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Whippet Wheat - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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72 Ratings

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: chaz01 on 05-13-2010)
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Photo of thegodfather1076


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very cool label in the traditional TDBC fashion with a K-9 theme. Label gives a small description and back story on the beer, serving temperature recommendation, IBU and ABV info, web info, and a bit of brewery info.

Appearance: Aggressively poured from its 12oz brown bottle into a 16oz nonic pint led to a 1½ finger off white head of a light airy density atop a semi hazy orange hay-yellow color beer. Head retention was a modest 1min 54sec before fading to a thin coating and ring with little lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of clove and banana along with a bit of sour tartness combined with a dominant wheat aspect.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of wheat and a tart sourness on the front end with the wheat sticking around while being joined by banana and a clove spice bite with hints of citrus tartness at the midpoint. Back end is dry with a wheat and banana clove finish and aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the light side of medium bodied with a crisp refreshing mouthfeel. Very easy drinking and refreshing.

Overall/Comments: A very good hefeweizen that sticks to the roots of the style while adding a bit of a tart twist. This would be great on a hot summers day. If you are in the mood for a good local hefeweizen try this out! Classified as a Hefeweizen @ 5.2% ABV. Consumed 7/7/2013.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 20:18:24 | More by thegodfather1076
Photo of Danasaurusrex


4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

beautiful semi-transparent amber color. this has great hints of citrus and goes down very smoothly. it reminds me almost of blue moon's citrus smell/taste but a more complex flavor. this has a subtle clove/cinnamon smell but not so much in the taste. would be great paired with an orange slice or a pineapple/banana garnish.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 23:00:15 | More by Danasaurusrex
Photo of DeFaz


3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden and cloudy. The Thirsty Dog brewing company has a number of good beers, and this is the second summer seasonal I've had this year (the raspberry ale is another one worth trying). This hefeweizen features very strong (in my opinion too dominating) wheat and yeast flavors with less emphasis on the clove, banana, and citrus, although they're still present. The taste begins fairly sweet but ends dry. As I generally prefer a sweeter hefeweizen, I probably won't be searching for this one again, but for what it is it's not bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 22:01:12 | More by DeFaz
Photo of Mitchster


3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack, all of which were excellent.
5.2% ABV, 10 IBUs, OG = 12 P. Fermented with a traditional bavarian yeast strain.

Pours to a slightly cloudy light golden, forming a modest white head with average retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate, about 2.7 or so. The aroma is a little mild in the banana and cloves department, but this bottle is maybe 3 months past it's prime, having a little bit more of a mown hay smell. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a light body. The taste is also quite mild in the bananas and cloves and has a hybrid american/bavarian wheat taste, like they used blended yeast. I do remember the fresher bottle that I had a few months ago had a more pronounced traditional taste. Bitterness is very mild. Aftertaste has the suggestion of grass and green apples. A little tart.

This is an OK hefe-weizen. I would pick Ayinger/Paulaner/Wheihenstephaner/Spaten/Schneider/Franziskaner over this considering the negligible price difference.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 00:11:57 | More by Mitchster
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A yeast-swirled pour produces a cloudy honey color with a meringue layer of foam that leaves a few dots here and there

Smell: Toasted bread and an artificial smelling citrus powder mix

Taste: Tastes a little better than it smells, but tangy, rotting apple and lemon phenols get in the way of the toasted bread and faint clove/banana character; the flavors fade rather quickly

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation; somewhat aqueous and not nearly creamy enough

Overall: Better than a typical American Wheat but well below par for a Hefe

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 22:19:49 | More by brentk56
Photo of thecheapies


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thirsty Dog Whippet Wheat. Three 12oz bottles poured into two weizen glasses. Yeast swirled in accordingly.

