Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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Reviews: 412
Hads: 1,483
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 188
Gots: 172 | FT: 14
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Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2008

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on my porch on a sunny Friday afternoon.

A. Pours a very pale yellow with a thick creamy white head that dissipates to a thin film.

S. Tart - sour white grapes maybe. A bit of saison-like hay funk.

T. Light malt upfront then the tart fruit flavors come into play; white grapes, granny smith apples all with some tartness that is most akin to nearly ripe raspberries.

M. Thin bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Although I'm frequently opposed to this much carbonation, this has nice small bubbles that make it creamy more than prickly.

D. I wouldn't drink these all the time, but this was just what I was looking for today: tart, refreshing, and cool on a hot summer afternoon. (701 characters)

Photo of Avagadro
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Hottenroth is exceptionally lively, with torrents of tiny bubbles rising from the etching at the bottom of my Stella glass. The body is ever so slightly hazed, and the palest shade of amber one can imagine. Head forms in a frenzy, but quickly fades to nothing.

S: Bouquet is a bit shy, giving only the slightest hint of lemons.

T: Bone dry and exceptionally tart, this brew is both refreshing and delicious. Granny smith apples and lemonade meld together to form an deliciously tart treat.

M: Light, clean, and incredibly effervescent.

D: An outstanding example of one of the most fascinating styles of brew. I highly recommend this to any fan of sour brews, as it is quite delicious. (691 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy straw with a head that fades quickly. No lacing. Aroma of fresh cut, tart green apples. Nice earthiness notes follow. Tartness hits the palate front and center with nice lemon notes. Finishes dry. Light bodied with light carbonation. Overall, this might be the best summer brew on the market - bracingly tart and very refreshing. (345 characters)

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. (408 characters)

Photo of Arenbeer
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tulip glass

A- Pours our almost perfectly clear but has a slight yellow tint to it. On top of the body is a nice bright white 1 finger head that sticks around due to tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

S- Really bready wheat and nice hints of funk from the yeast. Slight banana

T- Wow way more tart than the aroma suggested. Up front the lacto hits you with a nice dry tartness and slight funk. Behind that the wheat and banana create a solid base and flavor.

M- Super light bodied with champagne like carbonation and a nice tart dry finish.

Skål! (603 characters)

Photo of callmescraps
3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Palms, was intrigued.

Appearance - A couldy light gold. A ton of haze. Very light. Nice rocky head. Almost lemonade looking.

Smell - Ok, so NeroFiddled called it "cat piss". Um, I definitely see where it's coming from. Some tart lemon, but then this musty stinkiness that was very off-putting. Not good and funky, but more like a couch that an alley tom cat had used to mark its' territory.

Taste - Surprisingly better. Very tart. Quite tart. Some citrus and lemon. A hint of funkiness, but that weird mustiness disappeared. Nice and light, but so thin and tart that it's a little tough.

Mouthfeel - On the lighter side, but some nice carbonation.

Drinkability - The tartness and lightness might be great on a hot day, but it's almost so tart that you don't want too much more.

This is a strange style, and I get that. However the smell was simply bad. It reeked. The flavor was much better and pretty nice. I'd like to try some more examples of this style, but I just didn't think it was a great beer, frankly. (1,033 characters)

Photo of bulletrain76
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at The Bruery's anniversary. Lightly hazy pale straw with a white head. Funky, tart, wheaty aroma with some apple. The flavor is mostly crisp lemony tartness with some wheat grain, a light acetic touch and tart pear and apple. Not intensely acidic, but I do have a high threshold for sour. Light bodied with crisp, ample carbonation. Great light and refreshing beer. (374 characters)

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

poured into a tulip glass

The Hottenroth pours a hazy golden color with a nice fizzy 2 finger head and minimal retention. Very brilliant looking pour. Nose is very citrusy and some bananas. Wheat is noticeable as well as some funk. Taste is sour from lemony tastes. Also yeast is pronounced on the mouth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very well carbonated. This is a pretty drinkable brew. I am digging this style. (416 characters)

