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 Nibbley
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a bright amber, almost orange with a really light cream colored head that leaves nice amount of rings along the glass.
Now the taste. Nothing really jumps out at me, just a slight citrus and some minor malty sweetness. Its not a bad beer, but not an extraordinary offering from Flying Dog either.

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Photo of Slynger
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden dog urine with a slim head of fine bubbles in white.

Light scents of citrus, pre-ripe bananas, and wheat, with some grassy hops.

The light body is fairly smooth and creamy with a modest amount of fine carbonation that feels quite nice. Flavors of lightly sour lemons and green bananas. Light wheat leaves it pretty creamy, with some light hops that come in earthy-grassy and lightly spicy.

It's not bad. That said, it's not good either. It's a decent attempt at a hefe that adventurous light beer drinkers may turn to for some flavor.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty decent wheat beer. Had this one from their sampler. The appearance has a hazy, golden appearance with a really thick, one inch about, head that laces away eventually. Aromas are somewhat strong but could have been more apparent. Definitely sensed basics like wheat, citrus, grainy, etc. The taste however had a dash of honey mixed with a more general fruit taste supplementing those above smells. The body is basic, not too carbonated but not flat. Just a low-medium body. Like I said, a decent wheat ale.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A-Pretty clear for a wheat its a bit cloudy but oddly transparent for a wheat.

S-Avarage wheat here hints of citrus with grain and oat notes as well as hops

T-Spicy wheat cirus as well as some grain come through in the finish

M-Smooth easy to drink good carbonation level

D-being that its nice and smooth easy to drink wheat one i may grab again if the mood strikes

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Photo of JayQue
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice wheat beer. Hazy straw color, big fizzy white head, some lacing. Smell has all the wheat beer necessities...astringent, lemon, bubble gum, wheat smoothness. Tastes better than it smells. Nice tart wheat beer taste, maybe not as pronounced as the best German wheat beers but this is not some watery substitute either.

Mouthfeel is ok, crisp and tart with high carbonation up front. Drinkability is good as well. This could easily be a summertime favorite.

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

Appearance - Cloudy, what a wheat beer should be. Head is ok but just like any other Flying dog dissipates within seconds.

Smell - Floral. Very citrus smelling as well.

Taste - MMM MMM Good. Very nice wheat beer. Good wheat taste with a nice aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel - Explosion on flowered citrus. If there is even such a thing.

Drinkablity - Very Very easy to drink. If you like wheat beer make sure you try this one. Of course it doesn't rival it's German counterparts but still very good for the money.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, code reads 176FX08. Pours a cloudy golden color. Fair sized white rocky head disappears a bit too quickly for the style.

Aroma is full of clove, some banana, and a bit of other fruit. Maybe a bit floral in the end. Pretty nice, and seems to be on par for the hefeweizen style.

A bit of wheat tartness. A bit too much sweetness. Some nice juicy fruit flavors which turn to banana in the middle. Slight floral bitterness at the end. Good balance.

Thin mouthfeel. This needs a bit more carbonation to pull things through. Not spritzy like the German ones. Other than that, I can't really knock this beer. I remember having this one a while back and not liking it very much, but now seems to fit into the hefeweizen category well. Pretty easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of Kicksmile67
2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a little disappointing for a wheat. The wheat catagory finds in way into my fridge often this time of year and trying new ones always is fun. This wheat however is a bit too hopped for my tastes and covers up the subtle flavors wheat beers contain.

A- Clear, light, golden

S- Very floral, light notes of grain

T- Strong bitter hops, light, crisp, dry

M- Clean and dry

D - Moderate, would pair well with fruit

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

Poured a hazy yellow with a white head that settles disappointingly quickly into a thin, but tight layer. Clove esters & wheat tartness in aroma; banana esters are completelly absent, but subtle bubblegum is discernible. The clove notes persist into the flavor and are accompanied by a light residual malt sweetness due to the low hop bitterness and a pleasant tart and lightly grainy wheat flavor. Finishes w/ a quickly fading sweetness and banana esters upfront, but is dry and clean overall.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.6/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at fridge temperature in a traditional hefeweizen glass. Purchased at Bottle King, Hillsdale for $7.49 a sixer. A spring refresher on this humid May evening.

