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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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1,290 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,290
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 186
Gots: 135 | FT: 7
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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 BeerBuckeye
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale yellow/wheat color. The head is more fizzy than puffy, dissipates quickly.

S - A funky sour smell, a bit tart, almost like a really natural lemonade. Some earthy background

T - Quite acidic and tart. Not unpleasant. There's just a bit of funk in here but it doesn't really pack the punch or anything. Provides a lot of tart lemon. Very interesting

M - Light body, very seltzer-y

Overall - Very drinkable and tasty in the summertime. Well brewed beer

BeerBuckeye, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bruery's Hottenroth Berliner Weisse has a body that is a hazy, pale, yellow. The bone white head rises up quickly to a few fingers in height, but falls pretty quickly too, until almost none of it is left. One or two small scraps of lacing hang on. Overall, pretty much what you would expect from the style.

As soon as I take the bottle cap off of Hottenroth its aroma fills the air. The main component is a definite sourness coupled with light fruits such as sour apple. The strength of the sourness makes it smell like a wild ale. After quite a bit of sniffing, I notice that the malt base is definitely wheat, but it is hidden somewhere beneath the sourness.

Hottenroth is a straight-forward brew that isn't too complex, but it is pretty refreshing. Up front there is a big blast of tartness that is slightly puckering. The light fruits from the aroma don't follow through into the flavor, but they are replaced by a pretty strong lemon flavor. Not lemonade or fake lemon, but the tart flavor that you would get from biting into a fresh lemon. After the sourness comes the grainy malted wheat, that lends a cereal type flavor to the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is slightly puckering. The body is in the medium range, but the carbonation is very high.

This beer is sour, but it lacks the intense sourness that would slow you down if you were drinking a wild ale. Combine that with a balancing wheat flavor and a very low ABV%, and the Bruery has put together a very drinkable and refreshing beer.

Hojaminbag, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my New Belgium Globe glass. Poured a translucent pale yellow with copious tiny bubbles effervescing in solution. Pour generated a half inch, loose and frothy bright white head that quickly dispersed into a bubbly skim that coalesced around the edges. A strong doughy aroma was revealed off the cap pop with a lemony quality that follows. Taste consistent with nose with the breadiness lightly lingering at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body, with a pleasant background carbonation and a dry finish. Pleasantly refreshing and enjoyable. Doesn't beat an 1809, but still very good.

Jwale73, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of Pfeifer
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into Hefeweissen glass
A - Very pale yellow, pours with one inch head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing
S - Faint whiff of bacteria. Light citrus, grass and bread.
T - Light and smooth. Watery is the first thing that comes to mind. Wheat and a little citrus.
M - Very light, almost watery. Appears to have more carbonation than comes through upon drinking
D - At only 3.1%, as light as you'd expect. quite refreshing

Pfeifer, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of tchenery
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a hefe glass. It pours an extremely crisp, bright yellow color with a nice bone white head on top. It looks absolutely fantastic. One of those beers that just looks like a great beer.

It smells like lemon citrus and slightly bready. The taste is basically the same as the smell except for the attack of tartness on the front end. After that is smooths into a nice bready malt flavor and finishes with that classic wheat beer finish.

Tart, sour, snappy, crisp. This would be a great summertime brew, especially coming in at 3.1%.

tchenery, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

From memory while at Max's. She poured a hazy shade of blonde, nice white head. Smells of citric and wheat. The taste was first sour with a citric tartness. Followed through with some funk. A bit too meaty on the finish with a mineral water accent. Refreshing light body and tight carbonation.

Overall: Very decent and balanced brew. I could crush a pint and carry on my day. I couldn't do pint after pint though. The funk could get too much. This brew is worthy.

Shroud0fdoom, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of jrallen34
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer is a light cloudy straw typical in color of any berliner weise. The head is white but very weak in substance with big bubbles fading quickly. The lacing is light.

The aroma is light with a light tartness some citrus and lots of bready yeast. I wish it was a little more sour.

The taste is a light too, a little lemon citrus on the front followed by a little muted tartness.

The feel is medium but very drinkable.

