Hottenroth Berliner Weisse - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,475
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 188
Gots: 165 | FT: 11
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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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Ratings: 1,475 | Reviews: 415
Photo of Zorro
3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap many times so now it's time to review the bottles. Consumed on 9/13/2009 and poured into my Moonlight pint glass. The beer is light straw golden with a fizzy white head and decent retention.

The nose is grassy, with a lot of lemon. Actually, the bottle has noticeably changed since I first had it a few weeks back. There's a lot more lemon now than before. Brett imparts a musty and tart quality. Notes of wheat are evident, and there's no alcohol at all.

What a flavorful beer. Excellent tart quality and a nice tart and musty Brett character. There's a decided zing of lemon, as well as notes of ripe apples. There's a wheat quality to the beer. The finish is lemon and tart with a nice lactic sourness. Excellent!

The beer is light bodied with a nice high medium level of carbonation a crisp mouthfeel. This is a hell of a beer.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale gold color with good carbonation. Nose is funk and spice. Taste is grass, spice, funk and hardly any booze at all. So much flavor and so little alcohol, nice. A little tartness, fruits but mainly citrus. A very good, low ABV brew with good taste. Well done.

Photo of John_M
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's next door this past Sunday.

The beer pours a light gold color with minimal head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is quite tart, but with mouthwatering acidity. I get some lemon-lime aromas, which are replicated on the palate. The beer is just so light and easy to drink, and is just a joy to drink. It's a bit more sour and tart then I've ever come across in a berliner weisse previously, but is still very thirst quenching and delicious. Drinkability is exceptional. What a treat!

Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared at the Brass Rail. Thanks to whomever supplied it.

A: The Berliner weiss is hazy, a pale straw color that looks sickly. I can't see through the glass, but it is blanketed by almost a half a finger of white densely-packed head.

S: The wheat is strong in this one. It's (the wheat) characteristic tartness has been augmented, resulting in a crisply tart, acidic nose.

T: The ale builds to a climax, only to tumble off quickly. The wheat is very tart initially, sharp and acidic. That acidity builds, especially as it sits in my mouth, until it just, well, drops off the face of the earth. The acidity is there one minute, gone the next. In its place, biscuity malts hang out but they don't have the same intensity that the wheat did. The only remnant of the sharp bite is a mild lingering tartness, pale in comparison to the original dosage.

M: The mouthfeel is a study in contrasts. Upfront, the tartness is fresh and strong; later is skulks away. Hey, on the bright side, it weighs in under 4%!

D: Like most Berliner weissbiers, Hottenroth is low in alcohol and long on tartness, at least for a spell.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft at sams in Durham. pours a bright yellow with a 1 inch white head that quickly dissipates. slight tart lemony nose. good aroma. taste is very tart at first, then as you get through the glass it eases up. extremely refreshing. high carbonation and a light body.

overall perfect for summer and at only 3.1% you could enjoy this all day if you so desired. loved it.

Photo of liamt07
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Sammy, 750ml into some tulips.

Poured a whiteish and hazy straw yellow, good sized white head sits atop. A heavy film of head is retained. Nose has straight lemons, wheat and a bit of funk. Uncomplicated, distinct and to the point. Taste is tart through and through, lemons with some light wheat and breadiness on the back-end. Puckering finish, and a relatively quick mouthfeel. Very light body. Very drinkable, and the best berliner I've come across in some time. Extremely quenching, and one where I would've love to have tried the blueberry and raspberry variations(maybe with some woodruff syrup too if available). Incredibly drinkable.

Photo of kscaldef
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a big frothy white head over a beautiful pale straw color like a Sauvignon Blanc.

S: First yeasty, then lemony. A little cracker. Some tropical fruit.

T: Pilsner-like light malt body, only slightly tart. Mild bitterness in the finish. I'd hoped for a little more sourness.

M: Pleasantly prickly. Thin in the mouth, but that's expected for the style. Clean finish.

