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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner WeisseProfessor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

964 Ratings
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Ratings: 964
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%


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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avalon07

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy consistency. Some sediment. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A sweet smell of fruit, wheat and a little hops.

T: This beer tasted of bananas, wheat, some lemon and mild hops. The fruity part was most evident when going down, but overall a tasty experience.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied. Refreshing mouthfeel. Would be a good summer beer.

D: This is the first Berliner Weissbier I've had and hopefully I'll be able to find more of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 13:38:28 | More by avalon07
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WeisGuy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - pours a bright amber color, one-inch white head, not retention or lacing, hazy with lots of sediment

s - great aroma, lots of funkiness a sour smell, some lemon citrus as well as wheat and a bit of hay

t - nice crisp funky tartness up front, mild wheat sweetness underlying a lemony sourness on the mid-palate, more crisp tartness and funk on the finish mixed with a little graininess, no alcohol detectable

m - light-to-medium bodied, higher carbonation, effervescent, dry finish

d - very drinkable, par for the style, the crispness is very refreshing, I could see this as a perfect warm weather beer

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 04:35:59 | More by WeisGuy
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500mL bottle served into a nucleated imperial pint glass

Pours a very light, pale straw yellow color. Tons and tons of carbonation jets up from the nucleation. Lots of foamy white bubbles form at first but soon disappear. This beer basically looks just like an adjunct lager. Only with hella yeast sediment. Floaties everywhere! Weird, alien life form floaties! I think these floaties might be the Arsenic microbes that NASA found. So yeah, it doesn't look pretty. And I don't have any woodruff syrup to gussy things up. For the style? I have to imagine that this is spot-on. Some beers just can't be pretty.

1809 smells, in part, like a typical wheat beer. You've got some zippy tang, some banana ester. But what dominates is the tartness. This is not a funky beer, no. This is a tart beer. Lemon juice everywhere. There's other stuff too: some carbonate smells, something almost milky. But that tart lemon is what stays with you.

The beer smells way more tart than it actually tastes. There is just enough sharp lemon juice sourness to encourage further drinking. You've got wheat bread flavors everywhere, some lactose like flavors, a bit of water (yeah, it gets watery around the middle of the drink - to the point where I thought I had lemon water in my mouth). This is very good. Light, tart, refreshing.

The mouthfeel has a flaw - that watery business that I just mentioned. Other than that, the carbonation is wonderfully lively and the body as thin as could be. The drinkability? Off the charts. This is one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. Lightly tart, the beer just commands continued quaffing. Amazing.

How is this style of beer not more popular? It's great great great. This particular beer needs to be in six-packs as soon as years ago. It's awesome.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 02:43:59 | More by Reaper16
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JLeege

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a massive rising white head that quickly fizzles out to nothing; just as it should.

Smell- Green apple, white grape, and lots of lemon. A very distinct wheatyness and mild funk.

Taste- Tart green apple again, with slightly sour lemon. I have had much more sour, but this has very nice balance. The wheat stands out a bit more towards the finish. Slightly acidic and funky from the lactic acid. Zesty and fruity with a nice dry clean finish. Licking your lips gives you another nice rush of lemon.

Mouthfeel- Light body with spritzy carbonation, dry on the finish. Very refreshing, overly drinkable.

Overall- Outstanding beer, going to have to stock up on this big time. I wish more breweries would give a stab at this style, though this is definitely the best I have had.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 23:52:22 | More by JLeege
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet. Clear, straw colored with a finger of head. Lots of bubbles. Head broke down quickly to almost nothing.
Impressive smell of wet hay, apple, pear and cherry.
Taste like pear and apple too. Sour lemon and a dry bitterness. Lovely.
Almost champagne like in texture. Lots of carbonation, lighter body. Drying effect.
Quite enjoyable. I would drink it on the regular.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 19:39:39 | More by Fatehunter
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wd40

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer since I haven't really had a Berliner weissbier before but this beer is awesome! Has a light acidity that makes it dry and refreshing. Not sweet nor bitter just very pleasant and palatable. I could definitely see this paired with chicken or maybe even fish entrees since the lightness of the beer would enhance without competing with the flavors. This is also a beer I would be comfortable sharing with non-beer geeks/craft beer novices as well as beer snobs. I could see how some more experienced beer geeks might find this beer a bit too subtle, but I find this beer to be extremely well crafted

