1809 | Professor Fritz Briem

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Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem

Style: Berliner Weissbier

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

Photo of Summerteeth
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers, this is a Berliner Weisse style beer that is brewed with traditional mash hopping without wort boiling with a lactic acid bacteria. This style is typically a bit sour and low in alcohol. This one is 5.0% ABV. Smell is nice, slightly sour with a bit of funk. Good head retention even after I left it out for 30 minutes. Pale, opaque straw color with active carbonation. Taste: good lingering, but not overpowering, sourness that is perfect for hot weather or spicy foods. Awesome stuff! Definite A or higher.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Sabre311
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spinaltapped
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Acquired from my local liquor store. Drank out of a King Sue Toppling Goliath teku.

Look: Poured with three and a half fingers of fluffy snow white head, almost entirely transparent with a straw colored body, little to no lacing, lots of fast down-up carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Sour yogurt, sweet wheat, grape skin, fresh squeezed lime juice, unripened pear.

Taste: Light tartness, fruit cocktail simple syrup, white grape juice, sweetened wheat cereal, lemon grass.

Feel: Light bodied, high carbonation with tongue dancing bubbles, very refreshing.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Blind Tiger Alehouse NYC
Clear gold, sweet sour candy, sweet wheat, star of anise, cinnamon, hints of banana. A horchata berliner-weisse, sweet and spiced.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear pale straw producing 3+ fingers of very finely bubbled, slow to dissipate, snow white head that leaves no lacing. Aroma light malty cracker & biscuit, sharp & lactic in a background of lemon/lime & grass. Taste is lactobacillus sour, lemon-lime & pepper backed by thin grainy & cracker malts. Finishes tart & lively with a prickly carbonation bite, a faint mineral note & a hint of something akin to a freshly extinguished candle. Aftertaste is dry & tart. Mouthfeel is light bodied with intense carbonation, fruity, dry & lively in the mouth with peppery carbonation bite that ligers on the sides & back of the tongue.

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

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; produced on 16 June 2016.
A: Pours a cloudy straw to yellow color with exuberant, foamy head formation (with oddly large bubbles initially), excellent retention, but very little lacing. Yeast remnants evident late in pour.
S: Tart with aromas of green apple, green pear, unripened pitted fruit, perhaps white grapes. Lactic acid is distinguishable and present.
T: Dry and flavors and tartness largely following the olfactory palette, although with more vinous quality, like a sparkling white made from under ripened grapes. Slightly sweet aftertaste.
M: Medium to full bodied with modest carbonation despite robust head formation. Really leaves a tart and tingling sensation in the mouth.
O: Having tried quite a few Berliner Weiss style beers, both flavored and unadulterated, I would say this is the benchmark, thus far. Enjoyed it

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Photo of cgrunin
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of moodyxc9
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Masonz223
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Super clear completely see through

Smell: lemon, grassy, earthy, white grape.

Taste: right upfront I'm getting that white grape transitions in the mid palate to tart lemon earthy grassy notes in the finish I get a touch of orange peel and tart white grape lingers in the finish.

Feel: light body high carbonation crisp dry finish.

Overall: I like what's going on in this beer just enough tartness to complement the rest of the flavors. It's a really good beer.

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

Photo of bb-magic
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1809 from Professor Fritz Briem
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,417 ratings