Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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Avg: 4.03
pDev: 21.09%
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California, United States

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Berliner Weissbier |  3.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2008

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into imperial pint
Slight vinegary aroma
Head average (4 cm), white, fizzy, quickly diminishing to nothing
No lacing
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor is very tart and lemony, nearly pucker-able, but light with no alcohol, no hops, no malt, and no diacetyl
Palate is light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

This a very tart, refreshing Berliner Weise. The rapidly diminishing head and lack of lacing are the only detrimental aspects for me.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden-yellow with a thin finger of bubbly white head. Fades quickly.

S - Wheat and grainy malts, lots of funky yeast, tartness, acidity, tart stone fruit, farmhouse smells, lemon zest.

T - Wheat and other grainy malts, lots of funky and lightly sour yeasts, lemon zest, tart stone fruit, acidity, farmhouse characters.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart and funky finish.

D - Great berliner weiss. Great balance with good funky yeast character.

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Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, thanks to mikedashg for the hookup. Part of epic Bruery tasting.

Pours a lightly cloudy light yellow, medium sized frothy white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, no real lacing, looks like a Berliner weiss!

Smell is real nice, very tart and lemony, burnt wood, some toast, light sour fruit, a bit of spice, lemonadey, very refreshing aroma, nice stuff.

Taste is similar, very tart, lemon water, sour and fruity, a bit of barnyard funkiness, toast, light bread, wood, sharp finish, really nice stuff.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Very refreshing, I need to do one of these for home. Great Berliner. Thanks Mike!

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this is an excellent beer. I'm really coming around to the Berliner Weisse--it strikes me as a less intense sour that's very refreshing and light. My only complaint for this one is the appearance really. It's not bad, just the color is very pale, almost like a chardonnay with white head.

Smell is very good, big lemon and lactic notes, a bit of pale malt and wheat. Taste is similar, complex and delicious. Lactic sourness is refreshing and interesting. Feel is light and fizzy, nice for the style. Great drinkability. Delicious.

This is the first time I've spent $8 on a 3.1% beer... ABV does NOT always equal flavor. Berliner Weisse is a style that will really make one reconsider lower ABV brews, especially when you're tired of big, sweet flavor bombs.

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Photo of Nickls
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Really clear, light green-tinted yellow color and was poured with absolutely no head at all

S - Lemon-lime sweet-sourness and a bit yeasty

T - Lightly tart at first but not as sour as suggested by the aroma. Refreshingly sour, but had some sweetness as well.

M - Very light body, a little dry, and nice snap of carbonation

D - Hugely drinkable as it was refreshing, interesting, and I could scarcely believe the 3.4% abv. Very easy quaffing

Overall, a neat brew and one that would easily be a staple in my diet if I were able to find it more often. Great stuff, and worth a look.

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Photo of QuentinCall
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hottenroth feels like The Bruery going hard on some William Eggleston grind -- full spectrum of emotional color here. Nestled amongst the many hued sunsets and supermarket promontories and pre-war lamps tossing their many hued lights there is something pristine/sinister that feels utterly appropriate and inextricable from the total composition. A real glassfull of considerate juxtaposition and moral play.

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Photo of vinny21bal
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a very underrated beer. I think because of the price point and ABV level. Everyone seems to give big points to rare beers just because they are rare and high in ABV. I think this is my summer fishing beer for the future. I drank a lot of this. It has a perfect amount of sour to it and drinks very refreshing. I also enjoyed the nose a lot. Next time you see it give it a try. It is a wonderful Berliner Weiss.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a very, very pale yellow with a one finger white head that fades instantaneous, as the style usually does. It's even lighter than yellow fizzy beer, which is a little weird to see....but the carbonation is impressive, with tons of bubbles floating to the top

S- getting a lot of lemon out of this one, but it's a different kind of lemon from a wheat's more of a tart one as opposed to that "lemon flavoring" you might get. My nasal passages are getting assaulted, and that's a good thing

T- it starts off very mild, and then the finish is very tart. Very crisp, very refreshing

M- it actually has a nice body to it, despite the low ABV. Pretty solid, but it has watery characteristics to it as well. All in all, very good

O- I love a great berliner weisse, and this is one of them. I just wish it were a little more affordable

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Photo of AltBock
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not my first experience with the Berliner Weisse style, but it is however my first one that I've ever had on draught before. This Bruery beer was on tap at Capone's during their Saison promo on 7/30/09. I had it there, but since this beer was so good, I had to take a growler home with me. This review is from the growler version. Served in a tall Spaten Pilsner glass.

