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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,078
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 90
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
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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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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a huge wheatiness spews forth. spice also, and it really smells like a wit. as i would have expected: some tartness. the head was huge up front, and fell steadily. very light, slightly hazy

the tartness is quite a bit more prevalent in the taste, and really carries the rest of the flavor profile on its back. some sweetness, but the citricity is the most noticeable of the flavors. coriander and other spices come through. caraway?

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 00:56:53 | More by bruachan
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mbrandon2w

Maine

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy straw color. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is slightly sour, lemony/citrusy. Mouthfeel is spritzy, a bit like champagne. There's a pleasant tartness and nice citrusy flavor. A tad too sweet. It would be a nice refreshing beer on a hot day. Overall enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 00:46:20 | More by mbrandon2w
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Gusler

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer departs the 500ml bottle a hazy light gold, the head monstrous in size, a bright creamy white, and it fades slowly, leaving the lace a thick and tight sheet upon the glass. Nose has a sweet and sour tone, fresh, crisp, spicy and mouth watering to say the least. Start is sweet with grain, tart at the back with the top light to medium in feel. Finish has a modest acidity, the sweet and sour taste continues to the end, quite dry and a good representative to the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 21:07:19 | More by Gusler
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IntriqKen

California

5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Before reviewing this beer, I wanted to go over the style guidelines for it once again to be sure what I was looking for. It is very rare that I get the chance to drink a Berliner Weisse, living as far away from Germany as I do.

Wow!
This is the very first beer I've ever had that meets the guidelines word for word, scent for scent, color for color, and taste for taste.
I'm going to cut and paste from there because the only thing I have to add to it is that I love it and it is Perfect! (realizing that perfection is rare.)

"Berliner Weisse is a top-fermented, bottle conditioned wheat beer made with both traditional warm-fermenting yeasts and lactobacillus culture. They have a rapidly vanishing head and a clear, pale golden straw-coloured appearance. The taste is refreshing, tart, sour and acidic, with a lemony-citric fruit sharpness and almost no hop bitterness. "

Aftertaste is just the clean, tart and sour lemony-citrus.
slight alcohol warmth creeps in after you swallow.
This is a gorgeous beer.
I give it '5's because it is a perfect example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 19:51:39 | More by IntriqKen
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klewis

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 04:46:27 | More by klewis
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: After inspecting the bottle for a minute or two, and reading up on the historical information on the label, I became intrigued with this beer. A moderate pour revealed a hazy, pale golden color that produced a full, white head of over three fingers. Head stuck around for a decent amount of time before receding the a thin layer of bubbles on top.

S: Slightly phenolic aroma of banana, but mostly a grainy wheat scent with a hint of yeast. Very much like a relaxed hefeweizen, with an emphasis on the grain. Having never tried a Berliner-weisse, I was eager to taste it.

T: At first taste, it seemed as unassuming as your everyday hefe, but then right away a strong tartness kicked in that was not that evident in the nose. While many of these are traditionally served with syrup, I had no immediate access to the stuff, and frankly, wanted to taste the real character of the beer by itself. Phenolic character is minimal due to the overpowering tart flavor, which had a lemony zest to it that was actually quite enjoyable. Dry finish with a small lingering aftertaste of citrus.

M: Mostly a light-bodied, crisp beer that curled the tongue from carbonation and sourness. Still, the finish was easy-going and the mouthfeel was agreeable.

D: This one is a first for me, as I had read some about the style but had yet to try one. I found it to be primarily a weissbier with a kick, a sour punch to the palate that was most welcome. The lightness of character make for good drinkability, but the tartness may wear on the tastebuds after a while. Still, drinkable in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 22:35:38 | More by CharlieMopps
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Leaves a two finger foamy white head that eventually fades to surface skim, and leaves some spotty lacing. Body is a hazy straw gold with faint orange highlights.

Smell - wheat malt, unsalted barley crackers, tart horseblanket. Simple and straightforward, but mouthwatering.

Taste - exactly as promised by the nose. Wheat malt and unsalted barley crackers washed through with tart, but pleasant horseblanket.

