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

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Added by DoubleJ on 07-02-2008

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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