Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
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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 mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here we go again. Much, much thanks to the wonderful BA that sent me this bottle as an extra of all things! Enormous generosity here and much thanks. This one was busted out with dinner on Labor Day. Served chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass, it was consumed on 09/07/2009.



The pour was magnificent. Rich and very bright golden yellow coming through wonderfully here. Huge head of white towers over the top of it and only barely settles down leaving tons of white lacing up and down the sides of the glass and a rich looking amount of carbonation on the insides of the glass. Huge tart aroma here. Sour just dripping off of it, running into a wonderful light wheat and grass like base. Very bright, you could pick up from across the room with ease. Even warming brought out some light bready notes but hints of lemon and tart apples still predominate. So I take a sip and I am floored. I am not really sure what this style is supposed to be, but wow. Light, crisp, clean, with rich carbonation and a smooth, rich feel that is second it none. Light grain and grassy notes, hints of sour and tart fruits are all blending together nearly flawlessly. Long and very dry finish only serves to further nail down the point that this was as solid as it gets. I really could have drank half a dozen of these, they were just that good. It was unreal how smooth and refreshing it was..



Overall, wow, just wow. I was not sure what to make of this offering, but if this is a year round thing, I am really, really impressed. One of the light, most easy to drink things I have run across in a very long time. Go get this one, go get this one now. (1,651 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured via growler on 8/3/09. Thanks to unclejedi for sending this during the final phase of Growling at the Moon!

A - Poured a hazy pale straw-colored body with two fingers of dense, rocky white foam that receded quickly and disappeared, leaving only traces of lacing. Surprisingly lacking in carbonation bubbles, especially for the style.

S - Mild sour apple tartness up front with some spicy notes, followed by some fruity melon notes and honey sweetness in the back. There is also a faint floral character and some perfumy attributes present.

T - Subtle sour apple notes with a hint of fruity sweetness suggesting melons and honey. Finishes with a toasted grainy character, which complements the tartness quite nicely.

M - Light bodied with a mild syrupy texture, but pretty thin and softly carbonated overall, especially for the style. Minimal pucker on the palate with only a hint of tart sourness.

D - Good representation of the style, though it was a little undercarbonated, probably from the long journey from California. However, I found this to be a well-balanced Berliner Weiss that was refreshing and not overly tart. (1,136 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On at Bailey's Taproom, served in a 10 oz. glass. With summer winding down, seemed like a good beer to enjoy on a Monday afternoon.

A: The typical pale golden pour, lightly hazy. Small carbonation rises throughout and at varying speeds; somehow I'm reminded of The Matrix. Nearly a finger of white foam, falling to a clinging ring, leaving no lace.

S: Light honey-sweetened malt, blanketed by tart funk. Musty wet hay, dirty. Yet appealing, somehow...

T: Nice! Could stop the review right there...but I won't. Yes, there's the requisite lemony tartness, but this has more lime and tangy citrus (pink grapefruit?). Beyond the doughy yeast and spiced wheat, there are deeper and more curious spice notes (nutmeg? allspice?). Packed with flavor, why anyone might choose to denigrate this by adding a traditional syrup is beyond me.

M: Vibrant and crisp, one of the most 'refreshing' feels I recall. The effervescence doesn't get overly prickly, nor does the lasting tartness become overly pucker-inducing. Just a beautifully light and clean-finishing treat.

D: Toyed with a lower score, but really wasn't sure why I'd give LESS than a 5; drinkability is just about perfect. Intensely flavorful + terrific feel + minute ABV = 'outstanding' for my tastes. Highly recommended and one I plan to have again ASAP. Like right now...Geoff, can I get another? (1,355 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's Next Door

A-Pours a clear light gold with no real head or lacing.

S-Grassy and slightly sour with a bit of funkiness as well.

T-Medium sourness dominates the front, then a bit wheaty and some light grassy hops in the finish.

M-Light bodied and crisp.

D-Perfect refresher on a day with lots of great beers to try.

HV (340 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap @ Teresa's Next Door Beer Geek Brunch. Served chilled in a goblet.

A - Pale golden w/ no head, a ring of tiny beads forms. The clarity is lightly hazed w/ visible carbonation

S - Mild lemony and lactic sour aroma w/ a white grape sweet juice note

M - Sour at first w/ mild acidity and a very fruity sour juiciness w/ lots of carbonation. A mild spiced middle and dry clean finish

T - A crisp, juicy and sour acidic flavor w/ an apple-like tartness w/ mild spiciness in the sips after the initial jolt w/ a slight white grape note mild acidity in the second tastes similar to gewurtztraminer w/ a spiced hint of wheat and mild sweet note w/ light pepper and gentle green apple which carries into the finish

D - Very good example of a Berliner IMO, I am very glad I tried it on tap after only having a sample of a bottle at EBF earlier this year. The mild abv makes for a drinkable sour, a good way to start brunch. (936 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's next door this past Sunday.

