Hottenroth
Bruery Terreux

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Style:
Berliner Weisse
Ranked #117
ABV:
3.1%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,841
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 10.81%
Reviews:
437
Ratings:
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Photo of BenHoppy
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very thin, almost like a sour water than a beer. It was refreshing on a hot summer day but nothing too special. This was a 3 year old bottle and despite the low abv the bottle said ages well so the 3 year age shouldn't be a huge factor. I did on the other hand pick up flavors of lemon, lemon grass, tangerine, and mango.

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Photo of iguanodon
3.14/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750 ml bottle dated 05/12/16. Pours slightly hazy gold with a big coarse white head that disappears right away. Aroma is lemon, grass, funk. Taste is tart lemon, brett funk, a little wood. Strong carbonation makes for a lively mouth feel. Nice hot weather beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling yellow-gold with a loud fizzy head that immediately dies to nothing.

Smell has bready wheat with pear, apple, and sparkling white wine.

Zippy and effervescent, flavors of tart green and yellow apple are joined by lightly funky hay, faint wheat, white grape and bitter grass that come as fast as they go in this exceedingly, disappearingly airy brew.

The light body finishes tingly and semi-wet.

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Photo of jaialai-untilidie
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No head retention at all. Champagne like carbonation. Not very sour, drinkable but seems lacking in areas. A nice summer berliner but it seems subdued. Just a hink of funk

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Photo of GiselesGazelle
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine glass. 2016 bottle that I picked up from my local liquor store in December 2017, $6.99.

Appearance - poured about a finger of eggshell white head that dissipated immediately. It was literally gone within seconds, and that was that. Absolutely no lacing, but there's a nice stream of effervescent loveliness. Golden straw color with light shades of orange, and a slightly cloudy but fairly translucent body.

Smell - lemon citrus, pear, and funk. I don't like the "barnyard" descriptor, but yeah, that's what a lot of people would call it. Kind of like a musty wheat, but in the best way. Light shades of vinegar.

Taste - lemon and pear again, which is pretty straight forward. Lightly tart lactic acid, which is pretty tame for Bruery Terreux, but exactly what you'd want/expect from a berliner style. Light funk.

Mouth feel - extremely light bodied with a semi dry finish. The carbonation is on point and meshes perfectly with the acidity.

Overall - what can you say? It's low abv and not particularly complex. It's not as tart as most of Bruery's other sours. If you want a sour bomb, you should probably keep looking. But honestly, you shouldn't be expecting that from a berliner anyway. This is excessively drinkable and refreshing, the perfect beer to session on a hot summer day. Phenomenal price point at that. Maybe a prototypical berliner.

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Photo of Brolo75
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a pale yellow straw color with no head retention, slight haze.

A: Tart lemons, some funk and sourness, slight notes of bready malts, also picking up some stone fruits like apricots and peaches, aromas are subtle.

T: Lemon peel like tartness, green apples, malts, more lemon tartness in the finish, very easy to drink, too easy.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

O: Amazingly easy to drink, lots of lemony citrus notes, hint of green apple tartness and slight malt to balance it out, I could quite a bit of this on a hot southern CA day.

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Photo of colts9016
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I know that this is a session beer and I am looking forward to this beer. A monster 3 finger head that dissipated very quickly. The color of the beer is pale yellow, super pale yellow color. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy with an immense amount carbonation bubble. The carbonation in the beer is akin to Champagne.
A very light toasty malt, bready touch of apple, and some citrus. Not much else I can detect in the nose.
A tarty apple note, lightly toasted malts, some citrus, and bready.
The mouthfeel of the beer is light, the body of the beer is light, the finish is medium and extremely high carbonation.
A very light and refreshing beer. Berliners are my go to beer for the hot summer day. This beer beats anything BMC could ever produce.

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Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy maize color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of slight floral hops, slight citrus hops, slight lemon, slight bacterial funk, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Berliner Weissbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong dryness. Tastes of slight floral hops, slight citrus hops, slight lemon, wheat, hint of bacterial funk, and slight citrus. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of bnes09
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale lemon yellow color, mostly transparent. Minimal head. Lemon and yeast aroma. Mild, white bread backbone with hints of tart lemon and veggie hop. Light as can be body. Highly bubbly and effervescent. Hint of salt. Descent. A little light in flavor and body, even for the style.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy pale gold with a three finger fizzy white head. The head recedes quickly leaving some very light lacing.

S - Aroma is lemon, wheat and some light funkiness.

T - The flavor follows the aroma. Lemon upfront followed by wheat, light lacto, and some biscuit and cracker in the finish.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. Nice crisp mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Very nice Berliner. Packs a good amount of flavor for 3.1%. Perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of 57md
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very pale straw color with plenty of fizziness and a thin head. The nose has tart lemony notes. Some of the tart citrus comes through in the flavor profile but it tastes quite bland even considering the style.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2015. Pours a very light hazy yellow color with fizzy white head. Light citrus notes and some tartness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes tart and dry. Very nicely done berliner.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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 M_C_Hampton
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: served draught at the brewery, light golden colored with nearly no head, cloudy

S: pickles, funk, Vienna sausages

T: sour up front, definite flavor of pickles present, lemon

M: light, crisp, low to medium carbonation

O: the smell is very odd

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Strong lemon/coriander initial aroma, followed by a moderate lacto sourness and a light doughy on the finish.

