Olde Towne Hefeweizen | Olde Towne Brewing Co.

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Olde Towne HefeweizenOlde Towne Hefeweizen

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Olde Towne Brewing Co.
Alabama, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Summer

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Added by danielharper on 06-02-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of nickd717
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle thanks to sommersb.

Hazy yellowish-orange in color with a small white head.

Aroma is pretty standard, wheaty with banana and clove notes, maybe a hint of tartness to it.

The flavor is a little strange, a little acrid. Other than that it's a standard hefeweizen with banana and clove as well as a slight tartness.

Medium-bodied and fairly crisp with average carbonation.

Overall, well, this is tolerable but average at best. Good for an Alabama tick if nothing else.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kirkpjr for another AL tick. Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Cloudy golden yellow, thick two fingers of white head. No lace no cap.

S: Clove, citrus, dusty, wheat, pretty much stock heffe. Not super strong.

T: Light citrus and wheat. Modest amount of heffe spice. Again nothing super potent.

M: Light to medium body. Light carbonation.

D: Not the worst heffe ever. Light and easy drinking.

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Photo of sommersb
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just read that Olde Towne will soon cease brewing and close their doors -- too bad. I have some recent purchases on hand so I'd like to review them sooner rather than later.

Poured into a weizen glass, from a 12oz brown bottle. There is a code on the bottle but I don't know how to decipher it for a potential dating.

A: Creamy white 4 fingers of head that dropped down fairy quickly. Color is a cloudy yellow, and I see a small amount of carbonation in the rising bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

S: I can smell the wheat and some citrus qualities, plus there is some type of off-odor I don't care for; maybe a metallic smell? Not the fruity smells I would have expected.

T: Taste has some of the banana flavors you'd expect, with kind of a tartness to it. The weird metallic smell also seems to be in the taste and is unpleasant.

M: Moderately carbonated, a refreshing beer with a light body. Leaves a kind of tangy aftertaste.

D: All in all an OK beer, but there is something in there that is not quite right, at least to my palate.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
2.82/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shout out to Beerwolf77 for splitting this one with me.

A- Pours a clear golden with a next to nothing head. Obviously, no lacing left on the glass.

S- Some nice yeast, clove and banana. As it warms up the becomes a lot stronger.

T- The yeast is pretty up front with the banana being toned down significantly. No hop presence and a bready finish.

M- Lighter bodied with bubbly carbonation. A little dry on the finish.

Run of the mill and maybe even a little below that. It gets a little too sweet and the banana becomes too much.

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Photo of joepais
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Received this in the under 100 BIF thanks to Kirkpjr .
I am not a huge hefe fan I think I was spoiled by drinking live oak's a couple of times. This one wasn't bad. I poured it into a hefe glass and I was greeted with a two finger white head on top of a orange colored brew. You get the typical bubblegum aroma coming from this brew with a light citrus note. The flavor was what I expected with the yeast taking up the front and a sweet citrus coming up last. It had a medium to light feel to it with somewhat light carbonation for the style.
Easy to drink, as a hefe goes it was pretty much run of the mill to me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice moderate light yellow color with a bit of an orange tiny. Nice white head and some good lacing. The nose brings forward clove and a bit of banana. The taste is clove, spice, and a bit of banana. A bit of sweetness. The feel is light and creamy with really nice drinkability. My first beer from Alabama, and it was certainly a good one.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

appearance-orange and hazy like a hefe sould be
smell-prune juice>>>ever so slight bubble gum
taste-watery, but still much taste to it
drinkability-now this is the area it stands out in>>>very drinkable>>>>too bad its fall now and not summer

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much better than the earlier incarnation of this brew, but still nothing to write home about. Still, I'll drink this when I'm in Alabama occasionally. Pours a pale golden with very little head. Smells of new mown hay with just a touch of banana and clove. The taste is similar with a little spritz of lemon added to the mix. Here the banana is more artificial tasting- laffy taffys anyone? Smooth and crisp, but a little seltzery in the mouth. Fairly solid, but not quite a complete package.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.49/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Popping the cap on this beer caused had no discernible effect, so I may have poured a mite overvigorously. I was met with a monumental head rising up the glass; verily, my cup overfloweth. This white, creamy head sticks around for aeons. Five minutes later, only an inch and a half has dissipated. There is also a constant cloud of bubbles rising from the bottom. Clear golden colour. Scattered lacing conspires to look like a piece of derivative modern art.

S: Sour yeast and an unpleasant metallic smell. I'm disappointed.

