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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,967
Reviews:
433
Ratings:
1,596
pDev:
10.89%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 1,596 |  Reviews: 433
Photo of Popp24
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at The Bruery yesterday 12/9/11.

A: A pale golden color with very little head.

S: Wheat, some banana notes, tartness.

T: Right up front you get a nice tart flavor with some banana flavors a bit. I couldn't get many other flavors from it but I can tell you this beer tastes real good.

M: Nice mouthful and very smooth and easy to drink. Considering the low ABV it should be.

O: I like this one alot but just wish it was at least around 5 %. That being said this would be a nice one to drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a four-fingers thick fluffy, pillowy white head into a tumbler that settled to a thin ring which disappeared about halfway through the beer. the body was a pale golden color.
s - some slight funky tartness with a hint of citrus.
t - tart, bready with some orange peel and maybe a hint of lemon.
m - thin and slick.
o - very quaffable and nice complexity for a 3% ABV beer. very refreshing.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a very, very pale yellow with a one finger white head that fades instantaneous, as the style usually does. It's even lighter than yellow fizzy beer, which is a little weird to see....but the carbonation is impressive, with tons of bubbles floating to the top

S- getting a lot of lemon out of this one, but it's a different kind of lemon from a wheat beer...it's more of a tart one as opposed to that "lemon flavoring" you might get. My nasal passages are getting assaulted, and that's a good thing

T- it starts off very mild, and then the finish is very tart. Very crisp, very refreshing

M- it actually has a nice body to it, despite the low ABV. Pretty solid, but it has watery characteristics to it as well. All in all, very good

O- I love a great berliner weisse, and this is one of them. I just wish it were a little more affordable

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Photo of AltBock
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not my first experience with the Berliner Weisse style, but it is however my first one that I've ever had on draught before. This Bruery beer was on tap at Capone's during their Saison promo on 7/30/09. I had it there, but since this beer was so good, I had to take a growler home with me. This review is from the growler version. Served in a tall Spaten Pilsner glass.

When I review a beer, I like to describe the appearance and color first, but I have to mention the taste first. It's so unique that I have to do this way. This beer is tart as hell! It's tartness is stuck between Shock Tarts and one Tear Jerker. The tartness level in this beer reminded me a little bit of the tartness level in Ommegang's Rouge. If you've never had that, that's another super tart beer. It's main and only tart flavor was that of lemons. It wasn't a mix of citrus fruits, it was just tart lemons. Adding to the tartness is the beer's unique yeast strain and a tiny touch of malted wheat at the finish line. As you can tell, the taste was very unique and very tart. Now let's see if I can get back on track.

This tart beer was a cloudy pale lemon yellow color with a good 1 to 1 1/2 inch cotton white head of foam. This head of foam had good retention that left behind a tiny skim of white foam and just a few small white blots of lace. As soon as I twisted off the cap, out comes a super strong aroma of sour and tart lemons. With the strong scent of lemons is that unique farmyard scent that can only come from Brett yeast. Rounding off this potent aroma was a subtle whiff of malted wheat. Sometimes this malted wheat smelled like soggy cereal and sometimes it didn't. I wish I could explain it. Even with the strong taste of tart lemons, this was still a light bodied beer. If you couldn't tell already, this beer has a long lasting lingering aftertaste of tart lemons and that down of the farm taste that comes with the Brett yeast. This is truly a unique and tasty beer. I never thought a Berliner Weisse could be this damn sour, but Bruery did it. And what it was! If you can find this beer on tap at your local bar, consider yourself lucky. Just make sure to pucker up!

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Photo of QuentinCall
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hottenroth feels like The Bruery going hard on some William Eggleston grind -- full spectrum of emotional color here. Nestled amongst the many hued sunsets and supermarket promontories and pre-war lamps tossing their many hued lights there is something pristine/sinister that feels utterly appropriate and inextricable from the total composition. A real glassfull of considerate juxtaposition and moral play.