When I review a beer, I like to describe the appearance and color first, but I have to mention the taste first. It's so unique that I have to do this way. This beer is tart as hell! It's tartness is stuck between Shock Tarts and one Tear Jerker. The tartness level in this beer reminded me a little bit of the tartness level in Ommegang's Rouge. If you've never had that, that's another super tart beer. It's main and only tart flavor was that of lemons. It wasn't a mix of citrus fruits, it was just tart lemons. Adding to the tartness is the beer's unique yeast strain and a tiny touch of malted wheat at the finish line. As you can tell, the taste was very unique and very tart. Now let's see if I can get back on track.

This tart beer was a cloudy pale lemon yellow color with a good 1 to 1 1/2 inch cotton white head of foam. This head of foam had good retention that left behind a tiny skim of white foam and just a few small white blots of lace. As soon as I twisted off the cap, out comes a super strong aroma of sour and tart lemons. With the strong scent of lemons is that unique farmyard scent that can only come from Brett yeast. Rounding off this potent aroma was a subtle whiff of malted wheat. Sometimes this malted wheat smelled like soggy cereal and sometimes it didn't. I wish I could explain it. Even with the strong taste of tart lemons, this was still a light bodied beer. If you couldn't tell already, this beer has a long lasting lingering aftertaste of tart lemons and that down of the farm taste that comes with the Brett yeast. This is truly a unique and tasty beer. I never thought a Berliner Weisse could be this damn sour, but Bruery did it. And what it was! If you can find this beer on tap at your local bar, consider yourself lucky. Just make sure to pucker up!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow, super hazy beer. Not much of a head on this one, but I don't think its supposed to. Carbonation was just fine despite what might not look like it at first glance to the top of your beer. Aroma was decent, lemon heavy.

Taste, very tart, even more so when you swirled the yeast into the glass. Not quite puckering, but definitely sour and lemony, a whole lot of flavor packed into a 3% beer, I like it. Definitely going to age the other bottle until summer, seems like an awesome summer beer.

Wouldn't call it overly complex, there's just lots of tart lemony sourness without hardly any sugar or sweetness to it. No hop flavor. Bitterness, but not the kind a hophead would be used to. Challenging to novice hopheads who haven't branched out yet.

Drinkability would be perfect if this stuff wasn't $8 a bottle.

EDIT: Had the new batch on tap, even more tart, jeez, I love this beer, can't wait to try it laying around the pool this summer.

EDIT2: Had a growler of it on Memorial Day while 4wheeling and cave spelunking. Just awesome. This beer keeps rising.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Lance for sharing this one!

A: Pours a hazy, light straw/yellow color with a one finger white head on top with decent head retention and thin lacing down the glass.

S: Nice and tart on the aroma with some lemon and apple with a heavy dose of wheat. Very inviting.

T: Fantastic flavor mixed with spot on tartness. Lemon, green apple, a bit of pear with some wheat and a little grassy.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Had a feeling I would like this one and I was right. A perfect summer beer all the way. Thanks again Lance.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A slight dull lemon yellow body, but a nice even filled bleach white and creamy head that manages three fingers, and slowly settles to a two milliliter thin collar. Lots of thin carbonation, and good strong lines in places.

Nose is a big nice tart lemon. Slightly spritzy even a bit floral in action. Strong sticky yeast but with a very light clean sense also. A nice mix of white dough at first also, but doesn't seem to return on further examination.

Very mellow body but with a good lemon tartness on first sip. Light but with a huge malt wheat backbone, giving to baked bread and white crisp buttered toast. Chewy, with the malts really lingering on the finish. Nice playful moderate to high carbonation bringing a nice pop of the flavors. Feel is about right to style, without being too wet (but it is light) and made for easy drinking.

