Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse - Professor Fritz Briem
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4.3/5 rDev +4.6%
An immaculately spotless white head is observed but wouldn't hold up. The beer is not so much coloured as it is hued; yellow tint over what is otherwise colourless. Its body is so unique it may be deserving of having a colour named after it. The tinge itself is fairly clouded but the beer holds itself quite clear and even gives off a little twinkle to the light.
Wow, what an aroma! For anybody first being acquainted with the style this is quite an introduction. The aroma is a little sour, with vibrant notes of fresh fruit, apples mainly. The unmalted wheat is faint but present alongside, maybe, a little clove too? The lemon citrus adds to its tartness. This is acidic and you know what's to come is gonna sting ...
The mouthfeel is extremely spritzy with a high and prickling carbonation. All flavour is coated with an underlying tartness, for which we have the lactobacilli to thank. Make no mistake, however, the beer is entirely clean the whole way through. The wheat is vivid and the flavours tangy. There is lots of banana flavour and also plenty of lemon. Berlin's style weiss beer is very similar to the more generic Krystal weiss but it is far more lively, spritzy, and delicious.
The production of Berliner Weiss, due to its lactic bacterial fermentation, shares many similarities to white wine, champagne in particular. The average person will find it overly acidic and it is quite common to see fruit syrups mixed in. Not for me though, I've come to love this rare treat. Its prickling tartness and acidic tang makes it a splendid warm weather drink.
I'm definitely happy living in the 21st century, but all 700 of Berlin's 19th century weissbier breweries probably made a compelling argument that life was certainly worth living before electricity. The label claims Napoleon and his troops called this style "lively and elegant", so it would seem they certainly knew good beer. Maybe this is to blame for all those invasions?
07-29-2008 14:12:29 | More by biegaman
4.15/5 rDev +1%
On tap at Max's today.
The beer pours a fairly light gold color, but with surprisingly good head retention and decent lacing. Nose is attactive, with light lemon zest, bread dough and a hint of ginger. Flavors replicate the nose in this excellent beer, and I'm surprised how much flavor it delivers given the low abv. Mouthfeel is light and mouthwatering, with the alcohol completely unnoticeable.
Flat out delicious, and oh so drinkable. Impressive.
05-14-2010 21:23:09 | More by John_M
4.08/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.
Appearance is interesting pours like a dull cloudy lemon wheat beer, solid color throughout totally. Wonderful tight and very fluffy like head with a dull dull looking lemon yellow very dense body. Head does not stick around at all. Not much collar left either while drinking and finishing.
Sour lemon on the nose a hint of spicy dried lemon peel a spicy hotness hard to pinpoint what that is exactly. Zesty and spritzy no hint of grain as if a hefeweissen has been stripped of it's density and this is all you are left with. Boderline bretty, I do like it very much.
Taste is refreshing mild orange juice just substitute the word orange for lemon. If you put lemon juice in a bottle to serve in a tolerable non acidic way this is it. Clean light bodied almost like the perfect watered down lemon soda but just enough wheat to make you think this is beer. Refreshing. Not that sour either compare to a saison, lambic, or american wild ale. Light drinking feel but full of flavor.
Overall great to try an authentic style, and the more and more I drink this the better it gets. It's the perfect version of lemon beer I've ever had if I could use that term. Not punching acidic not too bretty, not boozy, just tolerable lemon joy. I'am sure there isn't even a drop of lemon in this. Well done.
07-23-2011 01:57:32 | More by smakawhat
4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
Brewed by Dr. Fritz Briem of the Doemens Institute with traditional mash hopping and without a wort boil.
A: Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a huge 3 finger rocky white head that slowy faded. There is very active visible carbonation per style.
S: very yeasty, with light bananas, cloves, lemonbread scents, and a dominant citrus sourness.
T: The beer starts out with a moderate but very smooth sour yeasty bite, a dry fruity champagne like palate and is followed by a summer quenching freshly squeezed tart lemony tang. The yeast truly highlights this beer with a traditional lactic acid character. The palate is dry and fruity and wheat dominated and very crisp. The finish is tangy with a big wet citrus kiss balanced against the yeasty sourness.
M: lively from the active carbonation with an oily texture.
D: Overall a very refreshing beer with great yeast attributes providing a sour citrusy bite makes this beer truly standout in its class. Very good drinkability and a very good rating overall within style.
04-26-2008 15:56:44 | More by beerthulhu
4.15/5 rDev +1%
500 ml bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Chicago.
