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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse | Professor Fritz Briem

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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner WeisseProfessor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse
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Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Created by Dr. Fritz Briem of Doemens Institute (  http://www.doemens.org  ), brewed by Weihenstephan & Doemens.

Added by MaltyGoodness on 04-16-2007

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a clear yellow straw with tons of bubbles rising and a massive, 4+ fingers of fluffy white head.

Smell. Funky and slightly sweet wheat, lemons and a bit of orange zest. Has a really great dry, earthy funkyness going on.

Taste. Light lactic sourness and that sweet wheat I was smelling. Not as much flavour coming through as I would expect from the great smell.

Mouthfeel. Light body with pretty strong carbonation. A little watery.

Overall. Nice beer but I have to admit, I'm a little underwhealmed. I think BR Tartare has ruined me forever as far as this style goes.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Light is beaming through this translucent, bright-gold and sunshine yellow Berliner, but make no mistake - it's as cloudy as they come. Totally unfiltered and unadulterated like a true Berliner Weisse should be. The head foams up like it would if you hard-poured a two liter of Sprite, and it's gone just about as quick, too. Fizzy, loud, and severely lacking in terms of staying power.

A hammer of tart apples and zesty lemons pounds your nostrils; juicy, with a light, backing acidity that alerts your glands of their presence without making them drip. German, yeasty notes abound just as well; mild clove and light spice, almost like a very timid hefeweizen. The wheat is dull, but I guess it's a substantial canvas upon which everything else lays the paint.

1809 is like a ghost on your palate, and you barely have time to appreciate its presence before its effervescence just lifts it off your tongue and disperses it into thin air. It rolls out a carpet of wheat across your mouth and opens the limo door for some musk, lemon-lime zest, and a hint of sharp carb tartness.

Very dry in the finish, as each bit of fruity tartness and must pulls together to rip the saturation right out of your mouth. The heavy only aids in the sharp nature of the mouth feel, as does the thin and vapid body of 1809. The wheat certainly helps with a touch of softness, but it can only be appreciated once the carbonation has time to dissipate a little bit.

1809 is a very nice Berliner-style Weissibier, although I haven't heard of many Berliners reach levels of 5% ABV (crazy, I know). This stuff would go down like water if it wasn't for the explosively prickly mouth feel that almost forces you to take it slow at first. Certainly not bad, though, considering you can get this almost anywhere.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

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Photo of Suds
3.39/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a fascinating and amazingly interesting beer. It's not an appealing beer to behold, being a little cloudy and full of floaties. The head is a soda-pop fizz that fades as quickly as it forms. The aroma, however, is complex and intriguing. Sour-smelling, lactic, horse-sweat, funk, grass, and straw. It's not as appealing as a lambic's smell, but it is interesting, and will surely keep your nose engaged. The taste is not really sour..but very well balanced. More funk, and a very appealing crispness. It would be quite refreshing on a hot summer day (too bad I'm drinking it on a cold winter night). Light body, with a relatively low carbonation. Great smoothness and texture...I love the mouthfeel. All in all, this is not a beer that I'd go out of my way to drink, but it's a wonderful experience. Hail the funk!

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Photo of Brenden
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's taken a long time to review, but I've really been studying this style deeply to understand it as my first try so I could properly review it.

This is an extremely pale yellow, just a bit deeper than a good Kolsch but lighter than most macros in color. I expect this for the style. It's also extremely cloudy, as expected. The head doesn't last particularly long but what light, fluffy crown does sit on top doesn't dissipate all that quickly, either. A light touch of thick, white lacing is left in strands.
The aroma is tart and lightly citric, much like a good white white, with a strong note of earthy mustiness to it. There's also a dry malts adding a touch of breads and some wheat underlying. This is nearly perfect or the style and surprisingly potent.
The aroma follows suit, and the strong tart, sour flavors lead the way as they ought to. This beer is reminiscent of the green apple flavors of white wine with wheat and plenty of crackery malts underneath. This one is earthy without getting the grassy / herbal quality of a pils, and hops presence is appropriately light.
With a surprisingly rich mouthfeel proving that light-bodied and weak are not synonymous, this one goes down very nicely, particularly given the crispness that's in every sip.
This is spectacularly drinkable, and anyone looking for light, tart and gently sour and for a pinnacle of this style should reach for this one. Of course, I haven't tried any other Berliner Weissbiers, but I imagine this beer will be extremely difficult to match.

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Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I need a better system for reviewing sours. Like, I need to start being able to tell different bacteria strains from one another.

This tastes like one of New Glarus' sours, I remember, though I can't remember which one. So there's that. It's in between Sweet Tarts and Shock Tarts, sourwise.

The nose is all saison with a hint of sour. The taste is very much the same. It's a dry, fruitless kind of sour, tastes more like phosphates or candy than it does something inorganic like, a crystaline acid that's only found deep within a handful of caves. In there you got nodes of watermelon candy, lemon candy, ascorbic acid, champagne yeast, and a little bit of wheat bread.

