Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem
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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
4.24/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours the color of light straw and with exceptional clarity. Continually effervescing and capturing and light. It had a thick white head of loose soapy foam that fell off very quickly to a scant film and thin ring. No lace. The nose was light. Sweet lemon peel and then a little tart citrus. Tiny bit of spice. Floral and with a light wheat dryness on the nose and a hint of cracker. There is a sweet honey like quality underneath that is perfectly poised with the sweeter aspect of the lemon but it's bashful and never comes out from behind the fruit. It has a good musty yeast smell that is not too strong or off putting. It also has a fresh earthy quality like wet hay that is dewey and damp. Taste is as clean and clear as the body of the beer. Light sweet lemon peel greets the palate followed by the tart citrus. This was not at all sour. The cracker malt and wheat are dry and carry a little faint spice and musty barnyard to the back palate where it fades without much aftertaste but leaves a dry and cleansed palate. Body of the beer is well carbonated and light.
This was not terribly complex. It had exceptional balance and poise. Well turned out and sparkling . Vivacious and enlivening. A terrific beer with a low abv that is the perfect thirst quencher for a hot day. Would compliment almost any food.
07-04-2013 13:59:30 | More by utopiajane
3.98/5 rDev -3.2%
500ml bottle poured into a nonic.
A = Translucent haze of golden hue with a spritzy white head that forms large but quickly becomes a solid ring of medium bubbles around edge of glass and one small island in the middle on the surface.
S = Fresh wheat grain, lemon zest, white wine vinegar.
T = Lemon juice, tinged with vinegar, but accompanied by a sweeter syrupy flavor that balances it somewhat making it clearly a sour beer but one that doesn't cause you to pucker up uncontrollably after each sip.
M = Medium body, mouthcoating could be a little more, the same spritziness in the carbonation that I noticed in the head is also present in the mouth. It foams a little bit upon entering the mouth and has a popping, stinging quality to it, but that ends pretty quickly for a smoother feel as it goes down.
D = This is an enjoyable beer and would make a great beer to enjoy on a hot afternoon, but it is a bit more than one would want to drink a lot of at a sitting.
09-06-2009 19:37:21 | More by Traquairlover
4.22/5 rDev +2.7%
Poured into a tulip. The color is very light straw and clear. There is a spritzy half inch head that shrinks to a layer around the edge of the glass.
The aroma is popcorn and wheat malt with some nice lemony tartness.
The taste has some mild wheat malt flavor in the start. This is quickly overrun with a clean sour lemon tartness in the middle and finish. The balance is heavily emphasized on the tartness.
This is very light with smooth carbonation that is only slightly spritzy.
This is very delicious and is a slightly more drinkable alternative to lambics and gueuzes.
10-20-2011 04:19:43 | More by andrewinski1
4.08/5 rDev -0.7%
From the bottle. This one's a gusher.
Appearance: dull opaque yellowish beige. Very bubbly white head instantly dissipates.
Nose: Simple. A bit of cherry skins, a little lemon, and a hint of orange juice.
Taste: Very straightforward but perfectly tasty and refreshing. Sour cherries, a little lemon, a bit of bready malts. No finish.
Mouthfeel: Way too carbonated. The amount of carbonation ruins the thirst-quenching qualities of this beer by making it harder to drink.
Overall: This one feels authentic. Simple, clean, not overdone in any way. The taste is perfectly simple, refreshing and delicious. With a little tweaking on the carbonation this could be a perfect summer beer.
03-07-2013 05:19:26 | More by fdig23
4/5 rDev -2.7%
500mL bottle poured into a Rastel Hefeweizen glass. No date on bottle.
Appearance: Huge head upon pouring. I really had to let this one settle down a lot until I get the whole bottle into the glass. Very slow pour but some yeast did get in towards the end. The beer initially poured a clear straw yellow which later turned yellow with some tan-brown due to the yeast. Indeed, once the yeast got in there it became a hazy translucent beer. The foam was a huge white crackling / big-bubble head initially but this finally died away after pouring everything in. Lots and lots of bubbles coming up through the beer the whole time.
Smell: When the yeast was on top of the foam - it was very much like a classic Hefeweizen but with more grain and yeast smell, but once this sank to the bottom, the smell changed completely. The smell was now floral, lemony, a little bit astringent, and mildly musty/yeasty. Very interesting.
Taste: Now this is a very unusual beer. Crisp tart apple and lemon with a hint of wheat grain at the end. Dry finish. In a way....very much like a sparkling water in the mouthfeel and taste combo. The lemon flavors become more pronounced as it warms up.
Mouthfeel: Carbonated in a very good way - not fizzy, but cleansing of the palate and like a good sparkling water, but with more heft to the liquid. Very interesting mouthfeel to this beer.
Drinkability: Hmmmm....such an unusual beer I'm not sure what to make of it in the end. Refreshing, but I wonder if I would enjoy the styles of this beer fresh with the fruit syrups put in like they do in Berlin. I say this because I have a sweet tooth and after awhile the sourness of this beer gets to me. So while I could not have another, I say this because I don't have something to pair it with. With the right food I could probably have another. But by itself, no, one is enough. Still, I greatly enjoyed it and I'll have to figure out another occasion to try another one of these.
02-12-2011 23:24:45 | More by damndirtyape
4/5 rDev -2.7%
It pours a soft hazy golden straw color, a small amount of sediment sits in the glass with a nice amount of bubbles rising to the top. A bubbly white head appears with an aggressive pour, almost a finger, but vanishes almost instantaneously leaving behind no trace of its existence and no lacing. The aroma is nice, the grains are very apparent, tart apples, some funky yeast and a nice amount of lemon and clove come through, but all in all it's a simple aroma, but spot on for this style. The flavors follow very well, acidic lemon jumps out, but is cut well by some grains and funky yeast flavors, some mild banana pops out as well. The flavors are simple, tart, mildly acidic, but just the way I want them, not too heavy, not too light and not too sharp. The body is nice, very effervescent, quite dry and leaves a bit of a cottonmouth.
Verdict: Light, simple, sour, excellent Berliner Wiesse, and one I can find almost anywhere. At nearly 5% ABV, it could actually be called an Imperial Berliner Weisse as most beers in this style hang around the 2 to 3% mark.
04-14-2012 02:24:50 | More by kevanb
4.33/5 rDev +5.4%
Bottle poured into a GI goblet
A - Looks like champagne as it is a yellow gold color with a good amount of carbonation trailing upwards. White head comprised of many small bubbles
S - Tart green apple, white grape, and lemon with a light straw and sweet bread presence. As it warms up, the tartness makes itself more known in the nose
T - Tart up front with green apple, lemon, and sweet tarts. As it moves along, get a slight straw, bready, and white grape sweetness. There is a slight muskiness to it as well. The finish is rather bready and white grape that lingers on in the finish. Overall, this is one of those beers that has a lot of smooth flavors that blend together well from one to the next. You'd almost want to call it light but it has too much flavor for that to be a good description
MF - Light body with lots of carbonation. Despite having all of this, this is actually a creamy beer. The finish is slightly dry.
O - This is everything you want from a German beer. It is simple and easy to drink yet full of flavor. The slight but not overwhelming tartness reminds me of a lighter Gueuze. This is one you could drink all summer long while sitting out on the porch and enjoying the sun.
01-06-2013 04:18:31 | More by jeonseh
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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