Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,412
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 182
Gots: 152 | 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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Photo of jdense
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.

Photo of Natural510
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with no discernible dating, though label implies this is a cellerable offering.

Pours beautiful pale yellow with nice amount of head & carbonation. Beer is cloudy with yeast sediment. Unfortunately, head does not retain after a couple minutes and goes completely flat.
High yeast scent, sour with strong note of lemon and hints of the wheat as well. Very inviting.
Flavor is as champagne-like as its appearance. Soft & delicate; heavy on lemon peel, backed by the wheat and rounded out by the funkiness of the yeast. Overall sour, with a dry, tart finish.

The only downside of this otherwise enjoyable take on Berliner weiss would be the beer going completely flat after about 5 minutes, both in the glass and bottle. Subsequent pours illicit a quick fizziness followed by what appears to be dull lemonade when all is said & done. And this does affect the flavor, especially in the last 1/3rd of the bottle.
Otherwise, a fine offering for a style we see rarely here in the US.

Photo of BTPete
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured between 2 tulips.

A: Hazy golden yellow. Nice foamy head that dissipates away.

S: sour, tart, and lemony. Reminds me of wine in a way.

T: Really tart. Some nice tones of fruit but like I said very tart and sweet. Dry finish.

M: Nicely carbed and bubbly. Medium to light body. Dry finish.

D: Really drinkable as far as ABV goes but turns into a sipper due to sweet and tartness of it. Enjoyed on a sunny day and seems nice for such a setting.

Photo of steadydose
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this beer into a tulip, and was imediately impressed by the three finger thick cap of rocky white foam sitting on top of a clear effervescent pale straw body. Although the head fell pretty quickly, it left a little lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma delivered a little tartness. The smells was mostly clean, but raw dough and pie crust came to mind as I look for terms to describe what I can smell in this beer.

The taste delivers a clean tart taste. Maybe a little green apple, a little bit of yeastiness, but mostly clean lactic tartness. The bottle says that this was spiked with some Brett, although I don't taste any, I wouldn't mind if the Brett was a little more prominent, perhaps laying a bottle down for a year would allow that to build a little more.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style with high amounts of carbonation. Hottenroth finishes clean and crisp.

Probably one of the most refreshing beers I have had. At roughly 3%, I could drink a few of these. I would love to have a growler of this on a hot summer day or on the golf course. Amazing brew for sure!

Photo of Willibomb
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer!!

Very unique tart and sour finish, while still maintaining the beer notes that I would expect. This beer has a hazy yellow color with a very thin white head. If you smell it, you can't tell immediately what lies ahead for it has a very grainy and refreshing hop scent.

The drinkability and taste is where this beer really shines. I could drink this beer all day and never feel heavy or due for sugar shock, it ranks right up there with the light beers in refreshingness, and back with the dark beers in satisfaction and depth.

Simply a must try!

Photo of CampusCrew
4.95/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: poured fizzy. golden with no head rentention and no lacing

smell: lemon, tartness

taste: good sour weiss, first real berliner I have had. interesting

mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation

drinkability: great summer ale and good for it's purpose

update: starting to love this style and this beer. re rate

Photo of ebin6
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - Pours a cloudy, light gold with a very active head. Carbonation is intense at first, but slows to a few streams toward the edge of the glass

S - Floral, lemon smell...very citrusy

T - Fairly sour on the front end, mainly a lemon taste. Tastes like a pilsner on the back end

M - Stays mostly in the front part of the mouth, so somewhat limited overall in this respect

D - At 3%, this is something you could literally drink all day and not feel it. Sort of a session sour??

I will note that I was drinking out of my tulip while my girlfriend was drinking out of a regular glass and the difference was noteworthy. The appearance and taste were noticable

Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pear juice colored yellow cloud with a short-lived head that's eventually non-existant.

S- Lemony, toasty wet hay, wheaty and lactic, and a touch wild.

The taste has a bracing sourness up front when it's cold, but subsides and smoothes out as it warms. It's crisp and lemony, not very complex, but it doesn't need to be. This is an after work, hot day, slammer. And it does a great job of that.

