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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,083
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 90
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
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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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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

Brewed by Dr. Fritz Briem of the Doemens Institute with traditional mash hopping and without a wort boil.

A: Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a huge 3 finger rocky white head that slowy faded. There is very active visible carbonation per style.

S: very yeasty, with light bananas, cloves, lemonbread scents, and a dominant citrus sourness.

T: The beer starts out with a moderate but very smooth sour yeasty bite, a dry fruity champagne like palate and is followed by a summer quenching freshly squeezed tart lemony tang. The yeast truly highlights this beer with a traditional lactic acid character. The palate is dry and fruity and wheat dominated and very crisp. The finish is tangy with a big wet citrus kiss balanced against the yeasty sourness.

M: lively from the active carbonation with an oily texture.

D: Overall a very refreshing beer with great yeast attributes providing a sour citrusy bite makes this beer truly standout in its class. Very good drinkability and a very good rating overall within style.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 15:56:44 | More by beerthulhu
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metter98

New York

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured hazy pale yellow with a thin, white head. There's a moderate level of rising bubbles, and the towers of rising bubbles playfully carried yeast particles up from the bottom. A thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There is a somewhat sour aroma with hints of lemon.
T: The taste is very much sour, but in a light and refreshing way (like a wheat beer) and without any bitter flavors from hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and both tart and bubbly on the palate. The finish feels a bit dry.
D: The beer is rather refreshing to drink; adding a dash of fruit syrup could make this even more palatable and thirst quenching.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 01:06:19 | More by metter98
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Brent

Kentucky

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

A bit less tart than some examples of the style, but still satisfyingly lactic-lemony. Nicely drinkable, as the well-moderated sourness holds at a pleasant level throughout. I think of this style as the "lemonade of beers" (but not in the horrid shandy-style) in that it is refreshing on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 13:42:08 | More by Brent
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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
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JohnnyChicago

Illinois

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

Poured from a Euro-pint sized bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a straw yellow with a soda-pop white head and some chunky sediment on the bottom of the glass.

S: Bright, tart sourness with a candy-like balance of sweet malts. Its fruity, tropical and sour.

T: Follows the smell. Sour patch kids sourness with a cherry coke middle and drying lactic finish. Delicious stuff!

D: Its a bit heavier than is typical for the style and its drinkability falls more in the lines of a heffe than a traditional Berliner weisse. That being said, it still is remarkable quaffable and complex.

Overall: Great beer. I have truly loved everything I've had from Weihenstephaner and would buy this beer in a heartbeat if I find it again. Great, refreshing, original stuff!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 19:08:48 | More by JohnnyChicago
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

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

A: Bright lemon shade of yellow without any real head. Lots of fine bubbles, and more similar in appearance to champagne than beer.

S: Lemon, banana, a little wheat and a strong tart lactic smell. Smells a little like a lemon meringue dessert.

T: Tart lemon, and some spicy yeast. The body is light so that beyond the initial tartness, there isn't much else beyond the short, dry finish.

M: Light, dry and heavily carbonated. Combination gives a nice crispness that compliments the flavor well.

Very enjoyable, although past 16oz it started becoming a little bland for me. Refreshing summer beer and the best of the few Berliner Weisses I have tried. Would love to try it with a little syrup, just to scale back the dryness a bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 02:01:01 | More by GeezLynn
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

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

From the Weihenstephan brewery that makes one of my favorite Hefewiezens, this Berliner Weissbier seems to lack the intense sour luster of the Kindl Weisse. It does have a slightly sour element but is it so I enjoy that but the wheat and grain is the primary taste and smell. It seems to me like the hefe wiese soured.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 05:49:00 | More by Phatz
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rgtravers for the trade!

Poured a cloudy, translucent straw color with decent head, about two fingers.

Smell was good & unusual: strong lemon, some honey notes, slighty cheesy aspect to it, along with that classic wheat character (which I also thinks echoes root beer -- call me crazy). Don't know if I would've picked this up if I didn't know about it from the style notes, but the lactic aspect is really noticeable, getting a buttermilk kind of scent.

The sourness really hits in the taste, great fruit characteristics: lemon, grapefruit, some peach. Again with the dairy notes, cheesy & buttery.

