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 Rayek
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy banana peel, with a dense white head. Retention is quite good. A fair amount of lace is left behind.

S: Lots of banana at work here. It dominates the nose. Behind it are aromas of cloves and biscuits.

T: Banana sweetness comes through strong. Raw husky wheat, plus a lemon and clove bitterness are just present enough. Tart, sour and dry in the finish.

M: The grainy body has a little less carbonation than I expect from this style.

D: A very refreshing beer. One of the better Flying Dog offerings in my book. I'm glad I had it.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I actually enjoyed this one. A little cloudy, characteristic of a good weiss. In the background there are some fruity notes, maybe a little banana. I was most surprised because it is a german style wheat, and not an American. It has a nice yeasty flavor, smooth and full-bodied.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 10/3/2009 (bottle):

Pours a dark orangish color body, small white head, diminishing. Malty hefe aroma, some maltiness. Lots of fruitiness. Floral. Very fruity tasting. Some apple and pear, light fruit. Soft mouthfeel, clean aftertaste. Some banana, especially in the aftertaste. Tasty, refreshing.

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

In-heat wheat? Really? One of the worst beer names. Ever. I see the theme here but this is taking it too far. It makes it completely unappealing but, yet, here I am drinking one.

Pours chilled into a pint glass a hazy golden yellow color with thin white head. The head doesn't last long at all and leaves no lacing behind.

Aroma is stronger than most of this style but seems to fit the typical German wheat profile other than that.

Flavor is big on banana and clove but with an unusual bubblegum flavor in there as well. It seems to me this is a characteristic that indicates some fault (thinking back to BJCP) but I can't remember what it is. Still not a bad tasting wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is a little heavier than expected but the carbonation levels seem about right.

Overall not too bad but nothing special. A good summer session? Not unless you really like bubblegum.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.02/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a a clear a yellow golden color with a small, quickly diminishing frothy white head, no lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, wheat, bananas, bread, and lemons. Flavor is wheat, bananas, yeast, cloves, and some spiciness at the end. Mouthfeel is light, watery, and a little fizzy. Kind of boring beer, but wouldn't be bad on a hot day.

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Photo of thekanna
4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Hard Times Cafe in College Park, MD

A: Gorgeous, radiant gold (with orange on the side) that refracts so much light itself it might be a replacement for the sun. This is capped off by a thin, clean white head that doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Clean citrus flavor; some wheat malts with a beautiful floral backbone.

T: Wow! So much flavor. Sweet wheat malts rush to the palate, bringing with it banana, cloves, bready yeasts, and lemon peel. The sweet, malty bread feel (almost tasting like a Mexican Concha sweet bun) is slightly cloying in the aftertaste, but that would be my only complaint, and a small one at that.

M: Smooth, malty, juicy, with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: This is a dangerously drinkable brew, and one of the only ones from Flying Dog that I've tried so far which I'll be returning back to again and again. Also, I think the freshness of this beer, as I had it on tap, really contributes to the flavor.

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Photo of crhensel
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(bottle poured into pint glass) This was much darker than I would expect from a hefeweizen... almost amber it was such a dark yellow. There was absolutely no head to speak of and the same goes for any lacing on the glass. Aroma was heavy of an almost honey like sweetness with hints of fruit. I could pick up a little banana and apple, which was a tad disconcerting. In the mouth, it was rather solid, having a nice creamy feel with lively carbonation. The fruit and honey remained throughout, with a little hop bite at the end, but there was no real aftertaste. Not something I would go back to again and again, but it was refreshing nonetheless, especially in cutting the hot wings I was having at the time.

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Photo of mjw2808
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance is cloudy yellow like most hefeweizens. The smell is very strong with banana and grain. The taste is pretty much all banana. Its not as full flavored as I would like it to be and you dont get a whole lot of hops or malt or anything else besides banana. Mouthfeel is normal and its pretty drinkable, but not as much as other hefes ive had with more flavor.

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

Serving type - 12 oz bottle into a goblet (felt like it, haha)

A - Pours a dark, hazy straw color, with a decent foam head, and minimal lacing.

S - Lots of clove and bananna. Spices. Smells a bit "tart", but overall, it's true to the style.

