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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,185
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 100
Gots: 88 | 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 soze47
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall, I've had much stronger example of the style, but this is a very adequate rendition.

Appearance: One finger of quickly dissipating foam. Hazy yellow that my GF described accurately as "Mayer lemon" in color.

Aroma: Tartness is on the nose, which is a hard smell to describe. Slightly yeasty. Not very complex.

Taste: Crisp and tart at the get go with no real strong flavor comparisons. Dry like champagne, but nearly as robust. Tart but not sour, no pucker quality here. Overall taste fades very quickly and no strong after taste is present. Not an ounce of sweetness in this one.

Mouthfeel: Light, clean, and smooth for a tart beer. Bubbly and crisp taste that goes down quickly.

Drinkability: While not complex, it is very refreshing and almost thirst quenching. It hides 5% ABV very well, especially when compared to lower ABV examples I've had in this style. This would actually be an awesome beer for a hot sumer day and a great beer to have for a picnic or day at the beach.

Overall: This is an adequate beer that I'd pick up again if I ran across it and was in the mood for this style, but I would not hold it to the same regard I hold others(The Bruery & Cambridge Brewing Company were much better).

soze47, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of electrobunny
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours clear with a very pale yellow body and a thin white head. A lot of lemon in the nose with some apple and pear that give away the yeast in the bottle. Also some banana in the aroma along with some skunky grass notes. Very refreshing. Lemon, pineapple and apple cider are prominent. Definitely has a tart champagne quality with a some husk/wheat malt coming through at the finish. Hops are subtle but impart a nice grassy quality. Light bodied and well carbonated. Mouthfeel is tart and fizzy with a dry finish. Not a lot to this beer but it's very enjoyable if you're in the mood. The right amount of sourness to play off the malt. A bit Phenolic as it warmed but super easy to drink. Great presentation.

electrobunny, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 7/17/10.

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. This brew appears a fairly clear orange hinted yellowish color with a thin whisp of white head.

The smell of this brew has a scent of lemon and other faint citrusy tartness smelling a bit earthy and with some acidic/sourness about the nose.

The taste of this brew has lemony tartness and a slight souring quality with a grainy sweetness initially upfront. Lingering flavors of grainy sweetness mixed with lemon citrus and an overtall tartness is left inside the mouth with each sip.

This is a light bodied brew with prickly carbonation. The alcohol is much more prominent than other examples of this style. Super drinkable brew that I would drink regularly if I could find it closer to home.

Once this brew warms up to room temperature some brett character becomes evident in both the smell and taste. It was previously hidden beneath the other flavors but once it was warm it presents itself with a light amount of leathery character.

stakem, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of BierFan
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow with a small white head. No lacing.

Smell: Pale wheat malt and tartness.

Taste: Very tart with a dry finish. Pale wheat malt. Not alot of complexity but it's still pretty good.

BierFan, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of jsanford
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Unibroue tulip

A - Hazy straw with a noisy 3-finger bubbly white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Lemon, green apples, straw and some sweet pineapple.

T - More tart green apple and pineapple with light sweet malt as the backbone. Very pleasantly sour and lactic.

M - Light bodied with very fizzy carbonation.

D - Extremely drinkable, I love this beer and I love this style. This went from a random choice on the shelf of my liquor store to "I need to go buy more of this". Great example of a Berliner Weiss!

jsanford, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a pale straw with moderate haze and two fingers of tight lily-white head. Beautiful.

Smell -- Pale malt, lemon, earthy hops, horse blanket, and a faint whiff of white vinegar.

Taste -- Follows the nose for the most part: Salted lemon, horseblanket, pale malt, husky wheat, muskmelon, green grape, and cider vinegar. Overall moslty dry with hints of tartness and clean fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel -- light in body with ample prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- This one didn't disappoint. Crisp and refreshing, but with enough clean malt sweetness and tart funkiness to keep it complex and intriguing. Rock solid Berliner Weissebier.

yeahnatenelson, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of azorie
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a very cloudy pale yellow in color, with a 2" head that dissipates fast and leaves no lacing.

S: sweet malt, flower perfume like hops, Tart apples cut open

T: semi sour at first with pineapple like mild flavor, some tart apple, some malt crispness, not much in the way of hops detected, yeast seems sweet. as it warms it goes to lemon citrus, and you get some light banana notes as well.

M: light, slick, fizzy, slightly astringent

D: refreshing, easy to drink, I enjoyed it.

azorie, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of gueuzer
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Westy Chalice

App- Golden, cloudy with no head.

Sm- Very astringent. Green apples and pineapple.

Ta- Lots of delicious lactic balanced by a good full wheatiness. Fruits from the yeast play with the acid in there: pineapple, apricot and grapefruit.

MF- Very light carbonation which allows everything else to show off. Good wheaty mouth feel.

Dr- Awesome. Could drink all day.

Stellar brew. Total treat. Wish it was easier to get. I can't imagine a better beer to use as an introduction to sours. I really liked Dogfish Festina Peche and this puts it to shame.

gueuzer, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap over at Lion's Pride, poured in a tall mug.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a large fluffy white head that fades very slowly, leaves some patchy lacing.

