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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

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1,402
Reviews:
584
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.27%
 
 
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Photo of logicalparadox
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of schwaeh
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Zanesville, being forewarned by my buddy that it was probably an older bottle; I hope it worked out in my favor. No bottle dating ugh...

A: Pours a transparent light honey-yellow color, crazy carbonation. This this thing's head blew up into a faygo style fizz mountain, quickly receding into a little bubble cap.

S: This isn't the aroma I would expect from this style, the main thing is a kinda old caramel malt aroma. Some bubblegum, lacto, aged hops, and malt. Along with caramel this really has a honey sweet aroma.

T: As soon as I drink this has a "I start off seeming tart so I'm gonna get super puckering" thing that never really comes to fruition. It has a a good wine tartness I get some apricot, white grape, an apple variety, and spicy wheat. I enjoy the white wine characteristics on the swallow, the wheat kinda washes them out on the finish a bit. There is a fair amount of oxidation to go around.

M: Fizzy in the mouth. Real slick and coating with a not-too-thin body. One of the highlights of the beer for sure.

O: I've loved the other representations of this style I've had before, so I had high hopes for this one. I'm pretty sure this was indeed an older bottle and this stuff doesn't hold up the best. I would feel bad about rating this lower but they can't bother bottle dating these. I'd have to pass next time, too big of a gamble when most of the other Euro brewers can manage to date.

Leaving it in the glass for a little bit seems to let this open up much better. Dry white wine really begins to take over.

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Photo of sommersb
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 02-10-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Chalice
Purchased: Single from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY

A: Color is bright golden and semi-clear. Tons of bubbles are in the glass. Huge, off-white head has very good retention and no lacing.

S: Sour and spicy aromas of lemons, oranges and green apples. Very strong and unique.

T: Zesty and tart, with a fruity lemon citrus taste. Quite unlike most beer, this one is neither malty or hoppy. Sour, spicy and a little salty as well.

M: Highly carbonated, with a clean and tangy mouthfeel. Finishes dry, with lemon and salt aftertastes.

O: Very different and excellent beer. I enjoyed it and would recommend it. I think this would be even better on a hot day in the summertime.

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Photo of JimmyTango
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of tony223366
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The head is basically unmeasurable it's so huge. White and fluffy at 3++ fingers. It does quickly turn into just a thin layer though. Color is straw yellow and cloudy. That's to be expected with a wheat beer though. Nice lacing too.

S: Aroma is typical of hefeweizen... bubblegum and cloves. A very light tart related acid aroma too.

T: The first thing that strikes me is the sour acidic quality. Nice light tartness. After that the wheat comes through and there's a nice clove. Malts come out in a pleasant breadiness. Nice lemon as well. Also has a distinct sauvignon blanc flavor.

M: Body is light and effervescent. It perfectly goes with the rest of the beer.

O: Such a refreshing beer! Lightly tart, good carbonation and light body. A really delightful style and one I'd love to have much more of.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with little visible carbonation. The head is about two fingers high fluffy white head. Excellent head retention and quite a bit of lacing.

S: Aromas of funky sourness with hints of grapefruit, lemon, and apple. A very clean aroma.

T: The flavors are sour up front followed by citrus and grapefruit notes. There is a nice balance and complexity to the flavors. Quite refreshing.

M: Light bodied with a moderate to high amounts of carbonation. It could easily be described as fresh, crisp, and effervescent.

O: One of my favorite styles of beer, would have been interesting to sample this with the red and green syrups as well as on it's own like I did when I was in Berlin last fall. Very refreshing and very sessionable, easy to drink in the cold or in the heat. Would easily pair with lots of different foods.

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Photo of m26taylor
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of danedelman
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Planning on brewing a berliner weisse so doing some homework. Poured in a large sniffter glass.

I have to say after looking at reviews on youtube that those people do not understand the style at all. Saying it is like bud light and lime is an insult. They say the french brought over the sour mashing technique as they traveled through Flanders, it shows!!

A-very clear pale yellow with a nice white fluffy head.

S-funky sourness, grapefruit, lemon juice, wheat, peach, apricot and on and on. Very clean.

T-starts with the sourness of a ruby red grapefruit with lemon and some grass. Wheat smooths this one out nicely and adds some body. Flavors of peach come out too similiar to a Fou Foune.

M-very light and refreshing. I am brewing this to be enjoyed in the heat of summer. Can't wait!!

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Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of tobelerone
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App: Light yellow straw color, cloudy. Fair amount of floaties despite a gentle pour. Fluffy white head, good retention and lace.

Smell: Mild lemon tartness, very clean aroma, not particularly strong however.

Taste: Tart and lemony, crisp and refreshing. Lightly sour but certainly nothing too strong. Mildly lactic, hints of green apple, sauvignon blanc.

Mf: Crisp and clean. Thinnish body with good carbonation. Super easy to drink, pairs well with food.

Overall: Delicious, quenching, refreshing. One of my favorites of one of my favorite styles; wish more breweries were doing a Berliner weiss. Hopefully they will be soon, 1809 is fantastic.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of csiewert
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy straw color with a forger of head at the start. Quickly dissipates.

