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In-Heat Wheat - Flying Dog Brewery

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In-Heat WheatIn-Heat Wheat

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1,397 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,397
Reviews: 707
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 23
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
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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 Larrytown


4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a classic orangish color typical to the hefe with very little head. Smell is typical of that too with some clove and banana, perhaps a bit stronger aroma than most.

The taste hits quickly; it's much more powerful than I was expecting. It's the classic hefe taste, but slightly amped up. Feels very full and satisfying in the mouth, though there's a bit of an odd aftertaste. Not too distracting, but I'd rather it wasn't there. Could just be an issue with the bottle.

I could definitely spend an afternoon on the patio knocking some of these back. I'm not marking it down as my favorite wheat beer, but it's tasty and something a bit different. I'll definitely pick it up again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 23:19:02 | More by Larrytown
Photo of becktone


3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Done in a horizontal tasting with Widmer Hefeweizen, Pyramid Hefeweizen, Breckenridge Agave Wheat, and New Holland Zoomer.

Eye: Again, as with most of the brews I've been drinking this evening this one is very clear, well for a wheat. Head is tiny, just some thin algae on a pond.

Nose: Clove and banana. Reminds me of banana nut bread fresh from the oven.

Tongue: Compared to the others, this one has much more flavor. Why? because with the exception of Pyramid Hefeweizen(which had only trace amounts of banana) this one has tons of flavor derived from the yeast, the by products during fermentation. The brewer here was definitely not going for something close to an American Pale Wheat, more like a German Hefeweizen in my opinion. Anyway, there is some wheat back there but the focus, I feel, is in the esters from the yeast.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The beer is light bodied, well suited for summer, and finishes semi-dry. Carbonation is pretty low, lower than I expected, maybe a bit more would help. This is a beer I'd come back to when in the mood for a German Hefeweizen. Nothing damning, nothing outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 02:58:31 | More by becktone
Photo of Greggy


2.73/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- 1/2 finger head that recedes to a few bubbles. Slightly cloudy body with a decent amount of suspended sediment.

Smell- Mainly yeasty (banana-esque) malt. A decent wheat nose.

Taste- At first sip, the palette is attacked with cloying carbonation, but gives way to a very obvious banana component, due to the wheat yeast. The banana component, although true to a wheat beer, dominates the beer, but also, there is a grainy, grassiness in the finish which helps balance the banana notes.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation is really aggressive on the palette.

Drinkability- This wouldn't be my first choice of wheat beer, but if offered one, I may have one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 04:18:36 | More by Greggy
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

A: Pale straw-yellow in color, crystal clear with a careful pour. No discernible head really developed and there was no lacing.

S: An interesting grassy wheat, slightly fruity, with a little bit of yeast.

T&M: Rather light on the tongue with relatively fine carbonation, nothing like soda. The mild malt flavors are very well balanced with the right hop bittering, allowing the wheat to come through just enough to be interesting. Overall it leans toward the dry side but there is still enough malty sweetness to enjoy. The finish finish is just a bit on the watery side but quick & clean, with just a bit of bitter linger.

D: I found this to be most refreshing and easy to drink. I can see me taking these down nice and easy on a hot summer day off the back porch. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 19:01:35 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of Zorro


3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 00:15:13 | More by Zorro
Photo of osi


2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - As I was pouring I noticed there was not going to be much head, I then started to more aggressively pour the brew. Even with the increased pour speed, there was barely even any head. Very minimal lace. Hardly cloudy at all. Looks a lot like a macro pilsner to tell you the truth.

S - The nose is very faint I will pick out what I find though. Watered down, barely yeasty. The banana essence seems fake.

T - Yeast, malts and. Hops on the back end along with a spiciness and very subtle spices. Bready aftertaste. All watered down.

M - Good light to medium body and good carbonation that finishes clean.

D - I usually expect good things from flying dog but this just was not that great.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 22:54:44 | More by osi
Photo of Seanibus


4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know quite how to review this beer, if only because it's so out there. So let's call it "Good" since there is no category for "interesting." I suspect this is a beer you will either love or hate. I can't imagine anyone being neutral.

It pours a fairly clear golden with little of the haze one expects from a wheat. The head is thin and dissipates quickly.

But then there is that smell.

The aroma screams "Fresh artichokes." Stay with me here. It works. It smells exactly like an exquisitely fresh and perfectly boiled artichoke, just ready to eat with lots of salt and drawn butter.

And that aroma carries right through to the flavor. This is one seriously artichokey beer. And the taste also has a surprising malt punch - not wheat but barley malt. This beer tastes like your favorite homebrew shop smells. And it's got a strong, meaty mouthfeel, far stronger than one would expect in a wheat beer.

So is this beer good? I think so. Maybe you won't. If you're looking for a phenolic, lemony, delicate Belgian-style wheat, flee from this beer on sight. If you want something odd, something tasty, and something completely unlike you've ever tried before, buy a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 20:12:54 | More by Seanibus
Photo of philbe311


2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a pale golden color with slight carbonation... Maybe an orange hue...

S - Wheat and citrus dominant... Smells like a traditional Hefeweizen...

T - Wheat with a hint of orange...

M - Light bodied, not much texture... Weak

D - Not impressed... Wished it had more complexity and body...