Pours a hazy golden/yellow, thin white head, no lace, settles to a thin collar on the glass. Smell is sweet, nice and fruity, apples, nice tartness, wheat, candy, pretty unique. Taste is light banana/clove, bread, lemony citrus, acidic tartness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very refreshing. Could see myself drinking lots of this in the heat.
11-08-2007 00:37:37 | More by Viggo
4.25/5 rDev +3.4%
A: Pours an extremely light, straw color with a large white, foamy head on top with great retention and tons of lacing.
S: Slightly musty with a faint tartness as well. A good bit of pale and bready malt.
T: Very light tart lemons mixed with a little bready malt. Slight tartness, very nice.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: A very nice Berliner, incredibly easy drinking.
10-07-2012 19:56:01 | More by mdaschaf
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
On tap at St. James Infirmary. Nice yellow haze glow to it, ample carbobation, head retention is exceptional. Good lemony and tart aroma, fresh ground wheat. Mild yeasty presence.
Taste, more tartness, great light mouthfeel and body to the beer. Amazingly similar to Hottenroth. So fresh and so clean. A perfect summer beer. Very prickly carbonation like a nicely done skunky pilsner (this is not skunky whatsoever). Like most good bw's, there is no residual sugar, just plenty of tartness and a light wheat base to wrap it around.
10-10-2011 17:56:13 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5 rDev -18.5%
16.9 oz bottle served in a snifter
A - light yellow with particles, plenty of sediment despite careful pour.
S - not entirely pleasant
T - Surprise! Pleasant and shockingly tart. Typical German weisse flavor underneath but dominated by slightly fruity tartness.
M - tartness is main feature of the mouthfeel.
O - not being a fan of middle-of-the-road German weisse, I actually prefer this tart variant.
05-12-2011 22:56:32 | More by chinchill
3.88/5 rDev -5.6%
500 ml bottle picked up at the Coop earlier this week for I think about $5.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.
2 finger head dies back quick above an only slightly hazy dark straw beer.
Aroma is lactic... but not out of control.. grainy.. and wheat... but definitely smells sour.. I am intrigued.
Sour is in the front of the palate.. but not nearly as much as expected.. more like a surprising addition to a hefe... under-ripe peaches and lemon dominate .. sorta dry grainy finish backs into the remnants of the sour peach component.. I want some crackers .. I am still getting quite a bit of wheat that pokes its head through the sour.. drying but in a good way.
Very interesting for sure.. I should probably get some more.. but beer funds are limited.. Hopefully the Matt has a couple more when I go hunting.. This would be fantastic on a hot summer day.
04-17-2008 07:52:34 | More by JohnGalt1
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a cloudy, golden color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of lemon, hops, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and slight herbs. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. There is also an appropriate level of tartness. Tastes of lemon, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight sugar, hint of herbs, and a hint of hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.
03-19-2013 16:36:34 | More by Tone
3.98/5 rDev -3.2%
Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.
Pours a slightly hazy lemon-yellow color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.
Smells of slightly tart lemon peel with good amounts of earthiness and mildly sweet malts.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Slighlty sweet light fruit flavors and malt up front segue almost immediately into funky tart flavors that carry through to a crisp and dry ending. The second pour has a bit more yeast that imparts a slight bready quality that evens out the tartness.
Mouthfeel is good. It has a good thickness with prickly carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle easily and could have another.
Overall this was a good example of the style but I prefer a bit more tartness. Still, it's very much worth a shot.
09-16-2009 02:30:51 | More by glid02
4.05/5 rDev -1.5%
Bottle from Premier Gourmet, 500ml into a tulip.
Pours a lightly hazy pale golden yellow, with a creamy white head of a finger or two. Good retention. Nose has some wheat, bright lemon zest, lemon juice and some light tart notes. Taste has some lactic tartness, lemon zest as per the nose, citrus zest and some modest wheat notes. Gets slightly juicier, and more citrus flesh with the addition of the yeast. Light mouthfeel, and a gentle zip in the carbonation. On the lighter side of tart, and modestly drying finish. Good drinkability, but a bit more tartness would've been nicer. Refreshing certainly.
10-10-2011 17:46:41 | More by liamt07
4.15/5 rDev +1%
A very conservative pour yields a white bubbly three finger head, which recedes in a couple minutes. The beer is a light, cloudy yellowish orange.
