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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,231
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 103
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
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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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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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm reviewing this beer because my experience in the bottle was significantly different than the draft.

Beer poured from 0.5 L bottle into an Erdinger Hefeweissbier glass. Beer is clear and bright yellow, forms an aggressive thick white head of small bubbles that remains for several minutes propped up by some of the most aggressive carbonation that I have ever seen in a beer. Its fascinating to watch the carbonations push up the walls of the curved glass to hold up this amazing head. The carbonation did not notebly decrease throughout the duration of the beer, the head slowly shrank leaving lacing all over the glass. This was an amazingly beautiful beer and completely different than on draft.

There is a spoiled / sour aroma to the beer that is very dominant. Its all the aroma is about, but its a Berleinerweiss what did you expect?

Beer has a light body and is really drinkable. The overall flavor is one note and its a kind of lactic sourness that you may associate with spoilage. Its clean finishing and mouthfeel is good. The high levels of carbonation provide an odd bitterness in there and helps to average the flavors over the entire palate. I like this beer in the bottle better than on draft.

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass

A: Hazy golden color of wheat, super fluffy pure white head, settles to a light half finger

S: Like white wine with that touch of sweetness to counter the acidity, didn't know how to rate because I am not familiar with the style, but it smells good to me, maybe some slight influence of yeast as well

T: Definite white grapes and other white fruits, maybe pear too, big tartness from the fruit, more so than ordinary wine, the tartness builds where the hops would build in an ordinary beer, intensifying until your mouth starts to salivate, kind of paradoxical as tartness dries your mouth out and wets it at the same time, delicious combination of flavors

M: Pretty carbonated, acidity kind of masks the mouthfeel, dry and champagne like

D: Even though it's sour it tastes good and makes you want to keep drinking

Notes: This is my first taste of a very interesting style, and I was not disappointed. It is definitely not your ordinary beer. I loved it plain, however, I would love to try this in the traditional style by adding flavored syrup. Apparently in Germany, woodruff is the popular flavor.

Photo of HalfFull
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a thin head of foam. Settles appropriately to a surface film and throwing off some random artsy lacing initially, less so in time.

Lemon, sour and with a nice yeast funk on the nose. Notable wheat notes are secondary to the sour yet quite prevelant.

Offers a light tartness that is well balanced and doesn't require any syrup additives to appreciate. Slightly sweet on the finish with a lingering effervescence.

Robustly carbonated for the style and with a pleasant feel offering a nice drink.

Photo of womencantsail
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this one for quite some time, so when I saw one today at the store, I had to pick it up.

A: The beer is a golden color with a huge fluffy white head and a ton of tiny carbonation bubbles.

S: The smell is very fruity. The characteristic wheat and lactic tartness doesn't seem to be quite as pungent. Instead there is a strong smell of sweet apples.

T: The taste has a light weight flavor and a very light tartness. There is still the sweet, apple fruitiness that I picked up in the nose. I'm not really sure where it's coming from.

M: The mouthfeel is nearly perfect for the style. Light, highly carbonated, and dry on the finish.

D: This, like other Berliner Weisses, is incredibly drinkable. My only gripe is that it's not quite as tart and lactic as the other Berliner Weisses that I've had.

Photo of robbyc1
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft in October, light gold into a tall glass, slight white head, decent lace.

Sour apple and spice, you get the sourness up front, then a good malt middle, with a sourish finish that puckers. The flavor is not quite as good as the smell, but very refreshing. Slick and heavier than expected in the mouth, a refresher that really one is enough, not a session beer, but I could see putting some fruit into this as they do where they make it.

Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trying to get more Berliner Weisse's under my belt. This is the first I'll review. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow or blonde color. Some floaters made it in there. No lacing and minimal head that fades to absolutely nothing. Not very impressive, but true to style.

Smell: Light vinegar, green apple, and mild tartness. Tough to dig much up in this, the aroma is not very strong.

Taste: Not as sour as I would've thought. Seems the tartness is up front mixed in with a good amount of carbonation and segues to the middle and is all but gone by the finish, which is thin. Light vinegar and apple flavors.

Mouthfeel: Thin. Not quite watery, but close. No lingering carbonation or bitterness in the end, just a funky aftertaste from the tartness and vinegar. Sourness is up front.

Drinkability: I could drink this until the vinegar and acidity got to me. Thin enough to drink forever though.

Not bad. I feel like I might've gotten an old bottle. I'll be sure to revisit it as I go through the rest of the Berliner Weisse's I've acquried.

Photo of radshoesbro
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a weizen glass.

pours a clear golden yellow with massive carbonation leading to a huge white head that dissipates quickly to very little. throughout the experience bubbles were racing up the side of my glass. smells of fresh lemon and some grass. the grass isn't very palpable, but it's there. the zest of the lemon is very prominent and overpowers anything else that might be there. there is a tartness to the aroma that is very faint. taste is of tart lemons throughout, no real noticeable wheat in the flavor at all. there's a dryness to the finish that wasn't really my cup of tea. this is a very light bodied beer with a crispness to it that makes it very drinkable and refreshing. very worthwhile and i would happily drink it again.

