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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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1,290 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,290
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 186
Gots: 135 | FT: 7
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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

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

AlexM, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Skuter, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of phichifiji00
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy straw color. Pours moderate head. Fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: barnyard funk, earthy, grassy, lemon zest.

Taste: tart, horseblanket,lemon zest, acidic.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, good carb, crisp, acidic.

Overall: very tasty. The best light beer I've ever had. Very complex. Very drinkable.

phichifiji00, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of ptykozoon
2.73/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy yellow hoegaarden color.

Sweet apple, lemon. Citrus.

Sprite with alcohol basically. Lemon/lime. Nothing below the surface however, and the taste is generally lacking.

Great texture. Refreshing I suppose.

Meh! Not the best Bruery beer out there.

ptykozoon, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of Bonis
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy very pale straw color. Literally might be the lightest beer I've ever seen. Looks like some watered down lemon juice. Tall head fades quickly with little to no lace left behind.

S - Loads of wheat and lactic tartness. Sour lemon and subtle spices make an appearance. Loads of funky sourness as it warms. Interesting, but I don't expect this much funk in a Berliner Weiss. Could be an old bottle.

T - Tart lemon rind and wheat mingle with the funk from the nose. A slightly tart and herbal finish. Not an extremely flavorful beer (which is understandable considering the ABV), but good for what it is. I get a touch of bready malt sweetness as it warms. Some gulps are quite sour and create that puckering effect.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. Highly refreshing. Puckering and quite mouth watering at times. This is the reason I go for these lower alcohol tart/sour beers at times. The standout attribute of this beer.

O - Well, this is the 4th Berliner Weiss I've tried, and probably second only to the Fritz Briem Berliner Weiss. This is a fascinating beer that comes from a fascinating style that is in need of more accessibility. Hopefully more breweries will start to brew Berliner Weissbiers. This was a solid beer for me. One I would purchase again in the future, but hopefully will find it fresh.

Bonis, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of rootbeerman
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours clear straw yellow, with a initially two finger head which settled to a thin white layer.
S: a sharp/tart wheat, kristalweizen like banana and bubble gum.
T: tart, but not overly. Wheat and tartness lends to a light lemon flavor. Very crisp and refreshing
M: very crisp, light on the palate with prickly carbonation.
O: between Berliner Weiss and Gose two hard to find styles in, mainly by different brewers yet are my favorites.

rootbeerman, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of claytong
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

if i knew the price i probably wouldnt pay it. crabtree's berliner weiss is top notch and cheap.

appearance - very light straw in color. minimal head, with minor rim lacing. somewhat active carbonation.

smell - grapes, acid, pear, pretty nice and well blended.

taste - wheat bread, grapes, wheres the tartness/acid?, not bad but not great

mouthfeel/overall - lack of acid makes it pretty wet in the mouth, thin body and thin carbonation. still very drinkable and enjoyable, but not my ideal for the style.

claytong, Oct 03, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Bruery's Hottenroth is a weird brew for me to review. I haven't had too many Berliner Weiss's, and I love the taste of it. But all the same, it looks like an adjunct lager after the head dissipates, and its tart, dry and funky smell disappears fairly quickly too.

A friendly review would call it delicate. A review that slammed it would compare it to Miller Lite. I'll lean more towards delicate, but ask for a bit more.

It starts off tart and puckery. In the middle there's a bit of breadiness, but not much. And it finishes with the pepper and citrus esters that brewing with wheat often provides. It's light and watery on the palate, and highly drinkable.

No doubt a fun beer to pair with salads and lighter fare, The Bruery's Hottenroth would also be great on a summer day in the park, or after your monthly jog. (Like tonight).

And you won't hear me complaining about 3.1% alcohol by volume. What a gift!

afksports, Sep 13, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, palest yellow color with over one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass and a light dusting of sediment is left behind.

S: Like a ripe sourdough starter--there is very little present in the smell of this beer aside from dilute acetic acid and some fairly assertive wheat.

T: Begins dry, with an easygoing tartness that is made more approachable by the soft bready grain that draws out lactic qualities. The middle is largely vacant of discernible qualities, but bready malt resurges in the slightly tart finish.

M: Thin viscosity, wet on the palate where surprisingly little acidity is felt, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Effortlessly drinkable; the strong wheat component here is unexpected in such a low-gravity beer, but definitely compelling. It is a strange sour, fresh rather than woody or musty as is typical for various other styles, possibly with potential as a gateway. While remarkably clean, a word of warning is in order: do not follow other beers with this one, unless you like your sour beer to taste like stomach acid.

beagle75, Sep 11, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

RenoZymurgist, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Clear straw and golden yellow with a quickly forming but quickly dissipating white head. Not much lace left down the glass. Lots of small carbonation bubbles rushing up through the beer long after settling. Near perfect per the style.

Aromas of lemon, apple, pear, and wheat dominate. There's also some hay and grass as well, as well as a mild tartness hiding in the background.

Initial tartness followed by sweet lemon and apple, then some grass and hay, wheat, and a mild sour tartness at the end.

Incredibly easy drinking. Highly carbonated. A wonderful summer all-day sipper.

A wonderful Berliner Weiss I'd love to have in my fridge at all times.

ehammond1, Sep 10, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Sammy, 750ml into some tulips.

