Hottenroth Berliner Weisse | The Bruery

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

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2008

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430
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1,582
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
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Photo of tigg924
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy, pale yellow in color, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: lemon, funk, and sugar

Taste: lemon, sour candy, and sugar

Mouthfeel: sour and sweet, high carbonation, light body

Drinkability: Very good for the style and my favorite from the Bruery. I could sip on this all day. Not a starter sour, but more of a medium one. Wish I could find this more easily.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As pale as a glass of lemonade, light watery yellow color with a bright white effervescent fine bubbled head. Even a bit of champagne like look to it, this is a low alcohol beer maybe my first Berliner Weisse. I'm going to hold off on the yeast sediment until the end, the lacing was even with thick patches as the head dwindled pretty slowly. At the end I decided to pour some yeast sediment it looks like an unfiltered lemonade now.

Aromatics offer up a nice plain yogurt and crushed cereal grains note, with an evident citrus pucker to it. Tart mild white apple cider vinegar notes with a sharp wheat note diving in as well. A nice mix of tart candy is really the expression the nose gives me.

Flavors are pungently sour not enough to completely dry the back of the throat out, but an even sturdy tartness that rides well with the wheat notes including some citrus and tart apple esters. This is very enjoyable some sours induce some reflux like sensations in your mouth but this one keeps it pretty balanced without too much vinegar notes. Again a creamy yogurt sensation hits the palate with some granola crushed in it, definitely a lactic acid zing. The more yeast added to the glass the more tartness that comes over the palate, I had more depth before the yeast addition and it also added a slightly salty sensation on the palate.

Mouthfeel is light bodied pretty bone dry refreshing spritzy carbonation, sour and tart finish sticks around. Heavy on the lactic acid and but very complex sensation on the palate not your everyday beer, quite enjoyable. If beer is acidic in nature already this one probably pushes the envelope and drops the pH a couple more notches than your average session lager.

Drinkability is quality in limited quantities I love sour ales, my limited runs with Berliner Weisse thus far has been a great experience, time to try some German versions. I've only had Nodding Head and DFH versions. At 8.99 it's a bit much for a session ale, but the complexity and experience made it worth it for a one time visit. I'd have see this one more readily to try it again anytime soon. Next stop I have to try the Saison Rue or Orchard White. So far in Ohio there's only like 4 or 5 at the most varieties of the Bruery's wares around.

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Photo of mikey711
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It's a murky straw yellow. Very cloudy with a very big white head that disappated very quickly leaving only one single lace around the edges of the beer.

S: Tart fruit and funk. It is not overly pungent.

T:Acidic and tart lemon. The sourness is very subdued and enjoyable.

M: So much flavor so such a low abv. The acidity is nice along with a slight dryness and funkiness.

D: I could easily sip on this throughout the day. I would never have guessed it to be so low in alcohol, but all of the flavors are great.

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Photo of Badger6
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Really hazy, straw yellow body; huge white head that receded quickly..no lace, no surprise.

S: Yeasty and bready, lactic tartness was pronounced; light hints of citrus, banana, and other fruitiness.

T: Mouth puckering tartness right in the front. Sour apple, yeasty notes and breadiness are all apparent. Some citrus, berry fruit and banana in the background. Finish is acidic and dry.

M: Light, and highly carbonation.

O: Refreshingly easy to drink. Seems simple in description, but so complex on the palate. Low ABV...you won't get bombed on this, this is a beer to drink simply to enjoy a great beer. Recommended.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At The Bruery.

The beer pours a clear golden yellow color with a finger of snow white foam. Smells of sweet esters and lemon rind. The taste is lemon zest, sweet esters and chardonnay. Very nice. The beer is light bodied with a high level of carbonation. I'm really enjoying this one. It's very refreshing and the white wine characteristics that I'm getting lend a complexity to the beer that is very enjoyable. This would be a great beer to have on a hot summer day. it's great on a cold, rainy winter one today! I'll be seeking this out in the future.

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Photo of mikeburd1128
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled what appears to be 3/25/13 and is apparently bottle #870 of 871. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a lovely golden straw color with 2-3 fingers of white white head that quickly dissipates.

S - A lot of grassy, earthy, bretty, funky tartness going on here. Nothing is all that overbearing though. Very nice.

