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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: 88 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem

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 kevanb
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a soft hazy golden straw color, a small amount of sediment sits in the glass with a nice amount of bubbles rising to the top. A bubbly white head appears with an aggressive pour, almost a finger, but vanishes almost instantaneously leaving behind no trace of its existence and no lacing. The aroma is nice, the grains are very apparent, tart apples, some funky yeast and a nice amount of lemon and clove come through, but all in all it's a simple aroma, but spot on for this style. The flavors follow very well, acidic lemon jumps out, but is cut well by some grains and funky yeast flavors, some mild banana pops out as well. The flavors are simple, tart, mildly acidic, but just the way I want them, not too heavy, not too light and not too sharp. The body is nice, very effervescent, quite dry and leaves a bit of a cottonmouth.

Verdict: Light, simple, sour, excellent Berliner Wiesse, and one I can find almost anywhere. At nearly 5% ABV, it could actually be called an Imperial Berliner Weisse as most beers in this style hang around the 2 to 3% mark.

kevanb, Apr 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

KevBot89, May 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

ZethOfTheNorth, May 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

redfox405, Aug 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

bevenson, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

LostHighway, Oct 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Holland, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

markgoodman10, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

MrDave, Jun 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

ktenneydenver, May 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Mullinger1980, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Tria cafe in Philadelphia.

Pours a proper hazy hue berliner weisse. Light fruity scents that are pronounced with the green woodruff syrup. Light tartness and elegantly sour. Clean finish and refreshing all the way. At first I went light on the syrup, then I added a few spoonfuls towards the end of the 16 oz'er bottle. Overall a proper style that went back easily.

blitheringidiot, Jul 13, 2007
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

uturn, Oct 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

RichJamz, Aug 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

logicerror, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Brew33, Sep 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

rmlampert24, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Style Weisse

Served in New Belgium globe glass. 

A: Pours clear straw with large white head that collapses quickly, as is appropriate for style. Sparkling. 

S: Whiff of musty basement, followed by citrus, unripe fruit, lactic sourness, and wheat. 

T: Medium-light lactic acid, wheat and biscuit, unripe fruit, mineral water and low-grade funk. Crisp and relatively clean. 

M: Lighter body and higher carbonation. Lively, snappy mouthfeel. Drying. 

O: 1809 has bigger flavors and body than other berliner weisses, which does hurt drinkability. Still, I find it enjoyable and will drink it during the summer to break up the "monotony" of Oarsman and Hottenroth. 

Wadsey, Jul 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

shelby415, Jul 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Straw colored with a cloudy appearance. White, two finger head that's quite dense.

S. Grains, cracker and lemon. Not complex but nice.

T. Lemony tart/sour goodness. This really tickles the palate in a nice way. Finishes clean and dry.

M. Light bodied and refreshing with plenty of carbonation.

O. This is a solid Berliner Weiss that is oh so easy to drink. On a hot summers day, I could easily see downing two or three of these.

bound4er, May 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle for ~$7. Poured into a wine glass. No date on bottle.

A- pours a bright wheat color from bottle. By adding a touch of the yeast from the bottle the beer sits a pale yellow hue. No head forms and only a few bubbles rise to the surface.

S- Bright sweet lemon with a good mellow tartness. Dusty notes with some wheat. Smells very light and refreshing.

T- Similar to the aroma indicated. Sweet lemon, a light tartness, wheat & dust. Simple mellow and refreshing. Flavors are pretty bold for such a light beer.

M- Medium bodied for a beer this light. Drinks like a light lemonade, except better. The tartness lingers lightly as the beer slowly dries.

O- A nice simple refreshing beer. Reminded me of JP Weizen Bam. So easy to drink. The flavors are bold enough to make this interesting. This beer exists between a wit and a blond sour. Would like to try more of this style.

busterthecat, Nov 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

afksports, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

dsl72701, Mar 26, 2014
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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