Hefeweizen - Flying Dog Brewery

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1,558 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,558
Reviews: 720
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 32
Gots: 141 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-22-2001

Formerly In-Heat Wheat
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Reviews by konadrinker:
Photo of konadrinker
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy Yellow in color with about a finger of head which dissipated very quickly.

S - Not as much banana as expected but a great deal of wheat. Fairly pleasant.

T - Carbonation hits first, followed by citrus and a wheat/yeast flavor.

M - Very light and refreshing as expected from this beer.

D - Light and refreshing, but without much impact or character. Definitely a wheat beer but not the most interesting. Good summer drinker.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DanBob35
4.68/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent German Stlye Wheat beer. If you close your eyes you might think you are in Munich. It has the classic "banana & clove" smell and taste. Excellent appearence, nice lasting head, and great aroma. Put your Lederhosen on and enjoy a cold one. Great job Flying Dog!!

Photo of gab2409
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was one of the least enjoyable wheats that I've had in a while. It tastes a bit like a bitter Miller High Life. It's too carbonated, and the bitterness leaves a pretty undesirable aftertaste that lingers for a while. There was no head to note.

Photo of Winston3737
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too heavy on the cloves.

Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Actually liked this better than what I thought I was gonna,poured a slightly hazy yellow with a big fluffy head,the aroma was of malted wheat and slightly spicey.Taste had a lemony accent to start with and had a lingering crisp malt flavor in the finish and aftertaste.Pretty drinkable and not all that bad of a wheat beer.

Photo of tectactoe
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very pale, golden-yellow color with a moderate haze throughout. Small, wispy head that vanishes quickly, no lacing to speak of. The smell is very crisp and refreshing, full of biscuity wheat and fruity esters. The taste hits with a big dose of carbonation on the tongue, followed by apples and apple skins, a bit of esters, and a solid wheat background. The flavor is very sweet, light, and refreshing. A hint of clove can be detected if you're really searching for it, but it isn't as powerful as in other hefes. Lots of carbonation with an overall thin body leaves a dry finish.

Overall, a decent beer. Crisp, refreshing, and very easy to drink. Nothing to write home about, but worth a try, and definitely session-able.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In Heat Wheat...

A- Pours a golden hue with a minimal head that falls to barely anything... Excellent look of unfiltered wheat beer though.

S- Heavy yeast and wheat upfront. When i smell this one it is fully loaded with wheat and yeast... maybe some mild grassy hops. Fresh smell never-the-less.

T-M- Taste is of freshly cut wheat from the fields with the bite of hops of a grassy nole. Mild sulfer is there with the flavors of sweet tangerines and oranges. Medium body with thick feel in the finish is great for the style.

D- Drinkablity is wonderful for the wheat style and is very refreshing on most aspects. Bro approved.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

A: Pale straw-yellow in color, crystal clear with a careful pour. No discernible head really developed and there was no lacing.

S: An interesting grassy wheat, slightly fruity, with a little bit of yeast.

T&M: Rather light on the tongue with relatively fine carbonation, nothing like soda. The mild malt flavors are very well balanced with the right hop bittering, allowing the wheat to come through just enough to be interesting. Overall it leans toward the dry side but there is still enough malty sweetness to enjoy. The finish finish is just a bit on the watery side but quick & clean, with just a bit of bitter linger.

D: I found this to be most refreshing and easy to drink. I can see me taking these down nice and easy on a hot summer day off the back porch. Nice.

Photo of blitz134
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting how this beer is listed as a pale wheat here and not the hefe that is listed on the label. The pour is definately more like a pale wheat, and possibly even small for that. Small and fleeting sums it up well, white of course. Cloudy light yellow color, similar to pineapple juice.

Banana and pineapples mainly in the smell. Some bits of clove like spicing. Simple and straight forward...

Taste is alright, kinda light overall. Yeasty and a lot of wheat. Banana isn't as evident in the flavor, but some pineapple fruityness comes out. Nice and simple and decent for the style, possibly a bit too simple. Does have a bit of spicing showing up though.

Body is a bit thin, fair amount of carbonation though adds to the touch of spice found in the flavor. Flavor doesn't last that long though.

Decent drinkability, but not one to stand out. Easy to drink but there are plenty of others I'd like to have instead if I had the choice. A decent hefe/pale wheat for the masses and I'm sure many folks really like this beer but I feel I have moved on.

Photo of Todd
4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange gold beer with a thin foamy lace. There's yeast in the bottle, so I made sure to pour 3/4 of the bottle, gave the bottle a swirl and poured the remaining to gather up all of the yeast goodness.

Light yeast, clove, banana and grain in the nose.

