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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Reviews: 573
Hads: 1,334
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 122
Gots: 138 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem

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 drabmuh
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of radshoesbro
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of armock
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of corby112
3.14/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of vacax
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of fropones
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of m1ked
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of quinnsi
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of adamette
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from the "1 pint, .9oz" bottle that I purchased at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor a few days ago for $2.99 into my SN Anniversary Ale pint glass.

A Huge, 4 inch white meringue like head that stuck around for a few minutes. The head was very active, popping with carbonation as it dissipated rather quickly down to a trace island in the middle of the beer. Body is very light yellow, kind of boring. 3.5

S Effervescent, citrus, barley smells. Beer also smells "light." 3.0

T/M Very light feel, bubbly, effervescent with carbonation dancing across my tongue in a light, citrusy dance. Taste is not very strong frankly with some light citrus and distant barley tastes. I cannot say that I really like this taste as it is too distant for me. Festina Peche (the only other Berliner Weisse that I rated) was more flavorful. 3.0

D Highly drinkable and I am sure refreshing on a hot day, say after yardwork or something. This thing is that I would not reach for this in that situation, I would probably go with a more tasty and more available beer such as SNPA. 4.5

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Photo of McDiddyPop
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first crack at a Berliner Weiss. 16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

This one pours a pale golden/straw color with a bit of haze. So many tiny bubbles make its appearance almost champagne-like. A fizzy, towering head quickly recedes to a thin ring which is only kept alive by its highly active carbonation.

Smells at first like sweet grains. Wheat and a small amount of citric zest come through. After a while of sniffing and trying to pinpoint the aroma, I finally settled on apple sauce. It makes me think of a big bowl of apple sauce. Nothing overwhelming, but it's there.

Tastes mildly citric. A wave of sweetness from the wheat. A nice drying tartness. Nothing overwhelming in the way of sourness- the slight pucker actually is quite pleasing.

Fizzy, spritzy carbonation lighten the body, but the flavors are washed clean and it seems a bit thin. However, the pleasing tartness and the clean finish make this one highly drinkable. An extremely refreshing beer for the Summer.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a nonic.

A = Translucent haze of golden hue with a spritzy white head that forms large but quickly becomes a solid ring of medium bubbles around edge of glass and one small island in the middle on the surface.

S = Fresh wheat grain, lemon zest, white wine vinegar.

T = Lemon juice, tinged with vinegar, but accompanied by a sweeter syrupy flavor that balances it somewhat making it clearly a sour beer but one that doesn't cause you to pucker up uncontrollably after each sip.

M = Medium body, mouthcoating could be a little more, the same spritziness in the carbonation that I noticed in the head is also present in the mouth. It foams a little bit upon entering the mouth and has a popping, stinging quality to it, but that ends pretty quickly for a smoother feel as it goes down.

D = This is an enjoyable beer and would make a great beer to enjoy on a hot afternoon, but it is a bit more than one would want to drink a lot of at a sitting.

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Photo of botham
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pint bottle poured into a goblet. pours a hazy golden color with a single finger of rapidly depreciating white head that leaves no lacings and has poor retention.

aroma is of fresh bret funk and a bit of wheat malt mixed in with a light apple note in the background and a wet hay note that envelops the profile and enhances the freshness. fresh and crisp in the nose.

taste is of mild funk with a touch of sourness and a base of wheat malt. undertones of fruit (mainly apple) with a very crisp finish. little to no residual. very tasty.

mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp on the palate with a very refreshing character. solid.

drinkability is excellent. a great berliner. very crisp and refreshing with just enough funk to keep it honest. cheers!

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Photo of Damian
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl oz bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Served in a chalice

The beer poured a very cloudy, pale, dull, straw yellow color with a frothy, bright white, one-half-finger head that quickly faded to swirls of froth and a thick, clingy ring.

The smell was somewhat mild but rather intriguing. Sweet and fruity. White grape (winey) and peach notes were noticeable. Somewhat earthy with hints of muscat grapes as well.

The taste was crisp, tart and citric. Wheaty and lemony with a distinct white wine/Champane-like characteristic. The clean finish was sour and super dry. As the beer warmed, the tart, lemony dryness intensified. Overall, however, the taste was not as complex as the aroma.

With a lively, spritzy, bubbly effervescence, the mouthfeel was very similar to that of a Champagne.

While I enjoyed this beer, I found that it was not quite as sour or as complex as other examples I have sampled. Nevertheless, this is a light, refreshing and tasty beer perfect for sipping on a hot summer day.

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Photo of photomike
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, transparent yellow with a giant head that recedes as fast as it grows. Head dies to nothing with no lacing whatsoever.

Smells of tart Granny Smiths with underripe grapes. A wheaty background note.

Tastes almost like a nice dry cider--tart apples and dry grapes with an interesting wheatiness. Almost minerally it's so dry.

Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Very clean finish.

Incredibly drinkable and refreshing, this would make a nice session beer if it didn't cost me 7 bucks for the 500ml bottle.

For a beer I've been wanting to try for a long time, this came as somewhat of a letdown. Too expensive and unidimensional to be really satisfying in the end.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.64/5  rDev -11%
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?

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Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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).

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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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