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

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Somewhat opaque orange brown with a thin white head, some lacing. Wheat, light wheat beer spicing and slightly sour aroma. Taste is sweet wheat, lemon, light clove and banana with a dry wheat finish and a hint of hops. A satisfactory, but not exciting hefeweizen.

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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 barnzy78
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours a cloudy yellow with a tinge of orange. Thinner than expected head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Thick aroma with banana, clove, bready yeast, nutty, wheat - smells like banana bread. Tastes are similar to the aroma - banana, yeast, clove, spice, nutty wheat. It's full bodied, smooth and creamy. Finishes slightly peppery with a prickly on the tongue. Overall, good example of the style. I was hoping for a thicker head in the pour with better retention, otherwise there wasn't much else to complain about.

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Photo of Arborescence
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale yellow, a little bit hazy. Pours a thin, pure white head.

Aroma: Fresh floral aromas, citrus, quite typical for a hefe weizen.

Taste: Quite mild, a little bit sweet; perhaps sweeter than a typical hefe weizen. Some floral honey flavours, more so than the citrus which you might expect.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, light to medium bodied.

Overall: A fairly average wheat beer. Not bad by any means, but might not be able to compete with its German counterparts.

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Photo of Maximusmaximus
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review of a wheat beer. I don't normally drink them but this one came in a sampler so here goes....

In Heat Wheat-from Flying Dog Brewery

Beautiful pour. Nice head. Clear. At first glance it looks like a lager.

Then in the nose: soap (the kind you wanna eat), citrus, flowers, linen on the line.
Th first sip goes down as expected, complimenting the aroma. The back-end brings with it a distinctly wheat-beer warmth in keeping with the style.

This beer makes my mouth feel great. Smooth, a little thick, foamy, spicey and thirsty.

This is a great beer to share with a sassy girl on a summer day.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy pale straw body with a bubbly bone white head.

S- Clove, pepper, wheat and citrus.

T- Citrus and bubble gum are the most noticeable tastes, with some banana too.

M- Thin, light bodied, crisp and high carbonation.

O- The wheat does not come through that much, but this is a good light bodied beer with interesting flavors.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, faded orange with a thick white three finger head. Good retention. Resulting lace is thin. I'm noticing a rather alarming amount of granule sized sediment settling into the bottom of the glass, about a pinkie-sized worth and I'm wondering... 'is that normal?'

Smell - Strong notes of tart green apple. Love the smell, though not entirely appropriate for the style.

Taste - Follows the nose. Tart green apple flavors. Subtle notes of banana and clove spice behind this.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with some fairly aggressive carbonation. Crisp, tangy bite. Leaves the lips feeling tingly.

Overall - Loved it, but I'm thinking this is a candidate for a re-review. I don't see anyone else noting the predominant tart green apple flavors I experienced, so I'm thinking this is a contaminated bottle. If it is, I've lucked into a wonderful one.

... And on a 2nd review, nothing has changed. I'm now thinking this beer is supposed to be tart.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one to a two finger almost white head. Body is a pale gold and is not as cloudy as expected. As its supposed to be a hefeweizen, I stopped the pour 3/4 of the way through and agitated what was left. However, no yeast or sediment/suspended matter is noted whatsoever. Head died down to a half finger froth after about two minutes.

Mild grassiness and banana are the first impression. Light, crackery malt and clove comes through as well.

Mild grass and citrus hops up front, complimented by a slight sour apple bite. Wheat and yeast slowly back in, followed by banana and clove.

Medium bodied. Not dry or coating, but slightly tart yet sweet.

This is a very American take on the style, which I think hurts the look and the nose, but the flavor profile is good enough to drink again.

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Photo of Grohnke
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Scoring legend (BA / BJCP)

Pale to ligh gold, cloudy. Great billowing frothy white head holds remarkably well. ( 4.5 / 3)

Strong banana, ligh to moderate clove with the balance towards banana. Sligh background hints of bubblegum. No hop. Light sweet malt. ( 3.5 / 9)

Moderately strong banana and clove with the balance again going towards banana. Background notes of sweet malt and slight bubblegum are complimentary. No hop flavor. Moderate hop bitterness. Finishes dry with an aftertaste of lingering banana and soft sweetness. ( 4 / 16)

Medium to a slighthly full body. Creamy, with balancing high carbonation. ( 3 / 3)

felt that the banana and clove balance was weighted too heavily towards banana. Would have been nice to added some complexity with some light hop aroma and or flavor. Body was a little full. Enjoyable. but not quite as refreshing as I like my hefes. (3.5 / 7)

Total (3.73 / 38)

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, golden, with a touch of orange. Head was 1-1/2 fingers of fluffy off-white, with decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Not as potent as some Bavarian Hefeweizen's I've had, but still full of aromas: Citrus, perppery spice, a little clove, and (maybe) a whiff of banana.

T: Mild malty sweetness, but tartness quickly takes over. Wheat and yeast are definitely in the mix, and the finish is mildly bitter, with a faint phenolic taste.

M: Typical for the style, moist up front with a dry finish; carbonation is decent.

O: Not quite up to Bavarian standards, but overall a good Hefeweizen -- it's certainly better than most American wheats. I'd definitely have one again (and again, at the reasonable price).

