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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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Reviews: 573
Hads: 1,334
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 122
Gots: 138 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +10%

A: poured into a chalice to a clear and bright yellow with a finger and a half of dense head that retains well and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of wheat, bready yeast and lemony tartness
T: taste is tart lemons, a little fruity, creamy wheat and the swallow is more lemony and lactic tartness with a little more wheat
M: fairly light but not watery with plentiful carb that isn't prickly and a slightly drying finish
O:Overall this is a well crafted beer with great flavors and seems to hit all the marks for the style. I prefer hottenroth a little more but this one is much easier to find on the shelves.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.79/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a very cloudy pale golden color that looks as if it were in front of a white sheet of paper. The head is a thick fluffy white that is more than reasonably long lived with a moderate lacing down the glass.

The nose is tart and citrus with oranges, lemon and grapefruit in the mix. The malt s a dry experience to the nose that has sour notes and fruity undertones with a tinge of hopping.

The taste is effervescent, crisp and tangy with the sour notes under the citrus and strong lemony flavor. The hops are subtle but that is fine.

The mouthfeel is almost perfect and delivers this one to the palate very effectively.

Overall this one is exceptionally good and a fantastic Weiss. I highly recommend it and can't wait to get more.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw colored pour with a foamy white one-finger head. Has a strong yeasty aroma with hints of lemon. Really nice light lemon tart flavor backed by mild yeast and biscuit. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Near perfect example of the style.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted 28 July 2014.

Pours a medium clear golden yellow. Two fingers of white fizzy head, okay retention and lacing.

Smell is delicate and delightful. Bright and clean, with just the right touch of lemony tartness. Soft, but stellar.

Taste is also quite good. Again, it's got the two elements I want from a berliner - clean, and light tart. I could use just a bit more of that tartness, as the wheat becomes sweet and starts to detract from the refreshment. Better cold, faded as it warmed.

Feel is good. Light-bodied, fizzy carbonation. Spot-on.

This beer reminds me why I love this style. It's the perfect thing to drink on a summer afternoon. Clean and crisp, with just a hint of lemon and acidity to take the edge off. Very nice.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.39/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a hazy straw color. There's about one finger worth of white-colored head. Because the actual body looks fizzy, retention is poor. The soapiness of the head's texture also means that no lacing is left on the glass.

S: Like the style would suggest, there's a healthy lacto presence, expressing itself as funky, stank-ass cheese. Acidic notes are actually fairly prevalent. It's pretty simple, but a bit more balanced than most.

T: Tartness hits the palate first, but only very briefly. Wheat notes end up being the dominant flavor, especially around the mid-taste. If there's any flaw, it's that the finish seems a bit empty. I don't really care, though, because this is the first example of the style I'd call "good".

M: This has the kind of feel that works perfectly in hot weather: light-bodied, dry, fizzy, with a hint of lingering tartness. Really fizzy, in fact - the carbonation is almost brutal at times. Still goes down easily.

O: Out of the Berliner Weissbiers I've rated, not a single one has scored higher than a 3 from me. This, though, is actually quite solid. Beers like these are exactly why I never give up on a style I dislike. This would also make a great introduction to those who've never had the style before.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

My beer guru brought this one over to split. Ourstanding appearance, very good smell, and unreal taste. Would describe it as a sour but lighter. Very easy to drink and very clean on the finish. I really wish we could get more of this style here in Maryland.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've been looking far and wide for a good Berlinner Weisse and thanks to the BA community this one was recommended and I found a bottle while on travel in San Antonio Texas of all places. It didn't let down. It was definitely a beer that could be drank in mass quantity and very very sessionable. To describe it? I'd say it mostly resembles the flavor of a fine German Hef/wheat beer but not quite as much banana/clover sweetness and replaced with a subtle tart/sourness. Very subtle though and nothing puckering like some Flanders reds or wilds. It goes down sweet in the middle with tartness then finishes very clean with virtually no aftertaste or dryness at all.

This is an amazing beer and provides a very unique and different spin on what flavors can be found in beer. I highly recommend. Just wish this could be found more easily in Maryland. I've never seen it anywhere.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I haven't gotten down to any sediment yet, in the first half of the pour. Looks regally clear and very pale golden straw. Mammoth head lacked tightness and wanted to fall before I was ready to let it go from my sights.

Very musty German grain with light chalky wheat and a whisper of tartness. Features that moldy lemon rind note that I enjoy to sniff. Lactic, but not sharp. Almost a mushroom-like savory quality (the Brett-ish Invasion??).

