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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: 1,117
Reviews: 539
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 92
Gots: 79 | 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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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

01-21-2010 23:54:04 | More by ATPete
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4.47/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

03-27-2009 02:23:24 | More by connecticutpoet
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-05-2014 03:20:22 | More by redfox405
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

07-28-2013 02:31:09 | More by Gatch
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

02-11-2012 06:27:24 | More by sommersb
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3.84/5  rDev -6.6%

Lots of visible carbonation fuels a white head. The body has some haze to it. Leaves some splotches behind.

Pretty pungent wheat aroma. Lemon and some mustiness.

Light and effervescent on the tongue. Not much tartness to it especially when compared to American takes on the style. Follows through with the nose with that citric lemon character and wheat.

Probably the best of the style I've had so far. It's more dynamic than the others, but with less lacto presence.

05-06-2014 00:02:14 | More by MattSweatshirt
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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

07-02-2012 22:22:33 | More by larryi86
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

05-28-2014 03:06:38 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%

I drank this one right after my first Berliner Weisse which was Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Weisse....

it pours up a murky orange color with a quickly fading white head. the nose is citrus, slight tartness, wheat. the taste is tart, sour, citrus, very high zesty carbo, lemons. medium to full bodied, high carbo.

This was a more citrusy and carbonated brew as apposed to the Bayerischer Berliner which was more bready and smoother. They both were good though....

10-31-2008 18:29:44 | More by stumac
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

08-02-2014 02:12:00 | More by vrbulldog22
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-04-2014 06:05:28 | More by Yeti1979
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

06-09-2014 03:25:09 | More by Zuidman
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4.73/5  rDev +15.1%

My beer guru brought this one over to split. Ourstanding appearance, very good smell, and unreal taste. Would describe it as a sour but lighter. Very easy to drink and very clean on the finish. I really wish we could get more of this style here in Maryland.

06-19-2014 00:35:02 | More by JamieDuncan
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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

01-26-2010 05:13:34 | More by dasenebler
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3/5  rDev -27%

02-02-2014 08:36:17 | More by rudabegga9
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%

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!

08-25-2009 13:53:25 | More by botham
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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

09-28-2011 05:05:39 | More by ChugginOil
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +21.7%

12-04-2013 03:59:06 | More by RochefortChris
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-14-2014 19:19:37 | More by dkw0063
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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
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-12-2013 06:07:27 | More by sloelco
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

05-03-2014 00:34:41 | More by Nunya
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%

Cloudy straw colored pour with a foamy white one-finger head. Has a strong yeasty aroma with hints of lemon. Really nice light lemon tart flavor backed by mild yeast and biscuit. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Near perfect example of the style.

08-04-2014 14:08:31 | More by Karibourgeois
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

01-06-2014 16:59:42 | More by Jordy777
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-31-2012 16:39:54 | More by standardcherry
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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