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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner WeisseProfessor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Created by Dr. Fritz Briem of Doemens Institute ( http://www.doemens.org ), brewed by Weihenstephan & Doemens.

Added by MaltyGoodness on 04-16-2007

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1,402
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584
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.27%
 
 
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Photo of tommy5
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from Walnut Liquorette, on to the beer:

The sediment was really chunky as I poured it into my glass. I took a spoon and stirred it all together, and the results are for the better. Lovely paleish banana peel yellow color (versus a washed out clear yellow), the head is bubbly and on the fizzy side. A little suspended in the body is a little sediment. The aroma is a good one. It is sour. Tart lemons and more lemons. Yum.

Sour and tart and a little sweet. Definate flavor of lemon. In terms of intensity, it is not super-intense puckering, which is nice for me. Critters add another dimension of flavor. I just can't of what it is specifically, but I'm tasted this note in Cantillon and the like. Bubbly carbonation is pleasant in the mouth, and it being light, goes down really easy.

While not as common as other Weihenstephan products, 1809 is worth getting your hands on. Berliner Weiss' popularity seems to be growing here stateside, but are still rather hard to find.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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 AngusOg
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of dar482
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found that they had this bottle at Spritzenhaus in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

The color is a slightly hazy golden yellow.

The aroma is very yeasty with some sour and a bit of a moldy funk.

The flavor has a malty flavor and a wheat beer character, but then with a nice sour tart bite. The flavor is of pear, sour apple and some yeast. The maltiness really carries this beer so well. For those who aren't into sours, this is wonderful. It has a bit of sour that really makes this beer attractive and refreshing.

I would drink this for hours during the summer.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with tart lemons. I also get some apple. The flavor is tart apples with wheat. The beer is very dry. Thin mouthfeel and low carbonation. This is a good beer, I just wish there was a little more tartness.

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Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of flagmantho
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
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 BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Opens with a vigorous pop. Pours a clear straw color with a large soapy head. Retention is good and it laces the glass.

SMELL: Aroma is lactic and bready, a bit sour smelling, like in certain white wine. It actually does have a wine like perfume.

FLAVOR: In the taste, clean malt, wheat, yeast and hops with a lactic twang on the back end. The lactic acid gives the beer a lemony note. Light coarse hoppy bitterness, the brew has more of a sour bite than a hop bite.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, stinging carbonation, slight dryness. There is a bit of mineral/metallic and sour in the finish.

OVERALL: This is a very good example of the style. Wheaty, fairly sour, crisp and refreshing. Has good character and makes for an enjoyable drink. Though in the depths of winter at the time of this writing, it makes me yearn for a few of these in a cooler, outside in the summer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a good initial head that fades fast. Smell is of hay, a slight lactic sourness, and a touch of grain. The flavor is surprisingly gentle. I was expecting and hoping for something a little more sour. The sourness is pleasant and quite yogurty, but I wanted something more brisk. In some ways this Berlinerweiss is more complicated than some others, and I like the taste, but I'm not sure or not if it is true to style.In any case, you won't be adding syrups to this one. Its also a little higher alcohol than most. Mouthfeel is creamy and delicious, but not as crisp as some. Drinkable if a bit different.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Derek
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first review of a Berliner Weiss (I've had some that were overwhelmingly sour, and when I was in Germany I wimped out and tried the syrups).

A: Clear yellow-straw (becomes very cloudy with sediment), fizzy white head, initially a little retention & leg/lace.

S: Clean sour/tart aroma with lemon, tropical fruit, citrus rind, biscuity malt & a light grassy spicing.

T: Tart fruitiness (slightly puckering), citrus, cider, pineapple, underlying biscuity malt.

M: Light to moderate body is smooth & slightly acidic with a crisp, dry finish.

D: Very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split with SourBatchKid & Oglmcdgl. I've had this a bunch throughout the years and I hope to find it on tap one day.

1809 pours a bright yellow color with some slight blond thrimmings, it's almost like squeezed lemon juice with the mild sediment in it. On top, a quarter inch of loose white soapy bubbles, no cling.

Big spirtz of lemon drops and some barnyard hay with old feet. I don't think any funky yeast was used, but that's what I get. It's pretty straight forward, but not to pleasant, at least for me.

This is probably one of the most authentic Berliner Weises out there, but it's not my favorite. Lemongrass with a touch of bisquit malt. At some points I get a small amount of bubblegum. Slightly tart, not sour. Good, but not great.

