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 LuthersMug
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All of my experiences with Flying Dog have been great. The label and name give off a crazy and wild vibe, which the beer lives up too. The smell was off apricots and citrus. The flavour was full and yeasty. I thought this wheat beer was particularly bursting with flavour. The carbonation seemed to be right. Overall, one of the best wheat beers I've had. (355 characters)

Photo of HopHeadHurls
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Surprisingly, this beer was not nearly as hazy as most hefes I've had. There were about 1.5 fingers of head when I made the pour (as seen in the picture above), but the beer had almost no head retention (makes sense from the low hop levels of this beer). Literally, in less than a minute all of the head you see in the picture was GONE. The beer is a nice straw colored gold and you can see tons of carbonation bubbles rising. A sign of good things to come!

S - The wheat and yeast in the beer comes through more than most hefes do, but by far the aroma is dominated by bananas and some kind of spice. My guess is probably either a.) cloves or b.) coriander. Either way it smells pretty good, albeit somewhat predictable. I am starting to think this will be a solid, but not totally spectacular, hefe.

T - Bananas up front and throughout the experience here; the yeast comes through somewhat slightly and you definitely get a nice clove taste. You can taste a subtle sweetness in the background, a honey-ish flavor I think. It's a nice touch at the end of the drink. There isn't too much about this beer that sticks out (in a good or a bad way); not too complex, which can definitely be a plus (and with wheat beers it often is). Overall a solid taste, confirming my suspicions from the smell.

M - The beer is definitely heavier on the mouthfeel than it looks. Not seeing a hazy appearance lulled me into thinking this would be super light. So-so carbonation, not quite what I expected after seeing so much carbonation after the initial pour, but a respectable amount that adds a nice element. Again, nothing stands out as being incredibly different about this beer.

O - It's a solid hefe that I would definitely drink again, and a good summer beer if you're laying out in the sun. Nothing stands out too much other than the cloves, but try it out and see what you think. (1,879 characters)

Photo of Lauthaha
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer stein.

Appearance: Beer pours a light, sunny golden color (some would say straw, but I refuse). Head is light and foamy, almost pristinely white. Pretty heavy carbonation visible within the glass. Even several minutes later, the head has only receded to about half its size. Pretty cool!

Smell: Like a hefe. Very bready, lots of wheat with a little bit of citrus vibe in there as well. A moderate earthy scent (like hay, or dried grass) and just a touch of ester underneath it all.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Everything mentioned under the "Smell" category. A little over-carbonated for my taste, but decent nonetheless. Beer is light to medium bodied, and finishes moderately dry, with just a touch of hopness in the aftertaste.

Overall: A good beer. Not noteworthy, but definitive of the style. (832 characters)

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a bright yellow straw color that has some haziness to it. Provides a small white foam head with moderate retention then becomes a small film. Not much lacing.

S: Some wheat, bananas, citrus and spices. Very clean smelling although mild.

T: The taste is stays constant throughout. There is some nice wheat undertones that go with the mild orange, banana and spice flavors.

M: A light crisp beer that leaves a slight citrus taste on the palate. A decent light body.

O: Overall this is a pretty mild hefe. No real complexity but refreshing. Not my first choice for for the style but a solid effort. (609 characters)

Photo of kershner23
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice hazy orange yellow. Very little white head on top.

Smells very light. Bits of banana and citrus. Sweet bread and a little spice. All quite subdued compared to some of the more bold hefes.

Taste flows right from the aroma. Banana, light citrus. Bread and spice, nothing really overwhelming. Pretty well balanced. Enjoyable, for sure.

Feels like any other hefe. Medium body and a little creamy. Finishes nice, not much aftertaste to dissuade or entice you. Overall, nothing overwhelming and amazing, but nothing to complain about. It is a great beer, but only an average hefeweizen. (603 characters)

Photo of Swedes21
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Fairly cloudy golden yellow color. No particulate matter, just wheat and yeast haze. A frothy half inch head retains fairly well but leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smell: This beer is banana and yeast forward, with a nice blend of spices at the forefront, headed by clove. Some wheat adds a sweet grain aroma as well.

Taste: Sweet banana is the obvious first flavor, with some clove and spicy yeast adding depth. The end is interesting, as a light tart apple flavor provides a nice ending twist.

Mouthfeel: One of the first things I noticed was that this is a little bit dry compared to other Hefes, which I view was an improvement. There is soft cheek-puckering tartness and a little bit of oil remains on the tongue after each sip. A little grainy as well. Overall it is fairly fully carbonated, with a medium body.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by the carbonation and dryness, as normally I find most beers in this style to be a little boring. (1,021 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 TangTKE402
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured hazy blonde yellow with a fizzy 1-finger head that cleared out quickly and left almost no lacing.

