Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,296
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 115
Gots: 118 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

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 PhillyBeerHunt
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of MikeTheVine
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Loved it... not my favorite in this style... but none-the-less excited for this year round Berliner offering.

Photo of mikeburd1128
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I just wish there was a TAD more complexity in the taste. But this is seriously good.

Photo of HardTarget
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of JLSIV
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of sporklift87
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Mike_Honcho1
3.73/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of zac16125
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
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

Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dry and carbonated and not as tart as other berliner weisses

Photo of Moose90
3.14/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

Very funky and barnyardy, peppery, herbal, lot's of funk and bitterness.

May be an infected and or old keg. Underwhelming.

Photo of itsalwaysrainy
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I buy this for $7 a bottle. It's easily on my "top 3" beer list. Wish I could find a keg somewhere...

Photo of TopherBreski
3.24/5  rDev -21%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very citrus smell with west but too carbonated for my taste.

Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Photo of goldendenizen
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A tart, lemon, barnyard weisse beer. I really like this as it is refreshing. If definitely seek this out again.

Photo of Svendozen
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and tart and tasty! I like it a lot. A nice delicious beer.

Photo of tillmac62
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of seedyone
4.99/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Photo of dorosjim
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of Chief09
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An addicting amazing German beer. Not to sour just right for hot summer day.

Photo of MrBoh
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of GregJ
3.73/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of Fcolle2
4.18/5  rDev +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.

Photo of micropale
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very traditional and very tasty. No off-flavors at all. Wonderful example of the style. Nice glass bottle for homebrew use too!

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