Hefeweizen - Flying Dog Brewery

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Reviews: 714
Hads: 1,562
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 32
Gots: 144 | 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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger rapidly dissipating white head. Clear light golden color.

S: Mild wheat and lemon.

T: Lots of lemon and citrus. Wheat of course. Crisp with a sweet finish.

M: Refreshing, moderate carbonation and light bodied.

Overall: This is a decent wheat beer. It loads up on the lemon and cirtus while keeping it sweet but not overwhelmingly so. (349 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down fairly quickly yet consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of citrus, wheat and yeast in the nose along with some hints of clove.
T: The flavors in the taste are very similar to the aromas in the smell.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and quite refreshing. (556 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head; the retention was not great and it didn't leave that much lacing

Smell: Light banana esters, peppery and lemony, with a whiff of yeast and cloves

Taste: Starts out bready with a faint banana presence; finishes with a bit of clove and apple spice, a speck of sweetness and an overwhelming lemony citrus flavor; surprisingly hoppy

Mouthfeel: Medium/light bodied with a good bit of carbonation

Drinkability: A light, summer brew; OK, but I'm not really big on hefeweizens (550 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at USBTC, Jungle Jims, Cincinnati for the second time. Is a better beer than originally rated. The beer is more adhearence to a Hefe than an American Wheat. The beer has very good bananna, clove, estery, and bubblegum flavor, and though I wish the body were creamier, the mouthfeel is good. Another winner by Flying Dog.

A nice wheat beer from a brewery that is usually over the top. Looks deeper golden than most. As murky as you'd expect. Smells fuity, wheaty, malty, and spicy. Not as bananna-ey or buble gum-ey as I expected. Head retention is a bit disapointing. A bit thicker and more barley malt detection. Medium round body that finishes a bit thick and heavy for a wheat. Still, good flavors. (712 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The In Heat Wheat pours out as a cloudy yellowish gold color with a fluffy white head. The lacing that it leaves is pretty good. The smell of the beer has some soft fresh grains, banana and some clove aromas. The taste has a nice citrusy spice to it upfront which settles into a grainy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing. This is a decent Hefeweizen to say the most. It's worth trying. (401 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.75/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a big foamy white head with very little liquid actually showing – seems like there might be an infection going on. Aroma is very weak with maybe some light wheat but I am not picking up any sourness from the infection I had feared. Taste is also quite weird with some light wheat but none of the banana or ester aspects that I usually associate with hefeweizen. I couldn’t really care about that one. This batch as brewed in April of 2007 and drank in May of 2007. (500 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Monsterously hazy medium amber. This sucker is nearly as opaque as a stout. The head is minuscule and is down to a thin film in the time it took me to type the first two sentences. No lace; nada, zippo. The aroma does not portend great things. It's wheaty and grainy, but doesn't impress in the least.

The flavor isn't that bad, but it isn't that good either. It has a slightly sour, grain-like (wheat), mildly bitter taste that doesn't compel me to keep on drinking. Unfortunately, it isn't quite light enough or innocuous enough to be a good, poundable lawnmower beer. Flying Dog hasn' t impressed me in the past and In-Heat Wheat has done nothing to change my mind. (671 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked me up the Flying Dog sampler box as I had realized I had actually only had one of them. Just woke up from a rare afternoon nap so I figured I would crack open one. Out jumps In Heat Wheat.

Poured a somewhat hazy dull golden amber with no head, not even upon the pour. No lace whatsoever on this either. Nice carbonation bubbles could be seen rippling up from the bottom of the glass though. Overall underimpressed with the appearence. Smell was light and full of grain adn yeast notes. Lots of wheat and not much else was evident tothe nose. The feel was crisp, quick and clean with no aftertaste at all. Decent grainy and wheat taste. A slight back of a grape taste was evident, but otherwise this was just about average. Great drinkabilty only in that it is exceptionally light and lacks any real punch so it goes down qucik and easy in large numbers.

Overall this was rather blah and a bit forgettable. Suitable as a hydrating liquid on a hot summers day but that is about all. Better then a macro for sure, but when it all is boiled down it is just an average run of the mill pale ale, (1,104 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a hazy blonde color. A creamy white head. Some lacing.

