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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2014) - 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 (8080) - 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 (3320) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Bottle from mgumby, I think.... Very light citrus aroma is refreshing. Hazy golden yellow in color. Medium palate. The taste is a lightly sour citrus flavor (lemon zest) behind a light bready yeast presence and a hint of spice. Very easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 19, 2007
This is delicious. Fruity aroma and taste (peaches, mostly, with a little banana). Finishes with a little tangy acidity. Tremendously refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2007
Cloudy light straw color with a big bubbled, somewhat fluffy white head that diminishes somewhat quickly in the bowl. Hugh wheat and light banana aromas. A light lactic scent, but not that strong compared to some of the other Berliners. Full wheat sweetness that does not last long with the tartness. Some white grapes and and lemon oil wander about in the middle. Dry tart finish that has some tart cherries and slight return of wheat. Respectable. Wouldn’t mild trying with woodruff or raspberry syrup.

   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 (410) - 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 (9270) - 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.

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