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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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Ratings: 1,081
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 90
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem

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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4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A) This Berliner-Weisse is litght in color, quite murky, but still translucent, it had a decent size fine fizzy head, almost like a soda.
S) The aroma was sweet with a hint of a tart fruity taste, maybe kind of cherry-like.
T) This beer bites in dry, but rapidly swells to a sweet and wet lingering taste. The dark cherry sweetness lilts leaving the tartness at the bottom of the palate to linger.
M) This beer has a fair share of complexity to its feel. It starts dry, lingers wet, as if it were almost sticky, if it wasn't for the fizz dancing on the tongue.
D) The tart-sweetness, combined with the light fizziness strikes me like it would be a very nice summer celebration beer. It is tart, but very slightly, and leaves me wanting another.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 19:25:31 | More by gabemasiulis
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

04-08-2013 07:19:32 | More by lemniscate
Photo of stimy


3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this at an "Art of Refermentation" beer tasting hosted by Garrett Oliver at the National Geographic.

These are my tasting notes:

This beer had a Lambic type aroma. The finish on the beer was tart. The mouthfeel was champagne like.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 17:38:29 | More by stimy
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

02-24-2012 23:46:48 | More by tobin
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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Share with a few friends and some hot soft butter pretzels.

A- Sunshine yellow with a cloudy hue, about a finger (mine) of head that quickly evaporates to only the memory of foam. Be-careful, if you blink you might miss it.

S- It smells like I just walked into a french bakers kitchen, creamy butter, yeast, and the slightest of bit of buttermilk. I love how this smells, its like someone just baked up some butter milk biscuits.

T- Refreshing and slightly tangy, green love from the funky farmy horse barn-age. I am diggen this one and am really glad I got two.

M- Spicy carbonation that cuts my tongue as it aerates in my mouth. All most to the point of (good) pain, it slowly subsides. Its like S&M in my mouth, it like it.

D- This is a summer time patio pounder, I could drink this refreshing brew siting out side looking at the ocean. I cant thing of any thing I would rather have on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 16:28:04 | More by SourBatchKid
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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Erdinger Weissbrau glass. Small champagne like bubbles OUT OF CONTROL. So crazy fizzy, could not control the head as I was pouring it. Died down VERY quickly though, no lasting head, no lacing. However, I think that do to the champagne like quality of the beer, that is what I would expect. Not really a negative for this beer.

Smells very citrus like and light.

Taste is acidic, citrus like and mild. No aftertaste, but a lasting dry acid bite, very white wine/champagne like, more like a wine then a beer. Its weird but I could almost be fooled into thinking this came from the vine.

Mouthfeel, Exceptional, like champagne...exactly, close your eyes its champagne.

Drinkability is really good because, for this type of beer, its the best. I could actually sit and drink this regularly, where as others of this style are more just for trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 06:32:27 | More by MichaelGreene
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

03-31-2012 23:26:02 | More by friartuck72
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4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon asking clerk for a style that is somewhat out of the ordinary with a distinct flavor this beer was recommended. In short - great call.

Smell: Muted, fresh, appropriate for style.
Taste: Like a tart, sour (tastefully) Jolly Rancher German wheat beer.
Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, quenching.
Drinkability: Off the charts - would drink plenty (if I could afford it!!!)

Overall: Fantastic, refreshing beer! It scratches that summertime itch...

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 23:15:01 | More by CJStout
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

01-17-2013 01:32:20 | More by 7clutch
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

06-26-2014 02:31:14 | More by Mowgli87
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

11-10-2012 04:02:05 | More by Patriot19
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

07-22-2014 17:34:03 | More by Matty123
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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours clear with a very pale yellow body and a thin white head. A lot of lemon in the nose with some apple and pear that give away the yeast in the bottle. Also some banana in the aroma along with some skunky grass notes. Very refreshing. Lemon, pineapple and apple cider are prominent. Definitely has a tart champagne quality with a some husk/wheat malt coming through at the finish. Hops are subtle but impart a nice grassy quality. Light bodied and well carbonated. Mouthfeel is tart and fizzy with a dry finish. Not a lot to this beer but it's very enjoyable if you're in the mood. The right amount of sourness to play off the malt. A bit Phenolic as it warmed but super easy to drink. Great presentation.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 02:29:47 | More by electrobunny
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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first example of the Berliner Weisse style, and I was awfully impressed.