Smell is lightly sour and tart with a nice malt sweetness in the background, nice amount of citrus in the nose with no hops to balance things.

Taste is refreshing tart but not overwhelming, the right amount of sweetness makes it tolerable, no bitterness to speak of, lightly acidic with a decent amount of citrus, the only complaint is it's a bit light in flavor and at times feels watery.

Easily one of the best in the berliner weissbier style and the fact that it's readily available makes it ever better.

deltatauhobbit, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a green-tinged pale yellowish color. Very active carbonation in the glass, but the carbonation is not sufficient to keep up with the receding head and the white foam quickly disappeared. The aroma is earthy with yeast and some funky sourness. Alive on the palate as it moves across. The flavor is similar to aroma with earthy tartness and some funky acidic notes.

A refreshing brew; enjoyable and drinkable.

BeardedBoffin, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Adamdc
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A: cloudy, yellow pour with thick, white 1 inch head. I left the large clump of sediment in the bottle.

S: Amazing! The wheat and the lacto blend nicely in the nose. There's some lemon, grass and banana also.

T: Once again I'm really liking the wheat and the sour together. The lemon and banana are there also.

M: Nice and crisp! It's so refreshing and perfect on a summer day.

D: Very, very high! This beer really took me by surprise. I had no idea that the Germans messed with lacto. This was the perfect blend of wheat and lacto (that's the 3rd time I said that). I can't wait to find more beers in this style. This would be a great intro to sours!

Adamdc, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a slight head. Very effervescent. Sour, tart, lemony aromas wafting from from bowl. Ok, I'm not drinking from a bowl as the style calls for but you get the picture. The taste is very straightforward. Think charged water with some beer and lemons added to it. Very light in the mouth. Just a very mild drinking beer. Slight acidic bite (nibble) at the end. Bottle has lots of sediment. Really like the aroma probably better than the taste.

kbutler1, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy blonde with half an inch of eggshell white head that disappears almost instantly. No lacing.

S-Earthy, a bit yeasty, light. Vaguely reminiscent of kvass.

T-Expected this to be more tart. It's very refined. Like German Orval. Funky yeast plays nicely against flavors of pear and aloe. There's a pleasant brightness in the back end, but nothing you could call tart.

M-Light bodied, with moderate to low prickly carbonation. Just enough to hold the beer together.

D-It's $9 a bottle, so not too high. If it were cheaper, I would drink a ton of this.

DaveHS, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Patrick999
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Was not expecting to find a Weihenstephan Berliner Weiss on the shelves, but I did, so of course I bought it...

Poured into the Weihenstephan soccer-inspired weizen glass. Fizzy head, and a dull hazy gold with frenetic bubbles. Last pour adds some kombucha-culture-like sediment.

It actually smells a lot like kombucha. Lemon funk and sweaty sock.

Not as tart as American takes on this style like Hottenroth and the New Glarus BW I had tried...but the flavor here has a lot of depth to it. It's both lemony and a little smoky at the same time. Funky lacto is apparent, again, with a tart (but not sour) kombucha tea-like flavor.

Feel is spritely, but not a lot of body even for this style.

Extremely drinkable. Man, I could drink the hell out of this, so refreshing. I think I like this better than Hottenroth and Festina Peche, and I'm a big fan of those beers.

Patrick999, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A= The pour is a great looking translucent light yellow color with a tall white head on it. The head falls pretty quick and lively looking. There is not lacing on the glass but the large bubbles of the head stay on top looking like some sort of sparkling juice.

S= The smell is is a nice grassy lemony smell to it. There is a light sweetness to it and a good bit of wheat. It's not as wheaty as other berliners I've had.

T= The taste is right on for a berliner. Wow. There is some great lemony tartness to it but not enough to make it unenjoyable to sip on all day. There is a great grassy wheaty taste and a fruity sort of sweetness to it. Worth every sip.

M= High on the carbonation. Quite spritzy. Reminds me a lot of the carbonation in sparkling juice.

D= I would love to drink this all the time. If this came in a can and was affordable I think I would drink this all day everyday. Wow. A wonderful brew.

jjanega08, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a nice pale golden straw color that is nice and hazy with a good .5 inch white head that recedes quickly and leaves a thin film.

S - Very nice wheat aroma comes up quick with some mild malt sweetness and a bit of a lemony fresh scent. A bit on the midl so.

T - Very tart and refreshing up front. Lemon and citrus peel up front with some mild. There are some nice wheat hints on the back end and some mild yeast as well. Very much a sour beer nice and tart but refreshing in this record August heat.

M & D - Nice and light with good crisp carbonation. Delicious and refreshing. Very drinkable.

JoEBoBpr, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of levifunk
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this and a few other berliner weisses at Concerts on the Square.

a - light golden color. head died instantly

s - grassy. peach and lemon notes.

t - same as nose. sweet malt finish

m - light fresh body. big carbonation.

overall - very tasty. nice refreshing beer, great on a summer night.

levifunk, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of Jmoore50
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What an outstanding example of the style! Could drink this beer all day and all night, and maybe even in the shower.

