Whippet Wheat
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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German Hefeweizen
Ranked #417
Ranked #41,085
3.62 | pDev: 13.26%
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
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Photo of superspak
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled on 7/24/2018. Pours moderately hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of banana, bubblegum, clove, lemon, orange, pear, red apple, wheat, white bread dough, light herbal/grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale/wheat malts, and mild earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of banana, bubblegum, clove, lemon, orange, pear, red apple, wheat, white bread dough, light herbal/grass, and yeast earthiness. Very mild herbal/grassy bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of banana, bubblegum, clove, lemon, orange, pear, red apple, wheat, white bread dough, light herbal/grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale/wheat malts, and mild earthy hop flavors; with a solid malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no cloying flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. A bit thin, but not watery. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a very good hefeweizen. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale/wheat malts, and mild earthy hop flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the minimally bitter/spicy/drying finish. Nicely flavorful for the ABV. Well balanced classic German yeast complexity and pale/wheat malts; with mild noble hop presence. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my weizen glasses, this beer pours a fairly cloudy/hazy light to medium golden color with a very fluffy white head that's well over an inch thick when first poured that settles to a solid 1/2 inch a few minutes after being poured with excellent lacing. Aromas of some bready, caramel malt sweetness along with wheat and certainly some banana notes, clove, and just a bit of a candy like sweetness. The taste is pretty much the same. with some bready, caramel malt sweetness notes along with banana, clove, and wheat hints along with a bit of a candy like sweetness. Flavor profile is pretty spot on for this style. No real discernible hop present, but that's okay here of course. Has a fairly crisp, yet smooth, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer ought to be. Has a clean finish. A very refreshing beer for this hot and fairly humid summer weather in Cleveland right now.


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Photo of Caveworm
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whippet Wheat | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head's three fingers thick, with webbed lacing, and a hazed medium gold body.

I smell banana esters, clove, and bubblegum. Hard to mess up a hefe.

Tastes like a slightly boozy version of the smell. More of a trippel flavor IMO. Still good regardless...

Medium-light mouthfeel with fair carbonation.

I'll go ahead and give Whippet Wheat | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company a 4.

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Photo of PlayerSixtyfour
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I just had this on tap a little bit ago and it is FANTASTIC.

It pours an opaque yellow/orange with a thin head that stuck around for the entire drink

The taste is very banana forward; true to the style. Its crisp and refreshing. Perfect for the summer. I could drink this all day.

It had a slightly thick mouthfeel witch I love in beer.

I didn't rate the smell because honestly I dont remeber the smell other than it was a great first sniff. (So ignore the smell score)

This is honestly one of the strongest Hefeweizens ive ever had.

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Photo of DeanAmbrose
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw in color. Very faint aroma. Taste was of mild citrus. Clean and crisp finish. Very refreshing. Over all a well made beer. One of my favorite beers from Ohio.

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Photo of tone77
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild wheat and graininess, very little aroma. Taste is wheat, banana, lemons, hints of green apples at the finish. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another pickup from Beer Noggin in Bronxville, NY around Christmas time. I enjoy Wheat beers and Hefeweizen, so that's what attracted me to grab one. Didn't look or smell really anything noticeable, but it was a good tasting beer. Could have a few of these. The 5.2% ABV is a good amount too. I remember it being smooth and easy to drink. It left a good enough impression not to turn another one down in the future.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super solid Hefe here. It's like a blend between Hefe and American wheat with a soft, delectable wheat body and a mild yeast presence that isn't too spicy. Really quite thirst quenching.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the bottle in a pint glass, this hefe pours a cloudy, dirty, light amber color with yellow highlights. A moderate head of white dissipating foam fades to a thin fluffy layer with light lacing. The nose is banana, clove, some light wheat notes, and a strong well water note I have never smelled before. Flavors follow with a moderate banana flavor, medium clove on the back, lemon zest, on the middle, and an odd flavor liken unto well water like I have not tasted in a long time. Creamy and smooth with prickly on the aftertaste. Not one I would visit again and a disappointment from one of my favorite breweries in Ohio.

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Photo of jp32
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

Cloudy, murky, dirty tan-orange color. Nice fluffy head. Aroma is of hard well water and cloves.... maybe even cilantro or something?

