Whippet Wheat - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: chaz01 on 05-13-2010

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Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 38
Photo of Afra109
4.94/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic light get full flavor! Would be a great "all day" beer for the beach or other summer event! Not overly filling!

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It's hot on my deck, and this marks my first Hefeweizen of the year. A nice attempt, but misses the mark slightly. A little too much going on with the mouth feel and flavor notes. I really haven't found a beer of this style that can rival those from the motherland. :-) Still, a nice refreshing choice for a hot day on the deck.

Photo of Ozzylizard
2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into weizen glass
Aroma of yeast phenolics, slightly fruity
Head enormous (>8 cm, aggressive pour), off white, fizzy/creamy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm broken ring and layer
Lacing poor – rare small island of tiny to small bubbles
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor fruity, slightly sour; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation soft

Appearance 3, Aroma 2.75, Flavor 2.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3

Photo of nicholas2121
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whippet Wheat brewed by Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.20% This brew pours out a nice cloudy, golden amber color, with a nice withe head .The brew has has the look of most Hefeweizen brews on the market. The smell of Whippet Wheat is sweet, with some, grains , and malts. This brew has a faint smell to it. Not much to the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavor. You pick up on the sweetness in this brew. Puts you in smoothie, at the smoothie bar. Not saying that is a bad thing. There is a lot going going on in this brew. Whippet Wheat has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpoweing about this brew. Overall I'm giving Whippet Wheat a 4.5 out 5. I would buy this brew again.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.43/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

A: Well, first and foremost, this bottle erupted like a foam Vesuvius when I popped the cap off. I managed to pour some of the geyser into the glass (which promptly overflowed with foam), and then had to let the bottle and the glass sit in the sink for a bit to calm down. Once the magma flow had cooled and it was safe to walk on the parking lot where Pompeii once stood, I was able to assess the appearance of the beer. It pours a tawny, very cloudy gold, like a lion in the shade. Head formation is, I shall assume, not only present, but problematic. There's also decent lacing - ask me how I know!

S: This opens with a fairly strong bouquet of traditional hefe aromas, with the banana, pear, apple, and clove notes. There's something I can't quite place underlying them, however, something almost astringent or antiseptic in odor.

T: The astringency from the nose? It carries into the taste. There's some serious adhesive-style flavor to this beer, right from the opening. The rest of the flavor palate seems diluted at best behind that "manufactured by 3M" thing that's going on. There's also a metallic tinge to the flavor, though neither copper nor iron - almost aluminum-esque, despite being in a bottle.

M: Watery. By the finish, this beer feels like it has split into its constituent parts, the bulk of which is just water. And dare I mention the carbonation sharpness?

O: Not a favorite hefeweizen of mine. I'm not certain what was going on with the headsplosion, but I am fairly certain that I won't be picking this up again.

Photo of metter98
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving only a thin film covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bananas from the yeast are present in the nose along with underlying hints of wheat.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of bananas and some notes of wheat. It's hard to pick up any hints of cloves.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer is all about the bananas but there's enough underlying wheat to keep things from being overpowering. I thought that the taste was a very good representation of the style, but it could have used more head and carbonation and stronger aromas.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.09/5  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.

Photo of Danasaurusrex
4.41/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Photo of DeFaz
3.43/5  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.

Photo of Mitchster
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
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

Photo of thecheapies
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.61/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.47/5  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.

Photo of Kleez
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
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

Photo of Ezone024
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Photo of mikesgroove
3.94/5  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

Photo of cosmo4u
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.5/5  rDev -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.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.97/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of output01x
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  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.

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Whippet Wheat from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.