Almost puckery with a jaw tense-up of lactic acidity that tastes like lemon rind and sour pear. Wintery German wheat has a great translucency and bony twang. Hints of honeydew rind, mushroom funk, and goat cheese (yup, Brett's in the house). Yeast never hits too big. It's all about that lactic bacteria and unsuspecting Brett.

Refreshing, with a pucker. Tart, but never unsettling. Jives with carbonation. Awesome.

A truly great ale that anyone would be privileged to enjoy.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, vintage 2009. Reviewed from notes; thanks to whoever shared this!

A: Opaque yellow body under a fine layer of off-white head that settles into a ring and leaves spotty lace. All right.

S: Moderate lemony sourness, some strawberry, grassiness, and peppery spice. Mild yet complex.

T: Follows the nose - mix of fruity sourness, bready malt, and bizarre spice. A little musty on the back end. Interesting and enjoyable.

M: Medium body, still, and slick. Ok.

O: Intriguing beer, but not one I'm dying to revisit.


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Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a small white head.

The smell is sour lemons and wheat.

The taste is sour lemons, very tart.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer, sour lemons and wheat tastes great. Will be a great choice for in the summer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.09/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lots of visible carbonation fuels a white head. The body has some haze to it. Leaves some splotches behind.

Pretty pungent wheat aroma. Lemon and some mustiness.

Light and effervescent on the tongue. Not much tartness to it especially when compared to American takes on the style. Follows through with the nose with that citric lemon character and wheat.

Probably the best of the style I've had so far. It's more dynamic than the others, but with less lacto presence.

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Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden opague color with a small white head that fades to more or less a lacing of head around the top. Smell of light hay with zest. First taste has a bright lemon sourness that is washed away by a fair amount of carbonation with a clean dry finish. A pleasant funk lightly lingers in the back end. A great example of the style.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle obtained on trade (thanks, gmr75!), 2009 vintage with Brett added, poured into my The Lost Abbey teku glass, drank 05/03/2014 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - yellow-golden coloration, becomes more murky as reaching the bottom of the glass (as reagitating the yeast/wheat), sprtizy white head is initially very effervescent, reagitates on swirling but eventually and settles into a fine glass lacing persisting throughout the session, small carbonation bubbles just pouring off the bottom of the glass; small alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - the predominant aromas is lactic acid with some musty Brett character - most likely Brett c.; no hop aroma; wish that the aroma was more pungent

T: 14/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a mild-to-moderate Berliner weisse sourness - some lactic puckering; in the middle of the mouth, there Brett character emerges - earthy, woody and musty; no detectable alcohol; finishes dry and inviting of subsequent sips

M: 4/5 - light bodied and high effervescent carbonation classic for style; really nice dry, crisp finish that doesn't linger

O: 8/10 - classic Berliner weisse with added character from the Brett - just wish that it was a little bit more sour; however, I prefer this to the non-Brett version, which I find to be overrated and has been surpassed by several American breweries

TOTAL = 37/50

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle sealed with pressure cap

poured into Side Project wine stem.

Appearance: translucent, bright, and glowing straw yellow bodied beer. Massive 3 fingers of bone white head with pretty good staying power. Eventually the beer drops down to a thin cap with a ring around the glass.

Smell: musty wet hay, lemons, granny smith apples, pears, yeasty, grainy, slight spiciness.

Taste: Mild tartness. Lots of lemony citrus flavor. Pears, white grape and a hint of green apple. Not much funk noticed. Slightly spicey, grainy, and yeasty. very faint cheesy funk; I could use substantually more lacto funk in this beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Zippy and eppervescent carbonation. Super drinkable and extremely refreshing. Bright and crisp mouthfeel.

Overall: Solid beer, but this berlinner weisse does not have that level of cheesy/greek yogert funkiness that you get from the Lactobacillus. It does have saison like qualities and its still a pretty enjoyable beer. It is a beer thats definately worthy of revisit during the heat of the summer. Hot weather session beer for sure. Also a great consideration as a entry level Berlinner Weisse beer to introduce someone to this specific beer style.

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Photo of macher0
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours light straw and translucent. A thick fine bubble head slowly retreats to a minimal rim. No laces. It takes a while to settle. Excellent clarity. The smell is mainly dusty grain with a little sourness. The taste however is very different. Fairly tart with a light malt presence. Minor notes of white grapes, oak, and wheat. High carbonation, light body, and mostly smooth. This is a great summer time and or lunch ale. I highly recommend this ale if you are a fan if sours.

