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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,355 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,355
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 184
Gots: 144 | 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%

BillHilly, Oct 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

frozenjogurt, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of joshwith
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

joshwith, Oct 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

CoryR, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev -1.2%

ObeMaltKinobee, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 10/13/12 notes. Big thanks to whoever brought this to the Top Hops tasting; been wanting to try this one for a while. 750ml bottle.

a - Pours a very clear, pale yellow color with an inch of bright white head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells sour, of sour fruits, sour citrus, maybe some brett, wheat, grains, earthy notes, and hay. Not overly tart, but a very enjoyable level or sourness.

t - Tastes of citrus, sour fruits, earthy notes, spice, funk, hay, wheat, sour dough, and grains. Sourness is there again with hints of barnyard funk; a step up from the nose in my opinion.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Not too acedic or sour so very easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice, easy drinking berliner. It is sour and funky, but not overly in either direction, which makes it very easy to drink. I think this would be a good berliner to give to someone getting introduced to the style, as it is a good example of a lightly sour/funky beer without being overwhelming. Would like to have it again.

mdfb79, Oct 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

arash1000, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of JosephThompson
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

JosephThompson, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of 12owls
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12owls, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Sixofsigmas
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Sixofsigmas, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear, pale yellow color with a frothy, sudzy, white head that settles out fairly quickly.

Aromas begin and end quite straight-forward with a sour, lemony flesh/zest with a small amount of white wheat malt backbone.

The tastes begin with a faint pilsner maltiness coupled with a little wheat. After the short hint of sweetness, you get some tart fresh lemon juice and wave of lactic sourness.

The mouthfeel is quite light-bodied but that is fine for such a low ABV beer, with medium carbonation. Finish has a pleasing sourness on the light, lemonesque finish.

Overall I am not particularly enthralled with this beer, the sour twang notes are a bit too light and the mouthfeel could use a slight carbonation bump. Flavor profile was not too far from an undersweetened lemonade.

claspada, Oct 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

SourAddict, Sep 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

DaveHack, Sep 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Lob, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Rustico in Arlington. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy pale yellow, produces a thin white head, minimal lacing.

S- Lemony citrus, some vinegar, pungent, almost cheesy funk, some grain and wheat sweetness. Smells very nice with some nice complexity.

T- Lots of lemon and tart apple, nice puckering acidic tartness, a light barnyard funkiness and more wheat sweetness towards the finish.

M- Light-bodied, smooth feel with puckering acidity.

O- A very nice Berliner Weisse, it's very drinkable and refreshing. The tartness is spot-on in typical Bruery fashion, and the bacteria provide some nice complexity. Great stuff.

WillCarrera, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of JustinMatthew
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

JustinMatthew, Sep 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

WynnO, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you mrbubbler.

Appearance. Pours a hazy, pale straw with a finger of white head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Lightly toasted, and a bit doughy smelling wheat with some lactic sourness.

Taste. Sour lemons and lime, lightly toasted wheat. Very nice!!

Mouthfeel. Light body with medium+, fine and lively carbonation.

Overall. A great Berliner Weiss. Love the style, loved this beer. Another nice one, Bruery!

Rutager, Sep 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

stevefinny, Sep 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

drjman, Sep 03, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

MButkus, Sep 02, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a large bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. The beer pours out very pale yellow and slightly hazy. There is low carbonation and a thin head with not much retention. Nose definitely tells the story here. Tart and slightly funky with a good dose of lemon zest.

Light body and good firm mouthfeel. Very tart and acidic, but not overpowering. Fruit notes of sour apple and lemon develop on the front of the palate and the acidity grows as the beer slides across the tongue. The finish is very wine-like and leaves a tannic, mouth-drying effect. Extremely refreshing. I thought the low carbonation would hurt the drinkability, but I find that the smooth character suits the flavor nicely. This beer has everything you want in the style.

I am not a seasoned drinker of this style. In fact, this is only the third one I have had. I reviewed the beer straight from the bottle, but this is the first time I also tried one with both of the traditional syrups added: Waldmeister (woodruff) and Himbeer (raspberry). While adding these sweet additions does tend to make it more softdrink-like (if overdone), I think everyone should try it. They work really well with this particular beer, especially when you just add a dash.

deadonhisfeet, Sep 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I have had more sour beers, but never a tart I liked as much as this one. It feels like I am drinking a large glass of wine.

The fruity, yeasty taste is barely tempered by any of the usual beer hops or malt tastes. The yeast is the story, and it is wonderful.

The aftertaste is to die for - I hope to burp for a long time! The very low alcohol is nice for a change, the balance is kept, but it could stand more malt and the resultant kick. This is highly recommended.

schoolboy, Sep 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

bsuedekum, Aug 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

fbc24, Aug 27, 2012
Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 1,355 ratings.