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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse | 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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Photo of DCon
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a 1 PINT .9 FL OZ bottle @ The Stable in Benton Park (St. Louis), MO for $8.99. Poured from the HARD TO READ bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Nonic Glass and doesn't have a freshness date anywhere on the botte.

Aroma- Has a pleasant lemon smell and a nice sour background. Very acidic and the fruit character is well balanced within the aroma. Lets see about the taste...

Appearance- Pours a whopping 6 fingers of bubbly head that die quickly. Has a pale straw color body and great clarity. Very effervescent and leaves nice lacing behind.

Flavor- Very fresh from the beginning of the drink and then a light strawberry taste comes through here! A nice acidic taste follows this up but not too strong. Good amounts of grain are noticeable also.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, HIGH Carbonation, A Dry finish, and has a bit of puckering afterwards.

Overall Impression- One of my favorites of this style so far! Refreshing, medium acidity, and has this strawberry flavor that was very interesting. So far I haven't seen this in Beer Stores but am going to be buying this very soon to enjoy again! I suggest you do the same.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle into tall weizen glass.

Aroma: Sour, lemony yeast, hay, and cereal grains. Some faint spiciness. Very subtle sulphur note.

Appearance: Very hazy, opaque, golden-white body. Active, fine carbonation. Bright white, fluffy, 3 finger foamy head collapses quickly. Minimal lacing. Would have liked a bit more clarity.

Flavor: Tart, refreshing lemon. Some grainy character that matches the aroma. Mild bitterness works well to support the citrusy tartness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, biting carbonation scrubs the palate. Tartness makes the mouth water. Mouth puckers, and tongue clings to the roof of the mouth like a magnet.

Overall: An excellent, refreshing example of the style. Next time I get one, I'm going to let it sit in the fridge for a week or so to let the yeast settle out. Highly recommended by my cousin, David, the clerk at Lukas Liquors, and now by me! I only wish this were more readily-available!

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Photo of julian
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden yellow in color, hazy, massive frothy white head. Looks crisp and refreshing! 4.5

S: Smells like a hefeweizen, although with a more subdued ester profile. Definitely bready. 3.5

T&M: Yeah so this is definitely delicious and crisp. The bready, wheaty quality is nicely balanced with the lacto tartness providing for a good fusion of germanic styles. It’s slightly tart, and crisp but at the same time feels full bodied. Tartness is kind of a green apple flavor. 4.5/4.5

O: This could be an excellent summer beer, and quite possibly will be this year for me. Goes down way too easy and is super refreshing. 4

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Photo of plfahey
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale straw yellow with a slight cast of haze. Moderate white head with fair retention.

Aroma-Fresh wheat aroma with just a hair of lactic tartness and lemon. Some fruity aromas of aprioct and dried pear. Has a little bit of an earthy yeast funk to it as well, reminiscent of lambic must, grass, and hay.

Flavor-Quite tart with lactic acid and lemony flavors up front. Extremely low to negligible hop bitterness, and a spritzy refreshing finish with light lemon and peach notes. The tart flavors are somewhat difficult to describe and pick apart, but the flavor is complex and layered.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Body is bolstered by the wheat. Quite refreshing.

A fantastic example of a hard to find style, though I have to imagine that this is not as tart as the original berliner weisses, as those are generally described as bracingly sour, but it is tart, refreshing, and all around pretty awesome. Also has some nice yeast/bacteria notes in the aroma and flavor as well.

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Photo of nickd717
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review dated 5/18/2009.

Bottle at City Beer in SF, first I’ve rated of the style I think. Golden color with a white head and high carbonation apparent. Aroma of wheat and lemon/other sour fruits. Flavor of wheat with lemony tartness and sour grapes and apples. Sharp, crisp palate with a pleasant astringency. Not too sour. Refreshing.

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Photo of Chizoad
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow and slightly cloudy. Was careful not to dump the yeast into the glass. Good sized white head, no lacing. Nice looking summer beer. Didn't have any raspberry or woodruff syrup to add so I drank it as is.

Smells distinctly like a wheat beer. No lactic sourness. Definitely not a rich smelling beer at all, but clean and seems like it would be refreshing.

The taste is excellent. It's like a lighter version of a wheat beer where the typical clove flavors are downplayed and made far more palatable. I've noticed other wheat beers that have an unpleasant sourness to them, but this style thankfully uses that sourness to its advantage. Yes the acidity is noticeable but it is not overwhelming and serves to offset the flavors perfectly. Very lemony. A slight bittering finish caps off a great tasting beer.

