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

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into thin lacing. The aroma is of tangy wheat, and bubblegum. The taste is of bubblegum with nothing else coming through. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this is a weak beer. I do not think I will drink this again.

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Photo of beergeek279
2.77/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is golden, with very little head. The smell is slightly yeasty. The taste is also very yeasty, with little hint of the cloves/banana taste of a good hefe. The mouthfeel is heavy, but about right. Drinkability-wise, wouldn't want another.

Though I enjoyed a few of the Flying Dog brews, this is one that I didn't. With so many good hefeweizens out there, this is one that I won't have again.

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Photo of niknar
2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a light straw color with a sizable white head. Leaves some lacing as it settles. This one is hazy (as expected for the style), but actually not as hazy as I was looking for. The smell has very strong citrus tones as well as some yeasty, bready aromas. Overall not bad, but too strong on the citrus, so it lacks complexity and balance. Taste is somewhat strange. Very strong citrus flavors give it an almost pungent flavor. Barely some wheat flavors in there too, but everything seems to be overwhelmed by the lemon/citrus. Also a little more hop bitterness on the finish than I would expect for the style. Mouthfeel is one of this beer's better points - light and refreshing. Not overcarbonated either. Drinkability suffers due to the strong off-flavors on this one. I can't tell if this is skunked (no dates on the bottle) or if this is just the way the beer tastes... either way its not at the top of my list.

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Photo of veachster
2.79/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - It appears to be tan in color and somewhat clear until the bottom of the bottle is poored into a glass then it becomes cloudy and tan. There is visible signs of carbonation. I'm not impressed with the head retention. It didn't rise much at all and dissapeared very quickly.

S - I pick up the smell of wheat and clove. Almost to the point of skunky; which brings me to believe that maye with the head dissapearing so quick and this smell that maybe I don't have a very fresh beer.

T - I can deffinately taste clove. The clove almost over powers all the other ingredients. I'm thinking is the combination of hops with clove.

M - As it sits in my mouth, I get the sensation of drinking a flat beer and feels of a medium weight.

D - Although it's somewhat dull feelign and sharp with cloves, I could drink a few of these at a time. It's a decent hefe weizen with a significant amount of clove.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - a cloudy pale orange-yellow. A one-finger head soon disappears to nary a bubble in the glass.

Aroma - the standard hefe yeast aroma and very light fruit smell. The hefe part fades a little bit, bringing an orange fruitiness more to the front.

Taste - has a hefeweizen base flavor to it, but doesn't develop much beyond that. A somewhat powerful blast of bubbles clears out the yeastiness and replaces it with little of anything outside of a whisper of sourness. About as plain a hefe as I've had. Were they aiming for average?

Mouthfeel - very carbonated, but manages some smoothness despite. Less bubbles might give this one more depth on taste though, and likely a better feel.

Drinkability - it's got a few flaws but it's still a decent summer session brew.

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2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I personally wasn't too enthusiastic about this wheat ale. I've tried several other beers from this brewing company that I felt were somewhat at a better standard. For the most part the fragrance, quality of palate and overall drink ability of this beer is pretty average.
Some may enjoy it more than others, its a inexpensive beer for cheap thrills.

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Photo of budgood1
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

cloudy dark yellow appearance, thin foamy head and no lace. very lemon tart nose, a bit sourish, typical fruity/banana and slight clove aromas. very light body, somewhat watery. tastes like lemon sweet tarts...a bit sour and puckerish but very slammable...kind of like lemonade on a hot summer day. well this is fall and it did the trick of washing some chili down. ranks low on the list of hefeweizens i've had.

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Photo of Contagion
2.81/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It has a nice golden honey color to it. There is a haziness to it that is so thick that you can't see through the beer. Light passes through, giving it a nice glow. Almost no head formed when poured. I even added a bit of an aggressive pour towards the last quarter of the bottle. What head formed was white and faded quickly to nothing. There is no lacing on the glass.

When you take a whiff of the beer, you get a combination of wheat and grains. There is a banana undertone with just a hint of citrus. The scent is less than pleasant. The taste mainly consists of bananas, cloves, wheat and a slight bitter hop finish. The after taste reminds me of eating Cheerios with green, unripe bananas on it.

It is a medium bodied beer; there is no coating to the mouth. The carbonation is a little heavy for my tastes and bites on the tongue.

