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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boxofrane (1881) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Bottle from Whole Foods, Pours hazy yellow with a medium sized white head, limited retention, light lacing. The aroma is lightly tart lemon, some wheat aroma. The taste is lightly tart lemon, orange, a dry finish. Good but not tart enough for me to love.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
zvikar (2835) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 2, 2013
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Pours an hazy not so pale yellow with a huge head, aroma of fruit, yeast, green apple, flavor is sour with lemon, not so lactic and not very sour, medium bodied, OK

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbbeer (543) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Yellow-gold with outrageously large white head. Aroma strong lemon, wheat. Medium light body. Touch of carbonation. Flavor strong citrus/lemon, tart apple, yeasty and estery sweet finish. Different for sure but tending a little too much towards lemonade for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ScipioA (212) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Pours like a wit- very pale cloudy yellow with a huge white head. Lemon and wheat dominate the aroma. Sour! More lemon, but also apples in the taste, sort of like a soured apple cider. Intriguing and powerful flavors, really nice. Lots of carbonation, and it finishes very dry like a white wine. Would love to find a cheaper Berliner Weisse, I paid ~$8 for a 16 oz bottle of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5565) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2013
On tap at he Green Dragon. Pours a clear golden color with a large white head. A big earthy malty wheat nose, not much tartness or fruit. The flavor though is balanced between nice tart cherry and sawdust and mellow sweet earthy flavor including wheat, some honey. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (804) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Straw color with massive champagne-like head. Aroma is musty as all hell, some white grape, a hint of banana, but mostly just musty. Opens extremely muted but then progresses towards medium tartness with a hint of funk. Body has almost a mineral water quality. This would be a good Berliner for syrups but nothing special on its own.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miked1687 (606) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2013
hazy orange yellow pour with a thin white head. smell is wheat with some tart funk. Taste is tart wheat breadiness with a slight fruity finish. Very champagne esque. Smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ONE (1) - - AUG 26, 2013 does not count
Wonderful, yet slightly muted traditional wheat nose because of acidulated malt. Yeast profile is magnificently present in this delicate beverage, clove, a hint of bubble gum, nice herbaceousness and wheat character. Great mouthfeel, pronounced but not overwhelming acidity, overall, fantastic beverage!! Well done!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
batneil (244) - - AUG 24, 2013
Tastes far more like a champagne than a beer. Lightly clouded golden colour. Sharp taste. Definitely more winey than beery. (K)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kerenmk (2002) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 24, 2013
Post tasting bottle sample at Beer & Beyond. Thanks zvikar. Cloudy, light blond. Apple and peach aroma, very sour taste, like white wine. Chewy, smooth texture, no carbonation.

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