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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,068
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 88
Gots: 72 | 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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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a pale hazy yellow with a thin foamy white head that dissipates quickly.

S. Medium level of sour in the nose with some pale wheat notes.

T. A medium level of sourness with lemon and sour apple.

M. Thin mouthfeel with medium+ carbonation.

D. Supremely drinkable. I'd prefer this on a warm day, but any day with a beer is acceptable.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 04:18:35 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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Urbancaver

Ohio

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

Pours a hazy yellow. Lots of white head that foams up on the pour. The head dissipates quickly and leaves no traces. Smells sour and tart and wheaty. I can taste wheat and maybe corn? On the tongue. Sour and tart predominantly on the tongue but subtle enough that its tasty. Solid mouthfeel. Vry drinkable especially for a sour

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 04:00:48 | More by Urbancaver
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brew3crew

Ohio

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

Poured into tasting glass

A-straw color. Hazy color with little color
S-smells very sour. Nice fruity undertones. Very tart.
T-alot like it smells. Very fruity, sour and tart
M-very light and crisp.
D-very drinkable. Very nice sour after taste. Taste was gone in no time

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 03:52:01 | More by brew3crew
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(16.9oz bottle). Gusher. Pours cloudy lemon yellow color with massive white head. Active carbonation. Aroma of funk, basement, citrus and lavender; it's perfumey. Taste is tart with some malt sweetness underneath. Medium bodied with a smooth finish. This is a gentle beer. I definitely should get more to age. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 23:21:23 | More by trappistlover
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

as its pouring it almost has a pinkish hue which settles to a pale straw color with a pure white, quickly receding head that leaves little lacing. a nice, steady stream of bubbles continuously flows.

wheaty and fruity with lemon, grass, straw, hay, peach, apple skins.

tart and fruity. not sour, but tart. lemon, peach, and sour apple with wheat and grass. pretty simple, yet complex, oddly. has the grassiness of a pilsner with a nice tartness and light fruitiness that complements that beautifully.

pretty thin bodied, which is perfect for the style, with pretty heavy carbonation. it finishes dry as hell (assuming hell is dry).

drinks very well! by far the best example of the style, though I can count the ones I've tried on one hand still. dry, yet sweet, yet tart, yet herbal, yet simple, yet complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 03:29:27 | More by silentjay
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

(A)- Pours a clear pale straw yellow color. Produced a nice pure white bubbly effervescent head that stuck around for awhile before dissipating.

(S)- A nice dry hay/straw earthiness with a light yet crisp white grape and lemon tartness.

(T)- Very similar to the smell in every way. Nice light fruit tartness.

(M)- A larger carbonation level than expected, but it is welcomed and fitting. Fruity and very crisp. Just a tiny hint at sourness on the backend.

(D)- A great Berliner Weisse. Nice crisp and tart fruits with a bubbly carbonation level. Great stuff that would be fantastic on a hot summers day. I look forward to exploring this style further.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 16:30:38 | More by sweemzander
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flexabull

California

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

First Berliner Weisse, courtesy of pwoody11, thanks agin.

Pours a faint yellow color, hazy, with a nice white head.

Aromas are of lemon, sour apples, apple sauce, and hints of white wine. Nice nose.

Taste starts out with pineapple sweetness, light vinegar, and white wine. Finish is really crisp, mineral like, with lemon zest, and a hint of sour funk.

Mouthfeel is nice, really full, smooth, yet crisp.

Drinkability is great. This is my first take on the style, and I like it. Reminds me of sour light, but still with plenty of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 03:24:45 | More by flexabull
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured into a tulip. Pours a very light straw color with lots of visible carbonation and a gorgeous three finger fluffy and creamy looking white head that settles down to about half and retains nicely through out the beverage. The aroma is kind of funky and yeasty with a slight lemon edge to it. The taste is very light. It's nice and crisp with a biscuity flavor with an tart lemon apple finish to it. I think the carbonation is a but much on this. It kind of explodes in the mouth and the carbonation is a bit on the sharp side. I do however really like the nice light body. This is near perfect. By biggest qualm with this is the carbonation, otherwise, this is a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 00:13:54 | More by Bendurgin
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium sized German bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours clear golden yellow, quite transparent. Fizzy fast acting white foam that completely burns off.

Strong banana smell, some wheat-ish.

Tart citrus lemon taste. Punchy. Very good. Little hint of sour. Superstrong carbonation.

