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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner WeisseProfessor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse

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BA SCORE
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964 Ratings
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Ratings: 964
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%


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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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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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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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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NardiByNature

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzy overflow upon popping the cap. Big ol’ white head sits atop a liberally carbonated hazy yellow body: hard to fault the appearance of this one – stunning in a curvy hefe glass with a an even pancake of a head that sticks around for the long haul. Has the musty sort of lactic aroma associated with many wheat/Belgian styles; it’s citric, and there’s an aromatic sandalwood type smell. The carbonation jolts my throat – flavor is subtle but refreshing: light bodied, lemony, tart, and dry. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 22:56:50 | More by NardiByNature
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Living816

Northwest Territories (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A tasty beer, but one that seemed a bit absent. It had clear undertones of a hefeweizen beer, excepting some citrus and bright flavors independent of the sour, with obvious wheat and spice just to remind you of its origins from zee Germans.

As for the sourness, it just didn't come through. Present yes. But not in force. For something claiming to be this historical recipe by zee great doktor, lekturer and bier maker fritz briem, I thought it was a little flaccid.

Clearly above average in category and way above average in beers overall. But a lackluster turnout. It's a hefeweizen that has gone sour. Too much wheat character.

I'd give it an 83/100.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 03:21:19 | More by Living816
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draheim

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL into a weizen glass. Pours a pale lemon yellow w/ a bright white head, explosive carbonation. Looks inviting.

Aroma is grainy pale and wheat malt and lemons, some faint banana and spice. A slightly tart funk too.

Taste is grainy and sour. Lemons and banana.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall a drinkable, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 05:22:02 | More by draheim
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tzieser

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. pale, straw color with a MASSIVE foamy white head.

Acidic nose. almost vinegar like. nice and funky.

So good!! Nowhere near is sour as youd think by.smelling it. Tartness is definitely there but theres also a nice wheat breadiness. Extremely refreshing.

Bubbly mouthfeel

So glad I finally got to try this! Pricey at 11 bucks a bottle. but its definitely a great summertime treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 23:51:19 | More by tzieser
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a tulip

A: This pours a clear, very light golden color with three fingers of head even with a very delicate pour.

S: A moderately strong lactic aroma dominates with lemon zest and light to moderate wheat in the background. I get a fruity guava aroma, too. Fairly strong aroma for a Berliner Weisse.

T: A strong tart flavor starts out, similar to granny smith apples. Not overly acidic, though. I get a good amount of wheat flavor as well, more than I'm used to for a Berliner Weisse.

M: Medium thickness, actually fairly thick for the style with very strong carbonation.

O: A bit thick and wheaty for a Berliner Weisse, but still quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 02:00:08 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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FosterJM

California

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

1446th Review on BA
Bottle to Libbey Glass
500ml

Split 3 ways between StarRaptor, myself & Callmecoon

@BrueryProvisions

App- A wonderful color in the glass. A bit of yellows, golds and beige. A bit hazy and lemonade looking. A full 2 finger quick receding head with a pure white color.

Smell- A nice nose, but thought would be more aromatic. A full pull gets a bit of earthy, dry grass with a clean lemon citrus nose.

Taste- A very nice berliner. Crisp and refreshing and a bit dry. The earthy grass mixed with citrus plays a nice balance without being overly tart and cloying.

Mouth- A lighter body with a good carbonation level. The finish is a bit too dry for me. Good feel overall with residual earthy notes.

Drink- Took a long time to finally see one of these bottles and its a damn fine beer. Clean, crisp, refreshing. Ill have to get another.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 16:13:40 | More by FosterJM
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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

16.9 oz bottle $6. I haven't had many chances to grab an authentic berliner so I snapped this up. Light yellow color, hazy, good head. Smells tart, lemon, wheat. Flavor was wheat cracker, very subtle lemon, so easy to drink on a hot day. I could kill a lot of these if given the chance, solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 02:44:03 | More by ArrogantB
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OldPenguinHunter

California

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

I bought out a case of this at my local liquor store, god I love this stuff...
Pours with a vigorus head, fluffy and bright white, the aroma of tart stone fruit, yeast, fresh bread are very present and welcomed. The beer is very effervescent which knocks up the sediment in the bottle, no matter, just got to pour it well and slow. The taste is great, that's why the beer is great. I don't think this as being a traditional beliner weisse, but I don't really care, it's freaking good. To me it is more of a tart, blonde ale, there is a bit more meat on this beer than I normally expect from BWs, and it is welcomed, again. Mouthfeel is very prickly, but not prickly enough from gulping this beer down, it is just absolutley refreshing.

Overall, final summation: Buy and drink the Sh1t out of this beer when you can find it.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 02:19:14 | More by OldPenguinHunter
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

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

Bottle poured into a Nonic Pint.

A- Pours a very clear pale straw color with fizzy white head that is leaving fairly quickly and leaving no lacing on the glass. The head never really dies down completely. It has left half a fingers width worth of a "cap" on top of the beer.

S- Some funky tartness, sour green apples, and some lemony citrus.

T- Crisp, tart, and refreshing. Starts off with a mouth puckering lemon sourness that is rounded with a smooth wheat flavor. Finishes a little dry.

M- Carbonation explosion. The carbonation bubbles dance on your tongue. Easy drinking medium body.

O- A nice offering. Refreshing on these hot summer days.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 09:49:28 | More by rfbenavi80
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden straw color, moderately hazy, prickly white bubbles. Scent leads with a touch of lactic tartness, follows up with light fruit such as apple and citrus, faintly musty dried grain. Taste brings moderate lactic tartness, a nice bit of tart apple, grape, lemon, musty dried grain. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, refreshing. A nice Berliner with a touch of fruit and some toned down tartness. Sampled the last few ounces with Woodruff, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 14:44:49 | More by rfgetz
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