Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem
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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
4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
Picked this up a while ago at West Lakeview Liquors. Was looking for something low in alcohol to start with, and this fit the bill.
A - Started gushing as soon as I popped the cap. Huge cloud-white foam that settles around three fingers before slowly dissipating. Minimal lacing is left behind. The brew is a slightly hazed golden straw color.
S - Sour, sharp wheat smell, with hints of lemon, white wine, and a touch of funk. It's a little bit too acrid for my liking, but it's plenty potent and true to the style.
T - Taste is more understated, with more of the regular wheat beer flavors - banana, bubblegum, yeast. There's a touch of lemon and funk, but nowhere near as much as in the smell - it does build up a little in the aftertaste though.
M - Crisp, high carbonation, but still a bit sticky after swallowing. The body is a little bigger than I expected, with some nice creaminess to it once you get past the carbonation tingle. There's just a little too much bite for my liking.
D - 500ml will not be a problem. Even though the carbonation is lively it somehow doesn't feel too bloaty. The aftertaste doesn't get too sour or funky, either. All in all it scores well in this area.
I definitely liked this more than the New Glarus Berliner...this seemed to have more subtlety and finesse.
04-11-2009 01:10:44 | More by MasterSki
4.43/5 rDev +7.8%
I'm reviewing this beer because my experience in the bottle was significantly different than the draft.
Beer poured from 0.5 L bottle into an Erdinger Hefeweissbier glass. Beer is clear and bright yellow, forms an aggressive thick white head of small bubbles that remains for several minutes propped up by some of the most aggressive carbonation that I have ever seen in a beer. Its fascinating to watch the carbonations push up the walls of the curved glass to hold up this amazing head. The carbonation did not notebly decrease throughout the duration of the beer, the head slowly shrank leaving lacing all over the glass. This was an amazingly beautiful beer and completely different than on draft.
There is a spoiled / sour aroma to the beer that is very dominant. Its all the aroma is about, but its a Berleinerweiss what did you expect?
Beer has a light body and is really drinkable. The overall flavor is one note and its a kind of lactic sourness that you may associate with spoilage. Its clean finishing and mouthfeel is good. The high levels of carbonation provide an odd bitterness in there and helps to average the flavors over the entire palate. I like this beer in the bottle better than on draft.
12-27-2009 01:24:03 | More by drabmuh
4.15/5 rDev +1%
According to the brown bottle I poured from this is brewed by Dr. Briem.
Poured cold into a traditional wheat glass and added sediment halfway through.
A - A light golden with slight haze. Yeast particulate dropped out immediately. The head is thin and white with compact bubbles. The bubbles continually stream vertically.
S - Nuts, spice, slight sour apple and citrus smell.
M - A nutty, highly effervescent with generally mild sour and spiced attributes.
T - Flavors of wheat and spice are dominant and a fruit flavor emerges next w/ subtle flavors of lemon and pineapple. A light vegetable (celery?) flavor comes in later.
Green apple and tea are some minor flavors that arrive in the finish.
D - A very tasty ale and the light sourness gives you just enough to continue wanting to drink the beer. The wheat and carbonation are refreshing and when the yeast is added even more grainy, nutty spice flavors show up. A bready quality is apparent and very enjoyable. Quite drinkable summer beer and big flavor for a 5% ale.
08-23-2007 15:13:55 | More by Slatetank
4/5 rDev -2.7%
a very true to style berliner weiss here. pours cloudy lemon colored with a smallish white head that fades out after just a minute or two. the smell is very sour and citrusy, acidic for sure, and refreshing. there is a lot of lemon in the flavor, tart like lemon juice from concentrate, and the wheat malt does little to calm that down. there is also a funk sort of yeast, almost saisony. i really like the mouthfeel too. its got more carbonation than the appearance shows, and the body is super light. the acidity at the end is a little harsh, but on a hot summer day this would be just right. its not one of those beers id want to get drunk on though, too much acidity would turn the stomach around. it is a very refreshing berliner though, one of the better versions ive had really, and for under 7 bucks a bottle, its a nice buy.
10-14-2012 20:27:44 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Had on tap @ Ebenezers.
A: Super light dirty water colored beer with a touch of pale yellow, clearer than the windows on the walls, and no head at all.
N: A sour lemin with some light fruit, a touch of yeast, lemonade, a bubble nose as well like Champagne, a light sweet malt, very light nose overall.
