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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
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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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patre_tim

China

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Grapefruit juice (not the ruby red kind) or peach juice- light dull yellow with a slight pink tinge, unfiltered and opaque, huge off white head of 5 fingers. The foam started out of the bottle as soon as it was opened.

S: Slightly acidic and gassy, as though its releasing gasses as you breathe it in. Reminds me of a lambic or a kumbacha tea. Slight fruit, vinegar, a very slight floral scent.

T: Follows the nose. Acidic, lambic like but not as sour as say a Lindemans' lambic, nor is it like kumbacha tea in intensity, yet its present and mild, rather like a witbier in lightness yet with the strong touch of sour. Light, crisp, refreshing.

M: Light body, highly carbonated.

O: Like it, and have to be in the mood to enjoy this, rather like a lambic. Refreshing, crisp, unique, love the bottle that has lots of writing on it. Love the history it gives on the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 19:23:24 | More by patre_tim
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utopiajane

New York

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours the color of light straw and with exceptional clarity. Continually effervescing and capturing and light. It had a thick white head of loose soapy foam that fell off very quickly to a scant film and thin ring. No lace. The nose was light. Sweet lemon peel and then a little tart citrus. Tiny bit of spice. Floral and with a light wheat dryness on the nose and a hint of cracker. There is a sweet honey like quality underneath that is perfectly poised with the sweeter aspect of the lemon but it's bashful and never comes out from behind the fruit. It has a good musty yeast smell that is not too strong or off putting. It also has a fresh earthy quality like wet hay that is dewey and damp. Taste is as clean and clear as the body of the beer. Light sweet lemon peel greets the palate followed by the tart citrus. This was not at all sour. The cracker malt and wheat are dry and carry a little faint spice and musty barnyard to the back palate where it fades without much aftertaste but leaves a dry and cleansed palate. Body of the beer is well carbonated and light.

This was not terribly complex. It had exceptional balance and poise. Well turned out and sparkling . Vivacious and enlivening. A terrific beer with a low abv that is the perfect thirst quencher for a hot day. Would compliment almost any food.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 13:59:30 | More by utopiajane
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap at Avenue Pub NOLA. Pours a hazy golden with a little bit of white foamy head. Great hefe banana and clove aromas with a nice dose of sour. Taste is fantastic banana hefe wheat, with a burst of sour. Finishes with a chocolate like note and smooth. Its amazing how the tartness just finishes out leaving the maly characteristics behind. Really a fantastic brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2013 05:20:18 | More by DrinkSlurm
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden straw color, moderately hazy, prickly white bubbles. Scent leads with a touch of lactic tartness, follows up with light fruit such as apple and citrus, faintly musty dried grain. Taste brings moderate lactic tartness, a nice bit of tart apple, grape, lemon, musty dried grain. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, refreshing. A nice Berliner with a touch of fruit and some toned down tartness. Sampled the last few ounces with Woodruff, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 14:44:49 | More by rfgetz
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted 28 July 2014.

Pours a medium clear golden yellow. Two fingers of white fizzy head, okay retention and lacing.

Smell is delicate and delightful. Bright and clean, with just the right touch of lemony tartness. Soft, but stellar.

Taste is also quite good. Again, it's got the two elements I want from a berliner - clean, and light tart. I could use just a bit more of that tartness, as the wheat becomes sweet and starts to detract from the refreshment. Better cold, faded as it warmed.

Feel is good. Light-bodied, fizzy carbonation. Spot-on.

This beer reminds me why I love this style. It's the perfect thing to drink on a summer afternoon. Clean and crisp, with just a hint of lemon and acidity to take the edge off. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2014 03:45:24 | More by zeledonia
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Florida9

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Popped the bottle and noticed a slight pellicle around the bottle opening. Typical of sours, but not necessarily Berliners. A few moments later and this beer decided it was time to gush. Very pale pastel yellow in color. Almost white. Forms an enormous, very bubbly, white head that eventually reduces down to not very much. No lacing.

S: Smell is fresh. Surprisingly fresh. Lemons and lemon rind. Some lactic acid and a touch of barnyard.

T: Taste is similar. Lightly sweet. Lemon. Essentially effervescent lemonade. Some lactic acid with a bit of earthiness on the finish. Light wheat character. Not overly complex. Quite simplistic actually, but also a very clean and refreshing tartness.

M: Lighter bodied. Heavy carbonation gives a prickly mouthfeel. Light tartness. Non-existent bitterness.

O: I can't say I've ever had a Berliner Weisse in Germany, so while I can't vouch for the authenticity of this beer, I can say this is about as spot on a Berliner as I could imagine. Tart, but not sour, with a strong lemony taste. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 02:09:30 | More by Florida9
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 0.5L into Cab glass...

Cloudy, honey body with ample carbonation. Wispy soap-bubble head dissipates quickly.

Very sweet honey and yeast aroma with a hint of apple cider and maybe a little funk. Very old-school - some pears in there as well.

Tangy, tart, dry and funky. Big citrus character with pear overtones. Austerity contributes to the crispness. Reminds me of a very mild, dry Belgian sour - this is neat stuff.

Very clean mouthfeel for a funked beer. Finish has an apple-fiber texture - fruity with nice yeast and wheat.

Even though I like funk more in music than in beer, I appreciate the craft involved in concocting this thing. Very well-made, thirst-quenching and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 09:59:20 | More by IBUnit63
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light, slightly cloudy yellow with a tinge of gold. Delicate, perfectly white head that kicks up and stays put but leaves no lace. Big, pungent aroma of funky, sour citrus notes (lemon and grapefruit). Distinct lactic acid smell laid on top of a slightly grainy note. On the palate, soft fruit flavors come out first, but then things sharpen up with whip-crack acidity that starts light and then gains weight through the mid-palate. The mid-palate has a very metallic flavor to it, then gives off one final burst of sourness before fading into a surprisingly sticky finish. Wonderfully bold acidity and citrus flavors -- kind of like a good New Zealand sauvignon blanc. Light in body, lots of activity on the sides of my tongue, stiff carbonation. I don't have much experience at all with this style, but I'm really impressed with this beer. Great for summer time, great for summer foods, very distinctive and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 03:49:54 | More by geexploitation
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazed-out,dull yellow body with bits of yeast dispersed and suspended throughout by nice active carbonation.The head consisted of 2 full fingers of rapidly fading,noisy,bone-white foam that left virtually no lacing with the exception of a few sudsy dots here and there.

S-Juicy Fruit gum,preserved lemon,Wheaties,sourdough toast,an earthy/grassy scent and a slight sour milk note similar to Greek yogurt.

T-Bright flavors of Granny Smith apple,pear,unique citrus(Meyer lemon,starfruit),fruity yeast notes and a toasty wheat base.

M-Super bright and mild to moderately tart but not sour.Light bodied with active,prickly carbonation and a slight,subtle creaminess.

O-I must revisit this in the summer months!Super refreshing and unique style.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 15:34:27 | More by StlHopHead77
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a somewhat hazy pale orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma is of funky and sour with some dark fruit and plums. The taste has more of a sour zing to it, and some nice acidity in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of refreshing carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice Berliner Weisse. I will certainly drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 23:02:39 | More by KarlHungus
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EricCioe

Montana

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle at The Red Bird in Missoula on our 7 year anniversary. Incidentally, after this we went around the corner and had 2010 Abyss on draft for $4 a pint. Pretty good beer day for a Monday.

This pours a super hazy light orange with a frothy white head that dies down quickly but stirs back up with agitation. On the nose there is hazy wheaty notes of banana and clove, but underneath there is citric acid and tartness. In the mouth the wheat asserts itself most, with the banana and clove notes coming through the nose while the soft body that wheat beers tend to have hangs with the tart flavor in the mouth. This is a really beautiful beer to drink. It's very complex and does so at a very low abv, always impressive to me.

Overall, I like this beer a great deal. The complex flavors and supreme drinkability had the two of us thinking, a day after brewing our first batch, when we ought to brew a Berliner Weiss.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 05:28:18 | More by EricCioe
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a straw yellow with a one finger head with big popping bubbles. Head dissipated rapidly.

S- Tart lemon, mango, tropical fruit, hay, and some funk. Very strong and aromatic beer, I could smell this as I was pouring it.

T- Sour lemon, tropical fruit, hay, big funky notes, and wheat.

M- A little lighter and thinner, high prickly carbonation, high acidity, finishes dry, and pretty refreshing

O- A very good Berliner Weisse that packs a lot of funk and some sourness. At first it was not as sour as the Bruery's Hottenroth I had recently, but still quite sour. After I poured my second glass more of the sentiment got in the glass and it became a lot more sour. This one packs a punch. Very nice refreshing summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 01:54:37 | More by Hoptometrist
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m1ked

California

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger

A- pours a cloudy dull straw yellow. Minimal head that turns into a half circle of whitle foam. Looks like dull pineapple juice.

S-Tart green apple, touch of vinegar, tad cinnamon/clove. Its not overpowering at all.

T- Lemony tartness at first is all I notice but it never really peaks to the saliva producing stages. Once the tartness fades I get the green apple rhubarb with light cinnamon.

M- Very light, not too tart. Crisp carbonation.

D- I think this is a cool style in general- and this is a good representation. I wouldn't put down a bunch, but I think pairing with food would be cool.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 22:24:50 | More by m1ked
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GradyS1

California

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy light yellow with a strong 2 finger head, carbination noticable
S- strong citrus notes,lighter pilsner wheet favor comes in as well
T- Sour and Funky upfront but not overwhelming. Sour apples, lemons and a wheat beer mixed togeather. Nice balance.
M- Light, crisp and carbonated.

Overall, I like this syle and this was the best one Ive had so far. It is really a crisp refreshing beer, would have no problem drinking these all day long in the summer

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 13:51:10 | More by GradyS1
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drummstikk

California

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Fantastic!

A hazy gold with bright white head that dissipates quickly into a lasting thick ring.

Smells of soft plastic sheeting and tangy grains.

Tastes like heaven. Sweet bananas and apricots, followed by a very balanced sourness that gives you a pucker only during the first sip. A hint of hop bitterness vanishes into the dryest cleanest finish I've tasted from a beer in a long time, almost like the dry vinous finish to a champagne.

Throughout, carbonation is high and spritzy, giving the illusion (perhaps reality?) of a light body. But the body could not be too watery, because it never tastes thin or watery. It is this contradiction in the mouthfeel that makes drinking this beer so exceptional. I can't imagine why anyone would ever choose Bud Light to cool off on a hot day after tasting this beer.

Expected DMS from the unboiled wort, but instead got the most delicate malt sweetness and the flavor of grains. The body is flush with malt flavor, balanced with sourness that, because of the complete lack of vinegar, tickles the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 05:12:52 | More by drummstikk
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dakid618

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz pilsner type glass. Pours a light golden color with tons of fizzy soapy head. Smell is faint and in my opinion apple like. I've never had a lighter beer that tasted quite like this. Very funky taste in a good way. Tastes like a really light sour to me. Light mouthfeel almost like drinking water. Very drinkable, I will be enjoying this beer often in the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 01:33:30 | More by dakid618
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gabemasiulis

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A) This Berliner-Weisse is litght in color, quite murky, but still translucent, it had a decent size fine fizzy head, almost like a soda.
S) The aroma was sweet with a hint of a tart fruity taste, maybe kind of cherry-like.
T) This beer bites in dry, but rapidly swells to a sweet and wet lingering taste. The dark cherry sweetness lilts leaving the tartness at the bottom of the palate to linger.
M) This beer has a fair share of complexity to its feel. It starts dry, lingers wet, as if it were almost sticky, if it wasn't for the fizz dancing on the tongue.
D) The tart-sweetness, combined with the light fizziness strikes me like it would be a very nice summer celebration beer. It is tart, but very slightly, and leaves me wanting another.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 19:25:31 | More by gabemasiulis
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i got this one from dmeadows. He also included some strawberry syrup, but this review is without the flavoring added. Ive wanted to review another true Berliner for a long time.

A- The carbonation is lively and crackly. Its rushes to dissipate, leaving no lace. The beer is a clouded, frankly, urine yellow with lots of active bubbles.

S- The smell is very nice and tart with a strong lemony presence. A dash of salt, and lots of funk. Its a very strong barnyard, muddy hay, cattle kind of funk.

T- Tart lemon that can get quite sour. It grips the sides of the tongue. It moves into a very musty hay dust funk. The finish is very minerally like very hard water with a lemon wedge.

M- This is one of the driest beers Ive ever had. Carbonation and tartness all play into the feeling, making this beer very clean.

D- Really nice stuff. I would drink this often in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 03:04:35 | More by MbpBugeye
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my opinion, if there were to be a pyramid hierarchy of beer flavors, sour would be at the top. I think sour takes the longest to acquire a taste for, and can be one of the most sublime. As such, I really liked this beer.

This beer poured a hazy gold/straw color with lots of fluffy head. Aroma was light clove and sourness. Flavor was also a blend of sour and cloviness. I felt this beer was less sour than Berliner Kindl Weiss. I had this beer with a meal, and I noticed a pleasing fruitiness as the beer warmed which was really a nice complement to my meal. Mouthfeel was soft and champagne-like. I really thought highly of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 13:28:10 | More by BeerBelcher
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Stakem for this bottle in our recent trade, insane box.
A - Served in a tulip this beer pours a murky faint neon yellow with a small white head that fades quickly but has continuous bubbles running the side of the glass.
S - Theres definitly a tart funkiness in the nose of this beer, with notes that remind me of lemon pepper.
T - Stakem informed me this beer is better slightly warmer then most and there is no doubt about that. Spent about 45 minutes sipping on this and the last 20 were where it really stood out. Lots of lemon citrus taste with a funky brett character and perfect tartness.
M - Enjoyable mouthfeel, that was crisp and somewhat dry, very easy drinking.
O - Only my second in the style and really liked it.
Looking forward to some Stakem homebrew Berliner's someday, thanks again Adam.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 13:01:31 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass

A: Hazy golden color of wheat, super fluffy pure white head, settles to a light half finger

S: Like white wine with that touch of sweetness to counter the acidity, didn't know how to rate because I am not familiar with the style, but it smells good to me, maybe some slight influence of yeast as well

T: Definite white grapes and other white fruits, maybe pear too, big tartness from the fruit, more so than ordinary wine, the tartness builds where the hops would build in an ordinary beer, intensifying until your mouth starts to salivate, kind of paradoxical as tartness dries your mouth out and wets it at the same time, delicious combination of flavors

M: Pretty carbonated, acidity kind of masks the mouthfeel, dry and champagne like

D: Even though it's sour it tastes good and makes you want to keep drinking

Notes: This is my first taste of a very interesting style, and I was not disappointed. It is definitely not your ordinary beer. I loved it plain, however, I would love to try this in the traditional style by adding flavored syrup. Apparently in Germany, woodruff is the popular flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 05:57:45 | More by dpodratsky3
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The color is very light straw and clear. There is a spritzy half inch head that shrinks to a layer around the edge of the glass.

The aroma is popcorn and wheat malt with some nice lemony tartness.

The taste has some mild wheat malt flavor in the start. This is quickly overrun with a clean sour lemon tartness in the middle and finish. The balance is heavily emphasized on the tartness.

This is very light with smooth carbonation that is only slightly spritzy.

This is very delicious and is a slightly more drinkable alternative to lambics and gueuzes.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 04:19:43 | More by andrewinski1
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warnerry

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy light golden brown with two fingers of head that quickly fade to a collar. Nice carbonation rising throughout.

S - Pleasant tart smells of lemon, a bit of lactic acid, and a bit of yeast.

T - Taste starts with a nice punch of tartness, with lemons, a bit of yeast and a faint wheat presence. Crisp and clean. Very nice if not particularly complex.

M - Light and crisp with nice carbonation.

O - A great beer for a warm summer night, and possibly a good beer to introduce someone to the tart/sour side of beer styles. It is pretty simple but very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 01:04:25 | More by warnerry
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mdvatab

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle into tall weizen glass.

Aroma: Sour, lemony yeast, hay, and cereal grains. Some faint spiciness. Very subtle sulphur note.

Appearance: Very hazy, opaque, golden-white body. Active, fine carbonation. Bright white, fluffy, 3 finger foamy head collapses quickly. Minimal lacing. Would have liked a bit more clarity.

Flavor: Tart, refreshing lemon. Some grainy character that matches the aroma. Mild bitterness works well to support the citrusy tartness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, biting carbonation scrubs the palate. Tartness makes the mouth water. Mouth puckers, and tongue clings to the roof of the mouth like a magnet.

Overall: An excellent, refreshing example of the style. Next time I get one, I'm going to let it sit in the fridge for a week or so to let the yeast settle out. Highly recommended by my cousin, David, the clerk at Lukas Liquors, and now by me! I only wish this were more readily-available!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 00:44:32 | More by mdvatab
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 500 mL bottle from State Line Liquors.

A: The weissbier is pale, a faintly golden straw color that looks like several drops of food coloring in a glass of water. The clarity is pristine, bright and radiant. A finger of head on each pour is quick to settle down, leaving little hint of its presence. A steady stream of bubbles in the center of the glass is visually appealing.

S: The wheat aroma is strong, giving a mildly tart aroma to the ale. Lemon and ripe apples peek through the wheat.

T: The ale has a pleasant tartness up front, sharp but not overpowering. That tartness transitions nicely into a fruity melange thanks to the yeast strain. Berries and citrus are prevalent and nicely cut the wheat's tartness. Bready grains follow the fruit, settling all of the flavors down. A faint banana flavor, near the end of the sip, nicely ties this into Weihenstephan's weisse line.

M: The mouthfeel really benefits from the yeast, layers of sweet fruits emerge that are a needed counterpoint to the wheat's tartness.

D: I'll be sure to grab another bottle or two, as this one is a nice summer sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 18:19:26 | More by akorsak
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
92 out of 100 based on 1,086 ratings.