Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,202
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 101
Gots: 90 | 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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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of lstokes
4.43/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of seand
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Azurescens
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of ithacabaron
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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

Photo of projectflam86
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of bbeane
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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!!

Photo of 7ate9
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of aasher
3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse | 500 ml. | 5.0% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Professor Fritz Briem
Style: Berliner Weissbier
Glass: Duvel tulip

Appearance:
Murky pale straw-colored body, with a spasmodic head, at first bursting with big bubbles and then fizzling out. Next to no lacing. This is apparently on par or better for the style.

Aroma:
Eww... it smells like wet socks and stagnant piss, or maybe the socks are wet because of the piss; either way this is an arresting smell that makes my nose crinkle. I'll be slightly more scientific about it: there's citrus (lemon and white grapefruit) in the background, and pungent malt and a tangy white wine aroma in the foreground. Not pleasant at first, though it settles down.

Taste:
Very tangy, citrusy, acidic and sour from the first sip. This will take some getting used to… OK, I've adjusted to it a bit. The tart flavor carries throughout the experience, though the finish is quick and clean, leaving behind a puckering astringency and lingering sourness on the tongue. With some more sipping, the grains become much more apparent (wheat and maybe barley), which pleases me. Those tart white grapes from the aroma come back in the aftertaste, leaving a sour, lactose-coated (from the lactobacillus culture?) film in the mouth for quite some time.

Mouthfeel:
Prickly and highly carbonated while evidencing a sort of velvety softness as the liquid rolls off my tongue. Light-bodied.

Harmony:
This is a beer (and style) that grew on me while I was drinking it. At first the tartness and astringency provided a taste and texture I don't really like. But there was more to this brew then first met the tongue. In the end, I feel it is quite well balanced for the style, though next time I'll have it with food to balance out the sourness.

Would I get it again?:
Yes… but not as a regular beer. I would recommend it to someone who wants to try a Berliner Weissbier, and I might have it for a German-themed bierfest; just not on a regular basis.

Bottled: ?
Served: May 8, 2011

Price = $5.99 at Whole Foods (NYC)

Additional notes:
I did not like the smell at all. It seemed to me to be just that, a smell not a pleasing aroma. That said, if I find it to be typical of the style, I will have to change my score to reflect a middle ground between my personal aversion and what is to be expected. That would likely shift my score from a B+ to an A-.

Photo of ludachris
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The slight haze over its rich golden straw body fails to conceal the massive amounts of carbonation that rush to the top of the glass. Over a finger's worth of lively, crackling white head takes its time receding as its effervescence keeps the head a float.

A tart and inticing lactic acid character pairs wonderfully with fresh lemon peel, tingling the nostrils with a fresh and crisp scent. Digging beyond this lies fresh wheat with sweet phenols and a touch of banana, reminding me that this is still a Weisse.

Pleasantly tart lactic acid engages the sides of the mouth with a subtley spicy lemon peel twist that makes it very palatable. A faint touch of wheat comes midway through. Grassy notes add an understated earthy bitterness that comes alongside a fresh crackery malt finish.

The champagne-like carbonation tingles the palate from beginning to end while adding a great refreshing and crisp kick. The carbonation alongside the addition of the lactic bacteria cleans everything out, making the finish as dry as can be; something which I appreciate and love on a hot day.

This seems like a wonderful style that I really wish I could get my hands on more easily, especially in the summer. I'm very fond of the addition of bacteria and the lively carbonated feel. With no apparent downsides, this is all in all a great beer.

Photo of shamsoftabriz
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first example of the Berliner Weisse style, and I was awfully impressed.

A: Very large head that continued to rise above the glass for a good minute after the pouring stopped. Golden sparkling appearance not unlike Champagne.

S: Bubbles in the nose. Crisp, clean, unsweetened Ginger Ale. Very dry. Again, reminds me of champagne.

T: Slightly sour, exceptionally crisp and dry. Sharp without much of an aftertaste. I could have used a touch more snap from the lacto b. bacteria, but it was quite good.

M: Clean and light

O: One of the most refreshing beers I've had. Think of a sharper, dryer S. Dupont with more fizz. Took me all of 3 minutes to guzzle it. Almost TOO refreshing, if that can actually be considered a fault. ultra-drinkable.

Photo of Brad007
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's not often that you see an example of this style in stores. The only example I've tried comes from Dogfish Head.

Regardless, pours a beautiful bright yellow color with a thin-head into my glass. Love the color, even if others would find it average.

Tart with citrus and cherry in the nose. A huge whiff of wheat in the aroma as well.

Ditto for the taste. Tart with cherry and light citrus notes. Cloves and wheat make up the rest of the taste.