T: It's not very good. The taste is too sour, obscuring almost completely the other flavours -- weak wheat and clumsy cloves. There is a touch of bubble gum on the aftertaste. It's not terrible, it's just not good.

M: It's sort of watery, without any punch or pizazz. The tartness makes me pucker slightly.

D: You would be hard-pressed NOT to find a better wheat beer. This beer is simply too damn sour to be very good or very drinkable. Maybe it's my bottle, but I would not drink this every again. Not recommended.

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into a weizen glass. No freshness date, but being local I presume it's recent.

A : pours a murky orange with a small white head, little retention. Note that I did mix the yeast in.

S : Light notes of orange, some banana and the wheat.

T : Wheaty notes dominate, with almost all the tinges of fruit gone. A strange lingering after-taste, maybe from the yeast?

M : More on the thin side, with a bit of a watery feel. But a good chunk of carbonation tingles the mouth.

D : I COULD drink alot of these, as its very easily gulp-able, but I'm not sure I would.

Olde Towne being my local brewery (well, the only one that bottles, I was a bit hesitant to review them. I've always found them uncreative. Overall, this one follows steps with the rest : A non-distinctive, mediocre brew.

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Photo of aesopsgato
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An Alabama beer! Beer from Alabama is few and far between, so I'm glad the newly opened Earth Fare in my city carries some. I got to meet some brewery reps there, and decided to give their hefe a try.

Poured into a pint glass (sorry, no weizen glass), this beer pours a finger of fluffy head, hardly ANY yeast for a bottle conditioned beer, which the reps said it was. Head retention is poor, but the carbonation is there.

Smell is strongly of bananas, tiny bit of clove, smells like a hefe. A slightly artificial banana flavor comes through upon further investigation, reminiscent of banana laffy taffy or some other candy like that.

Taste is alright, wish some more yeasty flavors could have come through. The artificial flavors on the nose don't really come through in the taste. The banana flavors are more natural now.

Mouthfeel is good, carbonated nicely but a bit dry. Drinkability is alright too, I'd have another.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome trader alert: Freethyhops is a hell of a trader IMO. Thanks Riley! For this extra and several other interesting and eclectic brews.

G - Hefeweizen glass

A - Cloudy orange-golden hue with a generous white tower of froth.

S - The aroma is crisp and pristine; delicately spicy notes of clove and banana meld with grassy, flowery hops to produce a very mellow Hefe.

T - Tastes very refreshing, and tremendously chuggable. Sweet wheat, slight funky banana nut bread flavors, and very crisp and pristine hop balance is the mainstay of this brew. Banana and bubblegum is prominent on the finish and dominant in the aftertaste.

M - Lighter-bodied and refreshing, but substantial nonetheless.

D - A damn good Hefeweizen, from a sleepy but awesome town, where I lived once upon a time.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deaconbluez for this one!
Appears a hazy honey color with off white head that quickly falls to a skim/ring.
Smells of banana,honey some clove.
Taste is sweet and fruity up front - banana, honey, bubblegum (a bit too much IMO).
The mouthfeel is smooth with nice carbonation prickle. Light going on medium body - slightly slick.
Overall a pretty tasty American version of a hefe.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a blue-themed label and blue cap to match. Poured to a pint glass; thanks to unclejedi for a first taste of "Alabama's Original Beer".

Label: "Handcrafted for a Distinctive Taste"

A: 'Breadcrust' orange with a suitable cloudy haze (deepens with that last couple ounces of yeast swirled and poured), few visible bubbles. Starts with a short cap of whiteness rising only about 1/2 finger, winnowing quickly to a crescent ring. Hardly any lace, a few loose dabs.

S: Sweet fruit, clove and bubblegum. Vague tart touch, a lemony squeeze amidst the sugars and wheat.

T: Sweet and bready, spiced and flowery, honeyed. The requisite ripe banana and clove, heavier on the clove. Only enough hops to bitter the finish.

M: Good carbonation, lively without being overly prickly. A little thin, somewhat slick and a little too fleeting. The finest yeasty/grainy coating, a bit of lasting spice.

D: Not a bad version of the style (definitely pleased that this a truer remodeling of the German original, rather than the 'American Pale Wheat' so often (mis)named 'Hefeweizen'). Has its shortcomings, yet is easy enough to drink - refreshing, light. A steamy Alabama summer could be tempered by a couple of these.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to unclejedi for this one.

Pours a cloudy orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, bannanas, cloves. The taste is slighlty sweet, malty, with some yeast, nice bananas/cloves. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one as an extra from a trade.

