Hefeweizen | Flying Dog Brewery

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Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly In-Heat Wheat

Added by Todd on 12-22-2001

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Photo of gbarbee
4.75/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Clear orange and yellow
Smell: Banana and orange
Taste: Bananas with a hint of orange
Mouthfeel: Light and carbonated
Drinkability: A smooth, quenching beer that brings back great memories of the drinking Hefeweizen in Germany or during the Wurstfest in New Braunfels, Texas.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of DanBob35
4.68/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent German Stlye Wheat beer. If you close your eyes you might think you are in Munich. It has the classic "banana & clove" smell and taste. Excellent appearence, nice lasting head, and great aroma. Put your Lederhosen on and enjoy a cold one. Great job Flying Dog!!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.65/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque honey-golden with a thick, white, fine-bubbled head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is rich and wheaty with a definite citrus component. Flavor is rich and full, wheaty and malty. This wheat beer is pleasant, refreshing and smooth, and feels thick.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very cloudy yellow-ish gold color like an overripe banana with a nice white head and decent carbonation. Fruity banana aroma and flavors dominate with a nice grainy wheat character underneath to finish it off and just the right amount of clove in the finish. Light to medium bodied, smooth, and refreshing.

A nice fruity American example of the Bavarian style and one of FD's better brews...

Per Label: "Hefeweizen"

Per FD website:
Original Gravity: 12.0 Plato
Specific Gravity: 1.048
Alcohol By Volume: 5.1%
GABF- 2003 Silver Medal - German-Style Hefeweizen

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Photo of yelterdow
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at fridge temperature in a traditional hefeweizen glass. Purchased at Bottle King, Hillsdale for $7.49 a sixer. A spring refresher on this humid May evening.

Batch #220FX08

Appearance- On the pour, this looks *everything* like a traditional German hefe... it's unfiltered and golden, totally cloudy with a nice three finger head. Unbelieveable wheaty on the eyes, with phantom draperies of soft, wispy malt inside. A trophy of a beer, literally glowing like an incandescent lamp. Sporadic patches of lacing.

Smell- For an American version of the style, this is extremely convincing as a German archetype. The bold banana, clove and bubblegum aspects of a hefeweizen leap out of the glass... it'a as appetizing as any good wheat beer I've sampled in recent memory.

Taste- Phenolic and bready, loaded with banana, wheat, and wonderful spicy clove... this dazzles the palate with a complex integration of delicious ingredients. The finish is especially nice where the wheat malt joins a mild, smooth hop bitterness that dries the mouth just perfectly.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Tingly on the intro, this immediately softens without losing interest... it smoothens even more and goes down in a slick, but still light-bodied way. This beer's real forte is the expressive, bold nose along with a remarkable balance on the palate. I have just enjoyed three of these to their fullest, a testament to my "5" rating of drinkability... a home run for Flying Dog.

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Photo of scvance
4.58/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a wheat glass.

At first pours a clear golden color with lots of fluffy white foam. Swirling the dregs and emptying them into the glass creates the signature haze of this hefeweizen. Thick white stable head. Aroma of banana and slight clove as is expected, slightly fruity. Taste follows suit with big banana flavor up front that fades to a nice fruity sweetness and a crisp clean finish. Very heavy carbonation that meant I needed to pour VERY slowly. This leads to a very crisp beer that goes down very easy. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy. Light to medium in body that would allow me to drink way too many too easily. An excellent hefeweizen, I will definitely be having this again.

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Photo of Snowman
4.53/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a different type of Hefe. I have not done any real research on the beer but it is crystal clear (filtered) unlike other Hefes and smooth as ice. I like the flavor, banana tones, cloves, more flavor than I would have expected from a filtered Hefe. Picked up a few six packs after the first so I would have them available.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.52/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Hefeweizen has an amazing yeast strain in it! I could smell the clove and banana the second I took the cap off! The appearance was a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma was amazing; this truly is a well-made Hefe. The taste was as bold as the smell. Not overpowering, but definitely a treat for the taste buds. The wheat left a soft, pleasant aftertaste on the palate that faded nicely. The mouthfeel was very good with just the right amount of body for the style. This is a very drinkable beer and perfect on a warm summer day. Pop a top and Cheers to your senses!

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Photo of ibashmuck
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a nice cloudy yellow/orange, with minimal head. It was there, just not alot of it. Smelled, well, like I'd expect a good wheat to smell like. Very little of anything else, maybe a hint of citrus. Taste as nice as it smells. Delicious, not overpowering, not subtle, just about right on. Has a "thick" feel to it, again, what I would expect from a good wheat. Ranks right up there with some of my favorites. Very, very well done.

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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.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.47/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another example of American breweries doing European styles better than the Europeans.

This is an example of a wheat that is perfectly balanced. It may be a little heavier than the lighter Euros are, but that doesn't make it bad. The Euros are too light. It has a very yeasty and hoppy aste and an excellent smell. This is exactly what's missing from most others.

I will try to remember to make this my first choice of wheat beers.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.45/5  rDev +26.4%

(335A14 - poured into a fluted goblet)

wow! wasn't expecting this. excellent balance, definition, and intensity of doughy-yeasty malt, clove-smacked bitterness, and banana afterglow... later on, a delicate sweetness rolls on up in the finish

went quite well with the huge plate of mashed potatoes, white garlic-chicken sausage, with accompanying caramelized onions. more of a mellow, hazy-bright shine of lemon and orange esters emanates around the perimeters once I dug in...

gotta have more breakfasts like this!

they appear to have hit the mark here! - the look, the feel, the flavor... a mix between a Paulaner and Erdinger? either/or, it tastes rather German to me. I'd certainly hit this again when in a wheaty mood.