Clean, tart, tasty, great beer. Well done, Professor.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 19:21:17 | More by KTCamm
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a fascinating and amazingly interesting beer. It's not an appealing beer to behold, being a little cloudy and full of floaties. The head is a soda-pop fizz that fades as quickly as it forms. The aroma, however, is complex and intriguing. Sour-smelling, lactic, horse-sweat, funk, grass, and straw. It's not as appealing as a lambic's smell, but it is interesting, and will surely keep your nose engaged. The taste is not really sour..but very well balanced. More funk, and a very appealing crispness. It would be quite refreshing on a hot summer day (too bad I'm drinking it on a cold winter night). Light body, with a relatively low carbonation. Great smoothness and texture...I love the mouthfeel. All in all, this is not a beer that I'd go out of my way to drink, but it's a wonderful experience. Hail the funk!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 02:30:21 | More by Suds
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Brenden

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's taken a long time to review, but I've really been studying this style deeply to understand it as my first try so I could properly review it.

This is an extremely pale yellow, just a bit deeper than a good Kolsch but lighter than most macros in color. I expect this for the style. It's also extremely cloudy, as expected. The head doesn't last particularly long but what light, fluffy crown does sit on top doesn't dissipate all that quickly, either. A light touch of thick, white lacing is left in strands.
The aroma is tart and lightly citric, much like a good white white, with a strong note of earthy mustiness to it. There's also a dry malts adding a touch of breads and some wheat underlying. This is nearly perfect or the style and surprisingly potent.
The aroma follows suit, and the strong tart, sour flavors lead the way as they ought to. This beer is reminiscent of the green apple flavors of white wine with wheat and plenty of crackery malts underneath. This one is earthy without getting the grassy / herbal quality of a pils, and hops presence is appropriately light.
With a surprisingly rich mouthfeel proving that light-bodied and weak are not synonymous, this one goes down very nicely, particularly given the crispness that's in every sip.
This is spectacularly drinkable, and anyone looking for light, tart and gently sour and for a pinnacle of this style should reach for this one. Of course, I haven't tried any other Berliner Weissbiers, but I imagine this beer will be extremely difficult to match.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 22:56:49 | More by Brenden
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GradyS1

California

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy light yellow with a strong 2 finger head, carbination noticable
S- strong citrus notes,lighter pilsner wheet favor comes in as well
T- Sour and Funky upfront but not overwhelming. Sour apples, lemons and a wheat beer mixed togeather. Nice balance.
M- Light, crisp and carbonated.

Overall, I like this syle and this was the best one Ive had so far. It is really a crisp refreshing beer, would have no problem drinking these all day long in the summer

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 13:51:10 | More by GradyS1
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DrewZ926

New York

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This one's a gusher. Pours an extremely fizzy straw yellow with some more orange highlights. Minimal head that aggressively fizzles to nothing.

S- Very fresh smell, lemon and lime zest, swirls reveal slight hoppiness, also picking up some funk

T- Most surprising, very bold flavors for such a small beer, tons of lactic sourness, a bit of funk, and a sharp lemon/spicy finish

M- A bit light, feels similar to a hefewiezen, very carbonated so a there's some bite

D- Very sessionable. Perfect for a warm day. Low abv and refreshing taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 01:12:34 | More by DrewZ926
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i got this one from dmeadows. He also included some strawberry syrup, but this review is without the flavoring added. Ive wanted to review another true Berliner for a long time.

A- The carbonation is lively and crackly. Its rushes to dissipate, leaving no lace. The beer is a clouded, frankly, urine yellow with lots of active bubbles.

S- The smell is very nice and tart with a strong lemony presence. A dash of salt, and lots of funk. Its a very strong barnyard, muddy hay, cattle kind of funk.

T- Tart lemon that can get quite sour. It grips the sides of the tongue. It moves into a very musty hay dust funk. The finish is very minerally like very hard water with a lemon wedge.

M- This is one of the driest beers Ive ever had. Carbonation and tartness all play into the feeling, making this beer very clean.

D- Really nice stuff. I would drink this often in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 03:04:35 | More by MbpBugeye
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ausonius

New York

4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle into a Riedel Vinum Bordeaux

My bottle - like all the other ones I've seen say Dr., not Professer, but whatever.

Murky yellow, straw, orange.
Big foamy Wheat Beer head. Settles in a few minutes. Not too much lacing with this foamy head.

