Hefeweizen | Flying Dog Brewery

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3.51 w/ 1,608 ratings

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 william5586
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy golden in color with a little head

S- a nice amount of spice comes though with some yeast also

T- again, very nicely spiced

M- It felt a little thing to me and maybe lacking in carbonation

D- I have to say that this is a very drinkable beer. Nice, light, average wheat beer. I would love to have a few of theses on a summer day.

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Photo of cvfish
3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a straw yellow color with a thin white head that disappears quickly

S - A citrus and hops medley, one of the high points of the beer

T - A orange and clove taste followed by light hops or bitterness

M - Moderate carbonated, light bodied

D - Not a must have, but a good beer none the less

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

Dark yellow, nice white head, carbonation is right on for the style.

Banana and clove aroma and taste, slight metallic taste in the finish that reduced drinkability a tad for me.

Overall a very pleasant brew. Washed down my frozen pizza very well. I got a lot of banana out of it, which was good but a touch overcontrolling to me. I think a fresh one on tap would be darn tasty.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pale gold, almost straw, and cloudy with yeastiness. Thin white head, low retention.

S-Strong citrusy and banana esters. Some clove. A light-feeling aroma.

T-Citrusy and light fruity esters with clove-like flavors. Some yeasty flavor from the "Hefe". No hop flavors. Bitterness appropriately low to imperceptible. Finishes clean, with a mouth-smacking light malt aftertaste.

M-Moderate carbonation; higher carbonation would have been appropriate. Feels alive and light bodied.

D-Seems to me a run-of-the-mill wheat beer. Very drinkable and an enjoyable brew, though I likely won't seek this one out in the future.

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

Pours tall and thick, with a tight bubbled head and translucent straw body. The nose is typically sweet and fruity with notes of yeast, banana, honey, and the obvious clove.

Lively flavor that is a little all over the place, with heavy fruit up front and malt throughout. The texture is a little watery and could use stiffening. Yeast notes are also a player throughout. This is pretty decent for the style and would be refreshing on a summer's day.

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Photo of TMinton22
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy golden colory. White head that dissipates fast. Spotty lacing

Smell: Smells of fruit, sweet smelling

taste: Tastes as it smells. One of the better hefeweisens I've tried

Mouthfeel: Is creamy and nice

Drinkability: Could drink many of these.

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Photo of Baileyuk
4.09/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light Yellow with a slight cloudiness. Some small floaties but nothing felt on the tongue. Lacing and head minimal.

S - Classic Hefeweizen smell. Although mellow but spot on

T - Very mellow tastes highly refreshing. Very pleasant. Classic Hefeweizen taste also. Very true to styler.

M - Smooth, light bodied. Great Carbonation.

D - Very good, not my favorite style but if it was this one would be a top contender.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my newly acquired Pilser Urquell glass.

Appears a hazy golden orange with a big two inch thick white head that sinks down to a skim after a few minutes. Leaves no lace and towards the end of the glass the head has mostly disappeared.

Aromas of banana, apple, pear, a bit of clove, and some wheaty tanginess.

Taste starts with a bit of malt sweetness then banana and clove come out followed by the apple flavor and it finishes slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel is light bodied as it should be with a good crisp carbonation, but it seems to be missing the creamy texture of some of the better Hefes.

I enjoyed this one quite a lot. Not sure how the ratings are so low, it's almost as good as some of the better German Hefeweizens.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average in almost every respect here, this was one boring Hefe. Tastes a lot like apple juice to me but also with same clove and banana smell lingering on the nose. Nothing special about it and drinkable but if it wasn't in the mixed pack I would have never gotten it.

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

Pours a hazy yellow color with a inch head the dissipates quickly leaving behind very little lacing. Nice, wheaty aroma, some banana and clove in there, a little dry and yeasty. Taste is pretty similar to the nose. Slightly sweet up front, some hints of banana and citrus, yesty, dry on the finish. Creamy on the tongue, and overall easy drinking brew. Not bad.

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

I was skeptical when the guy working at Discount Liquor recommended this choice as a hefeweizen; my experience with American hefeweizens has not been great...mostly they've been thin and unflavorful beers with a hint of wheat. But this beer is thick and flavorful, with a ton of spice notes that reminded me of a Franziskaner or Hacker-Pschorr hefe.

