Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem
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4.15/5 rDev +1%
Reviewed from notes. Poured from bottle into a CCB pint glass.
A: Pours a light gold with some haze, a two-finger white head and lots of visible carbonation.
S: Lemon, a bit of funk, yeasty, and the banana-ish esters.
T: Citrus, biscuit yeastiness, a bit sour, a bit grainy, and some lemony funk. Mild sourness in the hang.
M: Light bubbly mouthfeel, no particular alcohol presence.
O: This is a pretty tasty standard berliner. Nothing crazy added like so many of the "Florida-weisses" around now, but very solid.
11-04-2012 17:28:32 | More by macrosmatic
3.93/5 rDev -4.4%
age of bottle unknown= presumed fresh
APPEARANCE- Gold, crystal clear, low white head that fades but does stay until the end of the glass
AROMA- Very light and delicate. Lightly herbal, tart, and tangy. Very bright and clean. Faint notes of fruit and a very slight musty cellar quality- but you really have to look for that. Wonderful rich, tangy wheat aroma is really what dominates.
FLAVOR- Very unusal,....first thing that strikes me is that it kinda tastes like cigarettes. Im not talking tobacco, I mean like the ashy burning paper/ chemical smell that hangs on a smokers clothes. That eventually turns peppery, and after punching through the top, fishes so quick and clean you wonder if you imagined the first flavors. Its a like a drive-by shooting on your palate. Feel like I'm getting a whisper of noble hop mid-palate. Not really what I'd call "tart" or "tangy" but certainly acidic. Acidity is nearly the only sensation, all the usual accompanying "sour" flavors are totally gone. Interesting that sucha big deal has been made out of some brewers only using lactic acid and not bacteria, can't imagine it tastes any different that this. WHeat flavor remains bright and fresh.
MOUTHFEEL- Light bodied and effervescent
OVERALL- Finally satified my curiosity about one of the last styles I haven't tried. No doubt this is the real stuff, a couple of US- brewed attempts I had were just watery and bland by comparison. This is extremely refreshing and would be better than lemonade on a summer day. I know beer snobs recoil at the idea of putting syrup in beer but I made my own woodruff syrup and a couple spoonfulls really tied things together after I wrote the review above. Wouldn't drink this again without the syrup.
10-28-2012 20:14:55 | More by JudgeRoughneck
3.95/5 rDev -3.9%
Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.
A- pours a dark yellow with a 3" viscous white head. Bubbles race to the surface of the beer with minimal lacing.
S- lemon, banana, some clove and spice.
T- tart lemon, cloves, banana, some acidity.
M- light body and high carbonation. Again some acidity yet a slight creaminess as well.
O- refreshing beer. Was expecting more tart or sourness, but very little is present.
10-23-2012 03:23:27 | More by kawilliams81
4/5 rDev -2.7%
a very true to style berliner weiss here. pours cloudy lemon colored with a smallish white head that fades out after just a minute or two. the smell is very sour and citrusy, acidic for sure, and refreshing. there is a lot of lemon in the flavor, tart like lemon juice from concentrate, and the wheat malt does little to calm that down. there is also a funk sort of yeast, almost saisony. i really like the mouthfeel too. its got more carbonation than the appearance shows, and the body is super light. the acidity at the end is a little harsh, but on a hot summer day this would be just right. its not one of those beers id want to get drunk on though, too much acidity would turn the stomach around. it is a very refreshing berliner though, one of the better versions ive had really, and for under 7 bucks a bottle, its a nice buy.
10-14-2012 20:27:44 | More by StonedTrippin
3.73/5 rDev -9.2%
Pours cloudy light straw...after the massive head fades. Barely anything but foam on the first pour. Obviously good retention with a creamy pillowtop head and good lacing.
Aroma is a little crackery with light grains and a subtle tartness.
Similar flavors. Very cracker heavy and grainy. Goes down pretty easy although I'd prefer a bit more tartness.
Light mouthfeel ample carbonation.
Solid and nice to have a bottled Berliner around when I have a craving for one, but better examples exist.
10-12-2012 23:00:16 | More by jmarsh123
4.05/5 rDev -1.5%
Bottle poured into a Tired Hands wine glass.
Pour: Completely clear pale yellow with two fingers of fizzy white head. Head recedes to a film and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Bready biscuit, lemon zest, pear, green apple. This smells pretty good.
Taste: Nice bready sweetness, followed by a great lemon tartness. Tartness evolves to incorporate some pear as well. Finish is lemon juice.
Mouthfeel: This where this beer excels. Really nice fizzy carbonation, coupled with a tartness that I was really happy to see. Very light, in a good way.
Overall: This beer is a never fail shot to get a nice tart bite with some flavors (minus the funk) that you might find in a gueuze. Really helps scratch that itch when I don't want to drop $12 on a bottle of Black Label or open something from the cellar.
10-10-2012 22:05:50 | More by cfrances33
4.6/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
10-10-2012 01:56:07 | More by gleemonger
3.93/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
10-09-2012 01:12:23 | More by Kinsman
4.25/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
10-07-2012 19:56:01 | More by mdaschaf
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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