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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Photo of mpyle
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Brilliantly clear, golden in the color. Big coarse white head, disperses pretty quickly.

Sweet, almost cidery aroma. A bit of clove. Aroma does not scream hefeweizen.

Cidery flavor, a bit nondescript. No picking up much banana/clove. Dries out and is a bit bitter in the finish. Another beer possibly not at the peak of freshness from the "single bottle" shelf at my local bottle shop. Has the bland flavor and weird bitterness of an oxidized beer, but lacks the drying on the tongue.

MF - highly carbonated, fairly light in body. Carbonation is somewhat distracting - harsh on the tongue.

Not a tasty beer, but say that with the caveat that this might not be brewery fresh.

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Photo of billt
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've tried as many hefewiezens in the U. S. as I can find, they are rare (at least in my area). I make In-Heat Wheat to be very, very, good; authentic, with a good clean spicy ("cloves" overtones could be stronger, then would be perfect) Bavarian taste.

I've had much worse, and only a few better in Germany.

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Photo of JG-90
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer is cloudy and and a slightly bright, deep yellow in color. Pours a moderate sized pure white head with poor retention. Leaves no lacing. Smell is very heavy in banana, there is also wheat and a bit of clove. Also a more earthy note kind of like corn husk maybe, doesn't have the traditional hefe aroma, but I like it.

Taste is similar to the nose, very banana heavy, with good amounts of wheat and breadiness. Again the clove is less than expected, and the musky/earthy smell is present in the taste too. Has a bit of green apple taste in the finish. Has high carbonation, expected for a hefe, and maybe a bit more body than average, which goes with the breadiness.

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Photo of dar482
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a light golden hazy yellow.

The aroma has some banana and spice and yeasty breadiness.

The flavor follows, but without the banana and clove flavor you want. It's subtle and tastes watered down.

It's an extremely light body and is watery.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky yellow color. The head starts off strong, with two fingers of white shading, but fades fairly quick. Only tiny amounts of lacing are left on the glass.

S: This is more forward in banana than clove as far as the aroma goes. There's also an earthy tone I'm not too sure about; it's almost dusty to me. Pretty inconsistent.

T: There's more going on in the flavor. A touch of banana opens the flavor profile up...the finish, however, I'm not a fan of. Seemingly heavy in both earthiness and general wheat, it strikes me as being 'dirty' in flavor. Not just dirty as in muddled flavor (which it does feature), but as in drinking actual soil. Meh.

M: The body is too heavy here. Combined with the finishing astringency (not dryness), this is rendered...not impossible to drink, but not as chuggable as it could be.

O: This was one of the first craft beers I've ever had, and I didn't like it that much. Fast forward 2 years, and I still don't like it that much. So much for evolving palates, huh? One of Flying Dog's lesser brews.

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Photo of Snowman
4.53/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a different type of Hefe. I have not done any real research on the beer but it is crystal clear (filtered) unlike other Hefes and smooth as ice. I like the flavor, banana tones, cloves, more flavor than I would have expected from a filtered Hefe. Picked up a few six packs after the first so I would have them available.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a light, slightly hazed, yellow-gold coloring with a frothy, filmy, bright white head. Aromas of banana and subtle spicing, like a fresh baked banana bread. Cinnamon and nutmeg and clove blend, but remain light. Flavors of banana bread on a biscuity backbone, with lemon zest, clove, and a toasty overlay. Light and effervescent in mouth, with a clean finish that has a slight banana linger.

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Photo of utopiajane
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light straw color with a good amount of citrus and sweet malt on the nose. 2 fingers of foam that did not last, slight lacing. The scent of apples and pineapples. It had a nice hops character and good potential but it finishes like fruit punch. The body is weak and the soda like carbonation was the lion’s share of it. How disappointing.

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Photo of benwood84
4.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer. It has a hint of clove and banana but it's not overpowering.

I do wish it weren't as heavy. It's not really that heavy, but the sweetness would pair better if it were a bit lighter. I love this beer in the summer.

