Friday, March 19, 2010

The Bruery Hottenroth Berliner Weisse

One of the best and least well known secrets of Whole Foods in Irvine at The District is the incredible selection of beer that they have. Not only do they have a great selection of bottled micro-brews but comparatively they are very cheap.They also always have 4 brews on tap, an Enomatic machine for wine, and light tapas. Not to mention the beers in bottle that they source from various beers throughout the country for their tastings that change every weekend. 

D and I had date night last Sunday and we were planning on going to see Alice in Wonderland in 3D at The District. As an aside, 3D is totally worth it but the IMAX isn't. The movie is amazing though. D and I love to get sandwiches made in the deli and then sit in the wine bar to enjoy them. Pretzel bread is the best! It's quiet in the back and hardly anybody is ever in there. D usually gets a glass of sparkling and this time I chose to get this beer off the tap. 2.99$!!!!! How can you beat a pint of premium for 2.99? Don't strain your brain, you can't

This was my second sour beer that I have ever had. The first being the Duchesse De Bourgogne I reviewed a while back. Mmmm...warm oaked cherry Coke. Not exactly a good first impression of the sour beer style. 

 Described by The Bruery as a tart German-style Berliner Weisse which is a sour, cloudy, German wheat beer of low alcohol(3%ABV usually). 

The sourness is created using Lactobacillus(Milk Yeast) and a hint of brettanomyces (Brett brings the funk).
Stats: ABV: 3.1%, IBU: 2, SRM: 2, 

Appearance: Very light yellow and a little cloudy with little to no head coming out of the tap.

Aroma: Despite using Brettanomyces in this brew there was surprisngly little funkiness coming out of the glass. "Brett" is usually kept as far away from traditional beers as possible BECAUSE of the funkiness so I found it odd I couldn't really detect it. It smelled, sweet but not malty with a hint of lemon.

Taste: Have you ever had one of those picnic drinks where they combine beer and lemonade? That's kind of what this tasted like. Like a Hefeweizen with extra extra extra lemon squeezed in. Little bit of sour tang but not too much. At first I wasn't sure if I liked it, but as I got deeper into the glass I found it really refreshing. Creamy mouthfeel but light, even though there weren't too many bubbles. One of the best things about it is that at 3.1% ABV you CAN drink a lot of it while mowing the grass on a hot day. 

This one is not easy to get everywhere but if you can it's definitely worth a try, and even though it only comes in a 750 ml in the store you can drink it all yourself and feel ok about it.

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