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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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Reviews: 423
Hads: 1,541
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 21.14%
Wants: 189
Gots: 192 | FT: 13
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.10% ABV

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2008

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Reviews: 423 | Hads: 1,541
Photo of justintcoons
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pale straw with 2 fingers of white head. Hazy with moderate-heavy carbonation.

Lactic sourness, lemon juice and wheat.

Lactic sourness along with lemon juice and tangy wheat. There’s a hint of strawberry sweetness. Finishes with a touch of chestnut as well as a Warheads candy essence.

Light bodied, crisp, tart and refreshing.

This is a fantastic Berliner! $9.60 for a sour that you can drink all day? RIGHT ON!

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy light golden yellow in color

Smell has boys of lemon, sweet tarts, and some light grainy aromas.

Taste is moderately tart with nice candy like sweetness and a lemony tartness to balance.

Light bodied and sticky from the sour.

Overall very well balanced and drinkable. Perfect amount of sweetness and tartness

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Photo of younger35
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew recently from the every generous Gibby. I love The Bruery and after drinking New Glarus's Berliner Weiss, I'm a fan of those too. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching Minnesota vs. Green Bay on Monday Night Football (F bomb I hate Brett Favre... but go Vikings).

Appearance- Pours a super hazy light yellowish white with a big two finger head that is bright white and super creamy. The beer is super effervescent but manages to maintain no cap collar or lacing.
Smell- Super wheaty (or floury) and grainy. The brew actually smells like dried corn that has been crushed during harvest back in good ol' Illinois. Slightly vinegary and tart in the nose with a subtle white wine like aspect. Doesn't smell particularly sour but I guess well soon find out.
Taste- Starts lightly tart and semi vinous with a berry like bite right from the start. Like the nose it's grainy and raw with that crushed maize and flour like characteristic. Starts very clean and sharp with a light white grape and peach aspect. Finishes almost the exact opposite as it starts, once the tartness fades a light dirty earthiness sets in. That earthiness seems to linger well into the finish along with an abundance of that raw grain.
Mouthfeel- Thin but the carbonation is strong lending itself to the smaller body making for a nice feel and what I'd expect from a beer of this type.
Drinkability- Sitting at 3.1% this thing isn't going to be anywhere near hard to drink. The beer is lightly tart and super refreshing and oh so delicious. Honestly I think I like New Glarus's a TAD better since it's filtered and has less of that floury/wheat bite. Either way, lame bitching aside, great beer. Thanks Jeff!

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Photo of merlin48
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml pours a crystal clear pale yellow body with a two finger snowwhite head. Seond pour reveals significant haze. Spotty lacing.

Aroma is freshly squeezed lemons with a minor note of wheat malt.

Dry and tart on the palate with an aggressive, but pleasant carbonation.

Taste is fresh lemons with an edge of sour green apples. Light and airy. Just a hint of wheat malt twang. A faint note of must in the finish.

I could drink this all day. Hard to imagine a more drinkable beer. Very well done. I'm going to have to find some woodruff syrup the next time I try this style.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A; A light fizzy and fluffy 1.5 finger head rises up and fades semi quickly over crystal clear watery wheat yellow colored beer.

N: Interesting, lots of toasty wheat, tons of toasty wheat that is, some light malts, a light barnyard funk, a very light toasty sour fruit too, and some tart aromas.

T: Makes my glands go "owww" with some tart flavors, a little sour tangy fruit, berry almost raspberry. Lots of toasty wheat flavors still, some light toasty malts too, a nice barnyard toasty funk flavor but not really wild. A nice tart barnyard flavor. Very light overall too, but nice and refreshing.

M: Pretty light, with some lighter but decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty tart still, with some light raspberry and other berry flavors, and a little sourness. Some lingering toasty malts and wheat still, but much lighter. Still some lingering barnyard dry funk like flavors too. A touch of flemminess on the throat too.

Being light, nice and tart, not heavy at all, not really sweet, some nice toasty malts and wheat, nice raspberry, and the nice toasty barnyard funk (not Brett funk, a special Belgian yeast).

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

On tap at Stone. Thanks for driving me there, Carlos, you truly are a wonderful host!

A: Light golden yellow with brilliant clarity, a thick fluffy head that disappears a little quickly

S: Light, bready and tart, pleasantly so. Lactic sourness is present, and unless my nose is deceiving me, there's some brett character too. Great stuff

T: Opens light, bready with a pleasant tartness. Lemony with a slight green apple character. Finishes refreshingly dry

M: Light with a nice dextrinous palate that adds a little body to the tartness and dryness. Crisply carbonated, great finish

D: This is truly quaffable, I need a sixtel!

