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Weizenbock | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Enola on 03-02-2007

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of hman43
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours cooper with a tan head. It has low head retention.

Smell: It has aromas of dark fruits, plums, malty rich elements, some wheat, bread, some caramel, alcohol, bananas and spices.

Taste: The caramel is the first thing in the taste with wheat, bread, plums, a hint of banana and some spices. There is a slight hint of alcohol in the taste.

Feel: It has a full body with some bitterness and alcohol warming.

Overall, it is balanced towards the malts with the fruit flavors providing a solid background. The flavors are tilted towards the caramel.

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Photo of MMOSNN
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Klourie
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ohiovania
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very nice. Wish it had some of that dark fruit sweetness you find in some but great banana with nice subtle clove. Appearance is spot on and aroma follows very closely to taste.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a relatively clear reddish copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate brassy + ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that fairly quickly reduces to a large patch of mottled medium thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate aromas of bready and toasted malts with moderate aromas of banana + light aromas of clove/spices. Light aromas of caramel sweetness and a hint of booziness.

T: Upfront there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavors of bready + toasted malts, wheat malts, and light caramel sweetness. There is a light flavor of light fruit (green apple) yeastiness along with moderate flavors of banana and a light flavor of clove/spices. Light amounts of booziness and bitterness in the finish which do not linger.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light amount of warming in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and interesting, a little more boozy than I expected (more like a Wheatwine) and a little more banana ester than I expected. Easy to drink for the strength.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says Bottling Date: 02/22/16.

A- Pours a reddish dark amber color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a cobweb pattern of surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Fruity esters from the yeast produce notes of banana, tea and a bit of bubble gum.

T- Even more banana than in the aroma with the ABV being hidden so well. Plenty of spice characteristic with a nice toasty malt backing.

M- Slightly sharp from the spice with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A very estery example of the style but very tasty if you like that banana/bubble gum forward yeast character.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ncaudle
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After the disaster of Sex Viking, I turned to a stronger weizenbock to console me. A bomber from Appalachian. Not barrel-aged or vintaged but it is curiously wax-capped. A lighter remedied the wax enough to open.

A: A golden brown color, barely translucent, has an off-white head that leaves plenty of lace - good legs.

S: Clove, caramel, light wheat and bubblegum - a delicious full boozy nose that betrays the strength of the beer.

T: Boozy and strong - fortified for a winter night I suppose. That booziness overruns most of the weizenbock's flavor - the clove and bubblegum lack the oomph that they should have. The wheat's tartness is light, barely noticeable. The ale isn't all booze, the combination of yeast and darker malts provides plenty of flavor but it can't stand up to the booze. Paradoxically getting stronger, the ale garners a wheatwine booziness (heat and wheat) in the finish.

M: Very unusual with the alcohol dominating all aspects. The wheatwine finish is a nice touch - a flourish of sweet wheat and alcohol. I still don't think that the wax is needed.

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Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear brassy hue, slow bubbles, decent head

SMELL: Malt sweetness, peach, peppery alcohol, bready

TASTE: Creamy full-ish body, sweet, toasted bread, spicy alcohol, grainy, bread crust, husky, modest hopping, drying finish

First sip was a bit of a shock, the alcohol does come across a bit more in my face than expected ... almost hot. Ends up being a pretty well balance brew after a few sips. A good stab at the style just to come running at this beer, ease in with a few sips.

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Photo of BigTrubble
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of brotherloco
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of tdm168
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - dark copper with an orangish hue. There's a thin layer of loose, bubbly head that has little retention.

S - banana, very faint spices

T - bitter, cereal grains, bran flakes, banana, sweet fruit, alcohol, very faint spiciness

M - warm, smooth, crisp, well carbonated

This is an almost good beer. It's intensely grainy and taste much like Wheaties. The yeast does a good job imparting some fruity esters but they don't overcome the grainy and alcoholic components that overpower here. It's also much more bitter than I had expected. It's ultimately drinkable and not an overall bad beer but for this style I would look elsewhere.

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Photo of corby112
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a half finger white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy hop aroma with hints of grassy soil and zesty spice.  Peppery with some light citrus. Not much malt or yeast character.

Medium bodied with crisp carbonation and zesty spice. Much hoppier than expected with some earthy, grassy flavor along with some pepper, coriander and citrus.  Some bready yeast but faint. Not much else going on.  Bland and too bitter for the style.  

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funky aroma on this thick weizenbock. Hits the style, a decent drinker and refreshing.Some bannana, and not significant clove. Some orange flavour but overall not exceptional for the style, a worthwhile offering. Above average cabonation.Cloudy appearance.

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Photo of beerFool28607
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of AndyTaylor
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is wheaty and fruity with a yeasty undertone and a hint of butterscotch. It pours a pretty dark golden amber that is slightly hazy and has a fairly thick, if not persistent, pale golden-tan head that leaves some good lacing. Crisp flavor has woody, wheaty, earthy and fruity tones with hints of butterscotch and hops. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has plenty of tingle and sass, and leaves a fizzy, woody finish.

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Photo of Agold
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a hazy dark orange color. Pours with almost no head, any evidence of which recedes to a very thin film and a slight ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing at all. Aroma has a big banana component with some bubblegummy notes. Not a lot of the spice that I like a lot from this type of yeast strain. Taste is a bit of a banana bomb. Lots of bananna which overtakes anything else happening in this beer. Mouthfeel is nice. Smooth and creamy with medium body and good carbonation.

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Photo of thagr81us
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a shaker pint. Poured a cloudy golden orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, cloves, spices, and subtle bready notes. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, bread, spices, alcohol, and subtle sugar. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was an average brew. I really wasn't blown away by this one. While all of the traditional flavors of a Weizenbock were there, they were just way to blunt and invasive on the palate. The alcohol bite didn't help that much at all on this one either. Worth trying if you get the chance, as when I tried it was retired, but I guess it is back...

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Photo of DIM
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a cloudy, orange tinted golden color. It poured with a quick fading medium sized head.

s: Sweet, estery caramelized bananas, toffee, some cloves, and a little gentle heat.

t: Starts off with sweet banana esters cooked in brown sugar. There is a drier finish of toffee and cloves.

m: Big and chewy, a bit more carbonation would have been welcome.

o: I enjoyed this more and more as I drank it. It came across more as a big hefe than a weizenbock, but I don't care, I still liked it.

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