Dry Dock Hefeweizen - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 34
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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Dry Dock Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mentor on 01-28-2011

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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 44
Photo of Tone
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, straw color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, strong wheat, slight pale malt, hint of hop, hint of clove, slight citrus, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, pale malt, slight sweet malt, clove, hint of citrus, slight hops, and yeast. Overall, weak appearance, but good aroma, body, and blend. Also, a good complexity level to both aroma and body.

Photo of Dave_Treat
2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not a very good hefe. Very week and minimal flavor.

Photo of dcscientist
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%

Once again, this was included in the sampler pack, so I drank it. Not a wheat guy, but this one wasn't bad at all. Very strong banana flavor, so if you're into that you will probably really like this beer.

Photo of SteveB24
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Very nice representative of the style, light but not watery, mildly sweet, medium carbonation, slightly creamy and flavors of wheat, mild banana, mild cloves, bread, and yeast. If I had regular access to it it would be a frequent summer buy.

Photo of BeerWizard
4/5  rDev -0.5%

It was in the 90's today, I did a lot of cooking at home, and this has been hitting the spot. Only slightly hazy and a bit of a washed out golden color, this little hefe clocks in at 4.3abv and is perfect for summer day-drinking. Has a tangy, yeasty aroma, and the flavor is bready and bright. It's a really nice hefeweizen, and I would get this again. Perfect for a hot day, can definitely have a few, and I think it'd be a hit with non-craft drinkers as well - really accessible. Well done, Dry Dock, well done.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden with a hazy complexion. A fingernail thin layer of off white foam covers the majority of the top. Aroma is full of refreshing banana esters and pale wheat. The flavor is comprised of banana and almost a bubble gum sweetness is prominent along with the pale wheat. The mouth is light very delicate. This is great to combat the summer heat.

Photo of SamN
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a damn solid hefeweizen; hazy, golden, moderate carbonation. Not much head, but solid looks. Damn fine smells, too; lots of that lovely banana smell that I love. Taste follows pretty closely with the banana-yeast flavors, but with a slight faded finish, reminiscint of adjuncts. Taste just kind of falls flat into a slightly metallic muddle at the very end.

Pretty damn good hefe, with the aroma being it's best feature, by far. So much banana and bubblegum!

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Transparent light golden honey 1/2 finger head white cloud in color. Carb sticks to the glass.

S- Bananas, per US invasion. Light wheat and malt backbone, but huge banana.

T- Creamy banana, smooth malt, creamy.

M- Very smooth, creamy. This is one of my fav domestic hefes.

O- I love dry dock, they got me into craft. They have done a very fantastic job on a domestic hefe.

Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big white head slowly recedes above a cloudy pale washout golden colored hefeweizen.

Cloves seem to dominate over a light banana and even lighter lemon in the aroma of this beer.

The banana comes through more in the taste than it did in the aroma, balancing out the cloves some and even letting a light lemon come through in the taste.

A very light bodied beer with a bit of the tastes remaining behind in a light dryish aftertaste.

This seems to be a very drinkable hefe, I would think this would be a even better paired with the right food offering.

Photo of Duff27
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy bright orange body with a half inch head. Expected a larger head given the style. Leaves clumpy lacing. Overall looks inviting.

Cloves, bananas...the usual suspects. I detect a hint of..menthol?

More bananas than cloves in the taste, especially on the back end. Would guess around 5%abv.

On the thicker side of mouthfeel for the style I feel. Low end of carbonation as well.

Overall a good beer on a warm summer's day. Not incredibly to style but still highly drinkable. Thanks a ton for this non-whaley, top 50 hefe want, kojevergas!

Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Today is my New CANorado Beer Sunday and this one was part of an in-person trade with Blargimus whom I have traded with before, but never in person. He is a Bar Trivia master and so The Old Lady and I trekked down to play and then swapped beers afterwards. Slainte!

From the CAN: "Da such ich meine Freude. - There I seek for my happiness."; "A traditional German-Style wheat beer with a huge banana nose mit Hefe. Rouse yeast before pouring."; "Small Brewing Company of the Year, 2009 Great AmeriCAN Beer Festival"; "Gold Medal 2011 Silver Medal 2010 & 2009 Great AmeriCAN Beer Festival South German Style Hefeweizen".hat

As a retired sailor, this whole lineup really speaks to me. From the logo of the sailing ship to the nautical references to the sly humor, I CAN really dig it all.

Following directions, I roused the yeast before I even CANtemplated beginning the Crack & Glug. It was worthwhile as I not only garnered a finger of bone-white head with decent retention, but I got something that looked like Hefeweizen in my glass, as opposed to Kristalweiss. It was a cloudy lemon-yellow, SRM = ~ 6. Nose smelled of the kitchen sink - bananas, bubble gum, cloves. Mouthfeel was soft, like a gentle caress of my tongue. The taste was likewise all over the map. Pink bubble gum, initially, followed by overripe bananas and finally, clove cigarettes. Finish CANtinued the same stream of flavors and the clove lingered well past the swallow. I will cop yet again to this being one of my least favorite styles, but this one was one of the best CANned iterations in a while. I know that the right way (for me) would be to lager the beer, which would really bring out the clove esters. Ah well.

