Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,475
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 188
Gots: 165 | FT: 11
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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 weeare138
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of auroracrisis
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Onibubba
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of hoptrip619
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of brdc
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.83/5  rDev -30%
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.

Photo of Pecorasc
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of weezyfart
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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

Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my New Belgium Globe glass. Poured a translucent pale yellow with copious tiny bubbles effervescing in solution. Pour generated a half inch, loose and frothy bright white head that quickly dispersed into a bubbly skim that coalesced around the edges. A strong doughy aroma was revealed off the cap pop with a lemony quality that follows. Taste consistent with nose with the breadiness lightly lingering at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body, with a pleasant background carbonation and a dry finish. Pleasantly refreshing and enjoyable. Doesn't beat an 1809, but still very good.

Photo of azagthoth
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this pour from the Bruery's tap line in their tasting room.

Appearance - A light hued pale straw-straw in color. The befitting level of carbonation deservedly awarded a 1 inch head to this brew. The layout of this beer hinted at a humble drinking experience which is precisely what I was in for!

Smell - Zesty indications of lemon and pale bread made way through my nose. In addition, the wheat presented itself accordingly as to leave this unadorned ale properly suited for its style.

Taste - Tart, first off! The omnipresent brettanomyces was well observed as I reminisced on some of the finer sour ales that I've consumed. The taste isn't convoluted, in the sense that the wheat and lemon bind nicely together to create outstanding freshness.

Mouthfeel - Sour initially, however the lemon and grainy components coalesce to make this one hell of a revitalizing brew! Lighter in body, but rather an irrelevant recollection as there is more than enough in the mouth for this berliner weisse to hold its own while ranking in at 3.1% ABV.

Drinkability - Commendable drinkability! This should be the archetype session beer for any occasion, although one might find it most refreshing during the warmer months. The diminutive volume of alcohol levitates the drinkability, too! I could see Hottenroth as a portal into the craft radius.

Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Blue Palms in Hollywood. Served in a generic tulip glass.

Pale lemon/mustard body, rather murky overall. Very large active head at first, but as a draft-pour it was served with a finger on top that very rapidly recedes to a light dusting of ivory, then finally nothing whatsoever. Glows beautifully in natural light (i.e. not in this dimly lit bar).

Lemon is first and foremost in the aroma, though there is some suggestion of sour apple, wheat, and maybe iodine. Not really getting any Brett. notes or anything floral.

This tastes almost like a citrus-based cider: very crisp, with a sharp tart palate entry; filled out with a lactic flavor leading into a white bread finish. This reminds me very much of the edible stems of Bermuda Buttercup (aka sourgrass or more properly, Oxalis).

Very light bodied, but carbonation seems too low to me.

A refreshing sour beverage, which would serve as a nice base for a good quality flavored syrup (e.g. Monin) - a fairly successful example of a neglected style.

Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank "as is" (no syrups) - poured into glass chalice:

Pours clouded yellow with a well-retained head for the style. Vanishing lacing sticks.

The smell is bready - very - slightly moldy, and tart.

The taste is bready and tart. A bit of malt keeps tartness from being too much. Finishes with a funky, white grape-y dryness.

Aggressively carbonated, but retains a light body that is not too thin or watery.

Very drinkable - a nice, tart, brew. Something a bit "different", but still within style... A solid brew to pair with fish or chicken.

Photo of Deuane
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Lightly hazed pale golden kissed yellow color with a thin bright white head that diminished to a wispy veil and left spotty lace.

S-Bright lemon zing, Granny Smith apple, light apple cider vinegar and a touch of toasted biscuit.

T-Light lemon juice, lightly toasted biscuit and green apple zip. All somewhat light but certainly apparent.

M-Light bodied with a mineral water style of carbonation. Sharp and crisp with mild lingering tartness.

D-Good flavour, low ABV and a pleasant crispness. This isn't the best BW I have had, flavours are a bit light, I like a bit more zing/ bite in mine...but this would do if preferred brew were not available. Nice to see a domestic bottled BW though!

Photo of bulletrain76
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at The Bruery's anniversary. Lightly hazy pale straw with a white head. Funky, tart, wheaty aroma with some apple. The flavor is mostly crisp lemony tartness with some wheat grain, a light acetic touch and tart pear and apple. Not intensely acidic, but I do have a high threshold for sour. Light bodied with crisp, ample carbonation. Great light and refreshing beer.

