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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,186
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 100
Gots: 87 | 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)
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Photo of cmoody91
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: big foamy head that dies off quickly into no lacing or head. very light straw golden color with a bit of cloudiness. Loads and loads of bubbles racing up and breaking the surface of the beer.

S: Lemon, green apple, super fresh and sweet smelling

T: Wheat, loads of fresh sweet tart fruits: apple, meyer lemon, tangerine. Finish is juicy and just a tiny bit dry. Sweet without being cloying. Lovely.

M: Light, finish is punctuated by carbonation.

O: Super great summer beer. Best Berliner i've ever had. Definitely pick up a couple bottles if you see it.

cmoody91, May 28, 2012
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a pale hazy yellow with a thin foamy white head that dissipates quickly.

S. Medium level of sour in the nose with some pale wheat notes.

T. A medium level of sourness with lemon and sour apple.

M. Thin mouthfeel with medium+ carbonation.

D. Supremely drinkable. I'd prefer this on a warm day, but any day with a beer is acceptable.

BeerAndBourbon, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Wow and let there be head! The gentle pour as not enough to keep the fluffy head away. However, it did subside quite quickly for me to fill the rest of the glass. A slight haze is apparent in the very lemony yellow beer.

S- Light fruits are there, such as banana and other light tropical flavors. I can also smell a very sharp acidic smell, almost like lemon but not as citric.

T- The tartness has arrived! I feel like I'm drinking a mix of sourness. There is still a good fruity taste in the beer. The acid feel is something that will pucker your tongue up a bit.

M- The tartness is a good feeling when drinking this style of beer, it is expected. However, I feel it makes your mouth salivate a bunch, but not in a good way, in a slimy coat your mouth way where you feel phlegmy.

D- Over all this is a good representation of this style of beer.

Wetpaperbag, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of rangerred
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a nonic.

Head is humungous and it takes several minutes to subside enough to pour the rest of the bottle in. Body is a hazy straw yellow the tons of carbonation bubble visible in the glass.

Has a distinct lactic acid aroma with lemon and horseblanket. Smells similar to a gueuze lambic.

Lemony flavors are dominate at first quickly followed by tartness and barnyard characteristics although they are not overwhelming. There is a little bit of grain that makes an appearance at the finish and hop bitterness is all but nonexistent. Finish is very crisp and dry.

Overall I found this beer to be quite enjoyable and refreshing. Tastes kind of like a sour lemon drop but the tartness never becomes overwhelming. Very nice on a warm day.

rangerred, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Agold
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is light, golden and clear with lots of carbonation evident. Looks nice. Nothing special. The first thing to hit me in the aroma a yeast. Didnt even pour the yeast in, but it seemed to be fairly apparent in the beer. Along with the yeastiness is also tartness and mildly fruityness and funkiness (but not a ton at all). The beer is very light and pleasant. Crisp and refreshing. Very good. I really enjoyed the high carbonation light crisp dry nature of this beer. Overall, this beer is very refreshing and drinkable. Light in flavor, but there is a lot going on. Would definitely like to keep a few of these on hand for the rest of the summer.

Agold, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Profchaos20
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed 5/17/13. 16.9 OZ bottle in snifter.

A - Pale straw, clear at first but gets cloudy the deeper into the bottle you get. A gigantic fluffy white head.

S - Tart, spicy, sour cherry, faint base malt and a little bit of funk.

T - Sour but not over powering. Light and tart almost like a white wine but not as syrupy. Light fruit flavors, dry and crisp.

M - Very light body and high carbonation. Very drinkable. Very enjoyable and could easily be a good session beer.

O - I haven't had a ton of Berliner Weissbiers but I do like the style and this probably the best one I've had in the style.

Profchaos20, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of Faroveryonder
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%

Faroveryonder, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of macher0
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours light straw and translucent. A thick fine bubble head slowly retreats to a minimal rim. No laces. It takes a while to settle. Excellent clarity. The smell is mainly dusty grain with a little sourness. The taste however is very different. Fairly tart with a light malt presence. Minor notes of white grapes, oak, and wheat. High carbonation, light body, and mostly smooth. This is a great summer time and or lunch ale. I highly recommend this ale if you are a fan if sours.

macher0, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of IrishKevin
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle (no experation date) into a weizen glass.

Big huge fluffy head typical of wheat beer.

Aroma was very citrusy with a little musty funkiness.

Had very pleasent citrusy tartness. Didn't hit you in the jaw like a lambic, but had a nice sour taste. Highly carbonated and refreshing. Would be great on a hot day.

