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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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Photo of brewyou2
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. Second to Franziskaner for me.

Beer poured nice leaving a layered appearance in the weissen glass. Smells like banana and lemon and tastes like a silky smooth...hell, I don't know what but it's good. Nice lingering aftertaste reminding me for a while what I've been drinking. Overall, a 6-pack is a couple of bucks cheaper than the Franziskaner so this will be a staple in my cupboard.

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Photo of Cummins9110
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into weizen glass, had to give a good swirl of the bottom portion of the beer to get the yeast into suspension again. Smells of a bannana clove mix but not too strong. Taste of wheat malt and mostly bannana and clove as it should. beer is pretty light and i dont think its in compliance with the 50%< wheat as set by the German Purity Law. i actually plan on harvesting the yeast from this bottle for my own hefeweizen

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

Poured the expected cloudy medium golden color of a Hefeweizen, but did not produce a high head. The about two finger high, white bubbly head dissipated fast, leaving no lacing.
The smell is weak fruit and yeast flavor.
Tasting the beer you will enjoy the banana, clove combination and a distinct yeast flavor throughout the tasting. A nice approach on a Hefeweizen, even so it is a little on the light side.
A nice and easily drinkable beer.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 3" off-white head. Hazy light gold yellow body with very active carbonation. Smell is spice and dried fruits. Tast is milder than the smell but comes across clean and crisp and has a citrus zest aftertaste. This is a good easy drinking beer but not the strongest of Hefe's.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20 oz. Sierra Nevada hop tulip imperial pint glass. No readable freshness date on the bottle.

A- Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a tiny amount of sediment sticking to the glass, 1/8 inch head and a little bit of lacing.

S- Strong wheat smell with orange, lemon and banana-clove notes. Pretty common.

T- Yummy. The banana-clove wheatiness continues to dominate. Mild spiciness accentuates the strong yeast flavor making it a true Heffy. Sweet with a hint of bubble gum and is all very balanced coming out just the way I like it. You expect the wheat to hold out in the aftertaste but it fades somewhat quickly which could be a good or bad thing depending on your taste. Very quaffable given its low alcohol content.

M- Consistency leaves a little to be desired. Nothing wrong per say, just not much activity. Low-medium carbonation leaves a bit of spritz on the tongue.

O- Very good attempt at a hefeweizen. A little on the light side but, hey, the ladies need something to drink too, am I right? Flying Dog continues its trend of making solid beer without being overly impressive.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Pour from bottle into pint glass smells of yeast an almost sourdough like smell. Little to no head which disappears fairly quickly and leaves only minor trace lacing around the glass. Hmmm not a bad American hefeweizen, also my first beer from the Flying Dog brewery which I've seen a lot of but not heard much about from friends into the good stuff. The taste however seems to be all in the front, tastes of yeast and wheat that has a slight burn before finishing rather clean and abruptly. I'd definitely like to try some other styles from Flying Dog as this was good and would be good over the course of an evening with friends or to have a couple over dinner. But nothing to make me seek it out specifically.

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Photo of Fadefury
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a light golden yellowish color. Very cloudy and can be seen swirling, for at least a min after the pour. Poured a great head but did not last long at all

S- Smell of Orange and a bit of wheat. Not much else stands out that I can notice.

T- Citrus with a very slight banana kick.

M- Light beer with a mild amount of carbonation. Certainly something I could drink during the summer months.

Overall, I'd drink this beer again if someone ELSE buys it, but I would not buy again personally. It's not my style of a beer and for the price, it's not worth it.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light golden/orange color. Very cloudy. You can actually see "clouds" in the beer instead of just a uniform haze. About a 3/8 inch head, mainly foamy with good lacing throughout.

S- Orange clove and coriander are prominent. Not a lot else. A little light wheat smell.

T- Orange peel right off the bat. A little bit of coriander and other herbs. Reminds me a little bit of Hoegaarden. Just a tiny bit of bitterness towards the end, then finishes with just a hint of banana I believe.

M- Fairly light and fluffy on the palate. The head retention provides what I am calling fluffy. Good amount of carbonation, not too strong, not woo weak.

Overall, I might go get this again, but if I didn't it wouldn't break my heart either. If it were to be on tap at a restaurant I'd definitely have one.

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Photo of setexascustoms
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into an SA Perfect Pint.

A- A golden color, and not nearly as cloudy (despite swirling the last bit in the bottle) as I expected. Little head or lacing to speak of.

S- I get an odd nutty smell, not bad but I can't get much past it. A slight floral hop note.

T- Fallows the nose, but bready with a slight sweetness. I'm not getting the typical banana and only the slightest clove. Clean, rather dry finish.