It comes together well. I am most definitely drinking a solid thing, instead of a bowl of varied sournesses. It may be a bit offputting to people who are accustom only to newer, more immediately palatable sours, but it's not hard drinking in the least.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear gold with a fizzy white mousse that disappears within seconds. Carbonation is obviously very active.

S: Tart and lactic on the nose with plenty of yeasty funk. A mild, grassy hop aroma is present in the background once the beer settles a bit. I wouldn't call this the most complex smelling beer in the world, but perhaps that is just a trait of this style.

T: Notes of minerals, sherry, champagne, lemon zest, herbs, grass, and honey are all over the palate. To be honest, I didn't detect much in the way of a wheat flavor. The finish is crisp and clipped with mineral, champagne, and grass flavors.

M: Light bodied, dry, and extremely spritzy. It feels a bit like champagne.

O: I'm not all that familiar with Berliner Weisse as a style, but I would venture to say that this is a solid example of what a traditional Berliner Weisse is supposed to be. I enjoyed the elegant character of this ale, but I'm not sure that I would be all that keen on revisiting this one until I've tried some other Berliner Weissbiers. All in all, this is a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of warnerry
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy light golden brown with two fingers of head that quickly fade to a collar. Nice carbonation rising throughout.

S - Pleasant tart smells of lemon, a bit of lactic acid, and a bit of yeast.

T - Taste starts with a nice punch of tartness, with lemons, a bit of yeast and a faint wheat presence. Crisp and clean. Very nice if not particularly complex.

M - Light and crisp with nice carbonation.

O - A great beer for a warm summer night, and possibly a good beer to introduce someone to the tart/sour side of beer styles. It is pretty simple but very good.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Winking Lizard. Served with a cup of raspberry syrup which I declined. Pours a somewhat hazy yellow-gold color with a medium thin bone white head that diminishes slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Tart fruit, doughy malt and spices in the nose. Light-bodied and clean with a tart citrus and raspberry character. Mild spices and grainy malt flavors as well. The finish is fruity with a lingering tartness afterward. Overall this is pretty interesting.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a somewhat hazy pale orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma is of funky and sour with some dark fruit and plums. The taste has more of a sour zing to it, and some nice acidity in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of refreshing carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice Berliner Weisse. I will certainly drink this again.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.39/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a hazy straw color. There's about one finger worth of white-colored head. Because the actual body looks fizzy, retention is poor. The soapiness of the head's texture also means that no lacing is left on the glass.

S: Like the style would suggest, there's a healthy lacto presence, expressing itself as funky, stank-ass cheese. Acidic notes are actually fairly prevalent. It's pretty simple, but a bit more balanced than most.

T: Tartness hits the palate first, but only very briefly. Wheat notes end up being the dominant flavor, especially around the mid-taste. If there's any flaw, it's that the finish seems a bit empty. I don't really care, though, because this is the first example of the style I'd call "good".

M: This has the kind of feel that works perfectly in hot weather: light-bodied, dry, fizzy, with a hint of lingering tartness. Really fizzy, in fact - the carbonation is almost brutal at times. Still goes down easily.

O: Out of the Berliner Weissbiers I've rated, not a single one has scored higher than a 3 from me. This, though, is actually quite solid. Beers like these are exactly why I never give up on a style I dislike. This would also make a great introduction to those who've never had the style before.

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Photo of jera1350
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow color with lots of cascading bubbles adding to the very active pure white head.

So clean, crisp and fruity. Lemony and slightly tart nose. Belgian yeast and a yogurt like scent as well. Can't wait to dig in.

Generous lemony tartness that ends with a hint of spiciness. Extremely clean and pretty straight forward taste. Crisp and refreshing.

Light bodied, effervescent like carbonation. Very crisp with an extremely dry finish on the palate.

This only being my second berliner, I was hoping this would be more like Bell's Oarsman. It's actually quite a bit different with the exception of the tartness. I have to say that I was blown away by the Oarsman and this is a bit of a letdown. It's a good beer and probably represents the style correctly, but I prefer the Bell's. Still worth a try if you are looking for a berliner weiss.

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Photo of popery
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A sour beer that is still very drinkable. To someone completely new to the style, this is a rather odd beer. Unfortunately, no other Berliner Weissbiers are readily available for comparison. The beer smells and tastes closer a sour white wine than most beer. It's not entirely unlike other sours that I've sampled. The pucker is relatively weak, and there's only a hint of barnyard tang. It's a bit yogurty, but that's a poor descriptor. All in all, it's actually further from the norms of beer than most sours despite being less "sour." It's not hard to drink at all. It's fairly vinous but less so than a Flanders Red or something. There are strong notes of fruity, spicy wheat, no surprise with its high wheat content and coming from one of, if not the, best wheat beer breweries. My opinion of the beer is higher than my average score. It is not a nice looking beer. The head fizzes up and rapidly dissipates leaving no lacing and a cloudy overripe banana yellow glass. The smell is yogurt sourness mixed with spiced wheat with a metallic note. The flavor is very good. It's refreshing and bizarre, at once. You can taste the lactic acid, but it's very clean and not off-putting. I should really give it a lower mark for feel with a fair bit of wateriness (apparently, water is added just before bottling for unknown reasons, although I imagine its to cut the sourness some) and some weird lactic stickiness, but the sour has such a refreshingly light pucker that I can't. It's astonishingly drinkable for such an odd beer. The bottle says that Napoleon's troops drank it in celebration of their victory in Prussia. I like that. I can imagine soldiers in funny hats having glasses of it. "A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon." -Napoleon Bonaparte

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy yellow with a small head, ton of floaty yeast or something in there. Nice dissipation leaving some very intricate lacing around.

