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

Added by MaltyGoodness on 04-16-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,398
Reviews:
582
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.27%
 
 
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Photo of brewcrew76
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale golden yellow with a streaming rush of bubbles and a 2 finger white head that left a layer of suds behind.

S - Tart lemon and wheat with a slight hint of banana and a touch of sour.

T - Bready wheat malt and tart lemon mixed with banana and a yeasty flavor followed by a sour bready finish.

M - Crisp and refreshing with high carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Tasty. Poured the yeast in half way through and the only difference I noticed was the clarity.

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Photo of CBrodbeck
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

This was $6.20 at Downtown Liquors in Boston, expensive, but Im glad I got a chance to try it.

Pours a hazy straw color with a wispy head that quickly turns to a thick ring and some patches. The carbonation is very active, creating whirlpools at the surface. Citrusy, wheaty, fruit estery, woody aromas fill the nose. Minimal sourness shows in the nose as well. Cidery acidity greets my tastebuds upon first sip. Tangy wheat malt, ginger, cloves, and orange flesh flavors all abound. Even some herbal hops make a showing. The mouthfeel is medium with a creamy subtle carbonation feel. The finish is tart and citrusy with a bit of lingering spice.

The balance between sourness and traditional weissbier flavors work really well. This is a fantastic beer, and If its representative of the style, I like this style. Its like a lambic without the funk.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a rocks glass.

A huge crystal-ball like bubble works it's way out of the bottle - I see my reflection swimming in rainbows. A loud active ghost white head recedes to a hornet's nest of rushing carbonation sustaining a pearling collar of foam. A lightly hazy citrine body is slowly revealed.

Bright tart wheat-y lactic notes lead the aroma, though they give way to a lush fragrance of asian pear, orange blossoms, and rosewater. Very fresh and invigorating.

Gentle malt on the palate with a tart bread note balancing out the winter fruit sweetness. The finish is full of apples with a lingering mineral quality weakly suggestive of proseco. Faint "wild" notes round things out. While not cloying, it is sweet enough on it's own that I wouldn't think of adding syrup to this.

Zesty, furiously carbonated (though not effervescent), and very light-bodied.

Great for a hot day, this is such a pure version of the style - though some might prefer a tiny bit more tartness, this is very pleasing.

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Photo of IntriqKen
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Before reviewing this beer, I wanted to go over the style guidelines for it once again to be sure what I was looking for. It is very rare that I get the chance to drink a Berliner Weisse, living as far away from Germany as I do.

Wow!
This is the very first beer I've ever had that meets the guidelines word for word, scent for scent, color for color, and taste for taste.
I'm going to cut and paste from there because the only thing I have to add to it is that I love it and it is Perfect! (realizing that perfection is rare.)

"Berliner Weisse is a top-fermented, bottle conditioned wheat beer made with both traditional warm-fermenting yeasts and lactobacillus culture. They have a rapidly vanishing head and a clear, pale golden straw-coloured appearance. The taste is refreshing, tart, sour and acidic, with a lemony-citric fruit sharpness and almost no hop bitterness. "

Aftertaste is just the clean, tart and sour lemony-citrus.
slight alcohol warmth creeps in after you swallow.
This is a gorgeous beer.
I give it '5's because it is a perfect example of the style.

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

500mL into a weizen glass. Pours a pale lemon yellow w/ a bright white head, explosive carbonation. Looks inviting.

Aroma is grainy pale and wheat malt and lemons, some faint banana and spice. A slightly tart funk too.