O: nice beer on a warm sunny day. Easy to sip, quite sessionable were it not a bit on the pricy side.

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a Berliner Kindl Weisse pokal, formed a 1/4" bright white head over the cloudy golden brew. Head is promptly down to an uneven skim, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is earthy citric tartness. Taste starts lightly tart, then comes full on lemon in the middle, and then ends dry and clean on the tongue. Mouthfeel is so smooth for such a sour brew, and drinkability is great.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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 aasher
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer from the Bruery and I'd been wanting to try it for awhile, despite the low abv. It poured a very carbonated and crisp pale, pale straw yellow in color with a great deal of white, quickly dissipating foam. It looks like pear juice or watered down apple juice and is very light in color. The only thing I can really smell is the sourness and tartness of a good Berliner Weiss. The taste is excellent. It reminds me of a sour, light apple or pear cider. The mouthfeel is very light and very, very crisp due to good carbonation. I find this to be insanely drinkable, probably because it's only 3.1%. The only drawback is the price of 9.99 for a low abv beer but otherwise it's definitely worth trying.

Photo of vfgccp
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed as is, without flavoring.

A – Peach-tinged Champaign. Clean white head says hello and then disappears almost completely.

S – Steely chardonnay with an oxymoronic oak note, and highlights of lemon pith.

T – Spot on for the style. Bright, tart, and acidic. The middle carries an almost brut Champaign-like flavor. The backend lends some fruit with light apple and lemon.

M – Refreshing medium / light body with a wonderfully bright carbonation. Very dry finish, but not overly so.

O – After reviewing half a bottle with a few friends, we poured a second round to try it Berliner-style with flavored syrup. The best was a jerry-rigged apricot syrup made from apricot jam, brown sugar, and enough water to re-dissolve the pectin and thin it out. The juicy and lightly tart apricot flavor paired exceptionally well with the bright lemon-citrus of the beer.

Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: pale hazy white color with just a tiny hint of yellow. Lots of apparent effervescence and finger of nice foamy head. I find it quite appetizing.

Smell: tart, wheaty, yeasty with a little citrus. The yeast seems a bit strong, rather like a freshly opened Wyeast smack-pack; still, it's quite interesting.

Taste: tart, light and refreshing. Citrus is the first broad flavor that comes to mind; it's quite bready in flavor as well, which helps keep the tartness in check and balances out the flavor. I quite like it.

Mouthfeel: a little astringent but also relatively well carbonated and creamy. Body is thin but that is acceptable within the style. I like it.

Drinkability: very drinkable indeed. I love tart/sour beers; they pique the tongue's interest enough that when the flavor fades, you just want more.

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

The top part of the bottle poured a clear, light straw colour with a short-lived, fizzy, white cap. Smells a bit sour, wet hay, faint tart berries, fruity as it warms. Light and tart in flavour, quite fruity throughout. Not overly acidic, nicely balanced with a bit of sweetness up front. A bit earthy with some straw and grass notes. Light bodied with a smooth texture and enough heft to keep from feeling thin. Carbonation was moderate. Pretty nice overall and easier drinking than some other beers in the style due to the balanced acidity.

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

A: poured a golden straw color with pale yellow highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: grains were noticeable on the first whiff alongside tart character, citrusy lemon notes, hints of spice, and mild funky aromas.

T: the flavor was moslty citrus lemons alongside some various grains but had tart, oaky, accents and a touch of peach.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a grainy, mild fruity, tart, and dry finish.

D: pretty decent berliner weiss brew that was drinking good with a good amount of tart character.

Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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

This 750ml bottle courtesy of Ding!

I got a good hiss when I popped the cap, it pours a hazy lemonade yellow with close to a 1 finger head of foam. Looking at the impressive sheets of lacing, the look here is outstanding.

The foam and lacing *do* fade during the session but not enough to make me get *tough* on the score.

The smell is a mix of barnyard antics, lemony wheat, and some strong notes of vinegar. The smell is intriguing.

