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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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Ratings: 978
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%

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California, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  3.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of MCain04


3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 22:01:05 | More by MCain04
Photo of smcolw


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very nice starting head but it dies to rim bubbles. Very cloudy as one should expect. Yellow-white color with a green hue.

Sweet and nutty. I note clove and banana.

Strong sour presence. Also, it's very dry. It's as if someone added unsweetened lemon juice. The aftertaste is lip-smackingly tart. Relatively watery and the high carbonation accentuates the thinness.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2013 20:12:34 | More by smcolw
Photo of hagbergl


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of the Bruery's more affordable beers is also its most thirst-quenching and funky. Split a 750 mL of Hottenroth with my girlfriend on a hot summer afternoon. Enjoyed in my Dogfish Head snifter.

Appearance (3.5/5): Hottenroth pours a cloudy light orange with a voluminous 3.5 finger head that dissipates quickly. A very light colored beer, Hottenroth isn't what I'd call a looker.

Smell (4/5): Smells lactic and sour; a hint of cranberry, wheat, strawberry, leathery and quite peculiar--kind of like the smell of a dentist's office. Pretty weird, but definitely not off-putting. I actually quite like the smell. Welcome to the world of Berliner Weisse!

Taste (4/5): Quite tart. Beautiful hit of sour Granny Smith apple, lemon, and cranberry. Big wheat notes and a nice, short, refreshing finish. This is a true thirst-quencher! However, I must dock some points because Hottenroth is a little one-noted–it's kind of a one trick pony where the sour/lactic note does all the work and there are no background flavors. That said, still tasty.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): great high carbonation, light mouthfeel, very refreshing, short sour finish. The sourness does not linger long after a pull from the glass.

Overall (4/5): Hottenroth is a perfect summer beer. It's super refreshing, lighter, and has a nice tart berry/citrus thing going on. It IS a one-trick pony, but as far as domestic Berliner Weisses go, it's of very high quality–as to be expected from The Bruery. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 17:34:39 | More by hagbergl
Photo of Chriscrundwell12


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 Ml bottle poured into a Darkness Snifter

A- Pours a two finger white frothy head, hazy golden/dark hay color, well carbonated, minimal splotchy lacing.
S- Very nice aroma, barnyard funk, lemon zest, the sourness really comes out in the aroma. Been having a good amount of berliners lately, Really exited to try this one.
T- Very interesting definitely tasty, slight funkiness, not as evident as in the aroma but definitely present. Nice lemon zest, slight tartness, pretty straight forward but still tasty and refreshing.
M- Very light mouthfeel, clean and crisp finish.
O- I really enjoyed this beer, very refreshing and tasty, as usual the berliner style is perfect for the summer weather would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 02:07:17 | More by Chriscrundwell12
Photo of Gatch


4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#870/871 03/25/13
12:48 002128

A: Hazy, almost cloudy, bright golden-orange yellow with a fizzy, white head that bubbles up quickly and fades just as quickly. No lace or retention. As it should be.

S: Nose is really dry, funky, and unique. I'm at the last glass of the bottle and I still can't figure out what I'm smelling. A bouquet of tart lemon juice, hay, barnyard, yeast...and...it just smells like a brewhouse. Which is awesome.

T: Taste is similar. Very dry, tart, fruity, yeasty, and ultimately funky. Fantastic carbonation and a proper body for this style. So much flavor and such a joy to drink.

M: The finish is just ridiculous. Creamy (might be because I poured some sediment in), yeasty, funky goodness.

O: It's super hot and humid tonight so this is perfect. I love this style more and more with each example I try. This one is world class as far as I can tell. Especially for an American brewer. This particular style is about to blow up. It's already popping up at more breweries and is building a following. Who doesn't love a refreshing, funky, low ABV beer? I've been searching for this beer for a few years and didn't really know why. I just had a feeling. Now I know my instincts were spot-on.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 02:46:12 | More by Gatch
Photo of socon67

New York

3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy yellow pour that his visible carbonation. Foam head hits the top and is white and 1/2 inch. Looks like a margarita.

S - Sour notes of fruit and light grains. Very interesting and unique but not sure I enjoy this. It is however true to the style.

T - Sour citrus notes. Flavors of lime and orange with some zest and wheat. Has a finish of tartness and sugary sweet flavors.

M - Extremely refreshing. And for a sour beer this seems to really hit the spot. Sessionable on those hot days.

