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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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1,289 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,289
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 187
Gots: 135 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2008)
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Reviews by seaoflament:
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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this one. Bought a bottle the other day at SouthBayDrugs. This is from the "tweaked" recipe, 2nd year of course since it wasn't bottled the first year. If I recall correctly the recipe was tweaked by adding some pedio to increase the sourness.

Used my Bruery tulip for this one. Pours a very pale straw yellow with fizzy bubbles racing to the top and forming almost two inches of egg-shell white colored foam on top. The head lasts a few moments but disappears almost completely but understandable for the style in the lack of hops, low protein amount, and high acidity level. I thought it would be a little more effervescent though. Still, solid looking Berliner.

There's a musty wheat aroma at first with some fruity chardonnay notes. Hints of graininess, wheat, and a sour apple note in the background that gets caught up in the back of my throat. Nice light and lively fruity aromas, mostly sour apples and pears with a bit of orange. Increasingly sharp lactic aroma but it smells clean and somewhat kept in control. At times there appears to be a slight buttery note near the back.

Big wheat and grain flavor with more of that "mustiness" coming through. Notes of apples and pears in the finish with hints of vanilla. The second sip seems a little less shocking to the palate with a mineral/club soda flavor and a bit of lime too. Some straw-like flavor later on and the finish seems to get drier too. I'm not sure, there seems to me like something is missing in this one. A touch of a cider flavor near the finish. I don't know, sometimes in the aftertaste I get an almost buttery flavor, like if it's oak aged or something.

Moderate and lively carbonation making it very refreshing and thirst quenching. Light on the tongue and a nice tart dryness in the end. Nice summer drink, glad this style is brewed somewhat locally and available in bottles.

seaoflament, Oct 27, 2009
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Photo of tectactoe
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cocoapuph for sending me a few of these, as well as a few other Berliners! Hottenroth comes out looking pale like Kristin Stewart; pale-straw with light, yellow tints at the edges. The beer cloudy as hell - so cloudy, in fact, that it's 100% opaque... Strange to see for such a light-hued brew. The white head fizzles down quickly, but surprisingly lasts as a two millimeter thick skin for quite a while.

Very soft aroma with quite a bit of stuff going on for such a light brew; lemon zest, dry fabric, light barnyard funk, earth and dirt, weedy hops, grass, and a mild, zesty tartness that rushes through the entire profile. Smells quite nice for a Berliner. I would like to appreciate a bit more tart fruit, but the heavily hopped aspect is certainly a nice change of pace.

Hottenroth is lightly hoppy and grassy up front; once again, a different take than many Berliners, given the higher-than-normal hop presence, but it's somewhat compelling and pretty damn tasty. A dry, mustiness floats over everything as a light tartness slowly rambles in about midway through; lemon zest, fresh apples and apple skins, and a big grainy and wheat presence in the background.

The Brett is noticeable at first and only gets more powerful with time; wet wood, mild horseblanket, and a damp, cork and cellar-like funk that plays well, hand-in-hand with the lemon tartness. Lightly acidic towards the end, but it doesn't even come close to something that would burn your stomach. Dry, zesty, crisp finish; light-bodied and highly carbonated.

Very, very nice Berliner. Super refreshing and insanely drinkable, but I guess that's pretty expected for the style. A little different than many Berliners in terms of the higher hoppage, but it's not enough to inject unwanted bitterness or distract from the nice, zesty fruits and soft wheat flavors. Very well executed, thanks again to cocoapuph for this. I might be asking him for more pretty soon!

tectactoe, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A pale yellow beer with very good clarity. There head is made of thick dense white white foam but dissipates after a minute.

S: A tart, acidic nose with a moderate fruit component of light colored fruit mostly of an apple peel like character and peach. A medium barnyard Brett funk.

T: A medium juicy tartness with light fruit component. There is very little perceived hops bitterness, no flavor hops of note and almost no malt sweetness. The balance is moderately tart. The finish is very dry.

