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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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1,185 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,185
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 100
Gots: 88 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Gatch, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of ATPete
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours a clear yellow color with a medium sized fluffy pure white head. A light tartness, notes of toasty wheat and a Smarties candy sweetness. Crisp with a mild sourness of lemon skin and a very delicate spice note, an aged hop bitterness rounds and balances. Clean and refreshing, a very good, highly drinkable example of the style.

ATPete, Jan 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

KG710, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I LOVE this style. Not my favorite, but really good. I would love to try it in Germany.

On the pour, this one had a three finger, fast and loudly fizzy head that was rocky as it subsided. This was atop a hazy yellow body, which is expected for the style.

Aroma was sour, again expected. There was a little bit of hoppiness, and definite wheat malt presence.

Ooooh, the taste. Lightly fruity, with hints of carbonated apple juice. Slightly sour with crisp wheat. Nicely balanced, really really good. No bitterness to speak of, but there is some sour bite.

Mouthfeel is very good. The style is expected to be thin, but there is some perceived body because of the pucker factor. Nicely carbonated, sparkly and just damn pleasant.

Great marks for drinkability. This could easily be a session beer for me, and one I will revisit from time to time.

connecticutpoet, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of gueuzegossage
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

gueuzegossage, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Jordy777
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Jordy777, Jan 06, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

taospowder, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of dasenebler
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass, there is a large, bubbly head, which dissipates almost instantly. Copious streams of effervescence shoot through the hazy, yellow elixir. Yeast floaties.

Very aromatic, with notes of lemon zest, grapefruit, vanilla, wheat and acidic funk.

Flavor is sour and refreshing. Easily the best Berliner Weis I've ever had-- ohne Schuss, bitte! Really, don't pour syrup into this beer, it would ruin the character. This weissbier has an almost champagne-like mouthfeel and dry acidity. However, the vomit flavor I tend to associate with bubbly is not present, thankfully. Not as spicey or wheaty as a Hefeweizen, though these characteristics are present. Tart, lemony and delicious. At 5 percent, a bit stronger than a standard Berliner Weiss, though eminently quaffable.

Leave it to Weihenstephaner, a Bavarian brewery, to perfect a North German style. Great, spot-on stuff here.

dasenebler, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of utopiajane
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours the color of light straw and with exceptional clarity. Continually effervescing and capturing and light. It had a thick white head of loose soapy foam that fell off very quickly to a scant film and thin ring. No lace. The nose was light. Sweet lemon peel and then a little tart citrus. Tiny bit of spice. Floral and with a light wheat dryness on the nose and a hint of cracker. There is a sweet honey like quality underneath that is perfectly poised with the sweeter aspect of the lemon but it's bashful and never comes out from behind the fruit. It has a good musty yeast smell that is not too strong or off putting. It also has a fresh earthy quality like wet hay that is dewey and damp. Taste is as clean and clear as the body of the beer. Light sweet lemon peel greets the palate followed by the tart citrus. This was not at all sour. The cracker malt and wheat are dry and carry a little faint spice and musty barnyard to the back palate where it fades without much aftertaste but leaves a dry and cleansed palate. Body of the beer is well carbonated and light.

This was not terribly complex. It had exceptional balance and poise. Well turned out and sparkling . Vivacious and enlivening. A terrific beer with a low abv that is the perfect thirst quencher for a hot day. Would compliment almost any food.

utopiajane, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of gleemonger
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pale yellow and fizzy - looks very much like a cheapo adjunct. Frothy white head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing, but leaves a small head throughout.

Sour lemon and apples, some earthiness, yeasty banana. Very refreshing smelling.

Very interesting flavors here. Similar to the nose, I'm picking up the sour lemony apple flavors with a bit of an earthy, barnyard hop taste. Also getting a backbone of a weizen taste of banana and clove yeastiness. Super tasty and refreshing, very unique.

