Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Hefeweizen | Flying Dog Brewery

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
80
good
723 Reviews
THE BROS
82
good
Read the review
HefeweizenHefeweizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
723
Ratings:
1,601
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
22.44%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
179
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 723 | Ratings: 1,601
Photo of mdaschaf
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes. Grabbed this at Half Full in Lewes, DE.

A: Poured a slightly hazy light amber color, small one finger head with low retention. Little bits of lace form and dissolves as fast as they appear.

S: A bit heavy on the yeast. Some wheat and a little bit of lights spices and banana.

T: The taste is similar to the aroma, but a little bolder. Some banana and spice, with a heavy dose of bready malt on the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly low carbonation. Relatively crisp.

O: An ok, overall it seemed a little weak in both aroma and flavor. The low carbonation also took away from it.

 620 characters

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle: "We didn't brew this German-style Hefeweizen with its award-winning flavor just so that you could wing a lemon slice in it for showmanship. You're not getting style points from us. Germans don't drink it that way, so save your attention-grabbing tactics for the karaoke stage, ok? OK.

I am going to cop right here and now to how I proceeded with this beer. I opened it and began to pour, only to notice that it was coming out sort of clear. "Krystalwiesse?" I asked myself. Nope. Lots of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle, so I ceased and desisted on what I was doing, agitated the good half-of-a-bottle that remained, then continued the pour. Decent white head, especially given the agitaion in the bottle, above the milky, cloudy lemon yellow that one would expect from the style. Now I'm cookin' with gas. The nose was redolent with the banana/clove esters that simply endear me to this style. 8=p Mouthfeel was tending toward creamy, again possibly due to my agitation. It had a spicy, tangy flavor on the tongue, like black pepper or cloves. The finish was more sweet than spicy, with the banana taste really asserting itself. Do I like hefeweizens? NO. Would I recommend this one to someone who does? Probably, and here's why: LNCBC does not currently bottle their hefe, but 2/5 LNCBC Straw Wheat, 2/5 of any hefe (this one is a good candidate), and 1/5 LNCBC Milk Stout drizzled in on top of the first two makes a Strawberry Banana Split with Chocolate Topping. Sweet? Hell, yeah! Do the women lap it up when I tell them about it? See the last response. Hefes have their place, just not neccesarily in my glass.

 1,645 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After a stern swirl this beer pours with a hazy golden slight orange tint and the head just never develops as I anticipated it with a semi vigorous pour I was expecting a larger head from a hefeweizen. Leaves little or no lacing not much definitely not capable of what a true hefeweizen leaves. The aroma contains no classic fireworks of citrus, clove, or banana just some biscuity bready aroma with a touch of hops and some of that spiced citrus twang the more I smell very mellow aromatics. Flavors make up somewhat with a light citrus, slight banana tone, and cloves are also present in flavor body is a bit thin light in body but some texture actually present a bit suprising. Drinkability not bad at all I could picture myself setting up shop with this one if I ever manage to find it on tap, however not a classic representation lacks in major areas makes up somewhat in taste very drinkable not bad at all. All in all this beer fails in bringing a new exciting twist or even holding up a classic style but it is drinkable and besides the drink you gotta love the name classic just for that reason.

 1,104 characters

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a very cloudy yellow, even when I try my hardest to leave sediment in the bootle. Head is a medium height and creamy. Retention is poor for the style. Aroma is very yeasty with plenty of clove smell and a bit of banana. A mildly sweet wheat is also noted. Taste has a nice combo sweet malt, crisp wheat, and yeasty spiciness. Clove and banana flavors are again noted. The overall level of crispy wheat flavor is less than expected from a hefe. Overall: not a perfect hefe, but still a very good one with plenty of big yeast flavor.

 542 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Market,
Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with a huge frothy rocky white head that persists forever. Aromas of spicy wheat, and clove with hints of light fruit. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Sweet honey like maltiness with a spicy edge to it. Clove with a hint of yeastiness and a touch of light fruit round out the flavor. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice brew, I enjoyed it, but it is missing something that the examples from Germany exude.

 536 characters

Photo of jwc215
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into weizen glass:

Pours semi-clouded yellow with a thin white head that doesn't stay around for the duration.

The smell is fairly strongly of banana with some bubblegum.

The taste is of banana upfront, but it fades as the drink progresses. Some bubblegum. A wheat tang. Finishes with a somewhat salty dryness.

Light, but not too watery. Has a certain crispness to it.

