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RATINGS: 879   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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).


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2007
What a treat it has been to enjoy to world class beers these past two days after a string of middling to mediocres. This one pours a hazy yellow color that is as beautiful as any sunset when held to light. The large white sherbert punch head forces me to wait for one agonizing minute before I can lift the glass to my lips. Of course that forces me to spend more time sniffing which is a pleasure in its own right. The lasting impression is very lemony but there’s a quick burst of of sweeter heffe like banana in the beginning and an almost Saison like funk at the end. It’s truly an amazingly flavorful and rather light beer that I plan on enjoying all summer long.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Hazy straw colored, with a big white head that diminishes quickly. Interesting nose--sweet, fairly bready, with a twinge of tartness and maybe just a hint of bubblegum. Nice, quick biting tartness gives way to a complex cereal flavor--like good granola or meusli. A bit too effervescent.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Lovely, lovely beer. Lactic acid tang, sourdough bread and unripe small grapes in the flavor, bready yeast in the nose, lemony essence filing your nostrils. Heavenly body when you swirl, which you should do immediately - practically velvet. Fantastic Berliner Weiss.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Bottle… RBSG 07… Murky, straw-colored ale with no real head. The nose is of lemon oil, orange peel and green banana with undercurrents of white pepper and white bread. Tart flavor with nowhere near the acidity of the Fitgers Champagne of the North, which I tried earlier in the evening. There is plenty of rich pale and wheat malt and fruity esters to dumb down the pungency, while never overriding or disgracing the beer’s acidic nature. Medium to full-bodied with a lightly creamy, then astringent mouthfeel and lively carbonation. As if threatened and attempting to defend it’s honor, the acidity fights back to provide a lengthy, crisp, sharp-tasting finish. Kudos to SoLan for bringing this fine brew from way down in Florida!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2700) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 16, 2007
500ml bottle. Aroma is full of pale grains, wheat and citric tartness, with a background of straw, lemon and some faint grassy notes. Lightly hazy pale golden color with a subsiding, slight head of white. Predominantly lactic and sour flavor profile, moderately acidic and highly refreshing, with suggestions of freshly-squeezed lemons, faint lime and a light wash of wheat grains, yeast character and spiciness. Palate is properly spritzy, dry and quenching with a light body. Rather high in alcohol for the style at 5%, but that fact doesn’t seem to detract whatsoever as it remains supremely quenching. Very nice rendering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUL 15, 2007
This blew the DFH berliner weisse away. Hazy golden, moderate head with good lacing and retention. Aroma is grass, wheat, lemons, hefe notes. Medium to light body with a tart finish. A cool take on the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5532) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Bottle. Pours cloudy gold with a fluffy white head. Stands tall above the surface of the beer. Aroma is yeast, very strong lemony tartness, wheat/grains and soft malts. Very tart once it hits the tongue, but not Cantillon tart. Strong lemon and yeast notes complimented by wheat, grass, unripened fruits, and soft malt sweetness. Body is light, very carbonated, and dry with light astringency. Finishes with more tart fruits, lemon juice, wheat and big yeast flavors. Very nice summer drink!

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5215) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Bottle. Bottle from State Line. Aroma is a big, bold citrus with bready undertones and some sour tire air. A very loud, very active pour, heavy pale yellow with an ephemeral head – couldn’t even catch a hue. Taste is robust, sour with some vague fruity notes and light Brut Champagne in there, too. Some (insert fruit here – pomegranate? grapefruit. mango, too?) funk. Balanced! Dry and our but not overwhelmingly so, not overbearing but very flavorful. Dryness really helps the salivation, this can be drunk in great quantities. Fruitiness pushes the aftertaste into tropical cocktail territory. One of the more interesting beers of this summer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (3493) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2007
My 500th rating! thanks dsnowden for the bottle! Opaque golden/yellow color. Aroma is very fruity, peaches, and mango, and banana, and some wheat funk. Flavour is sour, and tart, not lambic sour, but still there is a sourness. And i’m getting the fruit again in the flavour, with a nice hefe finish. Wow. i really like this stuff, great summer beer. I wish i could get this on a regular basis!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Sample from 500 ml bottle, RBSG Minneapolis Grand Tasting, June 23 2007. Light, opaque gold with a bit of head retained....lots of bananas, hefe-like spicing (clove, maybe some nutmeg, even a touch of vanilla); quite pleasant but perhaps not stylistically accurate....not nearly as tart/sour as the Fitgers I tasted before it, light-bodied and again tasting much like a hefeweizen, albeit a sour one....the tart fruits do come in at the finish and it seems more like a real sour beer once swallowed.


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