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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:
Created by Dr. Fritz Briem of Doemens Institute ( http://www.doemens.org ), brewed by Weihenstephan & Doemens.

Added by MaltyGoodness on 04-16-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,402
Reviews:
584
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.27%
 
 
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Photo of jmdrpi
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, no date.

appears a hazy pale yellow color. 2 inches of foamy white head, that settles down to a 1/2" covering. lots of bubbles steam to the surface.

aroma of wheat, with a bit of lemon sourness, a bit funky. taste is slightly tart, some citrus. refreshing. thinner body, higher carbonation that works well with the beer.

overall - nice beer - easy to drink and it invites you to keep drinking more.

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Photo of CADMixes
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of korguy123
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass.

A- Slightly hazy yellow pour with a short lived finger width white head. Lacing is minimal.

S- Apple juice, lemons, lemon skin, grape skins and a touch of white wine. There is a nice sweetness I haven't experienced with any other Berliners I've had.

T- Apple juice, apple cider, lemon juice, lemon skin, grapes and a touch of white wine. Very refreshing, very tart and all around just fantastic!

M- Light bodied, excellent carbonation, cheek tingling tart.

O- This is beyond any Berliner I've come across. This is just magnificent in all aspects.

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Photo of bound4er
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Straw colored with a cloudy appearance. White, two finger head that's quite dense.

S. Grains, cracker and lemon. Not complex but nice.

T. Lemony tart/sour goodness. This really tickles the palate in a nice way. Finishes clean and dry.

M. Light bodied and refreshing with plenty of carbonation.

O. This is a solid Berliner Weiss that is oh so easy to drink. On a hot summers day, I could easily see downing two or three of these.

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Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Immortale25
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Green Flash snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium gold color with a huge two-finger crown that retains good and long before arriving at a 1/4 inch. Sudsy, billowy lacing.

S- Wonderfully funky wild yeast smell with a crisp citrus undercurrent. Possibly some lactic acid aroma. Short whiff of tropical candy.

T- Quick punch of yeast and citrus that transforms into a tart lemon aftertaste. Definitely some lactic acid present as this can officially be classified a "sour" beer. It all works well together though and doesn't deter one from taking multiple sips. A little soapy.

M- High carbonation and a very soft, fluffy feel. Some pucker at the end.

O- So this is what a real Berliner Weisse should taste like. I like it much better than DFH's "neo" berliner weisse, Festina Peche.

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Photo of JAYAR1
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my no-name tulip from a bottle purchased at Binny's
Very murky and you can't see through it.
Slight yeast and malt odor.
Very tart and dry, like a sparkling white wine ,maybe Prosecco. Somewhat grapey aftertaste.
Thin mouth feel. Nothing outstanding.
Overall, it's an interesting beer with with a non-traditional flavor. Thought I read it is usually served with a sweet syrup. Will drink again maybe with a little fowl.

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Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy golden color with a massive head that settles to a thick cap. Light specks of lacing is left down the glass.

Interesting aroma that consists of wheat, lemon, green apple, and light funk.

Tastes much more funky that it smells. Moderate amount of lactic sourness. Notes of apples and lemons with a wheat base. Nice grassy notes. The flavor falls off a little quick. Finish is dry and crisp.

Light and lively body. Nice for a sour beer and quite refreshing.

A very good wessbier that was surprisingly funky.

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Photo of harrymel
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewed/bottled: unk
Had this at the Sour Soiree with the South Sound crew, and was unimpressed, but then again, there were more than 30 sours there, so not all that fair IMO.

Pours a clouded light grainy yellow with a loose, vibrant three fingers of white foam. This falls over 5 or so minutes to leave a solid sheet. Lots of funky Brett on the nose, with some wheat and yeast and peppercorn notes. Don't really anticipate sourness. Very lightly tart with a solidly wheaty flavor and some hints of metal. The brett plays second fiddle to the lactic acid. There are plenty of subtle tones in the beer, and I would hesitate to put syrup in this one, as it's fairly refreshing as is. Medium to full bodied with hi carb and semi dry finish. Nice beer, better than last time.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012?)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Clear golden yellow with a large, somewhat persistent, near-white head. This doesn't leave much stick down the glass but is altogether a very pretty beer.