IrishKevin, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of BethanyB
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, and dark yellow, with a large, even, foamy, ivory head, which shrank considerably at first, but then decided to stick around.

Smell: Similar to a weizen, with banana, bubblegum, and light clove aromas. No sour or floral aromas.

Taste: Satisfying umami taste, with brettanomyces producing a cozy citrus sourness that was incredibly enjoyable, and not at all puckering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light mouthfeel with high carbonation creates the beer's characteristic effervescence.

Overall: Absolutely delicious. Must be experienced to be truly understood, as there's nothing quite like a berliner weisse! A little confusing on the nose, since it lacked the sour aroma that would have prevented it from smelling like a hefeweizen.

BethanyB, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy blonde body, like grapefruit juice, with a rapidly diminishing white head. Some patchy lacing left on the goblet. Aroma has a sour lactic note, with green apples and green banana skins in the forefront. Some wheat malt underneath. Light bodied with crisp carbonation and an acidic bite. Taste is tart and acidic. Green apples, wheat biscuits,and lemon drops dance around in the spritzy carbonation pool. Seems like a cousin to a Flanders Red Ale with its sour bite. Fascinating style that is supremely refreshing. Wish there were more breweries trying these.

merlin48, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

Beautiful appearance, with a light, fluffy, airy head that forms 4-5 fingers thick. There's intense carbonation rising to the top of the liquid at a brisk pace. The liquid itself is bright and golden. Very good-looking beer.

The nose is tart, lemony, and has something like sour apples or other fruits. There's some light sweet malt hints underneath.

Not much is different on the tongue here, there's tartness, light breadiness, and hints of fruit.

The beer has a very light body and is almost spritzer-like with the heavy carbonation. It's refreshing but dry and tart almost like a wine.

I love Berliner Weisses and have been actively seeking them out and decided it was time I revisit this brew I'd first had about a year ago. I have to say that others in the style that I've tried recently have been a bit more interesting on the tongue, but I still enjoyed this and could drink plenty of it during the summer months especially.

ONovoMexicano, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of bum732
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow, some head that quickly dissapears. Smells predominantely of honey, apples, pears, faint belgian clove character, some lemon, . Tastes of light lemony and honey sweetness up front followed by a nice lemony bitterness and sourness. Some astringency from the wheat. Finishes quite crisp leaving a neutral aftertaste. Lots of carbonation that melds well with the wheat crispness and sourness.

A very nice beer. I love the subtle honey overtones among the sour crispness. This beer would be great on a hot summer day in place of lemonade. My first berliner weisse but definitely not my last.

bum732, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A golden blonde, with a head that sizzles away rapidly - and with a bit of noise as it goes.

S: Tart and sour green apple, hints of fresh lemon, and a little pear that comes out with some agitation and a deep smell.

T + M: Moderately tart, though not so far as to be puckering. Green apple and lemon sprig dominate the flavour, though not as strongly as they are noted in the aroma. They are quite subtle as compared to how they could be. Finish is wonderfully dry.

D: Quite an excellent beer. The perky character of the style is nice to enjoy, and the lower ABV makes this very easy to do.

Proteus93, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Retrieved bottle from cellar after a year. Let's see how it's coming along.

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with an initial 1/2" white head which fades to the rim. Very effervescent tiny bubbles.

N: Lemons, astringent, musty funk, grass, grainy, fruity yeast.

T: Follows nose. Tart and zesty.

M: Crisp, tangy, tingly on the nose and tongue from the fine carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Very refreshing. Quite enjoyable. A little age seems to bring more tartness. Would certainly have again.

wethorseblanket, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of shand
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This is a superb looking beer, a pale white-golden color with a large head that retains for days. The aroma is fruity and sour. The taste is good, it's got a nice, well-balanced tartness that is rather quaffable. Fruit flavors and a touch of yeast and wheat provide a supporting role. Very well-composed, if not fascinating. The mouthfeel is HIGHLY carbonated, it's been a while since I've had a beer quite this fizzy. The drinkability is very good. Overall, it's a solid introduction to the Berliner Weisse. It's not quite as interesting as some of the things that Florida breweries are doing with the style, but remains a great reference point for those who are interested.

shand, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of ludachris
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The slight haze over its rich golden straw body fails to conceal the massive amounts of carbonation that rush to the top of the glass. Over a finger's worth of lively, crackling white head takes its time receding as its effervescence keeps the head a float.

A tart and inticing lactic acid character pairs wonderfully with fresh lemon peel, tingling the nostrils with a fresh and crisp scent. Digging beyond this lies fresh wheat with sweet phenols and a touch of banana, reminding me that this is still a Weisse.

