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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner WeisseProfessor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse

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1,158 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,158
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 99
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 LordAdmNelson
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with fizzy white head that fades quite rapidly, leaving no lace. Big bubbles rise to the surface, looking a little like yellow soda water. Apparently this is within the bounds of the style, and this is an otherwise very good beer, so not so bad, I guess. Yeast, lemon, lemon zest, and cloves on the nose, along with a hint of white grapes. Maybe I just couldn't pick it all up, but it wasn't too strong. It definitely was pleasant though.

Taste has a bit of a tart edge to it, some wheat and pale malts, some lemon zest. I feel that it is slightly restrained, though quite refreshing. It's almost like a starter sour--not quite as tart as a good gueuze, but it has some similar flavors. MF is light and bubbly, not as dry as I would have expected and potentially preferred.

Very refreshing drink, I am happy to have tried it. At $4.99 a pop, I might have to grab one to put in the cellar to see how it develops. Delicious, easy drinker, a style that I might have to explore more.

LordAdmNelson, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very pale murky straw. Stark white 1 inch head leaves to disk. Small bubbled lacing. Lots of yeast sediment at bottom of bottle.

S - Tart apple barnyard funk.

T - Taste matches smell with additional aspirin flavor.

M - Light bodied, more astringent and tart at finish than I would like.

D - Yum. Good stuff.

srandycarter, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of baos
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 fluid ounce bottle into tall glass.

A: Four fingered head that disappears quickly with nothing left but a sparkling straw body reminiscent of champagne.

S: Citric acid and aspirin notes along with sour white grapes.

T: Very tart and sour. unripe white grapes and white grape peel. aspirin. Doesn't end as dry as one would expect but a bit dry nonetheless.

M: Like champagne.

D: A crisp und refreshing brew.

baos, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with tart lemons. I also get some apple. The flavor is tart apples with wheat. The beer is very dry. Thin mouthfeel and low carbonation. This is a good beer, I just wish there was a little more tartness.

Mora2000, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of steadydose
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$8.99 price tag on this b-weisse.

Poured this one into my tulip which generated a decent egg shell foam cap, sitting on top of a pale gold liquid. The body was a little hazy and the head fell pretty quickly, although the presentation looked good, especially in a clean glass.

The aroma was nice, lots of tartness, sweet citrus, lemon zest, as the beer warmed and opened up a funky tartness emerges. The funky component becomes more prominent at room temperture adding some wet grass and damp earth scents which really adds to the nose.

The flavor is initially low med tartness. The tartness as some depth behind it. 1809 finishes really clean on the pallette. There is a floral taste every once in a while and only gets better as it warms.

The mouthfeel is just right, good amount of carbonation, and finishes very clean.

This beer is really enjoyable and refreshing. I could definitely drink a lot of this, if it wasn't for the price tag. I liked that this version is higher in alcohol than other berliner weisse's. Pretty good.

steadydose, May 25, 2010
Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a fairly light gold color, but with surprisingly good head retention and decent lacing. Nose is attactive, with light lemon zest, bread dough and a hint of ginger. Flavors replicate the nose in this excellent beer, and I'm surprised how much flavor it delivers given the low abv. Mouthfeel is light and mouthwatering, with the alcohol completely unnoticeable.

Flat out delicious, and oh so drinkable. Impressive.

John_M, May 14, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay goblet.

My first Berliner, so I figured I'd attack this one "ohne Schuss"...always time for Schuss next time, right? Well, let's see... ... ...Sorry, the jet of bubbles through the champagne-y gold's got me all... ... ...Finding Nemo and whatnot... Shake it off, man, shake it off! Alright, maybe a good, healthy sniff will divert my attentions elsewhere. It's a bit light, but it'll do: some wet, spicy straw, coriander, peppercorns, and lemon peel. If nothing else, my trance is broken (at least momentarily), the perfect opportunity to get a taste in before the bubbles regain their insidious hold on my apparently weak spirit. The taste is heavy on the lemon peel, with those peppercorns and coriander seeds grinding their way about before having some less-than-innocent meetings with some funky characters. Not as sour as I was led to believe by my contemporaries, but not all that blunt either. Really interested in trying it mit Schuss now. Without it, it's pretty dern light and airy, leaving me with a pleasantly dry, tart aftermath. Prolly would be nice on a summer day in Saxony, mit oder ohne Schuss; gonna haveta try that someti-- ... ... ... ... bubbles... ...

