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RATINGS: 906   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2009 50cl bottle poured into a long, thin glass. Small, fizzy bubbles abound. Kind of subdued, slightly sour aroma with an impression of peaches. More sour peaches in the flavor, very dry and tart. Highly carbonated and dry, perfect mouthfeel for this style. Highly refreshing and very good. Edit: This has improved after 6+ months. Really a softer a better mouthfeel, and more richness in the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DietPepsican (1585) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 30, 2008
gold with some haze, big white head. Aroma is citrus. Flavor is citrus fruit and wheat. Heavy finish, lots of wheat. Lighter and refreshing. I really like this style!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (20763) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2008
Bottle at Toms Glasgow tasting 2 ... pale yellow ... belgian hop nose ... light fruity belgian blonde ... not really a berliner weise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2008
bottle thanks to Oakes. Hazy pale tan color. Audible fizziness makes it a fun beer to listen to. Sour tang of yogurt in aroma and flavor both. A little on the fizzy side but overall a fun drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Pours a hazy golden with a rather large head that recedes quickly. Aroma is lemon and wheat, sour and tart. Taking a taste, yup sour and tart. Interesting, good, but not what I look for in a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2008
MMMMMMM Very pale hazy straw color with a fizzy white head. Aroma of a raw honey sweetness, wheaty wanginess, and a sour yeasty funkiness. The flavor is much the same as the aroma , sour, tart, fruity, wheaty, crisp, and very refreshing. This was a very pleasant surprise, bought on a whim with no expectations. I will definitely buy again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Bottle: Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Aroma, yeast, tart, light fruity notes. Flavor, light yeast, tart, a slight acidity, some wheat, and lemons, finishes dry with a pleasant sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2009 Bottle thanks to Ty5592. Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a moderate white head that diminished to a ring. Aroma of tart citrus and wheat. Dominant sour flavor with hints of citrus fruit and light wheat flavors on the finish. Pretty simple flavor profile, but it is refreshing. Easy to drink and crisp on the palate. Very nice beer that makes me proud of my German heritage. Thanks Ty, you are the man.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Bottle at Ludwig’s Schnitzelhouse and Restaurant, Charlottesville. Pours a cloudy straw gold color with a very large head. Aroma is a bit weak, but the lactic sourness comes through. The taste is the same. This has a nice wheat/sour taste. The sourness is not overpowering, and balances nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11180) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Bottle from Winking Lizard. Served with a cup of raspberry syrup which I declined. Pours a somewhat hazy yellow-gold color with a medium thin bone white head that diminishes slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Tart fruit, doughy malt and spices in the nose. Light-bodied and clean with a tart citrus and raspberry character. Mild spices and grainy malt flavors as well. The finish is fruity with a lingering tartness afterward. Overall this is pretty interesting.

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