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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner WeisseProfessor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse

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Reviews: 574
Hads: 1,336
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 121
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 mmcave
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly beat up bottle no freshness date
Chilled and poured aggressively into a nonic, pure white head rose and dissipated rapidly. The body is hazy blond with lighter milky tones around the edges (reminiscent of orange juice that has sat around and the majority of fruit separates from the water). Tiny bubbles are present and maintain subtle carbonation. Smells of yeast up front with notes of citrus, lemon, maybe even slight hint of green apple.
Taste is crisp and refreshing with a mild sourness not terribly dissimilar to sucking on a lemon, however more subdued. I get tiny hints of sour apple and lemon with those same yeast flavors, a generous acidity and tartness, which IMO is specific to lactic bacteria and differs from brett.
I also want to mention that label states that traditionally this style was mashed hopped and not boiled, which is extremely interesting.
Given this is my first experience tasting the style, but after reading it would seem that this is true to the style. Its also quite tasty, drinkable and refreshing. Although it really doesn’t require fruit syrup it would be interesting to taste the beer

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Photo of fropones
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light golden yellow with about 2.5 fingers of white airy head that quickly dissipated to about a finger. Obviously very bubbly. Smell is a lot of citrus and wheat. Very clean smell. The taste is very refreshing, similar to biting into a lemon (but not in a bad way). Crisp, clean, refreshing. Good effervescence in the mouth with a nice dry finish. An all around good beer.

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

Picked up a bottle for ~$7. Poured into a wine glass. No date on bottle.

A- pours a bright wheat color from bottle. By adding a touch of the yeast from the bottle the beer sits a pale yellow hue. No head forms and only a few bubbles rise to the surface.

S- Bright sweet lemon with a good mellow tartness. Dusty notes with some wheat. Smells very light and refreshing.

T- Similar to the aroma indicated. Sweet lemon, a light tartness, wheat & dust. Simple mellow and refreshing. Flavors are pretty bold for such a light beer.

M- Medium bodied for a beer this light. Drinks like a light lemonade, except better. The tartness lingers lightly as the beer slowly dries.

O- A nice simple refreshing beer. Reminded me of JP Weizen Bam. So easy to drink. The flavors are bold enough to make this interesting. This beer exists between a wit and a blond sour. Would like to try more of this style.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a nice light yellow with no head or lacing... remarkable
S- yeast, a tart sugar smell, wheat, very inviting
T- very tart and refreshing,very easy to drink but complex at the same time, some hints of wheat and sugar but not very sweet
M- really really carbonated, refreshing, its so hard to believe its so carbonated cause it looks so flat... sneaky sneaky
D- this beer is 5 percent, awesome... give me this one all day

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Photo of gabeerfan
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear honey gold. Little to no head and no lacing at all. Looks like sparkling apple juice.
Aromas of lemons, green apples, sourdough.
Tastes of lemons, granny smith apples, sourdough and a touch of honey.
Light mouthfeel with high carbonation to keep the palate clean.
Pretty drinkable at only 5% and the flavors, while very different, keep you interested.
Very good beer. Very different flavors, in a good way. I can see why this style would be served with a syrup, but I don't think it's necessary for this particular beer.

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Photo of Azurescens
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 5/28/11

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with large white head. No lacing left around glass.

S: Nose is wheat with lactic sourness, some lemon peel citrus aromas and grass as well.

T: Sour wheat with lots of lemony citrus notes. Simple, clean and quite sour.

M: Very light bodied, sour and crisp. Moderate carbonation, finishes dry.

O: Very refreshing and drinkable. The citrus notes in addition to the wheat and lactic acidity are really enjoyable and make this beer much more drinkable.