A - Light murky wheat, some white head, leaves fast to only ring. Little lacing to speak of.

S - A bit funky, wheaty, with malt back.

T - Standard wheat feel, really thin.

M - Light, thin, ok carb and balance.

D - Just kind of dull, overall.

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Photo of gford217
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Lee at the Brick Store.

Pours a cloudy yellow with a very short lived head that leaves no lacing at all.

There is an odd sweet aroma with some light fruits and not much of the typical banana sweetness. There's also some lemon tartness and a little spiciness,

The taste is very sweet but not exactly as I expected. It's got some bananas but there is an overwhelming fruity sweetness that seems a bit out of place. There's no spices that I could tell.

The mouthfeel is slick with little carbonation and subpar as far as I'm concerned.

This is my second beer from Olde Towne and it doesn't nearly live up to the previous effort I tasted. It's an average-at-best hefe that's cloyingly sweet and not extremely drinkable.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured is a hazy yellow color with a medium sized white head. Nose is of honey, banana and wheat. Taste is mild with wheat and banana being the key players. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, not to heavy and big leaving it very drinkable and a good session beer, yes a hef session brew at 5% ABV

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Photo of JamesS
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice sun/straw color with great initial head and some nice lacing. Great scent, tons of banana in it with some good clove attributes, with a nice crisp scent. Excellent taste, wonderful banana flavors without it taking over, nice clove and small hop on the finish, with a great malt wheat taste and feel. Nice and semi-thick feel with great carbonation (not so much it's too fizzy). Nice hefe!

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Photo of sholland119
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to unclejedi for the chance to check Alabama off my state list. Not that I am all that close to 50 but...

A-Pours a clear gold with a little bit of white head. I thought this style was supposed to be unfiltered, and maybe it is, but this is without doubt the clearest hefe I have ever poured.

S-Rather sweet with banana and clove. A bit of yeastiness comes through as it warms.

T-Lack of balance is very clear in the taste. Very sweet, almost cloying with banana and clove aplenty. Some zest or spiciness would have helped.

M-Rather thin and watery.

D-Got my Alabama, moving on.


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Photo of Viggo
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, Alabama beer? Sweet ass! Thanks grub.

Pours a light hazed amber, dark for a hefe and pretty clear, thin white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring, no real lacing, doesn't look like an ideal hefe. Smell is neat, very sweet, caramel and honey, biscuits, graham cracker crust, some brown sugar, light spiciness, little bit of banana, pretty interesting. Taste is similar, pretty sweet at first, caramel, brown sugar, cake, biscuits, some light spice and banana, pretty interesting. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, on the thick side for the style. Interesting take on a hefe, dark and carbonation is pretty low, but can't say I didn't enjoy it. Pretty neat. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of grub
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

unclejedi hooked me up with a couple of these at dark lord day. thanks jim!

12oz bottle. sampled may 3/09.

pours deep golden amber with just a hint of haze. a small bright white head forms, dropping quickly and leaving only a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. light banana and clove. caramel. pineapple and tropical fruit. touch of alcohol. white bread and cracker. touch of grain.

taste is nice. sweet caramel and tropical fruit. pineapple. touch of banana. light clove. white bread and a bit of cracker. touch of alcohol. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body. medium carbonation.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced and pretty smooth. good stuff.

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Photo of brianallen
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got to try this beer first at its re-release party at The Nook. The brewery had burn down.

S - I enjoyed the full experience of this beer, and the smell was a big part of the experience with hints of sweetness.

T - The favorite lingers, which is not normally a good thing. I enjoyed it lingering with this beer.

I could enjoy this beer on a daily basis.

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Photo of mntlover
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Want to thank wcudwight for a chance to try something from Alabama.

Pours a nice hazy apricot color small head light tan for a wheat brew and no real lace but nice color. Not sure if this is normal or just got bottle little undercarbonated.

Aroma is wheat bread, banana with citrus on top orange, light lemon followed by light spice cloves.

Taste is good though like aroma but more pronounced malty bread y almost more then wheaty, good banana flavors cut by tart citrus that lingers thru out the finish along with the cloves and hints of earthy yeast.

Mouthfeel is big side of light approaching medium, has some pep but doesn't seem like much carbonation if that makes any sense but feels good and smooth good thirst quencher with nice flavors.

Drinkability is good enjoyable, the beer could use more head but who couldn't. Not a bad try from some southern guys.

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Olde Towne Hefeweizen from Olde Towne Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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