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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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1,355 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,355
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 184
Gots: 144 | FT: 7
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of nickd717
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tap at Toronado's 22nd Anniversary, then again at the Bruery twice.

Cloudy yellow color with a small white head.

Aroma tart, lemony and bretty. Very pleasant and good for the style, not overly tart.

Flavor is wheat, bretty yeast, lemon, and grain. Average tartness for the style. They actually added flavored syrups to this at the Bruery if you wanted it, and I tried it with rose syrup (I know, I might as well just prance around in a tutu, right?). This is the traditional way people in Berlin drank this style, and it was good that way. I could take or leave the syrup. Either way, solid beer.

Palate is fairly light, dry, and refreshing. Drinkability is exceptionally high. Awesome for the style and really good overall. Well done again, Patrick!

nickd717, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of bum732
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light yellow, decent head that dissipates. Smells of tart lemons, graininess, raw wheat, slightly doughy. Tastes of tart like malt with just a touch of cider on the backbone. Not much bitterness, just tartness finishing dry with some doughiness. Crisp mouthfeel.

This is only my second berliner weiss, but very well done. More malty and less tart than a traditional German berliner weisse, still a great interpretation. I loved how the alcohol is only 3.1%, yet the mouthfeel doesn't feel thin at all. I could drink a lot of this.

bum732, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fo a Berliner this is one of the best I have tasted. I hope to duplicate this in a homebrew some time. It is verytasty.

poured into a Weihenstephan weizen glass. Perfect color. Very light but cloudy. Nice head formed but dissapated to a thin film. If it had a better head it would look perfect.

Smells a little more funky than some of the ones from Germany I have had but I love the smell.

Taste is awesome. Not too tart. A slight funk from the Bret. And a nice wheaty flavor. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is perfect. High carb and predict viscosity.

Drinkability is high. Jm aboutto drink the whole 750 myself. I could drink sever pints at a bar.

PeprSprYoFace, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured into Duvel tulip

A - about two fingers of loose bubbly foam which quickly falls to a thin layer and ring. the beer is a super light straw/yellow color, the brightest and clearest I've ever seen.

S - lots of lemony sourness, like a lemonhead candy. joined by some super sour apples, some yeast, and wheat. some lingering grain and pepper near the end with a tiny bit of funk. truly unique.

T - swift kick of sour lemon/apple tartness that quickly retreats to more citrus, grains, hay, and yeast. finishes a bit like the nose with a slight peppery sting.

M - ample tight but not overwhelming carbonation. very thin bodied and a bit watery as expected.

D - wasnt sure how to grade this as its the first of the style i've had. quote unique but just missing something, can understand why its historically flavored with syrups. would love to try it the traditional way.

Stigs, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Really nice looking almost clear color. It was kind of weird. Under some light it would look a little yellow but then it would almost look like super watered down milk.

S: Kind of a tight nose. Little bit of clean wheat.

T: Very clean wheat taste. A touch of tartness but not nearly what I was expecting.

M: Very light. Perfect for the style.

D: All day long. Super easy drinking. Just wish it was a little bit more tart.

aerozeppl, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear straw colored pour with a little over a finger of head. Fits style guidelines. Smell is light orange peel, white grapes, watermelon rind, and some flowers.

The taste is nicely sour. A bit puckering and citrusy...when this first hits the tongue it is absolutely fantastic. The finish is poor though which drops the overall score down. There is a bit of must/wax that just doesn't seem like it is supposed to be there. But that is only in the aftertaste. Like I said, the initial flavor all the way through the swallow is wonderful.

Mouthfeel is light with carbonation kept at a reasonable level. Overall this beer is very good, and for the style is even better. A weak aftertaste and bit of wateriness are the only things keeping it from an A rating for me.

alcstradamus, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of gthornton
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a lot of fun sampling this beer with my friend, who although appreciates a new taste-bud adventure, does not seek them out regularly. If you have been telling your friends about Geuze, which is my addiction at the moment, and they seem not at all interested, this might be a good way to segway into that style... However, it has some more challenging aftertaste that a good, clean Geuze, because the rye bread taste lingers a bit on this beer.

Onto the review:

A: Predominantly yellow with a light amber hue. Thick foamy head, bubbles abound. Cloudy.

S: Awesome! Like Sourdough Rye bread fresh from the oven. Citrus and coriander as well.

T: I love the initial tart-ness, and stinky cheese-ness of this beer. The lingering rye after taste took some getting used to, but we both loved it throughout the beer. We started with the beer colder than it should have been, which I prefer, because it makes the warming up/tasting process even more exciting, as the tartness opens up and evaporates all around the bouquet.

