1809 Berliner Weisse Style
Style: Berliner Style Weisse
Professor Fritz Briem, Freising, Germany
Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse
“1809” is a very traditional interpretation of the “Berliner Style” Weisse with an intense blend of lactic tartness and complex fruitiness. This calls back to a time before the tradition of adding sweet syrups to Berliner Weisse beers pushed them towards being simpler and more sour. 1809 is champagne like with it’s acidity, complexity, and carbonation.
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 isomerization takes place in the decoction 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 (64°F).
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