T - Much of the same of the smells are present in the taste. Finishes with a little fruity sweetness. And very dry.

M - Lots of carbonation and fairly light mouthfeel. But not too light. Very nice.

O - This is crazy enjoyable. And at 3.1 you could drink it all day long. Throughout the whole bottle it doesn't get cloying at all and is super drinkable all the way through. 9/10 would buy again - especially at the price.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance
Pale straw with 2 fingers of white head. Hazy with moderate-heavy carbonation.

Nose
Lactic sourness, lemon juice and wheat.

Taste
Lactic sourness along with lemon juice and tangy wheat. There’s a hint of strawberry sweetness. Finishes with a touch of chestnut as well as a Warheads candy essence.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp, tart and refreshing.

Overall
This is a fantastic Berliner! $9.60 for a sour that you can drink all day? RIGHT ON!

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy light golden yellow in color

Smell has boys of lemon, sweet tarts, and some light grainy aromas.

Taste is moderately tart with nice candy like sweetness and a lemony tartness to balance.

Light bodied and sticky from the sour.

Overall very well balanced and drinkable. Perfect amount of sweetness and tartness

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Photo of younger35
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew recently from the every generous Gibby. I love The Bruery and after drinking New Glarus's Berliner Weiss, I'm a fan of those too. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching Minnesota vs. Green Bay on Monday Night Football (F bomb I hate Brett Favre... but go Vikings).

Appearance- Pours a super hazy light yellowish white with a big two finger head that is bright white and super creamy. The beer is super effervescent but manages to maintain no cap collar or lacing.
Smell- Super wheaty (or floury) and grainy. The brew actually smells like dried corn that has been crushed during harvest back in good ol' Illinois. Slightly vinegary and tart in the nose with a subtle white wine like aspect. Doesn't smell particularly sour but I guess well soon find out.
Taste- Starts lightly tart and semi vinous with a berry like bite right from the start. Like the nose it's grainy and raw with that crushed maize and flour like characteristic. Starts very clean and sharp with a light white grape and peach aspect. Finishes almost the exact opposite as it starts, once the tartness fades a light dirty earthiness sets in. That earthiness seems to linger well into the finish along with an abundance of that raw grain.
Mouthfeel- Thin but the carbonation is strong lending itself to the smaller body making for a nice feel and what I'd expect from a beer of this type.
Drinkability- Sitting at 3.1% this thing isn't going to be anywhere near hard to drink. The beer is lightly tart and super refreshing and oh so delicious. Honestly I think I like New Glarus's a TAD better since it's filtered and has less of that floury/wheat bite. Either way, lame bitching aside, great beer. Thanks Jeff!

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Photo of merlin48
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am surprised that there is not more talk/hype about this beer. While low in alcohol it is very different and full of character and flavor.
This is as nice a "drink" as it gets.

Lovely lightly cloudy (but without particulate) yellow with a thick, firm pure white head.

Nose is sour green apple with pure assertive white bread yeast, complex and layered. A bit of sour yogurt, sour milk nose although not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly sour and crisp, full body, flavors and texture.

Flavors are layered sour milk/yogurt with sweet lemon oil to a fresh lemonade flavor that goes a bit to sour milk/yogurt and pleasant citric green apple and lime.

Finish is clean, crisp, fresh and leaves a "sour salivation" in your mouth.

Extremely pleasant, satisfying and remarkably drinkable.

The Bruery is rapidly not only becoming one of my favorite breweries but is doing remarkably creative and bold brews of wonderful quality and character. That this 3.1% abv drink is so appealing is a tribute, along with the wonderful flavors and character. The bottle suggests flavored syrups for the beer and the Bruery, itself, will serve this one with syrups, if you want. Please, give it a shot straight-it's very good.

By the way, in my opinion this is one where the "bottle" is better than the "draft." Draft is less assertive, less extreme, "less" all around. Draft is still nice but go for the bottle on this one.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another bottle picked up at Hawthorne's Cafe on opening day. Poured from the champagne bottle to my pint glass, a few times.

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow color with a small foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Minimal to no lacing as the brew disappears into my belly.

Smell: Some lemon and some green apples are the most predominant aroma's. Slightly tart, but not much. Touch of vinegar as well.