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Photo of danadeny
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this in bottle at The Metropolitan in Baltimore. I've only had a few (maybe 3) berlinerwisses in my life so I though this would be a good opportunity to taste another example of a hard to find, not often brewed style. The appearance was what I would expect from a wisse; bubbly white head and golden straw clear body. The smell was very light except for the hint of funk I was hoping would indicate some sourness in the flavor. Ahh yes the hint of sourness on the finish was there, and pretty well balanced as well. It's just enough funk that other flavors are not over powered and the beer doesn't require a lot of other ingredients to compensate for balance. Mouth feel is light, watery and refreshing. Drinkability is a little above average just because it's not a session beer to me, but I would start a session with one anytime. I also like the mission of this brewer; to bring old obscure styles back to life, but do it true to form, history and original recipes. Simple plan yet very effective.

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Photo of AndoBrew
2.51/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

*did not really mind would not buy*

app: icky cloudy yellow with white bubbly head

smell: oh no, smells like a heffe with some steamed greens in it. like canned spinach.

taste: lil sour lil bananas lil of the green smell sneaks in through the nose. mostly a sourish heffe

mf: nice alive and soothing

drinkable?: sure, sept for the greens

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Photo of Chizoad
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow and slightly cloudy. Was careful not to dump the yeast into the glass. Good sized white head, no lacing. Nice looking summer beer. Didn't have any raspberry or woodruff syrup to add so I drank it as is.

Smells distinctly like a wheat beer. No lactic sourness. Definitely not a rich smelling beer at all, but clean and seems like it would be refreshing.

The taste is excellent. It's like a lighter version of a wheat beer where the typical clove flavors are downplayed and made far more palatable. I've noticed other wheat beers that have an unpleasant sourness to them, but this style thankfully uses that sourness to its advantage. Yes the acidity is noticeable but it is not overwhelming and serves to offset the flavors perfectly. Very lemony. A slight bittering finish caps off a great tasting beer.

Light and crisp mouthfeel.

Light summer beers that are good are really hard to come by. This and Russian River's Redemption are my top 2.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a duvel snifter. Poured a cloudy murky straw color with thick foamy white head very little lacing. Smell is a mixture of lemon zest, banana phenolic, apple cider, and sour lactic scents. Taste is extermely refreshing with a sour citur dry flavor again with some apple flavor minus hop and only slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a light body. I could drink this beer on the beach, mowing the lawn, pretty much anywhere and especially in times of hot weather because I think its more refreshing then lemonade. First Berliner weissbier and to me its a nice one.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A noisy head recedes quickly from the top of the cloudy pinkish-orange pour.

Yeast and wheat on the nose. It's sort of bread-like, but very strange, with some hints of fruit.

On the palate, it opens tart and lemony leading to a doughy, wheaty finish, some green apple bursting through the middle.

The carbonation stings a bit at first.

Overall, this is pretty decent, but nothing I'd buy again.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a creamy white head.

Gives off lactic, sour funkiness from the Brettanomyces yeast. There are also notes of lemon citrus, a touch of grassiness and musty barnyard that is also a result of the Brett. And Lactobacillus. More funky green apple, then more dominant banana as it warms.

On the palate, it is dry at first, and slowly puckers with sour, yet creamy mid palate then it makes an abrupt 180 degree turn to champagne like dryness and the lemon and green apple come through for a dry yet tart finish that lingers and gives some earthy mineral quality.

The mouthfeel is mostly dry with spurts of juicy tart fruit. Very complex and well-done beer.

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Photo of DrewZ926
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This one's a gusher. Pours an extremely fizzy straw yellow with some more orange highlights. Minimal head that aggressively fizzles to nothing.

S- Very fresh smell, lemon and lime zest, swirls reveal slight hoppiness, also picking up some funk

T- Most surprising, very bold flavors for such a small beer, tons of lactic sourness, a bit of funk, and a sharp lemon/spicy finish

M- A bit light, feels similar to a hefewiezen, very carbonated so a there's some bite

D- Very sessionable. Perfect for a warm day. Low abv and refreshing taste.

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Photo of bierguru
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - the body is a cloudy straw color that pours with a thick white head that fades quick but not rapidly and leaves a fair amount of lacing

S - the nose of the beer is kind of yeasty and zesty something like a lemon

T - taste is very similar to the nose with the addition of some spice and tartness

M - is kind of prickley and and refreshing

O - the beer is actually pretty good wouldnt be a go to beer but probably would have from time to time

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Photo of Thanby
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale honey color with a small white head that leaves a crown.

