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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
curepute (139) - 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 (1051) - 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 (408) - 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 (1277) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrymel (1496) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Brewed/bottled: unk Had this at the Sour Soiree with the South Sound crew, and was unimpressed, but then again, there were more than 30 sours there, so not all that fair IMO. Pours a clouded light grainy yellow with a loose, vibrant three fingers of white foam. This falls over 5 or so minutes to leave a solid sheet. Lots of funky Brett on the nose, with some wheat and yeast and peppercorn notes. Don’t really anticipate sourness. Very lightly tart with a solidly wheaty flavor and some hints of metal. The brett plays second fiddle to the lactic acid. There are plenty of subtle tones in the beer, and I would hesitate to put syrup in this one, as it’s fairly refreshing as is. Medium to full bodied with hi carb and semi dry finish. Nice beer, better than last time. Serving type: bottle 04-27-2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (3640) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Poured a light hazy yellow color from the bottle with aromas of tart wheat, some hay and light lemon. Flavors are the same, light and tart on the palate very refreshing in the summer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighWine (951) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle to Chimay glass. Pours a pale golden color with a large, two-finger white, airy head. The head crackles and recedes to a 1/2 finger velvety white cloud. Skunky aroma that fades once the brew opens up. Taste is fruitier than other Berliners I’ve had. The yeast presents itself first with the familiar bubblegum of a wheat beer. Wheat malt follows and stays throughout the sip, swallow, and after. Mildly tart -- there is no need for Woodruff syrup here, although I imagine that would be enjoyable. A little lemony and not very spritzy. Leaves the tongue feeling slippery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (628) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Pours cloudy yellow gold with a pure white head that rises and falls quickly. Aromas of wheat, lemon, yeast. Powerful caronation carries flavors of lemon, wheat, grape skins. Just a bit of yeasty funk. Tart and refreshing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adam42381 (376) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Poured from a 16.9 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. No freshness date found on bottle. Appearance: This one was a bit of a gusher when I opened it. Pours a hazy honey gold with a huge 4-5 finger frothy snow white head which dissipates fairly quickly leaving a small ring of white foam on top. Smell: A nice tart funkiness mixed with sour apples and white wine grapes accompanied by typical German wheat notes and a hint of sweetness. Taste: Sour funky notes throughout without being overly puckering. There is a nice German wheat character to this one that goes great with the sour fruitiness that comes through. Notes of green apple, lemon and white grapes come through as well. Aftertaste is very light and mildly funky. Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and and crisp with a high amount of prickly carbonation. Very smooth. Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. This is a very refreshing beer which would be perfect on a hot summer day. You could easily drink multiples without any trouble. Overall: Excellent beer overall. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and would put it up there with any unflavored Berliner Weisse that I’ve tried. I would definitely recommend giving this one a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beechner224 (649) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Draft. Color is golden with small white head. Aroma is yeasty. Taste is bread like, just ok. Flavor sticks around a bit.

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