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RATINGS: 895   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (5270) - 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 (2679) - 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 (3649) - 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 (530) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Poured hazy yellow with white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Aroma of lemons with some oranges. Big citrus flavor that was rather smooth. Refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3050) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2007
Mine looks more like apple juice with a quickly dissipating white head. I’m pretty into this one. Incredibly intense complex fruit flavors. Some apple, some strawberry, some grape. Light, crisp, refreshing drink. Medium bodied and kind of dry. Of the yeast dominated and lightly hopped german beers, this one is my favorite. I’m getting a yeast and slight must aroma. The flavor also has a little bit of tart, sour characteristics as well. Don’t let this one go up your nose ’cause it kinda hurts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - AUG 22, 2007
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 A riddled bottle produces a clouded straw colored(white grapefruit juice comes to mind) body, heartily carbonated and filling the top third of a wheat glass with a densely packed, frothy, pure white head. Only sparse lacing remains, as the weight of the foam is clearly evident during the quick slide back into the glass. Very pretty and lively pour. The aroma is seducing, with hammering, lightly tart wheat malt, acidic lemon and orange peel, freshly spent yeast and some yeast not yet utilized, also a hint of grass. Lightly toasted grain lingers in the depths and is a quiet force - I know it’s there but I can barely discern its true presence under this coating sheath of tartness and wheat, not to mention sour fruit notes bouncing around everywhere. The aroma of a neo-traditional, bottle-conditioned Berliner Weisse is definitely not for the faint of heart, freshly squeezed tartness just erupting from the glass and apparent from afar. Alcohol is a non-factor. This would be so much more engaging/gratifying if it had a more obscure baseline: more sweetness or more tartness would spur greater enthusiasm; in it’s current state, a judgment wrought from only the aromatic qualities, this just isn’t veering in the directions of a traditional, mega-tart, ultra-acidic Berliner Weisse and seems too overpowered by over-generous wheat notes. Certainly, this is a Berliner Weisse, but I want more evidence of the Berlin-esque influences I grew fond of in dreams of trips to that city, due to limited experiences with other examples of the style, in the past. The flavor is so balanced it lacks excitement searched vigilantly for. Tartness is subdued nearly immediately by a large cereal grain facade, awaited brash acidity is instead mellow and softly integrated and rather than being a focal point of the style(or this specific example) is just another methodically placed component. Sweetness is medium to medium-high at times, fading quickly into the well-rounded and conveniently accessible flavor. Bitterness is low to mild, but hops are evident. Lemon and softer grapefruit notes remain and gather as a forcible puzzle piece with each sip. The finish is lightly tart, mostly sweet, fading slowly and imparting lingering acidity and moderately tart fruity notes that never really disperse. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, heavily though relatively softly carbonated, very smooth and a little too sticky/lightly syrupy to seem refreshing enough for a summer quaffer. This is indeed a good beer, though not the traditional retrospective I had hoped for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quietman (173) - Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Bottle.Hazy gold color.White head.Smells of tart lemon,apple and banana.Tart acidic flavor with some herbal tones.Clean finish. Very good.

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