S - Smells highly yeasty and of clove.

T - The is a banana and clove taste. Along with the wheat flavors.

M - It is dry and very grainy. At times I've had some that seemed a little chalky.

D - It is a good tasting beer and very unique. (317 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a fairly clear golden orange color with a rather small white head.

S: Lots of clove and spice notes along with a ton of cardboard. Some sweet bread and wheat malt notes and a fair amount of banana and bubblegum. A bit of stale orange peel in the background.

T: Sort of bland with some clove and banana flavor. Sweet bread and wheat flavors with a hint of bubblegum on the finish. Citrus peel and yeast are also present.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Tastes okay, but it's not something I would come back to. (550 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dull gold body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Big pop of spiced bananas in the nose with a minor backing of malted wheat.

Taste: Malted wheat with a strong taste of sweetened banana juice. Small pinch of clove. Drop of orange oil. Almost non-existent earthy hops and bitterness. Finishes sweet with a lingering toasted banana flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Bananas a-plenty! Average at best overall. (471 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden with less than one finger of head and just a bit of haze (uhhh.... this is not looking good).

S - Light malt aroma, wheat (duh), perhaps a bit of yeast spice... pretty clean overall.

T - More wheat flavor and some yeast fruitiness this time; slightly cidery. Some grassy hops in the finish.

M - Pretty dry, medium body. High carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, quite easy to take down a few if you aren't thinking about it... but...

If you are thinking about it, it's a different story. I have to preface this by saying I am extremely critical of american wheat beers. I think the whole idea of the "american wheat beer" category is a half-aborted, ill-advised excuse for the average American craft brewers inability to make a decent Bavarian style wheat beer. I am happy to see that there are more and more American brewers who are making good weisse beer; but not that long ago, many craft brewers just couldn't grasp the style. Their interpretations were so poor that they couldn't really be called Weisse beer; and so, we now have a recognized style that arose from mass failure being placed on a pedestal (of course its supposed to taste that way! I meant to take all of the character out of it!).

Back to the beer at hand. This beer captures a little bit of the clove and banana flavor of the German version, but it is lighter and cleaner. The appearance is the biggest flaw I see; compared to classic Weisse beers it is downright ugly. As an "American Wheat" it is pretty good, but if it were judged as a Weisse beer it would be a bit of a failure. (1,569 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Figured I'd revisit the Flying Dog catalog, see how they're holding up to my 'buds. Let's begin with the hefe, shall we? It pours an ever-so-lightly hazed pale straw topped by nearly two fingers of white mini-froth. The nose comprises orange peel, clove, pepper, light nutmeg, wheat, and a splash of banana juice. The taste showcases the orange peel (complete with remnants of flesh thereupon) mixed with a light mixture of clove and pepper. Straight up. It's not a traditional hefe flavor per se, but it's certainly not bad. The body is a hefty-ish light, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather smoothly-flowing feel. Overall, a pretty decent hefe, though nothing really close to special or great. (750 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Victoria Gastropub, poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy amber golden color, looks like apple cider. There is hardly any head.

Smell: Crisp wheat malt with some banana and clove. Overall the smell is mild but nice.

Taste: Again I'm picking up wheat malt. There are fruity notes, banana, and bubblegum. There is a mild sweetness with an herbal finish.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium body. The carbonation is very mild, and honestly this beer could use a bit more. The finish is dry.

Overall: This beer is not bad, but it's not the first Hefe I would search out if I had a hankering. I would like less fruity notes and a bit more carbonation. (693 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden-orange. Short bright white head. Average head retention. Little lacing.
S: Wheaty! Very wheaty! Wheat malt, weizen yeast (banana, spent citrus rind - mostly lemon, dull clove, even some papaya)
T: Typical Bavarian weizen... mostly ripe (rather than green) bananas, a little spice in just the right amount, and soft clove. A slightly cool ferment perhaps? Very nice, rich maltiness! Well balanced with the sweet malt upfront giving way to the firm bitterness in the finish.
M: Medium bodied and crisp. Standard carbonation level.
D: A very nice, slightly American version (carbonation level). On par with those from Germany. Full flavored and well-balanced. Very nice! The only thing that hurts it is the lack of head retention (which is odd for a beer with so much wheat in it!). One of the best beers Flying Dog makes. (840 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, bananas, light malt, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready sweet and spicy up front with flavors of wheat, banana and citrus that dominate. There's a mild hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a pretty decent lighter beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for a just regular wheat beer. (761 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average in almost every respect here, this was one boring Hefe. Tastes a lot like apple juice to me but also with same clove and banana smell lingering on the nose. Nothing special about it and drinkable but if it wasn't in the mixed pack I would have never gotten it. (268 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a huge fan of the style, but I like this one!

