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Dry Dock Hefeweizen - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

Dry Dock HefeweizenDry Dock Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

94 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%


Brewed by:
Dry Dock Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mentor on 01-28-2011)
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MichaelB_in_CO


4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 01:50:17 | More by MichaelB_in_CO
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 02:31:05 | More by GilGarp
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 03:26:12 | More by puboflyons
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tlazaroff

Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 21:50:15 | More by tlazaroff
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kojevergas

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 05:45:28 | More by kojevergas
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rawfish

California

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color that has a promising thick white head, two fingers high. Retention is poor and leaves absolutely no lace.

Great balance of banana esters and clove, light and airy it easily makes way for some lemongrass, pale malt and wheat. Powdery on the back end.

Pale malt that immediately shifts into a wheat twang with adequate balance of fruity esters and clove spices. Balanced and pleasant but also rather watery. Finishes clean and the flavors lift from the palate.

Moderate body with tight carbonation that gets prickly and active, does well to stir up the spices. Very drinkable and smooth, unlike some hefes the yeast doesn't slow it down.

Artfully balanced and a good example of a traditional German wheat. Perfect for the summer, would be glad to have another.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 04:22:24 | More by rawfish
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TriggerFingers

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +13%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 03:31:46 | More by TriggerFingers
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 14:14:24 | More by WoodBrew
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 20:20:40 | More by hopfacebrew
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 21:12:58 | More by allforbetterbeer
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an extremely light easy drinking hereweizen. pours an only slightly cloudy yellowish color with a one inch white head that dissipates quickly. smells like lemon peel and crystal malts. flavor is similar, with a buttery sort of citrus hop profile and a refreshing crispness. mouthfeel is very light in body and well carbonated. a very good hot weather beer for that reason, low abv makes it sessionable too. not the most arousing beer from dry dock, but a good americanized example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 22:39:07 | More by StonedTrippin
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Blargimus

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 22:08:52 | More by Blargimus
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CornedBeef

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 19:01:58 | More by CornedBeef
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mactrail

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A weird perfumey taste at first couple of sips, but mellows somewhat as you taste. Big flavors with the yeast predominating, followed by some lemon and a touch of cloves. Pours a first glass of clear golden, but a very thick sediment on the bottom. Very aromatic with more cloves and the long yeasty esters. Big rich mouthful of flavor, and tastes like lots of malt, but alcohol is certainly modest, even for the style. A touch of candy and spearmint along with the rather acidic finish.

22 oz bottle from Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 02:46:31 | More by mactrail
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 02:41:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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biglobo8971

Minnesota

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 06:40:28 | More by biglobo8971
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber in Colorado Springs. I'd say the flavors are well balanced but the beer itself is a touch sweet. Other than that it's a fine session beer and hefe. A lot of wheat beers get too thin or sharp when they drop closer to 4%. There's a lovely soft wheat bread malt flavor with more banana in the aroma along with typical clove spices. I guess I'd want this to be a touch more crisp, but this is a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 00:28:24 | More by tempest
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 23:13:08 | More by yemenmocha
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +8%
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)

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 22:57:09 | More by brentk56
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 06:33:08 | More by Mebuzzard
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 18:13:01 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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Schmittymack

Colorado

4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 07:22:10 | More by Schmittymack
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mentor

Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 04:01:18 | More by mentor
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: can

09-08-2013 02:49:15 | More by LXIXME
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Duff27

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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!

Serving type: can

09-05-2013 21:59:52 | More by Duff27
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Dry Dock Hefeweizen from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.