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Photo of mig100
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Namtracxtra
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of vinny21bal
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a very underrated beer. I think because of the price point and ABV level. Everyone seems to give big points to rare beers just because they are rare and high in ABV. I think this is my summer fishing beer for the future. I drank a lot of this. It has a perfect amount of sour to it and drinks very refreshing. I also enjoyed the nose a lot. Next time you see it give it a try. It is a wonderful Berliner Weiss.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Comes out a very faint yellow with plenty of wheat haze throughout it, makes for a pretty white head on the top, almost one full inch. Good carbonation. Aroma was wheat, lemon, tartness.

Taste dropped just the right amount of tartness to keep it firmly in the berlinner weisse category instead of where some have gone straight into American Wile Ale territory. This is a pretty traditional example methinks. Super light mouthfeel, always a pleasure to drink, I put away a lot of these, drink a couple bottles a month during the summer for sure. Nothing like these on a dirt back road. Amazing how much flavor they've packed into a 3% beer, hope you like wheat, lemons and a tart summer beer, this is the prototype.

Amazingly consistent as well.

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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!

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Photo of Stillyman11
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of FrogOut69
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this is an excellent beer. I'm really coming around to the Berliner Weisse--it strikes me as a less intense sour that's very refreshing and light. My only complaint for this one is the appearance really. It's not bad, just the color is very pale, almost like a chardonnay with white head.

Smell is very good, big lemon and lactic notes, a bit of pale malt and wheat. Taste is similar, complex and delicious. Lactic sourness is refreshing and interesting. Feel is light and fizzy, nice for the style. Great drinkability. Delicious.

This is the first time I've spent $8 on a 3.1% beer... ABV does NOT always equal flavor. Berliner Weisse is a style that will really make one reconsider lower ABV brews, especially when you're tired of big, sweet flavor bombs.

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Photo of Nickls
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Really clear, light green-tinted yellow color and was poured with absolutely no head at all

S - Lemon-lime sweet-sourness and a bit yeasty

T - Lightly tart at first but not as sour as suggested by the aroma. Refreshingly sour, but had some sweetness as well.

M - Very light body, a little dry, and nice snap of carbonation

D - Hugely drinkable as it was refreshing, interesting, and I could scarcely believe the 3.4% abv. Very easy quaffing

Overall, a neat brew and one that would easily be a staple in my diet if I were able to find it more often. Great stuff, and worth a look.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden-yellow with a thin finger of bubbly white head. Fades quickly.

S - Wheat and grainy malts, lots of funky yeast, tartness, acidity, tart stone fruit, farmhouse smells, lemon zest.

T - Wheat and other grainy malts, lots of funky and lightly sour yeasts, lemon zest, tart stone fruit, acidity, farmhouse characters.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart and funky finish.

D - Great berliner weiss. Great balance with good funky yeast character.

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Photo of colts9016
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I know that this is a session beer and I am looking forward to this beer. A monster 3 finger head that dissipated very quickly. The color of the beer is pale yellow, super pale yellow color. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy with an immense amount carbonation bubble. The carbonation in the beer is akin to Champagne.
A very light toasty malt, bready touch of apple, and some citrus. Not much else I can detect in the nose.
A tarty apple note, lightly toasted malts, some citrus, and bready.
The mouthfeel of the beer is light, the body of the beer is light, the finish is medium and extremely high carbonation.
A very light and refreshing beer. Berliners are my go to beer for the hot summer day. This beer beats anything BMC could ever produce.

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Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Callmecoon
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of merlin48
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml pours a crystal clear pale yellow body with a two finger snowwhite head. Seond pour reveals significant haze. Spotty lacing.

Aroma is freshly squeezed lemons with a minor note of wheat malt.

Dry and tart on the palate with an aggressive, but pleasant carbonation.

Taste is fresh lemons with an edge of sour green apples. Light and airy. Just a hint of wheat malt twang. A faint note of must in the finish.

I could drink this all day. Hard to imagine a more drinkable beer. Very well done. I'm going to have to find some woodruff syrup the next time I try this style.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Bizoneill
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of JasonSiedman
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Tmappin
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Varkias41
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 1,596 ratings
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