Probably only fitting I am drinking this great beer on the official first day of summer. So hitting the spot right now.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tulip glass

A- Pours our almost perfectly clear but has a slight yellow tint to it. On top of the body is a nice bright white 1 finger head that sticks around due to tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

S- Really bready wheat and nice hints of funk from the yeast. Slight banana

T- Wow way more tart than the aroma suggested. Up front the lacto hits you with a nice dry tartness and slight funk. Behind that the wheat and banana create a solid base and flavor.

M- Super light bodied with champagne like carbonation and a nice tart dry finish.


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Photo of GbVDave
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a capped 750ml bottle into a Struise tulip. Extra special thanks to heliosphann for this bottle from our recent trade!

A: Pours a very hazy and pale, straw-yellow color with a brilliant, bright-white head on top that tops out at about 1 1/2 fingers. The foam quickly melted away leaving just a trace of skim and virtually no lace.

S: Interesting aroma that swings from tart and lemony to toasted crackery wheat. Slightly funky with more citrus as it warms. The final pour held aromas of green grapes and apples.

T: My first sip was a HUGE mouthful of toasted wheat bread crust and crackers. Awesome! After that, the taste seemed to go back and forth between that and tart, lemon-y citrus. Never settling into any pattern. Some sips even featured both flavors. Usually tart and fruity in the beginning and toasted wheat in the finish, but not always.

M: Slightly spicy, and most certainly tangy and puckery. The wheat adds a dry astringency that borders on peppery.

D: What a refreshing beer. I can see how this could be sipped on all day with little to no consequences. Superb!

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has sat upright in my cellar for almost a year.

Body is clear light gold on the first pour. On the second, it is hazier even while pouring to avoid most of the sediment. Poured to produce a half inch head. The head is foamy white, but dissipates quickly to a ring, and after a few minutes there is no foam left, although there are bubbles still rising from the bottom at a slow rate.

Smells of lemon, biscuity malt, some spice, a little sugary sweetness.

Tastes wonderfully of tart lemon, like a tart lemonade. It scrubs the palate clean and is very refreshing.

Body is light and carbonation is fizzy, giving this a refreshing lively mouthfeel, almost like a champagne. Best to drink this fairly quickly, as the carbonation is lost very fast.

I like this on its own and I don't find it necessary to add flavored syrup. It is a perfect choice when you want a low alcohol yet very refreshing beer.

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Photo of nycwinter
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured side by side with a Dogfish Head Festina Peche.

This is an awesome clean session brew. Though it's cute, I don't reccommend that you add any syrup to sweeten it. The tartness is definitely a show stopper.

If at all possible, this must be enjoyed on tap at The Bruery. I think it can also be found at Stone on tap.

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Photo of Lunch
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD into a 12oz. snifter (06/07/2010).

A: Pours an almost neon yellow with an orange hue. Capped with about a finger of bright white head.

S: Aroma is a little tart with some lemon and a bit of funk. There a hint of apple as well.

T: Quite refreshing and the right amount of tartness for me. Lemon and some funk dominate the flavor profile with some apple, grain, candy sugar and some pale malt.

M: A light and crisp mouthfeel and appropriate carbonation.

D: Being that it is only 3.1%, this is a beverage that one can have quite a few of.

Overall this beer was an excellent departure from what I usually drink and I found it to be a great beer. Recommended.

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Photo of mjl21
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Toronado 22nd Anniversary Perty. Poured into a tulip glass.

A-Pours a hazy, watery light yellow. It has a nice 3/4 finger white head that has some nice retention.

S-Smells of crisp, sharp, tart citrus. Lemon is definitely apparent. It also has some nice breadiness to it.

T-A lot like it smells. It is very tart lemon and the flavor slaps the tongue upside down. After a sips the tartness isn't as pervasive and the bready flavor is more apparent. It finishes extremely dry.

M-Lighter bodied with the nice tart citrus zing.

D-I love it as a low abv session beer that works great after having a few heavy IPAs.

I was glad to finally try this one. Being as though most 3.10% beers have no flavor, this one was great. There aren't many examples of this style that are avaialble. It was perfect after having a few bigger beers.

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Photo of Popp24
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at The Bruery yesterday 12/9/11.

A: A pale golden color with very little head.

S: Wheat, some banana notes, tartness.

