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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,449
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 187
Gots: 158 | FT: 9
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California, United States

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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Ratings: 1,449 | Reviews: 413
Photo of jpro
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle on my way back from the beach over the weekend... cracked it open before dinner tonight. Poured a pale, hazy straw, with a one and a half finger, ultra white head that fizzed down pretty quick, leaving no lace. Smells of light grains / wheat, with some tart lemon zest. Taste is nice and wheaty, with some nice lactic tartness, again lemon and sour finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp - nice carbonation level with a nice, tart zing on the finish. Very drinkable - very refreshing on a hot summer afternoon.

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, straw yellow color with a white, one-finger head of thin foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of tart green apples. A little yeasty spicy aroma was present, too.

T - A puckeringly tart brew with a nice green apple flavor. There is a grainy flavor with some wheat. It has just enough spice to fight back against the tart kick.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. It crackles on the tongue and the back on the throat. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a good brew but simple too tart to get a really high drinkablity score.

Photo of deapokid
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been on a huge Berliner Weisse kick lately and I really wish there were more than 6 or 7 available in the area (I'm looking at you Victory, Sly Fox and Voodoo).

This entry from Orange County, CA pours a see through yellow, resembling a glass of ice water... after you've squeezed the lemon wedge. Head is initially quite lively but it fizzles out in a moments time. Carbonation is relatively nice and it's not particularly unappealing, just a shade too thin.

Scent is up to snuff, giving the sniffer a sour burst of citrus fruit (particularly lemon) and the tart sting of lactic acid.

Flavor wise, this is a refreshing and lemony ale that uses the slightest wheat character and body to bring it all together. The sour notes don't overpower other aspects and the creamy aftertaste is almost unexpected, but very pleasant and season appropriate.

Amazingly, this manages to maintain a light and airy nature while still leaving the tongue with a lasting flavor. Its wheaty aspects are subdued, but welcome and the sour pucker is perfect for Summer.

Saying that Berliner Weisses are drinkable is obvious, but this one is particularly downable and it's fun to take the ride from sour bite to wheaty coat. I also love the low ABV, which will allow for a full day of sober sipping.

Photo of kbutler1
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow grapefruit like color with a tiny bubble white head. The arome is funk, wheat, with a slight touch of citric notes. Also reminds me slightly of a belgian. The first sip is tart and sour that transitions to a wheat beer aftertaste. Not overly sour by any means. Slightly acidic. At only 3.1%, you don't pick up the alcohol notes at all. Very light mouthfeel. Dry finish. Great summer time low abv beer. Interested to see how this will be with a year down in the cellar.

Photo of raverjames
4.94/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Here is a beer that I think people have a hard time rating without the proper exposure to the style. Having tried about 7 different Berliner Weisse brews from commercial breweries, and many many homebrew attempts, I think this beer is the perfect example of the style. The smell is clean with a touch of wheat/grain, yet you still get that touch of lacto vinegar and citrus. The flavor is well rounded and features citric acid and light grains. It is the perfect level of sour, and the carbonation is spot on. I love this beer and could drink it all day. The only part that isn't perfect is the head, which didn't seem to last long. But who cares about that with a stellar berliner like this.

Photo of bump8628
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at the tasting room.

Pours up much more substantial than I would expect for the ABV. Hazy straw with an inch of white head that recedes to a thin cap and leaves bits of lace.

Tart and very pleasant with light, crackery wheat, crisp dryness, mild fruit, a touch of rustic earth, and a firm line of lemony tartness running through it before the creamier-than-expected finish.

All in all, this is probably the single most refreshing beer I've ever consumed. My first of the style so I don't have much of a baseline for rating, but it's hard to imagine a Berliner Weiss that can be much better than Hottenroth.

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A; A light fizzy and fluffy 1.5 finger head rises up and fades semi quickly over crystal clear watery wheat yellow colored beer.

