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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,227
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 182
Gots: 131 | FT: 9
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of lordofstarside


3.93/5  rDev -3%

750 ml to a snifter, no bottle date

Pours a cloudy yellow/ light tan (5% trans) with a finger of while foam that died down pretty quick. Moderate carbonation stemming from the sides of the glass with some yeast settling on the bottom

Smell of tart vinegar, lemon grass and a touch of apple and citrus, wheat malts, a good amount of funk. Pretty simple, yet pretty good

Taste is upfront sour lemon, followed by a blast of funk and light wheat malt, and finishes with a nice sweet wheaty apple after taste

Feel is a moderate/strong sour with an incredibly light body. Finishes a bit wet, very clean and crisp

Overall impressed given the abv. Nice light sour, not a bad deal for $8. Very ideal session bier

09-29-2013 22:15:43 | More by lordofstarside
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

750ml bottle, cracked before the BBQ festivities start up for our nation's birthday.

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.

07-02-2014 02:10:15 | More by biboergosum
Photo of oline73


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

I had this at Max's, poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow with a finger of white head that fades rather quickly.

Smell: I'm picking up some sour apple/apple juice with tart lemon and a slight funk. You can tell this one is going to be nice and light.

Taste: Really light and tart with lemon and a slight funkiness. Light and very refreshing. I didn't really pick up the apple notes I found in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Light body with lots of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I wouldn't have minded a touch more tartness, but I still really enjoyed this beer. I don't know that I've had a better American Berliner.

04-12-2012 01:11:07 | More by oline73
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

Appearance - pours a super hazy, sunny yellow body with a decent sized white head that reduces fairly quickly to leave no lacing.

Markell - quite yeasty, bready upfront, tart citrusy, honey, banana, light fruit on the follow through.

Taste - big green apple, tart lemon-lime, raw yeast, bread, berries, banana. Follow through is acidic and dry, lemony.

Mouthfeel- high carbonation, light body. Refreshing

What a nice, easy, complex beer. Nice flavor nice price, easily drinkable. Recommended.

07-26-2014 03:24:14 | More by gcamparone
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

A: light golden colored, real nice appearance,nearly non-existent head. it leaves a very thin rim of bubbles around the edge and thats about it.
S: grassy, vibrant and clean. little mustiness surrounded by nice yellow and orange citrusy notes.
T: not quite so sour lemons, grass, little bit of orange. each individual flavor is a little restrained and nothing really takes the lead to me.
M: the mild sourness is pleasant, and i feel would make a good intro into the variety. its a little weak on the backend, almost watery, but the good carbonation level makes it nice almost all the way through.
D: extremely drinkable, its light and enjoyable. its kind of a mixed bag overall for me, but all in all im glad i tried it.

01-28-2011 03:55:31 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
Photo of AdamGarcia


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

Thanks to macmaster761

750ml poured into classic Duvel tulip. Comsumed w/o flavored syrup that might traditionally be used with a Berliner Weisse.

A: Very pale yellow similar to the color of the label. A little more than two weeks after Easter and the color of this beer reminds me of fluffy coat of a newly born chick. Nice white head leaves only a thin layer.

S: Tartness is very much present. Citrus zest. Some lactic sourness. Kind of reminds me of yellow sour patch kids.

T: First impression is that I expected it to be a bit more sour. Very enjoyable. Tart, but certainly not mouth-puckering. Reminiscent of Squirt or Fresca soda. Lightly sweetened lemonade, fresh lime and grapefruit, bitter orange. Dryish finish.

M: Carbonation is light and spritzy. Overall I feel the mouthfeel is a little thin.

D: Initially I wanted to gulp this down, but as I near the end of my first glass I can see the tartness getting to me just a bit. That said, at just 3.1 abv this is certainly sessionable if the tart qualities aren't a put off.

I have virtually no experience with this style, so keep that in mind when considering this review. I understand the basic tenents of the style, but have only had a few examples.

Overall I am really glad I got to try this. It has encouraged me to seek out other similar beers. I feel like this would be an excellent warm weather beer and would pair up wonderfully with light salads, fruit, and grilled chicken and seafood.