Overall, a decently drinkable enjoyable beer but not tart enough to be an awesome berliner.

jrallen34, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of jayhass
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is almost a lemon aid color, hazy straw color. White head fades very fast.
Aroma- tartness up front with non sweet ripe green apple and lemon peel.
Taste- Light sweet malt quickly taken over by lemon peel and unsweetened apples, and some grape juice to almost a wine character. This beer is dry very dry. Tartness is big but not over whelming.

jayhass, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of jbaker67
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is a light cloudy straw typical in color of any berliner weisse. The head is white but very weak in substance with big bubbles fading quickly. The lacing is light. The aroma is light with a light tartness some citrus and lots of bready yeast. I wish it was a little more sour. The taste is a light too, a little lemon citrus on the front followed by a little muted tartness. The feel is medium but very drinkable. Overall, a decently drinkable enjoyable beer but not tart enough to be an awesome berliner

jbaker67, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy golden yellow. Big white head, but doesn't last at all. Just a thin collar.

Smell - Extremely lactic. Acidic and grainy. Simple nose, but to be expected.

Taste - Pretty tart. Lactic sourness. Wheaty and grainy. Lemony sourness.

Mouthfeel - Very drinkable. I like that it isn't that sour. Medium carbonation.

Overall - These straight berliners suffer from simplicity, but this is an excellent example of the style.

Alieniloquium, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of weezyfart
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale straw in color. Lots of foamy activity when I initially poured the glass, but quickly relaxed and formed a minimal at best head. What made me give it extra points is the lovely bed of bubbles that lay at the bottom of the glass. Not unlike sparkling wine!

The smell is easy enough to pinpoint. Lemon, green apple, bisquit and yeast (again, quite champagne like).

I love the lemony flavors that provide the backbone of this beer. not too strong and not too light.

The mouthfeel is, as expected, quite tart. Yet it is not shocking in its snap. There is an underlying body that keeps your taste buds conscious. Could turn off berliner purists if there really are any.

I could drink this beer any day. Its kinda cool outside right now and I feel that it isnt out of place even now.

I would love to have a taste of what a chef could build around this beer!

weezyfart, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

A: Light and bright yellow. Very light dusting of bubbly carbonation, and a thicker collection building up at the rim. Some light spotty lacing, quickly retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Nice combination of a light woody graininess, and a sweet and sour orange and lemon citrus.

T: Really tart (as the name says) lemon citrus, and light wheaty tone. No sweetness really though.

M: Light and tart. The tartness will make you pucker up, and hang around your palette.

D: Can be consumed quickly, if your mouth can take it. Can be sipped, too.

Good atmosphere. Appearance is not extravagant, but very nice. Nose is powerful, but not off-putting. Flavor is very tart, but not sweet... very interesting. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a light, translucent straw with one finger of lily white head that quickly dissipated - this might have been due to my gentle pour.

Smell -- An abundance of lemon, wet hay, and horse blanket from the brett, and a good dose of saltiness.

Taste -- Lots of lemon tartness and sour funk up front that gives way to wheat graininess. Quite salty throughout. Finish is dry, salty, and slightly tart.

Mouthfeel -- Incredibly light with ample prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- So many people in the craft beer community rail against beers they call "fizzy yellow water." This is fizzy, yellow, and about as close to the feel of water as you're likely to find in a beer, and it's great. Delicious, refreshing and very unique. It was worth the effort it took me to track it down.

yeahnatenelson, May 30, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on my porch on a sunny Friday afternoon.

A. Pours a very pale yellow with a thick creamy white head that dissipates to a thin film.

S. Tart - sour white grapes maybe. A bit of saison-like hay funk.

T. Light malt upfront then the tart fruit flavors come into play; white grapes, granny smith apples all with some tartness that is most akin to nearly ripe raspberries.

M. Thin bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Although I'm frequently opposed to this much carbonation, this has nice small bubbles that make it creamy more than prickly.

D. I wouldn't drink these all the time, but this was just what I was looking for today: tart, refreshing, and cool on a hot summer afternoon.

BeerAndBourbon, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ontap this beer pours a light golden straw color with a small white head. It smells of sour candy, hops, lemon and wheat. The taste is much like the nose lemon peal, wheat and a very strong tart sourness. The mouthfeel is a medium light good carbonation and good balance of smoothness with the tartness. this is one of the few berliner Weisse beers I have had and it has convinced me to explore the style deeper.

BdubleEdubleRUN, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of lordofstarside
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

lordofstarside, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

biboergosum, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

oline73, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of gcamparone
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

gcamparone, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Kkottonmouthkngz, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of AdamGarcia
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

AdamGarcia, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of aubuc1
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

aubuc1, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of GJ40
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

GJ40, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of slaintemhor
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

slaintemhor, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

kbutler1, Aug 20, 2010
Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 1,290 ratings.