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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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1,068 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,068
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 88
Gots: 72 | 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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gleemonger

California

4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pale yellow and fizzy - looks very much like a cheapo adjunct. Frothy white head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing, but leaves a small head throughout.

Sour lemon and apples, some earthiness, yeasty banana. Very refreshing smelling.

Very interesting flavors here. Similar to the nose, I'm picking up the sour lemony apple flavors with a bit of an earthy, barnyard hop taste. Also getting a backbone of a weizen taste of banana and clove yeastiness. Super tasty and refreshing, very unique.

Crisp, highly carbonated but not too frothy (like an adjunct), thin.

This is my first of the style, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but got it because I've been wanting to try one and because of the good reviews. Definitely not disappointed, and would love to seek more of these out (and I've seen some random ones popping up at domestic breweries). I just really appreciate all the flavors that come through in this, despite the sour twang, which sometimes tends to overpower for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 01:56:07 | More by gleemonger
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Kinsman

California

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw color with a big white fizzy head. Lemon and white wine notes are right upfront in the aroma. Slightly sweet with some maltiness in the background.

On the palate its a mix of tart and sweet. Not overly sour but a nice bit of lemony pucker and healthy dose of juicy fruit sweetness alongside. Light in the body and quite refreshing. Overall, a nice slightly tart Beliner that makes for a nice quick sour fix without palate busting kick out of other sour styles.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 01:12:23 | More by Kinsman
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an extremely light, straw color with a large white, foamy head on top with great retention and tons of lacing.

S: Slightly musty with a faint tartness as well. A good bit of pale and bready malt.

T: Very light tart lemons mixed with a little bready malt. Slight tartness, very nice.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A very nice Berliner, incredibly easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 19:56:01 | More by mdaschaf
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LostHighway

Maine

4/5  rDev -2.7%

10-06-2012 16:07:47 | More by LostHighway
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

10-04-2012 21:13:35 | More by TheMultiYeast
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xfbbx

Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.7%

10-03-2012 14:45:28 | More by xfbbx
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance
Hazy straw with 4 fingers of white head that rapidly dissipates. The carbonation appears to be low.

Nose
Lemony citrus, wheat, bubblegum and pilsner malts. Very subtle but smells fantastic!

Taste
Lemon juice, wheat and a light lactic sourness. Light notes of pilsner malt, a touch of grassy hops and a couple of crushed up SweetTarts.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, sharp, crisp and subtly tart.

Overall
Extremely crisp and refreshing with just a spot of lactic sourness. A tasty little treat.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 14:27:00 | More by justintcoons
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freewill35

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

10-03-2012 00:31:17 | More by freewill35
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beerFool28607

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

10-02-2012 13:07:42 | More by beerFool28607
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a very light straw, almost clear in spots, with two fingers of beautiful foam. Very good retention, effervescent, but basically no lacing.

S: Lactic tartness, green apple, lemon, pale malt, and a little sweetness to round out the aroma. A little yellow grapefruit too.

T: Veeery nice. Tartness is light, just a touch, along with fruity sugar coated lemon.

M: Medium-light body and carbonation. Good, light crispness.

O: Very drinkable and refreshing this may be the perfect warm weather beer. Best I've had of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 17:16:14 | More by pmarlowe
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prototypic

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse pours a very light lemon color. It’s clear. Backlighting gives it a brighter yellow look. It’s topped with a very big, fluffy head that stands about three fingers tall. It’s fairly slow to recede. Lacing was rather impressive. It’s sticky and leaves a nice web trailing down the glass. Looks good.

The nose is pretty good. It’s very Earthy and grainy throughout. That’s the most prominent scent. There are some light fruity notes of lemon and white grapes. Smells a little tart and tangy, but that’s a very subtle aspect of it. Definitely secondary. It seems to grow a little more grassy with each passing whiff. It’s rather straight forward and simple, but it smells good. Alcohol is definitely light and goes unnoticed. Good stuff.

