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 sweemzander
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date recognized. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade!

(A)- Pours a hazy goldenrod color that produces a great white foamy head that dissipated after a minute to bubbles.

(S)- Lots of clove and banana with biscuits.

(T)- A light lemon banana spice with very mild wheat presence; more fruit than anything else, but good.

(M)- A nice silky smooth carbonation and body. Good balance. Not harsh in anyway.

(D)- A solid Hefe that certainly is better than most of Flying Dog's fare. Definitely a good one to try in the category.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy pale yellow color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated to an even skim. Thin lacing washed down the glass.

S: Citrus, wheat malt and banana. Thats about it.

T: Banana and muted clove spice. Crisp and refreshing with a little lingering sweet fruity taste.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Very sessionable wheat. Good for a summer hot summer day.

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Photo of kegger22
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy yellow with a modest head that had little retention. The aroma was banana, and spices that reminded me of GL Grassroots saison. The taste too, was banana and those same spices. Mouth feel was medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was good.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours dark cloudy yellow, 1 finger head that didnt last and barely laced.
S: fruity, banana and another but i cant place it. yeasty
T: wheat, slight banana, fruity, very light hops.
M: mild carbonation, light on tongue
D: could drink a few if i had i few, bought as a single.

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Photo of JamesS
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a decent straw yellow color with just a bit of head, and no real lacing. Nice scent, heavy wheat malt with hints of pepper, clover, and bubble gum. Good taste, but a bit overdone; nice wheat malt heaviness, but too overpowered by the yeast flavors. Goes down fine, if a bit heavy for a wheat.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. Poured a nice hazy gold, but the head didn't last long or lace well. The aroma was a mix of lemon zest, banana, and bubble gum, with the lemon a little more pungent than the others. The taste validated this; lemon, lemon, and more lemon dissolves into a subtle bubble gum/clove finish. Mouthfeel was nice and full for a wheat ale, but drinkable for a session. The only problem with the latter is that the lemon zest might get to be too much.

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Photo of mltobin
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle of this to try it from a local package store in CT.

The appearance is a bright yellow color with a small white head that does stay around for very long. Sell contains some fruit, mostly banana, along with spices, nutmeg being dominant.
In Heat Wheat tastes light, with some sweetness, cloves and wheat. Mouthfeel has a carbonation to it, light overall. This hefe from Flying Dog is pretty good for a U.S. brewer. Personally, I would still take hefe`s from certain German brewers any day of the week.

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Photo of ProfessorCJ
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bottle into a UFO glass.

A-Yellow with golden tints. Very turbid. A finger of short lived foam. Cool roiling effect in the glass.

S-Wheat and lemon, average for US Hefeweizen.

T-OK, wheaty and some citrus. Not any bitter, but not sweet.

M-Kind of thin, a little more carbonation would be nice. Nice little after taste.

D-Pretty good. There are better wheat beers out there but I'd drink it again.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a sampler pack into a pint glass on a hot summer day.

In heat wheat has a bright yellow appearence with some gold trims here and there, becomes cloudier as I pour the dregs. No lace. Smells consist of slight lemon with yeast and some wheat. Tastes like a nice hefe with a citrus base with lemon and orange followed by some yeast finishing off with some light spice. The feel is very thin and light with a good amount of carb. Goes down easy as pie with a low abv making this even more drinkable. With that said this is not my favorite hefe, and it leaves something to be desired, but it's great 4 the summer.

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Photo of singlebarrel
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours an inviting golden, cloudy hue. average head.

S- smells of cloves. and a delightful blend of spices. Perhaps a hint of banana esters.

T- Much like it smells. A decent representation of a hefe. No noticeable alchohol note. Fruity esters dominate. A bit of cloying sweetness.

M- Light, effervescent feel. Higher than average carbonation.

D- Fair. A good beer on a summer's day.

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Photo of AtlasBrew
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Color: Cloudy Gold with a huge white retentive head which leaves a nice lace on the glass on the way down

Aroma: Mild spice and clove with a semi-fruity undercurrent. Pleasantly mellow but distinctively German in character.

Taste: A limitedly sweetness and spice up front followed by a pleasant, almost numbing banana and clove flavor. Some yeast and bread vapors emanate up onto the palate. Finish is refreshing and fruity, low bitterness. Hints of melon come with the aftertaste.

Overall: A nice and refreshing summer ale. I like this one because it has that easy drinkability but it's complex enough for the beer geeks to enjoy as well. Plus the art on the bottle is interesting.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In Heat Wheat...

A- Pours a golden hue with a minimal head that falls to barely anything... Excellent look of unfiltered wheat beer though.

S- Heavy yeast and wheat upfront. When i smell this one it is fully loaded with wheat and yeast... maybe some mild grassy hops. Fresh smell never-the-less.

T-M- Taste is of freshly cut wheat from the fields with the bite of hops of a grassy nole. Mild sulfer is there with the flavors of sweet tangerines and oranges. Medium body with thick feel in the finish is great for the style.

D- Drinkablity is wonderful for the wheat style and is very refreshing on most aspects. Bro approved.

