Berliner Weisse mit Schuß. Berlin’s traditional cloudy sour wheat beer is drunk with a shot of either green Waldmeistersyrup (woodruff) or red Himbeersyrup (raspberry) – a very refreshing summer drink. The beer dates back to the 1500’s. By the 1800’s, it was the most popular alcoholic drink in Berlin with 700 breweries producing it; by the late 1900’s, there were only 2 left in Berlin and a few in other parts of Germany. Authorities trace its origins back to Hamburg, Northern Germany. Friedrich Wilhelm, King of Prussia, encouraged the spread of the beer through Prussia, declaring it as “best for our climate”, and having his son, Friedrich der Große, trained to brew it. A popular story is that Napoleon’s troops dubbed it “The Champagne of the North” in 1809. Berliner Kindl and Schultheiss currently are the main brands.