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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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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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emerge077

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a light, cloudy, lemon yellow in to a Schwelmer Weizen glass. Lots of foam on the first pour, not as much when the yeast was poured in. Body is almost a pastel yellow against the orangy tendrils of yeast that slowly descend. Looks similar to a Witbier.

Odor is slightly musty, barnyard hay, and grain. I've had many Hefeweizens when they are past their prime, and this is reminiscent of that, unfortunately. Not offensive, but not entirely pleasant.

Taste redeems the lacking aroma. Nice citric lemony tartness up front, followed by a mellow wheaty finish. The tartness is unique to the style, and seems to enhance the drinkability.

Slight prickly quality to the carbonation, with a mild creaminess to the mouthfeel. A nice warm weather quaffer. The price is a little prohibitive though, at $5.49 per .5L.

Label notes: "Brewed with traditional mash hoping and without wort boiling. This along with a traditional strain of lactic acid bacteria provide a fruity and dry but palateful (sic) character."

05-03-2007 00:57:37 | More by emerge077
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

A - Lots of loud fizzing... Tons of lightening fast carbonation all over the glass... An uneven sloping pure white head... Pale golden yellow color... Very faint haze...

S - Loads of yeast... White grapes... Faint lemon... Wheat... Apple... Some floral characteristics... Musky... Slightly salty...

T - Lots a grain... Lots of wheat... Lots of yeast... A terrific mix of citrus flavors... Faint hints of saltiness... The tartness and sour notes raise to the forefront as part of the aftertaste...

M - Loads and loads of prickly carbonation... Light bodied, but still assertive... Slightly oily... Crisp...

D - Smooth and refreshing... Refined, elegant, and classy... Light and delicate... A terrific brew and a wonderful and top notch representation of a very under appreciated style... A terrific summer session brew...

06-19-2009 01:43:48 | More by philbe311
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

Bottle from Premier Gourmet, 500ml into a tulip.

Pours a lightly hazy pale golden yellow, with a creamy white head of a finger or two. Good retention. Nose has some wheat, bright lemon zest, lemon juice and some light tart notes. Taste has some lactic tartness, lemon zest as per the nose, citrus zest and some modest wheat notes. Gets slightly juicier, and more citrus flesh with the addition of the yeast. Light mouthfeel, and a gentle zip in the carbonation. On the lighter side of tart, and modestly drying finish. Good drinkability, but a bit more tartness would've been nicer. Refreshing certainly.

10-10-2011 17:46:41 | More by liamt07
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Lolli1315

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

A- A very pale light yellow that is quite hazy. Billowing slightly rocky head made out of large bubbles emerges at first only to disappear almost completely leaving behind only a thin patchy lair with no lacing.

S- Quick malt that changes to a lemony sweetness. The sweet character of the beer is complimented by a noticeably tart smell. Some bready and yeast character begins to emerge towards the middle while slight barnyard funk creeps in towards the end but fades into the tart and sweet smells.

T- Sweet taste to begin with citrus fruits developing, lemon dominating the category. Sour character begins to pick up in the middle complimented by the bready yeast flavor. Tartness spikes at the end of the middle and is subdued as it continues into the aftertaste.

M- Light in body as expected with a moderate amount of prickly carbonation. The end finishes very dry as the beer is fully attenuated.

D- Mmmmm love me some sours. The sweetness can take away a little from this category, but it isn't overwhelming. This would be great on a hot summer day (not surprising). Now if only my homebrewed berliner would finish fermenting sooner....

02-28-2011 03:26:07 | More by Lolli1315
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

Bottle poured into a Tired Hands wine glass.

Pour: Completely clear pale yellow with two fingers of fizzy white head. Head recedes to a film and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Bready biscuit, lemon zest, pear, green apple. This smells pretty good.

Taste: Nice bready sweetness, followed by a great lemon tartness. Tartness evolves to incorporate some pear as well. Finish is lemon juice.

Mouthfeel: This where this beer excels. Really nice fizzy carbonation, coupled with a tartness that I was really happy to see. Very light, in a good way.

Overall: This beer is a never fail shot to get a nice tart bite with some flavors (minus the funk) that you might find in a gueuze. Really helps scratch that itch when I don't want to drop $12 on a bottle of Black Label or open something from the cellar.

10-10-2012 22:05:50 | More by cfrances33
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

Lemon yellow, hazy, with an orangish glow in the upper middle. Lots of tiny streaming bubbles and a good rocky head of about two inches that lasts a long time.

Light, grain-like aromas, along with a healthier dosing of tart white grapies. Somewhat lactic, it's as good a Berliner in power and attraction that I've yet smelled.

