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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,222
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 101
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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 chefelf
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I wasn't really familiar with the Berliner Weisse style before having this beer. After one sip I'm sure I'll never forget it now. Not expecting the lemon wallop that hit me in the mouth I thought there was something wrong with the beer at first until I read up a little on the style.

Reading the reviews here I wonder if I'm more sensitive to lemon. I read here that some people thought this was a "subtle" lemon flavor. To me this was a sharp, intense, lemon flavor that was shockingly tart.

While this is not really my style of beer at all I did enjoy trying a very different beer than what I'm used to. I appreciated it but I don't know if I'll be rushing out to try more beers in this style.

Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is interesting pours like a dull cloudy lemon wheat beer, solid color throughout totally. Wonderful tight and very fluffy like head with a dull dull looking lemon yellow very dense body. Head does not stick around at all. Not much collar left either while drinking and finishing.

Sour lemon on the nose a hint of spicy dried lemon peel a spicy hotness hard to pinpoint what that is exactly. Zesty and spritzy no hint of grain as if a hefeweissen has been stripped of it's density and this is all you are left with. Boderline bretty, I do like it very much.

Taste is refreshing mild orange juice just substitute the word orange for lemon. If you put lemon juice in a bottle to serve in a tolerable non acidic way this is it. Clean light bodied almost like the perfect watered down lemon soda but just enough wheat to make you think this is beer. Refreshing. Not that sour either compare to a saison, lambic, or american wild ale. Light drinking feel but full of flavor.

Overall great to try an authentic style, and the more and more I drink this the better it gets. It's the perfect version of lemon beer I've ever had if I could use that term. Not punching acidic not too bretty, not boozy, just tolerable lemon joy. I'am sure there isn't even a drop of lemon in this. Well done.

Photo of bierguru
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - the body is a cloudy straw color that pours with a thick white head that fades quick but not rapidly and leaves a fair amount of lacing

S - the nose of the beer is kind of yeasty and zesty something like a lemon

T - taste is very similar to the nose with the addition of some spice and tartness

M - is kind of prickley and and refreshing

O - the beer is actually pretty good wouldnt be a go to beer but probably would have from time to time

Photo of AlexFields
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light yellow, similar to a hefeweizen. A bubbly white head forms but disappears as quickly as it came.

Smells of tart lemon and other citrus, wheat and bread (wheat bread?), maybe some spices and yeast.

Taste is pretty much spot on with the nose. Nicely tart and citrusy with some nice wheat flavors, refreshing and tasty.

This is a solid berlinerweiss but it's not mindblowing or a standout. Given the low availability for the style in general, I'm sure I'll be buying this one again.

7.2/10

Photo of cooch69
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a chalky, pastel yellow with a small fluffy white head.

Nose is banana bubblegum, band-aid, plastic, rubber, and a little wheat.

Taste is much different than the nose and better than I expected. It is a refreshing beer good for the hot summer months, especially today. Soft and well rounded mouthfeel. This beer comes with a medium amount of sourness. Nice tart and semi-sweet. Bubble gum, banana, and rubbery notes makes this a semi funky wheat. There is a healthy dose of sediment in the glass.

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

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Style Weisse

Served in New Belgium globe glass. 

A: Pours clear straw with large white head that collapses quickly, as is appropriate for style. Sparkling. 

S: Whiff of musty basement, followed by citrus, unripe fruit, lactic sourness, and wheat. 

T: Medium-light lactic acid, wheat and biscuit, unripe fruit, mineral water and low-grade funk. Crisp and relatively clean. 

M: Lighter body and higher carbonation. Lively, snappy mouthfeel. Drying. 

O: 1809 has bigger flavors and body than other berliner weisses, which does hurt drinkability. Still, I find it enjoyable and will drink it during the summer to break up the "monotony" of Oarsman and Hottenroth. 

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

Retrieved bottle from cellar after a year. Let's see how it's coming along.

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with an initial 1/2" white head which fades to the rim. Very effervescent tiny bubbles.

N: Lemons, astringent, musty funk, grass, grainy, fruity yeast.

T: Follows nose. Tart and zesty.

M: Crisp, tangy, tingly on the nose and tongue from the fine carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Very refreshing. Quite enjoyable. A little age seems to bring more tartness. Would certainly have again.

Photo of Lldeegan
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a creamy white head.

Gives off lactic, sour funkiness from the Brettanomyces yeast. There are also notes of lemon citrus, a touch of grassiness and musty barnyard that is also a result of the Brett. And Lactobacillus. More funky green apple, then more dominant banana as it warms.

On the palate, it is dry at first, and slowly puckers with sour, yet creamy mid palate then it makes an abrupt 180 degree turn to champagne like dryness and the lemon and green apple come through for a dry yet tart finish that lingers and gives some earthy mineral quality.

The mouthfeel is mostly dry with spurts of juicy tart fruit. Very complex and well-done beer.

Photo of drummstikk
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of fx20736
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Gosox8787
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of Agold
4.17/5  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.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of JLeege
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of birchstick
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of OldIronLungs
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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
4.42/5  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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
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
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
92 out of 100 based on 1,222 ratings.