Pretty mild on the tartness(at least in this bottle) and slightly acidic on the back of the tounge. The taste seems to fade out towards the end. Light bodied and boldly carbed up. I remember liking this better back in the day, but perhaps my tastes have changed. If it tasted better, the low ABV would make it easy for a few.

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Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Gueuzedude
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours quite hazy, with a yellowish straw color and is topped by a frothy, initially three finger thick, fluffy, off-white colored head, which dissipates fairly quickly. The beer is quite aromatic, with aromas reaching my nose as I pour this beer; at first aromatic notes of clove and banana reach my nose (like found in a traditional German Hefeweizen). In fact even when I go in for a better sense of the aroma, these notes are still the most noticeable. There is a solid, grain-like wheat character, a light tartness, which gives the nose a hint of an edge, as well as fruity notes of lemon zest, apricot and green apple. Once you start digging around in the aroma a distinct, funky note reminiscent of cheddar cheese becomes noticeable. In fact once noticed, this funkiness becomes quite apparent; funky cheese, but a musty cotton thing, and some mushroom like notes. The funk, as it were, remains fairly subdued; this allows the traditional yeast and grain character to come through quite well; though I could certainly wish for a touch more funkiness in the nose.

The taste is quite a bit tarter than the aroma would suggest; it is by no means hard, but has a nice lactic edge to it that is immediately noticeable. Wheat and lightly kilned malt notes come through quite well, supplying a bread-like note as well as some soda cracker notes. Despite the fact that the head disappeared quickly, the beer is still quite well carbonated; this adds a zesty textural note of fizz as it hits the tongue. The beer is quite light and drinkable, though it is on the heavy side for a modern style Berliner Weiss. It also has a bit more alcohol than the modern versions, but given the allusions on the bottle, it seems to be trying to be a stronger, earlier take on the style. I would guess that a traditional Hefe-Weizen yeast was used here as those flavors are here too; notes of banana and clove are definitely distinguishable and are a welcome addition.

The second pour yields a taste that is a touch more yeast, and thus bread-like and perhaps a touch less tart. This is a tasty beer; I would be really curious as to how this will bottle condition over the years; I certainly wish I had more of this right now, so I will have to pick up a couple bottles the next time I have a chance. I think that this beer might get considerably better after some age on it.

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a fairly light gold color, but with surprisingly good head retention and decent lacing. Nose is attactive, with light lemon zest, bread dough and a hint of ginger. Flavors replicate the nose in this excellent beer, and I'm surprised how much flavor it delivers given the low abv. Mouthfeel is light and mouthwatering, with the alcohol completely unnoticeable.

Flat out delicious, and oh so drinkable. Impressive.

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Photo of dwagner003
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle picked up at the Coop earlier this week for I think about $5.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

2 finger head dies back quick above an only slightly hazy dark straw beer.

Aroma is lactic... but not out of control.. grainy.. and wheat... but definitely smells sour.. I am intrigued.

Sour is in the front of the palate.. but not nearly as much as expected.. more like a surprising addition to a hefe... under-ripe peaches and lemon dominate .. sorta dry grainy finish backs into the remnants of the sour peach component.. I want some crackers .. I am still getting quite a bit of wheat that pokes its head through the sour.. drying but in a good way.

Very interesting for sure.. I should probably get some more.. but beer funds are limited.. Hopefully the Matt has a couple more when I go hunting.. This would be fantastic on a hot summer day.

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Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dry and carbonated and not as tart as other berliner weisses

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw colored pour with a foamy white one-finger head. Has a strong yeasty aroma with hints of lemon. Really nice light lemon tart flavor backed by mild yeast and biscuit. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Near perfect example of the style.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours golden with a fizzy white head, spritzy and acidic.

S: Wheat malt and lactic acid, good for the style.

T: Sour lactic acid and wheat, sourdough bread form the main flavour. Good complexity and some mild funk, quite flavorful.

M: Acidic of course, but not going to take the enamel off your teeth. Light-bodied, elegant, very easy to drink.

D: A fantastic Berliner Weisse, after having a lot more of this style recently I'm starting to really get into it. This would make a great summer poolside beer if I could actually find it in my local stores. Thanks to Gabe at Beachwood for having this on his bottle list.

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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,402 ratings.
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