T: Right up front you get a nice tart flavor with some banana flavors a bit. I couldn't get many other flavors from it but I can tell you this beer tastes real good.

M: Nice mouthful and very smooth and easy to drink. Considering the low ABV it should be.

O: I like this one alot but just wish it was at least around 5 %. That being said this would be a nice one to drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a four-fingers thick fluffy, pillowy white head into a tumbler that settled to a thin ring which disappeared about halfway through the beer. the body was a pale golden color.
s - some slight funky tartness with a hint of citrus.
t - tart, bready with some orange peel and maybe a hint of lemon.
m - thin and slick.
o - very quaffable and nice complexity for a 3% ABV beer. very refreshing.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy pale yellow, almost the colour of grapefruit juice. Foamy white head with no retention at the start. No head as the glass is topped off.

Some wheat and yeast, but a nice tart note in the nose. A little lemon peel.

Big sour milk note up front, with nice acid and a seltzer like quality. A little salt, leading to yeast and tart acidity. Long tart finish. This one has a nice flavor, a good deal of depth, and good, long lasting power on the palate. This is domestic??? Wow.

Light bodied, acidic, good carbonation.

A big $10 bottle of Berliner Weissbier that actually stands up to good German versions. Flavor and palate feel are excellent. Must try if you like the style.

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Photo of rangerred
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap.

Pours a nearly clear straw yellow with not much of a head or lacing for that matter.

Aroma of pineapple along with some bread and a little bit of corn.

There is a huge rush of tartness upon the first sip followed by a big rush of corn and cooked beans. It almost reminded me of a baked bean like flavor but it strangely works quite well here. Mouthfeel is nice and light with an extremely dry finish that is appropriate for the style.

Overall, a very impressive Berliner Weiss and one of the better ones I have had. I enjoy it without any syrup as the flavor of the beer alone is wonderful.

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Photo of Floydster
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled at the Stone Sour Fest yesterday after needing a break from super tarty brews, first beer tasted from Patrick, so I was pretty excited going into it, people were putting raspberry and blueberry syrup in this and thought it was great, did not try that but could be interesting

A-Hazy golden pale straw color, small 1/4 inch head, went away quickly, not much retention, no lacing
S-Lots of yeast, lemon juice, wheat, milk, other weird dairy-like scents, sweetness, and other citrus
T-Wheat was the dominant flavor but it was lighter than what you would have from a hefeweizen, very light tartness but added some nice tang, did not change much as it warmed, nice and easy to drink
M-Finish was very dry, also chewy and citrusy mouthfeel, thin bodied, light, medium level of carbonation, taste went away fast
D-Could have drank this all day because the ABV was rumored to be around three percent, extremely light on the stomach, refreshing, went down with ease

First of this style I have had but knew what to expect going in, exactly how I pictured it in most ways, would make a great summer beer, would not mind having this one again, just heard there was more of this and it was not solely brewed for the festival, go grab a growler if you get a chance, glad I got to try this beer from the new OC brewer, it was nice to see somebody branch out and brew something different for a change

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Photo of MacQ32
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a cloudy straw color with minimal white head, weak placing and retention. Not out of line for the style

S - Sour and slightly yeasty, banana and clove

T - tons of sour lemony flavors, not a ton else bit very good

M - lighter bodied, superiorly drinkable

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

A: Gentle pour yields a fluffy, white, sticky, 1.5 finger head with decent retention. Beer is a cloudy lemon that reveals an ample amount of carbonation. Lacing is web-like and stringy with average stick.

S: Smells of... sweet vomit... but I mean it in the least offensive way. Tartness comes through and is accompanied by a fresh lemon zest and the slightest hint of wheat in the back.

T: Opens wheaty with an estery, malty backbone. Tartness peaks towards the middle with hints of lemon and coarse yeastiness. Plain, but very refreshing. Not overly tart or sweet. Great balance. Finishes more of the same tartness. Aftertastes is wheat.

M: Light bodied and highly carbonated. Tickles the tongue and mouth as it goes down and very refreshing the whole way through. Slightly dry. Finish is accented and aftertaste is relatively clean.

D: At just above 3%, this is about as sessionable as they get. Great taste and really thirst-quenching. I feel like I could never get enough of this. Solid representation of a great style.

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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
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