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Photo of wesl56
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

a- pours a pale, cloudy gold... barely noticeable head that quickly fades away to nothing

s- very subtle fruity with a hint of spice, maybe cinnamon

t- this actually has some impressing flavor for a hefe, mildly fruity/spiced, but you can still taste the wheat

m- heavy... almost harsh, reminds me of an american pilsner... not pleasant

d- im giving this a 4.5 for drinkability because i really dont care for wheat beers, i got this from a flying dog variety pack, and this is actually one of the best wheat beers ive had

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Photo of mjurney
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Appearance]: Nice deep golden/straw color, hazy, some little carbonation, head is descent.
[Smell]: Banana and clove up in front, bready wheat, hint of nutmeg. Really nice aroma.
[Taste] Banana and cloves from the yeast, bready wheat, touch of pepper lemon at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Light to medium bodied, carbonation is very mild.
[Drinkability]: Very drinkable.

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Photo of drtth
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a nonic style glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer was a hazy, medium amber with a thin layer of foam on the surface but otherwise no head. Sipping leaves minimal lacing from beginning to the end of the beer.

Smell: The aroma contains some banana/bubblegum and sweet wheat but no real spice or clove to speak of, and certainly no hops.

Taste: The flavor has a light, almost citric tartness and minimal sweetness. The banana/bubblegum is upfront and in the background there are traces of wheat and clove. There is really no trace of hops or bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light-bodied and the carbonation is light but persistent. The finish is short and sweet (lightly sweet).

Drinkability: The drinkability on this one is fine, if there is nothing better around--an OK summer brew. But I won't be seeking this one out or buying it again with so many others that I like better.

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Photo of TLove
2.99/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

@ Flying Dog brewery in Frederick, MD

Pretty typical for the American Hefe style, but has little retention and is not nearly as well-balanced or yeasty as a Bavarian Hefe.

Smells of nutmeg ang cloves, with a touch of lemon and nectarine. Sweetness carries the lack of yeasty residue. Well-hopped for a hefe. Very grainy.

Graininess is counterintuitive for the style, but it does balance well, despite the watery finish. A bit crisp, with a decent carbonation and moderate drinkability.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a perfect pint

pours a standard light lager color with a white head that vanished pretty quick. just by looking at it, you couldnt pick it out of a line up with and BMC.

smells ok, just wheaty and watered down. nothing i would considered special. same with the flavor. its like you poured some wheat into a miller lite and added a hint of spice. felt way to light but was easy to drink.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold yellowish color. There is a nice one and a half finger head. The smell is of clove and a slight banana along with some wheat notes. Taste is a majority of clove and wheat, there is a hint of banana as well. The mouthfeel is dry not very carbonated. You could drink alot of these, it is a very smooth beer. The fruit isn't over powering, and it has good balance.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly golden color, well topped with a helping of white head.
Smells got some wheaty and yeasty qualities with some smooth grain.
Taste is nice, there is some rind here going well with the wheat taste.
The finish is clean with a fast leaving rind after-taste.
Drinks very well, and is refreshing.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazy golden-amber body with nice tendrils of yeast reaching to the bottom of the glass. Up top, two fingers of bubbly, off-white head that burn out quickly and leave little lacing. The yeast that pours from the bottle is red and looks rather like paprika resting on the head. A Hefe should sport a massive, fluffy head and this just doesn't come anywhere close to that.

Aroma: Clove and banana over a sweet, bready wheat base. A lot closer to the style standard than the look, but still not very exciting.

Taste: Quite similar to the aroma. Banana and clove-like yeast over a bready wheat backbone. The aftertaste is grainy and fades fast. Not much more to report here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Dries a little in the finish.

Drinkability: A very quffable brew that works well on a Summer's day.

Verdict: After a weak start, In-Heat Wheat gained some points back in the nose and mouth but ultimately failed to impress. Unfortunately, it's just a little too thin and bland to really hold my attention for long.

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Photo of mnrider
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with freshness date which i encoded. As with all Flying Dog Brews.

A: Pours a bright golden yellow. One finger white head which turned coaster thin after a good amount of time. No lacing. Bubbles are present.

S: Wheat, yeast, and lemon is all i got.

T/M: Grainy with lemon and something else i can't figure out. Slightly dry on the back end with not to bad bitterness all around.

D: This american Hefeweizen is OK. Good on hot months. Don't think i'd seek this out.


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Photo of confer
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very standard but beautiful cloudy yellow with a small head.

S- The smell is fantastic. The banana/clove aroma is heavy.

T- I wish the beer tasted as good as it smelled. It didn't taste bad but it didn't match its smell.

M- Creamy and smooth.

D- Excellent summer beer, they slide down.

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Photo of Brencr
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For a wheat beer, this beer offers a heavier flavor than most others in it's class. This not to say that it is a bad thing, but I don't think it quite fits into the Wheat beer class due to it's bite. Setting aside the classification, I do enjoy it. While a little on the heavy taste side it is still smooth enough to be a good summer beer.

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

Poured into a pint glass, nearly no retention AND beeing from germany, 12oz is just not the right size for a Hefeweizen!
Smell: nice refreshing, hint of gloves
Taste: Good, refeshing bit on the sweet side, nice representation of the style, but not more. Dry finish
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is just right.
Drinkability: I could easily have some more of thous.

One of the better American Hefeweizen I had so far, does come close to an average german one. I would deffinitely recommend it if you like Weizenbier.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hefeweizen glass.

A: Hazy golden, with a white head that disappeared very quickly and some modest lacing left behind. Thin, whispy layer of head remains on top...

S: Ripe bananas and cloves

T: Bananas up front with mild clove and faint hops.

M: Light, just the right amount of carbonation with a dry finish...

D: Very nice, tasty offering. I could (and have) knock more than a few of these back. Goes down very easy.

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Hefeweizen from Flying Dog Brewery
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