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw color with a very thin, white head.
Smell is a bit off-putting at first--a bit of unpleasant sourness that. Underneath, however, barnyard and tart aromas assert themselves in an appealing way.
Taste is definitely the high point with this one. Very tart, but not too much so. Apple and white grapes, and a good level of sourness.
Mouthfeel is crisp and fresh. A little watery though.
With a very good taste and low ABV, this one is quite drinkable. (458 characters)

Photo of mdvatab
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into tall weizen glass

Aroma: Tart lemon zest, accompanied by a pleasantly musty barnyard funk. Hay with light cereal grain in the background.

Appearance: Light pillow of three-fingered bright white foam collapses quickly after first pour, but hangs around more after subsequent ones. Wow! The body is crystal clear, and of an almost iridescent light gold color that's more striking than any other beer I've had.

Flavor: Lemony tartness meets the tongue first. Extremely light with significant refreshing tartness, which works very well with the crisp carbonation. The puckering sour citrus flavor remains through a quick, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, champagne-like CO2. Light body. Low alcohol is evident, but not missed in this one.

Overall: I've said from time to time that, although I love craft beer, I still think a light American lager is the most refreshing beer during the summer. Well, I'm eating my words big time with this one. Highly sessionable, and HIGHLY recommended! I just wish it were more readily available... (1,057 characters)

Photo of Reappropriated
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am usually a stout and dark beer person, but this is the perfect compliment when mixed in with all those heavy beers. I have had this beer both from the tap and also from a bottle, and both experiences were similar, this review focuses on the bottle.

The beer pours a very light orange straw color, with small head. The aroma is slightly citrusy, but nothing overpowering.

The taste is very nice, with hints of citrus (mostly lemon), over the wheat, overall just a nice refreshing beer that I enjoyed in the sun. This is one of the easiest drinking beers that I have tasted, and I would recommend it to anyone (Unless you are trying to get drunk, as it is only 3.1% alcohol). (681 characters)

Photo of krisandajt
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a beer that I have enjoyed on several occasions with a truly generous BA, mymrnngjckt. It's about time I've sat down and gave this beer its proper review.

Appearance: With an easy pour into my Duvel glass, the first thing I am greeted with is an almost overflowing amount of bone white, bubbly, fluffy head. It's actually interesting to watch, as peaks and crags of the head burst and slowly fade to a thin ring hugging the glass. The beer itself is slightly cloudy, with a soft yellow color.

Smell: The first thing I notice is a subtle tart sourness. Mixed in with that sourness is hints of grass and an almost sour citrusy quality. Not the type of citrusy that can be attributed to hops, but more like lemon zest. I have to admit, however, that what I find most intriguing about the smell is that no one part of it really overpowers another. Each portion of the smell exist in a delicious synergy that, combined, is very enjoyable.

Taste: Taste is clean, crisp, and tart. The grassy tones I picked up in the smell are virtually non-existent, and the sour mingles with the citrusy lemon zest in a tasty dance of awesome. It leaves me with a refreshed feeling, yet is so good I must go back for more.

Mouthfeel: This beer screams light, crisp, and refreshing. The mouthfeel is light, carbonation is very adequate, and it goes down easy with a slight mouth puckering tart. Very enjoyable.

Drinkability: I have to say that this beer is perhaps one of the most drinkable beers I have ever come across. It's light, crisp, has an enjoyable bit of tartness to it, all with a very sessionable 3.1% ABV. I could easily see myself enjoying a couple of bottles of this in an evening. I highly recommend trying this beer if you get the chance. (1,745 characters)

Photo of taylorhamrick
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (1,820 characters)

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excited to try this pale horse.. light watery yellow, like diluted urine with an enviable tart and slightly sour nose, traces of lemons. it starts with that sharpness of the tart before giving way briefly to sour notes, and finishing long with wheat.
one day, when i have this again, i'll surely introduce syrups into the beverage. next time, i will be prepared. as it is, i could drink it everyday of the summer even in alaska. (428 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (1,195 characters)

Photo of bs870621345
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had one as a warm up for PtY today

Pours a clear yellow with a half inch of white head. Fades to a collar and leaves a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like lemons, acid, and spice. Can't really pick out the spice, but its not over powering, yet pleasant.

