1809 | Professor Fritz Briem

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear pale yellow color with a thick white head that leaves a bit of lace.

S- Light tart apple and lemon aroma with a bit of funk.

T- Sharp tart apple juice initially with barely any hop flavor to speak of. A nice crisp lemon flavor with some acidic notes. Dry finish with hardly any alcohol or aftertaste.

M- Light and refreshing with spritzy carbonation.

O- Overall a really interesting brew that was crisp and very drinkable.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Source/Serving: 500mL bottle, no expiry date

S: Reminiscent of champagne, as expected. Pear, white grape, a touch of apple bread. Bright, zesty tartness is full, but soft. Shows a hint of mild funkiness, but its gentle and adds a mysterious complexity. Very nice.

T: Bubbly tartness pops into the mouth at first, almost blocking the ability to taste. The feel is not unpleasant, however, and reminiscent of champagne. Flavors are bright, sour patch kids tangy with lemon-lime citrus notes at first. Very crisp. In the middle there is a nice flavor modulation with more apple-pear notes coming through with a much smoother lactic acidity. Faint hints of wheat bread. Slightly dry throughout. The finish has an especially pleasant, supple dryness with just a kiss of herbal noble hop flavor coming through alongside a squeeze of lemon. Ghosts of the prickly carbonation linger.

Notes: Highly quaffable with dynamic flavors and a pleasant, complex acidity. Balanced and well put together. Makes me wish more Berliners were made these days.

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1809 from Professor Fritz Briem
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,417 ratings