T - I'm pleasantly surprised by this one! I was expecting something a bit more along the lines of a pale wheat ale, but nope. This is definitely a hefe alright. While it's not quite up there with the best German examples, I find this much more satisfying, and true to the style than a lot of pale wheat ales that get passed off as "hefeweizen". Well done! Banana, clove, and lots of wheat malt, with some spices, and a lingering bubblegum aftertaste.

M - Nice, medium bodied, and wheaty. Refreshing too.

D - I'm almost halfway done with it already, I could drink a lot of this, lol.

Overall - I will more than likely buy this one again. A good American interpretation of the Hefeweizen style.

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Photo of PartyBear
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours with a massive foamy white head, a cloudy dark straw body, and super active carbonation.

Aroma: Heavy grainy wheat aroma, almost verging on metallic. Slightly dusty smell, in an old book kind of way, with an acidic finish.

Taste: Very grainy, and bready up from, lots of sponge cake, and not-so-sweet candy floss.

Mouthfeel: Quite light and lively in the palete, with a rough texture.

Drinkability: Not the best hefeweizen I have had by a long shot. The favours are overly "wheaty", if you know what I mean, which creates a strange bittersweet taste.

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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.

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Photo of climax
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured a cloudy dull yellow/orange. An inch of white head came and left quickly, leaving not much of a lacing in my case.

Nose was more complex than I was anticipating, almost like a witbier. Strong notes of coriander stood out above banana and citrus with a very wheaty back.

Flavor was pretty complex as well, but a bit sour IMO. Wheat, coriander and citrus were the big 3 behind a distracting abundance of carbonation. The finish was brief and clean.

Carbonation was way overdone, it distracted from the flavor. It was very sharp, almost felt like drinking coca-cola. The flavors were good, but the beer fell mediocre. Refreshing....yes, good if your in THE heat.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not the best I've had in regards to a summer style

A- Golden, almost too cloudy. A little ugly maybe?

S- Too much spice, almost a little stale

T- Unrefined spices, I expected more from flying dog

M- enough thickness to make it a decent brew...not perfect though

D- Craft beer aficianados could appreciate it, but I'm a little skeptical. Troegs Dreamweaver is a much better example in my opinion

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

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Medium shade of orange that fades to yellow toward the edge of the glass, translucent and cloudy as expected with lively carbonation. Surprisingly minimal head (even from a rather agressive poor), absolutely no stick.

S & T: Apricot, lemon, yeast, wheat and straw notes with a very subtle white grape flavor at the end.

M: Above average mouthfeel. A med-high level of carbonation offsets the heat from the sub 5% ABV that manages to come through. Dry and lingering finish is pleasant.

D: Very drinkable but by no means a groundbreaking hefeweizen. I'll stick with Franziskaner...

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Photo of Contagion
2.81/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It has a nice golden honey color to it. There is a haziness to it that is so thick that you can't see through the beer. Light passes through, giving it a nice glow. Almost no head formed when poured. I even added a bit of an aggressive pour towards the last quarter of the bottle. What head formed was white and faded quickly to nothing. There is no lacing on the glass.

When you take a whiff of the beer, you get a combination of wheat and grains. There is a banana undertone with just a hint of citrus. The scent is less than pleasant. The taste mainly consists of bananas, cloves, wheat and a slight bitter hop finish. The after taste reminds me of eating Cheerios with green, unripe bananas on it.

It is a medium bodied beer; there is no coating to the mouth. The carbonation is a little heavy for my tastes and bites on the tongue.

This is a standard American Wheat beer done in the Bavarian Hefeweizen style. It isn't something I would go out of my for, and to be honest, it took drinking half of the beer before the flavor got to something that didn't bother me. This is definitely not a beer I would recommend to friends or even to a stranger at a bar.

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Photo of RuudJH
2.42/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't come across many american made beers where i live, so if i see one, I jump on the opportunity. After all, we should all keep open minds to new experiences.

Of course, buying it in Europe probably means it's from a big mainstream brewery, not the specialists I hold in higher regard.

This beer fizzes and smells like cider. The head is quickly gone. Floaty bits are moving about in hazy orange coloured beer.
The taste is dominated by somewhat wild yeastyness. Not much else.
It's close to disappointing. Even though there's allways some hops and citrus in the weissen style, the yeast is dominating this brew.
It doesn't support the aftertaste.
I'm not impressed.
I will give 1 extra point on drinkability for the funny label and name though.

