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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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Ratings: 977
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%

Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2008)
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Photo of StonedTrippin


4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

boy was I reluctant to pay 9 bucks for 12 ounces of 3% beer, but the bruery is the bruery, and I am a sucker, so I let it rip down at jake's in downtown Littleton. not as pale as most berliners, its got just a hint of darker malt color to it and a lacey little white head. smells lacto sour, lemons and acid, but I smell more than wheat as a grain. maybe a touch of rye or something in the copper family making it just a little more interesting than the generic. wild yeast and bacterial fermentation are obvious from the outset. citric funk dominates above the lightest grain bill ever. what I like though is that touch of something other than white wheat. it gives the beer a desirability all of its own, I don't need woodruff or cherry syrup for this, I want it on its own. ultra light in body, carbonated like soda, this is a really odd sensation. so acidic and low in alcohol it would be a chore to get drunk from it, but I guess that's the point. authentic with a twist, another winner from the bruery.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 17:35:32 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of KristineT


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

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

North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy pale straw yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation (represented as moderate sized bubbles throughout the glass along the sides but barely moving) and some lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of wheat underneath a more moderate aroma of lemon tartness.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of wheat with some moderate flavors of lemon tartness. Lightly sour with a hint of vinegar.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness and a hint of dryness.

O: Light and refreshing with a pleasant amount of tartness/sourness - not intensely tart/sour so an approachable Berliner Weissbier to get started with... Enjoyable and definitely one I would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2013 12:48:51 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of woosterbill


4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Tørst.

A: Clear straw body with a thin head of fine white bubbles that settle into a ring. Not bad.

S: Wheat malt is dominant, with graininess and light spice. Faint lemony tartness, but not much. All right, but quite light on acidity for my tastes.

T: Better here, with green apple tartness front and center; the soft wheat shows up on the finish. Clean aftertaste - almost too cleanly watery. Very tasty, but almost like a Berliner Light, and yes I'm aware it's supposed to be only 3.1% - I'm talking about flavor intensity, not strength.

M: Light and delicate, with an initial burst of soft carbonation that fades quickly. Interesting.

O: This is a really well-made beer, but it lacked that depth of sour grainy funk that I love about the best Berliners. Maybe I've just been spoiled lately by Weiss Trash Culture and New Glarus Berliner Weisse, but this just didn't capture my fancy the way I expected. Excellent but not exciting.


Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2013 22:50:08 | More by woosterbill
Photo of smcolw


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very nice starting head but it dies to rim bubbles. Very cloudy as one should expect. Yellow-white color with a green hue.

Sweet and nutty. I note clove and banana.

Strong sour presence. Also, it's very dry. It's as if someone added unsweetened lemon juice. The aftertaste is lip-smackingly tart. Relatively watery and the high carbonation accentuates the thinness.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2013 20:12:34 | More by smcolw
Photo of socon67

New York

3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy yellow pour that his visible carbonation. Foam head hits the top and is white and 1/2 inch. Looks like a margarita.

S - Sour notes of fruit and light grains. Very interesting and unique but not sure I enjoy this. It is however true to the style.

T - Sour citrus notes. Flavors of lime and orange with some zest and wheat. Has a finish of tartness and sugary sweet flavors.

M - Extremely refreshing. And for a sour beer this seems to really hit the spot. Sessionable on those hot days.

O - Good example of the style and a fun beer to try. Another good Bruery offering.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2013 01:33:11 | More by socon67
Photo of dar482

New York

4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer has a golden yellow color.

The aroam has some sweet lemon and citrus, tartness, and some funk.

The flavor is really tart and lemony with some wheat on the backbone.

The body is quite light. It really does pack tons of sourness for such a low ABV.

This is a truly refreshing beer. It's easy drinking and depending on the price, could be cheaper than Professor Fritz 1809. I prefer that beer, but for a Bruey beer, if you can find the right price. I recommend this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2013 05:16:09 | More by dar482
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft at sams in Durham. pours a bright yellow with a 1 inch white head that quickly dissipates. slight tart lemony nose. good aroma. taste is very tart at first, then as you get through the glass it eases up. extremely refreshing. high carbonation and a light body.

overall perfect for summer and at only 3.1% you could enjoy this all day if you so desired. loved it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2013 18:45:32 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of rangerred


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2013 01:57:54 | More by rangerred
Photo of Sterby


4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Hempen Hill in Hagerstown, MD. Poured into a 10 ounce chalice.

A - Pours a translucent yellow straw with a white foam that dissipates quickly.
S- Lemon Citrus.
T-Multi-layered flavors including lemon, granny apple, and wheat. The wild yeasts are really doing their thing.
M-A pleasing effervescence that zings the tast buds in the back corners of the mouth.
O- Overall, an incredibly refreshing beer that is easy to drink and allows you to maintain your sobriety.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2013 20:23:04 | More by Sterby
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

@ Thirsty Monk

Hazy straw color with an airy, frothy, pure-white head. Sour, lemony funk aroma met with grainy wheat. Tart lemon and light lactic sourness over fresh cereal grain continue into the flavor. Light, dry, and puckering mouthfeel. Just a very refreshing, easy to consume, true-to-style Berliner. Quite enjoyable...

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2013 23:29:00 | More by wedge
Photo of RaulMondesi


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Four" score and seven years ago... Nope. Today, actually. And Raul gives this sexy little number fours across the board. Straight from the source and into his blood - Raul is feelin' it. Clocking in at 3.1%, it's like driving 120 mph and knowing that you can't get caught for speeding. Sleek, sexi, and beautiful.


Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2013 22:12:37 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of WillCarrera


4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Rustico in Arlington. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy pale yellow, produces a thin white head, minimal lacing.

S- Lemony citrus, some vinegar, pungent, almost cheesy funk, some grain and wheat sweetness. Smells very nice with some nice complexity.

T- Lots of lemon and tart apple, nice puckering acidic tartness, a light barnyard funkiness and more wheat sweetness towards the finish.

M- Light-bodied, smooth feel with puckering acidity.

O- A very nice Berliner Weisse, it's very drinkable and refreshing. The tartness is spot-on in typical Bruery fashion, and the bacteria provide some nice complexity. Great stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2012 06:55:56 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ginger Man.

Beer is cloudy, golden yellow. Small white head. Retention not great.

Smell is full of lemon, lacto (some strawberry notes). Seems tart. A bit of funk. Wheat.

Taste is very tart for a Berlinerweisse. Lemon, lacto, some strawberry flavours, wheat, clove. A bit funky. Dry cereal. Refreshing.

Light bodied, moderate to high carbonation. A bit puckery.

Overall, very good. Nice beer and the tartness works well.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 22:19:55 | More by jrenihan
Photo of Murrhey


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at The Bruery. Poured 7 oz. into a tulip glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Two finger white head. Fluffy, but middling retention. Orange-amber color, little carbonation and lacing.

S- Kind of skunky, some over cooked malts it seems. Smells like cooked carrots or some other strange scent.

T- Very tart, lambic like in that respect. Light fruits and citrus in the taste as well.

M- Medium bodied, strikes carbonated and bitter.

O- At first I hated it. In sipping more, I found it to be more and more wonderful. Strange beer. Would try again for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 01:29:36 | More by Murrhey
Photo of kojevergas


3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
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.


Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 04:38:26 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Popp24


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 20:19:32 | More by Popp24
Photo of phichifiji00


4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy straw color. Pours moderate head. Fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: barnyard funk, earthy, grassy, lemon zest.

Taste: tart, horseblanket,lemon zest, acidic.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, good carb, crisp, acidic.

Overall: very tasty. The best light beer I've ever had. Very complex. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 04:15:24 | More by phichifiji00
Photo of claytong


3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

if i knew the price i probably wouldnt pay it. crabtree's berliner weiss is top notch and cheap.

appearance - very light straw in color. minimal head, with minor rim lacing. somewhat active carbonation.

smell - grapes, acid, pear, pretty nice and well blended.

taste - wheat bread, grapes, wheres the tartness/acid?, not bad but not great

mouthfeel/overall - lack of acid makes it pretty wet in the mouth, thin body and thin carbonation. still very drinkable and enjoyable, but not my ideal for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 22:49:07 | More by claytong
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 16:19:39 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
Photo of dgilks


3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden colour with a miniature white head. Poor head retention.

Earthy with a light chestnut note. A touch tart and almost a little bit fecal.

Deliciously nutty with a moderate acetic and lactic tartness. A little herbal. This is definitely a berlinerweisse and it works nicely.

Light body with high carbonation. Spot on for the style.

A very good example of the style. Very much delicious. Nice.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2011 10:40:36 | More by dgilks
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well it's been a little while, but here it is in NYC. Had the pleasure of trying this at the Bruery a few months ago, and now here it is, practically in my lap. But really, it's in my mouth. My co-worker turns to me, "Shouldn't we just stop working and drink berliner-weiss all day?" I don't have an answer. Suddenly, I do have a berliner-weiss in my hands. Ahh, an answer revealed. The work is done..Or has it just begun. This feels like a field beer, an operating heavy machinery beer. A fucking hot day and have a giant bottle to yourself beer. While you work. Whatever happened to our heritage?!
Tart with a refreshing lemon zing. The wick of lactic sour lit in my mouth. The head of the beer is so sexy, it pours, sparkles away. You can hear the head dissipate into the air, a mystic wonder. This is an excellent version of it, alcohol content spot on, the true working class beer, in spite of the talent and patience it must take to make. Cheers to the rue in all of you!

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 04:17:11 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of BeerBuckeye


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2011 16:24:58 | More by BeerBuckeye
Photo of SneezyAchew


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For whatever reason, this beer has improved enormously with the second glass I just poured for myself.

Served in a Hill Farmstead snifter. First glass was clear, this one pours a bit more murky. Lemondae-like appearance with quickly fading bubbles.
The smell does have a hint of burnt rubber and pepper to it, but also some sweetness in there.
Some tartness lingers on the tongue as it goes down. But I would describe it mostly as zesty, lemony, and almost Sprite-like, except more full, pronounced, tasty. A bit similar to white wine. Not overly carbonated.
Mouthfeel is bubbly and pleasant.
I've had better low abv beers. The Alchemist's Shut the Hell Up! comes to mind. Overall, I could imagine drinking a couple glasses of this outside in the heat, but the price is a turn-off. I feel like I am paying for the bottle, and that the presentation works against this particular Bruery beer. A 4/6-pack would be prefered.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 06:20:59 | More by SneezyAchew
Photo of jbtice0315


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from a glass poured on tap at the Bruery Tasting Room.

A - pale, thin, and very cloudy. The head was champagne-like and dissipated quickly leaving little to no lacing.

S - the sour and funk are present in large quantities with corn, lemon, green apples. Others I was with said it smelled overpoweringly "eggy", however I could only get a hint of DMS.

T - The sourness and funk are right on target. The alcohol is only ~3% - refreshing and puckering at the same time.

M - tart, dry, light, refreshing.

D - excellent! This is my favorite berliner weisse. The nose is a little off, but overall a great example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 18:25:43 | More by jbtice0315
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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 977 ratings.