The appearance is a nice light straw color with a great white head that has incredibly fine bubbles. It leaves a nice leg on the glass that shows its oily body.

The smell is great, nice crisp lemon rind. Great must and wheat smell as well. A sharp acidity that is just right.

The taste is amazing. Great lemon and acidic flavors with an easy drinkability that is killer. Has a bit of a wheat and oat background, but with the funk, its amazing. It is really light on the mouthfeel side, which is perfect for this stye. Is the perfect cure for those refreshing sour cravings that I sometimes have. Simple, but delicious.

J

Jmoore50, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of GeezLynn
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright lemon shade of yellow without any real head. Lots of fine bubbles, and more similar in appearance to champagne than beer.

S: Lemon, banana, a little wheat and a strong tart lactic smell. Smells a little like a lemon meringue dessert.

T: Tart lemon, and some spicy yeast. The body is light so that beyond the initial tartness, there isn't much else beyond the short, dry finish.

M: Light, dry and heavily carbonated. Combination gives a nice crispness that compliments the flavor well.

Very enjoyable, although past 16oz it started becoming a little bland for me. Refreshing summer beer and the best of the few Berliner Weisses I have tried. Would love to try it with a little syrup, just to scale back the dryness a bit.

GeezLynn, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Pabs311
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a crisp, slear goldeen yellow with a very bubbly white head that disipates quickly, no lacing. alot of active carbonation.

S- lemon zest, lemonade, spices, yeasty bread qualities.

T- similar to the nose. alot of sour lemon zest ip front that finishes with a little dash of spice. very refreshing for a hot day.

M/D- medium-light bodied, high carbonation. very refreshing and quite appealing.

Pabs311, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of jera1350
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow color with lots of cascading bubbles adding to the very active pure white head.

So clean, crisp and fruity. Lemony and slightly tart nose. Belgian yeast and a yogurt like scent as well. Can't wait to dig in.

Generous lemony tartness that ends with a hint of spiciness. Extremely clean and pretty straight forward taste. Crisp and refreshing.

Light bodied, effervescent like carbonation. Very crisp with an extremely dry finish on the palate.

This only being my second berliner, I was hoping this would be more like Bell's Oarsman. It's actually quite a bit different with the exception of the tartness. I have to say that I was blown away by the Oarsman and this is a bit of a letdown. It's a good beer and probably represents the style correctly, but I prefer the Bell's. Still worth a try if you are looking for a berliner weiss.

jera1350, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Poured with a fine, white head and no lace. Color is a clear, light yellow. Aroma is tart, grassy, lemony, berry. Taste has tartness in the fore and the nose qualities. Body and carbonation are perfect for the style. Finish is clean and short to medium in length. Excellent summer beer alone and also equally good with a bit of fruit syrup such as raspberry. Would really like to get some more and lay it by.

drpimento, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, gold in color, 1/4 inch head that dissapates quickly, moderate carbonation

Smell: like a dry riesling, notes of honey, toasted malt, and grapefruit

Taste: follows the smell

Mouthfeel: crisp, high carbonation that is present throughout, dry, light body, sweet start with a slightly bitter backbone

Drinkability: Above average for the style. Never have I had a beer that tastes so much like a wine before. Not as sour and tangy as my previous experience with the style. Not bad, but I would probably reach for others in this style first.

tigg924, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of BMoney575
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7-8-10

Pours an extremely pale yellow color, with lots of fizzy carbonation. It suits the style though, and is refreshingly different.

Smell is slightly sour wheat and banana, subtle but still very nice. Very light, but not beery at all.

Taste is very delicate, with extremely well-placed sourness. The malt is light and sweet, with a great lemon juice tangy citrus. The finish is smooth and candy sour, with a pleasantly dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, very slick but still light and bubbly.

Drinkability is very good, an outstanding session beer if it was less expensive.

Overall, a very tasty and well made beer. My new benchmark for the style.

BMoney575, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap @ Ebenezers.

A: Super light dirty water colored beer with a touch of pale yellow, clearer than the windows on the walls, and no head at all.

N: A sour lemin with some light fruit, a touch of yeast, lemonade, a bubble nose as well like Champagne, a light sweet malt, very light nose overall.

T: Some bready malts, a little toasty malt flavor with a touch of that dry funk and that typical lacto dry toasty flavor. Lemonade breaks the dryness a bit with some tart and sour juicy fruit, with some sour lemon, a touch of yeast, light and creamy with a subtle malt flavor too. It's very dry all around.

M: Very light with an effervescence, but almost no carbonation.

F: Very dry of course, with a touch of wild dry sour fruit funk and lingering toasty flavors. A crisp but light creamy flavor balances with a gentle tart bite. Mouth watering dryness and sour fruit balance the funk well. The lacto dry flavors stick around too.

jlindros, Jul 07, 2010
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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