shigadeyo (3079) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
6/28/2007: 1809 Berliner Weisse pours a hazy, pale yellow color. It has a large, fluffy and rocky white head that lasts and lasts... The aroma is sour and acidic and contains a noticeable amount of wheat and yeast. The flavor is also yeasty, acidic, wheaty, and slightly sour. The flavor is well-balanced and controlled. This medium-light beer is smooth and refreshing. 1809 is a good representation of a Berliner Style Weisse beer. This is only the second Berliner Weisse beer that i have had. I have enjoyed them both and would like to see more brewers offer beers of this style...
500 mL bottle (5.0 Alc./Vol.) at Winking Lizard Tavern (Crosswoods) in Columbus, Ohio. Rating #79 for this beer...
Ernest (6352) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of lemon zest, clove, apple skin, banana. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation. Not sour enough IMHO, but still nicely balanced. The aroma is quite nice for the style, though certainly showing a fair bit of Weissbier character.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Beer is light cloudy yellow with a small, white, frothy, mostly and rapidly diminishing head.<P>The aroma is malty with a light note of toasted grain/toasted wheat bread; Hoppy with a moderate note of herbal grassy, lemon/lemon zest; Yeasty with a light bready basement note. Dry, lean, citric.<P>The flavor is moderately acidic/sour, trace bitter, trace sweet with a long, light/moderately acidic/sour, trace bittersweet finish.<P>The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.<P>First sample of the style. Liking it a lot.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from Whole Foods 14th Stl., Just a smidge better than the Dogfish Festina Peche. Specifically, the 1809 is slightly maltier and just as citrusy/sour as the Dogfish (they were tried side-by-side). A bit thicker and richer than the Dogfish, though I prefer the Berliner Weisses that I sampled in Berlin in June 2007 - the Berliner Kindl and the Schultheiss were knockouts!
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting - Lightly hazed yellow, fizzy white head. Nose held delicate notes of sour banana, candle wax, and lemon poppyseed muffins. Flavor is softly sour and tart with wheaty fruit-like tones from start to finish. Light bodied, soft carbonation, quick drying, citric finish. Highly drinkable...
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazed light golden yellow with barely any thin white head. From appearances, it practically screams banana esters. Sharp nose lacks banana. Full of lemon and lactobacillis. A bit of citrusy apple wheatness. Lively slightly creamy mouthfeel with relatively low CO2. Not watery, but not thick. A big tart wheaty lemony lactobacillis flavor. A sharp almost herbal element. Really quick in leaving the tongue in flavor. I wish I could find more examples of the style.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml. Pours a very cloudy, very pale yellow color with a carbonated white head that doesn’t stick around. Aroma is pleasant Hefeweizen smell - cloves, yeast, wheat, banana, vanilla with an added dimension of lemony tartness. Taste is similar. Wheat beer with just a subtle kick of tartness. Not overpowering or offensive at all as some tart or sour beers can be. This was good stuff.
argo0 (11645) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(50cl bottle) Lightly hazed straw body topped by large white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, lemon, orange peel, some sourness, light wheat, yeast. Taste is medium sweet, lemon, moderately tart, light wheat. Light-medium body, some crispness. Fairly sweet for the style -- no real complaints about it, just that it seems like a cross between a Berliner and a Hefe. Ridiculously easy to drink for a Berliner.
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good white foam on hazy yellow body. Light lemony flavor. Sourness is very subdued, hardly deserving of a syrup to cut it. Drinkable; very nice.
SSSteve (3831) - - JUN 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.