Hefeweizen | Flying Dog Brewery

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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly In-Heat Wheat

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Photo of scottyshades
4.29/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a Flying Dog Mixed Pack at ABC for around $13...I have tried some FDs but not all of them so I figured this would be a good buy just knowing their reputation as being a good brewing company
A: Pours a nice golden-orange color with a small head that leaves minimal lace on the glass...Honestly I didnt know what to expect because the color was gorgeous, however the head and lace did not impress me

S: The first thing that strikes you right off the bat is a strong wheat nose, followed by the classic cloves, bananas (actually noticeable in this one), lemon, grapefruit, and wheat/malt yeast

T: Very nice taste for a weizen, bananas are quite present which is a delight because I happen to enjoy weizens with strong banana flavors...also a little clove, some spices, followed by a nice malt flavor

MF: The maltiness of this beer promotes a smooth aftertaste, followed by some strong bitterness

D: Highly drinkable, makes for a decent session beer

Overall, this may be my favorite offering from Flying Dog...its just a very balanced and flavorful weizen...Highly recommended

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Photo of Glanzman
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Medium golden, opaque color with a white, 1 finger head with medium lacing.

Smells of wheat malts, banana and hops.

Taste like a wheat but the banana is very subtle.

Would buy again, just not a six pack.

A good wheat beer overall.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Golden, orangish color, quite hazy with some yeast sediment. Almost two finger head recedes quickly to a white cap and leaves little lacing. Looks a lot more like a hefe than other American versions.

S - Strong clover aroma at first giving way to soft fruit esters, something between sweet corn and banana. Wheat malt lurks in the background.

T - The same banana and sweet corn from the nose start the taste off. Mid-palate the wheat malt begins to pull through and a growing but mild sourness extends to the finish where a quick metallic/mineral flavor takes hold for a minute and then finishes clean. Quite remarkable. More estery and less dirt-like wheat malt than other American attempts.

M - Not really on part with a hefe at all. Somewhat thin and watery overall, maybe with a touch of body, but also sparsely carbonated. I'd prefer the beer a little thicker, but the lack of high carbonation really helps the depth of flavor pull through.

D - This used to be one of my favorite better session beers, but I hadn't had one in quite a while until just now. It's every bit as good as I remember it. No problem having six or even more of these guys.

Shiner Hefeweizen was my virgin experience with this style, but it was In-Heat Wheat that really got me interested. Even now I feel it surpasses it's American counterparts. While it's not a perfect imitation of it's German brethren, Flying Dog actually puts it's own unique spin on the style rather than spewing out the earthy products such as Sam Adams, Harpoon's, and Magic Hat's versions of hefeweizens. I love this beer.

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

06/27/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. this is a very worthwhile drink, especially suited for summer. A tad sweet, but this only adds to the desirable texture & taste. Take some home for the BBQ.

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Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled: 5.28.06

Appearance is the light pale hazy gold with a minimal head without much retention. Lacing is there, but not to a huge extent. Pretty typical, nothing stands out.

Aroma is appropriate banana/cloveness. Very nice and spicy. Light wheat tones wave in like a breeze.

The flavor carried over from the nose. Spiciness of the clove is most dominant. There’s also a good German/Euro funkiness going on behind the ssweetness. Bananas are present, but the spiciness is the main compnonent here. Very tasty beer, and just right for the late spring afternoon it was sampled. Light in the mouth and mildly carbonated.

Personally, I thought this was extremely drinkable. I feel like this is a fantastic American stab at the original German Hefes.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pineapple/banana juice-colored cloudiness develops after a pour-swirl-pour, with a glaring white head that sticks around a good while.

The aroma is the best part. They must be using a Belgian yeast strain, or at least whatever they're using is imparting something that reminds of the best Belgian wits: very clean, as peppery and sweet spices mingle with bright tropical fruit. Also plenty of earthy wheat...some bubblegum too.

Flavor is fruity, throwing some banana, pineapple, peach and apple flavors off, some bubblegum is present, and the expected hearty wheat essence. Yeast makes itself known in the finish, giving another layer of depth to the beer. Mouthfeel attains a buttery slickness while also delivering just enough carbonation sizzle.

Ultimately this is extremely well-balanced, with a super aroma and great flavor. American wheat beers usually pale in the shadow of their German counterparts, but this one stands on its own.

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Photo of Larrytown
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a classic orangish color typical to the hefe with very little head. Smell is typical of that too with some clove and banana, perhaps a bit stronger aroma than most.

The taste hits quickly; it's much more powerful than I was expecting. It's the classic hefe taste, but slightly amped up. Feels very full and satisfying in the mouth, though there's a bit of an odd aftertaste. Not too distracting, but I'd rather it wasn't there. Could just be an issue with the bottle.

I could definitely spend an afternoon on the patio knocking some of these back. I'm not marking it down as my favorite wheat beer, but it's tasty and something a bit different. I'll definitely pick it up again sometime.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of In-Heat Wheat Hefeweizen at a grocery store to drink and review. I poured tis eer in to a weizen glass.

