Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem
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3.98/5 rDev -3.2%
Caught somewhere between a tart wheat beer, lemonade, and Gueuze- this incredibly refreshing wheated ale relies on the resident lacto-bacteria in the grains for it's thirst quenching properties.
Incredible lemon aromas combine with a seriously pure yet undescribable sour note that's evident in aroma and taste. Sharp to both the nose and palate, the intense pang of lemon/lime pith and peel provide a lightly briny, lightly salty, flavor of savory sensation and thirst quenchment. A side note of light must, sweaty, dust, and driftwood provide the most shallowest of funk notes. But with all the challenging flavors to the untrained palate, this beer showcases well the style of Berlinerweiss. Big on acidity yet light on astringency, this beer is a welcomed thirst quencer for lovers of light wheat beers who want more complexity but perhaps lower alcohol then finishing with a tampering bready wheat aftertaste.
10-25-2007 21:25:15 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Bottle courtesy of jjpm74: Poured a cloudy and hazy deep yellow color ale with some white hue also noticeable and a huge pure white bubbly head with some good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of wheat malt with some sour notes. Taste consisted of wheat malt with some medium sour notes without much acidity. Full body with some good carbonation. Very well done, easily drinkable and I am just glad somebody tries to brew this though to get style.
12-21-2007 17:14:07 | More by Phyl21ca
3.83/5 rDev -6.8%
I've been wanting to try this one for quite some time, so when I saw one today at the store, I had to pick it up.
A: The beer is a golden color with a huge fluffy white head and a ton of tiny carbonation bubbles.
S: The smell is very fruity. The characteristic wheat and lactic tartness doesn't seem to be quite as pungent. Instead there is a strong smell of sweet apples.
T: The taste has a light weight flavor and a very light tartness. There is still the sweet, apple fruitiness that I picked up in the nose. I'm not really sure where it's coming from.
M: The mouthfeel is nearly perfect for the style. Light, highly carbonated, and dry on the finish.
D: This, like other Berliner Weisses, is incredibly drinkable. My only gripe is that it's not quite as tart and lactic as the other Berliner Weisses that I've had.
12-08-2009 04:44:07 | More by womencantsail
3.75/5 rDev -8.8%
Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow body with a thick white head.
Smell: Aroma of sour wheat and tart lemon with a noticeable DMS character that smells distinctly of pot stewed veggies.
Taste: Faint, soft wheat flavors with a splash of lemon juice and merely a hint of sweetness. The DMS is much, much lighter - like adding an asparagus swizzle stick. Suspiciously refreshing finish that's both lightly sour and salty.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Soft carbonation.
Drinkability: Not so bad, really. In fact, it's so tasty, I just HAD to tell the world!
09-13-2007 20:23:50 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.33/5 rDev -19%
This beer poured out as a very pale hazy looking yellow color. The head was white and had a light lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was kind of on the tart side, wasn't really thinking it'd be like that but it was. The taste of the beer was also a little tart but subtle. They offered some Woodruff syrup to add into the brew and I found that to be interesting. I liked the beer more with the syrup which is probably frowned upon by some people. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Overall the beer was refreshing the tartness was tolerable and would probably be most enjoyed on hot days.
06-06-2011 04:08:02 | More by Knapp85
4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
One of the very few I have tried and this by far has been the best its just unbelievably drinkable.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull lemon color with a sptritzy white head almost like a sparkling lemonade,a little funk was noticeable in the aroma wich is a bit unpleasant but it has a nice lemon pith note that makes it a little better.Non as mind numbing tart as the others I have had this has just enough tartness to make it refreshing and not mouth puckering a bit of wet grain as well but the lemony flavors linger for a long time they still are.Man would this be a summer quencher although I am not one to drink beer real cold I bet this would be the shiznit very cold on a hot day,very nice.
10-20-2007 20:50:52 | More by oberon
3.9/5 rDev -5.1%
Served in a Chimay goblet.
My first Berliner, so I figured I'd attack this one "ohne Schuss"...always time for Schuss next time, right? Well, let's see... ... ...Sorry, the jet of bubbles through the champagne-y gold's got me all... ... ...Finding Nemo and whatnot... Shake it off, man, shake it off! Alright, maybe a good, healthy sniff will divert my attentions elsewhere. It's a bit light, but it'll do: some wet, spicy straw, coriander, peppercorns, and lemon peel. If nothing else, my trance is broken (at least momentarily), the perfect opportunity to get a taste in before the bubbles regain their insidious hold on my apparently weak spirit. The taste is heavy on the lemon peel, with those peppercorns and coriander seeds grinding their way about before having some less-than-innocent meetings with some funky characters. Not as sour as I was led to believe by my contemporaries, but not all that blunt either. Really interested in trying it mit Schuss now. Without it, it's pretty dern light and airy, leaving me with a pleasantly dry, tart aftermath. Prolly would be nice on a summer day in Saxony, mit oder ohne Schuss; gonna haveta try that someti-- ... ... ... ... bubbles... ...
