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RATINGS: 902   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5431) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (3955) - 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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3589) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2007
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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2007
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 20/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2007
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2007
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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2007
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.

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