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Old World Hefeweizen | Bootlegger's Brewery

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Old World HefeweizenOld World Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery
California, United States

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

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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 110
Photo of BadBoyFLSTC
1/5  rDev -72.4%

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 -50.6%
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.

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Photo of JeffBlue
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
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 Murrhey
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
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 RonPizzle83
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
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 -14.4%
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 -13.8%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
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 Halcyondays
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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 DoktorZee
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Photo of mothman
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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

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Photo of xnicknj
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of joecast
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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