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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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90
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1,448 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,448
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 186
Gots: 158 | FT: 9
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2008

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Ratings: 1,448 | Reviews: 413
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

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

A capped 750ml bottle purchased at Abe's cold beer in Bethlehem for $8. Opened and poured into my 1809 goblet (you can pound nails into concrete with this glass). Appears a cloudy pale straw yellow color with about an inch of fizzy, quickly fading bone white foam. Nose and flavor consist of tart lemon juice, lightly toasted wheat, tart green apples, sparkling mineral water, the sourness is never overbearing. The body is rather light with decent carbonation levels. Nice stuff, although I prefer 1809 a tad more.

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4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy pale yellow, almost the colour of grapefruit juice. Foamy white head with no retention at the start. No head as the glass is topped off.

Some wheat and yeast, but a nice tart note in the nose. A little lemon peel.

Big sour milk note up front, with nice acid and a seltzer like quality. A little salt, leading to yeast and tart acidity. Long tart finish. This one has a nice flavor, a good deal of depth, and good, long lasting power on the palate. This is domestic??? Wow.

Light bodied, acidic, good carbonation.

A big $10 bottle of Berliner Weissbier that actually stands up to good German versions. Flavor and palate feel are excellent. Must try if you like the style.

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3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of light, fluffy, slightly rocky pure white head quickly fizzes away... A completely translucent very pale muted gold color... Bursting with carbonation some of which clings to the sides of the glass and the remainder of which rises at a very quick pace in the center of the glass... The carbonation settles later into the session and the brew becomes rather still...

S - Musky... Dough loaded with yeast... Hints of melon, apple, and pear... A touch of cider... A touch of vinegar... A touch of ginger... A wonderfully light and complex aroma...

T - The impact on the palette is much more muted than expected... All the expected flavors are present, but all in a very mild manor... Only slightly more than a passing kiss of tartness... Apple, pear, and melon... A touch of citrus... A touch ginger... Slightly grassy...

M - Wonderfully light... Wonderfully mellow... Wonderfully crisp... Wonderfully refreshing... Mild carbonation... Slightly thin finish...

D - A solid Berliner Weissebier, but a slightly muted and subdued version... Doesn't pack the flavor or potency that I was expected... Easy drinking and still highly enjoyable, but nothing to memorable...

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

Pale gold color with some haziness. Not much white head, fairly fizzy though. Aroma is slightly funky, with a hint of spicing, and a grassy earthiness.

The flavor is light and pleasant: lemongrass, citrics, a little bit of wheat flavor, a bit of funk. Very refreshing, with the nice tartness. Low alcohol, easy sipper. Pretty great.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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

Bottle split amongst the merry revelers at our annual Holiday party. This was a hit and served as a nice, refreshing change of pace in the lineup.

Pours a straw yellow with white head.

Smells of fresh grain, wheat, yeast, and lemon.

Taste is brilliantly clean. A lemon tartness followed by torrified wheat. Perfect brilliance and just enough body to make this a significant enough beer.

Mouthfeel was good. Crisp. Drinkability is exceptional. It's so pleasant and refreshing, it goes down effortlessly.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle received in trade from BevMoIan. Thanks! Poured into a Berliner Kindl Berliner weisse bowl. Sampling this plain w/o syrup to get a better, before experimenting with the traditional raspberry and woodruff syrups. Really happy to see the Bruery release this style and get some life brought back into what has been almost a dead style.

A - Pours a very pale, cloudy yellow (almost lemonade like in appearance) with a fluffy one finger white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a thin layer of bubbles on the surface that appears alive with bubbles popping and being immediately replaced from below with a never-ending supply of new ones.

S - Smells heavily of brett with its dinstinct funky, bitter and sour smelling character.

T - Sour, acidic, slightly vinegary. Some lemony citrus A breadlike maltiness comes in at the end. Not as sour as some other Berliner Weisse's I've tried, but stil very tart and refreshing.

M - Sour and puckering, leaves a lingering dryness behind in the mouth the urges another sip. Very good. Body is thin and water-like. Carbonation is very high and serves to push the sour aspects to the forefront.

D - At 3.1%, this is practically non-alcoholic...good alternative to lemonade on a hot day. Very easy drinking, if you are into sour/wild ales, this will fit the bill nicely. Probably too tart for people not accustomed to sours. Adding the traditional syrups to this beer will only make it more drinkable (especially for newbies), but I like it just fine by itself.

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4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a very, very pale yellow with a one finger white head that fades instantaneous, as the style usually does. It's even lighter than yellow fizzy beer, which is a little weird to see....but the carbonation is impressive, with tons of bubbles floating to the top

S- getting a lot of lemon out of this one, but it's a different kind of lemon from a wheat beer...it's more of a tart one as opposed to that "lemon flavoring" you might get. My nasal passages are getting assaulted, and that's a good thing

T- it starts off very mild, and then the finish is very tart. Very crisp, very refreshing

M- it actually has a nice body to it, despite the low ABV. Pretty solid, but it has watery characteristics to it as well. All in all, very good

O- I love a great berliner weisse, and this is one of them. I just wish it were a little more affordable

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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2.71/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewing the Hottenroth from The Bruery out of Placentia, California.

Score: 70

2013 vintage bottle served in an upland snifter and enjoyed on 05/07/13. Review is from iPhone notes

Appearance: Pours a murky dull peach color with a finger of white head. Good lacing and retention. Has a light and delicate appearance. 4/5

Smell: Tons of cereal grain, wheat, a little sweet citrus and apples. 3/5

Taste: Has an offensively flat cereal grain flavor upfront with a very faint tartness on the back end. A little buttery too. Wheaty finish. Has a better citrus tartness if you swish the beer rather than let it sit on the palate, but its very grain heavy when it sits on tongue and the wheat lingers. 2/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, low carbonation. Dry finish with a little prickliness. 3.5/5

Overall: I have not had very many berliner weiss, but this is the most "grainy" one that I have sampled to date. Not a fan.

Cost: $7.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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

Photo of macrosmatic
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance
Pale straw with 2 fingers of white head. Hazy with moderate-heavy carbonation.

Nose
Lactic sourness, lemon juice and wheat.

Taste
Lactic sourness along with lemon juice and tangy wheat. There’s a hint of strawberry sweetness. Finishes with a touch of chestnut as well as a Warheads candy essence.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, tart and refreshing.

Overall
This is a fantastic Berliner! $9.60 for a sour that you can drink all day? RIGHT ON!

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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,448 ratings.