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RATINGS: 907   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Suttree (6043) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 6, 2007
My experience with Berliner Weisse is very limited, but the few I’ve had have been overwhelmingly tart with the flavor around the edges, if that makes any sense. Still good of course, but tart more than anything. This one, however, was extremely flavorful - it smelled mildly like toast and lemon, and the flavor was a mix of some citrus notes, some herbal, savory notes, some hints of sourdough bread and just a touch of bitterness, mixed with an understated but persistant tartness. Awesome stuff, I wish I had a case or two of it. Thanks to ross for the trade!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2007
The aroma was citric and lactic tartness with a strong estery fruit presence. Soft wheat characteristics broke through the ever present head and a bit of malt character. The beer was lightly hazy pale golden with a head that fell in a moderate fashion, but bubbles that kept on giving off CO2. The flavor was mild and tart with wheat and a bit of caramel. The flavor had a strong citric flavor which was quite refreshing in it’s orange characteristic. The body was medium and a bit big for a Berliner Weiss. The carbonation was moderately high and the beer had a creaminess through the tart flavor on the palate. The finish was dry with lasting tart orange citrus flavors into the aftertaste and beyond. Overall a darn nice beer, but a little different than other BW out there. 16.9 ounce bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Crystal clear, pale, champagne color. Intense carbonation lends further credence to the sparkling wine resemblance. A large, fizzy, pure white head settles quickly to a tiny rim. Zero lacing noted. The aroma is lightly sweet and fruity. I picked up faint peaches, tangerines, and some musty yeast on the nose. The flavor is very light, crisp, and tart. Peaches, lemons, and light grapefruit dance on the tongue, mixing incredibly well with the light, fizzy palate. This beer is crisp from start to finish, ending quick and clean. Very refreshing summertime beer. Perfect for the beach.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Golden yellow with a rich foamy head. Lemon juice flavors dominate. Light and lightly carbonated. A refreshing summer beer. Unusual but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2007
RBSG 07 Minneapolis Grand Tasting: Hazy yellow, light head and lacing. Nose of bright wheat esters, banana and clove, that’s it. The flavor is lightly sweet, just faintly sour. Less sour and more bile though. The finish is clean, but light and tart. A bit of something added to this might do the trick...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 1, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 Bottle courtesy of Dan- Slightly hazy golden color, thin white head sits atop. Nose is Slightly tart, cereal character, subtle barnyard character come through Lemon, a little alcohol. Drinking this is just slightly tart, complex it has something to it despite its size. The finish is champagne-esque in its dry and tart character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
[586-20070908] 1pt0.9floz @ Sourfest 2007 (Buffalo, NY, w/ rudolf, frylock, IPFreely, jerc, swoopjones). Pineapple syrup aroma with light banana, wheat and petrol note. Hazy, yellow light orange body with a quick foamy white head. Sweet pineapple wheat flavour with lightly sour and leafy notes. Medium body. Very fruity, nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Slightly different gold, thin white head. Nose is light wheat, bubblegum, nutty, light fruit. Flavor is light tartness, light fruit, wheat. Great body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Bottle courtesy of The_Epeeist, thanks Chris! Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a thick pillowy white head. Aroma is grainy, pale malts, yeast, some citrus. Flavor is citrus, grains, pale malt, yeast. Palate is medium to light bodied, medium carbonation, finishes tart and tangy. Good stuff, on a hot day!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Pours a clouded straw gold with a very sizeable brighter white head. Nose is yeasty and wheat. Touch of citrus. Just the nose you want on a weisse. Flavor is extremely tart and tangy, so much so that it really grabs the back of your mouth. Very strong citrus tones. Long lasting lighter aftertaste combines with a lot of small bubbles on the tongue and a good liquid feel. Heavily drinkable, though that first taste really hit the back of my mouth and sent me for a spin. After that though it was very smooth sailing. Well worth trying. Even though the price tag was a wee bit high.

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