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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,200
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rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 101
Gots: 88 | 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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Photo of midnite2sixman
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 16.9 bottle. It pours a hazy straw color with an immediate head from an aggressive pour which dissipates in a swirl of bubbles that continue to rise from the beer for a long time after the pour

Smells like fresh green apples, not the crap apples you buy in stores that are 2lbs and genetically modified. A real apple. Probably granny smith.

Taste is a bit sour with a sweet finish kind of a like an apple champagne or something like that.

Mouthfeel is light and champagney.

Worth a shot!

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an ommegang tulip- an aggressive pour yielding a pale straw color with a two finger white head that rose quickly and stuck around for a minute or two.

Nice citrus zest in the nose, hinting at the tartness but other than that, absolutely nothing. This beer is great- very drinkable and simple enough to be perfect on a hot summer day. I get a nice punch of tartness initially, but it has a very nice clean finish. Maybe some lime in the taste, but high carbonation throughout regardless. I love the berliner weiss style- but i have yet to find one that is tart enough for me. I suppose that's the segue to venture into sour ales.

Photo of Oxymoron
2.55/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hope that isn't the best buy date. Pours a very hazy yellow color with some straw colored hue through out. A good pour left a very sad and bubbled head. Which quickly dissipated. Lacing, whats that?

The nose is limited. The wheat comes out nicely with some spicy notes. Some grainy notes on the back end as well. Some lemony and some herbal notes. Not much in the sour department though. Very clean yeast aroma as well, would have liked more funk.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out but at least there is a slight tart/sour note on the back end. Really would like more of sour note overall. Some nice spicy wheat notes come out. There is a slight lemongrass finish coming more from the yeast than hops. Some minor funk/horse but could use more.

The body is light but some of the lemongrass gives it a fuller feel. I would like this to be much drier. Carbonation is non-existent. Overall a pretty boring berliner weiss.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Keg Liqour on 09/17/2007.

Poured hazy yellow color with a large frothy white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing.

Moderate wheat sour fruit aroma.

Light to medium body.

Light sour fruit flavor with a light sour finish of moderate duration.

Interesting, not my style.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The informative label definitely has a look about it, and it caught my eye on the shelf. Considering the concept behind this brewery's "Historic Signature Series", and the fact that it's brewed by one Dr. Fritz Briem (a Dr. of beer?)--how can you go wrong?

The appearance would rate insanely low if it weren't a tried and tested centuries-old style made with love and care. It's a light, pale yellow...as close to colorless as I've ever seen a beer. Belgian's "white" beers aren't anywhere near as "white" as this. Head is comprised of tiny bubbles that almost make it look smooth as frosting. No lace.

Smells of young green apples and their juice, a little hay, a light bready yeast, and more green apple.

Flavor is what I'd imagine a green apple champagne to taste like. Elements of white grape bring on more champagne characteristics, yet the mouthfeel is bolder and broader than any champagne I've had. Tingly, sharp, dry and tart. The tartness is the focal point of this beer (and this style, really), lasting from the very beginning of the sip until long after the liquid is gone from the glass. A mild graininess comes in, reminding of a slightly sour white bread fresh from a real German bakery, but this is subtle.

Napoleon and his troops called this "lively and elegant," apparently, and while it's got something about it that's failing to blow my mind, I would have to agree with that. It a little less intense in tartness and dryness than some other Weissbiers, but clearly solidly made, and not a thing wrong with it. Pairing with sauerkraut--which it has parallels to, flavor- and aroma-wise--would be complete Germanic insanity.

Photo of nick76
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma has sour wheat, sour kraut, barley, and yeast with virtually no hops. The appearance is hazy with gold color and a nice head. The flavor is sour but not overly so and very much like the aroma. The palate is thin but just right. Overall it's close to being good.

Photo of hopdog
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle. Poured a light and hazy straw color with a huge sized white head. Aromas of cloves, bananas, wheat, and citrus. Tastes of wheat, lemons/citrus, and very light spices. Tart finish. Body on the thinner side. I could see drinking this on a hot and humid day.

Notes from and tasted on 6/12/07.

Photo of stumac
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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....

Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle

A- Pours a hazed golden orange color with lively carbonation producing a solid off-white head that turns into a ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is pretty subtle with malted wheat and lemon and hints of yeast as well.

