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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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Reviews: 417
Hads: 1,502
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 186
Gots: 180 | FT: 13
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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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Reviews: 417 | Hads: 1,502
Photo of InspectorBob
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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... (375 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this at Monk's Kettle in San Francisco. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Finger of egg-white foam that dissolves to a solid cap. Hazed straw yellow color with some bubbles. Nothing unusual or super-exciting here - looks like Berliner Weiss!

S - Initially it is a potent blend of lactic sourness, sharp wheat and yeast and lemons, but as it warms it reveals some malted wheat and graham crackery sweetness while muting some of the sharp and tangy flavors.

T - Graham crackery malt sweetness, lemon, light lactic sourness, some tartness and acidity. Ridiculous amount of flavor for a 3.1% beer.

M - Medium-thin, very clean finish with a touch of stickiness. Medium carbonation. Style-appropriate, but nothing special.

D - The drinkability is off the charts with this one - great balance of tart, sour, and sweet elements and huge flavor for such a low ABV brew. Anyone who digs this style should check this one out immediately. (930 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 10/13/12 notes. Big thanks to whoever brought this to the Top Hops tasting; been wanting to try this one for a while. 750ml bottle.

a - Pours a very clear, pale yellow color with an inch of bright white head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells sour, of sour fruits, sour citrus, maybe some brett, wheat, grains, earthy notes, and hay. Not overly tart, but a very enjoyable level or sourness.

t - Tastes of citrus, sour fruits, earthy notes, spice, funk, hay, wheat, sour dough, and grains. Sourness is there again with hints of barnyard funk; a step up from the nose in my opinion.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Not too acedic or sour so very easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice, easy drinking berliner. It is sour and funky, but not overly in either direction, which makes it very easy to drink. I think this would be a good berliner to give to someone getting introduced to the style, as it is a good example of a lightly sour/funky beer without being overwhelming. Would like to have it again. (1,046 characters)

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/4/2013. Pours moderately hazy pale straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing. Minimal lacing and moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour green apple, lemon, pear, grape, wheat, hay, straw, vinegar, clove, herbal, white wine, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast notes with slight malt presence; with great strength. Taste of big sour apple, lemon, pear, grape, hay, straw, wheat, vinegar, clove, musty funk, white wine, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour apple, lemon, pear, grape, vinegar, hay, straw, wheat, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, complexity, and moderate robustness of fruity/funky and tart yeast flavors with light malt presence; with a nice crisp balance of acidity and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 3.1%. Overall this is a highly excellent Berliner weisse! All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of fruity/tart/funky yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,441 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank "as is" (no syrups) - poured into glass chalice:

Pours clouded yellow with a well-retained head for the style. Vanishing lacing sticks.

The smell is bready - very - slightly moldy, and tart.

The taste is bready and tart. A bit of malt keeps tartness from being too much. Finishes with a funky, white grape-y dryness.

Aggressively carbonated, but retains a light body that is not too thin or watery.

Very drinkable - a nice, tart, brew. Something a bit "different", but still within style... A solid brew to pair with fish or chicken. (544 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is poured from a beautiful bruery bottle into a wheat beer glass. Beer is nearly clear like water. Half way through I violently dislodge everything on the bottom of the bottle in order to give the beer some color. Ends up being hazy and lightly yellow, still looks like cloudy water. Carbonation is high and aggressive, giant bubbles, head forms but falls away quickly leaving no lacing. Carbonation is steady but can't hold up a head. Weird looking beer.

Beer is lactic in aroma, with a carbon dioxide smell to it. I can smell CO2, can't you. Its one dimensional but about as expected.

Whoa this is sour. And has an aftertaste of wheat. That's unfortunate. The sour flavors are fine but the cereal rears up late in the beer and kind of ruins the good tartness in the corners of my mouth. No sweetness, no real bitterness to it. Drinkability is OK mouthfeel is OK. Overall, I don't really care for it though. (915 characters)

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

Served on-tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy pale straw yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation (represented as moderate sized bubbles throughout the glass along the sides but barely moving) and some lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of wheat underneath a more moderate aroma of lemon tartness.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of wheat with some moderate flavors of lemon tartness. Lightly sour with a hint of vinegar.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness and a hint of dryness.

O: Light and refreshing with a pleasant amount of tartness/sourness - not intensely tart/sour so an approachable Berliner Weissbier to get started with... Enjoyable and definitely one I would have again. (1,010 characters)

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. (591 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 7/30/10.

750ml bottle care of BA Bring, thanks man!

