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

A - Hazy Yellow in color with about a finger of head which dissipated very quickly.

S - Not as much banana as expected but a great deal of wheat. Fairly pleasant.

T - Carbonation hits first, followed by citrus and a wheat/yeast flavor.

M - Very light and refreshing as expected from this beer.

D - Light and refreshing, but without much impact or character. Definitely a wheat beer but not the most interesting. Good summer drinker.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Don't know why I didn't review this beer

A - Hazy Yellow in color with a great deal of fluffy white head.
S - Not as much banana as expect but a great deal of wheat. Great smelling summer Heffe.
T - Mostly slight lemon and banana predominant with a great wheat backbone. Nice
M - Very light and refreshing as expected from this beer
D - Yeah I would see this again if the price was right. Closest place has a six pack for 10.99 which seems about as good as it gets.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ordered a bottle at the Rattlesnake on Boylston St. Poured into a standard pint glass. Cloudy and hazy looking yellow body. Nice white head. Smell was pleasant, as I could smell some banana and clove. Taste was a total turn-off. The first flavor that hit my mouth was the taste of deli meat that had expired two weeks ago. Under that, there was a bit of that wheat flavor, but the "off" flavor dominated. Mouthfeel was a bit watery for a hefe. I would have dumped this beer, but I just paid $5.50 for it. I would never buy this beer again, unless I get proof that this bottle was a one-time skunked example.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a small weizen glass. Shows a hazy golden orange/yellow with a nice soapy white inch of foam. Clears a bit too swiftly as does the foam, offering only light lacing and retention.

Nose is light with a subtle lemon influence and a bit of peppery/clove spice. Banana esters are largely absent, revealing themselves only slightly with some warming and exposure. Pleasant nonetheless and with some light clean wheat notes.

Dry and bready in flavor with a nice spice presence and just a hint of sweetness. A nice dry hefe with abundant clove and allspice that needs some time to open up, yet never offers the classic banana notes that I enjoy. Feel and drink are good though overly dry and unilateral in scope.

Would try again as once again I am befuddled by the mystery bottling code of a style I know is best fresh.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a big pure white head that faded to a nice thin layer. definatly yeast in the bottle. leaves a little lace with some decent head retention.

the aroma is slightly subdued for a hefe. still has some lemony citrus, hints of bannana and clove and a touch of spice.

the taste is better than the aroma would suggest. some clove, bannana, spicy yeast gives way to a nice dose of citrusy lemon zest. some sweet grainy wheat malts as well.

has a bright bubbly crisp carbonation. really quenchs your thirst. light bodied with an appropriate high carbonation. soft on the palate, finishs somewhat dry.

hefes and witbiers are some the most enjoyable beers to session in my opinion. so of course im going to go high with the drink on this one. there are definatly better examples of the style out there, but this is still very good. obviously good for the hot days, and i could prolly take a six easy in a night. i might revisit this one, as this is one of the third times ive bought it, but not right away. dream weaver wheat is better.

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Photo of Stimack
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured to a fairly cloudy yellow with a pretty thick frothy head, a fair looking brew. The aroma does seem to have banana aroma properties along with some slight clove and wheat. The aroma here seems to be pretty good, just nothing really is standing out. The flavor is what I would expect from a basic Hefe. Pretty pedestrian in flavors which will appeal to the mass. The banana seems to come out a little more here and clove takes a back seat. Some odd flavors at the tail end but that could be due to age and/or how this beer might have been stored. Overall I feel that this is a fair brew but there are better Hefe's out there that are easy to get.

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

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this one.

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little one-finger fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeast, with some banannas, grass, coriander, and caramel. The taste is sweet, yeasty, malty, with some nice spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of bump8628
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold with a finger of white head that fades to a small ring.

Tangy, bready, wheat along with a big hit of smoke and a touch of banana, clove, and nutmeg from the yeast carry the beer. Chalky, mineral yeastiness and a light grassy bitterness separate this from the best of the style.

Not a bad wheat brew, but not what I go for when I want a classically brewed Hefeweizen.

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Photo of Stigs
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - poured with a very thin layer of bubbly and loose white foam. the beer is slightly hazy, light golden colored.

S - pretty much your typical hefe...bananas, clove, yeast, light fruits. nothing to complain (or go crazy about) here.

T - starts off with some belgian yeast and cloves, following is some bananas and pear...here it gets a tad weird. finishes with a kind of funky over-ripened fruit, which develops into some basil (?) and tobacco. not awful, just odd.

