Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Hottenroth Berliner Weisse | The Bruery

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
428 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Hottenroth Berliner WeisseHottenroth Berliner Weisse

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2008

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 428 | Ratings: 1,574
Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy pale gold with a three finger fizzy white head. The head recedes quickly leaving some very light lacing.

S - Aroma is lemon, wheat and some light funkiness.

T - The flavor follows the aroma. Lemon upfront followed by wheat, light lacto, and some biscuit and cracker in the finish.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. Nice crisp mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Very nice Berliner. Packs a good amount of flavor for 3.1%. Perfect for a hot summer day.

 481 characters

Photo of 57md
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very pale straw color with plenty of fizziness and a thin head. The nose has tart lemony notes. Some of the tart citrus comes through in the flavor profile but it tastes quite bland even considering the style.

 219 characters

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2015. Pours a very light hazy yellow color with fizzy white head. Light citrus notes and some tartness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes tart and dry. Very nicely done berliner.

 217 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

 758 characters

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: served draught at the brewery, light golden colored with nearly no head, cloudy

S: pickles, funk, Vienna sausages

T: sour up front, definite flavor of pickles present, lemon

M: light, crisp, low to medium carbonation

O: the smell is very odd

 248 characters

Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Strong lemon/coriander initial aroma, followed by a moderate lacto sourness and a light doughy on the finish.

A: Straw color, totally opaque, with a very thin ring of head around the glass.

T: Lemon flavor, moderate lacto sourness and a little doughy, finishes dry.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation, well attenuated and refreshing.

O: Pretty solid, straight forward Berliner. Full disclosure: I’ve enjoyed Hottenroth for the last 5-6 years, prior to the recent explosion of Breweries creating Berliners. As such, I’ll always have a bit of a soft spot for Hottenroth. Having said that, while solid the aroma and flavor arent overly complex and there’s definitely a lot more competition these days.

 721 characters

Photo of Stevedore
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Brasserie V in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a pint glass.

Slightly hazy straw-yellow body, one finger white head with good staying power, nice retention, some lacing. Smells of wheat, mild lemon acidity, on the light side, not too intense. A bit of breadiness to it as well. Flavour is similarly bready, wheat, a bit of lemon and minimal citrus, mildly acidic, light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, very drinkable, good carbonation. Missing a little bit of depth, comparative to New Glarus' Thumbprint counterpart. Overall, decent berliner; could drink a whole 75cl bottle in one sitting easily and not get a buzz.

 639 characters

Photo of hreb
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bruery Terreux Hottenroth Berliner Weisse. 750mL bottle served in a Pilsner glass. Beer pours very pale yellow in color, and quite hazy. Lots of white head, of course. Aroma is mild, but fresh, tart, and slightly lemony. Quite fizzy in the mouth. In different ways I'd describe the flavor in the same terms as the aroma: fresh, tart, clean. Gassy. Dry but impeccably balanced and thus, in combination with the comically low ABV, profoundly drinkable. I'm not a fan of the current sour craze, but in no way is this too sour for me.

 539 characters

Photo of GarrettB
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

November 21st, 2013 - My tasting notes got lost in the digital aether, from phone to Evernote account, but the Hottenroth left a deep impression - enough to remember it byy almost two years later. No photographic evidence exists either, it seems, but the aroma was clear and sweet, with a hint of that seaside town saline edge about it, and a flavor that was bright and acidic and funky, all within the play and bounds of good taste. The sugar is played way, way down to let the wheat and other Berlinerweisse cast play more than supporting roles. The very first Berlinerweisse I had impressed me more as a dessert beer, but this brew could be an appetizer beer, opening the meal with a grand note.

 698 characters

Photo of Myotus
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with two finger's worth of white foam that shrivels down to a quarter's worth after 35 seconds. Pale yellow in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. Once the foam head settles, rising bubbles hardly exist. Lacing hardly exists, too.
SMELL: Strong sour yeast aromas meet with subtle wheat and lemony zest aromas.
TASTE: Extremely strong sour yeast flavors (this has to be the most sour beer I have ever had) and mild wood flavors compose the intial flavor. Subtle wheat flavors and a hint of lemony zest finish off this sour bomb as intial flavors continue in strength.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and it's hard to tell how carbonated this is due to its sourness. The sourness simultaneously numbs and stings the tongue. It goes down sticky and that's about it.
NOTE: So sour, but so good.