Not a bad American wheat - and rated according to that style. Almost towards a hefe-weisse, but it falls short (outside of the banana in the nose and at the start.) Not bad for a summer refresher, though.

 596 characters

Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with little white head that quickly fades away to nothing. The nose has notes of faint banana and even fainter clove. The flavor opens with some faint straw which quickly gives way to a big fruity, banana character that has a nice, balanced clove undertone. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated with a light crispness on the palate.

This beer is brewed to style and offers a smooth, balanced flavor and nice drinkability. If you like a lighter offering or you like Hefeweizens then you should give it a try.

 562 characters

Photo of smakawhat
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Barely a white head is made that gets a finger tall at the most, settles to a faint thin sudsy collar. Body is a good mix of orange unfiltered and yellow lemon hues. Rising carbonation can barely be seen.

Nose is weak. Faint orange, mild estery sense, a bit of an odd dry grain and very big sense of wetness. Doesn't seem so impressive.

A real thin body on this beer, with an almost seltzery mouthfeel. Very light orange and flattened carbonated soda. Mid palate fills with lots club soda like character. Finishes clean with a good lingering sense of witbier like orange strangely.

Overall, well may not be a fav style of mine, where is the wheat density and malt chewiness? This isn't doing it for me.

 754 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy, straw yellow appearance, slim white head, quick to settle, active carbonation...
Big banana-y nose, citrus in the sidecar...soft and mellow, no clove or spice...
Taste: brief bite up front, snappy, then smooth, a bit pithy, juicy, a mite palpable, then slides down easily. Small tartness. Light to medium bodied. Wimpering, barely-there finish. Gone with nary a trace, but, I expect that's just the way they want it, a mild brew for those looking for something light, but with some amount of taste.
This name they chose might not have been so wise, though. You either expect something exciting, and are disappointed, or that segment they're looking for might be embarassed to say the name aloud.
Outrageously average.

 729 characters

Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caveat alert....not a huge Heffe fan so take with a grain of salt. The beer poured a cloudy yellow with white head that did not lace. The scent had lemon with a touch of clove. The taste had banana, clove and hints of citrus. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was pretty good.

 315 characters

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.

 446 characters

Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer on draft at some shitty tap house. Honestly the best beer they had. I got because I had never reviewed it. Beer served in a frozen shaker pint with a wedge of lemon on the lip of the glass. Once the lemon was removed I began to drink.

Beer is yellow and hazy. Forms a tiny head of nearly nothing, nothing nothing nothing.

Aroma is weak and smells watery and grainy.

Beer is medium bodied and really wet. I guess its pretty drinkable and it quenches a thirst. No real hefeweizen character or even a weaker American wheat. Eh.

 532 characters

Photo of stevoj
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Sampled back when it was called In Heat Wheat...Looks and smells like a hefeweizen, even had some sediment to swirl in the bottom of the bottle. Taste seems a little off to me, some citrusy notes, but not the usual banana/ bubblegum of the German varieities. I’d go German over this any day....

 296 characters

Photo of Gobzilla
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and had a thin head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there was definitely some coriander with spice, wheat grain, sweetness from malts and faint banana notes.

T: the coriander and spice flavor are more apparent on the taste with wheat grain presence but had a touch of banana and pineapple.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, spice, mild fruity, and grainy finish.

D: drank good and was a decnt hef. Once is enough for me.

 560 characters

Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6'er at the local P+C for the weekend.

Golden body, a little cloudy, nice head. Aroma is a little sweet. Tastes like a good, standard hefe. Full-flavors and good finish. Good use of malt and spices. I wouldn't be able to tell this one from an authentic German hefe. Easy to drink and tasty. Pick some up when you want a good local hefe.

 351 characters

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A murky golden/pale body. Some bits afloat.
Puffed up white foam settled to a nice 1/2 finger head.
A floral nose to it, with the lemony and citrus undertones. A bit sweet as well.
Sweetness is not in the taste, or maybe I just goofed. citrus holds well, not acidic, fairly smooth and a bit rich. Crispness toward the finish, very durable. No lemon is needed for this brew. Poured it into a glass, didn't try it straight from the bottle. Probably should have..

 463 characters

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

Part of a variety 12 pack. Pours a cloudy yellow / orange color with about an inch and a half head. The aroma was nice as banana, spice, and wheat were all detectable. The flavor was slightly stronger on the banana tones, and and the wheat took a bit of a back seat with this. Light citrus tones were also noticeable, with a touch of pepper. The overall flavor was slightly tamer than expected.

