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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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1,139 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,139
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 94
Gots: 84 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 drummstikk
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Fantastic!

A hazy gold with bright white head that dissipates quickly into a lasting thick ring.

Smells of soft plastic sheeting and tangy grains.

Tastes like heaven. Sweet bananas and apricots, followed by a very balanced sourness that gives you a pucker only during the first sip. A hint of hop bitterness vanishes into the dryest cleanest finish I've tasted from a beer in a long time, almost like the dry vinous finish to a champagne.

Throughout, carbonation is high and spritzy, giving the illusion (perhaps reality?) of a light body. But the body could not be too watery, because it never tastes thin or watery. It is this contradiction in the mouthfeel that makes drinking this beer so exceptional. I can't imagine why anyone would ever choose Bud Light to cool off on a hot day after tasting this beer.

Expected DMS from the unboiled wort, but instead got the most delicate malt sweetness and the flavor of grains. The body is flush with malt flavor, balanced with sourness that, because of the complete lack of vinegar, tickles the tongue.

drummstikk, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of fx20736
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 25 oz brown bottle into a Paulaner .5 liter Hefeweizen glass.

Poured yielded a massive eruption of white cumulus, leaving a thick, snow white head that receded by imploding,collapsing the sides inward.

Beer is translucent, a thick hazy, lemon yellow with amazing swirling nebulae of yeast that look like ghostly apparations dancing in the beer. Tiny bubbles stream endlessly upward.

Aroma: Bready wheat and sour apples with no discernible hops presence.

Mouthfeel. Fizzy, highly carbonated, seltzer like.

Taste: Tart, acidic, like a Chardonnay or even Champagne. There is white/ green grape and sour apple notes here. The sourness overwhelms all other characteristics of the beer, save for a slight bready, maltiness. The finish is dry, intensely dry, leaving no aftertaste at all.

Notes: This is a beer that drinks like a sparking white wine or a cider mixed with seltzer. The combination of heavy carbonation sourness and ultra dry finish completely cleanses the palate. This would be a magnificient accompaniment to a wide variety of cheeses and nuts.

Not for everyone, a beer that can be perceived as being more like a wine than a beer but a singular and interesting drinking experience.

fx20736, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Gosox8787
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Chilled bottle poured into my Allagash tulip glass. Bottle opened with a bit of a gush, most of which hit the glass.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow in color and plenty cloudy. The final pour leaves a bit of yeast at the bottom of the glass. Big, fizzy head that recedes pretty quickly.

Aroma: Lemon zest definitely establishes itself upfront. Herbal and grassy notes come through after that. Some nice barnyard and funk notes are in there as well. They get stronger as this warms too.

Taste: A slight lacto sour kick hits at first, but quickly subsides. This is not at all mouth puckering. Big funk and earth tones show through. Pretty nice balance all around, but I definitely could use a bit more sour.

Mouthfeel: Really crisp and refreshing. Well carbonated all around and light bodied. Slightly dry finish.

Overall, a nice enjoyable berliner weisse and definitely a great example of the style. Plenty of funk and barnyard notes throughout and a nice dry finish. Refreshing, but I think more time in the bottle could help this become more tart.

Gosox8787, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of Agold
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is light, golden and clear with lots of carbonation evident. Looks nice. Nothing special. The first thing to hit me in the aroma a yeast. Didnt even pour the yeast in, but it seemed to be fairly apparent in the beer. Along with the yeastiness is also tartness and mildly fruityness and funkiness (but not a ton at all). The beer is very light and pleasant. Crisp and refreshing. Very good. I really enjoyed the high carbonation light crisp dry nature of this beer. Overall, this beer is very refreshing and drinkable. Light in flavor, but there is a lot going on. Would definitely like to keep a few of these on hand for the rest of the summer.

Agold, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at a local bottle shop and poured it into 2 tulip glasses. Gave a quick swirl to pull the yeast off the bottom of the bottle and into the beer.

Hazy, light straw in color, the bottle gushed like crazy, but I guess that shoulda been expected when I didn't keep it in the fridge for 24 hours before opening. At least I managed to save most of what gushed...ample carbonation creates a huge head, but no retention. Surprisingly, though, for a beer with almost no residual sugar, if any, a swirl produces cabernet-like legs.

The aroma is full of tart wheat and a light funkiness. The tartness is a clean and citrusy lactic sourness that brings on grapefruit and lemon zest. There are also some clove esters from the sacc. strain. The flavor follows suit beautifully. Clean, crisp, and tart, this is what a berlinerweiss should taste like. Complex enough to keep drinking and sour enough for me to remember that this isn't just a weissbier.

