Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery
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2.5/5 rDev -38.3%
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.
05-14-2014 01:08:30 | More by scotorum
2.65/5 rDev -34.6%
Reviewing the Hottenroth from The Bruery out of Placentia, California.
2013 vintage bottle served in an upland snifter and enjoyed on 05/07/13. Review is from iPhone notes
Appearance: Pours a murky dull peach color with a finger of white head. Good lacing and retention. Has a light and delicate appearance. 4/5
Smell: Tons of cereal grain, wheat, a little sweet citrus and apples. 3/5
Taste: Has an offensively flat cereal grain flavor upfront with a very faint tartness on the back end. A little buttery too. Wheaty finish. Has a better citrus tartness if you swish the beer rather than let it sit on the palate, but its very grain heavy when it sits on tongue and the wheat lingers. 2/5
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, low carbonation. Dry finish with a little prickliness. 3.5/5
Overall: I have not had very many berliner weiss, but this is the most "grainy" one that I have sampled to date. Not a fan.
Cost: $7.99 for a 750 ml bottle.
07-06-2013 01:00:13 | More by jegross2
2.65/5 rDev -34.6%
Shared with Hophead101 on 12/29/09
A - pours a golden white with an inch of white foam that quickly dissipated to a layer of fine bubbles
S - pretty standard, tart green apples, wheat
T - watered down tart apple flavor, tart up front but you are quickly reminded how watered down the taste is
M/D - good carbonation, flavor starts out great, but quickly falls off, we were reminded of a tart coors light.
Tried again on 6/6/2011
I'm a fan of berliner weisse beers, just not this one. I was really hoping it was just me. This beer just seems to be lacking in content to me.
07-07-2010 20:09:01 | More by mikereaser
2.68/5 rDev -33.8%
I just didn't dig this one. The pour wasn't too bad. Light, hazy straw colored. Decent, loose frothy head on the pour, pearly white. Not a ton of retention but decent lacing. The smell was very interesting. Unconventional but interesting. Plenty of toasted wheat and some odd spices. Yeasty but not overly estery. Some tartness, but again, odd. The taste was full of the toasted wheat but with some unidentifiable off flavors, or what I feel were off. This was washed away but a lemon water or watered down lemonade type flavor. Some tart fruits before the lemon water but very light in both fruit and tartness. The mouthfeel was very watery and the carbonation couldn't help it. The low ABV would help the drinkability but the off flavors and watered down mouthfeel doesn't make me want to drink this.
10-08-2009 23:25:59 | More by pwoods
2.73/5 rDev -32.6%
Pours an extremely pale yellow, verging on colourless, very cloudy with a thick fine head of pure white foam. Lacing is very good, and the extreme, fine carbonation looks like tiny streams of pure effervescence. A very sophisticated and refined looking beer, and just exactly what you want in a Berliner Weisse.
Loads of funk and acidity on the nose, tart citrus rind, grapefruit, composting greenery and crushed vegetation. A hint of wet burlap sack, and a more organic yeast character are also noticeable. Not bad.
Taste is far different from expected. There's only an initial tart character on the front of the tongue, which disappears almost immediately, leaving a thin biscuity character, and an odd flavour of marzipan. The yeast funk is noticeable, and the finish is left quite phenolic and rank. Mouthfeel is extremely thin, which I guess is average for the style, but without much acidity, it just leaves exposed the very mediocre back palate.
Everything just fell away once I took a sip; this beer ends up thin, bare and empty. Maybe this is a Berliner Weisse which really requires syrup to give it any character (or rather, to cover the weak, but unpleasant characters it has). It was promising on the nose, and it looked the part, but it couldn't hold its end up when it counted. A shame.
11-29-2009 20:23:39 | More by lacqueredmouse
2.73/5 rDev -32.6%
Hazy yellow hoegaarden color.
Sweet apple, lemon. Citrus.
Sprite with alcohol basically. Lemon/lime. Nothing below the surface however, and the taste is generally lacking.
Great texture. Refreshing I suppose.
Meh! Not the best Bruery beer out there.
