1809 | Professor Fritz Briem

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Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

Style: Berliner Weisse

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.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice golden yellow with substantial white head. The head really sticks around. Nose is awesome - lemon, wheat, grass. Taste is super smooth. Grass, wheat, lemon, leather, spice, and a bit of metal. Yeast and green grapes are evident. Maybe some apple. Stone as well, although this might be the metallic notes I am picking up. There is a slight sourness, but it's subtle. Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, this is a fantastic version of the style. Will definitely seek more of these out.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sweet hell, BA’s, this thang is as ripe as rain. And I’m talking Dublin or Glasgow, not some San Bernardino acid rain. The damn thing glows like the Titanic when she left on her maiden voyage. But does it hit an iceberg in the end? Not even! This beautiful concoction is more like an ice destroyer! Wapow on that ass! It’s smooth. It’s clean. It’s lile Raul on the weekend.

Yes please!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Tim for this bottle. Cheers man!

1809 pours exactly how I remember them in Berlin, mit nein "green or red" of course. The raspberry and woodruff shots are just fine of course, just not my jam. Anyway, the soft orange body glows in the historic and original "hazy" way. Capped by a thin and snappy white foam that can't wait to disappear.

The smell is classic and simple, just as it should be. Wheat juice with a touch of lemon like acidity.

Flavor on the other hand is deeply layered. Starts off with a bite of fresh apricot. Peach and green grapes continue the fruit salad and transition perfectly into the acidic lemon and lime. Surprisingly, the subtle wheat sweetness comes in later followed by that signature German yeast flavor found in classic weisse biers. Kind of clove and white pepper with restrained banana.

One things for sure, this is too easy to drink. The glass is disappearing in record time. Light and soft before a spritzy tartness comes through. It ends exceptionally dry, demanding for another sip immediately.

Truly a magnificent brew. Simple and elegant, delicious and refreshing. I can see why the soldiers celebrated with it. If it's good enough for Napoleon, it's good enough for me!

Prost!

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

Bottle to chalice, split into 2 pours - the first without sediment, the second with. I highly recommend doing this or pouring all with sediment. The character changed significantly. Bottling date 16/6/2016.

Appearance without sediment is a clear pale yellow with high effervescence and a white, fluffy, thick 2 finger head that disappeared moderately fast with no lacing. Hazy with sediment (not nearly as gorgeous).

Aroma is dominated by green apple without sediment. With lees, there’s that lactic sourness I’m expecting! Also more lemony with apple along with it. Light biscuit.

Taste dominated by the fruit (tart green apple) and not very sour without sediment. This is great but ... with the sediment it became a Berliner. Now dominated by lactic sourness as it should be with support from green apple and lemon. Light dough at the end. Very restrained Brett character. Dry finish. Alcohol not detectable.

Mouthfeel is light, highly carbonated, crisp and refreshing.

Overall, an outstanding example of the style. I would like to try a fresh bottle as I expect the malt character would be more apparent. I tried to take this into account for rating. I am surprised by the 5% alcohol, seems high for what I consider the style to be, but it didn’t detract from this beer at all.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(500 ml bottle, Bottled on 16 06 16; purchased cold... split-poured between a teku first then a fluted goblet)

L: crystal-clear, brassy yellow colored liquid; near snow-white foam, keeping a tall, thick, rocky pad for a few moments before collapsing into med-thick, spongy collar... the pour into the goblet is a shade paler... lace slips, doesn't stick... kinda looks like champagne... good amount of sediment left in bottom of bottle, hard to wash out - wonder if I was missing out on any flavors having not swirled it out into the beer, hmm...

S: familiar wheat malt base with tones of lemon cookie and dried grapefruit peel, as well as light floral and grassy notes... pleasant enough aromas, with good intensity, but I wonder if some of its vibrancy has been lost

T: very clean, lightly malty core; dry, creamy finish with a mellow trail of the lacto closing out the sip; aftertaste leaves a delicate doughy yeast note and some lingering, lightly-bitter tartness; later a mild lemon-bubblegum note... in further sips, the malt and tartness homogenize, front to back, but overall flavors remain relatively potent

F: tiny tart bite up front, bit of a foamy texture going through, but the body is rather light and flat, with the finish dropping off before the back of the palate... tiny bit of effervescence, bit of latent belch

O: not bad, doesn't have off-flavors, just clean and marginally dulled (by age?) - I had this maybe twice a few years back and don't remember it then being all that explosive in taste... may be tempted to grab another bottle later and drink it with the lees

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Photo of Wg1041
4.91/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn good Berliner Weiss! Wow...my taste buds are screaming yogurt and beer. Excellent balance. Blonde to amber color. Perfect carbonation. Slight tickle with heavy sour pickle. Overall a melt in your mouth yogurt lambic Combo.