M: A light bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation.

O: A light, crisp, low-alcohol beer with a refreshing sourness. It's not a complex beer but they style is geared for that.

MadScientist, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of CavemanRamblin
4/5  rDev -1.2%

CavemanRamblin, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pear juice colored yellow cloud with a short-lived head that's eventually non-existant.

S- Lemony, toasty wet hay, wheaty and lactic, and a touch wild.

The taste has a bracing sourness up front when it's cold, but subsides and smoothes out as it warms. It's crisp and lemony, not very complex, but it doesn't need to be. This is an after work, hot day, slammer. And it does a great job of that.

brownbeer, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of weatherdog
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was split 3 ways from 75cl bottle

It pours a very cloudy very pale straw, one of the lightest colored beers I've seen. A brilliant white head sits above it.

The smell has a ton of lactic sourness. Tart fruit notes like peaches and white grapes are the other dominating aromas. It is really pleasant and so refreshing and tart.

The taste is much like the smell. A huge wave of mouth puckering tart and sourness is the first thing that hit me. Then a ton of white grape and green apple hits me, reminiscent of a Riesling wine that has gone sour.

The body is very light with such a high carbonation which makes this the ultimate summer refreshment. I don't have a huge familiarity with this style but this one hits all the notes for me.

weatherdog, Apr 28, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Kjanisch7, Jul 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

warnerry, Jul 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Afroman, Jul 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Callmecoon, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

dgfool, Sep 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

mverity, Oct 21, 2013
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4.81/5  rDev +18.8%

Doomcifer, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of merlin48
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml pours a crystal clear pale yellow body with a two finger snowwhite head. Seond pour reveals significant haze. Spotty lacing.

Aroma is freshly squeezed lemons with a minor note of wheat malt.

Dry and tart on the palate with an aggressive, but pleasant carbonation.

Taste is fresh lemons with an edge of sour green apples. Light and airy. Just a hint of wheat malt twang. A faint note of must in the finish.

I could drink this all day. Hard to imagine a more drinkable beer. Very well done. I'm going to have to find some woodruff syrup the next time I try this style.

merlin48, Jun 19, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

mctizzz, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of tigg924
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy, pale yellow in color, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: lemon, funk, and sugar

Taste: lemon, sour candy, and sugar

Mouthfeel: sour and sweet, high carbonation, light body

Drinkability: Very good for the style and my favorite from the Bruery. I could sip on this all day. Not a starter sour, but more of a medium one. Wish I could find this more easily.

tigg924, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of Hoops4life511
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into Chimay chalice. 2011 vintage.

Appearance - Pours a pale lemon yellow, hazy with an effervescent white head. Head quickly falls to a patchy white cap and then disappears all together.

Smell - Light on smell but what smell is there is fresh. Lemony fresh and grainy wheat. Light and pleasant, perfect for a hot day.

Taste/Mouth - Taste is on line with the smell, light but clean and fresh. Tart up front with a ton of effervescent bubbles on the tongue. Finish leaves you with an ever so slight musty hay flavor. Slightly acidic and fruity keeps things interesting. Refreshing and thin bodied, perfect for these 90 degree days.

Overall - Don't look for this one to blow you away with appearance, smell or taste, but it is fantastic to the style. Perfect thing for a hot day especially with the 3.1% ABV, you can drink these all day if you can afford it. Will definitely buy some more and share them with the non craft crowd, see if I can sway a few.

Hoops4life511, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kaiser81 for sending me this bottle as an extra.

This is my first Berlinner Weiss and I was very impressed.

Pours yellow straw color with a white head. The aroma is very tart with some citrus. The flavor is sour wheat, lemon, other citrus and some spices. Very drinkable and a light bodied beer. For 3.1 percent, this beer has a ton of flavor.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Skye1024, Apr 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

alienlifeforcecube, Jul 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

GarrettB714, Nov 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

mrw1zard, May 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

xdefeatsy, Sep 15, 2013
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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
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