Mouthfeel - tart and puckering, and very effervescent.

Drinkability - this is good ale. Owing to the taste, I think this goes well with, and around appetizers, dinner, and dessert, but I don't think it would be a stand alone session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 16:51:19 | More by ultralarry2006
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Chicago.

Pours a hazy golden/yellow, thin white head, no lace, settles to a thin collar on the glass. Smell is sweet, nice and fruity, apples, nice tartness, wheat, candy, pretty unique. Taste is light banana/clove, bread, lemony citrus, acidic tartness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very refreshing. Could see myself drinking lots of this in the heat.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 00:37:37 | More by Viggo
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SafeAtFirst

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Color is a clear golden straw color with a quickly dissipating white head and quite a bit of carbonation. Evan after the head makes its exit the carbonation keeps going and going, sending a plume of bubbles right up the middle of my tulip glass...good show.

The aroma is odd, not like your usual beer. The nose is dominated primarily by an unusual combination of musty pale malts and a citric sourness...funky.

Flavor begins with slightly sweet muted grains and then quickly shifts into a delicious citric lemon tartness, quite refreshing. This beer finishes with a lingering lemony tartness that is quite different and pleasurable. Body is light with plenty of carbonation. An enjoyable drink.

This is my first Berliner Weisse and I am definitely enjoying it and will be buying more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 04:21:50 | More by SafeAtFirst
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Pours a bright, golden straw color with a one finger head of heavily carbonated foam that dissipates pretty quickly. Looks light and refreshing. Cloudiness forms when the contents at the bottle's bottom enter the glass.

S: Hefeweizen qualities: wheat, banana, light cloven-lemon with a shred of wheat. Ho hop to speak of, merely sweet, light malts and some ethyl alcohol.

T: Sweet, cold, lemony and tart. Has lambic like qualities with a tart lemon finish. The aftertaste leaves some other light fruits in my nose, an a sweet, sugary tartness on my molars. Like a well-crafted malternative sans gut-rot.

M: Mouthfeel is thin, crisp, sharp and acidic. Like swishing around a sparkling pinot grigio.

D: It's a really refreshing brew, and the low ABV would ensure you could handle a lot of it. However, I feel this is one to pop the cap on one, split it with a friend, and move on. The tart build-up in my throat would get to me after a while.

A great representation of the style and a refreshing beer overall. A little too tart for the fall season, but it's my fault for opening it now anyway. Save it for late spring/summer, and it'll be money.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 01:19:19 | More by Gambrinus1184
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden, straw color. A dense, white head fades to a persistent patch in the center.

Smell: Grainy malts. A hint of banana fruitiness, with a light sour and musty aroma.

Taste: Neutral grain upfront, moving into a nice tartness in the center. Light banana fruitiness, with a powdery finish.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, light-bodied. Crisp, with a lightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Tart, crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 00:49:04 | More by EPICAC
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albern

Massachusetts

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

The label on this beer is quite informative, but I wasn't sure who actually brewed this beer. Apparently, the recipe is quite old and is an attempt to capture an authentic style. How much comprising with modern techniques went into the actual brewing process would be interesting to investigate. Nevertheless, this is a very good Berliner weiss. The beer poured a nice head that dissipated pretty quickly, was a bit hazy, and yellowish. The smell was subdued and not overpowering. I did pick up some candied citrus flavors in the smell. The taste is very good, almost cidery in quality. You will get a very smooth, tart apple, sweet citrus taste that goes down very easily. The beer isn't particularly complex and contains no huge transmutations from start to finish, nor cold to more room temperature. It is a bit watery, with a mouthfeel that is quite light. This beer is well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 22:37:16 | More by albern
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caught somewhere between a tart wheat beer, lemonade, and Gueuze- this incredibly refreshing wheated ale relies on the resident lacto-bacteria in the grains for it's thirst quenching properties.