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Photo of xungmound98
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall head that quickly recedes to nothing, with no lacing. Cloudy straw yellow/lemonade color. Smell is lactic acid, lemon, and bready, and the taste mostly follows this. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a dry finish. A nice example of the Berliner Weisse style.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma sour
Head huge (8 cm), white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to a broken 1 mm layer
Lacing none
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor begins sour and dry – no malt, no hops, no diacetyl, no alcohol, very refreshing for a weisse
Palate light, dry, lively carbonation

This is a dry, refreshing, slightly lemony beer which would be an excellent lawn mower beer. Definitely worth trying – more jobs for Lactobacilli!

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Photo of 57md
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got two pours out of the 16.9 oz bottle. The first yielded a crystal clear straw color with more than two fingers of fizzy head that quickly receded into nothingness. The second pour yielded a cloudy color (due to the bottling yeast on the bottom) and the same head as the first pour.

The nose had only slight yeasty notes along with the essence of lemons. The body and flavor profile are quite light and highlighted by a touch of lemon.

This would make for an excellent summer drink, but it's really not my preferred style.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Opens with a vigorous pop. Pours a clear straw color with a large soapy head. Retention is good and it laces the glass.

SMELL: Aroma is lactic and bready, a bit sour smelling, like in certain white wine. It actually does have a wine like perfume.

FLAVOR: In the taste, clean malt, wheat, yeast and hops with a lactic twang on the back end. The lactic acid gives the beer a lemony note. Light coarse hoppy bitterness, the brew has more of a sour bite than a hop bite.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, stinging carbonation, slight dryness. There is a bit of mineral/metallic and sour in the finish.

OVERALL: This is a very good example of the style. Wheaty, fairly sour, crisp and refreshing. Has good character and makes for an enjoyable drink. Though in the depths of winter at the time of this writing, it makes me yearn for a few of these in a cooler, outside in the summer.

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Photo of haggadah
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 'Berliner Weisse'--a sour wheat bear that used to be (in the 1800s) the most popular beer in Northern Germany. Syrups are sometimes added to this style of beer to cut the sourness. Napoleon himself praised this beer as the "Champagne of the North". It's a cross between champagne and beer: sharp, rather tart, and very very bubbly. The citrus is light and delicious. A great--and fun--summer drink. Sip, don't gulp this one.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

Beautiful appearance, with a light, fluffy, airy head that forms 4-5 fingers thick. There's intense carbonation rising to the top of the liquid at a brisk pace. The liquid itself is bright and golden. Very good-looking beer.

The nose is tart, lemony, and has something like sour apples or other fruits. There's some light sweet malt hints underneath.

Not much is different on the tongue here, there's tartness, light breadiness, and hints of fruit.

The beer has a very light body and is almost spritzer-like with the heavy carbonation. It's refreshing but dry and tart almost like a wine.

I love Berliner Weisses and have been actively seeking them out and decided it was time I revisit this brew I'd first had about a year ago. I have to say that others in the style that I've tried recently have been a bit more interesting on the tongue, but I still enjoyed this and could drink plenty of it during the summer months especially.

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Photo of adam42381
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. No freshness date found on bottle.

Appearance: This one was a bit of a gusher when I opened it. Pours a hazy honey gold with a huge 4-5 finger frothy snow white head which dissipates fairly quickly leaving a small ring of white foam on top.

Smell: A nice tart funkiness mixed with sour apples and white wine grapes accompanied by typical German wheat notes and a hint of sweetness.

Taste: Sour funky notes throughout without being overly puckering. There is a nice German wheat character to this one that goes great with the sour fruitiness that comes through. Notes of green apple, lemon and white grapes come through as well. Aftertaste is very light and mildly funky.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and and crisp with a high amount of prickly carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. This is a very refreshing beer which would be perfect on a hot summer day. You could easily drink multiples without any trouble.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and would put it up there with any unflavored Berliner Weisse that I've tried. I would definitely recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of tronester
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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

on draft at beer study in chapel hill.

hazy yellow pour, but not as bright as some others of the style. tart smell, crisp and refreshing. the taste is the quintessential berliner weiss right here. tart, crisp refreshing..just awesome for the style. lovely. light in body and in carbonation.

overall if you think berliner Weiss, you think this beer.

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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
91 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.