TMoney2591, May 09, 2010
Photo of kylehayworth
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden wheat, the head bubbles up like alka-seltzer, and doesn't stick around very long.

S: Smell reminds me of sparkling champagne, with all the subtle nuances: sour apple, lemon, and lime.

T: It taste somewhat like the smell, lot of really crisp and tart notes, focusing on sour apple, lemon, and lime, in that order.

M/D: Loads of carbonation in the mouth feel, it even holds bubbles down to the last drop. Very clean and crisp. I really enjoy this, it is only my second beer from this style, but taste great. Perfect for the time, summer and heat. I would definitely drink this again.

kylehayworth, May 08, 2010
Photo of Domingo
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color that seems to have a little bit of burn orange to it as well. A big white head forms with no effort on the pour and doesn't really seem to dissipate at all.
Smells citric and fruity. Honestly, the nose isn't nearly as sour as I expected. It's no Bavarian weiss, but it's not as sour as many lambics or other Beliner weisses either.
The taste is more along the lines of what I expected. Not quite as mouth puckeringly tart as a couple others, but still about as sour as beer gets. Citric acid, a little lemon zest, and surprisingly a hint of wheat malt flavor shows up.
Not too chalky or thick or watery either. Pretty much the ideal body for the style.
Not my favorite style, but probably the best example I've had. My wife loves Berliners and this has been her favorite thus far, so take that for what it's worth.
Cheers to Weihenstephan for going after a "dead" style with a long history. Pretty cool idea.

Domingo, May 07, 2010
Photo of jwhawkins81
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Lemon, spice, and funk all very saison like.

Appearance - Snappy crisp carbonation and beautiful clear golden yellow color. The only real minus is this beer is missing a head.

Taste - Just a touch of sweetness with a dry lemon bitterness that is sharp. A balanced and delicious beer

Notes - Just a beautiful looking beer that is delicate and tasty. Good mouthfeel and carbonation.

jwhawkins81, May 02, 2010
Photo of Petrislav
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Vigorous bright white champagne bubble head, pale gold and hazy with sediment

S: Sweet, acidic like a sparkling wine, dry, fruity, many different smells and aromas, complex

T: Not as fruity or dry as champagne, has notes of grape/white fruit, tart

M: Tart, sweet and bubbly

Petrislav, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy, yellow straw with an active white head that settles to a thin cover.

Nose has wheaty malts, tart citrus, manure, horse blanket and musty farmyard hay.

Taste not as sour as I would like, but does have a nice lactic tartness. Wheat, tropical fruits, cloves and barnyard funk round this one out.

Crisp, clean body is well carbonated. Quite easy to drink despite being a bit strong for the style.

rye726, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured hazy pale yellow with a thin, white head. There's a moderate level of rising bubbles, and the towers of rising bubbles playfully carried yeast particles up from the bottom. A thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There is a somewhat sour aroma with hints of lemon.
T: The taste is very much sour, but in a light and refreshing way (like a wheat beer) and without any bitter flavors from hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and both tart and bubbly on the palate. The finish feels a bit dry.
D: The beer is rather refreshing to drink; adding a dash of fruit syrup could make this even more palatable and thirst quenching.

metter98, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of SourBatchKid
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Share with a few friends and some hot soft butter pretzels.

A- Sunshine yellow with a cloudy hue, about a finger (mine) of head that quickly evaporates to only the memory of foam. Be-careful, if you blink you might miss it.

S- It smells like I just walked into a french bakers kitchen, creamy butter, yeast, and the slightest of bit of buttermilk. I love how this smells, its like someone just baked up some butter milk biscuits.

T- Refreshing and slightly tangy, green love from the funky farmy horse barn-age. I am diggen this one and am really glad I got two.

M- Spicy carbonation that cuts my tongue as it aerates in my mouth. All most to the point of (good) pain, it slowly subsides. Its like S&M in my mouth, it like it.

D- This is a summer time patio pounder, I could drink this refreshing brew siting out side looking at the ocean. I cant thing of any thing I would rather have on a hot summer day.

SourBatchKid, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split with SourBatchKid & Oglmcdgl. I've had this a bunch throughout the years and I hope to find it on tap one day.

1809 pours a bright yellow color with some slight blond thrimmings, it's almost like squeezed lemon juice with the mild sediment in it. On top, a quarter inch of loose white soapy bubbles, no cling.

