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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
91
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1,161 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,161
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 180
Gots: 122 | FT: 7
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:

As I popped the cap on this champagne bottle I was greeted by a wonderful hiss and a waft of CO2 gas that slid out of the neck of the bottle. I reached back into my glassware cabinet and pulled out another one of my favorites, my Unibroue tulip which has a beautiful slender body with a protruding rim which helps channel all the aromas. I decided to pour this one real gentle because from experience Berliner Weiss's' tend to be quite carbonated and I sure don't want to overflow my glass with foam. Next, I titled the glass and bottle while it filled up quite quickly with a three finger thick head and then dissipated in only a few minutes almost leaving it appear flat. This beer is a beautiful pale yellow gold color with a fair amount of haze which isn't letting a large amount of light pass through. As I hold my glass up to the light and give a generous swirl, I am not seeing any lacing at all which just clarifies that this is a thin beer.

Smell:

Right off the start I am greeted with acidic lemons, green apples, and pineapples. There is a fair amount of funk that almost resembles hay and vinegar with a touch a corn meal and horse feed thrown in. Almost resembles, a really dry white wine or brute champagne with loads on corn flakes and wheat bread.

Taste:

Mouth puckering tartness all around! This is loaded with lemons and vinegar that almost make me wince its that sour. At this point there is no head at all but yet its highly carbonated on my palate. I can understand why people would want to add the recommended raspberry or woodruff syrups to sweeten this up and take the acidity down a notch or two its very intense. This reminds me of a liquid version of sour patch kids candy with baskets of green apples that have been soaking in margarita sour mix. Don't let my descriptors scare you away because this is probably the best beer to the style I ever had and not to mention its very hot here today and it's very refreshing and doesn't sit real heavy in my stomach.

Drinkability:

You better enjoy sour tart things before you tackle this bottle, because its a large one. I will be sharing the rest with my wife who always enjoys when I break out a sour beer. Overall I really enjoyed this beer and even better it was just perfect for this hot day. I will chalk up another win for the Bruery and their beers, they always seem to impress me. Since this is a rarely made st lye of beer i would definitely say you should give it a try if you come across it just for the experience. It was sour, tart, winy, and refreshing and should not be overseen when you go looking for a great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 00:16:25 | More by Bmoyer0301
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BarrelO

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Cloudy pale yellow body. Decent head that quickly fades to nothing, typical for the style.

S: Lemon-like tartness and a bit of wheat.

T: It opens with a blast of overwhelming lick-puckering tartness. If you can stick it out, the sourness recedes to reveal notes of Cheerios and fruitiness, kind of like a yogurt parfait.

M: Medium-bodied, good amount of carbonation.

D: Definitely hits the spot on a hot summer day. Don't be a sissy and drink it with syrup, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 16:37:05 | More by BarrelO
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a fine, white head and no lace. Color is a clear, very pale yellow. Aroma is tart and a bit of funky, barnyard. Flavor is tart forward with hints of berries and lemon, plus some grass. Body is a little more soft than a couple of the German versions I've had & carbonation is good. Finish is good, fairly clean and on the short side. With woodruff syrup - very good too!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 22:02:02 | More by drpimento
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Pencible

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This poured a hazy pale straw color with quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like sour lemon and grassy hops, along with very dry, earthy white grapes like champagne.
T: It tasted like dry white grapes and tart lemon, with sour grassy hops and perhaps some persimmon. No real malt or yeast to balance, resulting in a very puckering tart aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation.
D: This was a very tart beer, but not in the same way as a wild ale or lambic. It was interesting to try, and I could certainly understand why it's traditionally drunk with fruit syrup added. Recommended only for experimentation purposes, or if you're a huge fan of this unique style (as it seems to be a good representation).

