Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse | Professor Fritz Briem

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner WeisseProfessor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse
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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner WeisseProfessor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse
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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#2,028
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586
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1,404
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1,249
Avg:
4.1/5
pDev:
10.24%
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Photo of kbgratz
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Bitterbill
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Liquor Shed.

A hazy straw yellow pour with 3 fingers of foam.

It smells earthy, with lemon citrus that imparts both tart and spicy notes.

Lemony, yeasty, peppery, very dry on the palate.

Light body with perhaps too much co2.

This is very nice.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOD 7/25/14. Pours a clear golden. Massive World Class head volume, retention and lacing.

Light, but nice, nose of tart lemon, coupled with a touch of vinegar and funk, over biscuit.

Almost light medium body with just a hint of creaminess over a smooth texture. Well carbonated with effervescence from the onset.

The outstanding flavor profile is reasonably intense, not very complex but is perfectly balanced and allows the effervescence to showcase the flavor. It begins with a burst of tart lemon that coats the tongue until the middle where a light biscuit sweetness creeps in underneath. Hops make a slightly bitter appearance as the middle ends. The finish is slightly sour at first, then fades into a slight tart sweetness and finishes dry.

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of danadeny
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this in bottle at The Metropolitan in Baltimore. I've only had a few (maybe 3) berlinerwisses in my life so I though this would be a good opportunity to taste another example of a hard to find, not often brewed style. The appearance was what I would expect from a wisse; bubbly white head and golden straw clear body. The smell was very light except for the hint of funk I was hoping would indicate some sourness in the flavor. Ahh yes the hint of sourness on the finish was there, and pretty well balanced as well. It's just enough funk that other flavors are not over powered and the beer doesn't require a lot of other ingredients to compensate for balance. Mouth feel is light, watery and refreshing. Drinkability is a little above average just because it's not a session beer to me, but I would start a session with one anytime. I also like the mission of this brewer; to bring old obscure styles back to life, but do it true to form, history and original recipes. Simple plan yet very effective.

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Photo of albern
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label on this beer is quite informative, but I wasn't sure who actually brewed this beer. Apparently, the recipe is quite old and is an attempt to capture an authentic style. How much comprising with modern techniques went into the actual brewing process would be interesting to investigate. Nevertheless, this is a very good Berliner weiss. The beer poured a nice head that dissipated pretty quickly, was a bit hazy, and yellowish. The smell was subdued and not overpowering. I did pick up some candied citrus flavors in the smell. The taste is very good, almost cidery in quality. You will get a very smooth, tart apple, sweet citrus taste that goes down very easily. The beer isn't particularly complex and contains no huge transmutations from start to finish, nor cold to more room temperature. It is a bit watery, with a mouthfeel that is quite light. This beer is well worth seeking out.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City (great location, by the way - check it out). It seemed interesting enough to bring back to Australia and share; when I purchased it I was unaware it was the top rated Berliner Weisse here, but now I'm glad I bought it.

Pours a cloudy and turbid, very pale golden colour, with a huge soapy and sudsy head of white foam that burgeons up and the cascades down in a very vibrant display. Hard to see much carbonation through the haze, but I imagine it's pretty effervescent. Looks pretty great, what I want a Berliner Weisse to look like.

Nose is pungently sour, with a big carbonic acidity throughout, that is just highlighted and accentuated with a lilting uplift of zesty lemon rind on the back, and sweetened with the promise of confectionery sugar. Dusty and a little refined, it's a more complex and complete aroma than I've yet had from any other beer in the style.

Taste is pleasantly sour, but not puckering, and again lilts nicely with a touch of citric zest. A little sweetness is present throughout, and the body is extremely light and effervescent without getting too gassy or bubbly. Slightly yeasty grit on the back, which detracts a little from the pure refreshment, but the delicate backbone of the beer more than makes up for it.

A lovely, refreshing and very light beer. It's the sec champagne of the beer world. Very easy to imbibe, and incredible delicate, but with a lilt and depth of character that is surprising in a beer designed so much from a refreshment point of view. Lovely.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle poured into a long, thin glass. Small, fizzy bubbles abound. Kind of subdued, slightly sour aroma with an impression of peaches. More sour peaches in the flavor, very dry and tart. Highly carbonated and dry, perfect mouthfeel for this style. Highly refreshing and very good. Edit: This has improved after 6+ months. Really a softer a better mouthfeel, and more richness in the flavor.

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Photo of bound4er
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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 THECPJ
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

A: very pale yellow, looks like champagne sitting in my glass, 1 finger head, no lacing

S: mostly sweetness eminates from the glass, smells like grapes, similar to champagne

T: sweet and slightly floral

M: overly carbonated

D: classic for the style, my current go to berleiner weisse only because it's the easiest one of this style for me to obtain

Cheers!
The CPJ

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color with lots of yeast and a white head.
Sour acidic nose but very clean and one sided.
Flavor begins with a sharp lactic acid twang and segues into a creamy wheat background. The acid overtakes it in the end and it leaves you with a clean refreshing finish. One of the more sour Berliner weiss biers i have had I hope they keep on making this for a long time.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice golden blonde body. More pale and a little cloudy, effervescent.

S - Just a light crisp citrus nose. Some earthy wheat present too.

T - A nice refreshing taste of citrus with tart and sour notes. Nice wheat body present. Wouldn't really consider this a sour beer but it has a nice amount of sour kick to it. All the tastes are those that leave your tongue and palate refreshed and good for when you're thirsty.

M - This beer is well carbonated and effervescent. Its light bodied and crisp. I swilled the bottle to get all the residual yeast.

