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

Was hanging with my brother, shopping in the local beer distributor that has a great selection of microbrew and German beers. As we were walking to the counter to pay for what we were holding, we passed a rack of Flying Dog beers. I had already picked out Paulaner Hefeweizen, my favorite beer, to turn my brother on to it, and we decided to pick up the In-Heat Wheat Hefeweizen as well. I've tried many hefeweizen's, many I like, many I don't particularly care for - this Flying Dog brand was surprisingly near the top of the heap. Not as good as Paulaner, or most of the other big 6 German brands, but the best American Hefeweizen I've tasted. I actually like the wacky label and all that, and that is what drew our eye to the six pack... however I might guess that most serious hefeweizen drinkers might skip over this thinking it wasn't a serious beer.

I will definitely be buying much more of this beer in the future... in fact, I'll probably pick some up today after work to drink with my Turkey at Thanksgiving tomorrow.

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

[Appearance]: Nice deep golden/straw color, hazy, some little carbonation, head is descent.
[Smell]: Banana and clove up in front, bready wheat, hint of nutmeg. Really nice aroma.
[Taste] Banana and cloves from the yeast, bready wheat, touch of pepper lemon at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Light to medium bodied, carbonation is very mild.
[Drinkability]: Very drinkable.

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Photo of saradad
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hey! This really is good beer! No shit!! While the appearance is spot on for a hefe, medium gold, cloudy with a thick white foam on top it's the the taste and smell that make this brew. Full of all the clove and fruit flavors one would expect from the style, very light and refreshing. A lingering aftertaste is very pleassant and not overpowering or objectionable. I'll look for this one again this summer when the temperatures go up.

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Photo of andreasmwatt
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy, what a wheat beer should be. Head is ok but just like any other Flying dog dissipates within seconds.

Smell - Floral. Very citrus smelling as well.

Taste - MMM MMM Good. Very nice wheat beer. Good wheat taste with a nice aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel - Explosion on flowered citrus. If there is even such a thing.

Drinkablity - Very Very easy to drink. If you like wheat beer make sure you try this one. Of course it doesn't rival it's German counterparts but still very good for the money.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white fluffy head that slowly fades and leaves no lace.

Aroma is of strong wheat and a little spicy hops. Bubbles in my nose.

The flavor is very light citrus fruity with a little floral hops.

Mouthfeel is bubbly like a lager, light to medium bodied.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of keeperchaos
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dig this brew, specifically for the clove on the nose and the citrus, clove and banana that perks my senses.

Poured out of the bottle into a pint glass (tried to get much sediment possible!)

A-Great cloud cover happening
S-Powerful clove, more soft than spicy, with light banana to follow
T-Lemon zest covered in clove rounded with banana
M-Very airy, tiny bubble, very light
D-Easy. (of course with a taste for the aforementioned flavors!) Good for a hot day.

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Photo of calinative68
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With summer here, we've bought alot of this tasty brew as it goes down really easy. Especially after a round of golf or helping myself to some spicy food!
A - Tall pilsner glass - pours a hazy golden color with a lacy, pillowy white head.
S - grassy, citrus, sweet malt
T - clean and crisp, sweet malt with citrus and slight bitter on the end
D- I could drink this all day! Good session beer.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a classic big and foamy hefe-weizen head of about three fingers in depth, but there wasn't much retention, and no lacing as well. Body is a cloudy gold.

Smell - cloves and bananas, saltine crackers, and a hint of citrus.

Taste - like the smell, but with less cloves and bananas. Saltine crackers and hint of citrus wash over the tongue. A simple and straightforward wheat ale, but good nonetheless. Also, it seems to me that this could be a hefe-weizen rather than simply an American Pale Wheat Ale.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied.

Drinkability - this is good ale, and it is quite sessionable.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A small, white, noisy, coarse head sits on an opaque, dark banana-gold body. Runny spots of lacing. The aroma is sweet, buttery, lemony. Very appealing. Spicy and fruity in front. A touch of banana, but not much. A milky, buttery, full middle trailing to corn and spice in the fresh, dry finish. This is a good, buttery, spicy, dry hefe. A nice surprise among crappy American hefes.

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Photo of Zodijackyl
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a cloudy yellow with a tinge of orange and a thin white head that soon recedes.

Smell prominently features a nutty yeast and fruity flavors - bananas and plantains - and spices, with cloves being up front. The wheat is light and sits nicely behind these aromas. There is also a touch of candy sugar, which goes nicely with the fruit and spices, and while I did not expect it from this style, Flying Dog's styles generally don't correspond with traditional boundaries, for better or worse.

