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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

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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426
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1,567
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
21.14%
 
 
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Photo of Halcyondays
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a translucent golden yellow with a light white head, but good head retention for the style, not a bad look.

S: Wheaty, acidic, lemon zest, citrus fruit, light funk.

T: Lemon juice and acidity on first taste, goes more into the wheat as the taste evolves. Lemon and goat cheese/funk. Interesting, haven't had a lot from this style, but this is a good flavour.

M: Much lighter on the acidity than in Berliner Kindl Weisse, the only other version I have had, found it a bit thin at times, very light-bodied.

D: A nice beer from the Bruery, would be great on a hot day. Not a style I have a lot of experience with, glad to see a local brewer taking on this kind of beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells mildly sour and malty for the style. Scents of lemon and grain. Little bit of sweet tart scent.

Starts out mildly sour with a upfront lemon flavor. Mildly sour. No hops at all. Mostly this is just light and sour.

Mouthfeel is pretty good.

Over all, decent Berliner Weiss.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: pale hazy white color with just a tiny hint of yellow. Lots of apparent effervescence and finger of nice foamy head. I find it quite appetizing.

Smell: tart, wheaty, yeasty with a little citrus. The yeast seems a bit strong, rather like a freshly opened Wyeast smack-pack; still, it's quite interesting.

Taste: tart, light and refreshing. Citrus is the first broad flavor that comes to mind; it's quite bready in flavor as well, which helps keep the tartness in check and balances out the flavor. I quite like it.

Mouthfeel: a little astringent but also relatively well carbonated and creamy. Body is thin but that is acceptable within the style. I like it.

Drinkability: very drinkable indeed. I love tart/sour beers; they pique the tongue's interest enough that when the flavor fades, you just want more.

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

On tap at Teresa's next door this past Sunday.

The beer pours a light gold color with minimal head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is quite tart, but with mouthwatering acidity. I get some lemon-lime aromas, which are replicated on the palate. The beer is just so light and easy to drink, and is just a joy to drink. It's a bit more sour and tart then I've ever come across in a berliner weisse previously, but is still very thirst quenching and delicious. Drinkability is exceptional. What a treat!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better versions of this somewhat elusive style. For me, most are simply not tart or lactic enough. This one hits the nail on the head. Pours a hazy pale straw color, with an almost greenish cast. Finely beaded pure white head. Smells soft and slightly grainy, with an almost barnyard note as well. Some lactic tartness, particularly at the end. The taste is much more lactic and tart than the aroma would suggest. Nice lemony sourness, almost cutting at first, and then turning more into a lemon peel bitterness with some lemon juiciness hanging in there. A touch of lactic tanginess, not quite creamy, makes a brief appearance. Really nice beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap many times so now it's time to review the bottles. Consumed on 9/13/2009 and poured into my Moonlight pint glass. The beer is light straw golden with a fizzy white head and decent retention.

The nose is grassy, with a lot of lemon. Actually, the bottle has noticeably changed since I first had it a few weeks back. There's a lot more lemon now than before. Brett imparts a musty and tart quality. Notes of wheat are evident, and there's no alcohol at all.

What a flavorful beer. Excellent tart quality and a nice tart and musty Brett character. There's a decided zing of lemon, as well as notes of ripe apples. There's a wheat quality to the beer. The finish is lemon and tart with a nice lactic sourness. Excellent!

The beer is light bodied with a nice high medium level of carbonation a crisp mouthfeel. This is a hell of a beer.

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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 lacqueredmouse
2.83/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an extremely pale yellow, verging on colourless, very cloudy with a thick fine head of pure white foam. Lacing is very good, and the extreme, fine carbonation looks like tiny streams of pure effervescence. A very sophisticated and refined looking beer, and just exactly what you want in a Berliner Weisse.

Loads of funk and acidity on the nose, tart citrus rind, grapefruit, composting greenery and crushed vegetation. A hint of wet burlap sack, and a more organic yeast character are also noticeable. Not bad.

Taste is far different from expected. There's only an initial tart character on the front of the tongue, which disappears almost immediately, leaving a thin biscuity character, and an odd flavour of marzipan. The yeast funk is noticeable, and the finish is left quite phenolic and rank. Mouthfeel is extremely thin, which I guess is average for the style, but without much acidity, it just leaves exposed the very mediocre back palate.