N: Interesting, lots of toasty wheat, tons of toasty wheat that is, some light malts, a light barnyard funk, a very light toasty sour fruit too, and some tart aromas.

T: Makes my glands go "owww" with some tart flavors, a little sour tangy fruit, berry almost raspberry. Lots of toasty wheat flavors still, some light toasty malts too, a nice barnyard toasty funk flavor but not really wild. A nice tart barnyard flavor. Very light overall too, but nice and refreshing.

M: Pretty light, with some lighter but decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty tart still, with some light raspberry and other berry flavors, and a little sourness. Some lingering toasty malts and wheat still, but much lighter. Still some lingering barnyard dry funk like flavors too. A touch of flemminess on the throat too.

Being light, nice and tart, not heavy at all, not really sweet, some nice toasty malts and wheat, nice raspberry, and the nice toasty barnyard funk (not Brett funk, a special Belgian yeast).

Photo of psiweaver
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured out of a fresh growler into a pint glass.

pours a nice hazy light yellow color thats somewhat clear with almost no head.

amazing sharp smell with a great wheat spicyness to it.

this beer is flat out tasty it is amazing how much flavor is crammed into this beer for such a low ABV, its got a nice sharp citrus sour funk to it and yet still has some spice and smoothness from the wheat.

great mouth feel and drink ability extremely refreshing easy to drink and just a flat out tasty beer. Wish I still lived close enough for growler fills.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 3.1% abv. Pours a slightly hazy, pale straw color. Fizzy white head holds together for a few minutes, trickling to a thin ring.

Sour and slightly lactic in the nose. Some hay, and slight barnyard aroma. Some fruity notes. Herbal and earthy hop nose.
Sharp tartness up front, without being puckering. Some fruity notes blend in well. Dries at the finish.

Light body. Spritzy carbonation. Is there really alcohol in here? Very refreshing, with a bit of complexity. Very well made.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this is an excellent beer. I'm really coming around to the Berliner Weisse--it strikes me as a less intense sour that's very refreshing and light. My only complaint for this one is the appearance really. It's not bad, just the color is very pale, almost like a chardonnay with white head.

Smell is very good, big lemon and lactic notes, a bit of pale malt and wheat. Taste is similar, complex and delicious. Lactic sourness is refreshing and interesting. Feel is light and fizzy, nice for the style. Great drinkability. Delicious.

This is the first time I've spent $8 on a 3.1% beer... ABV does NOT always equal flavor. Berliner Weisse is a style that will really make one reconsider lower ABV brews, especially when you're tired of big, sweet flavor bombs.

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

poured into a tulip glass

The Hottenroth pours a hazy golden color with a nice fizzy 2 finger head and minimal retention. Very brilliant looking pour. Nose is very citrusy and some bananas. Wheat is noticeable as well as some funk. Taste is sour from lemony tastes. Also yeast is pronounced on the mouth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very well carbonated. This is a pretty drinkable brew. I am digging this style.

Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazed yellow color with a thin white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of citrus and wheat tartness

T - This is good stuff with tart sour fruit flavors and some wheat

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is an awesome beer with a damn good sour taste at a super sessionable abv making it easy to drink the 750 on your own worth hunting down to try sometime

Photo of DmanGTR
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this at Total Wine in Bradenton/Sarasota FL.

Poured a lovely light straw yellow, slightly hazy as it's supposed to be, with a 1" white short lived head. Very nicely tart and citrusy in the aroma. Hint of biscuit and a pronounced wheat twang. Flavor is a touch more complex than expected. Lemony tart, touch of yeast, puckering finish with a layer of "barnyard" funk, but this is almost hidden. Crisp and light, this beer is best served chilled (slightly above refrigeration temperature) in a flute or a weizen glass. Outstanding beer. Perfect for Florida weather.

Photo of Bmoyer0301
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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.


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.


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.


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.

Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of drpimento
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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).

Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

Photo of mikereaser
2.7/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

Photo of jsanford
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of Brent
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
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