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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Reviews: 573
Hads: 1,334
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 122
Gots: 138 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 MrBoh
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours about half fluid and half head into my sniffer. The head is pillowy and glistens like soap suds. The beer is a very light yellow, lighter than most American offerings I've had, and hazy. The head soon dissipates into about two fingers of perfection.

Scent is very malty. Toasted grains with a backdrop of tartness and some bitter orange peels. Nothing too great, a tad bland.

Luckily, there is more flavor than aroma. It's lemony, doughy and pretty sour. Not much, but balanced. Very clean for what it is.

I definitely get all the carbonation in the mouthfeel. Very yeasty, and chewy for being light.

This may be my first authentic German version of the style. I must say, I prefer the more powerful Americanized ones. But for what it is, it's quite good. Balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of GregJ
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy honey yellow with thin white head. Smells of apricot, Belgian yeast and dried fruits. Sweet orange, chardonnay and wheat. Nice effervescence and chardonnay aftertaste. Medium light body goes nicely with the style.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly hazy light golden in color with a thin fizzy white head. Smell has light fruity banana aromas along with a crisp clean tart lemon aroma. Taste follows the nose with night crisp clean lemon tartness and some light wheat and banana flavors to compliment. Mouthfeel is thin crisp light refreshing with high amounts of carbonation. Very crisp clean traditional Berliner.

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Photo of silverking
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

O- fits the bill pretty well. Hazy golden with a rapidly disappearing frothy, pure white head.

S- spicy yeast, light malt vinegar notes, citrus.

T- fell flat. It's just a watery, ever so slightly sour, yeast soda. I understand that this style should be light, but it just seems under developed.

M- very crisp, very refreshing. Extremely high level of carbonation.

O- really good. I was left wanting just a bit more in the taste department. Overall though, it's a great representation of the style.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11-04-14

Look - Pours a hazy pale yellow, almost white, with a huge fluffy wheat head. Very good bubble distribution. No clinging. 4 paws.

Smell - Super funky, with lots of yogurt and fruit. Strawberry cream and a bit of citrus. Very inviting. 4.25 paws.

Taste - Not super sour, in fact not very sour at all, even for a Berlinerweisse. Funky, yogurt, citrus rind, and a bit of the strawberry pops up. Surprising slight bitter undertone. 3.75 paws.

Feel - Somewhat viscous feel, like diluted milk. Sharp tingle at the front of the tongue, mild tingle on the sides. Very easy drinking. 4 paws.

Overall - A very nice Berlinerweisse. I would have liked a bit more pucker, but the yogurt funk is very nice. Overall a very good beer. 4.25 paws.

Meow beer.

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Photo of Premo88
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
(bottled on 11/15/13)

L: pale light yellow, cloudy at first but clears up quite a bit; 3/4-inch head of white foam that eats away quickly, like a gose head ... no stick or lace and in time, almost no collar and no skin; ALL yellow ... no amber, red, orange or anything else in it

S: sour grain ... lots of it; lemon

T: sour grain ... very tart, but there's a good grain foundation under there, and hints of very light sweetness peak through here and there; lemon, straw/hay; lots of lemon; mouth waters during aftertaste and a tart strawberry/rasberry flavor shows up for a tantalizing moment, then disappears

F: great carbonation, relatively light ... has a strong, sound bottle-conditioned feel

O: tart, lemony, at times outright sour ... it's what I expected in my first shot at this style. it's got that classic chase-the-dragon thing going where you taste almost all sour but just a hint of sweet, then as time passes after a drink, your mouth starts watering and you instinctively start reaching for another sip to quench your thirst and look for more of that tantalizing sweet. more of a summer/hot weather style (and it's chilly out), but I needed a break from big hops and big stouts, and this is doing the trick

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Photo of JdoubleA
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Fresh this is a great beer. Locally I stumbled across a stash that was 6-10 years old (nobody knew for sure) and they were really amazing brews. Tart, light, sparkling, and super drinkable.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

November 6, 2014

500 ml bottle, tulip

A – Huge, three to four inches plus, fluffy, dense, creamy white head, slowly droping down to a few centimeters sitting on top of a straw to very light gold. Hazy, fairly thin appearance.

S – Lemon, bright citrus, and tartness and lactobacillus. Very fresh, slightly creamy. Some floral, earthy, and citric hop bitterness.

T – Lemon is highly prominent, the lactic acid from the lactobacillus is very tart but not mouth-puckering. Very little malt or hop flavor, if any. A refreshing brightness to the flavor.

