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Nowhere near done with Berliner Weisse yet. This time we’ll be looking at how much of it was being brewed.

I’ll warn you: the figures are nothing like complete. For a start, it’s not everyone, just members of the Weissbier Brewers’ Association (Verein der Berliner Weißbierbrauereien). And it doesn’t even have the output for all of those.

It’s not clear whether the figures are for Berliner Weisse or for all beer produced. Though from the names it’s clear that many were specialist Weissbier breweries. So we can assume at least a reasonable amount of those figures really is Weissbier.

According to Methner (quoting Schönfeld) in 1897-98 there were 71 Weissbier breweries making between them 1.3 million hl of Berliner Weisse.* I make that an average of 18,310 hl per brewery. Which is a fairly modest amount. The 15 breweries for whom the output is given for 1885, produced on average 38,043 hl per annum. I think it’s safe to say that included there are most of the larger producers.



Table 18 Weissbier breweries that founded the Verein der Berliner Weißbierbrauereien E.V. (on the attendance list there is no date!)


Nr.
Firm
Output

year of closure




1885
1890
1900
**)



1
J. C. A. Richter & Co. Weißbierbrauerei
19,600
18,000

X
1920


2
Berliner Weißbier Brauerei Akt. Ges. vorm. Carl Landré
80,000
86,000

V
1927


3
C. Breithaupt Weißbierbrauerei
96,000
90,000

V
1927


4
Berliner Export Weißbierbrauerei C. & O. Fischer
-


X
1912


5
Berl. Weißbierbrauerei Julius Boehm
16,750
-

X
1906


6
Berl. Weißbierbrauerei „Friedrichstadt" Jul. Borsdorf
12,300


X
1896


7
Berl. Weißbierbrauerei Ed. Gebhardt A.G.
9,900

ca. 30,000
V
1913


8
Berl. Weißbierbrauerei und Malzfabrik Albert Bier
15,400

ca. 15,000
X
1910


9
Berl. Weißbierbrauerei E. Willner
-
-

V
1990/91


10
Gabriel & Jaeger Weißbierbrauerei
70,000
-

V
1913


11
Hartmann's Brauerei
-


X
1914


12
Berliner Weißbierbrauerei Carl Richter
-


V
1964


13
Weißbierbrauerei vorm. H.A. Bolle A.G.
22,100
47,000

V
1932


14
Berl. Weißbierbrauerei Fiedler & Billep



V
1912


15
Berl. Bierbrauerei Act. Ges. vorm. F. W. Hilsebein
68,000
62,000

X
1911


16
A. Landre Weißbierbrauerei
58,000


V
1917


17
S. D. Moewes Weißbierbrauerei
57,000


V
1912


18
Verinigte Berliner Weißbier-Brauereien G.m.b.H.



X
1914


19
Rud. Frömchen Weißbierbrauerei
-


X
1910


20
Christ. Stauch Weißbierbrauerei
-
-

X
1920


21
Berliner Weißbierbrauerei Act. Ges.(vorm. Gericke)
30,000
77,600

X
1911


22
Berl. Weißbierbrauerei Max Füllgrabe



X
1920


23
Alb. Laue Weißbierbrauerei
10,000


X
1923


24
Rud. Braun Weißbierbrauerei
5,600


X
1920


25
Berl. Weißbierbrauerei W. Bönnhoff
-
-

X
1906



Total
570,650
380,600





**) v label known x no label known


Source:


Die Berliner Weisse, by Gerolf Annemüller, Hans-J. Manger and Peter Lietz, 2008, page 115.



By 1913/14, output of Berliner Weisse had fallen to around 500,000 hl**. But it didn’t stop there. In 1933 just 123,000 hl were brewed and in 1937 117,000 hl.*** By 2010 just 10,180 hl of Berliner Weisse were sold in the off trade****, meaning total output couldn’t have been more than 20,000 or 25,000 hl.

You have to wonder how long the association lasted. Because a huge percentage of the member breweries closed between 1910 and 1930. The second table shows when most of those closures occurred. Though care needs to be taken. Breithaupt and Landré are shown as closing in 1927, whereas in fact they merged. In reality, Breithaupt produced Berliner Weisse until 1968.



Weisssbier brewery closures by decade


year
closures
%


1890-1899
1
4.00%


1900-1909
2
8.00%


1910-1919
12
48.00%


1920-1929
7
28.00%


1930-1939
1
4.00%


after WW II
2
8.00%


Total
25
100.00%



Not sure where we’re going next. Either some more tables or more detailed descriptions of brewing methods.







* “Über die Aromabildung beim Berliner Weissbier unter besonderer Berücksichtigung von Säuren und Estern” by Frank-Jürgen Methner, 1987, page 2.

** "Zur Geschichte des Berliner Brauwesens" by Karl Bullemer, 1963 page 15.

*** "Die Herstellung obergärige Biere und die Malzbierbrauerei Groterjan A.G. in Berlin" by A. Dörfel, 1947 page 3.

**** Deutscher Brauer Bund.

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