T: Some bready malts, a little toasty malt flavor with a touch of that dry funk and that typical lacto dry toasty flavor. Lemonade breaks the dryness a bit with some tart and sour juicy fruit, with some sour lemon, a touch of yeast, light and creamy with a subtle malt flavor too. It's very dry all around.
M: Very light with an effervescence, but almost no carbonation.
F: Very dry of course, with a touch of wild dry sour fruit funk and lingering toasty flavors. A crisp but light creamy flavor balances with a gentle tart bite. Mouth watering dryness and sour fruit balance the funk well. The lacto dry flavors stick around too.
07-07-2010 02:09:18 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev -2.7%
The beer pours a hazy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with tart lemons. I also get some apple. The flavor is tart apples with wheat. The beer is very dry. Thin mouthfeel and low carbonation. This is a good beer, I just wish there was a little more tartness.
06-01-2010 04:30:31 | More by Mora2000
4.25/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured into a wide-mouth glass:
Pours hazed/clouded straw golden with a white head that fizzles down and disappears (typical of the style) with fast bubbles continuing to rise to the top.
The smell is of yeast, wheat tang, sour/tart and banana (and strawberry?)-like fruitiness.
The taste is yeasty/doughy with sour/tart banana and lemon. A hint of sweetness mixes in as it progresses. Finishes with a long, crackery, dry finish.
It is effervescent with a crisp, refreshingly light (though not thin at all) body.
Tart/sour and yeasty with a hint of sweet. There's a fruitiness that makes this one not need the fruit syrup that modern interpretations of the style often have. Perhaps a bit too acidic and tart to drink "all day long", but I certainly wanted another after I was finished (which unfortunately didn't have - will have to get again!). If this is indeed a true "historical"/"traditional" interpretation, I can indeed see how Napolean and his troops were pleased (as described on the label)!
09-18-2008 21:52:15 | More by jwc215
3.85/5 rDev -6.3%
Pours quite hazy, with a yellowish straw color and is topped by a frothy, initially three finger thick, fluffy, off-white colored head, which dissipates fairly quickly. The beer is quite aromatic, with aromas reaching my nose as I pour this beer; at first aromatic notes of clove and banana reach my nose (like found in a traditional German Hefeweizen). In fact even when I go in for a better sense of the aroma, these notes are still the most noticeable. There is a solid, grain-like wheat character, a light tartness, which gives the nose a hint of an edge, as well as fruity notes of lemon zest, apricot and green apple. Once you start digging around in the aroma a distinct, funky note reminiscent of cheddar cheese becomes noticeable. In fact once noticed, this funkiness becomes quite apparent; funky cheese, but a musty cotton thing, and some mushroom like notes. The funk, as it were, remains fairly subdued; this allows the traditional yeast and grain character to come through quite well; though I could certainly wish for a touch more funkiness in the nose.
The taste is quite a bit tarter than the aroma would suggest; it is by no means hard, but has a nice lactic edge to it that is immediately noticeable. Wheat and lightly kilned malt notes come through quite well, supplying a bread-like note as well as some soda cracker notes. Despite the fact that the head disappeared quickly, the beer is still quite well carbonated; this adds a zesty textural note of fizz as it hits the tongue. The beer is quite light and drinkable, though it is on the heavy side for a modern style Berliner Weiss. It also has a bit more alcohol than the modern versions, but given the allusions on the bottle, it seems to be trying to be a stronger, earlier take on the style. I would guess that a traditional Hefe-Weizen yeast was used here as those flavors are here too; notes of banana and clove are definitely distinguishable and are a welcome addition.
The second pour yields a taste that is a touch more yeast, and thus bread-like and perhaps a touch less tart. This is a tasty beer; I would be really curious as to how this will bottle condition over the years; I certainly wish I had more of this right now, so I will have to pick up a couple bottles the next time I have a chance. I think that this beer might get considerably better after some age on it.
07-31-2007 01:54:42 | More by Gueuzedude
3.6/5 rDev -12.4%
Extraordinarily clear liquid, at least until I poured the second half of the bottle. Now, there's LOTS of clumped yeast in the beer. Straw colored. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good starting head but it completely fizzes out to no bubbles and correspondingly no lace.
Mildly wheaty and quite sour to the nose. Some yeast.
Initial sip is mild but soon grows in lemony tartness. The beer is less carbonated than the appearance would lead one to believe.Crisp and clean, there is virtually no aftertaste except a lingering creaminess that reminds me of skim milk.
This tastes better once the yeast from the base of the bottle is added to the glass.
02-27-2011 22:11:23 | More by smcolw
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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