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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,248
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rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
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Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

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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Ratings: 1,248 | Reviews: 564
Photo of Domingo
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color that seems to have a little bit of burn orange to it as well. A big white head forms with no effort on the pour and doesn't really seem to dissipate at all.
Smells citric and fruity. Honestly, the nose isn't nearly as sour as I expected. It's no Bavarian weiss, but it's not as sour as many lambics or other Beliner weisses either.
The taste is more along the lines of what I expected. Not quite as mouth puckeringly tart as a couple others, but still about as sour as beer gets. Citric acid, a little lemon zest, and surprisingly a hint of wheat malt flavor shows up.
Not too chalky or thick or watery either. Pretty much the ideal body for the style.
Not my favorite style, but probably the best example I've had. My wife loves Berliners and this has been her favorite thus far, so take that for what it's worth.
Cheers to Weihenstephan for going after a "dead" style with a long history. Pretty cool idea.

Photo of jwhawkins81
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Lemon, spice, and funk all very saison like.

Appearance - Snappy crisp carbonation and beautiful clear golden yellow color. The only real minus is this beer is missing a head.

Taste - Just a touch of sweetness with a dry lemon bitterness that is sharp. A balanced and delicious beer

Notes - Just a beautiful looking beer that is delicate and tasty. Good mouthfeel and carbonation.

Photo of Petrislav
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Vigorous bright white champagne bubble head, pale gold and hazy with sediment

S: Sweet, acidic like a sparkling wine, dry, fruity, many different smells and aromas, complex

T: Not as fruity or dry as champagne, has notes of grape/white fruit, tart

M: Tart, sweet and bubbly

Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy, yellow straw with an active white head that settles to a thin cover.

Nose has wheaty malts, tart citrus, manure, horse blanket and musty farmyard hay.

Taste not as sour as I would like, but does have a nice lactic tartness. Wheat, tropical fruits, cloves and barnyard funk round this one out.

Crisp, clean body is well carbonated. Quite easy to drink despite being a bit strong for the style.

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured hazy pale yellow with a thin, white head. There's a moderate level of rising bubbles, and the towers of rising bubbles playfully carried yeast particles up from the bottom. A thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There is a somewhat sour aroma with hints of lemon.
T: The taste is very much sour, but in a light and refreshing way (like a wheat beer) and without any bitter flavors from hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and both tart and bubbly on the palate. The finish feels a bit dry.
D: The beer is rather refreshing to drink; adding a dash of fruit syrup could make this even more palatable and thirst quenching.

Photo of SourBatchKid
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Share with a few friends and some hot soft butter pretzels.

A- Sunshine yellow with a cloudy hue, about a finger (mine) of head that quickly evaporates to only the memory of foam. Be-careful, if you blink you might miss it.

S- It smells like I just walked into a french bakers kitchen, creamy butter, yeast, and the slightest of bit of buttermilk. I love how this smells, its like someone just baked up some butter milk biscuits.

T- Refreshing and slightly tangy, green love from the funky farmy horse barn-age. I am diggen this one and am really glad I got two.

M- Spicy carbonation that cuts my tongue as it aerates in my mouth. All most to the point of (good) pain, it slowly subsides. Its like S&M in my mouth, it like it.

D- This is a summer time patio pounder, I could drink this refreshing brew siting out side looking at the ocean. I cant thing of any thing I would rather have on a hot summer day.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split with SourBatchKid & Oglmcdgl. I've had this a bunch throughout the years and I hope to find it on tap one day.

1809 pours a bright yellow color with some slight blond thrimmings, it's almost like squeezed lemon juice with the mild sediment in it. On top, a quarter inch of loose white soapy bubbles, no cling.

Big spirtz of lemon drops and some barnyard hay with old feet. I don't think any funky yeast was used, but that's what I get. It's pretty straight forward, but not to pleasant, at least for me.

This is probably one of the most authentic Berliner Weises out there, but it's not my favorite. Lemongrass with a touch of bisquit malt. At some points I get a small amount of bubblegum. Slightly tart, not sour. Good, but not great.

Pretty mild on the tartness(at least in this bottle) and slightly acidic on the back of the tounge. The taste seems to fade out towards the end. Light bodied and boldly carbed up. I remember liking this better back in the day, but perhaps my tastes have changed. If it tasted better, the low ABV would make it easy for a few.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle split with friends. Thanks sourbatchkid.

