Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
90
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1,461 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,461
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 192
Gots: 160 | FT: 10
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2008

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Ratings: 1,461 | Reviews: 413
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tart nose, wheat, acidic. Palate: acidic, lemony, hazy pale straw, head is large and fluffy but quickly dissipates, very highly effervesce, light tart, refreshing, no hops, light fruitiness, light body, high carbonation, no alcohol presence, refreshing.

Photo of redliner8
2.34/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tastes OK,was expecting bigger flavor

Photo of JPond4
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still not sure what to think. The wheat comes in as a really strong aftertaste, and I am not sure if I like it or not.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach. Smells funky with some bread. Starts citrusy and sour but finishes with wheat.

Photo of mothmanscott
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque, muddy straw producing 2+ fingers of effervescent, white, shortlived head that leaves no lace. Aroma is wheat, lactic acid sourness, green apple & lemon/lime with a hint of Brett mustiness. Taste is very lactic, thin wheat malt, some citrusy & green apple fruitiness, a little Brett & brine. Fruitiness & brine most prominent in the finish. Afrertaste is tart & salty. I'm not sure that this is brewed with salt as is the case with Gose but it certainly has a saline twang. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with medium carbonation, prickly, crisp, dry & puckering. If you liked Sweet Tarts candy as a child then you will most likely give this a solid 4-5.

Photo of JRed
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Transparent shiny golden with everlasting white head. Aroma of wheat, sour grapes, floral notes. Tastes of wheat, sourness, lemon zest, spritzy backyard fruit bucket. Light in body with high carbonation. Real nice, refreshing. Athletes could substitute this for Gatorade.

Photo of Agent1
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Review includes Hottenroth with woodruff, and without.

1) WITH WOODRUFF (traditional method):

Appearance - Bright, bright turquoise and neon with bubbly champagne head. Head has traces of neon blue. Like Scope. Very interesting. Quite active in the glass.

Smell - Faint lemon peel, bubble gum ice cream, straw, candy, floral and plant-like.

Taste - Sorbet, Christmas cake/ fruitcake, elderberries, pot-pourri, green jelly, cloves, flowers, mint, cane sugar, elements of a lambic yet less sour and more floral, herbal notes. Clean yeasty notes. Wheat with lemon peel and lime Kool-aid. The lactobacillus and brett really balances the sugar and helps pulls all the syrup notes together.

Mouthfeel - Strong carbonation which works great with this beer. Clean and quick finish. Very nice.

Overall - This is where cocktails meet lambic/ sours. Incredibly unique. This may be the ultimate seasonal wheat beer when wanting to mix things up! I imagine drinking this at Christmas or on a hot summer day and having it blow my mind. There is no other style of beer that tastes anything like this when done the traditional way. Very earthy, floral and tart. Easily one of the most unique beers I've had in years.


2) WITHOUT WOODRUFF (non-traditional):

Appearance - Yellow/ golden with a slightly cloudy appearance. Bright, white head. Quite active in the glass.

Smell - Tart and dry. Lemon/ lemon peel, hay, straw, wheat, Significantly less sweetness (as expected, due to no syrup). Much more sour on the nose.

Taste - Wheat, hay, subtle pineapple, lemon, faint cloves and/or coriander. Strong acidity. Much dryer and tart without woodruff. It may go without saying, but this is significantly less complex on its own.

Mouthfeel - Dry and sour. Very similar to a lambic. Like biting into a lemon. Great feel.

Overall - Do yourself a favor and find some woodruff. Syrup is a must with this style of beer.

Photo of JonCaytion
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Almost over the top citric taste, I was not wild about

Photo of antott0523
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque golden yellow with no head, no lace. The carbonation is present, but barely visible.

S: Presence of wheat, lemon rind, white grape must, fresh sourdough.

T: Sour does = yum, and this beer is yummy. Not too sour, the flavor reminds me of sparkling water with a twist of lemon. The finish leaves lingering flavors of wheat, biscuits, and crackers on the palate.

M: Highly carbonated with semi-dry body.

D: It's a cool, fall October day, so perhaps this style is out of season. My plans consist of watching a 2 hour Freddie Mercury documentary with my pregnant wife, so a 750mL bottle at only 3% is the perfect match. Enough beer to last the movie, and no unwanted buzz. To sweeten it up a bit I am adding 1oz per pour of framboise liqueur. The beer is a nice representation of the style, but the extra sweetness (as suggested by the bottle) really elevates the beer to another level. This could be a go to for the style, especially at $10 a bottle.

