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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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Reviews: 570
Hads: 1,319
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 124
Gots: 134 | FT: 0
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Professor Fritz Briem

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 ikats
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale yellow in color, slightly hazy with fluffy white head that subsides to a thin cover. There is a nice, constant stream of small bubbles rising to the surface. As I started pouring the room filled with the wonderful aroma. Reminds me of sour candy. Not too sour. Just some playful tartness. Lemon with a touch of sweetness. I've enjoyed aroma and was afraid that the taste will let me down. Not so. Lightly tart, but followed by some sweetness. Not overpowering at all. In fact, it's quite light. Very drinkable - the first sip was quickly followed by the second and then a few more before I realized that I need to continue with this review. Pleasant mouthfeel. I'm enjoying it in the middle of January, but it would probably taste even better on a warm summer evening.

Berliner Weissbier is one of my favorite styles, but unfortunately it is all too rare. So when I was picking up a few bottles for a friend, I couldn't resist grabbing this bottle as soon as I noticed it for myself. I was a little put off by 5% ABV (seemed a bit high), but now I'm glad I picked up a bottle.

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Photo of aficionado
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crackling carbonation is quite high. Like a Perrier sparkling water. Nice head. The cleanest of light golden yellow bodies. Aroma is dominant with Granny apples, but there's also lots of lemon. Floral, fruity, Autumn apples. Taste is tart but not as sour as I had hoped. Fruity and dry. Thin, crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. On the bottle: Lactic acid. Mash hopped, No wort boiling...Hmmm I'm intrigued.

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Photo of ausonius
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle into a Riedel Vinum Bordeaux

My bottle - like all the other ones I've seen say Dr., not Professer, but whatever.

Murky yellow, straw, orange.
Big foamy Wheat Beer head. Settles in a few minutes. Not too much lacing with this foamy head.

Nose: Sweaty lactic sour with earthy key lime & some funk in the background. Violet, licorice, fresh semolina bread, & a hint of raw tangy, pungent honey.
Some complex yeasty Belgian-like creamy sweetness.
Miraculous & unique.

Palate: Big, full, round & grainy. Pungent/spicy ginger & beautiful grainy wheat. Hints at limestone minerality allied to blood orange/lime & wheat character. Vinous, & even Champagne-like, in an earthy, lactic way.
Pretty friggin' complex on the palate as well.

96 Points

One of the great, unique beers of the world.

Not sure if I can ever live without this one.


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Photo of Wadsey
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Style Weisse

Served in New Belgium globe glass. 

A: Pours clear straw with large white head that collapses quickly, as is appropriate for style. Sparkling. 

S: Whiff of musty basement, followed by citrus, unripe fruit, lactic sourness, and wheat. 

T: Medium-light lactic acid, wheat and biscuit, unripe fruit, mineral water and low-grade funk. Crisp and relatively clean. 

M: Lighter body and higher carbonation. Lively, snappy mouthfeel. Drying. 

O: 1809 has bigger flavors and body than other berliner weisses, which does hurt drinkability. Still, I find it enjoyable and will drink it during the summer to break up the "monotony" of Oarsman and Hottenroth. 

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Photo of cmoody91
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: big foamy head that dies off quickly into no lacing or head. very light straw golden color with a bit of cloudiness. Loads and loads of bubbles racing up and breaking the surface of the beer.

S: Lemon, green apple, super fresh and sweet smelling

T: Wheat, loads of fresh sweet tart fruits: apple, meyer lemon, tangerine. Finish is juicy and just a tiny bit dry. Sweet without being cloying. Lovely.

M: Light, finish is punctuated by carbonation.

O: Super great summer beer. Best Berliner i've ever had. Definitely pick up a couple bottles if you see it.

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Photo of kaiyote
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, with a decent pure white head that dissipated quickly leaving no head. Smell hints at the lactic acid, you only taste it a bit, like the tartness of a citrus fruit. Quite a wonderful beer for sitting outside on a lazy afternoon watching the clouds roll by.

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Photo of radshoesbro
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a weizen glass.

pours a clear golden yellow with massive carbonation leading to a huge white head that dissipates quickly to very little. throughout the experience bubbles were racing up the side of my glass. smells of fresh lemon and some grass. the grass isn't very palpable, but it's there. the zest of the lemon is very prominent and overpowers anything else that might be there. there is a tartness to the aroma that is very faint. taste is of tart lemons throughout, no real noticeable wheat in the flavor at all. there's a dryness to the finish that wasn't really my cup of tea. this is a very light bodied beer with a crispness to it that makes it very drinkable and refreshing. very worthwhile and i would happily drink it again.

