Hefeweizen - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 1,557
Reviews: 720
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 33
Gots: 140 | FT: 0
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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 beagle75
2.77/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

A: Hazy, medium golden color with two fingers of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Soft but assertive clove is complemented by detectable wheat. Lemon and a kick of yeasty funk follow, waiting a few beats before emerging.

T: Begins off-dry, with delicate grain and lemon-lime citrus that is interrupted by a thread of added dishonest sweetness that reminds of a sugar substitute. Acidity is understated and a little lacking. A whiff of fairly neutral bready yeast arrives in the middle as other flavors start to taper off. Breadiness reigns into the finish, where mild leafy bitterness lurks but does not linger.

M: Medium viscosity, soft and smooth on the palate but acidity compounds over time to leave a lingering energy, with low carbonation.

D/O: Only slightly recognizable as a hefeweizen, this beer struggles to display any satisfactory attributes of the style. Flavor accounts for the biggest let-down, coming across as incomplete and lifeless. It is drinkable, but not particularly refreshing.

Photo of Retsinis
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few times as part of a mixed six pack over this past week, as it's been blazing hot here in So Cal (108 degrees)

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Bruery tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy bright gold color, with about a inch in a half of slightly creamy white head. Some mild lacing on the glass.

S: Scents of fresh banana, some citrus spritz, bread, touch of vanilla and some esters of yeast. A mild spicing of clove is also detectable as well.

T: Flavors are cleanly blended, and balanced. Unlike the nose, the clove is bit more pronounced, but not overwhelmingly, as it is quickly followed by banana, and vanilla. The wheat or grain malt makes up the middle, with some touches of citrus on the finish.

M: Mildly crisp, but light body in character, with medium to light carbonation. Mostly mildly creamy, and a bit dry.

O: Good, for what it is. Not expecting copious amounts of complexity in a Hefe, but I appreciate a quality hefeweizen every once in a while, as they can really hit the spot on a hot day, and I enjoyed this one a few times now, and will probably again until it cools down.

Photo of rvdoorn
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

had this one in de beer tempel, an american beer bar in amsterdam.
Look: pours a hazy yellow-orange colour with a small white head, leaving a somewhat messy lacing
smell: wheat, sweet banana
taste: full of wheat, spices, banana. Bit too sweet for my liking
mouthfeel: medium carb, watery body.
Overall: nice, but lacks the body and complexity of the european equivalent. Like a watered down german heffe weizen

Photo of gpogo
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy clouded dark straw yellow. Small white head that turned instantly to a foam cap.

A- Wheaty dirty dishwater smell.

T- Nice full bodied wheat flavor. Reminds me of my first german hefeweizen to which I exclaimed, "it tastes like a field of wheat in my mouth!" Very nice!

M- Medium heavy body, extremely smooth. Moderate carbonation, could be a tad more carbonated.

D- This one surprised me. The aroma and lack of head weren't looking to promising, but the taste of this brew is great. I might consider picking this up again.

Photo of Forb
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: A nice hazy gold body that invites along with a sturdy head.

Smell: Of banana and cloves; typical of a European style hefeweizen.

Taste: Very good actually. The typical notes you find in european hef's are here but not overpoweringly so. This is a highly drinkable, highly flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation sits nicely on the palate with a smooth, highly drinkable body to indulge in.

Overall: I would recommend this as a great American example of a great European style.

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 LuthersMug
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of HopHeadHurls
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of Lauthaha
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of kershner23
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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 KickInTheChalice
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of TangTKE402
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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

Photo of mocktm
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of scootny
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of claytong
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of Jinholic
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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 mdaschaf
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of jiggahertz
4.49/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

Photo of Spica66
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of BeefyMee
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Hefeweizen from Flying Dog Brewery
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