1809
Professor Fritz Briem

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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
Ranked #91
ABV:
5%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,073
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 10.19%
Reviews:
603
Ratings:
1,436
From:
Professor Fritz Briem
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  149
Gots
  167
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: 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.
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flayedandskinned from California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Aug 09, 2013
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Liquor Shed.

A hazy straw yellow pour with 3 fingers of foam.

It smells earthy, with lemon citrus that imparts both tart and spicy notes.

Lemony, yeasty, peppery, very dry on the palate.

Light body with perhaps too much co2.

This is very nice.

Sep 25, 2014
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Trifecta1 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

A - Hazy pale yellow, like a slighty more colorful lemon juice without the pulp.

S - Banana, clove, wheat; just like a Bavarian hefe, with a slight sharp twinkle in the background.

T - Big banana, clove, and wheat taste, again, very much a Bavarian hefeweizen, with a pronouced mild tartness that instantly makes you think of lemons with white grape skins. Fantastic and refreshing.

M - Very bubbly and effervescent, with a heaviness between that of a standard every-day Berliner and a gold-standard hefeweizen, ie Weihenstephaner.

O - Recommended. Great summer Berliner, not very tart, but very flavorful, especially for 5% abv.

Sep 08, 2014
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Sep 08, 2017
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ljdrinksbeer from North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Billowy head,
grainy aroma,
citrusy, wheat beer, grainy, not super sour, not mouthpuckering but more like the limey flavor in corona with a lime wedge,
mouth feel is crisp and refreshing
A good beer if you like german wheat beers

Mar 14, 2015
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GilGarp from Colorado

4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served cold into a tulip glass, the beer has a very pale golden yellow color and slightly hazy clarity. Head is small and short-lived.

Aroma is full of tart fruits with a little sweetness and spice.

Flavor is excellent. The lactic really shines in the pale malt base. It has great tartness and subtle funk all on display to enjoy. There are peaches, cherries, and apricots but it never seems too sweet.

Mouthfeel is light in body and moderate carbonation.

What a delightful beer. Such great flavors and beautiful balance. Everything is in harmony. I really wish we could get this in Colorado because it's just excellent.

Dec 29, 2009
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andrewinski1 from New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Oct 20, 2011
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours pale, straw colored with a nice frothy head that exits fairly quick. The aroma suggests citrus, spice, light fruit and a touch of funky barnyard mustiness in the background. It is fruity, very tart, dry and refreshing, with a hint of sourness. The quintessential summer afternoon beer. It’s not potent enough to do too much damage. The tartness encourages you to drink slow and the tartness and fruitiness especially in the aftertaste help it last.

Jul 21, 2015
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ScottStache from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15%

Jun 21, 2013
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xungmound98 from New York

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall head that quickly recedes to nothing, with no lacing. Cloudy straw yellow/lemonade color. Smell is lactic acid, lemon, and bready, and the taste mostly follows this. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a dry finish. A nice example of the Berliner Weisse style.

Apr 11, 2014
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DWolf from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9%

Aug 24, 2012
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Presticle from Florida

5/5  rDev +21.4%

Feb 18, 2012
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atlason from New York

3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Served from pint bottle into Belgian tulip. Pale straw, rather opaque. Head dissipates quickly.

S: Creamy wheat with citrus fruit and herbal notes. Light and pleasant, not sour at all.

T: Light sour notes, more apple and light drinking yogurt than lemon. Reminds me of Federweisser, the partially fermented fresh wine drink.

D: High due to lively acidity and carbonation. Would be great with pizza or savory crepes.

Overall this is the first Berliner Weisse I have tried and I must say that the style is to my liking. Great beer.

Edit: If you don't like the sour taste, drink it with something greasy. Having it with Camembert cheese now and can hardly feel the sourness.

Oct 19, 2011
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kbrown from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9%

May 03, 2014
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PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Jun 19, 2014
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Brad007 from Vermont

4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Apr 25, 2011
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Feb 12, 2011
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tclipse from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 26, 2015
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StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

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

Jul 10, 2016
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mltobin from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Nov 24, 2014
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay goblet.

My first Berliner, so I figured I'd attack this one "ohne Schuss"...always time for Schuss next time, right? Well, let's see... ... ...Sorry, the jet of bubbles through the champagne-y gold's got me all... ... ...Finding Nemo and whatnot... Shake it off, man, shake it off! Alright, maybe a good, healthy sniff will divert my attentions elsewhere. It's a bit light, but it'll do: some wet, spicy straw, coriander, peppercorns, and lemon peel. If nothing else, my trance is broken (at least momentarily), the perfect opportunity to get a taste in before the bubbles regain their insidious hold on my apparently weak spirit. The taste is heavy on the lemon peel, with those peppercorns and coriander seeds grinding their way about before having some less-than-innocent meetings with some funky characters. Not as sour as I was led to believe by my contemporaries, but not all that blunt either. Really interested in trying it mit Schuss now. Without it, it's pretty dern light and airy, leaving me with a pleasantly dry, tart aftermath. Prolly would be nice on a summer day in Saxony, mit oder ohne Schuss; gonna haveta try that someti-- ... ... ... ... bubbles... ...

May 09, 2010
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aficionado from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crackling carbonation is quite high. Like a Perrier sparkling water. Nice head. The cleanest of light golden yellow bodies. Aroma is dominant with Granny apples, but there's also lots of lemon. Floral, fruity, Autumn apples. Taste is tart but not as sour as I had hoped. Fruity and dry. Thin, crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. On the bottle: Lactic acid. Mash hopped, No wort boiling...Hmmm I'm intrigued.

Oct 12, 2011
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slim2043 from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Jul 21, 2013
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reebtaerG from Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 29, 2015
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tykechandler from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 09, 2015
1809 from Professor Fritz Briem
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1436 ratings