Incredible lemon aromas combine with a seriously pure yet undescribable sour note that's evident in aroma and taste. Sharp to both the nose and palate, the intense pang of lemon/lime pith and peel provide a lightly briny, lightly salty, flavor of savory sensation and thirst quenchment. A side note of light must, sweaty, dust, and driftwood provide the most shallowest of funk notes. But with all the challenging flavors to the untrained palate, this beer showcases well the style of Berlinerweiss. Big on acidity yet light on astringency, this beer is a welcomed thirst quencer for lovers of light wheat beers who want more complexity but perhaps lower alcohol then finishing with a tampering bready wheat aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 21:25:15 | More by BEERchitect
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oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the very few I have tried and this by far has been the best its just unbelievably drinkable.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull lemon color with a sptritzy white head almost like a sparkling lemonade,a little funk was noticeable in the aroma wich is a bit unpleasant but it has a nice lemon pith note that makes it a little better.Non as mind numbing tart as the others I have had this has just enough tartness to make it refreshing and not mouth puckering a bit of wet grain as well but the lemony flavors linger for a long time they still are.Man would this be a summer quencher although I am not one to drink beer real cold I bet this would be the shiznit very cold on a hot day,very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 20:50:52 | More by oberon
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Freshie

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very interesting bottle. Label is informative.

While the appearance is very indicative of a berliner weisse, I have never liked it. Looks more like cider than beer. Probably both are just as acidic.

Smell has that musty grain, yeast, and some citric fruit.

Taste is up front sour/tart, with sweet grain coming after. Fruit flavors permeate the aftertaste. Banana, and a bit of lemon.

A bit sticky in the palate, but is still rather clean for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 03:30:23 | More by Freshie
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Amalak

New York

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review was from 2007...suffice it to say my tastes have improved:

This is a nice cidery brew, which I normally hate, but this was carbonated and the sweetness is tamed. Very nice. Don't know what I was thinking the first time I reviewed.

From 2007:

App: Not that it is important, but I love the bottle. The beer itself has a thick head. Very pale, yet semi-opaque yellow.

Smell: Nice wheaty smell that you would expect from a Weisse.

Taste: I hate it. I'm sorry, but it tastes like someone poured lemon juice in my beer. Way too tart (even if that was what they were going for) for my liking.

Drinkability: Honestly, it was so tart it upset my stomach.

It's probably something where I just don't care for this style of beer, but I do love Weisse beers. It was just too sour for me to drink. I feel bad, because it is probably a good beer for most, but I have to give my honest opinion.

1.83

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 03:35:53 | More by Amalak
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RedHaze

Nebraska

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy pale yellow with a frothy two finger head that fades quickly to a thin cap. The lacing is a bit thin, leaving just a few rings behind. A little later the foam almost fades completely away.

Smell; this has a wheat malt dominated aroma at first, but as this warms up a bit some lemons, tart apples and a slightly musty aroma come out.

Taste; the wheat flavor is not quite as strong as i was expecting after the nose, but there's still enough to let you know that this is still a wheat beer. A mild mustiness come through in the middle followed by tart lemons and a bit of honey. Not quite as tart as I was expecting for a Berliner weiss, but still pretty darn good.

Mothfeel is light to medium bodied with a light carbonation that helps make this a refreshing warm weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 00:52:34 | More by RedHaze
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow body with a thick white head.

Smell: Aroma of sour wheat and tart lemon with a noticeable DMS character that smells distinctly of pot stewed veggies.

Taste: Faint, soft wheat flavors with a splash of lemon juice and merely a hint of sweetness. The DMS is much, much lighter - like adding an asparagus swizzle stick. Suspiciously refreshing finish that's both lightly sour and salty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Not so bad, really. In fact, it's so tasty, I just HAD to tell the world!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 20:23:50 | More by ChainGangGuy
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AndoBrew

Georgia

2.55/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

*did not really mind would not buy*

app: icky cloudy yellow with white bubbly head

smell: oh no, smells like a heffe with some steamed greens in it. like canned spinach.

taste: lil sour lil bananas lil of the green smell sneaks in through the nose. mostly a sourish heffe

mf: nice alive and soothing

drinkable?: sure, sept for the greens

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 02:31:53 | More by AndoBrew
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

