Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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Reviews: 412
Hads: 1,483
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 188
Gots: 171 | FT: 14
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California, United States

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Berliner Weissbier |  3.10% ABV

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2008

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Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A slight dull lemon yellow body, but a nice even filled bleach white and creamy head that manages three fingers, and slowly settles to a two milliliter thin collar. Lots of thin carbonation, and good strong lines in places.

Nose is a big nice tart lemon. Slightly spritzy even a bit floral in action. Strong sticky yeast but with a very light clean sense also. A nice mix of white dough at first also, but doesn't seem to return on further examination.

Very mellow body but with a good lemon tartness on first sip. Light but with a huge malt wheat backbone, giving to baked bread and white crisp buttered toast. Chewy, with the malts really lingering on the finish. Nice playful moderate to high carbonation bringing a nice pop of the flavors. Feel is about right to style, without being too wet (but it is light) and made for easy drinking.

Probably only fitting I am drinking this great beer on the official first day of summer. So hitting the spot right now. (1,012 characters)

Photo of mikeburd1128
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled what appears to be 3/25/13 and is apparently bottle #870 of 871. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a lovely golden straw color with 2-3 fingers of white white head that quickly dissipates.

S - A lot of grassy, earthy, bretty, funky tartness going on here. Nothing is all that overbearing though. Very nice.

T - Much of the same of the smells are present in the taste. Finishes with a little fruity sweetness. And very dry.

M - Lots of carbonation and fairly light mouthfeel. But not too light. Very nice.

O - This is crazy enjoyable. And at 3.1 you could drink it all day long. Throughout the whole bottle it doesn't get cloying at all and is super drinkable all the way through. 9/10 would buy again - especially at the price. (744 characters)

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

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy golden yellow. Big white head, but doesn't last at all. Just a thin collar.

Smell - Extremely lactic. Acidic and grainy. Simple nose, but to be expected.

Taste - Pretty tart. Lactic sourness. Wheaty and grainy. Lemony sourness.

Mouthfeel - Very drinkable. I like that it isn't that sour. Medium carbonation.

Overall - These straight berliners suffer from simplicity, but this is an excellent example of the style. (475 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer has a golden yellow color.

The aroam has some sweet lemon and citrus, tartness, and some funk.

The flavor is really tart and lemony with some wheat on the backbone.

The body is quite light. It really does pack tons of sourness for such a low ABV.

This is a truly refreshing beer. It's easy drinking and depending on the price, could be cheaper than Professor Fritz 1809. I prefer that beer, but for a Bruey beer, if you can find the right price. I recommend this. (476 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, spring 2013
The Bruery tulip

A: Completely cloudy faded yellow color. Lots of carbonation streaming up the sides of glass. Thin layer of bright white tight bubbled head.

S: Definitely getting some tart acidic notes on the nose. Grainy hop aromas and wheat hints. Lactic character.

T: Nice tartness up front. Prickle right on tip of tongue. Not quite sour. Mid palate that wheat character comes in. Soft yogurt like lactic note. Grainy flavors. Finish is crisp dry and refreshing. Nice Berliner for sure.

M: Light leading to medium bodied. High carbonation. (567 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a goblet

A- A nice hazy golden straw color with a two finger white head.

S- Sour lemons, wheat, some cloves, slightly earthy.

T- Tart lemons, Granny Smith apples, some wheat, lactic acid in the finish.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body, high carbonation.

O- This is a nice beer and very easy to drink. The only issue I have with this beer, and it is a small issue, is the amount of lactic acid in the finish. I feel this is a great example of a beer with low alcohol and nice big flavor. I can't wait to have this again! (545 characters)

Photo of taylor714914
2.82/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Huge disappointment. Really expected more but was letdown. Pours like yellow fizzy swill from a can, no head whatsoever.

Smells of tartness and granny smith apples, maybe a hair of pilsner malt.

Taste is pretty straight, tart tang and some back end grains with a bit of granny smith.

