Old World Hefeweizen | Bootlegger's Brewery

Old World HefeweizenOld World Hefeweizen
BA SCORE
49.5%
Liked This Beer
3.64 w/ 111 ratings
Old World HefeweizenOld World Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery
California, United States
bootleggersbrewery.com

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
Ranking:
#32,596
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
111
Liked:
55
Avg:
3.64/5
pDev:
15.11%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
25
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 39
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.

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Photo of johnnieoz
1.79/5  rDev -50.8%
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.

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Photo of Cobrabob428
2.48/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of Lucasperea
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of JeffBlue
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(draft, Quinn's, Long Beach CA) has that mushroomy/yeasty thing going on which is the only familiar thing about it. Overall, pretty bland and a bit boring, but not terrible (2.6)

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Photo of Stebow1289
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Nightrain87
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Luiz0930
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of FrogOut69
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Irrationalist
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of anon
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Murrhey
3.02/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of anthony-martinez
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of RonPizzle83
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of jsoneff
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Yeasty, heavy citrus followed by some clove and a little banana in the finish. Very lacking in body and mouth feel and is definitely over carbonated. This beer has an unreasonably high rating here, it ranks similarly to Erdinger at an 83 and Erdinger is far tastier.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of Fillossofher
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of scottiethebody
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Avatar113
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TongaPerkins
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BDeibs
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DoktorZee
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Old World Hefeweizen from Bootlegger's Brewery
Beer rating: 49.5% out of 100 with 111 ratings
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