Hefeweizen | Flying Dog Brewery

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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

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 mcraw88
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pour originally produced a golden rod color that was a little cloudy with the first 2/3 of the bottle. After swirling and pouring the remaining beer a small white 1/2" head was produced and the beer gained a nice cloudiness throughout the beer.

Smell - Smells of a herb garden placed in the middle of a wheat field. Nice cloves, and wheat, but not any banana which kind of disappointed me.

Taste - Wheat Wheat Wheat Wheat. Intense wheat flavor up front, but a nice little honey flavor and again the cloves show up towards the end. A little alcohol after taste, not to much.

Mouthfeel - Can almost feel the wheat on your tongue, very nice. Nice light bodied

Drinkability - Could have quite a few of these. Not the best example of a hefe I've ever tasted, a little to heavy compared to others, but a great thirst quencher in the summer.

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Photo of wschumac
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a hefeweizen glass.

A- Poured orange/yellow cloudy and unfiltered. Little head that dissipated rather quickly.

S - Smell of citrus like hefeweizen.

T - Rather light tasting with no yeast/citrus aftertaste.

M - Little or no carbonation in this brew created watery feel to it.

D - Very easy to drink one of those laid back summer type brews where you are going to have more than one.

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Photo of Brencr
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For a wheat beer, this beer offers a heavier flavor than most others in it's class. This not to say that it is a bad thing, but I don't think it quite fits into the Wheat beer class due to it's bite. Setting aside the classification, I do enjoy it. While a little on the heavy taste side it is still smooth enough to be a good summer beer.

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Photo of TMinton22
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy golden colory. White head that dissipates fast. Spotty lacing

Smell: Smells of fruit, sweet smelling

taste: Tastes as it smells. One of the better hefeweisens I've tried

Mouthfeel: Is creamy and nice

Drinkability: Could drink many of these.

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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 monkeytoe
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-oz brown bottle with 137A06 ink-jet printed on it

Hazy pale yellow with hints of orange. Slightly off-white half a finger quickly dissipating head, leaving a foamy ring and light lace on top.

Some banana, malt and light cloves in the nose.

Banana, malt and light cloves in the taste--no surprise. All very light with a slight tart edge. Some green apple, a hint of vanilla and metal minerality is all lurking around the corner of the main Hefe flavors. Finishes clean.

Watery, fizzy with a hint of oily slickness. Very refreshing.

Pleasant and refreshing, but I rarely want more than one Hefe in a row, but that is a personal preference.

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Photo of Skeeter206
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A~ Poured from bottle into glass, about 3/4ths a finger of head, some lacing when swirled. Dark orange color, slightly dark for a hefeweizen.

S~ Banana, some bready malts and yeast. Banana definitely takes over the smell. Some citrus undertones also in the nose.

T~ Tastes like bananas on the first sip, some yeast and breaded malts in there as well. Aftertaste is mostly citrus(orange and a little lemon) with a barely noticeable hop presence in the finish. Its a pretty good tasting hefe, the bite in the finish could be from hops or just the citrus taste that comes with drinking this beer. Definitely an enjoyable taste if you like the style. The taste has a large banana taste to it, so keep that in mind with purchasing this beer.

M~ Pretty full mouthfeel, doesn't feel as watered down as many US brewed hefeweizens.

Overall this is a pretty good beer, I love wheat beers and although this isn't my favorite it is still an enjoyable beer, and will most likely come back to it. The banana definitely overpowers most of the flavor so if you aren't huge on bananas don't go near this beer.

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Photo of timbeer
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In-Heat Wheat is a pretty good hefe. Not the best in the world but a good, solid representative of the class.

It has a rich cloudy appearance. The smell is inviting and anticipates the wheat beer taste, which is what you'd expect from a hefe, if perhaps a bit weak, though the beer has a full-bodied texture. There is less carbonation than in other hefes, which to me is a good thing.

I would not say this is an excellent beer, but given the moderate price it is surely an excellent choice when you are looking for something easy and refreshing.

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Photo of slackerlack
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Yellowish golden
S - Fruity...of sorts
T - Orange with some lemon, sweet, mildly fruity
D - Goes down very smooth, not too sweet or heavy that you will get full off of it.

This is an interesting hefeweizen. I expected a little less orange flavor and more grain. If you like and orange slice in your beer, this is for you. No need to add more. I cannot pin point that smell. The yeast that was in the bottle made me smile, it also added a yeasty fruity taste.