Photo of weatherdog
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was split 3 ways from 75cl bottle

It pours a very cloudy very pale straw, one of the lightest colored beers I've seen. A brilliant white head sits above it.

The smell has a ton of lactic sourness. Tart fruit notes like peaches and white grapes are the other dominating aromas. It is really pleasant and so refreshing and tart.

The taste is much like the smell. A huge wave of mouth puckering tart and sourness is the first thing that hit me. Then a ton of white grape and green apple hits me, reminiscent of a Riesling wine that has gone sour.

The body is very light with such a high carbonation which makes this the ultimate summer refreshment. I don't have a huge familiarity with this style but this one hits all the notes for me.

Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of light, fluffy, slightly rocky pure white head quickly fizzes away... A completely translucent very pale muted gold color... Bursting with carbonation some of which clings to the sides of the glass and the remainder of which rises at a very quick pace in the center of the glass... The carbonation settles later into the session and the brew becomes rather still...

S - Musky... Dough loaded with yeast... Hints of melon, apple, and pear... A touch of cider... A touch of vinegar... A touch of ginger... A wonderfully light and complex aroma...

T - The impact on the palette is much more muted than expected... All the expected flavors are present, but all in a very mild manor... Only slightly more than a passing kiss of tartness... Apple, pear, and melon... A touch of citrus... A touch ginger... Slightly grassy...

M - Wonderfully light... Wonderfully mellow... Wonderfully crisp... Wonderfully refreshing... Mild carbonation... Slightly thin finish...

D - A solid Berliner Weissebier, but a slightly muted and subdued version... Doesn't pack the flavor or potency that I was expected... Easy drinking and still highly enjoyable, but nothing to memorable...

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Hazy, pale yellow that lights up like stained glass. 2 fingers fluffy white head that drops within a couple minutes. A few streams of bubbles, a few specks of sediment.

Smells of sour lemon, with a big yeast smell that's doughy & an egg/sulfur smell that's kind of a turn-off. I get it, but it's not exactly appetizing.

Mad tart! Lemon sour, wheat tartness with an aftertaste like raw bread dough and soft pretzel. Really subtle sweetness. Thankfully none of the sulfur found in the smell.

Very acidic, a little sharp, with a thickness in the aftertaste -- as in, it makes my saliva more thick & viscous.

Not super complex, kind of relies on 2 notes, but interesting nonetheless. Good but challenging, one's enough for an evening.

Photo of grub
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sampled april 10/2010 as part of our giant bruery tasting. Viggo and ritzkiss provided the brews, so thanks to eric and eric!

750ml bottle.

pours hazy super pale yellow, almost white, with a small white head. the head drops fairly fast with only a few spots of lace.

aroma is great. lemony. bit of cider vinegar. a bit spicy. light acidity. orange peel.

taste is great. lemony. cider and malt vinegar. white bread and cracker. touch of orange peel. light vinegar and acidity. very light and refreshing.

mouthfeel is great. super light body. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is great. light, well balanced, and super drinkable. a great refreshing summer brew.

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

750 ml bottle, thanks to mikedashg for the hookup. Part of epic Bruery tasting.

Pours a lightly cloudy light yellow, medium sized frothy white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, no real lacing, looks like a Berliner weiss!

Smell is real nice, very tart and lemony, burnt wood, some toast, light sour fruit, a bit of spice, lemonadey, very refreshing aroma, nice stuff.

Taste is similar, very tart, lemon water, sour and fruity, a bit of barnyard funkiness, toast, light bread, wood, sharp finish, really nice stuff.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Very refreshing, I need to do one of these for home. Great Berliner. Thanks Mike!

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a paler gold, topped with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin foamy layer, leaving some light spotty lacing behind. The aroma is tart and bright feeling in the nose, with plenty of fruity lemon zest present as well grainy sweetness which lends this a certain amount of snap in the nose.

The taste starts with a tart citrus bite up front that is then balanced by that same grainy (and slightly bready) sweetness. A bit of lactic sourness hangs on the backend, lingering into the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a crisp pop to the carbonation that then possesses a much silkier feel underneath. This stays pretty darn smooth despite the strong tartness.

Sharply tart and crisp in the mouth, without a lot of unpleasant souring character, this was a rather good take on a Berlinerwiess. I believe that I actually enjoyed this a bit more in the bottle than I did on tap.