Smells like a lemon explosion. Reminds me of a white wine. Very acidic, white grapes, sour apple, hard to pick out the malt.

Tastes like a lemon explosion. It tastes more like a tart pinot grigio than a beer. The malt comes through at the end as a pale dry wheat and is quickly drowned out by the after-effect of the tartness.

Light but a little sticky, very tart and with so much acidity it's hard to pick out detailed flavors because my glands are secreting as much saliva as possible in response to the tartness. Something of a confusing experience.

This was not at all what I was expecting. However, re-evaluated under the category it actually fits, it appears to be a fairly complex and interesting brew.

But it still is like a whole tree of lemons exploding in my mouth.

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Photo of GuzzLah
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light yellow with a huge head and a ton of carbonation.

Aroma is bubblegum, green apple, hay and loose tobacco.

Taste is similar to the aroma with wheat and some green apple tartness, but not super tart. I don't pick up any lacto. The finish is relatively dry and slightly tart.

Overall, this was somewhat of a disappointment. It just tasted like a boring, fizzy wheat beer with a little bit of tartness. I'll conclude that I prefer the modern American Berliners with a more robust lacto component than this traditional Berliner.

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Photo of bowersdm
3.02/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A - the color is reminiscent of a dehydrated person's urine. pale yellow. A tall white head quickly formed and then quickly dissipated...kind of like pouring 7-up or sprite into a cup. Even though there was no head, there was continual carbonation making its way to the top of the beer. very unappetizing appearance

S - lactic acid, wheat, and grape jelly?

T - way too dry for my enjoyment. I'm not sure whether the tanginess is due to the lactic acid, the wheat, or both. If it's because of the lactic acid then there was no malt flavor to notice. It was a very, tart, sour fruit flavor with a very acidic, biting quality to it. The beer was dry throughout.

M - a very bubbly beer, like champagne.

D - i was not a fan of this beer.

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Photo of nycwinter
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice.
A: misty pale orange. Look close to see the bubble party around the perimeter. Though I poured carefully, there are sediment parties as well.

S: slight frutiness with Brett wildness on the nose. Oh, did I forget to mention the sharp sourness.

T: sour. Need I say more? Yes I need. Earthy wild Brett yeast and bready wheat balance the sourness very well.

M: light and refreshing

O: great sessionability, though a little pricey. I would drink again.

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Photo of GradyS1
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy light yellow with a strong 2 finger head, carbination noticable
S- strong citrus notes,lighter pilsner wheet favor comes in as well
T- Sour and Funky upfront but not overwhelming. Sour apples, lemons and a wheat beer mixed togeather. Nice balance.
M- Light, crisp and carbonated.

Overall, I like this syle and this was the best one Ive had so far. It is really a crisp refreshing beer, would have no problem drinking these all day long in the summer

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Photo of bminor7
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 - quite a fancy bottle.

A - straw golden, almost urinish. Fizzy bit of head that dissipates quickly. Not a lot to keep it up. a little bit of yeast at the bottom.

S - the wheaty, light hoppy notes of a hefeweizen, but with a sourness...wtf is this stuff...I did not know what a Berliner Weiss was before I got this

T - hmm, crispy fresh wheat beer flavor in the front, then unexpectedly, a sourness appears! This is pretty interesting and quite delicious. a very dry finish. dont know if it's all lactic acid, but there seems to be some citrus in the front as well. very interesting.

M - effervescent

D - good...good...if this came in cans I'm sure I would be toting it everywhere. Hard to find but this is a relatively rare style (only 7 beers listed on BA) with a great contrasting flavor profile. Big fan - get it if you see it and see what this style is all about.

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Photo of raveskdr
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Hill Farmstead tulip. Big ups to the guys at HF for a bottle of this. Buying massive amounts of beer pays off.

