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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner WeisseProfessor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse

Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Created by Dr. Fritz Briem of Doemens Institute ( http://www.doemens.org ), brewed by Weihenstephan & Doemens.

Added by MaltyGoodness on 04-16-2007

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super cloudy light yellow beer, white head with awesome retention. Head is well composed of tiny bubbles. Smells really clean for a sour beer. Lot of malted wheat in the aroma, with yeast and bread notes mixed in. Also a hint of lemon as well. Very refreshing beer. The tartness adds a well suiting aspect to the wheat beer. I was surprised at house subtle the sourness is, it's highly drinkable considering. Tastes like malted wheat and lemons with extreme tartness.The Ph is very low, reminiscent of lemon juice. I like it. I'm impressed and would definitely have it again.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big frothy golden pour, pretty agro coming out of the bottle. Big crazy sugar cookie lemony nose, with some sour funk on the end. The is a very tasty beer once you get used to it, slighgtly bitter, but not over the top, and quite refreshing. I would love to have this on a hot day outside on the porch, it would shine. Overall a very interesting beer, and quite drinkable for such an interesting first taste. I'm a fan.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse 5.0% alcohol conten. Poured into a Cristoffel Goblet.

A- Amazing glowing blonde hazed to perfection in the suns light. Little to nothing head leaves a light froth and ring around glass. Looks like lemon juice.

S- Heavily citric scent dominate the nose with grapefruit, lemon, and a hint of oranges. Grassy hop make a showing with the main stage, second being the musky yeast.

T-M- The taste is almost like sucking on a lemon after a shot of Tequila... Excellent! Zesty lemon and lime flavors upfront followed by a meld of sharp grassy hop and citric bite.
The yeast is on it own with a thick mouthfeel of farmhouse feel leaving a sticking flavor of the fresh lemons and limes making the tongue yearn for more.

One hell of a beer and I will look for this one over and over again! Cheers!

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

age of bottle unknown= presumed fresh

APPEARANCE- Gold, crystal clear, low white head that fades but does stay until the end of the glass

AROMA- Very light and delicate. Lightly herbal, tart, and tangy. Very bright and clean. Faint notes of fruit and a very slight musty cellar quality- but you really have to look for that. Wonderful rich, tangy wheat aroma is really what dominates.

FLAVOR- Very unusal,....first thing that strikes me is that it kinda tastes like cigarettes. Im not talking tobacco, I mean like the ashy burning paper/ chemical smell that hangs on a smokers clothes. That eventually turns peppery, and after punching through the top, fishes so quick and clean you wonder if you imagined the first flavors. Its a like a drive-by shooting on your palate. Feel like I'm getting a whisper of noble hop mid-palate. Not really what I'd call "tart" or "tangy" but certainly acidic. Acidity is nearly the only sensation, all the usual accompanying "sour" flavors are totally gone. Interesting that sucha big deal has been made out of some brewers only using lactic acid and not bacteria, can't imagine it tastes any different that this. WHeat flavor remains bright and fresh.

MOUTHFEEL- Light bodied and effervescent

OVERALL- Finally satified my curiosity about one of the last styles I haven't tried. No doubt this is the real stuff, a couple of US- brewed attempts I had were just watery and bland by comparison. This is extremely refreshing and would be better than lemonade on a summer day. I know beer snobs recoil at the idea of putting syrup in beer but I made my own woodruff syrup and a couple spoonfulls really tied things together after I wrote the review above. Wouldn't drink this again without the syrup.

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Photo of julian
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden yellow in color, hazy, massive frothy white head. Looks crisp and refreshing! 4.5

S: Smells like a hefeweizen, although with a more subdued ester profile. Definitely bready. 3.5

T&M: Yeah so this is definitely delicious and crisp. The bready, wheaty quality is nicely balanced with the lacto tartness providing for a good fusion of germanic styles. It’s slightly tart, and crisp but at the same time feels full bodied. Tartness is kind of a green apple flavor. 4.5/4.5

O: This could be an excellent summer beer, and quite possibly will be this year for me. Goes down way too easy and is super refreshing. 4

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Photo of Trilogy31
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful old gold and clear - left about an once of beer along with the sediment in the bottle. The carbonation is ridiculous, not a gusher when opened, but in my duvel tulip the bubbles are crazy for thr nucleation point on the glass - never seen abeer so carbonated. Nose has some really bright lemon with a slight acidic funk. Taste is bracing citrus and acidity but the sourness was far from overpowering. Finishes very refreshingly and begging for another sip. Outside of festina peche my only other attempt at this beer. My girlfriend who loves festina says that this beer was better and i tend to agree

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Photo of JLeege
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a massive rising white head that quickly fizzles out to nothing; just as it should.