A: Very large head that continued to rise above the glass for a good minute after the pouring stopped. Golden sparkling appearance not unlike Champagne.

S: Bubbles in the nose. Crisp, clean, unsweetened Ginger Ale. Very dry. Again, reminds me of champagne.

T: Slightly sour, exceptionally crisp and dry. Sharp without much of an aftertaste. I could have used a touch more snap from the lacto b. bacteria, but it was quite good.

M: Clean and light

O: One of the most refreshing beers I've had. Think of a sharper, dryer S. Dupont with more fizz. Took me all of 3 minutes to guzzle it. Almost TOO refreshing, if that can actually be considered a fault. ultra-drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 02:43:31 | More by shamsoftabriz
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

07-25-2014 01:52:05 | More by Bryanbrown0420
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New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

12-24-2011 20:55:26 | More by StRocco
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

04-05-2013 23:38:04 | More by wentsul
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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all, 1809's bottle is great. I love the design and little history lesson included on it. The beer is brewed in a very non-traditional manner. The mash is hopped, and the resulting wort is not boiled. The beer is fermented with the presence of lactobacteria. I bet the brewer adds a controlled bacteria culture, but I suppose historically this beer was sour because of the wort went into fermentation without being boiled.

Totally unlike any German beer I've tried. I would compare it to a Belgian wit, but that is a stretch in itself. Appearance is pale straw, and a little unappetizing.

The use of lactobacteria in fermentation gives it a pervasive, though not dominant sourness. It is a wheat beer, and there is a certain hefe quality to it (banana/clove) as this is unfiltered. Carbonation is high; mouthfeel is effervescent and crisp, with a peculiar aftertaste. The taste is perhaps powdery? with a minor fruitiness (green apple present - acetaldehyde, but not from spoilage because this bottle tastes very fresh). I am a huge fan of sour beer, but 1809's sourness just can't be compared to that of a Belgian.

I really liked this beer. And would be interested in trying it with the raspberry or woodruff syrup that Berliners drink it with.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 16:26:11 | More by aflockofshegulls
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-15-2013 18:49:02 | More by greg33027
Photo of BeerBean


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

Appearance - Lemon/straw yellow. Hazy, and adding the yeast at the bottom of the bottle on the second pour made it extra hazy. Big head that disappears quickly. No lacing... kinda disapointed, but that's the only thing wrong with this beer.

Smell is lemons and citrus fruits (grapefruit mostly). Acidity and yeastiness are present. The aroma is strong, hits you right out of the bottle. It's got a bite to it that is very tart and refreshing.

Taste is spectacular, like sour champagne on the first pour and a citrus-spicy yeast-fest on the second. Acidity seems to dissipate as it warms, and it sweetens up just a bit. The wheat comes through at the back.

The feel is crisp and light, but not empty. It's on the heavier end of light bodies.

What a great Berliner Weisse! Full of flavor and aroma, and a great beer to end the summer season on. Thanks to Will @ The Beer Store in Southampton for the recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 00:46:57 | More by BeerBean
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-11-2014 14:47:37 | More by Brianbosox
Photo of Demitra


3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Pilsner glass

Appearance: Bubbles float to the top very fast, champagne like. The head quickly disintegrates from the bubbles. Rich golden color. Has a thin viscosity.

Smell: Cider like, citrus, pear, green apple

Taste: Tart, refreshing, a little watery. I taste pear and almonds. Very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Very effervescent , the bubbles tingle my tongue a little more than I would like a beer to. The beer feels a little too thin, watery in my mouth.

Overall: I like it. Drinkability is the biggest factor, I can drink this with or without food. A no fuss, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 02:52:12 | More by Demitra
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Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.7%

10-03-2012 14:45:28 | More by xfbbx
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

02-02-2012 03:39:07 | More by m26taylor
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

04-24-2012 22:37:57 | More by TheInquisition
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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