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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).


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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4590) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Pours a lightly hazy golden with a large bubbly white head that went away to almost nothing quickly. Aroma of lactic acid sour notes, peaches, floral notes. Flavor of the same lactic acid sourness, fruit, super dry and lively carbonation.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
krittenhouse (19) - Shelby, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Amazing flavor, mouthfeel is smooth and pleasing to the palate. Flavor lingers and is is rich with a good after taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ksiwzos (80) - GREECE - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle on 25/7/14 Pale golden with white, big head that lasting and lacing beautifully. It definitely has wheat!! Aroma is phenolic(light clove), earthy, light tartness, sweet hay, spicy wheat. Reminds me of a hefe but less intense and a bit more complex. Flavor is light sweet and has just a hint of tartness, wheaty, sourdoughy, nice light bread crust. Aftertaste is tart, some earthy tones from the hops, light salinity. Generally my first try of a Berliner Weisse that is like a soured Weiss, meaning it’s got the phenolic and doughy character but with lactic tartness. No bret character or funkiness what so ever.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pumpkin87 (80) - - MAR 12, 2015
Pours cloudy lemon yellow with enormous white head, and both are indicators of what’s to come. When the head subsides, the nose is lemon, dough and yeast. On the palate, the dough adds a sweet touch, but the overwhelming flavor is the refreshing lemon, which is tart but not mouth-puckering. The other element is the pillowy carbonation, which remains even as the head goes. This was bottled in November 2014 and perhaps needs a bit more time to develop. As it is, this is a very straightforward brew, ideal for a summer’s day in the beer garden, but not geared toward late winter.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (982) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Cloudy yellow with 2-inches of medium-coarse cream-colored head, moderate rate of decay. Aroma is tart hay, sour-wheat dough, a touch of fake-grape flavored candy, hint of ground of candy cigarettes. Body is light-medium-light, watery, a touch of starchiness, carbonation is big with a strong burn and medium coarseness. Flavor is a very consumable tart grain, hints of lemon and pound cake. Tartness is incredibly clean certainly no acetic, but also almost no indications of the usual lactic signatures. A great Berliner, very yummy, top-notch body. The abv is a bit on the high side for the style, but otherwise a go-to.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndyReynolds (1011) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle. Pale gold. Aroma is wheaty, bready, and slightly fruity. Taste is tart and slightly sour. Palate is surprisingly light and refreshing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (883) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2015
16.9oz bottle - Hopcat GR - pours a vibrant gold . Soft wheat aroma with hints of lemon . Nice light body with moderate tart citrus . Excellent . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamesewelch (129) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Bonus beer at BJCP study group, 3 oz pour

Aroma: sour, tad funkiness

Appearance: yellow, pale, white head

Taste: Sour

Palate: light body, average carbonation

Overall: A really great Berliner Weisse. Textbook example. Light and effervescent. Sour, but not overly done. Nice balance yet complex with some fruit and tartiness. One that I’ll definitely buy, if I see the bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Pint 9 bottle poured a slightly cloudy yellow aroma of straw citrus and funk. Love this beer. Tart and dour one the tongue but not over powering. Nice fruit tartness throughout. Excellent example of the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
revolution2718 (305) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Pours straw with bubbly head. Nose is wheat, lemon, tart. Taste matches, very bubbly, a bit tart, lemon, lot of hefe character. Like a cross between a hefe and a gose. Good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bg80 (43) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2015
From the bottle. First pour is clear apple-juice appearance, turning cloudy and straw colored by the second. Aroma is lemony tartness. Great carbonation. Head is fluffy white and fine, with minimal lacing. Taste is tart with lemon balanced by the wheat/malt sweetness. Like a clean lager, light hefeweiss, and mild sour rolled into one. Very crisp, balanced, and delicious.


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