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Old World Hefeweizen - Bootlegger's Brewery

Old World HefeweizenOld World Hefeweizen

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83
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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%


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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mithrascruor

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Zerric

California

4.53/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 03:48:24 | More by Zerric
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is yeasty, wheaty. Smells good, very appealin.

Pours hazy yellow with moderate head and lots of yeast in the bottle. Looks pretty good.

Nice spicy wheatiness, mellow yestiness, soft malt. Soft pepper, clove. Tastes pretty good.

Pretty good German Hefe. I'd definitely try more Biotlegger beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 04:01:59 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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womencantsail

California

3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
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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johnnieoz

Texas

1.78/5  rDev -51.8%
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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Halcyondays

California

3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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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dbONE

California

4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 16:29:23 | More by dbONE
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DoubleJ

California

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Heroe's, and in celebration to my 23rd birthday. On to the beer:

Darker than the usual hefewiezen, more of an unfiltered honey brown color. In this beer, there's some lemon flavor and less phenolic activty (clove and banana) compared to the German counterparts, but still enough to make it a German styled hefeweizen. Touches of ginger snaps break into the overal flavor at times. A good effort overall.

Update 11/8/09: Not quite the same goodness when I first tasted it. But the good news for hefe fans like myself is they've changed the yeast strain to this beer, allowing more banana flavor. It's good, just not the same "oh yum!" experiance when I had it for the first time.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2008 23:54:05 | More by DoubleJ
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Old World Hefeweizen from Bootlegger's Brewery
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