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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Reviews: 570
Hads: 1,314
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 121
Gots: 129 | 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 ccrida
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of CJStout
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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... (445 characters)

Photo of rayjay
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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! (481 characters)

Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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! (1,271 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.09/5  rDev 0%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of Buggies
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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! (439 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.15/5  rDev -23%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
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... (828 characters)

Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.56/5  rDev -13%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
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 (326 characters)

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (1,528 characters)

Photo of gameface23
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of Anthony1
4.12/5  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. (557 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of mrkrispy
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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 ;) (1,152 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,107 characters)

Photo of philipquarles
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (1,073 characters)

Photo of saintwarrick
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy, hazy, yellow color that looks a lot like the skin of a lemon. Some noticeable wheat and yeast particles float around. A huge, thick, creamy white head with great retention. Leaves some lacing behind.

A big twang in the aroma that is both wheat and some tartness.

The taste has some moderate tartness, wheaty, bready. A little bit like a very light white wine. Pretty good.

A creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, good beer. (457 characters)

Photo of Rennpferd
4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It poured very heady, but the head quickly receded to one finger. It had a pale yellow hue. There was a lot of carbonation.

It had a unique scent. A perfect balance of old bread dough, sour milk, and lemon.

It tasted a little sour. It had a touch of citrus. There was a nice mellow wheat flavor. It was lite bodied. It had a clean finish, it had a little punch to it.

Just a great beer. I was not expecting this. If you don't get a similar experience; try drinking it out of a tulip glass, that's what I did. (512 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. no date, no batch number found.

poured into tuliped 12oz pint glass, tasted approx 9 oz without any flavoring added. made a raspberry "syrup" from preserves/jam to try the second half of the bottle...

murky pineapple juice color, with straw tones. looks like a witbier. vigorous pour gives lots of foamy head, but soon reduces to fizzy wisps and a sudsy, thin ring. no lace. (lots of lace and creamy foam once i add the pectin-containing raspberry preserves however...)

aroma: blend of fresh cider vinegar and bready malt, with touch of noble hops. faint micro-trace of funk? more bready yeast in the backend. all somewhat subdued however.

taste: tart acidity - snappy, almost citrusy. touch of bread and yeast. mild bitterness from the faintly grassy hop, all combining towards the snappy finish, along with crisp carbonation.

thin, almost watery, but tart with acidic snap and spritzy carbonation, thus giving some body.

i don't have much frame of reference, but this is refreshing, and also fun to drink with fruit flavoring added. (1,054 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up a while ago at West Lakeview Liquors. Was looking for something low in alcohol to start with, and this fit the bill.

A - Started gushing as soon as I popped the cap. Huge cloud-white foam that settles around three fingers before slowly dissipating. Minimal lacing is left behind. The brew is a slightly hazed golden straw color.

S - Sour, sharp wheat smell, with hints of lemon, white wine, and a touch of funk. It's a little bit too acrid for my liking, but it's plenty potent and true to the style.

T - Taste is more understated, with more of the regular wheat beer flavors - banana, bubblegum, yeast. There's a touch of lemon and funk, but nowhere near as much as in the smell - it does build up a little in the aftertaste though.

M - Crisp, high carbonation, but still a bit sticky after swallowing. The body is a little bigger than I expected, with some nice creaminess to it once you get past the carbonation tingle. There's just a little too much bite for my liking.

D - 500ml will not be a problem. Even though the carbonation is lively it somehow doesn't feel too bloaty. The aftertaste doesn't get too sour or funky, either. All in all it scores well in this area.

I definitely liked this more than the New Glarus Berliner...this seemed to have more subtlety and finesse. (1,302 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I LOVE this style. Not my favorite, but really good. I would love to try it in Germany.

On the pour, this one had a three finger, fast and loudly fizzy head that was rocky as it subsided. This was atop a hazy yellow body, which is expected for the style.

Aroma was sour, again expected. There was a little bit of hoppiness, and definite wheat malt presence.

Ooooh, the taste. Lightly fruity, with hints of carbonated apple juice. Slightly sour with crisp wheat. Nicely balanced, really really good. No bitterness to speak of, but there is some sour bite.

Mouthfeel is very good. The style is expected to be thin, but there is some perceived body because of the pucker factor. Nicely carbonated, sparkly and just damn pleasant.

Great marks for drinkability. This could easily be a session beer for me, and one I will revisit from time to time. (847 characters)

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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