1809 | Professor Fritz Briem

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Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Already in the 1600s the Berliner Weisse Style Beer was mentioned in documents by the French reformers "Huguenots" as they crossed Berlin on their way to Flanders. In 1809, the Emperor Napoleon and his troops celebrated their Prussian victory with it.

This Berliner Weisse Style Beer is brewed with traditional mash hoping [sic] and without wort boiling. This along with a traditional strain of lactic acid bacteria provide a fruity and dry but palateful character. A character that Napoleon and his troops characterized as "lively" and "elegant".

Historic Signature Series:

Forgotten styles brewed according to their historic recipes by Dr. Fritz Briem, of the Doemens Institute.

Added by MaltyGoodness on 04-16-2007

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pDev:
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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(500 ml bottle, Bottled on 16 06 16; purchased cold... split-poured between a teku first then a fluted goblet)

L: crystal-clear, brassy yellow colored liquid; near snow-white foam, keeping a tall, thick, rocky pad for a few moments before collapsing into med-thick, spongy collar... the pour into the goblet is a shade paler... lace slips, doesn't stick... kinda looks like champagne... good amount of sediment left in bottom of bottle, hard to wash out - wonder if I was missing out on any flavors having not swirled it out into the beer, hmm...

S: familiar wheat malt base with tones of lemon cookie and dried grapefruit peel, as well as light floral and grassy notes... pleasant enough aromas, with good intensity, but I wonder if some of its vibrancy has been lost

T: very clean, lightly malty core; dry, creamy finish with a mellow trail of the lacto closing out the sip; aftertaste leaves a delicate doughy yeast note and some lingering, lightly-bitter tartness; later a mild lemon-bubblegum note... in further sips, the malt and tartness homogenize, front to back, but overall flavors remain relatively potent

F: tiny tart bite up front, bit of a foamy texture going through, but the body is rather light and flat, with the finish dropping off before the back of the palate... tiny bit of effervescence, bit of latent belch

O: not bad, doesn't have off-flavors, just clean and marginally dulled (by age?) - I had this maybe twice a few years back and don't remember it then being all that explosive in taste... may be tempted to grab another bottle later and drink it with the lees

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Griphon
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DBosco
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JLK7299
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrMindbender
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GregSemenza
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SFC21
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dextr24
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lebriarjr
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wg1041
4.91/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn good Berliner Weiss! Wow...my taste buds are screaming yogurt and beer. Excellent balance. Blonde to amber color. Perfect carbonation. Slight tickle with heavy sour pickle. Overall a melt in your mouth yogurt lambic Combo.

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Photo of JBabz
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer, it’s my go to Berliner Weisse. Light, tart, and nicely carbonated. Great intro to sours if you want to test the waters. Big bottle feels fancy too.

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Photo of BltByKrmn
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into glass. Label stamped bottled on date is '10 02 16'.
Last bit of pour results in cloudy, golden colored body. Thin white cap. Some spotting of lacing.
Aroma of lemon, wheat, and funky yeast.
Taste of lemon, grape (champagne), and funk.
Fizzy, clean mouth feel. Very refreshing.
A straightforward Berliner Weisse, well done.

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Photo of Spiceboy
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the Sour that got me into Sours!:) It pairs great with Fatty Meals and you get the added health benefit from the probiotic lactic acid bacteria.

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Photo of MGoeltz
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blackop555
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold. Foamy, medium, Whitehead that Fades slowly with light lacing.

Smells lemon, wheat, light Apple tartness and light yeast funk.

Taste mildly tart Lemon, Lightly grassy, unripe Fruit, yeast Funk and a hint of spice. Finish is semi dry with a citrusy linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A tremendous ale, Perfectly balances an acidic tartness with a lively body and a refreshing aftertaste. Dry finish and lemony citrus notes leave a clean ending. Dances around your tongue like a pair of 1980s figure skaters. Love this.

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Photo of FBarber
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright yet very light gold color. Thin fizzy white head dissipates quickly leaving no residual head or lacing. Effervescent bubbles course upwards through the beer. Early pour was clear, later pour was more hazy and opaque.

Smell has notes of white wine grapes, a light airy champagne like yeast, lemon peel, and a slight tartness not the nose, but very light.

Taste is reminiscent of a brut champagne. Notes of white wine, grapes, hints of lemon peel, a touch of a light champagne like yeast, pretty clean. Slight tartness, but really rather mild.

Feel is light, crisp with a hint of tartness. Very dry finish, again reminiscent of a brut.

Overall this is an unique but very good Berliner weisse - apparently (reasonably) true to the original style (although there is vigorous debate about that). Either way, this is a fantastic tasting beer.

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Photo of kell50
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a stange (because that is correct glassware for this style). The appearance was a hazy burnt orange peel color with a semi-thick to thin foamy white head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lacing was somewhat foamy but small bubbles. The smell had the sour wheat up front then subtle sour to bitter lemon and orange rind with a nice little bit of sweet wheat sliding in underneath as it warms. The taste was basically the same with a citrusy aftertaste about it. On the palate, this one was light bodied with a sly carbonation allowing just enough bitter harshness to accompany the feel. Overall, now that’s what a Berliner Weisse should be! Would I have this again - maybe a better question is: does a baby like milk?

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1809 from Professor Fritz Briem
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