M: Highly carbonated, which I love, and probably demand with this style. We both found it to be very refreshing. Light on the tongue...

D: This beer is light on the alcohol side, and is so refreshing that I could drink two 750ml bottles easily, especially with a meal... especially with a thanksgiving-esque sort of meal.

We bought and sampled several beers that night and used this one as a palate cleanser between IPAs... I recommend that you pick some of these up for your next IPA party.

gthornton, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of bone white head on top of a pale, straw yellow body with excellent clarity. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Musty aroma of lactic acid and wet fur. Lots of tart wheat with a little bit of sulphur and a hint of coriander.

T - Mild lactic acidity up front with lots of tangy wheat flavor and some musty wild yeast character. The tartness mellows out in the middle and fades to make way for the wheat in the finish along with an odd, nutty malt note that I have occasionally tasted in other wild beers.

M - Light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a very light beer, and while it has more wild yeast character than the other examples of the style that I have tried, there is not a lot going on here. It is pretty much all lactic acid and wheat, with some odd wild yeast notes thrown in. The must is a little off putting and perhaps unnecessary in a Berliner Weisse.

The beer by itself is not bad, but it is a bit boring. I don't have any woodruff, but I found some raspberry syrup and decided to give it a try with the second half of the bottle. The syrup adds a nice dimension of fruit to the aroma that works well with the sourness that was already there. The syrup seems to boost the acidity in the flavor while also adding a bit to the body of the beer. I only added a little bit of the syrup so that it wouldn't sweeten the beer too much and it does nothing to mask the nutty wild yeast character. I would definitely recommend tasting the beer straight, but I found it more drinkable with the added complexity of the fruit.

nickfl, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of csmiley
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very pale yellow and crystal clear. Think chardonnay. The white head is about a finger deep and is gone within a minute. No lacing to speak of in the glass. Carbonation appears very active.

S - It's fruity up front with hints of apple and lemon. Malt base gives a sweet middle to this beer. Honey notes are what I'm getting. It's a little musty toward the end. Aroma is light overall. Not bad though.

T - Boy, this one is bright at first. Apples come through first. Tart, then it smooths out pretty quick. Honey and sugar come and go from midway to end. It's no surprise that the alcohol is nowhere to be found. Could be a faint graininess at the very tail end. Once again, no bad.

M - Light bodied with a healthy carbonation that really has a nice effect on the palate. Simply put, it tickles all the way down. Finish has a residual sweetness that doesn't hang out for too long.

D - Drinkability is good. The low alcohol and abundance of flavors make this a very interesting choice. I can see this beer being very good in warmer weather along with also being a nice compliment to a hearty winter's meal. This is one of a few times that I can easily agree with the 750 ml bottle size. Even at that size, the bottle disappears quickly. I think I'll be hunting down more examples of the style based on this brew. Another good beer from the folks at the Bruery.

csmiley, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light, hazy straw yellow with a smallish, bright white head that recedes to a small, soapy collar.

The aroma is very tart with lots of lemon zest with a toasted grain aroma as well. The taste is very similar and starts with a lip-puckering lemon tartness on top of the light grainy backbone.

The mouthfeel is light and effervescent with a ton of carbonation, maybe a tad overdone, but that's par for the course with Bruery's year-round offerings I've had. This one is not extremely complex, but it is unbelievably drinkable.

gford217, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 1/1/2010. Bottle. Pours a clear light yellow with a small white head. Aroma of light sweettart candies, slight funk, light fruits. Flavor is initially sweet and tart with a bready, wheaty finish. Pleasant and easy drinking, although not as flavorful as I would have liked.

LilBeerDoctor, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle split amongst the merry revelers at our annual Holiday party. This was a hit and served as a nice, refreshing change of pace in the lineup.

Pours a straw yellow with white head.

Smells of fresh grain, wheat, yeast, and lemon.

Taste is brilliantly clean. A lemon tartness followed by torrified wheat. Perfect brilliance and just enough body to make this a significant enough beer.

Mouthfeel was good. Crisp. Drinkability is exceptional. It's so pleasant and refreshing, it goes down effortlessly.

jampics2, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kaiser81 for sending me this bottle as an extra.

This is my first Berlinner Weiss and I was very impressed.

Pours yellow straw color with a white head. The aroma is very tart with some citrus. The flavor is sour wheat, lemon, other citrus and some spices. Very drinkable and a light bodied beer. For 3.1 percent, this beer has a ton of flavor.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL champagne style bottle poured into a tulip

A cloudy straw yellow with a bone white cap. Amazing retention and lacing.

