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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 184
Gots: 152 | FT: 8
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California, United States

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 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!


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.

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, straw yellow color with a white, one-finger head of thin foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of tart green apples. A little yeasty spicy aroma was present, too.

T - A puckeringly tart brew with a nice green apple flavor. There is a grainy flavor with some wheat. It has just enough spice to fight back against the tart kick.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. It crackles on the tongue and the back on the throat. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a good brew but simple too tart to get a really high drinkablity score.

Photo of deapokid
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been on a huge Berliner Weisse kick lately and I really wish there were more than 6 or 7 available in the area (I'm looking at you Victory, Sly Fox and Voodoo).

This entry from Orange County, CA pours a see through yellow, resembling a glass of ice water... after you've squeezed the lemon wedge. Head is initially quite lively but it fizzles out in a moments time. Carbonation is relatively nice and it's not particularly unappealing, just a shade too thin.

Scent is up to snuff, giving the sniffer a sour burst of citrus fruit (particularly lemon) and the tart sting of lactic acid.

Flavor wise, this is a refreshing and lemony ale that uses the slightest wheat character and body to bring it all together. The sour notes don't overpower other aspects and the creamy aftertaste is almost unexpected, but very pleasant and season appropriate.

Amazingly, this manages to maintain a light and airy nature while still leaving the tongue with a lasting flavor. Its wheaty aspects are subdued, but welcome and the sour pucker is perfect for Summer.

Saying that Berliner Weisses are drinkable is obvious, but this one is particularly downable and it's fun to take the ride from sour bite to wheaty coat. I also love the low ABV, which will allow for a full day of sober sipping.

Photo of kbutler1
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow grapefruit like color with a tiny bubble white head. The arome is funk, wheat, with a slight touch of citric notes. Also reminds me slightly of a belgian. The first sip is tart and sour that transitions to a wheat beer aftertaste. Not overly sour by any means. Slightly acidic. At only 3.1%, you don't pick up the alcohol notes at all. Very light mouthfeel. Dry finish. Great summer time low abv beer. Interested to see how this will be with a year down in the cellar.

Photo of raverjames
4.94/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Here is a beer that I think people have a hard time rating without the proper exposure to the style. Having tried about 7 different Berliner Weisse brews from commercial breweries, and many many homebrew attempts, I think this beer is the perfect example of the style. The smell is clean with a touch of wheat/grain, yet you still get that touch of lacto vinegar and citrus. The flavor is well rounded and features citric acid and light grains. It is the perfect level of sour, and the carbonation is spot on. I love this beer and could drink it all day. The only part that isn't perfect is the head, which didn't seem to last long. But who cares about that with a stellar berliner like this.

Photo of bump8628
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at the tasting room.

Pours up much more substantial than I would expect for the ABV. Hazy straw with an inch of white head that recedes to a thin cap and leaves bits of lace.

Tart and very pleasant with light, crackery wheat, crisp dryness, mild fruit, a touch of rustic earth, and a firm line of lemony tartness running through it before the creamier-than-expected finish.

All in all, this is probably the single most refreshing beer I've ever consumed. My first of the style so I don't have much of a baseline for rating, but it's hard to imagine a Berliner Weiss that can be much better than Hottenroth.

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

A; A light fizzy and fluffy 1.5 finger head rises up and fades semi quickly over crystal clear watery wheat yellow colored beer.

N: Interesting, lots of toasty wheat, tons of toasty wheat that is, some light malts, a light barnyard funk, a very light toasty sour fruit too, and some tart aromas.

T: Makes my glands go "owww" with some tart flavors, a little sour tangy fruit, berry almost raspberry. Lots of toasty wheat flavors still, some light toasty malts too, a nice barnyard toasty funk flavor but not really wild. A nice tart barnyard flavor. Very light overall too, but nice and refreshing.

M: Pretty light, with some lighter but decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty tart still, with some light raspberry and other berry flavors, and a little sourness. Some lingering toasty malts and wheat still, but much lighter. Still some lingering barnyard dry funk like flavors too. A touch of flemminess on the throat too.

Being light, nice and tart, not heavy at all, not really sweet, some nice toasty malts and wheat, nice raspberry, and the nice toasty barnyard funk (not Brett funk, a special Belgian yeast).

Photo of psiweaver
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured out of a fresh growler into a pint glass.

pours a nice hazy light yellow color thats somewhat clear with almost no head.

amazing sharp smell with a great wheat spicyness to it.

this beer is flat out tasty it is amazing how much flavor is crammed into this beer for such a low ABV, its got a nice sharp citrus sour funk to it and yet still has some spice and smoothness from the wheat.

great mouth feel and drink ability extremely refreshing easy to drink and just a flat out tasty beer. Wish I still lived close enough for growler fills.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 3.1% abv. Pours a slightly hazy, pale straw color. Fizzy white head holds together for a few minutes, trickling to a thin ring.

Sour and slightly lactic in the nose. Some hay, and slight barnyard aroma. Some fruity notes. Herbal and earthy hop nose.
Sharp tartness up front, without being puckering. Some fruity notes blend in well. Dries at the finish.

Light body. Spritzy carbonation. Is there really alcohol in here? Very refreshing, with a bit of complexity. Very well made.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this is an excellent beer. I'm really coming around to the Berliner Weisse--it strikes me as a less intense sour that's very refreshing and light. My only complaint for this one is the appearance really. It's not bad, just the color is very pale, almost like a chardonnay with white head.

Smell is very good, big lemon and lactic notes, a bit of pale malt and wheat. Taste is similar, complex and delicious. Lactic sourness is refreshing and interesting. Feel is light and fizzy, nice for the style. Great drinkability. Delicious.

This is the first time I've spent $8 on a 3.1% beer... ABV does NOT always equal flavor. Berliner Weisse is a style that will really make one reconsider lower ABV brews, especially when you're tired of big, sweet flavor bombs.

Photo of abrand
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

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

A - Poured a hazed yellow color with a thin white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of citrus and wheat tartness

T - This is good stuff with tart sour fruit flavors and some wheat

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is an awesome beer with a damn good sour taste at a super sessionable abv making it easy to drink the 750 on your own worth hunting down to try sometime

Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,437 ratings.