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Photo of thecheapies
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a pint. Slight haze, low for the style. Orange-amber with little head. Too many big bubbles. 3.0

Rather robust aroma for a hefe. Firm Noble hop character showcases the nose, supported by lemon and banana. Not a fruity aroma. Crisp and clean, not so much messy yeast. 4.0

Upfront hoppiness, like Saaz or Golding hops. Zest and pith citrus with a pilsner-like pale malt and metallic character. The banana is very mild, but almost buttery. Not a bad tasting craft hefe. 3.5

Smooth, with nice spritz. However, not creamy in body as I aim for. A thinner example. 3.0

I like In-Heat Wheat for what it is, and would probably order it again. An above-average craft hefe. 3.5

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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 tdm168
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with little white head that quickly fades away to nothing. The nose has notes of faint banana and even fainter clove. The flavor opens with some faint straw which quickly gives way to a big fruity, banana character that has a nice, balanced clove undertone. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated with a light crispness on the palate.

This beer is brewed to style and offers a smooth, balanced flavor and nice drinkability. If you like a lighter offering or you like Hefeweizens then you should give it a try.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a light cloudy lemon yellow gold, white head retains as a lacing.

Smells of coriander and lemon citrus notes with some banana and wheat malts.

Taste is the same, with noticeable banana esters and lemony zest on top of the citrus and wheat malts.

Lighter body with soft carbonation.

Insanely drinkable, a wonderful warm weather session beer. Very nice hefe, bordering on wit territory, and definitely something I will go back to.

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Photo of beergoot
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a nice light straw color with a fat-bubbled white head. Swished the remaining beer around the bottom of the bottle and added to the glass, giving a classic hefeweizen cloudiness. Head didn't last long, disappearing to a thin, patchy atop the beer.

Smell was very banana-like due to the yeast, with some sweet malt notes.

Taste reinforced the banana character. Other fruit flavors were tangerine and watermelon.

The beer felt glass-smooth, slightly sweet yet crisp.

A good enough hefeweizen, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of kenito799
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Cloudy hazy golden brew that looks the part, white very foamy head that leaves nice lace.

Aroma is heavier on the cloves but banana is also there, nice and fresh.

The flavor is vry good. A solid hefeweizen tang and flavor profile. A little on the heavy side but this is an excellent example of the style, one of the better American hefeweizens I have tried. Excellent summer brew.

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Rogue Dead Guy Ale pint and the brew is a cloudy/hazy straw yellow color brew with dark specks rising and falling in the glass like some mad scientist movie (It's Alive !!). Enormous almost snow white head (plus what hit the counter) makes this a very interesting looking brew. The lacing is clingy, yet at the same time it slides down the glass ... interesting.

Opps, mission control we have a problem. The nose is pretty heavy cloves, missing is the banana(s).

You pick up slightly more banana and wheat on the flavor. but it is rather subdued. I'm more use to the slap you in the face bananas and cloves yeasts on this style.

The mouthfeel is there as well as the overly active carbination, but for me it misses on both the aroma and the flavor.

Not a bad brew, just not one that I could recommend nor purchase again any time soon.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no bottle date information. Poured this into Victory snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Faint head of white. Swirls get some more head to grow. Some faint lacing sheets.

S: Banana and mild bready funk actually. I smell that Belgian yeast and those spice notes.

T: I get a nice crisp Belgian yeast bite on the tip of tongue. Lemon and mild clove spice. There is that banana hint that is customary with this style of beer as well.

M: Light to medium.

O: It's a middle of the road Hefe. Nothing to write home about. So-so. Easy drinking spring/summer session beer.

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Photo of bjohn84
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden honey brown with fairly good transparency. Head dissipates quickly

S - Strong cloves and bubblegum, banana bread. Lacks some oomph

T - Lots of spicy cloves. Baked banana bread still makes a strong presence though.

M - Fairly drinkable here. Medium low stickiness feel in mouth and finishes clean.

O - Fairly average Hefe that is very drinkable. Would be a great summer beer outside on a patio

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Photo of ckollias
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy orangish hue with a thin, 2-finger, white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving no trail down the glass..

S: Malty yeast aroma with hints of lemon and bananas.

T: Yeasty wheat and fruity flavor with a decent malt background and hints of lemon.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent wheat beer – although I don’t why I keep grabbing wheat beers – they are my least favorite style.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to hazy burnt orange, forming a modest white head with good retention and lacing. Moderate carbonation. The aroma is a well balanced blend of bubble gum, cloves and bananas. The mouthfeel is great. A nice acidity but not overly spritzy Luke many bavarian hefes. The taste is a recap of the aroma. Wonderfully balanced with a great snappy wheat flavor and mild bitterness. 4.7% ABV and 12 ibus. One of the best American brewed hefes I've had. I will definitely be buying this again.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow. Frothy white one finger head with good retention.
Wheaty, yeasty aroma. Some banana, fruity notes.
Lots of wheat flavors, some banana fruitiness. Hint of clove spiciness.
Medium bodied. A little watery mouthfeel. Did i mention it's wheaty? It's a solid beer but I think I'm a little spoiled by drinking the new Imperial Hefeweizen last night.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow-amber, with a solid head of off-white foam. Lace is virtually nonexistent.

Nose is bubblegum and clove. Well-done and representative of a nice hefeweizen.

Taste is clove-spicy, with a zing of wheat. Maybe a little less of the expected citrus feel here, but nonetheless, this is a smooth and tasty wheat ale, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of BruinsFan71
4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better domestic hefe offerings I've had.

A - A nice orange.gold with a finger's high head that washed down to a slim lacing.

S - nice hints of banana, clove and bubblegum

T - the smell came through in the taste, with a decent bready wheat finish.

M - A bit heavier than I like in a true hefe, but not bad at all. Finished light.

O - one of about three American offerings of the Hefeweizen I would recommend to anyone who is a fan of the style.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow with a small white head and a little lacing

Smell is a little banana, clove and spice. Pretty well balanced

Taste follows the nose. Banana is a little more subdued and clove is stronger.

Good carb and mouthfeel

Drinkable and light. Traditional flavors but nothing special or outstanding.

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