Shared with a fellow berliner weisse lover and poured into a couple pint glasses. Hottenroth appears a light cloudy yellow color with a thin fizzy whisp of white bubbles for a head. The head receeds quickly without any remnants left behind.

The aroma has a tart mixture of lemony notes mixed with some "puky tones" well kinda reminescent of vomit... yeah I know it sounds gross but it is kinda good in a strange funky way.

The taste is sharp and acidic with some lemony rind flavors and a touch of what i perceive as salty or savory with quite a bit of puckering power. A slight grain flavor lingers in the mouth as I salivate for another sip. A cereal-like grain flavor lingers with a bit of yeastiness.

Overall a very light bodied brew with a moderately high level of carbonation that fits the style. Overall it wasn't bad but I think there are a few others out there which are a bit better value for the money. (998 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kaiser81 for sending me this bottle as an extra.

This is my first Berlinner Weiss and I was very impressed.

Pours yellow straw color with a white head. The aroma is very tart with some citrus. The flavor is sour wheat, lemon, other citrus and some spices. Very drinkable and a light bodied beer. For 3.1 percent, this beer has a ton of flavor. (355 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer hazy and light yellow hued with a towering white head that encompasses the upper half of the vessel, leaving faint, random spots of lacing behind.

The aroma offers lemons, wheat, maybe some grassy notes, green apple.

Light in body, easy to drink. Not quite as tart/sour as I was hoping, but that's just me. Subtle lemon tartness. Very light without being thin or watery. Well done. I would definitely have this again. (468 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 Gueuzedude
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled September 2009
A careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces an almost four-finger thick, pale white colored head that leaves a hint of lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a pale gold color that shows a lightly hazed, straw, pale-gold color and a distinct white sheen when held up to the light. The aroma is yeasty, a bit grassy, with fresh crushed wheat aromatics, a big lactic note (not just sour either, but distinctly has a lactic sort of creamy note that I can smell, though how I can smell a texture I don't really know), and a hint of urea. If you dig around in the finish there is a musty, light mushroom note, some touches of musk, a light phenolic-soaked cotton note and a touch of funky foot. The aroma is pretty spot on for the style, but I wish the Brettanomyces funk had come through a bit more.

The beer tastes nicely tart as it hits my tongue, it is cool as well and the combination makes this quite refreshing. The lactic charater does indeed have a creamy texture to it (just like I smelled) and there is an amply prickly carbonation that adds a texture that offsets the creaminess and makes this light bodied brew that much more quaffable. This is indeed the Champagne of the north, it has the ample carbonation, light palate and slight creaminess that fits the description quite well. There is also a yeasty flavor to this beer, it is not really rubber-like and actually adds a nice complexity to the beer, but it isn't quite the same as the rich autolyzed flavor that is found in a traditional Champagne either. There is a nice, lightly grassy, tart accentuating, pale wheat character here that is combined with a dusty, freshly crushed wheat berry flavor. A 750ml bottle of this just disappears incredibly quickly.

This is quite to style (which calls for clean with a solid tartness); the promise of Brettanomyces on the label has me wishing for more funkiness as this is on the low side, but it does have a nice gripping sourness and it is quite clean and light. This is most definitely refreshing and a testament to the style. I could wish for more funk and complexity here, despite the fact that the style doesn't call for it. In the end this is still a really, really nice beer. I wonder if the Brettanomyces will contribute more character over time; there is only one way to tell, and I have a couple bottles to lay down and try the process out. (2,428 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's early in the morning. Served in a Kasteel glass.

A- Hottenroth is a slighty hazy yellow with spots of light gold, nothing in terms of head except for some skim on the surface, leaving no lace. Some bubble activity on the surface.

S- A bunch of wheat with yeast backing and a nice lemon zest. A touch of grassy scents while all together being rather tart and with a mild citrus appeal. This will open your eyes upon smelling.

T- Tartness up front going into a crisp wheat taste with yeast to boot. More tartness with a lemon flavor taking charge and some mild citrus notes. Not very complex which is on par for the style.

M- A very light bodied brew with a nice tartness all around if your into that kind of thing. I got some carb coming from this. Not something to gulp though as that would be to much.

D- This is the lowest ABV on a beer that I've had in a while, but the tart acidic nature of this brew is two and through for me, even though I could do two a day if it were available. This was perfect after a night of heavy drinking.

Thanks to Patrick for bringing this to philly. (1,108 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Since it feels like the first real weekend of spring here we decided to open the windows, put on some march Madness and open something light and refreshing to relax.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pair of New Glarus flute glasses. Poured a hazy, very pale yellow color with a thin white lacing barely covering the top of the beer. I was hoping it has the almost neon greed hue that 1809 has, for no other reason then I think it looks cool but it was not to be. Could have used a little better head retention as well.