Way to much carbonation, which was especially surprisingly considering I could get any head with my pour. So much so I swirled some of it out

Overall, a big let down. Would grab New Glarus or bells Berliner before this. (511 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cocoapuph for sending me a few of these, as well as a few other Berliners! Hottenroth comes out looking pale like Kristin Stewart; pale-straw with light, yellow tints at the edges. The beer cloudy as hell - so cloudy, in fact, that it's 100% opaque... Strange to see for such a light-hued brew. The white head fizzles down quickly, but surprisingly lasts as a two millimeter thick skin for quite a while.

Very soft aroma with quite a bit of stuff going on for such a light brew; lemon zest, dry fabric, light barnyard funk, earth and dirt, weedy hops, grass, and a mild, zesty tartness that rushes through the entire profile. Smells quite nice for a Berliner. I would like to appreciate a bit more tart fruit, but the heavily hopped aspect is certainly a nice change of pace.

Hottenroth is lightly hoppy and grassy up front; once again, a different take than many Berliners, given the higher-than-normal hop presence, but it's somewhat compelling and pretty damn tasty. A dry, mustiness floats over everything as a light tartness slowly rambles in about midway through; lemon zest, fresh apples and apple skins, and a big grainy and wheat presence in the background.

The Brett is noticeable at first and only gets more powerful with time; wet wood, mild horseblanket, and a damp, cork and cellar-like funk that plays well, hand-in-hand with the lemon tartness. Lightly acidic towards the end, but it doesn't even come close to something that would burn your stomach. Dry, zesty, crisp finish; light-bodied and highly carbonated.

Very, very nice Berliner. Super refreshing and insanely drinkable, but I guess that's pretty expected for the style. A little different than many Berliners in terms of the higher hoppage, but it's not enough to inject unwanted bitterness or distract from the nice, zesty fruits and soft wheat flavors. Very well executed, thanks again to cocoapuph for this. I might be asking him for more pretty soon! (1,948 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL into a saison glass. Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow w/ a light fizzy head that settles to a thin collar. Lively carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is vaguely reminiscent of a hefeweizen: bready, yeasty, but with sharp lemony zing. There's a clear tartness and acidity on the nose almost like a dry white wine.

Taste is tart and almost vinous up front with a much grainier, more biscuity finish. This is almost two beers in one, and I prefer the first one. It starts out almost tantalizingly sour, like lemonade, before switching to more of a crackery pale/wheat malt profile. The acidity scrubs the palate clean with every sip.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, so refreshing.

Overall a really great, refreshing summer beer. I can't stop drinking this, and I'm not taking little sips, I'm taking full gulps. (836 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a Dogfish Head signature glass

Appearance: Pours straw yellow in color with 2 fingers of a white soapy head that dissipates quickly to a thin collar. Body is very hazy with some visible sediment.

Smell: Tart lemon, wheat, pineapple, and hint of egg.

Taste: Sour lemon and citrus, lactic sourness, wheat, clove, and a slight red berry character.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, soft mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Light/medium tartness that lingers after the finish.

Overall: One of the best Berliners I've had. Nice tartness without, but not mouthpuckeringly sour. Extremely refreshing and I would definitely seek this out again. The only drawback is the price and the fact that it's only sold in large format bottles. This would be a perfect beer to put in 6 packs. (792 characters)

Photo of Danny1217
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very light, pale yellow straw like color with a thin, white head. No head retention and minimal lacing.
Smell is rather subdued, but that is to be expected for such a low alcohol beer. There is a nice, mild sourness in the smell, and a very slight bit of funk (brett.)
The taste is delightful. Nice and tart, but balanced. Extremely refreshing feel. A sort of bread like quality to the taste. Very dry, with a slight funk from the brett.

A very refreshing, classic take on the Berliner Weisse. This seems to be more to style than a lot of the Berliners we see around the states these days. (599 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft at sams in Durham. pours a bright yellow with a 1 inch white head that quickly dissipates. slight tart lemony nose. good aroma. taste is very tart at first, then as you get through the glass it eases up. extremely refreshing. high carbonation and a light body.

overall perfect for summer and at only 3.1% you could enjoy this all day if you so desired. loved it. (372 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle with me.