A- hazy sunshine yellow with and good finger of loose soapy head that settles to a faint skin.

S- mild lemon zest and wheat with a nice yeasty touch.

T- big wheat and yeast with fresh squeezed lemons. Mild tartness with some sour apple and white grapes.

M- light body and medium to high carb. Crisp and refreshing with a mild pucker and slight linger.

D- huge this stuff on a warm day and I'm in heaven. Totally a session beer with flavor for days.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured crisp clean yellow with hints of orange and copper. light fizzy head that quickly disappeared. little to no retention or lacing.

light vinegar with hints of funk and lemon. light malt presence.

light sweetness. very light lemonhead like flavor. malts were a bit dominant but blended with the sweetness.

light to moderate carbonation. not much dryness but a bit.

i was a bit let down by this. not as pronounced as i'd like or have come to known. lacks dominating flavors and is more or less a bit bland. overall, probably would not seek out that often but easy to drink.

Photo of portia99
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a Berliner Kindl bowl.

A - Pours a golden amber color which is a touch darker than I expect out of this style of beer. A thin soda-like head falls quickly to the surface leaving behind only the never-ending replenishment supply of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the bowl. Crystal clear - a beer you can read thru.

S - Acetic, sour, some apple cider vinegar nature, some slight lemony flavor too. Not as fruity or delicate as I'd like to see here.

T - Sour, as expected, acetic acid, a bit buttery, no real fruitiness, dry, a bit minerally, somewhat champagne like. Some breadlike malt character too...a bit heavy for the style.

M - Mouthfeel is thin and watery with good medium high carbonation. Puckering and quite dry and crisp. Pretty good overall.

D - I've had a number of Berliner Weissbiers and this one stands out as different from all of the others I've had...more alcohol, more malt character, darker color...all seem to be a bit off for the style. This is still an enjoyable beer, but I would call it a bit flawed for the style.

Photo of krisandajt
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up some of these while visiting family down in Baltimore. Just getting into the style, here it goes...

Poured from a bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

Appearance: Wow, quite the carbonation in this bad boy. Heaps of bubbles are shooting up from the bottom of the glass rising to meet at least two inches worth of bone white, thick, bubbly head. The retention is some of the best I've ever seen, though there's not much lacing which I find surprising. There's also a bit of cloudiness to this light golden colored brew.

Smell: There's a nice tartness to this beer, kind of gives the smell a bit of bite. There's some nice wheat beer characteristics coming through too, a slight yeasty grassy kind of smell. Smells quite refreshing.

Taste: A refreshing mix of lemon citrus and tart blended perfectly with the thirst quenching qualities of a wheat beer. Crisp, smooth, nice. This is a damn good beer.

Mouthfeel: A nice light to medium body with enough carbonation to make the beer tingle on the tongue. Outstanding.

Drinkability: It's the first 70+ degree day I've seen this year, and I can't think of a better beer to drink on this beautiful day. Very refreshing, tasty, and a reasonable and sessionable ABV. I highly recommend picking this one up if you get the chance...I know I will the next time I see it.

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color with lots of yeast and a white head.
Sour acidic nose but very clean and one sided.
Flavor begins with a sharp lactic acid twang and segues into a creamy wheat background. The acid overtakes it in the end and it leaves you with a clean refreshing finish. One of the more sour Berliner weiss biers i have had I hope they keep on making this for a long time.

Photo of AgentZero
3.11/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy yellow with a small head, ton of floaty yeast or something in there. Nice dissipation leaving some very intricate lacing around.

S - Yeast and malty with a tart smell. Apples and pears come through on the nose.

T - Quite tart, but not quite sharp enough. A little creamy, pear taste is just a little too much like juice to be good. Don't get me wrong, pretty pleasant to drink, but missing the sharpness of the berliner weisses that I prefer. Nice yeast hints with some malts appearing on the backend.

T - Creamy, slipperly, light. Would have liked a touch more carbonation.

D - For some reason this beer just was not super drinkable for me, surprising considering the low ABV. Maybe it's just the sweetness becoming overpowering. Had trouble getting through the single bottle.

