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Hefeweizen - Flying Dog Brewery

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Reviews: 715
Hads: 1,567
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 32
Gots: 146 | 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 jwc215
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into weizen glass:

Pours semi-clouded yellow with a thin white head that doesn't stay around for the duration.

The smell is fairly strongly of banana with some bubblegum.

The taste is of banana upfront, but it fades as the drink progresses. Some bubblegum. A wheat tang. Finishes with a somewhat salty dryness.

Light, but not too watery. Has a certain crispness to it.

Not a bad American wheat - and rated according to that style. Almost towards a hefe-weisse, but it falls short (outside of the banana in the nose and at the start.) Not bad for a summer refresher, though. (596 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)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at The Clinton Social in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a very hazy pale straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy bright white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat, yeast, citrus, and just a hint of clove.

T: The taste of this beer is very similar to the smell, moderate amounts of wheat with lighter notes of yeast, citrus/lemon zest, and the faintest hint of clove.

M: Slightly more than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Thin and watery.

O: Refreshing and easy to drink, a nice summer brew to enjoy on a warm evening. (809 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

Color is a cloudy straw orange. Nor head which was really weird for a hefeweizen (which resulted in no lace).

Aroma is heavy on banana and fruit. There was also clove, like normal for a hefe.Taste is just like the smell. Maybe some earthy hops added in there as well.

Mouthfeel is kind of crisp but levels out quickly. Ends with a slight dry aftertaste.

Overall, easy to drink. Definitely could be a session beer. I love hefes but this wasn't my top notch one. (493 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 WesWes
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent light golden color with utterly no head to speak of. The aroma is of sweet wheat grains and no hops. It almost has a cidery smell to it. The taste is decent, but far from my favorite. I just seems a little weak to me. I know that it's abv. is average, but something just doesn't taste right here. The body is light, but drinking this seems a bit of a chore. It's not a bad "wheat" beer, but not one that I would buy again. I really think that a wheat beer should remain unfiltered and hazy. It's the traditional serving style. When you filter this style you lose a lot of the original flavor and I think that's what happened here. (659 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with little white head that quickly fades away to nothing. The nose has notes of faint banana and even fainter clove. The flavor opens with some faint straw which quickly gives way to a big fruity, banana character that has a nice, balanced clove undertone. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated with a light crispness on the palate.

This beer is brewed to style and offers a smooth, balanced flavor and nice drinkability. If you like a lighter offering or you like Hefeweizens then you should give it a try. (562 characters)

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

From the bottle: "We didn't brew this German-style Hefeweizen with its award-winning flavor just so that you could wing a lemon slice in it for showmanship. You're not getting style points from us. Germans don't drink it that way, so save your attention-grabbing tactics for the karaoke stage, ok? OK.

I am going to cop right here and now to how I proceeded with this beer. I opened it and began to pour, only to notice that it was coming out sort of clear. "Krystalwiesse?" I asked myself. Nope. Lots of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle, so I ceased and desisted on what I was doing, agitated the good half-of-a-bottle that remained, then continued the pour. Decent white head, especially given the agitaion in the bottle, above the milky, cloudy lemon yellow that one would expect from the style. Now I'm cookin' with gas. The nose was redolent with the banana/clove esters that simply endear me to this style. 8=p Mouthfeel was tending toward creamy, again possibly due to my agitation. It had a spicy, tangy flavor on the tongue, like black pepper or cloves. The finish was more sweet than spicy, with the banana taste really asserting itself. Do I like hefeweizens? NO. Would I recommend this one to someone who does? Probably, and here's why: LNCBC does not currently bottle their hefe, but 2/5 LNCBC Straw Wheat, 2/5 of any hefe (this one is a good candidate), and 1/5 LNCBC Milk Stout drizzled in on top of the first two makes a Strawberry Banana Split with Chocolate Topping. Sweet? Hell, yeah! Do the women lap it up when I tell them about it? See the last response. Hefes have their place, just not neccesarily in my glass. (1,645 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 12 pack. Pours a cloudy yellow / orange color with about an inch and a half head. The aroma was nice as banana, spice, and wheat were all detectable. The flavor was slightly stronger on the banana tones, and and the wheat took a bit of a back seat with this. Light citrus tones were also noticeable, with a touch of pepper. The overall flavor was slightly tamer than expected.

