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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,151
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 97
Gots: 84 | 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 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
Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a particularly high abv berliner. Although only five percent. This is a robust tart. And the creamy quality of the lactic acid smears the sour with the malt like butter on beer. The wheat is the backbone to a pretty consistant sour grit and mild apple. Very one dimensional for people that aren't fans of sours. Granny smith apples with a wheat grit that has a bitter of fresh dandelion greens. One of the best found in north america.

rtepiak, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of kleffman
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first time trying a Berliner Weissbier after reading and hearing about this ancient style for a long time. Grabbed it at the Port Bottle Shop. Poured with little head, a lot of rising bubbles and pretty damn clear. The yeast in the bottle was highly compacted at the bottom. Aroma was rather odd, and not what I was expecting. Mostly lemony tartness and some yeasty smells. Tastes of tart tropical fruits, under ripe grapes, lemon peel and a lactic quality that doesn't dominate but is very evident. The mouthfeel is light but prickly with a good carbonation level. Very dry though and would go very well on a super hot day. High drinkability if the time is right, but I wouldn't want to drink it right after eating something sweet, or on a cold night.

Overall very unusual beer but highly enjoyable. They said on the bottle it is mash hopped and uses no wort boil. Strange. I think I'm a fan of the style now.

kleffman, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of thecheapies
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I haven't gotten down to any sediment yet, in the first half of the pour. Looks regally clear and very pale golden straw. Mammoth head lacked tightness and wanted to fall before I was ready to let it go from my sights.

Very musty German grain with light chalky wheat and a whisper of tartness. Features that moldy lemon rind note that I enjoy to sniff. Lactic, but not sharp. Almost a mushroom-like savory quality (the Brett-ish Invasion??).

Almost puckery with a jaw tense-up of lactic acidity that tastes like lemon rind and sour pear. Wintery German wheat has a great translucency and bony twang. Hints of honeydew rind, mushroom funk, and goat cheese (yup, Brett's in the house). Yeast never hits too big. It's all about that lactic bacteria and unsuspecting Brett.

Refreshing, with a pucker. Tart, but never unsettling. Jives with carbonation. Awesome.

A truly great ale that anyone would be privileged to enjoy.

thecheapies, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of sjccmd
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Foams upon opening. Pours mostly clear golden yellow with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing probably because of the acidity.

Green apples, hay, some biscuity malts in the background. Very lemony. Relatively mild aroma. No hop character.

Tart up front followed by slight funk. Lemons and a tiny amount of malt sweetness in the finish. Earthy and refreshing.

Explosive carbonation. Very dry with lingering earthy and malty character. Cleans out very quickly. Extremely refreshing.

A very mild and refreshing beer.

sjccmd, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of BeerBean
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Lemon/straw yellow. Hazy, and adding the yeast at the bottom of the bottle on the second pour made it extra hazy. Big head that disappears quickly. No lacing... kinda disapointed, but that's the only thing wrong with this beer.

Smell is lemons and citrus fruits (grapefruit mostly). Acidity and yeastiness are present. The aroma is strong, hits you right out of the bottle. It's got a bite to it that is very tart and refreshing.

Taste is spectacular, like sour champagne on the first pour and a citrus-spicy yeast-fest on the second. Acidity seems to dissipate as it warms, and it sweetens up just a bit. The wheat comes through at the back.

The feel is crisp and light, but not empty. It's on the heavier end of light bodies.

What a great Berliner Weisse! Full of flavor and aroma, and a great beer to end the summer season on. Thanks to Will @ The Beer Store in Southampton for the recommendation.

BeerBean, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazingly refreshing sour power. This is not for reveryone, beautiful creamy appearance with light yellow/beige body. All the foam cuddles the tart product in creaminess and malt. And all this at 5%
Commercial Description highlights:
It is bottle-conditioned, unfiltered and unpasteurized. "1809" will age beautifully in a dark and cool location. Its complex fruitiness and tartness will most likely develop in quite astonishing ways. “1809” is fermented in traditional open fermenters and horizontal lager tanks. The applied mashing regime is a single step decoction mash with 50 % wheat malt.The total amount of hops is added to the mash so that isomerisation takes place in the decocotion part of the mash. The wort is not boiled but only heated up to boiling temperature and then transferred to the open fermenters and pitched with yeast and lactic acid bacteria (isolated from malt) at 18 °C (64°F).

Sammy, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of stumac
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this one right after my first Berliner Weisse which was Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Weisse....

it pours up a murky orange color with a quickly fading white head. the nose is citrus, slight tartness, wheat. the taste is tart, sour, citrus, very high zesty carbo, lemons. medium to full bodied, high carbo.

This was a more citrusy and carbonated brew as apposed to the Bayerischer Berliner which was more bready and smoother. They both were good though....

stumac, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of DaveHS
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy blonde with half an inch of eggshell white head that disappears almost instantly. No lacing.

S-Earthy, a bit yeasty, light. Vaguely reminiscent of kvass.

T-Expected this to be more tart. It's very refined. Like German Orval. Funky yeast plays nicely against flavors of pear and aloe. There's a pleasant brightness in the back end, but nothing you could call tart.

M-Light bodied, with moderate to low prickly carbonation. Just enough to hold the beer together.

D-It's $9 a bottle, so not too high. If it were cheaper, I would drink a ton of this.

DaveHS, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

(A)- Pours a clear pale straw yellow color. Produced a nice pure white bubbly effervescent head that stuck around for awhile before dissipating.

(S)- A nice dry hay/straw earthiness with a light yet crisp white grape and lemon tartness.

(T)- Very similar to the smell in every way. Nice light fruit tartness.

(M)- A larger carbonation level than expected, but it is welcomed and fitting. Fruity and very crisp. Just a tiny hint at sourness on the backend.

(D)- A great Berliner Weisse. Nice crisp and tart fruits with a bubbly carbonation level. Great stuff that would be fantastic on a hot summers day. I look forward to exploring this style further.

sweemzander, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of BMoney575
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7-8-10

Pours an extremely pale yellow color, with lots of fizzy carbonation. It suits the style though, and is refreshingly different.

Smell is slightly sour wheat and banana, subtle but still very nice. Very light, but not beery at all.

Taste is very delicate, with extremely well-placed sourness. The malt is light and sweet, with a great lemon juice tangy citrus. The finish is smooth and candy sour, with a pleasantly dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, very slick but still light and bubbly.

Drinkability is very good, an outstanding session beer if it was less expensive.

Overall, a very tasty and well made beer. My new benchmark for the style.

BMoney575, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of lemon, hops, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and slight herbs. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. There is also an appropriate level of tartness. Tastes of lemon, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight sugar, hint of herbs, and a hint of hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.

Tone, Mar 19, 2013
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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