Hefeweizen | Flying Dog Brewery

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
722 Reviews
Read the review

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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 722 | Ratings: 1,598
Photo of bditty187
2.6/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Swirled the last 3/4ths of the bottle… where is the yeast? Vaguely hazy, light honey-gold hue, a finger of white head, some lace. Uninviting nose, too musty… yeasty-wheat. Underdone palate, weak yeasty-wheat flavor, faint spiciness with little else developing. Nominal trace of typical Hefeweizen characteristics. Very nice finish though, light acidity and a hint of banana. Poor attempt at a Hefeweizen, not recommend... it is not even a good American Wheat Beer.

 466 characters

Photo of necoadam
2.63/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this on-tap at J. Timothy's in Plainville, CT

This place isn't that bad. I liked how all the macro beers were on a tiny corner spot on the back of the menu and all the micro stuff had most of the space. I saw this on draft and thought I would take a chance with it. Came in a strange looking mug, like a left over mustard glass bottle or something. Golden/honey color with a good amount of carbonation, but faded away eventually. Smell was weak. Some yeast hits the nose but it was mostly a wheat/clove mixture. But that too was rather weak. Taste was bad for a hefe. Some citrus notes with an undertone of wheat. Where's the cloves and bananas? Aftertaste was watery as well. Is the bottled version better? I'll have to find out I guess.

 745 characters

Photo of maxpower
2.63/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy hazy yellow-orange in color, decent white head that doesn't last long, not much lacing either. Not much aroma some wheat and stale bread, bland lemon and wheat flavors, watery and thin mouthfeel, finishes with some sourness, not much going on with this one.

 264 characters

Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 33cl brown glass bottle with a standard pressure cap into a true imperial pint glass in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live. Flying Dog's offerings haven't been horribly appealing lately; I recently purchased the taster pack and this is maybe my fourth.

A: Pours a four finger head of slight cream and nice fluffy thickness. Good retention as well. Colour is a cloudy semitransparent yellow. I'm concerned; all good German hefeweizens I've had have been hazy and nontransparent.

Sm: Musty wheat and light orange peel ester hops. Decent but far from exemplary.

T: A wheat foundation with a light touch of artifical orange peel smack in the middle. Some near watery notes entre in on the climax. Very bland and simple for the style. Built badly. Imbalanced and disappointing.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but far too thick and a bit sharp on the climax. Doesn't suit the style or the beer.

Dr: Low ABV, a high price for the quality, and easy to drink. This isn't one to get your bollocks in a twist over, lads. Leave her be.

 1,047 characters

Photo of morebeergood
2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ordered a bottle at the Rattlesnake on Boylston St. Poured into a standard pint glass. Cloudy and hazy looking yellow body. Nice white head. Smell was pleasant, as I could smell some banana and clove. Taste was a total turn-off. The first flavor that hit my mouth was the taste of deli meat that had expired two weeks ago. Under that, there was a bit of that wheat flavor, but the "off" flavor dominated. Mouthfeel was a bit watery for a hefe. I would have dumped this beer, but I just paid $5.50 for it. I would never buy this beer again, unless I get proof that this bottle was a one-time skunked example.

 607 characters

Photo of Stubbie1
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This weissen pours a hazy straw yellow. A fat white head appeared and then disappeared quickly without a lace. The aroma was your typical weissen, wheat, cloves, and bananas. The aroma was a bit on the weak side. The taste matched the aroma but was a bit watered down at the end. The slightly watery taste at the end kills the beer. Overall an average weissen.

 360 characters

Photo of hungryghost
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy, orange yellow.
Short lived, meager head, no lacing in my glass.
Smells faintly of wheat, not much of an aroma.
I am not a big fan of the wheat beers. This one I could drink as it does not taste like any wheat beer I have had in the past. It is refreshing, slight citrus crispness.
Not too carbonated. Goes down easy, more like a golden ale.

 359 characters

Photo of oneeyedhoolie
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this from the bottle into a weiss glass.

A: Looked ok, golden in color but not the cloudy look I expect from a wheat beer

S: Not much of a smell to tell you the truth. That's not a bad thing but I expected something.

T: Hints of the clove and banana, vague at best though. Not bad, but I've definately tasted more pronounced wheat beer characteristicss elsewhere.

M: Slightly chewy, kind of nice but nothing over the top.

D: This beer was ok and I enjoyed it ok. Not the best wheat beer I've tasted but it was ok. It had the nice hints of clove and banana that wheat beer should have but they were subtle. Mildly chewy which I found enjoyable. I probably wouldn't seek this beer out specifically but I'd choose it again in a pinch.

 754 characters

Photo of aaronh
2.69/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden color body topped by a thin white head that quickly fades. A hefe with a quick-fading head? Uh-oh. Aroma is very grainy with some clove notes and maybe just a touch of hops. The taste has a noteable banana component, along with a bit of clove spice and some bready yeast notes, but everything is too subdued, except for the barley malt character. It even has a good bit of typical lager graininess. The bite on the finish is very lagerish as well, as this beer shows none of the soft palate and crisp wheat flavors I enjoy in a hefe. Mouthfeel is a little thin and a little harsh. Drinkability is OK. I've had many worse beers, but wouldn't chose this one again any time soon.