Cropped inch of off-white head. Dark body. Almost muddy pond-water yellow/amber. Loads of suspended yeast. Still translucent. Noticeable rising carb. No floaties. 3.5

Very wheaty aroma with clove spice, very faint banana, slight rust, and a hint of tart apricot. Some citric zing that is similar to lemon juice, but an otherwise mediocre nose. 3.0

This one’s almost funky. Notes of moldy lemons, bright snappy pepper spice, clove, straw, fresh wheat grain, tart fruit juice, and unripe banana. Has a little bit of lime in the citrus. Appealing with the snappy and spicy front-end. Finishes dry with the necessary banana and clove, and a few saison-like flavors. An interesting hefeweizen. A profile I wouldn’t expect from this brewery. 4.0

Drinks medium-bodied with an appealing wetness. Could use more milkyness. The carbonation is subdued, but has shown up. Not bad. 3.5

An above-average hefe for American craft, maybe just an average hefe overall. I’m nodding satisfiably about purchasing this six-pack. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 01:23:09 | More by thecheapies
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Still left at Spotted Dog in Carrboro, NC.

I know its old, but it did not look good for a hefeweizen. Only slightly cloudy. a little dark in color as well, and the head was small and light. Ugly looking German Hefeweizen.

The wheat has contributed more to the nose than the yeast. A crisp wheat twang in dominant, with hints of clove.

At first, I was scared. I didnt get alot of the nice yeast flavors, but I kept chugging along. I began to notice that the yeast imparted a good amount of clove. The wheat malt has imparted a light body, light feeling, and a nice refreshing twang.

Overall, a middle of the road German Hefeweizen. In terms of American Hefeweizens, its near the top somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 20:00:56 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from Auslander. Thanks Chris!

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

L - murky brownish yellow color with a thin white head.

S - hearty hefeweizen aroma.

T - flavorful malted wheat with subtle spices and hints of lemon zest.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - a decent hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 21:51:03 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Kleez


4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good beer with alot of taste. I unfortunately drank this with a meal so I feel I may not of appreciated the taste of the beer independantly. But the unfiltered armoa and golden look was your typical Hefeweizen. Beer has a strong character and is a summer favorite

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 02:38:28 | More by Kleez
Photo of Ezone024


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a flat cloudy orange color with 0 head, faint aromas of vanilla and banana.

i'm not getting much yeast in the flavor, yet it does have a unique refreshing flavor. it is mostly a spicy bite of cloves that leaves a dry taste on the tongue. a little bit of banananess in the back. Good summer session for sure.

i do feel like i just smoked a clove cigarette after drinking this

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 23:57:20 | More by Ezone024
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy and cloudy look to this one I have to admit, as I was waiting to find some sediment, but none came forward. Nice three inches of white then topped out over the glass and settled down lightly into a nice little pillow of white, which was reinforced but lots of carbonation.

The aroma was light and very pleasing. Nice touches of grain, light wheat and a touch of a banana like aroma all coming through rather nicely. Some almost light grass like hops bouncing around in there as well. The flavor was very crisp, very clean with a well rounded profile that was very pleasing. Nice light rush of grass and grain, light bready malts and a touch of banana again coming through quite cleanly and clearly

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 01:20:17 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of cosmo4u

New York

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on tap at winking lizard independence ohio

Whippet Wheat is a Hefeweizen that is an unfiltered yeasty wheat beer. It features a cloudy gold color from the pure German yeast. The beer also has a moderate aroma filled with clove, vanilla, and banana. What makes this beer unique is the banana flavor. This beer is perfect for summer and is great for those who want to move away from the citrus flavors that many summer beers feature.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 01:09:59 | More by cosmo4u
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white foam head with moderate retention. There is not much in the way of lacing as would be expected from a Hefe.

S: The nose was a little above average. Provides the standard wheat, banana, clove, coriander and bubblegum. It was all there just not as potent as some of the other Hefe's I have had.

T: Starts off with a nice amount of wheat taste. A nice amount of grittyness. In the middle and back end there is some bananas and spice that balance out the wheat. Not overly complex but still tasty.

M: The mouthfeel is a little thin, but still refreshing. Leaves a slightly gritty taste on the palate.

