Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem
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4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
A- Pours a clear pale yellow color with a thick white head that leaves a bit of lace.
S- Light tart apple and lemon aroma with a bit of funk.
T- Sharp tart apple juice initially with barely any hop flavor to speak of. A nice crisp lemon flavor with some acidic notes. Dry finish with hardly any alcohol or aftertaste.
M- Light and refreshing with spritzy carbonation.
O- Overall a really interesting brew that was crisp and very drinkable.
05-17-2011 23:11:44 | More by projectflam86
4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
This beer pours a green-tinged pale yellowish color. Very active carbonation in the glass, but the carbonation is not sufficient to keep up with the receding head and the white foam quickly disappeared. The aroma is earthy with yeast and some funky sourness. Alive on the palate as it moves across. The flavor is similar to aroma with earthy tartness and some funky acidic notes.
A refreshing brew; enjoyable and drinkable.
08-28-2010 23:10:07 | More by BeardedBoffin
4.43/5 rDev +7.8%
Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is pale gold, clear, and extremely lively and effervescent. The head is huge, white, and billowy and has good retention for such an acidic beer. The nose is quite assertive with lactic sourness, but there are some fruit notes too (primarily lemon, apples, and pears).
The beer has a light-medium body and a firm mouthfeel that is enhanced by the carbonation. The high carbonation really works well with the acidic nature of the beer. Light, lemony, tart notes abound on the front of the tongue and intensify as the beer moves across the palate. On the back of the palate, sour apple notes develop and lead to an appetizing finish.
This is hands-down the best Berlinerweisse I have had yet. Granted, I've only had a few, but this is the best one. Since there aren't too many of these being made, this may be the best one I have for quite some time. It doesn't drink as intensely sour as some I've had, but the fruit flavors that accompany the sourness add a depth of character and complexity that most of these lack. This is absolutely recommended for fans of the style.
Note: I reviewed this beer straight from the bottle, though I also tried it both with Himbeer syrup and Waldmeister syrup (the traditional manner). It was excellent with both.
09-29-2012 21:34:26 | More by deadonhisfeet
4.6/5 rDev +11.9%
Very pale yellow and fizzy - looks very much like a cheapo adjunct. Frothy white head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing, but leaves a small head throughout.
Sour lemon and apples, some earthiness, yeasty banana. Very refreshing smelling.
Very interesting flavors here. Similar to the nose, I'm picking up the sour lemony apple flavors with a bit of an earthy, barnyard hop taste. Also getting a backbone of a weizen taste of banana and clove yeastiness. Super tasty and refreshing, very unique.
Crisp, highly carbonated but not too frothy (like an adjunct), thin.
This is my first of the style, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but got it because I've been wanting to try one and because of the good reviews. Definitely not disappointed, and would love to seek more of these out (and I've seen some random ones popping up at domestic breweries). I just really appreciate all the flavors that come through in this, despite the sour twang, which sometimes tends to overpower for me.
10-10-2012 01:56:07 | More by gleemonger
3.65/5 rDev -11.2%
A: Pours a very pale and hazy straw color with a big frothy head. THe head quickly fizzes away. No lace.
S: Musty smelling, but with the familiar Weihenstephaner cloves and banana smell.
T: Tart and acidic. A strong lemon and citrus flavor up front gives way to a bready character in the finish.
M: Light with lots of carbonation. FIzzy.
D: The sourness takes some getting used to, but true to Weihenstephaner fashion, this is a good beer. I'll probably stick to the hefe next time though.
11-14-2007 04:46:27 | More by klewis
3.8/5 rDev -7.5%
Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.
A - Murky yellow, much like any good hefeweizen. White head quickly rises to about 2 fingers, but is very soda-pop like. Dissipates fairly quickly, leaving nothing, typical for the Berliner Weisse.
S - Again, somewhat like a hefe. Noticable banana note backed by a very lemony character.
T - Here is where the hefe and Berliner weisse part ways. Some faint fruity esters try to fight their way through the carbonation at first, but quickly lose out to the growing acidity. What starts off as a sort of unsweetened lemonade quickly grows in sourness, much like pure lemon juice. Thankfully, the acidity remains in check. I can perhaps detect an inkling of wheat malt during the finish, but it's difficult to tell. Despite the sourness, this beer finishes relatively clean, leaving the slightest lingering of tartness.
M - Light bodied and extremely fizzy. I might think this was artificially carbonated if I didn't know any better. Carbonation really accentuates the acidity and sourness and keeps any of the esters from fully pulling through.
D - This brew was decent enough, but in the end it was a little bland and boring. It's uniqueness lies in the sourness which doesn't hold my interest very long. While very refreshing and crisp, it doesn't do much to engage the senses though it isn't mild enough to sip on all night.
08-19-2008 07:16:14 | More by PatrickJR
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
Was not expecting to find a Weihenstephan Berliner Weiss on the shelves, but I did, so of course I bought it...
Poured into the Weihenstephan soccer-inspired weizen glass. Fizzy head, and a dull hazy gold with frenetic bubbles. Last pour adds some kombucha-culture-like sediment.
It actually smells a lot like kombucha. Lemon funk and sweaty sock.
Not as tart as American takes on this style like Hottenroth and the New Glarus BW I had tried...but the flavor here has a lot of depth to it. It's both lemony and a little smoky at the same time. Funky lacto is apparent, again, with a tart (but not sour) kombucha tea-like flavor.
Feel is spritely, but not a lot of body even for this style.
Extremely drinkable. Man, I could drink the hell out of this, so refreshing. I think I like this better than Hottenroth and Festina Peche, and I'm a big fan of those beers.
08-11-2010 23:20:27 | More by Patrick999
3.63/5 rDev -11.7%
Poured a 16.9oz bottle into my Unibroue tulip. This beer pours a clear, straw yellow with a nice 2 inch white head. The aroma of this beer is what reminds me of sweet tarts. Definite sour notes, with a little grain, and just a hint of brown sugar. The taste is sour wheat malt. It seems to me to be really 1 dimensional. Just tart with a bit of what reminds me of green veggies. The mouthfeel is light and crisp. While drinkable, I find it just a little to tart for a beer that's not a sour.
09-12-2008 02:28:52 | More by hwwty4
4.38/5 rDev +6.6%
For some reason I have been craving this style lately. This is my first time trying this brew. Pours a cloudy, sort of lifeless pale gold, with a quick to dissipate white heading. Aroma is wheaty, and slightly sour. Lots of citrus in the smell too. Bursts of lemon and orange in the taste, with some slight sour notes and more from the wheat. Body is light, and incredibly thirst quenching. I could drink a few of these for sure. This is an excellent beer. I will be getting it again.
05-16-2009 20:37:32 | More by jamie2dope
4.25/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured into tasting glass
A-straw color. Hazy color with little color
S-smells very sour. Nice fruity undertones. Very tart.
T-alot like it smells. Very fruity, sour and tart
M-very light and crisp.
D-very drinkable. Very nice sour after taste. Taste was gone in no time
02-11-2011 03:52:01 | More by brew3crew
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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