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In-Heat Wheat - Flying Dog Brewery

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In-Heat WheatIn-Heat Wheat

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1,460 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,460
Reviews: 710
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 26
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-22-2001)
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Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%

This is a nice wheat beer. Hazy straw color, big fizzy white head, some lacing. Smell has all the wheat beer necessities...astringent, lemon, bubble gum, wheat smoothness. Tastes better than it smells. Nice tart wheat beer taste, maybe not as pronounced as the best German wheat beers but this is not some watery substitute either.

Mouthfeel is ok, crisp and tart with high carbonation up front. Drinkability is good as well. This could easily be a summertime favorite.

JayQue, May 26, 2008
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%

Mild earthy aroma, mostly yeasty and banana. Big froathy off-white head sits atop a hazy golden wheat colored beer. Light doughy flavor, just a pinch of cloves, and even less of a fresh flower/lemony taste all fade quickly into a very clean finish. The taste is mild, but combined there's just enough body to hold the flavor. A quality hefe, yeah it's kind of light, but that just makes it even more drinkable. I'll definitely be coming back to this one.

HappyHourHero, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of irish
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%

Nothing special to look at. In fact, it lacks the cloudiness of a hefe. But it tastes just great: crisp, sharp, light, hoppy enough to make you take notice of it. In fact, it is probably TOO hoppy for its style, but I am grading on what I like, and I like this. Its hard to get a balance of hoppiness in a beer with a lighter body, and I appreciate when it happens.

Good citrus, too, although a bit behind the hops in time and proportion.

Its muggy summer here in Pittsburgh, and I am definitely putting this one high up on my porch-beer list!

irish, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of Brad007
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

Brad007, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of FormatKid
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%

Picked up from my local “Harry Food’s” in Cleveland as part of a mixed 12 pack. Nice little find for something in my little town.

Pours out surprisingly…yellow..and clear; almost reminds me of a macro lager in appearance. Then I remember to give it a swirl and a dump…and I get that trade mark hefe yeasty/cloudiness. Head tries to roll up, but not like other hefe’s I’ve seen, pretty paltry in comparison actually. Retention isn’t there either.

The smell is thick and enjoyable. Over-ripe banana, big heavy yeast, and the characteristic cloviness of a hefe.

As I drink it a dry-wheat flavor plays astringently over the front of my tongue. A heavy, almost doughy, yeasty sweetness takes hold in the middle. This is rounded out at the end by the powerful tones of (brown)bananas with a spicy peppery note. Mouthfeel is medium light and super-slippery, carbonation makes it even a tad lighter on the tongue.

A pleasant experience overall..sweet, light and refreshing.

FormatKid, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of rgrholmes168
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%

Kind of a hard beer to rate:

A- Where is the head on this beer? It was non-existent. The color is a nice straw color consistent of what I want in a wheat beer, but the no foam kills the appearance.

S- The smell is really good. A nice citrusy smell to it. It smells like what I expect from a wheat beer.

T- The wheat beer taste really comes through in this beer. I get the banana taste that I like in a wheat beer. Very good taste to the beer.

M- A little bit thick. I has a nice feel and the flavors definitely come through.

D- Can't knock the drinkability of this beer. I am a fan. It is not a filling beer.

This is a solid beer.

rgrholmes168, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

Got this from a mixed 12-pack from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a minimal head that turns into a ring of bubbles around the glass.

The smell is pretty good - smells fruity with hints of banana. A typical hefeweizen smell.

The taste is typical of a hefe as well. There is some yeast-y taste with fruit highlights, sweet but not too much so. The aftertaste sticks around a bit too long - it kind of tastes like fruit that's just a little past it's prime.

The mouthfeel is good. It's decently thick with a good amount of carbonation.

The drinkability is a little lower than the other rankings because the taste is a little too dense. It's not as refreshing as I'd hope from a Hefe.

Overall this is a pretty good beer, and I'd recommend trying a glass of it, but not a full sixer.

glid02, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of StevieW
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

A local grocery store sells the flying dogs in singles. So I picked up a couple more. Pours the expected cloudy yellow hefe color, with a nice thick fluffy head. Head quickly turned fizzy and left but very nice staying power. Lots of citrus smells, I think I picked up some bananas. Nice tasty, very refreshing hefe, all the qualities needed. Just misses out on being really good by the thinness and lack of doughy yeasty flavor I look for in a hefeweiss. Very good for the summers.

StevieW, Jun 10, 2002
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours a cloudy (with the yeast) medium gold color with a fairly small head for a hefe. Foam falls away pretty quick with very little lacing.

Nose is of honey and cloves with not much banana. A bit of bubblegum is evident, as well as a touch of sulfur that I usually get on a lager. It smells ok, and I am glad this is truer to the German hefeweizen style than an American wheat beer.

Taste is pretty decent, has a fair amount of cloves and bananas with a mild wheat tang. Feels almost creamy in the mouth while staying light and refreshing. Im not sure why this beer scores so low here...sure you can find better hefes out there from Deutschland, but this is pretty good stab at it by an American brewer. I like it.

twiggamortis420, May 10, 2009
Photo of brewyou2
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

brewyou2, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of kinupanda
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours out of the bottle into the pint glass with a negligible head that isn't very dense and that dissipates quickly, with little potential for lacing. A straw-like amber color that is reasonably opaque but still allows more light than is expected from comparable weizens. Obvious citrus and banana scent that is very sweet, with occasional hints of bread. The taste is as sweet as expected from the nose, with fruit notes and some yeastiness in the back of the mouth. Very smooth and refreshing with slightly less-than-average carbonation; however, the above-average spiciness adds a layer of crispness and compensates for this well. A lingering pleasant fruity aftertaste.

