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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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1,083 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,083
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 90
Gots: 74 | 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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prototypic

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse pours a very light lemon color. It’s clear. Backlighting gives it a brighter yellow look. It’s topped with a very big, fluffy head that stands about three fingers tall. It’s fairly slow to recede. Lacing was rather impressive. It’s sticky and leaves a nice web trailing down the glass. Looks good.

The nose is pretty good. It’s very Earthy and grainy throughout. That’s the most prominent scent. There are some light fruity notes of lemon and white grapes. Smells a little tart and tangy, but that’s a very subtle aspect of it. Definitely secondary. It seems to grow a little more grassy with each passing whiff. It’s rather straight forward and simple, but it smells good. Alcohol is definitely light and goes unnoticed. Good stuff.

The flavor is even a tad better, but doesn’t quite warrant a score bump. It’s certainly earthy, musky, grainy, and very grassy. Those flavors resonate throughout each sip. There are some lemon and white grape notes that add quite a bit of flavor and are very effective. It’s somewhat tart or sour, but in a very refined way. It’s somewhat reserved, definitely not mouth puckering. It’s good though. I like it quite a bit. An overly sour flavor would be too much. Alcohol is absolutely buried. I’m not getting any at all. Finishes earthy, grassy, and a little tart.

The body is definitely on the lighter side. While the carbonation seems very active, it feels rather light and soft. It’s not quite smooth, but it does have a pretty good feel. It’s easy drinking. It’s tasty and given its lower abv, I could drink a few these.

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse is good beer. While I’m not a huge fan of the style, I am enjoying this bottle. Is it the world’s best representation of the style? It could be. If you’re looking for a good one to try out, this is a good place to start.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 02:29:22 | More by prototypic
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is pale gold, clear, and extremely lively and effervescent. The head is huge, white, and billowy and has good retention for such an acidic beer. The nose is quite assertive with lactic sourness, but there are some fruit notes too (primarily lemon, apples, and pears).

The beer has a light-medium body and a firm mouthfeel that is enhanced by the carbonation. The high carbonation really works well with the acidic nature of the beer. Light, lemony, tart notes abound on the front of the tongue and intensify as the beer moves across the palate. On the back of the palate, sour apple notes develop and lead to an appetizing finish.

This is hands-down the best Berlinerweisse I have had yet. Granted, I've only had a few, but this is the best one. Since there aren't too many of these being made, this may be the best one I have for quite some time. It doesn't drink as intensely sour as some I've had, but the fruit flavors that accompany the sourness add a depth of character and complexity that most of these lack. This is absolutely recommended for fans of the style.

Note: I reviewed this beer straight from the bottle, though I also tried it both with Himbeer syrup and Waldmeister syrup (the traditional manner). It was excellent with both.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 21:34:26 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet. Clear, straw colored with a finger of head. Lots of bubbles. Head broke down quickly to almost nothing.
Impressive smell of wet hay, apple, pear and cherry.
Taste like pear and apple too. Sour lemon and a dry bitterness. Lovely.
Almost champagne like in texture. Lots of carbonation, lighter body. Drying effect.
Quite enjoyable. I would drink it on the regular.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 19:39:39 | More by Fatehunter
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strongaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

09-27-2012 05:44:35 | More by strongaf
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Brew33

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.7%

09-24-2012 13:48:26 | More by Brew33
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beergoot

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very carbonated, slightly hazy pale straw yellow body with a thick, fizzy white head. Citrus notes in the aroma with a slight hint of light malts; lemony. Tart, tangy, citrus, acidic, lemon-lime taste. Very light bodied, effervescent, bright and tingly on the tongue; clean and dry finish.

A spritely, lively beer. Light and zesty in character. A great beer for warm weather patio or biergarten lounging.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 19:41:47 | More by beergoot
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

09-13-2012 21:57:38 | More by trevorpost
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freduardo

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

09-13-2012 02:19:44 | More by freduardo
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rkasten1

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.7%

09-12-2012 02:56:26 | More by rkasten1
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Zach136

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

09-12-2012 00:06:07 | More by Zach136
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

09-08-2012 01:49:01 | More by vicsju1991
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Burt

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

09-07-2012 22:15:33 | More by Burt
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davewlfpckfan29

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My friend from Vermont sent this down my way in Connecticut.
Although I notice that the label is imported through CT.

Right off the bat this beer has a great smell. I was expecting a yeast smell with bananas based on the color, but there is much more to this.

The pour is a unfiltered yellow with sediment strands through the brew. Carbonation is nice.

The taste is wonderful. It tastes like a German sour with a great tartness flavor. Pear and Apple taste.
Big fan of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 22:39:08 | More by davewlfpckfan29
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albertjr21

New York

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

09-02-2012 18:17:11 | More by albertjr21
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

09-01-2012 23:04:39 | More by t0rin0
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NardiByNature

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzy overflow upon popping the cap. Big ol’ white head sits atop a liberally carbonated hazy yellow body: hard to fault the appearance of this one – stunning in a curvy hefe glass with a an even pancake of a head that sticks around for the long haul. Has the musty sort of lactic aroma associated with many wheat/Belgian styles; it’s citric, and there’s an aromatic sandalwood type smell. The carbonation jolts my throat – flavor is subtle but refreshing: light bodied, lemony, tart, and dry. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 22:56:50 | More by NardiByNature
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-27-2012 16:06:00 | More by phingdong
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Living816

Northwest Territories (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A tasty beer, but one that seemed a bit absent. It had clear undertones of a hefeweizen beer, excepting some citrus and bright flavors independent of the sour, with obvious wheat and spice just to remind you of its origins from zee Germans.

As for the sourness, it just didn't come through. Present yes. But not in force. For something claiming to be this historical recipe by zee great doktor, lekturer and bier maker fritz briem, I thought it was a little flaccid.

Clearly above average in category and way above average in beers overall. But a lackluster turnout. It's a hefeweizen that has gone sour. Too much wheat character.

I'd give it an 83/100.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 03:21:19 | More by Living816
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WynnO

Florida

5/5  rDev +21.7%

08-26-2012 03:57:26 | More by WynnO
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LambicKing

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

08-26-2012 01:45:04 | More by LambicKing
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

08-26-2012 00:43:13 | More by Hanzo
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

08-23-2012 23:07:04 | More by DWolf
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draheim

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL into a weizen glass. Pours a pale lemon yellow w/ a bright white head, explosive carbonation. Looks inviting.

Aroma is grainy pale and wheat malt and lemons, some faint banana and spice. A slightly tart funk too.

Taste is grainy and sour. Lemons and banana.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall a drinkable, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 05:22:02 | More by draheim
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Mark000

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

08-22-2012 01:12:32 | More by Mark000
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tzieser

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. pale, straw color with a MASSIVE foamy white head.

Acidic nose. almost vinegar like. nice and funky.

So good!! Nowhere near is sour as youd think by.smelling it. Tartness is definitely there but theres also a nice wheat breadiness. Extremely refreshing.

Bubbly mouthfeel

So glad I finally got to try this! Pricey at 11 bucks a bottle. but its definitely a great summertime treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 23:51:19 | More by tzieser
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
92 out of 100 based on 1,083 ratings.