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RATINGS: 904   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2889) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 6, 2008
Lovely caramel yellow colour. No head. Nice golden sediment settling in the glass. A peppery-orange, zesty- gasoline aroma with a sour-salty flavour with a wonderful lemon finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2008
[bottle] Grainy, lactic aroma... very intriguing. Pale yellow color, hazy, with a very nice off-white head. Excellent head retention. Lactic acid dominates the flavors up front, with some more grainy wheat and lemony tartness. Very clean, dry finish. Powerful carbonation. Really quite awesome overall-- super drinkable, this would be a beer I could drink all summer long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Aroma is some funk or barrel with a nice crisp tart sourness. Taste seems to have a bit more alcohol than it states. Still very good clean crisp taste with a very nice tartness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Hazy yellow orange pour with a fizzy short lasting white head. Aroma of lights fruits, yeast, light sour elements, and a bit of pale malt. Flavor was of crisp green apple skin...tart and lightly fruity and sour with musty yeast and pale malt evening out the equation. Fairly light body yet heavy in flavor and texture...sort of creamy yet carbonated well...malty and fruity in the front with a tart/fruity/sour...and almost hearty finish. Really neat stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
This is exceptionally interesting. I haven’t been surprised by a beer this color in a long time. The premise of using very old original recipes and processes produces a brew that SEEMS authentic for its tartness - its very geuzy appeal. This also dominates the beer in a way I’ve never tasted a Weisse get dominated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2008
hazy, yellow body with no head..slightly cloudy pour..citrus in the nose with hints of bread, dough, touches of spice, banana, and nutmeg..flavor of dust, sour must, green apple, bile (non-offensive if thats possible)--and upon reading the label this is clearly the lactic acid aspect of it--soft palate, cask-like...overall nicely done

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Cloudy pale golden color with a frothy white head. Aroma is full of pale grains, wheat and citric tartness, straw, lemon and grassy notes. Flavor is sour, moderately acidic, freshly-squeezed lemons, lime and wheat grains. Small bodied, sticky texture. Long tart finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
metsbcd (83) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 14, 2008
I ordered this at a restaurant that specializes in German and Belgian beers, and they did something that I found odd. They poured some syrup (raspberry I think) in the bottom before pouring in the beer. They then mixed it up with a spoon. Odd but tasty. It made for an intense fruit explosion. Too sweet to have more than one, but tasty nonetheless. The beer was also fairly light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - JAN 13, 2008
I thought this was a fantastic representation of the style. Much better than others I have tried. An interesting blend of tartness and sour, but extremely well balanced malt background. I wish it could have had a little more sourness, but very refreshing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2008 In short: On of the most refreshing and tart beer this side of the lambics. The ultimate lemonade for the beer lover.
How: Bottle, fresh, drank the day of purchase
The look: cloudy yellow with a little with ring of foam
In long: Aroma of lemon pie with meringue. Fluffy body offering lots of hay, lemon skin, lemonade concentrate, granny smith apples and bananas. This is a very tasty beer and it is very very tart. The tartness/acidity is such that it makes this little 5% Berliner Weisse almost a sipper. The type of beer that I was thinking of a high-3 rating while drinking it because after all this is “just a little refreshing beer” but woke up the day after obsessing about it. On a hot summer day this beer will be as welcomed as air conditioning and satellite tv by Abu Ghraib prisoners.

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