Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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Reviews: 412
Hads: 1,482
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 188
Gots: 171 | FT: 14
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Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.10% ABV

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2008

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy pale straw yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation (represented as moderate sized bubbles throughout the glass along the sides but barely moving) and some lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of wheat underneath a more moderate aroma of lemon tartness.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of wheat with some moderate flavors of lemon tartness. Lightly sour with a hint of vinegar.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness and a hint of dryness.

O: Light and refreshing with a pleasant amount of tartness/sourness - not intensely tart/sour so an approachable Berliner Weissbier to get started with... Enjoyable and definitely one I would have again. (1,010 characters)

Photo of Reappropriated
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am usually a stout and dark beer person, but this is the perfect compliment when mixed in with all those heavy beers. I have had this beer both from the tap and also from a bottle, and both experiences were similar, this review focuses on the bottle.

The beer pours a very light orange straw color, with small head. The aroma is slightly citrusy, but nothing overpowering.

The taste is very nice, with hints of citrus (mostly lemon), over the wheat, overall just a nice refreshing beer that I enjoyed in the sun. This is one of the easiest drinking beers that I have tasted, and I would recommend it to anyone (Unless you are trying to get drunk, as it is only 3.1% alcohol). (681 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is a light cloudy straw typical in color of any berliner weisse. The head is white but very weak in substance with big bubbles fading quickly. The lacing is light. The aroma is light with a light tartness some citrus and lots of bready yeast. I wish it was a little more sour. The taste is a light too, a little lemon citrus on the front followed by a little muted tartness. The feel is medium but very drinkable. Overall, a decently drinkable enjoyable beer but not tart enough to be an awesome berliner (513 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from a bruery luau 2013 taster.

a - shortly after opening the beer started a slow gush so i quickly made do and filled the glass. lemon yellow and murky. opaque, but like sunshine. thin fizzy head that fizzed away quick.

s - nice soft lemon tartness over wheat. soft hints of hard boiled egg.

t - lemon tartness and wheat. really nice example of the style. crisp and a bit vinegary. just REALLY solid. if anything a bit lemon heavy.

m - crisp and refreshing. leaves a bit of a prickly tickle in my mouth.

o - overall, fantastic berliner. exactly what you want from the style...great summer day beer. (638 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in NW D.C., dated 3/25/13 (hard to find!), poured into my Rogue chalice, drank 8/9-10/13 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - straw yellow coloration, minimal clarity (cannot see through) but more clear than other wheat beer styles, e.g. hefeweizen, pours with a fizzy head that quickly dissipates in 1-2 minutes into a very subtle glass lacing; carbonation is essentially pouring off the bottom of the glass , no alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - a terrific admixture lots of sour (especially lemon and green apple) and wheat notes, but the sour wins this battle

T: 17/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a quick slap of funk - again, that lemon and green apple mixed with some vinegar in the background; in the middle of the mouth, I start picking up the wheat; don't taste any alcohol but wouldn't expect much at 3.1%

M: 4/5 - light-bodied and high carbonation makes it tart and refreshing; close-to-perfect mouthfeel for me

O: 9/10 - another solid offering from The Bruery, which continues to emerge as one of my favorite American breweries; they nail sours better than any other American brewery to my palate and this, to my recollection, is the best American Berliner weissebier that I have tasted (looking forward to trying NEBCO's Weiss Trash Culture though...)

TOTAL = 43/50 (1,327 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a very light yellow in color. A sizeable head forms and retains ok, but then is gone completely after a minute or two. No lacing because there is no head on top.

S- Light a fruity. Only a slight bit of wheat grain at the beginning, with more of a lightly tart scent. The tart smell is very lemony and acidic, but lightly so. Lots more wheat grain scent on the end of the drink.

T- Just like the smell. Starts with a predominantly tart flavor before moving towards a wheat flavor. Sour profile is very mild, and feels like it is leading up to a sour punch (like a Belgian) then just trails off. Light wheat flavors start mixing in after the tartness and take you to the end of the drink. Lingering grainy and tart flavors on the tongue make this a thirst quencher.

M- Light and very carbonated. This is easy drinking as it is both low in alcohol and its level of sour.

Overall, this is the best Berliner Weisse I've had, and I think it would stand up to comparison to most Belgian sours out there. Not quite the sour punch of a lambic, but the quality is every bit as good as a Cantillon or 3F. (1,106 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a bit murky. The color of the body is straw. Vertical pour yields a modest crown of bright white fuzz. Thin lacing.

S-Pleasantly tart. Dried wheat. Tart apples and must. Hay and lemon meringue.

T-Not supremely tart but the sour is set to an agreeable pitch. Tart lemons and apples. Sour, wet wheat. Musty and rustic but also lighthearted and vibrant.

