Hefeweizen | Flying Dog Brewery

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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 BeerFMAndy
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher Weiss glass. #s but no date.

A - Hazy golden yellow with bubbles populating the glass. It was topped by a nice one finger white head. Too bad it was too small for style, had minimal retention, and absolutely no lacing.

S - Strong banana esters with a yeasty following and a slight mineral water twang. Wheat is an afterthought in the aroma.

T - Strong sweetness emerges with a brilliant banana flavor and finishes off with a delicate balance when the wheat flavor emerges.

M - Medium-light bodied with a small touch of dryness to this refreshing summer brew.

D - It's a tasty wheat that doesn't shine to well in the glass. I think I'd be happier putting them back in bottle-form on the patio.
The "get the lemon wedge out of our beer" style quote on the bottle is classic.

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Photo of magine
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this brew into a hefe glass.

Pours a yellow unfiltered brew with an off white head that is lively in the beginning then fades quickly. The brew has no lacing to speak of.

The brew smells of bananas, clove and yeasts and maybe some lemon.

The brew tastes of the smell; bananas, clove, yeast. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy - very refreshing. A very solid Hefeweizen.

This brew is very tasty. A very solid american made Hefe. This is good Hefe that is up there (but not quite the same level) of Franzenkaner.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a glowing yellowish-gold into my glass, with a weak head, but not non-existent. It was one-finger in size but flailed away quickly. There was a bit of sediment at the bottom of the glass.

I smelled some nice banana and clove.

Clove and honey came up front on the tongue for me. Faint lemon notes were there as well.

Light mouthfeel, but I've had lighter hefeweizens. It's also fairly crisp, and I noticed a little bitterness at the end.

Since this beer is a bit watery and has low alcohol - drinkability is high. But I didn't find myself begging for another.

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

From 12 oz. bottle. Pours deep cloudy yellow with medium head. Wheat, banana,lemon, yeast, bread, not quite what I am seeking in this style. Thin to medium body and slightly bitter. Tried several of these over a weekend and just could not get myself to enjoy them. Crafty packaging, just not very good craft beer in my opinion. Would not purchase again, nor would I take one if offered. Maybe it's good on tap?

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Photo of kshankar
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a golden/orange with minimal head..not as hazy as expected. Should be a bit more hazy for the style. Lack of foam is disappointing.

Aroma is wheat and banana. I could detect something a little funky..like corn in the background, but it wasn't too off putting

Taste is wheat and is somewhat citrusy. Thankfully that corn aroma didn't make it into the taste.

Mouthfeel is light

Drinkability: Mouthfeel is fine, taste is fine. Not one of the best hefeweizens I've had..but still is a pretty good option. Give it a try

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Photo of bamadog
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beerman207 for passing this one on to me. A pretty solid offering from Flying Dog.

Appearance: Pours a golden straw color with really no head whatsoever, just a thin white ring on the surface and a super-thin polywog of a skim; very strong carbonation bubbling up and the body looks a little more viscous than I would have expected; no lacing.

Smell: Smell is interesting -- toasty wheat and grainy yeast -- and a definite presence of banana and slight hints of clove; comes across as very sweet.

Taste: Light toasty malts, wheaty grainy presence and the expected yeast; followed by a smooth banana flavor and the mild clove adds a certain spiciness to it.

Mouthfeel: Very strong carbonation pushes the flavor through the mouth very completely; body is fairly light, yet i would say it carries a little more weight than a typicl hefeweissen does; a slightly oily coating is left in the mouth for a flavorful finish.

Drink: Good solid choice from a brewery that I haven't had a ton from yet... A nice flavor in a refreshing body. Not bad, not the best, but I'd probably drink another if I had it.

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Photo of kbeals
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted into a pint glass

A- Pours out a dark gold color, a little more clear than other hefeweizens I've had. About three fingers of fizzy white head, dissipates rather quickly and leaves little lacing.

S- Smell is citrusy and nutty. A bit grainy also. Not bad, but not much to the smell.

T- Taste reminds me of a Nut Brown Ale at the beginning, finishes out with a bit of a banana taste and a bit tart.

M- Light bodied and smooth, good amount of carbonation makes for a good drink on a hot summer day.

D- The light body and low ABV makes this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light yellow, straw colored. Almost transparent. Very little suspension for a wheat beer, suspecting it's filtered. Almost no head into a wheat beer glass with a fairly vigorous pour. No lacing to speak of, either.

S - Smells nutty and sweet like honey. Fairly strong aroma both out of the bottle and the glass. Slight yeasty taste as well.

T - Great taste. Tastes very similar to the smell. Starts with a honey taste then fades to nutty. All the while it tastes yeasty...almost like a banana undertone. Very complex and tasty.

MF - Light. Extremely light bodied. Glides over your tongue and leaves very little residual taste. Great finish.