The first thing I notice about the aroma is the tartness of it. Light fruits are present, such as apricot and white grapes. There is a lactic and vinegary character. Some funkiness in the nose. Not unlike a saison.
Tart apricot and lemon. Slightly sour from the lacto. Yeasty. The malt flavor is bready. The ABV is on the high end for a berliner weiss but it isn't noticeable and it doesn't detract from the other flavors. The finish is mostly sour and is very clean, crisp, and bubbly.
The carbonation is very good. The mouthfeel is very dry and somewhat sticky.
1809 is very light and refreshing.
12-22-2008 05:36:29 | More by HopHead84
British Columbia (Canada)
4.38/5 rDev +6.6%
This is my first review of a Berliner Weiss (I've had some that were overwhelmingly sour, and when I was in Germany I wimped out and tried the syrups).
A: Clear yellow-straw (becomes very cloudy with sediment), fizzy white head, initially a little retention & leg/lace.
S: Clean sour/tart aroma with lemon, tropical fruit, citrus rind, biscuity malt & a light grassy spicing.
T: Tart fruitiness (slightly puckering), citrus, cider, pineapple, underlying biscuity malt.
M: Light to moderate body is smooth & slightly acidic with a crisp, dry finish.
D: Very drinkable for the style.
04-23-2008 00:21:16 | More by Derek
4.25/5 rDev +3.4%
The beer departs the 500ml bottle a hazy light gold, the head monstrous in size, a bright creamy white, and it fades slowly, leaving the lace a thick and tight sheet upon the glass. Nose has a sweet and sour tone, fresh, crisp, spicy and mouth watering to say the least. Start is sweet with grain, tart at the back with the top light to medium in feel. Finish has a modest acidity, the sweet and sour taste continues to the end, quite dry and a good representative to the style.
11-29-2007 21:07:19 | More by Gusler
4.63/5 rDev +12.7%
It's not often that you see an example of this style in stores. The only example I've tried comes from Dogfish Head.
Regardless, pours a beautiful bright yellow color with a thin-head into my glass. Love the color, even if others would find it average.
Tart with citrus and cherry in the nose. A huge whiff of wheat in the aroma as well.
Ditto for the taste. Tart with cherry and light citrus notes. Cloves and wheat make up the rest of the taste.
Lingering citrus, cherry and tartness followed by a hint of clove. Very interesting.
Wow, now this is to the style! I didn't know what to expect but I have to rate this high for drinkability, etc.
04-25-2011 03:32:53 | More by Brad007
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Reviewed from notes
A: very pale yellow, looks like champagne sitting in my glass, 1 finger head, no lacing
S: mostly sweetness eminates from the glass, smells like grapes, similar to champagne
T: sweet and slightly floral
M: overly carbonated
D: classic for the style, my current go to berleiner weisse only because it's the easiest one of this style for me to obtain
02-24-2011 04:53:44 | More by THECPJ
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
App: Light yellow straw color, cloudy. Fair amount of floaties despite a gentle pour. Fluffy white head, good retention and lace.
Smell: Mild lemon tartness, very clean aroma, not particularly strong however.
Taste: Tart and lemony, crisp and refreshing. Lightly sour but certainly nothing too strong. Mildly lactic, hints of green apple, sauvignon blanc.
Mf: Crisp and clean. Thinnish body with good carbonation. Super easy to drink, pairs well with food.
Overall: Delicious, quenching, refreshing. One of my favorites of one of my favorite styles; wish more breweries were doing a Berliner weiss. Hopefully they will be soon, 1809 is fantastic.
01-31-2012 15:46:26 | More by tobelerone
4.15/5 rDev +1%
bottle poured into pint glass.
A - Pours a cloudy straw yellow with golden tints and plenty of carbonation. A bubbly head dissipates super quick as the effervescence continues to agitate the top of the beer.
S - Somewhat funky and musty with plenty of fruit character and a tart flair.
T - Begins slightly sweet and tart, with a nice straw grain touch. The citrus fruit and lemon peel quickly builds, adding to the lighter sour profile. Climaxes with a tingly, dry finish.
M - Super carbonated to the point where it almost tickles your tongue. Slightly dry and highly smooth.
D - The style lends itself to easy drinking, and 1809 is no exception. So easy and tasty.
I've wanted to try this brew for awhile, and the Professor didn't disappoint. It's not overly sour or funky, while staying ultra drinkable. Nice!
09-29-2010 00:50:37 | More by xnicknj
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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