Hefeweizen | Flying Dog Brewery

1,608 Ratings

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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,608 |  Reviews: 724
Photo of Lolli1315
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- An orange yellow color with around 2 fingers of head. Head holds a little, but not as much as desired. Lacing leaves you wanting a little more as well.

S- Banana and clove dominate the smell with some other citrus notes including some orange. Slight spicyness as well.

T- The banana and clove once again come across the strongest, but their strength seems slightly watered down. The traditional hefe tastes are their, but once again it leaves you wanting more.

M- Thin to medium body with decent carbonation. Nothing too out of the ordinary.

D- Easy drinker, went through a couple without much notice.

 608 characters

Photo of saburky
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of codon2004
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of BeerArchivist
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of RocketWidget
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, very cloudy golden color. Head could be more prominent. Smell is sweet and citrus-like. Taste is good, malty and zesty, a sweet beer with subtle hops at best, and a definite fruity flavor. Quite refreshing on a hot summer day. A fun beer to try.

 259 characters

Photo of filabrazilia
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a full white head. Good lace.

A doughy yeast aroma dominates the nose. There is a spicy quality that mingels with the yeast.

The taste is fruity and sweet with a mild spice finish.

A suprisingly mid bodied beer that has a spicy sweet finish.

This is a decent beer that can be a refreshing summer drinker. Not bad.

 355 characters

Photo of rarevos
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into weisse glass.

A: Hazy light straw yellow with fluffy white head that fills the glass. Head recedes rather quickly to light lacing.

S: A bit more bubble gummy than your typical American Pale Wheat. A bit of clove and pepper in there, too. Mildly wheaty aroma and a small hint of banana.

T/M: Bubble gummy up front that slides into banana flavor. There's a slight wheaty taste in the middle, followed by a crispness and a finish that has a slight banana bread flavor, followed by a quick hint of lemon zest, and a very light-blink-and-you-miss-it bitterness. The finish is very, very clean.

D: There are many beers that confuse me when I get to the "Drinkability" part. Strong Belgians. Imperian Stouts. Big Porters. American Pale Wheats confuse me mostly because ranking them by style is troublesome--as a style, there's not much "there" there. But they ARE easy to drink, and they are somewhat tasty, even if they are the uncool, uncultured, unfunny cousin of the hefeweizen visiting from America.

So I'm not falling into the trap of tacitly reviewing the entire style in this one review. It's a decent beer from this brewery. Tasty, easy to find near me, pretty cheap, and easy to drink. As with all American Pale Wheats, I'd reach for a hefeweizen first if I had the choice, but if I had no choice, I'd still be pretty happy with this one. A solid quencher.

 1,391 characters

Photo of mjaskula
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a pint glass. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thick off white head. The head thins to a ring and leaves some lacing.

Aroma is spicy, clean and wheaty. The taste is more of the same with fruit and coriander, but not as much banana as I expected or wanted.

Carbonation is a little too high. And mouthfeel is dry. Overall it's a pretty good hefe.

 359 characters

Photo of devin305
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ectomorph
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with no freshness date noticed.

A - Cloudy golden orange with a small white head that breaks down fast to a thin ring.

S - Banana, clove, and apple esters blend with a bread and biscuit yeast note. Light and sweet.

T - Banana and spicy yeast flavors ride the wheat grain sweetness. Some green apple and pineapple and faint grassy hop character.

M - A little thinner than the cloudiness lets on. Medium carbonation makes it borderline watery.

D - Medium. Nothing really jumps out at you about this wheat beer. Very middle of the road.

 550 characters

Photo of deaconoflove
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ap. Very cloudy golden brown with very little head and zip lacing.
Sm. Spicy (clove apparently), some banana, bready maybe, and sourish.
Ta. Better than the smell, but similar. A spicy banana finish.
Mf. Beer. LIght and fluffy.
Dr. Good, but I'm not interested.

 261 characters

Photo of dauss
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck. Your usual weird drawing of dogs on the label. Its yellow with what appears to be a female dog surrounded by a lot of male dogs.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow orange, small head, poor head retention, no lace.

Smell: Yeasty, banana esters and clove-like phenols. Sweet wheat smell, overall good aroma.

Taste: Carbonation is strong, fine small bubbles prick the tongue. Has the usual sweet wheat malt, hops are nearly absent, fruity banana esters, but lacking in the sour tartness found in other wheat beers. Body is a bit lacking. Finishes with a good mouthfeel and a light phenolic flavors.

Notes: I think this beer is good. The body needs work and it might be a little bland at some times. The nearly 6% ABV is hidden well.

 770 characters

Photo of fatboy91
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Vendetta
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

 298 characters

Photo of CM31
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of DukeX13
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of coalcracker
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Via bottle to pint glass; on a balcony at VA beach!

Appearance: light golden pour with just a little head forming.
Smell: Not much- light wheat odor- nothing oppressive..
Taste: Quite light for a wheat- bread predominant with some mild spiciness of clove and banana to balance. Clean aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Appropriate for the style. Light.
Drinkability: Quite drinkable on a warm day. Nothing extraordinary.
Overall an average wheat, but drinkable.

 451 characters

Photo of RHB33
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of mechanicalprints
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of MDekker
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured this into a kolsch glass that I got at a cafe in Germany. This is one of the most yellow beers I've ever seen. I know this is gross, but it really had the color of a urine sample. I got about two fingers of white foamy head that dissipated pretty quick. The wheat element was very strong, along with a slightly unpleasant something else that I couldn't identify. It tasted similar, better than it smelled, but not a ton. Grainy bitter finish. A little sour and faintly citrus-like, too. The carbonation was biting, not smooth. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great by any means either. A passable wheat beer.

 614 characters

Photo of Neehan
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This poured a dark, hazy blonde with a good deal of action in terms of carbonation. Huh, more retention that I had expected. The smell is of spices but then a conglomeration of herbs that doesn't mix so well. A bit strange. A good taste with some nice spices that give it a hint of dark character. The mix in the mouthfeel is as unbalanced as the smell. Nothing is unpleasant, just not the best mix. No more than one here.

 422 characters

Photo of jimdkc
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, gotta love the label!

Slightly hazy gold pour with a small white head that fades quickly to a white film. I'd typically expect more haze and a more robust head from a hefe weizen. Smell was pretty good: sweet malt, wheat, and a hint of lemon. Initially sweet with some lemon, wheat, and the banana that American hefes typically miss! Could use a little more yeast and some spice/clove notes. Pretty tasty and refreshing. Good mouthfeel with light carbonation. Pretty good American hefe... but the Germans still own this category!

 543 characters

Photo of PrimScrewhead
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of FLBEERGUY25
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Rhynes2
2.06/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

To be fair this is not one of my favorite styles of a beer and Flying Dog is not one of my favorite breweries. I gave it a shot when i found it in the mix pack and was pretty disappointed. Poured a nice cloudy wheat color, looked great in the glass. It initially tasted pretty sweet and then turned to leave a gross taste afterwards. It kinda made me sick. One of the things that come to mind when i think of the taste is an almost metallic flavor. This one is not for me.

 472 characters

Hefeweizen from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 1,608 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.