S - Yeast and malty with a tart smell. Apples and pears come through on the nose.

T - Quite tart, but not quite sharp enough. A little creamy, pear taste is just a little too much like juice to be good. Don't get me wrong, pretty pleasant to drink, but missing the sharpness of the berliner weisses that I prefer. Nice yeast hints with some malts appearing on the backend.

T - Creamy, slipperly, light. Would have liked a touch more carbonation.

D - For some reason this beer just was not super drinkable for me, surprising considering the low ABV. Maybe it's just the sweetness becoming overpowering. Had trouble getting through the single bottle.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yellow beer with plenty of haze as appropriate for style. Great looking head, white, 1/2". Plenty of wheat and lemon sour in the aroma.

Taste hits the good tart and sour notes without going overboard, as far as traditional berliners made in Germany, this is one of the better ones. Plenty of carbonation, as appropriate for style as well.

This is a real solid example of a traditional berliner that is solidly consistent.

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Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy golden color with a massive head that settles to a thick cap. Light specks of lacing is left down the glass.

Interesting aroma that consists of wheat, lemon, green apple, and light funk.

Tastes much more funky that it smells. Moderate amount of lactic sourness. Notes of apples and lemons with a wheat base. Nice grassy notes. The flavor falls off a little quick. Finish is dry and crisp.

Light and lively body. Nice for a sour beer and quite refreshing.

A very good wessbier that was surprisingly funky.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a hazy lemon color with a very loud and fizzy head that was very active and self-rejuvenating. Enucleation on the bottom of the glass is very active and three fingers of thick bright white film lasted long after the pour.
S: Earthy hop, black pepper, lactic bite, faint citrus lemon, and a bit musty. Earthy and spicy overall.
T: Light flavored, earthy spice and hop, pale malt, lactic acid finish, clean acidity, no sour tartness or harsh. Extremely light and mild, like tart seltzer water with a dash of earth and lemon zest. No aftertaste.
M: Clean and very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Scrubbing carbonation is very tingly and active.
O: Very light and refreshing, less flavor than I was expecting but still extremely good.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very turbid pale marigold colour, with large carbonation bubbles skulking up to the top. Head is white and foamy, pretty humble but decent retention for the bubble size. Lace is not really there. Looks quite nice.

Smell is fairly funkadelic. Tart and crisp with a lot of acid, giving me Granny Smith apples, cranberries and citrus, all contained within a nice spice jar with cinnamon, ginger and a marmalade sweetness hanging at the back. Nice complexity, crispness, balance. It's ticking many of my boxes.

Taste is interestingly tart. Very fruity with a large melon component that starts early and gets far more pronounced towards the back. Not actually as much acid as I anticipated; the texture puckers slightly but doesn't take hold like other Berliner Weißes I've had. Slight tart berry component late-mid and a strong vinous character on the back is helped by the dry texture. Mostly sour towards the finish but it doesn't linger, and leaves you nicely refreshed, like a very strong lemon squash.

Could use a touch more flavour on the front and perhaps more of a flourish on the finish. It's quite enjoyable as it is, however.

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Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, vintage 2009. Reviewed from notes; thanks to whoever shared this!

A: Opaque yellow body under a fine layer of off-white head that settles into a ring and leaves spotty lace. All right.

S: Moderate lemony sourness, some strawberry, grassiness, and peppery spice. Mild yet complex.

T: Follows the nose - mix of fruity sourness, bready malt, and bizarre spice. A little musty on the back end. Interesting and enjoyable.

M: Medium body, still, and slick. Ok.

O: Intriguing beer, but not one I'm dying to revisit.

Cheers!

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap at Avenue Pub NOLA. Pours a hazy golden with a little bit of white foamy head. Great hefe banana and clove aromas with a nice dose of sour. Taste is fantastic banana hefe wheat, with a burst of sour. Finishes with a chocolate like note and smooth. Its amazing how the tartness just finishes out leaving the maly characteristics behind. Really a fantastic brew.

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Photo of birchstick
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a clear pale yellow with a nice pure white head and tons of active carbonation bubbling up

S - I can smell this thing from a foot away. Really sweet, almost vinous with hints lemons and citrus with a bit of earthy funk and faint, grassy hops. Beautiful aroma.

T - tart lemon citrus up front that gets overtaken by the earthy funkiness of the lactobacillus. Finishes dry and tart with some yeasty fruitiness and really nice sour notes.

M - beautiful carbonation as the champagne from the north should have. Leaves you dry and wanting more.

D - very delicious and, as most beers of this style, thirst quenching. I randomly picked this up not knowing it was so highly regarded and that Weihenstephan is behind this brew. I think I just found my go-to summer beer.

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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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