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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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Reviews: 420
Hads: 1,522
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 190
Gots: 186 | FT: 13
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.10% ABV

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2008

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Photo of GarrettB
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

November 21st, 2013 - My tasting notes got lost in the digital aether, from phone to Evernote account, but the Hottenroth left a deep impression - enough to remember it byy almost two years later. No photographic evidence exists either, it seems, but the aroma was clear and sweet, with a hint of that seaside town saline edge about it, and a flavor that was bright and acidic and funky, all within the play and bounds of good taste. The sugar is played way, way down to let the wheat and other Berlinerweisse cast play more than supporting roles. The very first Berlinerweisse I had impressed me more as a dessert beer, but this brew could be an appetizer beer, opening the meal with a grand note.

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Photo of Myotus
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with two finger's worth of white foam that shrivels down to a quarter's worth after 35 seconds. Pale yellow in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. Once the foam head settles, rising bubbles hardly exist. Lacing hardly exists, too.
SMELL: Strong sour yeast aromas meet with subtle wheat and lemony zest aromas.
TASTE: Extremely strong sour yeast flavors (this has to be the most sour beer I have ever had) and mild wood flavors compose the intial flavor. Subtle wheat flavors and a hint of lemony zest finish off this sour bomb as intial flavors continue in strength.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and it's hard to tell how carbonated this is due to its sourness. The sourness simultaneously numbs and stings the tongue. It goes down sticky and that's about it.
NOTE: So sour, but so good.

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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.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle stamp of 4-14-14

Pours a bright yellow orange with some haze, minimal head. Smells tart, apricot, yeast funk, all muted by wheat grainy aromas. Taste is tart citrus notes, lemon, lime, creamy wheat textures through the middle and a lemony bitterness at the end. Texture is smooth, a bit creamy and yeasty. Great Berliner Weisse, very refreshing and low alcohol. An all-day drinker, and super reasonable for most Bruery pricing- $8.99 at my local shop.

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Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Foundry like a boss in Northampton, MA.

A- Straw hazy yellow pour out of the tap to a tumbler leading to a fizzy white cap. Crown falls to nothing and some legs stick but almost no permanent lacing.

S- Dusty whole wheat cracked grain and lactic acid bacteria. The lacto reminds me of lemons a bit. Hint of funky must.

T- Reminds me of the spontaneous grain fermented Berliner I homebrewed with a very pure flavor profile with two giants: lactic bacteria and wheat. Hint of cracked spices like pink pepper, cereal and stone fruit like a young apricot.

MF- Light as can be with just a hint of fizzy frothy consistency. High carbonation really helps out the acidity and delicate funky flavors.

A pure and fairly straightforward Berliner. Lemony acidity and whole wheaty grains. Personally love the lower end ABV supporting a bold flavor.

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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.

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Photo of Child_Pugh
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't spot the scent until I looked at comments. Someone said cooked corn and sulfur on the nose.... Perfectly said. That is exactly how it smells. Taste is strange, wheat overtones make it a strange sour. Unusual is my choice term for this. Very acidic, not very smooth and salty after taste, likely would never get again but glad I tried this interesting sour.

Edit: after eating a couple of pretzels this sour changed completely, it tasted much smoother, much more crisp on the palate. An actually very good flavor after the pretzel. Likely due to salt of the pretzels?

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Photo of Panamakevin
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was light delicious and crisp. Perfect for a hot summer day... I was thourghly impressed with it being only $6 a whole foods, I will stock up on this one...

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Photo of john0721
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cooked corn and eggs(sulfur) in the nose.

Wheat, lemon with some tartness in the flavor, followed by a dry finish.

The flavor was refreshing, but the nose was disappointing.

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Photo of extralazy
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light refreshing beer that has bread, tart and lemon flavors.
Pours a hazy pale color with a big fluffy head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Smells bready, tart, and lemony. Flavor has same notes as the smell, but seems a little bland to me, might be the style. Mouthfeel reminded me of a dry cider, light dry and crisp with moderate carbonation.
Tried it again with the suggested addition of syrups (tried with raspberry) and I liked it more.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tart nose, wheat, acidic. Palate: acidic, lemony, hazy pale straw, head is large and fluffy but quickly dissipates, very highly effervesce, light tart, refreshing, no hops, light fruitiness, light body, high carbonation, no alcohol presence, refreshing.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque, muddy straw producing 2+ fingers of effervescent, white, shortlived head that leaves no lace. Aroma is wheat, lactic acid sourness, green apple & lemon/lime with a hint of Brett mustiness. Taste is very lactic, thin wheat malt, some citrusy & green apple fruitiness, a little Brett & brine. Fruitiness & brine most prominent in the finish. Afrertaste is tart & salty. I'm not sure that this is brewed with salt as is the case with Gose but it certainly has a saline twang. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with medium carbonation, prickly, crisp, dry & puckering. If you liked Sweet Tarts candy as a child then you will most likely give this a solid 4-5.

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Photo of JRed
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Transparent shiny golden with everlasting white head. Aroma of wheat, sour grapes, floral notes. Tastes of wheat, sourness, lemon zest, spritzy backyard fruit bucket. Light in body with high carbonation. Real nice, refreshing. Athletes could substitute this for Gatorade.

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Photo of Agent1
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Review includes Hottenroth with woodruff, and without.

