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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

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

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Reviews: 428 | Ratings: 1,574
Photo of weeare138
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for supplying this...
Appears actransparent lght gold with a small white head. Lots of carbontion slowly rises.
Smell is of sweet lemon, cracked grain, with some dried maize.
Taste is of the aromas with acidic tartness of lemon juice.
Mouthfeel is stinging of tartness and carbonation with a mouth puckering bite.
Not a whole lot going on with this one. Admittedly, not my favorite style.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at The Bruery earlier tonight. Well, on to the beer:

Semi-hazy lemon juice yellow in appeaance. The aroma is mild with lemon and other citrus juice flavors, mixed with a tart note. The beer is very light in flavor, almost to the point of being nothing more than water. Similar lemon and orange flavors, some tonic water character brushes against the palate. It has refreshment potential, but the sweet/tart citrus flavors run out of steam towards the end.

I was glad to try it, but this beer ended up being too light for me. (I should also note this was the first beer I had during the night.) Maybe Berliner Weiss' aren't my thing.

UPDATE 6/20: more sour and tart flavors + less tonic water character = better beer. Lemme up the score here.

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Photo of Erzengel
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice 0,75l bottle with crowntop. Thanks to kappldav for this beer!
Very pale in the glass, no head, light sour smell.
The beer in the mouth starts slightly sour, much less than expected. It continues with this light sour tone, that has a pineapple-like flavour in it. Quite interesting and unexpected for a Berliner Weiße.
The mainpart of this beer is very smooth, mild, the sourness leaves the mouth and is nearly gone with the finish. A bit disappointing, but it leaves a mild-smooth mouth-feeling in the end.
--> Great, light summer-refreshing beer. A bit lighter and less sour as its German counterparts.
The only thing I complain is the price - my bottle says 13,50$ - (which is ~ 9,20€). In my eyes far too expensive for such a beer. It's a good beer - but here in Europe you won't even sell it for half of it!

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Photo of dstc
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale yellow. big white head falls to about nothing. Thinnest of lace.

Big, sour aroma with hints if lemon.

Sour taste. Lemon flavor, green apple and a bit of funk. Definitely a sour beer.

Thin to medium bodied and carbonated, very low alcohol.

Decently done I guess but not for me. Little too thin and a little too sour. Well done though.

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Photo of claspada
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear, pale yellow color with a frothy, sudzy, white head that settles out fairly quickly.

Aromas begin and end quite straight-forward with a sour, lemony flesh/zest with a small amount of white wheat malt backbone.

The tastes begin with a faint pilsner maltiness coupled with a little wheat. After the short hint of sweetness, you get some tart fresh lemon juice and wave of lactic sourness.

The mouthfeel is quite light-bodied but that is fine for such a low ABV beer, with medium carbonation. Finish has a pleasing sourness on the light, lemonesque finish.

Overall I am not particularly enthralled with this beer, the sour twang notes are a bit too light and the mouthfeel could use a slight carbonation bump. Flavor profile was not too far from an undersweetened lemonade.

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Photo of femALEist
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a Berliner Weissbier and only 3.10%. It poured a bright yellow. It smelled a bit funky, Brett, not too tart but with a bit of lemon. It tasted like sour lemons, green apples then turns to yeast. It is very light and I learned from some fabulous East Bayers that it is meant to be drunk with sweeten syrups, which I would love to try sometime.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is poured from a beautiful bruery bottle into a wheat beer glass. Beer is nearly clear like water. Half way through I violently dislodge everything on the bottom of the bottle in order to give the beer some color. Ends up being hazy and lightly yellow, still looks like cloudy water. Carbonation is high and aggressive, giant bubbles, head forms but falls away quickly leaving no lacing. Carbonation is steady but can't hold up a head. Weird looking beer.

Beer is lactic in aroma, with a carbon dioxide smell to it. I can smell CO2, can't you. Its one dimensional but about as expected.

