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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Reviews: 571
Hads: 1,320
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 124
Gots: 133 | FT: 0
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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 dd43
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I can't wait to buy another one of these. I'm so sad the bottle I was drinking is gone. A beautiful Berliner with all the right flavor and aroma notes.

Lactic qualities present in the aroma and obviously in the flavor and finish. Has a touch of a yogurt kind of smell but really more on the tart than sour side. Unlike some other Berliners I've had, this one actually opened up nicely and improved in flavor as it warmed up. The wheat lends a really nice smooth and silky feel on the tongue, which is balanced by prickly carbonation. Just a really well done version of this style.

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Photo of JRed
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden sun in body topped with marshmallow head. Aroma of banana, pear, vanilla, yogurt. Tastes of pear, banana, vanilla, lemon cookie, zest, subdued hop presence, and apple. High carbonation but light in body. Finishes rather clean. I wish it were a little more sour but this beer is very good nonetheless.

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Photo of kaiyote
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, with a decent pure white head that dissipated quickly leaving no head. Smell hints at the lactic acid, you only taste it a bit, like the tartness of a citrus fruit. Quite a wonderful beer for sitting outside on a lazy afternoon watching the clouds roll by.

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Photo of thehopsguy
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light pale gold color..pours a brite white head. Smell is slightly fruit tart (apples,lemons). Lactic acid gives off a great blend of funky sour fruitful and dry flavors. Very nice easy drinking sour characteristic. Very good take on the style.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful golden wheat color with a nice fluffy head
S: Lemon, clove and some dankness
T: tart up front with some spice and dankness
MF: Refreshing.
O: This beer tastes like summer. Perfect beer for a summer bbq.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours pale, straw colored with a nice frothy head that exits fairly quick. The aroma suggests citrus, spice, light fruit and a touch of funky barnyard mustiness in the background. It is fruity, very tart, dry and refreshing, with a hint of sourness. The quintessential summer afternoon beer. It’s not potent enough to do too much damage. The tartness encourages you to drink slow and the tartness and fruitiness especially in the aftertaste help it last.

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Photo of PhillyBeerHunt
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

In my opinion, 1809 Berliner Weisse is an outstanding Summer brew. It has a nice sour taste that is a great thirst quencher and does not pack too much of a punch. I also like to add a taste of woodruff syrup to the Weisse. You get a "lemonade" taste. I got the tip from a German National while working in Senegal.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Extremely pale yellow, clear as water, holds a thin white halo of foam that doesn't lace.

Smell: Lemon peel, light lambic vinegar sharpness, damp grain.

Taste: Mild start quickly peeks with a citric lemon juice twang that slowly fades into a wheat beer base. Seems watered down a bit, which actually helps I think.

Feel: Soft body, good carbonation.

Overall: Not my cup of tea, but a great example of the style.

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Photo of JLSIV
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the best of this type...not overly sour, and better tasting than all of the American attempts at this type, which come out just a little too sour.

The appearance, aroma, and feel are absolutely the best, and the dry, sharp finish is among the best. Better carbonation than most of the American runs...

Anyone who says they don't like this type, needs to try this before they commit one way or the other.

Well done.

According to the brewery, they no boil sour mash this...one more reason it is world class.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Brasserie V in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in the proper Professor Fritz Briem tumbler glass.

Appears lighter golden bodied, one finger white head with excellent retention and plenty of lacing. Looks like a light wheat beer, which is what it certainly is. Smells of crisp wheat, mild lemon tartness, mild noble hop earthiness, mild banana and clove. The nose is crisp and refreshing. Flavour is equally refreshing and thirst quenching, with mild lemon tartness, perhaps 3/10, wheat, mild lemon and citrus tartness, and an even milder spicy clove flavour. It's very drinkable yet flavourful. Mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied, not watery but with substantial depth and flavour, refreshing and crisp. Super easy to drink. Overall, seems about right for the style of Berliner Weiss and displays a good amount of the wheat base that inspired this beer. Nice drinkability with enough flavour to make a Hefeweizen fan happy.