M-Super light and bubbly. I could drink this entire bottle in seven minutes if I didn't want to restrain myself a bit.

O/D-Pretty tasty. Its got some neat stuff going on at 3.1%. Its very agreeable and I don't really have anything bad to say about it; just happy to have copped a bottle. (650 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with a bottling date that had almost completely worn away: 05/25/13. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Frothy meringue-colored head sits atop a ruddy golden-yellow body with plenty of haze and cloudiness. Looks almost like lemonade. After very little time, the foamy head fades away to leave a halo of white around the edge of the glass. No lacing to speak of.

Smell - Crisp to the nose, acidic and lemony zest. Fresh and sinus-clearing and makes one want to dive in, due to the refreshing aroma. As the tartness fades, a softer element from the wheat peeks through.

Taste - Deliciously tart and refreshing, like drinking a lemonade that isn't sweet, but also isn't puckeringly sour. Like what you might have if you mixed lemon juice and sparkling water, with a very nice play of zest and acidity along the center of the tongue. Put it this way: it managed to be tart enough to satisfy my sour-craving taste, but also not overbearing to my friend who isn't a big puckerhead. An incredible tasting beer.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and dry. Light body and moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is probably my favorite BW style beer to date. I've also had Bell's Oarsman, Professor Fritz Briem 1809 and DH Festina Peche. The 3.1% abv also makes it easy to polish off a full 750 without getting sloppy, so that's nice. I will definitely have to seek out additional bottles of this wonderful sour beer from The Bruery. The more I have their beers, the more impressed I become. (1,536 characters)

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

750 ml bottle, with bottled on date 03/25/2013 printed on the side. My second beer from The Bruery, acquired at the local beer store for $8.99 plus tax. Expectations are high considering this beer's current ratings.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour yields three fingers of quickly dissolving fizzing white bubbly head on top of a pale murky straw yellow colored body. Head audibly dissolves away into nothingness faster than the head on a soda pop. No lacing. Not great looking, in all honesty. The final pour a good hour later, reveals tons of sediment twirling, floating, and sinking in the glass.

S - Smell is of fruity tartness, lactic acid / bacterial funkiness, yeast, wheat grains, and vinegar. A more pleasant grainy aroma begins to creep out as the beer warms and opens up.

T - Taste is quite strange also: this is nothing like what I was expecting. I'm not very experienced with this style of beer, so the tart, sour nature of this beer is surprising to me. If I didn't know it was supposed to taste like this, I'd think I had bought an infected bottle. Bretty, yeasty, grainy, and tart fruitiness in the vain of lemons & sour green apples. Bacterial funkiness on the finish, not unlike a Kombucha drink.

M - Feel is tart, tingly, sour, and dry. Ideal carbonation.

Overall, a very strange different beer compared to what I'm used to. It definitely took a little bit for the flavors to come together, and for the beer to finally grow on me. Still, it is nothing like what I was expecting. Not a beer I would want to be out pounding, but it would probably pair well with some BBQ, despite the food pairings listed on BeerAdvocate. I would be interested to see what this would be like mixed with some raspberry or woodruff syrup like the bottle suggests doing. I was a fan of the lambics that I've tried, and was expecting similar results here, but I guess this style will take some easing into, for me. Still, I'm glad to have tried it, but I guess I need to further acquire a taste for this style.

The Bruery Hottenroth Berliner Weisse ---3.5/5 (2,085 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into tulip. bottled 03/25/13.

A: a minor haze on a bright straw yellow body. head is bright white and tightly bubbled. moderate retention and no lacing what-so-ever.

S: a lot of tartness starts the nose off. lemons. peels. maybe even a little bit of salt? mild earthy undertone. grain is there too, but hides behind much of the lacto-tartness.

T: flavor is an earthy tartness. lactic acid is there but not that strong. even more grain here than the nose. especially in the finish. a lingering tangy wheat flavor going on. lemons once again revisit the palate before a pretty dry finish.

M: carb is fulfilling without being overly vivacious. light bodied.

D: a really good take on the style. without necessarily trying a plethora of German-made examples of this style I think this is one hell of an American stab at it. get some. (851 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Tørst.

A: Clear straw body with a thin head of fine white bubbles that settle into a ring. Not bad.

S: Wheat malt is dominant, with graininess and light spice. Faint lemony tartness, but not much. All right, but quite light on acidity for my tastes.

T: Better here, with green apple tartness front and center; the soft wheat shows up on the finish. Clean aftertaste - almost too cleanly watery. Very tasty, but almost like a Berliner Light, and yes I'm aware it's supposed to be only 3.1% - I'm talking about flavor intensity, not strength.

