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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner WeisseProfessor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse

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Reviews: 573
Hads: 1,334
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 122
Gots: 138 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem

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 NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting beer... is this specially brewed for the distributor here in America? Hmmm. Anyway, it pours the typical Berliner Weisse appearance with a slightly hazy golden body and short head of bright white foam. It offer the typical slightly-sour and mildly wheatish grainy nose, and it delivers the same tartness and graininess in the flavor. Hop flavors are not to be found, as expected, and the bitterness is next to nil, but not needed anyway. It could be a bit more sour like the Kindl Weisse, but at the same time this is probably a tad more accessible to the general public. And it's remarkably clean, which can sometimes be difficult in the production of this style. So, in an ever smaller world of Berliner Weisse, I'd say this has to come out within the top three. Well worth trying.

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Wormtown weizen glass.

A- Slightly cloudy yellow body (Very cloudy after the yeast is poured in), great big 4-finger rocky white head that shows great retention.

S- Very tart, sour, funky, musty, astringent, with a lemony spiciness. A little sour aplle aroma. Sweet white grape aroma.

T- Very nice and tart. Sour apple, funkiness, a little soury-citrus with a sweet white grape flavor again. A lemon grass flavor is there, too, but in the finish with some more tartness, that's where the acidic flavors come through as well.

MF- Light to moderate body. Very dry finish. Also a chalkiness to the finish as well.

D- Very drinkable. I love the flavor of a good Berliner Weisse or any other tart beer so it scores high with me there. The 5% abv also helps, as it becomes pretty sessionable (Not a SESSION ALE, DING, but sessionABLE). Also, the tartness doesn't wreck you palate like some other wilds/sours I like, so you could enjoy a couple of these no problem.

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Photo of GregBlatz
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thought I would give a Berliner Weisse a try. I know this is a reproduction, but it was all I could find at the local brew spot.

Very cloudy straw like color. Pours with an aggressive bleach white head that quickly recedes. Tight tiny bubbles persist.

Smell is similar to a typical german weisse, but with a fruity sour note.

Very tart and fruity. Strong lemon-like citrus flavor. No noticeable hop or malt flavor. Almost reminds me of a tall refreshing glass of lemonade. The tartness is very similar to sucking on a vitamin c tablet(which strangely, I kind of like).

I drank this out of a true Berliner Weisse bowl that I had received long ago. I know this glass is designed to drink with woodruff or fruit additives, but what the heck.

This is a beer that I could drink all day long on a hot summer day.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super cloudy light yellow beer, white head with awesome retention. Head is well composed of tiny bubbles. Smells really clean for a sour beer. Lot of malted wheat in the aroma, with yeast and bread notes mixed in. Also a hint of lemon as well. Very refreshing beer. The tartness adds a well suiting aspect to the wheat beer. I was surprised at house subtle the sourness is, it's highly drinkable considering. Tastes like malted wheat and lemons with extreme tartness.The Ph is very low, reminiscent of lemon juice. I like it. I'm impressed and would definitely have it again.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Was not expecting to find a Weihenstephan Berliner Weiss on the shelves, but I did, so of course I bought it...

Poured into the Weihenstephan soccer-inspired weizen glass. Fizzy head, and a dull hazy gold with frenetic bubbles. Last pour adds some kombucha-culture-like sediment.

It actually smells a lot like kombucha. Lemon funk and sweaty sock.

Not as tart as American takes on this style like Hottenroth and the New Glarus BW I had tried...but the flavor here has a lot of depth to it. It's both lemony and a little smoky at the same time. Funky lacto is apparent, again, with a tart (but not sour) kombucha tea-like flavor.

Feel is spritely, but not a lot of body even for this style.

Extremely drinkable. Man, I could drink the hell out of this, so refreshing. I think I like this better than Hottenroth and Festina Peche, and I'm a big fan of those beers.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse 5.0% alcohol conten. Poured into a Cristoffel Goblet.

A- Amazing glowing blonde hazed to perfection in the suns light. Little to nothing head leaves a light froth and ring around glass. Looks like lemon juice.

S- Heavily citric scent dominate the nose with grapefruit, lemon, and a hint of oranges. Grassy hop make a showing with the main stage, second being the musky yeast.

T-M- The taste is almost like sucking on a lemon after a shot of Tequila... Excellent! Zesty lemon and lime flavors upfront followed by a meld of sharp grassy hop and citric bite.
The yeast is on it own with a thick mouthfeel of farmhouse feel leaving a sticking flavor of the fresh lemons and limes making the tongue yearn for more.