A: Straw color, totally opaque, with a very thin ring of head around the glass.

T: Lemon flavor, moderate lacto sourness and a little doughy, finishes dry.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation, well attenuated and refreshing.

O: Pretty solid, straight forward Berliner. Full disclosure: I’ve enjoyed Hottenroth for the last 5-6 years, prior to the recent explosion of Breweries creating Berliners. As such, I’ll always have a bit of a soft spot for Hottenroth. Having said that, while solid the aroma and flavor arent overly complex and there’s definitely a lot more competition these days.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Brasserie V in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a pint glass.

Slightly hazy straw-yellow body, one finger white head with good staying power, nice retention, some lacing. Smells of wheat, mild lemon acidity, on the light side, not too intense. A bit of breadiness to it as well. Flavour is similarly bready, wheat, a bit of lemon and minimal citrus, mildly acidic, light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, very drinkable, good carbonation. Missing a little bit of depth, comparative to New Glarus' Thumbprint counterpart. Overall, decent berliner; could drink a whole 75cl bottle in one sitting easily and not get a buzz.

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Photo of hreb
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bruery Terreux Hottenroth Berliner Weisse. 750mL bottle served in a Pilsner glass. Beer pours very pale yellow in color, and quite hazy. Lots of white head, of course. Aroma is mild, but fresh, tart, and slightly lemony. Quite fizzy in the mouth. In different ways I'd describe the flavor in the same terms as the aroma: fresh, tart, clean. Gassy. Dry but impeccably balanced and thus, in combination with the comically low ABV, profoundly drinkable. I'm not a fan of the current sour craze, but in no way is this too sour for me.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

November 21st, 2013 - My tasting notes got lost in the digital aether, from phone to Evernote account, but the Hottenroth left a deep impression - enough to remember it byy almost two years later. No photographic evidence exists either, it seems, but the aroma was clear and sweet, with a hint of that seaside town saline edge about it, and a flavor that was bright and acidic and funky, all within the play and bounds of good taste. The sugar is played way, way down to let the wheat and other Berlinerweisse cast play more than supporting roles. The very first Berlinerweisse I had impressed me more as a dessert beer, but this brew could be an appetizer beer, opening the meal with a grand note.

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Photo of Myotus
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with two finger's worth of white foam that shrivels down to a quarter's worth after 35 seconds. Pale yellow in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. Once the foam head settles, rising bubbles hardly exist. Lacing hardly exists, too.
SMELL: Strong sour yeast aromas meet with subtle wheat and lemony zest aromas.
TASTE: Extremely strong sour yeast flavors (this has to be the most sour beer I have ever had) and mild wood flavors compose the intial flavor. Subtle wheat flavors and a hint of lemony zest finish off this sour bomb as intial flavors continue in strength.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and it's hard to tell how carbonated this is due to its sourness. The sourness simultaneously numbs and stings the tongue. It goes down sticky and that's about it.
NOTE: So sour, but so good.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
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 SaisonRichBiere
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle stamp of 4-14-14

Pours a bright yellow orange with some haze, minimal head. Smells tart, apricot, yeast funk, all muted by wheat grainy aromas. Taste is tart citrus notes, lemon, lime, creamy wheat textures through the middle and a lemony bitterness at the end. Texture is smooth, a bit creamy and yeasty. Great Berliner Weisse, very refreshing and low alcohol. An all-day drinker, and super reasonable for most Bruery pricing- $8.99 at my local shop.

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Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Foundry like a boss in Northampton, MA.

A- Straw hazy yellow pour out of the tap to a tumbler leading to a fizzy white cap. Crown falls to nothing and some legs stick but almost no permanent lacing.

S- Dusty whole wheat cracked grain and lactic acid bacteria. The lacto reminds me of lemons a bit. Hint of funky must.

T- Reminds me of the spontaneous grain fermented Berliner I homebrewed with a very pure flavor profile with two giants: lactic bacteria and wheat. Hint of cracked spices like pink pepper, cereal and stone fruit like a young apricot.

MF- Light as can be with just a hint of fizzy frothy consistency. High carbonation really helps out the acidity and delicate funky flavors.

A pure and fairly straightforward Berliner. Lemony acidity and whole wheaty grains. Personally love the lower end ABV supporting a bold flavor.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.01/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great crisp light blond look. Not fizzy after the initial pour. Terrible smell; hyper-saturated grainy wet moldy fart smell. Tastes like a bag of stale cornstarch drenched in picklejuice. Gross. A mistake.

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Photo of Child_Pugh
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't spot the scent until I looked at comments. Someone said cooked corn and sulfur on the nose.... Perfectly said. That is exactly how it smells. Taste is strange, wheat overtones make it a strange sour. Unusual is my choice term for this. Very acidic, not very smooth and salty after taste, likely would never get again but glad I tried this interesting sour.

Edit: after eating a couple of pretzels this sour changed completely, it tasted much smoother, much more crisp on the palate. An actually very good flavor after the pretzel. Likely due to salt of the pretzels?

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Photo of Panamakevin
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was light delicious and crisp. Perfect for a hot summer day... I was thourghly impressed with it being only $6 a whole foods, I will stock up on this one...

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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1605 ratings