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 18:46:04 | More by Pencible
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy lemonade color with a meringue cap that fritters away soda-like; though some foam clumps linger, they slide down the sides of the glass

Smell: Lemon, wheat bread, yeast, cat pee and sweaty saddle

Taste: Tart and funky lemon, with a wheat bread base underneath; grows increasingly tart by mid-palate and after the swallow, with a bone dry finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with initial carbonation that fades quickly once the head disappears

Drinkability: Though I am a little disappointed in the fading carbonation (keep the pours small to preserve the bubbles), this is a refreshingly tart summertime drink

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 22:49:16 | More by brentk56
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david18

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this as a gift from a friend and just opened it today. Very light straw color and very cloudy. Very light head, in color and amount. Flavor is typical for a berlinerweiss, good sourness with a slight bready character. Aroma is very good, a little fruity. I love everything I've had from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 21:39:16 | More by david18
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 750ml bottle courtesy of Ding!

I got a good hiss when I popped the cap, it pours a hazy lemonade yellow with close to a 1 finger head of foam. Looking at the impressive sheets of lacing, the look here is outstanding.

The foam and lacing *do* fade during the session but not enough to make me get *tough* on the score.

The smell is a mix of barnyard antics, lemony wheat, and some strong notes of vinegar. The smell is intriguing.

The taste is all tart and tasty. Lots of lemony wheat with a rambunctious amount of vinegar tartness that has my mouth puckering a bit. Just a bit. ;^) The vinegar comes across very much apple like and there's just a tiny bit of a hint of barnyard that was bigger in the nose. I'm digging this brew.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation, it has a good mouthfeel given the style and appropriate, to the style, abv.

Drinkability? Man, this is an excellent summertime brew that really really is refreshing. The Bruery....I THANK you and Ding!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 23:24:26 | More by Bitterbill
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Shared with Hophead101 on 12/29/09

A - pours a golden white with an inch of white foam that quickly dissipated to a layer of fine bubbles

S - pretty standard, tart green apples, wheat

T - watered down tart apple flavor, tart up front but you are quickly reminded how watered down the taste is

M/D - good carbonation, flavor starts out great, but quickly falls off, we were reminded of a tart coors light.

Tried again on 6/6/2011
I'm a fan of berliner weisse beers, just not this one. I was really hoping it was just me. This beer just seems to be lacking in content to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 20:09:01 | More by mikereaser
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jsanford

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip. I think this bottle has at least a year of age on it.

A - Pours a clear glowing gold with a thin white head that dissipates quickly, leaving just a slight stream of bubbles. Berliner Weiss is a weird animal.
S - Deliciously crisp aromas of green apples, lemon juice, wheat, earthy Brett, and tangy, funky Lacto. Amazing.
T - Pretty similar to the nose, lots of green apple, lemon juice, wheat and funky barnyard flavors. Not as puckeringly-sour as a fresh bottle, the Brett got a nice little foothold in this. Wonderfully complex, especially for a 3% ABV beer.
M - Light bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and dry, very reminiscent of a dry white wine.
D - Very tart and refreshing, perfect on a hot day. I threw back a couple of these one day while painting my kitchen, definitely helped make it bearable. This is a really nice example of a fairly uncommon beer style that I love to introduce non-beer drinkers to.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 16:51:42 | More by jsanford
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Brent

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Berliner weisse is probably one of those love-it-or-hate-it styles. I'm a big fan, and don't see many examples of the style in my neck of the woods. Thanks to Blake for the bottle. Exceptionally well balanced lemony tartness - enough to be pleasantly tangy but not mouth-puckeringly sour like some. Lemon and clean grain notes. Great hot weather quencher and, as per the style, low abv.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 14:21:29 | More by Brent
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml pours a crystal clear pale yellow body with a two finger snowwhite head. Seond pour reveals significant haze. Spotty lacing.

Aroma is freshly squeezed lemons with a minor note of wheat malt.

Dry and tart on the palate with an aggressive, but pleasant carbonation.

Taste is fresh lemons with an edge of sour green apples. Light and airy. Just a hint of wheat malt twang. A faint note of must in the finish.

I could drink this all day. Hard to imagine a more drinkable beer. Very well done. I'm going to have to find some woodruff syrup the next time I try this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 20:54:40 | More by merlin48
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Traquairlover

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into nonics.

A = Light yellow with a frosted glass look, had a huge brilliant white head on pour but it quickly bubbled away similarly to champagne, very steady aggressive carbonation with small bubbles.

