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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

Hottenroth Berliner WeisseHottenroth Berliner Weisse

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BA SCORE
90
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977 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 977
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%


Brewed by:
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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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psiweaver

Washington

4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured out of a fresh growler into a pint glass.

pours a nice hazy light yellow color thats somewhat clear with almost no head.

amazing sharp smell with a great wheat spicyness to it.

this beer is flat out tasty it is amazing how much flavor is crammed into this beer for such a low ABV, its got a nice sharp citrus sour funk to it and yet still has some spice and smoothness from the wheat.

great mouth feel and drink ability extremely refreshing easy to drink and just a flat out tasty beer. Wish I still lived close enough for growler fills.

Serving type: growler

08-05-2010 18:55:41 | More by psiweaver
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Willibomb

South Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer!!

Very unique tart and sour finish, while still maintaining the beer notes that I would expect. This beer has a hazy yellow color with a very thin white head. If you smell it, you can't tell immediately what lies ahead for it has a very grainy and refreshing hop scent.

The drinkability and taste is where this beer really shines. I could drink this beer all day and never feel heavy or due for sugar shock, it ranks right up there with the light beers in refreshingness, and back with the dark beers in satisfaction and depth.

Simply a must try!

Serving type: growler

05-03-2010 22:05:45 | More by Willibomb
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for supplying this...
Appears actransparent lght gold with a small white head. Lots of carbontion slowly rises.
Smell is of sweet lemon, cracked grain, with some dried maize.
Taste is of the aromas with acidic tartness of lemon juice.
Mouthfeel is stinging of tartness and carbonation with a mouth puckering bite.
Not a whole lot going on with this one. Admittedly, not my favorite style.

Serving type: growler

12-09-2009 00:33:21 | More by weeare138
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale yellow, straw yellow, couldn't be yellower, more yellow than mellow yellow. Very pale, almost colorless, a bit hazy though, but fairly clear, with a nice white head that forms on top. The head dies quickly to nothing, and leaves no lacing from the start. Not bad, but I guess that it actually looks quite average. The smell is nice, though all descriptors I could use would sound kind of disgusting. The first thing you get is burnt garbage, like stale bread, old vegetables, rotting starches (trust me on this, I have roommates that keep potatoes until they rot), with just a bit of tartness underneath it all. This is just right I would say - about the only time that hot garbage could be a good smell. The taste is right on too. Nice and tart, with a good back of pale graininess. Not much sweetness, it doesn't need much, just enough to balance the tartness a bit. So light and refreshing, but so interesting with the sour tastes. This yeast profile is actually a bit familiar to me, it reminds me of wild yeast that I caught in my own house - not overpoweringly sour and tart, no taste a vinegar, just a nice pleasant, slightly chalky tartness. A bit of the garbage comes in with the finish as you swallow the smell down. I'm a fan. The body is thin, of course, what else would you expect at this ABV, which I would say is right on for the style. The tartness fixes it back up. Pretty good, for 3.1. The drinkabiliy is just great. Perfect for a session beer. Light, refreshing, low in ABV, and the taste is just challenging and enjoyable enough that I could drink this a lot. When everyone asks "What beer would you choose if it could only be one for the rest of your life?" (assuming that it wasn't going to be your last by far, I suppose) I could probably be happy with this. So very simple and nice.

Serving type: growler

10-02-2009 00:59:40 | More by taylorhamrick
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured via growler on 8/3/09. Thanks to unclejedi for sending this during the final phase of Growling at the Moon!

A - Poured a hazy pale straw-colored body with two fingers of dense, rocky white foam that receded quickly and disappeared, leaving only traces of lacing. Surprisingly lacking in carbonation bubbles, especially for the style.

S - Mild sour apple tartness up front with some spicy notes, followed by some fruity melon notes and honey sweetness in the back. There is also a faint floral character and some perfumy attributes present.

T - Subtle sour apple notes with a hint of fruity sweetness suggesting melons and honey. Finishes with a toasted grainy character, which complements the tartness quite nicely.

M - Light bodied with a mild syrupy texture, but pretty thin and softly carbonated overall, especially for the style. Minimal pucker on the palate with only a hint of tart sourness.

D - Good representation of the style, though it was a little undercarbonated, probably from the long journey from California. However, I found this to be a well-balanced Berliner Weiss that was refreshing and not overly tart.

Serving type: growler

08-31-2009 22:57:21 | More by ffejherb
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AltBock

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Serving type: growler

08-03-2009 04:49:14 | More by AltBock
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let's try a different format for this one.

I purchased this growler last night at Capone's saison event (though obviously this isn't a saison) and am drinking it tonight on a lazy Friday evening.

It pours into my Hopback Amber weizen glass a hazy, pale straw gold, though still a few shades darker than macro-lager color. The head is huge and rocky and initially forms a 2-finger high froth. Eventually it shrinks to a nearly full cap going no further.

