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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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Reviews: 418
Hads: 1,505
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 186
Gots: 181 | FT: 13
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Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.10% ABV

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2008

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Reviews: 418 | Hads: 1,505
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.83/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (1,303 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
2.96/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

109th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
750ML bottle

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. (549 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (971 characters)

Photo of KeefD
2.99/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (618 characters)

Photo of SiphonKing
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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. (354 characters)

Photo of brother_rebus
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Great crisp light blond look. Not fizzy after the initial pour. Terrible smell; hyper-saturated grainy wet moldy fart smell. Tastes like a bag of stale cornstarch drenched in picklejuice. Gross. A mistake. (206 characters)

Photo of scoots511
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Note: The comments below are from beer tasting notes written in early 2009. I will update this with my next tasting.

Highly carbonated

Slight sour fruit and citric taste

Berliner Weisse production notes: Mashed hops (into grain, hops not boiled) will impede the pedicocci and lactobacillus which imparts flavors to this sour wheat beer (50% wheat). Popular in the 19th century, Napoleon liked it. Germans cut it with syrup, raspberry. (437 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.12/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle

A- Pours a very pale and slightly hazed straw yellow color with a fizzy white head caused by the high amount of carbonation.

S- The aroma is tart, making my mouth water and tingle with every smell from the tartness. There is hints of lemon and yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma suggests is very tart and mouth-puckering for me. Behind the tartness, I can pick up on hints of lemon and some yeast as well.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this style overall. However, I can appreciate that this is a good representation of the style. Worth a try. (633 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.12/5  rDev -22.4%
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 (1,452 characters)

Photo of zrab11
3.16/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a golden straw Color with thin head

S-Has a lemon smell to it not much else.

T-Mostly tastes of lemon with a little hint of spice in it

M-Light bodied with good carbonation

D-Didn't really do it for me.. Might just be how this style is. But this mostly tasted like water with lemon juice squeezed into it. Easy to drink but not really much flavor or a very desireable flavor at that. will try others of the same style but prob. wont get this one again (464 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.22/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: a dark orangish yellow. very bubbly with some ivory colored foam created but none sticks around. very hazy and opaque. not a very appetizing look

Smell: sour, lemon, and a grassiness

Taste: opens up with slightly mouth puckering lemon. some wheaty and grassy characteristics but those are muted by the lemon. strong acidity.

Mouthfeel: very effervescent, medium strength sour and slightly heavy for only 3%. not as refreshing as i'd like and very acidic

Overall: I love the idea of this beer, a 3% refreshing sour beer for the summer. but the execution falls short for me. It doesn't look very good, the smell comes off too grassy, and its overly acidic (670 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a beer flute at The Bruery's tasting room in Placentia, California. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of average cream, thickness, and retention. Colour is a cloudy copper-gold. Semitransparent.

Sm: Bretts and off notes (like baby food and carbonation). A moderate strength aroma.

T: Very structurally brief. Sweet peachy syrup is present, with wheat and lactic notes on the finish. Balanced but muted and restrained. Simple and a bit boring. Lightly sour on the finish, which I like.

Mf: Smooth. Wet. Moderately complementary of the flavours.

Dr: Highly drinkable, but boring and of limited quality. I wouldn't have it again, but with work it could be a good example of the style done right.

B- (744 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hottenroth, related to David Lee Roth? Pours a slightly hazy lemony yellow hue with no much on head retention and lacing. Ok for style though.

The nose is subtle overall. Some light grainy and wheaty notes but very limited on the sourness. Some lemon and a light yeast note that is closer on the Belgian style than Berliner Weisse. Some pepper notes and a light DMS character but not over bearing.

The taste is closer but still misses the mark for style. The sourness is present but limited. The malt comes out with more noticeable wheaty and pilsner flavor. Some lemon juice notes that leaves a slight citrus finish in the aftertaste. Some minor funk and barnyard notes but subtle.

The body is light but has some lingering sweetness. Overall Berliner Weisses are tough. Not bad, just missing some more sour/lactic quality. (826 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cat piss and cider. And I am quite familiar with the style and its production, and this is not quite right. It's not horrible (well, unless you think all Berliner-style weisse is horrible...), but it should be better, somehow cleaner, and definitely less cidery. Oddly, it's an incredibly easy beer to make. And this is a little known fact, but because of that, it was actually quite common in the U.S. at one point. I digress, you are kind of at the mercy of the 'unknown' in its production, but you do have some control, and you do have taste buds... it's also an easy beer to blend if something goes astray! I've never had another beer from The Bruery so I can't judge it against anything else they've done. Hopefully what I had was just a bad batch. Oh, I should mention though, that it was well-received by the rest of my party. (833 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells mildly sour and malty for the style. Scents of lemon and grain. Little bit of sweet tart scent.