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Photo of sporklift87
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Two fingers white sudsy head with fair retention, as expected, leaving only light collar. Pale and straw colored, with orange tints. Light, but very lovely aromas of white grapefruit and other citrus fruits. Tastes same way, except with lactobacillus sourness. Hints of kumquat. Very light flavor, yet it seems to attack you with carbonation that expands in mouth. Lighter in body, yet retains some chalky tack. High carbonation, like a champagne. Absolutely delicate and lovely. This is my first of this style, but I will most definitely try this again and others as well. While I was reviewing this amazing beer, my girlfriend opened nail polish remover, causing me to retreat with my beer outside, where I found it was raining and smelled like fish and earthworms. Also, I have a minor cold. Sigh...will have to revisit this review again next time I buy 1809.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Light golden with a thick 2 finger head that sits for a while. Thick lacing.

S: Wheat stand out with citrus elements of lemon and orange. Some floral esters, too.

T: A "get your attention" Weissbier. Wheat and lemons meet a floral finish. I feel like I'm in Germany.

M: Medium to heavy with medium to thick carbonation. The carbonation pulls it all together for me. Let it dance on your tongue for a while.

O: Glad I got to try this German surprise. Nicely done, Professor Briem.

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Photo of Mike_Honcho1
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a straw yellow and resembles a BMC product. Nice amount of head and a lot of carbonation.

Smell: Smells nice and tart with wheat characteristics in the nose.

Feel: Very well carbonated, light and dry on the tongue.

Overall: Nice beer although I would've liked more sourness in the tast.

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Photo of zac16125
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle into a Teku
Bottled on: 29-08-13

A: Pours a slightly hazy, pale light straw yellow, with close to 3 fingers width of bright white head that dissipates down at a moderate rate but leaves essentially zero lacing. 3.75

S: Lots of wheat, some citrus, lactic tartness, subtle floral notes. 4

T: Citrus, floral, only the faintest tartness, wheat on the finish. 3.75

M/D: Light body, huge carbonation which I like but is so heavy it almost gives me reflux for with every sip, and somewhat limits the drinkability. 3.75

O: Good beer, but didn’t blow me away. I know its a classic but it left me a bit disappointed. 3.75

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Billowy head,
grainy aroma,
citrusy, wheat beer, grainy, not super sour, not mouthpuckering but more like the limey flavor in corona with a lime wedge,
mouth feel is crisp and refreshing
A good beer if you like german wheat beers

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Photo of tillmac62
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOD 7/25/14. Pours a clear golden. Massive World Class head volume, retention and lacing.

Light, but nice, nose of tart lemon, coupled with a touch of vinegar and funk, over biscuit.

Almost light medium body with just a hint of creaminess over a smooth texture. Well carbonated with effervescence from the onset.

The outstanding flavor profile is reasonably intense, not very complex but is perfectly balanced and allows the effervescence to showcase the flavor. It begins with a burst of tart lemon that coats the tongue until the middle where a light biscuit sweetness creeps in underneath. Hops make a slightly bitter appearance as the middle ends. The finish is slightly sour at first, then fades into a slight tart sweetness and finishes dry.

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Photo of seedyone
4.99/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From bottle dated 11-04-14 at home. Label tells us Napoleon and his troops characterized this style (Berliner Weisse) as "lively and elegant" and there's no aruging this brew has captured & carried that into today.

A hazy golden hue beneath a head that seems almost alive...large & small bubbles. The lacing is sparse & reminds one of a map of set of islands in the South Pacific...volcanos & all. I had to really get my nose below the rim to get the full lemony funk of an aroma. The actual taste backs off the funk but not the lemon.

Wonderfully refreshing. Dry crisp, clean, satifying...all the things we are promised in every beer ad ever. Difference is, this stuff delivers.

Don't take my word for it, seek some out & see for yourself.

The 5% may disappoint the hop heads, as will the lack of a hoppy presence, but if you call yourself a beer drinker, you should let this brew show you how things can be.

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Photo of dorosjim
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Funky aroma's of barnyard, hay, and lemon drop candies. Bright effervescence tickles the tip of the tongue sweet flavors of candy, citrus, and lemongrass. Along the mid palate a bright twang of tart flavor with a just a touch of sour acidity underneath the tongue and along the gums that makes the mouth water. Body is super light and bubbly with a certain silkiness about it. Finish is surprisingly very dry balancing the acidity of the beer with lots of lingering flavors. The tart qualities that make this style unique are in check enough to allow light biscuit-y and grainy notes from the malt present themselves on the finish as they linger on the palate. Delicate and refreshing.