O - Good example of the style and a fun beer to try. Another good Bruery offering.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2013 01:33:11 | More by socon67
Photo of ncketchum


4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a duvel tulip

A - pours a cloudy, straw yellow with a fluffy white head

S - funk, grass, lemon, grapefruit

T - very sour lemon, a little bit of funk in the backbone

M - immensely refreshing on a hot day, very light and thin bodies

O - my second Berliner Weiss, lighter and more sour than the NG version. Very good for a hot summer day

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 01:06:16 | More by ncketchum
Photo of Zorro


3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells mildly sour and malty for the style. Scents of lemon and grain. Little bit of sweet tart scent.

Starts out mildly sour with a upfront lemon flavor. Mildly sour. No hops at all. Mostly this is just light and sour.

Mouthfeel is pretty good.

Over all, decent Berliner Weiss.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 22:34:47 | More by Zorro
Photo of jegross2


2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewing the Hottenroth from The Bruery out of Placentia, California.

Score: 70

2013 vintage bottle served in an upland snifter and enjoyed on 05/07/13. Review is from iPhone notes

Appearance: Pours a murky dull peach color with a finger of white head. Good lacing and retention. Has a light and delicate appearance. 4/5

Smell: Tons of cereal grain, wheat, a little sweet citrus and apples. 3/5

Taste: Has an offensively flat cereal grain flavor upfront with a very faint tartness on the back end. A little buttery too. Wheaty finish. Has a better citrus tartness if you swish the beer rather than let it sit on the palate, but its very grain heavy when it sits on tongue and the wheat lingers. 2/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, low carbonation. Dry finish with a little prickliness. 3.5/5

Overall: I have not had very many berliner weiss, but this is the most "grainy" one that I have sampled to date. Not a fan.

Cost: $7.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 01:00:13 | More by jegross2
Photo of stephenjmoore


4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Transparent, pale straw colored body with a fizzy slightly off-white head that dissappears quickly. Head is noticeably fizzy and sounds like a soda as it settles. Lots of carbonation bubbles cling to the sides of the glass as well.

S- A pungent wheat aroma with just a hint of tart fruity aromas.

T- Exceedingly tart, with hints of sour. The wheat is surprisingly noticeable for a very low abv beer. After the initial tart gives way to the wheat, the finish is somewhat earthy.

M- Very light, crisp and bubbly. Finish is somewhat sticky with lots of tartness.

O- It's a good example of the style and one of the most tart Berliner Weisses I have tried. The stickiness at the end makes a whole 750ml a little tough to finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 18:53:36 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of justintcoons


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 18:21:33 | More by justintcoons
Photo of cvm4


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale yellow with a slightly cloudy body. The tight, bright white head dissipates quickly.

S - Very tart on the nose with lemon and some vinegar. Also, acidic with some grain qualities.

T - Just a lemon tart bomb with the wheat in the background.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation and oh so drinkable with a dry finish.

O - Not complex, very simple and downright enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 16:36:45 | More by cvm4
Photo of yamar68


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Murky pale golden body with a short-lived fizzy head that recedes to nothing.

Incredibly tart on the nose. Sharp vinegar notes against white grape and sour apple. Wet hay, sweet berries... pretty intense smelling stuff.

All of those imposing aromatics aren't as harsh on the palate as you might expect. Mild citrus with a gueuze like tartness... a delicious candidate for a brunch beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 16:46:47 | More by yamar68
Photo of OtherShoe2


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy pale yellow, almost the colour of grapefruit juice. Foamy white head with no retention at the start. No head as the glass is topped off.

Some wheat and yeast, but a nice tart note in the nose. A little lemon peel.

Big sour milk note up front, with nice acid and a seltzer like quality. A little salt, leading to yeast and tart acidity. Long tart finish. This one has a nice flavor, a good deal of depth, and good, long lasting power on the palate. This is domestic??? Wow.

Light bodied, acidic, good carbonation.

A big $10 bottle of Berliner Weissbier that actually stands up to good German versions. Flavor and palate feel are excellent. Must try if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 03:33:15 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of smakawhat


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 23:39:35 | More by smakawhat
Photo of mikeburd1128

New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 22:42:23 | More by mikeburd1128
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 21:17:43 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of dar482

New York

4.24/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2013 05:16:09 | More by dar482
Photo of inlimbo77


4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 13:39:54 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of larryi86


4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 23:14:34 | More by larryi86
Photo of taylor714914


2.81/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 04:04:38 | More by taylor714914
Photo of tectactoe


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 11:43:59 | More by tectactoe
Photo of draheim


4.06/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 04:20:23 | More by draheim
Photo of Jonada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 06:51:03 | More by Jonada
Photo of Danny1217


4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 16:43:58 | More by Danny1217
Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.