04-16-2010 06:08:36 | More by AdamGarcia
Photo of aubuc1


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

750 ml bottle poured in to a tulip pint glass.

Pours a very light, clear yellow with a thick white head.

Smell is a smooth sour with some hay.

Taste is a very light sour, sharp, and lemony.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but very drinkable for the style.

02-19-2010 00:20:49 | More by aubuc1
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased from Sam's in Durham.

A - A very light yellow with a small white head that fades quickly. It had great clarity on the first pour but a slight haze on the second despite my leaving the last ounce or two in the bottle.

S - Funky, floral and fruity with some honey and pears.

T - Starts very sour and tart but then ends abruptly and goes dry. I would have liked it to linger more. There was more of a yeast flavor on the second pour.

M - Thin with a moderate carbonation.

D - I love sour beers but I'm new to the Berliner Weiss. While I prefer Belgian sours more, this was very flavorful and enjoyable.

01-26-2010 01:46:58 | More by GJ40
Photo of slaintemhor


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

Had this on tap in August 2009 at Bailey's Taproom in Portland, Oregon. The colour was a very light straw with thin head. The aroma was redolent of tangy citrus and yeast. On the palate...WOW! Quite sour! More so than I expected for a Berliner weisse. Tangy and citrusy with a very refreshing quick finish.

02-10-2010 04:04:10 | More by slaintemhor
Photo of kbutler1


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

Bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow grapefruit like color with a tiny bubble white head. The arome is funk, wheat, with a slight touch of citric notes. Also reminds me slightly of a belgian. The first sip is tart and sour that transitions to a wheat beer aftertaste. Not overly sour by any means. Slightly acidic. At only 3.1%, you don't pick up the alcohol notes at all. Very light mouthfeel. Dry finish. Great summer time low abv beer. Interested to see how this will be with a year down in the cellar.

08-20-2010 17:39:54 | More by kbutler1
Photo of afksports

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

Bruery's Hottenroth is a weird brew for me to review. I haven't had too many Berliner Weiss's, and I love the taste of it. But all the same, it looks like an adjunct lager after the head dissipates, and its tart, dry and funky smell disappears fairly quickly too.

A friendly review would call it delicate. A review that slammed it would compare it to Miller Lite. I'll lean more towards delicate, but ask for a bit more.

It starts off tart and puckery. In the middle there's a bit of breadiness, but not much. And it finishes with the pepper and citrus esters that brewing with wheat often provides. It's light and watery on the palate, and highly drinkable.

No doubt a fun beer to pair with salads and lighter fare, The Bruery's Hottenroth would also be great on a summer day in the park, or after your monthly jog. (Like tonight).

And you won't hear me complaining about 3.1% alcohol by volume. What a gift!

09-13-2011 00:23:54 | More by afksports
Photo of stoutfiend27

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

750ml poured into tulip

a-pale clear yellow color...head faded too quickly to tell how much was there...small white collar...overflowing with carbonation..bubbles everywhere

s-funk and must..a little tartness on the nose not much...smells very bready and yeasty

t-much like a weisse beer but a tad more funk and a lot more tart...not quite what i would call a sour...has a good yeasty quality to it...very bready in nature...finishes tart and semi dry

m-good for the style i suppose but almost non existent...quite effervescent from the carbonation...seems like it works for this style..

d-off the charts a couple of 750's would be no problem to get through unless the tartness or the must got in the way....

overall a solid representation of a style that i would like to see more of...

12-11-2009 03:34:05 | More by stoutfiend27
Photo of nathan-mcwherter

3.96/5  rDev -2.2%

08-16-2014 04:42:19 | More by nathan-mcwherter
Photo of MadScientist

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

09-16-2013 23:23:40 | More by MadScientist
Photo of Soonami


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

No bottled or best by date on this bottle as far as I can tell.