Wonderful again. Plenty of puckering, sour apple flavor, with enough malted grain to keep the mouthfeel appropriately full. Medium here, with the carbonation keeping things fairly lush. The finish can only be described as arid.

So well done. I am more impressed by this beer than I have been by the sum of all other Berliner Weisses I've had to date (not many). This is a style I will seek out more of, but I imagine that this will be the benchmark.

07-10-2008 05:05:28 | More by BretSikkink
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steadydose

California

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

$8.99 price tag on this b-weisse.

Poured this one into my tulip which generated a decent egg shell foam cap, sitting on top of a pale gold liquid. The body was a little hazy and the head fell pretty quickly, although the presentation looked good, especially in a clean glass.

The aroma was nice, lots of tartness, sweet citrus, lemon zest, as the beer warmed and opened up a funky tartness emerges. The funky component becomes more prominent at room temperture adding some wet grass and damp earth scents which really adds to the nose.

The flavor is initially low med tartness. The tartness as some depth behind it. 1809 finishes really clean on the pallette. There is a floral taste every once in a while and only gets better as it warms.

The mouthfeel is just right, good amount of carbonation, and finishes very clean.

This beer is really enjoyable and refreshing. I could definitely drink a lot of this, if it wasn't for the price tag. I liked that this version is higher in alcohol than other berliner weisse's. Pretty good.

05-25-2010 17:32:16 | More by steadydose
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aficionado

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

Crackling carbonation is quite high. Like a Perrier sparkling water. Nice head. The cleanest of light golden yellow bodies. Aroma is dominant with Granny apples, but there's also lots of lemon. Floral, fruity, Autumn apples. Taste is tart but not as sour as I had hoped. Fruity and dry. Thin, crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. On the bottle: Lactic acid. Mash hopped, No wort boiling...Hmmm I'm intrigued.

10-12-2011 22:38:36 | More by aficionado
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Lldeegan

Louisiana

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a creamy white head.

Gives off lactic, sour funkiness from the Brettanomyces yeast. There are also notes of lemon citrus, a touch of grassiness and musty barnyard that is also a result of the Brett. And Lactobacillus. More funky green apple, then more dominant banana as it warms.

On the palate, it is dry at first, and slowly puckers with sour, yet creamy mid palate then it makes an abrupt 180 degree turn to champagne like dryness and the lemon and green apple come through for a dry yet tart finish that lingers and gives some earthy mineral quality.

The mouthfeel is mostly dry with spurts of juicy tart fruit. Very complex and well-done beer.

07-14-2011 03:03:27 | More by Lldeegan
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

My first of this style. Pretty stoked to try it out.

Pours a nice cloudy straw color with a massive mound of white and noisy head. Really surprised by all the loud crackling going on in the head. Very little lacing.

The nose is built of wheat, tart sweetness, vinegar and earthy notes. Smells like a good sour ale with a bit of a twist.

The taste is much like the nose. The beer starts with a crisp citrus sour tartness and as it fades, the wheat and malt bill is noticed. Very refreshing and crisp. I get some zesty lemon peel or citrus blend in the mix. Would be ideal on a hot summer day.

The mouthfeel is fully carbonated and has a nice prickly feel due to the tartness. Nice feel.

Overall, for my first Berliner Weissbier, I was quite impressed. Very drinkable and balanced. Refreshing and smooth. I will definitely be grabbing this one again.

09-28-2011 05:05:39 | More by ChugginOil
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kylehayworth

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

A: Cloudy golden wheat, the head bubbles up like alka-seltzer, and doesn't stick around very long.

S: Smell reminds me of sparkling champagne, with all the subtle nuances: sour apple, lemon, and lime.

T: It taste somewhat like the smell, lot of really crisp and tart notes, focusing on sour apple, lemon, and lime, in that order.

M/D: Loads of carbonation in the mouth feel, it even holds bubbles down to the last drop. Very clean and crisp. I really enjoy this, it is only my second beer from this style, but taste great. Perfect for the time, summer and heat. I would definitely drink this again.

05-08-2010 00:03:17 | More by kylehayworth
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tronester

Oklahoma

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a clear yellow with a MASSIVE, billowy white cloud head that overflows the glass. Luckily it dissipates pretty quickly. Aromas of granny smith apples, and a hint of sulfur. Taste begins with some mouth puckering green apple, then a hint of grain, and finishes with a dry, grassy finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light. Overall a fantastic Berliner Weiss, I wish we got more of these over here.

11-05-2013 00:33:11 | More by tronester
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abfraser

California

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

A: Beautiful straw yellow with massive white head that disappears completely. No lacing

S: Lemon, tartness, wheat. Nothing overpowering, subtly harmonious.

