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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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Reviews: 417
Hads: 1,502
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 186
Gots: 180 | 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: 417 | Hads: 1,502
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (1,408 characters)

Photo of SiphonKing
3/5  rDev -25.4%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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. (856 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (2,259 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of saintwarrick
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  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. (1,569 characters)

Photo of Pfeifer
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
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 (428 characters)

Photo of stoutfiend27
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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... (792 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for supplying this...
Appears actransparent lght gold with a small white head. Lots of carbontion slowly rises.
Smell is of sweet lemon, cracked grain, with some dried maize.
Taste is of the aromas with acidic tartness of lemon juice.
Mouthfeel is stinging of tartness and carbonation with a mouth puckering bite.
Not a whole lot going on with this one. Admittedly, not my favorite style. (406 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle into an Optimator mug

Pours pale, murky yellow with a small head, not unlike lemonade.

Smells like wheat and unripe, white grapes.

Taste is sharp with wheat. Tart yeastyness with a barnyard like mustyness coming in at the end there. Real refreshing.

Mouthfeel is crisp with tiny bubbles and light bodied.

Drinkability is awesome. You could drink this all day and feel fine.

Overall, an excellent beer. I could see myself putting back gallons of this on a hot day. (494 characters)

Photo of Onibubba
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear light golden pour with a thick but short lived white head. Smell is an odd mix of fresh corn, lemon zest, fresh baked bread, and a slight touch of funk. Taste is exactly what I was hoping for based on the only 2 other beers of this style that I have tried - 1809 and Festina Peche. Tartness and acidity is very mild, and does not linger. Very refreshing. Mouthfeel is smooth and light. Drinkability is out of the park. I could drink this all night, and with the low abv, it would be perfect for just that. At 9.00 a bottle though, it would make for a long and expensive night. (582 characters)

Photo of hoptrip619
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allow me to preface the following diatribe with the fact that I did not approach this beer with an open mind. Following the Backstreet Brewery "Pink Stink" incident a while back, I swore to take a break from this particular style. It's not that I don't like or appreciate a good Berliner Weiss, it's just I wasn't prepared for what transpired on that particular occasion. With this being said, I wasn't at all disappointed by this offering from the Bruery.

A- The beer pours a hazy white/yellow color with champagne-like carbonation. This head dissipated rather quickly, as would champagne head. My duff shaker pint was not the appropriate glassware but nobody's perfect on Sunday.

S- Citric acidity of meyer lemon zest, sourdough bread, slight but detectable funk.

T- Slight sour character upfront, which almost immediately subsides into a very bready malt flavor. Berliner Weiss for beginners would be my first reaction.

M/D - Very light in body and quite sessionable. Could have been a bit more adventurous in the sour/funk department but a good Berliner for the uninitiated. (1,086 characters)

Photo of brdc
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks portia99 for this one.
Large corked bottle poured into a tulip.

Slightly hazy, very very light yellow, noce bubbly white head. Decent retention and lacing.
Aroma is slightly tart and citric, but not a lot beyond that.
Very very light on the palate, with a pleasant but fairly non descript taste. It is tart, and acidic, with fruity notes, but all a bit too light. Perhaps on a very hot day it would taste better. It is certainly not bad, but not really good either. New Glarus makes a significantly better version. (522 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.83/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an extremely pale yellow, verging on colourless, very cloudy with a thick fine head of pure white foam. Lacing is very good, and the extreme, fine carbonation looks like tiny streams of pure effervescence. A very sophisticated and refined looking beer, and just exactly what you want in a Berliner Weisse.

Loads of funk and acidity on the nose, tart citrus rind, grapefruit, composting greenery and crushed vegetation. A hint of wet burlap sack, and a more organic yeast character are also noticeable. Not bad.

Taste is far different from expected. There's only an initial tart character on the front of the tongue, which disappears almost immediately, leaving a thin biscuity character, and an odd flavour of marzipan. The yeast funk is noticeable, and the finish is left quite phenolic and rank. Mouthfeel is extremely thin, which I guess is average for the style, but without much acidity, it just leaves exposed the very mediocre back palate.

Everything just fell away once I took a sip; this beer ends up thin, bare and empty. Maybe this is a Berliner Weisse which really requires syrup to give it any character (or rather, to cover the weak, but unpleasant characters it has). It was promising on the nose, and it looked the part, but it couldn't hold its end up when it counted. A shame. (1,303 characters)

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

750ml bottle poured into La Fin Du Monde tulip. Served without syrup.

Pours a hazy, dirty yellow, almost neon with a green background. Perfectly white, aggressive head dissipated quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam with minimal lacing.

Acidic aroma, complemented by hay, yeast, and ginger.

At first, very tart. But I was tricked into thinking it was going to be much more sour than it is. The tartness gives way to an extremely clean and refreshing balanced session beer. This reminds me of washing down oatmeal cookies with lemonade.