Photo of shleepy
4/5  rDev -1%

A light and highly enjoyable sour beer. Less corny and more complex than some of the others out there.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

A- Fizzy white head, huge bubbly carbonation and a hazy golden body. 4

S- Tart, wheaty, kind of berry-like, and there seems to be a bit of saltiness. 4.10

T- Tart with a slight-honey sweetness, and wheat and a nutty quality. There's a slight fruitiness there too. 4

M- Tart, light, and smooth, it's mildly creamy and easy-drinking. 4.1

This is a great rendition. Well done beer from the Bruery. 4.1

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

From memory while at Max's. She poured a hazy shade of blonde, nice white head. Smells of citric and wheat. The taste was first sour with a citric tartness. Followed through with some funk. A bit too meaty on the finish with a mineral water accent. Refreshing light body and tight carbonation.

Overall: Very decent and balanced brew. I could crush a pint and carry on my day. I couldn't do pint after pint though. The funk could get too much. This brew is worthy.

Photo of Roser
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

A- big foamy bubbly head that lasted a little bit with minimal lacing (almost none). Cloudy golden yellow hue.

S- pungent, barnyard, funky (in a not bad way). The lactobacillus and brett are uber present. Sour's not a smell but the aroma hints at a good bit of tartness to come.

T- more tangy than tart. Yeasty but not biscuity. Sour fruits (green apples, lemons). Like unsweetened lemonade.

M- light, clean, crisp.

O- interesting. Haven't had enough of this style so reluctant to weigh in heavily. Overall, enjoyed the experience and look forward to trying more Berlinerweiss. Would only recommend to a true enthusiast, or maybe someone who thinks he/she "doesn't like beer."

Cheers!

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious, well-balanced Berliner Weisse that should appeal to everyone. I could imagine how the fruit variants would be even better. The lemony tartness of this beer allows it to pair well with sushi.

Poured from a 750ml into two glasses. Initial pours were orange and transparent with a slight frothy head. Last pour was cloudy, opaque yellow.

Dry, lemony sour flavors with a milky sweet quality. This beer could benefit from some more fruitiness, either in the nose or on the tongue. Nose is nice and sour, with a hint of condensed milk sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.12/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow color. The head is around two fingers high and white in shade. Given its bubbly texture and rampant carbonation, retention is quite poor.

S: Lots of lactic stink here. It's very funky, almost cheesy, in fact. Yep, this is a stank-ass cheese beer. There are also some notes of apple, white grape, black pepper, and wheat bread. I'm not getting a significant (or any, actually) tartness, either. Its fairly interesting nose, and I'd even call it good (mainly considering I don't like the style).

T: At first, there are some strong lactic notes, building up to a decently tart finish. It's no gueuze, but it's hardly a wimp, either. Some fruity notes (apple and grape, mostly) float around in the middle. While the general profile doesn't completely appeal to me, it's devoid of the off-notes some Berliners can feature.

M: No getting around it: it's very friggen' light on the tongue. Plus, it's fizzy and dry-finishing. The only thing that really slows down drinkability is the sour linger on the palate. This will be the easiest 750 I've killed in a long time.

O: I don't really like the style too much, so my scores are going to be skewed negatively. Having said that, it's pretty decent. Too expensive for what it is, but decent. Well worth another try, as long as I'm not paying. ;)

3.1/5: This will likely never be my favorite style, but this is fine (albeit overpriced) for what it is

Photo of Badger6
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Really hazy, straw yellow body; huge white head that receded quickly..no lace, no surprise.

S: Yeasty and bready, lactic tartness was pronounced; light hints of citrus, banana, and other fruitiness.

T: Mouth puckering tartness right in the front. Sour apple, yeasty notes and breadiness are all apparent. Some citrus, berry fruit and banana in the background. Finish is acidic and dry.

M: Light, and highly carbonation.

O: Refreshingly easy to drink. Seems simple in description, but so complex on the palate. Low ABV...you won't get bombed on this, this is a beer to drink simply to enjoy a great beer. Recommended.

Photo of gcamparone
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

Appearance - pours a super hazy, sunny yellow body with a decent sized white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave no lacing.

Markell - quite yeasty, bready upfront, tart citrusy, honey, banana, light fruit on the follow through.

Taste - big green apple, tart lemon-lime, raw yeast, bread, berries, banana. Follow through is acidic and dry, lemony.

Mouthfeel- high carbonation, light body. Refreshing

What a nice, easy, complex beer. Nice flavor nice price, easily drinkable. Recommended.

Photo of QuentinCall
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hottenroth feels like The Bruery going hard on some William Eggleston grind -- full spectrum of emotional color here. Nestled amongst the many hued sunsets and supermarket promontories and pre-war lamps tossing their many hued lights there is something pristine/sinister that feels utterly appropriate and inextricable from the total composition. A real glassfull of considerate juxtaposition and moral play.