The nose presents an acidic tartness coupled with some major citrus (lemon especially). A sweet malt base is a little tricky to pick out, but it's there. Some light floral notes lurk as well, hinting at some herbal additions perhaps.

The first thing that strikes me is the complete dryness of the beer. The body is light with a lower carbonation (surely from repeated fillings and pourings). Tartness is quite prevalent, particularly in the finish, with backup notes of lemon, flowers, and a candy sweetness. Each sip gets me coming back for another, forming an endless cycle.

What a beer for a summer day. But I think the smartest thing I did was choose a 3.1% beer to get a whole half-gallon of. This should be gone in no time.

Serving type: growler

07-31-2009 22:40:12 | More by jmalex
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womencantsail

California

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Hazy pale yellow in color with about one finger of foam that dissipates quickly.

S: Tart lemon, grapes, wheat, and maybe some sour apples.

T: Very tart initially, more sour apple flavor here than I would have thought from the nose, the lemon is definitely there. Nice cereal type taste from the wheat to give it a bit more depth.

M: Very light on the tongue, both in terms of carbonation and body.

D: A solid beer, my favorite so far from The Bruery. This is pretty much my go to beer from them. Just about every time I go to the tasting room, I leave with my growler filled with this.

Serving type: growler

07-25-2009 01:27:23 | More by womencantsail
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PEBKAC

New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler via Whole Foods Bowery for (I want to say) $14.99.

Poured into my Carolus chalice.

The appearance of chill-hazed sparkling apple juice. A spritzy, pasty-colored head sizzles out just like a soda would.

Smell has lots of lemon zest, slight musk, an abundance of sour peaches, with the last remnants of it smelling just a touch doughy. Sour fruit is the main influence here though.

Carbonation is well intact & vibrant after some time sitting in the glass. Thin & sparkling.

For taste, lemon Sour Patch flavor, but Granny Smith tartness. Majorly acidic, making me wince a bit at first. More tart then full-on sour though. Ever so slightly metallic. Again, some peaches, ...& something resembling corn. The finish is dry with dusty bread & oats. I would welcome a touch stronger overall wheat flavor in this, but it is still very nice as is.

I couldn't find any Woodruff syrup locally in time. Having sampled this beer before with some though, I enjoyed the curious shift in taste(cotton candy), & would take it either way. :)

Serving type: growler

03-31-2009 04:20:36 | More by PEBKAC
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BeachRez

California

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a Growler at brewery based only on the name...Hottenroth is my sister-in-law's name as well.
The appearance was a nice crisp golden color with a very nice white head due to the carbination.
The smell was had a hint of citris with something else that the whole night I could not pick out.
This is sour, but not so overpowering that I could not drink it. I am not a far of the sours that just make your lips pucker, but this was very balanced with a light flavoring. VERY smooth.
Not a lot of alcohol to it, so it was something that I drank almost all to myself.
If I did like more of the sour beers, this would be the one I would drink purely based on it's smoothness and balance.

Serving type: growler

03-17-2009 23:26:06 | More by BeachRez
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

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

Fancy growler acquired in trade with wetherel (thanks for sending this one my way!).

Poured a lighter and hazy yellow color with a large sized white head. Aromas of wheaties cereal, citrus, musty, yeast, and citrus (lemons). Tastes of lemons, lighter wheatines, and fruity (apples). Light to medium tart and sour finish. Refreshing and enjoyable!

Serving type: growler

02-24-2009 02:05:06 | More by hopdog
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Brewsmith

California

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler fill from the Bruery. Aroma is yeasty, with a little lemony spicy note. Pale straw, fizzy with a small white head. Sour, tart, dry and carbonated. Light and refreshing. Who needs lemonade? This would be an awesome summer beer. Awesome beer.

Serving type: growler

02-21-2009 23:42:58 | More by Brewsmith
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vacax

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from the Bruery. This is the second batch of this beer. The last batch had a nice tartness develop over time, but this one is much more sour to begin. This batch is more "on the mark" for the style and I am interested to see how this one changes over time as well.

A: Very light straw and hazy, a lot of light comes through this one. Head is very lively and luscious then settles down to nothing within a couple minutes.

S: Tart with some limited sour fruitiness.

T: Tart and citric flavors cascade on the center of the tongue and intensify before dissolving. Not quite a fruity flavor, but shares some similar acidic notes. As the tart fades after I swallow, some wheat flavors come through.

M: Light body and a good carbonation goes well with tartness. I love how simple this beer is, yet how beautifully these elements come together.

D: Tart and crisp, it a perfectly sessionable sour. I have drank growlers of this beer and had on tap numerous occasions and cannot get enough of the stuff. I wish the berliner weissbier was a more popular style.

I really enjoy this beer. Fantastic to enjoy almost anytime, or try adding some fruit syrups.

Review updated 10/31/09. Drinking this again, also had some more examples of the style since originally posted. This is the best one I have tasted, bumping up the taste score to reflect this.

