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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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1,288 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,288
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 187
Gots: 135 | FT: 7
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of nova009
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A- pours a pale, hazy straw like yellow, a big fizzy white head emerges and quickly dissipates, leaves little to no lacing

S- citrusy, slightly grainy as well, mild tart funk hits the nose, lemony

T- tart lemon, very tart, causes the lips and mouth to pucker, accented with other light fruit flavors like mango and peach

M- very light body, fairly high carbonation that matches well with the body, tart and dry finish, very refreshing

D- pretty good berliner, nice tart character mixed with the citrus, I wish the nose would have been a littler more interesting, solid nonetheless

nova009, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of Natural510
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with no discernible dating, though label implies this is a cellerable offering.

Pours beautiful pale yellow with nice amount of head & carbonation. Beer is cloudy with yeast sediment. Unfortunately, head does not retain after a couple minutes and goes completely flat.
High yeast scent, sour with strong note of lemon and hints of the wheat as well. Very inviting.
Flavor is as champagne-like as its appearance. Soft & delicate; heavy on lemon peel, backed by the wheat and rounded out by the funkiness of the yeast. Overall sour, with a dry, tart finish.

The only downside of this otherwise enjoyable take on Berliner weiss would be the beer going completely flat after about 5 minutes, both in the glass and bottle. Subsequent pours illicit a quick fizziness followed by what appears to be dull lemonade when all is said & done. And this does affect the flavor, especially in the last 1/3rd of the bottle.
Otherwise, a fine offering for a style we see rarely here in the US.

Natural510, May 07, 2010
Photo of csmiley
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very pale yellow and crystal clear. Think chardonnay. The white head is about a finger deep and is gone within a minute. No lacing to speak of in the glass. Carbonation appears very active.

S - It's fruity up front with hints of apple and lemon. Malt base gives a sweet middle to this beer. Honey notes are what I'm getting. It's a little musty toward the end. Aroma is light overall. Not bad though.

T - Boy, this one is bright at first. Apples come through first. Tart, then it smooths out pretty quick. Honey and sugar come and go from midway to end. It's no surprise that the alcohol is nowhere to be found. Could be a faint graininess at the very tail end. Once again, no bad.

M - Light bodied with a healthy carbonation that really has a nice effect on the palate. Simply put, it tickles all the way down. Finish has a residual sweetness that doesn't hang out for too long.

D - Drinkability is good. The low alcohol and abundance of flavors make this a very interesting choice. I can see this beer being very good in warmer weather along with also being a nice compliment to a hearty winter's meal. This is one of a few times that I can easily agree with the 750 ml bottle size. Even at that size, the bottle disappears quickly. I think I'll be hunting down more examples of the style based on this brew. Another good beer from the folks at the Bruery.

csmiley, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of Shaw
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Bruery beer.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow in color with a big white head that vanishes.

Tart and slightly sour aroma with hints of earth.

The taste is tart and lightly fruity, with funky notes of a barn -- which is good.

Body is smooth, not watery.

It's a very refreshing and easy-to-drink beer. Sour fans, seeks this one out.

Shaw, May 24, 2010
Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a transparent, but a slight bit hazy watery gold in color, with a small white head that recedes quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Wheat, hay, and a bit of sour green apple. Not a very intense aroma.

T - Comes off as a pretty standard wheat beer at first, only for the sour/tart lemony/green apple kick to come in back palate as an aftertaste.

M - Thin and a tad watery

D - High, especially given the low ABV. The more I get into this style, the more I enjoy it!

NYCWheatFanSC, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of dgilks
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden colour with a miniature white head. Poor head retention.

Earthy with a light chestnut note. A touch tart and almost a little bit fecal.

Deliciously nutty with a moderate acetic and lactic tartness. A little herbal. This is definitely a berlinerweisse and it works nicely.

Light body with high carbonation. Spot on for the style.

A very good example of the style. Very much delicious. Nice.

dgilks, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of ffejherb
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured via growler on 8/3/09. Thanks to unclejedi for sending this during the final phase of Growling at the Moon!

A - Poured a hazy pale straw-colored body with two fingers of dense, rocky white foam that receded quickly and disappeared, leaving only traces of lacing. Surprisingly lacking in carbonation bubbles, especially for the style.

S - Mild sour apple tartness up front with some spicy notes, followed by some fruity melon notes and honey sweetness in the back. There is also a faint floral character and some perfumy attributes present.

T - Subtle sour apple notes with a hint of fruity sweetness suggesting melons and honey. Finishes with a toasted grainy character, which complements the tartness quite nicely.

M - Light bodied with a mild syrupy texture, but pretty thin and softly carbonated overall, especially for the style. Minimal pucker on the palate with only a hint of tart sourness.

D - Good representation of the style, though it was a little undercarbonated, probably from the long journey from California. However, I found this to be a well-balanced Berliner Weiss that was refreshing and not overly tart.

ffejherb, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of bashiba
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy white, one of the lightest colored beers I have ever seen.

The smell is very light and tart with a light sweetness.

The first drink is very acidic and sour, but this really fades as you drink it becoming very light and wheaty with a light sourness being relegated to the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and acidic with some mild carbonation.

A very light easy drinking beer, the mild sourness adds some nice character to the subtle wheat notes.

bashiba, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of mrkrispy
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Stone World Gardens.

A brilliant clear yellow, sort of reminds me of Mello Yellow haha. Lots of bubbles, no head or lace to speak of.

A slight funk in the aroma, a very faint sweet and sour I can't place.

Taste is really tart, almost puckering at first. It mellows on the second sip. I only get a mild sourness behind the tartness. Flavors of citrus and light grains. Fairly light body, almost surprising. effervescent. Goes down very well, leaves a fairly clean palate although the tartness sticks around.