A tart, bready aroma with citrusy esters. A good amount of earthy hops to enhance the citrus and balance out the cereal-like graininess.

The flavor is tart up front with crisp wheat and clean pale malt. Lemons throughout. The body here is what is really special. It is light bodied without being thin/watery and has a sturdy texture that removes it from the light and refreshing category.

I found this to be very drinkable albeit tart.

ColForbinBC, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a Berliner Kindl Weisse pokal, formed a 1/4" bright white head over the cloudy golden brew. Head is promptly down to an uneven skim, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is earthy citric tartness. Taste starts lightly tart, then comes full on lemon in the middle, and then ends dry and clean on the tongue. Mouthfeel is so smooth for such a sour brew, and drinkability is great.

ppoitras, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured straight. No syrup, thank you.

Pours a slightly cloudy, very pale golden yellow color with lots of visible carbonation bubbling up and a two finger frothy white head that immediately disappears into very thin ring that slowly fades. No lacing whatsoever.

Sweet, slight funky aroma with lots of bready yeast, sweet citrus peel, ripe banana, crisp golden apple and musty earthy bretty funk. Smells like there might even be some champagne yeast as well. Very complex and I'm pleasantly surprised after the lackluster appearance.

Soft carbonation up front with a complex sweet, yet tart medium body that is slightly puckering and a dry effervescent finish. Slightly puckering, tart, earthy brett funkiness up front is nicely countered by a very sweet bready yeast backbone with lots of citrus peel, zest spice and subtle ripe banana notes. Lots of lemon peel/zest and crisp golden apple character. The wheat beer characteristics really shine through and blend together very well with the tart/lactic brett notes, making this beer extremely quaffable. The exquisite finish and slightly puckering tart aftertaste makes it hard for me to put my glass down.

I have to admit that I'm very surprised with this one. I had this on tap at a Bruery event and was not impressed at all. After sampling this bottle I have to say that Hottenroth is probably the best example of the style I've had yet.

corby112, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of SiphonKing
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw in color. Acidic aromas, tartness and puckery are the best descriptors here.
I was recommended this from my local retailer, and I am a fan of sour, acidic/tart beers including this style. It could use a splash of woodruff or raspberry syrup as tradition dictates. Decent beer, it's nice to see someone attempting this style at all in the U.S.

SiphonKing, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

A: Light and bright yellow. Very light dusting of bubbly carbonation, and a thicker collection building up at the rim. Some light spotty lacing, quickly retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Nice combination of a light woody graininess, and a sweet and sour orange and lemon citrus.

T: Really tart (as the name says) lemon citrus, and light wheaty tone. No sweetness really though.

M: Light and tart. The tartness will make you pucker up, and hang around your palette.

D: Can be consumed quickly, if your mouth can take it. Can be sipped, too.

Good atmosphere. Appearance is not extravagant, but very nice. Nose is powerful, but not off-putting. Flavor is very tart, but not sweet... very interesting. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours out a clear body with just a touch of light, pale yellow hues to it and crowned with a frothy, expansive, white head, though this settles out fairly quickly.

Smell: Simply presents a sour, lemony nose with a teeny touch of white wheat.

Taste: Faint extra pale maltiness with a little flourish of crisp wheat. Hint of short-lived sweetness prior to the drizzle of tart fresh lemon juice and wave of lactic sourness. Small sip of clean, clear mineral water. Pleasing sourness on the light, lemonesque finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Immensely refreshing, made all the moreso with its mere hint of alcohol at 3.8%. It's good to see somebody over here trying to keep this style alive. This would serve as a fine Summertime beverage, but did just fine as a kick start to a local Christmas gathering.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As pale as a glass of lemonade, light watery yellow color with a bright white effervescent fine bubbled head. Even a bit of champagne like look to it, this is a low alcohol beer maybe my first Berliner Weisse. I'm going to hold off on the yeast sediment until the end, the lacing was even with thick patches as the head dwindled pretty slowly. At the end I decided to pour some yeast sediment it looks like an unfiltered lemonade now.

Aromatics offer up a nice plain yogurt and crushed cereal grains note, with an evident citrus pucker to it. Tart mild white apple cider vinegar notes with a sharp wheat note diving in as well. A nice mix of tart candy is really the expression the nose gives me.

