Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner-Weisse
Fritz Briem is a professor at the Doemens Institute, an internationally operating education and consulting enterprise for the brewing, beverage and food industries. Briem worked hand-in-hand with Weihenstephan, the acclaimed Brewery and Brewing Institute, to re-create a recipe dated back to Napoleon’s invasion of Berlin in 1809. The 1809 Berliner-Weisse replicates a style originating in Berlin that was called the “Champagne of the North” by the invading force. The style is very low in alcohol, with a pronounced, fizzy head and lactic tartness. A lemon-like tang and aromas of bubble gum and apples fly over this tart, bubbly ale. 1809 is unfiltered, unpasteurized and fermented in traditional open fermenters and horizontal lager tanks. 50% of the mash is wheat malt. The wort is placed in the fermenters and pitched with yeast and lactic acid bacteria at 64° F.