M - very thin body, even for the style. carbonation is active but just sort of fizzles away. very watery.

D - eh...not a bad beer just doesn't really work well into the style, missing some aggressiveness and not as refreshing as some of the better hefe's.

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Photo of jsh420
2.35/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

pours very cloudy brownish yellow with a huge 3+ finger head that left no lacing

smell - banana and fruity esters not much else

taste - not good - overly carbonated semi sour banana soda with some fruity esters - no spice no wheat - not good

mouthfeel is light and overly carbonated

drinkability - out of all the hefe's i have had this would one would close to the last one i would ever want to drink again

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. I swished the last half-ounce around a bit, just in case there was any yeasty sediment down there.

A: Nothing to write home about. A dull hay colour which I can't see through. About a finger of head which dissipated very quickly, leaving some tracing on top. Light bubbles.

S: Not much smell. Light cloves and yeast. Fairly pleasant.

T: Wow. Much better than I expected, at least initially. Carbonation hits first, followed by citrus and a wheaty yeast flavour. Unfortunately, this taste fades fairly quickly into a vague watery wheat-tinged aftertaste.

M: I must say, this beer feels great in my mouth. The carbonated wheat and light cloves make for very, very pleasant drinking. If only the flavours were a bit more pronounced and had some staying power...

D: Light and refreshing, but without much impact or character. Definitely a wheat beer, but a boring one.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.42/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I pulled this 12 ounce bottle out of the Flying Dog variety pack. I poured it into a pint glass.
A: The body is a cloudy gold color. The head is a brilliant white, gigantic in size, tiny bubbles, freakin' awesome retention and little lacing.
S: The aromas are slight banana, orange and pineapple.
T: The flavors are estery, banana and perhaps some citrus.
M: The body is full with an edgy mouthfeel.
D: This beer is great.
Don't drink and review.

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

A - Hazy amber/yellow color with a small head that leaves no lacing.

S - Wheat, citrus, cloves and some banana.

T - Wheat, citrus (some hint of oranges), banana, cloves.

M - A bit watery and very lively carbonation.

A nice american version of a Hefeweisse.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a cloudy golden with a great head and lacing. smells of spice, cloves, yeast, fruity, a bit of banana. Taste is of even more banana, bready-doughy malts, pineapple in the finish, a hint of clove. familiar flavors of the style but they seem all over the place. the finish is just weird, in my opinion. there are better representations of the style out there. its not terrible, but not great either.

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Photo of goldbot
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with medium white head which sticks around pretty well. Good carbonation visible with a bit of lacing.

Wheaty aroma with good clove spice backing. A touch of banana in there as well.

Very sweet with lots of banana flavor. Not too much in the way of spice notes here though. Turns doughy and sweet midway through, leaving a lingering wheaty, sweet aftertaste.

A medium to light body with plenty of crisp, lively carbonation.

Overall a lot of good spice in the aroma and banana in the flavor but this beer didn't tie it all together as well as other hefeweizens. Very wheat forward and a bit too sweet for the style in my opinion.

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

Murky amber-yellow body with white foam that recedes too quickly, modest lacing. Nice aromas--clove, banana, lemon. The taste should be a bit more like the smell. The banana and clove are nice but too toned down, It's light and pleasant, but should be more...more.

The mouthfeel atones for things a bit, effervescent, fluffy, and true to the style. Not bad to knock back, a decent Hefe. Flying Dog is a brewery I find very hit and miss--love Gonzo, but find most of the rest just decent. In-Heat is close to the second category, fairly good but leaving me a bit wanting. I wouldn't turn down In-Heat if offered to me, but it's one I won't veer out of my way to grab.

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

Nice Hefeweizen, makes a point as a nice session beer. Other than an improvement in looks the feel remains very much the same as the draft offering, and so does the review.

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. Perennial Ralph Steadman design with a dog looking behind to a pack of eager followers. Gonzo motto on the label, and a side narrative with intent and a critique to those eager to put a lemon wedge with the brew. No clear best by or bottling date albeit it has a batch number (061FX10). Notes IBUs (12) and Alc. by Vol. (4.7%) Served in a tall weisse glass.

A - Hazy medium amber pour with a nice and generous head, medium retention and a bit of lacing.

S - Wheat smell with rich orange peel, citrus and spice notes.

T - A good wheat beer flavor, with nice fruity esters, clove and citrus notes.

M - Medium to light body, with good carbonation and a crisp finish.