Big spirtz of lemon drops and some barnyard hay with old feet. I don't think any funky yeast was used, but that's what I get. It's pretty straight forward, but not to pleasant, at least for me.

This is probably one of the most authentic Berliner Weises out there, but it's not my favorite. Lemongrass with a touch of bisquit malt. At some points I get a small amount of bubblegum. Slightly tart, not sour. Good, but not great.

Pretty mild on the tartness(at least in this bottle) and slightly acidic on the back of the tounge. The taste seems to fade out towards the end. Light bodied and boldly carbed up. I remember liking this better back in the day, but perhaps my tastes have changed. If it tasted better, the low ABV would make it easy for a few.

BARFLYB, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle split with friends. Thanks sourbatchkid.

A- hazy sunshine yellow with and good finger of loose soapy head that settles to a faint skin.

S- mild lemon zest and wheat with a nice yeasty touch.

T- big wheat and yeast with fresh squeezed lemons. Mild tartness with some sour apple and white grapes.

M- light body and medium to high carb. Crisp and refreshing with a mild pucker and slight linger.

D- huge this stuff on a warm day and I'm in heaven. Totally a session beer with flavor for days.

oglmcdgl, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of hooliganlife
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured crisp clean yellow with hints of orange and copper. light fizzy head that quickly disappeared. little to no retention or lacing.

light vinegar with hints of funk and lemon. light malt presence.

light sweetness. very light lemonhead like flavor. malts were a bit dominant but blended with the sweetness.

light to moderate carbonation. not much dryness but a bit.

i was a bit let down by this. not as pronounced as i'd like or have come to known. lacks dominating flavors and is more or less a bit bland. overall, probably would not seek out that often but easy to drink.

hooliganlife, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of portia99
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a Berliner Kindl bowl.

A - Pours a golden amber color which is a touch darker than I expect out of this style of beer. A thin soda-like head falls quickly to the surface leaving behind only the never-ending replenishment supply of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the bowl. Crystal clear - a beer you can read thru.

S - Acetic, sour, some apple cider vinegar nature, some slight lemony flavor too. Not as fruity or delicate as I'd like to see here.

T - Sour, as expected, acetic acid, a bit buttery, no real fruitiness, dry, a bit minerally, somewhat champagne like. Some breadlike malt character too...a bit heavy for the style.

M - Mouthfeel is thin and watery with good medium high carbonation. Puckering and quite dry and crisp. Pretty good overall.

D - I've had a number of Berliner Weissbiers and this one stands out as different from all of the others I've had...more alcohol, more malt character, darker color...all seem to be a bit off for the style. This is still an enjoyable beer, but I would call it a bit flawed for the style.

portia99, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of krisandajt
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up some of these while visiting family down in Baltimore. Just getting into the style, here it goes...

Poured from a bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

Appearance: Wow, quite the carbonation in this bad boy. Heaps of bubbles are shooting up from the bottom of the glass rising to meet at least two inches worth of bone white, thick, bubbly head. The retention is some of the best I've ever seen, though there's not much lacing which I find surprising. There's also a bit of cloudiness to this light golden colored brew.

Smell: There's a nice tartness to this beer, kind of gives the smell a bit of bite. There's some nice wheat beer characteristics coming through too, a slight yeasty grassy kind of smell. Smells quite refreshing.

Taste: A refreshing mix of lemon citrus and tart blended perfectly with the thirst quenching qualities of a wheat beer. Crisp, smooth, nice. This is a damn good beer.

Mouthfeel: A nice light to medium body with enough carbonation to make the beer tingle on the tongue. Outstanding.

Drinkability: It's the first 70+ degree day I've seen this year, and I can't think of a better beer to drink on this beautiful day. Very refreshing, tasty, and a reasonable and sessionable ABV. I highly recommend picking this one up if you get the chance...I know I will the next time I see it.

krisandajt, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color with lots of yeast and a white head.
Sour acidic nose but very clean and one sided.
Flavor begins with a sharp lactic acid twang and segues into a creamy wheat background. The acid overtakes it in the end and it leaves you with a clean refreshing finish. One of the more sour Berliner weiss biers i have had I hope they keep on making this for a long time.

RenoZymurgist, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.08/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy yellow with a small head, ton of floaty yeast or something in there. Nice dissipation leaving some very intricate lacing around.

S - Yeast and malty with a tart smell. Apples and pears come through on the nose.