The mouthfeel was lightly crisp at the start, with a very dry metallic finish. Light / medium in body. Drinkability is slightly above average. Not an overly exciting brew.

 569 characters

Photo of WesWes
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent light golden color with utterly no head to speak of. The aroma is of sweet wheat grains and no hops. It almost has a cidery smell to it. The taste is decent, but far from my favorite. I just seems a little weak to me. I know that it's abv. is average, but something just doesn't taste right here. The body is light, but drinking this seems a bit of a chore. It's not a bad "wheat" beer, but not one that I would buy again. I really think that a wheat beer should remain unfiltered and hazy. It's the traditional serving style. When you filter this style you lose a lot of the original flavor and I think that's what happened here.

 659 characters

Photo of DoubleJ
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Those Flying Dog labels may be love it or hate it, but at least they're brewing a wheat beer in the traditional Bavarian manner. And what I admire is they're calling you out for garnishing your hefeweizen with lemon. But will this beer is good without the extra snap? On to the beer:

Moderately cloudy inside the body of this light blonde beer. There's a little head retention sticking around as the beer goes down. Ah, yes...there's some resemblance of that traditional hefeweizen in the nose. It's chalky, with lemon pastries and some banana.

More Bavarian than American in style. The yeast works to create pleasant flavors of lemon and smaller doeses of banana. The malted wehat flavor starts and stays in cruise control, and acts of the base of it all. The chalky mouthfeel adds to the experience greatly, in a good way of course. Both easy and enjoyable to drink.

Good warm weather beer? Nah, this is good year round beer. All you hefeweizen fans should give In-Heat Wheat a chance.

 991 characters

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Somewhat opaque orange brown with a thin white head, some lacing. Wheat, light wheat beer spicing and slightly sour aroma. Taste is sweet wheat, lemon, light clove and banana with a dry wheat finish and a hint of hops. A satisfactory, but not exciting hefeweizen.

 321 characters

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

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this one.

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little one-finger fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeast, with some banannas, grass, coriander, and caramel. The taste is sweet, yeasty, malty, with some nice spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher.

 364 characters

Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a small head. Smell is of citrus and spices. Taste is good, banana, citrus, spices, blended well together. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and goes down with ease. Overall this is an enjoyable and quality beer.

 276 characters

Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a sampler pack into a pint glass on a hot summer day.

In heat wheat has a bright yellow appearence with some gold trims here and there, becomes cloudier as I pour the dregs. No lace. Smells consist of slight lemon with yeast and some wheat. Tastes like a nice hefe with a citrus base with lemon and orange followed by some yeast finishing off with some light spice. The feel is very thin and light with a good amount of carb. Goes down easy as pie with a low abv making this even more drinkable. With that said this is not my favorite hefe, and it leaves something to be desired, but it's great 4 the summer.

 614 characters

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A.Cloudy unfiltered, dark yellow in color with a nice head that recedes to a layer of sticky lace.

S. Haha, when I sniffed it some of the head went into my nose. Smell the Bavarian Yeast and some malt.

T. Estery banana bubblegum. Some leafy hop bitters to balance the sweetness. Rich, yet fairly straightforward.

M. Medium bordering full bodied. Smooth and creamy, one of its better features. Good amount of carbonation.

D. This is a pretty strong hefe' (6.0%). That being said, its mighty tasting and I will be on the lookout for these.

 541 characters

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

Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head that sticks around for a bit. The beer is a hazy, lightly orange tinted, straw color when poured with the yeast. Quite a bit more aromatic than I was expecting. Fruit forward notes of apple, banana and something akin to apricots greet my aural senses as I pour this into my glass. A touch of tart wheat character, some notes of clove and a dry bread-like grain note round things out.

The beer is fairly dry, but definitely has a perceived sweetness that is from the fruity fermentation character and the wheat itself. Traditional notes of banana and clove are definitely full on in the flavor profile. This beer is quite the easy drinker and I can imagine that the fruit focus of this beer would make it quite popular with the casual craft beer drinker. This beer finishes with a light tartness that seems to accentuate a plum-like note that runs throughout this beer. For my taste, this beer could use a touch more fermentation derived spiciness as well as a touch more character from noble hops. Light and refreshing, with a bit of carbonation for that little extra zip. Quite a decent beer and I am quite happy that this was not another bland American styled wheat beer.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

 1,289 characters

Hefeweizen from Flying Dog Brewery
3.52 out of 5 based on 1,601 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe