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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,223
Reviews: 559
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 birchstick
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a clear pale yellow with a nice pure white head and tons of active carbonation bubbling up

S - I can smell this thing from a foot away. Really sweet, almost vinous with hints lemons and citrus with a bit of earthy funk and faint, grassy hops. Beautiful aroma.

T - tart lemon citrus up front that gets overtaken by the earthy funkiness of the lactobacillus. Finishes dry and tart with some yeasty fruitiness and really nice sour notes.

M - beautiful carbonation as the champagne from the north should have. Leaves you dry and wanting more.

D - very delicious and, as most beers of this style, thirst quenching. I randomly picked this up not knowing it was so highly regarded and that Weihenstephan is behind this brew. I think I just found my go-to summer beer.

Photo of brew3crew
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tasting glass

A-straw color. Hazy color with little color
S-smells very sour. Nice fruity undertones. Very tart.
T-alot like it smells. Very fruity, sour and tart
M-very light and crisp.
D-very drinkable. Very nice sour after taste. Taste was gone in no time

Photo of MichaelGreene
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Erdinger Weissbrau glass. Small champagne like bubbles OUT OF CONTROL. So crazy fizzy, could not control the head as I was pouring it. Died down VERY quickly though, no lasting head, no lacing. However, I think that do to the champagne like quality of the beer, that is what I would expect. Not really a negative for this beer.

Smells very citrus like and light.

Taste is acidic, citrus like and mild. No aftertaste, but a lasting dry acid bite, very white wine/champagne like, more like a wine then a beer. Its weird but I could almost be fooled into thinking this came from the vine.

Mouthfeel, Exceptional, like champagne...exactly, close your eyes its champagne.

Drinkability is really good because, for this type of beer, its the best. I could actually sit and drink this regularly, where as others of this style are more just for trying.

Photo of malcontent
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant clear gold body with a head that dissipates within a minute.

Sharp wheat scent accented by a tart lemon nose which finishes clove-spiked.

Everything in a standard weiss (wheat-y zing, lemon, yeasty) turned on its head with a bracing and refreshing sourness.

Thinner than I like from most beers and especially something in the weizen family. However, the mouth puckering finish is a big plus. When the weather is as hot as it is today in Chicago (95 and humid) something like this really hits the spot.

NOTE: I decided to concoct my own fruit syrup as I've heard such a mixture is added to Berliner Weiss' in their traditional setting. Using a mixture of blended peach and strawberry and a simple syrup strained through a mesh filter, I added the concoction to the beer. The appearance was dramatically improved upon by the resulting Champagne-esqe head with tremendous staying power. The taste was altered a good deal and was honestly (If I do say so) quite good but I wouldn't say better per se. It was simply different. If I were to choose, I would take the beer in its original form sans syrup and enjoy the sheer sourness and uniqueness of the experience.

Photo of EPICAC
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden, straw color. A dense, white head fades to a persistent patch in the center.

Smell: Grainy malts. A hint of banana fruitiness, with a light sour and musty aroma.

Taste: Neutral grain upfront, moving into a nice tartness in the center. Light banana fruitiness, with a powdery finish.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, light-bodied. Crisp, with a lightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Tart, crisp and refreshing.

Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of AltBock
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 0.9 fl oz. bottle with a big white label on the front that has everything you want to know about the history of the Berliner Weisse style. The back label only has all the mandatory US information. There is no date anywhere on the label or bottle. There wasn't even a crude brewery number.

When poured into a weizen glass, "1809" is a pale and I mean pale light lemon yellow color. It was so pale you could see all the carbonation bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Sitting on top of this pale liquid was a creamy 2 inch head of white foam. This creamy head of foam had great retention that left behind a thick white film and a ton of sticky white streaks of lace around the glass. What a knockout beer appearance!

The aroma was nice and tart with a gigantic amount of tart lemons. Behind the lemons was malted wheat, a small touch of apple juice, a splash of orange peel, and a hint of yeast at the end. There's no denying that the tart lemons ruled over this aroma!

The taste starts off very sour and tart with lemons, a hint of green apples, malted wheat, a touch of orange peel, and a few more citrus fruits. It's true the lemons were tart, but nowhere as tart as they were in the aroma. After the sour and tart aspect of the beer, in comes a refreshing crispy taste of malted wheat. It was great how it started off tart and sour, but ends on a crispy malted wheat taste.