A - Cloudy straw coloring with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Yeasty goodness with a slightly sour aroma. There is even a very slight banana in there.

T - Now that's a prototypical Berlinner. Taste follows the nose with yeasty sour goodness. Not overly tart, staying within the style, at least in this lushes opinion.

M - Light on the mouthfeel, the beer seems to just cruise down the back of your throat. Very slight creaminess to it.

O - This is a go to Berlinner. It's widely available and is just fantastic. It may not be elite but for the price and the availability, DO IT!

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap @ The Devil's Den

Look: Pale golden color, cloudy - yeasties dancing all over, with a head that dissipates very quickly

Smell: Lemon zest, vanilla, wheat, acid funk - very aromatic

Taste: Up Front: Nice and tart, lemon zest. Finish: Sweet. Good balance of malt and wheat flavors

Mouthfeel: Thin, and very smooth

Drinkability: Super quaffable session beer! Uber refreshing! Not sure how many I could have in a row. I'll have to test that one day.

Overall Impression: This is a style that will appeal to people that enjoy Tart Belgian Ales, and Wild Ales. I strongly recommend against getting the syrup poured into it, thus making it a foofoo girly drink.

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Photo of amcmaho1
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this particular beer multiple times, with different aged bottles. This one immediately doesn't seem to have the bright tartness I've found in other bottles, but interesting nonetheless...

Appearance: Really pale golden/honey colored body. Really active carbonation is visible. Nice head retention, with some really strong stickiness.

Smell: Lots of grass and earthier, almost spicy notes on the nose...along with some lemongrass. I pick up some light mustiness along with a distinctive sweetness. No real hop presence to speak of, unless it's lingering in that musty and herbal area...which I think would be really great.

Taste: Well, there may have not been a very bright tartness on the nose, but it certainly makes itself known upon the first sip. Great dryness accompanies a really clean tartness, which carries some lemon and citric qualities. I detect some perceivable bitterness here that wasn't really apparent on the nose, which works nicely with such a dry finishing beer. The aftertaste is especially neutral, and not bombarding on the palate...I plan on pairing this with food in the near future.

Mouthfeel: This is yet another strong point for this beer, the fact that the mouthfeel is so light and effervescent. This is an exceptionally easy drinking beer, which remains refreshing while still having those intricate flavor complexities. This is truly a wonderful beer to drink thanks to it's crispness, it's tartness, and it's accessibility.

Overall: A really awesome beer that I love to keep around the house. It's a really solid entry-level "sour," and it's pretty easy on the wallet. I don't really have anything else to say about it, that isn't just reiterating what i've already said...

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Photo of Cheesemoose
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split into a 12oz tulip.

Pours a mild yellow, though reveals a good brown note. Mild fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly.

Nose is very dry. Like sniffing a dry chardonnay. Earthy notes, a bit of citrus on the edges with a sour/funk that reminds me of cutting into an unripe lemon. Or grapefruit for that matter.

Light, mild citrus notes. Mild spice character. Lingering sweetness, though mild. Did I say the flavors presented are mild? Big bite in the front, but after that resides, the "weisse" part takes over.

Clean finish, crispness and a fizzy mouthfeel. An experience.

A testament to the style and a fine example of what it should be, although, it is rather bland and lifeless. If you could consider this to be the "banner bearer" of berliner weisse, then I can see plenty of room for which this style could grow. Regardless, an excellent summer style and beer.

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Photo of chefelf
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I wasn't really familiar with the Berliner Weisse style before having this beer. After one sip I'm sure I'll never forget it now. Not expecting the lemon wallop that hit me in the mouth I thought there was something wrong with the beer at first until I read up a little on the style.

Reading the reviews here I wonder if I'm more sensitive to lemon. I read here that some people thought this was a "subtle" lemon flavor. To me this was a sharp, intense, lemon flavor that was shockingly tart.

While this is not really my style of beer at all I did enjoy trying a very different beer than what I'm used to. I appreciated it but I don't know if I'll be rushing out to try more beers in this style.

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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
91 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.