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RATINGS: 910   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3192) - East Lansing, 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 (13767) - 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 (4826) - 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 (6174) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3383) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2007
One of my contributions via trade long time ago from someone, thankee kindly. My 2nd rating, somewhere around beer 5 of 2nd Belgian Beer Club shindig. Pours clear yellow with a bright white head. The nose was wheaty and tart. The taste is sweet, tart, sticky, and sour. Very tasty overall the sourness is nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (10019) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2007
Bottle @ Rudolfs Sourfest. Crisp yellow body with a small white head. Yeasty corn on the cob aroma. Grainy, very light sourness in the flavour. Average palate. Pretty dull - I never thought I would catch myself wanting something to be MORE sour! Perhaps my tongue had been deadened by the stiffer fare surrounding it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2007
bottle from ucusty...pours hazy golden yellow with a fluffy short lived head. aromas of lemon, wheat and wet canvas. flavor is the same with some yeast present. theres a lactic phlegmy coating in the back of the throat when swallowed. light bodied and refreshing. its very dry but the sourness isnt overdone.

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