This is a standard American Wheat beer done in the Bavarian Hefeweizen style. It isn't something I would go out of my for, and to be honest, it took drinking half of the beer before the flavor got to something that didn't bother me. This is definitely not a beer I would recommend to friends or even to a stranger at a bar.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
2.81/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What a great name for a beer. I usually don’t like wheat beers, but I have come to affiliate wheat with Blue Moon. While Blue Moon IS a wheat beer, it’s not a good example of what a wheat beer can be. It is good to know that Scott Werner, the “top dog” at Flying Dog, has written a book about wheat beer. Makes me think this beer will be good. When I do like a good wheat, it’s ice cold and in the middle of the summer. But hey, I have been chugging stouts and IPAs all winter long, so let’s try a wheat for a change. If nothing else, I love the label.

In the Glass: It looks like a wheat in the glass. I guess that makes sense. It doesn’t have much head, and a very thin lace. The beer has a very low ABV and promises to be quite drinkable.

Nose: There isn’t much of a nose on this one, but what is there reminds me of orange peel and a loaf of bread. Not freshly baked bread, but the smell you get when you walk through the bakery at Marsh. I mean, after all beer is liquid bread.

Flavor: There is a lot of flavor going on here. There is a ton of flavor on the front and the sides of the palate that provide an overall enjoyment of this beer. I can’t help but compare this to a Blue Moon, and they are not that similar at all. The tasting notes speak of spices and cloves… and I am not getting that at all. There are more fruity flavors popping than anything.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is boring, at first. Then as the beer hits the sides and back of the palate, it starts to even out a little. Then the bubbles kick in and the flavor explodes across the palate. We drank this, like all our beers, right out of the fridge, so I am sure that takes a little bit of the flavor away. But that is how I like a wheat beer… close to freezing.

Aftertaste: There isn’t much aftertaste. What is there I like. It’s a subtle banana flavor that sits on the back of your tongue. The flavors all the way through are not overwhelming, but quite enjoyable. I can see myself going through a case of these if not careful. Especially outside during the warm summer months.

This is a good beer, and the label says it all. “Good people drink good beer.”

In-Heat Wheat - The bottle says: “We didn’t brew this German-style Hefeweizen with its award-winning flavor just so you wing a lemon slice in it for showmanship. You’re not getting style points from us. Germans don’t drink it that way, so save your attention-grabbing tactics for the karaoke stage. OK? OK.”

“Good people drink good beer.” Hunter S. Thompson

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Photo of TheFightfan1
2.82/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured a cloudy yellow color with a large bubbled white heading that turns completely flat. NO lacing at all.

Smell is all clove and banana in the nose. Followed by a lemon zestiness.

Taste is the same more of a banana taste and heavier pepperiness with clove.

Mouth kind of spicey with a bubbly sting on the tongue.Light bodied and the only carbonation is if you swoosh around on the palate for a minute,

Drink is decent at best. Nothing worth really seeking out.

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Photo of philbe311
2.84/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a pale golden color with slight carbonation... Maybe an orange hue...

S - Wheat and citrus dominant... Smells like a traditional Hefeweizen...

T - Wheat with a hint of orange...

M - Light bodied, not much texture... Weak

D - Not impressed... Wished it had more complexity and body...

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Photo of utopiajane
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light straw color with a good amount of citrus and sweet malt on the nose. 2 fingers of foam that did not last, slight lacing. The scent of apples and pineapples. It had a nice hops character and good potential but it finishes like fruit punch. The body is weak and the soda like carbonation was the lion’s share of it. How disappointing.

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Photo of beermanbrian
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy yellow color with a white head that dissapears quickly and leaves no lacing. Only moderate level of carbonation bubbles. Smell of wheat (duh) and banana. Banana comes though in the taste too. It's followed by some clove spicyness. An off bitter aftertaste. Very thin in the mouthfeel. This is my least favorite out of the Flying Dog variety pack.

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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 BuckeyeNation
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Monsterously hazy medium amber. This sucker is nearly as opaque as a stout. The head is minuscule and is down to a thin film in the time it took me to type the first two sentences. No lace; nada, zippo. The aroma does not portend great things. It's wheaty and grainy, but doesn't impress in the least.

The flavor isn't that bad, but it isn't that good either. It has a slightly sour, grain-like (wheat), mildly bitter taste that doesn't compel me to keep on drinking. Unfortunately, it isn't quite light enough or innocuous enough to be a good, poundable lawnmower beer. Flying Dog hasn' t impressed me in the past and In-Heat Wheat has done nothing to change my mind.

