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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,200
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 101
Gots: 88 | 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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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Large, noisey, white head that burns itself out into nothing. I'm told this is standard for the style. Cloudly, pale lager yellow. Lotsa bubbles.

Tart green apple.

Tastes like water (yet very dry, huh)that has had Lemonheads soaking in it--kind of a one trick pony. Again, not my thing but par for the course I guess. Thin.

I'll take everybody's word that this is a good representation of style and hey, the bottle says Napolean drank it so that's good. Right?

Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a plastic glass (I'm on vacation in a hotel, sue me), this comes out a clear, very effervescent golden color with a large head that fades to nothing (BJCP says that's appropriate--this is only my second weisse ever, and I can't remember if the first was like that). The nose is highly fruity with a tart underpinning, reminiscent of granny smith apple peelings. The taste is unique: noticibly cereal-like, with a lot of wheat detectable, more than in weizens certainly. Acidity is a major component, but it's nowhere near that of the sour beers of Belgium or elsewhere. It's very refreshing, and quite dry in the same sense that champagnes are dry--very few residual sugars.

Not a complex beer, but very tasty, and much better than the first weisse I had (which was only about 3% alcohol, and had probably sat on the shelf far too long).

Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours golden with a fizzy white head, spritzy and acidic.

S: Wheat malt and lactic acid, good for the style.

T: Sour lactic acid and wheat, sourdough bread form the main flavour. Good complexity and some mild funk, quite flavorful.

M: Acidic of course, but not going to take the enamel off your teeth. Light-bodied, elegant, very easy to drink.

D: A fantastic Berliner Weisse, after having a lot more of this style recently I'm starting to really get into it. This would make a great summer poolside beer if I could actually find it in my local stores. Thanks to Gabe at Beachwood for having this on his bottle list.

Photo of Rayek
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chalice.

A: Cloudy brass with mild carbonation. A fizzy white head is short lived and leaves no lace.

S: Slightly sour overall. Lemon, clove, biscuits and even a faint hint of bubblegum make up the rest.

T: Very tart. A lemon tartness, plus a generous sourdough flavor dominates. Biscuit and raw wheat flavors are subdued. Finishes very tart and dry.

M: The body is a bit mealy. Carbonation is very active and fine.

D: This is my first beer of this style. It seems to fit the style guidelines to a T. The sourness is something I have to be in the mood for to revisit this. The low ABV makes this light and refreshing.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a 500ml bottle purchased for me from Jax in Cumming by OskarsBamaBlues for the clearance price of $2. Poured into its branded glass which is more of a weapon than a glass.

A: Very very light straw yellow color with quite a bit of carbonation at pour that disappears extremely fast. There is no lacing at all. According to the description the lack of head and lace is normal for the style.

S: The smell is an interesting lemony tart smell.

T: Quite a bit of lemony tartness from the first sip. You do not get much in the way of sweetness from the grain since the tartness is so much the life of the party, but it is there in the background. The tartness is even more overpowering in the finish. I can understand why people add syrup to make it less tart. If I had some, I would certainly try it.

M: Quite thin and almost watery. The tartness in the after taste leaves the mouth with an odd feeling that I can not describe. Once again, likely appropriate for the style so I won't dock it much.

D: This one is not drinkable at all for me due to the tartness.

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

500ml bottle that I've cellared for about a year. Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, 1809 is chill hazed pale gold with a large white head that leaves light lace.

Smell is a bit of sour wheat, light sweetness and a hint lemon.

Taste is very nice, clean wheat flavor, light tartness from the acidity, quinine like mineral finish. Very similar to a fine saison, by far the best berliner weiss I've ever had, and also the only one I've had that is from Germany.

Mouthfeel is light and lively, dry, very nice, fine spritz.

Drinkability is high, this is an excellent beer. I love it.

Photo of CJStout
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon asking clerk for a style that is somewhat out of the ordinary with a distinct flavor this beer was recommended. In short - great call.

Smell: Muted, fresh, appropriate for style.
Taste: Like a tart, sour (tastefully) Jolly Rancher German wheat beer.
Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, quenching.
Drinkability: Off the charts - would drink plenty (if I could afford it!!!)

Overall: Fantastic, refreshing beer! It scratches that summertime itch...

Photo of rayjay
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great appearance, with lots of foam retention (like most other beers from this brewery). Very hazy too.

Lacto and sourdough bread nose and flavors. Sourness is fairly appreachable and is countered by a good deal of malt sweetness. A bit heavier and stickier than most other German versions I've had. Still quite refreshing.

Like I usually do I had this without any additional syrup, to fully experience the brewer's work.

Exceptional drinkability, truly the champagne of beers!

Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is straw yellow. Pale in color with a bright white head that pops and fizzes and throws off a puff or two of foam and leaves copius lacing.

Smell - There's some lemon here for sure, this even smells tart. After my first experience with Duchesse du B I'm glad I do not detect acetic acids or funk. I will try in the future the sours I encounter to attempt to retrain and expand my palate, but as far as sours go this is rather good for me. Pure lacto, no brett, no acetic odor and flavor.