O: Not my favorite Hefe, but a certainly a refreshing brew. Perfect for a warm evening at a baseball game. Would certainly have more of this but would not be my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 21:19:06 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. The bottle features the cutest little dog runnig through a field of wheat. Let's hope the beer doesn't taste as cutesy as its label.

Pours a cloudy amber-brown. A nice 1" head presents upon the initial pour, but quickly reduces to nothing. And I mean nothing; there's barely a hint of carbonation in this murky pool of beer. An active swirl brings little in the way of any head.

Smells of banana bread, cloves, walnuts, and orange peel. Pleasant, to be sure.

Taste is much better than I was expecting given the lack of carbonation. It's like liquid banana, with nutty malt, hints of vanilla pudding, and a dash of nutmeg. There's an ever-so-slight hint of hop bitter that just kisses the tongue at the end. the yeastiness in th e middle really rounds out the taste to give it some heft.

Medium bodied, with a smooth, mildly dry finish.

I know that I keep saying that I'm not a fan of wheat beers, and then I keep trying wheat beers that I like. I'd put this on the list to try, especially if you're into wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 02:19:01 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of Hoptometrist


3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass

A- Pours a hazy amber orange with a two finger soapy head, can see some carbonation through the haze. No lacing

S- Big juicy citrus and orange peel notes, tropical fruit, wheat, yeast, buttered popcorn, and biscuity notes. Smells pretty good, but not what I would expect from a hefeweizen, not picking up banana notes, more of a citrus and tropical fruitiness. Kind of strange with the buttered popcorn notes and sweet biscuit notes

T- Lots of yeast, really a ton of yeast, lots of banana, clove, wheat, buttered popcorn, and sweet biscuity notes.

M- Lighter bodied, slightly watery on the finish

O- The aroma and taste of this beer do not match. The aroma for the beer, while strange for a hefeweizen, was pretty good. This hefeweizen tastes overly yeasty, just a little too much. None of the bubblegum notes I usually pick up on in a lot of hefeweizens. Not one of my favorite hefeweizens. Just not liking this beer as much as I have liked a lot of Thirsty Dog's beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 02:12:54 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of output01x


3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A slow pour yields an unimpressive 1-finger white head that quickly fades to a light dusting. The body is a clear deep golden color with a good amount of rising bubbles. Lacing is minimal to nearly non-existant.

Strong wheat is the dominant aroma with notes of citrus, banana, and clove.

Tangy sour apple and green banana overshadow a light wheat and spicy clove. The flavors are complimenting and even for the style. While decent, the flavors are unfortunately weak.

Light bodied with good carbonation, this beer is refreshing and easily drinkable. It passes over the tongue nicely and does not overpower foods.

The body is much too clear for an unfiltered hefeweizen. The head retention and lacing were also disappointing. The flavors were pretty standard and good, but rather weak compared to other beers of this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 14:24:41 | More by output01x
Photo of sixerofelixir


3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on draft. Review from notes.

Pours a clouded dark golden. white head sticks all around the 312 glass that I just got. Smell is nicely rich, a lot of brown sugar. Taste is estery, lots of plum, lots of banana, with a touch of apricot too. Finishes sweet. Feel is plenty carbonated and a bit thick. Drinks super well on a hot day. Good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2011 19:42:29 | More by sixerofelixir
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Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange coloured body, some white head. pleasant enough wheat aromas. Taste a bit orangey, cloves,bannana bread, and above average mouthfeel, although some carbonation offset. Decent drinkability, though not terribly.It's the style but not the best representative.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 03:51:52 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Come let's sing with happy voices,
Lift them to the sky.
Filled with pride each heart rejoices,
True to Shelby High.
Join the chorus,
Sing her praises,
Sing them o'er and o'er.
Ever stand our alma mater,
Shelby Evermore!"

--Shelby (Ohio) Whippet fight song

Orange-amber with lemon peel accents and crystal clarity. Hmmm... and this is supposed to be unfiltered beer. A soft escape of CO2 on crown cracking led to a thin slice of ivory foam that is nearly gone inside of two minutes and leaves disappointingly little lace.