S-strong notes of tart/sour citrus with some wheat and a hint of earthy hops... Very enjoyable.

T-tart up front with citrus favors followed by some wheat and other fruity notes to finish out... Very nice balance and complexity.

M-slightly overcarbed... And the only reason I say this is because I want the flavor to last longer

O-a great take on a sour beer... Has definitely become one of my staples (whenever I can find one)

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Photo of grownfool
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of SaucyA
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This look okay, nothing special. Cloudy golden yellow with a foamy head that dissaptes shortly after pour. The bottle gushed a bit, but I was clumsy with it. I think it's more my fault. Anyways, lacing is nil, but whatever.

S - Smell is better. It's been out of the fridge for about ~25 minutes so the esters are really popping out. Cracked wheat, tons of yeast. It's very yeasty, floral, with lactic/citric... almost cider notes. More floral than bananas, but a nice melange of yeasty goodness.

T - First and most noticeable is the lactic acidity that bathes your tongue initially. It's very tart, but not overly so, and also not dry... I'm normally used to my sours being aged in oak. This is a new and welcomed taste for me. On the back end is a light sweetness, and all of those floral and sweet fruity esters I mentioned earlier in the smell. The yeast is the star here.

M - Sparkly, crisp, light, effervescent. Very nice.

O - So, it's been that long since I've been here that Drinkability now starts with an O. But yeah, this is a delicious, stand out beer, that deserves a place in every serious beer-drinkers fridge. It's challenging to dissect, but also a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of ikats
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale yellow in color, slightly hazy with fluffy white head that subsides to a thin cover. There is a nice, constant stream of small bubbles rising to the surface. As I started pouring the room filled with the wonderful aroma. Reminds me of sour candy. Not too sour. Just some playful tartness. Lemon with a touch of sweetness. I've enjoyed aroma and was afraid that the taste will let me down. Not so. Lightly tart, but followed by some sweetness. Not overpowering at all. In fact, it's quite light. Very drinkable - the first sip was quickly followed by the second and then a few more before I realized that I need to continue with this review. Pleasant mouthfeel. I'm enjoying it in the middle of January, but it would probably taste even better on a warm summer evening.

Berliner Weissbier is one of my favorite styles, but unfortunately it is all too rare. So when I was picking up a few bottles for a friend, I couldn't resist grabbing this bottle as soon as I noticed it for myself. I was a little put off by 5% ABV (seemed a bit high), but now I'm glad I picked up a bottle.

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Photo of mothman
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a large fizzy whit head. Fades to nothing. Color is a hazed pale yellow.

Aroma: a sour wheat. Funky old cheeder. A little bit of spice. Smells old. Smells light.

Taste: lemon citrus and old funk. Wheat and spices. A little bit of green apple tartness. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel: crisp with a little tartness. Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends very clean.

Overall, this was a great Berliner. Easy drinking with a nice amount of sour. I could easily drink a lot of this on a hot summer day. Amazing!

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of beerhorn12
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden straw color with a large white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is initially sharp and acidic with a bit of musty, damp cellar-like aroma. A bit grainy with some tart, yeasty aromas. Apples, white grapes, and hay. Nice, complex aroma. Taste is just slightly astringent with lovely green apple and grape flavors...somewhat champagne-like. Perfect amount of tartness for this style...puts Festina Peche to shame. Up there with Hottenroth. A bit of clove and banana with wheat and grain. Mouthfeel is nice and light with a crisp, refreshing finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, not typically the right weather to be drinking such a beer, but DAMN this would be PERFECT on a hot summer day. Outstanding beer.

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Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of codysjb
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my lost abbey stem glass.
A: Pours a massive head that dissipates quickly, (20 seconds to bubble down). Straw yellow color that’s murky throughout.
S: Barnhouse funk, lemons and sourness, with some grape and orange notes. Smells amazing.
T: Sour and carbonated upfront with some funk and a slight lemon taste on the end with the traditional European taste that (to me) separates American beer from European styles. Kinda musty.
M: Carbonation and lemon that pull away from the funk.
O: Really good example of the style. It’s no limbic but it’s really tasty and certainly the best example of the style I’ve had (and one of the most affordable and price appropriate). A

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Photo of Phelps
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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 SLeffler27
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presents a pale, golden straw with a short-lived, big, white, meringue head. I left the yeast in the bottle allowing for only a slight haze. Streaming columns of carbonation were readily visible; however, there was no lacing. Minimal head and the lacing follow style guidelines, while not my personal preference.

Aroma is that of fruity, sour apples with a good hit of barnyard funk and musty, dry, white wine. Aroma becomes richer and more prevalent with warmth.

A mellow, sour flavor with light tartness and dough white-bread grains. The finish is lingering, light, and unobtrusive. With warmth, apples and grapes come out with lemon and light spices.

A light to medium body, this one is dry, with no perceptible alcohol. Carbonation is slight, adding to the texture.

A highly refreshing and relaxing beer. This could easily be a sessionable beer for one to take their time drinking. The character develops with time, rather than progressing.

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Photo of marct
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ms11781
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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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