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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 akorsak
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of my Flying Dog variety case, a hefeweizen.

A: The weizenbier is a cloudy, sediment-filled golden straw color. Several shades darked than straw may be more appropriate. A finger and a half of head quickly disappeared.

S: The nose has a comforting aroma of banana and cloves, sweet but not cloying. The unique smell of a strong hefeweizen is hard to disagree with. A whiff also reveals a lemony tart wheat aroma.

T: More banana and clove drive the hefeweizen's taste, a fully sweet body that goes down very easily. Each sip reveals more banana and clove, even a hint of bubblegum, that is sweet and chewy. Underneath the yeast, barley and wheat add a bready, mildly tart flavor that contrasts nicely with the sweetness. Looks like I saved the best for last.

M: The weizen's banana and clove, sweet and lush, never let up. A little more tart wheat wouldn't hurt things, but that's a minor complaint.

D: Definitely the best of the variety case. A solid hefeweizen that packs plenty of sweet flavors into a 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer on draft at some shitty tap house. Honestly the best beer they had. I got because I had never reviewed it. Beer served in a frozen shaker pint with a wedge of lemon on the lip of the glass. Once the lemon was removed I began to drink.

Beer is yellow and hazy. Forms a tiny head of nearly nothing, nothing nothing nothing.

Aroma is weak and smells watery and grainy.

Beer is medium bodied and really wet. I guess its pretty drinkable and it quenches a thirst. No real hefeweizen character or even a weaker American wheat. Eh.

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Photo of SamN
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After a brief beer sabbatical, I'm back baby! Let's start it off with a world famous Hefe!

A- This beer pours a deep golden honey color, solid looking and firm. Thinner head than I expect from a hefe, less than 1/2 a finger. Perfectly cloudy with suspended yeast sediment, handsome looks and a solid profile.

S- Smells of classic German hefeweizen; fruity and tart yeast and backed by a firm backbone of wheat malt. Slightly grainy, quite potent yeast aroma. Tart, a little bit sour, tinged with a cheap adjunct quality, but nothing that would turn me off from this beer. It's actually quite becoming, a slightly metallic herbal aroma compliments this beer well.

T- Hmmmm, subdued flavor profile. Classic tastes of tart fruitiness. Starts slowly, eases into a mild breadiness, swells with the yeast to a apple-and-dark fruit sweet/tartness, fades on dry yeast tastes and an ever so slight hops-balanced finish. Pretty good, but somewhat shallow and distant flavors. Wish it was a bit stronger and with more bready malt character. This is one of the fruitier German-style wheat beers I've had.

M- A little more body than most hefes. Needs some more carbonation. Pulls nicely from the glass, but it just seems a little flat out of the bottle.

D- Decent. Tart and fruity are emphasized here, this is good for one or two bottles before I start looking for something with more "oomph" to it. This is a good hefe, it's just not exactly what I'm looking for in my German wheats.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average wheat beer, the brewery seems to have lost some of its luster since its move. Yellow beer, below average haze, little head, retention lace.

Aroma, heavy clove, banana, lemon yeastiness. Taste, less smacking than the aroma, but a bit too fizzy carbonation in the mouthfeel that detracts from the taste. Not a bad option by any means, but there are ample examples at a cheaper price and slightly better quality.

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Photo of mikedgt
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have to preface the review by saying hefeweizens aren't my favorite style. I appreciate them on a hot summer day and respect the style and all...but I digress.

Ok, first off - where's the yeast sediment and haziness? I guess they're going for a "clean" hefeweizen to appeal to broader range of folks here. Little to no head retention - kind of a bummer there.

Has a faintly metallic lemony smell - almost on par for the style, but something about it isn't quite right. Quickly recovers with the first taste though. Lemony citrus assault you and finish with clove and banana. A decent bitterness at the end ties it together nicely. Carbonation is a tad heavy for me for a hefe and the mouthful is on the light side.

Overall, pretty damned good. I'm sure connoisseurs of the style could find some faults, but from where I sit this is an above-average example of an American Hefeweizen.

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Photo of Zodijackyl
4.09/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a cloudy yellow with a tinge of orange and a thin white head that soon recedes.

Smell prominently features a nutty yeast and fruity flavors - bananas and plantains - and spices, with cloves being up front. The wheat is light and sits nicely behind these aromas. There is also a touch of candy sugar, which goes nicely with the fruit and spices, and while I did not expect it from this style, Flying Dog's styles generally don't correspond with traditional boundaries, for better or worse.

Taste has a full mouth of fruit and wheat up front, with the wheat staying throughout and spices being more prominent in the finish. The candy sugar is apparent in the finish, and it works very well with the white malt and yeast to create an impression of certain sweeter Belgian-style tripels. Much sweeter than I expect from a hefeweizen. The yeast, fruits, malt, and sweetness all combine to make me think of it as a lighter tripel, though it seems much stronger than the ABV suggests.