M- Good, fuller than I expected with nice fine bubbled carbonation.

O- Not what I was expecting from a big name hefeweizen. Not a bad beer, mind you, and quite refreshing. Not something I'd buy again, but I wouldn't turn it down either. Very middle-of-the-road.

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Photo of syrupjoe
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass

This beer pours a hazy golden apricot color, with a cream colored one finger head.

The nose gives off notes of banana, walnut, cream, and bread.

Taste is very banana-y, creamy, and slightly citrusy. Also somewhat watery.

Mouthfeel is sweet and slightly slippery with low carbonation.

Overall an okay beer, but because of the watered down taste I'm not that impressed. Would drink it again, but would choose plenty of beers over it.

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

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date (though there are some numbers on the bottle - can't really decipher them).

A - classic hef appearance: yellow and cloudy. Initial one finger head dissipates quickly and leaves only tiny bits of lacing behind.

S - lots od sweet banana on the nose.

T - not overly sweet on initial sip; banana and clove, though slightly dilute. Floral in the finish. Not as powerful as the nose suggests.

M - fairly light but with velvety carbonation. Just a hint of yeast and banana long after a sip.

D - very drinkable and approachable.

Overall this is a decent but not exceptional hefeweizen. It's a bit light both in body and flavor. It has the ingredients, but just doesn't put them together with enough ooomph.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a fairly clear golden orange color with a rather small white head.

S: Lots of clove and spice notes along with a ton of cardboard. Some sweet bread and wheat malt notes and a fair amount of banana and bubblegum. A bit of stale orange peel in the background.

T: Sort of bland with some clove and banana flavor. Sweet bread and wheat flavors with a hint of bubblegum on the finish. Citrus peel and yeast are also present.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Tastes okay, but it's not something I would come back to.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger rapidly dissipating white head. Clear light golden color.

S: Mild wheat and lemon.

T: Lots of lemon and citrus. Wheat of course. Crisp with a sweet finish.

M: Refreshing, moderate carbonation and light bodied.

Overall: This is a decent wheat beer. It loads up on the lemon and cirtus while keeping it sweet but not overwhelmingly so.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-Pored clear, not really any cloudiness to it, golden colored with about a 3 finger snow white head that went away completely leaving a little lacing.

S-not the typical clove/spice but there is a little to go along with some bread smell

T-Banana comes out first with a hint of clove at the end that stays through the finish

M- a lot of carbonation

O-good easy drinking wheat

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Photo of jimboween
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

hello: poured it into a pint glass, and i'm sitting on my porch in florida's soupy august... so i am literally "in heat" whilst enjoying this one.

appearance: it rates "cloudy" on my clarity scale. perfectly what i am looking for from a wheatie. color is a terrific goldenrod. its a hefe, not a whit.

smell: kind of like an unripened bananalemon i guess. anything more i add here is just making crap up.

taste: lemonish first, then the banana we met in the smell. not really too much clove, though it is there in the afterparty.

mouthfeel: lightly carbonated and eminently thirst quenching on this thick florida summer day.

overall: i like it! a good example of why whits and hefes are my boys of summer. plus a "litter" (mixed 12-pack) is only $12.99 at your friendly neighborhood supertarget right meow. did he say meow? i think he meant woof. get you one. or a bunch, i'm sure they'll session just nicely.

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Photo of Crossmd
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass, about 40 degrees fahrenheit.

Pours a hazy gold with a light orange core. A frothy, white whipped cream head disappears into a rim of bubbles, no cap.

Smells of clove, banana, and breads. Fairly projected.

The mouth is relatively weak with a sort of cheap wheat flavor turning only into some banana at the start of the drydown. Barely any finish at all. What's there in it is largely yeast. High drinkability though, and with food maybe could see some additional character.

Mouthfeel is thin, and more effervescent than I would like. More than feels like a "Hefe-light."

I think this is my least favorite offering from Flying Dog. Tame and safe, it doesn't really live up to the bold marketing set out for it. It accomplishes what it set out to do in terms of a German style Hefeweizen, but I would love a little bit more cream in the mouthfeel, maybe some additional viscosity. Anything to make it more tenacious. At $1.50USD (12oz bottle), I'm not disappointed, but given the variety of Hefeweizens on the market, I'll keep looking for sure.