 841 characters

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at whole foods. Pours a murky pale yellow, almost looks like grapefruit juice. Smells of funk and a little citrus, maybe lemon. Taste follows, tart and citrus, again hint of lemon. Nice feel, easy to drink.

 214 characters

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle stamp of 4-14-14

Pours a bright yellow orange with some haze, minimal head. Smells tart, apricot, yeast funk, all muted by wheat grainy aromas. Taste is tart citrus notes, lemon, lime, creamy wheat textures through the middle and a lemony bitterness at the end. Texture is smooth, a bit creamy and yeasty. Great Berliner Weisse, very refreshing and low alcohol. An all-day drinker, and super reasonable for most Bruery pricing- $8.99 at my local shop.

 464 characters

Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Foundry like a boss in Northampton, MA.

A- Straw hazy yellow pour out of the tap to a tumbler leading to a fizzy white cap. Crown falls to nothing and some legs stick but almost no permanent lacing.

S- Dusty whole wheat cracked grain and lactic acid bacteria. The lacto reminds me of lemons a bit. Hint of funky must.

T- Reminds me of the spontaneous grain fermented Berliner I homebrewed with a very pure flavor profile with two giants: lactic bacteria and wheat. Hint of cracked spices like pink pepper, cereal and stone fruit like a young apricot.

MF- Light as can be with just a hint of fizzy frothy consistency. High carbonation really helps out the acidity and delicate funky flavors.

A pure and fairly straightforward Berliner. Lemony acidity and whole wheaty grains. Personally love the lower end ABV supporting a bold flavor.

 839 characters

Photo of brother_rebus
3.01/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great crisp light blond look. Not fizzy after the initial pour. Terrible smell; hyper-saturated grainy wet moldy fart smell. Tastes like a bag of stale cornstarch drenched in picklejuice. Gross. A mistake.

 206 characters

Photo of Child_Pugh
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't spot the scent until I looked at comments. Someone said cooked corn and sulfur on the nose.... Perfectly said. That is exactly how it smells. Taste is strange, wheat overtones make it a strange sour. Unusual is my choice term for this. Very acidic, not very smooth and salty after taste, likely would never get again but glad I tried this interesting sour.

Edit: after eating a couple of pretzels this sour changed completely, it tasted much smoother, much more crisp on the palate. An actually very good flavor after the pretzel. Likely due to salt of the pretzels?

 576 characters

Photo of Panamakevin
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was light delicious and crisp. Perfect for a hot summer day... I was thourghly impressed with it being only $6 a whole foods, I will stock up on this one...

 162 characters

Photo of john0721
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cooked corn and eggs(sulfur) in the nose.

Wheat, lemon with some tartness in the flavor, followed by a dry finish.

The flavor was refreshing, but the nose was disappointing.

 175 characters

Photo of extralazy
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light refreshing beer that has bread, tart and lemon flavors.
Pours a hazy pale color with a big fluffy head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Smells bready, tart, and lemony. Flavor has same notes as the smell, but seems a little bland to me, might be the style. Mouthfeel reminded me of a dry cider, light dry and crisp with moderate carbonation.
Tried it again with the suggested addition of syrups (tried with raspberry) and I liked it more.

 456 characters

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tart nose, wheat, acidic. Palate: acidic, lemony, hazy pale straw, head is large and fluffy but quickly dissipates, very highly effervesce, light tart, refreshing, no hops, light fruitiness, light body, high carbonation, no alcohol presence, refreshing.