The beer pours a light gold color with minimal head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is quite tart, but with mouthwatering acidity. I get some lemon-lime aromas, which are replicated on the palate. The beer is just so light and easy to drink, and is just a joy to drink. It's a bit more sour and tart then I've ever come across in a berliner weisse previously, but is still very thirst quenching and delicious. Drinkability is exceptional. What a treat! (513 characters)

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

on tap at the Linkery in San Diego. pours a cloudy straw color with three fingers of tight pillowy white head. great retention and no lacings.

aroma is of funk and wet hay mainly with a subtle sour/sweet note that fades behind the funk. little else.

taste is very crisp and fresh on the palate with less funk and only a touch of sweet yeast on the back end. very well put together and refreshing. the light funk gives way to a subtle sour note on the back of the palate. excellent.

mouthfeel is light bodied, lightly effervescent and so crisp it cleanses the palate. the texture is lightly tart after a bit of warming.

drinkability is excellent. perfectly proportioned with a crisp, refreshing profile. an excellent summer beer with the perfect balance of funk and sourness. cheers! (786 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Belmont Station's Pucker Fest. Served in a nonic pint, Hottenroth is a hazy pale yellow with a tight, white head that left no lace.

Smell is mix of sugar and wheat sourness, very nice.

Taste is great, clean wheat graininess with a light tartness, very refreshing. One of the better examples of the style I had from a US brewery.

Mouthfeel is very light but not watery.

Drinkability is very high. The menu said they sold this by the boot, which I was ready to split with my friend, but they had all broke. It would have gone down easily though! Nice lemon wheat taste, clean and light, yummy. (610 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this at Monk's Kettle in San Francisco. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Finger of egg-white foam that dissolves to a solid cap. Hazed straw yellow color with some bubbles. Nothing unusual or super-exciting here - looks like Berliner Weiss!

S - Initially it is a potent blend of lactic sourness, sharp wheat and yeast and lemons, but as it warms it reveals some malted wheat and graham crackery sweetness while muting some of the sharp and tangy flavors.

T - Graham crackery malt sweetness, lemon, light lactic sourness, some tartness and acidity. Ridiculous amount of flavor for a 3.1% beer.

M - Medium-thin, very clean finish with a touch of stickiness. Medium carbonation. Style-appropriate, but nothing special.

D - The drinkability is off the charts with this one - great balance of tart, sour, and sweet elements and huge flavor for such a low ABV brew. Anyone who digs this style should check this one out immediately. (930 characters)

Photo of mjl21
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Toronado 22nd Anniversary Perty. Poured into a tulip glass.

A-Pours a hazy, watery light yellow. It has a nice 3/4 finger white head that has some nice retention.

S-Smells of crisp, sharp, tart citrus. Lemon is definitely apparent. It also has some nice breadiness to it.

T-A lot like it smells. It is very tart lemon and the flavor slaps the tongue upside down. After a sips the tartness isn't as pervasive and the bready flavor is more apparent. It finishes extremely dry.

M-Lighter bodied with the nice tart citrus zing.

D-I love it as a low abv session beer that works great after having a few heavy IPAs.

I was glad to finally try this one. Being as though most 3.10% beers have no flavor, this one was great. There aren't many examples of this style that are avaialble. It was perfect after having a few bigger beers. (843 characters)

Photo of AltBock
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not my first experience with the Berliner Weisse style, but it is however my first one that I've ever had on draught before. This Bruery beer was on tap at Capone's during their Saison promo on 7/30/09. I had it there, but since this beer was so good, I had to take a growler home with me. This review is from the growler version. Served in a tall Spaten Pilsner glass.

When I review a beer, I like to describe the appearance and color first, but I have to mention the taste first. It's so unique that I have to do this way. This beer is tart as hell! It's tartness is stuck between Shock Tarts and one Tear Jerker. The tartness level in this beer reminded me a little bit of the tartness level in Ommegang's Rouge. If you've never had that, that's another super tart beer. It's main and only tart flavor was that of lemons. It wasn't a mix of citrus fruits, it was just tart lemons. Adding to the tartness is the beer's unique yeast strain and a tiny touch of malted wheat at the finish line. As you can tell, the taste was very unique and very tart. Now let's see if I can get back on track.

