Hefeweizen | Flying Dog Brewery

HefeweizenHefeweizen
BA SCORE
37.2%
Liked This Beer
3.51 w/ 1,608 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#39,908
Reviews:
724
Ratings:
1,608
Liked:
598
Avg:
3.51/5
pDev:
15.1%
Alströms:
3.61
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
184
Trade:
0
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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Actually liked this better than what I thought I was gonna,poured a slightly hazy yellow with a big fluffy head,the aroma was of malted wheat and slightly spicey.Taste had a lemony accent to start with and had a lingering crisp malt flavor in the finish and aftertaste.Pretty drinkable and not all that bad of a wheat beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, bananas, light malt, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready sweet and spicy up front with flavors of wheat, banana and citrus that dominate. There's a mild hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a pretty decent lighter beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for a just regular wheat beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
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 nickfl
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden with less than one finger of head and just a bit of haze (uhhh.... this is not looking good).

S - Light malt aroma, wheat (duh), perhaps a bit of yeast spice... pretty clean overall.

T - More wheat flavor and some yeast fruitiness this time; slightly cidery. Some grassy hops in the finish.

M - Pretty dry, medium body. High carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, quite easy to take down a few if you aren't thinking about it... but...

If you are thinking about it, it's a different story. I have to preface this by saying I am extremely critical of american wheat beers. I think the whole idea of the "american wheat beer" category is a half-aborted, ill-advised excuse for the average American craft brewers inability to make a decent Bavarian style wheat beer. I am happy to see that there are more and more American brewers who are making good weisse beer; but not that long ago, many craft brewers just couldn't grasp the style. Their interpretations were so poor that they couldn't really be called Weisse beer; and so, we now have a recognized style that arose from mass failure being placed on a pedestal (of course its supposed to taste that way! I meant to take all of the character out of it!).

Back to the beer at hand. This beer captures a little bit of the clove and banana flavor of the German version, but it is lighter and cleaner. The appearance is the biggest flaw I see; compared to classic Weisse beers it is downright ugly. As an "American Wheat" it is pretty good, but if it were judged as a Weisse beer it would be a bit of a failure.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a huge fan of the style, but I like this one!

Pours golden, murky & suprise, suprise has superior head retention...

Smells of meadow/ wit bandaids & such like I'd a assumed this ale to

Great grassy/spicy taste

Mouthfeel= yum , not yumy

good effort super with Indian or Thai food!!!

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Photo of smcolw
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy, golden color. Very small head considering the style. No lace.

Band-aid aroma in this batch. Stong banana and clove smells. The wheat is the predominant smell but it seems to be slightly off.

Nice, traditional wheat flavors with citrus touches. Very dry with a touch of sourness. Moderately bodied and carbonated.

Overall, this is a weak wheat beer. Other than the aroma, which might be a result of the batch not the recipe, this beer meets the standards expected, but doesn't excite.

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Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dull gold body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Big pop of spiced bananas in the nose with a minor backing of malted wheat.

Taste: Malted wheat with a strong taste of sweetened banana juice. Small pinch of clove. Drop of orange oil. Almost non-existent earthy hops and bitterness. Finishes sweet with a lingering toasted banana flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Bananas a-plenty! Average at best overall.

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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Monsterously hazy medium amber. This sucker is nearly as opaque as a stout. The head is minuscule and is down to a thin film in the time it took me to type the first two sentences. No lace; nada, zippo. The aroma does not portend great things. It's wheaty and grainy, but doesn't impress in the least.

The flavor isn't that bad, but it isn't that good either. It has a slightly sour, grain-like (wheat), mildly bitter taste that doesn't compel me to keep on drinking. Unfortunately, it isn't quite light enough or innocuous enough to be a good, poundable lawnmower beer. Flying Dog hasn' t impressed me in the past and In-Heat Wheat has done nothing to change my mind.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Partly cloudy with a finger of head that holds well. Looks like a typical American wheat beer.

S- Mild spicy wheat aroma, hint of nutty yeast as well ... light aroma.

T&M- Ample crispness off of a moderate body, nice bite from the spicy fermented wheat and hop bitterness. Plain maltiness dulls with a earthy nutty yeast ... uneventful after that. Finishes semi-dry with more wheat malt flavor.

D- Decent drinking on a hot day, but it is just your typical American Wheat.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked me up the Flying Dog sampler box as I had realized I had actually only had one of them. Just woke up from a rare afternoon nap so I figured I would crack open one. Out jumps In Heat Wheat.

Poured a somewhat hazy dull golden amber with no head, not even upon the pour. No lace whatsoever on this either. Nice carbonation bubbles could be seen rippling up from the bottom of the glass though. Overall underimpressed with the appearence. Smell was light and full of grain adn yeast notes. Lots of wheat and not much else was evident tothe nose. The feel was crisp, quick and clean with no aftertaste at all. Decent grainy and wheat taste. A slight back of a grape taste was evident, but otherwise this was just about average. Great drinkabilty only in that it is exceptionally light and lacks any real punch so it goes down qucik and easy in large numbers.

Overall this was rather blah and a bit forgettable. Suitable as a hydrating liquid on a hot summers day but that is about all. Better then a macro for sure, but when it all is boiled down it is just an average run of the mill pale ale,

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Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of womencantsail
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
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 orangesol
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Zaphog
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Figured I'd revisit the Flying Dog catalog, see how they're holding up to my 'buds. Let's begin with the hefe, shall we? It pours an ever-so-lightly hazed pale straw topped by nearly two fingers of white mini-froth. The nose comprises orange peel, clove, pepper, light nutmeg, wheat, and a splash of banana juice. The taste showcases the orange peel (complete with remnants of flesh thereupon) mixed with a light mixture of clove and pepper. Straight up. It's not a traditional hefe flavor per se, but it's certainly not bad. The body is a hefty-ish light, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather smoothly-flowing feel. Overall, a pretty decent hefe, though nothing really close to special or great.

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Beer rating: 37.2% out of 100 with 1,608 ratings
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