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Beer Review #260 1809

01-14-02Today’s review comes special from my father-in-law who gave me this beer for Christmas. 1809 is a Berliner Weisse style beer brewed by Dr. Fritz Briem in Munich, Germany. This is apparently a throwback to a classic style that has really disappeared until recent years. Dr. Fritz Briem is from the Doemens Institute, which is a brewing, beverage, and food industry school. I’ve only had two Berliner Weisses’ previous to this beer. One of them was a homebrew and the other is made by Round Guys Brewing Company (a local brewery that just opened in my parent’s home town). Both were wonderful in their light tartness and malty, wheaty flavor.

1809 makes a louder than normal hiss when popping the cap. It pours a cloudy golden straw and has a fluffy white head. The nose is tart with a slight sweetness sitting in the background. More than anything, it has a lemonade smell.

On the first taste I got a bit of sour tartness, but nothing too strong. There was a nice bready flavor mixed in there as well.  The high carbonation gives a needlely feeling on the tongue.There wasn’t a whole lot else that was happening for me in the flavor department. The tartness was very low compared to the other Berliner Weisses’ that I have had. It’s very light on the flavor end of things but still refreshing,

This is a very nice and drinkable beer. The flavors are not super strong, but I enjoy a nice mellow beer from time to time. This one also comes in at only 5.0% ABV; a sessionable beer. I would like to see if a longer period of time in the bottle would make this beer any more sour. There is a nice layer of yeast on the bottom of the bottle so it might have been a possibility. If you are looking for a truly classic Berliner Weisse, this is your beer.