Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery
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Reviews by Cavery:
4/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml shared with Klym in a lovely afternoon, poured into Stone Nonics.
Sample was had without any added syrups (Haha, maybe next time)
A: Very light peachy pear flesh body with a humble 1/2 finger head. Rapidly bursting bubbles die a violent champagne yeast-like death as they fight for air at the top. The resemblance to fizzy champagne is undeniable.
S: Sweet yellow wheats and mellow hays. A nice subtle sweetness that is indicative of a very refreshing brew. Light notes of subdued baking apples, soft pears, and a little bit of kiwi. Naturally sweet like fruit, but not overly in your face. Quite nice indeed!
T: Fizzy wheatiness attacks you with a sweetness that rapidly rolls into tartness. The tartness takes over and reminds me a lot of unsweetened green apple sauce. A very soft flavored note that I will say is lychee like in intensity. Soft flavors that are rushed passed the palate due to the lightning speed of the tartness. The character of tartness in the flavor really takes this to realms of unsweetened boiled pears.
M: Very fizzy, but not on the same level as champagne. This comes off like a light-bodied champagne with different sized bubbles taking their roles at different times. Up front you get medium sized bubble fizz that rapidly dissipates, but small lively bubbles become apparent as you swallow. This helps make this brew be very refreshing.
O: A nice brew, very refreshing. It comes off a bit mellow on the palate, but maybe that's why the style invites the addition of syrups. I was more than happy to enjoy it plain, and I got a real sense of the subtly lager/champagne fusion. Enjoyment of this brew is highly contextual. For me in a warm climate I can see this being a very enticing alternative to a great many Ales. I'd grab a bottle or two for a non-beer-drinker get together, and enjoy my craft beer without sticking out like a sore thumb. Points for refreshing, points for craft, but I'm not sure how true this is to the style. I'm very curious to try more in style now. Good beer for what it is, but if you aren't in a warm climate, this might come off a bit strange.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2011 19:24:15 | More by Cavery
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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 1,097 ratings.