Taste - Inoffensive taste of light grains, with a large burst of juicy lemon and lactic tartness. This is a simple beer with a one-dimensional sort of flavor, but as a summer quencher it hits the mark perfectly. A tad bit sweet to my tastes, with a rather restrained maltiness. White grapes in the background, sourness, tartness, like ripe fruit. Reminds me of white wine or champagne in some way, not sure exactly what as they don't taste too much alike.

Mouthfeel - A spritzy carbonation level means that even a pour beyond gentle into geriatric territory brings forth a three finger head or so. The carbonation boueys up the lovely tartness.

Drinkability - High, especially in some hot weather, when the cold effervescence and tart flavors refresh to excess!

Photo of champ103
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale yellow color. At first a large white head forms, but quickly recedes. No lace is left behind.
S: The aroma is fruity with some orange, lemon, and grapes. Some husky grain. Sour fruits. A dry woody aroma as well.
T: Sweet fruits that follow the nose. A very nice tartness, and sourness that is not over done. An interesting take on a wheat beer.
M/D: A light body that is over carbonated for my tastes. Very refreshing however. Easy and smooth to drink though.

This is interesting, and my first Berliner Weissbier. I can dig it, a sour wheat beer. It works well. I would like it to be a little less carbonated, but still worth a try.

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

I cant believe I had never actually tried this one! Insane. I got it as an extra a couple weeks ago and went right to it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/04/2009.

The pour was excellent. A very bright yellow color with a large amount of cloudiness to it. Nice big head of white rises up to the top quite quickly and settles down over the glass with tons of side glass lacing. Lots of banana and clove notes in the aroma right away. That really nice light aroma I look for. As I take the first sip it is remarkably clean and crisp. Soothing, the perfect BBQ beer so far. Nice and crisp wheat and bready flavors, light grain and nice touches of fruit accent it wonderfully. No problem at all with putting the one down any day.

Overall very, very good. I could drink this one all night. I would have to highly recommnend seeking this out.

Photo of Buggies
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale cloudy yellow. Big billowing crazy head which fades to a super fizzy thin one after this calms down.

S: Mostly fruit... grapes I'd say. Yeast is very present. Also has a citrus aroma as well.

T: Has a nice twang to it. The grape in citrus dominate for me. Nice sticky lemon taste left on the tongue. A little tartness as well.

I could really get into this style. I will be in search of more in this style. A real treat to drink!

Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a semi-hazy sunshine yellow, with a large white bubbly head, live carbonation, and not much of a lacing.

smell is of wheat, light citrus, and a touch of spice.

taste is crisp, lots of lemon (too much), and yeast, ends on the sour side.

overall tastes better than it look or smells, refreshing, leaves mouth clean.

Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Lots of loud fizzing... Tons of lightening fast carbonation all over the glass... An uneven sloping pure white head... Pale golden yellow color... Very faint haze...

S - Loads of yeast... White grapes... Faint lemon... Wheat... Apple... Some floral characteristics... Musky... Slightly salty...

T - Lots a grain... Lots of wheat... Lots of yeast... A terrific mix of citrus flavors... Faint hints of saltiness... The tartness and sour notes raise to the forefront as part of the aftertaste...

M - Loads and loads of prickly carbonation... Light bodied, but still assertive... Slightly oily... Crisp...

D - Smooth and refreshing... Refined, elegant, and classy... Light and delicate... A terrific brew and a wonderful and top notch representation of a very under appreciated style... A terrific summer session brew...

Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A noisy head recedes quickly from the top of the cloudy pinkish-orange pour.

Yeast and wheat on the nose. It's sort of bread-like, but very strange, with some hints of fruit.

On the palate, it opens tart and lemony leading to a doughy, wheaty finish, some green apple bursting through the middle.

The carbonation stings a bit at first.

Overall, this is pretty decent, but nothing I'd buy again.

Photo of jsh420
3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours clear yellow with a 1 finger white head that fades fast and leaves no lacing

smell is tart sour apples

tastes the same as the smell tart sour apples with maybe some lemon - not a fan

mouthfeel/drinkability - its a very light beer but overly carbonated and added to that tart sour taste make it almost painful to drink

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle/ no freshness date

P: Slightly hazy straw color with huge columns of carbonated bubbles rising from the depths of the glass to form a huge, shiny white head that starts out very rocky, but quickly sizzles and crackles its way down to nothingness.

A: The nose was kind of weak, but some big whiffs reveal aromas of a brett-like wild yeast, with that lactic acid character that is mentioned on the bottle. Besides that, there's a big citric tartness that resembles lemon zest and orange peels, wheat bread, and some clove.

T: Starts out with those same notes of tart citrus fruits that have the bitterness of lemons and the zest of limes, with the twang of orange peels sprinkled in the mix as well. Wild yeast produces a nice, overall sour flavor to the beer but is not overdone in the least. Underneath is that wheat bread-like malt that pretty much stays out the way for the most part. Upon swallow, very pronounced flavors of bananas and clove become evident.

M: Light bodied, crisp, ultra-clean, with a sharp carbonation and a dry, pleasing finish. The body is rather light and airy, but it has some oomph! to it at the same time, never feeling watery at all.