Photo of Cresant
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a becker glass. No date. The pale body looked a lot like ginger-ale. The bright white head was spritzy and dissolved quickly.

Smell was spicy, ginger-like. Fresh grass. Lightly herbaceous.

Taste was cheek puckering sour. Yummy lemon (sort of like Alka Seltzer cold medicine - in a good way!). Pretty drying. Salty. This seem like the ultimate summer session beer.

Mouthfeel was light bodied. Crisp, with tiny carbonation. Nice. I think this is my first Berliner Weiss.

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to macmaster761

750ml poured into classic Duvel tulip. Comsumed w/o flavored syrup that might traditionally be used with a Berliner Weisse.

A: Very pale yellow similar to the color of the label. A little more than two weeks after Easter and the color of this beer reminds me of fluffy coat of a newly born chick. Nice white head leaves only a thin layer.

S: Tartness is very much present. Citrus zest. Some lactic sourness. Kind of reminds me of yellow sour patch kids.

T: First impression is that I expected it to be a bit more sour. Very enjoyable. Tart, but certainly not mouth-puckering. Reminiscent of Squirt or Fresca soda. Lightly sweetened lemonade, fresh lime and grapefruit, bitter orange. Dryish finish.

M: Carbonation is light and spritzy. Overall I feel the mouthfeel is a little thin.

D: Initially I wanted to gulp this down, but as I near the end of my first glass I can see the tartness getting to me just a bit. That said, at just 3.1 abv this is certainly sessionable if the tart qualities aren't a put off.

I have virtually no experience with this style, so keep that in mind when considering this review. I understand the basic tenents of the style, but have only had a few examples.

Overall I am really glad I got to try this. It has encouraged me to seek out other similar beers. I feel like this would be an excellent warm weather beer and would pair up wonderfully with light salads, fruit, and grilled chicken and seafood.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bruery's Hottenroth Berliner Weisse has a body that is a hazy, pale, yellow. The bone white head rises up quickly to a few fingers in height, but falls pretty quickly too, until almost none of it is left. One or two small scraps of lacing hang on. Overall, pretty much what you would expect from the style.

As soon as I take the bottle cap off of Hottenroth its aroma fills the air. The main component is a definite sourness coupled with light fruits such as sour apple. The strength of the sourness makes it smell like a wild ale. After quite a bit of sniffing, I notice that the malt base is definitely wheat, but it is hidden somewhere beneath the sourness.

Hottenroth is a straight-forward brew that isn't too complex, but it is pretty refreshing. Up front there is a big blast of tartness that is slightly puckering. The light fruits from the aroma don't follow through into the flavor, but they are replaced by a pretty strong lemon flavor. Not lemonade or fake lemon, but the tart flavor that you would get from biting into a fresh lemon. After the sourness comes the grainy malted wheat, that lends a cereal type flavor to the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is slightly puckering. The body is in the medium range, but the carbonation is very high.

This beer is sour, but it lacks the intense sourness that would slow you down if you were drinking a wild ale. Combine that with a balancing wheat flavor and a very low ABV%, and the Bruery has put together a very drinkable and refreshing beer.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kevin for sharing this!

A- relatively clear for a berliner weisse-but with that said the body was still a moderately hazy straw yellow. Pours with a 1 finger or so white head which eventually fades to a thick collar.

S- Some sour lemon, yeast, and an earthy background.

T- The flavor is mild to moderately tart with lemon being the accent of the flavor. There is a moderately bready yeast backbone to help keep this in check.

M- Body is very light-nearly watery, yet smooth and yeasty with prickly carbonation.

D- This is a great berliner. Its tart but it has a good yeastiness to back it up. The body is good-but a hair thin-which is to be expected in a brew that is 3.1% ABV. Well done overall by the bruery.

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

Thanks Viggo for bring this to the tasting.

I think this was one I was really looking forward to. It appears to be a rare style these days.

It pours a hazy almost pulp-like hazy straw yellow. A slight off white head that leaves very quickly. Kind of looks like a watered down grapefruit juice. neat.