T- The taste is mildly tart with some citrus and a yeasty finish. Like the aroma, the taste is a bit subtle but it is a very drinkable and refreshing brew.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- This is not the most complex beer, but it is extremely drinkable. I could drink this brew all night long! Recommended.

Photo of Proteus93
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A golden blonde, with a head that sizzles away rapidly - and with a bit of noise as it goes.

S: Tart and sour green apple, hints of fresh lemon, and a little pear that comes out with some agitation and a deep smell.

T + M: Moderately tart, though not so far as to be puckering. Green apple and lemon sprig dominate the flavour, though not as strongly as they are noted in the aroma. They are quite subtle as compared to how they could be. Finish is wonderfully dry.

D: Quite an excellent beer. The perky character of the style is nice to enjoy, and the lower ABV makes this very easy to do.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pt .9 fl oz bottle poured into my Weizen glass. Thanks to koopa for trading with me for this one!

A- body is a thick translucent (nearly opaque) straw yellow color that pours with a large fizzy white head. The head quickly dwindles to nothing and no lacing is left behind in the glass. Tiny bubbles can be seen rising to the top. Cloudiness is thick and uniform.

S- The nose is quite acidic and citrusy with a biscuty yeast backbone.

T-Some mild, tart, citrus flavors upfront with a full sweet yeast backbone. The tartness is a bit more pronounced for the finish but is balanced with soft floral hops. No hop bitterness is present but a bit of hoppy flavor lingers along with tart citrus and a hint of yeast.

M- Light, smooth, and full of yeast with a touch of acidity. Medium carbonation.

D-I've had festina peche -but this is my first real berliner. When I tried Brooklyn-Schneider I imagined a real berliner to taste like this. This is exactly what I expected and it is very good-a style I wish more brewers would pick up. The acidity gets to ya after a little bit but its one I would definately trade for again.

Photo of abfraser
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of kshankar
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy golden color. Has a pretty thick foamy head, but it fades rapidly.

Smells like baked pears with honey glaze. I also get some red wine-like tannins, sour white grapes and lemon zest.

WOW! This bad boy is sour...and delicious. Starts sour and citrusy and finished acidic and dry. I think I can even taste a bit of floral hops and some of the wheat crispness.

For sour beer lovers, this is a must try. If I can find this again, it will most definitely make its way into my shopping cart!

Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide-mouth glass:

Pours hazed/clouded straw golden with a white head that fizzles down and disappears (typical of the style) with fast bubbles continuing to rise to the top.

The smell is of yeast, wheat tang, sour/tart and banana (and strawberry?)-like fruitiness.

The taste is yeasty/doughy with sour/tart banana and lemon. A hint of sweetness mixes in as it progresses. Finishes with a long, crackery, dry finish.

It is effervescent with a crisp, refreshingly light (though not thin at all) body.

Tart/sour and yeasty with a hint of sweet. There's a fruitiness that makes this one not need the fruit syrup that modern interpretations of the style often have. Perhaps a bit too acidic and tart to drink "all day long", but I certainly wanted another after I was finished (which unfortunately didn't have - will have to get again!). If this is indeed a true "historical"/"traditional" interpretation, I can indeed see how Napolean and his troops were pleased (as described on the label)!

Photo of aforbes10
2.17/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a peachy-yellow with a pillowy white head that falls off after a short while. Somewhat cloudy, laces brokenly. Smells of lactic sourness, wheat, gooseberries, alcohol. Taste is mostly a thin wheaty flavor up front, with a distinct tartness and growing sour quality. Alcohol present too, which I find surprising and out of character for the style. Ethanol actually distracts from the flavor and reduces the complexity of the sour flavors. Didn't have any syrup to add so I wasn't able to see how it improved the beer, but I feel like even a B.W. should be reviewed based on how it tastes straight. Thin bodied, kind of watery. I've had a few Berliner Weisses and this has been both the least interesting and the least palatable.

Photo of dsa7783
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle purchased from Super Saver in Somerville for $4.99...
"Brewed in the traditional style of the Berliner Weisse" on the front logo sticker...
An aggressive pour yielded a clear, see-through, light-golden hue with an impressive foamy head that soon receded and deposited a thin film of lacing...
Smell: Assertive, tart, bitter aroma... True-to-the style...
Taste: Equally bitter and tart... Funky, with hints of sour lemons and bittersweet graperfruit...
Mouthfeel... Light-to-medium bodied mouthfeel...
Drinkability... If you don't mind the tartness, this is a refreshing, easily drinkable beer... Authentic and true...