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

A: Golden orange haze with a finger-width head with a thin lace.

S: A pleasing, spicy kind of aroma with some fruitiness.

T&M: A fizzy citrus taste at first with a bite from the clove spices at the end.

D: Nice brew to have out on the porch for a BBQ. Very drinkable.

Notes: A good beer from the good folks at Flying Dog. A refreshing beer to have in my rotation in the warmer months.

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

Appearance- Light yellow and very cloudy. Thin head retention. Great art work on the bottle, which is standard with every Flying Dog beer.

Smell- Light banana, clove, and yeast. Nice.

Taste and Mouthfeel- Fruit flavors, hint of banana and a little citrus. Some clove and yeast flavors. Some hops as well. Light after taste.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. I have had the last one of six in the refrigerator for a while and I finally had a nice enough day to drink it with the windows down.

Good American hefeweizen. Not the best one out there, but it is good for a change. I prefer In-Heat Wheat in a draft serving rather than the bottle, but the bottle is not bad at all.

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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 cdoublev
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a frothy head that stays, sadly, a little to short for my tastes. Smells of banana and citrus (mostly lemon) are immediately apparent. Taste is smoothe and crisp, with the citrus staying on the tongue. The banana disappears (disappointing, but forgivable). I enjoyed this beer immensely and would recommend it to anyone wanting to try a new wheat ale.

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Photo of moves2205
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

You will not find greatness here try a Franziskaner or Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier for the full flavored goodness of a true Hefeweizen! Just isnt a hefe to many random flavors.

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Photo of HopHeadHurls
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Surprisingly, this beer was not nearly as hazy as most hefes I've had. There were about 1.5 fingers of head when I made the pour (as seen in the picture above), but the beer had almost no head retention (makes sense from the low hop levels of this beer). Literally, in less than a minute all of the head you see in the picture was GONE. The beer is a nice straw colored gold and you can see tons of carbonation bubbles rising. A sign of good things to come!

S - The wheat and yeast in the beer comes through more than most hefes do, but by far the aroma is dominated by bananas and some kind of spice. My guess is probably either a.) cloves or b.) coriander. Either way it smells pretty good, albeit somewhat predictable. I am starting to think this will be a solid, but not totally spectacular, hefe.

T - Bananas up front and throughout the experience here; the yeast comes through somewhat slightly and you definitely get a nice clove taste. You can taste a subtle sweetness in the background, a honey-ish flavor I think. It's a nice touch at the end of the drink. There isn't too much about this beer that sticks out (in a good or a bad way); not too complex, which can definitely be a plus (and with wheat beers it often is). Overall a solid taste, confirming my suspicions from the smell.

M - The beer is definitely heavier on the mouthfeel than it looks. Not seeing a hazy appearance lulled me into thinking this would be super light. So-so carbonation, not quite what I expected after seeing so much carbonation after the initial pour, but a respectable amount that adds a nice element. Again, nothing stands out as being incredibly different about this beer.

O - It's a solid hefe that I would definitely drink again, and a good summer beer if you're laying out in the sun. Nothing stands out too much other than the cloves, but try it out and see what you think.

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

This beer pours a fairly nice cloudy golden hue with a quickly fading head. Smell is consistent with typical hefeweizens of banana, citrus, and cloves. Mouthfeel is light and slightly carbonated making this brew easy to drink. Taste is almost a cross between a hefeweizen and an american light lager with bitter undertones hardly noticable.

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Photo of keeperchaos
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dig this brew, specifically for the clove on the nose and the citrus, clove and banana that perks my senses.

Poured out of the bottle into a pint glass (tried to get much sediment possible!)

A-Great cloud cover happening
S-Powerful clove, more soft than spicy, with light banana to follow
T-Lemon zest covered in clove rounded with banana
M-Very airy, tiny bubble, very light
D-Easy. (of course with a taste for the aforementioned flavors!) Good for a hot day.

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Photo of Sizeable_Paladin
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: light gold to bronze color slightly murky but deceptive to the naked eye

Smell: as indicated I could smell some banana and some light citrus in the aroma

Taste: Had a slight malty flavor and light bitterness from the hops, I had a hint of banana and citrus when it hit the back of my throat as well. I only had a light bitter aftertaste however it was very light and doesnt bother me for a hefe

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was actually surprising I had little after taste and was easy for me to drink down compared to other hefes I have had. It was smooth and light.

