Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,412
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 182
Gots: 152 | FT: 9
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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 beerloverofbham
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of fourstringer
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into Duvel Tulip glass. I believe the date etched on the bottle reads 3/25/13, but a bit difficult to make out. Served straight up. I don't mess with syrup.

A: Suprisingly clear golden-yellow hue with 2 fingers of clean white head that fizzles away over approximately 2 minutes to nothing. Looked excellent for about 30-60 seconds, then somewhat lackluster. Now looks like apple juice with some film on top. Nice hue though.

S: Tart fruit, notable funk. Lemon.

T: Sour immediately with a relatively bold tartness compared to the handful of Berliner Weissen I've had previously (though not recently). Lingering tartness coats the tongue. Not particularly dry, but certainly not sweet either. Lemon juice type flavors predominate. Limited in terms of complexity, but tastes pretty good, I'd say!

M: Light and effervescent. Nice. There's a surge of salivation about 5 seconds after a swig, which is something I love about the sour styles.

O: Not blown away, but I enjoyed this. More sour than the German versions I've tried and not a whole lot of typical wheat smells/flavors. Not terribly complex or particularly pretty to look at, but drinks nicely. Refreshing.

Photo of Wolberjs
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  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.

Photo of Schmaltzy
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Olde City, during their sour week.

Poured into a goblet, a cloudy,hazy, grassy yellow color, with a big foamy white head with nice lacing throughtout.

Sour, funky sour. The most sour beer I've ever tasted. Funky sour apples perhaps.

The mouthfeel was very sharp and crisp with a very tart finish.

Drinkable, but I didn't order a second...

Photo of cpetrone84
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-very pale yellow, slightly hazy with some bubbles rising to the top. head is bubbly but creamy and eggshell white in color

S-the nose is pretty big, tons of lemon with notes of spicy clove. hints of sour tartness in the back but light.

T-the lemon hits right up front and stays throughout. notes of spice with clovves and just a hint of banana in the back. the finish is somewhat sour and tart showing some acidity but not overpowering.

M-light body and prickly on the palate. somewhat creamy in the front with a fair amount of carbonation.

D-big flavors and very light body. easy session beer but the tartness makes me not want to keep drinking it.

Photo of confer
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle. Very pale yellow and cloudy. A big fluffy head turned into a few bubbles left on top. This is style is really different, and I have yet to try one with the raspberry or woodruff syrup but I like them as they are.
The smell is all tart citrus.
The taste is the same tart citrus. Comparing this to some of the other Berliner Weisse beers I have tried this one is not quite as tasty. This one could have used a one of the syrups more so than the others. But is still a very tasty beer.
The 750 ml bottle was great for a glass each for two. Of all the different beers I've had my wife try this is one style she really enjoys.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Really nice looking almost clear color. It was kind of weird. Under some light it would look a little yellow but then it would almost look like super watered down milk.

S: Kind of a tight nose. Little bit of clean wheat.

T: Very clean wheat taste. A touch of tartness but not nearly what I was expecting.

M: Very light. Perfect for the style.

D: All day long. Super easy drinking. Just wish it was a little bit more tart.

Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of bone white head on top of a pale, straw yellow body with excellent clarity. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Musty aroma of lactic acid and wet fur. Lots of tart wheat with a little bit of sulphur and a hint of coriander.

T - Mild lactic acidity up front with lots of tangy wheat flavor and some musty wild yeast character. The tartness mellows out in the middle and fades to make way for the wheat in the finish along with an odd, nutty malt note that I have occasionally tasted in other wild beers.

M - Light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a very light beer, and while it has more wild yeast character than the other examples of the style that I have tried, there is not a lot going on here. It is pretty much all lactic acid and wheat, with some odd wild yeast notes thrown in. The must is a little off putting and perhaps unnecessary in a Berliner Weisse.

The beer by itself is not bad, but it is a bit boring. I don't have any woodruff, but I found some raspberry syrup and decided to give it a try with the second half of the bottle. The syrup adds a nice dimension of fruit to the aroma that works well with the sourness that was already there. The syrup seems to boost the acidity in the flavor while also adding a bit to the body of the beer. I only added a little bit of the syrup so that it wouldn't sweeten the beer too much and it does nothing to mask the nutty wild yeast character. I would definitely recommend tasting the beer straight, but I found it more drinkable with the added complexity of the fruit.

Photo of JohnG190
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy straw with a head that fades quickly. No lacing. Aroma of fresh cut, tart green apples. Nice earthiness notes follow. Tartness hits the palate front and center with nice lemon notes. Finishes dry. Light bodied with light carbonation. Overall, this might be the best summer brew on the market - bracingly tart and very refreshing.

Photo of ebin6
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - Pours a cloudy, light gold with a very active head. Carbonation is intense at first, but slows to a few streams toward the edge of the glass

S - Floral, lemon smell...very citrusy

T - Fairly sour on the front end, mainly a lemon taste. Tastes like a pilsner on the back end

M - Stays mostly in the front part of the mouth, so somewhat limited overall in this respect

D - At 3%, this is something you could literally drink all day and not feel it. Sort of a session sour??

I will note that I was drinking out of my tulip while my girlfriend was drinking out of a regular glass and the difference was noteworthy. The appearance and taste were noticable

Photo of MCain04
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a HF stemmed glass

cloudy straw yellow, opaque, no lacing and the retention of the initial large white fizzy head is minimal.

smells like green apples, pure lemon juice, lactic acid, sour grapes.