M – Very highly carbonated, but a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Feels thick and sudsy. Tartness is not overwhelming. Extremely dry finish.

O – Not quite what I expected in my first Berliner Weisse, as the tart is fairly mild in comparison to the standard in the style. However, this is an excellent, tasty, very refreshing beer, that I could go back to over and over again.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Very clean, with a little lemon spritzer sourness. Wish it were more sour, but this is very refreshing and ultimately excellent. Very well-made and enjoyable.

Large, pillowy head with a sparkling, effervescent mouthfeel

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Photo of TruePerception
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse. 5% ABV.

A: Two full fingers of head. Dull yellow, with just a hint of orange. White-ish in the dimple. Lacing slides right off.

S: Smells like a standard wheat beer, with some added tartness. Slight hay.

T/MF: Damn! That's a lot of acidity, at first. It starts out really crisp and straight up acidic, but the acid fades quickly. No inherent fruit flavor. Slight kiss of lemon-lime/grapefruit as it fades. Bone dry, immediately afterwards (very interesting, considering the lower ABV). Actually, there is a stone fruit aspect to the tartness. Like a very light colored (white, even) nectarine. Nice, but needs more flavor to it. Added fruit, perhaps. Either way, this does peak my interest for further exploration into Berliner Weisses.

This actually reminds me a lot of a Sierra Mist or Squirt.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

A: Lovely bloom develops quickly but then evaporates somewhat quickly. Minimal lacing. Hazy, unfiltered orange-yellow color.

S: Lively, almost floral bouquet from the wheat and yeast with citrus (lemon) notes.

T: Well balanced flavors of lemon and yeasty wheat, with just a bit of tartness.

M: Smooth, slightly carbonated and medium bodied. Very pleasant textures.

O: This is one of the best examples of of this style, although it is much less tart than many others I have tried. Probably a good choice for those new to the style or sour flavored styles in general (like Goses, Lambics, Flemish Reds and Browns, American Wild Ales; etc.).

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.7/5  rDev -34%

Pour is bright hazed yellow with a white head. Nose has a fair bit of dirty grain, faint dusty brett, decent lacto, strong lemon. Taste is a bit sweeter, grain is there but a little messier, lacto comes in mid palate, quite a bit of lemon and gets a bit sweet. Light body, a touch syrupy, moderate carb, dry finish.

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Photo of Trifecta1
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

A - Hazy pale yellow, like a slighty more colorful lemon juice without the pulp.

S - Banana, clove, wheat; just like a Bavarian hefe, with a slight sharp twinkle in the background.

T - Big banana, clove, and wheat taste, again, very much a Bavarian hefeweizen, with a pronouced mild tartness that instantly makes you think of lemons with white grape skins. Fantastic and refreshing.

M - Very bubbly and effervescent, with a heaviness between that of a standard every-day Berliner and a gold-standard hefeweizen, ie Weihenstephaner.

O - Recommended. Great summer Berliner, not very tart, but very flavorful, especially for 5% abv.

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev -2.2%

bottled on 8.23.2013

appearance - golden color beer with white head

smell - white grape juice, champagne

taste - similar to champagne, white grapes, lemon, slightly tart

mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, tart finish, crisp, refreshing

overall - my first experience with an authentic version of this style and I like the way it is tart, crisp and refreshing for those hot summer days. reminiscent of champagne or sparkling wine. Worth a try

Price Point - $6.99/16.9 oz bottle

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +10%

A: poured into a chalice to a clear and bright yellow with a finger and a half of dense head that retains well and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of wheat, bready yeast and lemony tartness
T: taste is tart lemons, a little fruity, creamy wheat and the swallow is more lemony and lactic tartness with a little more wheat
M: fairly light but not watery with plentiful carb that isn't prickly and a slightly drying finish
O:Overall this is a well crafted beer with great flavors and seems to hit all the marks for the style. I prefer hottenroth a little more but this one is much easier to find on the shelves.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.79/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a very cloudy pale golden color that looks as if it were in front of a white sheet of paper. The head is a thick fluffy white that is more than reasonably long lived with a moderate lacing down the glass.

The nose is tart and citrus with oranges, lemon and grapefruit in the mix. The malt s a dry experience to the nose that has sour notes and fruity undertones with a tinge of hopping.

The taste is effervescent, crisp and tangy with the sour notes under the citrus and strong lemony flavor. The hops are subtle but that is fine.

The mouthfeel is almost perfect and delivers this one to the palate very effectively.

