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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
Gots: 94 | 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 CampusCrew
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: poured fizzy. golden with no head rentention and no lacing

smell: lemon, tartness

taste: good sour weiss, I liked the lower ABV and the more sour power from the hottenroth, but this is nice too.

mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation

drinkability: great summer ale and good for it's purpose

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

50cl bottle poured into a long, thin glass. Small, fizzy bubbles abound. Kind of subdued, slightly sour aroma with an impression of peaches. More sour peaches in the flavor, very dry and tart. Highly carbonated and dry, perfect mouthfeel for this style. Highly refreshing and very good. Edit: This has improved after 6+ months. Really a softer a better mouthfeel, and more richness in the flavor.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very light apricot color with a thin white head and not much lacig. Nose brings a bit of tart wheat and some very mild acid. Hints of peach. The taste is a bit more expansive, with peach, grean apple, and a bit of grass coming in as well. Light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Nice and mellow throughout, this drinks really well.

Photo of deapokid
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Weizen glass at the Old Eagle Tavern.

The look is instantly recognizable. Big, puffy white head, bountiful sediment and a hazy, lemony yellow color attract the senses immediately. A wild carbonation surges, forcing the sediment to dance throughout the liquid. Truly a sight to behold.

Aroma is just as enchanting, boasting the tartest of lemon juices, mild whiffs of banana and a slight milkiness.

Flavor is just as lemony, with a creamy consistency that's most likely due to the lacto bacteria and the lightest hints of orange and pineapple. The mild musk in the conclusion nicely balances out the tart bite, making for a light and Summery treat.

Modesty be damned... This just might be the most drinkable beer on the planet and, as the warm weather starts to seem like a distant memory, it's nice to drink this and remember all of those sunny Saturday afternoons.

Note: I've also tried this on several occasions with the Raspberry and Woodruff syrups, and, while those are interesting additions, believe this beer is best served straight up.

Photo of nickfl
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a decent sized head of loose, white foam that settles rapidly and leaves no lace. The body is a slightly hazy, deep gold color.

S - Light malt and wheat with a yeasty intensity and some spicy lactic acid.

T - Tangy wheat and some sweet, bready malt up front with a surprisingly light note of lactic acid. The malt intensifies in the middle with notes of honey and some fruity pear character that may or may not be yeast derived. The beer finishes with more malt and some creamy wheat flavor as well as moderate tartness and some lemon zest.

M - Medium body, very high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a shockingly drinkable beer. I expected intense sourness that would overshadow all other flavors, but the acidity is actually quite restrained and while the flavor profile is simple, it is very well managed. The intense carbonation helps to bring out the subtle flavor of the wheat and some notes of lemon and pear. The acidity is restrained and just strong enough to set off the other flavors and it makes for a perfectly refreshing, tart finish. I am really blow away by this beer, it is easily the best Berliner Weisse that I have ever tasted and it is definitely worth seeking out.

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

a particularly high abv berliner. Although only five percent. This is a robust tart. And the creamy quality of the lactic acid smears the sour with the malt like butter on beer. The wheat is the backbone to a pretty consistant sour grit and mild apple. Very one dimensional for people that aren't fans of sours. Granny smith apples with a wheat grit that has a bitter of fresh dandelion greens. One of the best found in north america.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick notes from Tigris Beverage/g.housen Tasting earlier today. 500mL brown glass pry-top bottle.

Super pale yellow with thin white head that falls quickly. Nose is huge compared to the appearance: white smoke, rocks and gravel, and some barnyard funk. Palate is crisp and dominated by pear notes (like peary). Tart and earthy. Not a lot of wheat character. Very clear and clean finish.

Photo of drtth
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a 500 ml weizen glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a well hazed bright golden straw yellow color with a thin head that dissipates rapidly (as expected with a Berliner Weisse) leaving only a small patch of foam and a small ring of foam.

Smell: The aroma is fresh, clean and slightly fruity.

Taste: The flavor is fresh, clean, slightly sweet, slightly fruity and slightly tart and very refreshing on a humid day. The malt and wheat backbone provides its own blend of flavor components that remain in the background but support the tart fruitiness very well. (This is a subtly flavored and balanced beer.)

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied and crisp with lots of active carbonation. The finish lacks bitterness but is filled with tart dryness as any residual sweetness just disappears.

Drinkability: Once readjusted to what to expect of a Berliner Weisse (I've not had a true example of the style in several years) the quality and subtlety of this beer become clear. It is quite easy to sip my way through this beer. It would be good to have a second, and I won't hesitate to have this beer again when I have the chance.

Photo of nycwinter
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice.
A: misty pale orange. Look close to see the bubble party around the perimeter. Though I poured carefully, there are sediment parties as well.

S: slight frutiness with Brett wildness on the nose. Oh, did I forget to mention the sharp sourness.

T: sour. Need I say more? Yes I need. Earthy wild Brett yeast and bready wheat balance the sourness very well.

M: light and refreshing

O: great sessionability, though a little pricey. I would drink again.

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

bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy straw yellow with golden tints and plenty of carbonation. A bubbly head dissipates super quick as the effervescence continues to agitate the top of the beer.

S - Somewhat funky and musty with plenty of fruit character and a tart flair.

T - Begins slightly sweet and tart, with a nice straw grain touch. The citrus fruit and lemon peel quickly builds, adding to the lighter sour profile. Climaxes with a tingly, dry finish.

M - Super carbonated to the point where it almost tickles your tongue. Slightly dry and highly smooth.

D - The style lends itself to easy drinking, and 1809 is no exception. So easy and tasty.

I've wanted to try this brew for awhile, and the Professor didn't disappoint. It's not overly sour or funky, while staying ultra drinkable. Nice!

Photo of timtim
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this is a hard beer to review because it is art in a different kind of way than most of the beers we try and review on here. the art here is replicating a process and evoking a sense of place and time for the sake of art, enjoyment and education. if we don't know where styles come from, we don't know where to go with them. dr. fritz gives us the foundation of a style that was almost lost to the tee and it is awesome. pale golden with a white head that hangs out for a while, but doesn't leave much lace. nose is awesome. musty, mossy-wet-rock-in-a-cellar, wet animal, and a touch of citric acidity. the semi-spicy (yeasty) taste is way less tart than one might imagine from the nose, and everything seems just a touch subdued, but like i said, fritz isn't really trying to pull out the stops here, he's trying to school us and make us happy at the same time. ahhhh. this is why they called it the champagne of the north. the cellary, cobweb, musty wet-rockiness is very similar to real champagne. yum. i think i've gone on enough here. awesome beer. know your beery roots. cheers!

Photo of alcstradamus
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky yellow color with two fingers of head that dies down quickly to a collar.

The aroma is a pleasant mix of yeast, lemon zest, straw, milkiness, and a light peppery element. Nice and appetizing.

The taste is very lightly tart with notes of lemon zest, yeast, and straw. A bit watery. Clean flavor profile.

The body is light and carbonation is high and spritzy. The mouthfeel and flavor both improve significantly after it sits out for a while and releases those bubbles and flattens out a bit.

Drinkability is high. This is just such a clean tasting beer with subtle characteristics that are intriguing and inviting. A true lawnmower gem.

Photo of soze47
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
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).

Photo of electrobunny
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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.

Photo of jsanford
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of azorie
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of gueuzer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Adamdc
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

Photo of kbutler1
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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.

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