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RATINGS: 906   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mike4686 (120) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2007
500ml bottle, pours a hazy golden color, smells of fruit, vinegar, sweetness. wow the taste is unlike any other beer i’ve had, slight sour tasting, lemons, sweet, candy. didn’t think i was going to like it but this is a excellent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7121) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse, 500 ml bottle. Hazy dark yellow pour with a spritzy white head. Lemon and vinegar in the aroma. Good strong sourness to this one. Hints of lemon, vinegar, sweet tarts candy. Good and tart. Spritzy mouthfeel. Oddly refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1486) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Pours a cloudy golden color with a white head. Aroma is of hay, floral hops, lemon, banana, and yeast. Sour taste up front with lemon and banana that finishes with the hay and floral hops. Much better then I was expecting with this one. I’m glad I picked this one up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Hazy light yellow body supports a rapidly diminishing white head. Sour lactic notes in the aroma with green appleas and green bananas. Light body with a crisp carbonation and acidic bite. Tasrt green apples and sour lemon drops blend with some wheat in the taste. Seems like a distant cousin to the Flanders red style with the acidic flavors. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Thank Tom for the bottle: Pours a clean golden hue with a lasting fizzy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of wheat and pale malt, moderate sour apple, hint of banana ester, some funk and wood as well. The taste is much more reserved that I would have thought. The sourness is there but hardly palate crushing as I would have initially guessed. A nice interplay of sour, bitter, and wheat along the ride. This is quite the refreshing and spritzy summer brew. A solid offering but I really did want more teeth grinding pucker power than this did provide.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - AUG 10, 2007
(bottle) Pale slightly hazy yellow with generous white head. Citrus aroma. Flavor is slightly sour lemon, some grassy hops, and some spice. Great summer bear.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2007
yellow pour big white head. Aroma of wheat and lemon. Flavor is very citrusy lots of lemon, a crisp tartness hits with lots of belgian yeast notes, and an almost sprite like finish. Some light banana notes as well, but mainly lemon, and yeast. A great thirst quencher.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Pours an effervescent bright golden with an airy, spotty-lacing frothy white head. Aroma of lightly sweet wheat, some grass and a hint of tart lemon and earthy citrus along with a touch of funk. Body starts fairly full for the style, semi-sweet and sticky with a nicely balanced fresh lemongrass tang. Finishes semi-dry and tart with mild bitterness and clove. A very nice Berliner Weisse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy pale golden with a short lived one finger white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of wheat, lemon, yeast , light banana, and a hint of vanilla. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium creamy mouthfeel that finishes dry and tart. Very good.

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