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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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418 Reviews
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Reviews: 418
Hads: 1,505
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 186
Gots: 181 | FT: 13
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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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Reviews: 418 | Hads: 1,505
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.9/5  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. (795 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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! (755 characters)

Photo of Shaw
3.85/5  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. (338 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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. (1,113 characters)

Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev +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. (330 characters)

Photo of Natural510
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (992 characters)

Photo of BTPete
3.66/5  rDev -9%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of steadydose
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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! (1,088 characters)

Photo of Willibomb
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
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! (564 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.94/5  rDev +22.9%
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 (324 characters)

Photo of ebin6
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
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 (659 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of weatherdog
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
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... (1,191 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of grub
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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! (686 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (954 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (1,464 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (1,503 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of bartle
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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.

Excellent. (875 characters)

Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.