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Photo of bboven
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Maybe this is because it was from a keg, but it wasn't hazy at all. Not BMC clear, but too clear. Little head.

The typical hefe smells were there, but muted even after warming the beer to the correctish temp.

Taste was way too sweet. If I had to guess, it seemed under-attenuated.

Good mouthfeel, stylistically correct.

Prtty drinkable, but really too sweet for me to want more than one pint of.

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Photo of Nytemare
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow. Slightly orange. Even with a heavy pour, and a stout swirling of yeast in the bottle, I got very little head. That which I did get, disappeared quickly.

Smell: Smells of banana and something metallic. Also some grapefruit. Kinda wierd to me.

Taste: Pretty much what it smells like. Some banana, which is common for the style, some grapefruit, and metal. Not sure why there is a metallic flavor to the beer. It's like drinking aluminum. Still wierd.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but not bad. Goes down without a bite at all. Smooth and light.

Drinkability: Pretty good except for the aluminum. It's easy to drink, fairly refreshing, and has a decent taste. I just can't get past the metal.

Got this at the store when I was lookin' for new things to try. I'm a little disappointed overall. I was expecting a better wheat beer. From now on I'll buy Boulevard and save a buck fifty.

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Photo of wschumac
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a hefeweizen glass.

A- Poured orange/yellow cloudy and unfiltered. Little head that dissipated rather quickly.

S - Smell of citrus like hefeweizen.

T - Rather light tasting with no yeast/citrus aftertaste.

M - Little or no carbonation in this brew created watery feel to it.

D - Very easy to drink one of those laid back summer type brews where you are going to have more than one.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Barely a white head is made that gets a finger tall at the most, settles to a faint thin sudsy collar. Body is a good mix of orange unfiltered and yellow lemon hues. Rising carbonation can barely be seen.

Nose is weak. Faint orange, mild estery sense, a bit of an odd dry grain and very big sense of wetness. Doesn't seem so impressive.

A real thin body on this beer, with an almost seltzery mouthfeel. Very light orange and flattened carbonated soda. Mid palate fills with lots club soda like character. Finishes clean with a good lingering sense of witbier like orange strangely.

Overall, well may not be a fav style of mine, where is the wheat density and malt chewiness? This isn't doing it for me.

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Photo of pezoids
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out a slightly hazed pale yellow color and it’s head was thin which turned into just a film before the first sip. The aroma is somewhat unappealing with banana and bubblegum coming out with the hint of something metallic. Flavor is light and bubblegum sweet and finishes with a tang. Not bad. An easy drinking and pretty clean wheat beer overall.

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Photo of mpyle
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Brilliantly clear, golden in the color. Big coarse white head, disperses pretty quickly.

Sweet, almost cidery aroma. A bit of clove. Aroma does not scream hefeweizen.

Cidery flavor, a bit nondescript. No picking up much banana/clove. Dries out and is a bit bitter in the finish. Another beer possibly not at the peak of freshness from the "single bottle" shelf at my local bottle shop. Has the bland flavor and weird bitterness of an oxidized beer, but lacks the drying on the tongue.

MF - highly carbonated, fairly light in body. Carbonation is somewhat distracting - harsh on the tongue.

Not a tasty beer, but say that with the caveat that this might not be brewery fresh.

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Photo of JDV
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells of spice and clove typical for the style.

Taste is rather bland, easy to drink, and not much wheat flavor.

Some spiced yeast flavor similar to the nose.
Perhaps worth having again for a re-rate, but overall, fairly average, and nothing worth going out of the way for.

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Photo of Boto
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the CT River Brewers Festival.

The beer has a hazy-golden color about it. About no head, but it was in a plastic cup at a beer festival. The aroma is somewhat mild, with a hint of lemon and wheat to it. The flavor was a bit citrusy, with a bit of wheat. It is an OK Hefe, but nothing to distinguish it from the pack. Still a good summer thirst quencher.

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Photo of Ryanm1
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hefe Weizen german style beer.

Darker golden in appearance than other wheat beers. More golden in color than cloudy. Smells of spice and citrus when poured.

Slightly foamier leading to a larger head when poured. Average overall in quality when compared to other craft wheat beers.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Original Rating Date:
September 13, 2008

Pours cloudy yellow, large head. Decent aroma, nothing special compared to the Bavarian brews. Taste is much the same, solid but nothing special. That's the story of this beer -- Solid, but nothing special, especially when compared to Bavarian hefeweizens.

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