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RATINGS: 911   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayg1 (592) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6380) - 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.

3.8
   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.

3.6
   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

4.2
   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.

3.5
   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.

3
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (5937) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Aroma of cream and and pineapple, some cheese and DMS. Milky yellow color, very thick white head, no lacing. Very sour lemon taste, with cardboard and rice at midpalate. The lemon grass finish sets it off nicely. Im still a novice with this style, but I do enjoy sour beers. This one just seems one dimensional, but perhaps that is the style. I like it, but it doesnt excite me that much.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2007
Poured a hazy yellow colour with a very active fizzy white head. Head instantly diminished to a ring. Aroma presents funky yeast, light fruit, citrus and spices. Initial taste is tangy, a salty wheat makes up the background character of this brew. Moving into a lightly spiced citrus. Palate duration cuts short and is slightly dry. A light body, but refreshing and enjoyable.


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