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Dry Dock Hefeweizen - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 144
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 38
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of Schmittymack
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bomber into SA Perfect Pint glass.
Poured a cloudy straw colored gold with a nice white head that lingered for quite awhile. Bananna and clove on the nose. Taste was very very nice (and this is not my favorite style): Citrusy, bananna, a touch of clove, and wonderful tasting malt. Dry Dock hit it out of the park on this one; girlfriend says it deserves a gold for the style at GABF--I think I concur. (419 characters)

Photo of MichaelB_in_CO
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
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! (555 characters)

Photo of mentor
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a finger of off-white head over a cloudy straw gold liquid. Smells banana, mild clove, wheat, and some peppery zip. A little bit of acid.

Tastes wheat malt with mild banana and noticeable clove. Has an interesting peppery zip early that morphs into a metallic finish. Earthy hops darken the flavors with a nice orange flavor, which I think is from hops. Medium hop grassiness. This beer dries nicely in the finish. Aftertaste is strong wheat with some lighter fruits rising retronasal.

Wow, this is an extremely well done beer. Hits the style amazingly well and is phenomenally drinkable. That's saying alot coming from me as I'm not at all fond of german hefes. Light in the mouth. Great balance between malt sweet and drying characteristics. Delicious. (766 characters)

Photo of Mfrato
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of CornedBeef
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a glass.

Appearance - Great color, not as cloudy as I'd like to see in a hefe. Decent head.

Smell - Great aroma, not overbearing but very pleasant.

Taste - Exactly what I want from a hefe: great balance between the wheatiness and the hefe yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel - Very light, decently carbonate.

Easily one of the best hefeweizens out there, definitely deserved the gold at GABF. I would love to get over the taproom sometime and give it a taste on-tap. (486 characters)

Photo of TriggerFingers
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had out of a bomber before a Rockies game...

yeah so I had DryDock's Apricot beer the night before at dinner and was not impressed in the least (Pyramid's is better IMHO)....anyway, so I thought....Gold Medal at Great American Beer for a Hefe...lets see whats up....

in a back alley two blocks from the stadium I was schooled on some exceptional Hefe (drank it fairly quickly and gave the bottle to a bum)!

Anywhoo....

lots of yeasty esters on this one....faint banana and spice....maybe I am used to all of the California crap Hefe that insists on lemons being added....

I was thoroughly impressed by the showing out of a bomber....only wish I had a little more time in Denver to sample more of Dry Dock's line....

this one is a winner! solid A (751 characters)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was golden colored and hazy, just the way it should be. There was an off white head on the beer that made it just look perfect in the glass. The aroma was of bananas and bready wheat. The beer tasted like wheat and yeast and maybe a little orange citrus taste.

Overall this was an awesome Weizen! (307 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (865 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (887 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

quite a nice brew, but I had only had it on tap. Bottle time.

Light golden pour, hazy a bit. Big white, foamy thick head. Lacing is somewhat sticky

Clove and banana dominate the nose, slight hint of husk. Almost zesty spice. Lemon rind and persimmon subtle hints

Light bread underneath and throughout. Would be sweet, but the clove and banana overpower it. Zesty, perhaps some white pepper characteristics. Mint and some earth spice/herbals. Floral in the end.
The on-tap version had a bit more pop to it, probably from the CO2. Carbonation would make this that much more refreshing and crisp. Still, a darn good beer. (621 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly a good traditional weissbier. Pours a light, brilliant hazy color with creamy head. Nose has a wonderfully assertive bready, estery quality with clove banana. Loft of soft wheat on the palate with more bready goodness, no overly banana, and a creamy mouthfeel. High drinkability as well. Like this beer, a lot. (316 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like a German, with a massive head sitting atop the honey colored liquid, but the retention isn't there though it does leave some dots behind

Smell: Over the top banana aromatics, with a dollop of clove

Taste: The banana builds and builds, with clove and a hint of lemon tartness arriving by mid-palate; the finish is dry, but there is plenty of residual banana flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: Great job by this brewery accomplishing what few domestics have been able to achieve - a hefe that can compete with the best of Germany (edited to congratulate the brewery on its GABF gold medal for this beer) (684 characters)

Photo of MighHighBrewer
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (1,823 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of numberwang
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best American Hefe's I have tasted. I guess my only issue is that the head on this Weiss is not as nearly as thick or lasting as the ones I've had in Germany. It does not have that banana taste or smell, but excellent spice notes of clove aand pepper. (262 characters)

Photo of biglobo8971
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured form bottle into a tulip. Was an extra and was very excited ot try, never had. Pours a faint yellow, with very little head, and absolutely no lacing. The smell is pungent of clove and cinnamon, has a sharp bite in the nose that ais hard to discern. Taste is amazing, very floral, with a nice hint of spice. Great f'in beer. Only negative I can say is the appearance, but the taste kicks the snot out of the appearance by a long shot. (440 characters)

Photo of Ryndom
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to pint glass the day the bottles hit the shelf!