Photo of chugalug06
2.45/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Very light yellow, think Wit... Mild white foamy head, leaves mild lacing...

Crisp, fart aroma, lots of wheat.

Thin, very light, not much substance or flavors. Wheat-y, but extremely light. Missing many flavors... crisp, harsh carbonation. Very wet and bready.

Not recommended. I can think of many other canned Wheat brews which I'd much rather enjoy. Disappointing Dry Dock would put this brew in a Mix-12...They can do much better.

Photo of Ryndom
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really liked this beer. Always enjoy a good Hefeweizen (really just learned what that meant), never liked the super hoppy taste of an IPA. I like it with a shot of Grand Marnier. Good beer

The flavor was just right, a little sweet - and smooth. Wish I knew more words to describe the flavor, but it is really good.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dry Dock's Hefeweizen pours with a hazy goldenrod appearance. While building a relatively short statured head for its style, its fluffed cotton white foam clumps on the glass and offers up long lasting retention.

But its balanced attack of banana, clove and bubblegum aromatics really starts to sing the praises of traditional Hefeweizens. Secondary notes of white pepper tingle the nose white a musty wheat note supports all the aromas with bready sweetness and refined sugar. Lightly acidic notes of apple sulfur and citrusy lemons add a zesty scent that the beer would otherwise regret.

It's soft, it's complex, and it's balanced- the taste is equal parts creamy wheat, confectioner's sugar, and fruit. Banana first, but then the the esters morph into papaya, citrus oils, lemons, and apples as the beer traverses across the palate. And from left field comes the taste of Juicy Fruit bubblegum that suddenly hits you as the taste culminates nearing finish. Lightly musty from grain sweetness, the beer closes with even more complexities of vanilla and mint.

Light and creamy on the tongue, the beer's malt influences are short-sighted because of the beer's lacking carbonation. Lingering sweetness is brought to the forefront and is slow to recede as the beer lightens to near-watering textures and slight thinness in mid palate. , slight linger of sweet. But finishing spicy, simmering with minty-warmth and evaporative cooling, the beer is refreshing and complex from start to finish.

While not perfect, Dry Dock's Hefeweizen fares better than most versions even from Deutschland. Its lighter carbonation causes fits in the appearance and mouthfeel departments, but all of the other complexities, requirements, and even some intangibles are there that would otherwise really set the beer apart. Comparisons are drawn to examples like Franziskaner and New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat.

Photo of MighHighBrewer
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce can served in Hefeweizen glass. Note that I vigorously swirled the last ~20% of the beer in the can prior to pouring to get any lingering yeasties into the glass. I like my Hefe's yeasty and cloudy.

A: Hazy yellow with the tiniest of orange hues. Very cloudy. There are some small brown particles suspended (my guess is leftover yeast) - probably as a result of my pre-drink swirl. No head is apparent, although some minor lacing around the glass appears as you drink.

S: Lemon/citrus fruit is predominant, with some banana notes present and a slight tinge of clove. Also get a little of the yeasty smell. Hefe's aren't really known for their great smell, so this is a hard category to judge.

T & M: This Hefe definitely ranks on the banana side of the clove-to-banana continuum that Hefe's often go for. It's not spicy as much as it is fruity and creamy. Banana notes are predominant, but counterbalanced by citrus fruit flavor and a little bit of clove/spice. The finish is smooth and supple with the citrus hops lingering on the tongue. This is a very well-hopped beer in terms of balance. It's surprisingly complex for a Hefeweizen. Mouthfeel is great - medium carbonation with great body for a Hefe. VERY drinkable.

O: This is probably the most underrated beer I know of. It's definitely the best commercially-produced Hefeweizen I've had and even beats my homebrew recipe by a long shot. The taste is more complex than you suspect from a Hefeweizen. They've nailed the hopping dead-on. If you like your Hefe's banan-y, youll love this. If you like your Hefe's more on the spicy side, you may have to look elsewhere. I really dont know how to improve upon this beer other than by increasing the aroma notes, which I find a little weak. But that's a minor complaint - go buy this today and thank yourself.

Photo of blakelive784
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz can served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a hazy and cloudy light golden color with one finger of thin, just off-white head. Retention is ok. Large yeast particles are visible. Appealing (at least in my book.)

S - Huge banana and clove nose. Bready and buscuity yeast. Sweet and tart. Spicy wheat foundation. A bit simple, but incredibly inviting. I'm looking forward to it.

T - Follows the nose closely. Thick, doughy yeast open a clean base malt and wheat foundation. Yeasty esters throughout. Fruity without being sweet. The banana notes are incredibly fresh. No hops character whatsoever. I like it a lot.

M - Medium bodied and crisp. A bit chewy.