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

Light blond color.
Frothy/foamy head settles to a thin patchy head with some lacing.

Huge fragrant nose. Mealy, grainy, round, slightly toasted aroma. Hint of lemongrass & fresh Ialian semolina bread.
Wonderfully fresh, fruity/flowery & slightly lactic.

On the palate: Very light body with pretty big flavor.
Fresh, slightly sharp lactic, lemon/lime, grainy wheat. Slightly sour - which fades from mid-palate to finish.

Clean. Lots of flavor & great balance.

This is a wonderful, characterful, big flavored brew.
You feel like you could drink this stuff all day ... if necessary!?!

. . . @ 3.1% ABV, maybe you could!

93 Points

Amazing brews coming out of this place!


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Photo of BretSikkink
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold color with some haziness. Not much white head, fairly fizzy though. Aroma is slightly funky, with a hint of spicing, and a grassy earthiness.

The flavor is light and pleasant: lemongrass, citrics, a little bit of wheat flavor, a bit of funk. Very refreshing, with the nice tartness. Low alcohol, easy sipper. Pretty great.

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

Hey now! Why can't I buy sixers of this?

Pours a very pale yellow. Almost no head, just some bubbles. Still manages to have a lively, zesty mouthfeel, though.

Smells like unripe apples and sour grapefruit. Taste is puckering, but not overwhelmingly so. Crisp lemon on the finish.

I really liked this quite a bit. Shame it's so tough to find.

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

excited to try this pale horse.. light watery yellow, like diluted urine with an enviable tart and slightly sour nose, traces of lemons. it starts with that sharpness of the tart before giving way briefly to sour notes, and finishing long with wheat.
one day, when i have this again, i'll surely introduce syrups into the beverage. next time, i will be prepared. as it is, i could drink it everyday of the summer even in alaska.

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

clean straw yellow pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head which dissipated quickly. no lacing left behind. smells tart, acidic, and of wheat bread.. lemony. oh that's nice! a delicious beer, lots of acidity from the lactobacillus, a weird overtone of funky farmhouse style flavor, wheat, lemons.. a light, crisp, and refreshing beer. nice and sour/tart, but also a fairly complex tasting beer for such a low abv and the style!

i really do appreciate a lot of the beers the bruery releases, but they should really consider doing 4pk releases or even 2pk of 12oz bottles. sometimes, you feel obliged to drink the full bottle in one sitting when you don't have any friends around.. and even a light beer like this - feels like too much for the palate for one to drink all by themselves. a great berliner weiss, for sure, but i'd rather have multiple servings of it in smaller quantities.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very enjoyable berliner weisse. The low abv makes this bottle crushable on a long, hot, summer day. It has just enough bite/sour to make it very enjoyable while light enough to drink all day.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into imperial pint
Slight vinegary aroma
Head average (4 cm), white, fizzy, quickly diminishing to nothing
No lacing
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor is very tart and lemony, nearly pucker-able, but light with no alcohol, no hops, no malt, and no diacetyl
Palate is light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

This a very tart, refreshing Berliner Weise. The rapidly diminishing head and lack of lacing are the only detrimental aspects for me.

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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.

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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!

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this is an excellent beer. I'm really coming around to the Berliner Weisse--it strikes me as a less intense sour that's very refreshing and light. My only complaint for this one is the appearance really. It's not bad, just the color is very pale, almost like a chardonnay with white head.

Smell is very good, big lemon and lactic notes, a bit of pale malt and wheat. Taste is similar, complex and delicious. Lactic sourness is refreshing and interesting. Feel is light and fizzy, nice for the style. Great drinkability. Delicious.

This is the first time I've spent $8 on a 3.1% beer... ABV does NOT always equal flavor. Berliner Weisse is a style that will really make one reconsider lower ABV brews, especially when you're tired of big, sweet flavor bombs.

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Photo of Nickls
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Really clear, light green-tinted yellow color and was poured with absolutely no head at all

S - Lemon-lime sweet-sourness and a bit yeasty

T - Lightly tart at first but not as sour as suggested by the aroma. Refreshingly sour, but had some sweetness as well.

M - Very light body, a little dry, and nice snap of carbonation

D - Hugely drinkable as it was refreshing, interesting, and I could scarcely believe the 3.4% abv. Very easy quaffing

Overall, a neat brew and one that would easily be a staple in my diet if I were able to find it more often. Great stuff, and worth a look.

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Photo of QuentinCall
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hottenroth feels like The Bruery going hard on some William Eggleston grind -- full spectrum of emotional color here. Nestled amongst the many hued sunsets and supermarket promontories and pre-war lamps tossing their many hued lights there is something pristine/sinister that feels utterly appropriate and inextricable from the total composition. A real glassfull of considerate juxtaposition and moral play.

