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RATINGS: 902   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 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 (8014) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2011 A beauty of a pour, looks like a solid Belgian with its golden fizz and cloudy body. The aroma is pleasantly pungent, the sort of whiff you might get from a solid pinot grigio or something. But the taste is just rocking, with a very crisp and refreshing core that’s shot through with a lovely sour apple flavor (maybe pink grapefruit, depending on your mood). Awesomely refreshing and just complex enough to satisfy the beer geek in all of us.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Pours bright hazy golden with a fully receding off white head. Aroma of sour apple, white grapes, lactic yeast. Taste is citric, with lively acidity and notes of white grape, banana, and finishes with a crisp wheatiness. Mouthfeel is light bodied, tart with lively carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, not very sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Pours a mildly hazy pale yellow with a frothy two finger head that fades quickly to a thin cap. The lacing is a bit thin, leaving just a few rings behind. A little later the foam almost fades completely away. Smell; this has a wheat malt dominated aroma at first, but as this warms up a bit some lemons, tart apples and a slightly musty aroma come out. Taste; the wheat flavor is not quite as strong as i was expecting after the nose, but there’s still enough to let you know that this is still a wheat beer. A mild mustiness come through in the middle followed by tart lemons and a bit of honey. Not quite as tart as I was expecting for a Berliner weiss, but still pretty darn good. Mothfeel is light to medium bodied with a light carbonation that helps make this a refreshing warm weather beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
valpoaj (707) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Gorgeous pour...opaque apricot color with a bursting, soapy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is light and is mostly sour citrus with hints of wheat. Flavor is very different than anything else I’ve ever had. At first, I wasn’t particularly impressed, but after each sip, became more and more of a believer. Very dry like many white wines as the dryness emerges very late. Drink is hiighly acidic with strong flavors of sour citrus, this beer keeps you coming back for more. Definitely a fan of this style beer; will look to find another Berliner for comparison in the future!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2007
The pour reveals a cloudy golden color with a thick white head that diminishes to a thin one. The aroma is very sharp and promises a refreshing flavor, there’s sourness, bananas, maybe citrus, cloves and bubble-gummy yeast. In the mouth, there’s a highly refreshing sour flavor with fruits, cloves and bubble-gummy yeast. The body is light to medium with an oily texture and medium to lively carbonation. Hmmm, too bad this style is hard to find, especially in North-America, I really like berliner=weisses and this one is very good.

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