Poured a whiteish and hazy straw yellow, good sized white head sits atop. A heavy film of head is retained. Nose has straight lemons, wheat and a bit of funk. Uncomplicated, distinct and to the point. Taste is tart through and through, lemons with some light wheat and breadiness on the back-end. Puckering finish, and a relatively quick mouthfeel. Very light body. Very drinkable, and the best berliner I've come across in some time. Extremely quenching, and one where I would've love to have tried the blueberry and raspberry variations(maybe with some woodruff syrup too if available). Incredibly drinkable.

liamt07, Sep 07, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy white, one of the lightest colored beers I have ever seen.

The smell is very light and tart with a light sweetness.

The first drink is very acidic and sour, but this really fades as you drink it becoming very light and wheaty with a light sourness being relegated to the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and acidic with some mild carbonation.

A very light easy drinking beer, the mild sourness adds some nice character to the subtle wheat notes.

bashiba, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of peensteen
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale golden colour, light white head, subtle lacing. Smell is funky, tart lemons, sour in the nose and pretty yeasty. Taste is sour, tart and lemony, yeast, citrus, lemon juice like points, very nice. High prickly carbonation you can feel all across the tongue, good feel, nice weight. Very nice stuff here, very drinkable, I think we knocked off the bottle in about 3-4 minutes, would welcome again gladly.

peensteen, Aug 31, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL brown glass pry-top bottle thanks to rtepiak. No date that I can find.

Pours clear then cloudy towards the end, which makes sense. Very little head. Nose has some classic lacto-funky head. Hay and freshly cut grass. Peach pits, lemon zest/juice/pulp. Palate is mildly tart, juicy. Mango, lemon pulp, yellow grapefruit, wet hay, wet grass/freshly mowed grass. Snappy short finish.

Notes: Solid, mildly tart and a little funky. Glad I have a second bottle coming from DarthKostritzer so I can see a little more development.

SFLpunk, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Aug 30, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a capped 750 into a couple tulip glasses. Hey this is a very light gold to straw colored beer, nice thick white head thick with big carbonation bubbles. Head fades slowly to a thin layer.

Carbonation fills the nostrils and makes them all tingly as I smell this pretty beer. Aroma is crisp, tart with a nice little tang from wheat malts. Very light and refreshing is the promise. Tart flavor, bordering on what you might call sour but this is just to light and crispy to be called such. Interesting to detect maybe a bit of saltiness. Finishes very crisp and clean, drying out big in the end leaving me thirsting for more.

Light bodied but I think filling from the heavy carbonation. Still, wife and I will have no problem downing this 750.

ZimZamZoom, Aug 27, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious summer beer (being drunk in downtown Manhattan in the calm before Hurricane Irene and I'm required to evacuate).

Poured into champagne flutes and the appearance would easily pass for champagne. Pale yellow and very bubbly with nice head after a vigorous pour.

The tartness comes through the smell and background of sweet miscellaneous candy.

Taste is very tart light wheat beer -- as its my first Berliner Weisse, I would imagine its typical of the style, but very tasty although nothing to knock my socks off.

Mouthfeel is like slightly tart champagne. Carbonation comes through strong and very drinkable.

Overall, a better beer than my review likely indicates. I wouldn't want this on a cold winter day, but a fantasticly refreshing summer beer.

edrachman, Aug 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, straw, white-wine-like color with a large white head that disappears slowly. Scent is tart lemon with some wheat and grain in the nose. Nice citrus aromas with bright, tart fruit notes. Taste is initially like a very light wheat beer that lacks in all the clove and coriander flavors (which is a good thing) and is replaced by tart lemon and citrus notes. Pleasant yeast flavors make the tart flavors more mellow than they want to be. Finishes with lovely lemon and wheat flavors. Mouthfeel is EXTREMELY light and airy...perfect for this style in beer. Drinkability is EXTREMELY high. Overall, this is an outstanding beer that represents this style to a tee. With such low ABV and such high drinkability, this beer is perfect for session drinking and hot summer days/nights.

DovaliHops, Aug 23, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ontap this beer pours a light golden straw color with a small white head. It smells of sour candy, hops, lemon and wheat. The taste is much like the nose lemon peal, wheat and a very strong tart sourness. The mouthfeel is a medium light good carbonation and good balance of smoothness with the tartness. this is one of the few berliner Weisse beers I have had and it has convinced me to explore the style deeper.

BdubleEdubleRUN, Aug 21, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am really smitten over this beer.

Funny story: My mom "hates" beer. Up until a few days ago she has not had a bottle of beer she enjoys. I took the label off this guy and brought it home to my folks, and said it was a rare champagne with no label and it had been given to me by a friend as a gift.

I poured her a glass of it and she just dug right in. She absolutely loved and raved about how nice and refreshing it was. Only when I told her it was beer did she realize how much her pre-dispositions had warped her appreciations.

Appearance: Brightly yellow. A foam of bubbles. Looks like an oasis of liquid gold.

Smell - Smells a bright, tart, delicious 'yellow'. You can almost taste how the beer is from the nose alone.

Taste - This Berliner Weisse is really friggin' delicious. It goes down SO easy. Why don't we make table beers like this any more? Acidity is spot on--it's really hard to take your lips off the glass.

Mouthfeel - The highlight of the beer. It is so delightfully thin, drinkable, bright, yeasty. Uhn! The high level of carbonation carries this tarty tingle all over your mouth. It's like winning the lottery. I could drink this beer for ages, especially in this Virginia Heat.

Overall - Exemplary. Refreshing. A delightful burst of refreshment. Only gripe is I wish I had about 30 more bottles of this nectar.

JoeProbst, Aug 18, 2011
Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 1,290 ratings.