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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner WeisseProfessor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse
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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 deltatauhobbit
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap over at Lion's Pride, poured in a tall mug.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a large fluffy white head that fades very slowly, leaves some patchy lacing.

Smell is lightly sour and tart with a nice malt sweetness in the background, nice amount of citrus in the nose with no hops to balance things.

Taste is refreshing tart but not overwhelming, the right amount of sweetness makes it tolerable, no bitterness to speak of, lightly acidic with a decent amount of citrus, the only complaint is it's a bit light in flavor and at times feels watery.

Easily one of the best in the berliner weissbier style and the fact that it's readily available makes it ever better.

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Photo of mullenite
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sfoley333
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a duvel snifter. Poured a cloudy murky straw color with thick foamy white head very little lacing. Smell is a mixture of lemon zest, banana phenolic, apple cider, and sour lactic scents. Taste is extermely refreshing with a sour citur dry flavor again with some apple flavor minus hop and only slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a light body. I could drink this beer on the beach, mowing the lawn, pretty much anywhere and especially in times of hot weather because I think its more refreshing then lemonade. First Berliner weissbier and to me its a nice one.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App: Light yellow straw color, cloudy. Fair amount of floaties despite a gentle pour. Fluffy white head, good retention and lace.

Smell: Mild lemon tartness, very clean aroma, not particularly strong however.

Taste: Tart and lemony, crisp and refreshing. Lightly sour but certainly nothing too strong. Mildly lactic, hints of green apple, sauvignon blanc.

Mf: Crisp and clean. Thinnish body with good carbonation. Super easy to drink, pairs well with food.

Overall: Delicious, quenching, refreshing. One of my favorites of one of my favorite styles; wish more breweries were doing a Berliner weiss. Hopefully they will be soon, 1809 is fantastic.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly cloudy golden straw color with a 1 finger foamy white head with poor retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. No glass lacing, and a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big tart lemon, apple, pear, grape, grass, hay, cherry, and yeast spices. Fantastic aromas here, with good acidity and balance. Smells a lot like a dry cider. Taste of tart apple, pear, grape, lemon, pepper, grass, hay, yeast spices, and slight funk. Fairly dry on the finish; but there are some lingering notes of apple, pear, hay, grass, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Great balance of flavors with a nice tart/sweet balance. Medium-high carbonation and fairly light bodied; with an extremely smooth and crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol is completely hidden at 5%, with no warming present at all as expected. Overall this is a fantastic Berliner weissbier. Fantastic flavor balance, with a nice amount of flavors. Very drinkable and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of jodybrutal
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisKayler
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into an Odell's Rastal Tulip.

Appearance: An average pour produced a substantial 2'' bright white big-bubbled rocky head that lasted for quite a while. Color is yellow, and the clarity is hazy. Very pretty.

Smell: Smell is of bread, dough, earth, leather, and vinegar. This one smells tart, but also like a nice yeasty wheat beer would.

Taste: Taste continues the same way as the smell, with a wonderful crisp tart quality imparted from the vinegar-like sourness. Flavor duration is average-long, and sour/bitterness is moderate to heavy.

Mouthfeel: Body is light and texture is thin and slick. Carbonation is lively, with a sour, dry finish. A great mouthfeel for the style, so thin and the carbonation is effervescent. Very refreshing!

Overall: A super refreshing tasty beer. Like a slightly sour hefeweizen, with a bit less banana and clove sweetness. Very enjoyable. I want more!

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Photo of electrobunny
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours clear with a very pale yellow body and a thin white head. A lot of lemon in the nose with some apple and pear that give away the yeast in the bottle. Also some banana in the aroma along with some skunky grass notes. Very refreshing. Lemon, pineapple and apple cider are prominent. Definitely has a tart champagne quality with a some husk/wheat malt coming through at the finish. Hops are subtle but impart a nice grassy quality. Light bodied and well carbonated. Mouthfeel is tart and fizzy with a dry finish. Not a lot to this beer but it's very enjoyable if you're in the mood. The right amount of sourness to play off the malt. A bit Phenolic as it warmed but super easy to drink. Great presentation.