10-23-2011 20:57:07 | More by ptykozoon
2.73/5 rDev -32.6%
Picked up a bottle from Julio's a few weeks back. My friends bottle was pretty bad, but this one is slightly better.
A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear super light yellow with a fizzy one finger head that immediately fades to leave no lacing or anything.
S - Yeah, slightly better than my friends bottle, but this one still has a horrific burnt rubber aroma that overwhelms whatever light funk and citrus/wheat thats there.
T - None of that disgusting rubber on the taste. Starts and runs through all one note sourness that has some nice wheat flavours but ends with strong funk/burlap sack.
M - Hands down the best part of this beer. Higher carbonation on this one results in a nice prickly feeling on the tongue that makes it very drinkable.
O - Yeah, not sure what to make of this. The first time I tried it no one could get past one sip, this is slightly better but not by much. Incredibly disheartening.
06-30-2011 23:26:54 | More by rudzud
2.81/5 rDev -30.6%
Huge disappointment. Really expected more but was letdown. Pours like yellow fizzy swill from a can, no head whatsoever.
Smells of tartness and granny smith apples, maybe a hair of pilsner malt.
Taste is pretty straight, tart tang and some back end grains with a bit of granny smith.
Way to much carbonation, which was especially surprisingly considering I could get any head with my pour. So much so I swirled some of it out
Overall, a big let down. Would grab New Glarus or bells Berliner before this.
06-15-2013 04:04:38 | More by taylor714914
2.95/5 rDev -27.2%
109th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
App- A dark yellow with a large three finger head that was very fast dissolving. This was a lot darker than I thought it would be.
Smell- Tart & Yeasty with a somewhat mild earthiness.
Taste- I'm leaning towards saying they put sour liquid in a vat and called it beer and bottled it. This thing is tart and tangy, a bit much for me.
Mouth- Its a big flavor rush on this. Its crisp and clean and sweet.
Drink- I finished the bottle. If all sours are like this, then I don't think they are for me.
12-13-2010 05:30:18 | More by FosterJM
2.98/5 rDev -26.4%
Shipped back from my San Diego trip (bought at South Bay). Poured from a 750ml capped bottle into a tulip. No dating info. Was a hazy pale straw color with lots of carb from the etching. No lacing. It had a fizzy white head that quickly evaporated into nothing.
The description, style and other reviews had me believing I was going to get some tart and sour in the aroma and taste but not in this one. The aroma was very subtle. Some sour and lemon but very faded. Very disappointing. The taste matched the aroma. Very muted sour and lemon flavors and not much else. Extremely watery. Almost like an iced lemonade that had all the ice melt into it. Mouthfeel was watery.
Overall, a very disappointing beer that continues my hit or miss from the Bruery (2 great and 2 so-so). I love sour beers so had high hopes for this one but not much here besides lemon tinged water. Can't really recommend. Rotation: not avail here. One and done as I didn't find much flavor to it.
11-03-2009 01:51:49 | More by TexIndy
3/5 rDev -25.9%
Pours straw in color. Acidic aromas, tartness and puckery are the best descriptors here.
I was recommended this from my local retailer, and I am a fan of sour, acidic/tart beers including this style. It could use a splash of woodruff or raspberry syrup as tradition dictates. Decent beer, it's nice to see someone attempting this style at all in the U.S.
12-27-2009 21:19:01 | More by SiphonKing
3/5 rDev -25.9%
Pours the palest yellow I've ever seen in a beer, with a large white fluffy head that left little lacing. A lot of raw wheat in the aroma, grainy, husky, light sourness. Taste is more sour than the aroma lets on, light funk in there, grassy, lemony, with a lovely wheaty twang and a dry finish. Crisp body, easy to drink. Never becomes too sour. Really not digging the raw wheat aroma when I take a sip, as I it takes away from the good flavor, I try to hold me breath. Wish I had some raspberry syrup to pour in this thing. Not bad, but there's still no Berlinerweiss that can hold a candle to NG's Unplugged version.
02-03-2010 00:44:44 | More by KeefD
Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
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