Mouthfeel is good -- stimulates the salivary glands with a moderate gush, not quite as intense as a gueuze, but strong enough. I really liked this, but I think I could stick with just one. Very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 23:38:50 | More by OneDropSoup
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Buggies

Pennsylvania

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

A: Pale cloudy yellow. Big billowing crazy head which fades to a super fizzy thin one after this calms down.

S: Mostly fruit... grapes I'd say. Yeast is very present. Also has a citrus aroma as well.

T: Has a nice twang to it. The grape in citrus dominate for me. Nice sticky lemon taste left on the tongue. A little tartness as well.

I could really get into this style. I will be in search of more in this style. A real treat to drink!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 21:38:33 | More by Buggies
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a vibrant, bright, gold color with a one fingered pure white head, light carbonation.

S - Tart and fruity with lemons, white grapes, pears, some hints of sour green apple, and a funky twang that dominates the nose.

T - Very tart and borderline puckering, funk dominates the palate. Sour light fruit notes of pears, apples, lemons, some white grapes, and a little bit of cheese funk going on. Lingering puckering tartness.

M - Light medium body with a dry finish but because of the tartness it creates a lot of salivation. Lots of carbonation pricklies on the tongue but still finishes with a gentle carbonated finish.

O - Not my style of beer but nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2014 23:19:57 | More by jzeilinger
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Phelps

Arizona

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

Another beer received from seeswo in the Blind Beers BIF. This one was poured into a Stella chalice and reviewed blind.

Milky apricot in color, hazy enough to obscure everything behind it. On top, a one-inch head of pure white fizzes away slowly, eventually disappearing completely.

Sweet, snappy aroma. Crisp pears, a bit of red apple, wheat, soft coriander, a hint of vinegar.

The flavor mirrors the nose nicely. Sweet pear syrup and coriander dominate the front; a smack of tartness hits in the back and grips the tongue between sips. The soft sour notes blends with the sweeter notes beautifully, and the finish is crisp. It’s insanely refreshing.

Champagne-like in its effervescence — lots of bubbles break the beer into a fair amount of fizz. The body is a shade under medium, and the tartness is subtle.

Bright, sweet, tart and refreshing. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 03:32:18 | More by Phelps
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a green-tinged pale yellowish color. Very active carbonation in the glass, but the carbonation is not sufficient to keep up with the receding head and the white foam quickly disappeared. The aroma is earthy with yeast and some funky sourness. Alive on the palate as it moves across. The flavor is similar to aroma with earthy tartness and some funky acidic notes.

A refreshing brew; enjoyable and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 23:10:07 | More by BeardedBoffin
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

Served in my SA Sensory Pint. Pourd a hazy, pale yellow with lots of tiny bubbles effervescing from the base to the cap. Four inch rocky bright white head sizzled and popped, reducing it's volume to 1/8th of it's original size within a minute; no lacing on this one. Nose was citrusy and tart with a subtle indication of yeast in the back. Citrus character revealed as lemon zest, but flavors consistent with nose as well as the presence of a mild wheat character towards the finish. Nice refreshing mouthfeel. Lively and effervescent through the mouth before culminating in a slight pucker at the finish. Easy drinking and refreshing on a warm, sticky NE day. Another excellent offering from Brauerei Weihenstephan.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 17:39:19 | More by Jwale73
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MasterSki

Illinois

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

Picked this up a while ago at West Lakeview Liquors. Was looking for something low in alcohol to start with, and this fit the bill.

A - Started gushing as soon as I popped the cap. Huge cloud-white foam that settles around three fingers before slowly dissipating. Minimal lacing is left behind. The brew is a slightly hazed golden straw color.

S - Sour, sharp wheat smell, with hints of lemon, white wine, and a touch of funk. It's a little bit too acrid for my liking, but it's plenty potent and true to the style.

T - Taste is more understated, with more of the regular wheat beer flavors - banana, bubblegum, yeast. There's a touch of lemon and funk, but nowhere near as much as in the smell - it does build up a little in the aftertaste though.

