Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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Reviews: 412
Hads: 1,483
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 5.47%
Wants: 189
Gots: 172 | FT: 14
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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 aubuc1
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured in to a tulip pint glass.

Pours a very light, clear yellow with a thick white head.

Smell is a smooth sour with some hay.

Taste is a very light sour, sharp, and lemony.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but very drinkable for the style. (254 characters)

Photo of HopGoblin
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden, yellow with a nice white head. The head fades quickly, this brew is lightly carbonated. Pleasing sour aroma, with a little bit of funk. Complex, tart taste with massive lemon highlights. The beer is very smooth and goes down easily. Due to acidic nature of this beer, the drinkability is average, one or two glasses will do. When all is said and done this is a good brew. (385 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd been hanging on to this for a couple months - I figured that it would scream at me at the proper time. That time is now...noon, holiday, want a beer but don't want to douse my system with alcohol. 3.1%? That's so low, I could have a full 750 of this, and go for a run a couple hours later.

A - Poured into the wide-bowled Rochefort chalice. Astonishing lack of color...if I didn't know any better I'd think this was Bud Light. In fact, I think BL might actually have more color than this. It's white gold, and very, very clear. Though subsequent pours cloud up with more of the dregs added. Large bubbles stream up at a few nucleation points, but don't retain much. Has a white wne-like appearance. Striking and worthy of a high rating.

S - I got a good deal of mustiness upon opening. Lot of musty sourdough bread, some light stonefruit.

T - Up front, straight-up carbonated water, then light wheat and moderate tangy character. That sounds really boring, doesn't it? Well, it isn't - it's light, tasty, and refreshingly sour...which is exactly what it's supposed to be, isn't it? Aftertaste is pretty interesting....ever had those thick, fibrous German flatbreads? There's a lot of that taste in residual, very grainy. Not as sour-peachy (understandably) as DFH's Festina Peche, but probably more subtle.

F - At first it feels pretty watery, but then I begin to appreciate its relative thinness. It's 3.1% - if it wasn't thin, it would probably be way overcarbonated, and we don't want that. I like it.

D - I'm glad beers like this are available. The Bruery deserves credit for taking a shot at this rare style. Great beer for warm weather, and also for sour-lovers who want something sour, but not quite at the same level as a lambic. (1,751 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle consumed with beerloco, mrsbeerloco, StonyB, kplynch, and mrskplynch.

Appearance: Pours a pale straw yellow with a 1 finger white crown that shows no retention or lace.

Smell: Loads of brett, a touch of lemon, some pale malt notes, and just a nice overall blend.

Taste: Same as nose only it doesn't jive as well.

Mouthfeel: a bit thinner than satisfying with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Low abv and ok mouthfeel, but flavor profile doesn't make me want more. (475 characters)

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw color with a very thin, white head.
Smell is a bit off-putting at first--a bit of unpleasant sourness that. Underneath, however, barnyard and tart aromas assert themselves in an appealing way.
Taste is definitely the high point with this one. Very tart, but not too much so. Apple and white grapes, and a good level of sourness.
Mouthfeel is crisp and fresh. A little watery though.
With a very good taste and low ABV, this one is quite drinkable. (458 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Being in the mood for something light in alcohol, this seemed like a good candidate. Let's see how that decision played out!

A: Pale straw colour - hazy, and more on the 'yellow' than 'gold' side of things. While pale, it's not the kind of colour that is going to be confused with something like a light American lager. Head formed a modest finger, and an over-enthusiastic pour could result in quite a bubbly mess, but it does recede to very little quite quickly.

S: Very citric on the nose... lemony, with some hay and wheat aromas working their way in.

T: It's tart, but very mellow and refreshing. I don't really see myself adding any sort of syrup to this, as it is about spot on for what I'd be going for in such a beer - nowhere near as intense as a lambic or other sours... not even really enough to cause much of a pucker. Like the aroma, both citrus and hay are noted.

M + D: Crisp and refreshing, with a snappy carbonation and that wonderful dryness that I always appreciate in sour brews. Drinkability is rather subjective, I suppose. It's light enough in alcohol to go down very easily, but tart enough that it's not really appropriate to 'guzzle.' All that aside, it's a very fine brew, albeit perhaps something of a 'mood drink.' Nicely done! (1,264 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a big fizzy white head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of some light citrus with a wheat character.

