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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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1,078 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,078
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 90
Gots: 73 | 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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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from Amanti Vino's "Beer of the Month" program. It was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

1809 Berliner Weisse pours am opaque light yellow, with about two fingers of white foam crowning the beer. The head hangs out for a minute or two before fading cleanly down the glass. The nose has some nice citric acidity. There's also a musty, earthy, almost mushroom-like aroma present that, as someone who's not fond of mushrooms, I'm not crazy about. The citrus is more prominent flavor wise, a bright note of lemon juice that's not too tart. There's a distinct grainy wheat flavor there too, and that earthy, musty quality is a bit more muted, and has lost some of it's mushroom edge. The body is nice and light, but I think the carbonation could stand to be just a little more lively. I haven't necessarily been a fan of most of the berliner weisses I've had in the past, but this is definitely a great one, and a beer I'd welcome in my glass again.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 04:15:46 | More by axeman9182
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fehrminator

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

08-15-2012 00:52:26 | More by fehrminator
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Girlfriend's favorite beer. 16oz. bottle into a Heady Topper pint glass.

Pours a 2 finger, quickly collapsing, frothy white head. Beer is clear goldenrod. No lace. Average.

Nose is lemon zest, some sugary sweetness, mild tartness. Crisp. Clean. Balanced.

Opens slightly tart balanced by orange and other citrus sweetness. Lemon peel towards the middle with a mild funkiness at the end. Cobweb-y. Finishes slightly tart and dry. Very refreshing. Again, great balance.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Lively in the mouth and slightly dry going down. Filmy finish with a mellow, lingering aftertaste. Near perfect for the style.

I'm quickly getting into the Berlinerweisse style and this is a big reason why. A simple, yet almost flawless beer. Crisp, refreshing, balanced, and super drinkable. Hard not to like this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 00:51:27 | More by SpeedwayJim
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BStalf21

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at the map room in Chicago. Nice beer, I would have expected more tartness out of this the lemon comes through huge and ends up being more of a lemon hefeweizen more then anything else, no funk but some sour from the lemon flavor. medium body with a lot of yeast hanging around.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 03:23:00 | More by BStalf21
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ltdantheman

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

08-10-2012 16:14:01 | More by ltdantheman
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-10-2012 02:54:43 | More by SocalKicks
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Boz12

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

08-09-2012 05:17:24 | More by Boz12
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RES

New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-04-2012 19:19:35 | More by RES
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LiquidAmber

Washington

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

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium cloudy yellow-orange. Lively white head which dissipates quickly. Taste is wheat, light fruit and lemon, weizen spicing; sour with citrus flavors interacting with carbonation. Light wheat in the middle and sour lemon finish. Refreshing flavor. A bit sour for me, but to style and I still enjoyed this well made weizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 19:24:55 | More by LiquidAmber
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-01-2012 16:29:15 | More by nathanjohnson
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Arbitrator

California

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

Chilled bottle into a glass, consumed after a nice bike ride...

A: Poured a hazy straw body with a billowing off-white head. It fills the tulip and leaves rings of sticky lace around the glass as it recedes. The milky look is something I prize in wheat-based beers.

S: This smells more like a hefeweizen than a Berliner Weiss; it's yeasty, with bubblegum and banana. Just a light aromatic lemon tartness. If I hadn't known this was a BW going into it, I probably would have missed that element of the aroma entirely.

T: However, even tasting this blind would have clued me in to the style. It leads with hefeweizen flavors: mild bubblegum, tons of banana and yeast, but it closes with a distinct lemon tartness and light sourness that alludes to the Berliner roots. A touch of clove in the aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied; crisp. Well carbonated and appropriately drying.

O: This was incredibly refreshing (given the circumstances, that was a major selling point). I would gladly buy another.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 06:32:25 | More by Arbitrator
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cosmicevan

New York

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

consumed on 6/30, while I was "on Hiatus" during a beautiful summer afternoon. picked up locally. enjoyed from my better half goblet.

a - brew poured a pale hazy yellow with 2 fingers plus of fizzy bubbly head that all but evaporated leaving a skin of bubbles on the surface of the glass. no lacing to speak of, when swirling the glass the head moved as a whole. visible carbonation could be seen in the murky yellowness when held to the light.

s - as soon as i poured it, the sweet smell of lemon grassiness filled the air. upon closer inspection, some wheat and orange peel and lemon rind. soft funkiness in the background.

t - big lemon tart. REALLY refreshing. some grassiness. some orange peel as well, but mostly lemon. fantastic tasting. some lactic acid and mash.

m - medium bodied and surprisingly full flavored. prickly carbonation.

o - overall, i expected something a bit softer, but was pleasantly surprised with how good this is. perfect pairing with today's 90+ degree weather. really a must try for any fan of berliner or anyone curiuos about the style. just an awesome beer for summer. fruity and not too dry...just plain old refreshing.

bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 01:26:18 | More by cosmicevan
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-31-2012 16:39:54 | More by standardcherry
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

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

Last bottle at Bottle Revolution.