S = Pungent smell like overripe tropical fruits, some sharp not quite ripe pineapple, wet grains, some slight barnyard scents.

T = Great sourness from first to last, pineapple juice as in the smell but much more predominant, some of the light barnyard mixture of hay, grains, the taste left in the mouth when cleaning a coop all are present, but less than in the smell. Some crabapple, a little bite of white and sherry vinegars.

M = Light body, very lively carbonation with enough bite to keep the mouth awake.

D = This is a great hot weather beer, easy to pound away while sitting on the deck. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 20:03:50 | More by Traquairlover
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metter98

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pizza Paradiso - Dupont Circle, Washington, DC

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color, almost resembling lemonade. It poured with a thin white head that quickly disappeared into a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. A very light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a very light aroma with some sourness; the nose resembles the smell of a dry white wine.
T: The overall taste is rather sour and has some tart fruity flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate. There is some dryness in the finish that leaves you wanting to take another sip.
D: If you like sourness, the beer is very easy to drink, although you could add some fruit syrup to make it a little more palate. The beer is very light and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2010 01:46:44 | More by metter98
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Lunch

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD into a 12oz. snifter (06/07/2010).

A: Pours an almost neon yellow with an orange hue. Capped with about a finger of bright white head.

S: Aroma is a little tart with some lemon and a bit of funk. There a hint of apple as well.

T: Quite refreshing and the right amount of tartness for me. Lemon and some funk dominate the flavor profile with some apple, grain, candy sugar and some pale malt.

M: A light and crisp mouthfeel and appropriate carbonation.

D: Being that it is only 3.1%, this is a beverage that one can have quite a few of.

Overall this beer was an excellent departure from what I usually drink and I found it to be a great beer. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 15:25:57 | More by Lunch
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy, pale yellow in color, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: lemon, funk, and sugar

Taste: lemon, sour candy, and sugar

Mouthfeel: sour and sweet, high carbonation, light body

Drinkability: Very good for the style and my favorite from the Bruery. I could sip on this all day. Not a starter sour, but more of a medium one. Wish I could find this more easily.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 16:28:34 | More by tigg924
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on my porch on a sunny Friday afternoon.

A. Pours a very pale yellow with a thick creamy white head that dissipates to a thin film.

S. Tart - sour white grapes maybe. A bit of saison-like hay funk.

T. Light malt upfront then the tart fruit flavors come into play; white grapes, granny smith apples all with some tartness that is most akin to nearly ripe raspberries.

M. Thin bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Although I'm frequently opposed to this much carbonation, this has nice small bubbles that make it creamy more than prickly.

D. I wouldn't drink these all the time, but this was just what I was looking for today: tart, refreshing, and cool on a hot summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 20:23:55 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost clear banana peel yellow before I add any yeast sediment to it. The first pour is two fingers of bright white, spritzy brilliance. Only ok bubbling though.

Tart Granny Smith apple skins, very young, unripened , wite grape juice make up the brunt of this beer's aroma. There is some of those wild card aromas that come from liberal wild yeast infection. I got a little buttered popcorn!?!?! With some funky barnyard fare to boot.

The palate is pcukery tart up front from the unripenend green apples and some lemon juice too. The middle lets some of that funky yeast mature a little more into a still tart apple lemon, but with an open wheat field with a barn five hundred yards away. The finish helps mature and envigorate these flavors thanks to the carbonation felt all the way to the finish.

I must admit, these would not be very sessionable for me due to its sour nature, but still a good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 04:44:13 | More by scruffwhor
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pastradul

California

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to ZX6chris for openign this.

Pours a light white yellow color. looks on the thicker side. no real head or lacing around the glass.

The aroma is interesting. if you didn't tell me it was a beer I would guess i had a glass of aste in front of me.

Drinks similar to an Aste. mouthfeel is high on the carb, but it is working well for this brew. The palat is lots of light fruit, Green apples and pears.

The finish is nice and dry. Drank the glass before I even realized it.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 15:18:17 | More by pastradul
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a light, translucent straw with one finger of lily white head that quickly dissipated - this might have been due to my gentle pour.

