Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem
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4.18/5 rDev +1.7%
A- Wow and let there be head! The gentle pour as not enough to keep the fluffy head away. However, it did subside quite quickly for me to fill the rest of the glass. A slight haze is apparent in the very lemony yellow beer.
S- Light fruits are there, such as banana and other light tropical flavors. I can also smell a very sharp acidic smell, almost like lemon but not as citric.
T- The tartness has arrived! I feel like I'm drinking a mix of sourness. There is still a good fruity taste in the beer. The acid feel is something that will pucker your tongue up a bit.
M- The tartness is a good feeling when drinking this style of beer, it is expected. However, I feel it makes your mouth salivate a bunch, but not in a good way, in a slimy coat your mouth way where you feel phlegmy.
D- Over all this is a good representation of this style of beer.
07-23-2008 19:55:34 | More by Wetpaperbag
4.43/5 rDev +7.8%
Appears a pale yellow with a large white head that falls quicklyy leaving little lacing. Active carbonation.
Smells lemony tart and yeasty.
Tastes is similar to smell, tart lemons, yeasty bread though neither is overpowering.
Mouthfeel is dry, carbonated and thin bodied.
Drinkability is excellent.
Easy and nice drinking beer is you enjoy this style, guess I do.
A very tasty beer that I wish was less expensive so I could have it more often this summer. It's not complex but does fit to style quite well.
07-20-2008 19:32:50 | More by meatyard
4/5 rDev -2.7%
A - Light golden color, good clarity, with a very small head.
S - Very clean smell, slight lacto aroma, and some wheat.
T - Good malt flavors, with a noticeable but not overwhelming lactic sourness.
M - Medium light bodied with a good carbonation.
This beer was good, it has a fuller body than I would expect, and the lactic acid flavors could be more pronounced. Very drinkable beer though.
07-17-2008 23:27:58 | More by donaldchapman
4.25/5 rDev +3.4%
1 pint 0.9 fl oz. bottle with a big white label on the front that has everything you want to know about the history of the Berliner Weisse style. The back label only has all the mandatory US information. There is no date anywhere on the label or bottle. There wasn't even a crude brewery number.
When poured into a weizen glass, "1809" is a pale and I mean pale light lemon yellow color. It was so pale you could see all the carbonation bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Sitting on top of this pale liquid was a creamy 2 inch head of white foam. This creamy head of foam had great retention that left behind a thick white film and a ton of sticky white streaks of lace around the glass. What a knockout beer appearance!
The aroma was nice and tart with a gigantic amount of tart lemons. Behind the lemons was malted wheat, a small touch of apple juice, a splash of orange peel, and a hint of yeast at the end. There's no denying that the tart lemons ruled over this aroma!
The taste starts off very sour and tart with lemons, a hint of green apples, malted wheat, a touch of orange peel, and a few more citrus fruits. It's true the lemons were tart, but nowhere as tart as they were in the aroma. After the sour and tart aspect of the beer, in comes a refreshing crispy taste of malted wheat. It was great how it started off tart and sour, but ends on a crispy malted wheat taste.
The mouthfeel was light, but this light beer had a refreshing tart lemony/malted wheat aftertaste. There was nothing more then the lemons and wheat in the aftertaste.
I honestly thought that this was going to be a light beer with a light taste of just malted wheat. Boy was I wrong!! In the end this was a great light yet sour and tart lemony beer. Who needs the flavor syrup when it comes to this Berliner Weisse? Not me!
07-17-2008 22:26:01 | More by AltBock
4.45/5 rDev +8.3%
Half liter bottle purchased from Capone's for $7. A bit steep but the only berliner weiss that I have been able to get my hands on has been festina peche, which I did like, but I figured it was time for a real, traditional rendition. Poured into a weizen glass.
Big fluffy white head, tons of CO2 streaming up to support it. Eventually got all the beer into the glass including the dregs. The beer is a very cloudy straw color, nice looking, somewhat poor retention and no lacing due to the acidity. Looks amazing.
Smell is fruit, yeast, and some tartness. A bit more subtle than I expected, but in a good way.