Pours golden, murky & suprise, suprise has superior head retention...

Smells of meadow/ wit bandaids & such like I'd a assumed this ale to

Great grassy/spicy taste

Mouthfeel= yum , not yumy

good effort super with Indian or Thai food!!! (300 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After a stern swirl this beer pours with a hazy golden slight orange tint and the head just never develops as I anticipated it with a semi vigorous pour I was expecting a larger head from a hefeweizen. Leaves little or no lacing not much definitely not capable of what a true hefeweizen leaves. The aroma contains no classic fireworks of citrus, clove, or banana just some biscuity bready aroma with a touch of hops and some of that spiced citrus twang the more I smell very mellow aromatics. Flavors make up somewhat with a light citrus, slight banana tone, and cloves are also present in flavor body is a bit thin light in body but some texture actually present a bit suprising. Drinkability not bad at all I could picture myself setting up shop with this one if I ever manage to find it on tap, however not a classic representation lacks in major areas makes up somewhat in taste very drinkable not bad at all. All in all this beer fails in bringing a new exciting twist or even holding up a classic style but it is drinkable and besides the drink you gotta love the name classic just for that reason. (1,104 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 33cl brown glass bottle with a standard pressure cap into a true imperial pint glass in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live. Flying Dog's offerings haven't been horribly appealing lately; I recently purchased the taster pack and this is maybe my fourth.

A: Pours a four finger head of slight cream and nice fluffy thickness. Good retention as well. Colour is a cloudy semitransparent yellow. I'm concerned; all good German hefeweizens I've had have been hazy and nontransparent.

Sm: Musty wheat and light orange peel ester hops. Decent but far from exemplary.

T: A wheat foundation with a light touch of artifical orange peel smack in the middle. Some near watery notes entre in on the climax. Very bland and simple for the style. Built badly. Imbalanced and disappointing.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but far too thick and a bit sharp on the climax. Doesn't suit the style or the beer.

Dr: Low ABV, a high price for the quality, and easy to drink. This isn't one to get your bollocks in a twist over, lads. Leave her be. (1,047 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy, golden color. Very small head considering the style. No lace.

Band-aid aroma in this batch. Stong banana and clove smells. The wheat is the predominant smell but it seems to be slightly off.

Nice, traditional wheat flavors with citrus touches. Very dry with a touch of sourness. Moderately bodied and carbonated.

Overall, this is a weak wheat beer. Other than the aroma, which might be a result of the batch not the recipe, this beer meets the standards expected, but doesn't excite. (500 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy, straw yellow appearance, slim white head, quick to settle, active carbonation...
Big banana-y nose, citrus in the sidecar...soft and mellow, no clove or spice...
Taste: brief bite up front, snappy, then smooth, a bit pithy, juicy, a mite palpable, then slides down easily. Small tartness. Light to medium bodied. Wimpering, barely-there finish. Gone with nary a trace, but, I expect that's just the way they want it, a mild brew for those looking for something light, but with some amount of taste.
This name they chose might not have been so wise, though. You either expect something exciting, and are disappointed, or that segment they're looking for might be embarassed to say the name aloud.
Outrageously average. (729 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer on draft at some shitty tap house. Honestly the best beer they had. I got because I had never reviewed it. Beer served in a frozen shaker pint with a wedge of lemon on the lip of the glass. Once the lemon was removed I began to drink.

Beer is yellow and hazy. Forms a tiny head of nearly nothing, nothing nothing nothing.

Aroma is weak and smells watery and grainy.

Beer is medium bodied and really wet. I guess its pretty drinkable and it quenches a thirst. No real hefeweizen character or even a weaker American wheat. Eh. (532 characters)

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