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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Photo of Lantern
5/5  rDev +38.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Ohiovania
4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
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 Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
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 Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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 AndyTaylor
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of wcudwight
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OHB's second bottled offering.
Bright golden in color with just a bit of haziness. 1/4" white head that retains well. Little lacing.
Bannana, cloves and other spices in the aroma. Also has a nice hoppy smell akin to fresh cut grass that I find interesting for the style.
Flavor profile follows that of the aroma. Bannana, cloves, and other spices. Nice hoppy finish with some alcohol warming.
Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. A bit of warmth is felt too.
This is a sipper given the flavor intensity and warmth.
Good beer from OHB.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Bung
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Semi-cloudy orange pour. Just a thin layer of white head.

Aroma, a good blend of caramel, some red and pineapple type fruit and fruitcake.

Taste, more malty than fruity. Caramel, toffee. Some rye bread and a light spicy wheat and hopping. A nice toasted malt aspect and some banana and clove in the finish.

Coating medium body, but the carbonation level keeps it a little lighter feeling. Not much alcohol presence and pretty easy drinking for the size.

Overall one of the better Weizenbock's I've tried. Not sure if it's up there with the ones at right, but it's close.

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Photo of DIM
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of Klourie
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Agold
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
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 MMOSNN
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Spider889
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The green waxed bottle does not pose too much difficulty in relinquishing the prize sealed within. While some wax is so brittle it will chip infinitely all over your rug, or so pliable that it creases rather than peels, the wax used here is easy to remove with the blade on a wine corkscrew.

I appropriately poured the majority of the bottle into a large stein. The ensuing cap of foam never gains much height, but it is thick and sticks around long enough to appreciate the view. The beer itself is an unfiltered ripened peach color. Lacing is inconsistent but is also something worth appreciating at times.

The aroma is possibly the best part of Olde Hickory Weizen-Bock. Immediately one is reminded of all the best hefeweizens out there. While this aspect might be somewhat beyond the scope of the weizenbock style, I really enjoyed it nonetheless. Clove spiciness is really big in the aroma, as is an orgy of super-ripe banana. I didn’t order any hefeweizen, but hey, somebody’s gotta drink it! There are also nice floral notes of honey and sweet, chewy biscuit malt.

Once you really dig into the beer, each sip rewards the palate with waves of clove and bright orange blossom sweetness. The yeast and wheat combine to create a very traditional olde world Bavarian style beer. The aftertaste is sticky and coats the mouth with notions of boiled corn and noble hops. The alcohol starts off rather muted, but towards the end of the glass some warmth builds steadily in the back of the throat.

Overall this is a pleasantly drinkable beer despite the 8% abv. Quite sweet at times, but this plays well off of the estery yeast used. It may be difficult to track down unless you live in North Carolina, but definitely worth a try when you’re looking for a more simple offering next to all of those more hyped up Double IPA’s and Imperial Stouts out there.

Some pictures of the beer can be seen on my blog:

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Photo of hman43
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Weizenbock from Olde Hickory Brewery
3.6 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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