Pours a yellow/gold color and is hazy. A billowing, bubbly stark white head forms and is very resilient.

The smell is sweet and fruity. There are some sweet spice aromas, cloves and cinnamon, along with some soft fruit smells, like melons and peaches.

The taste is very hefe. Smooth banana flavors, with some bitter sweet spices, and a mild hop finish. A very good tasting bottled hefe.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and clean.

This is very drinkable, refreshing, session able beer. It's good on a snowy afternoon in February and would be really great on a hot summer afternoon as well.

In-Heat Wheat is a very serviceable hefe and I tend to disagree with the American Pale Wheat designation. It's an American brewed wheat ale, but every inch a hefe, and a good representation of the style. Far superior to the Widmer, Pyramid, Blitz-Weinhard versions of the style.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Boston Lager patented glass...

A: with a 3/4 pour, and good swirl of the bottom 1/4, it pours a thick and frothy off white head atop a body of melted butter yellow that is very hazy and has a few small grains of sediment floating around as well. head sits in place for about 5 mins before dissolving down to a thin layer of foam and leaving no lace. it definitely looks the part.

S: smell is the normal hefe line up: clove, bananas, also a buttery, vanilla aroma, blended into the smell of a bakery. lemon peel tries to sneak its way into the picture as well, but is just a sidenote at best. nothing amazing here, but dead on for style, reminiscent of examples of Germany(Paulaner, Weihenstephan HefeWeissbier)

T: clove and banana again make up the forefront with a touch of 'nilla, followed by more of that deliciously doughy malt, that rounds out to a slightly tart lemon peel and bread crust fade, then finishing clean. again, pretty dead on.

M: medium body with nice creamy texture that fades to a crispy yet sticky mouthfeel. nice.

Overall, given the quality of the beer and flying dog's interpretation of the style, I find it hard to believe this one receives a grade of B- collectively. I'm not a big fan of Flying Dog or wheat beers for that matter, but I took a gamble on this one and glad I did. Definitely worth it if your local watering hole lacks a selection of world class wheats.

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Photo of AtlasBrew
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Color: Cloudy Gold with a huge white retentive head which leaves a nice lace on the glass on the way down

Aroma: Mild spice and clove with a semi-fruity undercurrent. Pleasantly mellow but distinctively German in character.

Taste: A limitedly sweetness and spice up front followed by a pleasant, almost numbing banana and clove flavor. Some yeast and bread vapors emanate up onto the palate. Finish is refreshing and fruity, low bitterness. Hints of melon come with the aftertaste.

Overall: A nice and refreshing summer ale. I like this one because it has that easy drinkability but it's complex enough for the beer geeks to enjoy as well. Plus the art on the bottle is interesting.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden-orange. Short bright white head. Average head retention. Little lacing.
S: Wheaty! Very wheaty! Wheat malt, weizen yeast (banana, spent citrus rind - mostly lemon, dull clove, even some papaya)
T: Typical Bavarian weizen... mostly ripe (rather than green) bananas, a little spice in just the right amount, and soft clove. A slightly cool ferment perhaps? Very nice, rich maltiness! Well balanced with the sweet malt upfront giving way to the firm bitterness in the finish.
M: Medium bodied and crisp. Standard carbonation level.
D: A very nice, slightly American version (carbonation level). On par with those from Germany. Full flavored and well-balanced. Very nice! The only thing that hurts it is the lack of head retention (which is odd for a beer with so much wheat in it!). One of the best beers Flying Dog makes.

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Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a huge fan of the style, but I like this one!

Pours golden, murky & suprise, suprise has superior head retention...

Smells of meadow/ wit bandaids & such like I'd a assumed this ale to

Great grassy/spicy taste

Mouthfeel= yum , not yumy

good effort super with Indian or Thai food!!!

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Photo of happygnome
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: cloudy goldne color with eigth inch of head that does not dissapear fast and leaves a little lacing
s: bannana and spices sweet yet balanced
t: very strong bannana flavor with deffinate notes of spices a very good brew
m: medium bodied with a little more than average carbonation very nice

overall this is a very good brew very enjoyable

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - 1-finger off-white foamy head dissipates rather quickly. Lemon yellow and cloudy.

S - Bottle after the pour explodes with banana, followed by a good whiff of clove. Nose is dominated by banana candy. Clove emerges as the glass warms and gives more room for aromas to collect.

T - Banana and sugar down the middle of the tongue with a rather sharp burst of clove along the sides at the same time. Wheat and light malt in support of the initial taste. What bananas foster as a beer would taste like. Clove is very subdued, but contributes spiciness on the finish. No discernible hops.

M - Somewhat fizzy with good carbonation. Banana sugar suggests a bit more creaminess than expected for a hefe, and it lingers through the finish. Good structure. Interestingly, the finish is noticeably drier than the banana would suggest it be.

D - On the banana/clove continuum, this hefe is skewed way to the banana end. That's what I like about it, but YMMV. I don't think I'd drink several of these in a session, though. Could make for a very interesting alternative to dessert after a good dinner.

