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Old World Hefeweizen - Bootlegger's Brewery

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Old World HefeweizenOld World Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
81
good

86 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 07-02-2008)
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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Murrhey:
Photo of Murrhey
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 22 oz bottle into Pilsner glass 10-19-11

A: Poured a thick, creamy white head. Didn't dome on top. About three and a half finger width, long retention with considerable spotted lacing. Light nutty brown, or darker orange coloration, moderate carbonation and very cloudy.

S: Hoppy with a fruity, banana aroma behind the initial bite. A bit cloyingly sweet.

T: Very much a banana influence. The sweetness in the smell wasn't far off. Slight bitter aftertaste, but not very complex overall taste-wise.

M: A bit thick at first sip, but inconsistent in the mouth.

O: Too sweet for my taste, at least for regular consumption. Might be a nice summer beer. Gets better mid-glass, but nothing phenomenal.

Murrhey, Oct 20, 2011
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
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2.48/5  rDev -31.7%

Cobrabob428, Oct 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Apr 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Crazydaddyo, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a sampler mason jar style glass at the brewery. Poured a hazy yellow with a half finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, and slight cloves. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, banana, and cloves. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice Hefeweizen. That being said, it wasn't that awe-inspring, but was still good. It was a little lighter on carbonation than I like in my Hefe's, but it isn't a deal breaker. I would have this one again given the opportunity...

thagr81us, Jan 10, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

rhino54, Sep 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

jonbonfon, Oct 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

LakerLeith, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of BadBoyFLSTC
1/5  rDev -72.5%

The aroma was like putting your head in a dirty jock locker. The taste was something I would imagine would go along with the smell. I made two attempts to drink this beer, and failed both times.

BadBoyFLSTC, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden amber color was evident right away. A nice solid layer of white foam, maybe to a half an inch came up over the top, but then settled down far too qucikly, leaving behind nothing more then a slight layer of film across the top,

The aroma was good, very nice for the style, with a good sense of wheat, hints of banana and clove and a slight touches of an almost peach like smell. More solid in through the taste. Rolls across the tongue with a good amount of banana and peach flavors, hints of a light grass flavor and light grains then ruling the day on this one. Smooth delivery and excellent carbonation

mikesgroove, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of wethorseblanket
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken during 3rd Anniversary Party.

This is the Old World Hefeweizen run through the "hopinator" filter containing whole cone Citra hops and vanilla beans.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a faint white head.

S: Nose is estery banana, clove spice, wheaty and yeasty with just a slight vanilla component. Not much Citra hop aroma at all.

T: Follows the nose. Again, no distinctly Citra notes. Just running the beer through the filter didn't really pick up much.

M: Somewhat thin, decent carb.

O: Dissappointed with this. Perhaps if there was more contact time with the hops this could be much better.

wethorseblanket, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of joecast
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great to see a brewery in Fullerton doing so well. Happy to sample their wares.

Cloudy golden amber with a thin foamy white head. Low carbonation, maybe I let it warm a bit too much already?

Typical banana clove bubblegum aroma. Nice but not a whole lot extra to it. Missing the big yeast freshness to it of the better examples.

Nice refreshing taste. Missing some carbonation but getting the fullness from the yeast without being too sharp. Nice wheat malt lightness.

Probably a better beer than the score shows but the lack of carbonation has a big impact on this style. Would love to get to the brewery if I get the chance.

joecast, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of lillieja
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy and golden. Small white head that didn't last long.

Smells of yeast, wheat, and banana. Slight hint of spices.

Tastes like an above average geman hefeweizen. Has the spicy character and slight hint of banana. I usually like a little more of the banana and clove taste in my german hefe.

Mouthfeel is pretty typical. Medium body and carbonation.

Overall I like this beer and would have it again. Not as good as some of the hefewiezens I've had from germany but pretty good for the west coast.

lillieja, Sep 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Lak9ers, Jul 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

scottiethebody, Feb 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Braz, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of mbusster88
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours golden color with white head. Head is thin and does not linger long at all. Semi-hazy body that is void of carbonation bubbles.

S: Get a good nose of clove and spice. Some traces of earthy character although not that much. Really your typical hefe aroma.

T/M: Very thin mouth feel with some classic hefe flavors. Good amount of clove and spice in the taste. Other than that I am rather disappointed in the flavor here. Not very much going on and rather bland.

D: Easy to drink although this is not really a beer I would be seeking out again.

mbusster88, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of anthony-martinez
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%

anthony-martinez, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of dbONE
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 22 into a tall pilsner glass releasing a creamy long lasting head. Below sits something a little darker than a traditional Hefe. With that aside the color is pleasent to look at knowing what comes next. The aroma shines with clove, banana and Hallertauer hops. The taste is comparable to the aroma with the addition of a very mild ginger a cinnamon note. The mouthfeel is long lasting and silky with good flavor all around. A crisp refreshing beer you will enjoy.

dbONE, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of RonPizzle83
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At first glance the bottle (pt.) grabbed my attention.
The Old World propaganda caught my eye and interest was ignited.
The next kudos was the California label, i am biased since i reside in L.A., and thats where the kudos stop.

First off, the Hefeweizen did have a beautiful golden amber color but not cloudy like others suggest.

The head was creamy white but did not last long and the smell was never really present.

The drinkability was admirable but only because the carbonation was miniscule.

Not a bad Brew but i was expecting a little more Old World treatment into this Hef-Lite.

RonPizzle83, Dec 07, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Chuggernaut00, Feb 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

jeff1973, Jul 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Vylo, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Zerric
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: poured into a my tall Stella glass golden cloudy color. thick head. looks good.

S: lots of banana rush out at you. smells delicious.

T: hints of spice, lots of banana flavor slight subtle citrus flavor adds to the complexity. I'm impressed right off.

M: good rich texture.

D: the most drinkable beer. dry finish and light carbonation make me thirsty when im done. having the great side effect of making me thirsty for another sip! went way to fast.

bootleggers becoming one of my favorite brewery's.

Zerric, Sep 18, 2010
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Old World Hefeweizen from Bootlegger's Brewery
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