Olds College Heiferweizen

Reviewed by on July 28, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Olds College Brewery

  • Origin: Olds, AB, CA

  • Rated On: July 28, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Hefeweizen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Produced by the commercial arm of the Olds College Teaching Brewery, this is a great name for a beer of this style coming out of a farming community, I gotta say.

This 650ml bottle pours a cloudy, murky medium golden yellow colour, with two svelte fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some streaky bleeding cloud lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy wheat malt, subtle clove and white pepper spice, further estery yeast, chewed out Hubba Bubba, and faint leafy and weedy hops. The taste is sweet, somewhat sugary wheat malt, spicy clove and/or coriander, banana cream, the plain bubblegum proclaimed in the advertising blurb, ethereal table pepper dust, and well reduced noble hops.  The bubbles are fairly laid-back in their understated fizziness, the body a solid middleweight, and well smooth, with a smoothness that seems present from the very beginning.  It finishes a bit on the sweet side, as the wheat, banana, and bubblegum continue their pleasant, if sort of unholy triad.

Overall, a pretty decent wheat beer, and in line with most of the greats of the style, if only lacking in a bit in complexity, as such.  A few more iterative improvements, and I’m certain that these student brewers will have a winner on their hands – something to challenge Gunther in Alberta, at least.

Brady White

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