Serving type: growler

02-09-2009 03:42:08 | More by vacax
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head and little lacing

S-wheat, lemon, vinegar, grassy, slight funk

T-wheat, bread dough, slightly funky, lemon, tart apple, vinegar, little grassy

F-medium body with lively carbonation, crisp and tart, little astringent

O-very nice beer, good flavor and breadth for the style

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 01:25:13 | More by MDDMD
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superspak

Michigan

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/4/2013. Pours moderately hazy pale straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing. Minimal lacing and moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour green apple, lemon, pear, grape, wheat, hay, straw, vinegar, clove, herbal, white wine, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast notes with slight malt presence; with great strength. Taste of big sour apple, lemon, pear, grape, hay, straw, wheat, vinegar, clove, musty funk, white wine, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour apple, lemon, pear, grape, vinegar, hay, straw, wheat, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, complexity, and moderate robustness of fruity/funky and tart yeast flavors with light malt presence; with a nice crisp balance of acidity and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 3.1%. Overall this is a highly excellent Berliner weisse! All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of fruity/tart/funky yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 00:28:15 | More by superspak
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: a dark orangish yellow. very bubbly with some ivory colored foam created but none sticks around. very hazy and opaque. not a very appetizing look

Smell: sour, lemon, and a grassiness

Taste: opens up with slightly mouth puckering lemon. some wheaty and grassy characteristics but those are muted by the lemon. strong acidity.

Mouthfeel: very effervescent, medium strength sour and slightly heavy for only 3%. not as refreshing as i'd like and very acidic

Overall: I love the idea of this beer, a 3% refreshing sour beer for the summer. but the execution falls short for me. It doesn't look very good, the smell comes off too grassy, and its overly acidic

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 18:06:37 | More by SportsandJorts
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Samuel906

California

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an interesting looking hazy straw color with very minimal head but lots of fine suspended sediment particles. Smell is lemon, yeast, and tonic. You can smell the sour. Taste is very light, like drinking tonic water with lemon zest, some grassy notes, and wheat. Decently sour, but not puckeringly so. Feel is great! This is light, refreshing, easy to dink with high carbonation that enhances the sour taste. Great beer, super easy to drink. Good pizza beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 06:05:29 | More by Samuel906
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vinny21bal

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 05:10:49 | More by vinny21bal
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 03:02:27 | More by MacQ32
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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
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fourstringer

Maryland

3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into Duvel Tulip glass. I believe the date etched on the bottle reads 3/25/13, but a bit difficult to make out. Served straight up. I don't mess with syrup.

A: Suprisingly clear golden-yellow hue with 2 fingers of clean white head that fizzles away over approximately 2 minutes to nothing. Looked excellent for about 30-60 seconds, then somewhat lackluster. Now looks like apple juice with some film on top. Nice hue though.

S: Tart fruit, notable funk. Lemon.

T: Sour immediately with a relatively bold tartness compared to the handful of Berliner Weissen I've had previously (though not recently). Lingering tartness coats the tongue. Not particularly dry, but certainly not sweet either. Lemon juice type flavors predominate. Limited in terms of complexity, but tastes pretty good, I'd say!

M: Light and effervescent. Nice. There's a surge of salivation about 5 seconds after a swig, which is something I love about the sour styles.

O: Not blown away, but I enjoyed this. More sour than the German versions I've tried and not a whole lot of typical wheat smells/flavors. Not terribly complex or particularly pretty to look at, but drinks nicely. Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 23:02:55 | More by fourstringer
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lordofstarside

Nevada

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 22:15:43 | More by lordofstarside
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rlee1390

Indiana

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

A-Cloudy yellow, some carbonation, one finger head.

S-Wheat, lemon, slight grass, mild tart.

T-Almost like a sweet tart, rather lemony, good deal of wheat. SLight grass. Ends with a nice, well balanced, tartness.

M-Lighter, some carbonation, tad watery but crisp.

O-The low alcohol content is phenomenal. A good beer at an amazing ABV.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 01:08:23 | More by rlee1390
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a very, very hazy yellow to light gold. Forms a half-finger of white head that fades quickly, and low visible carbonation.

S: Tart, lemony, and a bit funky and yeasty. Wheat malt with some grainy character, and a bit grassy.

T: Tart, lactic, and moderately sour, a bit funky, lemon citrus, wheat bread, some grass and funk. The graininess in the malts fades before the swallow though, leaving a clean, dry, tart lactic character in the hang.

M: Light-bodied. No alcohol to speak of. The carbonation sensation is somewhat lower than it should be for style, but it's far from flat.

O: Nice, well-done berliner with a restrained level of tartness. It's not in the same class as Tartare, or the fruited Florida-weisses available. But a really enjoyable drink nevertheless. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 14:58:53 | More by macrosmatic
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Opaque lemon yellow. No head. Light lacing.

S: Lemons rule. Astringent. Apples merge in.

T: Tart as hell. Lemon heavy. Dry, citrus-y. Lemonade with a kick.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: A great summer beer. Very low alcohol. Sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 23:11:10 | More by brewskifan55
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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 977 ratings.