T: Exactly like the smell but more intense. A good tartness; nothing overwhelming, especially if you're into Lambics. A great refreshing lemon flavor; wheat and malt backbone. Mild sweetness on the finish

M: Light bodied. Dry, good nice carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Another winner for a hot summer day.

My first Berliner Weisse. I'm a fan. Too bad this was exceptionally expensive, $12.50 for a 0.5L bottle from Toronado. I wish this was more widely available. A great refreshing, light bodied beer.

10-03-2008 02:20:58 | More by abfraser
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is interesting pours like a dull cloudy lemon wheat beer, solid color throughout totally. Wonderful tight and very fluffy like head with a dull dull looking lemon yellow very dense body. Head does not stick around at all. Not much collar left either while drinking and finishing.

Sour lemon on the nose a hint of spicy dried lemon peel a spicy hotness hard to pinpoint what that is exactly. Zesty and spritzy no hint of grain as if a hefeweissen has been stripped of it's density and this is all you are left with. Boderline bretty, I do like it very much.

Taste is refreshing mild orange juice just substitute the word orange for lemon. If you put lemon juice in a bottle to serve in a tolerable non acidic way this is it. Clean light bodied almost like the perfect watered down lemon soda but just enough wheat to make you think this is beer. Refreshing. Not that sour either compare to a saison, lambic, or american wild ale. Light drinking feel but full of flavor.

Overall great to try an authentic style, and the more and more I drink this the better it gets. It's the perfect version of lemon beer I've ever had if I could use that term. Not punching acidic not too bretty, not boozy, just tolerable lemon joy. I'am sure there isn't even a drop of lemon in this. Well done.

07-23-2011 01:57:32 | More by smakawhat
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

My Berliner weiss experience is fairly limited, but I've had a few examples before trying this authentic version.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a weizen glass a bright yellow with a massive cascade of bubbles rising through the beer. The head is a few shades darker than white and starts out massively huge. It drops quick enough to a loose-bubbled cap that is constantly being replenished.

SMELL: Present is the signature fruity tartness that defines the style. But it's nicely subdued such that an incredible base of pillowy light wheat can shine through. Not terribly complex otherwise, but nor should it be.

TASTE: Much more tart in the taste, particularly on the initial sip. The wheat gets it's chance to shine across the palate as a bready sweetness that is as light as it can get. The tartness is back in full force on the finish (though it never really went away). This time, though, it takes the form of a more fruity tart quality rather than a full-bore sourness that it had at the start.

MOUTHFEEL: Light bodied with an exceptionally dry finish. The high carbonation is tongue-assaulting but makes the beer seem even lighter.

DRINKABILITY: Very easy drinking as the body would suggest. 5% ABV seems a bit high for style, but it doesn't seem to get in the way. The intense sourness is something that needs to be worked through, but I'm glad this is a bigger bottle. I could probably even have another.

Very nice. I'm glad I was able to try an authentic German version of the style. This will have to go into my regular summer rotation. It's a shame the end of the season is coming soon.

08-17-2008 19:29:54 | More by jmalex
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wedge

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

A quickly diminishing frothy white head covers a hazy pale yellow beer. Aroma is dry and sour...I'm not sure how else to describe it. Sweetly fruity in some sense, but mostly funky with a lactic sourness. The taste follows suit, but the sourness is not as upfront. Wheat appears cleanly before the tartness takes hold like funky lemon juice with an almost salty trace. Light bodied, dry, and very refreshing. My glass is empty already?

08-06-2007 03:00:52 | More by wedge
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a cloudy pale straw with massive head that dissipates slowly at first, and then? Where did it go?

Nose of wheat, faint lemon and sour apple.

Tart and refreshing, the taste pretty much evinces a wheat beer with faint lemon and green apple in evidence.

Feels close to medium bodied due to a coating effect on the palate, but the carbonation helps to give a clean taste.

Pretty drinkable, but I don't think I'd spend the bucks for a case of it.

08-24-2007 03:51:04 | More by techdiver
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sammyt728

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

08-23-2014 02:02:16 | More by sammyt728
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

The beer pours a very pale yellow, almost a chunky white with a small, half finger’s width head of tiny bubbles that fizzle away slowly. The beer’s head leaves a lacing of thin sheets on the glass. In body the beer is deeply hazy and cloudy with plenty of bubbles racing up through the glass. On the nose, the beer smells clean and lightly wheaty with a very light hint of tartness on the nose. The smell is not really overpowering, and is quite one dimensional. On the tongue, the beer tastes lightly tart with sweet bready wheat. In flavor, the beer begins as tart citric lemon/lime, which quickly moves into creamy wheat bread flavors and then wheat flakes. The finish is citric lemon tart and lively like Sprite in the mouth with and the aftertaste is light to non-existent with just a touch of wheat flakes. In the mouth, the beer feels light in body with prickly, soda-like carbonation that scrubs the tongue. The mouth is left full of acid neutralizing saliva and a light tingle from the carbonation. Overall, this is a nice light beer that is thirst quenching, but begging for a syrup or something to be added to it. This is a beautiful canvas beer to be experimented with, and is refreshing to drink, but rather one dimensional. I think it is great that they are recreating this style with historical accuracy, but personally, I think this beer needs something to add some zing to the taste. A great beer to add things too.