Whoa this is sour. And has an aftertaste of wheat. That's unfortunate. The sour flavors are fine but the cereal rears up late in the beer and kind of ruins the good tartness in the corners of my mouth. No sweetness, no real bitterness to it. Drinkability is OK mouthfeel is OK. Overall, I don't really care for it though.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - super clear, pale yellow, limited carbonation, the pour welled up a fizzy pure white head that disappears almost immediately

S - tart sweetness, like granny smith apple skins, some faint honey

T - the sourness is bigger in the taste, like the granny smith apples have combined with some tart citric fruits, lemons and limes (tequila anyone)

M&D - puckering, wish I had some of the syrup the bottle suggests to try, definitely quality regardless, but like most sours, you have reeeaaaally like sours

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Photo of Jayli
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle

A: WOW - this has to be the palest light yellow in a beer that I have ever laid eyes on. One finger of sudsy bright white head sits on top. Head recedes relatively quickly with no real lacing to speak of.

S: Nose has a bit of funk to it, major Belgian yeast, and a ton of lemon.

T: Taste is tart up front. I think at first sip, I may have actually puckered a bit. Taste starts slightly funky, with belgian yeast on the forefront of your tongue. Taste then moves in to a real sharp lemony bite that is somewhat watery and then leads to a nice wheat flavoring to round this out.

M: Light body, medium to high carbonation, thin somewhat watery feel.

D: This is my first example of this style, somewhat thin and tart. I personally would have liked a fuller body to this beer, but certainly one to enjoy a few pints of.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy light straw color with a 1/2 inch head that doesn't retain long before disintegrating to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small thin patch of surface foam. Slippery non-resilient lacing.

S- Pleasant aroma of lemon, peach and a hint of vinegar.

T- Light, unobtrusive citrus flavor that has a nice amount of tartness. Extremely easy to drink as it should be for a beer with this low of an ABV. Notes of lemon, grapefruit and granny smith apple.

M- Dry almost to the point of chalky with a moderate pucker. Low carbonation is unexpected and disappointing. The lightest of bodies.

O- Though I wasn't expecting much from a 3.1% Berliner Weisse, I was at least looking forward to a more lively drink. This is just a limp version of the style. Only the second beer from The Bruery that I found to be less than great. The other was White Oak which was on the other end of the spectrum in terms of alcohol and flavor where there was too much of both.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lightly hazy light yellow color with a thin white head that subsided quickly

Smell is cardboard, probably an old bottle, with citric acid like lemonyness and a clean soft wheat accent.

The taste has more of the oxidized cardboard with a nice sourness. Crisp carbonation and the soft wheat flavors go very well with the sour finish to lend it a lemonade like quality.

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a smooth body from the wheat.

Overall I would love to try a fresher version but for a rare style I think this is a good example.

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Photo of TheKingsOfHop
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip shaped glasses:

A: Fresh squeezed lemons with decent carbonation. Starts off with a towering white head that vanishes as quickly as it came, leaving little bubbles dancing around the top of the glass.

S: A barnyard funk, followed by a grassy smell, finishing with a splash of lemons and grapefruit.

T: Tingly and sour all over the palate making us salivate for more. Refreshing and citrus y, like a glass of cold water with lemon.

M: Light/medium body with pins and needles all over the inside of the mouth.

D: Great beer to enjoy on any occasion. Extremely low ABV like always for this style, making it a enjoyable session beer.

The Kings Of Hop

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light gold, yellow in color. There's a dirty, thin head that forms on the pour.
Smell is yeasty, somewhat lemony and just a bit of smoke or burnt malt in the background.
Taste is much more of the same. And the initial flavors thru midway through each sip are very nice. But there's still this burnt, smoky grain flavor in the backend/finish that keeps getting my attention and detracting from the rest of the beer. If it weren't for this, this beer would be very enjoyable. As it is, it's still solid, but just can't focus on the rest of the beer, while I now that flavor is coming in the finish.

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Photo of beagle75
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, palest yellow color with over one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass and a light dusting of sediment is left behind.

S: Like a ripe sourdough starter--there is very little present in the smell of this beer aside from dilute acetic acid and some fairly assertive wheat.

