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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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Reviews: 420
Hads: 1,522
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 190
Gots: 186 | FT: 13
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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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Reviews: 420 | Hads: 1,522
Photo of slaintemhor
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in August 2009 at Bailey's Taproom in Portland, Oregon. The colour was a very light straw with thin head. The aroma was redolent of tangy citrus and yeast. On the palate...WOW! Quite sour! More so than I expected for a Berliner weisse. Tangy and citrusy with a very refreshing quick finish.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a transparent, but a slight bit hazy watery gold in color, with a small white head that recedes quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Wheat, hay, and a bit of sour green apple. Not a very intense aroma.

T - Comes off as a pretty standard wheat beer at first, only for the sour/tart lemony/green apple kick to come in back palate as an aftertaste.

M - Thin and a tad watery

D - High, especially given the low ABV. The more I get into this style, the more I enjoy it!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Crystal clear pale yellow with a thin white head that settles to a few patches of foam floating on top.

S - Fruity with apple, lemon and pears. Earthy and tart with a sweet breadyness.

T - Fairly tart with lemon, apple and a hint of citrus. Earthy with more green apple and a bit of wheat breadyness.

M - Light and bubbly with lingering tartness.

D - This is damn tasty and would make a great summer quencher and nice lawn mower beer. Would have never guessed it was 3.1%.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.12/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle

A- Pours a very pale and slightly hazed straw yellow color with a fizzy white head caused by the high amount of carbonation.

S- The aroma is tart, making my mouth water and tingle with every smell from the tartness. There is hints of lemon and yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma suggests is very tart and mouth-puckering for me. Behind the tartness, I can pick up on hints of lemon and some yeast as well.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this style overall. However, I can appreciate that this is a good representation of the style. Worth a try.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very very pale nearly white. Big fluffy white head
Sour smell. Very yeasty and funky. You already know this will be a sour one.
Sour and puckering. Very yeasty and bready.
Very light, dry, tart and easy going
This beer is an easy drinking one at such a low ABV. Sours of this manner really just arent my favorite.

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Photo of KeefD
2.99/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours the palest yellow I've ever seen in a beer, with a large white fluffy head that left little lacing. A lot of raw wheat in the aroma, grainy, husky, light sourness. Taste is more sour than the aroma lets on, light funk in there, grassy, lemony, with a lovely wheaty twang and a dry finish. Crisp body, easy to drink. Never becomes too sour. Really not digging the raw wheat aroma when I take a sip, as I it takes away from the good flavor, I try to hold me breath. Wish I had some raspberry syrup to pour in this thing. Not bad, but there's still no Berlinerweiss that can hold a candle to NG's Unplugged version.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: pale hazy white color with just a tiny hint of yellow. Lots of apparent effervescence and finger of nice foamy head. I find it quite appetizing.

Smell: tart, wheaty, yeasty with a little citrus. The yeast seems a bit strong, rather like a freshly opened Wyeast smack-pack; still, it's quite interesting.

Taste: tart, light and refreshing. Citrus is the first broad flavor that comes to mind; it's quite bready in flavor as well, which helps keep the tartness in check and balances out the flavor. I quite like it.

Mouthfeel: a little astringent but also relatively well carbonated and creamy. Body is thin but that is acceptable within the style. I like it.

Drinkability: very drinkable indeed. I love tart/sour beers; they pique the tongue's interest enough that when the flavor fades, you just want more.

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Photo of Jayli
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle

A: WOW - this has to be the palest light yellow in a beer that I have ever laid eyes on. One finger of sudsy bright white head sits on top. Head recedes relatively quickly with no real lacing to speak of.

S: Nose has a bit of funk to it, major Belgian yeast, and a ton of lemon.

T: Taste is tart up front. I think at first sip, I may have actually puckered a bit. Taste starts slightly funky, with belgian yeast on the forefront of your tongue. Taste then moves in to a real sharp lemony bite that is somewhat watery and then leads to a nice wheat flavoring to round this out.

M: Light body, medium to high carbonation, thin somewhat watery feel.