Color was a dark amber with a good amount of head. Beer was pretty viscous, especially for a beer that isn't dark and has this low an ABV. Aroma was malty and strongly spiced. Flavor was spiced and good - what I'd expect from a European hefe, but not necessarily from an American one. Mouthfeel was pretty thick and good. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.

I enjoyed this beer and would recommend it.

I bought a 6-pack of this at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

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2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I personally wasn't too enthusiastic about this wheat ale. I've tried several other beers from this brewing company that I felt were somewhat at a better standard. For the most part the fragrance, quality of palate and overall drink ability of this beer is pretty average.
Some may enjoy it more than others, its a inexpensive beer for cheap thrills.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy golden color with a thin head comprised of many fine bubbles. The smell is mainly spicy phenols, slightly sweet, cloves and bananas. The flavor is very reflective of the smell; spicy phenols dominate and the beer finishes very smooth. The mouthfeel is fuller than I had expected and has almost a chewy carbonation. Drinkability of this beer is very high due to a combination of the smoothness, low abv (4.7%, not the 5.96% listed) and generally good flavor. The spiciness may be too much for some, but I think it's just about right.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As this beer seems to fall somewhere between a weissbier and an American wheat ale I decided to rate less to a style and score this beer more towards my enjoyment of it. This beer is a very cloudy straw color with almost 2 fingers of bone white head that dissipated rather rapidly (but that may be the glass' fault). A yeast aroma was initially quite strong and one-dimensional. The aroma then rounded out a bit and I was able to detect some spicy, slightly peppery phenols (a touch of clove) and some pleasant esters (banana and a bit of bubblegum). Beneath all of the aromas that the yeast imparted I was able to find a soft wheat undertone that was quite nice. The taste included the afore mentioned aromas but not in the same intensities. There was an initial soft wheat flavor in this beer that I really enjoyed but it was quickly overtaken by the banana and bubblegum esters. The esters were in turn overtaken by a, at times, harsh phenolic spicyness that I didn't really care for much. The harshness of the phenols seemed to mellow over time, or maybe I simply got used to it, but by the time that I was half way done with the beer the phenols seemed significantly less harsh. Mouthfeel was average, medium-light+ body with a more moderate carbonation than I would have expected given the "style". Despite its flaws drinkability is pretty good. At first I didn't enjoy this beer all that much but by the end I had a more favorable impression. Overall, it was ok, a bit above average but certainly not Flying Dog's best offering.

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Photo of diabecktic
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is a dark golden brown color with a hint of orange. A very thin white head forms and is moderately retained - lacing is minimal. This beer is only minimally cloudy relative to other wheat beers; it's a bit disappointing.

A very sharp citrus odor hits me first. One of the Bros described it best - tart lemon. I detect a lot of spiciness and a very mild hop scent. There only seems to be a very subtle wheat aroma.

The taste matches the nose very well. There's minimal bitterness matched with a very subtle maltiness. Unfortunately, it all seems to be overpowered by the lemon taste. The faint wheat flavor doesn't initially hit hard, but it lingers for a while in the aftertaste.

The beer is pretty thick; it's slightly creamy and somewhat heavy in the mouth. It sets well on the mouth and tongue, but that lemon tartness seems to still be present.

It's a bit thick to throw down. The strong citrus flavor/aroma make it really hard to not sip on. I suppose that it's average at best for what it is.

Compared to other wheat beers that I've had, this beer just seems pretty average. Like many of the other Flying Dog brews that I've had, this beer has that really odd, overpowering citrus character that hits hard and sticks around. There's not enough "wheatiness" both for my liking and for a wheat beer - I'm a bit disappointed.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a good off-gas when the top was popped, and it pours a very clear yellow color with a huge 2" head of pillowy foam. The head was still at least half if its original height over a minute after the pour maintained by a whole bunch of bubbles rising. There is a considerable amount of lace left on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: My first impression was of subtle grassy hops mixed in with some grainy bread-like malts. It has some of the banana esters from the yeast, but they are reserved. It has some sweetness giving it a mild dessert like overall aroma.

Taste: The flavor is very mild compared to the aroma. There is some subtle malt in there along with the hops and fruity flavors, but the malt is the one in charge. As the beer warms up some, the banana comes out more as does a lemony flavor that makes it rather nice to drink. The finish is slightly sweet with only a faint hop presence. There is no alcohol noticeable the entire time.