Taste follows smell, lemons and acid up front, spice- seemingly black pepperish- and a little watery on the end.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and light, extremely refreshing.

Drinkability is fantastic! Could have had a few of these, but wanted to save my money/alcohol intake for PtY. (558 characters)

Photo of Trilogy31
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale clear yellow/silver with a lively head that leaves quickly without a trace, looks like champagne and the carbonation is right on par with that too. The nose is subtle with a slightly sour vinous quality, along with cherry and a touch of earth along with a funky minerality. The taste is spot on champagne, dry, nice acidity, chalky with a slight sourness and almost a french "terrior" of minerals and earth. Very good to drink just not a fan if its considered a beer as it could trick most into being champagne and though i like it, to style its just not there (573 characters)

Photo of hopsbreath
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear pale yellow on the pour with a quickly dissipating paper white champagne like head. It dissipates to zilch, nothing, zero cap. No lacing is evident whatsoever. All of that fits the style guidlines perfectly. 5/5

Green apples, pinot, putrid wheaties, and tart citrus dominate the nose. This smells great! 4.5/5

Wonderfully sour taste has a hint of bleu cheese and tons of crisp rolled wheat comes across the soft palate on the finish. Its not super complex but it is so wonderfully good at what it does its worth the price of admission. 4.5/5

Thin, brisk, highly carbonated, and refreshing. Primo. 5/5

Do beers get any easier to drink than this? I think not! Another top score it is! 5/5 (708 characters)

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

At The Bruery.

The beer pours a clear golden yellow color with a finger of snow white foam. Smells of sweet esters and lemon rind. The taste is lemon zest, sweet esters and chardonnay. Very nice. The beer is light bodied with a high level of carbonation. I'm really enjoying this one. It's very refreshing and the white wine characteristics that I'm getting lend a complexity to the beer that is very enjoyable. This would be a great beer to have on a hot summer day. it's great on a cold, rainy winter one today! I'll be seeking this out in the future. (555 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lightly hazy light yellow color with a thin white head that subsided quickly

Smell is cardboard, probably an old bottle, with citric acid like lemonyness and a clean soft wheat accent.

The taste has more of the oxidized cardboard with a nice sourness. Crisp carbonation and the soft wheat flavors go very well with the sour finish to lend it a lemonade like quality.

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a smooth body from the wheat.

Overall I would love to try a fresher version but for a rare style I think this is a good example. (546 characters)

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

Poured into a stone nonic, shared with Cavery.

A: Pours like hazy white grape juice. A pale yellow, silver that is clear around the edges and more translucent in the middle. Nice microbubble head and some lacing.

S: Raw wheat sticks out, a sort of high-quality lagerish smell. Some grape in the nose too with a little bit of tartness.

T: Wheat comes in and goes into a berry sweet tartness that mixes and mellows out, leaving a sourdough bread aftertaste. Much more flavorful than I expected.

M: Medium carbonation, which I think is good. Much less or much more I think would hurt the drinkability of the beer. Very crisp and refreshing, definitely great summer drinking.

O: I'm not too used or into this vicinity of style but I actually found this enjoyable and quite drinkable. It would actually be interesting to try these with some of the recommended syrups. If lighter german styles are your thing, I have a hard time believing you won't love this. (959 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Slight vinegary aroma, which is slightly in the taste and mouthfeel. No lacing.Body light yellow, hazy.
Flavor is very tart and lemony, very much a mouth puckering sour, but light with no alcohol, no hops, no malt. Which isn't bad at all.