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Photo of Rasolante1
4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very cloudy with little head. Dark orange color.

S: Subdued banana, lots of clove and phenol spiciness. The yeast character is amazing. WOW!

T: Same as the nose, very little banana. Very bready, sweet, and phenolic. All of the flavors are harmonious. Amazing Hefe.

M: This beer seemed a little on the thick bodied side which I enjoyed. Would have liked a little more carbonation.

O: This one definitely ranks in my top 5 for hefeweizen. Highly recommended!

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Photo of jvajda
4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light orange tint and thick haze. Good size head.
Smell: Pure wheat.
Taste: Again, a monsterous helping of wheat, it's a loaf of bread in a glass. It's really what I look for in a hefe. Good ABV too.
Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth, good carbonation.
Drinkability: I could drink this for a long time before I was bored with it.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clouded sunshine yellow, but pale. Lots of bubbles. A tiny little head that recedes to nothingness. Nice tart, fruity smell of bananas, cloves, and some Sour Patch Kids. I likey. The taste is a little less tart, more fruity and clovey. PLus teh added feeling of great carbonation. This seems to be a very underrated beer. I could drink this stuff all day.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I pulled this 12 ounce bottle out of the Flying Dog variety pack. I poured it into a pint glass.
A: The body is a cloudy gold color. The head is a brilliant white, gigantic in size, tiny bubbles, freakin' awesome retention and little lacing.
S: The aromas are slight banana, orange and pineapple.
T: The flavors are estery, banana and perhaps some citrus.
M: The body is full with an edgy mouthfeel.
D: This beer is great.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of benwood84
4.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer. It has a hint of clove and banana but it's not overpowering.

I do wish it weren't as heavy. It's not really that heavy, but the sweetness would pair better if it were a bit lighter. I love this beer in the summer.

Overall a great beer. I can't drink it all the time, but I'm pretty excited when I find it in a bar.

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Photo of BruinsFan71
4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better domestic hefe offerings I've had.

A - A nice orange.gold with a finger's high head that washed down to a slim lacing.

S - nice hints of banana, clove and bubblegum

T - the smell came through in the taste, with a decent bready wheat finish.

M - A bit heavier than I like in a true hefe, but not bad at all. Finished light.

O - one of about three American offerings of the Hefeweizen I would recommend to anyone who is a fan of the style.

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Photo of thekanna
4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Hard Times Cafe in College Park, MD

A: Gorgeous, radiant gold (with orange on the side) that refracts so much light itself it might be a replacement for the sun. This is capped off by a thin, clean white head that doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Clean citrus flavor; some wheat malts with a beautiful floral backbone.

T: Wow! So much flavor. Sweet wheat malts rush to the palate, bringing with it banana, cloves, bready yeasts, and lemon peel. The sweet, malty bread feel (almost tasting like a Mexican Concha sweet bun) is slightly cloying in the aftertaste, but that would be my only complaint, and a small one at that.

M: Smooth, malty, juicy, with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: This is a dangerously drinkable brew, and one of the only ones from Flying Dog that I've tried so far which I'll be returning back to again and again. Also, I think the freshness of this beer, as I had it on tap, really contributes to the flavor.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to hazy burnt orange, forming a modest white head with good retention and lacing. Moderate carbonation. The aroma is a well balanced blend of bubble gum, cloves and bananas. The mouthfeel is great. A nice acidity but not overly spritzy Luke many bavarian hefes. The taste is a recap of the aroma. Wonderfully balanced with a great snappy wheat flavor and mild bitterness. 4.7% ABV and 12 ibus. One of the best American brewed hefes I've had. I will definitely be buying this again.

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Photo of woodske1
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer. I am glad they distribute this in a wide range. It doesn't have that very strong Banana taste that some Hefeweizen's have but still has a nice crisp taste.

Great bubbly mouthfeel makes for a very drinkable beer. I would reccomend it on tap over the bottle.

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Photo of Chapter40z
4.34/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Pale yellow, just slightly hazy with very little head that disappeared quickly.

S. Orange smells, not very shape and sweet smelling, bananas as well as many light fruits. Nearly no hops smell.

T. Bananas and some good orange flavors, fruity and good.

M. Highly carbonated very refreshing and light without a strong finish, almost reminds me of some sort of juice.

D. Exceptional is all i cay say. a great beer for many occasions.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a light cloudy lemon yellow gold, white head retains as a lacing.

Smells of coriander and lemon citrus notes with some banana and wheat malts.

Taste is the same, with noticeable banana esters and lemony zest on top of the citrus and wheat malts.

Lighter body with soft carbonation.

Insanely drinkable, a wonderful warm weather session beer. Very nice hefe, bordering on wit territory, and definitely something I will go back to.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite of the the Flying Dog brews I've tried. Pours to a cloudy golden color with a thin white foam. Smells and tastes like bananas and a slight backing of wheat malt. Not much else to say about this brew, but that is not to say that it was bland, boring, or not worth trying. It is definitely worth trying, and maybe even worth making a session out of. Perfect for the prelude to a hot summer's day that was today (it got to ~80 degrees F this nice(?!) early spring evening in Iowa City).

(edit: after drinking lots of hefes and dunkels from both Germany and the U.S., I'd have to say this is one of my top choices so far, next to the Aventinus)

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Photo of casadebia
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden color with nice white head

S - smell of cloves hits first followed by a wheat and fruit smell

T - Not much hop taste here, mainly clove with smooth wheat finish

M - smooth

D - Suprisingly quenching could go great on a hot day or cold night

Got at Gator Mart in Nacogdoches. Poured into a hefeweiss glass.

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