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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
83
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77 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | 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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johnnieoz

Texas

1.78/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is marketed and labelled as an Old World Hefeweizen, and thus it is reviewed as such.

A: The pour into a tall glass at first results in a nice, golden cloudy Hefe look. Carbonation appears ample and the fluffy head is just right. Until it begins to disappear a little too quickly.

S: I feared this, lemon...and lots of it. There was no indication of it on the bottle but you never know. I do not like this in any wheat beer, least of all in an "Old World" (ie German) Hefe. All the clove, all the banana, all the bread...nowhere to be smelled.

T: The smell is, unfortunately, indicative of the taste. This is not for me.

M: Some carbonation.

D: At first I was simply disappointed, but gradually this is becoming a candidate for my first official drain pour.

I enjoyed Bootlegger's Alt-style brew a few days ago, but this one is not sitting well at all.

PS I just opened a biere blanche/witbier from Brittany, France to cleanse the palate. It is brewed with the usual spices (coriander and orange peel), but their presense is the opposite of this beer's lemon madness: subtle and integral to the taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 19:32:48 | More by johnnieoz
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Lucasperea

California

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

06-01-2012 21:12:24 | More by Lucasperea
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Murrhey

Montana

2.98/5  rDev -19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 03:45:10 | More by Murrhey
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Nightrain87

California

3/5  rDev -18.5%

02-12-2013 16:52:48 | More by Nightrain87
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Luiz0930

California

3/5  rDev -18.5%

11-02-2013 18:38:09 | More by Luiz0930
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FrogOut69

California

3/5  rDev -18.5%

07-08-2014 17:11:06 | More by FrogOut69
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Irrationalist

California

3/5  rDev -18.5%

04-28-2012 23:24:01 | More by Irrationalist
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anon

California

3/5  rDev -18.5%

09-10-2013 21:29:08 | More by anon
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mbusster88

New York

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 22:24:18 | More by mbusster88
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RonPizzle83

California

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 23:23:02 | More by RonPizzle83
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womencantsail

California

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bootlegger's

A: The pour is a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head and plenty of carbonation.

S: From the first sip, I can tell this is not a hefeweizen. This is (yet another) typical pale wheat ale. With the name, I figured I was going to be getting a German style Hefeweizen, not the usual citrusy, wheat beer.

T: Like the nose, it's just more of the same: lemon, orange, and wheat. Very subtle banana, but no clove or any of the other usual suspects.

M: A light-medium body with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: It's an easy drinking, light ale, but it's not what I was expecting to get. A let down in a sense, but still a pretty easy drinking beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2010 18:09:14 | More by womencantsail
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Halcyondays

California

3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a soft, medium white head, some lace.

S: Wheat malt, some lemon zest, light and tight.

T: Lemon predominately with wheat and a very light hint of clove and banana. Not very estery at all for me, more akin to an American Pale Wheat.

M: Spritzy, light-bodied, smooth, had no real problems.

D: This is an OK wheat beer, but it certainly needs more complexity, a good base beer to work with in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2009 20:41:37 | More by Halcyondays
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scottiethebody

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

02-08-2013 21:24:06 | More by scottiethebody
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TongaPerkins

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

03-24-2014 03:39:16 | More by TongaPerkins
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Smarty_Pints

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

01-12-2014 05:29:21 | More by Smarty_Pints
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz into a schooner. No best before date on the bottle.

A - deep yellow, cloudy with a fluffy head - resolves to lead a small amount of lacing.

S - delightful yeasty/banana

T - very mild flavor, perhaps too subtle. Hint of yeast and banana, but it's gone too quickly. Slight citrus, but again very subtle.

M - slightly velvety carbonation without any other real endurance

D - very drinkable, but lacking a bit of character. Doesn't deliver enough character.

Decent, but not outstanding Hefe.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 20:30:02 | More by DoktorZee
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours 2 fingers of off-white head. Good retention. Good lace. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Typical hefe with some creaminess to it. Cloves, bananas, and orange peel. Also some yeast.

Taste: Similar to the nose but has more of a spice to it. Big clove flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry, but clean.

Overall, a simple hefe, but a little over spiced. Average drinkability.3

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 22:34:54 | More by mothman
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to gcphilli

Pours a clouded dirty orange color with a fluffy white head. Retains well with some filmy lacing on the glass.

Scents of clove and spice, wheat, banana and fruit sweetness.

A decent note of spice and floral hops right up front. Some wheat and bready notes, slight sweetness with caramel and fruit. Banana notes with some clove and citrus. Finishes a bit sweet and dry.

Medium bodied, a bit creamy, pretty smooth on the tongue. A pretty drinkable easy going beer, but not particularly special.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 03:57:06 | More by xnicknj
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rhino54

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-10-2012 16:31:01 | More by rhino54
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jonbonfon

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-05-2013 20:51:55 | More by jonbonfon
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-12-2014 06:51:20 | More by SocalKicks
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Gobzilla

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-16-2013 00:35:58 | More by Gobzilla
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mithrascruor

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Apperance: Pours a hazy apricot-brown color, with a very light white head.

Smell: Unlike most other American Hefeweizens, this actually smells a bit like one. Light, but with some sweetness and cloves.

Taste: Has a somewhat grainy wheat flavor, but with banana, cloves, and a slight bit of breadyness present. Some bitterness (and chemical taste?) in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, with a quite moderate ABV.

A decent attempt at a Hefeweizen. It gets some of the flavors right, but overall it just doesn't really appeal to me (and somewhat misses the mark).

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 03:49:23 | More by mithrascruor
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AlexM

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-12-2012 16:39:26 | More by AlexM
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andrewned68

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-04-2014 14:30:30 | More by andrewned68
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Old World Hefeweizen from Bootlegger's Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.