A- Pours a hazy golden/grainy color with a nice 2 fingers worth of thick white head. Good retention with nice lacing.

S- A very pleasant balance of a mild banana aroma mixed with a slight bubble gum spicy note. Not overwhelming at all.

T/M- The beer starts with a fair amount of the yeast characteristics with the banana and bubble gum but quickly fades into a gentle balance of malty sweetness and almost citrusy flavors. The beer finishes smooth and delicate. Very good. Light body with a nice creamy mouthfeel.

D- Very much so.

Overall, this is the best Hefeweizen I've had to date. Not particularly fond of the style but this beer is a winner. I will highly recommend and purchase again.

The label mentions this beer is now known as the Dry Dock Hefeweizen. (844 characters)

Photo of Blargimus
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into wine glass. No bottling or best by date found.

Pours a very nice golden color, obviously very hazy. A little bit of white head that dissipates very quickly. Leaves some lacing on the glass and surface.

Woo! That is a nice smell. Bananas and yeast predominate. Classic hefe.

The wheat malt comes through more strongly than the smell would suggest, which I like. Very slight hops at first, but none in the aftertaste. Bananas and yeast are both strong. Delightful.

The fact that there is almost no head made me think this wouldn't be particularly carbonated, but it has just the right amount. Wonderful prickling sensation with every sip. Light and refreshing.

Overall, I would drink the hell out of this. And at 4.3% abv, I can.

EDIT: Once I got to the bottom and swirled some more yeast into the glass, I added an extra half point to the mouthfeel and overall. This beer is FANTASTIC. (915 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to holden303 for sending me this one as part of the N00B BIF 6!

Pours a murky light yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin film. Foamy chunks of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, spices, yeast, and some bubble gum aromas. Taste is of wheat, spices, yeast, bubble gum, and banana. This beer has a crisp and smooth mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a good hefeweizen from the bottle. I had this back in June on my trip to Denver and I enjoy this one from the bottle more. (555 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into an antique Czech tall pilsner glass.

The pour yields three fingers of bone white head that quicly falls to a thin layer on the surface. The body is very light straw colored and slightly hazy.

Very pale bready wheat and barley malts pair with a light creamy banana aroma to form the backbone of the nose. The usual fruity, slightly spicy yeast notes are vibrant and crackling with freshness. This leans toward banana and away from clove or coriander. Wonderful aroma.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the excellent aroma, but it is still excellent. The malts are crackery and provide a nice structure for the yeast flavors to play on. I am surprised by how light the malts are, which is a nice change. The yeast comes through with style in the flavor, but lacks a bit of the luster it showed in the aroma. The flavor isn't quite as dry as some, with a touch of sweetness in the middle. I detect even a bit of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is surprisingly low. This combination make this beer outstandingly drinkable. There is a feel in the mouth, maybe it is the sweetness, that I think detracts. I keep wishing this beer was drier.

Conclusion: This is maybe the 3rd best Hefeweizen I have tasted. If it were a little drier in feel and taste I believe it would be even better. This beats out hundreds of generic American interpretations of the wonderful style. The only American brewery I have encountered that trumps this beer is Live Oak. Excellent work. (1,515 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: One finger of fairly creamy white head dissipates pretty quickly. No carbonation. Hazy pale straw in color. No lacing.

Smell: Heavy banana and clove esters. Light wheat and even lighter lemon.

Taste: Even better than the nose. Near perfect balance of wheat, citrus, and yeasty esters. Ever so tart.

Feel: Light body. Light carbonation. Pretty dry finish.

Overall. Pretty good complexity and great balance. Great for the price, too. If Hef's give you a woody, this is a great one to pick up. (500 characters)

Photo of SamN
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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! (471 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (517 characters)

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Dry Dock Hefeweizen from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.