The taste is plain, simple, and nearly tasteless until the finish. Even then you still have to force some flavor out of it. I have several flavorful Hefe's lately, and this is not one of them. It is however very crisp and refreshing when cold, I will give it that, but its definitely lacking in the flavor department.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It's hot on my deck, and this marks my first Hefeweizen of the year. A nice attempt, but misses the mark slightly. A little too much going on with the mouth feel and flavor notes. I really haven't found a beer of this style that can rival those from the motherland. :-) Still, a nice refreshing choice for a hot day on the deck.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.79/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into weizen glass
Aroma of yeast phenolics, slightly fruity
Head enormous (>8 cm, aggressive pour), off white, fizzy/creamy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm broken ring and layer
Lacing poor – rare small island of tiny to small bubbles
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor fruity, slightly sour; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation soft

Appearance 3, Aroma 2.75, Flavor 2.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whippet Wheat brewed by Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.20% This brew pours out a nice cloudy, golden amber color, with a nice withe head .The brew has has the look of most Hefeweizen brews on the market. There is a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell of Whippet Wheat is sweet, with some, grains , and malts. This brew has a faint hop smell to it. Between the look and smell this is one inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavor. You first pick up on the sweetness in this brew, it real rich. This brew puts you in the mind set of a smoothie, at the smoothie bar. Not saying that is a bad thing. There is a lot going going on in this brew. You pick up on a good amount of grains and malts in the taste of this brew. Whippet Wheat has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpoweing about this brew. The body of this brew is solid medium. The mouth feel of this brew is Rich, Sweet, Smooth, Clean and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Whippet Wheat a 4.50 out 5. I would buy this brew again.Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.43/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

A: Well, first and foremost, this bottle erupted like a foam Vesuvius when I popped the cap off. I managed to pour some of the geyser into the glass (which promptly overflowed with foam), and then had to let the bottle and the glass sit in the sink for a bit to calm down. Once the magma flow had cooled and it was safe to walk on the parking lot where Pompeii once stood, I was able to assess the appearance of the beer. It pours a tawny, very cloudy gold, like a lion in the shade. Head formation is, I shall assume, not only present, but problematic. There's also decent lacing - ask me how I know!

S: This opens with a fairly strong bouquet of traditional hefe aromas, with the banana, pear, apple, and clove notes. There's something I can't quite place underlying them, however, something almost astringent or antiseptic in odor.

T: The astringency from the nose? It carries into the taste. There's some serious adhesive-style flavor to this beer, right from the opening. The rest of the flavor palate seems diluted at best behind that "manufactured by 3M" thing that's going on. There's also a metallic tinge to the flavor, though neither copper nor iron - almost aluminum-esque, despite being in a bottle.

M: Watery. By the finish, this beer feels like it has split into its constituent parts, the bulk of which is just water. And dare I mention the carbonation sharpness?

O: Not a favorite hefeweizen of mine. I'm not certain what was going on with the headsplosion, but I am fairly certain that I won't be picking this up again.

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Photo of metter98
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving only a thin film covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bananas from the yeast are present in the nose along with underlying hints of wheat.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of bananas and some notes of wheat. It's hard to pick up any hints of cloves.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer is all about the bananas but there's enough underlying wheat to keep things from being overpowering. I thought that the taste was a very good representation of the style, but it could have used more head and carbonation and stronger aromas.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very cool label in the traditional TDBC fashion with a K-9 theme. Label gives a small description and back story on the beer, serving temperature recommendation, IBU and ABV info, web info, and a bit of brewery info.

Appearance: Aggressively poured from its 12oz brown bottle into a 16oz nonic pint led to a 1½ finger off white head of a light airy density atop a semi hazy orange hay-yellow color beer. Head retention was a modest 1min 54sec before fading to a thin coating and ring with little lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of clove and banana along with a bit of sour tartness combined with a dominant wheat aspect.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of wheat and a tart sourness on the front end with the wheat sticking around while being joined by banana and a clove spice bite with hints of citrus tartness at the midpoint. Back end is dry with a wheat and banana clove finish and aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the light side of medium bodied with a crisp refreshing mouthfeel. Very easy drinking and refreshing.

Overall/Comments: A very good hefeweizen that sticks to the roots of the style while adding a bit of a tart twist. This would be great on a hot summers day. If you are in the mood for a good local hefeweizen try this out! Classified as a Hefeweizen @ 5.2% ABV. Consumed 7/7/2013.

