example of a hard to find, not often brewed style. The appearance was what I would expect from a wisse; bubbly white head and golden straw clear body. The smell was very light except for the hint of funk I was hoping would indicate some sourness in the flavor. Ahh yes the hint of sourness on the finish was there, and pretty well balanced as well. It's just enough funk that other flavors are not over powered and the beer doesn't require a lot of other ingredients to compensate for balance. Mouth feel is light, watery and refreshing. Drinkability is a little above average just because it's not a session beer to me, but I would start a session with one anytime. I also like the mission of this brewer; to bring old obscure styles back to life, but do it true to form, history and original recipes. Simple plan yet very effective.

danadeny, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of rootbeerman
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured into an aventinus glass. Body is bright yellow, a few floaties. Head was short lived but about a finger or so thick and bright white.
S: a bit of wheat. A mix between banana, a tart aroma that reminds me of lemon a little bit.
T: tart, a little spiciness from the yeast. There is some banana and clove as well. Tartness seems to hide any noticeable hop.
M: very light a crisp, tart mixed with high carbonation makes this really refreshing
O: only thing that could make this a little better is to make it a little more tart, otherwise great all around.
#300

rootbeerman, May 20, 2011
Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy straw color and formed a huge foamy white head that refused to go away but eventually did, coating the glass with latticed lace. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, banana, clove and yeast. The flavor was of hops, citrus and clove. The body is light and the finish is tart. Similar to in some ways to a hefe, but definately different flavor.

Wildman, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of Arbitrator
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass, consumed after a nice bike ride...

A: Poured a hazy straw body with a billowing off-white head. It fills the tulip and leaves rings of sticky lace around the glass as it recedes. The milky look is something I prize in wheat-based beers.

S: This smells more like a hefeweizen than a Berliner Weiss; it's yeasty, with bubblegum and banana. Just a light aromatic lemon tartness. If I hadn't known this was a BW going into it, I probably would have missed that element of the aroma entirely.

T: However, even tasting this blind would have clued me in to the style. It leads with hefeweizen flavors: mild bubblegum, tons of banana and yeast, but it closes with a distinct lemon tartness and light sourness that alludes to the Berliner roots. A touch of clove in the aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied; crisp. Well carbonated and appropriately drying.

O: This was incredibly refreshing (given the circumstances, that was a major selling point). I would gladly buy another.

Arbitrator, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of beergoot
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very carbonated, slightly hazy pale straw yellow body with a thick, fizzy white head. Citrus notes in the aroma with a slight hint of light malts; lemony. Tart, tangy, citrus, acidic, lemon-lime taste. Very light bodied, effervescent, bright and tingly on the tongue; clean and dry finish.

A spritely, lively beer. Light and zesty in character. A great beer for warm weather patio or biergarten lounging.

beergoot, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with fizzy white head that fades quite rapidly, leaving no lace. Big bubbles rise to the surface, looking a little like yellow soda water. Apparently this is within the bounds of the style, and this is an otherwise very good beer, so not so bad, I guess. Yeast, lemon, lemon zest, and cloves on the nose, along with a hint of white grapes. Maybe I just couldn't pick it all up, but it wasn't too strong. It definitely was pleasant though.

Taste has a bit of a tart edge to it, some wheat and pale malts, some lemon zest. I feel that it is slightly restrained, though quite refreshing. It's almost like a starter sour--not quite as tart as a good gueuze, but it has some similar flavors. MF is light and bubbly, not as dry as I would have expected and potentially preferred.

Very refreshing drink, I am happy to have tried it. At $4.99 a pop, I might have to grab one to put in the cellar to see how it develops. Delicious, easy drinker, a style that I might have to explore more.

LordAdmNelson, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: poured fizzy. golden with no head rentention and no lacing

smell: lemon, tartness

taste: good sour weiss, I liked the lower ABV and the more sour power from the hottenroth, but this is nice too.

mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation

drinkability: great summer ale and good for it's purpose

CampusCrew, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of brewcrew76
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale golden yellow with a streaming rush of bubbles and a 2 finger white head that left a layer of suds behind.

S - Tart lemon and wheat with a slight hint of banana and a touch of sour.

T - Bready wheat malt and tart lemon mixed with banana and a yeasty flavor followed by a sour bready finish.

M - Crisp and refreshing with high carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Tasty. Poured the yeast in half way through and the only difference I noticed was the clarity.

brewcrew76, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale straw color, cloudy with all the yeast, with a big fizzy white head that disappears quickly. Aroma resembles some wheat beer characteristics, a little citrus and clove, but there's a lot more twang here, some acidity. Taste is very tart, mouth puckering with a touch of sour. Lots of citrus acidity that resembles lemon juice. A drastic departure from most wheat brews, but still retain some of the defining characteristics of that style. Another top notch brew from Weihenstephan.

saintwarrick, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a nice pale golden straw color that is nice and hazy with a good .5 inch white head that recedes quickly and leaves a thin film.

S - Very nice wheat aroma comes up quick with some mild malt sweetness and a bit of a lemony fresh scent. A bit on the midl so.

T - Very tart and refreshing up front. Lemon and citrus peel up front with some mild. There are some nice wheat hints on the back end and some mild yeast as well. Very much a sour beer nice and tart but refreshing in this record August heat.

M & D - Nice and light with good crisp carbonation. Delicious and refreshing. Very drinkable.

JoEBoBpr, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of bbeane
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter.... starts with a huge white head that disappears very quickly until there is just a light layer only partly covering the top of the straw colored liquid. The beer has a very consistant flow of bubbles rising throughout

S- Has a very tart dry aroma

T- Very dry taste, with some tartness coming through mid swig and becoming bolder through the finish

M- Light body with lots of carbonation

O- A nice easy to drink beer perfect for summer. I had hoped or expected this to be more tart then it was... not bad but not what I was hoping for

CHEERS!!

bbeane, May 15, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick notes from Tigris Beverage/g.housen Tasting earlier today. 500mL brown glass pry-top bottle.