Photo of icetraxx
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a three finger head that dissipates into nothing. This beer is off-white, it looks exactly like cloudy lemon-aid. I am oddly attracted to its unique looks despite having no head and rather large pieces of sediment floating around it.

S: Lactic acid sourness, a note of wild yeast, and a bit of biscuity malt. Fairly aromatic and smells great. Warn leather is definitely present in the aroma.

T: A nice lemony though lactic-like sourness starts the taste off. The taste soon fades into a nice warn leather like note, while revealing the complexities of the wild yeast, and then finishing with a quick, clean, and sour bite. The bite makes you want to take another sip. The malt is a little overshadowed by the sourness and funkiness from the wild yeast (though the funkiness is super-restrained).
The faintest amount of weisse-like malt backbone comes through when you least expect it, fading in and out with every sip. Fruity esters, including apple and banana, are prevalent in the aftertaste.

M: Not light bodied, but not quite medium bodied. A bit thin for a weisse, though carbonated well enough to create a creaminess in the mouth. A little thin overall, extra body would help this one.

D: Very refreshing, very drinkable. I could drink this one all day (though I am a sucker for sours).

O: My first example of such an elusive style of beer. I wish that more breweries would take this style seriously, this style has incredible potential. As usual, this happens to be an excellent beer from the World's oldest brewery.

Photo of DrDoitchbig
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured out a pale, hazy yellow with about two fingers worth of head that completely faded. When I say completely faded, I do mean completely. There was no collar, no cap, nothing and with that obviously no lacing.

Smell: Tart, fresh squeezed lemon juice is on the forefront. Following the lemon is an almost vinegar like acidic sour kick. Further in the background is some spicy wheat malt. It's not overly complex, but it smells very nice.

Taste: Continuing from the smell this really does have a nice tart sourness that is akin to biting on a lemon. Both in flavor and in acidity. It doesn't have the vinegar twang that was present in the smell. Complementing this perfectly is the spicy wheat malt that reminds me of a good hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: The yeast provides a nice medium body with a fairly high level of carbonation that seems to work for this beer. It's very crisp and refreshing with a drying finish.

Drinkability: As I mentioned a second ago this is very refreshing and the sour aspect of it is pleasant and not overpowering. The drying finish makes me want another sip.

Overall I really didn't know what to expect of the Berliner Weisse. But this is an extremely delicious and refreshing beer. It almost reminds me of a hefeweizen on some kind of sour jag. It's very tasty, now if only it was easier to track this stuff down in Michigan!

Photo of BeerGodz
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky straw color with a white, fizzy head the quickly disappears. Huge chunks of sediment floating around in this one...
Smell is tart fruits and some sourness. Corny/wheaty aroma as well.
Tart, sour apples dominates. Other jammy berries present as well. Same corn/wheat flavor on the back end.
Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, some definite acidity as well. Very nice.
The tartness and unique aspects of this beer make it one which I think I'd only want one bottle (1 pint 9 fl. oz.).

Still a pretty good beer overall. I wish I had caught that yeast on the pour. I'm not typically opposed to ingesting some yeast sediment, but those are some damn big chunks.

Photo of Pecorasc
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased on 2/10/10 from Belmont Party Supply in Dayton, OH, and consumed the same day. 1 pint .9 fl oz bottle poured into a short wide tumbler and split with my lady. Bottle is certainly verbose, boasting traditional mash hopping and no wort boiling, as well as dubbing this part of a "Historic Signature Series." The bottle gives a loud hiss upon opening and smells of lactic acid and honey.

A- Pours a polished pale straw to straw with no head in the center and a large-bubbled, active, white collar (not to be confused with a large, bubbled, active, white collar). This is the clearest of the Berliner Weissbiers that I've had the pleasure of laying eyes on (third of three). Achieving this amount of clarity without boiling must require filtering, no? Can filtering be considered "traditional"? I'm not sure if I should add or subtract points: I guess I won't do either. A handful of beading bubbles aggressively race to the surface. No lacing- I would like to blame that on the acidity, but as discussed below, that may not be the case.

