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Hefeweizen - Flying Dog Brewery

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717 Reviews

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Reviews: 717
Hads: 1,576
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 22.44%
Wants: 33
Gots: 155 | 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: 717 | Hads: 1,576
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy yellow with a white head that settles disappointingly quickly into a thin, but tight layer. Clove esters & wheat tartness in aroma; banana esters are completelly absent, but subtle bubblegum is discernible. The clove notes persist into the flavor and are accompanied by a light residual malt sweetness due to the low hop bitterness and a pleasant tart and lightly grainy wheat flavor. Finishes w/ a quickly fading sweetness and banana esters upfront, but is dry and clean overall.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Somewhat opaque orange brown with a thin white head, some lacing. Wheat, light wheat beer spicing and slightly sour aroma. Taste is sweet wheat, lemon, light clove and banana with a dry wheat finish and a hint of hops. A satisfactory, but not exciting hefeweizen.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of my Flying Dog variety case, a hefeweizen.

A: The weizenbier is a cloudy, sediment-filled golden straw color. Several shades darked than straw may be more appropriate. A finger and a half of head quickly disappeared.

S: The nose has a comforting aroma of banana and cloves, sweet but not cloying. The unique smell of a strong hefeweizen is hard to disagree with. A whiff also reveals a lemony tart wheat aroma.

T: More banana and clove drive the hefeweizen's taste, a fully sweet body that goes down very easily. Each sip reveals more banana and clove, even a hint of bubblegum, that is sweet and chewy. Underneath the yeast, barley and wheat add a bready, mildly tart flavor that contrasts nicely with the sweetness. Looks like I saved the best for last.

M: The weizen's banana and clove, sweet and lush, never let up. A little more tart wheat wouldn't hurt things, but that's a minor complaint.

D: Definitely the best of the variety case. A solid hefeweizen that packs plenty of sweet flavors into a 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a small head. Smell is of citrus and spices. Taste is good, banana, citrus, spices, blended well together. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and goes down with ease. Overall this is an enjoyable and quality beer.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a very cloudy yellow, even when I try my hardest to leave sediment in the bootle. Head is a medium height and creamy. Retention is poor for the style. Aroma is very yeasty with plenty of clove smell and a bit of banana. A mildly sweet wheat is also noted. Taste has a nice combo sweet malt, crisp wheat, and yeasty spiciness. Clove and banana flavors are again noted. The overall level of crispy wheat flavor is less than expected from a hefe. Overall: not a perfect hefe, but still a very good one with plenty of big yeast flavor.

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

Cloudy gold with a thin white head off a hard pour. The foam settled into a solid ring with some fine bubbles scattered across the surface. A little lacing, but no stickage. Yeasty, bready aroma, some lemony citrus with light clove spice. Malty flavour, a bit of wheat character, quite low on the citrus and spice that were present in the aroma. Lightish bodied with moderate carbonation, decent texture. Pretty easy going down, no flaws, nothing to complain about - solid. Overall, it's refreshing, but a little on the restrained side.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with JDV. Thanks Deniz!

This pours from 12oz bottle a cloudy yellow-orange with a 2 finger head of foam and it has some lacing. The foam lasted for the entire session, which I liked.

The smell has notes of wheat, yeast, clove, and some citrus.

The taste has a good wheat flavour along with fairly strong clove and banana and a mild citrus bite in the background. Quite refreshing and a good example of the style. It has a light mouthfeel and medium high carbonation and it finishes with some clove and some citrus. Good stuff.

Thanks again, Deniz!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an unfiltered cloudy pale yellow color with very minimal head. Smell is of bananas, clove and wheat. Taste is light-bodied and crisp with flavors of lemon, bananas, clove, yeast and wheat. There are many hefeweizen's that are better on the market but there are worse as well. Overall not a bad beer at all, just not the beer I would pick when I am in the mood for a beer of this style.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy pale yellow color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated to an even skim. Thin lacing washed down the glass.

S: Citrus, wheat malt and banana. Thats about it.

T: Banana and muted clove spice. Crisp and refreshing with a little lingering sweet fruity taste.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Very sessionable wheat. Good for a summer hot summer day.

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

Cloudy light golden with orange streaking noticeable. Not much of a head to speak of. Lacing is absent. Vanilla and banana esters dominate on the nose. Pretty nice. Syrupy in the mouth. Virtually no carbonation. Sweetness dominates on the tongue. But there is a tartness that lingers on the aftertaste. Definitely some phenolic character present. Not a lot to speak about here. Very, very average. Too many other good weizens to waste your time with this one.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with an average size frothy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the carbonation level due to the haziness and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Grains, lemons, coriander, bananas, yeast

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste banana, lemons, and quite a bit of clove/coriander. There is also a bit of a yeast taste and some wheat. The beer finishes with a banana and spice aftertaste.

