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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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2007
500 ml bottle courtesy of beastiefan2k. Very cloudy pale yellow beer with a fast fading white head. Spritzy carbonation. Aroma is quite estery and sweet up front with banana and apricot character. Soft wheaty tartness and loads of wheat flavour. Soft tartness initially that strangely accents the malt sweetness. Very creamy body with citruc tartness over the wheaty flavour. Light banana fruitiness that intensifies a bit as the temperature comes up. A hint of clove as well. The tartness also seems to get dialled up a bit as the beer warms. Nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Botolph (16) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2007
Milky yellow body, a wonderfully sturdy, and citric tartness that is quenched by this refreshing beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonas (6405) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - AUG 3, 2007
This hard to get in Germany bottle was kindly provided by DerDoppelbock. Milky yellow, low white blanket head. Acidic fresh, light citric aroma. Citrus buttermilk flavor, restrained tart, a hint of anisseed. Light body as it befits the style, sparkly mouthfeel. Dry cleansing finish with a slightly citric aftertaste. Very pleasant drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5696) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2007
RBSG 07. A slightly hazed yellow pour with a very white head. An aorma of corriander and yeast. A tart flvor of bitter apples. A nice smooth palate that is just a tad fizzy but good. A very refreshing drinker that is very clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2007
Bottle. Pours hazy yellow with white head. The aroma has lots of hay, some acidic zest, orange, and a hint of barnyard. The flavor is tart and acidic right away, but not puckeringly so. Some sweet, citrusy notes are there, too. It then becomes very herbal and some malt tones start to work their way in. It finishes slightly musty with some yeast and spicy wheat, but still leaves a tingling acidic feel in the mouth. This is very refreshing, really.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4028) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2007
100th user rating of this fine beer. I have been fortunate to drink three bottles in the past month and now its available at my local package store. Aroma is fruity and tart with some wheat undertones. Flavor is fruity with a lactic acidity and dry, wheaty (hefe-like) finish. A very nice summer beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2007
Pours with a white fluffy head. Aroma is of clove, sour fruit, and a little banana. There is a medicinal quality to this beer, as smhncabot pointed out, but it is not offensive. Rather, it accentuates the cleanliness of the beer in the malting and the sourness and lends some small structure to the beer. Overall, a very quaffable beer. Very good for what it is, but still nothing I would go out of my way for necessarily-unless it was summer and I was very hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JUL 30, 2007
pours cloudy with one inch head. aroma is clovey with underlying banana. the bouquet also brings good wheat and an almost medical gauze-like dullness. taste is spicy wheat and very tart. very refreshing and pretty good but not quite wow to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2007
Pours quite hazy, with a yellowish straw color and is topped by a frothy, initially three finger thick, fluffy, off-white colored head, which dissipates fairly quickly. The beer is quite aromatic, with aromas reaching my nose as I pour this beer; at first aromatic notes of clove and banana reach my nose (like found in a traditional German Hefeweizen). In fact even when I go in for a better sense of the aroma, these notes are still the most noticeable. There is a solid, grain-like wheat character, a light tartness, which gives the nose a hint of an edge, as well as fruity notes of lemon zest, apricot and green apple. Once you start digging around in the aroma a distinct, funky note reminiscent of cheddar cheese becomes noticeable. In fact once noticed, this funkiness becomes quite apparent; funky cheese, but a musty cotton thing, and some mushroom like notes. The funk, as it were, remains fairly subdued; this allows the traditional yeast and grain character to come through quite well; though I could certainly wish for a touch more funkiness in the nose.

The taste is quite a bit tarter than the aroma would suggest; it is by no means hard, but has a nice lactic edge to it that is immediately noticeable. Wheat and lightly kilned malt notes come through quite well, supplying a bread-like note as well as some soda cracker notes. Despite the fact that the head disappeared quickly, the beer is still quite well carbonated; this adds a zesty textural note of fizz as it hits the tongue. The beer is quite light and drinkable, though it is on the heavy side for a modern style Berliner Weiss. It also has a bit more alcohol than the modern versions, but given the allusions on the bottle, it seems to be trying to be a stronger, earlier take on the style. I would guess that a traditional Hefe-Weizen yeast was used here as those flavors are here too; notes of banana and clove are definitely distinguishable and are a welcome addition.

The second pour yields a taste that is a touch more yeast, and thus bread-like and perhaps a touch less tart. This is a tasty beer; I would be really curious as to how this will bottle condition over the years; I certainly wish I had more of this right now, so I will have to pick up a couple bottles the next time I have a chance. I think that this beer might get considerably better after some age on it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5134) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Pours hazy bold yellow with a large white head. The aroma is tart with orange peel, some mustiness, sour lemon and lactic notes. Medium lush body with very pleasant tingly carbonation. The flavor starts with smooth fruitiness (peach, lemon, orange) and pleasing tartness. The finish has a touch more sourness, lactic acid and yeast. This is a great summer refresher. While this isn’t exorbitantly priced, if it was priced lower I’d be drinking this thing all summer long.

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