Photo of Fcolle2
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy light golden yellow in color

Smell has boys of lemon, sweet tarts, and some light grainy aromas.

Taste is moderately tart with nice candy like sweetness and a lemony tartness to balance.

Light bodied and sticky from the sour.

Overall very well balanced and drinkable. Perfect amount of sweetness and tartness

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, cracked before the BBQ festivities start up for our nation's birthday.

This beer pours a rather hazy, pale golden straw colour, with a fistful of puffy, frothy, and tightly foamy eggshell white head, which leaves pretty much nil in terms of lacing.

It smells of sharp, tart white wine, the derived vinegar, a musty funk, sour lemon, edgy wheat grain, and a mild earthy grassiness. The taste is actually a fair bit less tart, but still replete with lemon zest, white wine vinegar, crab-apple, gritty and grainy wheat malt, a soft barnyard funk, wet grass, and an earthy yeastiness.

The carbonation is quite robust, in a mouth-filling frothy sort of manner, the body medium-light in weight, and generally a bit too tart to be deemed particularly smooth, yet an airy creaminess arises over time. It finishes dry, dry, dry, the fruit, yeast, and wheat all colluding and conspiring as such.

Well-rounded in its tart and funky base parameters, and overall, a decently drinkable, and even refreshing at times version of the style - I've not had many chances to try the real deal, so take that with a grain of salt (sounds like something that's actually in this beer). I suppose I should try mixing this as is typically suggested, but for some reason I'm all out of woodruff.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy deep straw color with a white fizzy head. The aroma is sour and fruity, even had a ketchup like smell. In the taste, lactic tartness sour lemon, cooked veggie and stale wheat bread. The tart, refreshing nature of this beer is quite remarkable, as well as the amount of flavor in a 3.1% ABV beer. Medium bodied ale with a high level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good example of Berliner Weisse, not the cleanest, but has unique character. Worth sharing and a good choice for those fond of sour ale.

Photo of siege06nd
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint...

A. Pours a straw gold, the light casting a distinct haze through the beer. Three fingers of fabulous white head recede disappointingly fast to the faintest trace of carbonation. Bubbles steadily pop up from the bottom of the glass and to the top. Lacing is practically non-existent.

S. Lemon zest, barnyard funk, cracked wheat, mild herbal hops, white vinegar.

T. Follows the nose closely, with big doses of lemon and strawberry juice, plenty of funkiness, and a huge kiss of sour pucker. Faint grassy notes from mild hopping and an almost creamy lacto sweetness. The sourness is pretty intense here for the mid, but the finish tones it way down and fades to a sweet, crackery, mildly dry and doughy resolution.

M. Highly carved and very sour through the mid. Fairly sweet on the palate, though the sour blisters the tongue just a touch. This is offset ever so slightly by lacto notes which add creaminess and balance.

O. An outstanding Berliner, one of the best I have had. It certainly leans towards the "sour" side of the style, with emphasis taken away from the biscuity, wheat qualities traditionally found in these beers. Wheat notes are there, but the early mid through the finish is one big puckery kiss of lemon, strawberry, and even some tart cherry. Fairly complex flavor profile for the style. Still, some traditionalists won't enjoy the acidity in play here. Nevertheless, I dig this beer quite a bit. Packing an inordinate amount of flavor, pucker, and complexity into a tight little sub-4% ABV package, The Bruery's Hottenroth is a welcome addition to my summer lineup.

Photo of scotorum
2.52/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 750ml. bottle into an Erdinger Weisebier glass

a: Clear urine gold with an enormous white head which receded quickly to almost nothing, no lacing.

s: Pungent ripe or overripe fruit.

t: Very sour overripe fruit. Bitter finish.

m: Light plus.

o: Might have been a bad bottle, but the label does say it is a "Berlin Style Tart Wheat Ale." And tart it is, to the point of making your mouth pucker and your eyes close and your face wince. The label also says "Sour=Yum." Not here. An $8 drain pour for me.

Photo of Celtics17
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Slight vinegary aroma, which is slightly in the taste and mouthfeel. No lacing.Body light yellow, hazy.
Flavor is very tart and lemony, very much a mouth puckering sour, but light with no alcohol, no hops, no malt. Which isn't bad at all.

This a very tart, refreshing Berliner Weise. Some earthy notes, and tastes on this beer.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into imperial pint
Slight vinegary aroma
Head average (4 cm), white, fizzy, quickly diminishing to nothing
No lacing
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor is very tart and lemony, nearly pucker-able, but light with no alcohol, no hops, no malt, and no diacetyl
Palate is light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

This a very tart, refreshing Berliner Weise. The rapidly diminishing head and lack of lacing are the only detrimental aspects for me.

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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,461 ratings.