Light and crisp mouthfeel.

Light summer beers that are good are really hard to come by. This and Russian River's Redemption are my top 2.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: beautiful, slightly hazy silver-gold body with almost 2 fingers of frothy white foam. Lots of apparent effervescence in the body. A great looking beer.

Smell: light malt aroma with some green apples and a light pear character; the tartness is present but not overwhelming and there's a chalky back-aroma which is entirely welcome. I can very much dig it.

Taste: tart right up front but dies quickly to a rich malt flavor with some more of that chalky pear and then finishing with just a hint of grain. Really fabulous -- I had been looking forward to trying this beer and it is more than living up to my expectations.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a huge carbonation and concomitant creaminess. It works absolutely beautifully.

Overall: each of the elements in this beer work seamlessly to produce a wonderful, wonderful beer. I know the Germans like to doll this stuff up with raspberry or woodruff, but I can't imagine doing that -- this stuff is awesome as-is.

I'm finding as I get further into the glass that its drinkability is just amazing. What a wonderful beer.

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Photo of crossovert
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

It pours a light hazy gold with a super foamy bright white head that lasts seemingly forever.

The smell has some brett scent to it, some funk, but mostly fruitiness. Mostly light fruits.

The flavor is similar. Light and zippy, though heavier than other examples I have had.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super cloudy light yellow beer, white head with awesome retention. Head is well composed of tiny bubbles. Smells really clean for a sour beer. Lot of malted wheat in the aroma, with yeast and bread notes mixed in. Also a hint of lemon as well. Very refreshing beer. The tartness adds a well suiting aspect to the wheat beer. I was surprised at house subtle the sourness is, it's highly drinkable considering. Tastes like malted wheat and lemons with extreme tartness.The Ph is very low, reminiscent of lemon juice. I like it. I'm impressed and would definitely have it again.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a hazy straw color and is opaque when held to the glass. A very short-lived almost white 2 inch head forms and reduces leaving no lacing. Some sediment is present.

The aroma has a sour lemon component with some mild earthy hops notes. Just a bit of yeast.

The taste is also much like lemon zest combined with yeast and a nice earthy/grassiness from the bacteria.

The mouthfeel is clean and crisp, leaving a nice dryness. It is light bodied and has a quick and high but clean carbonation.

Overall, this is not my preferred beer style, but I could sit and easily drink one or two of these and enjoy it. Nice components combined with a uniqueness keeps me coming back.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz into tulip. From notes

A : pours a very light straw body, with no head formation or retention. No lacing from the murky body

S: Aroma of lemon acidity, with a sour nose. Medium intensity, hint of earthy hops and a solid wheat character.

T/m: Body is crisp, sour and very refreshing. Bold wheat texture, with a smooth amount of sour. Higher level of acidity. Lingering taste is short, but very smooth.

O: This shows classic examples of the style, a very good beer with a great depth and drinkability.

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Photo of chefelf
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I wasn't really familiar with the Berliner Weisse style before having this beer. After one sip I'm sure I'll never forget it now. Not expecting the lemon wallop that hit me in the mouth I thought there was something wrong with the beer at first until I read up a little on the style.

Reading the reviews here I wonder if I'm more sensitive to lemon. I read here that some people thought this was a "subtle" lemon flavor. To me this was a sharp, intense, lemon flavor that was shockingly tart.

While this is not really my style of beer at all I did enjoy trying a very different beer than what I'm used to. I appreciated it but I don't know if I'll be rushing out to try more beers in this style.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is interesting pours like a dull cloudy lemon wheat beer, solid color throughout totally. Wonderful tight and very fluffy like head with a dull dull looking lemon yellow very dense body. Head does not stick around at all. Not much collar left either while drinking and finishing.

Sour lemon on the nose a hint of spicy dried lemon peel a spicy hotness hard to pinpoint what that is exactly. Zesty and spritzy no hint of grain as if a hefeweissen has been stripped of it's density and this is all you are left with. Boderline bretty, I do like it very much.

Taste is refreshing mild orange juice just substitute the word orange for lemon. If you put lemon juice in a bottle to serve in a tolerable non acidic way this is it. Clean light bodied almost like the perfect watered down lemon soda but just enough wheat to make you think this is beer. Refreshing. Not that sour either compare to a saison, lambic, or american wild ale. Light drinking feel but full of flavor.