The taste is all tart and tasty. Lots of lemony wheat with a rambunctious amount of vinegar tartness that has my mouth puckering a bit. Just a bit. ;^) The vinegar comes across very much apple like and there's just a tiny bit of a hint of barnyard that was bigger in the nose. I'm digging this brew.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation, it has a good mouthfeel given the style and appropriate, to the style, abv.

Drinkability? Man, this is an excellent summertime brew that really really is refreshing. The Bruery....I THANK you and Ding!

Photo of cjgator3
3.12/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle

A- Pours a very pale and slightly hazed straw yellow color with a fizzy white head caused by the high amount of carbonation.

S- The aroma is tart, making my mouth water and tingle with every smell from the tartness. There is hints of lemon and yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma suggests is very tart and mouth-puckering for me. Behind the tartness, I can pick up on hints of lemon and some yeast as well.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this style overall. However, I can appreciate that this is a good representation of the style. Worth a try.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost clear banana peel yellow before I add any yeast sediment to it. The first pour is two fingers of bright white, spritzy brilliance. Only ok bubbling though.

Tart Granny Smith apple skins, very young, unripened , wite grape juice make up the brunt of this beer's aroma. There is some of those wild card aromas that come from liberal wild yeast infection. I got a little buttered popcorn!?!?! With some funky barnyard fare to boot.

The palate is pcukery tart up front from the unripenend green apples and some lemon juice too. The middle lets some of that funky yeast mature a little more into a still tart apple lemon, but with an open wheat field with a barn five hundred yards away. The finish helps mature and envigorate these flavors thanks to the carbonation felt all the way to the finish.

I must admit, these would not be very sessionable for me due to its sour nature, but still a good beer nonetheless.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Bruery.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon-yellow color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lemon rinds with hints of smooth wheat. A hint of musty hops wafts out every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly tart citrus flavors - mostly lemon but with hints of orange - manage to be pretty smooth. Slightly musty flavors join in as the beer warms but the tart lemon flavor really begins to shine as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I drank my glass quickly and could have a few more.

Overall this was a very solid berlinerweiss, and makes me wish that the style were a bit more common. Certainly worth a shot, especially as I hear they will begin bottling this soon.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a slightly hazy straw gold color with about a half inch white head. It smells like wheat, bread/dough, lemon and also a bit of an herbal aroma I can't identify. The aroma isn't tart at all. However, that all changes in the taste. Tart lemon and apple flavors show up first, and there's also some wheat/grain and herbs noticable in the taste. Also has a nice lingering tart finish. Mouthfeel/body is light and thin, and it has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it's crisp, refreshing, smooth and extremely easy to drink. With the ABV being just 3.1%, going through a bottle of this is pretty easy. This would really be a great summer beer. This is the first Bruery beer I've tried, and it certainly won't be the last.

Photo of claspada
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear, pale yellow color with a frothy, sudzy, white head that settles out fairly quickly.

Aromas begin and end quite straight-forward with a sour, lemony flesh/zest with a small amount of white wheat malt backbone.

The tastes begin with a faint pilsner maltiness coupled with a little wheat. After the short hint of sweetness, you get some tart fresh lemon juice and wave of lactic sourness.

The mouthfeel is quite light-bodied but that is fine for such a low ABV beer, with medium carbonation. Finish has a pleasing sourness on the light, lemonesque finish.

Overall I am not particularly enthralled with this beer, the sour twang notes are a bit too light and the mouthfeel could use a slight carbonation bump. Flavor profile was not too far from an undersweetened lemonade.

Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of THECPJ
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

Many thanks to jsanford for this one!

A: hazy pale yellow with a 1 finger foamy white head

S: sweet, with a hint of sour, yeasty, bananas

T: bananas, cloves, yeasty, perfect flavor balance, slight sourness to it

M: very mild carbonation, crisp, clean, smooth

O: a delicious treat, ready to enjoy more at anytime!

Cheers!
The CPJ

Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.