M - Crisp, high carbonation, but still a bit sticky after swallowing. The body is a little bigger than I expected, with some nice creaminess to it once you get past the carbonation tingle. There's just a little too much bite for my liking.

D - 500ml will not be a problem. Even though the carbonation is lively it somehow doesn't feel too bloaty. The aftertaste doesn't get too sour or funky, either. All in all it scores well in this area.

I definitely liked this more than the New Glarus Berliner...this seemed to have more subtlety and finesse.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 01:10:44 | More by MasterSki
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kshankar

District of Columbia

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

Appearance: Hazy/cloudy yellow with large foam with great retention.

Aroma: There is the typical wheat, the banana, but there also is a bit of a tart aroma that comes out, which is characteristic for this style. Pretty good.

Taste: Tartness is there, not too intense, but its noticeable in a good way. Along with this comes a slight flavor of bananas and a lemony zest. The lemony zest goes well with the tartness, especially.

Mouthfeel: Light, and the tartness adds to a crisper feel. Pretty refreshing and it goes down well.

Drinkability: The crispness from the carbonation and the tartness makes this a very drinkable beer..light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 02:54:02 | More by kshankar
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Rayek

Colorado

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

Poured into a Chalice.

A: Cloudy brass with mild carbonation. A fizzy white head is short lived and leaves no lace.

S: Slightly sour overall. Lemon, clove, biscuits and even a faint hint of bubblegum make up the rest.

T: Very tart. A lemon tartness, plus a generous sourdough flavor dominates. Biscuit and raw wheat flavors are subdued. Finishes very tart and dry.

M: The body is a bit mealy. Carbonation is very active and fine.

D: This is my first beer of this style. It seems to fit the style guidelines to a T. The sourness is something I have to be in the mood for to revisit this. The low ABV makes this light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 02:46:02 | More by Rayek
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seaoflament

California

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

Picked up a bottle this weekend at the Pizza Port Carlsbad bottle shop. I was really surprised to see this one as I had never seen it before in San Diego.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with active carbonation, a thin, soft crown forms on top and slowly disappears.

Sweet and tangy aroma of wheat, lemons, grapes, oranges, apples, and lactic acid. Quite earthy, yeasty and a little musk.

Semi-sweet taste. Starts off with sweet wheat and tart lemons and finishes with more sweet fruits. It has a lightly tart flavor in the finish. I'm also tasting some sour apples and pear in the end. More tanginess and lemon starts to open up.

Lively carbonation on the palate, thin and refreshing.

Drink extremely easy.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 23:49:55 | More by seaoflament
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

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

500ml bottle. no date, no batch number found.

poured into tuliped 12oz pint glass, tasted approx 9 oz without any flavoring added. made a raspberry "syrup" from preserves/jam to try the second half of the bottle...

murky pineapple juice color, with straw tones. looks like a witbier. vigorous pour gives lots of foamy head, but soon reduces to fizzy wisps and a sudsy, thin ring. no lace. (lots of lace and creamy foam once i add the pectin-containing raspberry preserves however...)

aroma: blend of fresh cider vinegar and bready malt, with touch of noble hops. faint micro-trace of funk? more bready yeast in the backend. all somewhat subdued however.

taste: tart acidity - snappy, almost citrusy. touch of bread and yeast. mild bitterness from the faintly grassy hop, all combining towards the snappy finish, along with crisp carbonation.

thin, almost watery, but tart with acidic snap and spritzy carbonation, thus giving some body.

i don't have much frame of reference, but this is refreshing, and also fun to drink with fruit flavoring added.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 11:21:42 | More by tai4ji2x
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chickencoop

California

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

Big frothy golden pour, pretty agro coming out of the bottle. Big crazy sugar cookie lemony nose, with some sour funk on the end. The is a very tasty beer once you get used to it, slighgtly bitter, but not over the top, and quite refreshing. I would love to have this on a hot day outside on the porch, it would shine. Overall a very interesting beer, and quite drinkable for such an interesting first taste. I'm a fan.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 04:59:38 | More by chickencoop
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SLeffler27

New York

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

Presents a pale, golden straw with a short-lived, big, white, meringue head. I left the yeast in the bottle allowing for only a slight haze. Streaming columns of carbonation were readily visible; however, there was no lacing. Minimal head and the lacing follow style guidelines, while not my personal preference.

