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RATINGS: 846   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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).


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mogydirt (13) - simi valley, California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
The best berliner weisse i have ever had so far. Everything is perfect with this beer especially if its being enjoyed on a warm sunny day.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle. What a hell of a head this one pours with a fruity aroma. A little tart but very refreshing on a hot summer day. Wish this one was a little more available in the US

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KYbrewgal (45) - Kentucky, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Great example of this style. I picked up this bottle at my local bottle shop. A nice balance of the lactic acid with a hint of wheat sweetness to balance. Wonderful on a hot day.

4.6
   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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
17thfloor (2432) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2008
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 Wow! My first Berliner Weisse and it has my interest peaked. Strong pinot blanc aroma with some breadiness. Pours like golden champagne, large bubbles (which usually I hate) and an incredible fizzy thin white head. I think the pour fits the style exceptionally. I haven’t had any other Berliner Weisses before but I really like this. The sourness is very understated in the finish, could use some more, however, it builds as you drink. Medium dryness. Really tastes like a tart pinot grigio. Very smooth carbonation for the size of the bubbles. Forget High-Life... this is the champagne of beers. P.S. Sea Salt & Vinegar chips are a great pairing for this.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2007
What a treat it has been to enjoy to world class beers these past two days after a string of middling to mediocres. This one pours a hazy yellow color that is as beautiful as any sunset when held to light. The large white sherbert punch head forces me to wait for one agonizing minute before I can lift the glass to my lips. Of course that forces me to spend more time sniffing which is a pleasure in its own right. The lasting impression is very lemony but there’s a quick burst of of sweeter heffe like banana in the beginning and an almost Saison like funk at the end. It’s truly an amazingly flavorful and rather light beer that I plan on enjoying all summer long.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
CanIHave4Beers (3327) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2008
Great funky horse blanket & hay barnyard scent, with a little doughy yeast. Beautiful looking beer with one of the best white thick heads I’ve seen in some time. Color is golden straw & the beer is largely clear (with the exception of the final pour which is quite cloudy). The beer has tons of bubbles which is very attractive. I’m not sure I could ask much more out of the taste, it is very sour, very dry, and slightly fruity with great hints of cherry & apple. Palate is sharp with a great big mouthfeel (like a standard Weisse). A very good beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - MAY 18, 2008
purchased from the beverage castle in tampa. aroma is very very sour and lemony so to say, it’s almost like sniffing a lemon. the pour is amazing, i didnt know what to expect but it looks similar to lemonade while pouring and then somewhat like apple cider. the flavor is identical to the smell, extremely tart and sour. it has almost a sour grape flavor with lemon juice. i love this style, it’s just what i was looking for when i bought it. great stuff!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Goodgrief (1806) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Pour goes into the bottle clear but clouds up to a golden solid blanket. Nice head and the lacing gives testimony to where beer once was. Aroma is that of tart fruit. The first sip yields banana at the fore, followed by a citrus tartness and slight sourness over a thick wheat base. Some spices accent the complex flavors. There is a lot going on in this and this is about as good of a wheat beer as I’ve had. I’m stating that this is the best 5% abv beer in the world, bar none.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SrSilliGose (3264) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 14, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2011 Bottle. Pours a clear yellow with a big fizzy white head. Notes of lemon, wheat, white grapes, doughy malts, pear. This is awesome. Like a nice doughy sweet bread with chunks of pear up front, followed by a nice lemongrass and wheat twang. Beyond crisp and refreshing. Lively carbonation. The champagne of beers! If this was less than $6.59 a bottle, i would drink this a lot more.


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