Notes: Nothing overly complex here, just a nice sour brew with tart citrus fruits and a dry, refreshing feel in the mouth. Nice beer for a hot day! Not sure how many of these I could drink, though, as the lively carbonation seems to squeegee the tongue of all moisture. Enjoyable nonetheless, and well worth a shot if you're into this style.

Photo of gameface23
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Hazy straw color with a lively head. I was expecting a darker color, but it still was refreshing looking on a brutally hot day.

S: Sour, tart lemon and not much else. Sort of weak.

T: Perfectly tart with a dry finish.

M: Light bodied, but not too thin

D: Perfect for a hot day.

Photo of Anthony1
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving- Chilled bottle poured into a .5l weissen glass

appearance- it pours a hazy, straw color. The head it off white and dissipates quickly. there was little to no lacing.

smell- Very strong sour/lemon smell. A dominant citrus aroma powered by a lemon freshness.

taste/mouthfeel- a very sour/tart lemon taste. almost similar to a lemonaid beer. Very refreshing taste. Great feel with light body.

drinkability- a very refreshing beer with too perhaps just a bit to much sour. I myself felt it to be too sour, while my girl friend absolutely loved it.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

Got a bottle at Olive Tree Market in OB, thanks Mike!

Cap came off with an assertive pop, nice.

A friendly pale yellow, completely clear. Huge white head of bubbles that quickly disappear. Slight ring of bubbles around the rim. Bubbles coming from the bottom the whole time, from my non-etched glass. No lacing.

Aroma is earthy, wheaty, some citrus peel combo I can't quite figure out - lemon and orange peel? Bread dough.

Taste: moderately light body, some dull citrus, noticeable tartness on the tongue. The wheat and bready aroma are also noticeable in the taste. Hints of a white grape wine, very slight sweetness. Lemon, lemon peel. A clean finish in the beginning, although the pucker builds up after a few sips. The tartness is not overpowering, actually not as intense as I assumed it would be. Seems to be extremely balanced, not too sweet or citrus-heavy as many domestic Berliners.

Goes down very well. I would love to try this in Germany to see how the shipping affects it. A shame we can't get 6 packs of Berliners here in San Diego, this would be a great summer session beer. I might have to pour one in a pepsi can for the beach ;)

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

A 500 mL bottle from State Line Liquors.

A: The weissbier is pale, a faintly golden straw color that looks like several drops of food coloring in a glass of water. The clarity is pristine, bright and radiant. A finger of head on each pour is quick to settle down, leaving little hint of its presence. A steady stream of bubbles in the center of the glass is visually appealing.

S: The wheat aroma is strong, giving a mildly tart aroma to the ale. Lemon and ripe apples peek through the wheat.

T: The ale has a pleasant tartness up front, sharp but not overpowering. That tartness transitions nicely into a fruity melange thanks to the yeast strain. Berries and citrus are prevalent and nicely cut the wheat's tartness. Bready grains follow the fruit, settling all of the flavors down. A faint banana flavor, near the end of the sip, nicely ties this into Weihenstephan's weisse line.

M: The mouthfeel really benefits from the yeast, layers of sweet fruits emerge that are a needed counterpoint to the wheat's tartness.

D: I'll be sure to grab another bottle or two, as this one is a nice summer sipper.

Photo of philipquarles
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an incredibly hazy orange-yellow with an effervescent white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas are typically hefe, with a lot of banana and clove character, backed by an unmistakable citric tartness. This doesn't reflect the taste, where the acidic sourness sticks out over all. Nice sour apple character that mostly masks the banana notes. Dry, tart finish. The light-medium body with heavy carbonation goes well with the flavors to make this quite refreshing.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an incredibly clear and vigorously carbonated yellow color with a fizzy rumply white head that just won't go away and leaves "ok" lacing.

Nose is mild wheat, slight tartness, and some lemon citrus zest. Slight pepper as well.

Wow. Some mighty tasty stuff. I was expecting a little bit more aggressive tartness, but this is quite nice. Nice almost Kristalweizen like wheat profile, a bit softer, not as much wheat yeast flavor, for obvious reasons. A beautifully dry slight tartness really helps the slight citrus zest flavor along. Some green apple like esters in here as well. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be. A nice brisk carbonation, beautifully crisp and dry finish.

Drinkability is the best ive had in a berliner weiss. Could easily pound multiples of these badboys on a hot day grillin on the back deck.

Overall a superb berliner. A tiny touch more tartness would be nice, but the subtelty of it makes it ideal for a refreshing treat. Yet another classic from one of my favorite breweries, and the authority on german styles. Great stuff.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale straw color, cloudy with all the yeast, with a big fizzy white head that disappears quickly. Aroma resembles some wheat beer characteristics, a little citrus and clove, but there's a lot more twang here, some acidity. Taste is very tart, mouth puckering with a touch of sour. Lots of citrus acidity that resembles lemon juice. A drastic departure from most wheat brews, but still retain some of the defining characteristics of that style. Another top notch brew from Weihenstephan.

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
92 out of 100 based on 1,200 ratings.