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Photo of blisscent
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An immaculately spotless white head is observed but wouldn't hold up. The beer is not so much coloured as it is hued; yellow tint over what is otherwise colourless. Its body is so unique it may be deserving of having a colour named after it. The tinge itself is fairly clouded but the beer holds itself quite clear and even gives off a little twinkle to the light.

Wow, what an aroma! For anybody first being acquainted with the style this is quite an introduction. The aroma is a little sour, with vibrant notes of fresh fruit, apples mainly. The unmalted wheat is faint but present alongside, maybe, a little clove too? The lemon citrus adds to its tartness. This is acidic and you know what's to come is gonna sting ...

The mouthfeel is extremely spritzy with a high and prickling carbonation. All flavour is coated with an underlying tartness, for which we have the lactobacilli to thank. Make no mistake, however, the beer is entirely clean the whole way through. The wheat is vivid and the flavours tangy. There is lots of banana flavour and also plenty of lemon. Berlin's style weiss beer is very similar to the more generic Krystal weiss but it is far more lively, spritzy, and delicious.

The production of Berliner Weiss, due to its lactic bacterial fermentation, shares many similarities to white wine, champagne in particular. The average person will find it overly acidic and it is quite common to see fruit syrups mixed in. Not for me though, I've come to love this rare treat. Its prickling tartness and acidic tang makes it a splendid warm weather drink.

I'm definitely happy living in the 21st century, but all 700 of Berlin's 19th century weissbier breweries probably made a compelling argument that life was certainly worth living before electricity. The label claims Napoleon and his troops called this style "lively and elegant", so it would seem they certainly knew good beer. Maybe this is to blame for all those invasions?

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Photo of armock
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to biggreen for sharing this bottle with me.

A - Poured a golden yellow color with a white head

S - Is of sour wheat for the most part

T - Follows the nose sour wheat and some how has a slight apple taste

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - If you like wheat beers and sours this is the best of both world for you an interesting beer thats very good worth finding to try

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw yellow, looks very crisp and clear. The head is about 2 1/2 fingers and is constantly being fed by bubbles from all around the glass so it stays around for a bit.

S: A complex smelling brew, every time I stick my nose up to the glass I come away with something different. My first thought was sour green apple (much like hard cider), then a nice yeasty aroma, then a light malty aroma.

T: Once again, the comparison to hard cider is unavoidable. Only instead of being sickly sweet like so many of them are it has a beautiful sour tartness. There is a slight maltiness at the beginning and a bitterness at the end, taste of white grapes pervades throughout.

M: Light and heavily carbonated, a very crisp and refreshing beer.

O: While this isn't my favorite style of beer, and I wouldn't drink it all the time I have a lot of respect for it. It brings in a lot of flavors and goes down easily. A well crafted beer and definitely worth a look.

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Photo of larryi86
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a Weizen Glass

A- A hazy golden straw color with a huge white head that fades very quickly.

S- Sour, light fruits, getting some apples, earthy funk.

T- Sour lemons, touch of apples, touch of wheat, some lactic acid in the finish, some earthy funky.

M- Crisp, light body, tons of carbonation.

O- A really nice sour that is easy to drink. Definitely will pick this up again and start seeking out more Berliner Weissbiers.

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

On tap at St. James Infirmary. Nice yellow haze glow to it, ample carbobation, head retention is exceptional. Good lemony and tart aroma, fresh ground wheat. Mild yeasty presence.

Taste, more tartness, great light mouthfeel and body to the beer. Amazingly similar to Hottenroth. So fresh and so clean. A perfect summer beer. Very prickly carbonation like a nicely done skunky pilsner (this is not skunky whatsoever). Like most good bw's, there is no residual sugar, just plenty of tartness and a light wheat base to wrap it around.

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

Pours an incredibly clear and vigorously carbonated yellow color with a fizzy rumply white head that just won't go away and leaves "ok" lacing.

Nose is mild wheat, slight tartness, and some lemon citrus zest. Slight pepper as well.

Wow. Some mighty tasty stuff. I was expecting a little bit more aggressive tartness, but this is quite nice. Nice almost Kristalweizen like wheat profile, a bit softer, not as much wheat yeast flavor, for obvious reasons. A beautifully dry slight tartness really helps the slight citrus zest flavor along. Some green apple like esters in here as well. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be. A nice brisk carbonation, beautifully crisp and dry finish.