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 01:54:26 | More by wd40
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma sour
Head huge (8 cm), white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to a broken 1 mm layer
Lacing none
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor begins sour and dry – no malt, no hops, no diacetyl, no alcohol, very refreshing for a weisse
Palate light, dry, lively carbonation

This is a dry, refreshing, slightly lemony beer which would be an excellent lawn mower beer. Definitely worth trying – more jobs for Lactobacilli!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 13:18:04 | More by Ozzylizard
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an exceedingly pale straw color with a modest head that fizzes away rather quickly without leaving much lace behind

Smell: Musty aroma, definitely tart, with plenty of bready wheat underlying

Taste: Opens with a mellow bready flavor that is quickly joined by a tart lemon element that grows more sour by the minute; after the swallow, the lemony tartness continues to play off the bland base in a way that is intriguing and satisfying; as the beer warms, it betrays a hint of banana that wasn't there at colder temperature

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: For a sour beer, this is compellingly easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 23:36:06 | More by brentk56
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I LOVE this style. Not my favorite, but really good. I would love to try it in Germany.

On the pour, this one had a three finger, fast and loudly fizzy head that was rocky as it subsided. This was atop a hazy yellow body, which is expected for the style.

Aroma was sour, again expected. There was a little bit of hoppiness, and definite wheat malt presence.

Ooooh, the taste. Lightly fruity, with hints of carbonated apple juice. Slightly sour with crisp wheat. Nicely balanced, really really good. No bitterness to speak of, but there is some sour bite.

Mouthfeel is very good. The style is expected to be thin, but there is some perceived body because of the pucker factor. Nicely carbonated, sparkly and just damn pleasant.

Great marks for drinkability. This could easily be a session beer for me, and one I will revisit from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 02:23:24 | More by connecticutpoet
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 21:36:43 | More by drpimento
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jsanford

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 04:50:13 | More by jsanford
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Beerenauslese

California

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is pale yellow, with a slight greenish tinge. Even though the bottle was refrigerated, it was a bit of a gusher, but I had the glass ready, and none was lost. But a very gentle pour still produced a voluminous head. I let it settle for a few minutes and then it poured better.

Smells of lemon, light malt, hay, and a little spice (from the lactobacillus).

Tastes very fresh, light, and tart. It has a nice level of acidity, and there is a nice lemon flavor over a light malt backbone. The finish is dry with just a slight bit of lemon rind bitterness and spice. It is really refreshing.

The body is light and the carbonation is fizzy, giving this a lively and refreshing mouthfeel.

This is a fine example of the Berliner Weiss style. Very refreshing and at 5.0%, highly drinkable, although it is fairly tart. To moderate the acidity, Germans add sweet syrups to the beer, but I prefer consuming it with food where the acidity can do its thing. This would pair very well with roast chicken, seafood, and cheeses.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 04:14:40 | More by Beerenauslese
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a creamy white head.

Crackery, grainy, musty aromas with strong lemon notes.

Crackery grain is swept asside by a wave of lemon driven acidity that gives a refreshing zip to this unique beer. No sweetness, no bitterness, but a moderate level of acidity and lemon flavors that are reminiscent of fresh lemonade.

The mouthfeel is crisp and sharp, the acid makes the carbonation seem even more pronounced.

Off the charts drinkability, if you enjoy tart beers. The only thing holding me back from drinking this allday everyday is the $5.99/16.9oz bottle price tag. A lovely beer that really shows what an under produced, but fascinating beer style Berliner Weiss is.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 02:33:25 | More by BradLikesBrew
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at a local bottle shop and poured it into 2 tulip glasses. Gave a quick swirl to pull the yeast off the bottom of the bottle and into the beer.

Hazy, light straw in color, the bottle gushed like crazy, but I guess that shoulda been expected when I didn't keep it in the fridge for 24 hours before opening. At least I managed to save most of what gushed...ample carbonation creates a huge head, but no retention. Surprisingly, though, for a beer with almost no residual sugar, if any, a swirl produces cabernet-like legs.

