Nottenroth | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.08%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A batch of Hottenroth Berliner that failed to sour properly and aged with fresh kumquats.

Added by FosterJM on 04-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 72
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.02/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Why does Hottenroth rule and Nottenroth Not?

Pours like literally the thinnest beer I have ever seen. The aroma was downright sulfuric.

The taste was more of water than Natural Light. Like they put 4 lemon wedges in a water at Olive Garden.

So disappointing.

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Photo of jealousmonk
2.33/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

This is not a good beer. I guess I see the appeal of a low alcohol, almost flavorless beer for some settings (4th of July party with Bud-swigging relatives? beer pong?), but not at $10 a bottle. This isn't what I'm looking for from the Bruery. Smells boring, almost like nothing, tastes thin and vegetable-y. The Hottenroth is awesome, but this bastard sibling is nothing of the sort.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.07/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at the Bruery tasting room that was staffed like a wal mart (i.e. tons of customers, very few employees, long lines).

Pours looking like one of the lightest, thinnest yellow colored beers ever. Calling it yellow isn't even accurate, its what yellow looks like after you pour a bunch of water into it. No head on it. Really doesn't look impressive at all. Utter failure.

Aroma, ugh, what the dillio? This smelled bad. Like if you let a garden product just rot. and sulfur was coming out of it. Squash, wheat, pumpkin, whatever, it had the rotting smell to it. Like really bad funk. Tasted a little better, the horrible aroma and appearance are left behind, mild watered down lemon and wheat notes. Approaching beer territory. Bland, but still has kind of a brackish off putting mouthfeel and aftertaste.

I don't know what this is, an abomination of the awesome hottenroth seems to be the most fitting answer.

While I'm definitely a Bruery loyalist, this beer reveals my allegiance to only go so far. . .

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.77/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the source itself. On to the beer:

The sunny yellow color brightens the sight, and a little creamy head on top makes a fine contrast. The nose is much different compared to the original Hottenroth, as this one didn't get to sour. Don't fret, I like it. The smell of orange juice and citrus peel tease the nose, putting me in the mood for a fruit smoothie.

While overall the flavor is rather light, there's enough that you won't need a searching party to find it all. Citric acid, orange, citrus peel, and a touch of malted grain give this beer the feling that's almost a fruit beer but isn't. The mouthfeel is very light, with gentle and crisp carbonation livening the body. It's not just easy to drink, but enjoyable as well.

Sometimes, brewing mistakes work. Write up Nottenroth to the list. A very refreshing beer and possible substitute as a breakfast beverage.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.79/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler served in a Bruery tulip. This beer is interesting, very lemony, smells and tastes like a lemon bar.

Beer is yellow / white and really hazy with a wispy white head of tiny bubbles, no retention, no lacing, low carbonaiton.

Aroma is lemons all the way, and grain, smells like a lemon bar.

Beer is light and lemony on the palate, a little grainy on the finish, refreshing but not great. I like Hottenroth much more.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Bruery

The pour is a cloudy straw color with a small white head. A very strong kumquat aroma and just very citric overall. There is a mild grass and quite a bit of citrus peel aroma. Somewhat reminiscent of orange and grapefruit juice. The flavor starts off with sweet citrus and a mild acidity that intensifies as the beer warms up. Lots and lots of kumquat with a fair amount of grapefruit as well. A touch of grass some yeast and lots of wheat, though not a very malty flavor.

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Photo of kevanb
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Filled a growler of this for our 4th of July BBQ

A: Kind of a neon yellowy color, very hazy, a big frothy head jumps out but recedes quickly. No lacing or retention to speak of.

S: Tons of kumquats, citrus, mostly lemon, a bit of wheatiness and malt, but mostly sugary fruit. You can't really perceive any tartness from the nose, just sweetness.

T: Mellow kumquats and citrus, a bit more wheat and tartness than the nose implied but you can definitely tell that this didn't sour at all.

