Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery
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Reviews by AKBelgianBeast:
3.75/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for tossing one of these my way and the fantastic ongoing trades.
Pours a light yellow with slight haze and a stark white head that has poor retention and leaves next to no lacing.
Nose smells close, a little weak. Some slight lactic notes, and an odd vegetal presence as well.
Hmmm, much better than the nose indicated. The tartness is actually fairly large for a berliner, nothing even close to approaching lamic status, but still, slightly high for the style. That hits first with a little bit of wheat flavor. Kind of a dirty almost cooked corn wheat flavor. Dry on the finish with the tartness peaking. Lacto notes and some of that vegetal wheat linger in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is ok, should have slightly higher carbonation stylewise, but its alright. Love the dryness, and the viscosity is about right.
Drinkability is pretty solid, but this is just a touch more tart than it should be, so that slightly hampers it for those that aren't sourheads. Other than that, the abv is accurate to tradition and makes this one pretty consumable.
Overall, this is a decent berliner wiesse. A few adjustments could make it much better, but as it sits it is good to see this style emerging more on the US made front. An ok representation of the style, and one i would maybe buy again. A nice beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-23-2009 04:47:30 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 02:10:15 | More by biboergosum
Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 1,094 ratings.