Bruery Hottenroth is probably the palest beer I've ever had--probably 1 SRM, if that. It's lighter in color than lemonade, and the first pour is almost crystal clear, whereas the second is hazier. The beer foams up with a thick white head that quickly fizzes out. The beer smells a little funky sour, not entirely like an American wild, but like spoiled milk and a little lemony. It also smells a bit doughy. The beer is tart upfront with good round mouthfeel and light carbonation. The finish is very dry and sour. This is not a very complex beer, pretty bland sour with a little lemony bite and a clean aftertaste.

06-13-2011 05:13:09 | More by Soonami
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

Wonderful drinkability if sour or tart is in your repertoire. Cloudy yellow with a big soapy head. Funky, lemony, yeast aroma. Smooth mouthfeel despite tartness, Drying finish. Hits the bullseye.Lots of flavour for very low abv, sessionable. Great by itself or with food.

08-30-2011 17:41:20 | More by Sammy
Photo of Kegatron


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a paler gold, topped with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin foamy layer, leaving some light spotty lacing behind. The aroma is tart and bright feeling in the nose, with plenty of fruity lemon zest present as well grainy sweetness which lends this a certain amount of snap in the nose.

The taste starts with a tart citrus bite up front that is then balanced by that same grainy (and slightly bready) sweetness. A bit of lactic sourness hangs on the backend, lingering into the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a crisp pop to the carbonation that then possesses a much silkier feel underneath. This stays pretty darn smooth despite the strong tartness.

Sharply tart and crisp in the mouth, without a lot of unpleasant souring character, this was a rather good take on a Berlinerwiess. I believe that I actually enjoyed this a bit more in the bottle than I did on tap.

04-19-2010 22:44:33 | More by Kegatron
Photo of angrybabboon

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

Consumed 8/31/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy, pale, milky yellow - almost white around the edges - pours with a bright white head, leaves some spots of lacing

Smell: Mild and lightly funky - extremely pale malts and some wheat - some tartness and some lemon - some light fruits - more or less clean overall

Taste: Tart and lightly funky - not a ton going on here, but that's kind of the point - pale, pale malts and some wheat - some light fruits like apples - light acidity - some nice tartness ad a touch of sour - some lemon

Mouthfeel: Light body, nice carbonation, finishes tart and crisp

Overall: Microwave Hottenroth to make Hot Broth

This is a great Berliner Weiss. I've had a few samples of this in the past that tasted like vegetable broth. This bottle did not. Instead, it has some nice wheat, lemon, and tart aspects. Not the best in the style, but worth a try.

08-31-2013 04:43:23 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of IBUnit63


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

I'm pouring the contents of this 750 into a Reidel Extreme Riesling glass. Yougoddaproblemwiddat?!

Well the first pour has a body colored like a lighter Reisling - almost Champagne-like. However, the yeasty wisps that pass for a head on a typical Berliner Weisse are present here. Not too heavy on lacing or carbonation. The second pour yields more of a shallow, light, lemon-meringue head with almost a slight bluish tint. Still not a great deal of staying power, resulting in those wispy trails.

This has a much stronger depth than your average Berliner Weisse. It's almost a Belgian-ish yeast strain, along with great lemony citrus sour notes. It may be power of suggestion, but there are some sweet Riesling notes and almost a Belgian pale malt/wheat deal going on.

This isn't my wheelhouse. I enjoy the style but just don't do enough of them. I like the piney mild hop and light malt backbone of this - it's much more deep than others in the style - it is light has hell but has a great deal of soul. The citrus isn;t overly puckering and blends well with the wheat and surprisingly spritely carbonation.

Palate feel is a little lighter than average for the style but what makes up for it is the depth of the grains here. The citrus lemon sour is muted with warmth and continues to get help from the wheat on the finish, which is enjoyable yet benign.

This drinks reasonably well; it may be a little TOO benign in spots while the grains have a little bit of heft that can be filling. Nevertheless, this is quite an enjoyable beverage. Wish I had more of this over the summer.

10-21-2009 22:36:28 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of KristineT


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

Served in a tulip glass.
A- Beautiful pale straw color, very clear.