There is a lot of sour and tartness in the nose, followed by that lovely funk and musty tones intertwined with barnyard and lemon zest. There is a touch of spice in it leaving the nose sharp.

The taste is wild! Funky, but shart. Lemon-lime soda with lots of sourness, crisp from the wheat in the grain bill. The funk is enough to keep this exciting with every sip.

Mild carbonation, a little light in body, thin, potentially on the watery side. A nice pucker sensation. Perfect.

I really dig this and wish I could have many of these to drink in the summer.


Photo of bobsy
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grub does the pour and manages to get a nice shot of protein in the glass, which clouds the pale pastel yellow body slightly. A brief eggshell white head produces a champagne finger of foam and fizzles away to nothing. I don't expect retention or lace from this style, so the appearance is too par. A sniff reveals the expected lemon juice, but also some light funk, which has me excited. Definitely some barnyard, musty leather notes in there, which provide a great contrast with the zingy lemon notes.

The flavour is remarkable clean and refreshing. Lemonade with funk more or less nails it. The tartness is moderate, but not overly puckering, and barnyard adds depth and interest to what could otherwise be a one dimensional drink. Light body is quenching, and spot on for the flavour. It seems a bit weak in the tail, but if I'm looking for a refreshing beer I could knock back in huge amounts I'm not really looking for a heavy flavour in the finish.

Its simple, and easy to drink, which is exactly what I'd look for in a Berliner. Beers like this could easily become a summer standby for me, and its really too bad that more examples aren't brewed.

Huge thanks to viggo for bringing this to the epic Bruery tasting. Perhaps my most anticipated beer, and it wasn't a let-down.

Photo of Krevee
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on-tap at the Bruery Tasting room this afternoon.

A - This was poured for me into a Bruery tulip. It pours a very light hazy yellow, with maybe a tinge of green in it. Very interesting color. Had about a one inch head to start and went down at a fairly average pace.

S - Has a musty sour smell as you would expect from this sort of sour beer. Along with some notes of grain and citrus.

T - The taste at the beginning is mild wheat along with citrus and tangy flavors. On the back end of the beer it's more sour and the citrus flavor continues.

M - Its a very thin beer but for what this beer is doing that is a good quality. Also has a good amount of carbonation.

D - Great drinkability this a beer that is not overpowering but has great very subtle flavor. It seems like a great spring/summer beer to sip on, on a nice evening. It has a nice amount of sour but is not overwhelming. I could drink a lot of this in a night which I think it great.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

750ml bottle courtesy of viggo, thanks Eric!

Pours a uber pale almost white wheat color which fizzes up on the pour and then dies down.

Delicious funk wafts up, nice and musty almost horseblanket, with a fresh lemon zest, sour.

Very fresh tasting, lots of lemon sourness, a hint of green apple tartness, bone dry, sucks the cheeks into a pucker. Almost like lemonade! sharp bubbles, this would work as a champagne. Seems a little thin compared to others in the style, almost watery in the finish which is the only thing really detracting on this one for me.

Super drinkable, I wish more people were making this style.

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

The top part of the bottle poured a clear, light straw colour with a short-lived, fizzy, white cap. Smells a bit sour, wet hay, faint tart berries, fruity as it warms. Light and tart in flavour, quite fruity throughout. Not overly acidic, nicely balanced with a bit of sweetness up front. A bit earthy with some straw and grass notes. Light bodied with a smooth texture and enough heft to keep from feeling thin. Carbonation was moderate. Pretty nice overall and easier drinking than some other beers in the style due to the balanced acidity.

Photo of dstc
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale yellow. big white head falls to about nothing. Thinnest of lace.

Big, sour aroma with hints if lemon.

Sour taste. Lemon flavor, green apple and a bit of funk. Definitely a sour beer.

Thin to medium bodied and carbonated, very low alcohol.

Decently done I guess but not for me. Little too thin and a little too sour. Well done though.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excited to try this pale horse.. light watery yellow, like diluted urine with an enviable tart and slightly sour nose, traces of lemons. it starts with that sharpness of the tart before giving way briefly to sour notes, and finishing long with wheat.
one day, when i have this again, i'll surely introduce syrups into the beverage. next time, i will be prepared. as it is, i could drink it everyday of the summer even in alaska.

Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
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