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RATINGS: 895   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Pours a very faint and faded yellow, crystal clear, with a white foamy head that dissipates within a few seconds. Effervescent. Aromas of white wine sour grapes, lemons, wheat, yeast, and lactic notes. Taste is lactic acid, and tart lemon upfront (perfect acidity), followed by some yogurt and wheat, finishing with some under-ripe apples and just the right amount of carbonation. Light bodied and clean in flavor. Slightly drying finish combined with a left over sourness that only lasts for a few seconds. Lovely table beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2007
From a 500mL Bottle. Pours a somewhat hazy, pale straw color with a thick finger of fizzy white head that quickly dissipates to a thin, filmy layer. Toasted wheat and baked cornmeal aroma with a tinge of lemon freshness. Yogurty. Some light pinot grigio grape acidity adds some fruity complexities. Light bodied, effervescent carbonation. Sparkling mouthfeel, expceptionally dry. Lots of refreshing wheat flavors, clean and married beautifully with hints of lime and unflavored yogurt. Not too sour, but wonderfully lactic and refreshing. Mild granny smith apples and under-ripe pears create some restrained fruity impressions. Incredibly clean and refreshing; what more can one possibly expect from a Berliner Weisse?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bleeng (1595) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2007
22 oz bottle. Pours very carbonated with a huge fluffy white head. Only got 1/2 bottle on the first pour. Nose of lemon, tartness, highly acidic and very sharp. Unique. Color is generic yellow. Taste of lemon, pucker, tartness, wheat is not evident. Better nose than taste so ultimately dissapointing. Great beer for a hot humid Houston summer. Wish that I could find it here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2007
Bottle thanks to Sectret Santa. Looks great though very cloudy in an oerbier glass. Aroma seems minimal, but clear sweet wheat, lemon and an acid woody note, hints of spice also, peachy as it warms. Taste is initally sour, lemon and acid, all good, once swallowe a sweet biscuity honey note comes up, the finish is peachy honey with a pluckering from the carbonation an dry lemon. An intresting experiance that iv very glad iv had, though not what i expect from a berliner wieisse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2007
500ml bottle. Aroma: Wheat malt, lemon, peach, and some lightly dusty funk. Appearance: Lemony yellow in color and quite hazy. Bright white head was full and foamy with great retention. Good lacing. Flavor: Bready wheatiness is cut short by the lactic sourness. Sourness is just right. Some lemon and apple notes through the sour. Some very light dusty funk in the background. Finishes very dry. Palate: Light body. Medium-high carbonation. Overall: Very nice. Drinkable and refreshing with just enough bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Poured a bright, hazy, turbid golden-yellow body with a fat, fluffy white head. Lively bubbles evident for some time after pour. Nose of a faint sour lemon tartness with some wheat. Flavor was palatial and labyrinthine. Sour yet well balanced and unattenuated. Strong for a Berliner Weiss at 5% ABV. Finished crisp and quenching. One of the finest bottled beers I have had the pleasure of tasting.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4956) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6922) - 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.

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