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

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431
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1,586
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear light bright golden color ale with a large pure white head with good retention and very good lacing. Aroma of sour and tart notes are very well balanced with solid malt notes. Taste is dominated by tart notes thought not overwhelming with great notes of malt and no acidity notes. Body is full for style with good carbonation. Very refreshing with great drinkability factor. Probably one of the bets beer I tasted from this brewery with great balance and refreshing factor.

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Photo of oline73
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at Max's, poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow with a finger of white head that fades rather quickly.

Smell: I'm picking up some sour apple/apple juice with tart lemon and a slight funk. You can tell this one is going to be nice and light.

Taste: Really light and tart with lemon and a slight funkiness. Light and very refreshing. I didn't really pick up the apple notes I found in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Light body with lots of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I wouldn't have minded a touch more tartness, but I still really enjoyed this beer. I don't know that I've had a better American Berliner.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, straw yellow color with a white, one-finger head of thin foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of tart green apples. A little yeasty spicy aroma was present, too.

T - A puckeringly tart brew with a nice green apple flavor. There is a grainy flavor with some wheat. It has just enough spice to fight back against the tart kick.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. It crackles on the tongue and the back on the throat. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a good brew but simple too tart to get a really high drinkablity score.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Fortunate to have had this on tap many times at Rustico when they were having a Bruery glassware event. Free tulips + filling them with Hottenroth = a large tulip collection.

Pours a very light grassy color with a bit of an orange tint to it. Small, tight white head and some visible carbonation. The nose brings slightly-tart wheat as well as some faint fruit flavors with a bit of peach and green apple.

The taste is lightly tart with a nice wheat base. Some lighter stone fruits and green apple come through with a bit of sourness. Light mouthfeel with very nice sourness levels and a good overall carbonation base. Drinks incredibly well either plain or with the woodruff.

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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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of bone white head on top of a pale, straw yellow body with excellent clarity. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Musty aroma of lactic acid and wet fur. Lots of tart wheat with a little bit of sulphur and a hint of coriander.

T - Mild lactic acidity up front with lots of tangy wheat flavor and some musty wild yeast character. The tartness mellows out in the middle and fades to make way for the wheat in the finish along with an odd, nutty malt note that I have occasionally tasted in other wild beers.

M - Light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a very light beer, and while it has more wild yeast character than the other examples of the style that I have tried, there is not a lot going on here. It is pretty much all lactic acid and wheat, with some odd wild yeast notes thrown in. The must is a little off putting and perhaps unnecessary in a Berliner Weisse.

The beer by itself is not bad, but it is a bit boring. I don't have any woodruff, but I found some raspberry syrup and decided to give it a try with the second half of the bottle. The syrup adds a nice dimension of fruit to the aroma that works well with the sourness that was already there. The syrup seems to boost the acidity in the flavor while also adding a bit to the body of the beer. I only added a little bit of the syrup so that it wouldn't sweeten the beer too much and it does nothing to mask the nutty wild yeast character. I would definitely recommend tasting the beer straight, but I found it more drinkable with the added complexity of the fruit.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A; A light fizzy and fluffy 1.5 finger head rises up and fades semi quickly over crystal clear watery wheat yellow colored beer.

N: Interesting, lots of toasty wheat, tons of toasty wheat that is, some light malts, a light barnyard funk, a very light toasty sour fruit too, and some tart aromas.

T: Makes my glands go "owww" with some tart flavors, a little sour tangy fruit, berry almost raspberry. Lots of toasty wheat flavors still, some light toasty malts too, a nice barnyard toasty funk flavor but not really wild. A nice tart barnyard flavor. Very light overall too, but nice and refreshing.

M: Pretty light, with some lighter but decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty tart still, with some light raspberry and other berry flavors, and a little sourness. Some lingering toasty malts and wheat still, but much lighter. Still some lingering barnyard dry funk like flavors too. A touch of flemminess on the throat too.

Being light, nice and tart, not heavy at all, not really sweet, some nice toasty malts and wheat, nice raspberry, and the nice toasty barnyard funk (not Brett funk, a special Belgian yeast).

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cat piss and cider. And I am quite familiar with the style and its production, and this is not quite right. It's not horrible (well, unless you think all Berliner-style weisse is horrible...), but it should be better, somehow cleaner, and definitely less cidery. Oddly, it's an incredibly easy beer to make. And this is a little known fact, but because of that, it was actually quite common in the U.S. at one point. I digress, you are kind of at the mercy of the 'unknown' in its production, but you do have some control, and you do have taste buds... it's also an easy beer to blend if something goes astray! I've never had another beer from The Bruery so I can't judge it against anything else they've done. Hopefully what I had was just a bad batch. Oh, I should mention though, that it was well-received by the rest of my party.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a paler gold, topped with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin foamy layer, leaving some light spotty lacing behind. The aroma is tart and bright feeling in the nose, with plenty of fruity lemon zest present as well grainy sweetness which lends this a certain amount of snap in the nose.

The taste starts with a tart citrus bite up front that is then balanced by that same grainy (and slightly bready) sweetness. A bit of lactic sourness hangs on the backend, lingering into the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a crisp pop to the carbonation that then possesses a much silkier feel underneath. This stays pretty darn smooth despite the strong tartness.

Sharply tart and crisp in the mouth, without a lot of unpleasant souring character, this was a rather good take on a Berlinerwiess. I believe that I actually enjoyed this a bit more in the bottle than I did on tap.

