Hefeweizen | Flying Dog Brewery

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 Stonebreaker
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice cloudy, orangish amber. For a wheat beer the head was whack, and the lacing was nonexistent.

Smell: Is this the wet cardboard oxidation I've heard about, it smells funky... almost cheesy aroma.

Taste: Not as good as I remember from the tasting, first a light citrus zest, with heavy carbonation, cloves and a touch of the hops on the back end. Artificial taste of some sort. Like the other Flying Dog stuff Iv'e had it's relatively unimpressive, with the exception of the Double Dog, though that seemed like an Arrogant Bastard knock-off at the time and I was beyond reviewing competence.

Mouthfeel: A little overcarbed, fizzy.

Drinkability: Weak, sorry guys I just don't dig it.

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

Pours darker hazy gold than most of this style. Sediment is visible. Light tan head that goes so quickly there's not even a ring left.
Smells of citrus, clove, with some light banana.
Pretty basic American type "hefe". Banana, clove, touch of citrus, yeasty.
Would grab this if my other options were limited, or I needed a widely available beer as a fallback.

Nothing to write home about.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a wheat glass. I poured it a little strong, lost a little in my excitement. Looks very inviting. Yellow to medium orange haziness, with a thick, creamy head.

Aroma is rich with clove, lemon, and tangy wheat scent.

First impression is mainly clove, with some banana, and some lemon tartness. I get a little bubble gum, which is very nice. Tangy wheat. A little apricot, or peach flavor too. All in all very pleasant taste, if not a bit restrained for a hefe.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not too much so. A nice crisp finish.

Overall, a good solid summer beer, would love to kick back and do some grilling, enjoy a few of these, after doing some yard work.

edit: reviewed this beer as a hefeweizen, realized after review that it's classified as an american pale wheat ale.

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Photo of keeperchaos
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dig this brew, specifically for the clove on the nose and the citrus, clove and banana that perks my senses.

Poured out of the bottle into a pint glass (tried to get much sediment possible!)

A-Great cloud cover happening
S-Powerful clove, more soft than spicy, with light banana to follow
T-Lemon zest covered in clove rounded with banana
M-Very airy, tiny bubble, very light
D-Easy. (of course with a taste for the aforementioned flavors!) Good for a hot day.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- It poured with a 2 finger, puffy, off-white head that dropped a bit too quickly, but became a decent lace that left some good sticky spots. The body was a hazy, golden-organge with a little bit of sediment.

S- There was some nice banana and clove with a little bubble gum/bandaid aroma and a hint of citrus.

T- There was more banana and clove in the flavor that could use a little more "pow." It was a little subdued in the classic flavors where the citrus played a little too big of a role late.

M- It had some tingle from the carbonation and was a little grainy (good), yet a bit too thin for the style.

D- Good, but not great for a hefe.

Overall- It's actually one of the better American representations for the style. It just can't beat out the German counterparts.

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Photo of glid02
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a mixed 12-pack from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a minimal head that turns into a ring of bubbles around the glass.

The smell is pretty good - smells fruity with hints of banana. A typical hefeweizen smell.

The taste is typical of a hefe as well. There is some yeast-y taste with fruit highlights, sweet but not too much so. The aftertaste sticks around a bit too long - it kind of tastes like fruit that's just a little past it's prime.

The mouthfeel is good. It's decently thick with a good amount of carbonation.

The drinkability is a little lower than the other rankings because the taste is a little too dense. It's not as refreshing as I'd hope from a Hefe.

Overall this is a pretty good beer, and I'd recommend trying a glass of it, but not a full sixer.

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Photo of daryk77
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Looks pretty much like a wheat beer should, dark yellow, a little hazy, I remember it being a little hazier then this in the past though

S- def. banana, slight bubble gum, fruity and estery

T- Taste is good, pretty clean with minimal hops, pretty sweet on the tongue. Has a slight after taste that lingers a bit.

M- decent mouth feel, a bit thin but easy to swish and swirl about.