Smell- Green apple, white grape, and lots of lemon. A very distinct wheatyness and mild funk.

Taste- Tart green apple again, with slightly sour lemon. I have had much more sour, but this has very nice balance. The wheat stands out a bit more towards the finish. Slightly acidic and funky from the lactic acid. Zesty and fruity with a nice dry clean finish. Licking your lips gives you another nice rush of lemon.

Mouthfeel- Light body with spritzy carbonation, dry on the finish. Very refreshing, overly drinkable.

Overall- Outstanding beer, going to have to stock up on this big time. I wish more breweries would give a stab at this style, though this is definitely the best I have had.

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Photo of haazer
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer of Philly beer week.

A - A hazy golden brew, looks somewhat like apple juice. Steady stream of bubbles rising to top. No head remains or lacing.

S- Smells funky and a bit tart. There's a definite wheat characteristic of a hefeweizen. The funk and sour characteristic replaces the usual clove and banana.

T - Sweet and tart to start. A little bit of funky sneaks in, and a sour apple characteristic. The hefe quality is there in the aftertaste.

M - Crisp, clean and refreshing. Light bodied brew with ample carbonation.

O - A nice refreshing beer for a warm spring, or summer day. Reminds me of a sweet tart. I can see me getting into Berliner Weiss's.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Foams upon opening. Pours mostly clear golden yellow with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing probably because of the acidity.

Green apples, hay, some biscuity malts in the background. Very lemony. Relatively mild aroma. No hop character.

Tart up front followed by slight funk. Lemons and a tiny amount of malt sweetness in the finish. Earthy and refreshing.

Explosive carbonation. Very dry with lingering earthy and malty character. Cleans out very quickly. Extremely refreshing.

A very mild and refreshing beer.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color with lots of yeast and a white head.
Sour acidic nose but very clean and one sided.
Flavor begins with a sharp lactic acid twang and segues into a creamy wheat background. The acid overtakes it in the end and it leaves you with a clean refreshing finish. One of the more sour Berliner weiss biers i have had I hope they keep on making this for a long time.

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Photo of eagles22
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: beautiful light golden body,carbonation bubbles flowing through this beer with a huge white fluffy heady.

Smell: Barnyard funk, lemons, light toffee tone with some bready malts and yeast.

Taste: slightly sweet, bready malts at first than leads to tart lemons and barnyard funk..very impressive beer

Mouthfeel: very sharp because of the carbonation but very light on the palate.

Drinkability:off the charts! This is going to be my goto beer for the summer.

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Photo of techdiver
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale straw with massive head that dissipates slowly at first, and then? Where did it go?

Nose of wheat, faint lemon and sour apple.

Tart and refreshing, the taste pretty much evinces a wheat beer with faint lemon and green apple in evidence.

Feels close to medium bodied due to a coating effect on the palate, but the carbonation helps to give a clean taste.

Pretty drinkable, but I don't think I'd spend the bucks for a case of it.

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Photo of Freshie
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very interesting bottle. Label is informative.

While the appearance is very indicative of a berliner weisse, I have never liked it. Looks more like cider than beer. Probably both are just as acidic.

Smell has that musty grain, yeast, and some citric fruit.

Taste is up front sour/tart, with sweet grain coming after. Fruit flavors permeate the aftertaste. Banana, and a bit of lemon.

A bit sticky in the palate, but is still rather clean for the style.

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Photo of levifunk
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this and a few other berliner weisses at Concerts on the Square.

a - light golden color. head died instantly

s - grassy. peach and lemon notes.

t - same as nose. sweet malt finish

m - light fresh body. big carbonation.

overall - very tasty. nice refreshing beer, great on a summer night.