D: This is my first example of this style, somewhat thin and tart. I personally would have liked a fuller body to this beer, but certainly one to enjoy a few pints of.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got done with work a little early today so I decided to enjoy the beautiful day outdoors while here in Charleston. Currently, I am poolside and it is 65F! Lovely.

Pours from the 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Emerges a very light yellow color, almost the color of pee during a night of drinking. I know that isnt described particlarly delicately, but its the truth. Actually, it looks a lot like MGD 64 or Heinekin Light or any other light calorie beer. The only redeeming quality in the appearance is a large, whipped egg white color and consistency head. I dont think I have ever seen foam so white and void of color in my life. About three fingers in size.

Aroma is tart and sour and lemony. A bit yeasty as well.

Tart on the tongue. Very close to the feeling one gets while sucking on a fresh lemon. Not bitter but certainly sour. Its actually quite refreshing. For how low in alcohol this is, the mouthfeel is decent. IT is barely light bodied but its still seems like it could be higher in alcohol. It finishes dryly and tartly (is that a word).

This is an interesting beer from The Bruery. It is very light and refreshing and basically tastes like lemonade. This is the perfect beer for a warm day like today or on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is poured from a beautiful bruery bottle into a wheat beer glass. Beer is nearly clear like water. Half way through I violently dislodge everything on the bottom of the bottle in order to give the beer some color. Ends up being hazy and lightly yellow, still looks like cloudy water. Carbonation is high and aggressive, giant bubbles, head forms but falls away quickly leaving no lacing. Carbonation is steady but can't hold up a head. Weird looking beer.

Beer is lactic in aroma, with a carbon dioxide smell to it. I can smell CO2, can't you. Its one dimensional but about as expected.

Whoa this is sour. And has an aftertaste of wheat. That's unfortunate. The sour flavors are fine but the cereal rears up late in the beer and kind of ruins the good tartness in the corners of my mouth. No sweetness, no real bitterness to it. Drinkability is OK mouthfeel is OK. Overall, I don't really care for it though.

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Photo of GJ40
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased from Sam's in Durham.

A - A very light yellow with a small white head that fades quickly. It had great clarity on the first pour but a slight haze on the second despite my leaving the last ounce or two in the bottle.

S - Funky, floral and fruity with some honey and pears.

T - Starts very sour and tart but then ends abruptly and goes dry. I would have liked it to linger more. There was more of a yeast flavor on the second pour.

M - Thin with a moderate carbonation.

D - I love sour beers but I'm new to the Berliner Weiss. While I prefer Belgian sours more, this was very flavorful and enjoyable.

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Photo of froghop
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy white with a tint of yellow, a small white head that dissipates quickly, and a little lacing.

smell is of wheat, yeast, and lemon notes.

taste is sour, citrus, and wheat, ends sour and dry.

"mit schuss" raspberry syrup, becomes sweet and sour, and not as dry of a finish.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale gold color with good carbonation. Nose is funk and spice. Taste is grass, spice, funk and hardly any booze at all. So much flavor and so little alcohol, nice. A little tartness, fruits but mainly citrus. A very good, low ABV brew with good taste. Well done.

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Photo of Aenema
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5


Appearance - Pours a pale lemon with a fluffy, ivory head. Little lacing.
Smell - Lots of lemon and acid.
Taste - Nice initial sour, tart burst, but instead of developing a depth of sourness, it transitions to a biscuity/bready malt finish.
Mouthfeel - Light-bodied, light carbonation; could use more carbonation (felt under-carbonated). Clean finish.
Drinkability - Easy drinking and refreshing.
Overall - A very nice sour; I prefer more complex, intensely sour beers, but the maltly character of this beer is quite good. I will definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Reserve Society Event, poured into wine tasting glass.

A- 2+ fingers of nice pillowy foam which quickly fell leaving clumps of lacing. Beer was a light yeallow color and mostly clear with a little hazy wheat to it.

S- Loads of Lemon with some green apples the only sweetness seems to come from the bready yeast and wheat.

T- Similar to the smell, sour lemon and apple with nice wheat and barnyard flavors finishes with a light pepper flavor. Very light.