A light-bodied beer with a smooth watery consistency. Upfront splash of tart lemon, and some mineral flavours. Crisp, tight fizzy carbonation. Spicy clove flavours follows, with a thin malty sweetness and faint touch of caramel malts.

IMO, one of the better beers from Flying Dog. Light, falvourful and very refreshing.

Photo of sponberg
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled: On tap, in 13 oz. mug. Very cloudy, with only a little head.

Aroma: Typical German style Hefeweiss aromas, but subdued. One of the thickest Hefes I've ever had - the beer had body and a half. (note: according to other bar patrons, the massive body thinned out a bit as the keg emptied, so maybe I was just lucky...) Flavor-wise, had some of the usual German hefe esters, albeit a touch reserved, with a very thirst-quenching wheaty/lemony (?) finish somewhere between a German and American wheat. This would be a very, very good poolside beer, as long as your Dobie doesn't read the label...

Photo of generallee
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tall pilsener glass.

Appearance: The body has an orange yellow hue with a heavy haze. To top it off there is a tall, off white head of light foam. This light foam fades slowly makes some slick lacing on the way down the glass.

Smell: In the nose I get mostly bready yeast with a touch of spice and a slightly fruity banana note.

Taste/Palate: The flavor picks up on the nose with tasty semi sweet bready wheat and mild spicy clove like yeast. It also has just a light hint of banana as well as some mild spicy hop bitterness. This comes to the palate by way of a smooth medium body with medium carbonation.

Notes: Overall it’s a good American made German Hefeweizen.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a cloudy golden with a great head and lacing. smells of spice, cloves, yeast, fruity, a bit of banana. Taste is of even more banana, bready-doughy malts, pineapple in the finish, a hint of clove. familiar flavors of the style but they seem all over the place. the finish is just weird, in my opinion. there are better representations of the style out there. its not terrible, but not great either.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - 1-finger off-white foamy head dissipates rather quickly. Lemon yellow and cloudy.

S - Bottle after the pour explodes with banana, followed by a good whiff of clove. Nose is dominated by banana candy. Clove emerges as the glass warms and gives more room for aromas to collect.

T - Banana and sugar down the middle of the tongue with a rather sharp burst of clove along the sides at the same time. Wheat and light malt in support of the initial taste. What bananas foster as a beer would taste like. Clove is very subdued, but contributes spiciness on the finish. No discernible hops.

M - Somewhat fizzy with good carbonation. Banana sugar suggests a bit more creaminess than expected for a hefe, and it lingers through the finish. Good structure. Interestingly, the finish is noticeably drier than the banana would suggest it be.

D - On the banana/clove continuum, this hefe is skewed way to the banana end. That's what I like about it, but YMMV. I don't think I'd drink several of these in a session, though. Could make for a very interesting alternative to dessert after a good dinner.

Photo of Jason
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Partly cloudy with a finger of head that holds well. Looks like a typical American wheat beer.

S- Mild spicy wheat aroma, hint of nutty yeast as well ... light aroma.

T&M- Ample crispness off of a moderate body, nice bite from the spicy fermented wheat and hop bitterness. Plain maltiness dulls with a earthy nutty yeast ... uneventful after that. Finishes semi-dry with more wheat malt flavor.

D- Decent drinking on a hot day, but it is just your typical American Wheat.

Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, tupelo honey color with a thin, tightly knit ivory head that quickly drops into a persistent ring around the glass. Aroma is lemon/lime, wheat grain, and woodsy yeast. Mouthfeel has active carbonation and a sharp hop bite. Taste is initially of a classic Nehi lemon/lime soda with fizzy sweetness. There is a pronounced yeasty mustiness that evokes the interior of an old car that has been sitting in a barn for a couple of years. Swirling the glass stirs up more yeasty notes, and coats the glass with some patchy sheets of lace. Finishes with a semi-dry wheaty yeastiness. Overall, a full bodied Weiss with sufficient complexity to be very enjoyable. Probably, the best of this brewery's line.

Photo of tigg924
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: medium carbonation, one inch head, bright yellow in color, clear

Smell: wheat and banana

Taste: big time banana, wheat, and a touch of Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet, moderate carbonation and light bodied

Overall: This is an ok hefe. The flavors here are more subtle than overpowering. I could have several of these as this is not a bad beer overall. However, there are several other bolder versions in the style I would gravitate to first.

Photo of Stonebreaker
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice cloudy, orangish amber. For a wheat beer the head was whack, and the lacing was nonexistent.

Smell: Is this the wet cardboard oxidation I've heard about, it smells funky... almost cheesy aroma.

