Olde Hickory Brewery

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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Ranked #320
Ranked #27,747
3.51 | pDev: 13.96%
Aug 15, 2021
Mar 08, 2010
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Bottled 2021/05/11
Pours a light fizzy head covering with med retention, touch of lacing, hazy slight cloudy pale to straw color a little yeast sediment at the bottom

Nose has some decent banana, cracker and bread dough notes, a weird herbal grassy character, light herbal spices as well, little citrus

Taste brings creamy wheat, a little cracker and dough, light banana and citrus, generic fruit into light herbal floral spices, mixed spices and a little grassy earthy thing, drier finish with fair bitterness

Mouth is med to a little lighter bod, med to lighter fizzy carb

Overall it's OK but not that good, weird characters, not a ton of creamy wheat or banana, clove, etc
Aug 15, 2021
Rated: 3.4 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Feb 04, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by PaleAleWalt from New York

Nov 17, 2019
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

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
Jun 23, 2019
Rated: 3.65 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Oct 14, 2018
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Reviewed by Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

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.
Jul 28, 2018
Rated: 5 by gia7272 from North Carolina

Jan 24, 2018
Rated: 3.64 by pjohnsonglu from South Carolina

Nov 13, 2017
Rated: 2.39 by RockyM72 from Florida

Apr 16, 2017
Rated: 3.02 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Apr 06, 2017
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Reviewed by OldManMetal from North Carolina

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)
Sep 02, 2016
Rated: 4.54 by GlennBags from North Carolina

Jul 04, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by HopsForBrains from North Carolina

Jun 21, 2016
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Reviewed by Immortale25 from North Carolina

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.
Jun 20, 2016
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Reviewed by JamieDuncan from Maryland

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.
Dec 13, 2015
Rated: 3.67 by JakeBigelow from North Carolina

Jul 21, 2015
Rated: 3 by Joecaddie from Delaware

Jul 19, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by italianstallion from Wisconsin

May 25, 2015
Rated: 2.82 by kenoshagirl from North Carolina

May 13, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by muskiesman from New Jersey

Dec 01, 2014
Rated: 4 by mikeincharleston from North Carolina

Oct 11, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by REVZEB from Illinois

Oct 10, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by midlifec from Michigan

Jul 20, 2014
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Reviewed by zeledonia from Washington

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.
Jul 19, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by rkbrownii from North Carolina

Jun 25, 2014
Rated: 3 by Spaten454 from Texas

Jun 14, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by gschirmacher from North Carolina

Apr 27, 2014
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

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.
Apr 24, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by king75 from Michigan

Apr 18, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by ChuckS from North Carolina

Mar 10, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by cwguy5 from North Carolina

Jan 03, 2014
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

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
Dec 24, 2013
Rated: 3 by TheZzyzxScarecrow from North Carolina

Aug 19, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by kristougher from North Carolina

Aug 10, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by ekalb31 from North Carolina

Aug 07, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by KevinGordon from North Carolina

Jul 20, 2013
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

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.
Jul 12, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by plinythederek from North Carolina

Jun 14, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by FUwolfpacker from South Carolina

May 27, 2013
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

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.
May 26, 2013
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