1809 | Professor Fritz Briem

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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:
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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4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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2.5/5  rDev -39%
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4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Pours a reasonable-sized, fizzy white head, quickly fading away to nothingness. Brew is a cloudy, nearly opaque light yellow.

Aroma is milky, chalky, rustic, slightly tart - a classic Berliner Weisse aroma, and all that entails. Straw and a musty barn; light lemons; slightly sweet yeast.

Flavor follows: this one definitely leans toward more traditional Weiss profiles, nearly bordering on Wit, with a heavy emphasis on wheat, yeast, and a slightly spicy touch. At the same time, it's fairly tart up front, which gives way to a light sweetness fairly easily.

Finish is very similar to a Wit, without the traditional dose of Belgian spices. What sets it apart in terms of flavor is that tart, citric punch up front.

Thick wheat, lively mouthfeel; it's not a beer you really have to sip, but it's much thicker than I would typically expect for a "refreshing" beer style. Cloying finish.

Rated to style, I would say this is an excellent Berliner Weisse (no syrup required). Rated for overall enjoyment, this remains a style near the bottom of my list, but this is a pretty darned tasty example, nonetheless

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1809 from Professor Fritz Briem
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