 258 characters

Photo of mothmanscott
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque, muddy straw producing 2+ fingers of effervescent, white, shortlived head that leaves no lace. Aroma is wheat, lactic acid sourness, green apple & lemon/lime with a hint of Brett mustiness. Taste is very lactic, thin wheat malt, some citrusy & green apple fruitiness, a little Brett & brine. Fruitiness & brine most prominent in the finish. Afrertaste is tart & salty. I'm not sure that this is brewed with salt as is the case with Gose but it certainly has a saline twang. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with medium carbonation, prickly, crisp, dry & puckering. If you liked Sweet Tarts candy as a child then you will most likely give this a solid 4-5.

 672 characters

Photo of JRed
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Transparent shiny golden with everlasting white head. Aroma of wheat, sour grapes, floral notes. Tastes of wheat, sourness, lemon zest, spritzy backyard fruit bucket. Light in body with high carbonation. Real nice, refreshing. Athletes could substitute this for Gatorade.

 271 characters

Photo of Agent1
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Review includes Hottenroth with woodruff, and without.

1) WITH WOODRUFF (traditional method):

Appearance - Bright, bright turquoise and neon with bubbly champagne head. Head has traces of neon blue. Like Scope. Very interesting. Quite active in the glass.

Smell - Faint lemon peel, bubble gum ice cream, straw, candy, floral and plant-like.

Taste - Sorbet, Christmas cake/ fruitcake, elderberries, pot-pourri, green jelly, cloves, flowers, mint, cane sugar, elements of a lambic yet less sour and more floral, herbal notes. Clean yeasty notes. Wheat with lemon peel and lime Kool-aid. The lactobacillus and brett really balances the sugar and helps pulls all the syrup notes together.

Mouthfeel - Strong carbonation which works great with this beer. Clean and quick finish. Very nice.

Overall - This is where cocktails meet lambic/ sours. Incredibly unique. This may be the ultimate seasonal wheat beer when wanting to mix things up! I imagine drinking this at Christmas or on a hot summer day and having it blow my mind. There is no other style of beer that tastes anything like this when done the traditional way. Very earthy, floral and tart. Easily one of the most unique beers I've had in years.

2) WITHOUT WOODRUFF (non-traditional):

Appearance - Yellow/ golden with a slightly cloudy appearance. Bright, white head. Quite active in the glass.

Smell - Tart and dry. Lemon/ lemon peel, hay, straw, wheat, Significantly less sweetness (as expected, due to no syrup). Much more sour on the nose.

Taste - Wheat, hay, subtle pineapple, lemon, faint cloves and/or coriander. Strong acidity. Much dryer and tart without woodruff. It may go without saying, but this is significantly less complex on its own.

Mouthfeel - Dry and sour. Very similar to a lambic. Like biting into a lemon. Great feel.

Overall - Do yourself a favor and find some woodruff. Syrup is a must with this style of beer.

 1,905 characters

Photo of antott0523
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque golden yellow with no head, no lace. The carbonation is present, but barely visible.

S: Presence of wheat, lemon rind, white grape must, fresh sourdough.

T: Sour does = yum, and this beer is yummy. Not too sour, the flavor reminds me of sparkling water with a twist of lemon. The finish leaves lingering flavors of wheat, biscuits, and crackers on the palate.

M: Highly carbonated with semi-dry body.

D: It's a cool, fall October day, so perhaps this style is out of season. My plans consist of watching a 2 hour Freddie Mercury documentary with my pregnant wife, so a 750mL bottle at only 3% is the perfect match. Enough beer to last the movie, and no unwanted buzz. To sweeten it up a bit I am adding 1oz per pour of framboise liqueur. The beer is a nice representation of the style, but the extra sweetness (as suggested by the bottle) really elevates the beer to another level. This could be a go to for the style, especially at $10 a bottle.

 971 characters

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very enjoyable berliner weisse. The low abv makes this bottle crushable on a long, hot, summer day. It has just enough bite/sour to make it very enjoyable while light enough to drink all day.

 195 characters

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tart, vegetable like aroma. Taste is also tart with the same vegetable character. Just a hint of honey. Light body, very easy to drink. Good example of a Berliner Weisse.

 170 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
4.02 out of 5 based on 1,574 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!