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Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse | 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:
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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Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.27%
 
 
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Photo of Rennpferd
4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It poured very heady, but the head quickly receded to one finger. It had a pale yellow hue. There was a lot of carbonation.

It had a unique scent. A perfect balance of old bread dough, sour milk, and lemon.

It tasted a little sour. It had a touch of citrus. There was a nice mellow wheat flavor. It was lite bodied. It had a clean finish, it had a little punch to it.

Just a great beer. I was not expecting this. If you don't get a similar experience; try drinking it out of a tulip glass, that's what I did.

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Photo of abfraser
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful straw yellow with massive white head that disappears completely. No lacing

S: Lemon, tartness, wheat. Nothing overpowering, subtly harmonious.

T: Exactly like the smell but more intense. A good tartness; nothing overwhelming, especially if you're into Lambics. A great refreshing lemon flavor; wheat and malt backbone. Mild sweetness on the finish

M: Light bodied. Dry, good nice carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Another winner for a hot summer day.

My first Berliner Weisse. I'm a fan. Too bad this was exceptionally expensive, $12.50 for a 0.5L bottle from Toronado. I wish this was more widely available. A great refreshing, light bodied beer.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My friend from Vermont sent this down my way in Connecticut.
Although I notice that the label is imported through CT.

Right off the bat this beer has a great smell. I was expecting a yeast smell with bananas based on the color, but there is much more to this.

The pour is a unfiltered yellow with sediment strands through the brew. Carbonation is nice.

The taste is wonderful. It tastes like a German sour with a great tartness flavor. Pear and Apple taste.
Big fan of this beer.

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Photo of Grundle20
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance:
The beer pours pale straw yellow in color with a substantial haze, looks sort of like Orangina. A sizable rocky white head is quick to build but almost equally so to fall while leaving little lacing, probably the only draw back I would say is the wonky head retention on this beer.

Smell:
As is to be expected from Weihenstephan this beer smells great. There's a strong presence of bananas, lemon zest, sourdough bread, and a kick of nasty runners socks way in the back (love that funk!). There's some lesser notes of pepper and nutmeg but they are more apparent towards the end of the smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks light, crisp, and rather effervescently. Up front there's some dry wheat character partnered with a refreshing boost of sour lemon zest and a tinge of a switch of straw. The beer drinks a tad abruptly and finishes with a flavor that I could easily mistake for yellow Sour Patch Kids in a blind tasting. There's little aftertaste to note with an exception of about 3 seconds of funky wheat.

Drinkability:
This beer takes everything that is great about hefeweizen and makes it a tad more refreshing and crisp. It's hot and humid out and I couldn't be drinking a more satisfying beer.

Bottom Line:
My first dip in to this style and up until actually trying it I expected something more sour from what I've read. This is not the case, the beer is only mildly tart and it really only serves the beer well rather than being overwhelming like you might find in even domesticated lambic. Awesome beer.

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Photo of MillRat
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy lemon yellow with a fine white head that disappears quickly, save for a persistent ring from the abundant carbonation. The aroma is that of a great hefeweizen with a sharpness from the Brett. The flavor is true to the smell, with a clear sourness that does more to balance the malty body than the light hop bitterness. Absolutely adherent to style and with such clean and crisp flavors that the addition of the woodruff or respberry syrup traditional with this style would be a sacrilege. Certainly will inspire a homebrewing batch in a month or so.

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Photo of ikats
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale yellow in color, slightly hazy with fluffy white head that subsides to a thin cover. There is a nice, constant stream of small bubbles rising to the surface. As I started pouring the room filled with the wonderful aroma. Reminds me of sour candy. Not too sour. Just some playful tartness. Lemon with a touch of sweetness. I've enjoyed aroma and was afraid that the taste will let me down. Not so. Lightly tart, but followed by some sweetness. Not overpowering at all. In fact, it's quite light. Very drinkable - the first sip was quickly followed by the second and then a few more before I realized that I need to continue with this review. Pleasant mouthfeel. I'm enjoying it in the middle of January, but it would probably taste even better on a warm summer evening.

Berliner Weissbier is one of my favorite styles, but unfortunately it is all too rare. So when I was picking up a few bottles for a friend, I couldn't resist grabbing this bottle as soon as I noticed it for myself. I was a little put off by 5% ABV (seemed a bit high), but now I'm glad I picked up a bottle.

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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 ausonius
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle into a Riedel Vinum Bordeaux

My bottle - like all the other ones I've seen say Dr., not Professer, but whatever.

Murky yellow, straw, orange.
Big foamy Wheat Beer head. Settles in a few minutes. Not too much lacing with this foamy head.

Nose: Sweaty lactic sour with earthy key lime & some funk in the background. Violet, licorice, fresh semolina bread, & a hint of raw tangy, pungent honey.
Some complex yeasty Belgian-like creamy sweetness.
Miraculous & unique.

