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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,233
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 103
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
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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 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
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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
3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice golden blonde body. More pale and a little cloudy, effervescent.

S - Just a light crisp citrus nose. Some earthy wheat present too.

T - A nice refreshing taste of citrus with tart and sour notes. Nice wheat body present. Wouldn't really consider this a sour beer but it has a nice amount of sour kick to it. All the tastes are those that leave your tongue and palate refreshed and good for when you're thirsty.

M - This beer is well carbonated and effervescent. Its light bodied and crisp. I swilled the bottle to get all the residual yeast.

D - This beer is well noted for its drinkability. Its very light and refreshing and goes down as easy as any.

Notes - This beer is light but only in nature. It can be light but still pack enough flavor for any beer drinker. I've had it straight and also had it rot, or red with himbiersirup added. Both were enjoyable.

Photo of musicforairports
3.34/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw colored, cloudy as the bottle gets towards the bottom. Nothing really as far as head or lacing goes.

Smells like tart, lemony funk.

Taste is light, tart through and through. Dry lemon flavors, some barnyard-style funk and not too much else.

A bit fizzy and very light.

This one is as easy to drink as seltzer water. Nothing bad here at all, and while I've never had a Berliner Weissbier before, I'd like my sour beers with a bit more going on than this.

Photo of eagles22
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: beautiful light golden body,carbonation bubbles flowing through this beer with a huge white fluffy heady.

Smell: Barnyard funk, lemons, light toffee tone with some bready malts and yeast.

Taste: slightly sweet, bready malts at first than leads to tart lemons and barnyard funk..very impressive beer

Mouthfeel: very sharp because of the carbonation but very light on the palate.

Drinkability:off the charts! This is going to be my goto beer for the summer.

Photo of augustgarage
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a rocks glass.

A huge crystal-ball like bubble works it's way out of the bottle - I see my reflection swimming in rainbows. A loud active ghost white head recedes to a hornet's nest of rushing carbonation sustaining a pearling collar of foam. A lightly hazy citrine body is slowly revealed.

Bright tart wheat-y lactic notes lead the aroma, though they give way to a lush fragrance of asian pear, orange blossoms, and rosewater. Very fresh and invigorating.

Gentle malt on the palate with a tart bread note balancing out the winter fruit sweetness. The finish is full of apples with a lingering mineral quality weakly suggestive of proseco. Faint "wild" notes round things out. While not cloying, it is sweet enough on it's own that I wouldn't think of adding syrup to this.

Zesty, furiously carbonated (though not effervescent), and very light-bodied.

Great for a hot day, this is such a pure version of the style - though some might prefer a tiny bit more tartness, this is very pleasing.

Photo of Lolli1315
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A very pale light yellow that is quite hazy. Billowing slightly rocky head made out of large bubbles emerges at first only to disappear almost completely leaving behind only a thin patchy lair with no lacing.

S- Quick malt that changes to a lemony sweetness. The sweet character of the beer is complimented by a noticeably tart smell. Some bready and yeast character begins to emerge towards the middle while slight barnyard funk creeps in towards the end but fades into the tart and sweet smells.

T- Sweet taste to begin with citrus fruits developing, lemon dominating the category. Sour character begins to pick up in the middle complimented by the bready yeast flavor. Tartness spikes at the end of the middle and is subdued as it continues into the aftertaste.

M- Light in body as expected with a moderate amount of prickly carbonation. The end finishes very dry as the beer is fully attenuated.

D- Mmmmm love me some sours. The sweetness can take away a little from this category, but it isn't overwhelming. This would be great on a hot summer day (not surprising). Now if only my homebrewed berliner would finish fermenting sooner....

Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extraordinarily clear liquid, at least until I poured the second half of the bottle. Now, there's LOTS of clumped yeast in the beer. Straw colored. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good starting head but it completely fizzes out to no bubbles and correspondingly no lace.

Mildly wheaty and quite sour to the nose. Some yeast.

Initial sip is mild but soon grows in lemony tartness. The beer is less carbonated than the appearance would lead one to believe.Crisp and clean, there is virtually no aftertaste except a lingering creaminess that reminds me of skim milk.

This tastes better once the yeast from the base of the bottle is added to the glass.

Photo of THECPJ
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

A: very pale yellow, looks like champagne sitting in my glass, 1 finger head, no lacing

S: mostly sweetness eminates from the glass, smells like grapes, similar to champagne

T: sweet and slightly floral

M: overly carbonated

D: classic for the style, my current go to berleiner weisse only because it's the easiest one of this style for me to obtain

Cheers!
The CPJ

Photo of LtCracker20
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Wormtown weizen glass.

A- Slightly cloudy yellow body (Very cloudy after the yeast is poured in), great big 4-finger rocky white head that shows great retention.

S- Very tart, sour, funky, musty, astringent, with a lemony spiciness. A little sour aplle aroma. Sweet white grape aroma.

T- Very nice and tart. Sour apple, funkiness, a little soury-citrus with a sweet white grape flavor again. A lemon grass flavor is there, too, but in the finish with some more tartness, that's where the acidic flavors come through as well.

MF- Light to moderate body. Very dry finish. Also a chalkiness to the finish as well.

D- Very drinkable. I love the flavor of a good Berliner Weisse or any other tart beer so it scores high with me there. The 5% abv also helps, as it becomes pretty sessionable (Not a SESSION ALE, DING, but sessionABLE). Also, the tartness doesn't wreck you palate like some other wilds/sours I like, so you could enjoy a couple of these no problem.

Photo of damndirtyape
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle poured into a Rastel Hefeweizen glass. No date on bottle.

Appearance: Huge head upon pouring. I really had to let this one settle down a lot until I get the whole bottle into the glass. Very slow pour but some yeast did get in towards the end. The beer initially poured a clear straw yellow which later turned yellow with some tan-brown due to the yeast. Indeed, once the yeast got in there it became a hazy translucent beer. The foam was a huge white crackling / big-bubble head initially but this finally died away after pouring everything in. Lots and lots of bubbles coming up through the beer the whole time.

Smell: When the yeast was on top of the foam - it was very much like a classic Hefeweizen but with more grain and yeast smell, but once this sank to the bottom, the smell changed completely. The smell was now floral, lemony, a little bit astringent, and mildly musty/yeasty. Very interesting.

Taste: Now this is a very unusual beer. Crisp tart apple and lemon with a hint of wheat grain at the end. Dry finish. In a way....very much like a sparkling water in the mouthfeel and taste combo. The lemon flavors become more pronounced as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated in a very good way - not fizzy, but cleansing of the palate and like a good sparkling water, but with more heft to the liquid. Very interesting mouthfeel to this beer.

Drinkability: Hmmmm....such an unusual beer I'm not sure what to make of it in the end. Refreshing, but I wonder if I would enjoy the styles of this beer fresh with the fruit syrups put in like they do in Berlin. I say this because I have a sweet tooth and after awhile the sourness of this beer gets to me. So while I could not have another, I say this because I don't have something to pair it with. With the right food I could probably have another. But by itself, no, one is enough. Still, I greatly enjoyed it and I'll have to figure out another occasion to try another one of these.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Photo of brew3crew
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Photo of trappistlover
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of silentjay
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of sweemzander
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of flexabull
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
4.37/5  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.

Photo of Suds
3.39/5  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!

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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