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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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1,063 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,063
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 90
Gots: 72 | 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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spoony

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle into a weizen glass.

A-The beer was bright hay and sunshine colored with a two-plus finger plume of white head. Lots of carbonation visible.

S-Lots of citrus smells going on here: lemon, orange, and a little spice. The citrus gave it a light tartness that blended well with the wet hay and wheat undertones.

T-The taste followed the smell very closely. Not terribly tart or sour (compared to other Berliners), but the brew gives you a pleasant lemony bite. Crisp.

M-Light body with lots of prickly carbonation. This beer is highly quaffable and, fortunately, lacks the watery feel that sometimes afflicts wheat beers or weissbiers.

O-This is a solid, above-average Berliner. The whole package was nicely balanced in terms of feel and flavor, but nothing jumped out and made me say, "Wow!" This would be a good introduction to sour beers for the uninitiated.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 17:06:21 | More by spoony
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ATPete

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours a clear yellow color with a medium sized fluffy pure white head. A light tartness, notes of toasty wheat and a Smarties candy sweetness. Crisp with a mild sourness of lemon skin and a very delicate spice note, an aged hop bitterness rounds and balances. Clean and refreshing, a very good, highly drinkable example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 23:54:04 | More by ATPete
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I LOVE this style. Not my favorite, but really good. I would love to try it in Germany.

On the pour, this one had a three finger, fast and loudly fizzy head that was rocky as it subsided. This was atop a hazy yellow body, which is expected for the style.

Aroma was sour, again expected. There was a little bit of hoppiness, and definite wheat malt presence.

Ooooh, the taste. Lightly fruity, with hints of carbonated apple juice. Slightly sour with crisp wheat. Nicely balanced, really really good. No bitterness to speak of, but there is some sour bite.

Mouthfeel is very good. The style is expected to be thin, but there is some perceived body because of the pucker factor. Nicely carbonated, sparkly and just damn pleasant.

Great marks for drinkability. This could easily be a session beer for me, and one I will revisit from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 02:23:24 | More by connecticutpoet
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 19:32:50 | More by meatyard
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-03-2014 15:14:02 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

08-07-2013 03:06:45 | More by MN_Beerticker
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

07-28-2013 02:31:09 | More by Gatch
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Soto

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

04-23-2014 23:59:09 | More by Soto
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ortie

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-04-2013 12:09:48 | More by ortie
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dasenebler

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass, there is a large, bubbly head, which dissipates almost instantly. Copious streams of effervescence shoot through the hazy, yellow elixir. Yeast floaties.

Very aromatic, with notes of lemon zest, grapefruit, vanilla, wheat and acidic funk.

Flavor is sour and refreshing. Easily the best Berliner Weis I've ever had-- ohne Schuss, bitte! Really, don't pour syrup into this beer, it would ruin the character. This weissbier has an almost champagne-like mouthfeel and dry acidity. However, the vomit flavor I tend to associate with bubbly is not present, thankfully. Not as spicey or wheaty as a Hefeweizen, though these characteristics are present. Tart, lemony and delicious. At 5 percent, a bit stronger than a standard Berliner Weiss, though eminently quaffable.

Leave it to Weihenstephaner, a Bavarian brewery, to perfect a North German style. Great, spot-on stuff here.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 05:13:34 | More by dasenebler
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thampel09

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

07-19-2013 07:58:36 | More by thampel09
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botham

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pint bottle poured into a goblet. pours a hazy golden color with a single finger of rapidly depreciating white head that leaves no lacings and has poor retention.

aroma is of fresh bret funk and a bit of wheat malt mixed in with a light apple note in the background and a wet hay note that envelops the profile and enhances the freshness. fresh and crisp in the nose.

taste is of mild funk with a touch of sourness and a base of wheat malt. undertones of fruit (mainly apple) with a very crisp finish. little to no residual. very tasty.

mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp on the palate with a very refreshing character. solid.

drinkability is excellent. a great berliner. very crisp and refreshing with just enough funk to keep it honest. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 13:53:25 | More by botham
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 02-10-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Chalice
Purchased: Single from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY

A: Color is bright golden and semi-clear. Tons of bubbles are in the glass. Huge, off-white head has very good retention and no lacing.

S: Sour and spicy aromas of lemons, oranges and green apples. Very strong and unique.

T: Zesty and tart, with a fruity lemon citrus taste. Quite unlike most beer, this one is neither malty or hoppy. Sour, spicy and a little salty as well.

M: Highly carbonated, with a clean and tangy mouthfeel. Finishes dry, with lemon and salt aftertastes.

O: Very different and excellent beer. I enjoyed it and would recommend it. I think this would be even better on a hot day in the summertime.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 06:27:24 | More by sommersb
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freewill35

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

10-03-2012 00:31:17 | More by freewill35
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first of this style. Pretty stoked to try it out.

Pours a nice cloudy straw color with a massive mound of white and noisy head. Really surprised by all the loud crackling going on in the head. Very little lacing.

The nose is built of wheat, tart sweetness, vinegar and earthy notes. Smells like a good sour ale with a bit of a twist.

The taste is much like the nose. The beer starts with a crisp citrus sour tartness and as it fades, the wheat and malt bill is noticed. Very refreshing and crisp. I get some zesty lemon peel or citrus blend in the mix. Would be ideal on a hot summer day.

The mouthfeel is fully carbonated and has a nice prickly feel due to the tartness. Nice feel.

Overall, for my first Berliner Weissbier, I was quite impressed. Very drinkable and balanced. Refreshing and smooth. I will definitely be grabbing this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 05:05:39 | More by ChugginOil
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Canada_Dan

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

06-24-2014 00:25:53 | More by Canada_Dan
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-31-2012 16:39:54 | More by standardcherry
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

05-28-2014 03:06:38 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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litheum94

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

07-23-2012 04:28:04 | More by litheum94
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dkw0063

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-14-2014 19:19:37 | More by dkw0063
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larryi86

Delaware

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a Weizen Glass

A- A hazy golden straw color with a huge white head that fades very quickly.

S- Sour, light fruits, getting some apples, earthy funk.

T- Sour lemons, touch of apples, touch of wheat, some lactic acid in the finish, some earthy funky.

M- Crisp, light body, tons of carbonation.

O- A really nice sour that is easy to drink. Definitely will pick this up again and start seeking out more Berliner Weissbiers.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 22:22:33 | More by larryi86
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dalepryor

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

05-08-2013 04:07:46 | More by dalepryor
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Anonymous1

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-16-2013 21:50:16 | More by Anonymous1
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-20-2013 22:38:29 | More by ucsbmullet
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Chilled bottle poured into my Allagash tulip glass. Bottle opened with a bit of a gush, most of which hit the glass.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow in color and plenty cloudy. The final pour leaves a bit of yeast at the bottom of the glass. Big, fizzy head that recedes pretty quickly.

Aroma: Lemon zest definitely establishes itself upfront. Herbal and grassy notes come through after that. Some nice barnyard and funk notes are in there as well. They get stronger as this warms too.

Taste: A slight lacto sour kick hits at first, but quickly subsides. This is not at all mouth puckering. Big funk and earth tones show through. Pretty nice balance all around, but I definitely could use a bit more sour.

Mouthfeel: Really crisp and refreshing. Well carbonated all around and light bodied. Slightly dry finish.

Overall, a nice enjoyable berliner weisse and definitely a great example of the style. Plenty of funk and barnyard notes throughout and a nice dry finish. Refreshing, but I think more time in the bottle could help this become more tart.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 23:04:53 | More by Gosox8787
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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