Palate: Big, full, round & grainy. Pungent/spicy ginger & beautiful grainy wheat. Hints at limestone minerality allied to blood orange/lime & wheat character. Vinous, & even Champagne-like, in an earthy, lactic way.
Pretty friggin' complex on the palate as well.

96 Points

One of the great, unique beers of the world.

Not sure if I can ever live without this one.

CHEERS!

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Photo of aficionado
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crackling carbonation is quite high. Like a Perrier sparkling water. Nice head. The cleanest of light golden yellow bodies. Aroma is dominant with Granny apples, but there's also lots of lemon. Floral, fruity, Autumn apples. Taste is tart but not as sour as I had hoped. Fruity and dry. Thin, crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. On the bottle: Lactic acid. Mash hopped, No wort boiling...Hmmm I'm intrigued.

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

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Style Weisse

Served in New Belgium globe glass. 

A: Pours clear straw with large white head that collapses quickly, as is appropriate for style. Sparkling. 

S: Whiff of musty basement, followed by citrus, unripe fruit, lactic sourness, and wheat. 

T: Medium-light lactic acid, wheat and biscuit, unripe fruit, mineral water and low-grade funk. Crisp and relatively clean. 

M: Lighter body and higher carbonation. Lively, snappy mouthfeel. Drying. 

O: 1809 has bigger flavors and body than other berliner weisses, which does hurt drinkability. Still, I find it enjoyable and will drink it during the summer to break up the "monotony" of Oarsman and Hottenroth. 

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Photo of kaiyote
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, with a decent pure white head that dissipated quickly leaving no head. Smell hints at the lactic acid, you only taste it a bit, like the tartness of a citrus fruit. Quite a wonderful beer for sitting outside on a lazy afternoon watching the clouds roll by.

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Photo of cmoody91
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: big foamy head that dies off quickly into no lacing or head. very light straw golden color with a bit of cloudiness. Loads and loads of bubbles racing up and breaking the surface of the beer.

S: Lemon, green apple, super fresh and sweet smelling

T: Wheat, loads of fresh sweet tart fruits: apple, meyer lemon, tangerine. Finish is juicy and just a tiny bit dry. Sweet without being cloying. Lovely.

M: Light, finish is punctuated by carbonation.

O: Super great summer beer. Best Berliner i've ever had. Definitely pick up a couple bottles if you see it.

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Photo of DrewZ926
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This one's a gusher. Pours an extremely fizzy straw yellow with some more orange highlights. Minimal head that aggressively fizzles to nothing.

S- Very fresh smell, lemon and lime zest, swirls reveal slight hoppiness, also picking up some funk

T- Most surprising, very bold flavors for such a small beer, tons of lactic sourness, a bit of funk, and a sharp lemon/spicy finish

M- A bit light, feels similar to a hefewiezen, very carbonated so a there's some bite

D- Very sessionable. Perfect for a warm day. Low abv and refreshing taste.

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Photo of radshoesbro
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a weizen glass.

pours a clear golden yellow with massive carbonation leading to a huge white head that dissipates quickly to very little. throughout the experience bubbles were racing up the side of my glass. smells of fresh lemon and some grass. the grass isn't very palpable, but it's there. the zest of the lemon is very prominent and overpowers anything else that might be there. there is a tartness to the aroma that is very faint. taste is of tart lemons throughout, no real noticeable wheat in the flavor at all. there's a dryness to the finish that wasn't really my cup of tea. this is a very light bodied beer with a crispness to it that makes it very drinkable and refreshing. very worthwhile and i would happily drink it again.

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

Slightly beat up bottle no freshness date
Chilled and poured aggressively into a nonic, pure white head rose and dissipated rapidly. The body is hazy blond with lighter milky tones around the edges (reminiscent of orange juice that has sat around and the majority of fruit separates from the water). Tiny bubbles are present and maintain subtle carbonation. Smells of yeast up front with notes of citrus, lemon, maybe even slight hint of green apple.
Taste is crisp and refreshing with a mild sourness not terribly dissimilar to sucking on a lemon, however more subdued. I get tiny hints of sour apple and lemon with those same yeast flavors, a generous acidity and tartness, which IMO is specific to lactic bacteria and differs from brett.
I also want to mention that label states that traditionally this style was mashed hopped and not boiled, which is extremely interesting.
Given this is my first experience tasting the style, but after reading it would seem that this is true to the style. Its also quite tasty, drinkable and refreshing. Although it really doesn’t require fruit syrup it would be interesting to taste the beer

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Photo of fropones
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light golden yellow with about 2.5 fingers of white airy head that quickly dissipated to about a finger. Obviously very bubbly. Smell is a lot of citrus and wheat. Very clean smell. The taste is very refreshing, similar to biting into a lemon (but not in a bad way). Crisp, clean, refreshing. Good effervescence in the mouth with a nice dry finish. An all around good beer.

