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Dry Dock Hefeweizen - Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 37
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

CaptainClarinet, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of brandon722
3/5  rDev -25.9%

brandon722, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

GilGarp, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of DrIPA
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

DrIPA, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of mylesj
4/5  rDev -1.2%

mylesj, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

puboflyons, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of tlazaroff
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

tlazaroff, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Mfrato
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Mfrato, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of maltlikker
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

maltlikker, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

hoppymcgee, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of metalgdog
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

metalgdog, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

PEIhop, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of hiphopj5
4/5  rDev -1.2%

hiphopj5, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

kojevergas, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of rawfish
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

rawfish, May 30, 2012
Photo of Lincoln
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Lincoln, May 10, 2012
Photo of TriggerFingers
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
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

TriggerFingers, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

WoodBrew, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

hopfacebrew, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev -1.2%

rbrefbeerman, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of BillHilly
4/5  rDev -1.2%

BillHilly, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.08/5  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.

allforbetterbeer, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

StonedTrippin, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of mhjets
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

mhjets, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Blargimus
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Blargimus, Jan 22, 2012
Dry Dock Hefeweizen from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.