Super pale yellow with thin white head that falls quickly. Nose is huge compared to the appearance: white smoke, rocks and gravel, and some barnyard funk. Palate is crisp and dominated by pear notes (like peary). Tart and earthy. Not a lot of wheat character. Very clear and clean finish.

SFLpunk, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of Shawn_Money
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%

Shawn_Money, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Ihadbeer
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%

Ihadbeer, Today at 12:57 AM
Photo of ehammond1
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012?)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Clear golden yellow with a large, somewhat persistent, near-white head. This doesn't leave much stick down the glass but is altogether a very pretty beer.

The aroma is very nice and perfectly appropriate for the style: wheat, lemon, moderate acidic sourness, and light grain.

The flavor is similar to the aroma and quite delightful. A lovely combination of wheat, lemon, pear, green apple, and moderate sourness combine for an incredibly easy drinkable berliner.

Thin to medium bodied with high carbonation. Perfectly appropriate.

Just lovely.

ehammond1, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of philipquarles
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an incredibly hazy orange-yellow with an effervescent white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas are typically hefe, with a lot of banana and clove character, backed by an unmistakable citric tartness. This doesn't reflect the taste, where the acidic sourness sticks out over all. Nice sour apple character that mostly masks the banana notes. Dry, tart finish. The light-medium body with heavy carbonation goes well with the flavors to make this quite refreshing.

philipquarles, May 03, 2009
Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, cloudy, lemon yellow in to a Schwelmer Weizen glass. Lots of foam on the first pour, not as much when the yeast was poured in. Body is almost a pastel yellow against the orangy tendrils of yeast that slowly descend. Looks similar to a Witbier.

Odor is slightly musty, barnyard hay, and grain. I've had many Hefeweizens when they are past their prime, and this is reminiscent of that, unfortunately. Not offensive, but not entirely pleasant.

Taste redeems the lacking aroma. Nice citric lemony tartness up front, followed by a mellow wheaty finish. The tartness is unique to the style, and seems to enhance the drinkability.

Slight prickly quality to the carbonation, with a mild creaminess to the mouthfeel. A nice warm weather quaffer. The price is a little prohibitive though, at $5.49 per .5L.

Label notes: "Brewed with traditional mash hoping and without wort boiling. This along with a traditional strain of lactic acid bacteria provide a fruity and dry but palateful (sic) character."

emerge077, May 03, 2007
Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Lots of loud fizzing... Tons of lightening fast carbonation all over the glass... An uneven sloping pure white head... Pale golden yellow color... Very faint haze...

S - Loads of yeast... White grapes... Faint lemon... Wheat... Apple... Some floral characteristics... Musky... Slightly salty...

T - Lots a grain... Lots of wheat... Lots of yeast... A terrific mix of citrus flavors... Faint hints of saltiness... The tartness and sour notes raise to the forefront as part of the aftertaste...

M - Loads and loads of prickly carbonation... Light bodied, but still assertive... Slightly oily... Crisp...

D - Smooth and refreshing... Refined, elegant, and classy... Light and delicate... A terrific brew and a wonderful and top notch representation of a very under appreciated style... A terrific summer session brew...

philbe311, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of liamt07
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Premier Gourmet, 500ml into a tulip.

Pours a lightly hazy pale golden yellow, with a creamy white head of a finger or two. Good retention. Nose has some wheat, bright lemon zest, lemon juice and some light tart notes. Taste has some lactic tartness, lemon zest as per the nose, citrus zest and some modest wheat notes. Gets slightly juicier, and more citrus flesh with the addition of the yeast. Light mouthfeel, and a gentle zip in the carbonation. On the lighter side of tart, and modestly drying finish. Good drinkability, but a bit more tartness would've been nicer. Refreshing certainly.

liamt07, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of Lolli1315
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A very pale light yellow that is quite hazy. Billowing slightly rocky head made out of large bubbles emerges at first only to disappear almost completely leaving behind only a thin patchy lair with no lacing.

S- Quick malt that changes to a lemony sweetness. The sweet character of the beer is complimented by a noticeably tart smell. Some bready and yeast character begins to emerge towards the middle while slight barnyard funk creeps in towards the end but fades into the tart and sweet smells.

T- Sweet taste to begin with citrus fruits developing, lemon dominating the category. Sour character begins to pick up in the middle complimented by the bready yeast flavor. Tartness spikes at the end of the middle and is subdued as it continues into the aftertaste.

M- Light in body as expected with a moderate amount of prickly carbonation. The end finishes very dry as the beer is fully attenuated.

D- Mmmmm love me some sours. The sweetness can take away a little from this category, but it isn't overwhelming. This would be great on a hot summer day (not surprising). Now if only my homebrewed berliner would finish fermenting sooner....

Lolli1315, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of cfrances33
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Tired Hands wine glass.

Pour: Completely clear pale yellow with two fingers of fizzy white head. Head recedes to a film and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Bready biscuit, lemon zest, pear, green apple. This smells pretty good.

Taste: Nice bready sweetness, followed by a great lemon tartness. Tartness evolves to incorporate some pear as well. Finish is lemon juice.

Mouthfeel: This where this beer excels. Really nice fizzy carbonation, coupled with a tartness that I was really happy to see. Very light, in a good way.

Overall: This beer is a never fail shot to get a nice tart bite with some flavors (minus the funk) that you might find in a gueuze. Really helps scratch that itch when I don't want to drop $12 on a bottle of Black Label or open something from the cellar.

cfrances33, Oct 10, 2012
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
90 out of 100 based on 1,168 ratings.