S- Aroma's similar to a crisp hard cider or a shandy. Some mild and pleasant tartness in the nose.

T- The taste is vibrant lemon with a hint of the wheat. Very crisp and refreshing.

M- Great level of carbonation, light mouthfeel due to the low ABV.

O- I am happy to have found this on tap and it was delicious. The slight tartness was refreshing for the palate and not sour at all for me. Great beer to have on a hot day!

09-07-2013 03:44:56 | More by KristineT
Photo of Bonis


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

A - A hazy very pale straw color. Literally might be the lightest beer I've ever seen. Looks like some watered down lemon juice. Tall head fades quickly with little to no lace left behind.

S - Loads of wheat and lactic tartness. Sour lemon and subtle spices make an appearance. Loads of funky sourness as it warms. Interesting, but I don't expect this much funk in a Berliner Weiss. Could be an old bottle.

T - Tart lemon rind and wheat mingle with the funk from the nose. A slightly tart and herbal finish. Not an extremely flavorful beer (which is understandable considering the ABV), but good for what it is. I get a touch of bready malt sweetness as it warms. Some gulps are quite sour and create that puckering effect.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. Highly refreshing. Puckering and quite mouth watering at times. This is the reason I go for these lower alcohol tart/sour beers at times. The standout attribute of this beer.

O - Well, this is the 4th Berliner Weiss I've tried, and probably second only to the Fritz Briem Berliner Weiss. This is a fascinating beer that comes from a fascinating style that is in need of more accessibility. Hopefully more breweries will start to brew Berliner Weissbiers. This was a solid beer for me. One I would purchase again in the future, but hopefully will find it fresh.

10-17-2011 04:12:53 | More by Bonis
Photo of edrachman

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

Delicious summer beer (being drunk in downtown Manhattan in the calm before Hurricane Irene and I'm required to evacuate).

Poured into champagne flutes and the appearance would easily pass for champagne. Pale yellow and very bubbly with nice head after a vigorous pour.

The tartness comes through the smell and background of sweet miscellaneous candy.

Taste is very tart light wheat beer -- as its my first Berliner Weisse, I would imagine its typical of the style, but very tasty although nothing to knock my socks off.

Mouthfeel is like slightly tart champagne. Carbonation comes through strong and very drinkable.

Overall, a better beer than my review likely indicates. I wouldn't want this on a cold winter day, but a fantasticly refreshing summer beer.

08-26-2011 23:26:02 | More by edrachman
Photo of kscaldef


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Pours with a big frothy white head over a beautiful pale straw color like a Sauvignon Blanc.

S: First yeasty, then lemony. A little cracker. Some tropical fruit.

T: Pilsner-like light malt body, only slightly tart. Mild bitterness in the finish. I'd hoped for a little more sourness.

M: Pleasantly prickly. Thin in the mouth, but that's expected for the style. Clean finish.

O: nice beer on a warm sunny day. Easy to sip, quite sessionable were it not a bit on the pricy side.

05-13-2011 01:42:18 | More by kscaldef
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District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

Only bruery beer I have ever liked. Only example of the style I have ever tried, so this may not be to style.

Appearance: Pale light straw gold, bit of haze. Big fizzy head that disappears quickly

Smell: Nice with a bit of funk, lightly sour. Not what I expected at all. Perhaps some cloves and cardemom.

Taste: Besides the finish tasting a bit too much like cherios, this is a tasty beer. Bit of cider to the lactic tartness. Quite quaffable, although a bit too bready.

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, clean, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Off the charts. I can't wait to go to have this over the summer.

11-07-2009 04:25:23 | More by craytonic
Photo of atremains


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a foggy white haze with a medium sized head, moderate retention, decent lacing.
Smell is tart and bready.
Taste is the same, sourdough, lemony citrus, malt?. Not as sour as some other brews I've had, but enough to catch you off guard if you don't expect it, or are new to the style.
Feel is light, crisp, and refreshing.
Good light-hearted drink, relaxing.

02-22-2010 08:08:12 | More by atremains
Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 1,227 ratings.