Pleasantly tart lactic acid engages the sides of the mouth with a subtley spicy lemon peel twist that makes it very palatable. A faint touch of wheat comes midway through. Grassy notes add an understated earthy bitterness that comes alongside a fresh crackery malt finish.

The champagne-like carbonation tingles the palate from beginning to end while adding a great refreshing and crisp kick. The carbonation alongside the addition of the lactic bacteria cleans everything out, making the finish as dry as can be; something which I appreciate and love on a hot day.

This seems like a wonderful style that I really wish I could get my hands on more easily, especially in the summer. I'm very fond of the addition of bacteria and the lively carbonated feel. With no apparent downsides, this is all in all a great beer.

ludachris, May 02, 2011
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 Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Chicago.

Pours a hazy golden/yellow, thin white head, no lace, settles to a thin collar on the glass. Smell is sweet, nice and fruity, apples, nice tartness, wheat, candy, pretty unique. Taste is light banana/clove, bread, lemony citrus, acidic tartness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very refreshing. Could see myself drinking lots of this in the heat.

Viggo, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very conservative pour yields a white bubbly three finger head, which recedes in a couple minutes. The beer is a light, cloudy yellowish orange.

The first thing I notice about the aroma is the tartness of it. Light fruits are present, such as apricot and white grapes. There is a lactic and vinegary character. Some funkiness in the nose. Not unlike a saison.

Tart apricot and lemon. Slightly sour from the lacto. Yeasty. The malt flavor is bready. The ABV is on the high end for a berliner weiss but it isn't noticeable and it doesn't detract from the other flavors. The finish is mostly sour and is very clean, crisp, and bubbly.

The carbonation is very good. The mouthfeel is very dry and somewhat sticky.

1809 is very light and refreshing.

HopHead84, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of macrosmatic
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a light gold with some haze, a two-finger white head and lots of visible carbonation.

S: Lemon, a bit of funk, yeasty, and the banana-ish esters.

T: Citrus, biscuit yeastiness, a bit sour, a bit grainy, and some lemony funk. Mild sourness in the hang.

M: Light bubbly mouthfeel, no particular alcohol presence.

O: This is a pretty tasty standard berliner. Nothing crazy added like so many of the "Florida-weisses" around now, but very solid.

macrosmatic, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from Walnut Liquorette, on to the beer:

The sediment was really chunky as I poured it into my glass. I took a spoon and stirred it all together, and the results are for the better. Lovely paleish banana peel yellow color (versus a washed out clear yellow), the head is bubbly and on the fizzy side. A little suspended in the body is a little sediment. The aroma is a good one. It is sour. Tart lemons and more lemons. Yum.

Sour and tart and a little sweet. Definate flavor of lemon. In terms of intensity, it is not super-intense puckering, which is nice for me. Critters add another dimension of flavor. I just can't of what it is specifically, but I'm tasted this note in Cantillon and the like. Bubbly carbonation is pleasant in the mouth, and it being light, goes down really easy.

While not as common as other Weihenstephan products, 1809 is worth getting your hands on. Berliner Weiss' popularity seems to be growing here stateside, but are still rather hard to find.

DoubleJ, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

According to the brown bottle I poured from this is brewed by Dr. Briem.
Poured cold into a traditional wheat glass and added sediment halfway through.

A - A light golden with slight haze. Yeast particulate dropped out immediately. The head is thin and white with compact bubbles. The bubbles continually stream vertically.

S - Nuts, spice, slight sour apple and citrus smell.

M - A nutty, highly effervescent with generally mild sour and spiced attributes.

T - Flavors of wheat and spice are dominant and a fruit flavor emerges next w/ subtle flavors of lemon and pineapple. A light vegetable (celery?) flavor comes in later.

Green apple and tea are some minor flavors that arrive in the finish.

D - A very tasty ale and the light sourness gives you just enough to continue wanting to drink the beer. The wheat and carbonation are refreshing and when the yeast is added even more grainy, nutty spice flavors show up. A bready quality is apparent and very enjoyable. Quite drinkable summer beer and big flavor for a 5% ale.

Slatetank, Aug 23, 2007
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!

xnicknj, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Overlord
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting. Pours a pale yellow, gigantic, absolutely huge white foam head. Smells like lemons, yeast, and ... zest? Is that a smell?

Taste is crisp, tart lemony citrus, some yeast, some breadiness ... and more lemon. The consistency is like club soda, incredibly fizzy. Nice acid sour burn on the palate.

This beer gets more drinkable everytime I try it. Mmmm. Wish I saw it available more often.

Overlord, Sep 06, 2008
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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