Starts out mildly sour with a upfront lemon flavor. Mildly sour. No hops at all. Mostly this is just light and sour.

Mouthfeel is pretty good.

Over all, decent Berliner Weiss. (349 characters)

Photo of callmescraps
3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Palms, was intrigued.

Appearance - A couldy light gold. A ton of haze. Very light. Nice rocky head. Almost lemonade looking.

Smell - Ok, so NeroFiddled called it "cat piss". Um, I definitely see where it's coming from. Some tart lemon, but then this musty stinkiness that was very off-putting. Not good and funky, but more like a couch that an alley tom cat had used to mark its' territory.

Taste - Surprisingly better. Very tart. Quite tart. Some citrus and lemon. A hint of funkiness, but that weird mustiness disappeared. Nice and light, but so thin and tart that it's a little tough.

Mouthfeel - On the lighter side, but some nice carbonation.

Drinkability - The tartness and lightness might be great on a hot day, but it's almost so tart that you don't want too much more.

This is a strange style, and I get that. However the smell was simply bad. It reeked. The flavor was much better and pretty nice. I'd like to try some more examples of this style, but I just didn't think it was a great beer, frankly. (1,033 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Very nice looking beer - pours a transparent light golden color with active carbonation throughout. Two fingers of fluffy head forms. Retention is very good.

S: Lemon tartness upfront with a good dose of wheat. A bit of stone fruit as well. Very clean smell.

T: Lemon tartness balanced by a good dose of wheat and a bit of fruity sweetness. I get a bit of and off flavor in the aftertaste - Almost a mustiness, maybe a bit of wet cardboard.

M: A tad thick for the style, with appropriate carbonation.

O: The aroma on this was great, but I had a hard time getting over the off flavor described. It's not bad, but not one of the better Berliner Weisses I've had. (699 characters)

Photo of jammapamma
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So after having 1809 this just feels a little weak to be honest. I get a lot of one dimensional lactic acid from this, that gets boring quickly. I don't get any of the lemon, citrus or anything like that, I was hoping for so much more from the Bruery.

The carbonation was a little light for the style, which is supposed to be highly carbonated around 4 volumes. This felt more like 2.5, similar to an American pale to me. (423 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Hazy, pale yellow that lights up like stained glass. 2 fingers fluffy white head that drops within a couple minutes. A few streams of bubbles, a few specks of sediment.

Smells of sour lemon, with a big yeast smell that's doughy & an egg/sulfur smell that's kind of a turn-off. I get it, but it's not exactly appetizing.

Mad tart! Lemon sour, wheat tartness with an aftertaste like raw bread dough and soft pretzel. Really subtle sweetness. Thankfully none of the sulfur found in the smell.

Very acidic, a little sharp, with a thickness in the aftertaste -- as in, it makes my saliva more thick & viscous.

Not super complex, kind of relies on 2 notes, but interesting nonetheless. Good but challenging, one's enough for an evening. (763 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, IL
Date: 2012 summer
Glass: Tulip

This is a very pleasant beer, fairly pale in color, aroma, and flavor, and could be seen as a good, refreshing, summertime beverage. By pleasant, I mean mostly non-offensive, complicated, or expressively bold: if you were seeking out a malt beverage that was vaguely sour and soda-like, then the Bruery's Hottenroth Berlinerweisse would be your target. Slightly disappointing, given the brewery's reputation for sour styles, this is an easy-drinking Berlinerweisse that could be a gateway sour. Otherwise of interest for aficionados of the style, and then probably only once.

Pours a 4cm tall head of clean, white bubbles that are small in size. Retention is less than a minute, the head fizzing away fairly rapidly, leaving a total absence of foam upon the body of the beer or the sides of the glass. As such, lacing is nonexistent and one is left looking solely at the beer's body once the head has burned through itself. The body is a transparent, pale yellow color, with light making the beer almost appear as clear as water. Carbonation is visible, the streams sparse, but somewhat vigorous in floating to the surface.

Aroma is dry, slightly sweet, a touch grainy, and with a modest hint of underlying soured mash tartness and Lactobacillus presence, like a lightly grainy Champagne with a touch of tart yogurt. Not bad, just a bit underwhelming.

