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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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Reviews: 573
Hads: 1,334
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 122
Gots: 138 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MaltyGoodness on 04-16-2007

Created by Dr. Fritz Briem of Doemens Institute (  http://www.doemens.org  ), brewed by Weihenstephan & Doemens.
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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 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 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 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 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 jmdrpi
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, no date.

appears a hazy pale yellow color. 2 inches of foamy white head, that settles down to a 1/2" covering. lots of bubbles steam to the surface.

aroma of wheat, with a bit of lemon sourness, a bit funky. taste is slightly tart, some citrus. refreshing. thinner body, higher carbonation that works well with the beer.

overall - nice beer - easy to drink and it invites you to keep drinking more.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Brasserie V in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in the proper Professor Fritz Briem tumbler glass.

Appears lighter golden bodied, one finger white head with excellent retention and plenty of lacing. Looks like a light wheat beer, which is what it certainly is. Smells of crisp wheat, mild lemon tartness, mild noble hop earthiness, mild banana and clove. The nose is crisp and refreshing. Flavour is equally refreshing and thirst quenching, with mild lemon tartness, perhaps 3/10, wheat, mild lemon and citrus tartness, and an even milder spicy clove flavour. It's very drinkable yet flavourful. Mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied, not watery but with substantial depth and flavour, refreshing and crisp. Super easy to drink. Overall, seems about right for the style of Berliner Weiss and displays a good amount of the wheat base that inspired this beer. Nice drinkability with enough flavour to make a Hefeweizen fan happy.

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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 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 jzeilinger
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a vibrant, bright, gold color with a one fingered pure white head, light carbonation.

S - Tart and fruity with lemons, white grapes, pears, some hints of sour green apple, and a funky twang that dominates the nose.

T - Very tart and borderline puckering, funk dominates the palate. Sour light fruit notes of pears, apples, lemons, some white grapes, and a little bit of cheese funk going on. Lingering puckering tartness.

M - Light medium body with a dry finish but because of the tartness it creates a lot of salivation. Lots of carbonation pricklies on the tongue but still finishes with a gentle carbonated finish.

O - Not my style of beer but nicely done.

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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 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.


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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 FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1446th Review on BA
Bottle to Libbey Glass

Split 3 ways between StarRaptor, myself & Callmecoon


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.

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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 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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Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up on the advice of my drinking buddy rate beerian fishingnet.

A: Pours a nice light yellow hue, somewhat cloudy. The head is big and bold. 3 fingers in height with tons of carbonation. The head dies to absoultely nothing with no lacing but some floaters are present.

S: Nice light aromas with hints of yeast, wheat, and lemon.

T: Wow. Nice, light, yeasty, wheaty, lemony goodness. Very good.

M: Nice and light, tons of carbonation.

D: Soo drinkable. The perfect florida summer brew.

Overall: I loved Festina Peche which sent me in search of other wonderful Berliner's. Fishingnet from ratebeer told he to get this one. Boy was he right. Tons of nice light flavor with wonderful drinkability. I can see me sipping many of these during the hot Florida summer days.

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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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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
91 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.