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Photo of mmcave
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly beat up bottle no freshness date
Chilled and poured aggressively into a nonic, pure white head rose and dissipated rapidly. The body is hazy blond with lighter milky tones around the edges (reminiscent of orange juice that has sat around and the majority of fruit separates from the water). Tiny bubbles are present and maintain subtle carbonation. Smells of yeast up front with notes of citrus, lemon, maybe even slight hint of green apple.
Taste is crisp and refreshing with a mild sourness not terribly dissimilar to sucking on a lemon, however more subdued. I get tiny hints of sour apple and lemon with those same yeast flavors, a generous acidity and tartness, which IMO is specific to lactic bacteria and differs from brett.
I also want to mention that label states that traditionally this style was mashed hopped and not boiled, which is extremely interesting.
Given this is my first experience tasting the style, but after reading it would seem that this is true to the style. Its also quite tasty, drinkable and refreshing. Although it really doesn’t require fruit syrup it would be interesting to taste the beer

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Photo of fropones
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light golden yellow with about 2.5 fingers of white airy head that quickly dissipated to about a finger. Obviously very bubbly. Smell is a lot of citrus and wheat. Very clean smell. The taste is very refreshing, similar to biting into a lemon (but not in a bad way). Crisp, clean, refreshing. Good effervescence in the mouth with a nice dry finish. An all around good beer.

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Photo of busterthecat
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle for ~$7. Poured into a wine glass. No date on bottle.

A- pours a bright wheat color from bottle. By adding a touch of the yeast from the bottle the beer sits a pale yellow hue. No head forms and only a few bubbles rise to the surface.

S- Bright sweet lemon with a good mellow tartness. Dusty notes with some wheat. Smells very light and refreshing.

T- Similar to the aroma indicated. Sweet lemon, a light tartness, wheat & dust. Simple mellow and refreshing. Flavors are pretty bold for such a light beer.

M- Medium bodied for a beer this light. Drinks like a light lemonade, except better. The tartness lingers lightly as the beer slowly dries.

O- A nice simple refreshing beer. Reminded me of JP Weizen Bam. So easy to drink. The flavors are bold enough to make this interesting. This beer exists between a wit and a blond sour. Would like to try more of this style.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a nice light yellow with no head or lacing... remarkable
S- yeast, a tart sugar smell, wheat, very inviting
T- very tart and refreshing,very easy to drink but complex at the same time, some hints of wheat and sugar but not very sweet
M- really really carbonated, refreshing, its so hard to believe its so carbonated cause it looks so flat... sneaky sneaky
D- this beer is 5 percent, awesome... give me this one all day

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Photo of gabeerfan
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear honey gold. Little to no head and no lacing at all. Looks like sparkling apple juice.
Aromas of lemons, green apples, sourdough.
Tastes of lemons, granny smith apples, sourdough and a touch of honey.
Light mouthfeel with high carbonation to keep the palate clean.
Pretty drinkable at only 5% and the flavors, while very different, keep you interested.
Very good beer. Very different flavors, in a good way. I can see why this style would be served with a syrup, but I don't think it's necessary for this particular beer.

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Photo of Azurescens
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 5/28/11

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with large white head. No lacing left around glass.

S: Nose is wheat with lactic sourness, some lemon peel citrus aromas and grass as well.

T: Sour wheat with lots of lemony citrus notes. Simple, clean and quite sour.

M: Very light bodied, sour and crisp. Moderate carbonation, finishes dry.

O: Very refreshing and drinkable. The citrus notes in addition to the wheat and lactic acidity are really enjoyable and make this beer much more drinkable.

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Photo of danadeny
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this in bottle at The Metropolitan in Baltimore. I've only had a few (maybe 3) berlinerwisses in my life so I though this would be a good opportunity to taste another example of a hard to find, not often brewed style. The appearance was what I would expect from a wisse; bubbly white head and golden straw clear body. The smell was very light except for the hint of funk I was hoping would indicate some sourness in the flavor. Ahh yes the hint of sourness on the finish was there, and pretty well balanced as well. It's just enough funk that other flavors are not over powered and the beer doesn't require a lot of other ingredients to compensate for balance. Mouth feel is light, watery and refreshing. Drinkability is a little above average just because it's not a session beer to me, but I would start a session with one anytime. I also like the mission of this brewer; to bring old obscure styles back to life, but do it true to form, history and original recipes. Simple plan yet very effective.

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Photo of AndoBrew
2.51/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

*did not really mind would not buy*

app: icky cloudy yellow with white bubbly head

smell: oh no, smells like a heffe with some steamed greens in it. like canned spinach.

taste: lil sour lil bananas lil of the green smell sneaks in through the nose. mostly a sourish heffe

mf: nice alive and soothing

drinkable?: sure, sept for the greens

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Photo of Chizoad
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow and slightly cloudy. Was careful not to dump the yeast into the glass. Good sized white head, no lacing. Nice looking summer beer. Didn't have any raspberry or woodruff syrup to add so I drank it as is.

Smells distinctly like a wheat beer. No lactic sourness. Definitely not a rich smelling beer at all, but clean and seems like it would be refreshing.

The taste is excellent. It's like a lighter version of a wheat beer where the typical clove flavors are downplayed and made far more palatable. I've noticed other wheat beers that have an unpleasant sourness to them, but this style thankfully uses that sourness to its advantage. Yes the acidity is noticeable but it is not overwhelming and serves to offset the flavors perfectly. Very lemony. A slight bittering finish caps off a great tasting beer.

