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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 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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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 billt
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've tried as many hefewiezens in the U. S. as I can find, they are rare (at least in my area). I make In-Heat Wheat to be very, very, good; authentic, with a good clean spicy ("cloves" overtones could be stronger, then would be perfect) Bavarian taste.

I've had much worse, and only a few better in Germany.

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Photo of JG-90
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer is cloudy and and a slightly bright, deep yellow in color. Pours a moderate sized pure white head with poor retention. Leaves no lacing. Smell is very heavy in banana, there is also wheat and a bit of clove. Also a more earthy note kind of like corn husk maybe, doesn't have the traditional hefe aroma, but I like it.

Taste is similar to the nose, very banana heavy, with good amounts of wheat and breadiness. Again the clove is less than expected, and the musky/earthy smell is present in the taste too. Has a bit of green apple taste in the finish. Has high carbonation, expected for a hefe, and maybe a bit more body than average, which goes with the breadiness.

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Photo of dar482
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a light golden hazy yellow.

The aroma has some banana and spice and yeasty breadiness.

The flavor follows, but without the banana and clove flavor you want. It's subtle and tastes watered down.

It's an extremely light body and is watery.

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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.

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Photo of Snowman
4.53/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a different type of Hefe. I have not done any real research on the beer but it is crystal clear (filtered) unlike other Hefes and smooth as ice. I like the flavor, banana tones, cloves, more flavor than I would have expected from a filtered Hefe. Picked up a few six packs after the first so I would have them available.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a light, slightly hazed, yellow-gold coloring with a frothy, filmy, bright white head. Aromas of banana and subtle spicing, like a fresh baked banana bread. Cinnamon and nutmeg and clove blend, but remain light. Flavors of banana bread on a biscuity backbone, with lemon zest, clove, and a toasty overlay. Light and effervescent in mouth, with a clean finish that has a slight banana linger.

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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 benwood84
4.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer. It has a hint of clove and banana but it's not overpowering.

I do wish it weren't as heavy. It's not really that heavy, but the sweetness would pair better if it were a bit lighter. I love this beer in the summer.

Overall a great beer. I can't drink it all the time, but I'm pretty excited when I find it in a bar.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange. Initially a two finger white head that becomes a small murky layer of tiny bubbles. Lots of tiny bubbles. Slightly darker than typical hefeweizens. Some lacing but it retreats back into the beer

Aroma: Yeasty banana breadiness. Cloves. Some spiciness. What you'd expect but nothing groundbreaking

Taste: Tastes a little tart. Super crisp wheat. Coriander and cloves. Banana and bready yeasts on the back palate that lingers. Again, nothing new here. Does taste truer to form than most American hefeweizens so bonus points there

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Smooth despite the abundance of carbonation. A tad watery. Very quaffable

Overall: One of the better American hefe's I've tried. Very sessionable for any occasion. Especially good for warmer weather. Granted this has nothing on true German hefeweizens but I would get this again

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Hefeweizen from Flying Dog Brewery
3.52 out of 5 based on 1,601 ratings.
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