Batch #220FX08

Appearance- On the pour, this looks *everything* like a traditional German hefe... it's unfiltered and golden, totally cloudy with a nice three finger head. Unbelieveable wheaty on the eyes, with phantom draperies of soft, wispy malt inside. A trophy of a beer, literally glowing like an incandescent lamp. Sporadic patches of lacing.

Smell- For an American version of the style, this is extremely convincing as a German archetype. The bold banana, clove and bubblegum aspects of a hefeweizen leap out of the glass... it'a as appetizing as any good wheat beer I've sampled in recent memory.

Taste- Phenolic and bready, loaded with banana, wheat, and wonderful spicy clove... this dazzles the palate with a complex integration of delicious ingredients. The finish is especially nice where the wheat malt joins a mild, smooth hop bitterness that dries the mouth just perfectly.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Tingly on the intro, this immediately softens without losing interest... it smoothens even more and goes down in a slick, but still light-bodied way. This beer's real forte is the expressive, bold nose along with a remarkable balance on the palate. I have just enjoyed three of these to their fullest, a testament to my "5" rating of drinkability... a home run for Flying Dog.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Golden, orangish color, quite hazy with some yeast sediment. Almost two finger head recedes quickly to a white cap and leaves little lacing. Looks a lot more like a hefe than other American versions.

S - Strong clover aroma at first giving way to soft fruit esters, something between sweet corn and banana. Wheat malt lurks in the background.

T - The same banana and sweet corn from the nose start the taste off. Mid-palate the wheat malt begins to pull through and a growing but mild sourness extends to the finish where a quick metallic/mineral flavor takes hold for a minute and then finishes clean. Quite remarkable. More estery and less dirt-like wheat malt than other American attempts.

M - Not really on part with a hefe at all. Somewhat thin and watery overall, maybe with a touch of body, but also sparsely carbonated. I'd prefer the beer a little thicker, but the lack of high carbonation really helps the depth of flavor pull through.

D - This used to be one of my favorite better session beers, but I hadn't had one in quite a while until just now. It's every bit as good as I remember it. No problem having six or even more of these guys.

Shiner Hefeweizen was my virgin experience with this style, but it was In-Heat Wheat that really got me interested. Even now I feel it surpasses it's American counterparts. While it's not a perfect imitation of it's German brethren, Flying Dog actually puts it's own unique spin on the style rather than spewing out the earthy products such as Sam Adams, Harpoon's, and Magic Hat's versions of hefeweizens. I love this beer.

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Photo of Larrytown
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a classic orangish color typical to the hefe with very little head. Smell is typical of that too with some clove and banana, perhaps a bit stronger aroma than most.

The taste hits quickly; it's much more powerful than I was expecting. It's the classic hefe taste, but slightly amped up. Feels very full and satisfying in the mouth, though there's a bit of an odd aftertaste. Not too distracting, but I'd rather it wasn't there. Could just be an issue with the bottle.

I could definitely spend an afternoon on the patio knocking some of these back. I'm not marking it down as my favorite wheat beer, but it's tasty and something a bit different. I'll definitely pick it up again sometime.

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Photo of becktone
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Done in a horizontal tasting with Widmer Hefeweizen, Pyramid Hefeweizen, Breckenridge Agave Wheat, and New Holland Zoomer.

Eye: Again, as with most of the brews I've been drinking this evening this one is very clear, well for a wheat. Head is tiny, just some thin algae on a pond.

Nose: Clove and banana. Reminds me of banana nut bread fresh from the oven.