Lingering citrus, cherry and tartness followed by a hint of clove. Very interesting.

Wow, now this is to the style! I didn't know what to expect but I have to rate this high for drinkability, etc.

Photo of zoolzoo
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours golden, big white head. Lots of floaties.

S: Apple ciderish nose, citrus rind, accented with some must.

T/M: Tartness is present but subdued. Impression of lemons and yeasty bread. Light in body, high in carbonation.

O: A refreshing beer, excellent with a light meal with enough flavor to stand on its own. I liked the White Birch Berliner Weiss better, however.

Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit less tart than some examples of the style, but still satisfyingly lactic-lemony. Nicely drinkable, as the well-moderated sourness holds at a pleasant level throughout. I think of this style as the "lemonade of beers" (but not in the horrid shandy-style) in that it is refreshing on a hot day.

Photo of Trilogy31
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful old gold and clear - left about an once of beer along with the sediment in the bottle. The carbonation is ridiculous, not a gusher when opened, but in my duvel tulip the bubbles are crazy for thr nucleation point on the glass - never seen abeer so carbonated. Nose has some really bright lemon with a slight acidic funk. Taste is bracing citrus and acidity but the sourness was far from overpowering. Finishes very refreshingly and begging for another sip. Outside of festina peche my only other attempt at this beer. My girlfriend who loves festina says that this beer was better and i tend to agree

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; depending on how one likes to pour, either a crystal clear, bright yellow or a cloudy, milky, yellow, packed with lots of thick chunks of sediment. A very fizzy white, that quickly dissipates to nothing. No lacing, very true to the style.

smell; tart, sour, acidic, wrapped in a blanket of milk whey. Lemons for sure, yet not from the hops.

taste; Upfront, lots of lemons and apple cider vinegar flavors. As the tart and sour flavors try to take control, lactic dairy flavors combat them to neutralize the acidity. The aftertaste is that of spicy wheat and lactic acid, mellowed out in bready yeastyness.

mouthfeel; very fizzy and refreshingly crisp. Puckers the mouth a bit after a slimy and sticky finish.

overall; Last time I visited Berlin, I liked the selections from Berliner Kindl and Schultheiss, but this one stands out to me above the others. A perfect beer for a sunny spring day in the states or a sunny summer day in Germany. Highly reccomended for anyone, who can appreciate a sour beer.

Photo of tapman
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Body is a soft, light orange-yellow that is so full of delicious beasties that no light escapes through its opaqueness. The carbonation is so intense, though the head is still pretty manageable, that you can hear the bubbles popping like microscopic bubble wrap. I have never seen a beer act this way before.

Apples, sour cream, grapefruit zest make the aroma for me.

Traditional lactic sourness with a somewhat light toast flavor (very light, but definitely in the finish). Tastes like a really dry cider mixed with cream cheese.

Bright, crisp, dry and refreshing.

It's hard not to give this one good marks since A) it sticks pretty closely to the traditional recipe and brewing process and B) for most of us this is probably our first Berliner Weiss. These B.W.s aren't exactly clogging the shelves, but I much prefer this one to many sour beers I have been trying lately and find it quite enjoyable.

Photo of jethrodium
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a hazy golden with a huge white head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. The head reappears with some swirling of the glass. Aroma is wheat, grass, a light funk, and some lemony zest. Initial taste is a lemony zest, going into some wheat, light grapefruit. Finish is more wheat with some yeasty funk. Light body. Medium-low carbonation. Overall a pretty tasty beer.

Photo of chickencoop
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big frothy golden pour, pretty agro coming out of the bottle. Big crazy sugar cookie lemony nose, with some sour funk on the end. The is a very tasty beer once you get used to it, slighgtly bitter, but not over the top, and quite refreshing. I would love to have this on a hot day outside on the porch, it would shine. Overall a very interesting beer, and quite drinkable for such an interesting first taste. I'm a fan.

Photo of Thanby
3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale honey color with a small white head that leaves a crown.

Smells like a lemon explosion. Reminds me of a white wine. Very acidic, white grapes, sour apple, hard to pick out the malt.

Tastes like a lemon explosion. It tastes more like a tart pinot grigio than a beer. The malt comes through at the end as a pale dry wheat and is quickly drowned out by the after-effect of the tartness.

Light but a little sticky, very tart and with so much acidity it's hard to pick out detailed flavors because my glands are secreting as much saliva as possible in response to the tartness. Something of a confusing experience.

This was not at all what I was expecting. However, re-evaluated under the category it actually fits, it appears to be a fairly complex and interesting brew.

But it still is like a whole tree of lemons exploding in my mouth.

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
92 out of 100 based on 1,202 ratings.