Old World Hefeweizen | Bootlegger's Brewery

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Old World HefeweizenOld World Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DoubleJ on 07-02-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
110
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
25.69%
 
 
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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 110
Photo of Zerric
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review is a long time coming as I’ve been drinking 'Old World' repeatedly for over a year now. As good a time as any.

Into a Paulaner tulip, pours a white foamy head atop an orange, golden body. Dancing bubbles as I swirl, head pouring big initially but nary to return.

Aromas of honey, bananas, and cloves. Wonderful bouquet, though lower in intensity.

Flavors foremost of wheat with strong hints of dried bananas, cloves, and this nice, bready taste that adds substantial body and complexity.

Thinner mouthfeel, even as I swish.

Overall, this nearly stands (on its heels at least) with Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - I love 'Old World' that much. A couple of components outside of the flavoring could improve (e.g., appearance and aroma intensity) and even the flavor itself could use a little more refinement, but the complexity is so rich and tasty that I could drink at least two to three per sitting.

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Photo of dbONE
4.27/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of DM1293
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste - Its a hefeweizen that works a more citrus-banana level than on cloves. The hoppy characteristic that they say is in it is a background flavor, one which you might not even notice if you drink your hefe's with a wedge of lemon or orange.

Overall - Solid Hefeweizen. Good for the hot weather, no doubt, with the refreshing hop characteristic.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: The beer is a medium-amber, with a nice haze and fast rising bubbles. The head was rather thin but stayed around the collar.

Smell: Not a ton of aromas, no real hop or alcohol smells. A smell of biscuits and bananas with a hint of vanilla and spice.

Taste: No detectable alcohol flavor and a very restrained bitterness from citrus flavors. A yeasty flavor up front not overly sweet. A hint of cloves.

Feel: Has a short finish and coats the mouth. A slight drying quality to it and noticeable carbonation.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bier Academy in Canyon Country, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, spices, yeast, and banana aromas. Taste is very nice with wheat, spices, yeast, bubblegum, and a strong banana flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good hefeweizen that is quite tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of AnIrishCroi
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep golden yellow, haze present throughout body. Thin white head with medium retention. Light carbonation present.

S: Strong smell of banana, subtle notes of clove, bread, and honey.

T: Heavy on the banana, true to this style. Sweet taste throughout, aftertaste lingers, remains sweet.

M: Creamy. I loved how this wets the entire palate an coats the mouth. Not heavy or chewy, had medium body but very wet.

O: Enjoyable medium bodied Hefeweizen. Flavors true to the style. Really enjoyed how sweet it was and how the lingering flavor and mouthfeel was.

Served draught into tall pint. Allowed for development and funneling of smells, appreciation of the deep color and appearance.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden straw, a little dark for my preference, but an excellent huge white head forms and takes for ever to dissipate, leaving random chunky lacing.

Smells of tangy lemon, wheat, yeast, with a light spicy/peppery hint at the end.

Taste is smooth, a bit of wheat, a light banana fruitiness, and a yeasty tang, which lingers for some time.

Texture has a little bit more body than I am looking for, but it remains very smooth and easy to drink.

Having just reviewed the Wiehanstephaner, I kind of knew what I was looking for in a wheat beer. While this beer is extremely good, it seems like each aspect is missing just a tiny little something. Still a great beer.

DOA

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Photo of bs870621345
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with an inch of head...decent lacing.

Smells like banana and cloves with bread mixed it.

Taste follows smell...basic, straightforward and pretty good.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy but nice carbonation

Overall, it's good. It's not the best but not bad either.

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Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent standard wheat with hint of esters.

Very clear amber color in the glass, no hint of yeast. Malt tastes of orange and not much of the usual clove and banana of German-style Hefeweizens. Nice sharpness and fruitier as it warms up. Not much evidence of hops in keeping with the style, but well-balanced. Thinner body than many Hefes. Still, you wouldn't mistake it for an American wheat.

Very clean and likable brew. Goes down pleasantly without attracting too much attention. A nice quaffable alternative to the extremes of wheat beer styles.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.92/5  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...

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Photo of timmos1
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You know I just think beer drinkers are just so much into hops these days. This is a good beer! It's a hefweizen! It's not supposed to be hoppy! It's supposed to have banana overtones. It's supposed to be hazy. It's supposed to be easy to drink it's not supposed to be strong. Yes the head could last longer and there could be better lacing. This beer tastes like wheat as it should. It's not citrussy like so many California hefweizen are. I really like it and wish it were available in northern California. Tasty on a hot Sacramento evening.

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Photo of vince4953529
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess this came out of retirement. Had it filled in a growler and enjoyed it at home.

The color was a very cloudy pale yellow impenetrable by lights, and with dotty lacing all over the glass.

Smell of yeast, clove, and hefeweizen aroma. I could hardly detect the vanilla part, maybe it's not as pronounce as it's buried under the hefeweizen taste.

Extremely easy to drink, as I finished the growler under an hour that resulted in a bloated and bulging stomach.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted April 29th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - cloudy apricot, off white no finger head and no lacing

S - bananas, sweet yeast, nice wheat, cantaloupe, slight hops and almost a cane sugar taste

T - bananas melons and more bananas. Sweet yeast, slight hop and tons of earthy grains

M - carbonated, fluffy, light acidity, medium finish and well balanced

D - this drink better than most hefe's, has more flavor and is very well balanced

Final thought - my favorite hefe ever!

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Photo of Reema
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: on tap at my annual work Christmas party

Pours a murky orange amber. Smells of bread, bubblegum, banana, clove, fresh baked bread, and slightly spiced. Taste reflects the smell well, initial bread/banana tastes flow into a slightly clove bread taste. Flavor coats the mouth. Mouthfeel is light, fluffy, and pleasant. Overall, this is a very pleasant beer with good qualities all around that I would have again.

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Photo of lillieja
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

807th Review on BA
Draft to pint
12 oz

concourse Bowling, Fullerton, CA

App- A nice hazy orange with some medium yellow highlights. A fluffy two finger head and some whispy lines of cling to it.

Smell- Seemed a bit thicker to me on the aromatics. More dense, spice, bubblegum, banana and some other notes in there as well.

Taste- It didn’t seem to me to be too heavy on the citrus notes some have mentioned. It was a Hefe IMO but just seemed a tad thick. Nicer wheat with a smallish banana and bubblegum.

Mouth- As with the taste and nose being a bit thick, the feel was about the same. Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

Drink- I liked it. A little more dense, A good balance of flavors and its not gonna be too heavy or too light.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: Very cloudy orange.

Smell: Yeasty.

Taste: Big time belgian yeast flavor up front, a bit herbal, followed by wheat.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tons of carbonation.

Overall: Good hefe that really puts the yeast up front. Substantial flavor but still light mouthfeel.

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Photo of TehParabox
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of mentor
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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