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 rodbeermunch
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is pretty much a beer that is average in every category. Yellow, average degree of haze, 1/4" white head. Aroma dropped a bunch of spice rack and clove. Some banana too.

Taste imparted a tiny amount of lemon on top of the spice rack and yeast effect. Heavy carbonation. For me it was too light on the wheat, and too heavy on the yeast and spice rack notes.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Listed in the "1001", this beer should be there as it was one of the first hefe in the U.S. and its brewmaster was student and wrote a book on German wheats in 1992. First released as In-Heat Wheat, I think Flying Dog should change the label, too.
Focus less on the weird artwork as the point is for normal people to enjoy wheat beers as a summer option.
This looks and tastes like a classic hefe, but in the mouth the spices and cloves penetrate yet stay balanced.
This could become an American classic among wheat-appreciators.... if they change the label !

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very cloudy golden body, white coarse head, lazy ambient carbonation. Nose has banana and clove, also a fair amount of somewhat sweet orange citrus. Taste is also strong with the classic duo of flavors, with the quenching citrus not affecting the flavor too much but adding decent acidity on the finish. Body is too light and fluid for my preference of a creamy hefeweizen, but it does make it drinkable and perhaps a bit more refreshing.
Adding a considerable presence of citrus provided a new and favorable approach to the hefeweizen style, but the lack of body and fizzy head was a step down. All in all a decent beer.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color with a thin white head. Smells bready, with hints of citrus fruit. Taste is similar, more like a wheat beer than a traditional hefe...I didn't get any of the traditional banana and clove flavors, just wheat, lemon, and orange. Feels a little thin but with good carbonation. I liked this take on the style and found it refreshing, although purists might take issue with some of the flavors. Overall, not a bad beer and I would definitely enjoy another.

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Photo of stevoj
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Sampled back when it was called In Heat Wheat...Looks and smells like a hefeweizen, even had some sediment to swirl in the bottom of the bottle. Taste seems a little off to me, some citrusy notes, but not the usual banana/ bubblegum of the German varieities. I’d go German over this any day....

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caveat alert....not a huge Heffe fan so take with a grain of salt. The beer poured a cloudy yellow with white head that did not lace. The scent had lemon with a touch of clove. The taste had banana, clove and hints of citrus. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was pretty good.

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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 DangerZone
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into glass

Appearance: Deep straw gold color. Fizzy short white head that's gone in a jiffy.

Aroma: There's some strong scents of..."farmhouse" wheats and yeast, with some clove and citrusy lemongrass.

Taste: Immediately get a brief punch of clove, a bit peppery. That doesn't last long though, and it mellows out into a very smooth and balanced grain and yeast taste. Light and toasty, followed by some creamy banana ice cream notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and silky without ever feeling overly sweet. Nice brisk carbonation.

Overall: An exceedingly drinkable example of the genre. It might lack the punch some are wanting but its well-balanced and tasty enough for me to want another.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours light orange/gold with less cloudiness than most hefes

Smell-Yeast and orange, hint of banana

Taste- Some yeast and citrus but none of the clove and banana I had come to love in hefeweizens

MF-Watery for a HEfeweizen

Overall-Disappointing hefeweizen for sure. Missing the flavors that I love in a hefe and too watery. Will not be drinking again considering there are more affordable far superior options

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Photo of moves2205
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

You will not find greatness here try a Franziskaner or Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier for the full flavored goodness of a true Hefeweizen! Just isnt a hefe to many random flavors.

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Photo of Knilas
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog is really impressing me here lately, and the In Heat Wheat is no exception. So I’m not sure why its not getting the love around here. Good stuff!

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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 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 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 superspak
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, best before 7/25/2014. Pours hazy deep gold color with a small foamy off white head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing. No glass lacing, and a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange, banana, pear, apple, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange, banana, pear, apple, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light bready tartness and yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, banana, pear, apple, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice complexity and solid robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with a good yeast/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly watery/bready mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a pretty solid hefeweizen. Good balance and solid robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. It was fairly enjoyable.

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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 57md
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale straw with half a finger of head that dissipates rapidly. The nose and flavor profile have the traditional yeast essence. The funky taste indicative of a hefe is also present.

Sometime I think that there are certain style that I just need to give-up on. Frankly, this is not a bad American version of a hefe – hefes just don’t do anything for me.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Market,
Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with a huge frothy rocky white head that persists forever. Aromas of spicy wheat, and clove with hints of light fruit. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Sweet honey like maltiness with a spicy edge to it. Clove with a hint of yeastiness and a touch of light fruit round out the flavor. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice brew, I enjoyed it, but it is missing something that the examples from Germany exude.

