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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,230 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,230
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 182
Gots: 130 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

Wonderful drinkability if sour or tart is in your repertoire. Cloudy yellow with a big soapy head. Funky, lemony, yeast aroma. Smooth mouthfeel despite tartness, Drying finish. Hits the bullseye.Lots of flavour for very low abv, sessionable. Great by itself or with food.

08-30-2011 17:41:20 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -25.9%

03-02-2013 02:02:47 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%

Pours a murky white wine color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. No lacing whatsoever. Smells of wheat and sour lactic notes. Taste is of mild wheat with a nice sour puckering quality. A high level of carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty tasting good beer but the appearance and smell are not that good. With a low ABV this is a beer you could easily drink all night.

06-19-2011 07:47:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-27-2011 06:10:55 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev 0%

Reviewed from notes. Fortunate to have had this on tap many times at Rustico when they were having a Bruery glassware event. Free tulips + filling them with Hottenroth = a large tulip collection.

Pours a very light grassy color with a bit of an orange tint to it. Small, tight white head and some visible carbonation. The nose brings slightly-tart wheat as well as some faint fruit flavors with a bit of peach and green apple.

The taste is lightly tart with a nice wheat base. Some lighter stone fruits and green apple come through with a bit of sourness. Light mouthfeel with very nice sourness levels and a good overall carbonation base. Drinks incredibly well either plain or with the woodruff.

10-23-2010 01:56:05 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-14-2013 22:14:37 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

On-tap at Pizza Paradiso - Dupont Circle, Washington, DC

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color, almost resembling lemonade. It poured with a thin white head that quickly disappeared into a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. A very light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a very light aroma with some sourness; the nose resembles the smell of a dry white wine.
T: The overall taste is rather sour and has some tart fruity flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate. There is some dryness in the finish that leaves you wanting to take another sip.
D: If you like sourness, the beer is very easy to drink, although you could add some fruit syrup to make it a little more palate. The beer is very light and refreshing.

06-12-2010 01:46:44 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Sun-bleached haystack with sparkly bubbles, superfine yeast, and an eggshell colored crown that looks good immediately after the pour. The foam then fizzes into the atmosphere in minutes, leaving a spotless glass in its wake. Typical for the style, so the score won't fall too low.

The nose is brightly bold and beautiful. Or boldly bright and beautiful. Or beautifully... you get the idea. Hints of Brettanomyces funk was a masterstroke and puts the aroma over the top for this sour beer lover.

Hottenroth Berlin-Style Tart Wheat Ale is not an absolute pucker-bomb that cries out for the addition of sweet syrup. That is to its credit and will make this 750 ml bottle much easier to get through than it otherwise would have been. Besides, a mere 3.10% is no obstacle at all.

Still groovin' on the Brett, which adds lovely horseblanket notes that aren't likely to scare off those who think wild ales are disgusting. Tangy wheat and tart lemon peel are par for the style course and are immensely refreshing. What an outstanding hot weather beer this would be.

It's hard to be too hard on the mouthfeel given the lack of barley. It's more than fine for the style, which is all that really matters. Proper carbonation (which is present here) is never a given with bottle-conditioning.

Hottenroth is one of The Bruery's better efforts and is almost as good as the best Berliner weissbiers to have ever entered my glass (Professor Fritz Briem 1809 and DFH Festina Peche). Bottom line: traditional Berliner weiss with a wild ale twist that works.

03-15-2011 13:13:38 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

Appearance: Pours a hazy lemonade color with a meringue cap that fritters away soda-like; though some foam clumps linger, they slide down the sides of the glass

Smell: Lemon, wheat bread, yeast, cat pee and sweaty saddle

Taste: Tart and funky lemon, with a wheat bread base underneath; grows increasingly tart by mid-palate and after the swallow, with a bone dry finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with initial carbonation that fades quickly once the head disappears

Drinkability: Though I am a little disappointed in the fading carbonation (keep the pours small to preserve the bubbles), this is a refreshingly tart summertime drink

07-09-2010 22:49:16 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-14-2013 08:11:07 | More by zestar
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%

Here we go again. Much, much thanks to the wonderful BA that sent me this bottle as an extra of all things! Enormous generosity here and much thanks. This one was busted out with dinner on Labor Day. Served chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass, it was consumed on 09/07/2009.



The pour was magnificent. Rich and very bright golden yellow coming through wonderfully here. Huge head of white towers over the top of it and only barely settles down leaving tons of white lacing up and down the sides of the glass and a rich looking amount of carbonation on the insides of the glass. Huge tart aroma here. Sour just dripping off of it, running into a wonderful light wheat and grass like base. Very bright, you could pick up from across the room with ease. Even warming brought out some light bready notes but hints of lemon and tart apples still predominate. So I take a sip and I am floored. I am not really sure what this style is supposed to be, but wow. Light, crisp, clean, with rich carbonation and a smooth, rich feel that is second it none. Light grain and grassy notes, hints of sour and tart fruits are all blending together nearly flawlessly. Long and very dry finish only serves to further nail down the point that this was as solid as it gets. I really could have drank half a dozen of these, they were just that good. It was unreal how smooth and refreshing it was..