 690 characters

Photo of gab2409
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was one of the least enjoyable wheats that I've had in a while. It tastes a bit like a bitter Miller High Life. It's too carbonated, and the bitterness leaves a pretty undesirable aftertaste that lingers for a while. There was no head to note.

 248 characters

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky yellow color. The head starts off strong, with two fingers of white shading, but fades fairly quick. Only tiny amounts of lacing are left on the glass.

S: This is more forward in banana than clove as far as the aroma goes. There's also an earthy tone I'm not too sure about; it's almost dusty to me. Pretty inconsistent.

T: There's more going on in the flavor. A touch of banana opens the flavor profile up...the finish, however, I'm not a fan of. Seemingly heavy in both earthiness and general wheat, it strikes me as being 'dirty' in flavor. Not just dirty as in muddled flavor (which it does feature), but as in drinking actual soil. Meh.

M: The body is too heavy here. Combined with the finishing astringency (not dryness), this is rendered...not impossible to drink, but not as chuggable as it could be.

O: This was one of the first craft beers I've ever had, and I didn't like it that much. Fast forward 2 years, and I still don't like it that much. So much for evolving palates, huh? One of Flying Dog's lesser brews.

 1,079 characters

Photo of palliko
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is hazy golden with minimal head almost no lacing and ample carbonation. Aroma is filled with citrus and banana – and the usual Paulaner Hefe clove smell is conspicuously absent. Initial taste is acerbic, mellowing out eventually to a sharp bite. The finish is bland, and lacking in flavor. I don’t know what they were going for, but am afraid they fell short.

 373 characters

Photo of Oxymoron
2.71/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Who's leg are you humping? Pours a off yellow color with a mostly cloudy appearance. Needed a little help with the pour but provided a bubbly white head. Pour retention and lacing.

The nose is off. Some citrus and a tone of off phenolic aromas. Not much on the malt backing but some wheat and lighter bready notes. Some spicy notes and a bit of banana but limited. Lighter sour notes as well as oxidation. There is just a off yeast note that is not good.

The taste is similar. The wheat comes out more with a nicer balance and a good bite on the end. The hops are limited but finish with a citrus almost orangey finish. Some lighter banana and some Belgian qualities from the yeast. The spices back off, but there are still some off oxidation/cardboard flavors that are offsetting.

The body is light to mid with some depth. Carbonation is light. Overall this is a very limited wheat beer. Some hints of wit, some hints of hefe and some hints of American wheat, and some hints of infection. Hmm.

 997 characters

Photo of hotstuff
2.72/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The head was small and white when it was poured and it contained fine sized bubbles.The head quickly dissipated.The body was murky-hazy and had a lot of carbonation.The hue was medium yellow and the nose was the traditional banana and clove.There was no lacing with this beer.This beer lacked flavor and the mouthfeel was tingly on my tongue, thin and smooth.This is not a good example of what a good German Wheat beer should taste like.This was a very dissapointing experience as German Wheat beers are one of my all-time favorite styles of beer.

 547 characters

Photo of frank4sail
2.72/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Slightly wheaty banana nose. 1/8 inch white head on the pour leaves quite quickly. Straw yellow color and slightly hazy look in the glass. Kind of watery tasting initally and then there are slight banana and sweet malt flavors as well as a hint of lemon in the finish.. but all of the flavors are light and understated. A little weak in the flavor department. Mouth is thin.

 374 characters

Photo of tapman
2.72/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Light straw color with not as much yeast haze as I was expecting, the wispy white foam head is substantial. Carbonation appears to be luscious. Is this an American Hefe or a German one?

Bananas and vanilla pudding in this one. Light Noble hop breadiness. Not any cloves, though I am a little sick at the moment. Sweet and yeasty like a good Hefe, but not necessarily my favorite. I may re-review after sampling some more Hefes come spring and summer. The bitterness is clean.

Does not taste as good as it smells. Yeast does not pop out as much as expected. A little plastic with some hospital emergency room phenols. meh.

Mouthfeel is fine, though a bit light if this is a German Hefe and not some American hybrid. Carbonation is bright. I prefer my Hefes a bit more subdued and meaty.

I like most Flying Dog brews. Just not this one. Tire bitter? Great. Winter Warmer? Why not. Gonzo Porter? Fantastic! Can't win them all I guess. Don't let this review stop you from trying other great brews from this brewery.

 1,015 characters

Photo of granger10
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hazed yellowish bronze color with a decently creamy beige head. Smells somewhat bitter but not hoppy. There's also a stronger lemony acidity in here along with a touch of some sweeter grains. Flavor is fairly bland up front with more of a generic wheat taste I associate most APWA's with. Further along a more bitter, spicy wheat flavor comes but I also get a cooked veggie type flavor that I got with their Amber Lager. Traces of clove come and go. Finish is acidic and bitter with a touch of residual sugar. Body is thick and this wasn't easy drinking. This beer just never came together for me.

