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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner WeisseProfessor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse

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963 Ratings
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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%


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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Etan

Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Weird that I haven't review this yet. 500ml.

A: Pours a clear pale gold with a nice white head. Plenty of lacing.

S: Clean lactic, raw wheat, lemony, a bit of vanilla.

T: Very light lactic acidity, a bit citrusy, followed by stronger notes of unmalted wheat and clove.

M: Light-bodied with some heft from the wheat and moderate carbonation.

O. This is pleasant, but more acidity would be nice. I realize that the trend nowadays with berliners is a light hand with the bacteria, but this is lighter than most.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 01:18:42 | More by Etan
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Profchaos20

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed 5/17/13. 16.9 OZ bottle in snifter.

A - Pale straw, clear at first but gets cloudy the deeper into the bottle you get. A gigantic fluffy white head.

S - Tart, spicy, sour cherry, faint base malt and a little bit of funk.

T - Sour but not over powering. Light and tart almost like a white wine but not as syrupy. Light fruit flavors, dry and crisp.

M - Very light body and high carbonation. Very drinkable. Very enjoyable and could easily be a good session beer.

O - I haven't had a ton of Berliner Weissbiers but I do like the style and this probably the best one I've had in the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 01:35:45 | More by Profchaos20
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DeFaz

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely cloudy light yellow/straw color with a huge head that recedes quickly. Smell was more subtle than I expected but I picked up some wheat, lemon, and clove. In the taste there's also the wheat, lemon, and clove, and it is sour and tart as the style dictates. The 5% ABV is actually high for the style, and the crispness from the high carbonation and the alcohol produce a bit of bite in the mouthfeel, but the thin mouthfeel makes this a nice late summer choice. For being as thin as it is, the mouthfeel worked quite well, and the high carbonation was everything but distracting. Overall, I'm not experienced in the style and so I don't have much with which to compare this. It's simple, elegant, and refreshing if you're into a tart beer, and I like it.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 02:35:14 | More by DeFaz
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BethanyB

New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, and dark yellow, with a large, even, foamy, ivory head, which shrank considerably at first, but then decided to stick around.

Smell: Similar to a weizen, with banana, bubblegum, and light clove aromas. No sour or floral aromas.

Taste: Satisfying umami taste, with brettanomyces producing a cozy citrus sourness that was incredibly enjoyable, and not at all puckering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light mouthfeel with high carbonation creates the beer's characteristic effervescence.

Overall: Absolutely delicious. Must be experienced to be truly understood, as there's nothing quite like a berliner weisse! A little confusing on the nose, since it lacked the sour aroma that would have prevented it from smelling like a hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 17:19:40 | More by BethanyB
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 23:15:36 | More by ChrisKayler
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wd40

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer since I haven't really had a Berliner weissbier before but this beer is awesome! Has a light acidity that makes it dry and refreshing. Not sweet nor bitter just very pleasant and palatable. I could definitely see this paired with chicken or maybe even fish entrees since the lightness of the beer would enhance without competing with the flavors. This is also a beer I would be comfortable sharing with non-beer geeks/craft beer novices as well as beer snobs. I could see how some more experienced beer geeks might find this beer a bit too subtle, but I find this beer to be extremely well crafted

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 01:54:26 | More by wd40
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a hazy golden yellow pour with a finger of bright white head. a very wheat based bready aroma, a slight peppery nose to it as well - not getting any of the aromas i'm used to in berliner weiss as far as tart/acidic goes. a funky flavor profile, slightly tart, a bit on the sour side, but very subtle. a very refreshing bready beer, however if you were looking for a battery acid type flavor you're looking in the wrong place.
light body with high carbonation and a slightly sour feel. this is a nice traditional beer, not as good as some of the others i've had, and definitely not as tart as the others out there but i can see this being a good introduction into the style for some people willing to expand their tastes.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 15:59:14 | More by facundoCNB
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Light is beaming through this translucent, bright-gold and sunshine yellow Berliner, but make no mistake - it's as cloudy as they come. Totally unfiltered and unadulterated like a true Berliner Weisse should be. The head foams up like it would if you hard-poured a two liter of Sprite, and it's gone just about as quick, too. Fizzy, loud, and severely lacking in terms of staying power.

A hammer of tart apples and zesty lemons pounds your nostrils; juicy, with a light, backing acidity that alerts your glands of their presence without making them drip. German, yeasty notes abound just as well; mild clove and light spice, almost like a very timid hefeweizen. The wheat is dull, but I guess it's a substantial canvas upon which everything else lays the paint.

1809 is like a ghost on your palate, and you barely have time to appreciate its presence before its effervescence just lifts it off your tongue and disperses it into thin air. It rolls out a carpet of wheat across your mouth and opens the limo door for some musk, lemon-lime zest, and a hint of sharp carb tartness.

Very dry in the finish, as each bit of fruity tartness and must pulls together to rip the saturation right out of your mouth. The heavy only aids in the sharp nature of the mouth feel, as does the thin and vapid body of 1809. The wheat certainly helps with a touch of softness, but it can only be appreciated once the carbonation has time to dissipate a little bit.