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

Picked up a bottle for ~$7. Poured into a wine glass. No date on bottle.

A- pours a bright wheat color from bottle. By adding a touch of the yeast from the bottle the beer sits a pale yellow hue. No head forms and only a few bubbles rise to the surface.

S- Bright sweet lemon with a good mellow tartness. Dusty notes with some wheat. Smells very light and refreshing.

T- Similar to the aroma indicated. Sweet lemon, a light tartness, wheat & dust. Simple mellow and refreshing. Flavors are pretty bold for such a light beer.

M- Medium bodied for a beer this light. Drinks like a light lemonade, except better. The tartness lingers lightly as the beer slowly dries.

O- A nice simple refreshing beer. Reminded me of JP Weizen Bam. So easy to drink. The flavors are bold enough to make this interesting. This beer exists between a wit and a blond sour. Would like to try more of this style.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a nice light yellow with no head or lacing... remarkable
S- yeast, a tart sugar smell, wheat, very inviting
T- very tart and refreshing,very easy to drink but complex at the same time, some hints of wheat and sugar but not very sweet
M- really really carbonated, refreshing, its so hard to believe its so carbonated cause it looks so flat... sneaky sneaky
D- this beer is 5 percent, awesome... give me this one all day

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Photo of gabeerfan
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear honey gold. Little to no head and no lacing at all. Looks like sparkling apple juice.
Aromas of lemons, green apples, sourdough.
Tastes of lemons, granny smith apples, sourdough and a touch of honey.
Light mouthfeel with high carbonation to keep the palate clean.
Pretty drinkable at only 5% and the flavors, while very different, keep you interested.
Very good beer. Very different flavors, in a good way. I can see why this style would be served with a syrup, but I don't think it's necessary for this particular beer.

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Photo of Azurescens
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 5/28/11

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with large white head. No lacing left around glass.

S: Nose is wheat with lactic sourness, some lemon peel citrus aromas and grass as well.

T: Sour wheat with lots of lemony citrus notes. Simple, clean and quite sour.

M: Very light bodied, sour and crisp. Moderate carbonation, finishes dry.

O: Very refreshing and drinkable. The citrus notes in addition to the wheat and lactic acidity are really enjoyable and make this beer much more drinkable.

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Photo of danadeny
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this in bottle at The Metropolitan in Baltimore. I've only had a few (maybe 3) berlinerwisses in my life so I though this would be a good opportunity to taste another example of a hard to find, not often brewed style. The appearance was what I would expect from a wisse; bubbly white head and golden straw clear body. The smell was very light except for the hint of funk I was hoping would indicate some sourness in the flavor. Ahh yes the hint of sourness on the finish was there, and pretty well balanced as well. It's just enough funk that other flavors are not over powered and the beer doesn't require a lot of other ingredients to compensate for balance. Mouth feel is light, watery and refreshing. Drinkability is a little above average just because it's not a session beer to me, but I would start a session with one anytime. I also like the mission of this brewer; to bring old obscure styles back to life, but do it true to form, history and original recipes. Simple plan yet very effective.

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Photo of AndoBrew
2.51/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

*did not really mind would not buy*

app: icky cloudy yellow with white bubbly head

smell: oh no, smells like a heffe with some steamed greens in it. like canned spinach.

taste: lil sour lil bananas lil of the green smell sneaks in through the nose. mostly a sourish heffe

mf: nice alive and soothing

drinkable?: sure, sept for the greens

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Photo of Chizoad
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow and slightly cloudy. Was careful not to dump the yeast into the glass. Good sized white head, no lacing. Nice looking summer beer. Didn't have any raspberry or woodruff syrup to add so I drank it as is.

Smells distinctly like a wheat beer. No lactic sourness. Definitely not a rich smelling beer at all, but clean and seems like it would be refreshing.

The taste is excellent. It's like a lighter version of a wheat beer where the typical clove flavors are downplayed and made far more palatable. I've noticed other wheat beers that have an unpleasant sourness to them, but this style thankfully uses that sourness to its advantage. Yes the acidity is noticeable but it is not overwhelming and serves to offset the flavors perfectly. Very lemony. A slight bittering finish caps off a great tasting beer.

Light and crisp mouthfeel.

Light summer beers that are good are really hard to come by. This and Russian River's Redemption are my top 2.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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 IMincedTheKing
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A noisy head recedes quickly from the top of the cloudy pinkish-orange pour.

Yeast and wheat on the nose. It's sort of bread-like, but very strange, with some hints of fruit.

On the palate, it opens tart and lemony leading to a doughy, wheaty finish, some green apple bursting through the middle.

The carbonation stings a bit at first.

Overall, this is pretty decent, but nothing I'd buy again.

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