D - This beer is well noted for its drinkability. Its very light and refreshing and goes down as easy as any.

Notes - This beer is light but only in nature. It can be light but still pack enough flavor for any beer drinker. I've had it straight and also had it rot, or red with himbiersirup added. Both were enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Azurescens
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 5/28/11

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with large white head. No lacing left around glass.

S: Nose is wheat with lactic sourness, some lemon peel citrus aromas and grass as well.

T: Sour wheat with lots of lemony citrus notes. Simple, clean and quite sour.

M: Very light bodied, sour and crisp. Moderate carbonation, finishes dry.

O: Very refreshing and drinkable. The citrus notes in addition to the wheat and lactic acidity are really enjoyable and make this beer much more drinkable.

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Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon-yellow color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of slightly tart lemon peel with good amounts of earthiness and mildly sweet malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slighlty sweet light fruit flavors and malt up front segue almost immediately into funky tart flavors that carry through to a crisp and dry ending. The second pour has a bit more yeast that imparts a slight bready quality that evens out the tartness.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a good thickness with prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle easily and could have another.

Overall this was a good example of the style but I prefer a bit more tartness. Still, it's very much worth a shot.

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Photo of aval89
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color.. Very hazy..cloudy.. Half finger head that quickly settled at almost nothing...

Smell: lemon zest, white grape peels, some zeast & bread notes.. Kind of sour and tart.. Also picking up some apricot.

Taste: again a lemon zest with a bit of white grapes... Similar to a white whine.. Some tartness but not overwhelming.. Also a bit of sourness but not too much... Finish a bit puckery with a dry finish..

Mf is highly carbonates with a light body..

Very easy to drink.. Decent brew..

Really enjoyed this one..

Cheers!

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Photo of HalfFull
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a thin head of foam. Settles appropriately to a surface film and throwing off some random artsy lacing initially, less so in time.

Lemon, sour and with a nice yeast funk on the nose. Notable wheat notes are secondary to the sour yet quite prevelant.

Offers a light tartness that is well balanced and doesn't require any syrup additives to appreciate. Slightly sweet on the finish with a lingering effervescence.

Robustly carbonated for the style and with a pleasant feel offering a nice drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caught somewhere between a tart wheat beer, lemonade, and Gueuze- this incredibly refreshing wheated ale relies on the resident lacto-bacteria in the grains for it's thirst quenching properties.

Incredible lemon aromas combine with a seriously pure yet undescribable sour note that's evident in aroma and taste. Sharp to both the nose and palate, the intense pang of lemon/lime pith and peel provide a lightly briny, lightly salty, flavor of savory sensation and thirst quenchment. A side note of light must, sweaty, dust, and driftwood provide the most shallowest of funk notes. But with all the challenging flavors to the untrained palate, this beer showcases well the style of Berlinerweiss. Big on acidity yet light on astringency, this beer is a welcomed thirst quencer for lovers of light wheat beers who want more complexity but perhaps lower alcohol then finishing with a tampering bready wheat aftertaste.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a 2 inch fizzy white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of subtle wheat, lactic acid, and some tart and sour aromas. Taste is of subtle wheat, lemon, and some tart lactic flavors. There is a grain aftertaste as well. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a very crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good and refreshing beer and one of the better examples of the style I have tried so far.

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of babaracas
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with fizzy white head. Gentle pour but got enough sediment in here that the massive stream of bubbles rising to the top have turned it in to the world's most lively bowl of sea monkeys. Anyway, looks alright for a berliner. Smell: husk, cornbread note that I seem to find in all berliners, a little barnyard funk. Taste: tart but not as tart as others, lemony, just a little bready and a hint of unripe banana.

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Photo of kaiyote
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, with a decent pure white head that dissipated quickly leaving no head. Smell hints at the lactic acid, you only taste it a bit, like the tartness of a citrus fruit. Quite a wonderful beer for sitting outside on a lazy afternoon watching the clouds roll by.

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Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap @ Ebenezers.

A: Super light dirty water colored beer with a touch of pale yellow, clearer than the windows on the walls, and no head at all.

N: A sour lemin with some light fruit, a touch of yeast, lemonade, a bubble nose as well like Champagne, a light sweet malt, very light nose overall.

T: Some bready malts, a little toasty malt flavor with a touch of that dry funk and that typical lacto dry toasty flavor. Lemonade breaks the dryness a bit with some tart and sour juicy fruit, with some sour lemon, a touch of yeast, light and creamy with a subtle malt flavor too. It's very dry all around.

M: Very light with an effervescence, but almost no carbonation.

F: Very dry of course, with a touch of wild dry sour fruit funk and lingering toasty flavors. A crisp but light creamy flavor balances with a gentle tart bite. Mouth watering dryness and sour fruit balance the funk well. The lacto dry flavors stick around too.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely cloudy light yellow/straw color with a huge head that recedes quickly. Smell was more subtle than I expected but I picked up some wheat, lemon, and clove. In the taste there's also the wheat, lemon, and clove, and it is sour and tart as the style dictates. The 5% ABV is actually high for the style, and the crispness from the high carbonation and the alcohol produce a bit of bite in the mouthfeel, but the thin mouthfeel makes this a nice late summer choice. For being as thin as it is, the mouthfeel worked quite well, and the high carbonation was everything but distracting. Overall, I'm not experienced in the style and so I don't have much with which to compare this. It's simple, elegant, and refreshing if you're into a tart beer, and I like it.

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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
Beer rating: 89% out of 100 with 1,404 ratings
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