Tongue: Compared to the others, this one has much more flavor. Why? because with the exception of Pyramid Hefeweizen(which had only trace amounts of banana) this one has tons of flavor derived from the yeast, the by products during fermentation. The brewer here was definitely not going for something close to an American Pale Wheat, more like a German Hefeweizen in my opinion. Anyway, there is some wheat back there but the focus, I feel, is in the esters from the yeast.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The beer is light bodied, well suited for summer, and finishes semi-dry. Carbonation is pretty low, lower than I expected, maybe a bit more would help. This is a beer I'd come back to when in the mood for a German Hefeweizen. Nothing damning, nothing outstanding.

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Photo of Greggy
2.77/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- 1/2 finger head that recedes to a few bubbles. Slightly cloudy body with a decent amount of suspended sediment.

Smell- Mainly yeasty (banana-esque) malt. A decent wheat nose.

Taste- At first sip, the palette is attacked with cloying carbonation, but gives way to a very obvious banana component, due to the wheat yeast. The banana component, although true to a wheat beer, dominates the beer, but also, there is a grainy, grassiness in the finish which helps balance the banana notes.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation is really aggressive on the palette.

Drinkability- This wouldn't be my first choice of wheat beer, but if offered one, I may have one again.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

A: Pale straw-yellow in color, crystal clear with a careful pour. No discernible head really developed and there was no lacing.

S: An interesting grassy wheat, slightly fruity, with a little bit of yeast.

T&M: Rather light on the tongue with relatively fine carbonation, nothing like soda. The mild malt flavors are very well balanced with the right hop bittering, allowing the wheat to come through just enough to be interesting. Overall it leans toward the dry side but there is still enough malty sweetness to enjoy. The finish finish is just a bit on the watery side but quick & clean, with just a bit of bitter linger.

D: I found this to be most refreshing and easy to drink. I can see me taking these down nice and easy on a hot summer day off the back porch. Nice.

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

Cloudy amber to orange colored beer with a small white head.

Sweet and spicy scent, lots of clove and banana scent. Sharp and strong Hefeweizen smell, little bit of banana bread cake scent in the malt.

Taste starts out sweet and mildly spicy the expected banana and clove hefeweiss taste is in here. Sharp clove taste builds as you sip this; this is an accurate flavor profile for the beer. Little bit of herbal hop, but this beer is all about the Hefe beer yeast.

Mouthfeel is good and full as should be expected.

Quite drinkable and about like Franziskaner after it travels to the US on a cargo ship. I would have no problem buying this again. The reviews for this one are all over the place; I suspect that this beer is sensitive to age. Sampled on the first day this was delivered to the local shop.

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Photo of osi
2.74/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - As I was pouring I noticed there was not going to be much head, I then started to more aggressively pour the brew. Even with the increased pour speed, there was barely even any head. Very minimal lace. Hardly cloudy at all. Looks a lot like a macro pilsner to tell you the truth.

S - The nose is very faint I will pick out what I find though. Watered down, barely yeasty. The banana essence seems fake.

T - Yeast, malts and. Hops on the back end along with a spiciness and very subtle spices. Bready aftertaste. All watered down.

M - Good light to medium body and good carbonation that finishes clean.

D - I usually expect good things from flying dog but this just was not that great.

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

I don't know quite how to review this beer, if only because it's so out there. So let's call it "Good" since there is no category for "interesting." I suspect this is a beer you will either love or hate. I can't imagine anyone being neutral.

It pours a fairly clear golden with little of the haze one expects from a wheat. The head is thin and dissipates quickly.

But then there is that smell.

The aroma screams "Fresh artichokes." Stay with me here. It works. It smells exactly like an exquisitely fresh and perfectly boiled artichoke, just ready to eat with lots of salt and drawn butter.

And that aroma carries right through to the flavor. This is one seriously artichokey beer. And the taste also has a surprising malt punch - not wheat but barley malt. This beer tastes like your favorite homebrew shop smells. And it's got a strong, meaty mouthfeel, far stronger than one would expect in a wheat beer.