Body is bright cloudy yellow. Initially HUGE white head fed by loads of carbonation quickly fades into a small ring. Decent lacing left.

The smell is unique, and not as tart as I was expecting. I get a good bit of hefe yeast esters (sweet banana and uber sweet bubble gum), but then theres a powdery tart lemon candy thing. hint of funk as well.

Now the taste is something I can get on board with. Crisp wheat base is noticeable, but not dominant but the banana bread feeling is. Hint of clove as well. Tart lemon is delicate and subdued, but there. It feels more acidic and sour than it tastes (which is odd and hard to explain). I just get more banana than acidic tartness.

Its dry, crisp, and clean (something I expect from German beers). Banana lingers late, but eventually gives way to a chewy malt.

The warmer and longer it sits, the more tart the lemon gets, making this even better.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 21:45:35 | More by VncentLIFE
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litheum94

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

07-23-2012 04:28:04 | More by litheum94
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Massive five-finger head rushes out of the bottle. White soapy foam lingers on top of the brew for some time. Brew is cloudy yellow with tons of whites.

WOW. A true Berliner Weiss (BW)... Lemon, orange, spices, wheat, lots of stone fruits too.

Perfect (light) funky tartness, awesome carbonation, zero bitterness. Yum. Lots of apple, apricots, lemon, orange, pepper.

IMO, this is how a BW should appear, smell, and taste. Highly recommended, this is a must try for likers of the style

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 00:25:12 | More by chugalug06
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dcbdc1

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-22-2012 02:18:48 | More by dcbdc1
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notchucknorris

California

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

A: Pours a super cloudy pale golden color with some hints of orange. A huge rocky head forms on the pour and tons of carbonation is visible in the glass. Amazing.

S: Great sourness/funk right away with some notes of tart green apple and lemon, maybe some unripe kiwi. A hint of cedar in the back.

T: The flavor opens gradually and moves towards a medium lactic/lemony twang. Some green apple, light funk and wheat on the finish. Probably the best I've had of this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 18:22:53 | More by notchucknorris
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

07-18-2012 21:27:21 | More by GeoffreyM
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roblund

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-15-2012 16:18:05 | More by roblund
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GPGURU

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

07-13-2012 05:51:00 | More by GPGURU
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wo87810

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

07-11-2012 02:17:15 | More by wo87810
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Grohnke

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(BA / BJCP)

Cloudy pale yellow. Exploding white, creamy heads hold remarkably well. Effervescent.
(3.5 / 2)

Light grainy malt. Medium light lemon, and apple. Moderate lactic sourness. No hops.
(4.5 / 11)

Light grainy sweet malt. Moderately light citric fruitiness. Medium light lactic sourness begins the long dry finish and ends with a slight citric sweetness aftertaste. No hops. No alcohol.
(4.5 / 18)

Very light body, very high carbonation. Airy, fluffy, delicate mouthfeel. Effervescent.
(4 / 4)

Quite refreshing, pale, and subtly sour beer. Citric fruitiness adds some pleasant complexity. Soft lactic sourness adds a refreshing quality. Nothing over-the-top, nothing vastly complex -- and I am completely OK with that!
(4.5 / 9)

( 4.4 / 44)

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 00:40:43 | More by Grohnke
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mrskunk

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.7%

07-09-2012 19:03:16 | More by mrskunk
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larryi86

Delaware

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

500 mL bottle poured into a Weizen Glass

A- A hazy golden straw color with a huge white head that fades very quickly.

S- Sour, light fruits, getting some apples, earthy funk.

T- Sour lemons, touch of apples, touch of wheat, some lactic acid in the finish, some earthy funky.

M- Crisp, light body, tons of carbonation.

O- A really nice sour that is easy to drink. Definitely will pick this up again and start seeking out more Berliner Weissbiers.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 22:22:33 | More by larryi86
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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