Olde Hickory Brewery

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German Hefeweizen
Ranked #603
Ranked #43,240
3.51 | pDev: 14.25%
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
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Photo of VABA
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a hazy murky straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has wheat hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a wheat flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good Wheat beer

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- yeasty unfiltered that is light green to yellow color. minimal head that dissipates quickly.

S- esters and lemongrass. a tangy citrus scent as well

F- tangy citrus dominates the mouth and the lemongrass comes through as well.

M- medium bodied with chewy wheat feeling.

O- a decent hefe but the sour tangyness i taste is lil overbearing at times.

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Photo of OldManMetal
2.99/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This home-state hefeweizen pours to a disappointingly thin, brief-lived white head that leaves a very few thin swoops of lacing; the pale-straw-colored body is surprisingly clear for the style, showing just a slight haze, and is very, very effervescent. The aroma is an improvement: light-medium in intensity, it is a blend of tartish citrus and muddy wheat, with a significant yeast presence and the slightest hint of estery spice; slight alcohol overtones ride atop everything else. The flavor is a bit thin, and mostly follows the nose, but the banana/clove spice, though subtle, is now strong enough to be identifiable. The wheat foundation is notably missing the characteristically light, low-end sweetness that a hefeweizen usually has; I think that this contributes to the perception that the flavor is thinnish. The finish is pretty clean, just a bit of caramel, and has a watery feel; the linger is a very light yeast/wheat flavor that lasts for a minute or so. The mouthfeel is light, even for the light body, and somewhat watery; the texture is distractingly prickly from the aggressive and soda-like carbonation, and lacks any degree of the creaminess that one would expect from the style. (12 oz bottle, 106 days after pkg)

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Photo of Immortale25
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Creature Comforts nonic pint. Label says Bottling Date: 05/10/16.

A- Pours a semi-hazy light golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Nearly no lacing.

S- Usual yeasty whiff of banana and clove.

T- Plenty of banana flavor from the yeast with some wheat malt presence. The flavor is short-lived and fades from the palate quickly. Slightly sweet and easy to drink but not exciting.

M- Thin, even for the style, with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Pretty average Hefe. Would recommend seeking out authentic German versions before trying this.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a slightly opaque straw color with limited head and lacing.

S: Nice traditional hefe smell, I am getting the bread along with both a little of banana and clove, interesting.

T: Followed the nose for the most part, more sweet with the banana then clove. Overall it was a muted taste.

F: Light feel, carbonation was okay but the beer was thin.

O: Well, reasonable representation of style but not a lot there. Would take it over a lot of brews but would not look for.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says best by August 2014. Tasted 19 June 2014.

Pours a murky medium yellow-amber. One plus finger of fuzzy white head, good retention and lacing.

Smell has some, but not all, of what I want. Lots of fruity yeast esters, not much spice. Like banana bread without the spices, which makes it feel sorta empty.

Taste is analogous to the smell, though I find it duller. It has an unusual bend, like seltzer water - that kind of dried-out watery bitterness. I only get a shadow of hefeweizen. It tastes fine, but it's sorta weird.

Feel is fine. A little on the heavy side, but fizzy enough to make up for that. Fades out pretty quick - not exactly dry, but sort of vanishing.

A decent beer, though it's weird for a hefe. The taste tilts bitter, without the big flavors hefeweizen yeast usually brings out.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy yellow body with moderate head and lacing. Aroma has very little going with just hints of yeast/wheat twang and a little bit of bitter citric notes. The bitter citric/orange flavor in the beer overpowers everything and there is very little fruit sweetness, very little yeast to keep things smooth as at times the beer is just a bitter mess and very little spices to perk up the beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a modest head; not much lacing

Smell: Banana and clove, with hints of lemon and coriander

Taste: Tart wheat flavors, up front, with hints of lemon, banana and clove; lemon and coriander pull through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not up to the standards of the other Olde Hickory beers, this beer lacks the mouthfeel, carbonation and banana dominance of the great hefes

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some brassy highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy (almost soda-like) head that fairly quickly reduces to absolutely no head whatsoever. No lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of banana with some lighter hints of clove. Minimal aromas of wheat are present as well.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of wheat that is followed by much stronger flavors of banana (one of the most banana tasting hefeweizens I have ever tried). There is a light hint of clove towards the finish but overall the beer is slightly sweet.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly effervescent carbonation (like in a champagne).