Taste is mostly tart, but not overpoweringly so. Wheat and Barley malt are in there as well. Unlike Festina Peche, this still tastes more like a beer than anything else. Doesn't taste too sour until the last sip. Finish is sour (good) but does kind of linger (bad).
Mouthfeel is light, highly carbonated, but the yeast sediment does fill it out a bit and gives it that indescribable weizen feel.
Drinkability is perfect. I would drink this beer all summer long if I could get it cheaply, which I don't think is really possible. If you see it, definately pick it up. If you are wary, perhaps try Festina Peche from dogfish head first and go from there.
07-16-2008 03:48:52 | More by wheelinshirt
4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
A 16.9 oz. bottle, poured to a pint glass. From the "Historic Signature Series", which features "forgotten styles brewed according to their historic recipes by Dr. Fritz Briem, of the Doemens Institute". Only had a couple Berliner Weisses before; this one I'm eager to try.
A: Popped the cap on this bottle and walked away for a moment to retrieve a glass. Returned to find a slow gusher of white foam streaming from the neck, pooling on the table. A quick pour into the glass yielded a seafoam-like froth that nearly crested the glass - 2 fingers of liquid, 6 fingers of head! Time calms this one; subsequent pours offer 2-3 fingers of noisy, crackling whiteness - drops eventually to a roiling 1/4" of cream, then disappearing altogether. Beer is a hazy pale wheat, denser at its core, with plenty of fast-rising bubbles. No lace.
S: A tart, acidic aroma that tingles in the nostrils. Beneath is a pulpy sweetness and an oddly briny aroma that hints at smoke...smoked fish even? Some strange scents...
T: Oh yes, that is tasty! Juicy and tart, a pucker-inducing meyer lemon-type acidity that isn't entirely sour. Tartness mellows and malts enter, proving to be yeasty and dough-like. Some pear, some green apple and a dab of honey. Sugars and light citrus fruits interplay with that lactic acidity wonderfully. Dry finish. Delicious!
M: For such a carbonated beer, this has a smooth, almost viscous, quality that's nice. Grainy residue fills the mouth and sticks in a gummy way on the tongue, so as refreshing as this beer is, it isn't cleansing. Light mouthfeel and fairly light body.
D: A lovely beer, extremely easy to drink (if your palate is ready for it...). I really love these tart, traditional beer styles and was very happy to receive this one, as an extra from BanditBrewingCo (thanks Alan!). Haven't seen this in Portland, but I really wish it (and other Berliner Weisses) would make their presence felt. Very tasty, one I'd love to have again and definitely recommended for fans of this style of beer.
I should add that the second half of this bottle I paired with a small block of fresh Creamy Havarti from a local cheesemaker - stunning!
07-15-2008 03:04:39 | More by msubulldog25
4.05/5 rDev -1.5%
Lemon yellow, hazy, with an orangish glow in the upper middle. Lots of tiny streaming bubbles and a good rocky head of about two inches that lasts a long time.
Light, grain-like aromas, along with a healthier dosing of tart white grapies. Somewhat lactic, it's as good a Berliner in power and attraction that I've yet smelled.
Wonderful again. Plenty of puckering, sour apple flavor, with enough malted grain to keep the mouthfeel appropriately full. Medium here, with the carbonation keeping things fairly lush. The finish can only be described as arid.
So well done. I am more impressed by this beer than I have been by the sum of all other Berliner Weisses I've had to date (not many). This is a style I will seek out more of, but I imagine that this will be the benchmark.
07-10-2008 05:05:28 | More by BretSikkink
4.53/5 rDev +10.2%
500ml brown bottle from Ron's Market in Farmington. Pours a hazy light straw color with a good inch of short-lived off-white head. Smells fruity/citrussy, spicy, and slightly sour. Tastes fruity - citrus, apple, equally sweet and sour with a fairly dry clean finish. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Tasty, unique, complex, and super-drinkable. A new favorite!
07-03-2008 01:44:57 | More by MrHurmateeowish
4.22/5 rDev +2.7%
From 0.5L into Cab glass...
Cloudy, honey body with ample carbonation. Wispy soap-bubble head dissipates quickly.
Very sweet honey and yeast aroma with a hint of apple cider and maybe a little funk. Very old-school - some pears in there as well.