M- Very light beer, at 3% alcohol, nice carbonation throughout and thin almost watery.

D- Pretty easy to drink and at 3% alcohol it is a definate session beer and a replacement to any light beer out on the market. You can mix this with different flavored syrups and make it taste even better also, just very easy drinking.

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Photo of nickd717
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tap at Toronado's 22nd Anniversary, then again at the Bruery twice.

Cloudy yellow color with a small white head.

Aroma tart, lemony and bretty. Very pleasant and good for the style, not overly tart.

Flavor is wheat, bretty yeast, lemon, and grain. Average tartness for the style. They actually added flavored syrups to this at the Bruery if you wanted it, and I tried it with rose syrup (I know, I might as well just prance around in a tutu, right?). This is the traditional way people in Berlin drank this style, and it was good that way. I could take or leave the syrup. Either way, solid beer.

Palate is fairly light, dry, and refreshing. Drinkability is exceptionally high. Awesome for the style and really good overall. Well done again, Patrick!

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Photo of bum732
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light yellow, decent head that dissipates. Smells of tart lemons, graininess, raw wheat, slightly doughy. Tastes of tart like malt with just a touch of cider on the backbone. Not much bitterness, just tartness finishing dry with some doughiness. Crisp mouthfeel.

This is only my second berliner weiss, but very well done. More malty and less tart than a traditional German berliner weisse, still a great interpretation. I loved how the alcohol is only 3.1%, yet the mouthfeel doesn't feel thin at all. I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fo a Berliner this is one of the best I have tasted. I hope to duplicate this in a homebrew some time. It is verytasty.

poured into a Weihenstephan weizen glass. Perfect color. Very light but cloudy. Nice head formed but dissapated to a thin film. If it had a better head it would look perfect.

Smells a little more funky than some of the ones from Germany I have had but I love the smell.

Taste is awesome. Not too tart. A slight funk from the Bret. And a nice wheaty flavor. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is perfect. High carb and predict viscosity.

Drinkability is high. Jm aboutto drink the whole 750 myself. I could drink sever pints at a bar.

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Photo of Stigs
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured into Duvel tulip

A - about two fingers of loose bubbly foam which quickly falls to a thin layer and ring. the beer is a super light straw/yellow color, the brightest and clearest I've ever seen.

S - lots of lemony sourness, like a lemonhead candy. joined by some super sour apples, some yeast, and wheat. some lingering grain and pepper near the end with a tiny bit of funk. truly unique.

T - swift kick of sour lemon/apple tartness that quickly retreats to more citrus, grains, hay, and yeast. finishes a bit like the nose with a slight peppery sting.

M - ample tight but not overwhelming carbonation. very thin bodied and a bit watery as expected.

D - wasnt sure how to grade this as its the first of the style i've had. quote unique but just missing something, can understand why its historically flavored with syrups. would love to try it the traditional way.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Really nice looking almost clear color. It was kind of weird. Under some light it would look a little yellow but then it would almost look like super watered down milk.

S: Kind of a tight nose. Little bit of clean wheat.

T: Very clean wheat taste. A touch of tartness but not nearly what I was expecting.

M: Very light. Perfect for the style.

D: All day long. Super easy drinking. Just wish it was a little bit more tart.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear straw colored pour with a little over a finger of head. Fits style guidelines. Smell is light orange peel, white grapes, watermelon rind, and some flowers.

The taste is nicely sour. A bit puckering and citrusy...when this first hits the tongue it is absolutely fantastic. The finish is poor though which drops the overall score down. There is a bit of must/wax that just doesn't seem like it is supposed to be there. But that is only in the aftertaste. Like I said, the initial flavor all the way through the swallow is wonderful.

Mouthfeel is light with carbonation kept at a reasonable level. Overall this beer is very good, and for the style is even better. A weak aftertaste and bit of wateriness are the only things keeping it from an A rating for me.