One hell of a beer and I will look for this one over and over again! Cheers!

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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz into tulip. From notes

A : pours a very light straw body, with no head formation or retention. No lacing from the murky body

S: Aroma of lemon acidity, with a sour nose. Medium intensity, hint of earthy hops and a solid wheat character.

T/m: Body is crisp, sour and very refreshing. Bold wheat texture, with a smooth amount of sour. Higher level of acidity. Lingering taste is short, but very smooth.

O: This shows classic examples of the style, a very good beer with a great depth and drinkability.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a light wheaty cloudy color like a hefe. Head dissipated to nothing. Lots of bubbles.

Aroma is funky with a bit of champagne. A bit wheaty.

Taste is same as aroma. Very tasty. Very champaign ish with a bit of tartness and some wheat. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry and crisp. Lots of bubbles.

Overall a great Berliner. Wish there were more of these around.

Review with some woodruff syrup thrown in. Aroma is a bit sweeter. Taste is much sweeter with a lot of the tartness cut out. Bit of marshmallow flavor. I think I like Berliner by itself better but it's still good.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a squat chalice a very pale yellow with a fizzy lump of head that quickly sizzles away.

Nose is bright and citric - apples and lemon.

A sip is bubbly and light with a thin wheat/biscuit note preceded by a pronounced lactic sourness that latches onto the front of your tongue and slowly fades in a crisp and dry finish.

It's so great served cold and crisp, but it really just gets better with some warmth. This is very drinkable - will get again.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first tried this beer at a National Geographic beer tasting hosted by Garrett Oliver, so I've had it before. But I didn't take good enough notes and kicked myself after the event when I didn't see the beer around town. Thank goodness it's back on the shelves in DC.

Pours a cloudy straw color with a decent white foamy head and lots of bubbles. Lots and lots and lots of bubbles. The new champagne of beers, anyone? The aroma is a lemony butter scent, or a buttery lemon scent, depending on how you want to look at it. Light and airy, it smells like a field of grass on a crisp spring day. Not overwhelming, but nice and to the point. Admittedly, I've never had a true Berliner Weisse in Germany (woe is I) but I truly love this style of beer. Kinda reminds me at times of the tart Flemish sour reds in the Belgian highlands. This definitely holds up. Tart and tangy, with a strong lemony/citrus zest, the 1809 packs a puckering punch and, in my opinion, is really really addictive. I could drink this beer all day (and perhaps all night). It's that good. Wonderful in the summertime especially. I can see why the Germans put flavored sweeteners in theirs, but I personally like this style just the way it is. Mouthfeel is crisp, but smooth, and finishes with dryness and a lingering tang. Gotta stock up on more of the 1809 for the rest of the summer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Opens with a vigorous pop. Pours a clear straw color with a large soapy head. Retention is good and it laces the glass.

SMELL: Aroma is lactic and bready, a bit sour smelling, like in certain white wine. It actually does have a wine like perfume.

FLAVOR: In the taste, clean malt, wheat, yeast and hops with a lactic twang on the back end. The lactic acid gives the beer a lemony note. Light coarse hoppy bitterness, the brew has more of a sour bite than a hop bite.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, stinging carbonation, slight dryness. There is a bit of mineral/metallic and sour in the finish.

OVERALL: This is a very good example of the style. Wheaty, fairly sour, crisp and refreshing. Has good character and makes for an enjoyable drink. Though in the depths of winter at the time of this writing, it makes me yearn for a few of these in a cooler, outside in the summer.

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Photo of amcmaho1
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this particular beer multiple times, with different aged bottles. This one immediately doesn't seem to have the bright tartness I've found in other bottles, but interesting nonetheless...

Appearance: Really pale golden/honey colored body. Really active carbonation is visible. Nice head retention, with some really strong stickiness.

Smell: Lots of grass and earthier, almost spicy notes on the nose...along with some lemongrass. I pick up some light mustiness along with a distinctive sweetness. No real hop presence to speak of, unless it's lingering in that musty and herbal area...which I think would be really great.

Taste: Well, there may have not been a very bright tartness on the nose, but it certainly makes itself known upon the first sip. Great dryness accompanies a really clean tartness, which carries some lemon and citric qualities. I detect some perceivable bitterness here that wasn't really apparent on the nose, which works nicely with such a dry finishing beer. The aftertaste is especially neutral, and not bombarding on the palate...I plan on pairing this with food in the near future.

