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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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Ratings: 1,609 |  Reviews: 724
Photo of Lolli1315
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- An orange yellow color with around 2 fingers of head. Head holds a little, but not as much as desired. Lacing leaves you wanting a little more as well.

S- Banana and clove dominate the smell with some other citrus notes including some orange. Slight spicyness as well.

T- The banana and clove once again come across the strongest, but their strength seems slightly watered down. The traditional hefe tastes are their, but once again it leaves you wanting more.

M- Thin to medium body with decent carbonation. Nothing too out of the ordinary.

D- Easy drinker, went through a couple without much notice.

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Photo of dar482
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a light golden hazy yellow.

The aroma has some banana and spice and yeasty breadiness.

The flavor follows, but without the banana and clove flavor you want. It's subtle and tastes watered down.

It's an extremely light body and is watery.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another quality Flying Dog...

Pours cloudly light orangey amber with not a lot of head, was expecting more carbonation but it's good enough, doesn't taste flat. Nose is very aromatic. Sweet with distinctly pear notes. Almost a little too sweet. Taste follows with a rather overly sweet fruitiness masking the yeasts, but still has a decent tang. A little unbalanced, but it is still very refreshing. Clean finish, pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of bump8628
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold with a finger of white head that fades to a small ring.

Tangy, bready, wheat along with a big hit of smoke and a touch of banana, clove, and nutmeg from the yeast carry the beer. Chalky, mineral yeastiness and a light grassy bitterness separate this from the best of the style.

Not a bad wheat brew, but not what I go for when I want a classically brewed Hefeweizen.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The In-Heat Wheat poured a clear yellow color with a two finger foam head that didn't stay long at all. The aroma was a fruity pineapple smell. The taste was a watered down wheat with not many dimensions. In the mouth is was thin. Overall it was an average American wheat.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy peachy pale yellow with fluffy white head that has moderate retention and little to no lace.

Standard American hefe aromas of grainy wheat, lemony pucker, buttery diactyl, and a faint touch of banana and requsite clove. Very average nose.

Taste follow the nose with gritty wheat, lemon, a the slightest hint of banana and spice. A bit hoppier in the rear that need be.

Light to medium in body with a slick wheaty mouthfeel. Better than some American hefe's, not nearly as good as others. Rather average across the board.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great deep mahogany color with an intriguing aroma and subsequent flavor. There are things I smell in this beer that I know, but hell if I can put a finger on them. A+ for stumping the taster, I guess. Nevertheless, I make no bones of the fact that I am not the biggest fan of Wheat beers, but I have to tell you, I would drink this one again, without even thinking about it. Quite fresh and very palatable.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of BMoney575
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 6-27-07

Pours a hazy gold with lots of little yeast floaters. Pretty nasty.

Smell is light, fruity, with a little yeastiness.

Taste is quite odd. Super yeasty, it would be much better classified as a witbier or hefe. Flavors are light and fruity, with a smooth and sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, poppy carbonation breaks up the sweetness.

Drinkability isn't bad, it's actually quite refreshing. This beer was not what I expected, but wasn't bad.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a fizzy white head and a little lacing. Smells of dirty dish water. Tastes of citrus and wheat and maybe some peas or some other random vegetable and hints od coriander. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is decent. Not a bad beer apart from the smell.

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Photo of JCaweinstein
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured agressively into a weizen glass. Creamy, white 1 finger head dissipates very quickly, which was disappointing. Dark yellow in color and cloudy due to style.

Smells of sweet and bananas with a slight hint of citrus.

Taste starts a bit tart before the sweet maltiness moves in.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation helps keep this from being undrinkable.

Drinkability with a low ABV and the sweet aroma this could be a very sessionable beer on a warm spring/summer day.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Somewhat opaque orange brown with a thin white head, some lacing. Wheat, light wheat beer spicing and slightly sour aroma. Taste is sweet wheat, lemon, light clove and banana with a dry wheat finish and a hint of hops. A satisfactory, but not exciting hefeweizen.

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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.