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Photo of gthornton
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a lot of fun sampling this beer with my friend, who although appreciates a new taste-bud adventure, does not seek them out regularly. If you have been telling your friends about Geuze, which is my addiction at the moment, and they seem not at all interested, this might be a good way to segway into that style... However, it has some more challenging aftertaste that a good, clean Geuze, because the rye bread taste lingers a bit on this beer.

Onto the review:

A: Predominantly yellow with a light amber hue. Thick foamy head, bubbles abound. Cloudy.

S: Awesome! Like Sourdough Rye bread fresh from the oven. Citrus and coriander as well.

T: I love the initial tart-ness, and stinky cheese-ness of this beer. The lingering rye after taste took some getting used to, but we both loved it throughout the beer. We started with the beer colder than it should have been, which I prefer, because it makes the warming up/tasting process even more exciting, as the tartness opens up and evaporates all around the bouquet.

M: Highly carbonated, which I love, and probably demand with this style. We both found it to be very refreshing. Light on the tongue...

D: This beer is light on the alcohol side, and is so refreshing that I could drink two 750ml bottles easily, especially with a meal... especially with a thanksgiving-esque sort of meal.

We bought and sampled several beers that night and used this one as a palate cleanser between IPAs... I recommend that you pick some of these up for your next IPA party.

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of bone white head on top of a pale, straw yellow body with excellent clarity. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Musty aroma of lactic acid and wet fur. Lots of tart wheat with a little bit of sulphur and a hint of coriander.

T - Mild lactic acidity up front with lots of tangy wheat flavor and some musty wild yeast character. The tartness mellows out in the middle and fades to make way for the wheat in the finish along with an odd, nutty malt note that I have occasionally tasted in other wild beers.

M - Light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a very light beer, and while it has more wild yeast character than the other examples of the style that I have tried, there is not a lot going on here. It is pretty much all lactic acid and wheat, with some odd wild yeast notes thrown in. The must is a little off putting and perhaps unnecessary in a Berliner Weisse.

The beer by itself is not bad, but it is a bit boring. I don't have any woodruff, but I found some raspberry syrup and decided to give it a try with the second half of the bottle. The syrup adds a nice dimension of fruit to the aroma that works well with the sourness that was already there. The syrup seems to boost the acidity in the flavor while also adding a bit to the body of the beer. I only added a little bit of the syrup so that it wouldn't sweeten the beer too much and it does nothing to mask the nutty wild yeast character. I would definitely recommend tasting the beer straight, but I found it more drinkable with the added complexity of the fruit.

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Photo of csmiley
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very pale yellow and crystal clear. Think chardonnay. The white head is about a finger deep and is gone within a minute. No lacing to speak of in the glass. Carbonation appears very active.

S - It's fruity up front with hints of apple and lemon. Malt base gives a sweet middle to this beer. Honey notes are what I'm getting. It's a little musty toward the end. Aroma is light overall. Not bad though.

T - Boy, this one is bright at first. Apples come through first. Tart, then it smooths out pretty quick. Honey and sugar come and go from midway to end. It's no surprise that the alcohol is nowhere to be found. Could be a faint graininess at the very tail end. Once again, no bad.

M - Light bodied with a healthy carbonation that really has a nice effect on the palate. Simply put, it tickles all the way down. Finish has a residual sweetness that doesn't hang out for too long.

D - Drinkability is good. The low alcohol and abundance of flavors make this a very interesting choice. I can see this beer being very good in warmer weather along with also being a nice compliment to a hearty winter's meal. This is one of a few times that I can easily agree with the 750 ml bottle size. Even at that size, the bottle disappears quickly. I think I'll be hunting down more examples of the style based on this brew. Another good beer from the folks at the Bruery.

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Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light, hazy straw yellow with a smallish, bright white head that recedes to a small, soapy collar.

The aroma is very tart with lots of lemon zest with a toasted grain aroma as well. The taste is very similar and starts with a lip-puckering lemon tartness on top of the light grainy backbone.

The mouthfeel is light and effervescent with a ton of carbonation, maybe a tad overdone, but that's par for the course with Bruery's year-round offerings I've had. This one is not extremely complex, but it is unbelievably drinkable.

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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.