Taste has a full mouth of fruit and wheat up front, with the wheat staying throughout and spices being more prominent in the finish. The candy sugar is apparent in the finish, and it works very well with the white malt and yeast to create an impression of certain sweeter Belgian-style tripels. Much sweeter than I expect from a hefeweizen. The yeast, fruits, malt, and sweetness all combine to make me think of it as a lighter tripel, though it seems much stronger than the ABV suggests.

Overall a very good beer, though I don't think of it as a hefeweizen.

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Photo of Baileyuk
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light Yellow with a slight cloudiness. Some small floaties but nothing felt on the tongue. Lacing and head minimal.

S - Classic Hefeweizen smell. Although mellow but spot on

T - Very mellow tastes highly refreshing. Very pleasant. Classic Hefeweizen taste also. Very true to styler.

M - Smooth, light bodied. Great Carbonation.

D - Very good, not my favorite style but if it was this one would be a top contender.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light yellow, straw colored. Almost transparent. Very little suspension for a wheat beer, suspecting it's filtered. Almost no head into a wheat beer glass with a fairly vigorous pour. No lacing to speak of, either.

S - Smells nutty and sweet like honey. Fairly strong aroma both out of the bottle and the glass. Slight yeasty taste as well.

T - Great taste. Tastes very similar to the smell. Starts with a honey taste then fades to nutty. All the while it tastes yeasty...almost like a banana undertone. Very complex and tasty.

MF - Light. Extremely light bodied. Glides over your tongue and leaves very little residual taste. Great finish.

D - Very easy to drink. Great taste, low alcohol, and little aftertaste makes it a good session beer. Wish I had more than a 6 pack.

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Photo of stumac
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

...pours up a slightly murky copper color with a nice off white head... the nose is composed of bananas, coriander, slight citrus... The taste is the same as the nose... A very smoothe hefe... I would definately tap this ass again...and I will be buying more of this junk soon...

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Golden color that is very cloudy (typical of hefeweizen) with a small head that had some good lacing around the edges.

Smell: Strong wheat smell with just a hint of banana. Didn't notice anything too hoppy or any clove aroma.

Taste: A sweet citrus taste that lingers for a bit after you swallow your sip, and has just a touch of bitter hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: The yeast gives the beer some character, but it's still pretty thin.

Drinkability: Excellent. This is perfect for hot summer days, and in my opinion, any other time too.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer was the hypeness. semi cloudy yellow once given a roll and dumps with a decent head. looks ok. smells oh so lovely, citrus and spice. this is where it gets really crazy, it tastes good too. lightly doughy with a small bannana smack, nice citrus bite, well carbonated but still smooth. a damn fine hefe, lots of people frown upon this beer, but thats fine, more for me.

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Photo of Gump
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet, light and zesty. Comes alive on the tip of the tongue with some acidity.
Flowery aroma is execellent.
The typical couldiness is evident after you get all the sediment lifted from the bottom, and it taste much better that way.
Falls a bit short in body, but makes for a good summer drink.

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Photo of bamadog
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beerman207 for passing this one on to me. A pretty solid offering from Flying Dog.

Appearance: Pours a golden straw color with really no head whatsoever, just a thin white ring on the surface and a super-thin polywog of a skim; very strong carbonation bubbling up and the body looks a little more viscous than I would have expected; no lacing.

Smell: Smell is interesting -- toasty wheat and grainy yeast -- and a definite presence of banana and slight hints of clove; comes across as very sweet.

Taste: Light toasty malts, wheaty grainy presence and the expected yeast; followed by a smooth banana flavor and the mild clove adds a certain spiciness to it.

Mouthfeel: Very strong carbonation pushes the flavor through the mouth very completely; body is fairly light, yet i would say it carries a little more weight than a typicl hefeweissen does; a slightly oily coating is left in the mouth for a flavorful finish.

Drink: Good solid choice from a brewery that I haven't had a ton from yet... A nice flavor in a refreshing body. Not bad, not the best, but I'd probably drink another if I had it.

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Photo of riversider76
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color. Smell is of bannas and cream with a hint of orange. Head quickly vanished to a bit of lace. Smooth and refreshing with a fruity finish. I bought one of these to try and was sorry I didnt have more! This is a good beer. I would recommend trying it ASAP!

