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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3751) - - JUN 30, 2007
cloudy gold with a large fizzy white head that thins to a thin layer of cream. light banana aroma. medium bodied and tart. flavors of banana, corn, lemon. the best berliner i’ve tried.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2240) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Bottle. Yeast is the strongest component of this beer. Smells of cobwebs start right out with perfume, citrus and hay in the background. There is also a vegetable note and the hint of rancid fruit salad. Color is hazy yellow with no head after five seconds. Taste is both acidic and acetic, start to finish. Palate is nice and crisp, light watery with a fizzy carbonation. This beer would be best used to flush down a heavy German dinner, like a wurst assortment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2010 Bottle from Once Upon a Vine - South on 04/12/2010. Cloudy golden body with a large frothy white head. Tart wheat and fruit aroma with some slight apple. Tart apple, light graininess and some wheat. Light body with high carbonation. 7/2/7/4/15 - 3.5 06/28/2007 - RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting. Cloudy white body with a small white head. Dry fruity aroma. Fizzy slightly tart apple flavor. 5/2/7/2/13 - 2.9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5623) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2007
500ml bottle: Quite fizzy on the pour, but then quickly fades to a silent stillness with just a bare head of tiny bubbles. Reflects the color of unfiltered pineapple juice, and the aroma darn near starts making me think this is a fruit punch. It’s not quite that sweet, though, pretty tart I suppose, but not nearly as puckering as I’d expected depending on all the smack talk about the style (this is the first Berliner I’ve had in the 5 yrs I’ve been on RB). Instead, it’s pleasantly sweet and lightly tart, and quite drinkable. Why would anyone put fruit syrup in this? (#2993, 6/27/2007)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle shared with fordest. Very good tasting and very drinkable. Sour, with hints of cherries, and other sweet fruits. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4400) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2007
RBSG 07. Light wheat aroma. Cloudy yellow appearance.Flavor is on the sour side, but not nearly as sour as the Fitgers Berliner. The sourness is on the light side, fairly refreshing. This beer has some typical wheat beer character with citrus and light banana. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Pale yellow, wispy head. Grapefruit and citric acid sour aroma. Very drinkable but light in the flavours expected of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2007
Grapefruit and other fruity aromas off this hazy yellow pour with a really nice head. Flavors were tart fruits with cherry, lemon, and grapefruit mostly. Definitely easier to drink than the other Berliner I had. Very good. Can’t imagine needing syrup with this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (7515) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Bottle (trade with mgumby). Lemon, milk and wheat malt aroma - very nice-makes my mouth water. Cloudy orange-yellow color with nice head intially but fades rather quickly. Initially a brief sweet orange/cherry flavor that quickly changes to a lIght lemon sour tartness well blended with wheat malt. Much less of a tart punch than either Berliner Kindl or Schulteiss that really pucker your mouth. A brilliant beer - definitely something to try. Added some waldmeister (sweet woodruff) syrup to the last few sips to see how it would do - blends very nicely but due to less sourness, the waldmeister takes a much more prominent role than with Berliner Kindl/Schultheiss where the tartness comes out more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3209) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2007 1 pint .9 fl oz bottle. Pour is a slightly cloudy yellow gold with some bubbles and a big white head slowly settling head. Aroma is initially wheat with some sweet fruitiness (cherries?). Taste is much brighter, tarter, and sweeter than I would have imagined. Taste is cherries, lime, lemon and finishing with a bit of wheat texture. This is my first beer of this style, and once I got over the shock of the taste, quite enjoyed it. A very tasty summer beer.

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