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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,227
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 182
Gots: 131 | FT: 9
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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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Photo of sweemzander


4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

750mL bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

(A)- Pours a very pale straw yellow color. Produced an effervescent yet minimal white head that quickly went down to bubbles.

(S)- A really nice dry tart lemon rind and straw wheat. Some nice acidity coming off that lemon character.

(T)- A really excellent acidity bite up front in the form of a tart lemon rind. Some wheat aspects behind that, but otherwise a nicely sour lemon tart profile. A very subtle underlying sweetness on the finish.

(M)- A nice mellow carbonation level and balance. I like the sour kick in this while having a smooth acidity and crisp feel.

(D)- In terms of style, this is really great! It has a ridiculous drinkability due to the mellow ABV and smooth mouthfeel. All the while having a great sour bite to fulfill any sour head's desire at least temporarily. This bottle did not last long. I would not mind getting a case of this for the summertime; Super refreshing.

04-01-2011 00:51:57 | More by sweemzander
Photo of zrab11


3.15/5  rDev -22.2%

A- Pours a golden straw Color with thin head

S-Has a lemon smell to it not much else.

T-Mostly tastes of lemon with a little hint of spice in it

M-Light bodied with good carbonation

D-Didn't really do it for me.. Might just be how this style is. But this mostly tasted like water with lemon juice squeezed into it. Easy to drink but not really much flavor or a very desireable flavor at that. will try others of the same style but prob. wont get this one again

03-20-2011 19:04:05 | More by zrab11
Photo of bs870621345

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

03-16-2011 03:55:24 | More by bs870621345
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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
Photo of beachbum1975


3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

Had this in the basement for a while so I decided to pull it out and throw it in the fridge for a bit.

Pours lightly cloudy with a yellowish brass in color. The head is initially bright white but fades quickly leaving the smallest trace of haze and skiing on the top.

The nose is sour with a mix of mustiness, hints of Belgian candied sugars, pepper and light vanilla.

The taste is quite unique. Very highly carbonated with a medium body. The sourness rages through into the palate with Belgian sugars, oak and even traces of watermelon mixed in with the peppery flavor.

Definitely Belgian-esque. Very interesting for it's style.

03-11-2011 03:05:46 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of Sideswipe


4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

02-27-2011 04:10:52 | More by Sideswipe
Photo of Gobzilla


4/5  rDev -1.2%

A: poured a golden straw color with pale yellow highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: grains were noticeable on the first whiff alongside tart character, citrusy lemon notes, hints of spice, and mild funky aromas.

T: the flavor was moslty citrus lemons alongside some various grains but had tart, oaky, accents and a touch of peach.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a grainy, mild fruity, tart, and dry finish.

D: pretty decent berliner weiss brew that was drinking good with a good amount of tart character.

02-19-2011 05:32:12 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of THECPJ


4.47/5  rDev +10.4%

Reviewed from notes

Many thanks to jsanford for this one!

A: hazy pale yellow with a 1 finger foamy white head

S: sweet, with a hint of sour, yeasty, bananas

T: bananas, cloves, yeasty, perfect flavor balance, slight sourness to it

M: very mild carbonation, crisp, clean, smooth

O: a delicious treat, ready to enjoy more at anytime!


02-18-2011 15:03:32 | More by THECPJ
Photo of tchenery


3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured into a hefe glass. It pours an extremely crisp, bright yellow color with a nice bone white head on top. It looks absolutely fantastic. One of those beers that just looks like a great beer.

It smells like lemon citrus and slightly bready. The taste is basically the same as the smell except for the attack of tartness on the front end. After that is smooths into a nice bready malt flavor and finishes with that classic wheat beer finish.

Tart, sour, snappy, crisp. This would be a great summertime brew, especially coming in at 3.1%.

02-15-2011 22:52:34 | More by tchenery
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured from the 750ml. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

The color is clear with a bit of carbonation and two fingers of foamy white head that rolled back to a clear glass with no lacing.

The smell is a little grape in aroma with some tangy banana aroma. There is a definite wheat flavor that is mixing with some of the malty sweetness that is evident in the nose.

The taste is smooth at first going by with out any true flavor before smacking my lips with some sourness that was lined up on each lip. A nice sweetness comes out in the middle of the sip that is a bit wheaty and has watery flavor that makes this beer feel like a light beer.

