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

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

First off, I like the good Professor's concept: research and follow the tradition and don't improvise. This gives us standard to see how the style has evolved. And in my book, the Berliner Weiss has evolved a bit too much, particularly when today's brewers amp up the lactic and experiment sometimes wildly with syrups to coverup, perhaps, that they don't get the tradition's intent.

All of which brings us to Looks: the Professor's rendition is average at best; the foam goes away quickly and a questionable murkiness doesn't make it any betterthan the average wheater. Smells are interesting: lemon steals that act of the show with a little funk in there for contrast or a supporting role. Tastes a bit like a lemony saison... except the medium tart tells me not to have this with food. It also finishes too dry for lots of foods. Carbonation is a bit prickly along with the tart. But that is one way to get to refreshing and 1809 is.

This is probably the 3rd time I've Had 1809. Each time I was intrigued by the classic recipe. Now I get why. The classics don't get extreme because they have figured it out. That is a good lesson for every crafter venturing into regional styles that, first, should be duplicated and then experimented with on a less extreme basis.

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16.9 fl oz bottled 7/5/15.

A - cloudy, murky yellowish orange, bubbly head on the pour, moves to nothing pretty quickly.

S - funk, yeast.

T - same as the nose, with a mild sour/tart/salt notes

M - standard, medium carbonation and feel

O - worth a try. I have only had a couple of these, still trying to figure them out.

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Yellow beer with plenty of haze as appropriate for style. Great looking head, white, 1/2". Plenty of wheat and lemon sour in the aroma.

Taste hits the good tart and sour notes without going overboard, as far as traditional berliners made in Germany, this is one of the better ones. Plenty of carbonation, as appropriate for style as well.

This is a real solid example of a traditional berliner that is solidly consistent.

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1809 from Professor Fritz Briem
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,419 ratings