Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem
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4.43/5 rDev +7.8%
Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is pale gold, clear, and extremely lively and effervescent. The head is huge, white, and billowy and has good retention for such an acidic beer. The nose is quite assertive with lactic sourness, but there are some fruit notes too (primarily lemon, apples, and pears).
The beer has a light-medium body and a firm mouthfeel that is enhanced by the carbonation. The high carbonation really works well with the acidic nature of the beer. Light, lemony, tart notes abound on the front of the tongue and intensify as the beer moves across the palate. On the back of the palate, sour apple notes develop and lead to an appetizing finish.
This is hands-down the best Berlinerweisse I have had yet. Granted, I've only had a few, but this is the best one. Since there aren't too many of these being made, this may be the best one I have for quite some time. It doesn't drink as intensely sour as some I've had, but the fruit flavors that accompany the sourness add a depth of character and complexity that most of these lack. This is absolutely recommended for fans of the style.
Note: I reviewed this beer straight from the bottle, though I also tried it both with Himbeer syrup and Waldmeister syrup (the traditional manner). It was excellent with both.
09-29-2012 21:34:26 | More by deadonhisfeet
4.6/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
10-10-2012 01:56:07 | More by gleemonger
3.65/5 rDev -11.2%
A: Pours a very pale and hazy straw color with a big frothy head. THe head quickly fizzes away. No lace.
S: Musty smelling, but with the familiar Weihenstephaner cloves and banana smell.
T: Tart and acidic. A strong lemon and citrus flavor up front gives way to a bready character in the finish.
M: Light with lots of carbonation. FIzzy.
D: The sourness takes some getting used to, but true to Weihenstephaner fashion, this is a good beer. I'll probably stick to the hefe next time though.
11-14-2007 04:46:27 | More by klewis
3.8/5 rDev -7.5%
Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.
A - Murky yellow, much like any good hefeweizen. White head quickly rises to about 2 fingers, but is very soda-pop like. Dissipates fairly quickly, leaving nothing, typical for the Berliner Weisse.
S - Again, somewhat like a hefe. Noticable banana note backed by a very lemony character.
T - Here is where the hefe and Berliner weisse part ways. Some faint fruity esters try to fight their way through the carbonation at first, but quickly lose out to the growing acidity. What starts off as a sort of unsweetened lemonade quickly grows in sourness, much like pure lemon juice. Thankfully, the acidity remains in check. I can perhaps detect an inkling of wheat malt during the finish, but it's difficult to tell. Despite the sourness, this beer finishes relatively clean, leaving the slightest lingering of tartness.
M - Light bodied and extremely fizzy. I might think this was artificially carbonated if I didn't know any better. Carbonation really accentuates the acidity and sourness and keeps any of the esters from fully pulling through.
D - This brew was decent enough, but in the end it was a little bland and boring. It's uniqueness lies in the sourness which doesn't hold my interest very long. While very refreshing and crisp, it doesn't do much to engage the senses though it isn't mild enough to sip on all night.
08-19-2008 07:16:14 | More by PatrickJR
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
Was not expecting to find a Weihenstephan Berliner Weiss on the shelves, but I did, so of course I bought it...
Poured into the Weihenstephan soccer-inspired weizen glass. Fizzy head, and a dull hazy gold with frenetic bubbles. Last pour adds some kombucha-culture-like sediment.
It actually smells a lot like kombucha. Lemon funk and sweaty sock.
Not as tart as American takes on this style like Hottenroth and the New Glarus BW I had tried...but the flavor here has a lot of depth to it. It's both lemony and a little smoky at the same time. Funky lacto is apparent, again, with a tart (but not sour) kombucha tea-like flavor.
Feel is spritely, but not a lot of body even for this style.
Extremely drinkable. Man, I could drink the hell out of this, so refreshing. I think I like this better than Hottenroth and Festina Peche, and I'm a big fan of those beers.
08-11-2010 23:20:27 | More by Patrick999
3.63/5 rDev -11.7%
Poured a 16.9oz bottle into my Unibroue tulip. This beer pours a clear, straw yellow with a nice 2 inch white head. The aroma of this beer is what reminds me of sweet tarts. Definite sour notes, with a little grain, and just a hint of brown sugar. The taste is sour wheat malt. It seems to me to be really 1 dimensional. Just tart with a bit of what reminds me of green veggies. The mouthfeel is light and crisp. While drinkable, I find it just a little to tart for a beer that's not a sour.
09-12-2008 02:28:52 | More by hwwty4
4.38/5 rDev +6.6%
For some reason I have been craving this style lately. This is my first time trying this brew. Pours a cloudy, sort of lifeless pale gold, with a quick to dissipate white heading. Aroma is wheaty, and slightly sour. Lots of citrus in the smell too. Bursts of lemon and orange in the taste, with some slight sour notes and more from the wheat. Body is light, and incredibly thirst quenching. I could drink a few of these for sure. This is an excellent beer. I will be getting it again.
05-16-2009 20:37:32 | More by jamie2dope
4.25/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured into tasting glass
A-straw color. Hazy color with little color
S-smells very sour. Nice fruity undertones. Very tart.
T-alot like it smells. Very fruity, sour and tart
M-very light and crisp.
D-very drinkable. Very nice sour after taste. Taste was gone in no time
02-11-2011 03:52:01 | More by brew3crew
3.98/5 rDev -3.2%
500ml bottle poured into a nonic.
A = Translucent haze of golden hue with a spritzy white head that forms large but quickly becomes a solid ring of medium bubbles around edge of glass and one small island in the middle on the surface.
S = Fresh wheat grain, lemon zest, white wine vinegar.
T = Lemon juice, tinged with vinegar, but accompanied by a sweeter syrupy flavor that balances it somewhat making it clearly a sour beer but one that doesn't cause you to pucker up uncontrollably after each sip.
M = Medium body, mouthcoating could be a little more, the same spritziness in the carbonation that I noticed in the head is also present in the mouth. It foams a little bit upon entering the mouth and has a popping, stinging quality to it, but that ends pretty quickly for a smoother feel as it goes down.
D = This is an enjoyable beer and would make a great beer to enjoy on a hot afternoon, but it is a bit more than one would want to drink a lot of at a sitting.
09-06-2009 19:37:21 | More by Traquairlover
4.24/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
07-04-2013 13:59:30 | More by utopiajane
4.22/5 rDev +2.7%
Poured into a tulip. The color is very light straw and clear. There is a spritzy half inch head that shrinks to a layer around the edge of the glass.
The aroma is popcorn and wheat malt with some nice lemony tartness.
The taste has some mild wheat malt flavor in the start. This is quickly overrun with a clean sour lemon tartness in the middle and finish. The balance is heavily emphasized on the tartness.
This is very light with smooth carbonation that is only slightly spritzy.
This is very delicious and is a slightly more drinkable alternative to lambics and gueuzes.
10-20-2011 04:19:43 | More by andrewinski1
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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