1) WITH WOODRUFF (traditional method):

Appearance - Bright, bright turquoise and neon with bubbly champagne head. Head has traces of neon blue. Like Scope. Very interesting. Quite active in the glass.

Smell - Faint lemon peel, bubble gum ice cream, straw, candy, floral and plant-like.

Taste - Sorbet, Christmas cake/ fruitcake, elderberries, pot-pourri, green jelly, cloves, flowers, mint, cane sugar, elements of a lambic yet less sour and more floral, herbal notes. Clean yeasty notes. Wheat with lemon peel and lime Kool-aid. The lactobacillus and brett really balances the sugar and helps pulls all the syrup notes together.

Mouthfeel - Strong carbonation which works great with this beer. Clean and quick finish. Very nice.

Overall - This is where cocktails meet lambic/ sours. Incredibly unique. This may be the ultimate seasonal wheat beer when wanting to mix things up! I imagine drinking this at Christmas or on a hot summer day and having it blow my mind. There is no other style of beer that tastes anything like this when done the traditional way. Very earthy, floral and tart. Easily one of the most unique beers I've had in years.

2) WITHOUT WOODRUFF (non-traditional):

Appearance - Yellow/ golden with a slightly cloudy appearance. Bright, white head. Quite active in the glass.

Smell - Tart and dry. Lemon/ lemon peel, hay, straw, wheat, Significantly less sweetness (as expected, due to no syrup). Much more sour on the nose.

Taste - Wheat, hay, subtle pineapple, lemon, faint cloves and/or coriander. Strong acidity. Much dryer and tart without woodruff. It may go without saying, but this is significantly less complex on its own.

Mouthfeel - Dry and sour. Very similar to a lambic. Like biting into a lemon. Great feel.

Overall - Do yourself a favor and find some woodruff. Syrup is a must with this style of beer.

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Photo of antott0523
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque golden yellow with no head, no lace. The carbonation is present, but barely visible.

S: Presence of wheat, lemon rind, white grape must, fresh sourdough.

T: Sour does = yum, and this beer is yummy. Not too sour, the flavor reminds me of sparkling water with a twist of lemon. The finish leaves lingering flavors of wheat, biscuits, and crackers on the palate.

M: Highly carbonated with semi-dry body.

D: It's a cool, fall October day, so perhaps this style is out of season. My plans consist of watching a 2 hour Freddie Mercury documentary with my pregnant wife, so a 750mL bottle at only 3% is the perfect match. Enough beer to last the movie, and no unwanted buzz. To sweeten it up a bit I am adding 1oz per pour of framboise liqueur. The beer is a nice representation of the style, but the extra sweetness (as suggested by the bottle) really elevates the beer to another level. This could be a go to for the style, especially at $10 a bottle.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very enjoyable berliner weisse. The low abv makes this bottle crushable on a long, hot, summer day. It has just enough bite/sour to make it very enjoyable while light enough to drink all day.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tart, vegetable like aroma. Taste is also tart with the same vegetable character. Just a hint of honey. Light body, very easy to drink. Good example of a Berliner Weisse.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.1/5  rDev +2%

A- Fizzy white head, huge bubbly carbonation and a hazy golden body. 4

S- Tart, wheaty, kind of berry-like, and there seems to be a bit of saltiness. 4.10

T- Tart with a slight-honey sweetness, and wheat and a nutty quality. There's a slight fruitiness there too. 4

M- Tart, light, and smooth, it's mildly creamy and easy-drinking. 4.1

This is a great rendition. Well done beer from the Bruery. 4.1

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.9/5  rDev -3%

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.

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Photo of Roser
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

A- big foamy bubbly head that lasted a little bit with minimal lacing (almost none). Cloudy golden yellow hue.

S- pungent, barnyard, funky (in a not bad way). The lactobacillus and brett are uber present. Sour's not a smell but the aroma hints at a good bit of tartness to come.

T- more tangy than tart. Yeasty but not biscuity. Sour fruits (green apples, lemons). Like unsweetened lemonade.

M- light, clean, crisp.

O- interesting. Haven't had enough of this style so reluctant to weigh in heavily. Overall, enjoyed the experience and look forward to trying more Berlinerweiss. Would only recommend to a true enthusiast, or maybe someone who thinks he/she "doesn't like beer."


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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious, well-balanced Berliner Weisse that should appeal to everyone. I could imagine how the fruit variants would be even better. The lemony tartness of this beer allows it to pair well with sushi.

Poured from a 750ml into two glasses. Initial pours were orange and transparent with a slight frothy head. Last pour was cloudy, opaque yellow.

Dry, lemony sour flavors with a milky sweet quality. This beer could benefit from some more fruitiness, either in the nose or on the tongue. Nose is nice and sour, with a hint of condensed milk sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp.

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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

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Photo of Badger6
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Really hazy, straw yellow body; huge white head that receded quickly..no lace, no surprise.

S: Yeasty and bready, lactic tartness was pronounced; light hints of citrus, banana, and other fruitiness.

T: Mouth puckering tartness right in the front. Sour apple, yeasty notes and breadiness are all apparent. Some citrus, berry fruit and banana in the background. Finish is acidic and dry.

M: Light, and highly carbonation.

O: Refreshingly easy to drink. Seems simple in description, but so complex on the palate. Low ABV...you won't get bombed on this, this is a beer to drink simply to enjoy a great beer. Recommended.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.94/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of QuentinCall
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
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