Overall great to try an authentic style, and the more and more I drink this the better it gets. It's the perfect version of lemon beer I've ever had if I could use that term. Not punching acidic not too bretty, not boozy, just tolerable lemon joy. I'am sure there isn't even a drop of lemon in this. Well done.

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Photo of bierguru
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - the body is a cloudy straw color that pours with a thick white head that fades quick but not rapidly and leaves a fair amount of lacing

S - the nose of the beer is kind of yeasty and zesty something like a lemon

T - taste is very similar to the nose with the addition of some spice and tartness

M - is kind of prickley and and refreshing

O - the beer is actually pretty good wouldnt be a go to beer but probably would have from time to time

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Photo of AlexFields
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light yellow, similar to a hefeweizen. A bubbly white head forms but disappears as quickly as it came.

Smells of tart lemon and other citrus, wheat and bread (wheat bread?), maybe some spices and yeast.

Taste is pretty much spot on with the nose. Nicely tart and citrusy with some nice wheat flavors, refreshing and tasty.

This is a solid berlinerweiss but it's not mindblowing or a standout. Given the low availability for the style in general, I'm sure I'll be buying this one again.

7.2/10

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Photo of cooch69
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a chalky, pastel yellow with a small fluffy white head.

Nose is banana bubblegum, band-aid, plastic, rubber, and a little wheat.

Taste is much different than the nose and better than I expected. It is a refreshing beer good for the hot summer months, especially today. Soft and well rounded mouthfeel. This beer comes with a medium amount of sourness. Nice tart and semi-sweet. Bubble gum, banana, and rubbery notes makes this a semi funky wheat. There is a healthy dose of sediment in the glass.

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

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Style Weisse

Served in New Belgium globe glass. 

A: Pours clear straw with large white head that collapses quickly, as is appropriate for style. Sparkling. 

S: Whiff of musty basement, followed by citrus, unripe fruit, lactic sourness, and wheat. 

T: Medium-light lactic acid, wheat and biscuit, unripe fruit, mineral water and low-grade funk. Crisp and relatively clean. 

M: Lighter body and higher carbonation. Lively, snappy mouthfeel. Drying. 

O: 1809 has bigger flavors and body than other berliner weisses, which does hurt drinkability. Still, I find it enjoyable and will drink it during the summer to break up the "monotony" of Oarsman and Hottenroth. 

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Retrieved bottle from cellar after a year. Let's see how it's coming along.

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with an initial 1/2" white head which fades to the rim. Very effervescent tiny bubbles.

N: Lemons, astringent, musty funk, grass, grainy, fruity yeast.

T: Follows nose. Tart and zesty.

M: Crisp, tangy, tingly on the nose and tongue from the fine carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Very refreshing. Quite enjoyable. A little age seems to bring more tartness. Would certainly have again.

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

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a creamy white head.

Gives off lactic, sour funkiness from the Brettanomyces yeast. There are also notes of lemon citrus, a touch of grassiness and musty barnyard that is also a result of the Brett. And Lactobacillus. More funky green apple, then more dominant banana as it warms.

On the palate, it is dry at first, and slowly puckers with sour, yet creamy mid palate then it makes an abrupt 180 degree turn to champagne like dryness and the lemon and green apple come through for a dry yet tart finish that lingers and gives some earthy mineral quality.

The mouthfeel is mostly dry with spurts of juicy tart fruit. Very complex and well-done beer.

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Photo of drummstikk
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Fantastic!

A hazy gold with bright white head that dissipates quickly into a lasting thick ring.

Smells of soft plastic sheeting and tangy grains.

Tastes like heaven. Sweet bananas and apricots, followed by a very balanced sourness that gives you a pucker only during the first sip. A hint of hop bitterness vanishes into the dryest cleanest finish I've tasted from a beer in a long time, almost like the dry vinous finish to a champagne.

Throughout, carbonation is high and spritzy, giving the illusion (perhaps reality?) of a light body. But the body could not be too watery, because it never tastes thin or watery. It is this contradiction in the mouthfeel that makes drinking this beer so exceptional. I can't imagine why anyone would ever choose Bud Light to cool off on a hot day after tasting this beer.

Expected DMS from the unboiled wort, but instead got the most delicate malt sweetness and the flavor of grains. The body is flush with malt flavor, balanced with sourness that, because of the complete lack of vinegar, tickles the tongue.

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Photo of fx20736
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 25 oz brown bottle into a Paulaner .5 liter Hefeweizen glass.