1809 is a very nice Berliner-style Weissibier, although I haven't heard of many Berliners reach levels of 5% ABV (crazy, I know). This stuff would go down like water if it wasn't for the explosively prickly mouth feel that almost forces you to take it slow at first. Certainly not bad, though, considering you can get this almost anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 11:37:05 | More by tectactoe
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shamrock071521

Michigan

3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle poured into Samuel Smith pint glass

no visible dating on the bottle. however, this just came into the store I work at today and last week when we ordered it, it was out of stock. so I’m guessing this just recently arrived from across the pond and is as fresh as one can reasonably expect of a European beer.

A: (4)golden yellow, quite hazy. active carbonation. 3 finger bright white head that dissipated quickly leaving some but not much lacing.

S: (3.5) big yeast aromas, kind of Belgian-y. some coriander and citrus aroma too.

T: (3.75) a bit sour/tart, but not as much as I expected. the sourness more compliments the other flavors (which are reminiscent of a wheat beer) rather than overpowering them. some banana and lime flavors followed by a cleansing tartness. aftertaste is minimal, slightly sour.

M: (3.75) light, refreshing, tart. slightly below medium carbonation.

O: (3.75) a nice and refreshing beer for the summer months. kind of reminds me of a belgian wheat beer, but the added sourness/tartness makes it something different and quite a bit better in my opinion. a bit pricey at $6/16.9oz bottle, but something I’ll probably come back to one or two more times before the hot weather subsides.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 00:52:53 | More by shamrock071521
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Piotrek

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass creating immediate gigantic white head, which was gone as quickly as it appeared.
Pale and hazy golden straw-colored appearance.
Yeasty with citric aromas.
Refreshing, lightly sour and tart, light notes of lemon and lime.
Fizzy, light sourness then lemony.

My first try with Berliner Weissbier and I love it. Super refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 02:28:32 | More by Piotrek
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Greywulfken

New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 21:17:07 | More by Greywulfken
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utopiajane

New York

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours the color of light straw and with exceptional clarity. Continually effervescing and capturing and light. It had a thick white head of loose soapy foam that fell off very quickly to a scant film and thin ring. No lace. The nose was light. Sweet lemon peel and then a little tart citrus. Tiny bit of spice. Floral and with a light wheat dryness on the nose and a hint of cracker. There is a sweet honey like quality underneath that is perfectly poised with the sweeter aspect of the lemon but it's bashful and never comes out from behind the fruit. It has a good musty yeast smell that is not too strong or off putting. It also has a fresh earthy quality like wet hay that is dewey and damp. Taste is as clean and clear as the body of the beer. Light sweet lemon peel greets the palate followed by the tart citrus. This was not at all sour. The cracker malt and wheat are dry and carry a little faint spice and musty barnyard to the back palate where it fades without much aftertaste but leaves a dry and cleansed palate. Body of the beer is well carbonated and light.

This was not terribly complex. It had exceptional balance and poise. Well turned out and sparkling . Vivacious and enlivening. A terrific beer with a low abv that is the perfect thirst quencher for a hot day. Would compliment almost any food.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 13:59:30 | More by utopiajane
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BobaFret

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A very pale yellow with a lingering finger of white, frothy head.

S - Smells strongly of yeast/wheat, green apples, and white grapes.

T - This one is only mildly tart. Reminds me of a tart lager.

M - Medium-light body; not very carbonated.

O - A good beer but not one worth hunting down. I prefer the American BW's which seem to be a bit more tart.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 02:10:59 | More by BobaFret
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Shumania

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip

a: hazy straw yellow with looks to be lots of carbonation. Large head that goes away

s: kinda of sour, some funk, straw, slight barnyard smell which isn't off-putting

t: sour lemon and lactic acid, some sweetness

m: tart, bubbly with a dry finish... enjoyable on a hot summer afternoon

I like this beer and wish to try more in the style. This is refreshing in the heat.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 19:24:39 | More by Shumania
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very pale yellow, almost a chunky white with a small, half finger’s width head of tiny bubbles that fizzle away slowly. The beer’s head leaves a lacing of thin sheets on the glass. In body the beer is deeply hazy and cloudy with plenty of bubbles racing up through the glass. On the nose, the beer smells clean and lightly wheaty with a very light hint of tartness on the nose. The smell is not really overpowering, and is quite one dimensional. On the tongue, the beer tastes lightly tart with sweet bready wheat. In flavor, the beer begins as tart citric lemon/lime, which quickly moves into creamy wheat bread flavors and then wheat flakes. The finish is citric lemon tart and lively like Sprite in the mouth with and the aftertaste is light to non-existent with just a touch of wheat flakes. In the mouth, the beer feels light in body with prickly, soda-like carbonation that scrubs the tongue. The mouth is left full of acid neutralizing saliva and a light tingle from the carbonation. Overall, this is a nice light beer that is thirst quenching, but begging for a syrup or something to be added to it. This is a beautiful canvas beer to be experimented with, and is refreshing to drink, but rather one dimensional. I think it is great that they are recreating this style with historical accuracy, but personally, I think this beer needs something to add some zing to the taste. A great beer to add things too.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 00:15:42 | More by Maxwell
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

ST: Pint poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pale and cloudy with a nice white head.

