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 biegaman
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying God discourages garnishing the beer with a lemon wedge but it desperately needs something to make it look more interesting. The colour is coated in a film nowhere cloudy enough to smudge clarity but noted enough to sully complexion. One look at the surface of the beer, barren and flat like a desert, and my optimism is now entirely vanquished.

I can tell the aroma tries to make amends but it, too, speaks only one word of German: deal breaker. (OK, so two words.) There is a cloyingly sweet element that rattles the nostrils like an artificial syrup. Does this brewery make their beers from extract? Cereal grains are left shamelessly bare where as they should be dressed in banana and yeast spice.

It is obvious that the brewer understands what a great German hefe-weizen should taste like. It is also clear, however, that he hasn't quite yet figured out how to brew one that tastes enough like it. The flavour is good, palatable to be certain, but it doesn't hold a flicker of light, let alone a full candle, to the authentic German offerings.

What the beer is lacking in flavour it is also lacking in mouthfeel. There is minimal fruity component; the banana-like esters often rampant in the style are slim to none. The amount of clove-like spice and zestful phenols are wholly absent. The mouthfeel is flat (especially for what should be a highly carbonated style) and featureless.

Tasting notes really say it all: "little haze, zero head, cheap malt smell, no banana, no spice, no crispness, under-carbonated, no effervescence, no presence of wheat or yeast, not refreshing." Seems harsh but I'm just calling it like I see (and taste and smell) it.

In-Heat Wheat might just as well be called that because to enjoy it, one would have to be suffering under direly hot conditions. The brewery claims to spend 25 days working on the beer, might I suggest they work a little longer on reformulating it? I know Flying Dog makes some really good beers but I would not consider this one of them.

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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

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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 Zorro
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber to orange colored beer with a small white head.

Sweet and spicy scent, lots of clove and banana scent. Sharp and strong Hefeweizen smell, little bit of banana bread cake scent in the malt.

Taste starts out sweet and mildly spicy the expected banana and clove hefeweiss taste is in here. Sharp clove taste builds as you sip this; this is an accurate flavor profile for the beer. Little bit of herbal hop, but this beer is all about the Hefe beer yeast.

Mouthfeel is good and full as should be expected.

Quite drinkable and about like Franziskaner after it travels to the US on a cargo ship. I would have no problem buying this again. The reviews for this one are all over the place; I suspect that this beer is sensitive to age. Sampled on the first day this was delivered to the local shop.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange, with a small white head, fair retention.

S: Nice estery smell, bananas and cloves, pasta.

T: Finally an American wheat that calls itself a hefe and actually tastes like one. Bubblegum esters make up the bulk of the flavour with a nice clovely finish. Simple, but effective.

M: Light and spritzy, creamy, lightly oily in the mouth.

D: Quite a good American wheat, definitely above average for its style. Recommended as a hot summer day beer and a quick refresher.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark gold, almost orange body, not too cloudy, with one-finger head that died somewhat quickly and there were minor lacings. Some spices (coriander maybe) and citric picked up, but only in faint traces. A smooth beer with prevelant spicing, has a light citric taste and some hop crispness packed in there. A good, albeit generic, Pale Wheat Ale, I'd drink this again at some point in the summer. Very cheap, but not something that will set your beer taste buds abuzz.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hzy gold with a 1/2" white head and scattered lacing.
Smell is of crisp wheat, banana, and citrus.
The taste is of the above mentioned aromas with a fine yeastiness.
The mouthfeel is smooth with some banana sweetness that is long lasting.
The drinkability is great. I was very surprised by this, as I've had this in years past and thought it was just ok. I'm not sure if they've cleaned it up or my palate has changed but I enjoyed it much.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an unfiltered cloudy pale yellow color with very minimal head. Smell is of bananas, clove and wheat. Taste is light-bodied and crisp with flavors of lemon, bananas, clove, yeast and wheat. There are many hefeweizen's that are better on the market but there are worse as well. Overall not a bad beer at all, just not the beer I would pick when I am in the mood for a beer of this style.

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

I got this bottle in a trade with JDV. Thanks Deniz!

This pours from 12oz bottle a cloudy yellow-orange with a 2 finger head of foam and it has some lacing. The foam lasted for the entire session, which I liked.

The smell has notes of wheat, yeast, clove, and some citrus.

The taste has a good wheat flavour along with fairly strong clove and banana and a mild citrus bite in the background. Quite refreshing and a good example of the style. It has a light mouthfeel and medium high carbonation and it finishes with some clove and some citrus. Good stuff.

Thanks again, Deniz!

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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 barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy yellow with a white head that settles disappointingly quickly into a thin, but tight layer. Clove esters & wheat tartness in aroma; banana esters are completelly absent, but subtle bubblegum is discernible. The clove notes persist into the flavor and are accompanied by a light residual malt sweetness due to the low hop bitterness and a pleasant tart and lightly grainy wheat flavor. Finishes w/ a quickly fading sweetness and banana esters upfront, but is dry and clean overall.

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

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date recognized. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade!

(A)- Pours a hazy goldenrod color that produces a great white foamy head that dissipated after a minute to bubbles.

(S)- Lots of clove and banana with biscuits.

(T)- A light lemon banana spice with very mild wheat presence; more fruit than anything else, but good.

