Hopinator Hefeweizen (Bootlegger’s Brewery)

Beer numero cinco is their Hopinator Hefeweizen. This hoppy hef (see what I did there?) has an easy drinking 5% ABV.

Our Old World Hefeweizen filtered through Citra hops and vanilla. 

Hopinator pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a filmy head. This beer is murky as shit with no visible carbonation or sediment (it might be there, I just can’t see it).

As one would expect, wheat is the big flavor in the nose of this beer. Smoke and butter are also rather dominant, with a faint whiff of vanilla detected hiding somewhere down below.

Being that Hopinator is a variation of the traditional German-style hefeweizen, Old World, I wasn’t surprised to pick up big clove and banana flavors right off the bat. Hints of orange and vanilla come toward the middle and backend, respectively. The nice thing about this flavor profile is just when you think that you’ve picked up another generic German hef, the orange and vanilla swing in to change your mind. Good move, fellas.

Mouthfeel is light, but cloudy (if that makes sense to anyone other than myself). It almost evaporates from your mouth, leaving little behind to remember it by.

I expected more vanilla from this beer, but overall I wasn’t too disappointed. It walks the line between German and Bavarian hefeweizens, with clove, banana and orange all present and accounted for. Not a bad beer, but not quite as unique as the description would lead you to believe.

Overall: 7 out of 10

As a HEFEWEIZEN: 7.5 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: Flying Dog IN HEAT WHEAT, Funky Buddha FLORIDIAN HEFEWEIZEN, Victory SUNRISE WEISS

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