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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2640) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2007
500ml liter bottle. Poured into a wine glass with a huge head that fades into a thick surface covering lacing. Now this is a sight, the color is the most palest color and still cloudy. The beer contains so much light yet one cannot see through it. Aroma is pilsner-tart-lemon with a spicy refreshing wheatiness. Taste shines more so with the tartness. Starts off with light wheat, leads into a strong, sharp, acidic tartness and finishes lemon-y refreshing. Aftertaste is spicy wheat and kind of dry. The tartness is really nice and just gives a soft prick in the bottom of the throat. The carbonation is above average, the combination of the light body and the tartness with the lemon flavors makes this extremely refreshing an easy drinking. It reminds me a lot of a light and tart Belgian Wit. Very thirst quenching, returnable, and recommended. For a relatively fresh bottle there is a lot of schmutz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2007
500ml bottle. Wow. Very pale pour with tons of bubbles and a lovely white, crisp head. Nose is deep and complex, banana esters and lactic tartness, vanilla and a hint of cocoa. Supremely refreshing, slight tartness still significant in the flavor, with a very wheaty and dry finish. Incredibly drinkable; I could session this stuff all day. Brilliantly done. I looked forward to the other "historic signature series" brews mentioned on the label.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (9128) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2007
Amazingly refreshing sour power. This is not for reveryone, beautiful creamy appearance with light yellow/beige body. All the foam cuddles the tart product in creaminess and malt. And all this at 5%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2007
500 Ml Bottle-Trade w/DragonStout. Pours a cloudy yellow color w/a large, quickly diminishing white foamy head & a lot of carbonation. Light sweet white grape aroma. Dry crisp flavor of white grapes w/traces of spice & a light malt flavor. Somewhat like a Hefe, but very tart & winelike, very crisp. This is quite good, very different, a good before/after dinner beer. Nice change of pace summer brew; I wouldn’t drink it all the time. Long tart finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2007
Very fizzy pour produces a bright white head that eventually disapates. Cloudy straw yellow in appearance. Light malt aroma with some white grape almost wine-like scents. Tart and acidic flavor up front but with some sweet soft malt in the background. No hop flavor or bitterness to speak of. Very easy to drink with the acidity making it refreshing like lemonade. Not as overpowering in the tartness as some of this style can be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8163) - 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 (1426) - 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 (1686) - 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 (1049) - 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.

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