The mouthfeel was lightly crisp at the start, with a very dry metallic finish. Light / medium in body. Drinkability is slightly above average. Not an overly exciting brew. (569 characters)

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

Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head that sticks around for a bit. The beer is a hazy, lightly orange tinted, straw color when poured with the yeast. Quite a bit more aromatic than I was expecting. Fruit forward notes of apple, banana and something akin to apricots greet my aural senses as I pour this into my glass. A touch of tart wheat character, some notes of clove and a dry bread-like grain note round things out.

The beer is fairly dry, but definitely has a perceived sweetness that is from the fruity fermentation character and the wheat itself. Traditional notes of banana and clove are definitely full on in the flavor profile. This beer is quite the easy drinker and I can imagine that the fruit focus of this beer would make it quite popular with the casual craft beer drinker. This beer finishes with a light tartness that seems to accentuate a plum-like note that runs throughout this beer. For my taste, this beer could use a touch more fermentation derived spiciness as well as a touch more character from noble hops. Light and refreshing, with a bit of carbonation for that little extra zip. Quite a decent beer and I am quite happy that this was not another bland American styled wheat beer.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ (1,289 characters)

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

From a sampler pack into a pint glass on a hot summer day.

In heat wheat has a bright yellow appearence with some gold trims here and there, becomes cloudier as I pour the dregs. No lace. Smells consist of slight lemon with yeast and some wheat. Tastes like a nice hefe with a citrus base with lemon and orange followed by some yeast finishing off with some light spice. The feel is very thin and light with a good amount of carb. Goes down easy as pie with a low abv making this even more drinkable. With that said this is not my favorite hefe, and it leaves something to be desired, but it's great 4 the summer. (614 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange, with a small white head, fair retention.

S: Nice estery smell, bananas and cloves, pasta.

T: Finally an American wheat that calls itself a hefe and actually tastes like one. Bubblegum esters make up the bulk of the flavour with a nice clovely finish. Simple, but effective.

M: Light and spritzy, creamy, lightly oily in the mouth.

D: Quite a good American wheat, definitely above average for its style. Recommended as a hot summer day beer and a quick refresher. (515 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Barely a white head is made that gets a finger tall at the most, settles to a faint thin sudsy collar. Body is a good mix of orange unfiltered and yellow lemon hues. Rising carbonation can barely be seen.

Nose is weak. Faint orange, mild estery sense, a bit of an odd dry grain and very big sense of wetness. Doesn't seem so impressive.

A real thin body on this beer, with an almost seltzery mouthfeel. Very light orange and flattened carbonated soda. Mid palate fills with lots club soda like character. Finishes clean with a good lingering sense of witbier like orange strangely.

Overall, well may not be a fav style of mine, where is the wheat density and malt chewiness? This isn't doing it for me. (754 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Those Flying Dog labels may be love it or hate it, but at least they're brewing a wheat beer in the traditional Bavarian manner. And what I admire is they're calling you out for garnishing your hefeweizen with lemon. But will this beer is good without the extra snap? On to the beer:

Moderately cloudy inside the body of this light blonde beer. There's a little head retention sticking around as the beer goes down. Ah, yes...there's some resemblance of that traditional hefeweizen in the nose. It's chalky, with lemon pastries and some banana.

More Bavarian than American in style. The yeast works to create pleasant flavors of lemon and smaller doeses of banana. The malted wehat flavor starts and stays in cruise control, and acts of the base of it all. The chalky mouthfeel adds to the experience greatly, in a good way of course. Both easy and enjoyable to drink.

Good warm weather beer? Nah, this is good year round beer. All you hefeweizen fans should give In-Heat Wheat a chance. (991 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A murky golden/pale body. Some bits afloat.
Puffed up white foam settled to a nice 1/2 finger head.
A floral nose to it, with the lemony and citrus undertones. A bit sweet as well.
Sweetness is not in the taste, or maybe I just goofed. citrus holds well, not acidic, fairly smooth and a bit rich. Crispness toward the finish, very durable. No lemon is needed for this brew. Poured it into a glass, didn't try it straight from the bottle. Probably should have.. (463 characters)

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

Picked up a 6'er at the local P+C for the weekend.

Golden body, a little cloudy, nice head. Aroma is a little sweet. Tastes like a good, standard hefe. Full-flavors and good finish. Good use of malt and spices. I wouldn't be able to tell this one from an authentic German hefe. Easy to drink and tasty. Pick some up when you want a good local hefe. (351 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A.Cloudy unfiltered, dark yellow in color with a nice head that recedes to a layer of sticky lace.