A - bright yellow with a thin, white head

S - tart, straw, lemon

T - same as the nose; solid but light flavor

M - light bodied, well carbonated

This was a nice, light offering from a solid brewery. This was a refreshing, light beer that was a bit tart but still highly drinkable. This would definitely be a great beer to have on hand on a very hot day. (408 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap.

Pours a nearly clear straw yellow with not much of a head or lacing for that matter.

Aroma of pineapple along with some bread and a little bit of corn.

There is a huge rush of tartness upon the first sip followed by a big rush of corn and cooked beans. It almost reminded me of a baked bean like flavor but it strangely works quite well here. Mouthfeel is nice and light with an extremely dry finish that is appropriate for the style.

Overall, a very impressive Berliner Weiss and one of the better ones I have had. I enjoy it without any syrup as the flavor of the beer alone is wonderful. (606 characters)

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, dirty yellow with floaters--resembles fresh squeezed lemonade. A bleach-white one finger head dies quickly into a thin halo. Great lookin' berliner weisse.

S: Tart lemon seltzer water, with some light funk, and grassy hay notes.

T: Tart alka-seltzer bitterness, with lemon zest, sour hay, and low level barnyard funk. I was hoping for more funk.

M: Light carbonation, tart dryness. (397 characters)

Photo of BrotherDylan
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastically dry and painfully delicious. It invites sip after sip with a mouth stripping sour dryness. So tart, so delicious. Its better than candy ever could be. Its a sadomasochistic dream of a beer. Drink the 750ml to yourself but its better shared with friends. After all, how much fun is sadomasochism by yourself? (321 characters)

Photo of Sterby
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Hempen Hill in Hagerstown, MD. Poured into a 10 ounce chalice.

A - Pours a translucent yellow straw with a white foam that dissipates quickly.
S- Lemon Citrus.
T-Multi-layered flavors including lemon, granny apple, and wheat. The wild yeasts are really doing their thing.
M-A pleasing effervescence that zings the tast buds in the back corners of the mouth.
O- Overall, an incredibly refreshing beer that is easy to drink and allows you to maintain your sobriety. (476 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml bottle into an Allagash chalice. Served at fridge temps.

Appearance- Cloudy yellow/orange with one finger of thick white head that lasted about a minute. Very nice lacing.

Smell- Lemony/wheaty aromas, white grapes, soft green apple, chardoney-esque, and some light malts.

Taste- Apples and grapes up front mixed with mild cider vinegar and lemon. Wheaty malty sweetness comes through nicely. Very clean tartness. Not very funky at all.

Mouthfeel- Super light and refreshing. High carbonation with mild apple tartness. Extremely drinkable.

Overall- This is my second or third Berliner Weiss and it's the best I've had yet. Super drinkable on a warm day like today. If I could get this regularly in the summer, I'd drink it all day especially at 3.1%. (775 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, IL
Date: 2012 summer
Glass: Tulip

This is a very pleasant beer, fairly pale in color, aroma, and flavor, and could be seen as a good, refreshing, summertime beverage. By pleasant, I mean mostly non-offensive, complicated, or expressively bold: if you were seeking out a malt beverage that was vaguely sour and soda-like, then the Bruery's Hottenroth Berlinerweisse would be your target. Slightly disappointing, given the brewery's reputation for sour styles, this is an easy-drinking Berlinerweisse that could be a gateway sour. Otherwise of interest for aficionados of the style, and then probably only once.

Pours a 4cm tall head of clean, white bubbles that are small in size. Retention is less than a minute, the head fizzing away fairly rapidly, leaving a total absence of foam upon the body of the beer or the sides of the glass. As such, lacing is nonexistent and one is left looking solely at the beer's body once the head has burned through itself. The body is a transparent, pale yellow color, with light making the beer almost appear as clear as water. Carbonation is visible, the streams sparse, but somewhat vigorous in floating to the surface.