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Photo of MrBoh
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours about half fluid and half head into my sniffer. The head is pillowy and glistens like soap suds. The beer is a very light yellow, lighter than most American offerings I've had, and hazy. The head soon dissipates into about two fingers of perfection.

Scent is very malty. Toasted grains with a backdrop of tartness and some bitter orange peels. Nothing too great, a tad bland.

Luckily, there is more flavor than aroma. It's lemony, doughy and pretty sour. Not much, but balanced. Very clean for what it is.

I definitely get all the carbonation in the mouthfeel. Very yeasty, and chewy for being light.

This may be my first authentic German version of the style. I must say, I prefer the more powerful Americanized ones. But for what it is, it's quite good. Balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of GregJ
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy honey yellow with thin white head. Smells of apricot, Belgian yeast and dried fruits. Sweet orange, chardonnay and wheat. Nice effervescence and chardonnay aftertaste. Medium light body goes nicely with the style.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly hazy light golden in color with a thin fizzy white head. Smell has light fruity banana aromas along with a crisp clean tart lemon aroma. Taste follows the nose with night crisp clean lemon tartness and some light wheat and banana flavors to compliment. Mouthfeel is thin crisp light refreshing with high amounts of carbonation. Very crisp clean traditional Berliner.

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Photo of silverking
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

O- fits the bill pretty well. Hazy golden with a rapidly disappearing frothy, pure white head.

S- spicy yeast, light malt vinegar notes, citrus.

T- fell flat. It's just a watery, ever so slightly sour, yeast soda. I understand that this style should be light, but it just seems under developed.

M- very crisp, very refreshing. Extremely high level of carbonation.

O- really good. I was left wanting just a bit more in the taste department. Overall though, it's a great representation of the style.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11-04-14

Look - Pours a hazy pale yellow, almost white, with a huge fluffy wheat head. Very good bubble distribution. No clinging. 4 paws.

Smell - Super funky, with lots of yogurt and fruit. Strawberry cream and a bit of citrus. Very inviting. 4.25 paws.

Taste - Not super sour, in fact not very sour at all, even for a Berlinerweisse. Funky, yogurt, citrus rind, and a bit of the strawberry pops up. Surprising slight bitter undertone. 3.75 paws.

Feel - Somewhat viscous feel, like diluted milk. Sharp tingle at the front of the tongue, mild tingle on the sides. Very easy drinking. 4 paws.

Overall - A very nice Berlinerweisse. I would have liked a bit more pucker, but the yogurt funk is very nice. Overall a very good beer. 4.25 paws.

Meow beer.

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Photo of Premo88
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
(bottled on 11/15/13)

L: pale light yellow, cloudy at first but clears up quite a bit; 3/4-inch head of white foam that eats away quickly, like a gose head ... no stick or lace and in time, almost no collar and no skin; ALL yellow ... no amber, red, orange or anything else in it

S: sour grain ... lots of it; lemon

T: sour grain ... very tart, but there's a good grain foundation under there, and hints of very light sweetness peak through here and there; lemon, straw/hay; lots of lemon; mouth waters during aftertaste and a tart strawberry/rasberry flavor shows up for a tantalizing moment, then disappears

F: great carbonation, relatively light ... has a strong, sound bottle-conditioned feel

O: tart, lemony, at times outright sour ... it's what I expected in my first shot at this style. it's got that classic chase-the-dragon thing going where you taste almost all sour but just a hint of sweet, then as time passes after a drink, your mouth starts watering and you instinctively start reaching for another sip to quench your thirst and look for more of that tantalizing sweet. more of a summer/hot weather style (and it's chilly out), but I needed a break from big hops and big stouts, and this is doing the trick

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Photo of JdoubleA
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Fresh this is a great beer. Locally I stumbled across a stash that was 6-10 years old (nobody knew for sure) and they were really amazing brews. Tart, light, sparkling, and super drinkable.

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