T: Begins dry, with an easygoing tartness that is made more approachable by the soft bready grain that draws out lactic qualities. The middle is largely vacant of discernible qualities, but bready malt resurges in the slightly tart finish.

M: Thin viscosity, wet on the palate where surprisingly little acidity is felt, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Effortlessly drinkable; the strong wheat component here is unexpected in such a low-gravity beer, but definitely compelling. It is a strange sour, fresh rather than woody or musty as is typical for various other styles, possibly with potential as a gateway. While remarkably clean, a word of warning is in order: do not follow other beers with this one, unless you like your sour beer to taste like stomach acid.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 10/23 at a tasting in NYC, from notes. Thanks for the bottle Shane!

Pours a cloudy yellow with a huge white head fading to film. Bottle began to foam as I opened it.

Smells of musty bales of hay. Straw piles in the barnyard, a lot funkier than I remembered. Citrus notes are along as well with a hint of pear.

Taste mirrors this funk as well as a distinct lemony acidity. As it warmed a touch, I kept getting a very weird almondy dry finish. I would expect it to finish dry, but the nuttiness that I kept detecting was odd. Such a distinct almond flavor too, almost an amaretto quality to it.

Mouthfeel was nice. Carbonation appropriate. Not terribly drinkable- it could be a lot better for its ABV, but this one is surprisingly funky and too much so to be able to gulp down.

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Photo of BTPete
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured between 2 tulips.

A: Hazy golden yellow. Nice foamy head that dissipates away.

S: sour, tart, and lemony. Reminds me of wine in a way.

T: Really tart. Some nice tones of fruit but like I said very tart and sweet. Dry finish.

M: Nicely carbed and bubbly. Medium to light body. Dry finish.

D: Really drinkable as far as ABV goes but turns into a sipper due to sweet and tartness of it. Enjoyed on a sunny day and seems nice for such a setting.

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Photo of philbe311
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of light, fluffy, slightly rocky pure white head quickly fizzes away... A completely translucent very pale muted gold color... Bursting with carbonation some of which clings to the sides of the glass and the remainder of which rises at a very quick pace in the center of the glass... The carbonation settles later into the session and the brew becomes rather still...

S - Musky... Dough loaded with yeast... Hints of melon, apple, and pear... A touch of cider... A touch of vinegar... A touch of ginger... A wonderfully light and complex aroma...

T - The impact on the palette is much more muted than expected... All the expected flavors are present, but all in a very mild manor... Only slightly more than a passing kiss of tartness... Apple, pear, and melon... A touch of citrus... A touch ginger... Slightly grassy...

M - Wonderfully light... Wonderfully mellow... Wonderfully crisp... Wonderfully refreshing... Mild carbonation... Slightly thin finish...

D - A solid Berliner Weissebier, but a slightly muted and subdued version... Doesn't pack the flavor or potency that I was expected... Easy drinking and still highly enjoyable, but nothing to memorable...

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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 claytong
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

if i knew the price i probably wouldnt pay it. crabtree's berliner weiss is top notch and cheap.

appearance - very light straw in color. minimal head, with minor rim lacing. somewhat active carbonation.

smell - grapes, acid, pear, pretty nice and well blended.

taste - wheat bread, grapes, wheres the tartness/acid?, not bad but not great

mouthfeel/overall - lack of acid makes it pretty wet in the mouth, thin body and thin carbonation. still very drinkable and enjoyable, but not my ideal for the style.

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Photo of hoptrip619
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allow me to preface the following diatribe with the fact that I did not approach this beer with an open mind. Following the Backstreet Brewery "Pink Stink" incident a while back, I swore to take a break from this particular style. It's not that I don't like or appreciate a good Berliner Weiss, it's just I wasn't prepared for what transpired on that particular occasion. With this being said, I wasn't at all disappointed by this offering from the Bruery.

A- The beer pours a hazy white/yellow color with champagne-like carbonation. This head dissipated rather quickly, as would champagne head. My duff shaker pint was not the appropriate glassware but nobody's perfect on Sunday.