Taste is very sour. Lots of acid. Green apple bite chased with sucking on a lemon. Not much sweetness to this at all. I like the sour but there is basically no complementing flavors. The wheat backing is there but isn't very loud in the setting of brash acid onslaught.

Feel is light modied with high carbonation, crisp and very dry, puckering, good for a hot day.

Overall I'm bumping this up because when mixed with a fruit beer like Rubaeus, it is actually very nice. Perhaps a fruit syrup mixed with this, as in traditional for the style, would make this a more complete beer.

Photo of jeff1973
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gadun76
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of beachbum1975
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this in the basement for a while so I decided to pull it out and throw it in the fridge for a bit.

Pours lightly cloudy with a yellowish brass in color. The head is initially bright white but fades quickly leaving the smallest trace of haze and skiing on the top.

The nose is sour with a mix of mustiness, hints of Belgian candied sugars, pepper and light vanilla.

The taste is quite unique. Very highly carbonated with a medium body. The sourness rages through into the palate with Belgian sugars, oak and even traces of watermelon mixed in with the peppery flavor.

Definitely Belgian-esque. Very interesting for it's style.

Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy lemonade color with a meringue cap that fritters away soda-like; though some foam clumps linger, they slide down the sides of the glass

Smell: Lemon, wheat bread, yeast, cat pee and sweaty saddle

Taste: Tart and funky lemon, with a wheat bread base underneath; grows increasingly tart by mid-palate and after the swallow, with a bone dry finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with initial carbonation that fades quickly once the head disappears

Drinkability: Though I am a little disappointed in the fading carbonation (keep the pours small to preserve the bubbles), this is a refreshingly tart summertime drink

Photo of CBack465
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of rtepiak
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pour is as expected. Yellow. Top of the bottle is clear... Bottom is a bit of cloudiness. Not much. After brewing these i'm come across two different types of berliner... The low FG dry... This dryness working as the backbone of the palate and the thicker wheat core with a sour twist. This is the first. Quite filtered lack of carbonation. Easy drinking. Weak protein formation. Nose of lemon grass and yogart. Zesty. Palate is lacto... Also salty. The perfect bbq beer. When without fruit syrup i can see it cutting sweetness wonderfully. Palate of yogart hints and minimal wheat. Intense tart dryness but not offensive. A quick finish. A bit of lemon pulp and teeth grinding. A novelity of sort but sours are in so it works. In the end a tad heavy for the aby but good to see people are making a style i like. Can't wait to have mine.

Photo of seaoflament
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this one. Bought a bottle the other day at SouthBayDrugs. This is from the "tweaked" recipe, 2nd year of course since it wasn't bottled the first year. If I recall correctly the recipe was tweaked by adding some pedio to increase the sourness.

Used my Bruery tulip for this one. Pours a very pale straw yellow with fizzy bubbles racing to the top and forming almost two inches of egg-shell white colored foam on top. The head lasts a few moments but disappears almost completely but understandable for the style in the lack of hops, low protein amount, and high acidity level. I thought it would be a little more effervescent though. Still, solid looking Berliner.

There's a musty wheat aroma at first with some fruity chardonnay notes. Hints of graininess, wheat, and a sour apple note in the background that gets caught up in the back of my throat. Nice light and lively fruity aromas, mostly sour apples and pears with a bit of orange. Increasingly sharp lactic aroma but it smells clean and somewhat kept in control. At times there appears to be a slight buttery note near the back.

Big wheat and grain flavor with more of that "mustiness" coming through. Notes of apples and pears in the finish with hints of vanilla. The second sip seems a little less shocking to the palate with a mineral/club soda flavor and a bit of lime too. Some straw-like flavor later on and the finish seems to get drier too. I'm not sure, there seems to me like something is missing in this one. A touch of a cider flavor near the finish. I don't know, sometimes in the aftertaste I get an almost buttery flavor, like if it's oak aged or something.

Moderate and lively carbonation making it very refreshing and thirst quenching. Light on the tongue and a nice tart dryness in the end. Nice summer drink, glad this style is brewed somewhat locally and available in bottles.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Opaque lemon yellow. No head. Light lacing.

S: Lemons rule. Astringent. Apples merge in.

T: Tart as hell. Lemon heavy. Dry, citrus-y. Lemonade with a kick.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: A great summer beer. Very low alcohol. Sessionable.

Photo of buschbeer
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a goblet

A - This is a pale yellow beer with a slight haze. The head is champagne-like. It is bubbly and disappears quickly.

S - It has a tart, lemony smell. I get a kind of weird raw dough smell, as well.

T - The taste has a tart lemon and orange flavor with a dry finish.

M - Moderate and sticky.

O - I have limited experience with this style. That being said, I have had better. This is an enjoyable style though. So with only having had a handful of beers in this style I have liked them all so far.

Photo of Murrhey
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at The Bruery. Poured 7 oz. into a tulip glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Two finger white head. Fluffy, but middling retention. Orange-amber color, little carbonation and lacing.

S- Kind of skunky, some over cooked malts it seems. Smells like cooked carrots or some other strange scent.

T- Very tart, lambic like in that respect. Light fruits and citrus in the taste as well.

M- Medium bodied, strikes carbonated and bitter.

O- At first I hated it. In sipping more, I found it to be more and more wonderful. Strange beer. Would try again for sure.

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a bright yellowish color with a touch of haze to it. The smell of the beer was of wheat and what could have been lime. The beer smelled sour for the most part. The taste of the beer is light but has a pretty good amount of sour flavors in it to make you wanna pucker a little bit. The mouthfeel was light and fairly refreshing. Overall this beer was exactly what it's supposed to be in my opinion.

Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 1,412 ratings.