Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem
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4.03/5 rDev -1.9%
Quick notes from Tigris Beverage/g.housen Tasting earlier today. 500mL brown glass pry-top bottle.
Super pale yellow with thin white head that falls quickly. Nose is huge compared to the appearance: white smoke, rocks and gravel, and some barnyard funk. Palate is crisp and dominated by pear notes (like peary). Tart and earthy. Not a lot of wheat character. Very clear and clean finish.
10-06-2010 00:43:05 | More by SFLpunk
3.9/5 rDev -5.1%
I got two pours out of the 16.9 oz bottle. The first yielded a crystal clear straw color with more than two fingers of fizzy head that quickly receded into nothingness. The second pour yielded a cloudy color (due to the bottling yeast on the bottom) and the same head as the first pour.
The nose had only slight yeasty notes along with the essence of lemons. The body and flavor profile are quite light and highlighted by a touch of lemon.
This would make for an excellent summer drink, but it's really not my preferred style.
02-15-2014 20:33:52 | More by 57md
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
Reviewed from notes. Poured into a tulip. Pours a very light straw color with lots of visible carbonation and a gorgeous three finger fluffy and creamy looking white head that settles down to about half and retains nicely through out the beverage. The aroma is kind of funky and yeasty with a slight lemon edge to it. The taste is very light. It's nice and crisp with a biscuity flavor with an tart lemon apple finish to it. I think the carbonation is a but much on this. It kind of explodes in the mouth and the carbonation is a bit on the sharp side. I do however really like the nice light body. This is near perfect. By biggest qualm with this is the carbonation, otherwise, this is a great example of the style.
01-24-2011 00:13:54 | More by Bendurgin
4.05/5 rDev -1.5%
Bottle poured into a Tired Hands wine glass.
Pour: Completely clear pale yellow with two fingers of fizzy white head. Head recedes to a film and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Bready biscuit, lemon zest, pear, green apple. This smells pretty good.
Taste: Nice bready sweetness, followed by a great lemon tartness. Tartness evolves to incorporate some pear as well. Finish is lemon juice.
Mouthfeel: This where this beer excels. Really nice fizzy carbonation, coupled with a tartness that I was really happy to see. Very light, in a good way.
Overall: This beer is a never fail shot to get a nice tart bite with some flavors (minus the funk) that you might find in a gueuze. Really helps scratch that itch when I don't want to drop $12 on a bottle of Black Label or open something from the cellar.
10-10-2012 22:05:50 | More by cfrances33
3.9/5 rDev -5.1%
500ml bottle. Pours hazy golden with a short lived, thin, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of lemon fruit, barnyard, sour dough and hints of hops. Medium, tart body. Very sour, tart taste with hints of hops, while high carbonation adds to drinkability. This beer grew on me with every sip. I would not mix it with a syrup.
11-14-2011 22:19:38 | More by mikeg67
4.43/5 rDev +7.8%
Found this odd brew @ Shawn Liquors. No real brewery listed, only "brewed by Dr. Fritz Breim, Munich, Germany". A Google search found the impoter, B. United Intl's website that loosely indicates that this is a collaboration between Doemens Institue and Weihenstephan.
Pours a hazy pale straw colow with a fluffy white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.
Aroma is bready and yeasty with a nice sour twang.
Taste is bready upfront immediatly washed over by a refreshing sourness and yeasty taste. Finishes quite clean with a mild fruitiness.
Light body, solid carbonation.
This was my first experience with this style, and quite a positive one. Delicious flavor and super drinkability. A bit pricey at $5 for 16.9oz, but well worth it for the experience. I hope to find this again, but I suspect that it's quite a rare find.
04-16-2007 23:27:14 | More by MaltyGoodness
2.17/5 rDev -47.2%
Pours a peachy-yellow with a pillowy white head that falls off after a short while. Somewhat cloudy, laces brokenly. Smells of lactic sourness, wheat, gooseberries, alcohol. Taste is mostly a thin wheaty flavor up front, with a distinct tartness and growing sour quality. Alcohol present too, which I find surprising and out of character for the style. Ethanol actually distracts from the flavor and reduces the complexity of the sour flavors. Didn't have any syrup to add so I wasn't able to see how it improved the beer, but I feel like even a B.W. should be reviewed based on how it tastes straight. Thin bodied, kind of watery. I've had a few Berliner Weisses and this has been both the least interesting and the least palatable.
09-17-2008 02:34:24 | More by aforbes10
4.3/5 rDev +4.6%
as its pouring it almost has a pinkish hue which settles to a pale straw color with a pure white, quickly receding head that leaves little lacing. a nice, steady stream of bubbles continuously flows.
wheaty and fruity with lemon, grass, straw, hay, peach, apple skins.
tart and fruity. not sour, but tart. lemon, peach, and sour apple with wheat and grass. pretty simple, yet complex, oddly. has the grassiness of a pilsner with a nice tartness and light fruitiness that complements that beautifully.
pretty thin bodied, which is perfect for the style, with pretty heavy carbonation. it finishes dry as hell (assuming hell is dry).
drinks very well! by far the best example of the style, though I can count the ones I've tried on one hand still. dry, yet sweet, yet tart, yet herbal, yet simple, yet complex.