S: Spice notes of coriander, nutmeg, and wheat abound with some sweeter undertones...

T: Spicy and crisp up-front with a mellow, sweet finish and a pleasant yeasty aftertaste. Notes of fresh baked bread, cloves, coriander, yeast, dough, and orange zest are primarily featured. A crisp, clean taste that satisfies.

M: Good balance up-front with a slightly watery finish. Good clean after-feel with a nice bubbly freshness to the whole experience.

O: Quite a nice, refreshing summer-time Hefe that satisfies without being too overbearing. A quite great session beer after mowing the lawn and toiling in the garden. (724 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: one finger head, very carbonated, pale yellow; pleasant lacing
S: malty, lemony, waffs of bottle conditioning
T: Belgian style wheat ale; pale, thin flavor, but clear bottle conditioning at work; semisweet; not much hop profile; think of a Shock Top Belgianized (293 characters)

Photo of mocktm
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Hefe glass.

Pours a light hazy yellow with plenty of carbonation bubbles leading up to a finger and a half of voluptuous white head. A slight swirl of the bottle ensured plenty of sediment dispersion. Not quite as dark as I like to see my Hefes, but it looks decent enough.

A lot of orange and lemon citrus on the nose with normal Bavarian yeast characteristics of banana and spicy clove. Lemon tartness takes the reigns here though.

A bit of a more adventurous take on the traditional Hefe. A lot of citrus sourness up front with slight spice and banana coming through in the middle. A little too biting for my taste, as the banana sweetness finds itself overwhelmed in my opinion. The wheat finds its way through in the end to finish it off nicely.

Mouthfeel is decent enough presenting a light to medium body with plenty of carbonation. I could drink a lot of this.

Overall not a bad offering, but I'd take a real German version of this style any day. Definitely still recommend it for a try though. (1,025 characters)

Photo of scootny
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I Will say up front the last bottle I had of this was better as I remember it so a redu may be in order. That said it is still not a bad hefe just a little short of satisfying my needs tonight. Cloudy and a darker shade of gold with a decent head hat does leave some lace here and there. Smell has all the players with a healty wheat twang followed by cloves, bubblegum, and faint banana. Taste is well balanced just light on the banana for me. Wheat malt and the usual accomplices are there just in a dryer and less fruity array. Cloves and bubblegum sitting atop light banana notes. Feel is light, dry, and crisp with mild carbonation that mkes this a highly drinkable brew. More than the sum of its parts a very nice American hefe. I'll take this over American wheat any day. (778 characters)

Photo of claytong
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the yeast dominating the taste. banana and bread and a bit of grains.
im not sure how i feel about this, sometimes i like it and sometimes i dont. i know i wouldnt buy it again as i do like a more of a grains taste to my light summer beers. but for those into bubblegum and bananas this one has the yeast. (305 characters)

Photo of Jinholic
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orange and yellow body hazy as any wheat beer should be but the oddest thing is theres no head at all I had a 1 finger white head but it died in like a minute maybe.

Smell - Yeast and lots of orange peel banana and clove aren't powerful here but still there.

Taste - Almost the same as the smell but the clove is more noticeable. Yeast and orange peel seem to be what they are going for here and I like it.

Mouthfeel - Smooth refreshing and oh so nice on this hot day. Pleasant and fun too drink nice light too medium body with that great hefe feel.

Overall - Great beer only things that might put one off of this are the orange body and no head but Flying Dog packs some nice flavor in here very tasty. That said go grab one and see for yourself. (764 characters)

Photo of gab2409
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
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. (248 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes. Grabbed this at Half Full in Lewes, DE.

A: Poured a slightly hazy light amber color, small one finger head with low retention. Little bits of lace form and dissolves as fast as they appear.

S: A bit heavy on the yeast. Some wheat and a little bit of lights spices and banana.

T: The taste is similar to the aroma, but a little bolder. Some banana and spice, with a heavy dose of bready malt on the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly low carbonation. Relatively crisp.

O: An ok, overall it seemed a little weak in both aroma and flavor. The low carbonation also took away from it. (620 characters)

Photo of jiggahertz
4.49/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque dark golden beer, nice finger head dissipates quickly.

S: Honey, malts, wheat great nose on this.

T: Banana and cloves dominate the flavor. Caramel, toffee malts up front with honey and wheat following close behind.

