1809 | 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

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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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Photo of mcrawford
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%

Photo of Drew966
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1809 pours an absolutely beautiful golden color with a white head from a brown 16.9 ounce bottle. It definitely smells like a German wheat beer, banana and clove are noticeable, as is a lactic acid type of smell. I definitely get banana and clove at the end of the flavor, the middle is all lactic acid and citric flavors and I like it. The sourness here is refreshing, like a sour glass of lemonade might be. I like the mouthfeel, it's very carbonated in a champagne like way. A really good beer.

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Photo of bum732
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow, some head that quickly dissapears. Smells predominantely of honey, apples, pears, faint belgian clove character, some lemon, . Tastes of light lemony and honey sweetness up front followed by a nice lemony bitterness and sourness. Some astringency from the wheat. Finishes quite crisp leaving a neutral aftertaste. Lots of carbonation that melds well with the wheat crispness and sourness.

A very nice beer. I love the subtle honey overtones among the sour crispness. This beer would be great on a hot summer day in place of lemonade. My first berliner weisse but definitely not my last.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was $6.20 at Downtown Liquors in Boston, expensive, but Im glad I got a chance to try it.

Pours a hazy straw color with a wispy head that quickly turns to a thick ring and some patches. The carbonation is very active, creating whirlpools at the surface. Citrusy, wheaty, fruit estery, woody aromas fill the nose. Minimal sourness shows in the nose as well. Cidery acidity greets my tastebuds upon first sip. Tangy wheat malt, ginger, cloves, and orange flesh flavors all abound. Even some herbal hops make a showing. The mouthfeel is medium with a creamy subtle carbonation feel. The finish is tart and citrusy with a bit of lingering spice.

The balance between sourness and traditional weissbier flavors work really well. This is a fantastic beer, and If its representative of the style, I like this style. Its like a lambic without the funk.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ckeegan04
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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

Another beer received from seeswo in the Blind Beers BIF. This one was poured into a Stella chalice and reviewed blind.

Milky apricot in color, hazy enough to obscure everything behind it. On top, a one-inch head of pure white fizzes away slowly, eventually disappearing completely.

Sweet, snappy aroma. Crisp pears, a bit of red apple, wheat, soft coriander, a hint of vinegar.

The flavor mirrors the nose nicely. Sweet pear syrup and coriander dominate the front; a smack of tartness hits in the back and grips the tongue between sips. The soft sour notes blends with the sweeter notes beautifully, and the finish is crisp. It’s insanely refreshing.

Champagne-like in its effervescence — lots of bubbles break the beer into a fair amount of fizz. The body is a shade under medium, and the tartness is subtle.

Bright, sweet, tart and refreshing. Love it.

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Photo of MaseFace
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Stillyman11
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.1/5  rDev 0%

Very clean, with a little lemon spritzer sourness. Wish it were more sour, but this is very refreshing and ultimately excellent. Very well-made and enjoyable.

Large, pillowy head with a sparkling, effervescent mouthfeel

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Photo of adamette
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from the "1 pint, .9oz" bottle that I purchased at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor a few days ago for $2.99 into my SN Anniversary Ale pint glass.

A Huge, 4 inch white meringue like head that stuck around for a few minutes. The head was very active, popping with carbonation as it dissipated rather quickly down to a trace island in the middle of the beer. Body is very light yellow, kind of boring. 3.5

S Effervescent, citrus, barley smells. Beer also smells "light." 3.0

T/M Very light feel, bubbly, effervescent with carbonation dancing across my tongue in a light, citrusy dance. Taste is not very strong frankly with some light citrus and distant barley tastes. I cannot say that I really like this taste as it is too distant for me. Festina Peche (the only other Berliner Weisse that I rated) was more flavorful. 3.0

D Highly drinkable and I am sure refreshing on a hot day, say after yardwork or something. This thing is that I would not reach for this in that situation, I would probably go with a more tasty and more available beer such as SNPA. 4.5

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Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of tim007007
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of draheim
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL into a weizen glass. Pours a pale lemon yellow w/ a bright white head, explosive carbonation. Looks inviting.

Aroma is grainy pale and wheat malt and lemons, some faint banana and spice. A slightly tart funk too.

Taste is grainy and sour. Lemons and banana.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall a drinkable, refreshing beer.

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

From the Weihenstephan brewery that makes one of my favorite Hefewiezens, this Berliner Weissbier seems to lack the intense sour luster of the Kindl Weisse. It does have a slightly sour element but is it so I enjoy that but the wheat and grain is the primary taste and smell. It seems to me like the hefe wiese soured.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale golden yellow with a streaming rush of bubbles and a 2 finger white head that left a layer of suds behind.

S - Tart lemon and wheat with a slight hint of banana and a touch of sour.

T - Bready wheat malt and tart lemon mixed with banana and a yeasty flavor followed by a sour bready finish.

M - Crisp and refreshing with high carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Tasty. Poured the yeast in half way through and the only difference I noticed was the clarity.

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Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

1809 from Professor Fritz Briem
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