Aroma is that of fruity, sour apples with a good hit of barnyard funk and musty, dry, white wine. Aroma becomes richer and more prevalent with warmth.

A mellow, sour flavor with light tartness and dough white-bread grains. The finish is lingering, light, and unobtrusive. With warmth, apples and grapes come out with lemon and light spices.

A light to medium body, this one is dry, with no perceptible alcohol. Carbonation is slight, adding to the texture.

A highly refreshing and relaxing beer. This could easily be a sessionable beer for one to take their time drinking. The character develops with time, rather than progressing.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:18:45 | More by SLeffler27
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BeerBean

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Lemon/straw yellow. Hazy, and adding the yeast at the bottom of the bottle on the second pour made it extra hazy. Big head that disappears quickly. No lacing... kinda disapointed, but that's the only thing wrong with this beer.

Smell is lemons and citrus fruits (grapefruit mostly). Acidity and yeastiness are present. The aroma is strong, hits you right out of the bottle. It's got a bite to it that is very tart and refreshing.

Taste is spectacular, like sour champagne on the first pour and a citrus-spicy yeast-fest on the second. Acidity seems to dissipate as it warms, and it sweetens up just a bit. The wheat comes through at the back.

The feel is crisp and light, but not empty. It's on the heavier end of light bodies.

What a great Berliner Weisse! Full of flavor and aroma, and a great beer to end the summer season on. Thanks to Will @ The Beer Store in Southampton for the recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 00:46:57 | More by BeerBean
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazingly refreshing sour power. This is not for reveryone, beautiful creamy appearance with light yellow/beige body. All the foam cuddles the tart product in creaminess and malt. And all this at 5%
Commercial Description highlights:
It is bottle-conditioned, unfiltered and unpasteurized. "1809" will age beautifully in a dark and cool location. Its complex fruitiness and tartness will most likely develop in quite astonishing ways. “1809” is fermented in traditional open fermenters and horizontal lager tanks. The applied mashing regime is a single step decoction mash with 50 % wheat malt.The total amount of hops is added to the mash so that isomerisation takes place in the decocotion part of the mash. The wort is not boiled but only heated up to boiling temperature and then transferred to the open fermenters and pitched with yeast and lactic acid bacteria (isolated from malt) at 18 °C (64°F).

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 04:18:01 | More by Sammy
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stumac

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this one right after my first Berliner Weisse which was Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Weisse....

it pours up a murky orange color with a quickly fading white head. the nose is citrus, slight tartness, wheat. the taste is tart, sour, citrus, very high zesty carbo, lemons. medium to full bodied, high carbo.

This was a more citrusy and carbonated brew as apposed to the Bayerischer Berliner which was more bready and smoother. They both were good though....

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 18:29:44 | More by stumac
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DaveHS

California

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy blonde with half an inch of eggshell white head that disappears almost instantly. No lacing.

S-Earthy, a bit yeasty, light. Vaguely reminiscent of kvass.

T-Expected this to be more tart. It's very refined. Like German Orval. Funky yeast plays nicely against flavors of pear and aloe. There's a pleasant brightness in the back end, but nothing you could call tart.

M-Light bodied, with moderate to low prickly carbonation. Just enough to hold the beer together.

D-It's $9 a bottle, so not too high. If it were cheaper, I would drink a ton of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 22:10:15 | More by DaveHS
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

(A)- Pours a clear pale straw yellow color. Produced a nice pure white bubbly effervescent head that stuck around for awhile before dissipating.

(S)- A nice dry hay/straw earthiness with a light yet crisp white grape and lemon tartness.

(T)- Very similar to the smell in every way. Nice light fruit tartness.

(M)- A larger carbonation level than expected, but it is welcomed and fitting. Fruity and very crisp. Just a tiny hint at sourness on the backend.

(D)- A great Berliner Weisse. Nice crisp and tart fruits with a bubbly carbonation level. Great stuff that would be fantastic on a hot summers day. I look forward to exploring this style further.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 16:30:38 | More by sweemzander
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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