1809 | Professor Fritz Briem

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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

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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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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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Photo of woodchip
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of utopiajane
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours the color of light straw and with exceptional clarity. Continually effervescing and capturing and light. It had a thick white head of loose soapy foam that fell off very quickly to a scant film and thin ring. No lace. The nose was light. Sweet lemon peel and then a little tart citrus. Tiny bit of spice. Floral and with a light wheat dryness on the nose and a hint of cracker. There is a sweet honey like quality underneath that is perfectly poised with the sweeter aspect of the lemon but it's bashful and never comes out from behind the fruit. It has a good musty yeast smell that is not too strong or off putting. It also has a fresh earthy quality like wet hay that is dewey and damp. Taste is as clean and clear as the body of the beer. Light sweet lemon peel greets the palate followed by the tart citrus. This was not at all sour. The cracker malt and wheat are dry and carry a little faint spice and musty barnyard to the back palate where it fades without much aftertaste but leaves a dry and cleansed palate. Body of the beer is well carbonated and light.

This was not terribly complex. It had exceptional balance and poise. Well turned out and sparkling . Vivacious and enlivening. A terrific beer with a low abv that is the perfect thirst quencher for a hot day. Would compliment almost any food.

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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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Photo of spointon
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Rayek
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%

Photo of SLeffler27
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presents a pale, golden straw with a short-lived, big, white, meringue head. I left the yeast in the bottle allowing for only a slight haze. Streaming columns of carbonation were readily visible; however, there was no lacing. Minimal head and the lacing follow style guidelines, while not my personal preference.

Aroma is that of fruity, sour apples with a good hit of barnyard funk and musty, dry, white wine. Aroma becomes richer and more prevalent with warmth.

A mellow, sour flavor with light tartness and dough white-bread grains. The finish is lingering, light, and unobtrusive. With warmth, apples and grapes come out with lemon and light spices.

A light to medium body, this one is dry, with no perceptible alcohol. Carbonation is slight, adding to the texture.

A highly refreshing and relaxing beer. This could easily be a sessionable beer for one to take their time drinking. The character develops with time, rather than progressing.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of CCutch
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of soju6
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy light golden color with a decent head that fades to no real lacing.

S: Aroma of lemon, some wheat and bit of spice and yeast.

T: Taste starts lemony with some tart. Then a mixture of fruit and spice with a bit of grain. Subtle bitterness and a clean finish.

F: fairly light body, tart, quite smooth and refreshing.

O: Easy drinker, especially on a hot day. Good for a few.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

A: poured into a chalice to a clear and bright yellow with a finger and a half of dense head that retains well and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of wheat, bready yeast and lemony tartness
T: taste is tart lemons, a little fruity, creamy wheat and the swallow is more lemony and lactic tartness with a little more wheat
M: fairly light but not watery with plentiful carb that isn't prickly and a slightly drying finish
O:Overall this is a well crafted beer with great flavors and seems to hit all the marks for the style. I prefer hottenroth a little more but this one is much easier to find on the shelves.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a nice pale golden straw color that is nice and hazy with a good .5 inch white head that recedes quickly and leaves a thin film.

S - Very nice wheat aroma comes up quick with some mild malt sweetness and a bit of a lemony fresh scent. A bit on the midl so.

T - Very tart and refreshing up front. Lemon and citrus peel up front with some mild. There are some nice wheat hints on the back end and some mild yeast as well. Very much a sour beer nice and tart but refreshing in this record August heat.

M & D - Nice and light with good crisp carbonation. Delicious and refreshing. Very drinkable.

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Photo of crossovert
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

It pours a light hazy gold with a super foamy bright white head that lasts seemingly forever.

The smell has some brett scent to it, some funk, but mostly fruitiness. Mostly light fruits.

The flavor is similar. Light and zippy, though heavier than other examples I have had.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Pours a bright, golden straw color with a one finger head of heavily carbonated foam that dissipates pretty quickly. Looks light and refreshing. Cloudiness forms when the contents at the bottle's bottom enter the glass.

S: Hefeweizen qualities: wheat, banana, light cloven-lemon with a shred of wheat. Ho hop to speak of, merely sweet, light malts and some ethyl alcohol.

T: Sweet, cold, lemony and tart. Has lambic like qualities with a tart lemon finish. The aftertaste leaves some other light fruits in my nose, an a sweet, sugary tartness on my molars. Like a well-crafted malternative sans gut-rot.

M: Mouthfeel is thin, crisp, sharp and acidic. Like swishing around a sparkling pinot grigio.

D: It's a really refreshing brew, and the low ABV would ensure you could handle a lot of it. However, I feel this is one to pop the cap on one, split it with a friend, and move on. The tart build-up in my throat would get to me after a while.

A great representation of the style and a refreshing beer overall. A little too tart for the fall season, but it's my fault for opening it now anyway. Save it for late spring/summer, and it'll be money.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Strongly sediment-clouded dark golden color with a single finger of frothy whipped head that stuck around for several minutes but has minimalistic lacing.

S. Strong lemon yogurt aroma combined with some minor vanilla bean and even lighter banana notes and I can just make out the wheat malt aroma underneath all the olfactory tang.

T. Puckery acidic lemon and lactic sourness abound! Almost as acidic as a gueze, but not quite. Tiny moments of wheatey malt and funky yeastiness bob up and down in a turbulent ocean of sour tartness. Very dry and sharp overall just as it ought to be!

M. Lighter body with champagne-like bubbles, dry and crisp extended finish after the fade of sour.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap over at Lion's Pride, poured in a tall mug.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a large fluffy white head that fades very slowly, leaves some patchy lacing.

Smell is lightly sour and tart with a nice malt sweetness in the background, nice amount of citrus in the nose with no hops to balance things.

Taste is refreshing tart but not overwhelming, the right amount of sweetness makes it tolerable, no bitterness to speak of, lightly acidic with a decent amount of citrus, the only complaint is it's a bit light in flavor and at times feels watery.

Easily one of the best in the berliner weissbier style and the fact that it's readily available makes it ever better.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of augustgarage
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a rocks glass.

A huge crystal-ball like bubble works it's way out of the bottle - I see my reflection swimming in rainbows. A loud active ghost white head recedes to a hornet's nest of rushing carbonation sustaining a pearling collar of foam. A lightly hazy citrine body is slowly revealed.

Bright tart wheat-y lactic notes lead the aroma, though they give way to a lush fragrance of asian pear, orange blossoms, and rosewater. Very fresh and invigorating.

Gentle malt on the palate with a tart bread note balancing out the winter fruit sweetness. The finish is full of apples with a lingering mineral quality weakly suggestive of proseco. Faint "wild" notes round things out. While not cloying, it is sweet enough on it's own that I wouldn't think of adding syrup to this.

Zesty, furiously carbonated (though not effervescent), and very light-bodied.

Great for a hot day, this is such a pure version of the style - though some might prefer a tiny bit more tartness, this is very pleasing.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

1809 from Professor Fritz Briem
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,419 ratings