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Photo of Danasaurusrex
4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

beautiful semi-transparent amber color. this has great hints of citrus and goes down very smoothly. it reminds me almost of blue moon's citrus smell/taste but a more complex flavor. this has a subtle clove/cinnamon smell but not so much in the taste. would be great paired with an orange slice or a pineapple/banana garnish.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden and cloudy. The Thirsty Dog brewing company has a number of good beers, and this is the second summer seasonal I've had this year (the raspberry ale is another one worth trying). This hefeweizen features very strong (in my opinion too dominating) wheat and yeast flavors with less emphasis on the clove, banana, and citrus, although they're still present. The taste begins fairly sweet but ends dry. As I generally prefer a sweeter hefeweizen, I probably won't be searching for this one again, but for what it is it's not bad.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack, all of which were excellent.
5.2% ABV, 10 IBUs, OG = 12 P. Fermented with a traditional bavarian yeast strain.

Pours to a slightly cloudy light golden, forming a modest white head with average retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate, about 2.7 or so. The aroma is a little mild in the banana and cloves department, but this bottle is maybe 3 months past it's prime, having a little bit more of a mown hay smell. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a light body. The taste is also quite mild in the bananas and cloves and has a hybrid american/bavarian wheat taste, like they used blended yeast. I do remember the fresher bottle that I had a few months ago had a more pronounced traditional taste. Bitterness is very mild. Aftertaste has the suggestion of grass and green apples. A little tart.

This is an OK hefe-weizen. I would pick Ayinger/Paulaner/Wheihenstephaner/Spaten/Schneider/Franziskaner over this considering the negligible price difference.

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Photo of brentk56
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A yeast-swirled pour produces a cloudy honey color with a meringue layer of foam that leaves a few dots here and there

Smell: Toasted bread and an artificial smelling citrus powder mix

Taste: Tastes a little better than it smells, but tangy, rotting apple and lemon phenols get in the way of the toasted bread and faint clove/banana character; the flavors fade rather quickly

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation; somewhat aqueous and not nearly creamy enough

Overall: Better than a typical American Wheat but well below par for a Hefe

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Photo of thecheapies
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thirsty Dog Whippet Wheat. Three 12oz bottles poured into two weizen glasses. Yeast swirled in accordingly.

Cropped inch of off-white head. Dark body. Almost muddy pond-water yellow/amber. Loads of suspended yeast. Still translucent. Noticeable rising carb. No floaties. 3.5

Very wheaty aroma with clove spice, very faint banana, slight rust, and a hint of tart apricot. Some citric zing that is similar to lemon juice, but an otherwise mediocre nose. 3.0

This one’s almost funky. Notes of moldy lemons, bright snappy pepper spice, clove, straw, fresh wheat grain, tart fruit juice, and unripe banana. Has a little bit of lime in the citrus. Appealing with the snappy and spicy front-end. Finishes dry with the necessary banana and clove, and a few saison-like flavors. An interesting hefeweizen. A profile I wouldn’t expect from this brewery. 4.0

Drinks medium-bodied with an appealing wetness. Could use more milkyness. The carbonation is subdued, but has shown up. Not bad. 3.5

An above-average hefe for American craft, maybe just an average hefe overall. I’m nodding satisfiably about purchasing this six-pack. 3.5

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Still left at Spotted Dog in Carrboro, NC.

I know its old, but it did not look good for a hefeweizen. Only slightly cloudy. a little dark in color as well, and the head was small and light. Ugly looking German Hefeweizen.

The wheat has contributed more to the nose than the yeast. A crisp wheat twang in dominant, with hints of clove.

At first, I was scared. I didnt get alot of the nice yeast flavors, but I kept chugging along. I began to notice that the yeast imparted a good amount of clove. The wheat malt has imparted a light body, light feeling, and a nice refreshing twang.

Overall, a middle of the road German Hefeweizen. In terms of American Hefeweizens, its near the top somewhere.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from Auslander. Thanks Chris!

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

L - murky brownish yellow color with a thin white head.

S - hearty hefeweizen aroma.

T - flavorful malted wheat with subtle spices and hints of lemon zest.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - a decent hefeweizen.

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Photo of Kleez
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good beer with alot of taste. I unfortunately drank this with a meal so I feel I may not of appreciated the taste of the beer independantly. But the unfiltered armoa and golden look was your typical Hefeweizen. Beer has a strong character and is a summer favorite

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Photo of Ezone024
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a flat cloudy orange color with 0 head, faint aromas of vanilla and banana.

i'm not getting much yeast in the flavor, yet it does have a unique refreshing flavor. it is mostly a spicy bite of cloves that leaves a dry taste on the tongue. a little bit of banananess in the back. Good summer session for sure.

i do feel like i just smoked a clove cigarette after drinking this

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Whippet Wheat from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 140 ratings