D- very easy to put down a few, I would recommend for an easy summer day

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Photo of nrbw23
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a nice white head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Smells just like your typical Hefe. Clove, banana, lemon, yeasty and some spice.

T- Follows the nose. A good bit of citrus and then finishes with some spice. Nice and bready.

M- Light in body, good amount of carbonation and crisp.

D- Easy to drink on a hot day but still not something I'd go out and hunt down.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, unfiltered dark orange-yellow body... minimal effervescence.... generous head gives way to thin, white eighth-inch head, chalk-like without tracings... carbonation is fizzy in an active, respectful manner... balanced in mouthfeel from start to finish, with multiple glasses an easy proposition...quite a mix of citrus and clove: the yeast is balanced nicely with malts... overall, a solid hefe: the results (a heat-curtailing drink with some complexity for thought) speaks as clearly as any criticism I could write... I seem to be a minority on the Flying Dog leash...is the artwork causing adverse reactions from the internet beer crowd, or am I way off on them?

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Photo of SeanRedd
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I could beat my meat while knockin down In Heat, and the finish would be sweet, from its weak ass head to its tasty feet of malted wheat. Lil bit light, so too many could make me piss my sheet, but fuller than I expected so with the dog again I will meet. A bit untypical, so indeed a treat, almost 6% ABV so the brew keeps me in my seat. To an unexperienced craft enthusiast, this beer makes a perfect greet, to the experienced drinker...milk from the tasty teet.

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Photo of JRed
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know what to expect as I poured my first Flying Dog brew into my glass. I was too busy inspecting the unique artwork on the label that I didn't even notice the great color and head of the beer until a minute later. The beer has a great golden color that looks very refreshing on a hot summer day. The sweet orange smell was inviting and enticing. At first sip I knew this a well-done brew. A sweet taste that isn't too overpowering, it is more like a subtle notes of fruit behind a lightly carbonated soda. The taste is not as thick or creamy as other wheat beers I have tried but that isn't a negative aspect if you are looking for a light summer beer. A very mild aftertaste follows each gulp leaving you to keep taking sips so you don't forget what it tastes like. This beer doesn't show too much skin; it rather leave you "in-heat" leaving some to the imagination.

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Photo of berserker256
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice thick cloudy yellowish gold color. Rich foamy head. Scents of bananas and oranges and some cloves. Good wheat beer taste. Tastes like a wheat should. Yeasty kind of banana flavor with no bitterness and a sweet type of aftertaste. Feels rich and thick yet easy to drink. Also, my bottle says 4.7% ALC/VOL. Not 5.96%. Was the recipe changed or something or is somebody wrong here?

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Photo of chileman13
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-cloudy yellow gold with 1" white head.
a-This beer has a spicy top note with citrus,banana,and a wheat afternote.
t- The taste is spicy with wheat cloves and citrus
m- This is a light smooth fresh beer.
d- this is a good hefe. I like it. very drinkable, good beer for a hot day. Not all hefes are this clean and crisp.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, bananas, light malt, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready sweet and spicy up front with flavors of wheat, banana and citrus that dominate. There's a mild hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a pretty decent lighter beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for a just regular wheat beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yelow/ orange-ish color with a big white head. In the aroma, Banana and cloves. In the taste, dry banana, clove, and an array of spices. A small bite, mainly smooth, and a light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry to clean banana and spice aftertaste. A really nice wheat, less focused of the citrus, and dryer than standard.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange, with a small white head, fair retention.

S: Nice estery smell, bananas and cloves, pasta.

T: Finally an American wheat that calls itself a hefe and actually tastes like one. Bubblegum esters make up the bulk of the flavour with a nice clovely finish. Simple, but effective.

M: Light and spritzy, creamy, lightly oily in the mouth.

D: Quite a good American wheat, definitely above average for its style. Recommended as a hot summer day beer and a quick refresher.

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Photo of beeragent
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer pours a medium hazy straw, forming a 1 inch white head, leaving light spots of lace on the glass.