This beer is light in feel, there is a rather low ABV but has a well craft flavor profile that also makes for a very drinkable beer that goes down easy with little effort or afterthought.

02-13-2011 05:58:52 | More by Duhast500
Photo of drink1121


4.55/5  rDev +12.3%

I think I had this beer in my proper cellar for about 10 months or so.

A- lemon-straw yellow with a quickly dissipating white head.

S- lemon citus and wheat. The wheat goes from pure wheat to sort of a bready wheat the longer you smell.

T- sour/tart lemon, wheat. And very very faint hops

M- on watery side but I would expect that from a 3% beer

D- I think I am going to down the entire 750 by myself. This is one fantastic brew and will get it again for sure

01-30-2011 22:44:48 | More by drink1121
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

A: light golden colored, real nice appearance,nearly non-existent head. it leaves a very thin rim of bubbles around the edge and thats about it.
S: grassy, vibrant and clean. little mustiness surrounded by nice yellow and orange citrusy notes.
T: not quite so sour lemons, grass, little bit of orange. each individual flavor is a little restrained and nothing really takes the lead to me.
M: the mild sourness is pleasant, and i feel would make a good intro into the variety. its a little weak on the backend, almost watery, but the good carbonation level makes it nice almost all the way through.
D: extremely drinkable, its light and enjoyable. its kind of a mixed bag overall for me, but all in all im glad i tried it.

01-28-2011 03:55:31 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
Photo of 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
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

Bright yellow, super hazy beer. Not much of a head on this one, but I don't think its supposed to. Carbonation was just fine despite what might not look like it at first glance to the top of your beer. Aroma was decent, lemon heavy.

Taste, very tart, even more so when you swirled the yeast into the glass. Not quite puckering, but definitely sour and lemony, a whole lot of flavor packed into a 3% beer, I like it. Definitely going to age the other bottle until summer, seems like an awesome summer beer.

Wouldn't call it overly complex, there's just lots of tart lemony sourness without hardly any sugar or sweetness to it. No hop flavor. Bitterness, but not the kind a hophead would be used to. Challenging to novice hopheads who haven't branched out yet.

Drinkability would be perfect if this stuff wasn't $8 a bottle.

EDIT: Had the new batch on tap, even more tart, jeez, I love this beer, can't wait to try it laying around the pool this summer.

EDIT2: Had a growler of it on Memorial Day while 4wheeling and cave spelunking. Just awesome. This beer keeps rising.

01-02-2011 05:03:55 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Avagadro

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +16%

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.

12-29-2010 04:22:50 | More by Avagadro
Photo of FosterJM


2.95/5  rDev -27.2%

109th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
750ML bottle

App- A dark yellow with a large three finger head that was very fast dissolving. This was a lot darker than I thought it would be.

Smell- Tart & Yeasty with a somewhat mild earthiness.

Taste- I'm leaning towards saying they put sour liquid in a vat and called it beer and bottled it. This thing is tart and tangy, a bit much for me.

Mouth- Its a big flavor rush on this. Its crisp and clean and sweet.

Drink- I finished the bottle. If all sours are like this, then I don't think they are for me.

12-13-2010 05:30:18 | More by FosterJM
Photo of InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%

On tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Olde City, during their sour week.

Poured into a goblet, a cloudy,hazy, grassy yellow color, with a big foamy white head with nice lacing throughtout.

Sour, funky sour. The most sour beer I've ever tasted. Funky sour apples perhaps.

The mouthfeel was very sharp and crisp with a very tart finish.

Drinkable, but I didn't order a second...

11-27-2010 18:32:34 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of scoots511


3.08/5  rDev -24%

Note: The comments below are from beer tasting notes written in early 2009. I will update this with my next tasting.

Highly carbonated

Slight sour fruit and citric taste

Berliner Weisse production notes: Mashed hops (into grain, hops not boiled) will impede the pedicocci and lactobacillus which imparts flavors to this sour wheat beer (50% wheat). Popular in the 19th century, Napoleon liked it. Germans cut it with syrup, raspberry.

11-21-2010 20:11:49 | More by scoots511
Photo of ohiobrewtus


4.05/5  rDev 0%

750ml poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours with a tight, fluffy, 1 finger white head, dark straw to light golden in color, slightly opaque.