Everything just fell away once I took a sip; this beer ends up thin, bare and empty. Maybe this is a Berliner Weisse which really requires syrup to give it any character (or rather, to cover the weak, but unpleasant characters it has). It was promising on the nose, and it looked the part, but it couldn't hold its end up when it counted. A shame.

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Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured straight. No syrup, thank you.

Pours a slightly cloudy, very pale golden yellow color with lots of visible carbonation bubbling up and a two finger frothy white head that immediately disappears into very thin ring that slowly fades. No lacing whatsoever.

Sweet, slight funky aroma with lots of bready yeast, sweet citrus peel, ripe banana, crisp golden apple and musty earthy bretty funk. Smells like there might even be some champagne yeast as well. Very complex and I'm pleasantly surprised after the lackluster appearance.

Soft carbonation up front with a complex sweet, yet tart medium body that is slightly puckering and a dry effervescent finish. Slightly puckering, tart, earthy brett funkiness up front is nicely countered by a very sweet bready yeast backbone with lots of citrus peel, zest spice and subtle ripe banana notes. Lots of lemon peel/zest and crisp golden apple character. The wheat beer characteristics really shine through and blend together very well with the tart/lactic brett notes, making this beer extremely quaffable. The exquisite finish and slightly puckering tart aftertaste makes it hard for me to put my glass down.

I have to admit that I'm very surprised with this one. I had this on tap at a Bruery event and was not impressed at all. After sampling this bottle I have to say that Hottenroth is probably the best example of the style I've had yet.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale gold color with good carbonation. Nose is funk and spice. Taste is grass, spice, funk and hardly any booze at all. So much flavor and so little alcohol, nice. A little tartness, fruits but mainly citrus. A very good, low ABV brew with good taste. Well done.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is a light cloudy straw typical in color of any berliner weisse. The head is white but very weak in substance with big bubbles fading quickly. The lacing is light. The aroma is light with a light tartness some citrus and lots of bready yeast. I wish it was a little more sour. The taste is a light too, a little lemon citrus on the front followed by a little muted tartness. The feel is medium but very drinkable. Overall, a decently drinkable enjoyable beer but not tart enough to be an awesome berliner

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

- Labeled as a Belgian style tart wheat ale.

A: Poured a pale straw-lemonade color supplemented with dull orange highlights. The beer was topped off by an initial 2 finger, bright white fizzy head that quickly bubbled and dissipated away to a thin soapy covering within the first minute or two. Clarity was very turbid, again like homemade lemonade providing a thick haziness.

S: The nose opened up with a tartness that was strong and evident upon first opening and pour. There were hints of dry wheat and hay along with a sour muskiness of lemon peels and sour tangerines. A yeastiness of musky damp bread followed by a dry tart lemony fade is found on the finish. The initial impression was strong and forthright, but the scent dwindled away over a short period of time to one of only light proportions.

T: The flavor opens up with a tart wet lemony kiss. There is a bitterness that was on mouth puckering proportions compiled of a tart fruitiness of green apples followed by a dry tart wheat backing. The flavor is highlighted by a smooth sourness that was musky and damp, strong in character with its fair share of acidity.

M: light bodied with a slick texture and a light bubbly sensation for carbonation. A nice ensuring sour twang of homemade lemonade is detected on the swallow.

D: pretty decent. You would never guess this beer to be only 3.1%abv in nature, which had a huge offering of flavor and sourness making this a decent summer time quencher. A bomber suffices here due to its fairly strong acidity and sour nature. Enjoyable and recommendable.

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

A: Pours with a big frothy white head over a beautiful pale straw color like a Sauvignon Blanc.

S: First yeasty, then lemony. A little cracker. Some tropical fruit.

T: Pilsner-like light malt body, only slightly tart. Mild bitterness in the finish. I'd hoped for a little more sourness.

M: Pleasantly prickly. Thin in the mouth, but that's expected for the style. Clean finish.

O: nice beer on a warm sunny day. Easy to sip, quite sessionable were it not a bit on the pricy side.

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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 rudzud
2.66/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle from Julio's a few weeks back. My friends bottle was pretty bad, but this one is slightly better.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear super light yellow with a fizzy one finger head that immediately fades to leave no lacing or anything.

