Olde Towne Hefeweizen | Olde Towne Brewing Co.

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Olde Towne HefeweizenOlde Towne Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Olde Towne Brewing Co.
Alabama, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by danielharper on 06-02-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by ncfranklin:
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 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 NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The cloudy orange-tan body of Olde Towne's Hefeweizen rests gently beneath a fluffy head of bright white that steadily settles to an average collar. If you give it a tilt, tiny bubbles can be seen steadily rising against the side of the glass. The initial lacing disappears quickly, and what's left is limited to a few spots and smears here and there.

The aroma is fragrant, offering the traditional banana and clove (well balanced between the two), as well as some grainy wheat-based maltiness, a hint of vanilla, some sharper fruit, and even a hint of floral character from the hops.

The mouthfeel is not quite as effervescent as might be expected, but it does offer some maltiness within its medium-light body.

The flavor follows the aroma with a healthy dose of banana and sweet malt at first sip. Then more clove shows, followed by fruit (some soft ripe plum). An occassional touch of vanilla comes by with the malty sweetness; and in addition to its other phenolic charactersitics, it sometimes shows a gentle touch of smokiness. The yeast flavor is lightly present, but more often than not it shows as a bit of tartness rather than "yeast". That, in addition to the mild bitterness, keeps it from appearing sweet. The finish is acidic, and dryish, with some fruit and mild phenols. Pleasant and short-lingering.

Thirst quenching and satisfying, Olde Towne's version is not the best example of the style out there, but it's very far from being the worst. It's well-done, clean, and well-balanced; and certainly worth trying for fans of the style.

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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 akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of unclejedi, this crosses Alabama off of my list of 50 states.

A: The weizen is a hazy pale yellow-orange blend. Head was near 1 finger on pour and quickly disappeared.

S: The nose is a rather pungent bubblegum clove aroma, no bananas unfortunately.

T: The spices in the ale are cloyingly sweet up front, delivering a lot of clove and sugary bubblegum. The cloves last long after the sip is gone but the bubblegum proves to be thin, quickly disappearing. Both flavors are quite strong and completely dominate the tartness of the wheat.

M: The sweetness is strongest up front before sliding away to leave a spicy clove body. Not bad for a summer day.

D: A solid, though unremarkable drink. The flavor are too intense upfront and too thin on the back end.

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Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of wcudwight
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/23/07. You can't get much more fresh than that.
Pours into my pint glass a hazy peach color. Thin whispy head recedes rather quickly leaving the faintest rim of lace around the glass.
Smell is very fruity. Orange, bananna, peach. Clove and a sweet bread smell. Very nice and pleasent. Relaxing.
Nice fruit coctail flavors, but still taste like beer. The fruit flavors are much like the aroma. Orange, bananna, peach. The clove kind of hides in the background as a role player. Also somewhat biscutty and grainy.
Mouthfeel is much like that of orangejuice. Very crisp and refreshing. Finishes clean.
An excellent summerbeer. I'm not a big Hefe drinker and really don't know how true to the style this is, but this is the best Hefe I've had and a overall good beer. This would be my go to beer out by the pool, at a pic nic or to just waste a summer afternoon.
My first experience with OTB was a very good one.

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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 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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.77/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired from unclejedi through the Little Guy BIF, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is sweet with bananas, lemons, wheat and yeast, along with slight touches of hops and malt.

T: The smell makes you think the taste is going to be overly sweet, but such is not the case. The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of wheat, yeast & banana, a good hops presence and a light malt character. The wheat flavor is what takes the forefront, as it should in this style of beer, but it’s not overwhelming. The after taste is bready and sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, good kick to it. I could stay with this beer for a long time. It’s one of the best beers that I’ve had in the style.

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Photo of Enola
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As far as the style is concerned, this is above average. This style is really not my favorite but I will try to give this reveiw a fair shake.

The beer is a cloudy yellow. There is minimal head and no lacing. The smell is like fresh cut hay. The taste is like grass. The mouthfeel is smooth for the style. The drinkability is fair, I waited for a hot day to break this one out. Overall, a fair beer that would benifit from a slice of orange.

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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 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 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 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 BurnsTau
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at House of Brews.

Pours a hazy pale yellow color, nice amount of head. Good looking beer.

Smells citrusy, spicy with aroma of bannanna. Tastes is very refreshing. Hints of sweetness, bit of vanilla, citrus, very clean. I was impressed by the mouthfeel of this beer, it's pretty full bodied and well carbonated, which is strange for a hefe. However it worked for the beer and it was overall a great experience.

Good hefe and probably my favorite offering from Olde Towne. I hope they put out more beers like this in the future.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Olde Towne Hefeweizen from Olde Towne Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 37 ratings