Friday, December 30, 2011
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse Style
1809 Berliner Weisse Style, a recreation of the 1809 Berliner Weisse recipe by Professor Fritz Briem of the Siebel Institute of Technology in Germany and distributed through B. United International, poured a crystal clear, pale gold into the glass with heavy carbonation trails topping off at the fizzy, soda-like head. The nose carried through wheat and light funky with an edge of tartness felt more than easily defined.
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse opened crisp and light, with a quick-rising green apple tartness. As the beer warmed, the tartness gained true sourness and a sub-surface pear sweetness came through to keep things from getting too tart. The beer ended with notes of apple and raspberry coming through before ultimately ending in a dry, barley tart wheat finish.
1809 Berliner Weisse, to me, is one of those revealing beers that hopefully increases interest in the Berliner Weisse style. There are few beer styles as primed to make it back into the spotlight as this one, and this particular recipe is a fantastic representation of what people are missing.