Taste: Not as good as I remember from the tasting, first a light citrus zest, with heavy carbonation, cloves and a touch of the hops on the back end. Artificial taste of some sort. Like the other Flying Dog stuff Iv'e had it's relatively unimpressive, with the exception of the Double Dog, though that seemed like an Arrogant Bastard knock-off at the time and I was beyond reviewing competence.

Mouthfeel: A little overcarbed, fizzy.

Drinkability: Weak, sorry guys I just don't dig it.

Photo of Swedes21
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a golden straw colour, very hazy with a nice white head that dissipates quickly. you can see some carbonation and appears to be no lacing.

Smell - classic orange, wheat, sweetness from banana and some zest. very well balanced smelling beer.

Taste - Mild tasting beer, not a lot of anything happening. there is a good nice smoothness and cleanness to the taste. the beer has some orange and wheat taste, not much banana or bitterness.

Mouthfeel - some good volume added here, but nothing in the increased taste. maybe a light more bitterness, but that is to be expected with the added carbonation

Overall - found this to be an avg beer in the hefeweizen, it really lacked the emphasis on the banana/orange and wheat combinations.

Photo of jondeelee
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a light nose, smelling mainly of toasted grains with a hint of citrus. Oranges dominate the latter, mixed in with cloves and spice.

On the tongue, these same aromas translate fairly evenly into taste, the brew being a nice mixture of citrus and grain notes. For the grains, wheat is clearly discernible, with strong wet-grain notes resounding, as well as Grape Nuts cereal-like flavors. For the fruits, the orange-and-spice is dominant, though the oranges are joined by bananas, and the spice begins to carry hints of nutmeg, as well as cloves. Overlaying all of this is a sour tang that I normally associate with Brettanomyces, and which, I suspect, is responsible for the spice aspect. In this sense, this Hefeweizen carries many of the same notes found in Belgian ales. Mouthfeel and carbonation are medium-light.

Overall, this is a good Hefeweizen, and has many unusual tones that I find appealing and intriguing. Worth a try.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a big pure white head that faded to a nice thin layer. definatly yeast in the bottle. leaves a little lace with some decent head retention.

the aroma is slightly subdued for a hefe. still has some lemony citrus, hints of bannana and clove and a touch of spice.

the taste is better than the aroma would suggest. some clove, bannana, spicy yeast gives way to a nice dose of citrusy lemon zest. some sweet grainy wheat malts as well.

has a bright bubbly crisp carbonation. really quenchs your thirst. light bodied with an appropriate high carbonation. soft on the palate, finishs somewhat dry.

hefes and witbiers are some the most enjoyable beers to session in my opinion. so of course im going to go high with the drink on this one. there are definatly better examples of the style out there, but this is still very good. obviously good for the hot days, and i could prolly take a six easy in a night. i might revisit this one, as this is one of the third times ive bought it, but not right away. dream weaver wheat is better.

Photo of far333
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy golden yellow color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is very sweet and consists of yeast and fruit, and a bit of honey. Flavor is chewy and yeasty, a little doughey at the same time, and a bit too sweet for me. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Not a bad representation of the style, but not very complex.

Photo of niknar
2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a light straw color with a sizable white head. Leaves some lacing as it settles. This one is hazy (as expected for the style), but actually not as hazy as I was looking for. The smell has very strong citrus tones as well as some yeasty, bready aromas. Overall not bad, but too strong on the citrus, so it lacks complexity and balance. Taste is somewhat strange. Very strong citrus flavors give it an almost pungent flavor. Barely some wheat flavors in there too, but everything seems to be overwhelmed by the lemon/citrus. Also a little more hop bitterness on the finish than I would expect for the style. Mouthfeel is one of this beer's better points - light and refreshing. Not overcarbonated either. Drinkability suffers due to the strong off-flavors on this one. I can't tell if this is skunked (no dates on the bottle) or if this is just the way the beer tastes... either way its not at the top of my list.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average wheat beer, the brewery seems to have lost some of its luster since its move. Yellow beer, below average haze, little head, retention lace.

Aroma, heavy clove, banana, lemon yeastiness. Taste, less smacking than the aroma, but a bit too fizzy carbonation in the mouthfeel that detracts from the taste. Not a bad option by any means, but there are ample examples at a cheaper price and slightly better quality.

Photo of MOShepp
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium cloudy yellow after I mixed in the yeast from the bottle. Thin head with no visible lacing. Some carbonation visible.

Smells of wheat and lemon, though the aroma is faint.

Tastes of lemon, especially up front then a mineral or metallic taste. Wheat malts outwiegh the faint hops. Not much aftertaste.

The extra yeast they thanfully left in gives it a nice creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation gives quite a bit of tingles on the tongue which suits this beer well.

Very easy to drink, but nothing that stands out from the rest. It is very crisp and refreshing. Would make a nice summer drinker.

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