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RATINGS: 869   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3179) - Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2007
Very interesting fruitiness. There’s something there reminiscent of a lambic, but mostly, it’s just the hefe fruit. There’s a green apple and lime tartness in the finish of this one. Not full on sourness, though. Almost a hint of mint in the aroma. Right now, it’s nicely balanced with a good wheat backbone. Very cloudy pour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Bottle. Cloudy pale yellow pour, with a quickly diminishing head. Aroma is very spicy, with some banana and coriander in there. Sour taste, nothing crazy, but it’s sour. Citrus, coconut, coriander, zest. Warm, carbonated, and drinkable. It’s good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2118) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Pours out a very light yellow color with a white head on it. Smell is fruity and sour with some lemons in it. Taste is fairly sour, but very refreshing. Probably the most refreshing beer I have ever drank. There isnt alot to say about the beer, but I just know its damn good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
extremeicon (112) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Perfect hazy golden color with a large white head. Wheaty-citrusy aroma with a hint of bread dough. First sip is an explosion of pleasantly sour lemon that’s quite refreshing. Very smooth on the palate with great carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (4876) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 A very drinkable berliner weisse. Still tart and tangy, but not overwhelmingly so. Serious lemon and lime notes, with a delightful effervescence. Top-notch stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 Bottle. Pours a hazy bright yellow with a bright white head. Aroma of lemon zest and bananas in milk with sugar on top. A pleasant lemony tartness with better than average carbonation on the palate. A hint of granny smith apple and wheat. Finishes fairly tart. What a great summer refresher.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Pours a hazy light gold with a two finger head of fine white bubbles that diminishes to a thin ring clinging to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of light apple and lemon with a backing of sour wheat. Light to medium bodied with thousands of tiny bubbles enveloping your tongue, it finishes somewhat tart and dry. The first Berliner Weisse that I’ve sampled, I found this beer quite refreshing. The flavor is a nice blend of effervescent wheat malt and citrus notes with a pleasantly tart and moderately dry finish. I’d be curious to see what this is like with the traditional syrup added, but it’s quite tasty in its pure form.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2585) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Nice, I tend to like this style. This is my 2nd one, and I’d say its just a half step down from the Berliner Kindl weisse. Cloudy yellow gold color, a little still in the glass despite a palate clearing carbonation. Minimal head. Aroma hints at a mild spiciness and minty wheatiness. Flavor is pleasantly tart, with a strong wheaty graininess. Finish is tart and light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (3399) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Pour is a cloudy yellow with a large white head. Aroma is faint citrus and maybe a little banana. Flavor is super citrus and tart with some sour apple. A different style of beer and not one that I would go looking to find all the time but it is a good summer refresher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobaidan (521) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Pours clear yellow with a tiny head. Aroma is lemon and wheat. Mouth feel is lively for a brew with such a small head. Flavor is tart but not overpowering. Nice citrus and bread flavors are present. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this style, but I like it. A very pleasant surprise.

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