This tart beer was a cloudy pale lemon yellow color with a good 1 to 1 1/2 inch cotton white head of foam. This head of foam had good retention that left behind a tiny skim of white foam and just a few small white blots of lace. As soon as I twisted off the cap, out comes a super strong aroma of sour and tart lemons. With the strong scent of lemons is that unique farmyard scent that can only come from Brett yeast. Rounding off this potent aroma was a subtle whiff of malted wheat. Sometimes this malted wheat smelled like soggy cereal and sometimes it didn't. I wish I could explain it. Even with the strong taste of tart lemons, this was still a light bodied beer. If you couldn't tell already, this beer has a long lasting lingering aftertaste of tart lemons and that down of the farm taste that comes with the Brett yeast. This is truly a unique and tasty beer. I never thought a Berliner Weisse could be this damn sour, but Bruery did it. And what it was! If you can find this beer on tap at your local bar, consider yourself lucky. Just make sure to pucker up! (2,173 characters)

Photo of callmescraps
3.29/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Palms, was intrigued.

Appearance - A couldy light gold. A ton of haze. Very light. Nice rocky head. Almost lemonade looking.

Smell - Ok, so NeroFiddled called it "cat piss". Um, I definitely see where it's coming from. Some tart lemon, but then this musty stinkiness that was very off-putting. Not good and funky, but more like a couch that an alley tom cat had used to mark its' territory.

Taste - Surprisingly better. Very tart. Quite tart. Some citrus and lemon. A hint of funkiness, but that weird mustiness disappeared. Nice and light, but so thin and tart that it's a little tough.

Mouthfeel - On the lighter side, but some nice carbonation.

Drinkability - The tartness and lightness might be great on a hot day, but it's almost so tart that you don't want too much more.

This is a strange style, and I get that. However the smell was simply bad. It reeked. The flavor was much better and pretty nice. I'd like to try some more examples of this style, but I just didn't think it was a great beer, frankly. (1,033 characters)

Photo of jmalex
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let's try a different format for this one.

I purchased this growler last night at Capone's saison event (though obviously this isn't a saison) and am drinking it tonight on a lazy Friday evening.

It pours into my Hopback Amber weizen glass a hazy, pale straw gold, though still a few shades darker than macro-lager color. The head is huge and rocky and initially forms a 2-finger high froth. Eventually it shrinks to a nearly full cap going no further.

The nose presents an acidic tartness coupled with some major citrus (lemon especially). A sweet malt base is a little tricky to pick out, but it's there. Some light floral notes lurk as well, hinting at some herbal additions perhaps.

The first thing that strikes me is the complete dryness of the beer. The body is light with a lower carbonation (surely from repeated fillings and pourings). Tartness is quite prevalent, particularly in the finish, with backup notes of lemon, flowers, and a candy sweetness. Each sip gets me coming back for another, forming an endless cycle.

What a beer for a summer day. But I think the smartest thing I did was choose a 3.1% beer to get a whole half-gallon of. This should be gone in no time. (1,187 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Bruery.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon-yellow color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lemon rinds with hints of smooth wheat. A hint of musty hops wafts out every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly tart citrus flavors - mostly lemon but with hints of orange - manage to be pretty smooth. Slightly musty flavors join in as the beer warms but the tart lemon flavor really begins to shine as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I drank my glass quickly and could have a few more.

Overall this was a very solid berlinerweiss, and makes me wish that the style were a bit more common. Certainly worth a shot, especially as I hear they will begin bottling this soon. (848 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Stone. Thanks for driving me there, Carlos, you truly are a wonderful host!

A: Light golden yellow with brilliant clarity, a thick fluffy head that disappears a little quickly

S: Light, bready and tart, pleasantly so. Lactic sourness is present, and unless my nose is deceiving me, there's some brett character too. Great stuff

T: Opens light, bready with a pleasant tartness. Lemony with a slight green apple character. Finishes refreshingly dry

M: Light with a nice dextrinous palate that adds a little body to the tartness and dryness. Crisply carbonated, great finish

D: This is truly quaffable, I need a sixtel! (631 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Hazy pale yellow in color with about one finger of foam that dissipates quickly.

S: Tart lemon, grapes, wheat, and maybe some sour apples.

T: Very tart initially, more sour apple flavor here than I would have thought from the nose, the lemon is definitely there. Nice cereal type taste from the wheat to give it a bit more depth.

M: Very light on the tongue, both in terms of carbonation and body.

D: A solid beer, my favorite so far from The Bruery. This is pretty much my go to beer from them. Just about every time I go to the tasting room, I leave with my growler filled with this. (594 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sac Brew for Bruery night.

A - Pours straw yellow with a 2 fingered white head. Dissipates moderately fast and leaves little lacing.

S - Honey, toffee, brett, with some zinfandel grapes in the background.

T - Honey, toffee, light oak, grapes and brett.

M - Full-bodied, malt dominated and sweet, with a light brett pungency.

D - Great overall. Would seek again. (376 characters)

Photo of Douglas14
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer has a super light yellow color...must be pure base malt (barley and wheat, maybe?). Great clarity. Little to no head. The aroma is sour and of cereal. The flavor has such a nice sour kick to it. There is also some corn flavor, but not DMS-like...more cereal and grainy. The carbonation seems high but it's nice in this beer...it helps accent the sourness. At ~3% ABV in addition to being great tasting, this beers drinkability is off the charts.