Overall this one is exceptionally good and a fantastic Weiss. I highly recommend it and can't wait to get more.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw colored pour with a foamy white one-finger head. Has a strong yeasty aroma with hints of lemon. Really nice light lemon tart flavor backed by mild yeast and biscuit. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Near perfect example of the style.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted 28 July 2014.

Pours a medium clear golden yellow. Two fingers of white fizzy head, okay retention and lacing.

Smell is delicate and delightful. Bright and clean, with just the right touch of lemony tartness. Soft, but stellar.

Taste is also quite good. Again, it's got the two elements I want from a berliner - clean, and light tart. I could use just a bit more of that tartness, as the wheat becomes sweet and starts to detract from the refreshment. Better cold, faded as it warmed.

Feel is good. Light-bodied, fizzy carbonation. Spot-on.

This beer reminds me why I love this style. It's the perfect thing to drink on a summer afternoon. Clean and crisp, with just a hint of lemon and acidity to take the edge off. Very nice.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.39/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a hazy straw color. There's about one finger worth of white-colored head. Because the actual body looks fizzy, retention is poor. The soapiness of the head's texture also means that no lacing is left on the glass.

S: Like the style would suggest, there's a healthy lacto presence, expressing itself as funky, stank-ass cheese. Acidic notes are actually fairly prevalent. It's pretty simple, but a bit more balanced than most.

T: Tartness hits the palate first, but only very briefly. Wheat notes end up being the dominant flavor, especially around the mid-taste. If there's any flaw, it's that the finish seems a bit empty. I don't really care, though, because this is the first example of the style I'd call "good".

M: This has the kind of feel that works perfectly in hot weather: light-bodied, dry, fizzy, with a hint of lingering tartness. Really fizzy, in fact - the carbonation is almost brutal at times. Still goes down easily.

O: Out of the Berliner Weissbiers I've rated, not a single one has scored higher than a 3 from me. This, though, is actually quite solid. Beers like these are exactly why I never give up on a style I dislike. This would also make a great introduction to those who've never had the style before.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

My beer guru brought this one over to split. Ourstanding appearance, very good smell, and unreal taste. Would describe it as a sour but lighter. Very easy to drink and very clean on the finish. I really wish we could get more of this style here in Maryland.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've been looking far and wide for a good Berlinner Weisse and thanks to the BA community this one was recommended and I found a bottle while on travel in San Antonio Texas of all places. It didn't let down. It was definitely a beer that could be drank in mass quantity and very very sessionable. To describe it? I'd say it mostly resembles the flavor of a fine German Hef/wheat beer but not quite as much banana/clover sweetness and replaced with a subtle tart/sourness. Very subtle though and nothing puckering like some Flanders reds or wilds. It goes down sweet in the middle with tartness then finishes very clean with virtually no aftertaste or dryness at all.

This is an amazing beer and provides a very unique and different spin on what flavors can be found in beer. I highly recommend. Just wish this could be found more easily in Maryland. I've never seen it anywhere.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I haven't gotten down to any sediment yet, in the first half of the pour. Looks regally clear and very pale golden straw. Mammoth head lacked tightness and wanted to fall before I was ready to let it go from my sights.

Very musty German grain with light chalky wheat and a whisper of tartness. Features that moldy lemon rind note that I enjoy to sniff. Lactic, but not sharp. Almost a mushroom-like savory quality (the Brett-ish Invasion??).

Almost puckery with a jaw tense-up of lactic acidity that tastes like lemon rind and sour pear. Wintery German wheat has a great translucency and bony twang. Hints of honeydew rind, mushroom funk, and goat cheese (yup, Brett's in the house). Yeast never hits too big. It's all about that lactic bacteria and unsuspecting Brett.

Refreshing, with a pucker. Tart, but never unsettling. Jives with carbonation. Awesome.

A truly great ale that anyone would be privileged to enjoy.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, vintage 2009. Reviewed from notes; thanks to whoever shared this!

A: Opaque yellow body under a fine layer of off-white head that settles into a ring and leaves spotty lace. All right.

S: Moderate lemony sourness, some strawberry, grassiness, and peppery spice. Mild yet complex.

T: Follows the nose - mix of fruity sourness, bready malt, and bizarre spice. A little musty on the back end. Interesting and enjoyable.

M: Medium body, still, and slick. Ok.

O: Intriguing beer, but not one I'm dying to revisit.


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Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a small white head.

The smell is sour lemons and wheat.

The taste is sour lemons, very tart.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer, sour lemons and wheat tastes great. Will be a great choice for in the summer.

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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
91 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.