Style: Berliner Weissebier
Brewed By Weihenstephan & Doemens
Brewer’s Note: “Already in the 1600s the Berliner Weisse Style Beer was mentioned in documents by the French reformers “Huguenots” as they crossed Berlin on their way to Flanders. In 1809, the Emperor Napoleon and his troops celebrated their Prussian victory with it. This Berliner Weisse Style Beer is brewed with traditional mash hoping and without wort boiling. This along with a traditional strain of lactic acid bacteria provide a fruity and dry but palateful character. A character that Napoleon and his troops characterized as ‘lively’ and elegant.”
Note on Beer: Created by Dr. Fritz Briem of Doemens Institute, brewed by Weihenstephan & Doemens. Imported by B. United International for the US market. Professor Fritz Briem is not a brewery.
The beer’s label is text based, but looks fun and interesting. I love the text for 1809, but I feel like the rest of the text could have used a more readable font. As is, however, the label looks cool. It is not crowded, despite being largely text based, and it has some nice flairs to it. The label is worthy of scrapbooking, but not of the shelf.
The beer pours a very pale yellow, almost a chunky white with a small, half finger’s width head of tiny bubbles that fizzle away slowly. The beer’s head leaves a lacing of thin sheets on the glass. In body the beer is deeply hazy and cloudy with plenty of bubbles racing up through the glass. On the nose, the beer smells clean and lightly wheaty with a very light hint of tartness on the nose. The smell is not really overpowering, and is quite one dimensional.
On the tongue, the beer tastes lightly tart with sweet bready wheat. In flavor, the beer begins as tart citric lemon/lime, which quickly moves into creamy wheat bread flavors and then wheat flakes. The finish is citric lemon tart and lively like Sprite in the mouth with and the aftertaste is light to non-existent with just a touch of wheat flakes. In the mouth, the beer feels light in body with prickly, soda-like carbonation that scrubs the tongue. The mouth is left full of acid neutralizing saliva and a light tingle from the carbonation. Overall, this is a nice light beer that is thirst quenching, but begging for a syrup or something to be added to it. This is a beautiful canvas beer to be experimented with, and is refreshing to drink, but rather one dimensional. I think it is great that they are recreating this style with historical accuracy, but personally, I think this beer needs something to add some zing to the taste. A great beer to add things too.