S. Haha, when I sniffed it some of the head went into my nose. Smell the Bavarian Yeast and some malt.

T. Estery banana bubblegum. Some leafy hop bitters to balance the sweetness. Rich, yet fairly straightforward.

M. Medium bordering full bodied. Smooth and creamy, one of its better features. Good amount of carbonation.

D. This is a pretty strong hefe' (6.0%). That being said, its mighty tasting and I will be on the lookout for these. (541 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Market,
Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with a huge frothy rocky white head that persists forever. Aromas of spicy wheat, and clove with hints of light fruit. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Sweet honey like maltiness with a spicy edge to it. Clove with a hint of yeastiness and a touch of light fruit round out the flavor. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice brew, I enjoyed it, but it is missing something that the examples from Germany exude. (536 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hzy gold with a 1/2" white head and scattered lacing.
Smell is of crisp wheat, banana, and citrus.
The taste is of the above mentioned aromas with a fine yeastiness.
The mouthfeel is smooth with some banana sweetness that is long lasting.
The drinkability is great. I was very surprised by this, as I've had this in years past and thought it was just ok. I'm not sure if they've cleaned it up or my palate has changed but I enjoyed it much. (450 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber to orange colored beer with a small white head.

Sweet and spicy scent, lots of clove and banana scent. Sharp and strong Hefeweizen smell, little bit of banana bread cake scent in the malt.

Taste starts out sweet and mildly spicy the expected banana and clove hefeweiss taste is in here. Sharp clove taste builds as you sip this; this is an accurate flavor profile for the beer. Little bit of herbal hop, but this beer is all about the Hefe beer yeast.

Mouthfeel is good and full as should be expected.

Quite drinkable and about like Franziskaner after it travels to the US on a cargo ship. I would have no problem buying this again. The reviews for this one are all over the place; I suspect that this beer is sensitive to age. Sampled on the first day this was delivered to the local shop. (807 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a light, slightly hazed, yellow-gold coloring with a frothy, filmy, bright white head. Aromas of banana and subtle spicing, like a fresh baked banana bread. Cinnamon and nutmeg and clove blend, but remain light. Flavors of banana bread on a biscuity backbone, with lemon zest, clove, and a toasty overlay. Light and effervescent in mouth, with a clean finish that has a slight banana linger. (446 characters)

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. (494 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying God discourages garnishing the beer with a lemon wedge but it desperately needs something to make it look more interesting. The colour is coated in a film nowhere cloudy enough to smudge clarity but noted enough to sully complexion. One look at the surface of the beer, barren and flat like a desert, and my optimism is now entirely vanquished.

I can tell the aroma tries to make amends but it, too, speaks only one word of German: deal breaker. (OK, so two words.) There is a cloyingly sweet element that rattles the nostrils like an artificial syrup. Does this brewery make their beers from extract? Cereal grains are left shamelessly bare where as they should be dressed in banana and yeast spice.

It is obvious that the brewer understands what a great German hefe-weizen should taste like. It is also clear, however, that he hasn't quite yet figured out how to brew one that tastes enough like it. The flavour is good, palatable to be certain, but it doesn't hold a flicker of light, let alone a full candle, to the authentic German offerings.

What the beer is lacking in flavour it is also lacking in mouthfeel. There is minimal fruity component; the banana-like esters often rampant in the style are slim to none. The amount of clove-like spice and zestful phenols are wholly absent. The mouthfeel is flat (especially for what should be a highly carbonated style) and featureless.

Tasting notes really say it all: "little haze, zero head, cheap malt smell, no banana, no spice, no crispness, under-carbonated, no effervescence, no presence of wheat or yeast, not refreshing." Seems harsh but I'm just calling it like I see (and taste and smell) it.

In-Heat Wheat might just as well be called that because to enjoy it, one would have to be suffering under direly hot conditions. The brewery claims to spend 25 days working on the beer, might I suggest they work a little longer on reformulating it? I know Flying Dog makes some really good beers but I would not consider this one of them. (2,009 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium straw hue with a half fing of thin head. There was little retention and lacing.

The aroma was yeasty with mild hints of banana.

The taste was doughy with a mild clove flavor. The flavor was a bit understated as compare to the German versions.

The mouthfeel was on the thin side. Not enough of a chewy wheat element. Okay carbonation.

Overall, this is an average American hefe. There are certainly better American versions and certainly better German ones. (490 characters)

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. (1,031 characters)

Hefeweizen from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.