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Photo of shamrock071521
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle poured into Samuel Smith pint glass

no visible dating on the bottle. however, this just came into the store I work at today and last week when we ordered it, it was out of stock. so I’m guessing this just recently arrived from across the pond and is as fresh as one can reasonably expect of a European beer.

A: (4)golden yellow, quite hazy. active carbonation. 3 finger bright white head that dissipated quickly leaving some but not much lacing.

S: (3.5) big yeast aromas, kind of Belgian-y. some coriander and citrus aroma too.

T: (3.75) a bit sour/tart, but not as much as I expected. the sourness more compliments the other flavors (which are reminiscent of a wheat beer) rather than overpowering them. some banana and lime flavors followed by a cleansing tartness. aftertaste is minimal, slightly sour.

M: (3.75) light, refreshing, tart. slightly below medium carbonation.

O: (3.75) a nice and refreshing beer for the summer months. kind of reminds me of a belgian wheat beer, but the added sourness/tartness makes it something different and quite a bit better in my opinion. a bit pricey at $6/16.9oz bottle, but something I’ll probably come back to one or two more times before the hot weather subsides.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Source/Serving: 500mL bottle, no expiry date

S: Reminiscent of champagne, as expected. Pear, white grape, a touch of apple bread. Bright, zesty tartness is full, but soft. Shows a hint of mild funkiness, but its gentle and adds a mysterious complexity. Very nice.

T: Bubbly tartness pops into the mouth at first, almost blocking the ability to taste. The feel is not unpleasant, however, and reminiscent of champagne. Flavors are bright, sour patch kids tangy with lemon-lime citrus notes at first. Very crisp. In the middle there is a nice flavor modulation with more apple-pear notes coming through with a much smoother lactic acidity. Faint hints of wheat bread. Slightly dry throughout. The finish has an especially pleasant, supple dryness with just a kiss of herbal noble hop flavor coming through alongside a squeeze of lemon. Ghosts of the prickly carbonation linger.

Notes: Highly quaffable with dynamic flavors and a pleasant, complex acidity. Balanced and well put together. Makes me wish more Berliners were made these days.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a hazy golden with a huge white head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. The head reappears with some swirling of the glass. Aroma is wheat, grass, a light funk, and some lemony zest. Initial taste is a lemony zest, going into some wheat, light grapefruit. Finish is more wheat with some yeasty funk. Light body. Medium-low carbonation. Overall a pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: After inspecting the bottle for a minute or two, and reading up on the historical information on the label, I became intrigued with this beer. A moderate pour revealed a hazy, pale golden color that produced a full, white head of over three fingers. Head stuck around for a decent amount of time before receding the a thin layer of bubbles on top.

S: Slightly phenolic aroma of banana, but mostly a grainy wheat scent with a hint of yeast. Very much like a relaxed hefeweizen, with an emphasis on the grain. Having never tried a Berliner-weisse, I was eager to taste it.

T: At first taste, it seemed as unassuming as your everyday hefe, but then right away a strong tartness kicked in that was not that evident in the nose. While many of these are traditionally served with syrup, I had no immediate access to the stuff, and frankly, wanted to taste the real character of the beer by itself. Phenolic character is minimal due to the overpowering tart flavor, which had a lemony zest to it that was actually quite enjoyable. Dry finish with a small lingering aftertaste of citrus.

M: Mostly a light-bodied, crisp beer that curled the tongue from carbonation and sourness. Still, the finish was easy-going and the mouthfeel was agreeable.

D: This one is a first for me, as I had read some about the style but had yet to try one. I found it to be primarily a weissbier with a kick, a sour punch to the palate that was most welcome. The lightness of character make for good drinkability, but the tartness may wear on the tastebuds after a while. Still, drinkable in its own right.

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Photo of HabiMendes
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I knew this beer had a different character, but it still surprised me negatively, even though I enjoy sour beers. This Berliner Weisse poured as a golden, somewhat hazy with no neck at all (not even a poorly retained one). The smell is a mixture of curdled milk, leather, sweat - all expected from the style, but they were too evident here. The taste is very refreshing, with good carbonation and acidity. The low-body, but impacting taste leaves more tartness in the finish.

