Hottenroth Berliner Weisse | The Bruery

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Hottenroth Berliner WeisseHottenroth Berliner Weisse

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in NW D.C., dated 3/25/13 (hard to find!), poured into my Rogue chalice, drank 8/9-10/13 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - straw yellow coloration, minimal clarity (cannot see through) but more clear than other wheat beer styles, e.g. hefeweizen, pours with a fizzy head that quickly dissipates in 1-2 minutes into a very subtle glass lacing; carbonation is essentially pouring off the bottom of the glass , no alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - a terrific admixture lots of sour (especially lemon and green apple) and wheat notes, but the sour wins this battle

T: 17/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a quick slap of funk - again, that lemon and green apple mixed with some vinegar in the background; in the middle of the mouth, I start picking up the wheat; don't taste any alcohol but wouldn't expect much at 3.1%

M: 4/5 - light-bodied and high carbonation makes it tart and refreshing; close-to-perfect mouthfeel for me

O: 9/10 - another solid offering from The Bruery, which continues to emerge as one of my favorite American breweries; they nail sours better than any other American brewery to my palate and this, to my recollection, is the best American Berliner weissebier that I have tasted (looking forward to trying NEBCO's Weiss Trash Culture though...)

TOTAL = 43/50

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

Poured a light yellow and a bit fizzy. Slightly hazy. This had the best aroma of any weisse I've had; with a more fruity aroma as opposed to a lactic (spoiled milk) smell I've noticed in some other Berliners. Tart enough for the style; but certainly not mouth-puckering sour. Very light in body with a dry finish which normally would make a beer very quaffable, but the sour character actually had me sipping this beer. The very low alcohol content made this very refreshing after moving some furniture.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light straw color with maybe a finger of white head fading quickly.

Aroma is lemon, barnyard funk and a little bit of green apple.

Great balance in the flavor. A little bit of wheat tartness true to the style with an almost green apple sweet tart pucker factor. Lemon and a bit of barnyard funk as well. Amazing flavors for a low ABV beer.

Understandably thin mouthfeel. It's not completely non-existent and there's a nice crispness to it.

One of the better Berliners I've had. The green apple gives a nice contrast to the normal lemon and funk. Wonderful complexity for a beer barely over 3%. Definitely glad this one will be back soon.

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

Thanks Viggo for bring this to the tasting.

I think this was one I was really looking forward to. It appears to be a rare style these days.

It pours a hazy almost pulp-like hazy straw yellow. A slight off white head that leaves very quickly. Kind of looks like a watered down grapefruit juice. neat.

There is a lot of sour and tartness in the nose, followed by that lovely funk and musty tones intertwined with barnyard and lemon zest. There is a touch of spice in it leaving the nose sharp.

The taste is wild! Funky, but shart. Lemon-lime soda with lots of sourness, crisp from the wheat in the grain bill. The funk is enough to keep this exciting with every sip.

Mild carbonation, a little light in body, thin, potentially on the watery side. A nice pucker sensation. Perfect.

I really dig this and wish I could have many of these to drink in the summer.


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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 dragonWhale
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well it's been a little while, but here it is in NYC. Had the pleasure of trying this at the Bruery a few months ago, and now here it is, practically in my lap. But really, it's in my mouth. My co-worker turns to me, "Shouldn't we just stop working and drink berliner-weiss all day?" I don't have an answer. Suddenly, I do have a berliner-weiss in my hands. Ahh, an answer revealed. The work is done..Or has it just begun. This feels like a field beer, an operating heavy machinery beer. A fucking hot day and have a giant bottle to yourself beer. While you work. Whatever happened to our heritage?!
Tart with a refreshing lemon zing. The wick of lactic sour lit in my mouth. The head of the beer is so sexy, it pours, sparkles away. You can hear the head dissipate into the air, a mystic wonder. This is an excellent version of it, alcohol content spot on, the true working class beer, in spite of the talent and patience it must take to make. Cheers to the rue in all of you!

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bomber to glass

Appearance - Deep straw. No head whatsoever.

Aroma - Wheat, lactic, straw

Taste - Green apple, lactic tartness, wheat, and a lingering aftertaste of... Belgian waffles?

Mouthfeel - It's good.

Overall - I really, really like this!

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

pours very light yellow with a VERY subtle haze. inch+ head that quickly gives way, leaving light retention.

quite tart, hints of vinegar up front. light zest, hints of white grape.

up front, starts out zesty with hints of lemon. a nice light sourness emerges and comes to life. lots of light vinegar and white grape. through the finish, the wheat really comes out and lingers for a bit after. the wheat becomes rather bold at its peak.

very light, moderate carbonation

this is beyond drinkable. the ABV is silly low, the flavors are just enough to keep interest, and its very refreshing. i really wish i had bought like 5 of these now.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Being in the mood for something light in alcohol, this seemed like a good candidate. Let's see how that decision played out!