Light and spritzy on the palate, this is definitely a summer beer. Easily drinkable, this is something I will return to again and again, especially with its sub-$5 price tag. I wish there were more of these that were so widely available.

NittanyBeerFan, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse 5.0% alcohol conten. Poured into a Cristoffel Goblet.

A- Amazing glowing blonde hazed to perfection in the suns light. Little to nothing head leaves a light froth and ring around glass. Looks like lemon juice.

S- Heavily citric scent dominate the nose with grapefruit, lemon, and a hint of oranges. Grassy hop make a showing with the main stage, second being the musky yeast.

T-M- The taste is almost like sucking on a lemon after a shot of Tequila... Excellent! Zesty lemon and lime flavors upfront followed by a meld of sharp grassy hop and citric bite.
The yeast is on it own with a thick mouthfeel of farmhouse feel leaving a sticking flavor of the fresh lemons and limes making the tongue yearn for more.

One hell of a beer and I will look for this one over and over again! Cheers!

wesbrownyeah, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a creamy white head.

Crackery, grainy, musty aromas with strong lemon notes.

Crackery grain is swept asside by a wave of lemon driven acidity that gives a refreshing zip to this unique beer. No sweetness, no bitterness, but a moderate level of acidity and lemon flavors that are reminiscent of fresh lemonade.

The mouthfeel is crisp and sharp, the acid makes the carbonation seem even more pronounced.

Off the charts drinkability, if you enjoy tart beers. The only thing holding me back from drinking this allday everyday is the $5.99/16.9oz bottle price tag. A lovely beer that really shows what an under produced, but fascinating beer style Berliner Weiss is.

BradLikesBrew, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of JLeege
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a massive rising white head that quickly fizzles out to nothing; just as it should.

Smell- Green apple, white grape, and lots of lemon. A very distinct wheatyness and mild funk.

Taste- Tart green apple again, with slightly sour lemon. I have had much more sour, but this has very nice balance. The wheat stands out a bit more towards the finish. Slightly acidic and funky from the lactic acid. Zesty and fruity with a nice dry clean finish. Licking your lips gives you another nice rush of lemon.

Mouthfeel- Light body with spritzy carbonation, dry on the finish. Very refreshing, overly drinkable.

Overall- Outstanding beer, going to have to stock up on this big time. I wish more breweries would give a stab at this style, though this is definitely the best I have had.

JLeege, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a straw yellow with a one finger head with big popping bubbles. Head dissipated rapidly.

S- Tart lemon, mango, tropical fruit, hay, and some funk. Very strong and aromatic beer, I could smell this as I was pouring it.

T- Sour lemon, tropical fruit, hay, big funky notes, and wheat.

M- A little lighter and thinner, high prickly carbonation, high acidity, finishes dry, and pretty refreshing

O- A very good Berliner Weisse that packs a lot of funk and some sourness. At first it was not as sour as the Bruery's Hottenroth I had recently, but still quite sour. After I poured my second glass more of the sentiment got in the glass and it became a lot more sour. This one packs a punch. Very nice refreshing summer brew.

Hoptometrist, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of birchstick
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a clear pale yellow with a nice pure white head and tons of active carbonation bubbling up

S - I can smell this thing from a foot away. Really sweet, almost vinous with hints lemons and citrus with a bit of earthy funk and faint, grassy hops. Beautiful aroma.

T - tart lemon citrus up front that gets overtaken by the earthy funkiness of the lactobacillus. Finishes dry and tart with some yeasty fruitiness and really nice sour notes.

M - beautiful carbonation as the champagne from the north should have. Leaves you dry and wanting more.

D - very delicious and, as most beers of this style, thirst quenching. I randomly picked this up not knowing it was so highly regarded and that Weihenstephan is behind this brew. I think I just found my go-to summer beer.

birchstick, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-What a unique pour. A straw yellow hue with a violent, fizzy head that starts huge and quickly (but not quietly) fizzes down to nearly nothing. The bubbles rise like Alka-Seltzer. Only slightly hazy, but there are some clear sediment chunks floating around.

S-Have never had this style before. The bubbles prickle the nose. Aroma is tart. Apple juice aroma hides behind the tartness. It almost smells like a white wine, or a light champagne. Very excited to try the flavor.

T-The flavor is light and sweet and deliciously tart. The sour fruity flavors and light yeast make this one complex brew. There is some interesting clove flavor in here as well. I very much enjoy this one's flavor.