Nose: Sweaty lactic sour with earthy key lime & some funk in the background. Violet, licorice, fresh semolina bread, & a hint of raw tangy, pungent honey.
Some complex yeasty Belgian-like creamy sweetness.
Miraculous & unique.

Palate: Big, full, round & grainy. Pungent/spicy ginger & beautiful grainy wheat. Hints at limestone minerality allied to blood orange/lime & wheat character. Vinous, & even Champagne-like, in an earthy, lactic way.
Pretty friggin' complex on the palate as well.

96 Points

One of the great, unique beers of the world.

Not sure if I can ever live without this one.

CHEERS!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 23:19:43 | More by ausonius
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very turbid pale marigold colour, with large carbonation bubbles skulking up to the top. Head is white and foamy, pretty humble but decent retention for the bubble size. Lace is not really there. Looks quite nice.

Smell is fairly funkadelic. Tart and crisp with a lot of acid, giving me Granny Smith apples, cranberries and citrus, all contained within a nice spice jar with cinnamon, ginger and a marmalade sweetness hanging at the back. Nice complexity, crispness, balance. It's ticking many of my boxes.

Taste is interestingly tart. Very fruity with a large melon component that starts early and gets far more pronounced towards the back. Not actually as much acid as I anticipated; the texture puckers slightly but doesn't take hold like other Berliner Weißes I've had. Slight tart berry component late-mid and a strong vinous character on the back is helped by the dry texture. Mostly sour towards the finish but it doesn't linger, and leaves you nicely refreshed, like a very strong lemon squash.

Could use a touch more flavour on the front and perhaps more of a flourish on the finish. It's quite enjoyable as it is, however.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 12:45:19 | More by laituegonflable
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500mL bottle served into a nucleated imperial pint glass

Pours a very light, pale straw yellow color. Tons and tons of carbonation jets up from the nucleation. Lots of foamy white bubbles form at first but soon disappear. This beer basically looks just like an adjunct lager. Only with hella yeast sediment. Floaties everywhere! Weird, alien life form floaties! I think these floaties might be the Arsenic microbes that NASA found. So yeah, it doesn't look pretty. And I don't have any woodruff syrup to gussy things up. For the style? I have to imagine that this is spot-on. Some beers just can't be pretty.

1809 smells, in part, like a typical wheat beer. You've got some zippy tang, some banana ester. But what dominates is the tartness. This is not a funky beer, no. This is a tart beer. Lemon juice everywhere. There's other stuff too: some carbonate smells, something almost milky. But that tart lemon is what stays with you.

The beer smells way more tart than it actually tastes. There is just enough sharp lemon juice sourness to encourage further drinking. You've got wheat bread flavors everywhere, some lactose like flavors, a bit of water (yeah, it gets watery around the middle of the drink - to the point where I thought I had lemon water in my mouth). This is very good. Light, tart, refreshing.

The mouthfeel has a flaw - that watery business that I just mentioned. Other than that, the carbonation is wonderfully lively and the body as thin as could be. The drinkability? Off the charts. This is one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. Lightly tart, the beer just commands continued quaffing. Amazing.

How is this style of beer not more popular? It's great great great. This particular beer needs to be in six-packs as soon as years ago. It's awesome.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 02:43:59 | More by Reaper16
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City (great location, by the way - check it out). It seemed interesting enough to bring back to Australia and share; when I purchased it I was unaware it was the top rated Berliner Weisse here, but now I'm glad I bought it.

Pours a cloudy and turbid, very pale golden colour, with a huge soapy and sudsy head of white foam that burgeons up and the cascades down in a very vibrant display. Hard to see much carbonation through the haze, but I imagine it's pretty effervescent. Looks pretty great, what I want a Berliner Weisse to look like.

Nose is pungently sour, with a big carbonic acidity throughout, that is just highlighted and accentuated with a lilting uplift of zesty lemon rind on the back, and sweetened with the promise of confectionery sugar. Dusty and a little refined, it's a more complex and complete aroma than I've yet had from any other beer in the style.

Taste is pleasantly sour, but not puckering, and again lilts nicely with a touch of citric zest. A little sweetness is present throughout, and the body is extremely light and effervescent without getting too gassy or bubbly. Slightly yeasty grit on the back, which detracts a little from the pure refreshment, but the delicate backbone of the beer more than makes up for it.

