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Imperial Hefeweizen - Flying Dog Brewery

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Imperial Hefeweizen
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BA SCORE
88
very good

21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 01-06-2012)
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Reviews by nimrod979:
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nimrod979

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +1%

From my Junto Society growler: Pours a hazy golden with a one finger white head. Pretty good retention and just a bit of lacing in the glass.
Very aromatic! Lots of floral and banana notes. Wheaty, yeasty and fruity.
Taste is similar to the aroma. Lots of floral and banana notes. Bubblegum. Wheaty and yeasty. A bit on the sweet side but not over the top.
Medium bodied. Nice level of carbonation. Sweet and dry with some hop bitterness showing up in the finish. I also like that the alcohol wasn't overwhelming. I'd say Flying Dog did a pretty good job with the first beer in their new small batch series.

01-08-2012 00:45:49 | More by nimrod979
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HeyYoMar

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

02-27-2013 01:02:59 | More by HeyYoMar
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tdoug870


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-08-2014 16:33:25 | More by tdoug870
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

09-06-2012 14:35:10 | More by PaBeerLover
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blackie

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

this one goes out to my man Lou

Galaxy Hut

a: served in a standard shaker pint at galaxy hut, the imperial hefe is opaque with yeasty haze, banana yellow in color, sporting an average bone white head

s: big clove and banana from the bready yeasts on a body of wheat and pale malts, enough residual sugar to give more sweetness than the standard style usually permits, grassy hop aromas, sugar cookies, some alcohol, a big and bold hefeweizen nose that imperializes without totally disrespecting

m: medium bodied with yeast slurry and malts, carbonation around moderate

t: heavy wheat malts with a notable sugar presence, some slight notes of caramel or bready pale malt, huge yeasty, estery flavor with lots of banana and clove, lightly hopped to a papery/grassy note, something of a longer finish with warming alcohol

o: simply a hefeweizen on steroids, nice clove and banana from the yeast with a strong malt body producing some alcohols, but nothing too distracting, tasty

04-11-2013 02:36:56 | More by blackie
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TaylorK

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-13-2012 22:21:56 | More by TaylorK
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a hazy light golden-yellow color with a nice white head and a thin cap throughout. The nose carries some banana and bubble gum with a moderate amount of clove there as well. Touch of booze. Flavor has a nice yeasty presence and a bit of alcohol. Medium body. Overall, slightly boozy and has some hefeweizen yeast. I really, really don't see the point in making this beer.

02-02-2012 01:33:41 | More by Thorpe429
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Part of a Flying Dog takeover, this was listed as a "Brewery rarity," or something along those lines, so I figured I'd indulge. Pretty typical for the style all around. Poured a hazy golden yellow, on the verge of golden brown, with a nice cap of white head that retained and laced well. Aroma of bready yeast, banana esters and light spice, and more of the same in the taste, with a touch of honeysuckle sweetness, and a slightly grassy, bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel, pretty good overall.

02-28-2012 00:47:50 | More by Rifugium
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jmslade7

Florida

5/5  rDev +23.2%

06-02-2013 03:46:50 | More by jmslade7
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mdjeff

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-08-2012 12:47:32 | More by mdjeff
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John_M

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

On tap at Max's today. I believe this is part of the new, rotating line-up.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, golden amber color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is classic hefe, showcasing clove, light honey, a hint of banana and noticeasble underlying spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose fairly closely, except the beer is a bit sweeter than expected (though not over the top), with some nice bitterness in the finsih. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and while the alcohol is certainly noticeable, the beer doesn't come across as hot or heavy on the palate. The finish is fairly long, with spice and bitterness at the end.

While I don't think this is going to get me to switch from Schneider any time soon, this was nevertheless a very tasty beer from Flying Dog. Also, I was afraid Flying Dog would be making an "imperial" wheat up in the 9% or 10% range, but at 7.3%, the alcohol isn't too overdone.

01-06-2012 21:00:10 | More by John_M
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Brickwall316

Maryland

5/5  rDev +23.2%

01-15-2012 23:39:46 | More by Brickwall316
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cps98

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

Got a growler of this as part of our first Junto Society meeting. This growler was about as fresh as it comes!

A - Traditional hazy, deep yellow color. Nice 2 finger white head with good retention. Lacing present.

S - Nice banana bread smell. Lots of Belgian yeast along with some floral notes.

T - Lots of floral yeast...some bread and lots of banana.

M - Meadiun to heavy bodied. Good carbonation bite. Smooth for the higher ABV's.

O - Overall this was a pretty easy drinking beer. The flavors complimented each other well.

01-07-2012 15:50:35 | More by cps98
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-01-2012 21:43:47 | More by jacewg
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bmur112

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-05-2012 15:14:17 | More by bmur112
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Camjmorton

Arizona

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-12-2013 20:16:57 | More by Camjmorton
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CB2maltygoodness

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-27-2012 16:00:50 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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sysean


4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-29-2012 00:47:11 | More by sysean
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -2%

Served in a snifter at Churchkey. Beer is yellow and hazy with a big soft white head of small bubbles, some lacing and moderate carbonation, looks like a hefe.

Aroma is banana and grain, smells fine.

Beer is medium in body, sweet but not boozy, OK Flying Dog I'm interested, how did you do this? Nice esters, decent finish, a little bitter from the grains but overall a nice beer. I liked it. I'd even have more of it.

02-01-2012 04:31:19 | More by drabmuh
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Thecasehead

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -20%

05-23-2013 23:04:52 | More by Thecasehead
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tomgossert

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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Imperial Hefeweizen from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.