Overall a great beer. I can't drink it all the time, but I'm pretty excited when I find it in a bar.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange. Initially a two finger white head that becomes a small murky layer of tiny bubbles. Lots of tiny bubbles. Slightly darker than typical hefeweizens. Some lacing but it retreats back into the beer

Aroma: Yeasty banana breadiness. Cloves. Some spiciness. What you'd expect but nothing groundbreaking

Taste: Tastes a little tart. Super crisp wheat. Coriander and cloves. Banana and bready yeasts on the back palate that lingers. Again, nothing new here. Does taste truer to form than most American hefeweizens so bonus points there

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Smooth despite the abundance of carbonation. A tad watery. Very quaffable

Overall: One of the better American hefe's I've tried. Very sessionable for any occasion. Especially good for warmer weather. Granted this has nothing on true German hefeweizens but I would get this again

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Photo of Efay
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served into a hefeweizen glass:

A- pale goldenrod color, that is translucent. Half a finger worth of foam, and no lacing.

S- Clove, banana, and wheat. Also has a yeasty smell as well.

T- Earthy pear like taste, that leads to some clove, and wheat. Ends with some banana and almost tastes like pumpkin spice at the end.

M- Light body and high carbonation.

O- A great session beer. Nothing too complex and out of the ordinary, but still decent.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not normally a huge fan of hefeweizens, but with the transition from winter to spring, wanted to try a new one so picked up a six pack of this at a reasonable $7.99/6-pk. Pours a yellow-orange with a slight foamy head that dissipates pretty quickly, not leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Smell is really good - coriander, orange peel, clove. Carbonation is JUST about perfect -- maybe a little too biting, but that is really nitpicking as this a very solid, tasty beer.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy pale-to-golden yellow with one-finger, white, fizzy head that lasted a minute. Not much lacing.

S: Smells like fruit salad made with apple juice. Bananas and pineapple and mango.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Lots of banana up front. Clove is in there too.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O: I was prepared to be let down by the appearance of this beer, but it turned out to be rather tasty. Overall, slightly above average Hefeweizen.

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

Poured into a pint glass, it has a straw colored body with a inch of foamy fizzy head that quickly dissappears. The smell has a banana and bubble gum coming from it. The taste is bananna with a hint of clove in it. The mouth feel is really good, def a easy drinker. Overall a good hefeweizen.

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Photo of Crow153248
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: Bottle

Bought it on a whim, as I've always had pretty good luck with Flying Dog. Pours an even, golden color. Nice head that vanishes pretty quickly. It feels like heavy carbonation, but for some reason I don't mind it. The label warned me to expect banana and clove, and they weren't lying. I'm not normally a banana fan, but this was a pleasant surprise. The smell and taste of both was present. It was very refreshing, and I easily put away a 6-pack pretty quickly with a friend.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this bottle into a fluted glass. I always like the way that the Flying Dog bottles look. The original art is impressive for each new bottle.

On the pour I got a decent amount of foam that went away very quickly. The beer is straw colored.

The nose had quite a bit of belgian horse blanket to it. I enjoy the banana esthers.

The flavor is pretty good. I like the bubblegum in the background. The horse blanket continued in the body.

This is a pretty good example of a hefeweizen. I need to pick up more of this next year.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent yellow color that strikes me as a tad thin for a hefeweizen. It's topped by a mammoth, rocky white head spawned by atypically large carbonation bubbles. You'd be hard-pressed to get me to describe a beer's head as being too big, but this really is pushing it. You almost have to work your way down to the actual beer beneath the foam.

The aroma smells mildly of banana and clove--typical hefeweizen fare, but less elegant than the elites of the style. The flavor matches the aroma. Once you fight your way through the froth and the biting carbonation, you find a pedestrian hefe flavor that is passable, but hardly great. Banana and clove are there, but a bit muted compared to my expectation. Some hop bitterness in the finish is slightly more present than usual as well. The most noteworthy element is a nice apple peel flavor that hides behind the banana. This is an acceptable attempt at the style, but a little too watered down and overcarbonated for my liking.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very pale, golden-yellow color with a moderate haze throughout. Small, wispy head that vanishes quickly, no lacing to speak of. The smell is very crisp and refreshing, full of biscuity wheat and fruity esters. The taste hits with a big dose of carbonation on the tongue, followed by apples and apple skins, a bit of esters, and a solid wheat background. The flavor is very sweet, light, and refreshing. A hint of clove can be detected if you're really searching for it, but it isn't as powerful as in other hefes. Lots of carbonation with an overall thin body leaves a dry finish.

