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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

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Ratings:
1,405
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a light gold with some haze, a two-finger white head and lots of visible carbonation.

S: Lemon, a bit of funk, yeasty, and the banana-ish esters.

T: Citrus, biscuit yeastiness, a bit sour, a bit grainy, and some lemony funk. Mild sourness in the hang.

M: Light bubbly mouthfeel, no particular alcohol presence.

O: This is a pretty tasty standard berliner. Nothing crazy added like so many of the "Florida-weisses" around now, but very solid.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

age of bottle unknown= presumed fresh

APPEARANCE- Gold, crystal clear, low white head that fades but does stay until the end of the glass

AROMA- Very light and delicate. Lightly herbal, tart, and tangy. Very bright and clean. Faint notes of fruit and a very slight musty cellar quality- but you really have to look for that. Wonderful rich, tangy wheat aroma is really what dominates.

FLAVOR- Very unusal,....first thing that strikes me is that it kinda tastes like cigarettes. Im not talking tobacco, I mean like the ashy burning paper/ chemical smell that hangs on a smokers clothes. That eventually turns peppery, and after punching through the top, fishes so quick and clean you wonder if you imagined the first flavors. Its a like a drive-by shooting on your palate. Feel like I'm getting a whisper of noble hop mid-palate. Not really what I'd call "tart" or "tangy" but certainly acidic. Acidity is nearly the only sensation, all the usual accompanying "sour" flavors are totally gone. Interesting that sucha big deal has been made out of some brewers only using lactic acid and not bacteria, can't imagine it tastes any different that this. WHeat flavor remains bright and fresh.

MOUTHFEEL- Light bodied and effervescent

OVERALL- Finally satified my curiosity about one of the last styles I haven't tried. No doubt this is the real stuff, a couple of US- brewed attempts I had were just watery and bland by comparison. This is extremely refreshing and would be better than lemonade on a summer day. I know beer snobs recoil at the idea of putting syrup in beer but I made my own woodruff syrup and a couple spoonfulls really tied things together after I wrote the review above. Wouldn't drink this again without the syrup.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a dark yellow with a 3" viscous white head. Bubbles race to the surface of the beer with minimal lacing.

S- lemon, banana, some clove and spice.

T- tart lemon, cloves, banana, some acidity.

M- light body and high carbonation. Again some acidity yet a slight creaminess as well.

O- refreshing beer. Was expecting more tart or sourness, but very little is present.

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

a very true to style berliner weiss here. pours cloudy lemon colored with a smallish white head that fades out after just a minute or two. the smell is very sour and citrusy, acidic for sure, and refreshing. there is a lot of lemon in the flavor, tart like lemon juice from concentrate, and the wheat malt does little to calm that down. there is also a funk sort of yeast, almost saisony. i really like the mouthfeel too. its got more carbonation than the appearance shows, and the body is super light. the acidity at the end is a little harsh, but on a hot summer day this would be just right. its not one of those beers id want to get drunk on though, too much acidity would turn the stomach around. it is a very refreshing berliner though, one of the better versions ive had really, and for under 7 bucks a bottle, its a nice buy.

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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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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Tired Hands wine glass.

Pour: Completely clear pale yellow with two fingers of fizzy white head. Head recedes to a film and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Bready biscuit, lemon zest, pear, green apple. This smells pretty good.

Taste: Nice bready sweetness, followed by a great lemon tartness. Tartness evolves to incorporate some pear as well. Finish is lemon juice.

Mouthfeel: This where this beer excels. Really nice fizzy carbonation, coupled with a tartness that I was really happy to see. Very light, in a good way.

Overall: This beer is a never fail shot to get a nice tart bite with some flavors (minus the funk) that you might find in a gueuze. Really helps scratch that itch when I don't want to drop $12 on a bottle of Black Label or open something from the cellar.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of gleemonger
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pale yellow and fizzy - looks very much like a cheapo adjunct. Frothy white head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing, but leaves a small head throughout.

Sour lemon and apples, some earthiness, yeasty banana. Very refreshing smelling.

Very interesting flavors here. Similar to the nose, I'm picking up the sour lemony apple flavors with a bit of an earthy, barnyard hop taste. Also getting a backbone of a weizen taste of banana and clove yeastiness. Super tasty and refreshing, very unique.

Crisp, highly carbonated but not too frothy (like an adjunct), thin.

This is my first of the style, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but got it because I've been wanting to try one and because of the good reviews. Definitely not disappointed, and would love to seek more of these out (and I've seen some random ones popping up at domestic breweries). I just really appreciate all the flavors that come through in this, despite the sour twang, which sometimes tends to overpower for me.