The mouthfeel was light, but this light beer had a refreshing tart lemony/malted wheat aftertaste. There was nothing more then the lemons and wheat in the aftertaste.

I honestly thought that this was going to be a light beer with a light taste of just malted wheat. Boy was I wrong!! In the end this was a great light yet sour and tart lemony beer. Who needs the flavor syrup when it comes to this Berliner Weisse? Not me!

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice beer overall, and a good introduction to the style, which I'm not super familiar with. Bottle poured into my Lost Abbey Chalice.

The beer has a straw to orange look that is mostly opaque with a fizzy head that dies very quickly. Some bubbles rise to the top after the pour and continue in a more settled fashion as I sip the brew.

The smell has some nice straw wheat malt notes and a touch of wild yeast brett, also some nice fruity almost berry like notes as well. Some grape like notes, reminding me somewhat of a BPA. Overall nice and subtle aroma, wish it jumped out of the glass a bit more but its nice.

The taste is refreshing and hits the the aromas quite nicely: Some belgian farmhouse maltiness, straw wheat malts, a little touch of tartness from the wild yeast that again also brings a fruity flavor to it, some grapes, and a touch of German barley. Overall quite nice and balanced.

The feel is sort of light and very bubbly, it works well with the flavors.

Overall a nice beer I'd like to try again and seek some more examples of.

Photo of dipso123
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of IBUnit63
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of mrkrispy
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a bottle at Olive Tree Market in OB, thanks Mike!

Cap came off with an assertive pop, nice.

A friendly pale yellow, completely clear. Huge white head of bubbles that quickly disappear. Slight ring of bubbles around the rim. Bubbles coming from the bottom the whole time, from my non-etched glass. No lacing.

Aroma is earthy, wheaty, some citrus peel combo I can't quite figure out - lemon and orange peel? Bread dough.

Taste: moderately light body, some dull citrus, noticeable tartness on the tongue. The wheat and bready aroma are also noticeable in the taste. Hints of a white grape wine, very slight sweetness. Lemon, lemon peel. A clean finish in the beginning, although the pucker builds up after a few sips. The tartness is not overpowering, actually not as intense as I assumed it would be. Seems to be extremely balanced, not too sweet or citrus-heavy as many domestic Berliners.

Goes down very well. I would love to try this in Germany to see how the shipping affects it. A shame we can't get 6 packs of Berliners here in San Diego, this would be a great summer session beer. I might have to pour one in a pepsi can for the beach ;)

Photo of Benish
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of m1ked
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of GradyS1
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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

Photo of ithacabaron
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a wisp of a head that keeps vibrating as the carbonation hits it. The head stays pretty low, however -- it would have been neat to have a bit more going on here.

Aroma is relatively neutral, pure lemon zest and malt, with little hint of anything else. Bland, but clean.

Taste, on the other hand, is a riot of horse blanket and lemon, with a sour, crisp, bitter attack. Who knew Weihenstephan had this kind of funk in them? Most importantly, it does all this without tripping over its feet; this is funk with regimentation, George Clinton making a bed with military detail. Now, I'm not saying this is Cantillon level funk -- but it's right up there with Orval and the late, great, and still-mourned McKenzie's Trappist Pale Ale. Every US brewer who thinks that they can just toss some Brett into a cluttered beer and call it a wild ale should be made to drink this first. Brilliant.

Mouthfeel is great too, sharp, needly, and active enough to keep your mouth awake. Nearly perfect for the style.

I'm honestly trying to remember the last time I had a beer this refreshing. A revelation, and certainly the best Berliner Weiss I've ever had the pleasure to sip. Go get yourself a bottle.

Photo of dakid618
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of taospowder
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of andrewinski1
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of eagles22
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: beautiful light golden body,carbonation bubbles flowing through this beer with a huge white fluffy heady.

Smell: Barnyard funk, lemons, light toffee tone with some bready malts and yeast.

Taste: slightly sweet, bready malts at first than leads to tart lemons and barnyard funk..very impressive beer

Mouthfeel: very sharp because of the carbonation but very light on the palate.

Drinkability:off the charts! This is going to be my goto beer for the summer.

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
92 out of 100 based on 1,223 ratings.