M: Light and delicate, with an initial burst of soft carbonation that fades quickly. Interesting.

O: This is a really well-made beer, but it lacked that depth of sour grainy funk that I love about the best Berliners. Maybe I've just been spoiled lately by Weiss Trash Culture and New Glarus Berliner Weisse, but this just didn't capture my fancy the way I expected. Excellent but not exciting.

Cheers! (959 characters)

Photo of MCain04
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a HF stemmed glass

cloudy straw yellow, opaque, no lacing and the retention of the initial large white fizzy head is minimal.

smells like green apples, pure lemon juice, lactic acid, sour grapes.

Taste is very sour. Lots of acid. Green apple bite chased with sucking on a lemon. Not much sweetness to this at all. I like the sour but there is basically no complementing flavors. The wheat backing is there but isn't very loud in the setting of brash acid onslaught.

Feel is light modied with high carbonation, crisp and very dry, puckering, good for a hot day.

Overall I'm bumping this up because when mixed with a fruit beer like Rubaeus, it is actually very nice. Perhaps a fruit syrup mixed with this, as in traditional for the style, would make this a more complete beer. (805 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very nice starting head but it dies to rim bubbles. Very cloudy as one should expect. Yellow-white color with a green hue.

Sweet and nutty. I note clove and banana.

Strong sour presence. Also, it's very dry. It's as if someone added unsweetened lemon juice. The aftertaste is lip-smackingly tart. Relatively watery and the high carbonation accentuates the thinness. (369 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of the Bruery's more affordable beers is also its most thirst-quenching and funky. Split a 750 mL of Hottenroth with my girlfriend on a hot summer afternoon. Enjoyed in my Dogfish Head snifter.

Appearance (3.5/5): Hottenroth pours a cloudy light orange with a voluminous 3.5 finger head that dissipates quickly. A very light colored beer, Hottenroth isn't what I'd call a looker.

Smell (4/5): Smells lactic and sour; a hint of cranberry, wheat, strawberry, leathery and quite peculiar--kind of like the smell of a dentist's office. Pretty weird, but definitely not off-putting. I actually quite like the smell. Welcome to the world of Berliner Weisse!

Taste (4/5): Quite tart. Beautiful hit of sour Granny Smith apple, lemon, and cranberry. Big wheat notes and a nice, short, refreshing finish. This is a true thirst-quencher! However, I must dock some points because Hottenroth is a little one-noted–it's kind of a one trick pony where the sour/lactic note does all the work and there are no background flavors. That said, still tasty.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): great high carbonation, light mouthfeel, very refreshing, short sour finish. The sourness does not linger long after a pull from the glass.

Overall (4/5): Hottenroth is a perfect summer beer. It's super refreshing, lighter, and has a nice tart berry/citrus thing going on. It IS a one-trick pony, but as far as domestic Berliner Weisses go, it's of very high quality–as to be expected from The Bruery. Good stuff. (1,487 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 Ml bottle poured into a Darkness Snifter

A- Pours a two finger white frothy head, hazy golden/dark hay color, well carbonated, minimal splotchy lacing.
S- Very nice aroma, barnyard funk, lemon zest, the sourness really comes out in the aroma. Been having a good amount of berliners lately, Really exited to try this one.
T- Very interesting definitely tasty, slight funkiness, not as evident as in the aroma but definitely present. Nice lemon zest, slight tartness, pretty straight forward but still tasty and refreshing.
M- Very light mouthfeel, clean and crisp finish.
O- I really enjoyed this beer, very refreshing and tasty, as usual the berliner style is perfect for the summer weather would definitely have again. (726 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#870/871 03/25/13
12:48 002128

A: Hazy, almost cloudy, bright golden-orange yellow with a fizzy, white head that bubbles up quickly and fades just as quickly. No lace or retention. As it should be.

S: Nose is really dry, funky, and unique. I'm at the last glass of the bottle and I still can't figure out what I'm smelling. A bouquet of tart lemon juice, hay, barnyard, yeast...and...it just smells like a brewhouse. Which is awesome.

T: Taste is similar. Very dry, tart, fruity, yeasty, and ultimately funky. Fantastic carbonation and a proper body for this style. So much flavor and such a joy to drink.

M: The finish is just ridiculous. Creamy (might be because I poured some sediment in), yeasty, funky goodness.

O: It's super hot and humid tonight so this is perfect. I love this style more and more with each example I try. This one is world class as far as I can tell. Especially for an American brewer. This particular style is about to blow up. It's already popping up at more breweries and is building a following. Who doesn't love a refreshing, funky, low ABV beer? I've been searching for this beer for a few years and didn't really know why. I just had a feeling. Now I know my instincts were spot-on. (1,219 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy yellow pour that his visible carbonation. Foam head hits the top and is white and 1/2 inch. Looks like a margarita.

