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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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Ratings: 1,609 |  Reviews: 724
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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Photo of whiplash3825
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a very slight cloudiness and a smallish <1-finger head that dissipates to a thin cap. No lacing.

I'm smelling lots of apple vinegar in the nose... definitely more cider-y than a German hefe, but pleasant nonetheless. That yeasty sour-y musk is there also... yum!

Very nice clean taste. Citric, yeast, wheat... all in a light balanced combination. I'm drinking this right after a Franziskaner and am impressed with the familiar German wheat-beer flavors but in a light, fresh, Americanized package. The best domestic interpretation of a German hefe I tried thus far!

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style.

Goes down super-easy on a hot day. I can drink these quicker than I can water!

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Photo of ClashmoreMike
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

A = Pale, fairly clear golden color (just a tiny bit of cloudiness - pretty much unnoticeable). Nice carbonation bubbles, but no head at all.

S = Clove and bananas.

T = Like the smell, with the clove more dominant. Can faintly taste a bit of hops. Taste is fairly subdued.

M = Fairly smooth. Nice carbonation. Very light mouthfeel, to the point of almost feeling a bit watery.

D = A nice, drinkable and refreshing hef to have with food on a hot day.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Golden orange yellow color. Whispy foamy white head. Lots of fast carbonation bubbles. Lacing towards top.
S: Banana, wheat, beery graininess, and some weak bitter hops.
T: Soft beery wheat tastes. Nice fruit and esters, some sweetness.
M: Good, refreshing.
D: Pretty good.

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Photo of johnnyirishman
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Apperance- Cloudy golden yellow color, with a fair amount of sediment, not much head but decent lacing left on the glass.

Smell- Smells of wheat and grains, some faint malt.

Taste,Mouthfeel- A wheaty grainy taste with a slight tingle from the high carbonation in this beer. Just what a wheat beer should be..

Drinkability- Not my style but its a Great version of a Wheat-style beer. If you are a fan of these definately pick this one up.

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

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into thin lacing. The aroma is of tangy wheat, and bubblegum. The taste is of bubblegum with nothing else coming through. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this is a weak beer. I do not think I will drink this again.

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Photo of MOShepp
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium cloudy yellow after I mixed in the yeast from the bottle. Thin head with no visible lacing. Some carbonation visible.

Smells of wheat and lemon, though the aroma is faint.

Tastes of lemon, especially up front then a mineral or metallic taste. Wheat malts outwiegh the faint hops. Not much aftertaste.

The extra yeast they thanfully left in gives it a nice creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation gives quite a bit of tingles on the tongue which suits this beer well.

Very easy to drink, but nothing that stands out from the rest. It is very crisp and refreshing. Would make a nice summer drinker.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

158FX08, whatever that means.
Pours a very cloudy dark straw, medium orange color with a solid half inch of white foamy head. Lots of phenolics in the aroma, plenty of banana and clove, a little sulfur, smells much more like a German version, nice. Really no citrus, just lots of clove, to the point of being spicy. On the palate, a highly carbonated brew delivers lots more clove, a light malt flavor, and a touch of bitterness. It is quite creamy and medium bodied, lots of protein in this one, finishing very dry. Surprised to see this brewed by an American brewery.

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Photo of avalon07
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a somewhat thin consistency. There was not much head (maybe a quarter inch) and it dissipated quickly. Some lacing.

The smell was dominated by light fruit and wheat, but not a much else.

I tasted wheat, lemon, some orange and that bubble gum flavor common to the style. It was bit on the thin side.

The carbonation rate was lacking, but the real problem here was a metallic aftertaste. Not a good mouthfeel.

This was a pretty average beer. The taste wasn't complex enough, so say nothing of its general thinness. Could've been better.

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

Pours a pale golden that is slightly cloudy from the yeast sediment. Smell is of cloves and slightly of grain. Taste is of the signature hefewiesen, bananas and cloves. Nice malty, wheaty taste, a hint of lemon as well. Slight bitterness to balance. Mouthfeel is full, carbonation levels are slightly high. Pretty drinkable, a solid ale I would drink again.

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Photo of halfP1NT
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rated this beer on 2/27/08.

Light brown/orange in color, very cloudy. One-inch thick, bright white head that quickly dissipates into a thin layer.

This beer smells really good... Sweet banana, clove, orange, wheaty. Makes my mouth water.

Taste matches smell, although I was expecting a little more robustness by the strength of the aroma. Citrusy, clove-banana flavors typically associated with Hefeweizens. A little overly sweet.

Medium carbonation, I enjoy the balance of ingredients. Left me feeling like I wanted a little more complexity, but still enjoyable.

This beer is very easy to drink, I could definitely have several.

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

Had several of these when a buddy brought some over and we watched some college bball. Poured a very pale straw golden color with a decent amount of white foamy head resting on top. Smell is strong with clove, and similar wheat scent that is very familiar to a lot of wheat style beers. Taste is very smooth and light with no aftertaste.

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Photo of wschumac
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a hefeweizen glass.