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

Only bruery beer I have ever liked. Only example of the style I have ever tried, so this may not be to style.

Appearance: Pale light straw gold, bit of haze. Big fizzy head that disappears quickly

Smell: Nice with a bit of funk, lightly sour. Not what I expected at all. Perhaps some cloves and cardemom.

Taste: Besides the finish tasting a bit too much like cherios, this is a tasty beer. Bit of cider to the lactic tartness. Quite quaffable, although a bit too bready.

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, clean, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Off the charts. I can't wait to go to have this over the summer.

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am surprised that there is not more talk/hype about this beer. While low in alcohol it is very different and full of character and flavor.
This is as nice a "drink" as it gets.

Lovely lightly cloudy (but without particulate) yellow with a thick, firm pure white head.

Nose is sour green apple with pure assertive white bread yeast, complex and layered. A bit of sour yogurt, sour milk nose although not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly sour and crisp, full body, flavors and texture.

Flavors are layered sour milk/yogurt with sweet lemon oil to a fresh lemonade flavor that goes a bit to sour milk/yogurt and pleasant citric green apple and lime.

Finish is clean, crisp, fresh and leaves a "sour salivation" in your mouth.

Extremely pleasant, satisfying and remarkably drinkable.

The Bruery is rapidly not only becoming one of my favorite breweries but is doing remarkably creative and bold brews of wonderful quality and character. That this 3.1% abv drink is so appealing is a tribute, along with the wonderful flavors and character. The bottle suggests flavored syrups for the beer and the Bruery, itself, will serve this one with syrups, if you want. Please, give it a shot straight-it's very good.

By the way, in my opinion this is one where the "bottle" is better than the "draft." Draft is less assertive, less extreme, "less" all around. Draft is still nice but go for the bottle on this one.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A capped 750ml bottle purchased at Abe's cold beer in Bethlehem for $8. Opened and poured into my 1809 goblet (you can pound nails into concrete with this glass). Appears a cloudy pale straw yellow color with about an inch of fizzy, quickly fading bone white foam. Nose and flavor consist of tart lemon juice, lightly toasted wheat, tart green apples, sparkling mineral water, the sourness is never overbearing. The body is rather light with decent carbonation levels. Nice stuff, although I prefer 1809 a tad more.

Photo of philipquarles
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

75cl bottle. Pours cloudy light yellow with a small white head that dies quickly. Little lacing. Smells citric and fruity; I would describe it more tangy than sour. Definite yeasty notes. Tastes quite sweet, actually, with a lot of wheat character and only mild tartnesss. Citrus. Lots of cereal grain. Light, borderline watery body, which is to be expected, but the carbonation is too low and doesn't really suite the beer. Definitely easy to drink, but I've certainly had better berliner weissebiers.

Photo of TexIndy
2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shipped back from my San Diego trip (bought at South Bay). Poured from a 750ml capped bottle into a tulip. No dating info. Was a hazy pale straw color with lots of carb from the etching. No lacing. It had a fizzy white head that quickly evaporated into nothing.

The description, style and other reviews had me believing I was going to get some tart and sour in the aroma and taste but not in this one. The aroma was very subtle. Some sour and lemon but very faded. Very disappointing. The taste matched the aroma. Very muted sour and lemon flavors and not much else. Extremely watery. Almost like an iced lemonade that had all the ice melt into it. Mouthfeel was watery.

Overall, a very disappointing beer that continues my hit or miss from the Bruery (2 great and 2 so-so). I love sour beers so had high hopes for this one but not much here besides lemon tinged water. Can't really recommend. Rotation: not avail here. One and done as I didn't find much flavor to it.

Photo of rhinos00
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A- pours a pale, hazy yellow. Looks exactly like I poured a glass of lemonade. Produced a thin, half fingers width of white head. Dissipated instantly.

S- A very strong, wheat presence along with a hint of corn. Also notice some lemon in the background.

T- For the style, pretty damn solid. As in the aroma, wheat definitely is at the forefront. What I liked is that almost instantly a subtle sourness comes into play that just grows and grows until the finish. For simple ingredients and a simple beer, this is fantastic.

M- Thin, but well carbonated.

D- Probably the single most sessionable beer I have ever had in my life. Nothing else needs to be said.

Overall, this beer reaffirmed why berliner weisses are one of my favorite styles of beer. Simple, clean with a hint of sourness. I forgot to add...extremely sessionable.

Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.