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RATINGS: 911   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1452) - Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2008
1 Pint 0.9 oz. Bottle, pours clear pale gold and/or yellow gold with a white head that leaves some lacing, aroma of pilsner malt, pear and apple fruitiness, faint banana wheat aroma, fragrance of old flowers and an aged scent (maybe woody?), yes, this has a sharp sour tartness of grapefruit upon first sip, malt flavor with pears and apples, hints of berry, I noticed a faint strawberry flavor, I did not detect any hops in this drink, bubbly and very dry on the palate, reminded me of how a Belgian Wit feels on the tongue only with more tart and dryness, has a Champagne liveliness in the mouth, I see why this is refered to as a refreshing drink, clean and tart on the palate, could almost pass as a dry white wine, gave me hints of the same, this is a dry wisp of a drink, not as heavy as a white wine, as this beer warms the strength of the tartness tapers off some but is always there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle: Yellow tinted straw, very cloudy, sediment settling to the bottom, moderate fizzy white head, dies quickly, sparce lacing.   Bright/tart wheat malt aroma.   Minor sourness.   Tart on the tongue, wheaty but also quite fizzy, with a clean crisp finish.   Fairly dry as well.   Moderate body, bubbley mouthfeel.   This one doesnt need any syrup.   Somewhat reminds me of a lighter Gueuze with more of a wheat malt body.   Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2007
16.9 oz bottle. Clear golden yellow with active carb and a puffy white head. Nose is lemon, mild sour milk and wheat. Tangy with muted carb and a clean wheaty body. Taste is lemon-lime and green banana. Refreshing with restrained tartness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9535) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2007
My Bottom Line:
This complex Berliner Weisse quenches with its osmosis of citrusy tartness, milky bananas and wheaty haystacks. This is a smashing example of a too obscure style.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the cloudy whitish blond.
-The body is quite nourishing for such a drinkable product.
-Effervescence is lively but comfortable.
-Citrusy tartness is not that of a mouthpuckering lambic, but is present enough to make this even more drinkable.
-Spicy phenols are found in the nose.

Bottle; no date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2007
500 ml. euro bottle, no freshness date, at least not one I could find, sampled in the widest tumbler glass I own. Sediment is visible in the bottom of the bottle. After looking at the bottle closely, I decided to give it a swirl before I poured. I have no idea if this will make a difference or is a mistake on my part. Unfiltered cloudy appearance, bright golden yellow color with a fast rising white head that settled just as quickly into a thin white sudsy lacing. Quite active carbonation, you can hear it snap and pop when you put your ear to the top of the glass. Tart aromas of a lemon and tangerine blend along with a good deal of malted wheat. I like the wheat malt and sour citric smells this emits, I find it appealing. Refreshingly crisp and dry, the moderate body has an airy lightness due to the carbonation. The first tastes I noticed are bread grains and wheat malts, followed by mildly tart and sour squeezed lemons and orange juiciness. This has a mellow acidity, just enough acidity to wake up the palate. Towards the end a subtle, hidden banana yeast flavor emerges, adding to the sour fruity and white flour wheat bread finish. This would make a great hot weather/lawnmower beer, but even on a cold December night, delightfully refreshing and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (6084) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2007
Bottle courtesy of jjpm74: Poured a cloudy and hazy deep yellow color ale with some white hue also noticeable and a huge pure white bubbly head with some good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of wheat malt with some sour notes. Taste consisted of wheat malt with some medium sour notes without much acidity. Full body with some good carbonation. Very well done, easily drinkable and I am just glad somebody tries to brew this though to get style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Pours a very faint and faded yellow, crystal clear, with a white foamy head that dissipates within a few seconds. Effervescent. Aromas of white wine sour grapes, lemons, wheat, yeast, and lactic notes. Taste is lactic acid, and tart lemon upfront (perfect acidity), followed by some yogurt and wheat, finishing with some under-ripe apples and just the right amount of carbonation. Light bodied and clean in flavor. Slightly drying finish combined with a left over sourness that only lasts for a few seconds. Lovely table beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2007
From a 500mL Bottle. Pours a somewhat hazy, pale straw color with a thick finger of fizzy white head that quickly dissipates to a thin, filmy layer. Toasted wheat and baked cornmeal aroma with a tinge of lemon freshness. Yogurty. Some light pinot grigio grape acidity adds some fruity complexities. Light bodied, effervescent carbonation. Sparkling mouthfeel, expceptionally dry. Lots of refreshing wheat flavors, clean and married beautifully with hints of lime and unflavored yogurt. Not too sour, but wonderfully lactic and refreshing. Mild granny smith apples and under-ripe pears create some restrained fruity impressions. Incredibly clean and refreshing; what more can one possibly expect from a Berliner Weisse?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2007
22 oz bottle. Pours very carbonated with a huge fluffy white head. Only got 1/2 bottle on the first pour. Nose of lemon, tartness, highly acidic and very sharp. Unique. Color is generic yellow. Taste of lemon, pucker, tartness, wheat is not evident. Better nose than taste so ultimately dissapointing. Great beer for a hot humid Houston summer. Wish that I could find it here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2007
Bottle thanks to Sectret Santa. Looks great though very cloudy in an oerbier glass. Aroma seems minimal, but clear sweet wheat, lemon and an acid woody note, hints of spice also, peachy as it warms. Taste is initally sour, lemon and acid, all good, once swallowe a sweet biscuity honey note comes up, the finish is peachy honey with a pluckering from the carbonation an dry lemon. An intresting experiance that iv very glad iv had, though not what i expect from a berliner wieisse.

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