D - Very easy to drink. Great taste, low alcohol, and little aftertaste makes it a good session beer. Wish I had more than a 6 pack.

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Photo of CHickman
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow/gold with very little head. Had a lemony taste mixed with hops, wheat and malt; medium carbonation with a sweet malty, cinnamon and fruity / citrus end; very flavorful for a wheat beer and a great step forward for this style (hefe-weizen)!

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Golden color that is very cloudy (typical of hefeweizen) with a small head that had some good lacing around the edges.

Smell: Strong wheat smell with just a hint of banana. Didn't notice anything too hoppy or any clove aroma.

Taste: A sweet citrus taste that lingers for a bit after you swallow your sip, and has just a touch of bitter hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: The yeast gives the beer some character, but it's still pretty thin.

Drinkability: Excellent. This is perfect for hot summer days, and in my opinion, any other time too.

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Photo of epicness
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep gold. Slightly cloudy with no lacing. It's a very nice looking beer. I love the gold color.

S: Not a lot jumping out at me on the smell. Maybe a little banana and wheat.

T: Slight citrus taste. I definitely could taste the banana though. Also a little wheat and honey. This is my first Hefeweizen so if this is the normal, consider me a lover. Very slight alcohol taste at the end. Very light.

M: Very smooth and crisp. Low to medium carbonation.

D: This would be a great beer to drink on a summer day. Goes does very very easy.

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

This is my first Flying Dog beer and by far has the goofiest label I've seen.

It's a dark golden color and is the antithesis of clear with a half finger of head. The wheat was very noticeable in the aroma, and even more so drinking this sucker. The flavor was good at first but finishes a bit acidic. Overall it's smooth with a sharp finish. Nice!

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, white head that disappated quickly but left a few rings. Nothing spectacular. Nice smelling beer, very much clovey and banana scented. Tastes the same. Very smooth and easy drinking. Light bodied however, is it's only drawback. Could use a bit more malt, but a fine pick nonetheless.

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Photo of Wheelinb
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden color and poured in to a pint glass with about two fingers worth of head that dissipates quickly. Got a very strong wheat smell to start but it also went away after a quick swirl.

While crisp it tasted almost soapy and had a strong aftertaste that was kind of sour. I can't say I am enjoying this much at all. The mouthfeel is fine, nice carbonation but I can't get past the aftertaste. As I continue I got some banana flavoring on my tongue.

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Photo of CarlP2
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer number 2 out of my Flying Dog mix pack. Poured from a bottle into my tall mug.

A- Deep golden color, a little cloudy. White foam head quickly disappears, no lacing. Sitting in the mug, it is a good looking beer!

S- Not a lot of smell going on here. There is a little wheat smell similar to the Woody Creek White. After a few more sniffs, there is some sort of sweet/herbal smell. That is a good thing.

T- A slight citrus taste, leaves a slight aftertaste, but nothing bad. Edit: I don't taste anything like a banana as mentioned in the description of a Hefeweizen

M- clean and crisp, little carbonation.

D- Goes down very smooth. I could easily down a few. This is another one that I think would be very refreshing on a hot day.

Hefeweizen seems to be a popular style, this example really makes me want to explore some different Hefe's.

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Photo of luecke23
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I quite liked this beer! It had a great aroma and it tasted great! Though for a wheat the color to me was not quite what I thought it should be. Drank it on my front porch with friends, it was a great summer beer. This is beer #12 of my 2 new beers a week!

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours slightly cloudy golden yellow, with a nice white head that fizzles down quickly. A thin coating of sediment at the bottom of the bottle that is easy to pull up. The sediment slinks to the bottom without much of a swirl at all. The cloud brings with it a new golden opaque classic weizen look.

Smells like bread and malt. Tasty.

A malty taste swells the mouth at first with a slight pilsener like following. A good effort to the German Hefeweizen.

Feels good. Possibly a slight in carbonation?

Very drinkable. A good American wheat beer.


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Photo of endincolorado
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Hazy, pale gold with clean white head. Head recedes quickly. Light lace.

Smell- Light fruity yeast aroma. Some hops, and a crisp, grainy pale malt.

Taste- Nice light fruit. Some faint banana. Yeast. Light hop bitterness. Crisp pale malt flavors.

Mouthfeel- Light body with nice carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty good. Great in warm weather.

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Photo of mcraw88
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pour originally produced a golden rod color that was a little cloudy with the first 2/3 of the bottle. After swirling and pouring the remaining beer a small white 1/2" head was produced and the beer gained a nice cloudiness throughout the beer.

Smell - Smells of a herb garden placed in the middle of a wheat field. Nice cloves, and wheat, but not any banana which kind of disappointed me.

Taste - Wheat Wheat Wheat Wheat. Intense wheat flavor up front, but a nice little honey flavor and again the cloves show up towards the end. A little alcohol after taste, not to much.