Drinkability is the best ive had in a berliner weiss. Could easily pound multiples of these badboys on a hot day grillin on the back deck.

Overall a superb berliner. A tiny touch more tartness would be nice, but the subtelty of it makes it ideal for a refreshing treat. Yet another classic from one of my favorite breweries, and the authority on german styles. Great stuff.

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

Interesting beer... is this specially brewed for the distributor here in America? Hmmm. Anyway, it pours the typical Berliner Weisse appearance with a slightly hazy golden body and short head of bright white foam. It offer the typical slightly-sour and mildly wheatish grainy nose, and it delivers the same tartness and graininess in the flavor. Hop flavors are not to be found, as expected, and the bitterness is next to nil, but not needed anyway. It could be a bit more sour like the Kindl Weisse, but at the same time this is probably a tad more accessible to the general public. And it's remarkably clean, which can sometimes be difficult in the production of this style. So, in an ever smaller world of Berliner Weisse, I'd say this has to come out within the top three. Well worth trying.

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Photo of Bieniek30
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LtCracker20
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Wormtown weizen glass.

A- Slightly cloudy yellow body (Very cloudy after the yeast is poured in), great big 4-finger rocky white head that shows great retention.

S- Very tart, sour, funky, musty, astringent, with a lemony spiciness. A little sour aplle aroma. Sweet white grape aroma.

T- Very nice and tart. Sour apple, funkiness, a little soury-citrus with a sweet white grape flavor again. A lemon grass flavor is there, too, but in the finish with some more tartness, that's where the acidic flavors come through as well.

MF- Light to moderate body. Very dry finish. Also a chalkiness to the finish as well.

D- Very drinkable. I love the flavor of a good Berliner Weisse or any other tart beer so it scores high with me there. The 5% abv also helps, as it becomes pretty sessionable (Not a SESSION ALE, DING, but sessionABLE). Also, the tartness doesn't wreck you palate like some other wilds/sours I like, so you could enjoy a couple of these no problem.

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

Thought I would give a Berliner Weisse a try. I know this is a reproduction, but it was all I could find at the local brew spot.

Very cloudy straw like color. Pours with an aggressive bleach white head that quickly recedes. Tight tiny bubbles persist.

Smell is similar to a typical german weisse, but with a fruity sour note.

Very tart and fruity. Strong lemon-like citrus flavor. No noticeable hop or malt flavor. Almost reminds me of a tall refreshing glass of lemonade. The tartness is very similar to sucking on a vitamin c tablet(which strangely, I kind of like).

I drank this out of a true Berliner Weisse bowl that I had received long ago. I know this glass is designed to drink with woodruff or fruit additives, but what the heck.

This is a beer that I could drink all day long on a hot summer day.

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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 Patrick999
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Was not expecting to find a Weihenstephan Berliner Weiss on the shelves, but I did, so of course I bought it...

Poured into the Weihenstephan soccer-inspired weizen glass. Fizzy head, and a dull hazy gold with frenetic bubbles. Last pour adds some kombucha-culture-like sediment.

It actually smells a lot like kombucha. Lemon funk and sweaty sock.

Not as tart as American takes on this style like Hottenroth and the New Glarus BW I had tried...but the flavor here has a lot of depth to it. It's both lemony and a little smoky at the same time. Funky lacto is apparent, again, with a tart (but not sour) kombucha tea-like flavor.

Feel is spritely, but not a lot of body even for this style.

Extremely drinkable. Man, I could drink the hell out of this, so refreshing. I think I like this better than Hottenroth and Festina Peche, and I'm a big fan of those beers.

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Photo of Tigerbrau
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a light wheaty cloudy color like a hefe. Head dissipated to nothing. Lots of bubbles.

Aroma is funky with a bit of champagne. A bit wheaty.

Taste is same as aroma. Very tasty. Very champaign ish with a bit of tartness and some wheat. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry and crisp. Lots of bubbles.

Overall a great Berliner. Wish there were more of these around.

Review with some woodruff syrup thrown in. Aroma is a bit sweeter. Taste is much sweeter with a lot of the tartness cut out. Bit of marshmallow flavor. I think I like Berliner by itself better but it's still good.

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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,412 ratings
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