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RATINGS: 879   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).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tmoney99 (11804) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Bottle from Keg Liqour. Poured hazy yellow color with a large frothy white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate wheat sour fruit aroma. Light to medium body. Light sour fruit flavor with a light sour finish of moderate duration. Interesting, not my style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle at LCRBM3. Stunned at how well rated this is. Didn’t even come close to working for me. Pale as hell, looks almost like a perry. Flavour totally dominated by vinegar. Barely detectable sweetness underneath. No balance and no character. Guess I need to re-rate this if I ever see it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Pour: lots of carbonation and suspended yeast. Head: thick, creamy, offwihte. Aroma: wheat, tart, hops. Flavor: tart, wheat, banana, some spice. Palate:lively. Finish: tart.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4505) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow body with a thick white head. Smell: Aroma of sour wheat and tart lemon with a noticeable DMS character that smells distinctly of pot stewed veggies. Taste: Faint, soft wheat flavors with a splash of lemon juice and merely a hint of sweetness. The DMS is much, much lighter - like adding an asparagus swizzle stick. Suspiciously refreshing finish that’s both lightly sour and salty. Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Soft carbonation. Drinkability: Not so bad, really. In fact, it’s so tasty, I just HAD to tell the world!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2007
Milky, dull golden coloured pour. Lactic AND lemony nose make for a more complex acidity than most. Authentic salty, celery notes. Pretty straight on berliner weiss. Melony, fruity, yogurty nuances. I must say it remains pretty restrained in its acidity. It’s not that tasty, I don’t quite understand such high scores even though it’s from Weihenstephaner. Still, it tastes fresh and presents all the expected characteristics and makes use of all its ingredients. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Bottle - Pours a hazy straw color with a two finger thick white head. Aroma is light grain and yeast (banana). Flavor is tart lemon. Not too tart though. No lingering sourness on the palate. Light to medium body. This beer was a pleasant suprise. I was expecting something like a Flemish Sour. Instead, got a real nice drinkable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2007
One of my contributions via trade long time ago from someone, thankee kindly. My 2nd rating, somewhere around beer 5 of 2nd Belgian Beer Club shindig. Pours clear yellow with a bright white head. The nose was wheaty and tart. The taste is sweet, tart, sticky, and sour. Very tasty overall the sourness is nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (8423) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2007
Bottle @ Rudolf’s ’Sourfest’. Crisp yellow body with a small white head. Yeasty corn on the cob aroma. Grainy, very light sourness in the flavour. Average palate. Pretty dull - I never thought I would catch myself wanting something to be MORE sour! Perhaps my tongue had been deadened by the stiffer fare surrounding it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2007
bottle from ucusty...pours hazy golden yellow with a fluffy short lived head. aromas of lemon, wheat and wet canvas. flavor is the same with some yeast present. there’s a lactic phlegmy coating in the back of the throat when swallowed. light bodied and refreshing. it’s very dry but the sourness isn’t overdone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (11041) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2007 3rd LCRBM. This will get a re-rate soon, because of a trade with Der Doppelbock, but first impressions are these: yoghurt and, surprisingly, some hops in the aroma. Very modestly sour flavor with yoghurt, fresh cheese and traubenzucker. Citrus. Thin, but complex and delicious. Re-rate: First rating was fairly accurate. Lychee in the somewhat citric aroma. A slight lemony sourness with tropical fruit added. pineapple, lychee, traubenzucker. Good complexity is this delicious and characterful beer, that is way less sour as the Berliner Weisse from Schultheiss or Kindl.

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