 597 characters

Photo of osi
2.74/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - As I was pouring I noticed there was not going to be much head, I then started to more aggressively pour the brew. Even with the increased pour speed, there was barely even any head. Very minimal lace. Hardly cloudy at all. Looks a lot like a macro pilsner to tell you the truth.

S - The nose is very faint I will pick out what I find though. Watered down, barely yeasty. The banana essence seems fake.

T - Yeast, malts and. Hops on the back end along with a spiciness and very subtle spices. Bready aftertaste. All watered down.

M - Good light to medium body and good carbonation that finishes clean.

D - I usually expect good things from flying dog but this just was not that great.

 693 characters

Photo of udubdawg
2.74/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle

Pours a hazed light yellow. Meager head disappears even as I type this, and lacing is nearly nonexistent.
Aroma is better, though that is not saying a lot. In fact it is pretty light, yet manages to be one of the better aspects of the beer. I get fruitiness and a sort of weird vanilla aroma - props for originality at least!

I doubt I could name this style on a blind taste test - I surely wouldn't guess it was an american pale wheat. I guess I can get some wheatiness here, but I an continually distracted by syrapy sweetness, some strange lemony sourness, a "WTF is that - plum?" question, and a drying effect that just doesn't meld well with what I've descibed before. No need to go further - if you like this, great....but it does not at all appeal to me.

Carbonation is low, and unfortunately this beer doesn't have a lot to offer to make up for it. Thin, and with the strange unbalanced, uncomplementary flavors I struggle to finish this. Not a drain pour, but I am already thinking about who to give the other bottle to.

 1,052 characters

Photo of Bcant
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A rather sour beer with notes of cloves. When first in the mouth it seems like ther are going to be some of the banana flavors found in many classic hefe weizen but this complexity never materalizes. Slightly matalic aftertaste. Decent color. As typical of the brewery (though some of thier beers are beter than this one) an average beer in nice packaging.

 356 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dull gold body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Big pop of spiced bananas in the nose with a minor backing of malted wheat.

Taste: Malted wheat with a strong taste of sweetened banana juice. Small pinch of clove. Drop of orange oil. Almost non-existent earthy hops and bitterness. Finishes sweet with a lingering toasted banana flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Bananas a-plenty! Average at best overall.

 471 characters

Photo of
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - dull orange-yellow, relatively hazy, no head to speak of, medium carbonation

Aroma - diluted fruit aromas of banana and orange with a rich and nutty background

Taste - crisp with light body. Balanced but watery flavours of banana and nutty yeast, some caramel on the finish.

Highly drinkable, but just your average American-style wheat beer. (Even though the label says it is German-style hefeweizen.)

 418 characters

Photo of Kicksmile67
2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a little disappointing for a wheat. The wheat catagory finds in way into my fridge often this time of year and trying new ones always is fun. This wheat however is a bit too hopped for my tastes and covers up the subtle flavors wheat beers contain.

A- Clear, light, golden

S- Very floral, light notes of grain

T- Strong bitter hops, light, crisp, dry

M- Clean and dry

D - Moderate, would pair well with fruit

 428 characters

Photo of Greggy
2.77/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- 1/2 finger head that recedes to a few bubbles. Slightly cloudy body with a decent amount of suspended sediment.

Smell- Mainly yeasty (banana-esque) malt. A decent wheat nose.

Taste- At first sip, the palette is attacked with cloying carbonation, but gives way to a very obvious banana component, due to the wheat yeast. The banana component, although true to a wheat beer, dominates the beer, but also, there is a grainy, grassiness in the finish which helps balance the banana notes.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation is really aggressive on the palette.

Drinkability- This wouldn't be my first choice of wheat beer, but if offered one, I may have one again.

 674 characters

Photo of beagle75
2.77/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with two fingers of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Soft but assertive clove is complemented by detectable wheat. Lemon and a kick of yeasty funk follow, waiting a few beats before emerging.

T: Begins off-dry, with delicate grain and lemon-lime citrus that is interrupted by a thread of added dishonest sweetness that reminds of a sugar substitute. Acidity is understated and a little lacking. A whiff of fairly neutral bready yeast arrives in the middle as other flavors start to taper off. Breadiness reigns into the finish, where mild leafy bitterness lurks but does not linger.

M: Medium viscosity, soft and smooth on the palate but acidity compounds over time to leave a lingering energy, with low carbonation.

D/O: Only slightly recognizable as a hefeweizen, this beer struggles to display any satisfactory attributes of the style. Flavor accounts for the biggest let-down, coming across as incomplete and lifeless. It is drinkable, but not particularly refreshing.

 1,089 characters

Hefeweizen from Flying Dog Brewery
3.52 out of 5 based on 1,598 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!