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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artistsatwork (25) - USA - JUN 16, 2007
Bottle from Beeryard in Wayne. Great head and perfect to quench a thirsty man or woman on a hot evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaxxDaddy (397) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2007
Bottle. Pours a pale, cloudy gold with quickly receding white head. Aroma of lactic sourness, citrus, and yeastiness. Upon tasting, the sourness immediately comes into play, followed by lemon tartness. Then it beautifully segues into typical wheat/yeasty flavors. The finish is pretty yeasty as well. At one point after having taken a sip, I could still taste lemons in the corner of my mouth. Pretty awesome. Lively/carbonated mouthfeel. Definitely an awesome session brew. I should stock up on more of these as soon as I finish all the other stuff in the fridge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2007
Cloudy golden but very bright. Huge white head, fades, returns with a quick swirl. Lactis sourness up front, lemongrass, and faint yeasty wheat character. Flavor pretty much on par with aroma. Lactic tartness, sour lemon, light yeasty/wheat. Very soft mouthfeel, clean. Can see where people might mistake this for watered down. Very easy drink. Perfect summer session.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2007
1pt .9oz bottle. Poured a light and hazy straw color with a huge sized whte head. Aromas of cloves, bananas, wheat and citrus. Tastes of wheat, lemony citrus, and very light spices. Tart finish. Thinner body. I could see drinking this on a hot and humid day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2007
500ml. bottle at Spuyten Duyvil. Cloudy pale yellow color with a large fluffy white head. Aroma of wheat malt, citrus, light clove and banana. Fruity flavor of biscuity malts with a light lactic tartness. Some citrus and clove as well. Nice clean refreshing beer, I just wished it was more tart like Kindl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s sampled with Mad_Indian. Pours hazy yellow /pale golden with a decent size white head. Aroma of wheat, tart fruit, and citrus. The flavor is tart, citrus, fruit, wheat, refreshing. I don’t really care for the style, but this brew was great for a berliner weisse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2344) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Sapmled with Stegosaurs. Bottle from Capones. Sorry guys this just isn’t for me. TOO TART !!! I wont totally kill the rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2007
500 ml Bottle, poured in to my Orval glass. Hay yellow with a big, fizzy white head. A soft wheaty aroma, with plenty of fruity citrus acidic notes. To me, that flavor is not much different that your average weissbier, then you get to the ultra refreshing tartness. Super dry finish. Really glad I picked this one up today.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2007
I’m pretty sure that this is my first Berliner Weisse, at least one that I’m sitting down and trying to enjoy. Very cloudy, dark golden colored, slight head around the sides of the glass. Aroma is very wheaty and lemony. Full aroma, and very pleasant. The flavor is quite good - full wheatiness and refreshing lemony tartness. Crisp. Tasty. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4789) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Very cloudy golden pour that seems to glow when held up to the light, with a large, foamy head that shrinks rapidly - moderately tart aroma, with copious citrus fruits, wheat malt, a tiny bit of earthy funk far in the back - very crisp, with tingly carbonation - a very clean tartness that borders on sour, but never quite crosses that border, remaining lemony and refreshingly tart throughout - mouthfeel becomes creamy after the carbonation calms down a bit, and a slight mineral character settles in - the tartness drops out in the finish, leaving behind wheat and other grains, light orange sweetness, a hint of breadiness - very light, tasty and refreshing, and probably a great "gateway" into the world of sour beer for the uninitiated.

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