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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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours out a clear body with just a touch of light, pale yellow hues to it and crowned with a frothy, expansive, white head, though this settles out fairly quickly.

Smell: Simply presents a sour, lemony nose with a teeny touch of white wheat.

Taste: Faint extra pale maltiness with a little flourish of crisp wheat. Hint of short-lived sweetness prior to the drizzle of tart fresh lemon juice and wave of lactic sourness. Small sip of clean, clear mineral water. Pleasing sourness on the light, lemonesque finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Immensely refreshing, made all the moreso with its mere hint of alcohol at 3.8%. It's good to see somebody over here trying to keep this style alive. This would serve as a fine Summertime beverage, but did just fine as a kick start to a local Christmas gathering.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sun-bleached haystack with sparkly bubbles, superfine yeast, and an eggshell colored crown that looks good immediately after the pour. The foam then fizzes into the atmosphere in minutes, leaving a spotless glass in its wake. Typical for the style, so the score won't fall too low.

The nose is brightly bold and beautiful. Or boldly bright and beautiful. Or beautifully... you get the idea. Hints of Brettanomyces funk was a masterstroke and puts the aroma over the top for this sour beer lover.

Hottenroth Berlin-Style Tart Wheat Ale is not an absolute pucker-bomb that cries out for the addition of sweet syrup. That is to its credit and will make this 750 ml bottle much easier to get through than it otherwise would have been. Besides, a mere 3.10% is no obstacle at all.

Still groovin' on the Brett, which adds lovely horseblanket notes that aren't likely to scare off those who think wild ales are disgusting. Tangy wheat and tart lemon peel are par for the style course and are immensely refreshing. What an outstanding hot weather beer this would be.

It's hard to be too hard on the mouthfeel given the lack of barley. It's more than fine for the style, which is all that really matters. Proper carbonation (which is present here) is never a given with bottle-conditioning.

Hottenroth is one of The Bruery's better efforts and is almost as good as the best Berliner weissbiers to have ever entered my glass (Professor Fritz Briem 1809 and DFH Festina Peche). Bottom line: traditional Berliner weiss with a wild ale twist that works.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here we go again. Much, much thanks to the wonderful BA that sent me this bottle as an extra of all things! Enormous generosity here and much thanks. This one was busted out with dinner on Labor Day. Served chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass, it was consumed on 09/07/2009.



The pour was magnificent. Rich and very bright golden yellow coming through wonderfully here. Huge head of white towers over the top of it and only barely settles down leaving tons of white lacing up and down the sides of the glass and a rich looking amount of carbonation on the insides of the glass. Huge tart aroma here. Sour just dripping off of it, running into a wonderful light wheat and grass like base. Very bright, you could pick up from across the room with ease. Even warming brought out some light bready notes but hints of lemon and tart apples still predominate. So I take a sip and I am floored. I am not really sure what this style is supposed to be, but wow. Light, crisp, clean, with rich carbonation and a smooth, rich feel that is second it none. Light grain and grassy notes, hints of sour and tart fruits are all blending together nearly flawlessly. Long and very dry finish only serves to further nail down the point that this was as solid as it gets. I really could have drank half a dozen of these, they were just that good. It was unreal how smooth and refreshing it was..



Overall, wow, just wow. I was not sure what to make of this offering, but if this is a year round thing, I am really, really impressed. One of the light, most easy to drink things I have run across in a very long time. Go get this one, go get this one now.

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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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap @ Teresa's Next Door Beer Geek Brunch. Served chilled in a goblet.

A - Pale golden w/ no head, a ring of tiny beads forms. The clarity is lightly hazed w/ visible carbonation

S - Mild lemony and lactic sour aroma w/ a white grape sweet juice note

M - Sour at first w/ mild acidity and a very fruity sour juiciness w/ lots of carbonation. A mild spiced middle and dry clean finish

T - A crisp, juicy and sour acidic flavor w/ an apple-like tartness w/ mild spiciness in the sips after the initial jolt w/ a slight white grape note mild acidity in the second tastes similar to gewurtztraminer w/ a spiced hint of wheat and mild sweet note w/ light pepper and gentle green apple which carries into the finish

D - Very good example of a Berliner IMO, I am very glad I tried it on tap after only having a sample of a bottle at EBF earlier this year. The mild abv makes for a drinkable sour, a good way to start brunch.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Hazy pale yellow in color with about one finger of foam that dissipates quickly.

S: Tart lemon, grapes, wheat, and maybe some sour apples.

T: Very tart initially, more sour apple flavor here than I would have thought from the nose, the lemon is definitely there. Nice cereal type taste from the wheat to give it a bit more depth.

M: Very light on the tongue, both in terms of carbonation and body.

D: A solid beer, my favorite so far from The Bruery. This is pretty much my go to beer from them. Just about every time I go to the tasting room, I leave with my growler filled with this.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Yards shaker pint glass.

After extolling the virtues of this style to a customer earlier, I figured I'd try out a new B-Weiss myself. This one pours a clear pale straw topped by a short-lived couple o' fingers o' fizzy white foam. The nose comprises tart lemon zest, sour yeast (yeah, it's bacteria, but for some reason saying "sour bacteria" doesn't sound right in my head), and light wet wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, with the tartness really blooming right up front. This is short-lived, though, as things die away completely just after the midway point, leaving a very dry and empty tongue. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, a nice B-Weiss, but one that ultimately leaves me wanting in some vague sense. I can't explain it. It's still good, just not as good as it probably could be. I think.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
4.02 out of 5 based on 1,586 ratings.
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