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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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BA SCORE
92
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1,125 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,125
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 92
Gots: 80 | 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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barflybastard

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-06-2014 00:50:44 | More by barflybastard
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tewaris

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.7%

1809
Brewed in the traditional style of Berliner Weisse.
5% ABV
500 ml poured into a tall glass.

Pours a light hazy color, very effervescent, with a small creamy white head. Aroma was all wheat initially, but there are strong Gueuze like notes. Per the label there is lactic acid bacteria in bit. That explains a lot.

Nice taste too, fruity and tart with a little acid bite towards the end, complemented by the slight bitterness. Medium body, and I would have been content with a lighter. Good carbonation, very refreshing overall.

4,4,4,4,4

12-07-2011 08:59:36 | More by tewaris
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GraduatedCashew

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-28-2013 15:04:26 | More by GraduatedCashew
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jrfehon33

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-06-2014 00:10:14 | More by jrfehon33
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MikeEhrmantraut

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-11-2013 00:01:37 | More by MikeEhrmantraut
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Sun-faded lemon with edges that are nearly colorless. The bright white crown is large to start and slowly crackles and sizzles its way into the atmosphere, leaving several sudsy strands of lace. Since the appearance follows the style guidelines, it's hard to be too critical. Besides, this is the richest looking version that I've seen to date.

The nose is more white wine (Sauvignon Blanc) than beer. It's white grape fruity with a light muskiness and a considerable lactic tang. The one word that keeps coming to mind is 'elegant'. I have no doubt that my taste buds are gonna be happy in a few seconds.

It's difficult to compare different beers of the same style over time... especially beer of a style that I've had only three times previously. With that caveat in mind, 1809 is the most delicious, most complete and most well-balanced Berliner weissbier yet.

Part of the reason for the enthusiasm is that I can actually taste the grains (50% wheat and 50% barley), something that makes this offering taste more beer-like and something that I don't recall with the others. The dominant flavor, however, is the tangy fruitiness imparted by lactobacilli.

Specifics include lemon peel, tart white grapes, and the aforementioned untoasted grains (which are subtle). The beer has plenty of the dry, snappy, puckery character that is the defining characteristic of the style. The finish is amazingly dessicating. It paradoxically quenches one's thirst and then adds to it.

While the mouthfeel is light, it isn't thin or watery. There's some substance there. The bubbles need to be close to perfect for a good score to be granted... and they are. Sparkly carbonation adds energy and helps to scrub the tongue clean after each mouthful.

Simply put, Brauerei Weihenstephan 1809 is the best Berliner Weissbier that I've had so far. I can't see myself drinking beer of this unique style very often, but it's nice to know there's a damn good one out there. If you're curious about the style, start here.

06-20-2008 13:11:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
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RES

New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-04-2012 19:19:35 | More by RES
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

4/5  rDev -2.7%

09-04-2013 14:36:49 | More by HRamz3
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donaldchapman

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.7%

A - Light golden color, good clarity, with a very small head.
S - Very clean smell, slight lacto aroma, and some wheat.
T - Good malt flavors, with a noticeable but not overwhelming lactic sourness.
M - Medium light bodied with a good carbonation.

This beer was good, it has a fuller body than I would expect, and the lactic acid flavors could be more pronounced. Very drinkable beer though.

07-17-2008 23:27:58 | More by donaldchapman
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KAF

Iowa

4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-17-2012 22:41:03 | More by KAF
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-17-2013 14:00:00 | More by jbaker67
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TargaFlorio

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-08-2013 01:38:10 | More by TargaFlorio
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cgentzkow

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-13-2013 04:28:18 | More by cgentzkow
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.7%

A - Nice golden blonde body. More pale and a little cloudy, effervescent.

S - Just a light crisp citrus nose. Some earthy wheat present too.

T - A nice refreshing taste of citrus with tart and sour notes. Nice wheat body present. Wouldn't really consider this a sour beer but it has a nice amount of sour kick to it. All the tastes are those that leave your tongue and palate refreshed and good for when you're thirsty.

M - This beer is well carbonated and effervescent. Its light bodied and crisp. I swilled the bottle to get all the residual yeast.

D - This beer is well noted for its drinkability. Its very light and refreshing and goes down as easy as any.

Notes - This beer is light but only in nature. It can be light but still pack enough flavor for any beer drinker. I've had it straight and also had it rot, or red with himbiersirup added. Both were enjoyable.

03-08-2011 03:34:39 | More by BeerForMuscle
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Paccamacca

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

02-24-2014 22:15:18 | More by Paccamacca
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sliks96

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-16-2012 00:06:06 | More by sliks96
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spoony

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.7%

From a 500 ml bottle into a weizen glass.

A-The beer was bright hay and sunshine colored with a two-plus finger plume of white head. Lots of carbonation visible.

S-Lots of citrus smells going on here: lemon, orange, and a little spice. The citrus gave it a light tartness that blended well with the wet hay and wheat undertones.

T-The taste followed the smell very closely. Not terribly tart or sour (compared to other Berliners), but the brew gives you a pleasant lemony bite. Crisp.

M-Light body with lots of prickly carbonation. This beer is highly quaffable and, fortunately, lacks the watery feel that sometimes afflicts wheat beers or weissbiers.

O-This is a solid, above-average Berliner. The whole package was nicely balanced in terms of feel and flavor, but nothing jumped out and made me say, "Wow!" This would be a good introduction to sour beers for the uninitiated.

12-26-2012 17:06:21 | More by spoony
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Minnesota_beer_guy

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-23-2014 23:24:07 | More by Minnesota_beer_guy
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Azurescens

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.7%

500mL bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 5/28/11

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with large white head. No lacing left around glass.

S: Nose is wheat with lactic sourness, some lemon peel citrus aromas and grass as well.

T: Sour wheat with lots of lemony citrus notes. Simple, clean and quite sour.

M: Very light bodied, sour and crisp. Moderate carbonation, finishes dry.

O: Very refreshing and drinkable. The citrus notes in addition to the wheat and lactic acidity are really enjoyable and make this beer much more drinkable.

05-29-2011 04:49:32 | More by Azurescens
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Casey3236

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

07-27-2014 19:07:48 | More by Casey3236
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ortie

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-04-2013 12:09:48 | More by ortie
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-13-2014 05:03:39 | More by derkfromwi
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-10-2014 01:55:47 | More by cjgiant
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Happyhopper

New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-30-2013 00:28:13 | More by Happyhopper
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jreindl

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-20-2013 05:45:48 | More by jreindl
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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