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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Ratings: 1,231
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 103
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
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Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MaltyGoodness on 04-16-2007

Created by Dr. Fritz Briem of Doemens Institute (  http://www.doemens.org  ), brewed by Weihenstephan & Doemens.
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Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice beer overall, and a good introduction to the style, which I'm not super familiar with. Bottle poured into my Lost Abbey Chalice.

The beer has a straw to orange look that is mostly opaque with a fizzy head that dies very quickly. Some bubbles rise to the top after the pour and continue in a more settled fashion as I sip the brew.

The smell has some nice straw wheat malt notes and a touch of wild yeast brett, also some nice fruity almost berry like notes as well. Some grape like notes, reminding me somewhat of a BPA. Overall nice and subtle aroma, wish it jumped out of the glass a bit more but its nice.

The taste is refreshing and hits the the aromas quite nicely: Some belgian farmhouse maltiness, straw wheat malts, a little touch of tartness from the wild yeast that again also brings a fruity flavor to it, some grapes, and a touch of German barley. Overall quite nice and balanced.

The feel is sort of light and very bubbly, it works well with the flavors.

Overall a nice beer I'd like to try again and seek some more examples of.

Photo of dfillius
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first Berliner Weisse; enjoyed in a pint. Looks official - "Historic signature, Dr. Fritz Briem series" from the "Doemens Institute". This is one fancy-pants beer ;-)

A: Moderate pour yields 1 finger of head that fizzes away quickly - poor retention. More head please! Cloudy light yellow, like a Wit. After rousing the yeast, it became very thick looking.
S: Champagne-y tang - citrus notes and brightness. Sour, lactic smell.
T: Bright and tart, good malt backbone. I expected more tartness due to the syrups used in the German bars for sweetening this style. I enjoyed it more before mixing in all the yeast.
M: Refreshing champagne dryness and tartness.
D: Strong! Very enjoyable.

Photo of Domingo
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color that seems to have a little bit of burn orange to it as well. A big white head forms with no effort on the pour and doesn't really seem to dissipate at all.
Smells citric and fruity. Honestly, the nose isn't nearly as sour as I expected. It's no Bavarian weiss, but it's not as sour as many lambics or other Beliner weisses either.
The taste is more along the lines of what I expected. Not quite as mouth puckeringly tart as a couple others, but still about as sour as beer gets. Citric acid, a little lemon zest, and surprisingly a hint of wheat malt flavor shows up.
Not too chalky or thick or watery either. Pretty much the ideal body for the style.
Not my favorite style, but probably the best example I've had. My wife loves Berliners and this has been her favorite thus far, so take that for what it's worth.
Cheers to Weihenstephan for going after a "dead" style with a long history. Pretty cool idea.

Photo of NooseJustice
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of match1112
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: clear golden straw color. four fingers of thick bubbly head slowly fizzes out. not left with any lacing, but plenty of bubbles rising thru out the drnk to keep me happy. looks like a glass of champaign.

s: lemon, wheat, lemon and a slight funk.

t: mouth puckering lemon sourness. a nice wheat body to cary all the lemon flavor. very fruity.

m: alive with carbnation. thin body, which works very well here. a souring dry finish.

o: awesome beer. glad i was able to find a bottle. will probably pick one up everytime i see it.

Photo of froghop
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a semi-hazy sunshine yellow, with a large white bubbly head, live carbonation, and not much of a lacing.

smell is of wheat, light citrus, and a touch of spice.

taste is crisp, lots of lemon (too much), and yeast, ends on the sour side.

overall tastes better than it look or smells, refreshing, leaves mouth clean.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. no date, no batch number found.

poured into tuliped 12oz pint glass, tasted approx 9 oz without any flavoring added. made a raspberry "syrup" from preserves/jam to try the second half of the bottle...

murky pineapple juice color, with straw tones. looks like a witbier. vigorous pour gives lots of foamy head, but soon reduces to fizzy wisps and a sudsy, thin ring. no lace. (lots of lace and creamy foam once i add the pectin-containing raspberry preserves however...)

aroma: blend of fresh cider vinegar and bready malt, with touch of noble hops. faint micro-trace of funk? more bready yeast in the backend. all somewhat subdued however.

taste: tart acidity - snappy, almost citrusy. touch of bread and yeast. mild bitterness from the faintly grassy hop, all combining towards the snappy finish, along with crisp carbonation.

thin, almost watery, but tart with acidic snap and spritzy carbonation, thus giving some body.

i don't have much frame of reference, but this is refreshing, and also fun to drink with fruit flavoring added.

Photo of vrbulldog22
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Yeti1979
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of coldmeat23
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of mikeg67
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml brown bottle from Ron's Market in Farmington. Pours a hazy light straw color with a good inch of short-lived off-white head. Smells fruity/citrussy, spicy, and slightly sour. Tastes fruity - citrus, apple, equally sweet and sour with a fairly dry clean finish. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Tasty, unique, complex, and super-drinkable. A new favorite!

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served out of a 16.9 oz "mini-bomber" into a Boulevard chalice. No discernible 'drink by' date or batch number/bottling date.

Appearance - The foamy, fluffy head is the most distinct thing about this beer. An eggshell white, with a volume that gave the impression of meringue. Carbonation grows from the bottom of the glass perpetually, feeding the 1.5-finger head. The beer is the color of hay, with some hints of amber.

Smell - Characteristic twinge of sour and funk, but it's fleeting. Reminds me of a weaker version of a gueuze. Some floral notes and a hint of barnyard hay. It has me sufficiently intrigued to what the taste might be like.

Taste - Pleasantly pungent upfront, but quickly rounds out into something resembling watery lemonade. Like a radler with more kick. I get the feel of shandy, and I'm not familiar enough with this particular style of "sour" beer to know whether the lack of that pucker factor is normal or not. I prefer a little bit more kick, but this one is very tasty and I can imagine as a good summer lounging beer, because it's quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Effervescent, pleasant, but that thins out quickly and leaves me wanting a little more. I expected it to linger a bit longer due to it's fullness, but it was almost like drinking a fluffy cloud.

Overall, a very quality beer. As noted, it's refreshing enough that I could see myself kicking back several out in the sun on a lazy weekend. Drinkable and pleasant.

Photo of chugalug06
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Massive five-finger head rushes out of the bottle. White soapy foam lingers on top of the brew for some time. Brew is cloudy yellow with tons of whites.

WOW. A true Berliner Weiss (BW)... Lemon, orange, spices, wheat, lots of stone fruits too.

Perfect (light) funky tartness, awesome carbonation, zero bitterness. Yum. Lots of apple, apricots, lemon, orange, pepper.

IMO, this is how a BW should appear, smell, and taste. Highly recommended, this is a must try for likers of the style

Photo of bruachan
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a huge wheatiness spews forth. spice also, and it really smells like a wit. as i would have expected: some tartness. the head was huge up front, and fell steadily. very light, slightly hazy

the tartness is quite a bit more prevalent in the taste, and really carries the rest of the flavor profile on its back. some sweetness, but the citricity is the most noticeable of the flavors. coriander and other spices come through. caraway?

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of valkyre65
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of avaldivia
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Ajlvt
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of sloelco
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of taospowder
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of cfrances33
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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