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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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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
Photo of beachbum1975
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Sideswipe
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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

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.

Photo of THECPJ
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Cheers!
The CPJ

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

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%.

Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of drink1121
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Avagadro
4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
2.96/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of scoots511
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ohiobrewtus
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
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

Photo of aasher
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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!

CHEERS!

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an goblet. Bought this bottle late last year.

3.5 A: Well hazed pale lime-yellow color. Half a finger of frothy white head falls rather quickly (but okay for the style) and leaves no lacing.

3.5 S: Only a touch of tart sourness. However, a lot more funk comes through on the brett side. Musky farmhouse, lemony wheat, and dirty earth. A touch of diaper in there too. Okay, but the aromas don't

3.5 T: Like the nose, the taste is pleasant, but lacking in power. Again, only enough sourness to scratch the weakest sour itch. Funkiness is't as strong as the nose, but still comes in the form of musty basement. Lemony wheat, fairly grassy, and a touch of bread.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Lovely, spritzy carbonation. Super smooth and perfect amount of creaminess. I'm not sure what it is, but this feels great on the tongue. Easily the best part.

4.0 D: Overall pretty mediocre, but the mouthfeel is great and brings up the drinkability quite a bit.

Photo of nycwinter
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured side by side with a Dogfish Head Festina Peche.

This is an awesome clean session brew. Though it's cute, I don't reccommend that you add any syrup to sweeten it. The tartness is definitely a show stopper.

If at all possible, this must be enjoyed on tap at The Bruery. I think it can also be found at Stone on tap.

Photo of ne0m00re
2.33/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

08/29/10- Had a 750 mL bottle of this one.
A: Very pale golden with a puffy white head that shrunk to a very thin film.
S: White wine, very sour apples, musty wheat, salty cured meat (salame).
T: Starts off great, but turns to a very moldy salame casing (the innoculated one you're supposed to remove before eating). Lemon pucker and cidery notes. For me, this isn't undrinkable, but it almost is.
M: Very thin and spritzy, like bad soda.
D: Not a big fan; this one is almost a drainpour.

I like sours and I still didn't like this one. Maybe I had a bad bottle or it is a little too intense for me.

Photo of jpro
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle on my way back from the beach over the weekend... cracked it open before dinner tonight. Poured a pale, hazy straw, with a one and a half finger, ultra white head that fizzed down pretty quick, leaving no lace. Smells of light grains / wheat, with some tart lemon zest. Taste is nice and wheaty, with some nice lactic tartness, again lemon and sour finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp - nice carbonation level with a nice, tart zing on the finish. Very drinkable - very refreshing on a hot summer afternoon.

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