D - Very easy to drink, good weizen and pretty much a reliable session wheat beer.

Notes: Nothing extraordinary but still a pretty reliable offering from Flying Dog.

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Photo of lbaker
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Man. Talk about a tough one to review. I had been really looking forward to this brew after getting my first taste of a really good German Hefeweizen, but this one seemed to drop the ball. The guy at the liquor store (who I would trust watching my first-born) warned me about how it poured but it would be worth it...yeah...

(a) pretty typical of a hefeweizen, but the appearance is tough the gauge due to all the carbonation. Light in color, not as cloudy as expected. (3.5/5)

(s) the one place where this beer definetly does not dissapoint. The first sniffs are enough to make you want to run to the fridge and hope mom left some bananna pudding behind. Strong scents of banannas and cloves are very apparent. (4.5/5)

(t) If only the taste lived up to the smell. After pouring this stuff you definetly have to let it sit, but no worries, it's not going flat for weeks. If you can get past the carbonation to taste the bananna and clove the congratulations. I found myself struggling with this one...you knew it was a great beer but this is one that is best experienced from the draft. (3.5/5)

(m) It's often described as a "full" mouthful...which is exactly right. Your mouth is full of foam and carbonation. I let it sit for a while in the hopes of getting the flavors, but im not a patient man, and this isnt a patient beer. However, when it starts to slide down your gullet it will hit you, but we need something before it hits the very back of your throat. (2.5/5)

(d) Drinkability...back to the advice of the clerk. He warned me that I definetly shouldn't drink it out of the bottle unless I opened it and let it sit for awhile. I decided I would just try to pour it slowly into the largest mug I have (32 oz) and take it from there. Halfway through the bottle I have to stop because the head is overflowing, it doesnt matter if you are letting drops hit the side at a snails pace. You might as well just dump it in however! The beer was best once I got the mug full and let it sit in the fridge for 5 mins. Very delicious after all that work...but very bad for drinkability. I would have to suffer through 2 Coors-lights just waiting to get to enjoy this decent beer. (2.5/5)

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Photo of tapman
2.72/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Light straw color with not as much yeast haze as I was expecting, the wispy white foam head is substantial. Carbonation appears to be luscious. Is this an American Hefe or a German one?

Bananas and vanilla pudding in this one. Light Noble hop breadiness. Not any cloves, though I am a little sick at the moment. Sweet and yeasty like a good Hefe, but not necessarily my favorite. I may re-review after sampling some more Hefes come spring and summer. The bitterness is clean.

Does not taste as good as it smells. Yeast does not pop out as much as expected. A little plastic with some hospital emergency room phenols. meh.

Mouthfeel is fine, though a bit light if this is a German Hefe and not some American hybrid. Carbonation is bright. I prefer my Hefes a bit more subdued and meaty.

I like most Flying Dog brews. Just not this one. Tire bitter? Great. Winter Warmer? Why not. Gonzo Porter? Fantastic! Can't win them all I guess. Don't let this review stop you from trying other great brews from this brewery.

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

Appearance is light golden color; smell of some clove and bananas; taste is of sweet bread, citrus, subtle banana; would be great on a hot summer day, easy to drink many of these, very refreshing. Not a top 10 hefe-weizen but better than most brewers.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle poured into a lager glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with a slight foam.

Smell: Banana and spice with citrus and bread.

Taste: The taste follows the smell, banana, bread, and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Starts light but finises with some nice body.

Drinkability: Very refreshing, can be consumed in a row.

It's not bad, but, there are better.

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Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a small head. Smell is of citrus and spices. Taste is good, banana, citrus, spices, blended well together. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and goes down with ease. Overall this is an enjoyable and quality beer.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paired with the Winter Classic.

Large billowing white head leaves thin but persistent retention. Cloudy, translucent, dark honey color. Bottle has a blurb about good wheats don't need fruit wedges. Hear, hear.

Sugary banana phenol aroma. Taste is banana and orange citrus. Mildy tart. Somewhat of a German/American hybrid whereas the body is a mix of smooth wheat, but yet still fairly crisp. Little soapy.

Best in the Flying Dog mixer.

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

Poured a murkey light golden color. Left a little head on the top.

It smelled like wheat, and fruits. A nice smell.

It tasted like wheat, almost lagerish, with some hints of citrus but nothing to consider this a fruit beer.

It was very clean, and refreshing. A definately good beer.

A very very drinkable beer, and one I would get again!

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