Overall – This beer definitely has some potential, but the taste is just a little too unbalanced for me. There was just too much spice/coriander going on - and it took away from the other aspects of the beer. It was drinkable but not something that I'd seek out again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clouded sunshine yellow, but pale. Lots of bubbles. A tiny little head that recedes to nothingness. Nice tart, fruity smell of bananas, cloves, and some Sour Patch Kids. I likey. The taste is a little less tart, more fruity and clovey. PLus teh added feeling of great carbonation. This seems to be a very underrated beer. I could drink this stuff all day.

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Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is paleish with a generous amount of carbonation. Notes of banana and malt pop out of the beer. Banana isn't too noticeable at first. Taste is very good and the banana aroma carries over with some clove thrown in as well. I give this beer high marks for the style and presentation.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date recognized. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade!

(A)- Pours a hazy goldenrod color that produces a great white foamy head that dissipated after a minute to bubbles.

(S)- Lots of clove and banana with biscuits.

(T)- A light lemon banana spice with very mild wheat presence; more fruit than anything else, but good.

(M)- A nice silky smooth carbonation and body. Good balance. Not harsh in anyway.

(D)- A solid Hefe that certainly is better than most of Flying Dog's fare. Definitely a good one to try in the category.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Don't know why I didn't review this beer

A - Hazy Yellow in color with a great deal of fluffy white head.
S - Not as much banana as expect but a great deal of wheat. Great smelling summer Heffe.
T - Mostly slight lemon and banana predominant with a great wheat backbone. Nice
M - Very light and refreshing as expected from this beer
D - Yeah I would see this again if the price was right. Closest place has a six pack for 10.99 which seems about as good as it gets.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark gold, almost orange body, not too cloudy, with one-finger head that died somewhat quickly and there were minor lacings. Some spices (coriander maybe) and citric picked up, but only in faint traces. A smooth beer with prevelant spicing, has a light citric taste and some hop crispness packed in there. A good, albeit generic, Pale Wheat Ale, I'd drink this again at some point in the summer. Very cheap, but not something that will set your beer taste buds abuzz.

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Photo of glid02
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a mixed 12-pack from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a minimal head that turns into a ring of bubbles around the glass.

The smell is pretty good - smells fruity with hints of banana. A typical hefeweizen smell.

The taste is typical of a hefe as well. There is some yeast-y taste with fruit highlights, sweet but not too much so. The aftertaste sticks around a bit too long - it kind of tastes like fruit that's just a little past it's prime.

The mouthfeel is good. It's decently thick with a good amount of carbonation.

The drinkability is a little lower than the other rankings because the taste is a little too dense. It's not as refreshing as I'd hope from a Hefe.

Overall this is a pretty good beer, and I'd recommend trying a glass of it, but not a full sixer.

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Photo of avalon07
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a somewhat thin consistency. There was not much head (maybe a quarter inch) and it dissipated quickly. Some lacing.

The smell was dominated by light fruit and wheat, but not a much else.

I tasted wheat, lemon, some orange and that bubble gum flavor common to the style. It was bit on the thin side.

The carbonation rate was lacking, but the real problem here was a metallic aftertaste. Not a good mouthfeel.

This was a pretty average beer. The taste wasn't complex enough, so say nothing of its general thinness. Could've been better.

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

The pour a pleasant “Chill Hazed” yellow-orange color with the head minimal in size and the color white, after is demise the lace forms a thin sheet to seal off the glass. The nose is sweet with a hint of yeast citrus crisp and fresh to the senses, start has just a touch of sweetness with a fair grain profile, the top skeletal in its feel. Finish bitingly acidic with the hops sparing in their spiciness, bone dry aftertaste and as with most of the beer in this line a bit light in body, well in my humble opinion.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours a cloudy yellow with a tinge of orange. Thinner than expected head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Thick aroma with banana, clove, bready yeast, nutty, wheat - smells like banana bread. Tastes are similar to the aroma - banana, yeast, clove, spice, nutty wheat. It's full bodied, smooth and creamy. Finishes slightly peppery with a prickly on the tongue. Overall, good example of the style. I was hoping for a thicker head in the pour with better retention, otherwise there wasn't much else to complain about.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher Weiss glass. #s but no date.

A - Hazy golden yellow with bubbles populating the glass. It was topped by a nice one finger white head. Too bad it was too small for style, had minimal retention, and absolutely no lacing.

S - Strong banana esters with a yeasty following and a slight mineral water twang. Wheat is an afterthought in the aroma.

T - Strong sweetness emerges with a brilliant banana flavor and finishes off with a delicate balance when the wheat flavor emerges.

M - Medium-light bodied with a small touch of dryness to this refreshing summer brew.

D - It's a tasty wheat that doesn't shine to well in the glass. I think I'd be happier putting them back in bottle-form on the patio.
The "get the lemon wedge out of our beer" style quote on the bottle is classic.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.65/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque honey-golden with a thick, white, fine-bubbled head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is rich and wheaty with a definite citrus component. Flavor is rich and full, wheaty and malty. This wheat beer is pleasant, refreshing and smooth, and feels thick.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a light golden hazy yellow.

The aroma has some banana and spice and yeasty breadiness.

The flavor follows, but without the banana and clove flavor you want. It's subtle and tastes watered down.

It's an extremely light body and is watery.

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Hefeweizen from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.