S - Lemon and wheat malt aroma dominate the nose. Light and simple.

T - Nice fruity lemon flavor, along with a medium wheat malt thickness. Simple but full in flavor.

M - Light and clean. Very smooth finish with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - Very full flavor and good alcohol level. A highly sessionable wheat ale. I thought this would be another flavorless wheat ale, but this really had a nice full flavor to it. Highly recommended.

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

Has a relatively creamy head that hangs around for a while; pour it with a huge head and it will release a complicated aroma of lemon, banana, clove and straw. Color is dense yellow with plenty of carbonation, and the taste is very sparkly with the expected fruit, as above. Lots of spice, too; not so bitter. Feels a bit slippery in the mouth and leaves behind a nice tang. A decent wheat beer that's worth repeating.

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Photo of Onenote81
1.76/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a conical pint. Poured a very murky golden color with a very large head that dissappeared as quick as it poured. Left a nice small sheet on the surface though.

Smells sour with some definite yeast and maybe a hint of pineapple. Smelled clean.

Tasted very tart and citrusy. Could definitely taste the yeast and wheat on this one. I don't know; there was no freshness date on this one. It tasted like it had gone bad. I may have to try this again and re-review, but this one was awful.

Overall, not a style I'm all that crazy about, but especially this one. I'll give it another shot, but my expectations have sunk to a low.

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Photo of Kyle987
3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick, creamy golden tan color, with a large head that disipates quickly and then completely disappears. No lacing.

Smells strongly of citrus and yeast. Pretty nice.

Taste is of citrus, and a bit of banana, and it leaves a smooth, somehow metallic finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is alright, typical excited tingles of a Hefe.

Aside from the lackluster appearance, a surprisingly good little wheat beer.

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

12oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Poors a cloudy golden orange tinted yellow. Small quickly receiding white head. Smells like bannana maby a hint of lemon and spice and of course plenty of wheat malt. I could make out the fruity/spiceyness right away and then a nice malt sweetness with some bitterness to the finish. Had a faily light refreshing feel to it and was drinkable. Overall decent summer wheat beer.

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Photo of Nizinski
2.36/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Pours a dark yellow color, very cloudy. Made a decent sized head but quickly was gone, not leaving much behind at all. The smell of this brew is spicy, and some fruits. I wanna say lemon or other bitter smelling fruits. Taste is quite like it smells very spicy and citrus, I didnt taste much hops in this one at all. Very carboniated.

Overall it was cool to try but I could not see myself drinking more then 1 of these at a time. I will say it tastes very very diffrent then the other beers I have been trying lately. From all the reviews from Flying Dog pretty good I expected a bit more from this one.

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great wheat. Has a slight citrus and spicy scent.

Cloudy golden color.

The flavor and feel when it first hits your mouth is smooth wheat feel and taste that heavily intensifies to a spicy and citrusy crisp flavor that stays in your mouth well after. Overall: good flavor and nice mixture of different flavors.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle adorned with wacky Steadman art, poured into a weizen glass yields a hazy orange-gold body capped with a finger of off-white milky foam that reduces quickly to a sheet, leaving minimal lacing.

Smell is tangy with citrus notes and a solid earthy wheat presence; some spices tickle the nose.

Taste is led by a nice citrusy tang; a zippy lemon-lime and a touch of bitter orange ride atop a mellow wheat backbone that starts small, but grows breadier, huskier and more substantial as the drink warms a little.

The light body is augmented by crisp flavors with light carbonation that contribute to making this beer refreshing and superbly drinkable.

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

A - Pours a cloudy dark yellow. Moderate, quick dropping head.

S - Wheaty sort of aroma. Spicy, light banana, earthy tones.

T - Fairly buttery, with a sweetish backbone. Wheaty twang is there, and some very mild hop bitterness. A little lemon comes through as well.

M - Lightish with a moderate carbonation.

D - Certainly very drinkable, but doesn't have a whole lot of flavour.

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Hefeweizen from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 1,608 ratings
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