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Photo of stockingcpl
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Out of the bottle, this brew pours a nice golden honey hue that is high in clarity. Almost no haziness. Head is full yet not over expansive. Minimal lacings except for spiderwebbing on the surface.

Smell: This selection indeed has a wheat ale aroma. Very well defined presence. Impressive.

Taste: There is a strong citrus snap during onset. This tapers fairle rapidly into a bready malt flavor. Sustain has some nice hop bitterness that clears the palate fairly quickly. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is just about right. The initial citrus hit is a little sharp, but not oppressive. The lack of a palate crouding aftertaste is pleasant and interesting contrast to the initial flavor onset. I rate this high due to the clarity and crispness of the design.

Drinkability: For a wheat hefeweizen, this brew is amazingly light. Yes, the wheat heaviness is present, however for this type of brew, this particular selection sits light on the stomache. This would be a great fall "sit on the poarch" brew. Great job Flying Dog.


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Photo of kelticblood
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A violent pour produced a good head that reduced to a thin white head.Looked to be more clear then most wheat beers.A yeasty aroma of banana and citrus.Almost exceptional mouthfeel that is very complex and crisp.Different stages of tastes as it rolls over the tongue.Very complex taste with each individual taste showing itself seperately.No real lacing left,but the aroma and taste make up for the appearance.Once again Flying Dog suprised me with this one.Slight bitterness added to this medium bodied wheat beer.Could use some more wheat taste on the finish.Other than that I really enjoyed this and will buy it again.

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Photo of brewshakes
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a mixed twelve pack of Flying Dog beer on Friday night. It poured a bronze color with little head on top. It is pretty cloudy. The smell is of wheat obviously with pine and citrus. The feel is very smooth and refreshing. The taste was of a wheat beer with some fruit to it. I really enjoyed this beer and look forward to picking up a six pack of it.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my newly acquired Pilser Urquell glass.

Appears a hazy golden orange with a big two inch thick white head that sinks down to a skim after a few minutes. Leaves no lace and towards the end of the glass the head has mostly disappeared.

Aromas of banana, apple, pear, a bit of clove, and some wheaty tanginess.

Taste starts with a bit of malt sweetness then banana and clove come out followed by the apple flavor and it finishes slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel is light bodied as it should be with a good crisp carbonation, but it seems to be missing the creamy texture of some of the better Hefes.

I enjoyed this one quite a lot. Not sure how the ratings are so low, it's almost as good as some of the better German Hefeweizens.

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Photo of finepaws
4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This brew has been off tap at my local watering hole for 2 weeks. I've wanted to try it for some time, and finally got a chance this evening. I was not disappointed! Poured a nice summery gold, with a small head that dissapated quickly, but did lace the glass. Smelled like 'naners. As I drank and sniffed, it was a delictable combo. Very much like a hefe. Like banana bread. Mouthfeel was average. But overall I could have drank this one all nite. I think I have another favorite!

on a re-review, in comparing this to hoegaarden and Avery White rascal, this is by far tastier. Sweeter in comparasion. This time it did come in a bottle. Should I campare, maybe not, but for my own notes, it helps.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a head that rapidly diminishes to nothing. Nose of clove against a light banana background. Light body and well carbonated. Nice clean taste of clove and hints of banana against a lemon zest punch. Crisp finish with a touch of clove and lemon lingering. This would be a great choice after mowing the grass in the heat.

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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.

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

A: Poured hazy blonde yellow with a fizzy 1-finger head that cleared out quickly and left almost no lacing.

S: Spice notes of coriander, nutmeg, and wheat abound with some sweeter undertones...

T: Spicy and crisp up-front with a mellow, sweet finish and a pleasant yeasty aftertaste. Notes of fresh baked bread, cloves, coriander, yeast, dough, and orange zest are primarily featured. A crisp, clean taste that satisfies.

M: Good balance up-front with a slightly watery finish. Good clean after-feel with a nice bubbly freshness to the whole experience.

O: Quite a nice, refreshing summer-time Hefe that satisfies without being too overbearing. A quite great session beer after mowing the lawn and toiling in the garden.

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

Pours a cloudy peach color. and has a white head. This is by far the fruitiest Hefe I have ever enjoyed. It reeks of bananas and cloves and they dominate the flavor too .The more sips I take the more I like it. Another top-notch brew from the Flying Dog Brewery.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yelow/ orange-ish color with a big white head. In the aroma, Banana and cloves. In the taste, dry banana, clove, and an array of spices. A small bite, mainly smooth, and a light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry to clean banana and spice aftertaste. A really nice wheat, less focused of the citrus, and dryer than standard.

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

Reviewed: 1/11/09

The In-Heat Wheat was yellow and cloudy in appearance with a floral, slightly spicy aroma. This Hefeweizen had a subtle spicy flavor with a smooth, kind of thick mouthfeel. This is a fine Hefeweizen and would drink this again. But I still favor the Hoegaarden.

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Hefeweizen from Flying Dog Brewery
3.52 out of 5 based on 1,604 ratings.
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