S - Yeah, slightly better than my friends bottle, but this one still has a horrific burnt rubber aroma that overwhelms whatever light funk and citrus/wheat thats there.

T - None of that disgusting rubber on the taste. Starts and runs through all one note sourness that has some nice wheat flavours but ends with strong funk/burlap sack.

M - Hands down the best part of this beer. Higher carbonation on this one results in a nice prickly feeling on the tongue that makes it very drinkable.

O - Yeah, not sure what to make of this. The first time I tried it no one could get past one sip, this is slightly better but not by much. Incredibly disheartening.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.12/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle

A- Pours a very pale and slightly hazed straw yellow color with a fizzy white head caused by the high amount of carbonation.

S- The aroma is tart, making my mouth water and tingle with every smell from the tartness. There is hints of lemon and yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma suggests is very tart and mouth-puckering for me. Behind the tartness, I can pick up on hints of lemon and some yeast as well.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this style overall. However, I can appreciate that this is a good representation of the style. Worth a try.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft at sams in Durham. pours a bright yellow with a 1 inch white head that quickly dissipates. slight tart lemony nose. good aroma. taste is very tart at first, then as you get through the glass it eases up. extremely refreshing. high carbonation and a light body.

overall perfect for summer and at only 3.1% you could enjoy this all day if you so desired. loved it.

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Photo of dar482
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer has a golden yellow color.

The aroam has some sweet lemon and citrus, tartness, and some funk.

The flavor is really tart and lemony with some wheat on the backbone.

The body is quite light. It really does pack tons of sourness for such a low ABV.

This is a truly refreshing beer. It's easy drinking and depending on the price, could be cheaper than Professor Fritz 1809. I prefer that beer, but for a Bruey beer, if you can find the right price. I recommend this.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 750ml bottle courtesy of Ding!

I got a good hiss when I popped the cap, it pours a hazy lemonade yellow with close to a 1 finger head of foam. Looking at the impressive sheets of lacing, the look here is outstanding.

The foam and lacing *do* fade during the session but not enough to make me get *tough* on the score.

The smell is a mix of barnyard antics, lemony wheat, and some strong notes of vinegar. The smell is intriguing.

The taste is all tart and tasty. Lots of lemony wheat with a rambunctious amount of vinegar tartness that has my mouth puckering a bit. Just a bit. ;^) The vinegar comes across very much apple like and there's just a tiny bit of a hint of barnyard that was bigger in the nose. I'm digging this brew.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation, it has a good mouthfeel given the style and appropriate, to the style, abv.

Drinkability? Man, this is an excellent summertime brew that really really is refreshing. The Bruery....I THANK you and Ding!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a Berliner Kindl Weisse pokal, formed a 1/4" bright white head over the cloudy golden brew. Head is promptly down to an uneven skim, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is earthy citric tartness. Taste starts lightly tart, then comes full on lemon in the middle, and then ends dry and clean on the tongue. Mouthfeel is so smooth for such a sour brew, and drinkability is great.

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

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

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a bit murky. The color of the body is straw. Vertical pour yields a modest crown of bright white fuzz. Thin lacing.

S-Pleasantly tart. Dried wheat. Tart apples and must. Hay and lemon meringue.

T-Not supremely tart but the sour is set to an agreeable pitch. Tart lemons and apples. Sour, wet wheat. Musty and rustic but also lighthearted and vibrant.

M-Super light and bubbly. I could drink this entire bottle in seven minutes if I didn't want to restrain myself a bit.

O/D-Pretty tasty. Its got some neat stuff going on at 3.1%. Its very agreeable and I don't really have anything bad to say about it; just happy to have copped a bottle.

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

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

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a slightly hazy straw gold color with about a half inch white head. It smells like wheat, bread/dough, lemon and also a bit of an herbal aroma I can't identify. The aroma isn't tart at all. However, that all changes in the taste. Tart lemon and apple flavors show up first, and there's also some wheat/grain and herbs noticable in the taste. Also has a nice lingering tart finish. Mouthfeel/body is light and thin, and it has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it's crisp, refreshing, smooth and extremely easy to drink. With the ABV being just 3.1%, going through a bottle of this is pretty easy. This would really be a great summer beer. This is the first Bruery beer I've tried, and it certainly won't be the last.

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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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Hottenroth Berliner Weisse from The Bruery
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