FourthBeer potential: HIGH, relative to other weizens that require fruiting to be marginally drinkable.

kinupanda, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of HopGoblin
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured golden and clody with a nice white head. Exceptional aromas of banana cream pie and tangerines. However the taste could not keep up with the nose. The first sips were a bit astringent, but were follwed by hints of citrus with a smooth creamy texture. The a bit thin on the finish. In my opinion the best offering from Flying Dog, with the exception of the almighty Gonzo.

HopGoblin, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

A- This beer poured out a nice gold color which was clear, until I shook the yeast from the bottom of the bottle. Make sure to do this because it added all that good yummy yeast a good Heff has (a murky cloud of goodness).

S- It has a nice yeasty quality to the smell with banana, clove, spices. Not supper effervescent.

T- I pick up the same qualities on the taste as the smell with banana, clove, spices. I also pick up some faint lemon in the background.The mouth feel is medium full and it has an average amount of carbonation. The aftertaste is not quit up to a supper god Heff.

O- This beer is a nice refreshing beer that goes perfect on a hot summers day. For the price it is worth trying especially if you want to try a reasonable priced Heff. Give it a try and have a nice night.

DrinkMoreBigBeers, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of RickSawyer
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours a vibrant golden hazed amber with a pillowy white head that holds quite well. Smell is full of clove, banana, white bread, lemon, wheaty sour notes... all very nice. Taste is a bit grain-ier than the nose but still very solid hints of banana-esque yeast, lemon, sour wheat, white bread, with a touch of pear in the finish. Mouthfeel is spot on, light, champagne-y, lively, and easy to drink. Solid sessionable american hefe.

RickSawyer, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of Kyle987
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

Thick, creamy golden tan color, with a large head that disipates quickly and then completely disappears. No lacing.

Smells strongly of citrus and yeast. Pretty nice.

Taste is of citrus, and a bit of banana, and it leaves a smooth, somehow metallic finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is alright, typical excited tingles of a Hefe.

Aside from the lackluster appearance, a surprisingly good little wheat beer.

Kyle987, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of luecke23
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

I quite liked this beer! It had a great aroma and it tasted great! Though for a wheat the color to me was not quite what I thought it should be. Drank it on my front porch with friends, it was a great summer beer. This is beer #12 of my 2 new beers a week!

luecke23, May 27, 2009
Photo of Wildman
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

This beer poured out a nice light golden color. Formed a light head that didn't hold and left no lace. A bit cloudy. Had a aroma of citrus and bananna. The finish was pretty good for this style. I am not a big follower of this style, but it was a nice change of pace on a warm summer day.

Wildman, Jun 15, 2002
Photo of BeefyMee
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

A: Slightly hazy light amber color. Disappointing head.

S: Banana and huge cloves. Predictable but nice.

T: Still predictable hefe flavors similar to the smell but a lot of them. This is one flavorful beer. Nothing to set it apart too much, just good and solid. The yeasty bananaclove aspect is spot on. I wish they would have added another dimension to push it over the edge, but I can respect the traditional approach.

M: Awesome. Feels a lot cloudier than it looks. I don't know if that makes sense.

A good American hefeweizen.

BeefyMee, May 09, 2011
Photo of rpgman456
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

rpgman456, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

A - pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a 1/4 inch of foam that quickly disappeared

S - wheaty yeasty aroma with a bit of orange and lemon hints

T - nice citrus taste, corriander and a peppery finish

M/D - light bodied, flavorful and easy to drink. Its a great summer beer.

mikereaser, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of armock
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

A - Poured a hazy light orange with a thin white head thats pretty much gone after a minute or two

S - Mostly spices and some bananas

T - Wheaty with spice and some banana taste

M - Theres quite a bit a of carbonation in this brew

D - I think this is a pretty good beer I could drink this one all night

armock, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

What a label – really stands out when you peruse it. Good brew, too. Hazy, with a nice sediment ending – although somewhat week in the head and laces. Fruity, malty with clove aroma. Solid banana base in the quaff. Full bodied and rich. A strong performer from an American brewery. Would pair well with the summer heat.

Vancer, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of confer
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

A- Pours a very standard but beautiful cloudy yellow with a small head.

S- The smell is fantastic. The banana/clove aroma is heavy.

T- I wish the beer tasted as good as it smelled. It didn't taste bad but it didn't match its smell.

M- Creamy and smooth.

D- Excellent summer beer, they slide down.

confer, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of RocketWidget
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours a pale, very cloudy golden color. Head could be more prominent. Smell is sweet and citrus-like. Taste is good, malty and zesty, a sweet beer with subtle hops at best, and a definite fruity flavor. Quite refreshing on a hot summer day. A fun beer to try.

RocketWidget, Sep 11, 2004
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a SA pint glass.

A: Pours a murky, golden yellow. Swirled beer in bottom of the bottle just to collect and lingering wheat and yeast. White, foamy head dissipates quickly, but laces all the way down.

S: Smell is a Hefe banana with crisp spice and alcohol notes. No bitter hops in the nose, but sweet malts are present. Quite pleasant.

T: Washes down a very refreshing blend of citrus, sweet malt and some very slight bitter, herby hops.

M: Mouthfeel is thin, crisp and refreshing, just what you'd want and expect from a good American Pale Wheat.

D: You'd have to either be in the mood, or be hanging outside on a hot day to down a bunch of these. Otherwise, the nice flavor and refreshing body would be welcome any time.

A solid addition to the Flying Dog pack. This American take on the Hefe is a nice mix between German brewing and American innovation. Would get again and recommend.

Gambrinus1184, Sep 09, 2007
In-Heat Wheat from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 1,460 ratings.