Dry Dock Hefeweizen - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 138
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 35
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 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 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 StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (1,889 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -17%
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. (1,443 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (1,695 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 tempest
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
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! (546 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)

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 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 Beaver13
2.62/5  rDev -36.4%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (789 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 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 chugalug06
2.45/5  rDev -40.5%
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. (439 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 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 gueuzedreg
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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. (243 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)

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Dry Dock Hefeweizen from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.