Tastes of a big lemon flavor with a nice wheat malt character. Has a pretty big edge to it. Some grass like characters come through. A touch of bread comes through.

Mouthfeel is light and airy with a crisp amount of carbonation. (369 characters)

Photo of slaintemhor
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in August 2009 at Bailey's Taproom in Portland, Oregon. The colour was a very light straw with thin head. The aroma was redolent of tangy citrus and yeast. On the palate...WOW! Quite sour! More so than I expected for a Berliner weisse. Tangy and citrusy with a very refreshing quick finish. (306 characters)

Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a transparent, but a slight bit hazy watery gold in color, with a small white head that recedes quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Wheat, hay, and a bit of sour green apple. Not a very intense aroma.

T - Comes off as a pretty standard wheat beer at first, only for the sour/tart lemony/green apple kick to come in back palate as an aftertaste.

M - Thin and a tad watery

D - High, especially given the low ABV. The more I get into this style, the more I enjoy it! (474 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Crystal clear pale yellow with a thin white head that settles to a few patches of foam floating on top.

S - Fruity with apple, lemon and pears. Earthy and tart with a sweet breadyness.

T - Fairly tart with lemon, apple and a hint of citrus. Earthy with more green apple and a bit of wheat breadyness.

M - Light and bubbly with lingering tartness.

D - This is damn tasty and would make a great summer quencher and nice lawn mower beer. Would have never guessed it was 3.1%. (481 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.12/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle

A- Pours a very pale and slightly hazed straw yellow color with a fizzy white head caused by the high amount of carbonation.

S- The aroma is tart, making my mouth water and tingle with every smell from the tartness. There is hints of lemon and yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma suggests is very tart and mouth-puckering for me. Behind the tartness, I can pick up on hints of lemon and some yeast as well.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this style overall. However, I can appreciate that this is a good representation of the style. Worth a try. (633 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very very pale nearly white. Big fluffy white head
Sour smell. Very yeasty and funky. You already know this will be a sour one.
Sour and puckering. Very yeasty and bready.
Very light, dry, tart and easy going
This beer is an easy drinking one at such a low ABV. Sours of this manner really just arent my favorite. (314 characters)

Photo of KeefD
2.99/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours the palest yellow I've ever seen in a beer, with a large white fluffy head that left little lacing. A lot of raw wheat in the aroma, grainy, husky, light sourness. Taste is more sour than the aroma lets on, light funk in there, grassy, lemony, with a lovely wheaty twang and a dry finish. Crisp body, easy to drink. Never becomes too sour. Really not digging the raw wheat aroma when I take a sip, as I it takes away from the good flavor, I try to hold me breath. Wish I had some raspberry syrup to pour in this thing. Not bad, but there's still no Berlinerweiss that can hold a candle to NG's Unplugged version. (618 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: pale hazy white color with just a tiny hint of yellow. Lots of apparent effervescence and finger of nice foamy head. I find it quite appetizing.

Smell: tart, wheaty, yeasty with a little citrus. The yeast seems a bit strong, rather like a freshly opened Wyeast smack-pack; still, it's quite interesting.

Taste: tart, light and refreshing. Citrus is the first broad flavor that comes to mind; it's quite bready in flavor as well, which helps keep the tartness in check and balances out the flavor. I quite like it.

Mouthfeel: a little astringent but also relatively well carbonated and creamy. Body is thin but that is acceptable within the style. I like it.

Drinkability: very drinkable indeed. I love tart/sour beers; they pique the tongue's interest enough that when the flavor fades, you just want more. (862 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle

A: WOW - this has to be the palest light yellow in a beer that I have ever laid eyes on. One finger of sudsy bright white head sits on top. Head recedes relatively quickly with no real lacing to speak of.

S: Nose has a bit of funk to it, major Belgian yeast, and a ton of lemon.

T: Taste is tart up front. I think at first sip, I may have actually puckered a bit. Taste starts slightly funky, with belgian yeast on the forefront of your tongue. Taste then moves in to a real sharp lemony bite that is somewhat watery and then leads to a nice wheat flavoring to round this out.

M: Light body, medium to high carbonation, thin somewhat watery feel.

D: This is my first example of this style, somewhat thin and tart. I personally would have liked a fuller body to this beer, but certainly one to enjoy a few pints of. (849 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got done with work a little early today so I decided to enjoy the beautiful day outdoors while here in Charleston. Currently, I am poolside and it is 65F! Lovely.

