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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,220
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 101
Gots: 92 | 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
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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 EPICAC
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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 taospowder
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of popery
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A sour beer that is still very drinkable. To someone completely new to the style, this is a rather odd beer. Unfortunately, no other Berliner Weissbiers are readily available for comparison. The beer smells and tastes closer a sour white wine than most beer. It's not entirely unlike other sours that I've sampled. The pucker is relatively weak, and there's only a hint of barnyard tang. It's a bit yogurty, but that's a poor descriptor. All in all, it's actually further from the norms of beer than most sours despite being less "sour." It's not hard to drink at all. It's fairly vinous but less so than a Flanders Red or something. There are strong notes of fruity, spicy wheat, no surprise with its high wheat content and coming from one of, if not the, best wheat beer breweries. My opinion of the beer is higher than my average score. It is not a nice looking beer. The head fizzes up and rapidly dissipates leaving no lacing and a cloudy overripe banana yellow glass. The smell is yogurt sourness mixed with spiced wheat with a metallic note. The flavor is very good. It's refreshing and bizarre, at once. You can taste the lactic acid, but it's very clean and not off-putting. I should really give it a lower mark for feel with a fair bit of wateriness (apparently, water is added just before bottling for unknown reasons, although I imagine its to cut the sourness some) and some weird lactic stickiness, but the sour has such a refreshingly light pucker that I can't. It's astonishingly drinkable for such an odd beer. The bottle says that Napoleon's troops drank it in celebration of their victory in Prussia. I like that. I can imagine soldiers in funny hats having glasses of it. "A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon." -Napoleon Bonaparte

Photo of julian
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden yellow in color, hazy, massive frothy white head. Looks crisp and refreshing! 4.5

S: Smells like a hefeweizen, although with a more subdued ester profile. Definitely bready. 3.5

T&M: Yeah so this is definitely delicious and crisp. The bready, wheaty quality is nicely balanced with the lacto tartness providing for a good fusion of germanic styles. It’s slightly tart, and crisp but at the same time feels full bodied. Tartness is kind of a green apple flavor. 4.5/4.5

O: This could be an excellent summer beer, and quite possibly will be this year for me. Goes down way too easy and is super refreshing. 4

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.

Photo of mynie
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle sealed with pressure cap

poured into Side Project wine stem.

Appearance: translucent, bright, and glowing straw yellow bodied beer. Massive 3 fingers of bone white head with pretty good staying power. Eventually the beer drops down to a thin cap with a ring around the glass.

Smell: musty wet hay, lemons, granny smith apples, pears, yeasty, grainy, slight spiciness.

Taste: Mild tartness. Lots of lemony citrus flavor. Pears, white grape and a hint of green apple. Not much funk noticed. Slightly spicey, grainy, and yeasty. very faint cheesy funk; I could use substantually more lacto funk in this beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Zippy and eppervescent carbonation. Super drinkable and extremely refreshing. Bright and crisp mouthfeel.

Overall: Solid beer, but this berlinner weisse does not have that level of cheesy/greek yogert funkiness that you get from the Lactobacillus. It does have saison like qualities and its still a pretty enjoyable beer. It is a beer thats definately worthy of revisit during the heat of the summer. Hot weather session beer for sure. Also a great consideration as a entry level Berlinner Weisse beer to introduce someone to this specific beer style.

Photo of frank_hertz
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xungmound98
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall head that quickly recedes to nothing, with no lacing. Cloudy straw yellow/lemonade color. Smell is lactic acid, lemon, and bready, and the taste mostly follows this. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a dry finish. A nice example of the Berliner Weisse style.

Photo of Fcolle2
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly hazy light golden in color with a thin fizzy white head. Smell has light fruity banana aromas along with a crisp clean tart lemon aroma. Taste follows the nose with night crisp clean lemon tartness and some light wheat and banana flavors to compliment. Mouthfeel is thin crisp light refreshing with high amounts of carbonation. Very crisp clean traditional Berliner.

Photo of plfahey
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale straw yellow with a slight cast of haze. Moderate white head with fair retention.

Aroma-Fresh wheat aroma with just a hair of lactic tartness and lemon. Some fruity aromas of aprioct and dried pear. Has a little bit of an earthy yeast funk to it as well, reminiscent of lambic must, grass, and hay.

Flavor-Quite tart with lactic acid and lemony flavors up front. Extremely low to negligible hop bitterness, and a spritzy refreshing finish with light lemon and peach notes. The tart flavors are somewhat difficult to describe and pick apart, but the flavor is complex and layered.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Body is bolstered by the wheat. Quite refreshing.

A fantastic example of a hard to find style, though I have to imagine that this is not as tart as the original berliner weisses, as those are generally described as bracingly sour, but it is tart, refreshing, and all around pretty awesome. Also has some nice yeast/bacteria notes in the aroma and flavor as well.

Photo of Benish
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Faroveryonder
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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