An excellent beer that I could have several of.
Stone's menu listed the ABV at a meager 3%, a nice change especially during lunchtime haha.

I look forward to having this again.

mrkrispy, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of HopGoblin
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden, yellow with a nice white head. The head fades quickly, this brew is lightly carbonated. Pleasing sour aroma, with a little bit of funk. Complex, tart taste with massive lemon highlights. The beer is very smooth and goes down easily. Due to acidic nature of this beer, the drinkability is average, one or two glasses will do. When all is said and done this is a good brew.

HopGoblin, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale yellow/wheat color. The head is more fizzy than puffy, dissipates quickly.

S - A funky sour smell, a bit tart, almost like a really natural lemonade. Some earthy background

T - Quite acidic and tart. Not unpleasant. There's just a bit of funk in here but it doesn't really pack the punch or anything. Provides a lot of tart lemon. Very interesting

M - Light body, very seltzer-y

Overall - Very drinkable and tasty in the summertime. Well brewed beer

BeerBuckeye, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bruery's Hottenroth Berliner Weisse has a body that is a hazy, pale, yellow. The bone white head rises up quickly to a few fingers in height, but falls pretty quickly too, until almost none of it is left. One or two small scraps of lacing hang on. Overall, pretty much what you would expect from the style.

As soon as I take the bottle cap off of Hottenroth its aroma fills the air. The main component is a definite sourness coupled with light fruits such as sour apple. The strength of the sourness makes it smell like a wild ale. After quite a bit of sniffing, I notice that the malt base is definitely wheat, but it is hidden somewhere beneath the sourness.

Hottenroth is a straight-forward brew that isn't too complex, but it is pretty refreshing. Up front there is a big blast of tartness that is slightly puckering. The light fruits from the aroma don't follow through into the flavor, but they are replaced by a pretty strong lemon flavor. Not lemonade or fake lemon, but the tart flavor that you would get from biting into a fresh lemon. After the sourness comes the grainy malted wheat, that lends a cereal type flavor to the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is slightly puckering. The body is in the medium range, but the carbonation is very high.

This beer is sour, but it lacks the intense sourness that would slow you down if you were drinking a wild ale. Combine that with a balancing wheat flavor and a very low ABV%, and the Bruery has put together a very drinkable and refreshing beer.

Hojaminbag, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Jwale73, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of Pfeifer
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Pfeifer, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of tchenery
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a hefe glass. It pours an extremely crisp, bright yellow color with a nice bone white head on top. It looks absolutely fantastic. One of those beers that just looks like a great beer.

It smells like lemon citrus and slightly bready. The taste is basically the same as the smell except for the attack of tartness on the front end. After that is smooths into a nice bready malt flavor and finishes with that classic wheat beer finish.

Tart, sour, snappy, crisp. This would be a great summertime brew, especially coming in at 3.1%.

tchenery, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

From memory while at Max's. She poured a hazy shade of blonde, nice white head. Smells of citric and wheat. The taste was first sour with a citric tartness. Followed through with some funk. A bit too meaty on the finish with a mineral water accent. Refreshing light body and tight carbonation.

Overall: Very decent and balanced brew. I could crush a pint and carry on my day. I couldn't do pint after pint though. The funk could get too much. This brew is worthy.

Shroud0fdoom, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of jrallen34
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

jrallen34, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of jayhass
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is almost a lemon aid color, hazy straw color. White head fades very fast.
Aroma- tartness up front with non sweet ripe green apple and lemon peel.
Taste- Light sweet malt quickly taken over by lemon peel and unsweetened apples, and some grape juice to almost a wine character. This beer is dry very dry. Tartness is big but not over whelming.

jayhass, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of jbaker67
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is a light cloudy straw typical in color of any berliner weisse. 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

jbaker67, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.93/5  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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of weezyfart
3.93/5  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!

weezyfart, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

bmwats, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a light, translucent straw with one finger of lily white head that quickly dissipated - this might have been due to my gentle pour.

Smell -- An abundance of lemon, wet hay, and horse blanket from the brett, and a good dose of saltiness.

Taste -- Lots of lemon tartness and sour funk up front that gives way to wheat graininess. Quite salty throughout. Finish is dry, salty, and slightly tart.

Mouthfeel -- Incredibly light with ample prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- So many people in the craft beer community rail against beers they call "fizzy yellow water." This is fizzy, yellow, and about as close to the feel of water as you're likely to find in a beer, and it's great. Delicious, refreshing and very unique. It was worth the effort it took me to track it down.

yeahnatenelson, May 30, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on my porch on a sunny Friday afternoon.

A. Pours a very pale yellow with a thick creamy white head that dissipates to a thin film.

S. Tart - sour white grapes maybe. A bit of saison-like hay funk.

T. Light malt upfront then the tart fruit flavors come into play; white grapes, granny smith apples all with some tartness that is most akin to nearly ripe raspberries.

M. Thin bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Although I'm frequently opposed to this much carbonation, this has nice small bubbles that make it creamy more than prickly.

D. I wouldn't drink these all the time, but this was just what I was looking for today: tart, refreshing, and cool on a hot summer afternoon.

BeerAndBourbon, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ontap this beer pours a light golden straw color with a small white head. It smells of sour candy, hops, lemon and wheat. The taste is much like the nose lemon peal, wheat and a very strong tart sourness. The mouthfeel is a medium light good carbonation and good balance of smoothness with the tartness. this is one of the few berliner Weisse beers I have had and it has convinced me to explore the style deeper.

BdubleEdubleRUN, Aug 21, 2011
Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 1,288 ratings.