Crisp, highly carbonated but not too frothy (like an adjunct), thin.

This is my first of the style, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but got it because I've been wanting to try one and because of the good reviews. Definitely not disappointed, and would love to seek more of these out (and I've seen some random ones popping up at domestic breweries). I just really appreciate all the flavors that come through in this, despite the sour twang, which sometimes tends to overpower for me.

gleemonger, Oct 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

ilikebeer03, Aug 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Hendrick24, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

OnryAndMean, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of botham
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pint bottle poured into a goblet. pours a hazy golden color with a single finger of rapidly depreciating white head that leaves no lacings and has poor retention.

aroma is of fresh bret funk and a bit of wheat malt mixed in with a light apple note in the background and a wet hay note that envelops the profile and enhances the freshness. fresh and crisp in the nose.

taste is of mild funk with a touch of sourness and a base of wheat malt. undertones of fruit (mainly apple) with a very crisp finish. little to no residual. very tasty.

mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp on the palate with a very refreshing character. solid.

drinkability is excellent. a great berliner. very crisp and refreshing with just enough funk to keep it honest. cheers!

botham, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of ChugginOil
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first of this style. Pretty stoked to try it out.

Pours a nice cloudy straw color with a massive mound of white and noisy head. Really surprised by all the loud crackling going on in the head. Very little lacing.

The nose is built of wheat, tart sweetness, vinegar and earthy notes. Smells like a good sour ale with a bit of a twist.

The taste is much like the nose. The beer starts with a crisp citrus sour tartness and as it fades, the wheat and malt bill is noticed. Very refreshing and crisp. I get some zesty lemon peel or citrus blend in the mix. Would be ideal on a hot summer day.

The mouthfeel is fully carbonated and has a nice prickly feel due to the tartness. Nice feel.

Overall, for my first Berliner Weissbier, I was quite impressed. Very drinkable and balanced. Refreshing and smooth. I will definitely be grabbing this one again.

ChugginOil, Sep 28, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a straw yellow with a one finger head with big popping bubbles. Head dissipated rapidly.

S- Tart lemon, mango, tropical fruit, hay, and some funk. Very strong and aromatic beer, I could smell this as I was pouring it.

T- Sour lemon, tropical fruit, hay, big funky notes, and wheat.

M- A little lighter and thinner, high prickly carbonation, high acidity, finishes dry, and pretty refreshing

O- A very good Berliner Weisse that packs a lot of funk and some sourness. At first it was not as sour as the Bruery's Hottenroth I had recently, but still quite sour. After I poured my second glass more of the sentiment got in the glass and it became a lot more sour. This one packs a punch. Very nice refreshing summer brew.

Hoptometrist, Jun 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

standardcherry, Jul 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

SpasmWaiter, Aug 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

dalepryor, May 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

litheum94, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of adam42381
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. No freshness date found on bottle.

Appearance: This one was a bit of a gusher when I opened it. Pours a hazy honey gold with a huge 4-5 finger frothy snow white head which dissipates fairly quickly leaving a small ring of white foam on top.

Smell: A nice tart funkiness mixed with sour apples and white wine grapes accompanied by typical German wheat notes and a hint of sweetness.

Taste: Sour funky notes throughout without being overly puckering. There is a nice German wheat character to this one that goes great with the sour fruitiness that comes through. Notes of green apple, lemon and white grapes come through as well. Aftertaste is very light and mildly funky.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and and crisp with a high amount of prickly carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. This is a very refreshing beer which would be perfect on a hot summer day. You could easily drink multiples without any trouble.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and would put it up there with any unflavored Berliner Weisse that I've tried. I would definitely recommend giving this one a try.

adam42381, Nov 12, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev 0%

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

tkdchampxi, Oct 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

abcdefghijkyle, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Anonymous1, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Wobbly
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

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.).

Wobbly, Sep 27, 2014
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
92 out of 100 based on 1,185 ratings.