Taste: Tart up front, which is what I've come to find common in Berliner Weisse's. Lemon and green apple flavors after the sour wears off from the beginning. Taste is thin, vinegar is just a vague complement, and slight toasted biscuit.

Mouthfeel: Very light in body, light-moderate carbonation. Flavors are sharp but the overall experience is very thin but refeshing.

Drinkability: Very light in the stomach, low low low ABV and not overly sour. Not problem killing the whole bottle, barely felt it. Flavors could be a little more pronounced, but overall pretty good. Liked it better than the 1809 Berliner Weiss.

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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 DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Stone. Thanks for driving me there, Carlos, you truly are a wonderful host!

A: Light golden yellow with brilliant clarity, a thick fluffy head that disappears a little quickly

S: Light, bready and tart, pleasantly so. Lactic sourness is present, and unless my nose is deceiving me, there's some brett character too. Great stuff

T: Opens light, bready with a pleasant tartness. Lemony with a slight green apple character. Finishes refreshingly dry

M: Light with a nice dextrinous palate that adds a little body to the tartness and dryness. Crisply carbonated, great finish

D: This is truly quaffable, I need a sixtel!

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

Light blond color.
Frothy/foamy head settles to a thin patchy head with some lacing.

Huge fragrant nose. Mealy, grainy, round, slightly toasted aroma. Hint of lemongrass & fresh Ialian semolina bread.
Wonderfully fresh, fruity/flowery & slightly lactic.

On the palate: Very light body with pretty big flavor.
Fresh, slightly sharp lactic, lemon/lime, grainy wheat. Slightly sour - which fades from mid-palate to finish.

Clean. Lots of flavor & great balance.

This is a wonderful, characterful, big flavored brew.
You feel like you could drink this stuff all day ... if necessary!?!

. . . @ 3.1% ABV, maybe you could!

93 Points

Amazing brews coming out of this place!

CHEERS!

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

Pale gold color with some haziness. Not much white head, fairly fizzy though. Aroma is slightly funky, with a hint of spicing, and a grassy earthiness.

The flavor is light and pleasant: lemongrass, citrics, a little bit of wheat flavor, a bit of funk. Very refreshing, with the nice tartness. Low alcohol, easy sipper. Pretty great.

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

Hey now! Why can't I buy sixers of this?

Pours a very pale yellow. Almost no head, just some bubbles. Still manages to have a lively, zesty mouthfeel, though.

Smells like unripe apples and sour grapefruit. Taste is puckering, but not overwhelmingly so. Crisp lemon on the finish.

I really liked this quite a bit. Shame it's so tough to find.

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

excited to try this pale horse.. light watery yellow, like diluted urine with an enviable tart and slightly sour nose, traces of lemons. it starts with that sharpness of the tart before giving way briefly to sour notes, and finishing long with wheat.
one day, when i have this again, i'll surely introduce syrups into the beverage. next time, i will be prepared. as it is, i could drink it everyday of the summer even in alaska.

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

clean straw yellow pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head which dissipated quickly. no lacing left behind. smells tart, acidic, and of wheat bread.. lemony. oh that's nice! a delicious beer, lots of acidity from the lactobacillus, a weird overtone of funky farmhouse style flavor, wheat, lemons.. a light, crisp, and refreshing beer. nice and sour/tart, but also a fairly complex tasting beer for such a low abv and the style!

i really do appreciate a lot of the beers the bruery releases, but they should really consider doing 4pk releases or even 2pk of 12oz bottles. sometimes, you feel obliged to drink the full bottle in one sitting when you don't have any friends around.. and even a light beer like this - feels like too much for the palate for one to drink all by themselves. a great berliner weiss, for sure, but i'd rather have multiple servings of it in smaller quantities.

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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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into imperial pint
Slight vinegary aroma
Head average (4 cm), white, fizzy, quickly diminishing to nothing
No lacing
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor is very tart and lemony, nearly pucker-able, but light with no alcohol, no hops, no malt, and no diacetyl
Palate is light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

This a very tart, refreshing Berliner Weise. The rapidly diminishing head and lack of lacing are the only detrimental aspects for me.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev +6%
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 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.

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Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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 LordAdmNelson
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
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