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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,161
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 99
Gots: 84 | 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 drabmuh
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

drabmuh, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +22%

oline73, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -26.8%

mendvicdog, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -2.4%

MarkyMOD, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -2.4%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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)!

jwc215, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -2.4%

DrunkinYogi, May 16, 2014
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +22%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

smcolw, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gueuzedude, Jul 31, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

oriolesfan4, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours golden with a fizzy white head, spritzy and acidic.

S: Wheat malt and lactic acid, good for the style.

T: Sour lactic acid and wheat, sourdough bread form the main flavour. Good complexity and some mild funk, quite flavorful.

M: Acidic of course, but not going to take the enamel off your teeth. Light-bodied, elegant, very easy to drink.

D: A fantastic Berliner Weisse, after having a lot more of this style recently I'm starting to really get into it. This would make a great summer poolside beer if I could actually find it in my local stores. Thanks to Gabe at Beachwood for having this on his bottle list.

Halcyondays, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

02/06/09- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle. Did not check for freshness info. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Fairly clear, a bit clouded yellow colored pour. Fizzy two fingered head which fades fairly quickly. Doesn't really leave any signs of lace, but I'm not sure what the ideal appearance is for a Berlineer.

Smell- Light nose of funk with mostly lemon peel and some sourness.

Taste- Sour, but not as much as the other ones per style I have had. Lemony tartness and almost a light honeyed tea flavor. Nice

Mouthfeel- Prickly higher carbonation level. Wine cooler like. Nice short tartness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Enjoyed this beer. Would like to try a mainstay of the style if I get a chance, just to compare.

GClarkage, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -2.4%

InspectorBob, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy thick yellowish orange color with a one finger foamy white head that quickly disappears, leaving no lacing. Kind of sludgy looking and unappealing.

Citrusy aroma with hints of corriander and orange peel as well as some funky sour tartness. Slightly spicy with hints of peppery lemon zest.

Funky sour version of a heffe. Bready yeaty bosy with hints of corinader, lemon and orange peel as well as some subtle grapefruit and ripe banana. The tartness is subtle and not as dominant as I was expecting and/or hoping for. Slightly tart finish but otherwise just tastes like a muddy earthy german wheat beer.

corby112, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 7/17/10.

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. This brew appears a fairly clear orange hinted yellowish color with a thin whisp of white head.

The smell of this brew has a scent of lemon and other faint citrusy tartness smelling a bit earthy and with some acidic/sourness about the nose.

The taste of this brew has lemony tartness and a slight souring quality with a grainy sweetness initially upfront. Lingering flavors of grainy sweetness mixed with lemon citrus and an overtall tartness is left inside the mouth with each sip.

This is a light bodied brew with prickly carbonation. The alcohol is much more prominent than other examples of this style. Super drinkable brew that I would drink regularly if I could find it closer to home.

Once this brew warms up to room temperature some brett character becomes evident in both the smell and taste. It was previously hidden beneath the other flavors but once it was warm it presents itself with a light amount of leathery character.

stakem, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City (great location, by the way - check it out). It seemed interesting enough to bring back to Australia and share; when I purchased it I was unaware it was the top rated Berliner Weisse here, but now I'm glad I bought it.

Pours a cloudy and turbid, very pale golden colour, with a huge soapy and sudsy head of white foam that burgeons up and the cascades down in a very vibrant display. Hard to see much carbonation through the haze, but I imagine it's pretty effervescent. Looks pretty great, what I want a Berliner Weisse to look like.

Nose is pungently sour, with a big carbonic acidity throughout, that is just highlighted and accentuated with a lilting uplift of zesty lemon rind on the back, and sweetened with the promise of confectionery sugar. Dusty and a little refined, it's a more complex and complete aroma than I've yet had from any other beer in the style.

Taste is pleasantly sour, but not puckering, and again lilts nicely with a touch of citric zest. A little sweetness is present throughout, and the body is extremely light and effervescent without getting too gassy or bubbly. Slightly yeasty grit on the back, which detracts a little from the pure refreshment, but the delicate backbone of the beer more than makes up for it.

A lovely, refreshing and very light beer. It's the sec champagne of the beer world. Very easy to imbibe, and incredible delicate, but with a lilt and depth of character that is surprising in a beer designed so much from a refreshment point of view. Lovely.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with little visible carbonation. The head is about two fingers high fluffy white head. Excellent head retention and quite a bit of lacing.

S: Aromas of funky sourness with hints of grapefruit, lemon, and apple. A very clean aroma.

T: The flavors are sour up front followed by citrus and grapefruit notes. There is a nice balance and complexity to the flavors. Quite refreshing.

M: Light bodied with a moderate to high amounts of carbonation. It could easily be described as fresh, crisp, and effervescent.

O: One of my favorite styles of beer, would have been interesting to sample this with the red and green syrups as well as on it's own like I did when I was in Berlin last fall. Very refreshing and very sessionable, easy to drink in the cold or in the heat. Would easily pair with lots of different foods.

dbrauneis, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, very refreshing but still strong in flavor. The aroma is a bit musty and bready with sour fruit notes in there. The appearance is a clear, straw yellow, easily mistakable for your common wit. The flavor is obviously sour with a slight starchy taste with light fruit, big cut green apple, slight must, subtle acid, and finishing with mild wheat and lemon. Finishes a bit dry, what a nice beer.

tempest, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy straw color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap with a good amount of bubbles

S: Funkiness, banana and some clove with a dash of hay

T: Like a tart saison blended with a hef with a nice big tartness.Light booze sting but man was this beer good and refreshing.

M: Light body, dry, well carbonated and loads of funk and tart on the palate to keep me happy

O: Very good!

barleywinefiend, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a good initial head that fades fast. Smell is of hay, a slight lactic sourness, and a touch of grain. The flavor is surprisingly gentle. I was expecting and hoping for something a little more sour. The sourness is pleasant and quite yogurty, but I wanted something more brisk. In some ways this Berlinerweiss is more complicated than some others, and I like the taste, but I'm not sure or not if it is true to style.In any case, you won't be adding syrups to this one. Its also a little higher alcohol than most. Mouthfeel is creamy and delicious, but not as crisp as some. Drinkable if a bit different.

Georgiabeer, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

duceswild, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 500 mL bottle from State Line Liquors.

A: The weissbier is pale, a faintly golden straw color that looks like several drops of food coloring in a glass of water. The clarity is pristine, bright and radiant. A finger of head on each pour is quick to settle down, leaving little hint of its presence. A steady stream of bubbles in the center of the glass is visually appealing.

S: The wheat aroma is strong, giving a mildly tart aroma to the ale. Lemon and ripe apples peek through the wheat.

T: The ale has a pleasant tartness up front, sharp but not overpowering. That tartness transitions nicely into a fruity melange thanks to the yeast strain. Berries and citrus are prevalent and nicely cut the wheat's tartness. Bready grains follow the fruit, settling all of the flavors down. A faint banana flavor, near the end of the sip, nicely ties this into Weihenstephan's weisse line.

M: The mouthfeel really benefits from the yeast, layers of sweet fruits emerge that are a needed counterpoint to the wheat's tartness.

D: I'll be sure to grab another bottle or two, as this one is a nice summer sipper.

akorsak, May 10, 2009
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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