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Photo of Sizeable_Paladin
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: light gold to bronze color slightly murky but deceptive to the naked eye

Smell: as indicated I could smell some banana and some light citrus in the aroma

Taste: Had a slight malty flavor and light bitterness from the hops, I had a hint of banana and citrus when it hit the back of my throat as well. I only had a light bitter aftertaste however it was very light and doesnt bother me for a hefe

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was actually surprising I had little after taste and was easy for me to drink down compared to other hefes I have had. It was smooth and light.

Overall: Conclusion I find that this is a perfect summertime Hefe to drink when you want a light alcohol content with smooth wheat based hefe and will guarantee not to make you feel like you have a sour mouth or bad after taste like most all day drinking brews have. I recommend however if you drink this brew for a all day summertime type day pair it with some cheese like feta and some unsalted crackers to keep the flavor fresh in your mouth

*Recommended Brew for Summertime

**note: I am not a professional beer taster, the opinions in this review are mine and mine alone.

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Photo of magine
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this brew into a hefe glass.

Pours a yellow unfiltered brew with an off white head that is lively in the beginning then fades quickly. The brew has no lacing to speak of.

The brew smells of bananas, clove and yeasts and maybe some lemon.

The brew tastes of the smell; bananas, clove, yeast. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy - very refreshing. A very solid Hefeweizen.

This brew is very tasty. A very solid american made Hefe. This is good Hefe that is up there (but not quite the same level) of Franzenkaner.

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Photo of timbeer
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In-Heat Wheat is a pretty good hefe. Not the best in the world but a good, solid representative of the class.

It has a rich cloudy appearance. The smell is inviting and anticipates the wheat beer taste, which is what you'd expect from a hefe, if perhaps a bit weak, though the beer has a full-bodied texture. There is less carbonation than in other hefes, which to me is a good thing.

I would not say this is an excellent beer, but given the moderate price it is surely an excellent choice when you are looking for something easy and refreshing.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In Heat Wheat...

A- Pours a golden hue with a minimal head that falls to barely anything... Excellent look of unfiltered wheat beer though.

S- Heavy yeast and wheat upfront. When i smell this one it is fully loaded with wheat and yeast... maybe some mild grassy hops. Fresh smell never-the-less.

T-M- Taste is of freshly cut wheat from the fields with the bite of hops of a grassy nole. Mild sulfer is there with the flavors of sweet tangerines and oranges. Medium body with thick feel in the finish is great for the style.

D- Drinkablity is wonderful for the wheat style and is very refreshing on most aspects. Bro approved.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20 oz. Sierra Nevada hop tulip imperial pint glass. No readable freshness date on the bottle.

A- Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a tiny amount of sediment sticking to the glass, 1/8 inch head and a little bit of lacing.

S- Strong wheat smell with orange, lemon and banana-clove notes. Pretty common.

T- Yummy. The banana-clove wheatiness continues to dominate. Mild spiciness accentuates the strong yeast flavor making it a true Heffy. Sweet with a hint of bubble gum and is all very balanced coming out just the way I like it. You expect the wheat to hold out in the aftertaste but it fades somewhat quickly which could be a good or bad thing depending on your taste. Very quaffable given its low alcohol content.

M- Consistency leaves a little to be desired. Nothing wrong per say, just not much activity. Low-medium carbonation leaves a bit of spritz on the tongue.

O- Very good attempt at a hefeweizen. A little on the light side but, hey, the ladies need something to drink too, am I right? Flying Dog continues its trend of making solid beer without being overly impressive.

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Photo of LuthersMug
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All of my experiences with Flying Dog have been great. The label and name give off a crazy and wild vibe, which the beer lives up too. The smell was off apricots and citrus. The flavour was full and yeasty. I thought this wheat beer was particularly bursting with flavour. The carbonation seemed to be right. Overall, one of the best wheat beers I've had.

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Photo of Todd
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange gold beer with a thin foamy lace. There's yeast in the bottle, so I made sure to pour 3/4 of the bottle, gave the bottle a swirl and poured the remaining to gather up all of the yeast goodness.

Light yeast, clove, banana and grain in the nose.

A light-bodied beer with a smooth watery consistency. Upfront splash of tart lemon, and some mineral flavours. Crisp, tight fizzy carbonation. Spicy clove flavours follows, with a thin malty sweetness and faint touch of caramel malts.

IMO, one of the better beers from Flying Dog. Light, falvourful and very refreshing.

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