Overall, a decent beer. Crisp, refreshing, and very easy to drink. Nothing to write home about, but worth a try, and definitely session-able.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

283A12, so best by October 9th, 2012

A: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades very quickly

S: Big notes of banana and clove are the focus, along with some light malts

T: Follows the nose, with the banana being the most forward followed closely by the clove. Wheat malts are really the only other thing that stands up to the banana

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and slightly chalky

O: A good American example of a hefe, with the usual banana and clove suspects in the mix. Easy drinking and sessionable. Worth a try

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Photo of scvance
4.58/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a wheat glass.

At first pours a clear golden color with lots of fluffy white foam. Swirling the dregs and emptying them into the glass creates the signature haze of this hefeweizen. Thick white stable head. Aroma of banana and slight clove as is expected, slightly fruity. Taste follows suit with big banana flavor up front that fades to a nice fruity sweetness and a crisp clean finish. Very heavy carbonation that meant I needed to pour VERY slowly. This leads to a very crisp beer that goes down very easy. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy. Light to medium in body that would allow me to drink way too many too easily. An excellent hefeweizen, I will definitely be having this again.

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

A- This beer poured out a nice gold color which was clear, until I shook the yeast from the bottom of the bottle. Make sure to do this because it added all that good yummy yeast a good Heff has (a murky cloud of goodness).

S- It has a nice yeasty quality to the smell with banana, clove, spices. Not supper effervescent.

T- I pick up the same qualities on the taste as the smell with banana, clove, spices. I also pick up some faint lemon in the background.The mouth feel is medium full and it has an average amount of carbonation. The aftertaste is not quit up to a supper god Heff.

O- This beer is a nice refreshing beer that goes perfect on a hot summers day. For the price it is worth trying especially if you want to try a reasonable priced Heff. Give it a try and have a nice night.

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Photo of Rasolante1
4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very cloudy with little head. Dark orange color.

S: Subdued banana, lots of clove and phenol spiciness. The yeast character is amazing. WOW!

T: Same as the nose, very little banana. Very bready, sweet, and phenolic. All of the flavors are harmonious. Amazing Hefe.

M: This beer seemed a little on the thick bodied side which I enjoyed. Would have liked a little more carbonation.

O: This one definitely ranks in my top 5 for hefeweizen. Highly recommended!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at The Clinton Social in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a very hazy pale straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy bright white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat, yeast, citrus, and just a hint of clove.

T: The taste of this beer is very similar to the smell, moderate amounts of wheat with lighter notes of yeast, citrus/lemon zest, and the faintest hint of clove.

M: Slightly more than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Thin and watery.

O: Refreshing and easy to drink, a nice summer brew to enjoy on a warm evening.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy hazy straw yellow color. Very minimal head which is a little disappointing for a wheat beer that has every reason to be able to have great head retention.

The beer also is a little disappointing in the aroma sector. I can detect the slightest bit of banana but any other aroma is covered up by the wheat aroma.

The beer makes a much stronger showing for flavor. It starts off nice and sweet, full of yeast and bread an finishes with a nice refreshing clove like spice.

The mouthfeel is full and creamy, really coats the mouth very well.

Overall this beer is decent. It would be hard to go for over Dry Dock or even Sierra Nevada options but it is still a solid beer.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy gold in color, with a big, fluffy head of white foam.
Aroma-Faint clove and spices
Taste-Clove, bananas,spices. tasty and very refreshing on a warm day. A nice match for lighter summer fare.

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Hefeweizen from Flying Dog Brewery
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