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RATINGS: 907   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2008
[bottle] Poured cloudy gold with a large, soapy white head. Pretty sour flavor dominates. Wheat and yeast comes through at the end. Light mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 17, 2008
500ml Bottle. A very fresh, fragrant and floral aroma. Coarsely crushed white pepper mingles with orchid blossom. Musky dragonfruit and lychee blow through. Spring breezes elicit warm bread. Nice. Pours a well hazed straw-bale tinted gold. Light opalescence and a dirty tinge. Rim in clean, sparse, fast-fading rocky white. Flavor is luxurious. A peppery, bright blend of soft wheat sugars, snappy bog-like tang, and crisp French bread crust. Nice balance all around. White table grapes fuse with plum sugars and quite fresh doughy bread to create a real interesting blend. Lactic tang is rather minimal but present, giving it a delicious, curt acidity that keeps it refreshing and clean. Not amazingly complex. Fresh, lively and well-built. A nice rendition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 16, 2008
Bottle, part of a blind tasting session. Light orange haze with an suggestions of lemon juice in the color. Nose is of yeast and citrus aromatics. First sip is considerably more citrus and tart than your standard wit... which fits the description of the style altho this is my first of its kind. Was very pleased and impressed with its balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2376) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2008
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 Bottle.

Berliner Weisse is good shit. I never think I’m in the mood for one (unless I’m amazingly hot and thirsty) but whenever I end up having one I really enjoy it (so long as I finish it before it gets too close to room temperature.)

Anyway, I was quite happy to get a bottle of this one after all the good things I’d heard, and after an hour of heavy lifting out in the yard I was even happier to crack this one. Pours light straw yellow with a beautifully fluffy white head. Lemon and lactic nose, plenty of fresh-cut hay, some mild spicing. More going on here than in most of the other Berliner Weissen (is that the plural?) that I’ve had. Flavor follows, lactic and lemon, extremely dry but not heavily acidic, simply thirst-quenching. Yeast character, rising bread and a bit of spice, again that fresh-mown hay.

This one comes together really nicely. I’d confess that if I was in the mood for one these I would be even happier with a really good saison, but this is really nice nonetheless and it’s also the best Berliner Weisse I’ve had to date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2008
Aroma of sour lemons, hazy lemon colour, short lived white head. Taste is a milder sour lemon, than the nose. Light bodied, sour/tart, dry and yet quite refreshing. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gueuzeisgod (113) - Graham, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2008
Pours golden yellow with a white head, very nice aroma of sour cherries, peach skins and raw yeasted bread dough. Taste has an immediate quenching tartness, very attenuated body gives it a watery mouthfeel. Delicious and refreshing, an aristocrat’s lawnmower beer. Love it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
CanIHave4Beers (3999) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2008
Great funky horse blanket & hay barnyard scent, with a little doughy yeast. Beautiful looking beer with one of the best white thick heads I’ve seen in some time. Color is golden straw & the beer is largely clear (with the exception of the final pour which is quite cloudy). The beer has tons of bubbles which is very attractive. I’m not sure I could ask much more out of the taste, it is very sour, very dry, and slightly fruity with great hints of cherry & apple. Palate is sharp with a great big mouthfeel (like a standard Weisse). A very good beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
malrubius (2549) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 3, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009 500 ml bottle, purchased last November, in tumbler. Pale cloudy orange with quickly dissipating loud fizzy white head. Tart grassy aroma. Tart, pink lemonadey, chalky flavor. Dry finish with lingering cloying sweet citrus. Medium body, high carbo. I think there’s a reason why some beers are beer styles have mostly disappeared. Kinda yucky, but without the character and complexity of a good geueze. Extra points for historical value...retried on tap at Ebenezar Kezar. Same result.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (15457) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2008
Cloudy, almost greyish-beige colour, like pear nectar. This is after a big head had frothed up and whittle slowly down in what had to be the most impressive audible show I’ve ever experienced in a beer. The aroma shows just a miniscule amount of that lactic, lemony character of the style and a lot more of footy yeastiness. Flavour is suitably tart, however the footiness doesn’t do it any favours, but the kiss of malt in the middle does. The malts then fade away to a puckering, limey finish.

Two things: 1) It looks like ass but I give a bonus point for the audio. 2) Sourness is right but not much else is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 31, 2008
Bottle at Magic_dave6’s disco dance tasting. Yellow, thin white head. Nose is hazy malty, hoppy and lemony. Mouth is predominantly lemony, clean malt, fruity, lively, quenching. Palate is long and lemony, fizzy. Really refreshing, very good.

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