500ml bottle.

pours bright yellow, almost flourescent, with just a touch of haze. a small dense ring of bubbles surrounds the glass.

aroma is nice. grain, crackers, white bread. bit of lemony sourness. a little earthy character too. just a hint of spice hiding in the background - clove maybe?

taste is nice. lemony sourness. bit of honey sweetness. crackers and a bit of grain. slightly acidic. just a hint of banana or something in the background that i can't quite place.

mouthfeel is good. medium-high carbonation level. fairly light body.

drinkability is good. light and refreshing. my first experience with this interesting style, and i really enjoyed it. definitely something i'll have to try again, and maybe attempt brewing myself.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 23:18:25 | More by grub
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale straw with massive head that dissipates slowly at first, and then? Where did it go?

Nose of wheat, faint lemon and sour apple.

Tart and refreshing, the taste pretty much evinces a wheat beer with faint lemon and green apple in evidence.

Feels close to medium bodied due to a coating effect on the palate, but the carbonation helps to give a clean taste.

Pretty drinkable, but I don't think I'd spend the bucks for a case of it.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 03:51:04 | More by techdiver
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

According to the brown bottle I poured from this is brewed by Dr. Briem.
Poured cold into a traditional wheat glass and added sediment halfway through.

A - A light golden with slight haze. Yeast particulate dropped out immediately. The head is thin and white with compact bubbles. The bubbles continually stream vertically.

S - Nuts, spice, slight sour apple and citrus smell.

M - A nutty, highly effervescent with generally mild sour and spiced attributes.

T - Flavors of wheat and spice are dominant and a fruit flavor emerges next w/ subtle flavors of lemon and pineapple. A light vegetable (celery?) flavor comes in later.

Green apple and tea are some minor flavors that arrive in the finish.

D - A very tasty ale and the light sourness gives you just enough to continue wanting to drink the beer. The wheat and carbonation are refreshing and when the yeast is added even more grainy, nutty spice flavors show up. A bready quality is apparent and very enjoyable. Quite drinkable summer beer and big flavor for a 5% ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 15:13:55 | More by Slatetank
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elinash

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an absolute perfect example of a berliner weisse. I can't imagine drinking it with syrup, though. It pours with little head, and it's a pale yellow with cloudy yeast. The aroma is slight lemon and light flowers with yeast. Mouthfeel is spritzy, the tartness of the taste changing the mouthfeel. Refreshing, light, and extremely quaffable. I'm glad the world's oldest brewery hasn't sold out.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 00:51:57 | More by elinash
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Created by Dr. Fritz Briem, this beer is brewed as a collaboration between the Doemens Institute and Weihenstephaner. Half-liter bottle with loads of info, yet no freshness date; unpasteurized, unfiltered, and bottle-conditioned. Pours into the weizen glass a clouded, milky-yellow, lighter than a witbier, with high carbonation and a finger of white head that disappears, then reappears. It smells phenolic, spicy, almost funky, with tart, husky wheat, and a dash of hops. The flavor is similar, but adds a big lemon and yeast kick, a hefty lactic sourness, notes of banana, tart/nutty wheat, and a mild bitterness from the green/grassy/spicy hops. Its body is light, smooth, and almost dry, with medium carbonation and finish. My first experience with a Berliner Weisse - if this were a blind tasting, I'd call it a hefe gone sour... the intentional sourness, however, is pleasing and quite refreshing. Recommended, and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 17:54:05 | More by mmmbeer
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy blonde body, like grapefruit juice, with a rapidly diminishing white head. Some patchy lacing left on the goblet. Aroma has a sour lactic note, with green apples and green banana skins in the forefront. Some wheat malt underneath. Light bodied with crisp carbonation and an acidic bite. Taste is tart and acidic. Green apples, wheat biscuits,and lemon drops dance around in the spritzy carbonation pool. Seems like a cousin to a Flanders Red Ale with its sour bite. Fascinating style that is supremely refreshing. Wish there were more breweries trying these.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 14:02:36 | More by merlin48
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