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RATINGS: 895   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2007
(50cl bottle) Lightly hazed straw body topped by large white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, lemon, orange peel, some sourness, light wheat, yeast. Taste is medium sweet, lemon, moderately tart, light wheat. Light-medium body, some crispness. Fairly sweet for the style -- no real complaints about it, just that it seems like a cross between a Berliner and a Hefe. Ridiculously easy to drink for a Berliner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3941) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Good white foam on hazy yellow body. Light lemony flavor. Sourness is very subdued, hardly deserving of a syrup to cut it. Drinkable; very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (4006) - - JUN 30, 2007
cloudy gold with a large fizzy white head that thins to a thin layer of cream. light banana aroma. medium bodied and tart. flavors of banana, corn, lemon. the best berliner i’ve tried.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2531) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Bottle. Yeast is the strongest component of this beer. Smells of cobwebs start right out with perfume, citrus and hay in the background. There is also a vegetable note and the hint of rancid fruit salad. Color is hazy yellow with no head after five seconds. Taste is both acidic and acetic, start to finish. Palate is nice and crisp, light watery with a fizzy carbonation. This beer would be best used to flush down a heavy German dinner, like a wurst assortment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2010 Bottle from Once Upon a Vine - South on 04/12/2010. Cloudy golden body with a large frothy white head. Tart wheat and fruit aroma with some slight apple. Tart apple, light graininess and some wheat. Light body with high carbonation. 7/2/7/4/15 - 3.5 06/28/2007 - RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting. Cloudy white body with a small white head. Dry fruity aroma. Fizzy slightly tart apple flavor. 5/2/7/2/13 - 2.9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6118) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2007
500ml bottle: Quite fizzy on the pour, but then quickly fades to a silent stillness with just a bare head of tiny bubbles. Reflects the color of unfiltered pineapple juice, and the aroma darn near starts making me think this is a fruit punch. It’s not quite that sweet, though, pretty tart I suppose, but not nearly as puckering as I’d expected depending on all the smack talk about the style (this is the first Berliner I’ve had in the 5 yrs I’ve been on RB). Instead, it’s pleasantly sweet and lightly tart, and quite drinkable. Why would anyone put fruit syrup in this? (#2993, 6/27/2007)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle shared with fordest. Very good tasting and very drinkable. Sour, with hints of cherries, and other sweet fruits. Nice.

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