Photo of hwwty4
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 16.9oz bottle into my Unibroue tulip. This beer pours a clear, straw yellow with a nice 2 inch white head. The aroma of this beer is what reminds me of sweet tarts. Definite sour notes, with a little grain, and just a hint of brown sugar. The taste is sour wheat malt. It seems to me to be really 1 dimensional. Just tart with a bit of what reminds me of green veggies. The mouthfeel is light and crisp. While drinkable, I find it just a little to tart for a beer that's not a sour.

Photo of Overlord
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting. Pours a pale yellow, gigantic, absolutely huge white foam head. Smells like lemons, yeast, and ... zest? Is that a smell?

Taste is crisp, tart lemony citrus, some yeast, some breadiness ... and more lemon. The consistency is like club soda, incredibly fizzy. Nice acid sour burn on the palate.

This beer gets more drinkable everytime I try it. Mmmm. Wish I saw it available more often.

Photo of nrbw23
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pale straw color with a decent white head that fizzes away rather quickly and leaves very little lacing.

S- Musty aroma, tart, bready wheat, bananas and peaches. Smells sour and kind of like a Hefe.

T- Bready flavour that is turns into a tart lemon sour. Could not pick up any malts or hops.

M- Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation

D- For a sour beer, this is pretty easy to drink but still not one that I have all the time.

Photo of illidurit
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Ledger's Liquors. Poured into a pint glass. Hazy gold with a large white head. Expectedly fizzy due to the sourness. Aroma is wheaty banana with a meringue note. Flavor is raw tart lemonade with wheaty maltiness and banana esters, some apple, a touch of clove. Very drinkable and crisp.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Murky yellow, much like any good hefeweizen. White head quickly rises to about 2 fingers, but is very soda-pop like. Dissipates fairly quickly, leaving nothing, typical for the Berliner Weisse.

S - Again, somewhat like a hefe. Noticable banana note backed by a very lemony character.

T - Here is where the hefe and Berliner weisse part ways. Some faint fruity esters try to fight their way through the carbonation at first, but quickly lose out to the growing acidity. What starts off as a sort of unsweetened lemonade quickly grows in sourness, much like pure lemon juice. Thankfully, the acidity remains in check. I can perhaps detect an inkling of wheat malt during the finish, but it's difficult to tell. Despite the sourness, this beer finishes relatively clean, leaving the slightest lingering of tartness.

M - Light bodied and extremely fizzy. I might think this was artificially carbonated if I didn't know any better. Carbonation really accentuates the acidity and sourness and keeps any of the esters from fully pulling through.

D - This brew was decent enough, but in the end it was a little bland and boring. It's uniqueness lies in the sourness which doesn't hold my interest very long. While very refreshing and crisp, it doesn't do much to engage the senses though it isn't mild enough to sip on all night.

Photo of jmalex
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kleffman
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first time trying a Berliner Weissbier after reading and hearing about this ancient style for a long time. Grabbed it at the Port Bottle Shop. Poured with little head, a lot of rising bubbles and pretty damn clear. The yeast in the bottle was highly compacted at the bottom. Aroma was rather odd, and not what I was expecting. Mostly lemony tartness and some yeasty smells. Tastes of tart tropical fruits, under ripe grapes, lemon peel and a lactic quality that doesn't dominate but is very evident. The mouthfeel is light but prickly with a good carbonation level. Very dry though and would go very well on a super hot day. High drinkability if the time is right, but I wouldn't want to drink it right after eating something sweet, or on a cold night.

Overall very unusual beer but highly enjoyable. They said on the bottle it is mash hopped and uses no wort boil. Strange. I think I'm a fan of the style now.

Photo of roadhouse
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never tried this style but I'm going to try to rate within the bounds of what I've read about it.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a very pale, hazy straw color with lively carbonation that creates a white three inch head before I pour the whole bottle in. It sinks down pretty quickly so I can pour the rest of in and it ends up being about one inch and very bubbly. It eventually goes away completely and just leaves some bubbles floating around on top.

Aroma reminds me of sour tropical fruit, wheat, and green apple.

Taste is very sour all the way through. Starts with a kick of lemon then beneath that you can pick up some wheat and apple.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, very high carbonation.

Overall, it was a very refreshing beer. I think I could have a couple of these no problem.

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
92 out of 100 based on 1,200 ratings.