Mouthfeel: This is yet another strong point for this beer, the fact that the mouthfeel is so light and effervescent. This is an exceptionally easy drinking beer, which remains refreshing while still having those intricate flavor complexities. This is truly a wonderful beer to drink thanks to it's crispness, it's tartness, and it's accessibility.

Overall: A really awesome beer that I love to keep around the house. It's a really solid entry-level "sour," and it's pretty easy on the wallet. I don't really have anything else to say about it, that isn't just reiterating what i've already said...

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Photo of raveskdr
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Hill Farmstead tulip. Big ups to the guys at HF for a bottle of this. Buying massive amounts of beer pays off.

A - Cloudy straw coloring with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Yeasty goodness with a slightly sour aroma. There is even a very slight banana in there.

T - Now that's a prototypical Berlinner. Taste follows the nose with yeasty sour goodness. Not overly tart, staying within the style, at least in this lushes opinion.

M - Light on the mouthfeel, the beer seems to just cruise down the back of your throat. Very slight creaminess to it.

O - This is a go to Berlinner. It's widely available and is just fantastic. It may not be elite but for the price and the availability, DO IT!

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Photo of Wobbly
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

A: Lovely bloom develops quickly but then evaporates somewhat quickly. Minimal lacing. Hazy, unfiltered orange-yellow color.

S: Lively, almost floral bouquet from the wheat and yeast with citrus (lemon) notes.

T: Well balanced flavors of lemon and yeasty wheat, with just a bit of tartness.

M: Smooth, slightly carbonated and medium bodied. Very pleasant textures.

O: This is one of the best examples of of this style, although it is much less tart than many others I have tried. Probably a good choice for those new to the style or sour flavored styles in general (like Goses, Lambics, Flemish Reds and Browns, American Wild Ales; etc.).

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Photo of Chizoad
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow and slightly cloudy. Was careful not to dump the yeast into the glass. Good sized white head, no lacing. Nice looking summer beer. Didn't have any raspberry or woodruff syrup to add so I drank it as is.

Smells distinctly like a wheat beer. No lactic sourness. Definitely not a rich smelling beer at all, but clean and seems like it would be refreshing.

The taste is excellent. It's like a lighter version of a wheat beer where the typical clove flavors are downplayed and made far more palatable. I've noticed other wheat beers that have an unpleasant sourness to them, but this style thankfully uses that sourness to its advantage. Yes the acidity is noticeable but it is not overwhelming and serves to offset the flavors perfectly. Very lemony. A slight bittering finish caps off a great tasting beer.

Light and crisp mouthfeel.

Light summer beers that are good are really hard to come by. This and Russian River's Redemption are my top 2.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For some reason I have been craving this style lately. This is my first time trying this brew. Pours a cloudy, sort of lifeless pale gold, with a quick to dissipate white heading. Aroma is wheaty, and slightly sour. Lots of citrus in the smell too. Bursts of lemon and orange in the taste, with some slight sour notes and more from the wheat. Body is light, and incredibly thirst quenching. I could drink a few of these for sure. This is an excellent beer. I will be getting it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer appears crystal clear and yellow in color. The head vanishes within seconds, leaving no lace. This is a top-notch appearance for a Berliner Weissbier, and much different than the draft version, in my experience.

S: The aroma is of funky yeast and bananas. The aroma has some Belgian lambic type scents, which I find very appealing.

T: The beer is funky and sour, but not to the point of puckering, at least for me. Banana flavors play a prominent role, but not to the same extent as in a hefeweizen. 1809 is tart, funky, refreshing, and low in alcohol. This is a thoroughly enjoyable beverage, and again, I enjoyed this much more from the bottle versus the draft.

M: Tart and slightly acetic with a solid carbonation level. Nice feel.

D: A great beer. I wish it was a little cheaper ($6 / bottle) and available in six packs. I really enjoy this beer and would drink it anytime.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy straw color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap with a good amount of bubbles

S: Funkiness, banana and some clove with a dash of hay

T: Like a tart saison blended with a hef with a nice big tartness.Light booze sting but man was this beer good and refreshing.

M: Light body, dry, well carbonated and loads of funk and tart on the palate to keep me happy

O: Very good!

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Photo of seand
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow, with a fair amount of fizzy off white head. Most of the head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a thin layer over the surface with a bit more build up around the edges of the glass.

S: Fruity, leaning in a citrusy direction, with a note of sourness. A light malty sweetness is present in the background.

T: Light sweetness followed by a pleasant lightly sour fruitiness.