It has such an unreal clean lactic flavor. No acetobacter/vinegar flavors. Pure clean sourness. There is no doubt in my mind that this is easily my favorite session beer of all time, and one if my absolute favorites of all time. (684 characters)

Photo of Nickls
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Really clear, light green-tinted yellow color and was poured with absolutely no head at all

S - Lemon-lime sweet-sourness and a bit yeasty

T - Lightly tart at first but not as sour as suggested by the aroma. Refreshingly sour, but had some sweetness as well.

M - Very light body, a little dry, and nice snap of carbonation

D - Hugely drinkable as it was refreshing, interesting, and I could scarcely believe the 3.4% abv. Very easy quaffing

Overall, a neat brew and one that would easily be a staple in my diet if I were able to find it more often. Great stuff, and worth a look. (603 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hey now! Why can't I buy sixers of this?

Pours a very pale yellow. Almost no head, just some bubbles. Still manages to have a lively, zesty mouthfeel, though.

Smells like unripe apples and sour grapefruit. Taste is puckering, but not overwhelmingly so. Crisp lemon on the finish.

I really liked this quite a bit. Shame it's so tough to find. (344 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew sampled at Downtown Johnny Brown's San Diego.

A: Pours a very light clear yellow hue. Little head with lots of fizz.

S: Nice, tart, and funky. Apples dominate with hints of funky Brett.

T: Nice tart kick in the mouth. Under ripe green apples mix with tart grapefruit. Light notes of funky yeast push through as well.

M: Very light, tart, yet drinkable.

D: Good I like this one, will head back for a few more pints before I head home. (451 characters)

Photo of clearlydiluted
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Johnny Brown's Downtown Bar in San Diego.

appearance : light yellow-orange hue with little head

aroma: light hints of wheat and some fruit

taste: hints of green apple, a light tartness and a slight touch of
brett funk before it proceeds to a nice dry finish

body: light in both body and carbonation

drinkability: would be great for a warm spring day especially at 3.1% abv...too bad I didn't have a growler with me. (431 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler via Whole Foods Bowery for (I want to say) $14.99.

Poured into my Carolus chalice.

The appearance of chill-hazed sparkling apple juice. A spritzy, pasty-colored head sizzles out just like a soda would.

Smell has lots of lemon zest, slight musk, an abundance of sour peaches, with the last remnants of it smelling just a touch doughy. Sour fruit is the main influence here though.

Carbonation is well intact & vibrant after some time sitting in the glass. Thin & sparkling.

For taste, lemon Sour Patch flavor, but Granny Smith tartness. Majorly acidic, making me wince a bit at first. More tart then full-on sour though. Ever so slightly metallic. Again, some peaches, ...& something resembling corn. The finish is dry with dusty bread & oats. I would welcome a touch stronger overall wheat flavor in this, but it is still very nice as is.

I couldn't find any Woodruff syrup locally in time. Having sampled this beer before with some though, I enjoyed the curious shift in taste(cotton candy), & would take it either way. :) (1,037 characters)

Photo of BeachRez
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a Growler at brewery based only on the name...Hottenroth is my sister-in-law's name as well.
The appearance was a nice crisp golden color with a very nice white head due to the carbination.
The smell was had a hint of citris with something else that the whole night I could not pick out.
This is sour, but not so overpowering that I could not drink it. I am not a far of the sours that just make your lips pucker, but this was very balanced with a light flavoring. VERY smooth.
Not a lot of alcohol to it, so it was something that I drank almost all to myself.
If I did like more of the sour beers, this would be the one I would drink purely based on it's smoothness and balance. (689 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's early in the morning. Served in a Kasteel glass.

A- Hottenroth is a slighty hazy yellow with spots of light gold, nothing in terms of head except for some skim on the surface, leaving no lace. Some bubble activity on the surface.

S- A bunch of wheat with yeast backing and a nice lemon zest. A touch of grassy scents while all together being rather tart and with a mild citrus appeal. This will open your eyes upon smelling.

T- Tartness up front going into a crisp wheat taste with yeast to boot. More tartness with a lemon flavor taking charge and some mild citrus notes. Not very complex which is on par for the style.

M- A very light bodied brew with a nice tartness all around if your into that kind of thing. I got some carb coming from this. Not something to gulp though as that would be to much.

D- This is the lowest ABV on a beer that I've had in a while, but the tart acidic nature of this brew is two and through for me, even though I could do two a day if it were available. This was perfect after a night of heavy drinking.

Thanks to Patrick for bringing this to philly. (1,108 characters)

Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.