The flavor is even a tad better, but doesn’t quite warrant a score bump. It’s certainly earthy, musky, grainy, and very grassy. Those flavors resonate throughout each sip. There are some lemon and white grape notes that add quite a bit of flavor and are very effective. It’s somewhat tart or sour, but in a very refined way. It’s somewhat reserved, definitely not mouth puckering. It’s good though. I like it quite a bit. An overly sour flavor would be too much. Alcohol is absolutely buried. I’m not getting any at all. Finishes earthy, grassy, and a little tart.

The body is definitely on the lighter side. While the carbonation seems very active, it feels rather light and soft. It’s not quite smooth, but it does have a pretty good feel. It’s easy drinking. It’s tasty and given its lower abv, I could drink a few these.

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse is good beer. While I’m not a huge fan of the style, I am enjoying this bottle. Is it the world’s best representation of the style? It could be. If you’re looking for a good one to try out, this is a good place to start.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 02:29:22 | More by prototypic
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is pale gold, clear, and extremely lively and effervescent. The head is huge, white, and billowy and has good retention for such an acidic beer. The nose is quite assertive with lactic sourness, but there are some fruit notes too (primarily lemon, apples, and pears).

The beer has a light-medium body and a firm mouthfeel that is enhanced by the carbonation. The high carbonation really works well with the acidic nature of the beer. Light, lemony, tart notes abound on the front of the tongue and intensify as the beer moves across the palate. On the back of the palate, sour apple notes develop and lead to an appetizing finish.

This is hands-down the best Berlinerweisse I have had yet. Granted, I've only had a few, but this is the best one. Since there aren't too many of these being made, this may be the best one I have for quite some time. It doesn't drink as intensely sour as some I've had, but the fruit flavors that accompany the sourness add a depth of character and complexity that most of these lack. This is absolutely recommended for fans of the style.

Note: I reviewed this beer straight from the bottle, though I also tried it both with Himbeer syrup and Waldmeister syrup (the traditional manner). It was excellent with both.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 21:34:26 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet. Clear, straw colored with a finger of head. Lots of bubbles. Head broke down quickly to almost nothing.
Impressive smell of wet hay, apple, pear and cherry.
Taste like pear and apple too. Sour lemon and a dry bitterness. Lovely.
Almost champagne like in texture. Lots of carbonation, lighter body. Drying effect.
Quite enjoyable. I would drink it on the regular.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 19:39:39 | More by Fatehunter
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strongaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

09-27-2012 05:44:35 | More by strongaf
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Brew33

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.7%

09-24-2012 13:48:26 | More by Brew33
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beergoot

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very carbonated, slightly hazy pale straw yellow body with a thick, fizzy white head. Citrus notes in the aroma with a slight hint of light malts; lemony. Tart, tangy, citrus, acidic, lemon-lime taste. Very light bodied, effervescent, bright and tingly on the tongue; clean and dry finish.

A spritely, lively beer. Light and zesty in character. A great beer for warm weather patio or biergarten lounging.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 19:41:47 | More by beergoot
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

09-13-2012 21:57:38 | More by trevorpost
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freduardo

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

09-13-2012 02:19:44 | More by freduardo
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rkasten1

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.7%

09-12-2012 02:56:26 | More by rkasten1
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Zach136

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

09-12-2012 00:06:07 | More by Zach136
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

09-08-2012 01:49:01 | More by vicsju1991
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Burt

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

09-07-2012 22:15:33 | More by Burt
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davewlfpckfan29

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My friend from Vermont sent this down my way in Connecticut.
Although I notice that the label is imported through CT.

Right off the bat this beer has a great smell. I was expecting a yeast smell with bananas based on the color, but there is much more to this.

The pour is a unfiltered yellow with sediment strands through the brew. Carbonation is nice.

The taste is wonderful. It tastes like a German sour with a great tartness flavor. Pear and Apple taste.
Big fan of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 22:39:08 | More by davewlfpckfan29
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albertjr21

New York

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

09-02-2012 18:17:11 | More by albertjr21
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

09-01-2012 23:04:39 | More by t0rin0
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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