A: Pale straw colour - hazy, and more on the 'yellow' than 'gold' side of things. While pale, it's not the kind of colour that is going to be confused with something like a light American lager. Head formed a modest finger, and an over-enthusiastic pour could result in quite a bubbly mess, but it does recede to very little quite quickly.

S: Very citric on the nose... lemony, with some hay and wheat aromas working their way in.

T: It's tart, but very mellow and refreshing. I don't really see myself adding any sort of syrup to this, as it is about spot on for what I'd be going for in such a beer - nowhere near as intense as a lambic or other sours... not even really enough to cause much of a pucker. Like the aroma, both citrus and hay are noted.

M + D: Crisp and refreshing, with a snappy carbonation and that wonderful dryness that I always appreciate in sour brews. Drinkability is rather subjective, I suppose. It's light enough in alcohol to go down very easily, but tart enough that it's not really appropriate to 'guzzle.' All that aside, it's a very fine brew, albeit perhaps something of a 'mood drink.' Nicely done!

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

Berliner weisse is probably one of those love-it-or-hate-it styles. I'm a big fan, and don't see many examples of the style in my neck of the woods. Thanks to Blake for the bottle. Exceptionally well balanced lemony tartness - enough to be pleasantly tangy but not mouth-puckeringly sour like some. Lemon and clean grain notes. Great hot weather quencher and, as per the style, low abv.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with a bottling date that had almost completely worn away: 05/25/13. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Frothy meringue-colored head sits atop a ruddy golden-yellow body with plenty of haze and cloudiness. Looks almost like lemonade. After very little time, the foamy head fades away to leave a halo of white around the edge of the glass. No lacing to speak of.

Smell - Crisp to the nose, acidic and lemony zest. Fresh and sinus-clearing and makes one want to dive in, due to the refreshing aroma. As the tartness fades, a softer element from the wheat peeks through.

Taste - Deliciously tart and refreshing, like drinking a lemonade that isn't sweet, but also isn't puckeringly sour. Like what you might have if you mixed lemon juice and sparkling water, with a very nice play of zest and acidity along the center of the tongue. Put it this way: it managed to be tart enough to satisfy my sour-craving taste, but also not overbearing to my friend who isn't a big puckerhead. An incredible tasting beer.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and dry. Light body and moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is probably my favorite BW style beer to date. I've also had Bell's Oarsman, Professor Fritz Briem 1809 and DH Festina Peche. The 3.1% abv also makes it easy to polish off a full 750 without getting sloppy, so that's nice. I will definitely have to seek out additional bottles of this wonderful sour beer from The Bruery. The more I have their beers, the more impressed I become.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Slight vinegary aroma, which is slightly in the taste and mouthfeel. No lacing.Body light yellow, hazy.
Flavor is very tart and lemony, very much a mouth puckering sour, but light with no alcohol, no hops, no malt. Which isn't bad at all.

This a very tart, refreshing Berliner Weise. Some earthy notes, and tastes on this beer.

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

750ml bottle poured into La Fin Du Monde tulip. Served without syrup.

Pours a hazy, dirty yellow, almost neon with a green background. Perfectly white, aggressive head dissipated quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam with minimal lacing.

Acidic aroma, complemented by hay, yeast, and ginger.

At first, very tart. But I was tricked into thinking it was going to be much more sour than it is. The tartness gives way to an extremely clean and refreshing balanced session beer. This reminds me of washing down oatmeal cookies with lemonade.

Highly carbonated, almost sizzling on the tongue. Light and airy.

Drinkability is consistent with the style. Highly sessionable and at 3.1%, not a problem drinking several.

Great session beer, perfect for many thirst-quenching occasions. Nice to see a brewer take this under appreciated style and hit the nail on the head.

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Photo of bump8628
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at the tasting room.

Pours up much more substantial than I would expect for the ABV. Hazy straw with an inch of white head that recedes to a thin cap and leaves bits of lace.

Tart and very pleasant with light, crackery wheat, crisp dryness, mild fruit, a touch of rustic earth, and a firm line of lemony tartness running through it before the creamier-than-expected finish.

All in all, this is probably the single most refreshing beer I've ever consumed. My first of the style so I don't have much of a baseline for rating, but it's hard to imagine a Berliner Weiss that can be much better than Hottenroth.

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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.

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Photo of jampics2
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle split amongst the merry revelers at our annual Holiday party. This was a hit and served as a nice, refreshing change of pace in the lineup.

Pours a straw yellow with white head.

Smells of fresh grain, wheat, yeast, and lemon.

Taste is brilliantly clean. A lemon tartness followed by torrified wheat. Perfect brilliance and just enough body to make this a significant enough beer.

Mouthfeel was good. Crisp. Drinkability is exceptional. It's so pleasant and refreshing, it goes down effortlessly.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first dabbel with the style so I'm not sure what to expect. I've heard a lot but I'm excited to finally try one.