The aroma is very tart and a little sour with some wheat and lemony citrus flavors coming through. The taste is pretty tart as well and moderately sour. It finishes with some lemon zest and wheat which makes it a very light and refreshing taste.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. it could have used a little more carbonation for the style. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice easy drinking beer for a warm day. I've only had a few beers of this style but so far I've really enjoyed the ones I've had and look forward to drinking this more often during the summer. (1,109 characters)

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 Halcyondays
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a translucent golden yellow with a light white head, but good head retention for the style, not a bad look.

S: Wheaty, acidic, lemon zest, citrus fruit, light funk.

T: Lemon juice and acidity on first taste, goes more into the wheat as the taste evolves. Lemon and goat cheese/funk. Interesting, haven't had a lot from this style, but this is a good flavour.

M: Much lighter on the acidity than in Berliner Kindl Weisse, the only other version I have had, found it a bit thin at times, very light-bodied.

D: A nice beer from the Bruery, would be great on a hot day. Not a style I have a lot of experience with, glad to see a local brewer taking on this kind of beer. (705 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at The Bruery earlier tonight. Well, on to the beer:

Semi-hazy lemon juice yellow in appeaance. The aroma is mild with lemon and other citrus juice flavors, mixed with a tart note. The beer is very light in flavor, almost to the point of being nothing more than water. Similar lemon and orange flavors, some tonic water character brushes against the palate. It has refreshment potential, but the sweet/tart citrus flavors run out of steam towards the end.

I was glad to try it, but this beer ended up being too light for me. (I should also note this was the first beer I had during the night.) Maybe Berliner Weiss' aren't my thing.

UPDATE 6/20: more sour and tart flavors + less tonic water character = better beer. Lemme up the score here. (754 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 Stinkypuss
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy deep straw color with a white fizzy head. The aroma is sour and fruity, even had a ketchup like smell. In the taste, lactic tartness sour lemon, cooked veggie and stale wheat bread. The tart, refreshing nature of this beer is quite remarkable, as well as the amount of flavor in a 3.1% ABV beer. Medium bodied ale with a high level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good example of Berliner Weisse, not the cleanest, but has unique character. Worth sharing and a good choice for those fond of sour ale. (518 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better versions of this somewhat elusive style. For me, most are simply not tart or lactic enough. This one hits the nail on the head. Pours a hazy pale straw color, with an almost greenish cast. Finely beaded pure white head. Smells soft and slightly grainy, with an almost barnyard note as well. Some lactic tartness, particularly at the end. The taste is much more lactic and tart than the aroma would suggest. Nice lemony sourness, almost cutting at first, and then turning more into a lemon peel bitterness with some lemon juiciness hanging in there. A touch of lactic tanginess, not quite creamy, makes a brief appearance. Really nice beer. (657 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured straight. No syrup, thank you.

Pours a slightly cloudy, very pale golden yellow color with lots of visible carbonation bubbling up and a two finger frothy white head that immediately disappears into very thin ring that slowly fades. No lacing whatsoever.

Sweet, slight funky aroma with lots of bready yeast, sweet citrus peel, ripe banana, crisp golden apple and musty earthy bretty funk. Smells like there might even be some champagne yeast as well. Very complex and I'm pleasantly surprised after the lackluster appearance.

Soft carbonation up front with a complex sweet, yet tart medium body that is slightly puckering and a dry effervescent finish. Slightly puckering, tart, earthy brett funkiness up front is nicely countered by a very sweet bready yeast backbone with lots of citrus peel, zest spice and subtle ripe banana notes. Lots of lemon peel/zest and crisp golden apple character. The wheat beer characteristics really shine through and blend together very well with the tart/lactic brett notes, making this beer extremely quaffable. The exquisite finish and slightly puckering tart aftertaste makes it hard for me to put my glass down.

I have to admit that I'm very surprised with this one. I had this on tap at a Bruery event and was not impressed at all. After sampling this bottle I have to say that Hottenroth is probably the best example of the style I've had yet. (1,408 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for supplying this...
Appears actransparent lght gold with a small white head. Lots of carbontion slowly rises.
Smell is of sweet lemon, cracked grain, with some dried maize.
Taste is of the aromas with acidic tartness of lemon juice.
Mouthfeel is stinging of tartness and carbonation with a mouth puckering bite.
Not a whole lot going on with this one. Admittedly, not my favorite style. (406 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (349 characters)

Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.