Smell -- An abundance of lemon, wet hay, and horse blanket from the brett, and a good dose of saltiness.

Taste -- Lots of lemon tartness and sour funk up front that gives way to wheat graininess. Quite salty throughout. Finish is dry, salty, and slightly tart.

Mouthfeel -- Incredibly light with ample prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- So many people in the craft beer community rail against beers they call "fizzy yellow water." This is fizzy, yellow, and about as close to the feel of water as you're likely to find in a beer, and it's great. Delicious, refreshing and very unique. It was worth the effort it took me to track it down.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 17:33:55 | More by yeahnatenelson
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jgasparine

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured with a very thin white head, which quickly dissipated; no real lacing. The body was a cloudy pale yellow color; little bits of visible carbonation.

S- The aroma is citrus; a little lactic tart aromas over husky grain. A very mild nose overall.

T- On the palate it starts out quite neutral, and then some lactic sourness kicks in moderate to strong on the midpalate. As the sourness begins to fade, some nutty/husky grain emerges and linger on the palate long into the finish. Relatively close to style.

M- Thin body. Little bit of texture from perhaps the wheat in the beverage. Spritzy carbonation.

D- Super quaffable. Super refreshing. Drink it straight on a hot summer day. I would definitely covet a 750ml bottle for myself in a sitting!

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2010 23:50:30 | More by jgasparine
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Shaw

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Bruery beer.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow in color with a big white head that vanishes.

Tart and slightly sour aroma with hints of earth.

The taste is tart and lightly fruity, with funky notes of a barn -- which is good.

Body is smooth, not watery.

It's a very refreshing and easy-to-drink beer. Sour fans, seeks this one out.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 02:22:35 | More by Shaw
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-very pale yellow, slightly hazy with some bubbles rising to the top. head is bubbly but creamy and eggshell white in color

S-the nose is pretty big, tons of lemon with notes of spicy clove. hints of sour tartness in the back but light.

T-the lemon hits right up front and stays throughout. notes of spice with clovves and just a hint of banana in the back. the finish is somewhat sour and tart showing some acidity but not overpowering.

M-light body and prickly on the palate. somewhat creamy in the front with a fair amount of carbonation.

D-big flavors and very light body. easy session beer but the tartness makes me not want to keep drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 00:53:20 | More by cpetrone84
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dull yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head, but no lacing to speak of.

S: A sharp smell of wheat, malt, and some citrus.

T: Tasted of malt, a very tart wheat, and lemon up front, but was a little weak and elusive in the finish. An interesting flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, somewhat sour finish. Light-bodied.

D: A drinkable, if somewhat odd, beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 12:11:31 | More by avalon07
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared at the Brass Rail. Thanks to whomever supplied it.

A: The Berliner weiss is hazy, a pale straw color that looks sickly. I can't see through the glass, but it is blanketed by almost a half a finger of white densely-packed head.

S: The wheat is strong in this one. It's (the wheat) characteristic tartness has been augmented, resulting in a crisply tart, acidic nose.

T: The ale builds to a climax, only to tumble off quickly. The wheat is very tart initially, sharp and acidic. That acidity builds, especially as it sits in my mouth, until it just, well, drops off the face of the earth. The acidity is there one minute, gone the next. In its place, biscuity malts hang out but they don't have the same intensity that the wheat did. The only remnant of the sharp bite is a mild lingering tartness, pale in comparison to the original dosage.

M: The mouthfeel is a study in contrasts. Upfront, the tartness is fresh and strong; later is skulks away. Hey, on the bright side, it weighs in under 4%!

D: Like most Berliner weissbiers, Hottenroth is low in alcohol and long on tartness, at least for a spell.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 12:08:24 | More by akorsak
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jdense

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Mongers PDX 5/9/2010.

Straw yellow hazy body, big finger rocky white head, slow dissipation, decent lacing, a nice looking beer. Nose is dry, lemony, grapefruit, not much hops. Taste is lemony wheat with dry finish, quite tart. Medium mouthfeel with a lip smacking finish. A great summer quaffer, very sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2010 14:58:05 | More by jdense
Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
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