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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.


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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 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 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 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 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 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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