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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw color with a big white fizzy head. Lemon and white wine notes are right upfront in the aroma. Slightly sweet with some maltiness in the background.

On the palate its a mix of tart and sweet. Not overly sour but a nice bit of lemony pucker and healthy dose of juicy fruit sweetness alongside. Light in the body and quite refreshing. Overall, a nice slightly tart Beliner that makes for a nice quick sour fix without palate busting kick out of other sour styles.

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

A: Pours an extremely light, straw color with a large white, foamy head on top with great retention and tons of lacing.

S: Slightly musty with a faint tartness as well. A good bit of pale and bready malt.

T: Very light tart lemons mixed with a little bready malt. Slight tartness, very nice.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A very nice Berliner, incredibly easy drinking.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance
Hazy straw with 4 fingers of white head that rapidly dissipates. The carbonation appears to be low.

Nose
Lemony citrus, wheat, bubblegum and pilsner malts. Very subtle but smells fantastic!

Taste
Lemon juice, wheat and a light lactic sourness. Light notes of pilsner malt, a touch of grassy hops and a couple of crushed up SweetTarts.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, sharp, crisp and subtly tart.

Overall
Extremely crisp and refreshing with just a spot of lactic sourness. A tasty little treat.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a very light straw, almost clear in spots, with two fingers of beautiful foam. Very good retention, effervescent, but basically no lacing.

S: Lactic tartness, green apple, lemon, pale malt, and a little sweetness to round out the aroma. A little yellow grapefruit too.

T: Veeery nice. Tartness is light, just a touch, along with fruity sugar coated lemon.

M: Medium-light body and carbonation. Good, light crispness.

O: Very drinkable and refreshing this may be the perfect warm weather beer. Best I've had of the style.

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Photo of prototypic
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse pours a very light lemon color. It’s clear. Backlighting gives it a brighter yellow look. It’s topped with a very big, fluffy head that stands about three fingers tall. It’s fairly slow to recede. Lacing was rather impressive. It’s sticky and leaves a nice web trailing down the glass. Looks good.

The nose is pretty good. It’s very Earthy and grainy throughout. That’s the most prominent scent. There are some light fruity notes of lemon and white grapes. Smells a little tart and tangy, but that’s a very subtle aspect of it. Definitely secondary. It seems to grow a little more grassy with each passing whiff. It’s rather straight forward and simple, but it smells good. Alcohol is definitely light and goes unnoticed. Good stuff.

The flavor is even a tad better, but doesn’t quite warrant a score bump. It’s certainly earthy, musky, grainy, and very grassy. Those flavors resonate throughout each sip. There are some lemon and white grape notes that add quite a bit of flavor and are very effective. It’s somewhat tart or sour, but in a very refined way. It’s somewhat reserved, definitely not mouth puckering. It’s good though. I like it quite a bit. An overly sour flavor would be too much. Alcohol is absolutely buried. I’m not getting any at all. Finishes earthy, grassy, and a little tart.

The body is definitely on the lighter side. While the carbonation seems very active, it feels rather light and soft. It’s not quite smooth, but it does have a pretty good feel. It’s easy drinking. It’s tasty and given its lower abv, I could drink a few these.

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse is good beer. While I’m not a huge fan of the style, I am enjoying this bottle. Is it the world’s best representation of the style? It could be. If you’re looking for a good one to try out, this is a good place to start.

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4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is pale gold, clear, and extremely lively and effervescent. The head is huge, white, and billowy and has good retention for such an acidic beer. The nose is quite assertive with lactic sourness, but there are some fruit notes too (primarily lemon, apples, and pears).

The beer has a light-medium body and a firm mouthfeel that is enhanced by the carbonation. The high carbonation really works well with the acidic nature of the beer. Light, lemony, tart notes abound on the front of the tongue and intensify as the beer moves across the palate. On the back of the palate, sour apple notes develop and lead to an appetizing finish.

This is hands-down the best Berlinerweisse I have had yet. Granted, I've only had a few, but this is the best one. Since there aren't too many of these being made, this may be the best one I have for quite some time. It doesn't drink as intensely sour as some I've had, but the fruit flavors that accompany the sourness add a depth of character and complexity that most of these lack. This is absolutely recommended for fans of the style.

Note: I reviewed this beer straight from the bottle, though I also tried it both with Himbeer syrup and Waldmeister syrup (the traditional manner). It was excellent with both.

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4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet. Clear, straw colored with a finger of head. Lots of bubbles. Head broke down quickly to almost nothing.
Impressive smell of wet hay, apple, pear and cherry.
Taste like pear and apple too. Sour lemon and a dry bitterness. Lovely.
Almost champagne like in texture. Lots of carbonation, lighter body. Drying effect.
Quite enjoyable. I would drink it on the regular.

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