Flavors are pungently sour not enough to completely dry the back of the throat out, but an even sturdy tartness that rides well with the wheat notes including some citrus and tart apple esters. This is very enjoyable some sours induce some reflux like sensations in your mouth but this one keeps it pretty balanced without too much vinegar notes. Again a creamy yogurt sensation hits the palate with some granola crushed in it, definitely a lactic acid zing. The more yeast added to the glass the more tartness that comes over the palate, I had more depth before the yeast addition and it also added a slightly salty sensation on the palate.

Mouthfeel is light bodied pretty bone dry refreshing spritzy carbonation, sour and tart finish sticks around. Heavy on the lactic acid and but very complex sensation on the palate not your everyday beer, quite enjoyable. If beer is acidic in nature already this one probably pushes the envelope and drops the pH a couple more notches than your average session lager.

Drinkability is quality in limited quantities I love sour ales, my limited runs with Berliner Weisse thus far has been a great experience, time to try some German versions. I've only had Nodding Head and DFH versions. At 8.99 it's a bit much for a session ale, but the complexity and experience made it worth it for a one time visit. I'd have see this one more readily to try it again anytime soon. Next stop I have to try the Saison Rue or Orchard White. So far in Ohio there's only like 4 or 5 at the most varieties of the Bruery's wares around.

WVbeergeek, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer is a light cloudy straw typical in color of any berliner weise. The head is white but very weak in substance with big bubbles fading quickly. The lacing is light.

The aroma is light with a light tartness some citrus and lots of bready yeast. I wish it was a little more sour.

The taste is a light too, a little lemon citrus on the front followed by a little muted tartness.

The feel is medium but very drinkable.

Overall, a decently drinkable enjoyable beer but not tart enough to be an awesome berliner.

jrallen34, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of saintwarrick
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A style we don't get to drink often, so thanks to The Bruery for giving it a shot. This brew pours a very pale yellow, cloudy and even lighter than a Lite beer; the head is frothy and white but goes away quickly. Aroma is lemony and herbal with a slight funk. Taste is the same, lots of lemon pepper and with a nice sour kick that brings this brew together. Still a little thin, but I think that's the point of this brew, might want to hit 1809 for a slightly more robust version. All in all, very tasty, hopefully I can grab a couple bottle come summer.

saintwarrick, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

- Labeled as a Belgian style tart wheat ale.

A: Poured a pale straw-lemonade color supplemented with dull orange highlights. The beer was topped off by an initial 2 finger, bright white fizzy head that quickly bubbled and dissipated away to a thin soapy covering within the first minute or two. Clarity was very turbid, again like homemade lemonade providing a thick haziness.

S: The nose opened up with a tartness that was strong and evident upon first opening and pour. There were hints of dry wheat and hay along with a sour muskiness of lemon peels and sour tangerines. A yeastiness of musky damp bread followed by a dry tart lemony fade is found on the finish. The initial impression was strong and forthright, but the scent dwindled away over a short period of time to one of only light proportions.

T: The flavor opens up with a tart wet lemony kiss. There is a bitterness that was on mouth puckering proportions compiled of a tart fruitiness of green apples followed by a dry tart wheat backing. The flavor is highlighted by a smooth sourness that was musky and damp, strong in character with its fair share of acidity.

M: light bodied with a slick texture and a light bubbly sensation for carbonation. A nice ensuring sour twang of homemade lemonade is detected on the swallow.

D: pretty decent. You would never guess this beer to be only 3.1%abv in nature, which had a huge offering of flavor and sourness making this a decent summer time quencher. A bomber suffices here due to its fairly strong acidity and sour nature. Enjoyable and recommendable.

beerthulhu, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of Pfeifer
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into Hefeweissen glass
A - Very pale yellow, pours with one inch head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing
S - Faint whiff of bacteria. Light citrus, grass and bread.
T - Light and smooth. Watery is the first thing that comes to mind. Wheat and a little citrus.
M - Very light, almost watery. Appears to have more carbonation than comes through upon drinking
D - At only 3.1%, as light as you'd expect. quite refreshing

Pfeifer, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of stoutfiend27
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml poured into tulip

a-pale clear yellow color...head faded too quickly to tell how much was there...small white collar...overflowing with carbonation..bubbles everywhere

s-funk and must..a little tartness on the nose not much...smells very bready and yeasty

t-much like a weisse beer but a tad more funk and a lot more tart...not quite what i would call a sour...has a good yeasty quality to it...very bready in nature...finishes tart and semi dry

m-good for the style i suppose but almost non existent...quite effervescent from the carbonation...seems like it works for this style..

d-off the charts a couple of 750's would be no problem to get through unless the tartness or the must got in the way....

overall a solid representation of a style that i would like to see more of...

stoutfiend27, Dec 11, 2009
Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 1,355 ratings.