M-Light but not too light in the body' extremely crisp too. Bubbly and seltzer-esque.

O/D-I like this one a bunch. Very unique. Great for warm weather. Would love more than just one bottle of this. A very solid, well-rounded beer. I have nothing bad to say about this one. Great introduction to the Berliner Weissbier style.

VelvetExtract, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL poured into a large snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy orange body that starts with a head and in a blink it's gone. No lacing. Nothing. Just some active bubbling. Looks kinda like Fanta.

Smell - Citrusy aromas of lemon and orange with a base of wheat and grains. A light tartness to the scent.

Taste - The tartness is not intense, but it's the dominant flavor. I can see why syrup is added to it. It would add a layer of complexity and perhaps take the edge off of the tartness. The tartness is a citric acid sort of flavor. Very good flavor for a hot afternoon.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation, despite the lack of a head. Dry finish that makes it feel lighter. If it weren't for the tartness, it would be going down very easily.

Overall - A style I wouldn't drink year-round. But it's nice when I'm hot and thirsty. An intriguing twist on what malt and yeast can become.

Alieniloquium, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a squat chalice a very pale yellow with a fizzy lump of head that quickly sizzles away.

Nose is bright and citric - apples and lemon.

A sip is bubbly and light with a thin wheat/biscuit note preceded by a pronounced lactic sourness that latches onto the front of your tongue and slowly fades in a crisp and dry finish.

It's so great served cold and crisp, but it really just gets better with some warmth. This is very drinkable - will get again.

OldIronLungs, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of lstokes
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tangy white grape nose with a nice typical Berliner Weisse look, and the taste is nice, too--it has biscuit, grain, lemon peel, grape, lots of nice dry puckeriness with a bit of salt on the end. Not as sour as others of the style I've had, but actually more drinkable for that. Sparkly carbonation that scrubs the tongue a bit.

Note: this is definitely not a beer to be served ice-cold, as I hated the first half-glass and then started to appreciate it as it warmed a bit.

lstokes, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a very pale hazy looking yellow color. The head was white and had a light lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was kind of on the tart side, wasn't really thinking it'd be like that but it was. The taste of the beer was also a little tart but subtle. They offered some Woodruff syrup to add into the brew and I found that to be interesting. I liked the beer more with the syrup which is probably frowned upon by some people. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Overall the beer was refreshing the tartness was tolerable and would probably be most enjoyed on hot days.

Knapp85, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of seand
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow, with a fair amount of fizzy off white head. Most of the head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a thin layer over the surface with a bit more build up around the edges of the glass.

S: Fruity, leaning in a citrusy direction, with a note of sourness. A light malty sweetness is present in the background.

T: Light sweetness followed by a pleasant lightly sour fruitiness.

M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation.

Very nice overall. Quite unique. The elements are combined very well. It would make a very nice, more flavorful alternative to the standard list of "summer" beers.

seand, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of Azurescens
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 5/28/11

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with large white head. No lacing left around glass.

S: Nose is wheat with lactic sourness, some lemon peel citrus aromas and grass as well.

T: Sour wheat with lots of lemony citrus notes. Simple, clean and quite sour.

M: Very light bodied, sour and crisp. Moderate carbonation, finishes dry.

O: Very refreshing and drinkable. The citrus notes in addition to the wheat and lactic acidity are really enjoyable and make this beer much more drinkable.

Azurescens, May 29, 2011
Photo of ithacabaron
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a wisp of a head that keeps vibrating as the carbonation hits it. The head stays pretty low, however -- it would have been neat to have a bit more going on here.

Aroma is relatively neutral, pure lemon zest and malt, with little hint of anything else. Bland, but clean.

Taste, on the other hand, is a riot of horse blanket and lemon, with a sour, crisp, bitter attack. Who knew Weihenstephan had this kind of funk in them? Most importantly, it does all this without tripping over its feet; this is funk with regimentation, George Clinton making a bed with military detail. Now, I'm not saying this is Cantillon level funk -- but it's right up there with Orval and the late, great, and still-mourned McKenzie's Trappist Pale Ale. Every US brewer who thinks that they can just toss some Brett into a cluttered beer and call it a wild ale should be made to drink this first. Brilliant.

Mouthfeel is great too, sharp, needly, and active enough to keep your mouth awake. Nearly perfect for the style.

