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 millelacsmark
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StaveHooks
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden blond, very active champagne like bubbles, 1 finger of bright white head.

S - Tart apples, damp wheat, honey sweetness, has a lactic acidity aroma, some floral notes in the background.

T - Bright lemon tartness, pepper, green apple and grape skins, faint banana, salty, wheat malt. The salty tartness wraps everything up while still letting the malt shine. Finishes tart and dry.

M - Tart, light body, seltzer like carbonation, dry clean finish.

This beer provides a very balanced tartness. It's not sour but tart enough to wake up the palate. Very clean flavors and an excellent palate cleanser when tasting several big beers.
This is super clean, crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of FUwolfpacker
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a small white head.

The smell is sour lemons and wheat.

The taste is sour lemons, very tart.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer, sour lemons and wheat tastes great. Will be a great choice for in the summer.

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Photo of ms11781
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle poured into a a pint glass.

Pours a seemingly contradictory murky, yet bright yellowish orange color. If it wasn't for the carbonation it may look closer to orange or pineapple juice than beer. An unintentionally vigorous pour yields a massive, fizzy white head. The head reaches about 3 fingers and only slows down as it hit the top of the glass. As big as the head gets it disappears nearly instantly. Tiny bubbles ring the edge of the glass but nothing sticks.

At first glance, when the beer is slightly chilled, it smells like slightly tart apple juice. As the beer warms, even just a bit, the aroma opens up. Nice banana and some light spice come through along with some wheat. An almost citrus-like aroma comes through as well. Not a hop-like citric note but more of a freshly squeezed lemon or orange, something with a bit of tang to it.

The taste follows extremely closely with the nose here. The nose and taste are possibly the most similar of any beer I have had. The beer was allowed to warm just a touch before it was sipped so the apple juice-like characteristic that was in the nose wasn't detected here. As with the nose, some banana and spice come along with the wheaty flavor. It is almost immediately tart, refreshingly so. The lemon and orange like quality seems almost dead on here. The beer is very dry all the way through, especially at the finish.

A lighter body and ample, prickly carbonation give the beer an extremely light mouthfeel. It's very crisp, dry and refreshing.

This is an outstanding beer. It is extremely refreshing. It's very light and crisp which, combined with the slight tartness and higher carbonation, give the beer an excellent, pleasant bite. It was very enjoyable early on a Saturday afternoon when it was about 34 degrees outside. My guess is that it's even better when enjoyed outside on a hot summer day.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Beer-Zombie
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this one right after my first Berliner Weisse which was Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Weisse....

it pours up a murky orange color with a quickly fading white head. the nose is citrus, slight tartness, wheat. the taste is tart, sour, citrus, very high zesty carbo, lemons. medium to full bodied, high carbo.

This was a more citrusy and carbonated brew as apposed to the Bayerischer Berliner which was more bready and smoother. They both were good though....

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of derkfromwi
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jcb7472
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of shand
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This is a superb looking beer, a pale white-golden color with a large head that retains for days. The aroma is fruity and sour. The taste is good, it's got a nice, well-balanced tartness that is rather quaffable. Fruit flavors and a touch of yeast and wheat provide a supporting role. Very well-composed, if not fascinating. The mouthfeel is HIGHLY carbonated, it's been a while since I've had a beer quite this fizzy. The drinkability is very good. Overall, it's a solid introduction to the Berliner Weisse. It's not quite as interesting as some of the things that Florida breweries are doing with the style, but remains a great reference point for those who are interested.

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Photo of LambicKing
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of memphischas
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of tclipse
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Benish
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brianmandell
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a hazy golden yellow pour with a finger of bright white head. a very wheat based bready aroma, a slight peppery nose to it as well - not getting any of the aromas i'm used to in berliner weiss as far as tart/acidic goes. a funky flavor profile, slightly tart, a bit on the sour side, but very subtle. a very refreshing bready beer, however if you were looking for a battery acid type flavor you're looking in the wrong place.
light body with high carbonation and a slightly sour feel. this is a nice traditional beer, not as good as some of the others i've had, and definitely not as tart as the others out there but i can see this being a good introduction into the style for some people willing to expand their tastes.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy light straw...after the massive head fades. Barely anything but foam on the first pour. Obviously good retention with a creamy pillowtop head and good lacing.

Aroma is a little crackery with light grains and a subtle tartness.

Similar flavors. Very cracker heavy and grainy. Goes down pretty easy although I'd prefer a bit more tartness.

Light mouthfeel ample carbonation.

Solid and nice to have a bottled Berliner around when I have a craving for one, but better examples exist.

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Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of codynevels
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Light golden with a thick 2 finger head that sits for a while. Thick lacing.

S: Wheat stand out with citrus elements of lemon and orange. Some floral esters, too.

T: A "get your attention" Weissbier. Wheat and lemons meet a floral finish. I feel like I'm in Germany.

M: Medium to heavy with medium to thick carbonation. The carbonation pulls it all together for me. Let it dance on your tongue for a while.

O: Glad I got to try this German surprise. Nicely done, Professor Briem.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of kbutler1
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a slight head. Very effervescent. Sour, tart, lemony aromas wafting from from bowl. Ok, I'm not drinking from a bowl as the style calls for but you get the picture. The taste is very straightforward. Think charged water with some beer and lemons added to it. Very light in the mouth. Just a very mild drinking beer. Slight acidic bite (nibble) at the end. Bottle has lots of sediment. Really like the aroma probably better than the taste.

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