S- Citric acidity of meyer lemon zest, sourdough bread, slight but detectable funk.

T- Slight sour character upfront, which almost immediately subsides into a very bready malt flavor. Berliner Weiss for beginners would be my first reaction.

M/D - Very light in body and quite sessionable. Could have been a bit more adventurous in the sour/funk department but a good Berliner for the uninitiated.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at The Bruery's anniversary. Lightly hazy pale straw with a white head. Funky, tart, wheaty aroma with some apple. The flavor is mostly crisp lemony tartness with some wheat grain, a light acetic touch and tart pear and apple. Not intensely acidic, but I do have a high threshold for sour. Light bodied with crisp, ample carbonation. Great light and refreshing beer.

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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.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle in a trade from Benanomyces. Thanks Ben for the chance to try this!

Pours a very hazy very light straw golden color. Very similar to a Witbier in look. Huge creamy white head with great retention. Leaves lots of lacing all over.

The nose is very strange. It's like a cross between wet moldy hay and stale wheat (or at least what I imagine stale wheat would smell like). Very barn-like, and not in a Brett way. It's not terrible, just not what I was expecting. I was expecting a more tart sour wheat aroma, but I didn't really get it.

The taste is a little better. Sour and tart notes hit you right away, leaving me wondering where they were in the nose. Smooth wheat finish, this is turning out good...why doesn't it smell like this...then it hits me. The aftertaste is that unpleasant wet hay character. It's not overpowering, but very subtle, and enough to annoy me. Drops the taste score some.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp carbonation and smooth wheaty finish. Nice. Drinkability is ok, if not for that off taste I got, it would have been easier to drink. It also didn't help that I finished the 750 ml by myself.

Overall, not a bad beer. I know nothing of the style, and therefore don't know if that wet moldy hay/stale wheat character is supposed to be there, or an off taste developed somewhere along the line. I wish it was more tart and sour than it is. I'll have to have this agian, and others in the style, to find out if this is a good representation of the style, or if The Bruery put their own twist on it that I just don't care for.

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

Shared at the Brass Rail. Thanks to whomever supplied it.

A: The Berliner weiss is hazy, a pale straw color that looks sickly. I can't see through the glass, but it is blanketed by almost a half a finger of white densely-packed head.

S: The wheat is strong in this one. It's (the wheat) characteristic tartness has been augmented, resulting in a crisply tart, acidic nose.

T: The ale builds to a climax, only to tumble off quickly. The wheat is very tart initially, sharp and acidic. That acidity builds, especially as it sits in my mouth, until it just, well, drops off the face of the earth. The acidity is there one minute, gone the next. In its place, biscuity malts hang out but they don't have the same intensity that the wheat did. The only remnant of the sharp bite is a mild lingering tartness, pale in comparison to the original dosage.

M: The mouthfeel is a study in contrasts. Upfront, the tartness is fresh and strong; later is skulks away. Hey, on the bright side, it weighs in under 4%!

D: Like most Berliner weissbiers, Hottenroth is low in alcohol and long on tartness, at least for a spell.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an goblet. Bought this bottle late last year.

3.5 A: Well hazed pale lime-yellow color. Half a finger of frothy white head falls rather quickly (but okay for the style) and leaves no lacing.

3.5 S: Only a touch of tart sourness. However, a lot more funk comes through on the brett side. Musky farmhouse, lemony wheat, and dirty earth. A touch of diaper in there too. Okay, but the aromas don't

3.5 T: Like the nose, the taste is pleasant, but lacking in power. Again, only enough sourness to scratch the weakest sour itch. Funkiness is't as strong as the nose, but still comes in the form of musty basement. Lemony wheat, fairly grassy, and a touch of bread.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Lovely, spritzy carbonation. Super smooth and perfect amount of creaminess. I'm not sure what it is, but this feels great on the tongue. Easily the best part.

4.0 D: Overall pretty mediocre, but the mouthfeel is great and brings up the drinkability quite a bit.

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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
4.02 out of 5 based on 1,574 ratings.
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