So is this beer good? I think so. Maybe you won't. If you're looking for a phenolic, lemony, delicate Belgian-style wheat, flee from this beer on sight. If you want something odd, something tasty, and something completely unlike you've ever tried before, buy a bottle.

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Photo of philbe311
2.84/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a pale golden color with slight carbonation... Maybe an orange hue...

S - Wheat and citrus dominant... Smells like a traditional Hefeweizen...

T - Wheat with a hint of orange...

M - Light bodied, not much texture... Weak

D - Not impressed... Wished it had more complexity and body...

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.65/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque honey-golden with a thick, white, fine-bubbled head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is rich and wheaty with a definite citrus component. Flavor is rich and full, wheaty and malty. This wheat beer is pleasant, refreshing and smooth, and feels thick.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark gold, almost orange body, not too cloudy, with one-finger head that died somewhat quickly and there were minor lacings. Some spices (coriander maybe) and citric picked up, but only in faint traces. A smooth beer with prevelant spicing, has a light citric taste and some hop crispness packed in there. A good, albeit generic, Pale Wheat Ale, I'd drink this again at some point in the summer. Very cheap, but not something that will set your beer taste buds abuzz.

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Photo of shabbtastic
2.53/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a pale straw color into a pilsner glass with a decent two finger head that quickly faded.

S - Smelled kinda grassy, like dried weeds. Hints of spice such as clove. Very underwhelming

T - A real let down here, I'm a huge fan of the style but this doesn't represent it very well. Dull wheat and a bit over spiced, very unbalanced. Tasted kinda like an over carbonated Sprite, too much lemon, almost tasted artificial.

M - Light and bubbly, nothing special.

D - This was a one and done for me. Not a very good representation of the style IMO. Nice to enjoy on a hot day, because it is very light but not much more than that.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The label proclaims this is actually a Hefe Weizen. It pours an murky orange beer with a thin head.

Smell of wheat and light phenolic whiffs. A typical weizen smell, although a bit muted. Some 'green' notes that smell like cooked vegetables. Some light hoppiness, which is a bit off style.

Taste of light bananas and gumballs. A nice wheat taste, grainy. There is a little bitterness in the beer. Aftertaste is dry. Body is quite thin. This is called a Hefe Weizen, but for that the beer misses out on character. A good Weizen has either a bold wheat character or an intense yeast profile. This beer has it all, but it should be stronger.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle just recently copped from Super Saver in Somerville for $1.79...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, straw-colored appearance that strongly resembled a Witbier...
Strong, spiced nose with obvious nuances of citrus, lemons, florals, and wheat...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with a heavy suggestion of ripe fruits, citrus, and lemon nuances, along with a hint of vanilla candied sugar...
Overall, the mouthfeel was slightly better than average, but still not too rich or thick...
Good level of drinkability, with an easily manageable low alcohol percentage and lack of cloying, interfering flavors...
A good stab at the style

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.71/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Who's leg are you humping? Pours a off yellow color with a mostly cloudy appearance. Needed a little help with the pour but provided a bubbly white head. Pour retention and lacing.

The nose is off. Some citrus and a tone of off phenolic aromas. Not much on the malt backing but some wheat and lighter bready notes. Some spicy notes and a bit of banana but limited. Lighter sour notes as well as oxidation. There is just a off yeast note that is not good.

The taste is similar. The wheat comes out more with a nicer balance and a good bite on the end. The hops are limited but finish with a citrus almost orangey finish. Some lighter banana and some Belgian qualities from the yeast. The spices back off, but there are still some off oxidation/cardboard flavors that are offsetting.

The body is light to mid with some depth. Carbonation is light. Overall this is a very limited wheat beer. Some hints of wit, some hints of hefe and some hints of American wheat, and some hints of infection. Hmm.

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