The aroma is very nice and perfectly appropriate for the style: wheat, lemon, moderate acidic sourness, and light grain.

The flavor is similar to the aroma and quite delightful. A lovely combination of wheat, lemon, pear, green apple, and moderate sourness combine for an incredibly easy drinkable berliner.

Thin to medium bodied with high carbonation. Perfectly appropriate.

Just lovely.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly cloudy golden straw color with a 1 finger foamy white head with poor retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. No glass lacing, and a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big tart lemon, apple, pear, grape, grass, hay, cherry, and yeast spices. Fantastic aromas here, with good acidity and balance. Smells a lot like a dry cider. Taste of tart apple, pear, grape, lemon, pepper, grass, hay, yeast spices, and slight funk. Fairly dry on the finish; but there are some lingering notes of apple, pear, hay, grass, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Great balance of flavors with a nice tart/sweet balance. Medium-high carbonation and fairly light bodied; with an extremely smooth and crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol is completely hidden at 5%, with no warming present at all as expected. Overall this is a fantastic Berliner weissbier. Fantastic flavor balance, with a nice amount of flavors. Very drinkable and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a clear yellow straw with tons of bubbles rising and a massive, 4+ fingers of fluffy white head.

Smell. Funky and slightly sweet wheat, lemons and a bit of orange zest. Has a really great dry, earthy funkyness going on.

Taste. Light lactic sourness and that sweet wheat I was smelling. Not as much flavour coming through as I would expect from the great smell.

Mouthfeel. Light body with pretty strong carbonation. A little watery.

Overall. Nice beer but I have to admit, I'm a little underwhealmed. I think BR Tartare has ruined me forever as far as this style goes.

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Photo of TheInquisition
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of JoshJayne
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a chalice

Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow with a creamy bone white head that rose quickly and fell just as fast. Settled to a thin layer of foam. Some delicate lines of lace.

The aroma is of damp hay, tart citrus and prickly barnyard funk. Fairly straightforward, as expected, since the bottle boasts as such.

On the palate, tart citrus bats leadoff with clean, damp wheat mid-palate. The carbonation is high, lifting this beer off your palate and leaving some manure/barnyard funk and tart citrus behind in the finish.

Light bodied, crisp, dry, and refreshing. Perfect on a warm day.

This is a classic, true to form example of the style. Personally, I like my Berliner-weisse to be a little smoother and not so high in carbonation.

Solid example of the style. One that everyone should try.

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Photo of codynevels
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of beagle75
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of PGVG
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of kevanb
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a soft hazy golden straw color, a small amount of sediment sits in the glass with a nice amount of bubbles rising to the top. A bubbly white head appears with an aggressive pour, almost a finger, but vanishes almost instantaneously leaving behind no trace of its existence and no lacing. The aroma is nice, the grains are very apparent, tart apples, some funky yeast and a nice amount of lemon and clove come through, but all in all it's a simple aroma, but spot on for this style. The flavors follow very well, acidic lemon jumps out, but is cut well by some grains and funky yeast flavors, some mild banana pops out as well. The flavors are simple, tart, mildly acidic, but just the way I want them, not too heavy, not too light and not too sharp. The body is nice, very effervescent, quite dry and leaves a bit of a cottonmouth.

Verdict: Light, simple, sour, excellent Berliner Wiesse, and one I can find almost anywhere. At nearly 5% ABV, it could actually be called an Imperial Berliner Weisse as most beers in this style hang around the 2 to 3% mark.

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Photo of klink40
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of SalMineo
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of shand
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
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 WastingFreetime
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
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 friartuck72
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of StaveHooks
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,402 ratings.
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