S - Sour notes of fruit and light grains. Very interesting and unique but not sure I enjoy this. It is however true to the style.

T - Sour citrus notes. Flavors of lime and orange with some zest and wheat. Has a finish of tartness and sugary sweet flavors.

M - Extremely refreshing. And for a sour beer this seems to really hit the spot. Sessionable on those hot days.

O - Good example of the style and a fun beer to try. Another good Bruery offering. (582 characters)

Photo of ncketchum
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a duvel tulip

A - pours a cloudy, straw yellow with a fluffy white head

S - funk, grass, lemon, grapefruit

T - very sour lemon, a little bit of funk in the backbone

M - immensely refreshing on a hot day, very light and thin bodies

O - my second Berliner Weiss, lighter and more sour than the NG version. Very good for a hot summer day (350 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells mildly sour and malty for the style. Scents of lemon and grain. Little bit of sweet tart scent.

Starts out mildly sour with a upfront lemon flavor. Mildly sour. No hops at all. Mostly this is just light and sour.

Mouthfeel is pretty good.

Over all, decent Berliner Weiss. (349 characters)

Photo of jegross2
2.71/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewing the Hottenroth from The Bruery out of Placentia, California.

Score: 70

2013 vintage bottle served in an upland snifter and enjoyed on 05/07/13. Review is from iPhone notes

Appearance: Pours a murky dull peach color with a finger of white head. Good lacing and retention. Has a light and delicate appearance. 4/5

Smell: Tons of cereal grain, wheat, a little sweet citrus and apples. 3/5

Taste: Has an offensively flat cereal grain flavor upfront with a very faint tartness on the back end. A little buttery too. Wheaty finish. Has a better citrus tartness if you swish the beer rather than let it sit on the palate, but its very grain heavy when it sits on tongue and the wheat lingers. 2/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, low carbonation. Dry finish with a little prickliness. 3.5/5

Overall: I have not had very many berliner weiss, but this is the most "grainy" one that I have sampled to date. Not a fan.

Cost: $7.99 for a 750 ml bottle. (950 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Transparent, pale straw colored body with a fizzy slightly off-white head that dissappears quickly. Head is noticeably fizzy and sounds like a soda as it settles. Lots of carbonation bubbles cling to the sides of the glass as well.

S- A pungent wheat aroma with just a hint of tart fruity aromas.

T- Exceedingly tart, with hints of sour. The wheat is surprisingly noticeable for a very low abv beer. After the initial tart gives way to the wheat, the finish is somewhat earthy.

M- Very light, crisp and bubbly. Finish is somewhat sticky with lots of tartness.

O- It's a good example of the style and one of the most tart Berliner Weisses I have tried. The stickiness at the end makes a whole 750ml a little tough to finish. (730 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance
Pale straw with 2 fingers of white head. Hazy with moderate-heavy carbonation.

Nose
Lactic sourness, lemon juice and wheat.

Taste
Lactic sourness along with lemon juice and tangy wheat. There’s a hint of strawberry sweetness. Finishes with a touch of chestnut as well as a Warheads candy essence.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, tart and refreshing.

Overall
This is a fantastic Berliner! $9.60 for a sour that you can drink all day? RIGHT ON! (501 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale yellow with a slightly cloudy body. The tight, bright white head dissipates quickly.

S - Very tart on the nose with lemon and some vinegar. Also, acidic with some grain qualities.

T - Just a lemon tart bomb with the wheat in the background.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation and oh so drinkable with a dry finish.

O - Not complex, very simple and downright enjoyable to drink. (401 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Murky pale golden body with a short-lived fizzy head that recedes to nothing.

Incredibly tart on the nose. Sharp vinegar notes against white grape and sour apple. Wet hay, sweet berries... pretty intense smelling stuff.

All of those imposing aromatics aren't as harsh on the palate as you might expect. Mild citrus with a gueuze like tartness... a delicious candidate for a brunch beer. (388 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy pale yellow, almost the colour of grapefruit juice. Foamy white head with no retention at the start. No head as the glass is topped off.

Some wheat and yeast, but a nice tart note in the nose. A little lemon peel.

Big sour milk note up front, with nice acid and a seltzer like quality. A little salt, leading to yeast and tart acidity. Long tart finish. This one has a nice flavor, a good deal of depth, and good, long lasting power on the palate. This is domestic??? Wow.

Light bodied, acidic, good carbonation.

A big $10 bottle of Berliner Weissbier that actually stands up to good German versions. Flavor and palate feel are excellent. Must try if you like the style. (687 characters)

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