Poured yielded a massive eruption of white cumulus, leaving a thick, snow white head that receded by imploding,collapsing the sides inward.

Beer is translucent, a thick hazy, lemon yellow with amazing swirling nebulae of yeast that look like ghostly apparations dancing in the beer. Tiny bubbles stream endlessly upward.

Aroma: Bready wheat and sour apples with no discernible hops presence.

Mouthfeel. Fizzy, highly carbonated, seltzer like.

Taste: Tart, acidic, like a Chardonnay or even Champagne. There is white/ green grape and sour apple notes here. The sourness overwhelms all other characteristics of the beer, save for a slight bready, maltiness. The finish is dry, intensely dry, leaving no aftertaste at all.

Notes: This is a beer that drinks like a sparking white wine or a cider mixed with seltzer. The combination of heavy carbonation sourness and ultra dry finish completely cleanses the palate. This would be a magnificient accompaniment to a wide variety of cheeses and nuts.

Not for everyone, a beer that can be perceived as being more like a wine than a beer but a singular and interesting drinking experience.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Chilled bottle poured into my Allagash tulip glass. Bottle opened with a bit of a gush, most of which hit the glass.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow in color and plenty cloudy. The final pour leaves a bit of yeast at the bottom of the glass. Big, fizzy head that recedes pretty quickly.

Aroma: Lemon zest definitely establishes itself upfront. Herbal and grassy notes come through after that. Some nice barnyard and funk notes are in there as well. They get stronger as this warms too.

Taste: A slight lacto sour kick hits at first, but quickly subsides. This is not at all mouth puckering. Big funk and earth tones show through. Pretty nice balance all around, but I definitely could use a bit more sour.

Mouthfeel: Really crisp and refreshing. Well carbonated all around and light bodied. Slightly dry finish.

Overall, a nice enjoyable berliner weisse and definitely a great example of the style. Plenty of funk and barnyard notes throughout and a nice dry finish. Refreshing, but I think more time in the bottle could help this become more tart.

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Photo of Agold
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is light, golden and clear with lots of carbonation evident. Looks nice. Nothing special. The first thing to hit me in the aroma a yeast. Didnt even pour the yeast in, but it seemed to be fairly apparent in the beer. Along with the yeastiness is also tartness and mildly fruityness and funkiness (but not a ton at all). The beer is very light and pleasant. Crisp and refreshing. Very good. I really enjoyed the high carbonation light crisp dry nature of this beer. Overall, this beer is very refreshing and drinkable. Light in flavor, but there is a lot going on. Would definitely like to keep a few of these on hand for the rest of the summer.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at a local bottle shop and poured it into 2 tulip glasses. Gave a quick swirl to pull the yeast off the bottom of the bottle and into the beer.

Hazy, light straw in color, the bottle gushed like crazy, but I guess that shoulda been expected when I didn't keep it in the fridge for 24 hours before opening. At least I managed to save most of what gushed...ample carbonation creates a huge head, but no retention. Surprisingly, though, for a beer with almost no residual sugar, if any, a swirl produces cabernet-like legs.

The aroma is full of tart wheat and a light funkiness. The tartness is a clean and citrusy lactic sourness that brings on grapefruit and lemon zest. There are also some clove esters from the sacc. strain. The flavor follows suit beautifully. Clean, crisp, and tart, this is what a berlinerweiss should taste like. Complex enough to keep drinking and sour enough for me to remember that this isn't just a weissbier.

Light and spritzy on the palate, this is definitely a summer beer. Easily drinkable, this is something I will return to again and again, especially with its sub-$5 price tag. I wish there were more of these that were so widely available.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse 5.0% alcohol conten. Poured into a Cristoffel Goblet.

A- Amazing glowing blonde hazed to perfection in the suns light. Little to nothing head leaves a light froth and ring around glass. Looks like lemon juice.

S- Heavily citric scent dominate the nose with grapefruit, lemon, and a hint of oranges. Grassy hop make a showing with the main stage, second being the musky yeast.

T-M- The taste is almost like sucking on a lemon after a shot of Tequila... Excellent! Zesty lemon and lime flavors upfront followed by a meld of sharp grassy hop and citric bite.
The yeast is on it own with a thick mouthfeel of farmhouse feel leaving a sticking flavor of the fresh lemons and limes making the tongue yearn for more.

One hell of a beer and I will look for this one over and over again! Cheers!

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Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,408 ratings
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