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Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours hazy golden with a tall, fluffy, white head. Nose is of yeast, banana, cloves and some wheat malt. Medium body is creamy. Banana and orange fruits, sweet malt are balanced in the mouth by spicy cloves and hints of herbal hops. The finish, sweet in the beginning, becomes spicy and dry. For American hefe it is not a bad brew.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

golden color. very cloudy. thin white head.

smells strongly of banana, medium wheat/bread. low allspice. low bubblegum aroma. no hop aroma. smell is sweet.

strong banana flavor. low clove flavor. tastes very bready throughout. no hop flavor. low hop bitterness. mildly tart, citrusy finish. crisp finish.

soft. very effervescent. medium body, but the yeast definitely contributes to a thicker mouthfeel.

very tasty refreshing wheat ale here. although some simpleton might object to it being "too filling"

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Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 33cl brown glass bottle with a standard pressure cap into a true imperial pint glass in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live. Flying Dog's offerings haven't been horribly appealing lately; I recently purchased the taster pack and this is maybe my fourth.

A: Pours a four finger head of slight cream and nice fluffy thickness. Good retention as well. Colour is a cloudy semitransparent yellow. I'm concerned; all good German hefeweizens I've had have been hazy and nontransparent.

Sm: Musty wheat and light orange peel ester hops. Decent but far from exemplary.

T: A wheat foundation with a light touch of artifical orange peel smack in the middle. Some near watery notes entre in on the climax. Very bland and simple for the style. Built badly. Imbalanced and disappointing.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but far too thick and a bit sharp on the climax. Doesn't suit the style or the beer.

Dr: Low ABV, a high price for the quality, and easy to drink. This isn't one to get your bollocks in a twist over, lads. Leave her be.

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

Purchased as a mix case from Costco - 16oz pint glass

Pours a golden color, slight haze not much head for an agressive pour and no lacing whatsoever. Smells very good in fact, lots of banana in the nose on this one. Taste follows well yet there is a slight corny aroma after it warms. Feels wonderful, full in body.

Overall this is a surprisingly good hefe and I would buy it again.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a light nose, smelling mainly of toasted grains with a hint of citrus. Oranges dominate the latter, mixed in with cloves and spice.

On the tongue, these same aromas translate fairly evenly into taste, the brew being a nice mixture of citrus and grain notes. For the grains, wheat is clearly discernible, with strong wet-grain notes resounding, as well as Grape Nuts cereal-like flavors. For the fruits, the orange-and-spice is dominant, though the oranges are joined by bananas, and the spice begins to carry hints of nutmeg, as well as cloves. Overlaying all of this is a sour tang that I normally associate with Brettanomyces, and which, I suspect, is responsible for the spice aspect. In this sense, this Hefeweizen carries many of the same notes found in Belgian ales. Mouthfeel and carbonation are medium-light.

Overall, this is a good Hefeweizen, and has many unusual tones that I find appealing and intriguing. Worth a try.

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Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard tumbler.

A: Looks like someone put NOS (Energy drink) in my beer. Very bright orange, and completely opaque. Generates a two-finger bright white head. Head fades, and leaves no lacing, but still great looking!

S: Very spicy, citrusy, and wheaty smelling. This is the Hef aroma I love! Almost smells like fresh baked lemon cookies!

T: A very good American Hef. Bold, wheaty, citrusy, spicy, and a slight hop finish. Very nice and refreshing.

M: The mouthfeel is thin, and has a light carbonation, but is not watery. This is a very nice quaffable beer, as most Hefs are. Very refreshing!

O; Overall a very solid attempt at a very hard beer to make. Certainly trumps the Magic Hat Circus Boy, without question, but still may be a little half-assed and gimicky to some Hef-heads. Would recommend!

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with an average size frothy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the carbonation level due to the haziness and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Grains, lemons, coriander, bananas, yeast

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste banana, lemons, and quite a bit of clove/coriander. There is also a bit of a yeast taste and some wheat. The beer finishes with a banana and spice aftertaste.

Overall – This beer definitely has some potential, but the taste is just a little too unbalanced for me. There was just too much spice/coriander going on - and it took away from the other aspects of the beer. It was drinkable but not something that I'd seek out again.

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Photo of Samp01
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a nice white head. Sweet spices, bananna and pears fill the nose. Taste is sweet spiciness with some wheat and grassy notes, some light sour notes. Palate is light to med body, and light carbonation. Finish is sweet spices some light maltiness, bananna and pear, ending is some light bitter wheat and grassy tanginess. Overall a good refreshing summer ale.

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Photo of EnJeiBee
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - It poured a hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger head that disappeared almost instantly, leaving no lacing

S - Wheat, honey, and clove notes (very typical hefeweizen)

T - The biscuity backbone is complimented by spicy clove notes and honey, but all in all, the flavor falls a little flat

M - Light bodied and undercarbonated

O - There isn't really anything very impressive about this brew. It's definitely an easy drinker, but in the grand scheme of things, it's your typical hef

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Hefeweizen from Flying Dog Brewery
3.52 out of 5 based on 1,598 ratings.
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