Overall, wow, just wow. I was not sure what to make of this offering, but if this is a year round thing, I am really, really impressed. One of the light, most easy to drink things I have run across in a very long time. Go get this one, go get this one now.

09-09-2009 22:59:18 | More by mikesgroove
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

04-14-2013 23:06:56 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottle: Poured a clear light bright golden color ale with a large pure white head with good retention and very good lacing. Aroma of sour and tart notes are very well balanced with solid malt notes. Taste is dominated by tart notes thought not overwhelming with great notes of malt and no acidity notes. Body is full for style with good carbonation. Very refreshing with great drinkability factor. Probably one of the bets beer I tasted from this brewery with great balance and refreshing factor.

01-09-2011 03:45:22 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

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

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-05-2013 16:26:50 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-06-2013 14:44:17 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

01-12-2012 07:54:24 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-14-2011 00:17:01 | More by spycow
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance: Pours out a clear body with just a touch of light, pale yellow hues to it and crowned with a frothy, expansive, white head, though this settles out fairly quickly.

Smell: Simply presents a sour, lemony nose with a teeny touch of white wheat.

Taste: Faint extra pale maltiness with a little flourish of crisp wheat. Hint of short-lived sweetness prior to the drizzle of tart fresh lemon juice and wave of lactic sourness. Small sip of clean, clear mineral water. Pleasing sourness on the light, lemonesque finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Immensely refreshing, made all the moreso with its mere hint of alcohol at 3.8%. It's good to see somebody over here trying to keep this style alive. This would serve as a fine Summertime beverage, but did just fine as a kick start to a local Christmas gathering.

12-23-2009 22:10:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
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GRG1313

California

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

I am surprised that there is not more talk/hype about this beer. While low in alcohol it is very different and full of character and flavor.
This is as nice a "drink" as it gets.

Lovely lightly cloudy (but without particulate) yellow with a thick, firm pure white head.

Nose is sour green apple with pure assertive white bread yeast, complex and layered. A bit of sour yogurt, sour milk nose although not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly sour and crisp, full body, flavors and texture.

Flavors are layered sour milk/yogurt with sweet lemon oil to a fresh lemonade flavor that goes a bit to sour milk/yogurt and pleasant citric green apple and lime.

Finish is clean, crisp, fresh and leaves a "sour salivation" in your mouth.

Extremely pleasant, satisfying and remarkably drinkable.

The Bruery is rapidly not only becoming one of my favorite breweries but is doing remarkably creative and bold brews of wonderful quality and character. That this 3.1% abv drink is so appealing is a tribute, along with the wonderful flavors and character. The bottle suggests flavored syrups for the beer and the Bruery, itself, will serve this one with syrups, if you want. Please, give it a shot straight-it's very good.

By the way, in my opinion this is one where the "bottle" is better than the "draft." Draft is less assertive, less extreme, "less" all around. Draft is still nice but go for the bottle on this one.

11-05-2009 05:24:16 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured out as a bright yellowish color with a touch of haze to it. The smell of the beer was of wheat and what could have been lime. The beer smelled sour for the most part. The taste of the beer is light but has a pretty good amount of sour flavors in it to make you wanna pucker a little bit. The mouthfeel was light and fairly refreshing. Overall this beer was exactly what it's supposed to be in my opinion.

02-07-2012 05:04:48 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -9.9%

Served in a Yards shaker pint glass.

After extolling the virtues of this style to a customer earlier, I figured I'd try out a new B-Weiss myself. This one pours a clear pale straw topped by a short-lived couple o' fingers o' fizzy white foam. The nose comprises tart lemon zest, sour yeast (yeah, it's bacteria, but for some reason saying "sour bacteria" doesn't sound right in my head), and light wet wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, with the tartness really blooming right up front. This is short-lived, though, as things die away completely just after the midway point, leaving a very dry and empty tongue. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, a nice B-Weiss, but one that ultimately leaves me wanting in some vague sense. I can't explain it. It's still good, just not as good as it probably could be. I think.

12-12-2011 04:52:32 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-14-2011 22:32:49 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Shared this a few times, first time with a bottle to myself. Summer weather almost demands everyone gets a personal bottle of Berliner Weisse!

Served cold at 45º into a Duvel tulip.

Tight cap of white foam, slides down to a thin broken skim quickly enough. Minimal ring around the edges. Pale pastel canary yellow, almost more the color of white grape juice.

White wine minerality, flinty wet stone, grapes, dusty wheat.

Flavor has a bit of grape sweetness as well, before the wave of dry tart crabapple crispness blasts the palate. Very dry and effervescent, clean and simple. Aftertaste of grain and a hint of clean wild yeast. Very quenching. Easily sipped or gulped, pairs well with food or as an apertif to whet the appetite. If you know someone who likes dry champagne, offer them this. It's no coincidence this is known as the "champagne of the north".

06-18-2011 01:36:39 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, straw yellow color with a white, one-finger head of thin foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of tart green apples. A little yeasty spicy aroma was present, too.

T - A puckeringly tart brew with a nice green apple flavor. There is a grainy flavor with some wheat. It has just enough spice to fight back against the tart kick.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. It crackles on the tongue and the back on the throat. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a good brew but simple too tart to get a really high drinkablity score.

08-31-2010 01:49:11 | More by zeff80
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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 1,230 ratings.