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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,191
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 100
Gots: 87 | 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 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.

Proteus93, Oct 14, 2008
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.

PittBeerGirl, Oct 09, 2008
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.

abfraser, Oct 03, 2008
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.

kshankar, Oct 02, 2008
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!

twiggamortis420, Sep 28, 2008
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)!

jwc215, Sep 18, 2008
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.

aforbes10, Sep 17, 2008
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...

dsa7783, Sep 16, 2008
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.

hwwty4, Sep 12, 2008
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.

Overlord, Sep 06, 2008
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.

nrbw23, Aug 31, 2008
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.

illidurit, Aug 26, 2008
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.

PatrickJR, Aug 19, 2008
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.

jmalex, Aug 17, 2008
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.

kleffman, Aug 12, 2008
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.

roadhouse, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of Beertracker
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weihenstephan 1809 Berliner Weiße pours up with a rocky, white head that sits craggily atop a hazy, burnt straw-sunset golden body. Very effervescent. The aroma is slightly acidic, fruity (banana peel, lemon zest, pineapple), and phenolic (clove, pepper, smoky) with a lovely graininess from the wheat berries. Hint of brettanomyces (barnyard) wildness. Surprising malty for a Berliner! The flavor starts out with a solid graininess that carries into a marked bitterness (per style) then finishes slightly bitter, earthy, & malty. This medium-light bodied throwback Berliner Weiße is very approachable & quite refreshing, but unusual compared to its Northern cousins. Try pairing this one with cold-cut Bierschinken (ham sausage with pistachios) served on soda bread with Butterkase cheese and thinly sliced sweet onions & radi (white radish) topped with a cherry-ginger chutney. Here's to the champagne of the North!

PROST! Beertracker

Beertracker, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

seaoflament, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An immaculately spotless white head is observed but wouldn't hold up. The beer is not so much coloured as it is hued; yellow tint over what is otherwise colourless. Its body is so unique it may be deserving of having a colour named after it. The tinge itself is fairly clouded but the beer holds itself quite clear and even gives off a little twinkle to the light.

Wow, what an aroma! For anybody first being acquainted with the style this is quite an introduction. The aroma is a little sour, with vibrant notes of fresh fruit, apples mainly. The unmalted wheat is faint but present alongside, maybe, a little clove too? The lemon citrus adds to its tartness. This is acidic and you know what's to come is gonna sting ...

The mouthfeel is extremely spritzy with a high and prickling carbonation. All flavour is coated with an underlying tartness, for which we have the lactobacilli to thank. Make no mistake, however, the beer is entirely clean the whole way through. The wheat is vivid and the flavours tangy. There is lots of banana flavour and also plenty of lemon. Berlin's style weiss beer is very similar to the more generic Krystal weiss but it is far more lively, spritzy, and delicious.

The production of Berliner Weiss, due to its lactic bacterial fermentation, shares many similarities to white wine, champagne in particular. The average person will find it overly acidic and it is quite common to see fruit syrups mixed in. Not for me though, I've come to love this rare treat. Its prickling tartness and acidic tang makes it a splendid warm weather drink.

I'm definitely happy living in the 21st century, but all 700 of Berlin's 19th century weissbier breweries probably made a compelling argument that life was certainly worth living before electricity. The label claims Napoleon and his troops called this style "lively and elegant", so it would seem they certainly knew good beer. Maybe this is to blame for all those invasions?

biegaman, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jwale73, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Wow and let there be head! The gentle pour as not enough to keep the fluffy head away. However, it did subside quite quickly for me to fill the rest of the glass. A slight haze is apparent in the very lemony yellow beer.

S- Light fruits are there, such as banana and other light tropical flavors. I can also smell a very sharp acidic smell, almost like lemon but not as citric.

T- The tartness has arrived! I feel like I'm drinking a mix of sourness. There is still a good fruity taste in the beer. The acid feel is something that will pucker your tongue up a bit.

