EithCubes (5431) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
robinvboyer (3955) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
shigadeyo (3589) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
6/28/2007: 1809 Berliner Weisse pours a hazy, pale yellow color. It has a large, fluffy and rocky white head that lasts and lasts... The aroma is sour and acidic and contains a noticeable amount of wheat and yeast. The flavor is also yeasty, acidic, wheaty, and slightly sour. The flavor is well-balanced and controlled. This medium-light beer is smooth and refreshing. 1809 is a good representation of a Berliner Style Weisse beer. This is only the second Berliner Weisse beer that i have had. I have enjoyed them both and would like to see more brewers offer beers of this style...
500 mL bottle (5.0 Alc./Vol.) at Winking Lizard Tavern (Crosswoods) in Columbus, Ohio. Rating #79 for this beer...
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of lemon zest, clove, apple skin, banana. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation. Not sour enough IMHO, but still nicely balanced. The aroma is quite nice for the style, though certainly showing a fair bit of Weissbier character.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Beer is light cloudy yellow with a small, white, frothy, mostly and rapidly diminishing head.<P>The aroma is malty with a light note of toasted grain/toasted wheat bread; Hoppy with a moderate note of herbal grassy, lemon/lemon zest; Yeasty with a light bready basement note. Dry, lean, citric.<P>The flavor is moderately acidic/sour, trace bitter, trace sweet with a long, light/moderately acidic/sour, trace bittersweet finish.<P>The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.<P>First sample of the style. Liking it a lot.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from Whole Foods 14th Stl., Just a smidge better than the Dogfish Festina Peche. Specifically, the 1809 is slightly maltier and just as citrusy/sour as the Dogfish (they were tried side-by-side). A bit thicker and richer than the Dogfish, though I prefer the Berliner Weisses that I sampled in Berlin in June 2007 - the Berliner Kindl and the Schultheiss were knockouts!
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting - Lightly hazed yellow, fizzy white head. Nose held delicate notes of sour banana, candle wax, and lemon poppyseed muffins. Flavor is softly sour and tart with wheaty fruit-like tones from start to finish. Light bodied, soft carbonation, quick drying, citric finish. Highly drinkable...
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazed light golden yellow with barely any thin white head. From appearances, it practically screams banana esters. Sharp nose lacks banana. Full of lemon and lactobacillis. A bit of citrusy apple wheatness. Lively slightly creamy mouthfeel with relatively low CO2. Not watery, but not thick. A big tart wheaty lemony lactobacillis flavor. A sharp almost herbal element. Really quick in leaving the tongue in flavor. I wish I could find more examples of the style.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml. Pours a very cloudy, very pale yellow color with a carbonated white head that doesn’t stick around. Aroma is pleasant Hefeweizen smell - cloves, yeast, wheat, banana, vanilla with an added dimension of lemony tartness. Taste is similar. Wheat beer with just a subtle kick of tartness. Not overpowering or offensive at all as some tart or sour beers can be. This was good stuff.