Overall a very good beer, though I don't think of it as a hefeweizen.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
2.26/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just not my glass of beer. Poured hazy and remained that way. Light amber in color (IBU 12). Some report a good head, mine was very light from the beginning and dissipated down to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. There is a nice lacing that clings to the side of the glass. Like many things new, wheat has a quite different flavor than the traditional hop. Smells like wet straw with a light burnt aroma, much like a barn full of hay after a evening rain. There is more flavor as the beer warms, but not so much of an improvement, just a heavier sampling of the colder flavor. Sorry, this is drinkable, but I would go out and buy more.

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Photo of 828beagle
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a hazy gold with two finger foamy white head. Good retention. Nice spider web lacing. Definitely a prominent banana smell. Tastes like spicey cuban plantains. It has all the great qualities of a decent hefeweizen. Though it is a bit light, it is quite a good brew and the carbonation is never ending. It has a nice happy-go-lucky demeanor and is highly sessionable. Gotta love the Hunter Thompson quote on the bottle too.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a cloudy orange-yellow, with a 2-inch foamy head that disappeared very quickly.

Smell: Has that distinct wheat smell, and a light sweet aroma of citrus and cloves.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Much like the smell indicated, this one has a mild spicy clove/banana taste that is very refreshing. The body is quite light with an ever so slight spiky spice finish.

Drinkability: Much like water, this would be refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow and cloudy, not a lot of head but nice lacing.

Smells yeasty and wheaty with a little clove. Typical and quite decent for the type.

Banana and spices with just a hint of clove accent a heavily wheaty, yeasty taste. Very hefe like.

Decently carbonated, it goes down ok but seems a bit slick and watery on the tongue.

It's pretty decently drinkable, but wouldn't be one of my top hefes.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was quite good for a wheat. It is my second time having this, the first being at a wedding. It has a medium-body, and on the nose is yeast and clove, as expected. Tastes malty, herbal, and spicy, with an overall taste of banana which was really nice. It is minimally hoppy, and makes a very nice summer beer. I would very much buy this again.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a tarnished golden color, cloudy from the yeast with a fairly unimpressive white head that fades awfully quickly with no lacing to speak of. Carbonation seems to be good, but it is definitely lacking that impressive hefeweizen head that I am so used to. The aroma is very wheaty and only slightly spicy with some clove, white pepper and banana. It also has a not so pleasant graininess to it. Taking a sip, the first thing I notice is the wheat really comes through loud and clear in this brew, and perhaps overshadows the yeast some. It still has some spice in there, just not as much as I would have hoped for. As far as the taste contribution from the yeast, it seems mostly to be in the form of banana. I guess if you like wheat beers and do not dig clove, this may just be the hefeweizen for you! The body is medium, with a good amount of carbonation and a very pleasant, slightly tart finish. Not as smooth as some other examples of the style, but not bad at all. This is a very drinkable beer, but there are better options out there.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pour is a crisp but cloudy yellow color with a finger of foam that dissipates at a medium rate. Much more subdued head than most German style hefes that I've tried.

The aroma is very traditional - banana and clove abound. And the flavor matches the style as well - a nicely balanced beer with banana flavors dominating but not overpowering. Finishes pretty crisp and refreshing.

Overall pretty good. Nothing amazing about this one, but they do a great clone of a German hefe with the exception of the carbonation. A solid B - which is a compliment. I was only a B student in college, and I consider myself brilliant.

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Photo of RealityGrill
2.15/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Weissbier glass.

A: This was next to a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier in an identical glass, and there was no comparison to be made. In-Heat had no head to be seen and was several shades lighter, and much less cloudy.

S: Reminiscent of American Adjunct Lager.

T: I gave this beer away to my girlfriend.

M: Solid carbonation, and pretty watery.

D: I could chug these if I wanted to get slammed...it took up almost no space in my stomach.

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Photo of axeman9182
2.25/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into my new Chimay goblet.

