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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,358 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,358
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 184
Gots: 145 | FT: 8
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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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Texasfan549, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

brentk56, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

kjkinsey, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

GRG1313, Nov 05, 2009
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4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

mikesgroove, Sep 09, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 25, 2009
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3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Knapp85, Feb 07, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 23, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

largadeer, Feb 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

SocalKicks, Oct 09, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

TMoney2591, Dec 12, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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".

emerge077, Jun 18, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, cracked before the BBQ festivities start up for our nation's birthday.

This beer pours a rather hazy, pale golden straw colour, with a fistful of puffy, frothy, and tightly foamy eggshell white head, which leaves pretty much nil in terms of lacing.

It smells of sharp, tart white wine, the derived vinegar, a musty funk, sour lemon, edgy wheat grain, and a mild earthy grassiness. The taste is actually a fair bit less tart, but still replete with lemon zest, white wine vinegar, crab-apple, gritty and grainy wheat malt, a soft barnyard funk, wet grass, and an earthy yeastiness.

The carbonation is quite robust, in a mouth-filling frothy sort of manner, the body medium-light in weight, and generally a bit too tart to be deemed particularly smooth, yet an airy creaminess arises over time. It finishes dry, dry, dry, the fruit, yeast, and wheat all colluding and conspiring as such.

Well-rounded in its tart and funky base parameters, and overall, a decently drinkable, and even refreshing at times version of the style - I've not had many chances to try the real deal, so take that with a grain of salt (sounds like something that's actually in this beer). I suppose I should try mixing this as is typically suggested, but for some reason I'm all out of woodruff.

biboergosum, Jul 02, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

zeff80, Aug 31, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cat piss and cider. And I am quite familiar with the style and its production, and this is not quite right. It's not horrible (well, unless you think all Berliner-style weisse is horrible...), but it should be better, somehow cleaner, and definitely less cidery. Oddly, it's an incredibly easy beer to make. And this is a little known fact, but because of that, it was actually quite common in the U.S. at one point. I digress, you are kind of at the mercy of the 'unknown' in its production, but you do have some control, and you do have taste buds... it's also an easy beer to blend if something goes astray! I've never had another beer from The Bruery so I can't judge it against anything else they've done. Hopefully what I had was just a bad batch. Oh, I should mention though, that it was well-received by the rest of my party.

NeroFiddled, Oct 07, 2008
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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

StonedTrippin, Nov 10, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of bone white head on top of a pale, straw yellow body with excellent clarity. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Musty aroma of lactic acid and wet fur. Lots of tart wheat with a little bit of sulphur and a hint of coriander.

T - Mild lactic acidity up front with lots of tangy wheat flavor and some musty wild yeast character. The tartness mellows out in the middle and fades to make way for the wheat in the finish along with an odd, nutty malt note that I have occasionally tasted in other wild beers.

M - Light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a very light beer, and while it has more wild yeast character than the other examples of the style that I have tried, there is not a lot going on here. It is pretty much all lactic acid and wheat, with some odd wild yeast notes thrown in. The must is a little off putting and perhaps unnecessary in a Berliner Weisse.

The beer by itself is not bad, but it is a bit boring. I don't have any woodruff, but I found some raspberry syrup and decided to give it a try with the second half of the bottle. The syrup adds a nice dimension of fruit to the aroma that works well with the sourness that was already there. The syrup seems to boost the acidity in the flavor while also adding a bit to the body of the beer. I only added a little bit of the syrup so that it wouldn't sweeten the beer too much and it does nothing to mask the nutty wild yeast character. I would definitely recommend tasting the beer straight, but I found it more drinkable with the added complexity of the fruit.

nickfl, Jan 11, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As pale as a glass of lemonade, light watery yellow color with a bright white effervescent fine bubbled head. Even a bit of champagne like look to it, this is a low alcohol beer maybe my first Berliner Weisse. I'm going to hold off on the yeast sediment until the end, the lacing was even with thick patches as the head dwindled pretty slowly. At the end I decided to pour some yeast sediment it looks like an unfiltered lemonade now.

Aromatics offer up a nice plain yogurt and crushed cereal grains note, with an evident citrus pucker to it. Tart mild white apple cider vinegar notes with a sharp wheat note diving in as well. A nice mix of tart candy is really the expression the nose gives me.

Flavors are pungently sour not enough to completely dry the back of the throat out, but an even sturdy tartness that rides well with the wheat notes including some citrus and tart apple esters. This is very enjoyable some sours induce some reflux like sensations in your mouth but this one keeps it pretty balanced without too much vinegar notes. Again a creamy yogurt sensation hits the palate with some granola crushed in it, definitely a lactic acid zing. The more yeast added to the glass the more tartness that comes over the palate, I had more depth before the yeast addition and it also added a slightly salty sensation on the palate.

Mouthfeel is light bodied pretty bone dry refreshing spritzy carbonation, sour and tart finish sticks around. Heavy on the lactic acid and but very complex sensation on the palate not your everyday beer, quite enjoyable. If beer is acidic in nature already this one probably pushes the envelope and drops the pH a couple more notches than your average session lager.

Drinkability is quality in limited quantities I love sour ales, my limited runs with Berliner Weisse thus far has been a great experience, time to try some German versions. I've only had Nodding Head and DFH versions. At 8.99 it's a bit much for a session ale, but the complexity and experience made it worth it for a one time visit. I'd have see this one more readily to try it again anytime soon. Next stop I have to try the Saison Rue or Orchard White. So far in Ohio there's only like 4 or 5 at the most varieties of the Bruery's wares around.

WVbeergeek, Dec 21, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a paler gold, topped with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin foamy layer, leaving some light spotty lacing behind. The aroma is tart and bright feeling in the nose, with plenty of fruity lemon zest present as well grainy sweetness which lends this a certain amount of snap in the nose.

The taste starts with a tart citrus bite up front that is then balanced by that same grainy (and slightly bready) sweetness. A bit of lactic sourness hangs on the backend, lingering into the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a crisp pop to the carbonation that then possesses a much silkier feel underneath. This stays pretty darn smooth despite the strong tartness.

Sharply tart and crisp in the mouth, without a lot of unpleasant souring character, this was a rather good take on a Berlinerwiess. I believe that I actually enjoyed this a bit more in the bottle than I did on tap.

Kegatron, Apr 19, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap @ Teresa's Next Door Beer Geek Brunch. Served chilled in a goblet.

A - Pale golden w/ no head, a ring of tiny beads forms. The clarity is lightly hazed w/ visible carbonation

S - Mild lemony and lactic sour aroma w/ a white grape sweet juice note

M - Sour at first w/ mild acidity and a very fruity sour juiciness w/ lots of carbonation. A mild spiced middle and dry clean finish

T - A crisp, juicy and sour acidic flavor w/ an apple-like tartness w/ mild spiciness in the sips after the initial jolt w/ a slight white grape note mild acidity in the second tastes similar to gewurtztraminer w/ a spiced hint of wheat and mild sweet note w/ light pepper and gentle green apple which carries into the finish

D - Very good example of a Berliner IMO, I am very glad I tried it on tap after only having a sample of a bottle at EBF earlier this year. The mild abv makes for a drinkable sour, a good way to start brunch.

Slatetank, Aug 24, 2009
Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 1,358 ratings.