05-09-2010 18:31:52 | More by TMoney2591
4.05/5 rDev -1.5%
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."
05-03-2007 00:57:37 | More by emerge077
3.73/5 rDev -9.2%
A - Poured out a clear, fizzy golden-yellow color until the yeast at the bottom of the bottle hit the glass, then it became cloudy. It had a white, fizzy, four-finger head.
S - It smelled of wheat, yeast, clove and lemon.
T - It was fruity sweet with a sour kick. A nice wheat flavor, too.
M - It was very sarp and crisp. A light-bodied beer.
D - My first of the style and I really enjoyed it. A very good weiss beer.
06-16-2008 00:34:01 | More by zeff80
4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
Appearance - An opaque wheat color with a fizzy, short-lived head. While it's not the most inviting beer in terms of appearance, it looks exactly as it should.
Smell - The usual banana and clove hefeweizen smell is met with a slightly funky sourness, leaning perhaps a bit more toward the traditional hefeweizen aroma.
Taste & mouthfeel - An even mix of fruity, phenolic flavors and lactic sourness. Banana bread and lemon juice come to mind. Light-bodied and spritzy. Very refreshing and drinkable.
03-13-2008 00:50:10 | More by largadeer
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
07-25-2007 04:15:25 | More by NeroFiddled
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
Pours a clouded straw gold with a very sizeable brighter white head. Nose is yeasty and wheat. Touch of citrus. Just the nose you want on a weisse. Flavor is extremely tart and tangy, so much so that it really grabs the back of your mouth. Very strong citrus tones. Long lasting lighter aftertaste combines with a lot of small bubbles on the tongue and a good liquid feel. Heavily drinkable, though that first taste really hit the back of my mouth and sent me for a spin. After that though it was very smooth sailing. Well worth trying. Even though the price tag was a wee bit high.
12-31-2007 05:18:36 | More by RblWthACoz
4.2/5 rDev +2.2%
Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is a nice blend of wheat, bananas and citrus, light malts, some spice and some hops.
T: The taste is bready, fruity and spicy up front with flavors of wheat, bananas and citrus. The malt character is on the thin side as it should be and there's a mild hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.
M: Smooth and extremely crisp, light body, high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.
D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not filling at all, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent light and flavorful beer that is worth drinking for a whole evening.
05-25-2008 00:19:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.6/5 rDev +11.9%
A - Pours with a decent sized head of loose, white foam that settles rapidly and leaves no lace. The body is a slightly hazy, deep gold color.
S - Light malt and wheat with a yeasty intensity and some spicy lactic acid.
T - Tangy wheat and some sweet, bready malt up front with a surprisingly light note of lactic acid. The malt intensifies in the middle with notes of honey and some fruity pear character that may or may not be yeast derived. The beer finishes with more malt and some creamy wheat flavor as well as moderate tartness and some lemon zest.
M - Medium body, very high carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - This is a shockingly drinkable beer. I expected intense sourness that would overshadow all other flavors, but the acidity is actually quite restrained and while the flavor profile is simple, it is very well managed. The intense carbonation helps to bring out the subtle flavor of the wheat and some notes of lemon and pear. The acidity is restrained and just strong enough to set off the other flavors and it makes for a perfectly refreshing, tart finish. I am really blow away by this beer, it is easily the best Berliner Weisse that I have ever tasted and it is definitely worth seeking out.
10-14-2010 06:18:58 | More by nickfl
4.83/5 rDev +17.5%
Pours an effervescent honey with 1+ finger of eggshell white head. Clouds up as the bottle drains, above average head retention & just a bit of lacing
S: Sour wheat, lemons, grapes & damp cereal
T: Lemons, grassyness, tart, tart wheat up front. Some apple like crispness & much more tartness along with lemons as this warms. Finishes crisp & tart & dry
MF: Spritzy, dry, tart with light/medium body.
Great summer time session beer, would tire after 3 or 4, but man this cuts the dust! I can't find much fault with this style-wise or flavor-wise
06-18-2008 01:58:05 | More by russpowell
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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