Pours from the 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Emerges a very light yellow color, almost the color of pee during a night of drinking. I know that isnt described particlarly delicately, but its the truth. Actually, it looks a lot like MGD 64 or Heinekin Light or any other light calorie beer. The only redeeming quality in the appearance is a large, whipped egg white color and consistency head. I dont think I have ever seen foam so white and void of color in my life. About three fingers in size.

Aroma is tart and sour and lemony. A bit yeasty as well.

Tart on the tongue. Very close to the feeling one gets while sucking on a fresh lemon. Not bitter but certainly sour. Its actually quite refreshing. For how low in alcohol this is, the mouthfeel is decent. IT is barely light bodied but its still seems like it could be higher in alcohol. It finishes dryly and tartly (is that a word).

This is an interesting beer from The Bruery. It is very light and refreshing and basically tastes like lemonade. This is the perfect beer for a warm day like today or on a hot summer afternoon. (1,253 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is poured from a beautiful bruery bottle into a wheat beer glass. Beer is nearly clear like water. Half way through I violently dislodge everything on the bottom of the bottle in order to give the beer some color. Ends up being hazy and lightly yellow, still looks like cloudy water. Carbonation is high and aggressive, giant bubbles, head forms but falls away quickly leaving no lacing. Carbonation is steady but can't hold up a head. Weird looking beer.

Beer is lactic in aroma, with a carbon dioxide smell to it. I can smell CO2, can't you. Its one dimensional but about as expected.

Whoa this is sour. And has an aftertaste of wheat. That's unfortunate. The sour flavors are fine but the cereal rears up late in the beer and kind of ruins the good tartness in the corners of my mouth. No sweetness, no real bitterness to it. Drinkability is OK mouthfeel is OK. Overall, I don't really care for it though. (915 characters)

Photo of GJ40
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased from Sam's in Durham.

A - A very light yellow with a small white head that fades quickly. It had great clarity on the first pour but a slight haze on the second despite my leaving the last ounce or two in the bottle.

S - Funky, floral and fruity with some honey and pears.

T - Starts very sour and tart but then ends abruptly and goes dry. I would have liked it to linger more. There was more of a yeast flavor on the second pour.

M - Thin with a moderate carbonation.

D - I love sour beers but I'm new to the Berliner Weiss. While I prefer Belgian sours more, this was very flavorful and enjoyable. (642 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy white with a tint of yellow, a small white head that dissipates quickly, and a little lacing.

smell is of wheat, yeast, and lemon notes.

taste is sour, citrus, and wheat, ends sour and dry.

"mit schuss" raspberry syrup, becomes sweet and sour, and not as dry of a finish. (289 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale gold color with good carbonation. Nose is funk and spice. Taste is grass, spice, funk and hardly any booze at all. So much flavor and so little alcohol, nice. A little tartness, fruits but mainly citrus. A very good, low ABV brew with good taste. Well done. (271 characters)

Photo of Aenema
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12/6

Appearance - Pours a pale lemon with a fluffy, ivory head. Little lacing.
Smell - Lots of lemon and acid.
Taste - Nice initial sour, tart burst, but instead of developing a depth of sourness, it transitions to a biscuity/bready malt finish.
Mouthfeel - Light-bodied, light carbonation; could use more carbonation (felt under-carbonated). Clean finish.
Drinkability - Easy drinking and refreshing.
Overall - A very nice sour; I prefer more complex, intensely sour beers, but the maltly character of this beer is quite good. I will definitely pick this up again. (566 characters)

Photo of Schmaltzy
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Reserve Society Event, poured into wine tasting glass.

A- 2+ fingers of nice pillowy foam which quickly fell leaving clumps of lacing. Beer was a light yeallow color and mostly clear with a little hazy wheat to it.

S- Loads of Lemon with some green apples the only sweetness seems to come from the bready yeast and wheat.

T- Similar to the smell, sour lemon and apple with nice wheat and barnyard flavors finishes with a light pepper flavor. Very light.

M- Very light beer, at 3% alcohol, nice carbonation throughout and thin almost watery.

D- Pretty easy to drink and at 3% alcohol it is a definate session beer and a replacement to any light beer out on the market. You can mix this with different flavored syrups and make it taste even better also, just very easy drinking. (792 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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! (754 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (645 characters)

Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.