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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,282 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,282
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 186
Gots: 135 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2008)
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

canadianghetto, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

boilermakerbrew, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of jvillefan
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

jvillefan, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

VelvetExtract, Aug 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

leedorham, Aug 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

jamesewelch, Aug 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

GonzoHomebrewer, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

smartassboiler, Aug 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Dhamma73, Aug 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

ScottStache, Aug 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Hardcore, Aug 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

JimmyFlatRock, Aug 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Jeffrey2310, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

kingmaker, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

LambicPentameter, Aug 05, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev -14.1%

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

mfnmbvp, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Envelopes, Aug 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

MattSweatshirt, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Kmat10, Aug 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Timmy13T, Aug 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Dweedlebug, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

BBrewington, Aug 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Jeeb, Aug 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

TheCuriograph, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Jimmys
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

Jimmys, Aug 01, 2013
Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 1,282 ratings.