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RATINGS: 849   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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).


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Aroma is tart lemony wheat, just the aroma makes my jowls pucker,a wonderful dry citrus lemony wheat taste and tartness contols your palate. Tartness seems like its going to sourness,when suddenly magicly it smoothes out nicely ,by far the best Berliner Weiss I’ve ever had, an absolute perfect summer quencher that tastes great even in winter. I believe this is an extra from biggcb.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4212) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2007
500 ml bottle. Pours a super hazy yellow with an average size fizzy bright white head. Aroma of wheat, fresh cut grass, and tart fruitiness. Light bodied that is highly quaffable with lively carbonation trough out. Flavor starts out very tart of spolied fruit then mellows to wheat notes that fades out nicely. Damn fine stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Hazy lemon gold with a huge white head ... classic lemon meringue wheat beer appearance. Nose of citrus and slight funk. Taste almost lambic in its sourness, lightly funked as well. Easy to drink, very refreshing, and I can see where the habit of adding fruit syrup to a Berliner came from.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6263) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2007
500. Thanks, HogFodder! Tasty stuff. Nice to see it’s available in town (for) now. Cloudy lemony amber with a towering, fluffy platinum blonde head that quickly falls away to a little ring of white foam. Minimal lacing. Dusty, lemony nose. Medium-thick and quite tingly body. Plenty of carb, enough that it’s surprising that hardly any really shows in the glass. Tart lemony acidulence on the mid-palate; this flavor profile could use a bit of help. There’s grass there, maybe a bit of hay, but not much else to keep the lemony sourness company. But at least the sourness does have that lemony overtone. Light, refreshing, and clingy tart finish. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7097) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours a straw gold with bright white head. The aroma has some punch with fruitiness from apples, peaches and mango mixed with hay, grains and mild funk. The taste begins tart with lemon, mild burlap funk and grains. The experience just smooths out into the finish creating a refreshing sensation. Very nice summer brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2007
bottle....translucent light golden brown pour with a thin white head.....very fruity nose with a lot of citrus notes. a little bit of tartness.....a very lively and bubbly mouthfeel which then gives way to the citrus tart and then finishes off pretty dry. some acidity there as well....a very refreshing berliner.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2007
The beer departs the 500ml bottle a hazy light gold, the head monstrous in size, a bright creamy white, and it fades slowly, leaving the lace a thick and tight sheet upon the glass. Nose has a sweet and sour tone, fresh, crisp, spicy and mouth watering to say the least. Start is sweet with grain, tart at the back with the top light to medium in feel. Finish has a modest acidity, the sweet and sour taste continues to the end, quite dry and a good representative to the style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Degarth. Not sure how this one eluded me for so long, but here we have it. Orange juice looking body, just a hint of a head, mainly foamy bubbles atop the liquid. Nose is pretty straightforward, some yeast, but mostly lemons, oranges and other citrus. Very tart on the nose, really awakens the senses. Flavor carries over all of that, very refreshing and palate cleansing. Light bodied, never watery, lively carbonation and an excellent mouthfeel. Finish is lengthy, tart and very crisp. November in Florida can still be pretty hot, and this was consumed on such a night, so it was very nice. Thank you Dr. Fritz Briem, whoever you are.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Bottle, aged 3 months, drunk on 10/27/07
Lovely white head that shows stronger retention than most berliner weisse. Mostly clear golden body with large bubbles in solution. Light lacing as well.
Fruity and full of lacto in the nose. Dry wheat as well, with even some soft honey notes from the malt. Light banana, but lemon and tangerine as well. Smells very similar to a hefe weizen, but with more complex fruitiness and just a tinge of sourness. To be honest, this and the last German berliner weisse I’ve had have been less "to-style" than the American ones I’ve had. The lacto, while more seemlessly integrated in to the German ones, becomes less distinctive and the line between a hefe and a berliner weisse are blurred. Which isnt very problematic, as the styles are very similar and a "to-style" version certainly does not exist. Still, this is unique and far different from the bone-dry, almost nutty, lactic, lemon/yoghurt versions I’ve had.
The flavor has a supple wheat softness and chewy nuttiness, with lightly tart acids and plentiful citrus. Delicate honey notes continue to balance, and some light banana joins the mix. Tight carbonation and no alcohol or flaws round out this vivacious brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2007
16.7 oz. bottle pours a hazy pale gold with a foamy white head that settles moderately quickly. Aroma of lemon, light grain, and honey. LIght body with lively carbonation, quite clean with an acidic dry palate. Tart and sour with little sweetness, but that is how it should be. Very refreshing, drinkable, and quite enjoyable.


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