I'm honestly trying to remember the last time I had a beer this refreshing. A revelation, and certainly the best Berliner Weiss I've ever had the pleasure to sip. Go get yourself a bottle.

ithacabaron, May 27, 2011
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is pale yellow, with a slight greenish tinge. Even though the bottle was refrigerated, it was a bit of a gusher, but I had the glass ready, and none was lost. But a very gentle pour still produced a voluminous head. I let it settle for a few minutes and then it poured better.

Smells of lemon, light malt, hay, and a little spice (from the lactobacillus).

Tastes very fresh, light, and tart. It has a nice level of acidity, and there is a nice lemon flavor over a light malt backbone. The finish is dry with just a slight bit of lemon rind bitterness and spice. It is really refreshing.

The body is light and the carbonation is fizzy, giving this a lively and refreshing mouthfeel.

This is a fine example of the Berliner Weiss style. Very refreshing and at 5.0%, highly drinkable, although it is fairly tart. To moderate the acidity, Germans add sweet syrups to the beer, but I prefer consuming it with food where the acidity can do its thing. This would pair very well with roast chicken, seafood, and cheeses.

Beerenauslese, May 26, 2011
Photo of rootbeerman
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured into an aventinus glass. Body is bright yellow, a few floaties. Head was short lived but about a finger or so thick and bright white.
S: a bit of wheat. A mix between banana, a tart aroma that reminds me of lemon a little bit.
T: tart, a little spiciness from the yeast. There is some banana and clove as well. Tartness seems to hide any noticeable hop.
M: very light a crisp, tart mixed with high carbonation makes this really refreshing
O: only thing that could make this a little better is to make it a little more tart, otherwise great all around.
#300

rootbeerman, May 20, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear pale yellow color with a thick white head that leaves a bit of lace.

S- Light tart apple and lemon aroma with a bit of funk.

T- Sharp tart apple juice initially with barely any hop flavor to speak of. A nice crisp lemon flavor with some acidic notes. Dry finish with hardly any alcohol or aftertaste.

M- Light and refreshing with spritzy carbonation.

O- Overall a really interesting brew that was crisp and very drinkable.

projectflam86, May 17, 2011
Photo of bbeane
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter.... starts with a huge white head that disappears very quickly until there is just a light layer only partly covering the top of the straw colored liquid. The beer has a very consistant flow of bubbles rising throughout

S- Has a very tart dry aroma

T- Very dry taste, with some tartness coming through mid swig and becoming bolder through the finish

M- Light body with lots of carbonation

O- A nice easy to drink beer perfect for summer. I had hoped or expected this to be more tart then it was... not bad but not what I was hoping for

CHEERS!!

bbeane, May 15, 2011
Photo of 7ate9
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold color with a big bubble fluff head that dies to nothing and leaves no lace. fine.
Smells a bit farty sadly. Smells like wine that's been left on the lees for too long. Anaerobic decomposition stank. A bit eggy. Some h2s smellies? Or like a half jug of apple cider you forgot you had in the back of your fridge. Not entirely unpleasant but not so nice.
MMM taste is clean tart and refreshing with absolutely no hint at all of the stinksies in the nose. Not complex but so nice to quaff. Lemon and cider with a bit of wet grain on the swallow.
Carb is lively and inviting and it goes down nice a easy.
I wish that nose was a bit cleaner. I understand the process lends itself to that...but not all of 'em I've had have a stank. With my experience so far with this style I've liked the American versions much better than the german versions. This one is alright and nice to quaff.

7ate9, May 13, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle served in a snifter

A - light yellow with particles, plenty of sediment despite careful pour.

S - not entirely pleasant

T - Surprise! Pleasant and shockingly tart. Typical German weisse flavor underneath but dominated by slightly fruity tartness.

M - tartness is main feature of the mouthfeel.

O - not being a fan of middle-of-the-road German weisse, I actually prefer this tart variant.

chinchill, May 12, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very, very clear light apple juice gold in color with a three finger self destructive white foamy head. The head appeared to consume itself before setting as a light white lacing around the edges of my snifter. It's probably the clearest Berliner Weiss I've seen to date. The aroma is of light yeast with the lightest of tartness. It definitely isn't as aromatic as the other Berliners I've had. The flavor is very subtle and very light. It gives off slightly sweet pale malts, dry yeastiness, with just a tad of sourness. It's so light that I'm not even sure that sourness is the right word. It's drink fine but isn't dry like most of the style are. Perhaps this was an old bottle. I don't know, it just wasn't nearly as good as advertised.

aasher, May 12, 2011
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
92 out of 100 based on 1,139 ratings.