A= pours a nearly clear color. Light yellowish ting to it almost a light green color I wanna say. Strange indeed. A nice thin perfectly white colored head comes up to about a finger and sticks around there leaving nice lacing as I drink.

S= This is where it gets really odd. Nothing like a beer I've ever smelled. Really hay and grassy smelling. A nice sourness to it. Almost smells like some sort of spoiled milk product. Pungent too; I can smell it from a ways away and it fills the room with the smell. As I adjuct I get the hay wheaty smell more.

T= Delicious! Like I said I've never played with this style before and upon first sip I like it. Sour is there for sure which I love. This sour is a very very very clean sour however. The spoiled dairy smell is not present in the taste at all. The sourness takes over the tongue and then vanishes in the finish where there is great wheat flavor after it goes down. Really smooth finish to this beer. Hay is a good word to use to the describe the finish. Awesome taste.

M= Crisp and Clean. Like a nice sour beer. Dry finish.

D= Awesome. At 3.1% it doesn't get much better for a session. Great beer for a summer afternoon for sure I'm happy I bought more on a whim when I was in Wisconsin. Awesome drinkability.

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Photo of Brewsmith
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler fill from the Bruery. Aroma is yeasty, with a little lemony spicy note. Pale straw, fizzy with a small white head. Sour, tart, dry and carbonated. Light and refreshing. Who needs lemonade? This would be an awesome summer beer. Awesome beer.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely, pale, lemonade-esque colour with a snow-white foamy cap. Looks delicious!

Smell is lemon and modest 'dank basement'. Smells very light.

Flavour is certainly gentle, slightly sour, and pleasantly bitter on the finish. Absolutely refreshing.

Very modest in the mouth with a very light feel and gently carbonated. Unusually low abv, relative to other style, make this highly drinkable!

Absolutely spectacular representation of the style. Certainly glad to have had the opportunity to have tried this brewing masterpiece.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint...

A. Pours a straw gold, the light casting a distinct haze through the beer. Three fingers of fabulous white head recede disappointingly fast to the faintest trace of carbonation. Bubbles steadily pop up from the bottom of the glass and to the top. Lacing is practically non-existent.

S. Lemon zest, barnyard funk, cracked wheat, mild herbal hops, white vinegar.

T. Follows the nose closely, with big doses of lemon and strawberry juice, plenty of funkiness, and a huge kiss of sour pucker. Faint grassy notes from mild hopping and an almost creamy lacto sweetness. The sourness is pretty intense here for the mid, but the finish tones it way down and fades to a sweet, crackery, mildly dry and doughy resolution.

M. Highly carved and very sour through the mid. Fairly sweet on the palate, though the sour blisters the tongue just a touch. This is offset ever so slightly by lacto notes which add creaminess and balance.

O. An outstanding Berliner, one of the best I have had. It certainly leans towards the "sour" side of the style, with emphasis taken away from the biscuity, wheat qualities traditionally found in these beers. Wheat notes are there, but the early mid through the finish is one big puckery kiss of lemon, strawberry, and even some tart cherry. Fairly complex flavor profile for the style. Still, some traditionalists won't enjoy the acidity in play here. Nevertheless, I dig this beer quite a bit. Packing an inordinate amount of flavor, pucker, and complexity into a tight little sub-4% ABV package, The Bruery's Hottenroth is a welcome addition to my summer lineup.

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Photo of Krevee
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on-tap at the Bruery Tasting room this afternoon.

A - This was poured for me into a Bruery tulip. It pours a very light hazy yellow, with maybe a tinge of green in it. Very interesting color. Had about a one inch head to start and went down at a fairly average pace.

S - Has a musty sour smell as you would expect from this sort of sour beer. Along with some notes of grain and citrus.

T - The taste at the beginning is mild wheat along with citrus and tangy flavors. On the back end of the beer it's more sour and the citrus flavor continues.

M - Its a very thin beer but for what this beer is doing that is a good quality. Also has a good amount of carbonation.

D - Great drinkability this a beer that is not overpowering but has great very subtle flavor. It seems like a great spring/summer beer to sip on, on a nice evening. It has a nice amount of sour but is not overwhelming. I could drink a lot of this in a night which I think it great.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

(A)- Pours a very pale straw yellow color. Produced an effervescent yet minimal white head that quickly went down to bubbles.

(S)- A really nice dry tart lemon rind and straw wheat. Some nice acidity coming off that lemon character.

(T)- A really excellent acidity bite up front in the form of a tart lemon rind. Some wheat aspects behind that, but otherwise a nicely sour lemon tart profile. A very subtle underlying sweetness on the finish.

(M)- A nice mellow carbonation level and balance. I like the sour kick in this while having a smooth acidity and crisp feel.

(D)- In terms of style, this is really great! It has a ridiculous drinkability due to the mellow ABV and smooth mouthfeel. All the while having a great sour bite to fulfill any sour head's desire at least temporarily. This bottle did not last long. I would not mind getting a case of this for the summertime; Super refreshing.

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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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of aasher
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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