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Photo of corywalston
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of LoganMc
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Abe's in Bethlehem. Poured into a pilsner glass for lack of a weizen.

Appearance is very nice, cloudy light golden orange, big fluffy white head that sports some good retention and leaves big rings of lace. Tons of carbonation bubbles swirling up from the bottom.

Smelled more like a witbier than anything else, it had a nice spice character as opposed to the banana and clove that i expected from a 'hefeweizen'. Taste, however, is very bland. Not really a whole lot there, and what made it worse was the watery mouthfeel. The high carbonation just served to make it feel thinner. It wasn't hard to drink, but it wasn't that good, wouldn't buy another and wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: cloudy straw yellow, trace head, mild lacing

S: mild banana, clove, wheat

T: hint of banana, clove, wheat, semi-crisp finish.

M: light body, mild bubby mouth

O: Just an ordinary beer, great newbie offering.
Flying Dog is solid, but this is just ok.
You can do better.


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Photo of coalcracker
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Via bottle to pint glass; on a balcony at VA beach!

Appearance: light golden pour with just a little head forming.
Smell: Not much- light wheat odor- nothing oppressive..
Taste: Quite light for a wheat- bread predominant with some mild spiciness of clove and banana to balance. Clean aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Appropriate for the style. Light.
Drinkability: Quite drinkable on a warm day. Nothing extraordinary.
Overall an average wheat, but drinkable.

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Photo of monkeytoe
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-oz brown bottle with 137A06 ink-jet printed on it

Hazy pale yellow with hints of orange. Slightly off-white half a finger quickly dissipating head, leaving a foamy ring and light lace on top.

Some banana, malt and light cloves in the nose.

Banana, malt and light cloves in the taste--no surprise. All very light with a slight tart edge. Some green apple, a hint of vanilla and metal minerality is all lurking around the corner of the main Hefe flavors. Finishes clean.

Watery, fizzy with a hint of oily slickness. Very refreshing.

Pleasant and refreshing, but I rarely want more than one Hefe in a row, but that is a personal preference.

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Photo of jwc215
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of JamesS
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a decent straw yellow color with just a bit of head, and no real lacing. Nice scent, heavy wheat malt with hints of pepper, clover, and bubble gum. Good taste, but a bit overdone; nice wheat malt heaviness, but too overpowered by the yeast flavors. Goes down fine, if a bit heavy for a wheat.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L branded Paulaner weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color typical of hefeweizens. Head is thick and foamy and dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing.

Smell: Heavy wheaty and grainy smell with a bit of lemon zest in the background.

Taste: Definitely light, maybe a bit too light, on taste. Has the typical hefeweizen wheaty taste to it with the standard citrus aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin and watery. A bit too much carbonation as well.

Drinkability: There are definitely better hefeweizens out there. There are even better American hefeweizens out there. I wouldn't avoid this beer necessarily but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it either.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of the 12 oz. bottle, into a proper Weizen, glass, the beer looked the part of a proper German wheat beer, with a pale cloudy body, and a good sized head. The head did not last too long at the initial size, but it did leave some nice broken lace behind. The smell was decent, but not quite up to the best beers in this style. All the basic elements like banana, lemon, and clove were there, but the proportion was not quite right, and the intensity was not there. The taste was a more watery than I would have liked. The dilution made the traditional flavors of banana, lemon peel, and clove, a little less delicious. Extrapolating how fast I was able to down this 12 oz. bottle, this beer would be easy to drink in large quantity on a summer afternoon. Although each gulp would be only a reflection of what a truly good Hefeweizen should be.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly aggressive pour into a large tulip yields 2 fingers of quickly fading fizzy white head. Body is golden and cloudy, even some orange highlights depending on how the light hits.

Pretty typical aromas on this Hefe - banana, clove, and a touch of citrus. The taste follows in line, but somewhat subtle. Also picking up some earth tones at the end which seem to give this a dry finish that I wasn't expecting. Medium bodied and maybe a bit light on the carbonation for the style.

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Photo of DruC4
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Hefeweizen from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 1,609 ratings
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