O: I was a little disappointed in the appearance of this beer - I was expecting something more slightly orangish in color, cloudy, and with the huge head that I expect for the style. The mouthfeel was interesting, a little lighter and more effervescent than others in the style but the banana flavors were quite nice. Easy to drink and easy to enjoy.

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of bananas are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of flavors of bananas from the yeast along with notes of wheat and hints of clove.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This hefeweizen has lots of nice banana flavors and is a good representation of the style.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

well its 100+ outside, so a hefe is in order.

Cloudy white body, but no head at all. Even with an aggressive pour, I get a thin ring. So sad.

Wheat twang comes to mind on the nose, but some banana and clove accent. I want more yeast esters, not accent flavors.

Very spicy wheat twang upfront, but I get a lot of banana in the middle. I think the spicy wheat twang hides all of the clove flavors, but they do come out. Slightly sweet, but very twangy--almost sour or tart late.

Finishes very chewy like a good hefe should. banana notes linger around, along with some spicy clove. Finishes exactly how it should. Started off a bit scary, but finishes quite nicely.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Busy Bee in Raleigh

A - hazy orangish yellow with a thick cap of pure white head that has great retention

S - coriander, lemon, banana

T - banana, lemon, straw; all of the flavors are rather subdued

M - light bodied, crisp

This is a decent, lighter beer that is perfect for these hot summer days. The flavor is light and the drinkability is high. It's not going to win over the hardcore German fans but it is worth trying.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a white head that doesn't stick around for long. Aroma is wheaty and yeasty with just a touch of citrus, typical for a hefe. Wheaty flavor has a firm yeasty note and a subtle undertone of somewhat sweet fruit - I get hints of orange, lemon and banana. Texture is fairly smooth, with above-average body and a strong fizz. Overall, an average but still pleasing hefeweizen.

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Photo of Dope
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very cloudy pale straw pour. Huge fluffy white head that settles down fairly quickly but retains nicely. Decent lacing.

S: Typical fruity belgian yeast - bananas and cloves. Nice wheaty malt smell too. Simple.

T: Fruity bubblegum up front. Strong wheat presence throughout. Swear I get some cucumber in there. Crisp and very clean finish. Almost no lingering aftertaste.

M: Light body, relatively high carbonation.

O: Nothing special, just a fairly simple and crisp hefe.

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Photo of jsanford
2.53/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a Weizen Glass.

A - Pours a clear gold with a thick, fizzy white head that noisily dissipates to a slight ring. Looks kinda like an Adjunct.
S - Aromas of wheat, clove, peaches, and bananas. Not really what I'm looking for in a Hefeweizen. Disappointing so far.
T - Very bland, perhaps getting a bit of wheat, clove, and banana but it's pretty subdued.
M - Really fizzy, with a thin body and sharp carbonation. Adjunct.
O - Not impressed at all, this is easily the wost Olde Hickory brew I've had. Pass.

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Photo of devilben02
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow color, but it only has a modest head for the style, and what is created quickly disappears to nothing. The aroma is a typical hefeweizen combination of wheat and yeast, but there is also a biscuity character and some apple cider sweetness. The flavor has a more pronounced yeasty tang that is contrasted by a dully fruity/starchy character of unripe bananas. The fine, light carbonation and medium body works well with these soft, subtle flavors. Overall, despite the sub-par appearance, this is a solid, above-average hefeweizen.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.33/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a weizen glass. "Enjoy before May, 2011" on the label. Guess I should have looked before buying, but it's only a month older than prime.

2.5 A: Hazed golden wheat color. Three fingers of frothy white head that falls at a ridiculously fast rate and leaves no lacing.

2.0 S: Not quite a fan of this. Strongest aroma is a sharp, almost vegetal clove. It's really hard to put a description on what is left. Maybe rotting peach is close. This doesn't have the clean wheatiness that I come to expect in a hefe or any banana for that matter.

2.5 T: Taste is a bit like the nose, but the unappealing rotting peach flavor isn't nearly as strong. Otherwise, this is strikingly boring. Just a hint of clove and very little banana.

3.0 M: Lighter to lighter medium body. Carbonation is a bit light for the style. Not particularly creamy, but enough so be keep me happy.

2.0 D: This is a pretty disappointing beer. The quality from Olde Hickory has been all over the place and this has easily been the worst of the bunch. Based on the other reviews, it looks like the extra month on this didn't make a good beer bad, but it's possible that it made a bad beer worse.