Taste is grainy and sour. Lemons and banana.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall a drinkable, refreshing beer.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GeoffreyM
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

The label on this beer is quite informative, but I wasn't sure who actually brewed this beer. Apparently, the recipe is quite old and is an attempt to capture an authentic style. How much comprising with modern techniques went into the actual brewing process would be interesting to investigate. Nevertheless, this is a very good Berliner weiss. The beer poured a nice head that dissipated pretty quickly, was a bit hazy, and yellowish. The smell was subdued and not overpowering. I did pick up some candied citrus flavors in the smell. The taste is very good, almost cidery in quality. You will get a very smooth, tart apple, sweet citrus taste that goes down very easily. The beer isn't particularly complex and contains no huge transmutations from start to finish, nor cold to more room temperature. It is a bit watery, with a mouthfeel that is quite light. This beer is well worth seeking out.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cgrunin
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davit
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SLeffler27
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presents a pale, golden straw with a short-lived, big, white, meringue head. I left the yeast in the bottle allowing for only a slight haze. Streaming columns of carbonation were readily visible; however, there was no lacing. Minimal head and the lacing follow style guidelines, while not my personal preference.

Aroma is that of fruity, sour apples with a good hit of barnyard funk and musty, dry, white wine. Aroma becomes richer and more prevalent with warmth.

A mellow, sour flavor with light tartness and dough white-bread grains. The finish is lingering, light, and unobtrusive. With warmth, apples and grapes come out with lemon and light spices.

A light to medium body, this one is dry, with no perceptible alcohol. Carbonation is slight, adding to the texture.

A highly refreshing and relaxing beer. This could easily be a sessionable beer for one to take their time drinking. The character develops with time, rather than progressing.

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Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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

A - Pours a hazy golden blond, very active champagne like bubbles, 1 finger of bright white head.

S - Tart apples, damp wheat, honey sweetness, has a lactic acidity aroma, some floral notes in the background.

T - Bright lemon tartness, pepper, green apple and grape skins, faint banana, salty, wheat malt. The salty tartness wraps everything up while still letting the malt shine. Finishes tart and dry.

M - Tart, light body, seltzer like carbonation, dry clean finish.

This beer provides a very balanced tartness. It's not sour but tart enough to wake up the palate. Very clean flavors and an excellent palate cleanser when tasting several big beers.
This is super clean, crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of FUwolfpacker
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ms11781
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle poured into a a pint glass.

Pours a seemingly contradictory murky, yet bright yellowish orange color. If it wasn't for the carbonation it may look closer to orange or pineapple juice than beer. An unintentionally vigorous pour yields a massive, fizzy white head. The head reaches about 3 fingers and only slows down as it hit the top of the glass. As big as the head gets it disappears nearly instantly. Tiny bubbles ring the edge of the glass but nothing sticks.

At first glance, when the beer is slightly chilled, it smells like slightly tart apple juice. As the beer warms, even just a bit, the aroma opens up. Nice banana and some light spice come through along with some wheat. An almost citrus-like aroma comes through as well. Not a hop-like citric note but more of a freshly squeezed lemon or orange, something with a bit of tang to it.

The taste follows extremely closely with the nose here. The nose and taste are possibly the most similar of any beer I have had. The beer was allowed to warm just a touch before it was sipped so the apple juice-like characteristic that was in the nose wasn't detected here. As with the nose, some banana and spice come along with the wheaty flavor. It is almost immediately tart, refreshingly so. The lemon and orange like quality seems almost dead on here. The beer is very dry all the way through, especially at the finish.

A lighter body and ample, prickly carbonation give the beer an extremely light mouthfeel. It's very crisp, dry and refreshing.

This is an outstanding beer. It is extremely refreshing. It's very light and crisp which, combined with the slight tartness and higher carbonation, give the beer an excellent, pleasant bite. It was very enjoyable early on a Saturday afternoon when it was about 34 degrees outside. My guess is that it's even better when enjoyed outside on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Auror
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of bwbetts
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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

I drank this one right after my first Berliner Weisse which was Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Weisse....

it pours up a murky orange color with a quickly fading white head. the nose is citrus, slight tartness, wheat. the taste is tart, sour, citrus, very high zesty carbo, lemons. medium to full bodied, high carbo.

This was a more citrusy and carbonated brew as apposed to the Bayerischer Berliner which was more bready and smoother. They both were good though....

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Photo of derkfromwi
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of CCutch
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse from Professor Fritz Briem
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,398 ratings.
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