My scores were based on the pure, non-syruped drink. For reference, I also used a non-standard passion fruit concentrate, but even generous amounts of it did not mitigate the overwhelming lactic character - again, it was expected, but too evident on this beer. It helped the appearance, though, as I could finally see a white neck just for a few seconds.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, and dark yellow, with a large, even, foamy, ivory head, which shrank considerably at first, but then decided to stick around.

Smell: Similar to a weizen, with banana, bubblegum, and light clove aromas. No sour or floral aromas.

Taste: Satisfying umami taste, with brettanomyces producing a cozy citrus sourness that was incredibly enjoyable, and not at all puckering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light mouthfeel with high carbonation creates the beer's characteristic effervescence.

Overall: Absolutely delicious. Must be experienced to be truly understood, as there's nothing quite like a berliner weisse! A little confusing on the nose, since it lacked the sour aroma that would have prevented it from smelling like a hefeweizen.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This look okay, nothing special. Cloudy golden yellow with a foamy head that dissaptes shortly after pour. The bottle gushed a bit, but I was clumsy with it. I think it's more my fault. Anyways, lacing is nil, but whatever.

S - Smell is better. It's been out of the fridge for about ~25 minutes so the esters are really popping out. Cracked wheat, tons of yeast. It's very yeasty, floral, with lactic/citric... almost cider notes. More floral than bananas, but a nice melange of yeasty goodness.

T - First and most noticeable is the lactic acidity that bathes your tongue initially. It's very tart, but not overly so, and also not dry... I'm normally used to my sours being aged in oak. This is a new and welcomed taste for me. On the back end is a light sweetness, and all of those floral and sweet fruity esters I mentioned earlier in the smell. The yeast is the star here.

M - Sparkly, crisp, light, effervescent. Very nice.

O - So, it's been that long since I've been here that Drinkability now starts with an O. But yeah, this is a delicious, stand out beer, that deserves a place in every serious beer-drinkers fridge. It's challenging to dissect, but also a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Lemon, spice, and funk all very saison like.

Appearance - Snappy crisp carbonation and beautiful clear golden yellow color. The only real minus is this beer is missing a head.

Taste - Just a touch of sweetness with a dry lemon bitterness that is sharp. A balanced and delicious beer

Notes - Just a beautiful looking beer that is delicate and tasty. Good mouthfeel and carbonation.

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Photo of GregJ
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy honey yellow with thin white head. Smells of apricot, Belgian yeast and dried fruits. Sweet orange, chardonnay and wheat. Nice effervescence and chardonnay aftertaste. Medium light body goes nicely with the style.

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Photo of kajerm
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, with a lot of cool history lessons, but absolutely no indication Weihenstephan makes this stuff.

Pours opaque gold with a fine, quickly-dissipating head. When I say opaque, I mean opaque even for an unfiltered German wheat beer-- the only thing you can see through this glass is beer. About ten seconds later, there is not even a trace of a head. Weird.

The aroma is awesome-- typical banana custard esters with hints of mixed fruits and just a drop of funk. Based on other reviews, I was expecting this style to be heavy-handed and ridiculously ridiculously infected, but at least from the aroma, it's complex and enticing.

Opens up with yeast character and banana esters that quickly blow up into refreshing, mouth-puckering sourness, apple cider, and oranges. Lingering yeast and lactic acid sourness mingle to create a fantastic fruity finish.

The yeast gives this beer a nice medium body, but acidity rules the mouthfeel. It works.

This beer is light and refreshing; to me, at least, it's pretty damned drinkable.

I could see how this would be a really easy style to mess up, but this beer just nails it.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw colored, clear, poures 3 inches of fluffy white head that fades slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Citrus, brett, horseblanket, peppery, funky, earthy, apple, pear, some dry white wine notes.

Taste: slightly tart, dry, citrus, peppery, earthy, apple, pear, apricot, lemon.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, heavy carbonation, dry finish, crisp.

Overall: A very tasty berlinerweisse. Fairly complex. Highly drinkable. Good balance.

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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
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