M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation.

Very nice overall. Quite unique. The elements are combined very well. It would make a very nice, more flavorful alternative to the standard list of "summer" beers.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Healthy Spirits. First time I've sampled this style.

Pouring into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Excellent clarity, light golden color. Massive foam collapsed quickly. No lacing.

Tart/sour aroma is prominent. Sour cherry. Light bread malt layered underneath the assertive sour character.

Sour, unsweetened lemonade up front with a salted cracker/wheat malt quality showing modest support. Dry finish. Hop bitterness and flavor aren't playing much of a factor.

Light bodied, high level of effervescent carbonation.

Overall this is a tart, refreshing, easy to drink wheat beer. Sourness lends as great deal of palette interest and the light body/high carbonation reinforce the crispness. My first example of the style but I'd say it's very well done.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden blond, very active champagne like bubbles, 1 finger of bright white head.

S - Tart apples, damp wheat, honey sweetness, has a lactic acidity aroma, some floral notes in the background.

T - Bright lemon tartness, pepper, green apple and grape skins, faint banana, salty, wheat malt. The salty tartness wraps everything up while still letting the malt shine. Finishes tart and dry.

M - Tart, light body, seltzer like carbonation, dry clean finish.

This beer provides a very balanced tartness. It's not sour but tart enough to wake up the palate. Very clean flavors and an excellent palate cleanser when tasting several big beers.
This is super clean, crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium sized German bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours clear golden yellow, quite transparent. Fizzy fast acting white foam that completely burns off.

Strong banana smell, some wheat-ish.

Tart citrus lemon taste. Punchy. Very good. Little hint of sour. Superstrong carbonation.

Clean, tart, tasty, great beer. Well done, Professor.

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Photo of adam42381
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. No freshness date found on bottle.

Appearance: This one was a bit of a gusher when I opened it. Pours a hazy honey gold with a huge 4-5 finger frothy snow white head which dissipates fairly quickly leaving a small ring of white foam on top.

Smell: A nice tart funkiness mixed with sour apples and white wine grapes accompanied by typical German wheat notes and a hint of sweetness.

Taste: Sour funky notes throughout without being overly puckering. There is a nice German wheat character to this one that goes great with the sour fruitiness that comes through. Notes of green apple, lemon and white grapes come through as well. Aftertaste is very light and mildly funky.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and and crisp with a high amount of prickly carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. This is a very refreshing beer which would be perfect on a hot summer day. You could easily drink multiples without any trouble.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and would put it up there with any unflavored Berliner Weisse that I've tried. I would definitely recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden straw color with a large white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is initially sharp and acidic with a bit of musty, damp cellar-like aroma. A bit grainy with some tart, yeasty aromas. Apples, white grapes, and hay. Nice, complex aroma. Taste is just slightly astringent with lovely green apple and grape flavors...somewhat champagne-like. Perfect amount of tartness for this style...puts Festina Peche to shame. Up there with Hottenroth. A bit of clove and banana with wheat and grain. Mouthfeel is nice and light with a crisp, refreshing finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, not typically the right weather to be drinking such a beer, but DAMN this would be PERFECT on a hot summer day. Outstanding beer.

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Photo of icetraxx
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a three finger head that dissipates into nothing. This beer is off-white, it looks exactly like cloudy lemon-aid. I am oddly attracted to its unique looks despite having no head and rather large pieces of sediment floating around it.

S: Lactic acid sourness, a note of wild yeast, and a bit of biscuity malt. Fairly aromatic and smells great. Warn leather is definitely present in the aroma.

T: A nice lemony though lactic-like sourness starts the taste off. The taste soon fades into a nice warn leather like note, while revealing the complexities of the wild yeast, and then finishing with a quick, clean, and sour bite. The bite makes you want to take another sip. The malt is a little overshadowed by the sourness and funkiness from the wild yeast (though the funkiness is super-restrained).
The faintest amount of weisse-like malt backbone comes through when you least expect it, fading in and out with every sip. Fruity esters, including apple and banana, are prevalent in the aftertaste.

M: Not light bodied, but not quite medium bodied. A bit thin for a weisse, though carbonated well enough to create a creaminess in the mouth. A little thin overall, extra body would help this one.

D: Very refreshing, very drinkable. I could drink this one all day (though I am a sucker for sours).

O: My first example of such an elusive style of beer. I wish that more breweries would take this style seriously, this style has incredible potential. As usual, this happens to be an excellent beer from the World's oldest brewery.

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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
91 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.