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Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very basic wheat beer with faint German flavors.

Quite pale and looks nice with foamy lacing swirling around the glass. Pleasant at first taste with some malt and woodsy flavors. Aroma is more of the barnyard. Touch of esters with a little clove or old cinnamon. Just not much malt. On the acidic side. Definitely not mouth filling.

I wouldn't recommend this if looking for a good Hefeweizen. It's a serviceable beer and might be appealing if fresh on tap and really cold.

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Photo of babaracas
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in Asheville in a shaker pint. Lightly hazy gold with one finger of white foam, thin lace for an inch. Smell: soft banana, clove and some other pie spice (nutmeg?). A little sweet caramel. Taste: grainy wheat, more clove, sweet pale and a touch of caramel. That spice again. Active carbonation, creamy with a sticky finish.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a very thin white head and little to no lacing. Smells of coriander and wheat, and a little malt. Tastes of coriander, wheat, malts, orange, and a little banana. Mouthfeel is medium with a slight carbonation. Drinkability is decent.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into my Narke glass...The beer pours a very light honey gold, kind of bright. About three fingers of off white head rises but gone instantly to only a small ring. No lacing...A blah aroma of clove and wheat, not much going on...The taste and feel are blah. The taste is totally dead on the front, midway through you get a bite of bitterness, then some cloves. Doesn't taste bad, just boring. The feel is super light.

This doesn't taste bad, just simply blah. Don't waste your time with this.

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Photo of GehenHerzog
2.61/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Duckworth's (Charlotte) poured into a non branded pint glass.

A- Cloudy orangish yellow with a dense white head.

S- Smell is wheaty and I get some olive smell. Not good, really..

T- Taste follows the nose. Very bland. I get a slight hint of banana and again, for some reason I tasted olive. (had this before I ate anything)

M- Creamy with mild carbonation.

D- It's drinkable but I had high expectations after the two previous offerings I have had from Olde Hickory were wonderful.

I guess I expected too much with this one after enjoying The Event Horizon a couple days earlier. I am a hefeweizen fan and I wouldn't drink this again.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a hazy golden yellow witha one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, and slight clove. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a nice Hefe. Had a nicely balanced flavor, with a good aroma. I was really surprised by this one if I'm honest. I would suggest this to any Hefe fan out there who has not had it before.

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Photo of the1DarkLord
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I suppose my first mistake here was pouring this into a 33cl tulip, but on first sight, it looks too clear to be a hefeweizen... I gave the remaining 1/3 of the beer a good hearty swirl and poured again... It adds some cloudiness to it, but not what i would expect. The head is surprisingly fizzy and dissapates instantly with the fizz you would expect to hear when pouring a soda.

The smell is kinda... eh...

Its obviously towards the clovey end of the spectrum, but there is this kinda burnt rubber aroma here as well... don't know what that is...

With a good swirl and a deep whiff, some more pleasant banana notes come out, but for the most part, it is nothing to rave about on the nose.

The taste starts off nice... again, leaning more towards the clove end of things but somewhere between the mid-palate and the finish, I get this mildew flavor that is a bit unsettling. Now, would I notice this if i wasn't reviewing this beer? Likely not. If I was at my local brewpub, or having a few with friends and hanging out, I wouldn't find this beer offensive in the slightest, but I do get some sort of mildew-y flavor I am not a big fan of.

I wish this beer had a little more of the depth and body of something like Weihenstephaner (I know, big shoes to fill!) or even Sierra Nevada Kellerweis...

In any case, this is a decent Hefeweizen that is approachable and easily drinkable, but not anywhere near 'best of class' material.

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Photo of craytonic
4.52/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - big fluffy head that quickly subsides, leaving beneath it a very cloudy golden-peach-orange-yellow sunlit brew. When they say unfiltered they are not kidding.

Smell: Breath deep. A nice yeastiness, followed by banana, cloves, orange, and wheat.

Taste: I was shocked by how good this was, at $3.99 and having had it just hit distribution here I wasn't expecting too much. Tons of yeasty, banana, clove, and wheat flavors. This stuff gives live oak hefeweizen a run for its money and likely trumps it.

Mouthfeel: soft and creamy, the carbonation here is perfect - smooth, not aggressively bubbly. Full body.

Drinkability here is off the charts, although the full body is going to keep it at 4.5 instead of 5. I am going to be buying many of these next time.

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Hefe-Weizen from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 65 ratings