The aroma is full of tart wheat and a light funkiness. The tartness is a clean and citrusy lactic sourness that brings on grapefruit and lemon zest. There are also some clove esters from the sacc. strain. The flavor follows suit beautifully. Clean, crisp, and tart, this is what a berlinerweiss should taste like. Complex enough to keep drinking and sour enough for me to remember that this isn't just a weissbier.

Light and spritzy on the palate, this is definitely a summer beer. Easily drinkable, this is something I will return to again and again, especially with its sub-$5 price tag. I wish there were more of these that were so widely available.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 03:20:31 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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Mudpuppet

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured from a 20oz bottle into a Pilsner glass. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a nice 1/4" head. I left the yeast in the bottle.

S- Peaches for sure. I am pretty confident there are none in this style but I smell them very strongly. Some mild sourness comes through on the nose too.

T- Peaches again and some apples too. You would think they are in there. You get the wheat backbone also. The sourness is not over-powering, not quite as high as a lambic or wild ale.

M- Really highly carbonated. This is perfect for this style. Nice and crisp like a refreshing soda.

D- I could drink this all day. I am making a homebrew version of this later this month and I cannot wait to have it here to drink this summer. This is a beer you could drink 4 or 5 of.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 23:14:32 | More by Mudpuppet
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wheelinshirt

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Half liter bottle purchased from Capone's for $7. A bit steep but the only berliner weiss that I have been able to get my hands on has been festina peche, which I did like, but I figured it was time for a real, traditional rendition. Poured into a weizen glass.

Big fluffy white head, tons of CO2 streaming up to support it. Eventually got all the beer into the glass including the dregs. The beer is a very cloudy straw color, nice looking, somewhat poor retention and no lacing due to the acidity. Looks amazing.

Smell is fruit, yeast, and some tartness. A bit more subtle than I expected, but in a good way.

Taste is mostly tart, but not overpoweringly so. Wheat and Barley malt are in there as well. Unlike Festina Peche, this still tastes more like a beer than anything else. Doesn't taste too sour until the last sip. Finish is sour (good) but does kind of linger (bad).

Mouthfeel is light, highly carbonated, but the yeast sediment does fill it out a bit and gives it that indescribable weizen feel.

Drinkability is perfect. I would drink this beer all summer long if I could get it cheaply, which I don't think is really possible. If you see it, definately pick it up. If you are wary, perhaps try Festina Peche from dogfish head first and go from there.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 03:48:52 | More by wheelinshirt
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 01:15:16 | More by drtth
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A style I've seemingly passed over. What the hell was I thinking?

Cloudy golden tangerine hue. Huge three fingers of white head. Mild tart oranges and lemons mixed with soft wheat undertones. Hint of vanilla. Flavors are pleasantly tart. Citrus fruit and soft wheat cracker blend with a touch of vanilla. Light crisp body. Superior refreshment for sure. This is my new go to lawn mower beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 19:15:58 | More by beerwolf77
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Strongly sediment-clouded dark golden color with a single finger of frothy whipped head that stuck around for several minutes but has minimalistic lacing.

S. Strong lemon yogurt aroma combined with some minor vanilla bean and even lighter banana notes and I can just make out the wheat malt aroma underneath all the olfactory tang.

T. Puckery acidic lemon and lactic sourness abound! Almost as acidic as a gueze, but not quite. Tiny moments of wheatey malt and funky yeastiness bob up and down in a turbulent ocean of sour tartness. Very dry and sharp overall just as it ought to be!