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Photo of itswaz
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - buttery yellowish in color, carbonation was decent, with a quickly dying head Slightly cloudy. Seems to be lacking in just about all of the above.

S - I get zero banana or lemon. I smell bread with a hint of spice. Sort of dull.

T - The most important part of the brew is unfortunately the worst. The taste reminds me of a flat Bud or Miller Lite. After a few, and adding a lemon, I am getting more and more notes I did not get from the first. All in all, this one needs something. It is not bad, it just needs something to take it over the top.

M - Mouth feel was good for a Hefe. Plenty of summertime carbonation. Clean.

O - It is decent. I love Hefeweizen and was expecting to capture so much more. Is it my new Summer brew, hell no. Flying Dog, spice up the recipe...and watch it fly off the shelves.

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Photo of OhioRay
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep golden in color and a little hazy. Off-white one finger head fades quickly.

S - Some banana, mostly cloves. Wheaty sweetness. Quite pleasant.

T - A lot more banana along with some other fruity esters. I get like a tart apple flavor. Finishes fairly dry with little to no after taste.

M - In and out, does not want to linger. Fairly high carbonation tickles the tongue.

O - I would say a fairly average hefe. It's good, very sessionable but not anything to write home about.

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Photo of FLima
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Long time no see; let's see how it goes under evaluation.
Hazy yellow orange color with short retention.
Aroma of vanilla, banana, pear, yeast, cloves, biscuit malt and wheat.
Refreshing and spiced flavor with notes of oranges, pepper, green apples, coriander, pears, lemon and nutmeg. Dry and a bit acid aftertaste.
Light to medium body with medium carbonation with tiny bubbles.
Interesting this felt to me more like a Witbier rather than a Hefeweizen. Regardless of classification, it is a decent and pleasant brew.

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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 BWED
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a craft pint glass.

A- Pale golden in color, with the classic Hefe haze. White head retains poorly.

S- Clove and a lot of banana. Pretty fragrant.

T- Slight banana flavor, quite a bit of a watery/grain blandness as well.

M- Very smooth, yet bubbly. Really not much of a finish. Pretty watery.

O- Aroma in this one is nice, but the flavor is lacking.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present, just a code printed on the label 007A14. Another beer from Flying Dog's regular line-up that I've yet to try. Not my favorite style of beer, and my expectations are about average.

Poured into a Shock Top hefeweizen glass.

A - Pours a light golden yellow-orange colored body with about a finger of white head that thins down to a foam rather quickly. Lots of carbonation rushing up the sides of the glass. No lacing. Fairly unimpressive to look at.

S - Smell is pretty boring also. Dusty malt, must, mineral water, indistinct yeast-derived fruitiness. Clove spice, white pepper, & bananas become more pronounced as the beer sits.

T - Taste follows the nose: grainy malt, hint of lemongrass, mild yeast funk, clove spice, and bananas. At times, I am almost getting a sort of cream soda flavor from this beer.

M - Feel is fairly wet and smooth, but it finishes bone dry. Light-bodied with coarse carbonation.

Overall, a fairly uninteresting beer all around from Flying Dog, possibly their least inspired beer that I've had from them yet. Don't get me wrong, it isn't horrible or offensive by any means, just very generic & boring. Glad to have tried it, but I wouldn't want it again.

Flying Dog In-Heat Wheat Hefeweizen ---3/5.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with the distinctive Steadman artwork on the label, but no dating that I can find. Poured into a classic weizen glass.

Appearance - Hum. This is a pretty lackluster looking beer. One of my favorite things about having a hefeweizen is the fact that is usually a gorgeous beer. Like liquid sunshine. In-Heat is a murky browinsh orange, with some faint golden highlights that are dulled by the haze. It takes a strong pour to muster just under a finger of bone white head, and that dissipates to a thin ring of foam rather quickly. Lacing is almost nonexistent.

Smell - A little more to style, with notes of banana and clove, as well as a faint bit of peppery spiciness. There is also a sweetness that reminds me of bubblegum and clover. The wheat grain element is mostly undetectable.

Taste - Here, the grain kicks in a bit more, emerging from an initial phenolic sweetness. Like banana bread, but faded. The finish has some elements of lemon, but it's a bit more sour than zesty.

Mouthfeel - Somehow manages to be thin and watery, but not crisp. Like slimy water. Weird, I know, but it's just not terribly pleasant or refreshing, two things I look for from this style.

Overall, there are at least a dozen better hefeweizens out there, and in my case, most of them are easier to get my hands on. Glad to have tried this one, since there aren't a ton of American-made hefeweizens, but I won't be returning to drink it again.

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