05-27-2013 00:15:42 | More by Maxwell
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draheim

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

08-23-2012 05:22:02 | More by draheim
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t8s8l8

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

Look- A hazy golden yellow appearance. Nice smooth fluffy head that falls quickly and leaves a band of foam around the glass.

Aroma- slight acidic aroma, also present are fruits, pears and golden delicious apples, slight spiciness not necessarily clove like though, Brett seems to be current as well.

Taste- Real smooth it has that fruit bite from the acidic aroma that follows through in the taste especially in the middle. the mouthfeel is extremely light, not as dry as I was expecting, some what wheaty which i think is common. a champagne bubbly smoothness as well. the acidic character really plays nicely my mouth is still watering as I write this review.
Overall Experience- This was my first Berliner Weisse and i really enjoyed it. the aroma and taste was similar to a nice sour but the wheat character gave it a very summery kick. a mix of summer wheat with a sour would love to try some others of this style.

09-19-2011 21:56:47 | More by t8s8l8
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quinnsi

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured into a pilsner glass

At first, and clear orange-golden color, with two solid fingers of rocky head. But the real story here is the ridiculously violent carbonation. It's truly at alka seltzer levels! I could watch this beer all night, and to be honest, it's one of the deciding factors when ordering. All of this changes once the sediment it poured in. The beer takes on a lemony-orange, hazy hue, and all carbonation goes away. One of the coolest visuals of any beer I've had.

The beer is somewhat aromatically challenged, with slight tart fruit and minerals coming through for me.

The beer tastes as carbonated as it looks, which actually works well with the tart, acidic citrus flavors. The wheat seems to provide a nice soft backdrop.

Very enjoyable beer, which drinks easy and is very thirst quenching on a warm day.

09-18-2009 04:22:04 | More by quinnsi
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gabeerfan

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a crystal clear honey gold. Little to no head and no lacing at all. Looks like sparkling apple juice.
Aromas of lemons, green apples, sourdough.
Tastes of lemons, granny smith apples, sourdough and a touch of honey.
Light mouthfeel with high carbonation to keep the palate clean.
Pretty drinkable at only 5% and the flavors, while very different, keep you interested.
Very good beer. Very different flavors, in a good way. I can see why this style would be served with a syrup, but I don't think it's necessary for this particular beer.

06-19-2008 00:29:40 | More by gabeerfan
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SaucyA

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

A - This look okay, nothing special. Cloudy golden yellow with a foamy head that dissaptes shortly after pour. The bottle gushed a bit, but I was clumsy with it. I think it's more my fault. Anyways, lacing is nil, but whatever.

S - Smell is better. It's been out of the fridge for about ~25 minutes so the esters are really popping out. Cracked wheat, tons of yeast. It's very yeasty, floral, with lactic/citric... almost cider notes. More floral than bananas, but a nice melange of yeasty goodness.

T - First and most noticeable is the lactic acidity that bathes your tongue initially. It's very tart, but not overly so, and also not dry... I'm normally used to my sours being aged in oak. This is a new and welcomed taste for me. On the back end is a light sweetness, and all of those floral and sweet fruity esters I mentioned earlier in the smell. The yeast is the star here.

M - Sparkly, crisp, light, effervescent. Very nice.

O - So, it's been that long since I've been here that Drinkability now starts with an O. But yeah, this is a delicious, stand out beer, that deserves a place in every serious beer-drinkers fridge. It's challenging to dissect, but also a pleasure to drink.

01-25-2012 00:51:13 | More by SaucyA
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

From the bottle. This one's a gusher.

Appearance: dull opaque yellowish beige. Very bubbly white head instantly dissipates.

Nose: Simple. A bit of cherry skins, a little lemon, and a hint of orange juice.

Taste: Very straightforward but perfectly tasty and refreshing. Sour cherries, a little lemon, a bit of bready malts. No finish.

Mouthfeel: Way too carbonated. The amount of carbonation ruins the thirst-quenching qualities of this beer by making it harder to drink.

Overall: This one feels authentic. Simple, clean, not overdone in any way. The taste is perfectly simple, refreshing and delicious. With a little tweaking on the carbonation this could be a perfect summer beer.

03-07-2013 05:19:26 | More by fdig23
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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