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Photo of JBabz
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer, it’s my go to Berliner Weisse. Light, tart, and nicely carbonated. Great intro to sours if you want to test the waters. Big bottle feels fancy too.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into glass. Label stamped bottled on date is '10 02 16'.
Last bit of pour results in cloudy, golden colored body. Thin white cap. Some spotting of lacing.
Aroma of lemon, wheat, and funky yeast.
Taste of lemon, grape (champagne), and funk.
Fizzy, clean mouth feel. Very refreshing.
A straightforward Berliner Weisse, well done.

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

This was the Sour that got me into Sours!:) It pairs great with Fatty Meals and you get the added health benefit from the probiotic lactic acid bacteria.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold. Foamy, medium, Whitehead that Fades slowly with light lacing.

Smells lemon, wheat, light Apple tartness and light yeast funk.

Taste mildly tart Lemon, Lightly grassy, unripe Fruit, yeast Funk and a hint of spice. Finish is semi dry with a citrusy linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A tremendous ale, Perfectly balances an acidic tartness with a lively body and a refreshing aftertaste. Dry finish and lemony citrus notes leave a clean ending. Dances around your tongue like a pair of 1980s figure skaters. Love this.

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Photo of FBarber
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright yet very light gold color. Thin fizzy white head dissipates quickly leaving no residual head or lacing. Effervescent bubbles course upwards through the beer. Early pour was clear, later pour was more hazy and opaque.

Smell has notes of white wine grapes, a light airy champagne like yeast, lemon peel, and a slight tartness not the nose, but very light.

Taste is reminiscent of a brut champagne. Notes of white wine, grapes, hints of lemon peel, a touch of a light champagne like yeast, pretty clean. Slight tartness, but really rather mild.

Feel is light, crisp with a hint of tartness. Very dry finish, again reminiscent of a brut.

Overall this is an unique but very good Berliner weisse - apparently (reasonably) true to the original style (although there is vigorous debate about that). Either way, this is a fantastic tasting beer.

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

This was poured into a stange (because that is correct glassware for this style). The appearance was a hazy burnt orange peel color with a semi-thick to thin foamy white head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lacing was somewhat foamy but small bubbles. The smell had the sour wheat up front then subtle sour to bitter lemon and orange rind with a nice little bit of sweet wheat sliding in underneath as it warms. The taste was basically the same with a citrusy aftertaste about it. On the palate, this one was light bodied with a sly carbonation allowing just enough bitter harshness to accompany the feel. Overall, now that’s what a Berliner Weisse should be! Would I have this again - maybe a better question is: does a baby like milk?

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Photo of Summerteeth
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers, this is a Berliner Weisse style beer that is brewed with traditional mash hopping without wort boiling with a lactic acid bacteria. This style is typically a bit sour and low in alcohol. This one is 5.0% ABV. Smell is nice, slightly sour with a bit of funk. Good head retention even after I left it out for 30 minutes. Pale, opaque straw color with active carbonation. Taste: good lingering, but not overpowering, sourness that is perfect for hot weather or spicy foods. Awesome stuff! Definite A or higher.

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Photo of Spinaltapped
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Acquired from my local liquor store. Drank out of a King Sue Toppling Goliath teku.

Look: Poured with three and a half fingers of fluffy snow white head, almost entirely transparent with a straw colored body, little to no lacing, lots of fast down-up carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Sour yogurt, sweet wheat, grape skin, fresh squeezed lime juice, unripened pear.

Taste: Light tartness, fruit cocktail simple syrup, white grape juice, sweetened wheat cereal, lemon grass.

Feel: Light bodied, high carbonation with tongue dancing bubbles, very refreshing.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Blind Tiger Alehouse NYC
Clear gold, sweet sour candy, sweet wheat, star of anise, cinnamon, hints of banana. A horchata berliner-weisse, sweet and spiced.