Light and crisp mouthfeel.

Light summer beers that are good are really hard to come by. This and Russian River's Redemption are my top 2.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a duvel snifter. Poured a cloudy murky straw color with thick foamy white head very little lacing. Smell is a mixture of lemon zest, banana phenolic, apple cider, and sour lactic scents. Taste is extermely refreshing with a sour citur dry flavor again with some apple flavor minus hop and only slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a light body. I could drink this beer on the beach, mowing the lawn, pretty much anywhere and especially in times of hot weather because I think its more refreshing then lemonade. First Berliner weissbier and to me its a nice one.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A noisy head recedes quickly from the top of the cloudy pinkish-orange pour.

Yeast and wheat on the nose. It's sort of bread-like, but very strange, with some hints of fruit.

On the palate, it opens tart and lemony leading to a doughy, wheaty finish, some green apple bursting through the middle.

The carbonation stings a bit at first.

Overall, this is pretty decent, but nothing I'd buy again.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a creamy white head.

Gives off lactic, sour funkiness from the Brettanomyces yeast. There are also notes of lemon citrus, a touch of grassiness and musty barnyard that is also a result of the Brett. And Lactobacillus. More funky green apple, then more dominant banana as it warms.

On the palate, it is dry at first, and slowly puckers with sour, yet creamy mid palate then it makes an abrupt 180 degree turn to champagne like dryness and the lemon and green apple come through for a dry yet tart finish that lingers and gives some earthy mineral quality.

The mouthfeel is mostly dry with spurts of juicy tart fruit. Very complex and well-done beer.

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Photo of bierguru
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - the body is a cloudy straw color that pours with a thick white head that fades quick but not rapidly and leaves a fair amount of lacing

S - the nose of the beer is kind of yeasty and zesty something like a lemon

T - taste is very similar to the nose with the addition of some spice and tartness

M - is kind of prickley and and refreshing

O - the beer is actually pretty good wouldnt be a go to beer but probably would have from time to time

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Photo of Thanby
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale honey color with a small white head that leaves a crown.

Smells like a lemon explosion. Reminds me of a white wine. Very acidic, white grapes, sour apple, hard to pick out the malt.

Tastes like a lemon explosion. It tastes more like a tart pinot grigio than a beer. The malt comes through at the end as a pale dry wheat and is quickly drowned out by the after-effect of the tartness.

Light but a little sticky, very tart and with so much acidity it's hard to pick out detailed flavors because my glands are secreting as much saliva as possible in response to the tartness. Something of a confusing experience.

This was not at all what I was expecting. However, re-evaluated under the category it actually fits, it appears to be a fairly complex and interesting brew.

But it still is like a whole tree of lemons exploding in my mouth.

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Photo of GuzzLah
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light yellow with a huge head and a ton of carbonation.

Aroma is bubblegum, green apple, hay and loose tobacco.

Taste is similar to the aroma with wheat and some green apple tartness, but not super tart. I don't pick up any lacto. The finish is relatively dry and slightly tart.

Overall, this was somewhat of a disappointment. It just tasted like a boring, fizzy wheat beer with a little bit of tartness. I'll conclude that I prefer the modern American Berliners with a more robust lacto component than this traditional Berliner.

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Photo of bowersdm
3.02/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A - the color is reminiscent of a dehydrated person's urine. pale yellow. A tall white head quickly formed and then quickly dissipated...kind of like pouring 7-up or sprite into a cup. Even though there was no head, there was continual carbonation making its way to the top of the beer. very unappetizing appearance

S - lactic acid, wheat, and grape jelly?

T - way too dry for my enjoyment. I'm not sure whether the tanginess is due to the lactic acid, the wheat, or both. If it's because of the lactic acid then there was no malt flavor to notice. It was a very, tart, sour fruit flavor with a very acidic, biting quality to it. The beer was dry throughout.

M - a very bubbly beer, like champagne.

D - i was not a fan of this beer.

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Photo of nycwinter
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice.
A: misty pale orange. Look close to see the bubble party around the perimeter. Though I poured carefully, there are sediment parties as well.

S: slight frutiness with Brett wildness on the nose. Oh, did I forget to mention the sharp sourness.

T: sour. Need I say more? Yes I need. Earthy wild Brett yeast and bready wheat balance the sourness very well.

M: light and refreshing

O: great sessionability, though a little pricey. I would drink again.

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Photo of GradyS1
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy light yellow with a strong 2 finger head, carbination noticable
S- strong citrus notes,lighter pilsner wheet favor comes in as well
T- Sour and Funky upfront but not overwhelming. Sour apples, lemons and a wheat beer mixed togeather. Nice balance.
M- Light, crisp and carbonated.

Overall, I like this syle and this was the best one Ive had so far. It is really a crisp refreshing beer, would have no problem drinking these all day long in the summer

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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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