Tangy, tart, dry and funky. Big citrus character with pear overtones. Austerity contributes to the crispness. Reminds me of a very mild, dry Belgian sour - this is neat stuff.
Very clean mouthfeel for a funked beer. Finish has an apple-fiber texture - fruity with nice yeast and wheat.
Even though I like funk more in music than in beer, I appreciate the craft involved in concocting this thing. Very well-made, thirst-quenching and enjoyable.
06-28-2008 09:59:20 | More by IBUnit63
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Pours crystal clear , small head no lacing.
Smell is yeasty with some tartness.
A slight lemon tartness , a little apple juice, not a lot of beer taste, but decent.
Mouthfeel is light , somewhat dry.
Not sure I'd like to drink this everyday , but it's easy drinking.
06-26-2008 00:49:12 | More by shroompod
4.6/5 rDev +11.9%
Truly a barometer for the style. Pours with a huge densley carbonated white head (4 fingers?) that doesn't stick around too long unfortunately, but is true to style. This hazy blonde fills out a Weiss glass in style.
The nose on this beer is truly a pleaser. Tropical fruit and yeastiness explode from the glass.
The beer does not disappoint on impact. This takes the traditional Weiss style and adds a kick of sour-fruity tartness (think lactic acid). The tight carbonation adds to the flavor profile and gives this beer a very refreshing quality. Truly a great summer beer.
06-23-2008 13:15:04 | More by NolanGTI
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Sun-faded lemon with edges that are nearly colorless. The bright white crown is large to start and slowly crackles and sizzles its way into the atmosphere, leaving several sudsy strands of lace. Since the appearance follows the style guidelines, it's hard to be too critical. Besides, this is the richest looking version that I've seen to date.
The nose is more white wine (Sauvignon Blanc) than beer. It's white grape fruity with a light muskiness and a considerable lactic tang. The one word that keeps coming to mind is 'elegant'. I have no doubt that my taste buds are gonna be happy in a few seconds.
It's difficult to compare different beers of the same style over time... especially beer of a style that I've had only three times previously. With that caveat in mind, 1809 is the most delicious, most complete and most well-balanced Berliner weissbier yet.
Part of the reason for the enthusiasm is that I can actually taste the grains (50% wheat and 50% barley), something that makes this offering taste more beer-like and something that I don't recall with the others. The dominant flavor, however, is the tangy fruitiness imparted by lactobacilli.
Specifics include lemon peel, tart white grapes, and the aforementioned untoasted grains (which are subtle). The beer has plenty of the dry, snappy, puckery character that is the defining characteristic of the style. The finish is amazingly dessicating. It paradoxically quenches one's thirst and then adds to it.
While the mouthfeel is light, it isn't thin or watery. There's some substance there. The bubbles need to be close to perfect for a good score to be granted... and they are. Sparkly carbonation adds energy and helps to scrub the tongue clean after each mouthful.
Simply put, Brauerei Weihenstephan 1809 is the best Berliner Weissbier that I've had so far. I can't see myself drinking beer of this unique style very often, but it's nice to know there's a damn good one out there. If you're curious about the style, start here.
06-20-2008 13:11:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.48/5 rDev -15.3%
Split a bottle with gabeerfan. I was anxious to try this as a different style of wheat beer I have not yet had. Its probably better closer to the source. I was a bit underwhelmed for all the hype.
A: No head at all. Looks more like wine or cider coming out of the bottle into the bulb glass. Also not cloudy either.
S: tart and wheaty; in line with the style
T: ehh...I am a big hefe fan and this took some getting used to. This is very fruity but is more like lemons and pears. No banana, no clove, no coriander. Really, it tasted a lot like pear cider to me; just dryer.
M: not much fizz at all.
D: I would like to try other brands in this style and would probably like this beer better closer to its source. Not sure I will be picking it up in the bottle again any time soon.
