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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Bottle picked up from WestLakeview Liquors. Pours a hazy wheat yellow color with a white head. Sour notes right off some wheat and yeast. Flavors of sour apples and lemon with that creamy doughy wheat rolling around my mouth. A few herbal notes coming in with a well balanced lactic tart finish. Interesting style, I’ll definitely be picking more of this up. And cheers to West Lakeview for grabbing these hard to find German beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
I found this be one of the more unusual beers I have had as its light tartness took me by surprise. It poured well into my taller glass and the pronounced hops/grapefruit aromas came forth. My first taste found the light bodied beer to be an interesting after dinner flavor. It would take me a while to get used to this, but it was good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Bottle shared by jjpm74. Poured a pale golden with a fizzy white head. Aroma is wheaty and yeasty, with lots of sour notes and pear and granny smith apples. Flavor is very spicy and sour with some wheaty clove spiciness. Mild tasting, but very balanced and drinkable. I’m not used to rating this style, but this went down easily and agreeably.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 18, 2007
Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Smells lactic and sour with some citrussy elements and hints of biscuits. Taste is moderately sour with tart lemony qualities being the dominant in this beer. Very well done interpretation of this rare style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5036) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Bottle: Big wheaty aroma with lemon, clove, and a touch of grass. It pours a cloudy yellow with a moderate white head that lasts a minute or so. The flavor has lots of mildly sour lemon up front with some faint banana. The finish is lightly acidic along with some grassy hops and a touch of smoke. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin and soft but the carbonation is rather lively, but not prickly. I see myself drinking a lot of this during the summer. Very tastey and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2695) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2007
500mL, no date, though I think this is a relatively new beer, so I’ll say 2007. Looks kinad like a wit--cloudy straw with a one finger fading white head. Smells like a hefe with more pronounced lemon and plain sourness, a bit musty. There is a light bitter character that I can’t place. Zowee! Pretty tart up front with some old yeast towards the finish. In between I got some herbal hay, very light bananas, lemon, and something stale. Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body, leaning towards lighter. This definitely grows on you by the end of the bottle. It’s hard to get used to this style, but this is definitely a very good effort. Refreshing, but not something I could drink everyday.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Pours a golden unfiltered color with a thick white head, Has some lacing, but only for a second. Has hints of sour unripe fruit, and spices.. Finishes with a bite (tart taste).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Bottle, thanks to mgumby10. Only my second foray into the style. Pours hazy yellow on the edges, and orange in the middle with a fizzy, tall off-white head. Aroma is tart with notes of spicy wild yeast, and wet hay. Flavor is tart lemon, with enough dough, clove, and malty sweet to back it up. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, a bit thin, witha bit of a yeast swell in the middle, and then the clean tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8214) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 Bottle. Creamy yellow opaque appearance, doesn’t have a huge head, but still has a decent looking creamy texture white film. Pungent, inviting aroma, yeast-forward with an abundance of lactic acid... spicy and peppery on the nose. Taste is tingling and fizzy up front, spicy yeast initially tasted and then turning more semi-sweet and semi-sour, with wheat and lactose as the dominant flavors. It’s a really refreshing and tasty beer in a style I haven’t sampled much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2007
In my opinion, if there were to be a pyramid hierarchy of beer flavors, sour would be at the top. I think sour takes the longest to acquire a taste for, and can be one of the most sublime. As such, I really liked this beer. This beer poured a hazy gold/straw color with lots of fluffy head. Aroma was light clove and sourness. Flavor was also a blend of sour and cloviness. I felt this beer was less sour than Berliner Kindl Weiss. I had this beer with a meal, and I noticed a pleasing fruitiness as the beer warmed which was really a nice complement to my meal. Mouthfeel was soft and champagne-like. I really thought highly of this beer.

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