Highly carbonated, almost sizzling on the tongue. Light and airy.

Drinkability is consistent with the style. Highly sessionable and at 3.1%, not a problem drinking several.

Great session beer, perfect for many thirst-quenching occasions. Nice to see a brewer take this under appreciated style and hit the nail on the head. (865 characters)

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 10/23 at a tasting in NYC, from notes. Thanks for the bottle Shane!

Pours a cloudy yellow with a huge white head fading to film. Bottle began to foam as I opened it.

Smells of musty bales of hay. Straw piles in the barnyard, a lot funkier than I remembered. Citrus notes are along as well with a hint of pear.

Taste mirrors this funk as well as a distinct lemony acidity. As it warmed a touch, I kept getting a very weird almondy dry finish. I would expect it to finish dry, but the nuttiness that I kept detecting was odd. Such a distinct almond flavor too, almost an amaretto quality to it.

Mouthfeel was nice. Carbonation appropriate. Not terribly drinkable- it could be a lot better for its ABV, but this one is surprisingly funky and too much so to be able to gulp down. (795 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a slightly hazy straw gold color with about a half inch white head. It smells like wheat, bread/dough, lemon and also a bit of an herbal aroma I can't identify. The aroma isn't tart at all. However, that all changes in the taste. Tart lemon and apple flavors show up first, and there's also some wheat/grain and herbs noticable in the taste. Also has a nice lingering tart finish. Mouthfeel/body is light and thin, and it has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it's crisp, refreshing, smooth and extremely easy to drink. With the ABV being just 3.1%, going through a bottle of this is pretty easy. This would really be a great summer beer. This is the first Bruery beer I've tried, and it certainly won't be the last. (782 characters)

Photo of weezyfart
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale straw in color. Lots of foamy activity when I initially poured the glass, but quickly relaxed and formed a minimal at best head. What made me give it extra points is the lovely bed of bubbles that lay at the bottom of the glass. Not unlike sparkling wine!

The smell is easy enough to pinpoint. Lemon, green apple, bisquit and yeast (again, quite champagne like).

I love the lemony flavors that provide the backbone of this beer. not too strong and not too light.

The mouthfeel is, as expected, quite tart. Yet it is not shocking in its snap. There is an underlying body that keeps your taste buds conscious. Could turn off berliner purists if there really are any.

I could drink this beer any day. Its kinda cool outside right now and I feel that it isnt out of place even now.

I would love to have a taste of what a chef could build around this beer! (861 characters)

Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another bottle picked up at Hawthorne's Cafe on opening day. Poured from the champagne bottle to my pint glass, a few times.

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow color with a small foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Minimal to no lacing as the brew disappears into my belly.

Smell: Some lemon and some green apples are the most predominant aroma's. Slightly tart, but not much. Touch of vinegar as well.

Taste: Tart up front, which is what I've come to find common in Berliner Weisse's. Lemon and green apple flavors after the sour wears off from the beginning. Taste is thin, vinegar is just a vague complement, and slight toasted biscuit.

Mouthfeel: Very light in body, light-moderate carbonation. Flavors are sharp but the overall experience is very thin but refeshing.

Drinkability: Very light in the stomach, low low low ABV and not overly sour. Not problem killing the whole bottle, barely felt it. Flavors could be a little more pronounced, but overall pretty good. Liked it better than the 1809 Berliner Weiss. (1,022 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for tossing one of these my way and the fantastic ongoing trades.

Pours a light yellow with slight haze and a stark white head that has poor retention and leaves next to no lacing.

Nose smells close, a little weak. Some slight lactic notes, and an odd vegetal presence as well.

Hmmm, much better than the nose indicated. The tartness is actually fairly large for a berliner, nothing even close to approaching lamic status, but still, slightly high for the style. That hits first with a little bit of wheat flavor. Kind of a dirty almost cooked corn wheat flavor. Dry on the finish with the tartness peaking. Lacto notes and some of that vegetal wheat linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is ok, should have slightly higher carbonation stylewise, but its alright. Love the dryness, and the viscosity is about right.

Drinkability is pretty solid, but this is just a touch more tart than it should be, so that slightly hampers it for those that aren't sourheads. Other than that, the abv is accurate to tradition and makes this one pretty consumable.

Overall, this is a decent berliner wiesse. A few adjustments could make it much better, but as it sits it is good to see this style emerging more on the US made front. An ok representation of the style, and one i would maybe buy again. A nice beer. (1,326 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, scopped at city-wide in South Bend

low alcohol night-cap, cell-phone notes

appearance: poured into my hopleaf tulip, pale straw-yellow body with a dull beige rim. mostly murky - very light body

smell: grassy, lemon, pale bready aroma

taste: light lemon tartness, yeasty, kind of watery. sharp wheat mixed with muted lemon tartness combine in a watery, bland offering from the bruery

mouthfeel: light, crisp and tart

drinkability: fine (454 characters)

Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.