M- The tartness is a good feeling when drinking this style of beer, it is expected. However, I feel it makes your mouth salivate a bunch, but not in a good way, in a slimy coat your mouth way where you feel phlegmy.

D- Over all this is a good representation of this style of beer.

Wetpaperbag, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of meatyard
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appears a pale yellow with a large white head that falls quicklyy leaving little lacing. Active carbonation.

Smells lemony tart and yeasty.

Tastes is similar to smell, tart lemons, yeasty bread though neither is overpowering.

Mouthfeel is dry, carbonated and thin bodied.

Drinkability is excellent.

Easy and nice drinking beer is you enjoy this style, guess I do.

A very tasty beer that I wish was less expensive so I could have it more often this summer. It's not complex but does fit to style quite well.

meatyard, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of donaldchapman
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light golden color, good clarity, with a very small head.
S - Very clean smell, slight lacto aroma, and some wheat.
T - Good malt flavors, with a noticeable but not overwhelming lactic sourness.
M - Medium light bodied with a good carbonation.

This beer was good, it has a fuller body than I would expect, and the lactic acid flavors could be more pronounced. Very drinkable beer though.

donaldchapman, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of AltBock
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 0.9 fl oz. bottle with a big white label on the front that has everything you want to know about the history of the Berliner Weisse style. The back label only has all the mandatory US information. There is no date anywhere on the label or bottle. There wasn't even a crude brewery number.

When poured into a weizen glass, "1809" is a pale and I mean pale light lemon yellow color. It was so pale you could see all the carbonation bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Sitting on top of this pale liquid was a creamy 2 inch head of white foam. This creamy head of foam had great retention that left behind a thick white film and a ton of sticky white streaks of lace around the glass. What a knockout beer appearance!

The aroma was nice and tart with a gigantic amount of tart lemons. Behind the lemons was malted wheat, a small touch of apple juice, a splash of orange peel, and a hint of yeast at the end. There's no denying that the tart lemons ruled over this aroma!

The taste starts off very sour and tart with lemons, a hint of green apples, malted wheat, a touch of orange peel, and a few more citrus fruits. It's true the lemons were tart, but nowhere as tart as they were in the aroma. After the sour and tart aspect of the beer, in comes a refreshing crispy taste of malted wheat. It was great how it started off tart and sour, but ends on a crispy malted wheat taste.

The mouthfeel was light, but this light beer had a refreshing tart lemony/malted wheat aftertaste. There was nothing more then the lemons and wheat in the aftertaste.

I honestly thought that this was going to be a light beer with a light taste of just malted wheat. Boy was I wrong!! In the end this was a great light yet sour and tart lemony beer. Who needs the flavor syrup when it comes to this Berliner Weisse? Not me!

AltBock, Jul 17, 2008
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4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Half liter bottle purchased from Capone's for $7. A bit steep but the only berliner weiss that I have been able to get my hands on has been festina peche, which I did like, but I figured it was time for a real, traditional rendition. Poured into a weizen glass.

Big fluffy white head, tons of CO2 streaming up to support it. Eventually got all the beer into the glass including the dregs. The beer is a very cloudy straw color, nice looking, somewhat poor retention and no lacing due to the acidity. Looks amazing.

Smell is fruit, yeast, and some tartness. A bit more subtle than I expected, but in a good way.

Taste is mostly tart, but not overpoweringly so. Wheat and Barley malt are in there as well. Unlike Festina Peche, this still tastes more like a beer than anything else. Doesn't taste too sour until the last sip. Finish is sour (good) but does kind of linger (bad).

Mouthfeel is light, highly carbonated, but the yeast sediment does fill it out a bit and gives it that indescribable weizen feel.

Drinkability is perfect. I would drink this beer all summer long if I could get it cheaply, which I don't think is really possible. If you see it, definately pick it up. If you are wary, perhaps try Festina Peche from dogfish head first and go from there.

wheelinshirt, Jul 16, 2008
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
92 out of 100 based on 1,191 ratings.