M. Lighter body with champagne-like bubbles, dry and crisp extended finish after the fade of sour.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 17:52:02 | More by WastingFreetime
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cosmicevan

New York

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

consumed on 6/30, while I was "on Hiatus" during a beautiful summer afternoon. picked up locally. enjoyed from my better half goblet.

a - brew poured a pale hazy yellow with 2 fingers plus of fizzy bubbly head that all but evaporated leaving a skin of bubbles on the surface of the glass. no lacing to speak of, when swirling the glass the head moved as a whole. visible carbonation could be seen in the murky yellowness when held to the light.

s - as soon as i poured it, the sweet smell of lemon grassiness filled the air. upon closer inspection, some wheat and orange peel and lemon rind. soft funkiness in the background.

t - big lemon tart. REALLY refreshing. some grassiness. some orange peel as well, but mostly lemon. fantastic tasting. some lactic acid and mash.

m - medium bodied and surprisingly full flavored. prickly carbonation.

o - overall, i expected something a bit softer, but was pleasantly surprised with how good this is. perfect pairing with today's 90+ degree weather. really a must try for any fan of berliner or anyone curiuos about the style. just an awesome beer for summer. fruity and not too dry...just plain old refreshing.

bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 01:26:18 | More by cosmicevan
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Piotrek

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass creating immediate gigantic white head, which was gone as quickly as it appeared.
Pale and hazy golden straw-colored appearance.
Yeasty with citric aromas.
Refreshing, lightly sour and tart, light notes of lemon and lime.
Fizzy, light sourness then lemony.

My first try with Berliner Weissbier and I love it. Super refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 02:28:32 | More by Piotrek
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle

Found this odd brew @ Shawn Liquors. No real brewery listed, only "brewed by Dr. Fritz Breim, Munich, Germany". A Google search found the impoter, B. United Intl's website that loosely indicates that this is a collaboration between Doemens Institue and Weihenstephan.

Pours a hazy pale straw colow with a fluffy white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is bready and yeasty with a nice sour twang.

Taste is bready upfront immediatly washed over by a refreshing sourness and yeasty taste. Finishes quite clean with a mild fruitiness.

Light body, solid carbonation.

This was my first experience with this style, and quite a positive one. Delicious flavor and super drinkability. A bit pricey at $5 for 16.9oz, but well worth it for the experience. I hope to find this again, but I suspect that it's quite a rare find.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 23:27:14 | More by MaltyGoodness
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appears a pale yellow with a large white head that falls quicklyy leaving little lacing. Active carbonation.

Smells lemony tart and yeasty.

Tastes is similar to smell, tart lemons, yeasty bread though neither is overpowering.

Mouthfeel is dry, carbonated and thin bodied.

Drinkability is excellent.

Easy and nice drinking beer is you enjoy this style, guess I do.

A very tasty beer that I wish was less expensive so I could have it more often this summer. It's not complex but does fit to style quite well.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 19:32:50 | More by meatyard
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botham

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pint bottle poured into a goblet. pours a hazy golden color with a single finger of rapidly depreciating white head that leaves no lacings and has poor retention.

aroma is of fresh bret funk and a bit of wheat malt mixed in with a light apple note in the background and a wet hay note that envelops the profile and enhances the freshness. fresh and crisp in the nose.

taste is of mild funk with a touch of sourness and a base of wheat malt. undertones of fruit (mainly apple) with a very crisp finish. little to no residual. very tasty.

mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp on the palate with a very refreshing character. solid.

drinkability is excellent. a great berliner. very crisp and refreshing with just enough funk to keep it honest. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 13:53:25 | More by botham
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm reviewing this beer because my experience in the bottle was significantly different than the draft.

Beer poured from 0.5 L bottle into an Erdinger Hefeweissbier glass. Beer is clear and bright yellow, forms an aggressive thick white head of small bubbles that remains for several minutes propped up by some of the most aggressive carbonation that I have ever seen in a beer. Its fascinating to watch the carbonations push up the walls of the curved glass to hold up this amazing head. The carbonation did not notebly decrease throughout the duration of the beer, the head slowly shrank leaving lacing all over the glass. This was an amazingly beautiful beer and completely different than on draft.

There is a spoiled / sour aroma to the beer that is very dominant. Its all the aroma is about, but its a Berleinerweiss what did you expect?

Beer has a light body and is really drinkable. The overall flavor is one note and its a kind of lactic sourness that you may associate with spoilage. Its clean finishing and mouthfeel is good. The high levels of carbonation provide an odd bitterness in there and helps to average the flavors over the entire palate. I like this beer in the bottle better than on draft.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 01:24:03 | More by drabmuh
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
92 out of 100 based on 964 ratings.