S: Banana, clove, stone.

T: Sour, mineral, banana, some sweet fruit, nice wheat.

M: Medium, dry, elegant.

O: What an interesting beer. The sour notes and minerality are lively and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 20:29:17 | More by ianjsullivan
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle served in a tulip glass. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a pale straw yellow color with 2 fingers of a white soapy head. Very effervescent. Body is very hazy with lots of visible carbonation streaming throughout.

Smell: Clove, spice, lemon peel, apple and some lactic character

Taste: Wheat, clove, banana, pear, light funk. Sourness is low.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Carbonation is relatively high, but the wheat helps soften the mouthfeel a bit.

Overall: Good, but not amazing. While it's not completely true to style it's one of the better easily available Berliner options out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 04:59:11 | More by Jonada
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Florida9

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Popped the bottle and noticed a slight pellicle around the bottle opening. Typical of sours, but not necessarily Berliners. A few moments later and this beer decided it was time to gush. Very pale pastel yellow in color. Almost white. Forms an enormous, very bubbly, white head that eventually reduces down to not very much. No lacing.

S: Smell is fresh. Surprisingly fresh. Lemons and lemon rind. Some lactic acid and a touch of barnyard.

T: Taste is similar. Lightly sweet. Lemon. Essentially effervescent lemonade. Some lactic acid with a bit of earthiness on the finish. Light wheat character. Not overly complex. Quite simplistic actually, but also a very clean and refreshing tartness.

M: Lighter bodied. Heavy carbonation gives a prickly mouthfeel. Light tartness. Non-existent bitterness.

O: I can't say I've ever had a Berliner Weisse in Germany, so while I can't vouch for the authenticity of this beer, I can say this is about as spot on a Berliner as I could imagine. Tart, but not sour, with a strong lemony taste. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 02:09:30 | More by Florida9
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 0.5 L bottle into a pint glass, light golden colored with a large white soapy head that quickly dissipates leaving little lacing, cloudy

S: sour pickles, yeast, grain, cider vinegar

T: sour and effervescent, vinegar, tangy

M: heavily carbonated, light, prickly, refreshing

O: this is a weird style of beer, it's hard to rate because I can't compare it to anything but pickles and malt vinegar

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 23:31:04 | More by M_C_Hampton
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 02:13:20 | More by hardy008
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IrishKevin

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle (no experation date) into a weizen glass.

Big huge fluffy head typical of wheat beer.

Aroma was very citrusy with a little musty funkiness.

Had very pleasent citrusy tartness. Didn't hit you in the jaw like a lambic, but had a nice sour taste. Highly carbonated and refreshing. Would be great on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 20:34:30 | More by IrishKevin
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scottfrie

California

3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a hazy lemon color with a very loud and fizzy head that was very active and self-rejuvenating. Enucleation on the bottom of the glass is very active and three fingers of thick bright white film lasted long after the pour.
S: Earthy hop, black pepper, lactic bite, faint citrus lemon, and a bit musty. Earthy and spicy overall.
T: Light flavored, earthy spice and hop, pale malt, lactic acid finish, clean acidity, no sour tartness or harsh. Extremely light and mild, like tart seltzer water with a dash of earth and lemon zest. No aftertaste.
M: Clean and very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Scrubbing carbonation is very tingly and active.
O: Very light and refreshing, less flavor than I was expecting but still extremely good.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 22:14:21 | More by scottfrie
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dar482

New York

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found that they had this bottle at Spritzenhaus in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

The color is a slightly hazy golden yellow.

The aroma is very yeasty with some sour and a bit of a moldy funk.

The flavor has a malty flavor and a wheat beer character, but then with a nice sour tart bite. The flavor is of pear, sour apple and some yeast. The maltiness really carries this beer so well. For those who aren't into sours, this is wonderful. It has a bit of sour that really makes this beer attractive and refreshing.

I would drink this for hours during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 04:20:13 | More by dar482
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Tone

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of lemon, hops, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and slight herbs. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. There is also an appropriate level of tartness. Tastes of lemon, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight sugar, hint of herbs, and a hint of hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 16:36:34 | More by Tone
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HabiMendes

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I knew this beer had a different character, but it still surprised me negatively, even though I enjoy sour beers. This Berliner Weisse poured as a golden, somewhat hazy with no neck at all (not even a poorly retained one). The smell is a mixture of curdled milk, leather, sweat - all expected from the style, but they were too evident here. The taste is very refreshing, with good carbonation and acidity. The low-body, but impacting taste leaves more tartness in the finish.

My scores were based on the pure, non-syruped drink. For reference, I also used a non-standard passion fruit concentrate, but even generous amounts of it did not mitigate the overwhelming lactic character - again, it was expected, but too evident on this beer. It helped the appearance, though, as I could finally see a white neck just for a few seconds.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 17:43:42 | More by HabiMendes
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