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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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - NOV 1, 2007
cloudy straw hue with quickly dissapating white head, it has sour wheat aroma, with hint with orange. the flavor is a almost lambic like sourness mixed with wheaty texture. finishes bitter sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Pale yellow with a cloudy head. Aroma is wheaty with bubble gum and banana only with some sourness in there as well. Flavor is tart and creamy. This is a good representative of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden/straw color with a med-sized bubbly white head. Aroma is yeast, straw, sourness and some other funkiness. Somewhat dry and light, but very refreshing. Could probably drink this all day. Some fruity flavors, with some yeast and a little spice. Very glad I got to try this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayg1 (593) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Pours out a hazy pale yellow with a thick white head that dissapears almost instantly after foaming up. Smells slightly tart and sweet. Funny, this reminded me very much of the smell of apple juice. Yeast is also present. Tastes is tart and very acidic. Wheat is present but an apple flavor is still comming through. Very crisp and refreshing beer, one of the most refreshing I have ever had. I liked this one a lot, and excellent blend of fruity flavor and tart dryness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6563) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2007
Bottle (500ml). Cloudy yellow, huge foamy white lasting head. Sour fruit, yeast, funky spice, I get the lactic character. Oh, my thats nice - light wheat beer, with mildly acidic fruit (strawberry!), and lemon sourness and yeast .... really pleasant. Light body, carbonation and acidity, quick finish, but while its on your palate its a nice ride.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Bottle: Pours a hazy golden with a fizzy fading head. (When you swirl the bottle and disturb the sediment it gets even more murky and cloudy) Tart, earthy aroma. Light hint of barnyard, sharp quality wheat malt, lactic notes, sour apple skins, and yeast. Lively, high volume carbonation. Crisp body with a nice wheat malt presence. Tart fruity notes of sour apple skins and a slightly vinous quality. Lactic hints, and light yeasty notes. This is a great thirst quencher and extremely well crafted example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
quite nice, but not nearly as tart as i expected...but this is my first example of a true berliner weisse. ultimately to me, this tasted like a nice pilsner with some lactic tartness to it. could drink this everyday, though not a mindblower

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2007
0.5L bottle. Unfiltered and yellow in color, white fizzy head. Aroma of peach, orange, and green banana. Flavor is of tartness and malt. Slight cereal flavors in the finish. A bit strong for this style but still refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Bottle purchased at Johns Grocery in Iowa City. Poured a clear pale golden color. Head was fluffy and white with good retention and lacing. Aroma was a combination of banana, orange, marmelade, peach, and sweaty arm pit. Tart acidity on the tongue with carbonation on the prickly end of the spectrum. Tasted of banana, lemon zest, and rhubarb with a pleasant cereal grain aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Golden colored with a frothy white head. Cereal grains, honey, and fruit loops cereal in the aroma. Light tartness, hints of citrus and some more fruit loops in the flavor...also hints of banana and diacetyl.

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