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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem

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1,078 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,078
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 90
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

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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tzieser

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. pale, straw color with a MASSIVE foamy white head.

Acidic nose. almost vinegar like. nice and funky.

So good!! Nowhere near is sour as youd think by.smelling it. Tartness is definitely there but theres also a nice wheat breadiness. Extremely refreshing.

Bubbly mouthfeel

So glad I finally got to try this! Pricey at 11 bucks a bottle. but its definitely a great summertime treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 23:51:19 | More by tzieser
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-08-2013 01:37:08 | More by wdarcy77
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JellyJacket

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

08-14-2013 02:37:49 | More by JellyJacket
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Agold

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is light, golden and clear with lots of carbonation evident. Looks nice. Nothing special. The first thing to hit me in the aroma a yeast. Didnt even pour the yeast in, but it seemed to be fairly apparent in the beer. Along with the yeastiness is also tartness and mildly fruityness and funkiness (but not a ton at all). The beer is very light and pleasant. Crisp and refreshing. Very good. I really enjoyed the high carbonation light crisp dry nature of this beer. Overall, this beer is very refreshing and drinkable. Light in flavor, but there is a lot going on. Would definitely like to keep a few of these on hand for the rest of the summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 00:21:11 | More by Agold
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Mark000

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

08-22-2012 01:12:32 | More by Mark000
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Beerenauslese

California

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is pale yellow, with a slight greenish tinge. Even though the bottle was refrigerated, it was a bit of a gusher, but I had the glass ready, and none was lost. But a very gentle pour still produced a voluminous head. I let it settle for a few minutes and then it poured better.

Smells of lemon, light malt, hay, and a little spice (from the lactobacillus).

Tastes very fresh, light, and tart. It has a nice level of acidity, and there is a nice lemon flavor over a light malt backbone. The finish is dry with just a slight bit of lemon rind bitterness and spice. It is really refreshing.

The body is light and the carbonation is fizzy, giving this a lively and refreshing mouthfeel.

This is a fine example of the Berliner Weiss style. Very refreshing and at 5.0%, highly drinkable, although it is fairly tart. To moderate the acidity, Germans add sweet syrups to the beer, but I prefer consuming it with food where the acidity can do its thing. This would pair very well with roast chicken, seafood, and cheeses.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 04:14:40 | More by Beerenauslese
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Sazz9

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

06-08-2014 04:30:49 | More by Sazz9
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice from a 500 ml bottle.

A: Hazy golden hue with a fingers-worth of white head that quickly settles. Carbonation is vigorous. Lacing is minimal, as to be expected from the style.

S: Definite wheat smell up front. Banana and clove, with a strong presence of citrus character.

T: Refreshingly tart off the bat, with hints of lemon and other citrus zest. Wheat gives a grainy character, along with that signature hint of banana. Finish is dry and clean, but not so much that it causes puckering.

Notes: Light in body with a very soft mouthfeel, this is one thirst-quenching brew. Almost like a lambic/wild ale, yet without the brett funk. Remarkably easy to drink, as I will be seeking this beer out again in the warmer months to come.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 04:59:51 | More by WYVYRN527
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

12-31-2012 19:43:48 | More by sludgegnome
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csustar001

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

06-07-2014 21:12:53 | More by csustar001
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RedHaze

Nebraska

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy pale yellow with a frothy two finger head that fades quickly to a thin cap. The lacing is a bit thin, leaving just a few rings behind. A little later the foam almost fades completely away.

Smell; this has a wheat malt dominated aroma at first, but as this warms up a bit some lemons, tart apples and a slightly musty aroma come out.

Taste; the wheat flavor is not quite as strong as i was expecting after the nose, but there's still enough to let you know that this is still a wheat beer. A mild mustiness come through in the middle followed by tart lemons and a bit of honey. Not quite as tart as I was expecting for a Berliner weiss, but still pretty darn good.

Mothfeel is light to medium bodied with a light carbonation that helps make this a refreshing warm weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 00:52:34 | More by RedHaze
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

10-04-2012 21:13:35 | More by TheMultiYeast
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 0.5 L bottle into a pint glass, light golden colored with a large white soapy head that quickly dissipates leaving little lacing, cloudy

S: sour pickles, yeast, grain, cider vinegar

T: sour and effervescent, vinegar, tangy

M: heavily carbonated, light, prickly, refreshing

O: this is a weird style of beer, it's hard to rate because I can't compare it to anything but pickles and malt vinegar

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 23:31:04 | More by M_C_Hampton
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utopiajane

New York

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 13:59:30 | More by utopiajane
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tewaris

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1809
Brewed in the traditional style of Berliner Weisse.
5% ABV
500 ml poured into a tall glass.

Pours a light hazy color, very effervescent, with a small creamy white head. Aroma was all wheat initially, but there are strong Gueuze like notes. Per the label there is lactic acid bacteria in bit. That explains a lot.

Nice taste too, fruity and tart with a little acid bite towards the end, complemented by the slight bitterness. Medium body, and I would have been content with a lighter. Good carbonation, very refreshing overall.

4,4,4,4,4

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 08:59:36 | More by tewaris
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.7%

08-01-2012 16:29:15 | More by nathanjohnson
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OnryAndMean

Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-16-2014 02:58:27 | More by OnryAndMean
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ncvbc

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw to golden in color, vibrant and clear with the lightest haze. A white head rises up and falls, though very active carbonation keeps coming up throughout. Smell is of tart fruits, light grain and wheat. Taste expands on the subtleties the nose provides. Good and sharp, crisp flavors hitting the tongue. It starts somewhat dry with wheat but moves to tart fruits. Green apple, nearing sour at times. Light orange, lemon, and banana flavors. A refreshing and again crisp mouthfeel, very big on carbonation. At times it's near creamy to the tongue. Reminds me somewhat of champagne but I could drink this more easily...not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 21:06:59 | More by ncvbc
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craft_shannie

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

05-07-2014 22:21:37 | More by craft_shannie
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jbuddle

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

02-12-2013 17:13:28 | More by jbuddle
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leschkie

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

03-02-2012 03:04:15 | More by leschkie
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this is a hard beer to review because it is art in a different kind of way than most of the beers we try and review on here. the art here is replicating a process and evoking a sense of place and time for the sake of art, enjoyment and education. if we don't know where styles come from, we don't know where to go with them. dr. fritz gives us the foundation of a style that was almost lost to the tee and it is awesome. pale golden with a white head that hangs out for a while, but doesn't leave much lace. nose is awesome. musty, mossy-wet-rock-in-a-cellar, wet animal, and a touch of citric acidity. the semi-spicy (yeasty) taste is way less tart than one might imagine from the nose, and everything seems just a touch subdued, but like i said, fritz isn't really trying to pull out the stops here, he's trying to school us and make us happy at the same time. ahhhh. this is why they called it the champagne of the north. the cellary, cobweb, musty wet-rockiness is very similar to real champagne. yum. i think i've gone on enough here. awesome beer. know your beery roots. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 21:40:00 | More by timtim
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vacax

California

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ.

Pours straw yellow, cloudy, with a sparse white head. Scent of lemon and some light funk, yet still crisp and appetizing. Tastes citric with lemons, and some light funk. Pretty good, though I like the grain to shine through a bit more instead of having the funk. Light bodied with a medium mouthfeel. Not a bad beer to break up the rest of the night, but not something I would want to session.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2009 23:04:39 | More by vacax
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

09-08-2012 01:49:01 | More by vicsju1991
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ltdantheman

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

08-10-2012 16:14:01 | More by ltdantheman
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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