06-19-2008 00:49:39 | More by gabeerfanswife
4.08/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
06-19-2008 00:29:40 | More by gabeerfan
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
3.85/5 rDev -6.3%
1 pt .9 fl oz bottle: Aroma is tart, lemony, nice pungent almost sour hop aroma, and green apples. Pours a clear golden color with really nice lacing bubbling up the side of the glass. Taste is nice and sour, citrus, tart, light hop characteristics, awesome taste in my honest opinion. Palate is very carbonated on the lips, and aftertaste has a lingering sweetness and tartness. Overall, This is the prefect style for a hot summer day. My first Beliner I thought it was a sour disgusting mess. Now I love the style. Cheers!
06-17-2008 20:19:57 | More by demitriustown
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
4.47/5 rDev +8.8%
Appearance: Pours an exceedingly pale straw color with a modest head that fizzes away rather quickly without leaving much lace behind
Smell: Musty aroma, definitely tart, with plenty of bready wheat underlying
Taste: Opens with a mellow bready flavor that is quickly joined by a tart lemon element that grows more sour by the minute; after the swallow, the lemony tartness continues to play off the bland base in a way that is intriguing and satisfying; as the beer warms, it betrays a hint of banana that wasn't there at colder temperature
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with buoyant carbonation
Drinkability: For a sour beer, this is compellingly easy to drink
06-13-2008 23:36:06 | More by brentk56
4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
06-09-2008 15:17:26 | More by tempest
4.22/5 rDev +2.7%
This beer pours a somewhat hazy pale orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma is of funky and sour with some dark fruit and plums. The taste has more of a sour zing to it, and some nice acidity in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of refreshing carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice Berliner Weisse. I will certainly drink this again.
05-30-2008 23:02:39 | More by KarlHungus
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
3.48/5 rDev -15.3%
This is a personal first for this style. From what I've gathered this beer should act as a good representation.
1809 pours a lively and somewhat hazy golden yellow. The active fizziness provides a white head that quickly disappears leaving only the golden beer.
Smells of tart lemon zest and contains a slightly grassy or hay like scent.
Very tart tasting, but not overwhelmingly so or causing me to reach for some syrup. Lemon qualities stand out more so than in the nose. Crisp and clean finish.
Mouthfeel is reminiscent of ginger ale with large active carbonation. Likely to style, but not to my tastes. Highly drinkable, but I wouldn't reach for another. Altogether a fairly straightforward beer that doesn't carry much depth. I don't see the call for syrup as necessary.
05-08-2008 19:30:33 | More by Jmamay22
4.22/5 rDev +2.7%
A) This Berliner-Weisse is litght in color, quite murky, but still translucent, it had a decent size fine fizzy head, almost like a soda.
S) The aroma was sweet with a hint of a tart fruity taste, maybe kind of cherry-like.
T) This beer bites in dry, but rapidly swells to a sweet and wet lingering taste. The dark cherry sweetness lilts leaving the tartness at the bottom of the palate to linger.
M) This beer has a fair share of complexity to its feel. It starts dry, lingers wet, as if it were almost sticky, if it wasn't for the fizz dancing on the tongue.
D) The tart-sweetness, combined with the light fizziness strikes me like it would be a very nice summer celebration beer. It is tart, but very slightly, and leaves me wanting another.
05-08-2008 19:25:31 | More by gabemasiulis
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
05-03-2008 08:04:18 | More by sfoley333
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Colorful, Napoleon reference laced bottle (500ml) poured into big Schneider Weisen glass.
A bit of a test for me, virgin to the style and did not enjoy Festina Peche but have been more than impressed by this brewer's other offerings so getting back on the horse.
A: Nice nice pour. Cloudy maize colored wheaty body. The yeast made some escape and settled in. The head had substance but dropped away real fast. Lacing- none.
S: Stonefruit tart smell, plenty of puckering tart. Combo of lemon peel, orange peel, banana and peach- complex.
T: Wheat and not over the top tartness of which I feared. The fruitiness was good in that it didnt taste fake but almost like you expected some seeds to be in there. No bitterness, reminds me of the flavors in the back of a well made ceviche.
M: Lots of carbonation fizz. Tart but awfully refreshing. Ginger ale texture.
D: Refreshing and not put off like I thought I would- might be growing into appreciation of the style. Still a bit too tart to have too many at once but great for summertime Im sure.
05-02-2008 21:24:37 | More by marcpal
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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