M: heavy for a hefe

D: Awesome beer, my favorite hefe. Definitely not a boring beer. (314 characters)

Photo of Spica66
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed with gwuilliums after building the ramp for Prince.

A: Slightly hazy, very light amber color. Absolutely no head formation or retention. How is this even possible for a wheat beer?

S: Slightly banana. A little spicy. Cloves, maybe?

T: This is a very tasty hefe. Banana and cloves with a very nice yeast background.

M: Very well rounded. Nearly creamy.

O: I don't quite get the lack of head formation/retention (yes our glasses were beer clean), but I would definitely buy this again. (497 characters)

Photo of BeefyMee
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy light amber color. Disappointing head.

S: Banana and huge cloves. Predictable but nice.

T: Still predictable hefe flavors similar to the smell but a lot of them. This is one flavorful beer. Nothing to set it apart too much, just good and solid. The yeasty bananaclove aspect is spot on. I wish they would have added another dimension to push it over the edge, but I can respect the traditional approach.

M: Awesome. Feels a lot cloudier than it looks. I don't know if that makes sense.

A good American hefeweizen. (534 characters)

Photo of iDrinknewglarus
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy orange color with tons of carbonation streaming up the glass. The head pops and fizzles away pretty fast, which is a bit disappointing to see for a hefe. No lasing whatsoever.

S: Not too much there, just a hint of banana and yeast. It smells very light with maybe a hint of citrus.

T: Very much like the smell, this beer drinks like a very light hefe. I get a bready/yeasty quality up front and in the middle, which then fades into a lemon zest as it finishes.

M: Medium-light, but turns to light as the carbonation dies out.

This beer was not bad in any way, but I just prefer my hefe's a bit more robust. It was very refreshing though so on a hot summer day, I could slug these down all day. (706 characters)

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

A: Lazy-fog orange colored beer. Not much going on in the head region... pours a decent white head at first then dissipated quickly to form a slight ring around the outside of the glass with some clouds in the middle. No lacing. Bubbles make their arduous creeping to the top of the glass.

S: fairly average, nothing too complex... do u smell bananas? ahah

T: just as advertised banana and cloves. Pretty fruity... maybe too much for my current circumstances (relaxing at night, still pretty cold out). I really enjoyed the clovey spice of this beer. When i take a sip i can feel the spice in my nose, its weird, but pleasant. very smooth...

M: light-ish body, mid carbonation

O: I wasn’t the biggest fan of this style beer to when i first tried it but i think its starting to grow on me. For me its always a bonus to have an interesting bottle, its what draws me to try some beers... and even though this wasn’t the case for this particular beer, it still has a very interesting/neat bottle art. I also enjoyed the dialogue on the bottle. This style is a nice change up, its fairly unique taste is something that i could see myself buying again. (1,154 characters)

Photo of Snow81
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: ours a murky yellowish orange with

quite a bit of sediment

Head: Nice white head that dissipates quickly

Smell: Sweet malts and coriander

Taste: Coriander right up front with a sweet banana

Weight: Light body with a medium carbonation

Finish: banana and coriander (282 characters)

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

- from the notes
12 ounce bottles
A - hazy yellow with a short lasting head.
S - wheat and banana dominate.
T - very much a wheat beer with an estery fruit component.
M - light to medium carbonation and slightly syrupy but not overly so.
D - very drinkable. (257 characters)

Photo of mattjv
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with foamy white head, decent retention but the head doesn't stick around too long. Many strings of fine bubbles racing upwards.

Smell has everything to expect from the style. Strong clove presence which gives way to banana and bready yeast character. Notes of bubblegum also present, but less prominent than banana

Taste starts off with smooth bready character, followed by strong banana notes. Banana gives way to some citric lemon notes, and assertive clove presence. Sharp bit of spiciness complements the clove without being overwhelming. Finishes very clean with pleasant clove aftertaste

Light bodied in the mouth with very high carbonation, stinging towards the beginning of the glass.

Overall: An easy drinking beer for the spring and summer months, and washing down some spicy food. Paired great with a sausage jambalaya bowl. Didn't blow me away but still a solid example of the style that does taste like a hefe, unlike many American interpretations. (994 characters)

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

Appearance - dull orange-yellow, relatively hazy, no head to speak of, medium carbonation

Aroma - diluted fruit aromas of banana and orange with a rich and nutty background

Taste - crisp with light body. Balanced but watery flavours of banana and nutty yeast, some caramel on the finish.

Highly drinkable, but just your average American-style wheat beer. (Even though the label says it is German-style hefeweizen.) (418 characters)

Hefeweizen from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.