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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
82
good

93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | 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:
Beer added by: DoubleJ on 07-02-2008

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mithrascruor
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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).

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.52/5  rDev -3%
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.

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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.

Photo of beagle75
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with over one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Strong cloves and drying carbonic acid stand out amongst a typical field of qualities such as banana and bready yeast.

T: Begins off-dry, with wheat and balanced yeast phenolics amidst bright, surging acidity. Flavors become drier and less intense in the middle, providing significant refreshment through the mellow finish. The finish also features banana and more wheat, but not bitterness.

M: Thin viscosity, palpable acidity is cut somewhat by coating wheat, with moderate carbonation. The overall effect is less than the sum of the parts, feeling a bit limp and lifeless.

D/O: Here is a locally-brewed Southern California hefeweizen that is a consistent performer, delivering approachable but authentic qualities. Flavor, texture, and smell could connect more seamlessly, as in the archetypal Bavarian standards of the style. When one considers just how few California-based production breweries attempt this style, the bottled version of this beer really becomes a significant contribution to the marketplace selection available in Orange County.

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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle left over after GABF judging and given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. A German-style Hefe...I roused some of the yeast from the bottom of the bottle.

Pours a 3 finger fluffy head with orange tinges over a murky rust orange liquid. Smells clove, hay, coriander, apricot esters, spicy zip. Earthy, yeasty to the point of vegamite.

Tastes of wheat, yeast, clove, mild esters and muted peppery zip. Lemon and bread dough. Fairly chewy for a wheat beer, but dries in the finish. Fine carbonation. Decent beer.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very nice golden color, few bubbles and cloudy (foggy)

Smell: the smell doesn't have any overpowering, but the scent of banana and zest are the most noticeable.

taste: I gotta say! it's pretty good, it's very balanced it's not very strong and there are no bad aftertastes. You can taste the hops a bit and it's a bit sweet and fruity. Definitely can taste a bit of banana, citrus, and a hint of spice. Very sweet and has a wheaty-spiced aftertaste that's pretty good. Very well balanced, very good beer..nothing overpowering just very good.

mouthfeel: it has a very good body, it's refreshing and light, not too dense and goes down pretty smooth.

overall: very good for starters of this style, I enjoyed it but I'm definitely going to seek out more. It has an abundance of flavors but I cannot say that it's the best of its kind but definitely a good choice to run into. I recommend this it's definitely flavorful but has no "impact" between the flavors it's very subtle but very good and refreshing.

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Old World Hefeweizen from Bootlegger's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.