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

Pours an almost clear pale straw producing 3+ fingers of very finely bubbled, slow to dissipate, snow white head that leaves no lacing. Aroma light malty cracker & biscuit, sharp & lactic in a background of lemon/lime & grass. Taste is lactobacillus sour, lemon-lime & pepper backed by thin grainy & cracker malts. Finishes tart & lively with a prickly carbonation bite, a faint mineral note & a hint of something akin to a freshly extinguished candle. Aftertaste is dry & tart. Mouthfeel is light bodied with intense carbonation, fruity, dry & lively in the mouth with peppery carbonation bite that ligers on the sides & back of the tongue.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; produced on 16 June 2016.
A: Pours a cloudy straw to yellow color with exuberant, foamy head formation (with oddly large bubbles initially), excellent retention, but very little lacing. Yeast remnants evident late in pour.
S: Tart with aromas of green apple, green pear, unripened pitted fruit, perhaps white grapes. Lactic acid is distinguishable and present.
T: Dry and flavors and tartness largely following the olfactory palette, although with more vinous quality, like a sparkling white made from under ripened grapes. Slightly sweet aftertaste.
M: Medium to full bodied with modest carbonation despite robust head formation. Really leaves a tart and tingling sensation in the mouth.
O: Having tried quite a few Berliner Weiss style beers, both flavored and unadulterated, I would say this is the benchmark, thus far. Enjoyed it

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Photo of Masonz223
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Super clear completely see through

Smell: lemon, grassy, earthy, white grape.

Taste: right upfront I'm getting that white grape transitions in the mid palate to tart lemon earthy grassy notes in the finish I get a touch of orange peel and tart white grape lingers in the finish.

Feel: light body high carbonation crisp dry finish.

Overall: I like what's going on in this beer just enough tartness to complement the rest of the flavors. It's a really good beer.

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

Poured from a 16 OZ bottle into a mug. The appearance is a bright slightly cloudy golden color with a small white head. The aroma is full of citrus, hops and grass. The taste is slightly tart with a lemon feel.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

First off, I like the good Professor's concept: research and follow the tradition and don't improvise. This gives us standard to see how the style has evolved. And in my book, the Berliner Weiss has evolved a bit too much, particularly when today's brewers amp up the lactic and experiment sometimes wildly with syrups to coverup, perhaps, that they don't get the tradition's intent.

All of which brings us to Looks: the Professor's rendition is average at best; the foam goes away quickly and a questionable murkiness doesn't make it any betterthan the average wheater. Smells are interesting: lemon steals that act of the show with a little funk in there for contrast or a supporting role. Tastes a bit like a lemony saison... except the medium tart tells me not to have this with food. It also finishes too dry for lots of foods. Carbonation is a bit prickly along with the tart. But that is one way to get to refreshing and 1809 is.

This is probably the 3rd time I've Had 1809. Each time I was intrigued by the classic recipe. Now I get why. The classics don't get extreme because they have figured it out. That is a good lesson for every crafter venturing into regional styles that, first, should be duplicated and then experimented with on a less extreme basis.

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

16.9 fl oz bottled 7/5/15.

A - cloudy, murky yellowish orange, bubbly head on the pour, moves to nothing pretty quickly.

S - funk, yeast.

T - same as the nose, with a mild sour/tart/salt notes

M - standard, medium carbonation and feel

O - worth a try. I have only had a couple of these, still trying to figure them out.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yellow beer with plenty of haze as appropriate for style. Great looking head, white, 1/2". Plenty of wheat and lemon sour in the aroma.

Taste hits the good tart and sour notes without going overboard, as far as traditional berliners made in Germany, this is one of the better ones. Plenty of carbonation, as appropriate for style as well.

This is a real solid example of a traditional berliner that is solidly consistent.

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Photo of Roguer
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reasonable-sized, fizzy white head, quickly fading away to nothingness. Brew is a cloudy, nearly opaque light yellow.

Aroma is milky, chalky, rustic, slightly tart - a classic Berliner Weisse aroma, and all that entails. Straw and a musty barn; light lemons; slightly sweet yeast.

Flavor follows: this one definitely leans toward more traditional Weiss profiles, nearly bordering on Wit, with a heavy emphasis on wheat, yeast, and a slightly spicy touch. At the same time, it's fairly tart up front, which gives way to a light sweetness fairly easily.

Finish is very similar to a Wit, without the traditional dose of Belgian spices. What sets it apart in terms of flavor is that tart, citric punch up front.

Thick wheat, lively mouthfeel; it's not a beer you really have to sip, but it's much thicker than I would typically expect for a "refreshing" beer style. Cloying finish.

Rated to style, I would say this is an excellent Berliner Weisse (no syrup required). Rated for overall enjoyment, this remains a style near the bottom of my list, but this is a pretty darned tasty example, nonetheless

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Photo of gbarbee
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clean yellow with a white head. Dark, smoky, and inviting. Nicely carbonated

Smell - Fruity and yeast.

Taste - Light wheat and lemon.

Mouthfeel - Refreshing.

Overall - Great beer. I will not hesitate to drink this beer again.

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1809 from Professor Fritz Briem
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,429 ratings