(M)- A nice silky smooth carbonation and body. Good balance. Not harsh in anyway.

(D)- A solid Hefe that certainly is better than most of Flying Dog's fare. Definitely a good one to try in the category.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy pale yellow color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated to an even skim. Thin lacing washed down the glass.

S: Citrus, wheat malt and banana. Thats about it.

T: Banana and muted clove spice. Crisp and refreshing with a little lingering sweet fruity taste.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Very sessionable wheat. Good for a summer hot summer day.

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

The last of my Flying Dog variety case, a hefeweizen.

A: The weizenbier is a cloudy, sediment-filled golden straw color. Several shades darked than straw may be more appropriate. A finger and a half of head quickly disappeared.

S: The nose has a comforting aroma of banana and cloves, sweet but not cloying. The unique smell of a strong hefeweizen is hard to disagree with. A whiff also reveals a lemony tart wheat aroma.

T: More banana and clove drive the hefeweizen's taste, a fully sweet body that goes down very easily. Each sip reveals more banana and clove, even a hint of bubblegum, that is sweet and chewy. Underneath the yeast, barley and wheat add a bready, mildly tart flavor that contrasts nicely with the sweetness. Looks like I saved the best for last.

M: The weizen's banana and clove, sweet and lush, never let up. A little more tart wheat wouldn't hurt things, but that's a minor complaint.

D: Definitely the best of the variety case. A solid hefeweizen that packs plenty of sweet flavors into a 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is pretty much a beer that is average in every category. Yellow, average degree of haze, 1/4" white head. Aroma dropped a bunch of spice rack and clove. Some banana too.

Taste imparted a tiny amount of lemon on top of the spice rack and yeast effect. Heavy carbonation. For me it was too light on the wheat, and too heavy on the yeast and spice rack notes.

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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 RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very cloudy yellow-ish gold color like an overripe banana with a nice white head and decent carbonation. Fruity banana aroma and flavors dominate with a nice grainy wheat character underneath to finish it off and just the right amount of clove in the finish. Light to medium bodied, smooth, and refreshing.

A nice fruity American example of the Bavarian style and one of FD's better brews...

Per Label: "Hefeweizen"

Per FD website:
Original Gravity: 12.0 Plato
Specific Gravity: 1.048
Alcohol By Volume: 5.1%
GABF- 2003 Silver Medal - German-Style Hefeweizen

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Photo of avalon07
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
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 tigg924
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: medium carbonation, one inch head, bright yellow in color, clear

Smell: wheat and banana

Taste: big time banana, wheat, and a touch of Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet, moderate carbonation and light bodied

Overall: This is an ok hefe. The flavors here are more subtle than overpowering. I could have several of these as this is not a bad beer overall. However, there are several other bolder versions in the style I would gravitate to first.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Don't know why I didn't review this beer

A - Hazy Yellow in color with a great deal of fluffy white head.
S - Not as much banana as expect but a great deal of wheat. Great smelling summer Heffe.
T - Mostly slight lemon and banana predominant with a great wheat backbone. Nice
M - Very light and refreshing as expected from this beer
D - Yeah I would see this again if the price was right. Closest place has a six pack for 10.99 which seems about as good as it gets.

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

Bought a single bottle of this to try it from a local package store in CT.

The appearance is a bright yellow color with a small white head that does stay around for very long. Sell contains some fruit, mostly banana, along with spices, nutmeg being dominant.
In Heat Wheat tastes light, with some sweetness, cloves and wheat. Mouthfeel has a carbonation to it, light overall. This hefe from Flying Dog is pretty good for a U.S. brewer. Personally, I would still take hefe`s from certain German brewers any day of the week.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clouded sunshine yellow, but pale. Lots of bubbles. A tiny little head that recedes to nothingness. Nice tart, fruity smell of bananas, cloves, and some Sour Patch Kids. I likey. The taste is a little less tart, more fruity and clovey. PLus teh added feeling of great carbonation. This seems to be a very underrated beer. I could drink this stuff all day.

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

Cloudy gold with a thin white head off a hard pour. The foam settled into a solid ring with some fine bubbles scattered across the surface. A little lacing, but no stickage. Yeasty, bready aroma, some lemony citrus with light clove spice. Malty flavour, a bit of wheat character, quite low on the citrus and spice that were present in the aroma. Lightish bodied with moderate carbonation, decent texture. Pretty easy going down, no flaws, nothing to complain about - solid. Overall, it's refreshing, but a little on the restrained side.

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Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is paleish with a generous amount of carbonation. Notes of banana and malt pop out of the beer. Banana isn't too noticeable at first. Taste is very good and the banana aroma carries over with some clove thrown in as well. I give this beer high marks for the style and presentation.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy light golden with orange streaking noticeable. Not much of a head to speak of. Lacing is absent. Vanilla and banana esters dominate on the nose. Pretty nice. Syrupy in the mouth. Virtually no carbonation. Sweetness dominates on the tongue. But there is a tartness that lingers on the aftertaste. Definitely some phenolic character present. Not a lot to speak about here. Very, very average. Too many other good weizens to waste your time with this one.

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Hefeweizen from Flying Dog Brewery
3.52 out of 5 based on 1,604 ratings.
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