Aroma - slight malty sweetness (pils/wheat) and sour tartness with hints of apple and pear.

Mouthfeel - medium body, medium to medium full carbonation. Smooth, slightly prickly from carbonation.

Flavor - Mild sour tartness with wheat/pils sweetness. No perceptible hop bitterness or flavor. The tartness/prickly carbonation combination provides very good drinkability.

Overall - One would expect any 3.1% abv beer to be easy to drink, but this beer combines the crisp sharpness of the carbonation and the sour tartness to provide great drinkability regardless of abv.

11-14-2010 20:27:32 | More by ohiobrewtus
Photo of Thorpe429


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
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured from a 750ml. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

A: Gentle pour yields a fluffy, white, sticky, 1.5 finger head with decent retention. Beer is a cloudy lemon that reveals an ample amount of carbonation. Lacing is web-like and stringy with average stick.

S: Smells of... sweet vomit... but I mean it in the least offensive way. Tartness comes through and is accompanied by a fresh lemon zest and the slightest hint of wheat in the back.

T: Opens wheaty with an estery, malty backbone. Tartness peaks towards the middle with hints of lemon and coarse yeastiness. Plain, but very refreshing. Not overly tart or sweet. Great balance. Finishes more of the same tartness. Aftertastes is wheat.

M: Light bodied and highly carbonated. Tickles the tongue and mouth as it goes down and very refreshing the whole way through. Slightly dry. Finish is accented and aftertaste is relatively clean.

D: At just above 3%, this is about as sessionable as they get. Great taste and really thirst-quenching. I feel like I could never get enough of this. Solid representation of a great style.

10-11-2010 02:12:38 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of hopsbreath


4.68/5  rDev +15.6%

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

10-08-2010 01:41:14 | More by hopsbreath
Photo of aasher


4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

This is my first beer from the Bruery and I'd been wanting to try it for awhile, despite the low abv. It poured a very carbonated and crisp pale, pale straw yellow in color with a great deal of white, quickly dissipating foam. It looks like pear juice or watered down apple juice and is very light in color. The only thing I can really smell is the sourness and tartness of a good Berliner Weiss. The taste is excellent. It reminds me of a sour, light apple or pear cider. The mouthfeel is very light and very, very crisp due to good carbonation. I find this to be insanely drinkable, probably because it's only 3.1%. The only drawback is the price of 9.99 for a low abv beer but otherwise it's definitely worth trying.

10-02-2010 03:22:56 | More by aasher
Photo of stakem


4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Review from notes taken on 7/30/10.

750ml bottle care of BA Bring, thanks man!

Shared with a fellow berliner weisse lover and poured into a couple pint glasses. Hottenroth appears a light cloudy yellow color with a thin fizzy whisp of white bubbles for a head. The head receeds quickly without any remnants left behind.

The aroma has a tart mixture of lemony notes mixed with some "puky tones" well kinda reminescent of vomit... yeah I know it sounds gross but it is kinda good in a strange funky way.

The taste is sharp and acidic with some lemony rind flavors and a touch of what i perceive as salty or savory with quite a bit of puckering power. A slight grain flavor lingers in the mouth as I salivate for another sip. A cereal-like grain flavor lingers with a bit of yeastiness.

Overall a very light bodied brew with a moderately high level of carbonation that fits the style. Overall it wasn't bad but I think there are a few others out there which are a bit better value for the money.

09-25-2010 02:47:25 | More by stakem
Photo of ausonius

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Light blond color.
Frothy/foamy head settles to a thin patchy head with some lacing.

Huge fragrant nose. Mealy, grainy, round, slightly toasted aroma. Hint of lemongrass & fresh Ialian semolina bread.
Wonderfully fresh, fruity/flowery & slightly lactic.

On the palate: Very light body with pretty big flavor.
Fresh, slightly sharp lactic, lemon/lime, grainy wheat. Slightly sour - which fades from mid-palate to finish.

Clean. Lots of flavor & great balance.

This is a wonderful, characterful, big flavored brew.
You feel like you could drink this stuff all day ... if necessary!?!

. . . @ 3.1% ABV, maybe you could!

93 Points

Amazing brews coming out of this place!


09-20-2010 19:25:33 | More by ausonius
Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 1,227 ratings.