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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.

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Photo of crossovert
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty lame-ass label art like everything form this brewery. Hefeweizen made the American way is usually not on par, we shall see.

Pours a hyper-active soda-like head that mounds up but it looks soapy and fizzy, not appetizing like the German versions. THe body is a cloudy hefe color.

Smell is very fruity with apple cider, some slight clove, and yeast.

It is ultra-corbonated in the mouthfeel, which I enjoy in some beers, but not really in the Hefe. It is very fruity, more so than a typical Hefeweizen. This tastes liek somethign that is meant to be quaffed in hot weather, but it still gets nowhere near Weihenstephaner or the like in drinkablity.

It is an ok effort, maybe overpriced.

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Photo of nickd717
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, another one from Flying Dog that I think is way underrated. Maybe it's just better fresh. Had this on tap at Flying Dog Brats and Gonzo before the Friday session of GABF 2009. Pours a nice hazy golden-straw color with a creamy white head. Aroma is banana, clove, wheat, and lemon. Flavor is wheat, spicy yeast, lemon and other citrus, banana, and clove. On the sweeter side for the style but good. Medium-bodied, crisp, and refreshing. Very solid hefeweizen overall.

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Photo of jamescain
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I recently came back from Germany and was searching for a proper America Hefe-Weissen. I had tried others before discovering this one and was very disappointed. All of the American Hefe-Weissens I had previously drank were too orangery.

When I first poured this beer I was a little surprised because it was not cloudy. In my opinion a true Hefe-Weissen has to be unfiltered and bottle conditioned. This beer is yellow, with a small orange tent. It forms a ring of head around the top but nothing to get excited about.

When you smell this beer you can smell the fruits in this beer. It has a citrus smell or orange, but not and over powering smell or orange, like so many I had tried before. There is also a hint of clove.

The taste was still more fruitier than the German counterpoint that I was searching for. You can taste the spices and there is a finish that is almost like a banana. This is still a little too sweet for me. The beer is fruiter than other Weissbiers because it is actually a wheat-ale.

The beer is very drinkable, hence the fact that is a summer beer. It is probably more drinkable than other wheat beers because it is filtered. However, I personally, like unfiltered beers, even if they are more filling.

If you're looking for a good beer, this is a good beer. But if you're looking for something special this is not what you are looking for.

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Photo of kurp001
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle bought at Crackpot Liquors

Pours a hazy orange gold with about one finger of fizzy white head that quickly recedes, leaving minimal lacing.

Smell is mostly banana and clove, with a mild graininess.

Taste is rich spice and clove upfront with a pleasant, full banana flavor midway and on the finish.

Mouthfeel is just about right on this one; medium to light-bodied with subtle carbonation.

Very nice drinkability on this one, light and flavorful, very easy drinking. Probably not my favorite American hefeweizen, but a solid option if I'm in the mood for something light and crisp.

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

Flying Dog- In-Heat Wheat

A- Hazy/ cloudy bright yellow with a huge billowy head. Overflowing frothy head with minimal lacing.
S- Very sweet ripe apple's, banana, lemon, and wheat.
T- Sweet apple's, banana's, wheat, lemon, and honey. Mild ripe banana and apple finish.
M- Very sweet and the ripe fruits feel thick. Slightly dry with a mild tart apple cider feel.

Overall- Very fruity and tasty, maybe just a bit too sweet.

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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.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
2.82/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured a cloudy yellow color with a large bubbled white heading that turns completely flat. NO lacing at all.

Smell is all clove and banana in the nose. Followed by a lemon zestiness.

Taste is the same more of a banana taste and heavier pepperiness with clove.

Mouth kind of spicey with a bubbly sting on the tongue.Light bodied and the only carbonation is if you swoosh around on the palate for a minute,

Drink is decent at best. Nothing worth really seeking out.

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

I had this brew out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- It has a wheat color, it's fairly cloudy, has a slight foamy head and some mild lacing.
S- Has a too-be-expected wheaty scent.
T- It's a very refreshing, lighter hefewizen. Nice carbonation, with a wheaty taste mixed with lemon. Nice Summer brew, even if nothing really jumps out.

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