This a very tart, refreshing Berliner Weise. Some earthy notes, and tastes on this beer. (329 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of the Bruery's more affordable beers is also its most thirst-quenching and funky. Split a 750 mL of Hottenroth with my girlfriend on a hot summer afternoon. Enjoyed in my Dogfish Head snifter.

Appearance (3.5/5): Hottenroth pours a cloudy light orange with a voluminous 3.5 finger head that dissipates quickly. A very light colored beer, Hottenroth isn't what I'd call a looker.

Smell (4/5): Smells lactic and sour; a hint of cranberry, wheat, strawberry, leathery and quite peculiar--kind of like the smell of a dentist's office. Pretty weird, but definitely not off-putting. I actually quite like the smell. Welcome to the world of Berliner Weisse!

Taste (4/5): Quite tart. Beautiful hit of sour Granny Smith apple, lemon, and cranberry. Big wheat notes and a nice, short, refreshing finish. This is a true thirst-quencher! However, I must dock some points because Hottenroth is a little one-noted–it's kind of a one trick pony where the sour/lactic note does all the work and there are no background flavors. That said, still tasty.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): great high carbonation, light mouthfeel, very refreshing, short sour finish. The sourness does not linger long after a pull from the glass.

Overall (4/5): Hottenroth is a perfect summer beer. It's super refreshing, lighter, and has a nice tart berry/citrus thing going on. It IS a one-trick pony, but as far as domestic Berliner Weisses go, it's of very high quality–as to be expected from The Bruery. Good stuff. (1,487 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
3.91/5  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 (709 characters)

Photo of Bmoyer0301
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:

As I popped the cap on this champagne bottle I was greeted by a wonderful hiss and a waft of CO2 gas that slid out of the neck of the bottle. I reached back into my glassware cabinet and pulled out another one of my favorites, my Unibroue tulip which has a beautiful slender body with a protruding rim which helps channel all the aromas. I decided to pour this one real gentle because from experience Berliner Weiss's' tend to be quite carbonated and I sure don't want to overflow my glass with foam. Next, I titled the glass and bottle while it filled up quite quickly with a three finger thick head and then dissipated in only a few minutes almost leaving it appear flat. This beer is a beautiful pale yellow gold color with a fair amount of haze which isn't letting a large amount of light pass through. As I hold my glass up to the light and give a generous swirl, I am not seeing any lacing at all which just clarifies that this is a thin beer.

Smell:

Right off the start I am greeted with acidic lemons, green apples, and pineapples. There is a fair amount of funk that almost resembles hay and vinegar with a touch a corn meal and horse feed thrown in. Almost resembles, a really dry white wine or brute champagne with loads on corn flakes and wheat bread.

Taste:

Mouth puckering tartness all around! This is loaded with lemons and vinegar that almost make me wince its that sour. At this point there is no head at all but yet its highly carbonated on my palate. I can understand why people would want to add the recommended raspberry or woodruff syrups to sweeten this up and take the acidity down a notch or two its very intense. This reminds me of a liquid version of sour patch kids candy with baskets of green apples that have been soaking in margarita sour mix. Don't let my descriptors scare you away because this is probably the best beer to the style I ever had and not to mention its very hot here today and it's very refreshing and doesn't sit real heavy in my stomach.

Drinkability:

You better enjoy sour tart things before you tackle this bottle, because its a large one. I will be sharing the rest with my wife who always enjoys when I break out a sour beer. Overall I really enjoyed this beer and even better it was just perfect for this hot day. I will chalk up another win for the Bruery and their beers, they always seem to impress me. Since this is a rarely made st lye of beer i would definitely say you should give it a try if you come across it just for the experience. It was sour, tart, winy, and refreshing and should not be overseen when you go looking for a great summer beer. (2,631 characters)

Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.