Photo of armock
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to biggreen for sharing this bottle with me.

A - Poured a golden yellow color with a white head

S - Is of sour wheat for the most part

T - Follows the nose sour wheat and some how has a slight apple taste

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - If you like wheat beers and sours this is the best of both world for you an interesting beer thats very good worth finding to try

Photo of corby112
3.14/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy thick yellowish orange color with a one finger foamy white head that quickly disappears, leaving no lacing. Kind of sludgy looking and unappealing.

Citrusy aroma with hints of corriander and orange peel as well as some funky sour tartness. Slightly spicy with hints of peppery lemon zest.

Funky sour version of a heffe. Bready yeaty bosy with hints of corinader, lemon and orange peel as well as some subtle grapefruit and ripe banana. The tartness is subtle and not as dominant as I was expecting and/or hoping for. Slightly tart finish but otherwise just tastes like a muddy earthy german wheat beer.

Photo of jrallen34
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a bright light colored cloudy gold. It almost looks like its neon. The head is white and rises about 1 finger but fades quickly on pour retention. The lacing is spotty and watery.

The aroma is sharp to start with a nice tartness. It smells just like a granny smith apple. I've even peeled one to confirm this, and its confirmed! There is hint of vinegar and wheat.

The taste is great, nice light vinegar taste that is sharp and has a great aftertaste that makes it no doubt what type of beer this is.

The beer is a little watery, but highly drinkable.

Photo of vacax
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ.

Pours straw yellow, cloudy, with a sparse white head. Scent of lemon and some light funk, yet still crisp and appetizing. Tastes citric with lemons, and some light funk. Pretty good, though I like the grain to shine through a bit more instead of having the funk. Light bodied with a medium mouthfeel. Not a bad beer to break up the rest of the night, but not something I would want to session.

Photo of fropones
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of m1ked
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger

A- pours a cloudy dull straw yellow. Minimal head that turns into a half circle of whitle foam. Looks like dull pineapple juice.

S-Tart green apple, touch of vinegar, tad cinnamon/clove. Its not overpowering at all.

T- Lemony tartness at first is all I notice but it never really peaks to the saliva producing stages. Once the tartness fades I get the green apple rhubarb with light cinnamon.

M- Very light, not too tart. Crisp carbonation.

D- I think this is a cool style in general- and this is a good representation. I wouldn't put down a bunch, but I think pairing with food would be cool.

Photo of jgasparine
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Served in a wine glass. The body was very cloudy, making it a completely opaque dull yellow. Lots of tiny bubbles were observed breaking on the surface. The head was thin, white and foamy... and it slowly dissipated with time, leaving no real lacing behind.

S- The nose is comprised of barnyardy grains mixed with some sour lactic notes- I'm getting aromas of straw, horseblanket, wheat and some sourness.

T- The taste is a perfect replicate of the nose, with a long lactic and slightly metallic finish. Very refreshing. The first several sips were taken au-naturale... but the last several sips were taken with additions of raspberry and woodruff syrup respectively. These syrups added a sweetness to the beer that perfectly complimented the sour lactic notes. With the raspberry syrup, I could close my eyes and believe I was drinking a Lindemans Framboise!

M- Very light body with tons of coarse carbonation. The abundance of this carbonation makes it hard to analyze the texture of the beer.

D- Very refreshing and drinkable- if it were only on tap throughout the summer!

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

On tap at Max's

Cloudy, translucent yellow with a thin, white head that recedes to a disk. Lactic tartness up front with a mild lemon and citrus character. Raw wheat is noticeable as it warms up. Tart and refreshing with a mild lactic character. Plenty of lemon and lime character, before a dry, tart and refreshing finish takes over. High in carbonation, light in body, this beer is immensely drinkable. An excellent berliner weiss.

Photo of quinnsi
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass

At first, and clear orange-golden color, with two solid fingers of rocky head. But the real story here is the ridiculously violent carbonation. It's truly at alka seltzer levels! I could watch this beer all night, and to be honest, it's one of the deciding factors when ordering. All of this changes once the sediment it poured in. The beer takes on a lemony-orange, hazy hue, and all carbonation goes away. One of the coolest visuals of any beer I've had.

The beer is somewhat aromatically challenged, with slight tart fruit and minerals coming through for me.

The beer tastes as carbonated as it looks, which actually works well with the tart, acidic citrus flavors. The wheat seems to provide a nice soft backdrop.

Very enjoyable beer, which drinks easy and is very thirst quenching on a warm day.

Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon-yellow color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of slightly tart lemon peel with good amounts of earthiness and mildly sweet malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slighlty sweet light fruit flavors and malt up front segue almost immediately into funky tart flavors that carry through to a crisp and dry ending. The second pour has a bit more yeast that imparts a slight bready quality that evens out the tartness.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a good thickness with prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle easily and could have another.

Overall this was a good example of the style but I prefer a bit more tartness. Still, it's very much worth a shot.

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
92 out of 100 based on 1,231 ratings.