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RATINGS: 906   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).

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DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2008
Aroma of sour lemons, hazy lemon colour, short lived white head. Taste is a milder sour lemon, than the nose. Light bodied, sour/tart, dry and yet quite refreshing. Very nice.

gueuzeisgod (113) - Graham, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2008
Pours golden yellow with a white head, very nice aroma of sour cherries, peach skins and raw yeasted bread dough. Taste has an immediate quenching tartness, very attenuated body gives it a watery mouthfeel. Delicious and refreshing, an aristocrat’s lawnmower beer. Love it.

CanIHave4Beers (4224) - 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.

malrubius (3017) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 3, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009 500 ml bottle, purchased last November, in tumbler. Pale cloudy orange with quickly dissipating loud fizzy white head. Tart grassy aroma. Tart, pink lemonadey, chalky flavor. Dry finish with lingering cloying sweet citrus. Medium body, high carbo. I think there’s a reason why some beers are beer styles have mostly disappeared. Kinda yucky, but without the character and complexity of a good geueze. Extra points for historical value...retried on tap at Ebenezar Kezar. Same result.

Oakes (18756) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2008
Cloudy, almost greyish-beige colour, like pear nectar. This is after a big head had frothed up and whittle slowly down in what had to be the most impressive audible show I’ve ever experienced in a beer. The aroma shows just a miniscule amount of that lactic, lemony character of the style and a lot more of footy yeastiness. Flavour is suitably tart, however the footiness doesn’t do it any favours, but the kiss of malt in the middle does. The malts then fade away to a puckering, limey finish.

Two things: 1) It looks like ass but I give a bonus point for the audio. 2) Sourness is right but not much else is.

RoyceH (1200) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 31, 2008
Bottle at Magic_dave6’s disco dance tasting. Yellow, thin white head. Nose is hazy malty, hoppy and lemony. Mouth is predominantly lemony, clean malt, fruity, lively, quenching. Palate is long and lemony, fizzy. Really refreshing, very good.

MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear pale yellow with faint head. Aroma is lightly sour and faintly wheaty. Flavor is lemony, tart and citric, far more sour than the first bottle I had. Moderately sweet in the finish with some light mineral type flavors and additional fruitiness. Still in appearance though lively and heavily carbonated in the mouth. Pleasant overall to drink and quite refreshing.

JAXSON (608) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2009 50cl bottle poured into a long, thin glass. Small, fizzy bubbles abound. Kind of subdued, slightly sour aroma with an impression of peaches. More sour peaches in the flavor, very dry and tart. Highly carbonated and dry, perfect mouthfeel for this style. Highly refreshing and very good. Edit: This has improved after 6+ months. Really a softer a better mouthfeel, and more richness in the flavor.

DietPepsican (1589) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 30, 2008
gold with some haze, big white head. Aroma is citrus. Flavor is citrus fruit and wheat. Heavy finish, lots of wheat. Lighter and refreshing. I really like this style!

cgarvieuk (25984) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2008
Bottle at Toms Glasgow tasting 2 ... pale yellow ... belgian hop nose ... light fruity belgian blonde ... not really a berliner weise.

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