02-03-2011 03:29:27 | More by silentjay
4.43/5 rDev +7.8%
Appears a pale yellow with a large white head that falls quicklyy leaving little lacing. Active carbonation.
Smells lemony tart and yeasty.
Tastes is similar to smell, tart lemons, yeasty bread though neither is overpowering.
Mouthfeel is dry, carbonated and thin bodied.
Drinkability is excellent.
Easy and nice drinking beer is you enjoy this style, guess I do.
A very tasty beer that I wish was less expensive so I could have it more often this summer. It's not complex but does fit to style quite well.
07-20-2008 19:32:50 | More by meatyard
4.63/5 rDev +12.7%
What a great beer. I really didn't expect to like this after having hated the Berliner Kindl-Weisse so much, but this one is very different. Just a light tartness and still very refreshing.
The beer pours fairly clear at first, but after mixing in the sediment, it looks like a witbier. Very pale yellow, almost white with all of the light reflecting off the sediment. Has a nice lofty head with great retention and washy sheets of lacing. Unexpectedly very little apparent carbonation.
The smell is awesome. Just a light lactic tartness with a strong citrus twang. Quite lemony with a soft sweet wheat malt aroma and undertones of banana. Even more subtle hints of spice. Almost smells like a malt based lemonade, but in a good way (not like Lienie Summer Shandy, or something like that).
The taste is phenomenally refreshing. Up front, flavors of banana and wheat come in to play, but as it is forced down the palate a light tartness takes over. Great lemon zest flavor. The finish is very dry with no lingering aftertaste. Only a hint of spice, perhaps coriander. Very easy to drink. I may have to try this with a hit of syrup sometime.
The body is quite light and dry. The carbonation is so light it almost can't be felt on the palate. If it weren't for the lactic acid burn, this would seem almost flat. I am going to make this my new summer drinker, though I may have to take it easy at $5 a half liter.
05-04-2007 06:41:08 | More by neonbrown82
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
Sampled on 7-8-10
Pours an extremely pale yellow color, with lots of fizzy carbonation. It suits the style though, and is refreshingly different.
Smell is slightly sour wheat and banana, subtle but still very nice. Very light, but not beery at all.
Taste is very delicate, with extremely well-placed sourness. The malt is light and sweet, with a great lemon juice tangy citrus. The finish is smooth and candy sour, with a pleasantly dry aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is good, very slick but still light and bubbly.
Drinkability is very good, an outstanding session beer if it was less expensive.
Overall, a very tasty and well made beer. My new benchmark for the style.
07-09-2010 22:57:19 | More by BMoney575
4.15/5 rDev +1%
Retrieved bottle from cellar after a year. Let's see how it's coming along.
A: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with an initial 1/2" white head which fades to the rim. Very effervescent tiny bubbles.
N: Lemons, astringent, musty funk, grass, grainy, fruity yeast.
T: Follows nose. Tart and zesty.
M: Crisp, tangy, tingly on the nose and tongue from the fine carbonation. Dry finish.
O: Very refreshing. Quite enjoyable. A little age seems to bring more tartness. Would certainly have again.
07-15-2011 21:14:42 | More by wethorseblanket
4.47/5 rDev +8.8%
Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a creamy white head.
Crackery, grainy, musty aromas with strong lemon notes.
Crackery grain is swept asside by a wave of lemon driven acidity that gives a refreshing zip to this unique beer. No sweetness, no bitterness, but a moderate level of acidity and lemon flavors that are reminiscent of fresh lemonade.
The mouthfeel is crisp and sharp, the acid makes the carbonation seem even more pronounced.
Off the charts drinkability, if you enjoy tart beers. The only thing holding me back from drinking this allday everyday is the $5.99/16.9oz bottle price tag. A lovely beer that really shows what an under produced, but fascinating beer style Berliner Weiss is.
07-02-2011 02:33:25 | More by BradLikesBrew
3.85/5 rDev -6.3%
Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Hazy pale yellow with a small white head. No lacing.
Smell: Pale wheat malt and tartness.
Taste: Very tart with a dry finish. Pale wheat malt. Not alot of complexity but it's still pretty good.
09-16-2010 05:38:57 | More by BierFan
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
08-15-2012 04:15:46 | More by axeman9182
4.22/5 rDev +2.7%
From 0.5L into Cab glass...
Cloudy, honey body with ample carbonation. Wispy soap-bubble head dissipates quickly.
Very sweet honey and yeast aroma with a hint of apple cider and maybe a little funk. Very old-school - some pears in there as well.
Tangy, tart, dry and funky. Big citrus character with pear overtones. Austerity contributes to the crispness. Reminds me of a very mild, dry Belgian sour - this is neat stuff.
Very clean mouthfeel for a funked beer. Finish has an apple-fiber texture - fruity with nice yeast and wheat.
Even though I like funk more in music than in beer, I appreciate the craft involved in concocting this thing. Very well-made, thirst-quenching and enjoyable.
06-28-2008 09:59:20 | More by IBUnit63
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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