Overall: Conclusion I find that this is a perfect summertime Hefe to drink when you want a light alcohol content with smooth wheat based hefe and will guarantee not to make you feel like you have a sour mouth or bad after taste like most all day drinking brews have. I recommend however if you drink this brew for a all day summertime type day pair it with some cheese like feta and some unsalted crackers to keep the flavor fresh in your mouth

*Recommended Brew for Summertime

**note: I am not a professional beer taster, the opinions in this review are mine and mine alone.

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Photo of himmelhuber
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, nearly no retention AND beeing from germany, 12oz is just not the right size for a Hefeweizen!
Smell: nice refreshing, hint of gloves
Taste: Good, refeshing bit on the sweet side, nice representation of the style, but not more. Dry finish
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is just right.
Drinkability: I could easily have some more of thous.

One of the better American Hefeweizen I had so far, does come close to an average german one. I would deffinitely recommend it if you like Weizenbier.

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Photo of joelshults
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy and light gold. When I poured it into the glass, I could see the haze swirling around in the glass. Decent white head that disspated very quickly.

Smell - Spicy and floral with a hint of sweet citrus. A little bit of a yeasty aroma.

Taste - The taste is a lot like the smell. Sweet in the front with a spicy clove taste. Finishes a little tart. A very nice spice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Seems undercarbed, but it has decent body.

Drinkability - Good. I don't have a lot of experience with hefeweizens, but I like this one. It is a nice combination of some of the fruity, spicy characters of a Belgian beer but feels much lighter, like something you could have on a summer day.

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Photo of rpgman456
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in the American Micro Brews specialty 10-pack at the local market. Was purchased warm, and date on box implied that this variety pack was sitting around for some time.

Anyway; beer pours a golden colour similar to an adjunct, but with much more body and head. The flow of heavy carbonation is normal with craft brews, but this beer has a special look to it. Head is a thick, off-white in colour, and lingers around much longer than I would've expected. Immediately after pour, aroma of fruit, vegetables, and fine Mexican cuisine permeates the air. A very good example of a Hefe Weizen with an extra aromatic kick to it. Taste is bitter, but with a good volume of flavors, and a splendid mouthfeel. Goes very well with a warm meal. Overall I really enjoyed this beer, as it is a style that I'm not very familiar with.

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Photo of msproles
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time trying this one. Have had other Flying Dog brews that I enjoyed.

Appearance is average, what I have become used to for a wheat beer. Hazy straw color.

The smell was good, smelled like a wheat beer. Smelled the yeast smell, but could not pick up any fruity scents as I have in other beers of this type.

The taste was pretty good, has a good wheat taste, with other flavors present that come out at the end of the swallow that are hard to describe.

This beer felt good good in the mouth, not too thick. Easy to drink, almost too easy. Felt good on a hot day.

I have other wheats I like better, but would be okay with a 6 pack of this during the summer.

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Photo of RealityGrill
2.15/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Weissbier glass.

A: This was next to a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier in an identical glass, and there was no comparison to be made. In-Heat had no head to be seen and was several shades lighter, and much less cloudy.

S: Reminiscent of American Adjunct Lager.

T: I gave this beer away to my girlfriend.

M: Solid carbonation, and pretty watery.

D: I could chug these if I wanted to get slammed...it took up almost no space in my stomach.

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Photo of mkostuch
2.1/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

First introduced to this type of beer when I was stationed in Germany 20 years ago and loved it because it was so different from anything I've ever had. Now that there are a lot of craft breweries it has lost some of it's appeal.

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Color is a nice cloudy amber like you would expect from a beer of this type. Nice white head about an inch thick.

Smelled a bit skunky to me. There was no indicator of how old it was but the store I bought it from does a good business so I doubt it was too old.

Tasted like a typical Hefeweizen but it had a tartness to it that I didn't especially like.

I may try another one to make sure I didn't get a bad one but if that one is skunky and tangy, it will be my last.

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Photo of kershner23
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice hazy orange yellow. Very little white head on top.

Smells very light. Bits of banana and citrus. Sweet bread and a little spice. All quite subdued compared to some of the more bold hefes.

Taste flows right from the aroma. Banana, light citrus. Bread and spice, nothing really overwhelming. Pretty well balanced. Enjoyable, for sure.

Feels like any other hefe. Medium body and a little creamy. Finishes nice, not much aftertaste to dissuade or entice you. Overall, nothing overwhelming and amazing, but nothing to complain about. It is a great beer, but only an average hefeweizen.

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