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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2007
The pour reveals a cloudy golden color with a thick white head that diminishes to a thin one. The aroma is very sharp and promises a refreshing flavor, theres sourness, bananas, maybe citrus, cloves and bubble-gummy yeast. In the mouth, theres a highly refreshing sour flavor with fruits, cloves and bubble-gummy yeast. The body is light to medium with an oily texture and medium to lively carbonation. Hmmm, too bad this style is hard to find, especially in North-America, I really like berliner=weisses and this one is very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9829) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2007
Very dense white head, as whipped eggwhite, but not very lasting; verdigris-yellow beer. Fresh lemony-acidic nose, but with obvious (summer)grain as underbuild; slightly lactic ending. Again first lemony/citrussy, but with a backing as from a very fine, light consomm , stock-ish. Celeri, some grain; ending quite tart. Extremely refreshing, very titillating MF. A good Berliner Weisse is always a treat. But historic or not; believe it or not; I prefer the Schultheiss. Thanks, Seb!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Bottle. Pours a murky pale yellow with a white head; it looks like cider. Big wheat aromas with a lactic note. Powerfully lactic and sour. Prominent wheat flavors, lemongrass and a banana note Id assume is from the yeast but the lactic notes really have a stranglehold on the flavors. Surprisingly drinkable- the first Berliner Weisse Ive been able to finish (not sure if that bodes well for the beer though).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3194) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Murky, yeasty yellow-orange body with strong carbonation emanating from the yeast sediment at the bottom of the glass. Thick, quickly dissipating off-white head. Aroma of tangy wheat, banana- crackery, with a dry, almost medicinal chalkiness. Sour, tangy body, lactic, with a light lemony fruitiness. Earthy and estery. Not much depth; the initial flavors simply fade away on the palate. Interesting, unique beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tmoney99 (14109) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Bottle from Keg Liqour. Poured hazy yellow color with a large frothy white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate wheat sour fruit aroma. Light to medium body. Light sour fruit flavor with a light sour finish of moderate duration. Interesting, not my style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle at LCRBM3. Stunned at how well rated this is. Didnt even come close to working for me. Pale as hell, looks almost like a perry. Flavour totally dominated by vinegar. Barely detectable sweetness underneath. No balance and no character. Guess I need to re-rate this if I ever see it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Pour: lots of carbonation and suspended yeast. Head: thick, creamy, offwihte. Aroma: wheat, tart, hops. Flavor: tart, wheat, banana, some spice. Palate:lively. Finish: tart.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4874) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow body with a thick white head. Smell: Aroma of sour wheat and tart lemon with a noticeable DMS character that smells distinctly of pot stewed veggies. Taste: Faint, soft wheat flavors with a splash of lemon juice and merely a hint of sweetness. The DMS is much, much lighter - like adding an asparagus swizzle stick. Suspiciously refreshing finish thats both lightly sour and salty. Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Soft carbonation. Drinkability: Not so bad, really. In fact, its so tasty, I just HAD to tell the world!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2007
Milky, dull golden coloured pour. Lactic AND lemony nose make for a more complex acidity than most. Authentic salty, celery notes. Pretty straight on berliner weiss. Melony, fruity, yogurty nuances. I must say it remains pretty restrained in its acidity. Its not that tasty, I dont quite understand such high scores even though its from Weihenstephaner. Still, it tastes fresh and presents all the expected characteristics and makes use of all its ingredients. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Bottle - Pours a hazy straw color with a two finger thick white head. Aroma is light grain and yeast (banana). Flavor is tart lemon. Not too tart though. No lingering sourness on the palate. Light to medium body. This beer was a pleasant suprise. I was expecting something like a Flemish Sour. Instead, got a real nice drinkable beer.

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