Hefe-Weizen | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by rbouton:
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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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 Spaten454
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of king75
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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 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 rkbrownii
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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 KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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 tclapper
4/5  rDev +14%

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 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 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 FUwolfpacker
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of cwguy5
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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 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 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 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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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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