M: Definitely watery, the carbonation is just ever so present but doesn't really do anything for this beer, sure does go down easily though.

O: Not a bad beer considering it's a salvage job. The fruit flavors and super light body were pretty much perfect for a hot summer BBQ on the 4th of July, almost drank like a lemonade. I don't think I'd get this for any other purpose than sharing on a hot day.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Golden State Cafe in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, malt, tart fruit, and yeast. Taste is very much the same with a slightly tart finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer and an interesting twist on Hottenroth.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Stone.

A: Hazy pale yellow with an inch and a half of white foam.

S: Big kumquat aromatics with evident floral character. Earthy with a dash of leather. Touch of lemon with grains.

T: Grainy malt with lemon and kumquat. A bit more simple than the aroma. Dry lemon grain finish. I get a dash of lactic character and citric acidity, despite the story behind the beer.

M: Light body with high carbonation.

Overall: I'm glad the brewery was able to salvage this batch and create a unique 2% beer. Nothing spectacular but I dig the nose and the idea of the beer.

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Photo of flannelman808
2.58/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

this is complete garbage. A, "salvaged" beer not worth its cost. Incidentally, it's also not worth much more than water in a... yeast driven sort of way say. Basically; this purchase of watered down fruit, and pale barely juice, is... a 2 % alcohol by volume failure which ought not gain your enthusiasm. That is all.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured a pale murky golden yellow color with a 2 finger head that left good amounts of lacing sticking to the glas.

S: lots of wheat was coming out of the aroma with traces of citrus, sulfur which was not appealing, mild spice, and weird raw chicken notes as well; not good.

T: most of the flavor was composed of the wheat but had citrus, spice, lots of malty swetness and some mild kumquat accents.

M: the brew was light in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a malty, sweet, slight citrus, wheaty, and crisp finish.

O: definitely by far has been one of the most dissapointing beers from the bruery. They should have drained poured it for sure.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On Tap

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Hazy golden with a moderate near-white head that leaves dots of lace on the way down. Looks very thin.

Wheat, simple grain, and a touch of kumquat presence in the aroma. Everything is well integrated but mild. Nice enough.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with wheat and grain leading the way, with just a bit of fruit character. Simple.

Thin bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Very water-like.

Decent enough salvaging of a beer that didn't turn out right.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a dark goldenrod with a moderate white head, leaving solid lace.

S: Kumquats all the way, one-dimensional, but a great smell.

T: Lemons, wheat, light kumquat flavours. Fairly bland aside from the fruit.

M: Light-bodied, high carbonation, almost too much. Crisp, clean. Refreshing. Very mild acidity if that.

O: A good beer, I'm glad they got something out of this. As a refreshing session beer, it's nice, I'm not sure it's anything more than that.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Bruery from a randall filled with strawberries.

A: Pours a hazy, grapefruit-skin yellow with an initial 1/4" fine white head which fades to the rim leaving no lace behind.

N: Kumquats, yeast, grainy wheat, lemon citrus, and faint berries with some dry hay notes.

T: Wheaty yeast, citrus, grassy, and trace sour strawberry.

M: Thin as rice paper. Kind of like rinse water. Super light body and fine carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: The wheat compliments the kumquats with the low ABV. Just too bland and weak for me.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1203rd Review on BA
Draft to Goblet


App- Hazy medium yellow with a soft 1 finger quick receding head. Small speckeled cling.

Smell- Wheat forward with grainular citrus and then a little spice and prickly tang.

Taste- A lot more of the wheat comes out on this one. The prickly citrus of the Kumquats is fairly light. Refreshing, crisp and light. Not overly tart but has a lemonde tinge grainular flavor to it.

Mouth- A very light body with a high carbonation level. Leaves the wheat and kumquats flavor quite nice and a lip smacking tang.

Drink- Tasty little beer, really light and refreshing.

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Nottenroth from The Bruery
3.27 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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