Mouthfeel - Can almost feel the wheat on your tongue, very nice. Nice light bodied

Drinkability - Could have quite a few of these. Not the best example of a hefe I've ever tasted, a little to heavy compared to others, but a great thirst quencher in the summer.

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

12 oz. brown long-neck bottle poured into an American pint glass. Possible freshness date of 09.

Pour until 1 inch is left in bottle and swirl. The first pour provides barely any head. The swirled sediment adds to the cloudiness and leaves a 1-finger, off-white head, that disappears immediately. The body is cloudy, deep golden yellow with murky orange highlights.

A peculiar bacon/smoky scent is the first noticeable aroma. Followed by peach, diacetyl, toast, faint honey, sweet malts, and possible citrus from the hops. There is also a chemical note that reminds me of dry-erase markers.

Lots of wheat. A sweet, yet dry, fruitiness takes the palate but is quickly followed by a lot of wheat with a sour malt finish. Flavors of honey, banana, mandarin orange, lemon zest, and faint sugar notes of vanilla and merengue are found. Medium-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Tight carbonation scratches at the the tongue, leaving a dry finish at the back of the mouth; banana aftertaste.

Visually sad and weak in the aroma department. However, the flavor has quite a few layers going on. It's a bit sweeter than the traditional hefe, but is enjoyable nonetheless. Plenty of wheat going on (as should be) and a soft orange/citrus profile.
Not my favorite hefe, but is one of Flying Dog's better beers.

Probably best paired with heavier dishes, honey BBQ, orange/marmalade glazed halibut, or creamy cheese based dishes with tart fruit.


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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy (with the yeast) medium gold color with a fairly small head for a hefe. Foam falls away pretty quick with very little lacing.

Nose is of honey and cloves with not much banana. A bit of bubblegum is evident, as well as a touch of sulfur that I usually get on a lager. It smells ok, and I am glad this is truer to the German hefeweizen style than an American wheat beer.

Taste is pretty decent, has a fair amount of cloves and bananas with a mild wheat tang. Feels almost creamy in the mouth while staying light and refreshing. Im not sure why this beer scores so low here...sure you can find better hefes out there from Deutschland, but this is pretty good stab at it by an American brewer. I like it.

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Photo of biegaman
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying God discourages garnishing the beer with a lemon wedge but it desperately needs something to make it look more interesting. The colour is coated in a film nowhere cloudy enough to smudge clarity but noted enough to sully complexion. One look at the surface of the beer, barren and flat like a desert, and my optimism is now entirely vanquished.

I can tell the aroma tries to make amends but it, too, speaks only one word of German: deal breaker. (OK, so two words.) There is a cloyingly sweet element that rattles the nostrils like an artificial syrup. Does this brewery make their beers from extract? Cereal grains are left shamelessly bare where as they should be dressed in banana and yeast spice.

It is obvious that the brewer understands what a great German hefe-weizen should taste like. It is also clear, however, that he hasn't quite yet figured out how to brew one that tastes enough like it. The flavour is good, palatable to be certain, but it doesn't hold a flicker of light, let alone a full candle, to the authentic German offerings.

What the beer is lacking in flavour it is also lacking in mouthfeel. There is minimal fruity component; the banana-like esters often rampant in the style are slim to none. The amount of clove-like spice and zestful phenols are wholly absent. The mouthfeel is flat (especially for what should be a highly carbonated style) and featureless.

Tasting notes really say it all: "little haze, zero head, cheap malt smell, no banana, no spice, no crispness, under-carbonated, no effervescence, no presence of wheat or yeast, not refreshing." Seems harsh but I'm just calling it like I see (and taste and smell) it.

In-Heat Wheat might just as well be called that because to enjoy it, one would have to be suffering under direly hot conditions. The brewery claims to spend 25 days working on the beer, might I suggest they work a little longer on reformulating it? I know Flying Dog makes some really good beers but I would not consider this one of them.

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Photo of colsandurz
1.46/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer looks like a typical hefeweizen, yellow and cloudy. The head was pure white.

The aroma is very artificial, like plastic almost. The taste is almost exactly same, very artificial tasting.

This beer is also a little heavier than other hefeweizens I've had. All in all, just not very good, I'd recommend any other hefeweizen over this one.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a 1/4 inch of foam that quickly disappeared

S - wheaty yeasty aroma with a bit of orange and lemon hints

T - nice citrus taste, corriander and a peppery finish

M/D - light bodied, flavorful and easy to drink. Its a great summer beer.

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Photo of Sperzel
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange haze with a finger-width head with a thin lace.

S: A pleasing, spicy kind of aroma with some fruitiness.

T&M: A fizzy citrus taste at first with a bite from the clove spices at the end.

D: Nice brew to have out on the porch for a BBQ. Very drinkable.

Notes: A good beer from the good folks at Flying Dog. A refreshing beer to have in my rotation in the warmer months.

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Hefeweizen from Flying Dog Brewery
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