The beer pours cloudy, and is a shade or two darker than gold. There's really no head or lacing to speak of, very disappointing for the style. The lack of a head predictably impacts the nose negatively, as I get a vague distincly wheaty sweetness and just a hint of banana. Honestly, In-Heat Wheat tastes like some sort of macro version of a hefe. The expected banana yeast and almost vanilla wheat flavors are there, but it tastes noticeably watered down. The body is approporiately light, but for a beer with no head/lacing this beer has a very overbearing carbonation, fizzy is probably a good word for it. With a light body and an inoffensive taste it is somewhat quaffable, but it's not tasty enough that I'm excited about having more. Raging Bitch was a solid beer, but In-Heat Wheat is a major letdown. I have a couple more Flying Dog beers on deck for the next few days and I hope they're a bit better than this one.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Those Flying Dog labels may be love it or hate it, but at least they're brewing a wheat beer in the traditional Bavarian manner. And what I admire is they're calling you out for garnishing your hefeweizen with lemon. But will this beer is good without the extra snap? On to the beer:

Moderately cloudy inside the body of this light blonde beer. There's a little head retention sticking around as the beer goes down. Ah, yes...there's some resemblance of that traditional hefeweizen in the nose. It's chalky, with lemon pastries and some banana.

More Bavarian than American in style. The yeast works to create pleasant flavors of lemon and smaller doeses of banana. The malted wehat flavor starts and stays in cruise control, and acts of the base of it all. The chalky mouthfeel adds to the experience greatly, in a good way of course. Both easy and enjoyable to drink.

Good warm weather beer? Nah, this is good year round beer. All you hefeweizen fans should give In-Heat Wheat a chance.

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Photo of jsanford
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours hazy gold with a thick creamy white head that quickly dissipates to a cloudy pillow. Slight lacing.

S - Bready malts with spicy cloves. Banana and lemon.

T - Follows the nose closely. Bit watery.

M - Light bodied, slightly creamy with medium carbonation.

D - I just finished some yardwork when I cracked this, and I could easily have a few. Exactly what I wanted, exactly what I needed, a crisp hefe that I don't have to think about too much. More please.

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Photo of irish
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing special to look at. In fact, it lacks the cloudiness of a hefe. But it tastes just great: crisp, sharp, light, hoppy enough to make you take notice of it. In fact, it is probably TOO hoppy for its style, but I am grading on what I like, and I like this. Its hard to get a balance of hoppiness in a beer with a lighter body, and I appreciate when it happens.

Good citrus, too, although a bit behind the hops in time and proportion.

Its muggy summer here in Pittsburgh, and I am definitely putting this one high up on my porch-beer list!

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Photo of GregSVT
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a very slightly hazy golden yellow with a white head that fades leaving no real lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is mostly banana and cloves with a bready/grainy backbone. A bit light in aromas in my opinion.

T: The taste is banana, cloves, and more of the grainy flavor from the aroma. About average for a hefe and the flavors really shine after it warms a bit.

M: The feel is light to medium bodied with a great amount of carbonation. You can see plenty of bubbles rising up through the beer.

D: This is an easy drinking hefe and a good example of the style.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Allagash White glass.

Appearance is slightly orange out of the bottle, with particularly big white head that almost immediately disappears. Nose has a bit of banana, and some citrus, particularly orange, but nothing as robust as I've come to expect with a hefeweizen.

Taste is much like the nose - tinge of banana, some orange/citrus, but nothing particularly robust. There is a bit of sourness that overcomes the aftertaste - not a real plus in this beer. Body is medium and smooth, and the it definitely goes down easily - though not as easily as the traditional hefeweizens.

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Photo of krausenman
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-The beer poured a hazy dark golden to orange hue.

S-Initially, the beer gave of a slight sulphur smell that disappeared as the beer warmed. The clove and phenol aroma was present throughout. As the beer warmed a slight banana aroma became more prominent but never became overpowering.

T-The beer initally tasted sweet with the expected spicyness that is present in wheat beers. The bitterness was present to balance the beer but could have been higher to cut the sweetness.

M-The body was medium to medium/full.

D-The beer had good body and appropriate color and appearence but lacked the "dryness" to cut some of the malt sweetness and body. Overall the beer was drinkable but could be better if balanced with higher bitterness and less malt sweetness.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date code: 245FX10

Pours a cloudy tangerine orange with a nice white head that falls quickly leaving little lacing.

There is some ripe banana and some citrus in the aroma with a bit of baked bread.

The flavor has a nice bitter/sour fruit with hints of banana, clove and lemon. The malt is bready, and somewhat bitter from the wheat as well. Overall on the bitter side though with enough malt to balance it and keep things in check. Crisp and refreshing. Any sour notes I initially tasted seem to have vanished on warming.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, smooth and nicely carbonated. Creaminess increases as it warms.

This is a decent Hefeweizen, I could easily drink more of these when the wheat craving takes me.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

The color is cloudy orange about two fingers of head ans some slight lacing.

The smell is a bit banana with some yeasty flavor that gives off a crisp feel. A little bit of clove mixed together with spicy hop flavor.

The taste is crisp with touch of berry at first. The banana flavor comes out to take over and leads into a spicy bitter spike at the end.

The feel of this beer is light-medium with some nice crisp flavor that goes down well and is pretty refreshing.

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Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 1,609 ratings
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