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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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92
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1,138 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,138
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 94
Gots: 84 | 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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Photo of BigPapaMolar
4/5  rDev -2.7%

BigPapaMolar, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of haggadah
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 'Berliner Weisse'--a sour wheat bear that used to be (in the 1800s) the most popular beer in Northern Germany. Syrups are sometimes added to this style of beer to cut the sourness. Napoleon himself praised this beer as the "Champagne of the North". It's a cross between champagne and beer: sharp, rather tart, and very very bubbly. The citrus is light and delicious. A great--and fun--summer drink. Sip, don't gulp this one.

haggadah, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of frDan
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

frDan, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of 7ate9
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold color with a big bubble fluff head that dies to nothing and leaves no lace. fine.
Smells a bit farty sadly. Smells like wine that's been left on the lees for too long. Anaerobic decomposition stank. A bit eggy. Some h2s smellies? Or like a half jug of apple cider you forgot you had in the back of your fridge. Not entirely unpleasant but not so nice.
MMM taste is clean tart and refreshing with absolutely no hint at all of the stinksies in the nose. Not complex but so nice to quaff. Lemon and cider with a bit of wet grain on the swallow.
Carb is lively and inviting and it goes down nice a easy.
I wish that nose was a bit cleaner. I understand the process lends itself to that...but not all of 'em I've had have a stank. With my experience so far with this style I've liked the American versions much better than the german versions. This one is alright and nice to quaff.

7ate9, May 13, 2011
Photo of rkasten1
4/5  rDev -2.7%

rkasten1, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of codyhaskell
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

codyhaskell, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of Big_J22
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Big_J22, May 10, 2013
Photo of JeffV
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a great gold color with some cloudy yeast floating around. It is clearer at the bottom than on top.

Smells great. A little soury. Kind of sweet.

This is amazing. Elegant and Refreshing. I wish I could have this by the keg for the summer time.

Very nice mouthfeel. Enough said.

The tartness might be a little much for a long session but this is a terrific beer and I'd like another.

JeffV, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of ctxfenris
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

ctxfenris, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of msimone372
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

msimone372, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of elinash
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an absolute perfect example of a berliner weisse. I can't imagine drinking it with syrup, though. It pours with little head, and it's a pale yellow with cloudy yeast. The aroma is slight lemon and light flowers with yeast. Mouthfeel is spritzy, the tartness of the taste changing the mouthfeel. Refreshing, light, and extremely quaffable. I'm glad the world's oldest brewery hasn't sold out.

elinash, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of Petrislav
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Vigorous bright white champagne bubble head, pale gold and hazy with sediment

S: Sweet, acidic like a sparkling wine, dry, fruity, many different smells and aromas, complex

T: Not as fruity or dry as champagne, has notes of grape/white fruit, tart

M: Tart, sweet and bubbly

Petrislav, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of scoots511
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a fizzy white head, bigger bubbles that disappear at a higher rate. Looks nice and clear, turned cloudy towards the end of the bottle when the yeast was stirred up a bit.

S: Lemon, sour some malt

T: Lemon, slight sour, slight acidic taste. I could still taste some of the tartness when I licked my lips.

M: Nice fizzynness reminiscent of a lower carbonated deus, etc

O: Light and lightly tart, refreshing concoction, it actually reminds me of my wifes prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) a bit. This was my first berliner weiss, it seemed nice I've rated it 4's across the board.

scoots511, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of kiya
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great label design on this one...
Pours a golden yellow with a light head that disappears within a minute. The initial scent is that of a overripe pear with a strong barnyard and wet hay scent that seems quite strong for a Berliner Weisse.
The flavors are intense even when straight out of a fridge. There's crisp apples, hard cider, and a lot of lemon flavor. The lemon accent is extremely strong and goes very well with the more dark grassy scents coming off the top of this beer. Throughout the glass the beer continues to be heavily carbonated, giving it a very light feel. The balance is perfect on all levels, its crisp and clean yet has strong notes of a deeper beer on the nose.
One of the best BW styles i've had.

kiya, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Siebel98
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Siebel98, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

mchodge13, Jan 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

BravaLenox, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Reiksguard
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rated from a bottle conditioned 500ml poured into a pint glass (didn't have the appropriate glassware).

Poured a hazy light gold with a very deep head that dissipated rather quickly. The nose of the beer was mild at best - perhaps some buttery notes. The taste and mouthfeel were very good. I would classify it as a mildly sour beer with a good pale ale base. Minimal hop flavor.

Overall, a very good beer - something I would drink more than one of in a night.

Reiksguard, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of Presticle
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Presticle, Feb 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

ShuliShake, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of BStalf21
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.

BStalf21, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of Bryanbrown0420
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Bryanbrown0420, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of t8s8l8
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- A hazy golden yellow appearance. Nice smooth fluffy head that falls quickly and leaves a band of foam around the glass.

Aroma- slight acidic aroma, also present are fruits, pears and golden delicious apples, slight spiciness not necessarily clove like though, Brett seems to be current as well.

Taste- Real smooth it has that fruit bite from the acidic aroma that follows through in the taste especially in the middle. the mouthfeel is extremely light, not as dry as I was expecting, some what wheaty which i think is common. a champagne bubbly smoothness as well. the acidic character really plays nicely my mouth is still watering as I write this review.
Overall Experience- This was my first Berliner Weisse and i really enjoyed it. the aroma and taste was similar to a nice sour but the wheat character gave it a very summery kick. a mix of summer wheat with a sour would love to try some others of this style.

t8s8l8, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of smt1
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

smt1, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of pesekad
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

pesekad, Jan 14, 2014
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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