A- Poured orange/yellow cloudy and unfiltered. Little head that dissipated rather quickly.

S - Smell of citrus like hefeweizen.

T - Rather light tasting with no yeast/citrus aftertaste.

M - Little or no carbonation in this brew created watery feel to it.

D - Very easy to drink one of those laid back summer type brews where you are going to have more than one.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The In-Heat Wheat poured a clear yellow color with a two finger foam head that didn't stay long at all. The aroma was a fruity pineapple smell. The taste was a watered down wheat with not many dimensions. In the mouth is was thin. Overall it was an average American wheat.

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Photo of abedenbaugh
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A:Poured a deep straw color with a little bit of hazy from the yeast. Off white head that falls a little thin.
S:A nice malty and estery, or fruity, smell. Also there was a little hint of a spicy smell, too.
T:Smooth flavor from the wheat. The spiciness and fruitness work well together. Each are balanced well. No noticeable hop flavor.
MF:Medium body
D:It is an easy to drink beer. The flavor is very pleasing and would make a good beer to have multiples of.

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Photo of ibashmuck
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a nice cloudy yellow/orange, with minimal head. It was there, just not alot of it. Smelled, well, like I'd expect a good wheat to smell like. Very little of anything else, maybe a hint of citrus. Taste as nice as it smells. Delicious, not overpowering, not subtle, just about right on. Has a "thick" feel to it, again, what I would expect from a good wheat. Ranks right up there with some of my favorites. Very, very well done.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Abe's in Bethlehem. Poured into a pilsner glass for lack of a weizen.

Appearance is very nice, cloudy light golden orange, big fluffy white head that sports some good retention and leaves big rings of lace. Tons of carbonation bubbles swirling up from the bottom.

Smelled more like a witbier than anything else, it had a nice spice character as opposed to the banana and clove that i expected from a 'hefeweizen'. Taste, however, is very bland. Not really a whole lot there, and what made it worse was the watery mouthfeel. The high carbonation just served to make it feel thinner. It wasn't hard to drink, but it wasn't that good, wouldn't buy another and wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kind of a hard beer to rate:

A- Where is the head on this beer? It was non-existent. The color is a nice straw color consistent of what I want in a wheat beer, but the no foam kills the appearance.

S- The smell is really good. A nice citrusy smell to it. It smells like what I expect from a wheat beer.

T- The wheat beer taste really comes through in this beer. I get the banana taste that I like in a wheat beer. Very good taste to the beer.

M- A little bit thick. I has a nice feel and the flavors definitely come through.

D- Can't knock the drinkability of this beer. I am a fan. It is not a filling beer.

This is a solid beer.

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

Looked like an average orange/yellow wheat, with a small white head.

Smell wasn't too strong. Mostly citrus and spicy, maybe cloves. In many ways, it was similar to a mild cigar.

Citrus flavors were first to come out, mainly orange and lemon. Then there was a definite banana taste, followed again by the cloves. The banana was interesting, and worked well.

Crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Nothing amazing, but appropriate.

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Photo of tab021
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy yellow like a normal wheat beer

S: slight clove scent

T: this is where this beer struck me as new and different. The clove taste was very good, stronger than I anticipated from the smell. Great unique taste

M: bubbly, lighter body

D: very good very unique and worth a try.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice cloudy orange/yellow color.

S - Very sweet and grainy.

T - Sweet and smooth. Great wheat flavor.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. Not the best wheat but it is good for a wheat thats widely available.

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Photo of foxmul924
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Bottle into Room-Temp Glass)

Appearance: White Head with a Light-Amber/Golden Body.

Smell: "Summery", Banana's, Spices, and Hay.

Taste: Sweet--Bursts of Banana's Followed by a Noticeable Sour Cherry Finish. Lingering Spice Flavor. Predominantly Malt-Based.

Mouthfeel: Semi-Clean Finish with Little Carbonation.

Drinkability: Solid Hefeweizen and a Good Summer Beer. Not Necessarily a Fan of Hefe's, but I Could See Myself Asking for Another on a Hot Day.

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Photo of DanBob35
4.68/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent German Stlye Wheat beer. If you close your eyes you might think you are in Munich. It has the classic "banana & clove" smell and taste. Excellent appearence, nice lasting head, and great aroma. Put your Lederhosen on and enjoy a cold one. Great job Flying Dog!!

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

Pale straw, great clarity before yeast, pretty good head with powerful retention.

Sweet creamy wheat with banana and a citrus splash.

Crisp taste smooth creamy body. Quaint tartness opposes the creaminess.

Moderate carbonation and medium body.

Nice. Very sweet Hefe/APWA. This brew used to be too sweet for me, but I really like it now. Nice tartness-to-creaminess balance.

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Photo of JDV
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells of spice and clove typical for the style.

Taste is rather bland, easy to drink, and not much wheat flavor.

Some spiced yeast flavor similar to the nose.
Perhaps worth having again for a re-rate, but overall, fairly average, and nothing worth going out of the way for.

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Hefeweizen from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 1,609 ratings
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