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Created by Dr. Fritz Briem of Doemens Institute, brewed by Weihenstephan & Doemens (ed: Weihenstephan denies this), “1809” is a very traditional interpretation of the “Berliner Style” Weisse with an intense blend of lactic tartness and complex fruitiness. It is bottle-conditioned, unfiltered and unpasteurized. "1809" will age beautifully in a dark and cool location. Its complex fruitiness and tartness will most likely develop in quite astonishing ways. “1809” is fermented in traditional open fermenters and horizontal lager tanks. The applied mashing regime is a single step decoction mash with 50 % wheat malt.The total amount of hops is added to the mash so that isomerisation takes place in the decocotion part of the mash. The wort is not boiled but only heated up to boiling temperature and then transferred to the open fermenters and pitched with yeast and lactic acid bacteria (isolated from malt) at 18 °C (64°F).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mogydirt (13) - simi valley, California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
The best berliner weisse i have ever had so far. Everything is perfect with this beer especially if its being enjoyed on a warm sunny day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clownoisseur (137) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Pours a light, sparkling gold. Lots of carbonation and a big white head. Aroma is very light...some sea salt odor...light breads...and a slight funk. Taste is very nicely balanced with an initial tartness, followed by some faint fruit notes...the light bready malts keep the mouthfeel slick. Very nice finish, medium-light tartness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DandyWolfFloyd (617) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Aroma - definite fruit-like esters, you get the white-meated fruits (apple & pear) type of notes. Some funk and basement yeast qualities also exist. Appearance - a real gold color, with lots of bubbles shooting up from the middle, clean and clear, with a frothy white head that simmers down into a small halo, with some foam islands on top. Taste - the taste is a light-medium sour, and ever so sweet. Tastes are complex, somewhat fruity somewhat tart. Flavors of almost a pear/apple, white-flesh fruit. Lactic sort of tartness. Palate - body is light, the texture is thin, the carbonation is very fizzy, the finish quite abrupt, with a little lingering effervesce tang sting. Champagne/Sparking Wine sort of feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VinegarStroke (208) - Napa, California, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle: Cloudy, straw colored, light to medium head. Esters, yeast, tropical fruit, hint of sourness, banana. Dry, sour and low bitterness. Light, medium weight. Very refreshing. Clean, not bacterial. Lond and fine. Complex. Very fruity but balanced and refreshing. Maybe not as sour as I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Luvystypotables (387) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Aroma of yeast and cheese, cloudy straw coloured beer. Sour taste of yeast with a hint of cheese. Tart palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (1456) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 12, 2014
A nice Berliner. Pours a light yellow with bubbly champagne head. Very effervescent. Aromas are lemon, lactose, and medicinal... Hospital like smells. Light and citrusy flavors. Refreshing and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
curepute (122) - New York, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Nose is bread, lactic notes, wheat, cider. Hazy golden with tiny lacing. Taste has lactic acid, big wheat flavor, light fruits, mild sour, hint of funk. Finishes tart and dry. Light body and well carbonated. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MmmcKay (1049) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2014
On draft at Craft Brewed Nashville. Yellow to light golden in color. Lots of lemon here present on the nose and palate. More aromas of sour milk and urine. That sounds terrible on paper but it actually really great. This is a bit more mild in style for a Berliner. Nice balance. I enjoy it immensely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
robgibbens (393) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Birthday gift! Pours a hazy yellow with a bubbly white foam. The aroma is very bready, yeasty. Reminds me of sour dough. Effervescent mouthfeel. The beer is sour at first, then acclimates to a nice gentle tartness. Refreshing and interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1046) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
First actual German Berliner I’ve had. Hazy golden pour. Nose is more wheat beer than a sour. Taste is a tart wheat beer. Very lively carbonation. Almost champagne. Decent but it I like more tart in my berliners

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