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RATINGS: 913   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 (64F).

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Hazy lemony yellow, witbierish appearance. Grainy aroma, wet dog, leaves, lightly tart fruit (gummy bears). Empty grainy flavor, tart, undersweetened. Surprisingly transparent flavor, very clean, no aftertaste whatsoever, no yeast development. Almost imperceptible bitterness, very sharp carbo. Dry lemonade, uninteresting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2008
A very refreshing lemony beer. Remarkably refreshing and easy to drink. This may be my summer beer of choice this year. I really hope that this style starts becoming more popular as it is a wonderful change of pace to many of the other classical german brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7276) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 25, 2008
Bottle 500ml
Appearance: Thick, cloudy, autumn fog like . Milky honey gold in color. Fine fizzy top.
Nose : fruity wheat character , stronger than usually found hints of alcohol. Sweet gooseberry feel and red apple. Yeasty ,esters ending show. 7+
Flavor/Palate : Soft sourness , citric , wheat grain oriented ale. Softer , smoother at finish. Tart front with wheat midlle. Good Berliner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3683) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 22, 2008
16.9 ounce bottle shared by grant. Sweet, sugary, herbal, floral aroma with plenty of lemon citrus notes. Aroma is not overly sour or acetic, which is unlike other samples of this style that I have had. Moderately hazy blonde body with small, feeble, quickly dissipating, listless head. No lacing at all. Starts tart, lemony, and sour before it becomes a little grainy and cereal-like. A few yeasty banana esters make a cameo. Finishes with a nice, light sweetness. Pretty straight-forward and drinkable. Not as intensely sour as other Berliner Weisse beers that I have had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1875) - Cupertino, California, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Tried at Stuffed Sandwich for $7. A little steep, but Ive been eager to try this for some time now. They sell it at HWC, but I havent been motivated to try it. I like sours, so Im going to rate this higher than normal. Sourness is very mild. lower than I expected, actually lower than the 2006 St Ambrois barleywine I had yesterday. Light beer. Yellow color. soda like carbonation: Large bubbles floating to the top and popping. Smell is somewhat BMC-ish. Nice feel on the tongue. Easy to drink. Pretty decent. Kind of like a well made pale lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a white head. Aroma is wheat, brett, tart fruit, and a touch of earthyness. Flavor is wheaty, fruit, tart, some funkyness, and a earthy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
17thfloor (2443) - 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 havent 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Hazy orange-blond golden beer with a white bubbly head that disappears quick. Has a fruity, citrusy (orange) aroma. The taste is tart, again lemon and orange, and a little sweet. I have never had a beer that tasted more like a slightly sour orange soda.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Rating 1084, bottle purchased from Sams in Downers Grove, Illinois. Bright golden with a large white foamy crisp head with good carbonation. The nose is sharp citrus and grains. Taste has just a hint of yeast with lots of citrus and pepper. Refreshing and overall a good treat. Worth the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2920) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 6, 2008
Lovely caramel yellow colour. No head. Nice golden sediment settling in the glass. A peppery-orange, zesty- gasoline aroma with a sour-salty flavour with a wonderful lemon finish

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