D - This goes down way too easy. A great offering now that Dry Dock is canning. Surprisingly, one of the best I've had in the style (and not just American hefes.) I'll be buying it again.

Photo of MichaelB_in_CO
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This golden beer will wet anyone's whistle. A pure hefe weissen taste, but this has a strong (but not too strong) hint of banana, more so than any other weisse beers I've had.

I strongly recommend getting this in a bottle, pouring it into a glass until there is about 10% left in the bottle, then shaking vigorously (with your finger over the top obviously!) to get all of the sediment out and dump on the top to create a head that trickles the goodness down your beer as the head thins.

Absolutely delicious weisse beer! One of the best in my opinions!

Photo of Beaver13
2.62/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy straw gold with a small white head that quickly disappears.

The aroma is sweet wheat malts, banana and a little clove spicing.

The flavor is wheaty malts with some sweet fruit and banana and some earthy yeast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a bit watery.

Overall, an OK hefe. Lots of banana and wheat. Sweet and watery.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Dry Dock. Hazy golden. Clove, wheat, banana, and a bit of bubblegum. Awesome. One of the better American hefeweizens that I've had.

Photo of GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served cold into an imperial pint glass. Not the ideal weather for a light wheat beer (temps in the teens, snow on the ground) but what the heck?

Dry Dock's Hefeweizen is a cloudy pale yellow color with thin white head. It manages to have good retention but not much lacing. I pour the first half without stirring up the yeast sediment.

Aroma is a beautiful combination of banana, bubble gum, and light spice notes.

Flavor is excellent as well and probably as good as it gets for American versions of this style. It's light in body and flavor but it has great depth and wonderful subtleties that makes beers like this special. Wheat, lemon, banana, clove, and cake.

Mouthfeel is light in body and perfectly carbonated. Easy drinking but a joy to behold.

Overall an excellent version of the style. We're lucky to have Dry Dock here in Denver and shouldn't take it for granted.

Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery and sampled on September 6, 2012.

The pour is a cloudy light amber-pale yellow with a tremendous white, puffy head. The head settles but it takes awhile.

The aroma is full of wheat, banana, and yeast with the pale malts a little downplayed. But the aroma is wholly inviting.

The body is light but also smooth and creamy.

The taste is much like the aroma with plenty of wheat and banana along with a low bitterness that lingers momentarily on the finish. This is a fine example of a Hefeweizen.

Photo of tlazaroff
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big big big big ripe banana on this one. I don't get any clove at all. A little bit of baked bread. This smells wonderful, and is what I would expect for a perfect Hefeweizen.

Straw yellow in color with a crisp white head and lacing that lets you know how many sips it took you to get to an empty vessel. Its just the right amount of cloudy and while the foam falls into the beer rather quickly, it leaves a white ring in it's wake which is actually pretty attractive.

Again with the banana on the palate. It just dominates this beer through and through. I get a few more flavors than I do scents. Biscuits, and a slight candied fruit come to mind.. like you're eating a candied banana fruit sandwich.

Medium carbonation and body. Finishes a tad dry, but leaves sweet tastes in your mouth. Overall this is an excellent Hefeweizen, and I could drink this all day.

Photo of Mfrato
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy Pour, good head retention. Fantastic aroma, certainly some banana to it. Tastes completely different on tap as opposed to bottle. Strong notes of banana. Solid body and a very smooth banana-ey finish. Spot on for German Hefeweizen style. This is quite possibly the best german hefeweizen I've had on tap anywhere, including franziskaner and weihenstephan.

Photo of metalgdog
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewery

Definite looking hefe here. Typical cloudy appearance with a mice effervescent nature. Small head with good retention.

Smell is a nice blend of bananas and wheat. Not too aromatic but pleasantly subtle.

Again, the taste is akin to the nose. Bananas upfront. The flavor is very balanced and delicate compared to many other hefes which makes this very sessionable and quite enjoyable.

the effervescent appearance is welcoming in the mouth. Drinks very smooth.

This is an extremely well balanced and well made hefe that screams delicacy and enjoyment.

Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, which I'm increasingly growing to fancy.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of white colour, slight cream, okay thickness, and good retention (though the ABV is below average). A murky hazy pale yellow colour. Nontransparent. Nonopaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Lemon, banana, clove, clean wheat, and fruit peel. Light fruit hopping. A delightfully fresh aroma. I'm impressed. Moderately strong. Very inviting for the style.

T: Very fresh and enjoyable. Lemon, banana, clove, a wheat foundation, and indistinct fruit (possibly orange) peel. Somewhat simple, but pleasant. I like it, but it's not fantastic. The aroma promised a better flavour. Some nice subtlety, but little complexity. Hints of yeast and light hopping.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour. Adequate carbonation. Adequate thickness. Suits the flavours fairly well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but not great. A solid offering from Dry Dock, but not an ideal one. I'd try it on draught. Low ABV. Very refreshing. A great summer brew.

B-

A poor candidate for aging.

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Dry Dock Hefeweizen from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.