1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

Not Rated.
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner WeisseProfessor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,168 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,168
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 99
Gots: 86 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,168 | Reviews: 548 | Display Reviews Only:
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
Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both a little above average. Aroma is lemon zest, lemons, tart apples, bready malt and wheat. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but the taste is more tart than the aroma would lead you to believe. It's a good tart/sour beer, but the tartness isn't overpowering. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's nice and crisp, and it has good carbonation too. Drinkability is pretty good, it's refreshing and enjoyable. It wouldn't be hard to drink a few of these at a time! I think this is a good overall brew, I'll definitely buy this again in the future.

bluejacket74, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of mynie
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I need a better system for reviewing sours. Like, I need to start being able to tell different bacteria strains from one another.

This tastes like one of New Glarus' sours, I remember, though I can't remember which one. So there's that. It's in between Sweet Tarts and Shock Tarts, sourwise.

The nose is all saison with a hint of sour. The taste is very much the same. It's a dry, fruitless kind of sour, tastes more like phosphates or candy than it does something inorganic like, a crystaline acid that's only found deep within a handful of caves. In there you got nodes of watermelon candy, lemon candy, ascorbic acid, champagne yeast, and a little bit of wheat bread.

It comes together well. I am most definitely drinking a solid thing, instead of a bowl of varied sournesses. It may be a bit offputting to people who are accustom only to newer, more immediately palatable sours, but it's not hard drinking in the least.

mynie, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of babaracas
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with fizzy white head. Gentle pour but got enough sediment in here that the massive stream of bubbles rising to the top have turned it in to the world's most lively bowl of sea monkeys. Anyway, looks alright for a berliner. Smell: husk, cornbread note that I seem to find in all berliners, a little barnyard funk. Taste: tart but not as tart as others, lemony, just a little bready and a hint of unripe banana.

babaracas, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of aval89
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color.. Very hazy..cloudy.. Half finger head that quickly settled at almost nothing...

Smell: lemon zest, white grape peels, some zeast & bread notes.. Kind of sour and tart.. Also picking up some apricot.

Taste: again a lemon zest with a bit of white grapes... Similar to a white whine.. Some tartness but not overwhelming.. Also a bit of sourness but not too much... Finish a bit puckery with a dry finish..

Mf is highly carbonates with a light body..

Very easy to drink.. Decent brew..

Really enjoyed this one..

Cheers!

aval89, Jun 18, 2010
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
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
90 out of 100 based on 1,168 ratings.