S- Sweeter than expected: oatmeal, wheat, rice, maple syrup and brown sugar (only in sweetness, not in dark sugar character), and a fruity-apple character. A small amount of lactic bacteria influence and equally as little yeast character. Much too mellow in what is arguably this style's two most important categories. Smells eerily similar to the "king of beers" with an added small amount of lactic sourness.

T- The acidity is gone as quickly as it shows itself, and is minimal at best. Very balanced between wheat and pils malt flavors, although finishing on the wheat based, sweet side. A fruity, apple flavor blends in with the small amount of acidity in the beginning and continues on after the sourness subsides. This is an average beer with too little acidity (even for a Berliner Weissbier) to lift this much above average.

M- Medium bodied for 5.0% ABV with a moderate to high amount of sweetness in the finish. Doesn't look very carbonated, but once on the tongue, it really expands with an elevated amount of carbonation. Any amount of "swishing" makes the beer fizz uncontrollably. Good for the style, but doesn't finish dry enough.

D- Overall, this scores well above average for drinkability. But, compared to other beers within its own style, it probably scores just above average (taking into account my limited experience with this style). Not sure this really qualifies as a historic representation. At 5%, aprroaching the higher end for style. Refreshing, but not in the ways I was hoping for.

Nothing leads me to believe I didn't drink this in good condition, but looking at the other reviews I would really like to give this another try since I like the style and this does come from a reputable brewer of wheat based beer.

Photo of dasenebler
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from Walnut Liquorette, on to the beer:

The sediment was really chunky as I poured it into my glass. I took a spoon and stirred it all together, and the results are for the better. Lovely paleish banana peel yellow color (versus a washed out clear yellow), the head is bubbly and on the fizzy side. A little suspended in the body is a little sediment. The aroma is a good one. It is sour. Tart lemons and more lemons. Yum.

Sour and tart and a little sweet. Definate flavor of lemon. In terms of intensity, it is not super-intense puckering, which is nice for me. Critters add another dimension of flavor. I just can't of what it is specifically, but I'm tasted this note in Cantillon and the like. Bubbly carbonation is pleasant in the mouth, and it being light, goes down really easy.

While not as common as other Weihenstephan products, 1809 is worth getting your hands on. Berliner Weiss' popularity seems to be growing here stateside, but are still rather hard to find.

Photo of ATPete
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - pours a bright amber color, one-inch white head, not retention or lacing, hazy with lots of sediment

s - great aroma, lots of funkiness a sour smell, some lemon citrus as well as wheat and a bit of hay

t - nice crisp funky tartness up front, mild wheat sweetness underlying a lemony sourness on the mid-palate, more crisp tartness and funk on the finish mixed with a little graininess, no alcohol detectable

m - light-to-medium bodied, higher carbonation, effervescent, dry finish

d - very drinkable, par for the style, the crispness is very refreshing, I could see this as a perfect warm weather beer

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Cloudy lemon yellow, almost totally flat, very full of sediment, very rustic, and tremendously impressive in that respect.

S – Lemon juice, orange zest, hay or barnyard funk, wheat and slight buttermilk.

T – Tart, lemon, with dry finish, very refreshing, effervescent but not very carbonated. No hop presence at all. A great, clean finish that leaves you wanting another sip. Sip after sip.

M – Thin, dry, but refreshing like iced tea.

D – Very high drinkabilty. I could drink a ton of these.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a light golden yellow with huge four finger head that froths and then falls relatively quickly. Slightly hazy in appearance.

S: Lemony lactic acid, tartness and light fruitiness. Very nice and clean.

T: Very tart and clean with a nice lemony acidic mid-palate. Faint wheat flavor and aroma in the finish. Very nice, very typical of style.

M: Light body, faintly creamy and tart. Very nice.

D: Wish it were summer, this would be the ultimate summertime refresher!

Photo of GilGarp
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served cold into a tulip glass, the beer has a very pale golden yellow color and slightly hazy clarity. Head is small and short-lived.

Aroma is full of tart fruits with a little sweetness and spice.

Flavor is excellent. The lactic really shines in the pale malt base. It has great tartness and subtle funk all on display to enjoy. There are peaches, cherries, and apricots but it never seems too sweet.

Mouthfeel is light in body and moderate carbonation.

What a delightful beer. Such great flavors and beautiful balance. Everything is in harmony. I really wish we could get this in Colorado because it's just excellent.

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