A lovely, refreshing and very light beer. It's the sec champagne of the beer world. Very easy to imbibe, and incredible delicate, but with a lilt and depth of character that is surprising in a beer designed so much from a refreshment point of view. Lovely.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 08:07:51 | More by lacqueredmouse
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biggmike

Mississippi

4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour a lemony, yellow color that was topped off with a white fluffy head that dissipated rather slowly. Very cloudy and full of yeast. Nice citrusy aroma. Citrusly, clean, crisp taste. I could drink a lot of these on a hot summer day as drinkability is extremely high.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 21:44:26 | More by biggmike
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bminor7

New York

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 - quite a fancy bottle.

A - straw golden, almost urinish. Fizzy bit of head that dissipates quickly. Not a lot to keep it up. a little bit of yeast at the bottom.

S - the wheaty, light hoppy notes of a hefeweizen, but with a sourness...wtf is this stuff...I did not know what a Berliner Weiss was before I got this

T - hmm, crispy fresh wheat beer flavor in the front, then unexpectedly, a sourness appears! This is pretty interesting and quite delicious. a very dry finish. dont know if it's all lactic acid, but there seems to be some citrus in the front as well. very interesting.

M - effervescent

D - good...good...if this came in cans I'm sure I would be toting it everywhere. Hard to find but this is a relatively rare style (only 7 beers listed on BA) with a great contrasting flavor profile. Big fan - get it if you see it and see what this style is all about.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 23:40:01 | More by bminor7
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer appears crystal clear and yellow in color. The head vanishes within seconds, leaving no lace. This is a top-notch appearance for a Berliner Weissbier, and much different than the draft version, in my experience.

S: The aroma is of funky yeast and bananas. The aroma has some Belgian lambic type scents, which I find very appealing.

T: The beer is funky and sour, but not to the point of puckering, at least for me. Banana flavors play a prominent role, but not to the same extent as in a hefeweizen. 1809 is tart, funky, refreshing, and low in alcohol. This is a thoroughly enjoyable beverage, and again, I enjoyed this much more from the bottle versus the draft.

M: Tart and slightly acetic with a solid carbonation level. Nice feel.

D: A great beer. I wish it was a little cheaper ($6 / bottle) and available in six packs. I really enjoy this beer and would drink it anytime.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 01:33:25 | More by Huhzubendah
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: poured fizzy. golden with no head rentention and no lacing

smell: lemon, tartness

taste: good sour weiss, I liked the lower ABV and the more sour power from the hottenroth, but this is nice too.

mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation

drinkability: great summer ale and good for it's purpose

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 19:47:06 | More by CampusCrew
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

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

50cl bottle poured into a long, thin glass. Small, fizzy bubbles abound. Kind of subdued, slightly sour aroma with an impression of peaches. More sour peaches in the flavor, very dry and tart. Highly carbonated and dry, perfect mouthfeel for this style. Highly refreshing and very good. Edit: This has improved after 6+ months. Really a softer a better mouthfeel, and more richness in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 02:04:12 | More by JAXSON
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very light apricot color with a thin white head and not much lacig. Nose brings a bit of tart wheat and some very mild acid. Hints of peach. The taste is a bit more expansive, with peach, grean apple, and a bit of grass coming in as well. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Nice and mellow throughout, this drinks really well.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 10:04:37 | More by Thorpe429
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Weizen glass at the Old Eagle Tavern.

The look is instantly recognizable. Big, puffy white head, bountiful sediment and a hazy, lemony yellow color attract the senses immediately. A wild carbonation surges, forcing the sediment to dance throughout the liquid. Truly a sight to behold.

Aroma is just as enchanting, boasting the tartest of lemon juices, mild whiffs of banana and a slight milkiness.

Flavor is just as lemony, with a creamy consistency that's most likely due to the lacto bacteria and the lightest hints of orange and pineapple. The mild musk in the conclusion nicely balances out the tart bite, making for a light and Summery treat.

Modesty be damned... This just might be the most drinkable beer on the planet and, as the warm weather starts to seem like a distant memory, it's nice to drink this and remember all of those sunny Saturday afternoons.

Note: I've also tried this on several occasions with the Raspberry and Woodruff syrups, and, while those are interesting additions, believe this beer is best served straight up.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 02:36:47 | More by deapokid
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
92 out of 100 based on 1,068 ratings.