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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7731) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Cloudy yellowish pour with 1-finger white head. Aroma of heavy tart citrus, some pale malt, hops, and some apple/pear notes. The taste is tart and citric, with some pear and malt notes at mid-palate, and a well rounded mouthfeel which made me crave this the more i sipped it. It stays tart throughout, but has a nice fruitiness and malt presence to countermand the citric tartness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zeswaft (1361) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2007
i have to maintain my stance on this beer style as being totally retarded and unnecessary. this probably the most drinkable berliner weisse which doesn’t mean anything. still a better style than lambics.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2007
Pours a sightly hazy straw color with a huge head. Not much retention. Aroma of wheat, dust, bananas and sweet malt. Sour and tangy lemon and dust taste, with some wheat and pear. Light body and complex! Very good all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1677) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Bottle. Poured a hazy golden pale color with thin head. Funky aroma - sweaty gym socks, lots of funk. Flavor is funky hops, bananas, very sweet. A nice wheat character present. This was a ncie after dinner drink, very enjoyable. A little complexity going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Wow poured a cloudy golden color with good head and nice nice lacing. Aroma was of bananas cloves something sweet and lemons. Flavor was much the same tart lemons and spices. Good stuff for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2007
500ml. thanks to holdenn for the sample. pours hazy yellow with big white head. nose is sour slightly funky, with pear and lemon. flavor is sweet, wheaty, creamy oats, lemon, pear, real nice. mouthfeel is slightly acidic, but smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2007 Very clean and uniform snow white head on a hazy straw yellow body with notable carbonation. Aroma is like lemons, pears, and honeysuckle, with some moderate bacterial funk. Has nice, dry wheaty depth in the flavor with medium, lemony sourness. Includes notes of grass, pear and dry honey. Infinitely quenching, but with ample character to make it interesting. Excellent achievement and great beer for summer! Results from bottle-conditioning with bacteria will be interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Meringue head with some very complex esters. I’m all about the Weihenstephaner yeast strain with this one. Deeply complex aroma and palate. Quite bizarre actually. The wheat malt is quite assertive here helping to lend balance to the initial lactic acid. Huge amount of citrus fruit: pineapple, orange, tangerine, lemon. It’s as if they took a their regular weisse beer, made a light version of it and tossed in some beasties to do their thing. Pilsner malt makes a late appearance as well in addition to some very light hints of noble hops. Not bad at all!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Bottled. Poured a slightly hazy paler golden with a creamy white head and lively carbonation. Aroma picked up deep pineapple and pear esters with sweet bananas and sharper, spritzy orange zest.. underlying bready sweet notes. The flavor found a sweet bready pils malt base with ample doses of pineapple and orange.. sourness is rather mild, but very well-done.. more milky pineapple and orange toward the bottom of the bottle. Grainy wheat notes on the palate pair very well with the rather mild sourness.. lighter-bodied and oh-so refreshing! Great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2007
16.9oz bottle. Hazy straw color with a very effervescent off-white head that dissipates quickly. Really unique funky aroma, wheat, lemon, yeast, and lemongrass. Flavor is just as unique. lemon and yeast are again prominant. really lactic finish. This beer is really interesting.

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