The nose gets things back on track. It's untoasted wheat-like and features the typical banana and clove esters of the style. Better carbonation might have made this TDBC offering more aromatic.

Whippet Wheat is pretty good beer for an American-brewed hefe. Not to beat a dead horse, but better bubbles would have helped in any number of ways... and not just with respect to the mouthfeel. The basics are here, though, and they're arranged pretty well on the palate.

What is most likely a mixture of pale and wheat malts adds a cereal grain-like bottom end with meager hints of bready sweetness. Hop flavor is essentially absent (as it should be) and the yeast is capable enough. The hefeweizen banan-o-meter score is a respectable 2.0/4.0 and there's a brief blip of clove spice toward the end of the flavor arc.

The mouthfeel improves just enough by the bottom of the bottle to *barely* earn the above score. The bubbles should be more abundant, softer and better buried. Overall size is fine.

As an alumnus of Shelby Senior High (class of '81), I was thrilled to see our mascot on the label of Thirsty Dog's Whippet Wheat German Style Hefeweizen. A little more attention to detail and this could be a regular purchase in the warmer months. If I still lived in the Buckeye State, of course.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 13:45:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of tempest


3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle from Abe's Cold Beer. It's a smooth ale, but it's just halfway between an American wheat and a hefeweizen with a mix of toasty wheat and yeast character. There are mild clove and banana notes, but the flavor tastes a bit thin and simple for a hefe. The clove and spice are stronger in the aroma, but it's not enough to make for a complex, satisfying beer. Not a bad beer, but not a great hefe.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 00:42:35 | More by tempest
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a weizen glass pours a crisp bubbly pale orange with a thin quickly diminishing head. Aroma is sweet malts with some fruit and bubblegum. The taste is slight sweet fruits, banana and wheat. The beer is light and crisp with low carbonation. This is a decent interpretation of the style, but there are many better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 17:26:54 | More by atsprings
Photo of Jason


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle, no freshness date.

The wheat stands tall with dense froth, very cloudy but not enough to block the view of all of the bubbles. Powdered clove, dried bananas and chalky yeast infiltrate the nostrils. Smooth creamy yet bitty from the yeast presence ... there is a nice little crispness snap as well. Big yeast and wheat twang, dry clove and a fruitiness (banana and pear for the most part). Faint esters and more yeast. Finishes very dry.

A good stab a the style, a bit too much yeast if that is possible but it seemed to have slightly taken over here. Good drinking regardless.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 00:54:23 | More by Jason
Photo of buschbeer


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to little head. It is golden, amber in color. The aroma and taste are light in cloves. I tend to get more of an orange scent and flavor than banana. The mouthfeel is great for the style. This beer goes down easy and has a clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 01:05:22 | More by buschbeer
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured ontap. Hazy cloudy yellowish orange in color with a creamy head, good retention and lace.

Smell: Bavarian yeast and some banana like fruityness.

Taste: A toned down hefe, light clove and spice, light banana, some citrus in there as well but everything is mellow and unobtrusive. Easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a relatively low level of carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid brew from Thirsty Dog. Everything you'd expect from a decent Hefeweizen, although a bit lighter.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 19:41:10 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Natural510


3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no dating

Pours a typically cloudy orange-yellow. Foam not nearly as abundant or fluffy as one would expect from a hefeweizen, and it eventually goes completely flat.

Banana scent is sweet, clove is understated, and malt with a hint of hops round out the aroma.

Lightly sweet, lightly spicy in flavor. The banana-clove element is apparent but not overly stated, which means the yeast is not quite as forthright as it should be. Hops barely detectable.

Mouthfeel/body suffers from a lack of carbonation,

If carbonation problems were fixed, this would remain a drinkable, inoffensive weissbier. I find myself wanting to like Thirsty Dog, but unfortunately haven't found a remarkable offering from them yet.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 16:46:34 | More by Natural510
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Whippet Wheat from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.