Liam Deegan

Beer Review Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weiss

In Berliner Weiss, Reviews on July 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm

A very traditional German beer, the Berliner Weiss is a tart and refreshing beer.  It is often mixed with raspberry or woodruff (anise flavor) syrup to cut the tart flavors.  Here’s my review:

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a creamy white head.

Gives off lactic, sour funkiness from the Brettanomyces yeast.  There are also notes of lemon citrus, a touch of grassiness and musty barnyard that is also a result of the Brett. And Lactobacillus.  More funky green apple, then more dominant banana as it warms.

On the palate, it is dry at first, and slowly puckers with sour, yet creamy mid palate then it makes an abrupt 180 degree turn to champagne like dryness and the lemon and green apple come through for a dry yet tart finish that lingers and gives some earthy mineral quality.

The mouthfeel is mostly dry with spurts of juicy tart fruit.  Very complex and well-done beer.

Style: Berliner Weiss

ABV: 5%

Cheers!

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