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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse | Professor Fritz Briem

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,090
Reviews:
587
Ratings:
1,405
pDev:
10.24%
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Photo of valkyre65
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of joe1510
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle
$5.49
West Lakeview

1809 pours a great looking slightly hazy straw golden with a great deal of carbonation. Streams and explosions of carbonation rush to the surface and help keep the fingers worth of micro-bubbled head intact. 1809 just looks refreshing and leaves some decent but thin lace down the glass.

My nose is immediately greeted by a very noticeable wheat twang and a nice sour wheatiness as well. Once I dig beyond the wheat there's a healthy dose of mouth puckering lemon juice. The sourness of the wheat and lemon make this all at once smell refreshing and makes my mouth water. I didn't catch it at first but with a little warming there seems to be a low key banana by-product from the yeast used that adds another layer of complexity. I can't get my nose out of this glass.

The body is very champagne like in the mouth. The wheat is all over the tongue along with puckering lemon sourness and a damp(sour) wheatiness. The lemon really plays a huge role in the flavor and this beer is better because of it. Not much, if any, banana in the flavor but there does seem to be a green apple like tartness floating around in there. Each sip quenches your thirst and then leaves a slight pucker which makes you want another drink.

The mouthfeel is right on. Again this is very champagne like with big yet smooth carbonation rolling over the tongue. Light bodied with a nice puckering ability and a slight drying on the back of the tongue.

This is one of those ultimate warm weather drinkers. If it didn't cost so much I would buy this by the case and sip the summer away.

1809 turns out to be a great brew that is lower on the abv but packs a lot of flavor. A definite session beer and something to be enjoyed while outside on a warm day. I will pick this up again without question.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured crisp clean yellow with hints of orange and copper. light fizzy head that quickly disappeared. little to no retention or lacing.

light vinegar with hints of funk and lemon. light malt presence.

light sweetness. very light lemonhead like flavor. malts were a bit dominant but blended with the sweetness.

light to moderate carbonation. not much dryness but a bit.

i was a bit let down by this. not as pronounced as i'd like or have come to known. lacks dominating flavors and is more or less a bit bland. overall, probably would not seek out that often but easy to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of CampusCrew
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: poured fizzy. golden with no head rentention and no lacing

smell: lemon, tartness

taste: good sour weiss, I liked the lower ABV and the more sour power from the hottenroth, but this is nice too.

mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation

drinkability: great summer ale and good for it's purpose

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of mikeburd1128
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I just wish there was a TAD more complexity in the taste. But this is seriously good.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

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

Bottle at Tria cafe in Philadelphia.

Pours a proper hazy hue berliner weisse. Light fruity scents that are pronounced with the green woodruff syrup. Light tartness and elegantly sour. Clean finish and refreshing all the way. At first I went light on the syrup, then I added a few spoonfuls towards the end of the 16 oz'er bottle. Overall a proper style that went back easily.

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4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chalice.

A: Cloudy brass with mild carbonation. A fizzy white head is short lived and leaves no lace.

S: Slightly sour overall. Lemon, clove, biscuits and even a faint hint of bubblegum make up the rest.

T: Very tart. A lemon tartness, plus a generous sourdough flavor dominates. Biscuit and raw wheat flavors are subdued. Finishes very tart and dry.

M: The body is a bit mealy. Carbonation is very active and fine.

D: This is my first beer of this style. It seems to fit the style guidelines to a T. The sourness is something I have to be in the mood for to revisit this. The low ABV makes this light and refreshing.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,405 ratings
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