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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,137
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 93
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
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Professor Fritz Briem

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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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Picked this up at Healthy Spirits. First time I've sampled this style.

Pouring into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Excellent clarity, light golden color. Massive foam collapsed quickly. No lacing.

Tart/sour aroma is prominent. Sour cherry. Light bread malt layered underneath the assertive sour character.

Sour, unsweetened lemonade up front with a salted cracker/wheat malt quality showing modest support. Dry finish. Hop bitterness and flavor aren't playing much of a factor.

Light bodied, high level of effervescent carbonation.

Overall this is a tart, refreshing, easy to drink wheat beer. Sourness lends as great deal of palette interest and the light body/high carbonation reinforce the crispness. My first example of the style but I'd say it's very well done.

BrewerB, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

avaldivia, Dec 26, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

StRocco, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Cinderbike
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

A - Pale straw yellow with tons of fluffy white head.

S - Hay, malt, and lemon peel.

T - Dry, some faint malt, dominated by a bitter lemon flavor and mouth-puckering sourness. Slightly peppery at the finish.

M - Insane carbonation, like a champagne.

O - A great beer for a light meal or on a hot day.

Cinderbike, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

micstache, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of VaterRoss
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%

Serving: poured from 500ml bottle into Blue Moon weizen glass.

Appearance: wow! huge frothing head that forced me to ease up on the pour. Clear straw yellow color with vigorous carbonation. Fun to watch the head from the top as it actually surges and bubbles for minutes.

Smell: dry with a hint of lemon citrus. Slight wheat smell.

Taste: dry with lemon, then you get the intense bitter sourness.

Mouthfeel: light, extremely carbonated and dry, slightly mouth puckering.

Overall: Very interesting, almost like a mix of a dry champagne and sugarless European citrus soda with some wheat grounding it in beer territory. While I am willing to try this style again, I found the dry sourness to be a bit intense. Luckily I was able to pair this with some food (baked salmon), but I do not think I would drink this without food.

VaterRoss, Dec 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

smithmd4, Dec 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Unchi, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

bmoney, Dec 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

A: Pours a clear gold with a fizzy white mousse that disappears within seconds. Carbonation is obviously very active.

S: Tart and lactic on the nose with plenty of yeasty funk. A mild, grassy hop aroma is present in the background once the beer settles a bit. I wouldn't call this the most complex smelling beer in the world, but perhaps that is just a trait of this style.

T: Notes of minerals, sherry, champagne, lemon zest, herbs, grass, and honey are all over the palate. To be honest, I didn't detect much in the way of a wheat flavor. The finish is crisp and clipped with mineral, champagne, and grass flavors.

M: Light bodied, dry, and extremely spritzy. It feels a bit like champagne.

O: I'm not all that familiar with Berliner Weisse as a style, but I would venture to say that this is a solid example of what a traditional Berliner Weisse is supposed to be. I enjoyed the elegant character of this ale, but I'm not sure that I would be all that keen on revisiting this one until I've tried some other Berliner Weissbiers. All in all, this is a pretty decent beer.

mrfrancis, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

sudzmackenzie, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Brewed in the traditional style of Berliner Weisse.
5% ABV
500 ml poured into a tall glass.

Pours a light hazy color, very effervescent, with a small creamy white head. Aroma was all wheat initially, but there are strong Gueuze like notes. Per the label there is lactic acid bacteria in bit. That explains a lot.

Nice taste too, fruity and tart with a little acid bite towards the end, complemented by the slight bitterness. Medium body, and I would have been content with a lighter. Good carbonation, very refreshing overall.


tewaris, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

GRG1313, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

Had this particular beer multiple times, with different aged bottles. This one immediately doesn't seem to have the bright tartness I've found in other bottles, but interesting nonetheless...

Appearance: Really pale golden/honey colored body. Really active carbonation is visible. Nice head retention, with some really strong stickiness.

Smell: Lots of grass and earthier, almost spicy notes on the nose...along with some lemongrass. I pick up some light mustiness along with a distinctive sweetness. No real hop presence to speak of, unless it's lingering in that musty and herbal area...which I think would be really great.

Taste: Well, there may have not been a very bright tartness on the nose, but it certainly makes itself known upon the first sip. Great dryness accompanies a really clean tartness, which carries some lemon and citric qualities. I detect some perceivable bitterness here that wasn't really apparent on the nose, which works nicely with such a dry finishing beer. The aftertaste is especially neutral, and not bombarding on the palate...I plan on pairing this with food in the near future.

Mouthfeel: This is yet another strong point for this beer, the fact that the mouthfeel is so light and effervescent. This is an exceptionally easy drinking beer, which remains refreshing while still having those intricate flavor complexities. This is truly a wonderful beer to drink thanks to it's crispness, it's tartness, and it's accessibility.

Overall: A really awesome beer that I love to keep around the house. It's a really solid entry-level "sour," and it's pretty easy on the wallet. I don't really have anything else to say about it, that isn't just reiterating what i've already said...

amcmaho1, Nov 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

mdillon86, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Exiled, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

bevenson, Nov 23, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a light wheaty cloudy color like a hefe. Head dissipated to nothing. Lots of bubbles.

Aroma is funky with a bit of champagne. A bit wheaty.

Taste is same as aroma. Very tasty. Very champaign ish with a bit of tartness and some wheat. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry and crisp. Lots of bubbles.

Overall a great Berliner. Wish there were more of these around.

Review with some woodruff syrup thrown in. Aroma is a bit sweeter. Taste is much sweeter with a lot of the tartness cut out. Bit of marshmallow flavor. I think I like Berliner by itself better but it's still good.

PeprSprYoFace, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

KHM, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Wisconsinality, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

rmaste6282, Nov 21, 2011
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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