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Photo of vinny21bal
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a very underrated beer. I think because of the price point and ABV level. Everyone seems to give big points to rare beers just because they are rare and high in ABV. I think this is my summer fishing beer for the future. I drank a lot of this. It has a perfect amount of sour to it and drinks very refreshing. I also enjoyed the nose a lot. Next time you see it give it a try. It is a wonderful Berliner Weiss.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a very, very pale yellow with a one finger white head that fades instantaneous, as the style usually does. It's even lighter than yellow fizzy beer, which is a little weird to see....but the carbonation is impressive, with tons of bubbles floating to the top

S- getting a lot of lemon out of this one, but it's a different kind of lemon from a wheat beer...it's more of a tart one as opposed to that "lemon flavoring" you might get. My nasal passages are getting assaulted, and that's a good thing

T- it starts off very mild, and then the finish is very tart. Very crisp, very refreshing

M- it actually has a nice body to it, despite the low ABV. Pretty solid, but it has watery characteristics to it as well. All in all, very good

O- I love a great berliner weisse, and this is one of them. I just wish it were a little more affordable

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Photo of AltBock
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not my first experience with the Berliner Weisse style, but it is however my first one that I've ever had on draught before. This Bruery beer was on tap at Capone's during their Saison promo on 7/30/09. I had it there, but since this beer was so good, I had to take a growler home with me. This review is from the growler version. Served in a tall Spaten Pilsner glass.

When I review a beer, I like to describe the appearance and color first, but I have to mention the taste first. It's so unique that I have to do this way. This beer is tart as hell! It's tartness is stuck between Shock Tarts and one Tear Jerker. The tartness level in this beer reminded me a little bit of the tartness level in Ommegang's Rouge. If you've never had that, that's another super tart beer. It's main and only tart flavor was that of lemons. It wasn't a mix of citrus fruits, it was just tart lemons. Adding to the tartness is the beer's unique yeast strain and a tiny touch of malted wheat at the finish line. As you can tell, the taste was very unique and very tart. Now let's see if I can get back on track.

This tart beer was a cloudy pale lemon yellow color with a good 1 to 1 1/2 inch cotton white head of foam. This head of foam had good retention that left behind a tiny skim of white foam and just a few small white blots of lace. As soon as I twisted off the cap, out comes a super strong aroma of sour and tart lemons. With the strong scent of lemons is that unique farmyard scent that can only come from Brett yeast. Rounding off this potent aroma was a subtle whiff of malted wheat. Sometimes this malted wheat smelled like soggy cereal and sometimes it didn't. I wish I could explain it. Even with the strong taste of tart lemons, this was still a light bodied beer. If you couldn't tell already, this beer has a long lasting lingering aftertaste of tart lemons and that down of the farm taste that comes with the Brett yeast. This is truly a unique and tasty beer. I never thought a Berliner Weisse could be this damn sour, but Bruery did it. And what it was! If you can find this beer on tap at your local bar, consider yourself lucky. Just make sure to pucker up!

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

Bright yellow, super hazy beer. Not much of a head on this one, but I don't think its supposed to. Carbonation was just fine despite what might not look like it at first glance to the top of your beer. Aroma was decent, lemon heavy.

Taste, very tart, even more so when you swirled the yeast into the glass. Not quite puckering, but definitely sour and lemony, a whole lot of flavor packed into a 3% beer, I like it. Definitely going to age the other bottle until summer, seems like an awesome summer beer.

Wouldn't call it overly complex, there's just lots of tart lemony sourness without hardly any sugar or sweetness to it. No hop flavor. Bitterness, but not the kind a hophead would be used to. Challenging to novice hopheads who haven't branched out yet.

Drinkability would be perfect if this stuff wasn't $8 a bottle.

EDIT: Had the new batch on tap, even more tart, jeez, I love this beer, can't wait to try it laying around the pool this summer.

EDIT2: Had a growler of it on Memorial Day while 4wheeling and cave spelunking. Just awesome. This beer keeps rising.

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

Review from notes. Thanks to Lance for sharing this one!

A: Pours a hazy, light straw/yellow color with a one finger white head on top with decent head retention and thin lacing down the glass.

S: Nice and tart on the aroma with some lemon and apple with a heavy dose of wheat. Very inviting.

T: Fantastic flavor mixed with spot on tartness. Lemon, green apple, a bit of pear with some wheat and a little grassy.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Had a feeling I would like this one and I was right. A perfect summer beer all the way. Thanks again Lance.

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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.