Opinion: Actually I remember that I didn't really care for this beer right after I got the six-pack, but this lone bottle has been living in the back of my fridge for about a year for me to review. It has actually gotten nicer as it lagered for the last year. You would expect a beer this light to have fallen apart, but meybe they were selling it green. Either way it isn't bad now and I won't be a snob and crinkle my nose at it in the future.

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Photo of Squelch
3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Not cloudy enough. Golden color. White head that dissipates fast. To style except the cloudiness

Smell: Smells of cloves and bananas

taste: Tastes as it smells. Typical hefeweisen

Mouthfeel: Light. Creamy. Nice

Drinkability: Could drink many of these.

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Photo of bonkers
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a cloudy orange with a thick head, fluffy head. On the nose there are strong hints of clove with a hint of banana. The taste is similar to the smell, a bit heavy on cloves and other(not sure what kind) spices. The beer is very light and very drinkable. Overall a decent summer time brew.

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

A different tasting wheat than I've ever had.

The wheat flavor was very unique. The citrus taste was there but not overpowering. Good hops, an almost an unfiltered texture but it went down very smooth. It was crisp and refreshing. I'd try it again.

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Photo of RickSawyer
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant golden hazed amber with a pillowy white head that holds quite well. Smell is full of clove, banana, white bread, lemon, wheaty sour notes... all very nice. Taste is a bit grain-ier than the nose but still very solid hints of banana-esque yeast, lemon, sour wheat, white bread, with a touch of pear in the finish. Mouthfeel is spot on, light, champagne-y, lively, and easy to drink. Solid sessionable american hefe.

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Photo of cnally
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Another Flying Dog beer here--I was impressed (comparatively) with the porter--so here goes.

The beer pours a very pale yellow color. Tangerine-ish. The fizzy head fades easily.

The smells are very wheat-beer-characteristic, yeasty, wheaty, and corn-smelling.

The taste is practically hop-less. Big corn taste. Typical yeasty wheat beer flavor. This resembles a good macro lager, actually. If there were one that actually delivered.

The feel is very watery and light. Substanceless. I just made that word up. Right there.

The funny thing is, with all the shortcomings of this beer...I could easily drink more than two. It's basically like drinking a Bud, if only Bud had flavor and distinctiveness. So, it should be put in a can, and sold mass-market style. sweet.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull cloudy yellow with a thin white head that has terrible hang time and no lace. The nose is lemony and sweet with some subtly spicy yeasty aromas. I'm glad this tastes less lemony than the nose leads on(lemon just isn't my thang). This has nice citrusy sweet flavors as well as banana that seem very natural and not artificial,some nice graininess and peppery spice is appreciated as well. The mouthfeel is soft and helps this be very drinkable with low carbonation and a light to medium body. No gold medalist here,but maybe a bronze,maybe.

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

Pours straw color with two fingers of head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Very little lacing on the glass.

I smell cloves and a little citrus and banana. Smells like a good wheat beer should.

The flavor comes mainly from the yeast that brings a spicy clove taste. Has a bit of a lemony aftertaste. Not a big beer but is nice tasting.

A little watery and the carbonation is a bit harsh.

Overall a nice summer beer. Nothing big or complex. A low ABV (4.7% on my bottle) really helps throwing these down.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dull gold body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Big pop of spiced bananas in the nose with a minor backing of malted wheat.

Taste: Malted wheat with a strong taste of sweetened banana juice. Small pinch of clove. Drop of orange oil. Almost non-existent earthy hops and bitterness. Finishes sweet with a lingering toasted banana flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Bananas a-plenty! Average at best overall.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A.Cloudy unfiltered, dark yellow in color with a nice head that recedes to a layer of sticky lace.

S. Haha, when I sniffed it some of the head went into my nose. Smell the Bavarian Yeast and some malt.

T. Estery banana bubblegum. Some leafy hop bitters to balance the sweetness. Rich, yet fairly straightforward.

M. Medium bordering full bodied. Smooth and creamy, one of its better features. Good amount of carbonation.

D. This is a pretty strong hefe' (6.0%). That being said, its mighty tasting and I will be on the lookout for these.

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Hefeweizen from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 37.2% out of 100 with 1,608 ratings
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