T - Quite tart, but not quite sharp enough. A little creamy, pear taste is just a little too much like juice to be good. Don't get me wrong, pretty pleasant to drink, but missing the sharpness of the berliner weisses that I prefer. Nice yeast hints with some malts appearing on the backend.

T - Creamy, slipperly, light. Would have liked a touch more carbonation.

D - For some reason this beer just was not super drinkable for me, surprising considering the low ABV. Maybe it's just the sweetness becoming overpowering. Had trouble getting through the single bottle.

AgentZero, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of icetraxx
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a three finger head that dissipates into nothing. This beer is off-white, it looks exactly like cloudy lemon-aid. I am oddly attracted to its unique looks despite having no head and rather large pieces of sediment floating around it.

S: Lactic acid sourness, a note of wild yeast, and a bit of biscuity malt. Fairly aromatic and smells great. Warn leather is definitely present in the aroma.

T: A nice lemony though lactic-like sourness starts the taste off. The taste soon fades into a nice warn leather like note, while revealing the complexities of the wild yeast, and then finishing with a quick, clean, and sour bite. The bite makes you want to take another sip. The malt is a little overshadowed by the sourness and funkiness from the wild yeast (though the funkiness is super-restrained).
The faintest amount of weisse-like malt backbone comes through when you least expect it, fading in and out with every sip. Fruity esters, including apple and banana, are prevalent in the aftertaste.

M: Not light bodied, but not quite medium bodied. A bit thin for a weisse, though carbonated well enough to create a creaminess in the mouth. A little thin overall, extra body would help this one.

D: Very refreshing, very drinkable. I could drink this one all day (though I am a sucker for sours).

O: My first example of such an elusive style of beer. I wish that more breweries would take this style seriously, this style has incredible potential. As usual, this happens to be an excellent beer from the World's oldest brewery.

icetraxx, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of DrDoitchbig
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured out a pale, hazy yellow with about two fingers worth of head that completely faded. When I say completely faded, I do mean completely. There was no collar, no cap, nothing and with that obviously no lacing.

Smell: Tart, fresh squeezed lemon juice is on the forefront. Following the lemon is an almost vinegar like acidic sour kick. Further in the background is some spicy wheat malt. It's not overly complex, but it smells very nice.

Taste: Continuing from the smell this really does have a nice tart sourness that is akin to biting on a lemon. Both in flavor and in acidity. It doesn't have the vinegar twang that was present in the smell. Complementing this perfectly is the spicy wheat malt that reminds me of a good hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: The yeast provides a nice medium body with a fairly high level of carbonation that seems to work for this beer. It's very crisp and refreshing with a drying finish.

Drinkability: As I mentioned a second ago this is very refreshing and the sour aspect of it is pleasant and not overpowering. The drying finish makes me want another sip.

Overall I really didn't know what to expect of the Berliner Weisse. But this is an extremely delicious and refreshing beer. It almost reminds me of a hefeweizen on some kind of sour jag. It's very tasty, now if only it was easier to track this stuff down in Michigan!

DrDoitchbig, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of BeerGodz
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap @ The Devil's Den

Look: Pale golden color, cloudy - yeasties dancing all over, with a head that dissipates very quickly

Smell: Lemon zest, vanilla, wheat, acid funk - very aromatic

Taste: Up Front: Nice and tart, lemon zest. Finish: Sweet. Good balance of malt and wheat flavors

Mouthfeel: Thin, and very smooth

Drinkability: Super quaffable session beer! Uber refreshing! Not sure how many I could have in a row. I'll have to test that one day.

Overall Impression: This is a style that will appeal to people that enjoy Tart Belgian Ales, and Wild Ales. I strongly recommend against getting the syrup poured into it, thus making it a foofoo girly drink.

BeerGodz, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky straw color with a white, fizzy head the quickly disappears. Huge chunks of sediment floating around in this one...
Smell is tart fruits and some sourness. Corny/wheaty aroma as well.
Tart, sour apples dominates. Other jammy berries present as well. Same corn/wheat flavor on the back end.
Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, some definite acidity as well. Very nice.
The tartness and unique aspects of this beer make it one which I think I'd only want one bottle (1 pint 9 fl. oz.).

Still a pretty good beer overall. I wish I had caught that yeast on the pour. I'm not typically opposed to ingesting some yeast sediment, but those are some damn big chunks.

Parrotbeak, Feb 19, 2010
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
92 out of 100 based on 1,158 ratings.