Taste is not particularly sour, more of just a light tartness with additional flavors of unripe apple and wheat malt. Front of palate is primarily sweet, slightly grainy, with very light lemon flavor, but almost no tartness. Mid-palate is lightly sweet with the slightly bready wheat base malt being noticeable, also a touch sour, with faint lemon and yogurt-like flavors. Back of palate is slightly more tart, with light lemon and diluted plain yogurt being the most common associations, along with a light sweetness from the wheat malt and some brighter, sour apple-like esters. Aftertaste is of light yogurt-like tartness, sour apple-like esters, and some slightly bready wheat malt.

Beer is light in body, with carbonation levels of high intensity, resulting in a beer that's fizzy at first, then gradually becoming foamy and smooth on the palate; rather soda or Champagne-like. Closes quite dry, with little residual stickiness on the palate. (2,354 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this at the Cigar City/ Bruery Takeover! at Redlight Redlight in Orlando.

A-very pale cloudy yellow with a thin white head

S-smells like aged corn, wheat, and some sour green apple. medium strength

T-comes in with a mouth puckering taste of corn and wheat. possibly a hint of green apple. the sourness lasts quite awhile, even in to the after-taste. there's a corn taste that also lasted awhile. its a unique brew but I'm not thinking this is a completely worthy one that i'll be buying again. definitely is a treat for the end of a night.

M-medium to high carbonation with a crisp finish

D-its definitely an easy drinker, but the taste isn't exactly something i want a whole lot of.the corn flavor isn't very desirable to me. (735 characters)

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at whole foods. Pours a murky pale yellow, almost looks like grapefruit juice. Smells of funk and a little citrus, maybe lemon. Taste follows, tart and citrus, again hint of lemon. Nice feel, easy to drink. (214 characters)

Photo of brdc
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks portia99 for this one.
Large corked bottle poured into a tulip.

Slightly hazy, very very light yellow, noce bubbly white head. Decent retention and lacing.
Aroma is slightly tart and citric, but not a lot beyond that.
Very very light on the palate, with a pleasant but fairly non descript taste. It is tart, and acidic, with fruity notes, but all a bit too light. Perhaps on a very hot day it would taste better. It is certainly not bad, but not really good either. New Glarus makes a significantly better version. (522 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, with bottled on date 03/25/2013 printed on the side. My second beer from The Bruery, acquired at the local beer store for $8.99 plus tax. Expectations are high considering this beer's current ratings.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour yields three fingers of quickly dissolving fizzing white bubbly head on top of a pale murky straw yellow colored body. Head audibly dissolves away into nothingness faster than the head on a soda pop. No lacing. Not great looking, in all honesty. The final pour a good hour later, reveals tons of sediment twirling, floating, and sinking in the glass.

S - Smell is of fruity tartness, lactic acid / bacterial funkiness, yeast, wheat grains, and vinegar. A more pleasant grainy aroma begins to creep out as the beer warms and opens up.

T - Taste is quite strange also: this is nothing like what I was expecting. I'm not very experienced with this style of beer, so the tart, sour nature of this beer is surprising to me. If I didn't know it was supposed to taste like this, I'd think I had bought an infected bottle. Bretty, yeasty, grainy, and tart fruitiness in the vain of lemons & sour green apples. Bacterial funkiness on the finish, not unlike a Kombucha drink.

M - Feel is tart, tingly, sour, and dry. Ideal carbonation.

Overall, a very strange different beer compared to what I'm used to. It definitely took a little bit for the flavors to come together, and for the beer to finally grow on me. Still, it is nothing like what I was expecting. Not a beer I would want to be out pounding, but it would probably pair well with some BBQ, despite the food pairings listed on BeerAdvocate. I would be interested to see what this would be like mixed with some raspberry or woodruff syrup like the bottle suggests doing. I was a fan of the lambics that I've tried, and was expecting similar results here, but I guess this style will take some easing into, for me. Still, I'm glad to have tried it, but I guess I need to further acquire a taste for this style.

The Bruery Hottenroth Berliner Weisse ---3.5/5 (2,085 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy white with a tint of yellow, a small white head that dissipates quickly, and a little lacing.

smell is of wheat, yeast, and lemon notes.

taste is sour, citrus, and wheat, ends sour and dry.

"mit schuss" raspberry syrup, becomes sweet and sour, and not as dry of a finish. (289 characters)

Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.