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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3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color.. Very hazy..cloudy.. Half finger head that quickly settled at almost nothing...

Smell: lemon zest, white grape peels, some zeast & bread notes.. Kind of sour and tart.. Also picking up some apricot.

Taste: again a lemon zest with a bit of white grapes... Similar to a white whine.. Some tartness but not overwhelming.. Also a bit of sourness but not too much... Finish a bit puckery with a dry finish..

Mf is highly carbonates with a light body..

Very easy to drink.. Decent brew..

Really enjoyed this one..

Cheers!

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of JLSIV
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the best of this type...not overly sour, and better tasting than all of the American attempts at this type, which come out just a little too sour.

The appearance, aroma, and feel are absolutely the best, and the dry, sharp finish is among the best. Better carbonation than most of the American runs...

Anyone who says they don't like this type, needs to try this before they commit one way or the other.

Well done.

According to the brewery, they no boil sour mash this...one more reason it is world class.

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4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11-04-14

Look - Pours a hazy pale yellow, almost white, with a huge fluffy wheat head. Very good bubble distribution. No clinging. 4 paws.

Smell - Super funky, with lots of yogurt and fruit. Strawberry cream and a bit of citrus. Very inviting. 4.25 paws.

Taste - Not super sour, in fact not very sour at all, even for a Berlinerweisse. Funky, yogurt, citrus rind, and a bit of the strawberry pops up. Surprising slight bitter undertone. 3.75 paws.

Feel - Somewhat viscous feel, like diluted milk. Sharp tingle at the front of the tongue, mild tingle on the sides. Very easy drinking. 4 paws.

Overall - A very nice Berlinerweisse. I would have liked a bit more pucker, but the yogurt funk is very nice. Overall a very good beer. 4.25 paws.

Meow beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bendukes86
2.8/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Was recommended this...meh not what I was expecting. Too much wheat not enough sour

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4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of wheelinshirt
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Half liter bottle purchased from Capone's for $7. A bit steep but the only berliner weiss that I have been able to get my hands on has been festina peche, which I did like, but I figured it was time for a real, traditional rendition. Poured into a weizen glass.

Big fluffy white head, tons of CO2 streaming up to support it. Eventually got all the beer into the glass including the dregs. The beer is a very cloudy straw color, nice looking, somewhat poor retention and no lacing due to the acidity. Looks amazing.

Smell is fruit, yeast, and some tartness. A bit more subtle than I expected, but in a good way.

Taste is mostly tart, but not overpoweringly so. Wheat and Barley malt are in there as well. Unlike Festina Peche, this still tastes more like a beer than anything else. Doesn't taste too sour until the last sip. Finish is sour (good) but does kind of linger (bad).

Mouthfeel is light, highly carbonated, but the yeast sediment does fill it out a bit and gives it that indescribable weizen feel.

Drinkability is perfect. I would drink this beer all summer long if I could get it cheaply, which I don't think is really possible. If you see it, definately pick it up. If you are wary, perhaps try Festina Peche from dogfish head first and go from there.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this on a tip from another beer site and after I reported seeing it, I decided to try it out as a new one on me. It poured well into hazy golden orange cloud in my bodum insulated glass which produced the scents of hops and grapefruit.

My first taste through the generous head started with a light cream that went bitter and then stopped with a tart snappiness. It was interesting to try this as it could be good palate clearing light ale. One of the other reviewers noted the sour elements which I also came across as I drank this further.

As for its long term drinkability, I do not think this would be an all night kind of beer, but would be better suited to getting used to first.

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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a light golden yellow with huge four finger head that froths and then falls relatively quickly. Slightly hazy in appearance.

S: Lemony lactic acid, tartness and light fruitiness. Very nice and clean.

T: Very tart and clean with a nice lemony acidic mid-palate. Faint wheat flavor and aroma in the finish. Very nice, very typical of style.

M: Light body, faintly creamy and tart. Very nice.

D: Wish it were summer, this would be the ultimate summertime refresher!

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my lost abbey stem glass.
A: Pours a massive head that dissipates quickly, (20 seconds to bubble down). Straw yellow color that’s murky throughout.
S: Barnhouse funk, lemons and sourness, with some grape and orange notes. Smells amazing.
T: Sour and carbonated upfront with some funk and a slight lemon taste on the end with the traditional European taste that (to me) separates American beer from European styles. Kinda musty.
M: Carbonation and lemon that pull away from the funk.
O: Really good example of the style. It’s no limbic but it’s really tasty and certainly the best example of the style I’ve had (and one of the most affordable and price appropriate). A

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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a wisp of a head that keeps vibrating as the carbonation hits it. The head stays pretty low, however -- it would have been neat to have a bit more going on here.

Aroma is relatively neutral, pure lemon zest and malt, with little hint of anything else. Bland, but clean.

Taste, on the other hand, is a riot of horse blanket and lemon, with a sour, crisp, bitter attack. Who knew Weihenstephan had this kind of funk in them? Most importantly, it does all this without tripping over its feet; this is funk with regimentation, George Clinton making a bed with military detail. Now, I'm not saying this is Cantillon level funk -- but it's right up there with Orval and the late, great, and still-mourned McKenzie's Trappist Pale Ale. Every US brewer who thinks that they can just toss some Brett into a cluttered beer and call it a wild ale should be made to drink this first. Brilliant.

Mouthfeel is great too, sharp, needly, and active enough to keep your mouth awake. Nearly perfect for the style.

I'm honestly trying to remember the last time I had a beer this refreshing. A revelation, and certainly the best Berliner Weiss I've ever had the pleasure to sip. Go get yourself a bottle.

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3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle/ no freshness date

P: Slightly hazy straw color with huge columns of carbonated bubbles rising from the depths of the glass to form a huge, shiny white head that starts out very rocky, but quickly sizzles and crackles its way down to nothingness.

A: The nose was kind of weak, but some big whiffs reveal aromas of a brett-like wild yeast, with that lactic acid character that is mentioned on the bottle. Besides that, there's a big citric tartness that resembles lemon zest and orange peels, wheat bread, and some clove.

T: Starts out with those same notes of tart citrus fruits that have the bitterness of lemons and the zest of limes, with the twang of orange peels sprinkled in the mix as well. Wild yeast produces a nice, overall sour flavor to the beer but is not overdone in the least. Underneath is that wheat bread-like malt that pretty much stays out the way for the most part. Upon swallow, very pronounced flavors of bananas and clove become evident.

M: Light bodied, crisp, ultra-clean, with a sharp carbonation and a dry, pleasing finish. The body is rather light and airy, but it has some oomph! to it at the same time, never feeling watery at all.

Notes: Nothing overly complex here, just a nice sour brew with tart citrus fruits and a dry, refreshing feel in the mouth. Nice beer for a hot day! Not sure how many of these I could drink, though, as the lively carbonation seems to squeegee the tongue of all moisture. Enjoyable nonetheless, and well worth a shot if you're into this style.

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Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,419 ratings