Aroma is dry, slightly sweet, a touch grainy, and with a modest hint of underlying soured mash tartness and Lactobacillus presence, like a lightly grainy Champagne with a touch of tart yogurt. Not bad, just a bit underwhelming.

Taste is not particularly sour, more of just a light tartness with additional flavors of unripe apple and wheat malt. Front of palate is primarily sweet, slightly grainy, with very light lemon flavor, but almost no tartness. Mid-palate is lightly sweet with the slightly bready wheat base malt being noticeable, also a touch sour, with faint lemon and yogurt-like flavors. Back of palate is slightly more tart, with light lemon and diluted plain yogurt being the most common associations, along with a light sweetness from the wheat malt and some brighter, sour apple-like esters. Aftertaste is of light yogurt-like tartness, sour apple-like esters, and some slightly bready wheat malt.

Beer is light in body, with carbonation levels of high intensity, resulting in a beer that's fizzy at first, then gradually becoming foamy and smooth on the palate; rather soda or Champagne-like. Closes quite dry, with little residual stickiness on the palate. (2,354 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into a chalice to a pale and slightly hazy yellow with a small white head that is quick to fade
S: smells of pale wheat malt, and a bit of lemony tartness
T: tart lemony flavor up front with some slight pale maltyness and a bit of wheat. swallow brings some creamy wheat flavor and a slight cracker like malt flavor
M: light with soft and slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: a great beer for a warm day. the tartness is nice and the flavors are light yet still apparent. very drinkable and very enjoyable (534 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

@ Thirsty Monk

Hazy straw color with an airy, frothy, pure-white head. Sour, lemony funk aroma met with grainy wheat. Tart lemon and light lactic sourness over fresh cereal grain continue into the flavor. Light, dry, and puckering mouthfeel. Just a very refreshing, easy to consume, true-to-style Berliner. Quite enjoyable... (326 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Four" score and seven years ago... Nope. Today, actually. And Raul gives this sexy little number fours across the board. Straight from the source and into his blood - Raul is feelin' it. Clocking in at 3.1%, it's like driving 120 mph and knowing that you can't get caught for speeding. Sleek, sexi, and beautiful.

Yep! (321 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy light straw color with a 1/2 inch head that doesn't retain long before disintegrating to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small thin patch of surface foam. Slippery non-resilient lacing.

S- Pleasant aroma of lemon, peach and a hint of vinegar.

T- Light, unobtrusive citrus flavor that has a nice amount of tartness. Extremely easy to drink as it should be for a beer with this low of an ABV. Notes of lemon, grapefruit and granny smith apple.

M- Dry almost to the point of chalky with a moderate pucker. Low carbonation is unexpected and disappointing. The lightest of bodies.

O- Though I wasn't expecting much from a 3.1% Berliner Weisse, I was at least looking forward to a more lively drink. This is just a limp version of the style. Only the second beer from The Bruery that I found to be less than great. The other was White Oak which was on the other end of the spectrum in terms of alcohol and flavor where there was too much of both. (1,019 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a hazy lemon color, very soft yellow, cloudy in texture with a 2 finger high, white head, very fizzy that dissipates immediately and leaves no film or lace. The aroma is of tart, lightly acidic citrus and soft floral tones with a nice punch of wheat and light funk. Similar on the tongue, bright, light citrus with subtle wildflower, tart, funk berry fruit, lots of wheaty grain and light barnyard. The body is light, fizzy yet almost juicy, smooth with a very light and easy finish.

Verdict: A quintessential Berliner Weissbier, the flavors are light, yet impactful and it has a great refreshing finish. The simplicity of this style is executed wonderfully, a really nice beer to share with friends. (765 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden-yellow with a thin finger of bubbly white head. Fades quickly.

S - Wheat and grainy malts, lots of funky yeast, tartness, acidity, tart stone fruit, farmhouse smells, lemon zest.

T - Wheat and other grainy malts, lots of funky and lightly sour yeasts, lemon zest, tart stone fruit, acidity, farmhouse characters.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart and funky finish.

D - Great berliner weiss. Great balance with good funky yeast character. (494 characters)

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