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 02:20:22 | More by philbe311
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.68/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque honey-golden with a thick, white, fine-bubbled head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is rich and wheaty with a definite citrus component. Flavor is rich and full, wheaty and malty. This wheat beer is pleasant, refreshing and smooth, and feels thick.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2008 00:30:36 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of clayrock81


3.58/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 19:12:52 | More by clayrock81
Photo of shabbtastic

New York

2.53/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a pale straw color into a pilsner glass with a decent two finger head that quickly faded.

S - Smelled kinda grassy, like dried weeds. Hints of spice such as clove. Very underwhelming

T - A real let down here, I'm a huge fan of the style but this doesn't represent it very well. Dull wheat and a bit over spiced, very unbalanced. Tasted kinda like an over carbonated Sprite, too much lemon, almost tasted artificial.

M - Light and bubbly, nothing special.

D - This was a one and done for me. Not a very good representation of the style IMO. Nice to enjoy on a hot day, because it is very light but not much more than that.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 13:56:11 | More by shabbtastic
Photo of Absumaster


3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The label proclaims this is actually a Hefe Weizen. It pours an murky orange beer with a thin head.

Smell of wheat and light phenolic whiffs. A typical weizen smell, although a bit muted. Some 'green' notes that smell like cooked vegetables. Some light hoppiness, which is a bit off style.

Taste of light bananas and gumballs. A nice wheat taste, grainy. There is a little bitterness in the beer. Aftertaste is dry. Body is quite thin. This is called a Hefe Weizen, but for that the beer misses out on character. A good Weizen has either a bold wheat character or an intense yeast profile. This beer has it all, but it should be stronger.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 08:00:23 | More by Absumaster
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle just recently copped from Super Saver in Somerville for $1.79...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, straw-colored appearance that strongly resembled a Witbier...
Strong, spiced nose with obvious nuances of citrus, lemons, florals, and wheat...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with a heavy suggestion of ripe fruits, citrus, and lemon nuances, along with a hint of vanilla candied sugar...
Overall, the mouthfeel was slightly better than average, but still not too rich or thick...
Good level of drinkability, with an easily manageable low alcohol percentage and lack of cloying, interfering flavors...
A good stab at the style

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 02:43:34 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Oxymoron


2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Who's leg are you humping? Pours a off yellow color with a mostly cloudy appearance. Needed a little help with the pour but provided a bubbly white head. Pour retention and lacing.

The nose is off. Some citrus and a tone of off phenolic aromas. Not much on the malt backing but some wheat and lighter bready notes. Some spicy notes and a bit of banana but limited. Lighter sour notes as well as oxidation. There is just a off yeast note that is not good.

The taste is similar. The wheat comes out more with a nicer balance and a good bite on the end. The hops are limited but finish with a citrus almost orangey finish. Some lighter banana and some Belgian qualities from the yeast. The spices back off, but there are still some off oxidation/cardboard flavors that are offsetting.

The body is light to mid with some depth. Carbonation is light. Overall this is a very limited wheat beer. Some hints of wit, some hints of hefe and some hints of American wheat, and some hints of infection. Hmm.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 17:02:20 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of whiplash3825


3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a very slight cloudiness and a smallish <1-finger head that dissipates to a thin cap. No lacing.

I'm smelling lots of apple vinegar in the nose... definitely more cider-y than a German hefe, but pleasant nonetheless. That yeasty sour-y musk is there also... yum!

Very nice clean taste. Citric, yeast, wheat... all in a light balanced combination. I'm drinking this right after a Franziskaner and am impressed with the familiar German wheat-beer flavors but in a light, fresh, Americanized package. The best domestic interpretation of a German hefe I tried thus far!

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style.

Goes down super-easy on a hot day. I can drink these quicker than I can water!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 00:28:48 | More by whiplash3825
Photo of ClashmoreMike

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

A = Pale, fairly clear golden color (just a tiny bit of cloudiness - pretty much unnoticeable). Nice carbonation bubbles, but no head at all.

S = Clove and bananas.

T = Like the smell, with the clove more dominant. Can faintly taste a bit of hops. Taste is fairly subdued.

M = Fairly smooth. Nice carbonation. Very light mouthfeel, to the point of almost feeling a bit watery.

D = A nice, drinkable and refreshing hef to have with food on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 17:33:23 | More by ClashmoreMike
Photo of LeftyBWS


3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Golden orange yellow color. Whispy foamy white head. Lots of fast carbonation bubbles. Lacing towards top.
S: Banana, wheat, beery graininess, and some weak bitter hops.
T: Soft beery wheat tastes. Nice fruit and esters, some sweetness.
M: Good, refreshing.
D: Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 04:54:51 | More by LeftyBWS
Photo of johnnyirishman


3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Apperance- Cloudy golden yellow color, with a fair amount of sediment, not much head but decent lacing left on the glass.

Smell- Smells of wheat and grains, some faint malt.

Taste,Mouthfeel- A wheaty grainy taste with a slight tingle from the high carbonation in this beer. Just what a wheat beer should be..

Drinkability- Not my style but its a Great version of a Wheat-style beer. If you are a fan of these definately pick this one up.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 04:12:03 | More by johnnyirishman
Photo of KarlHungus


2.73/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into thin lacing. The aroma is of tangy wheat, and bubblegum. The taste is of bubblegum with nothing else coming through. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this is a weak beer. I do not think I will drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 19:18:15 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of MOShepp


3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium cloudy yellow after I mixed in the yeast from the bottle. Thin head with no visible lacing. Some carbonation visible.

Smells of wheat and lemon, though the aroma is faint.

Tastes of lemon, especially up front then a mineral or metallic taste. Wheat malts outwiegh the faint hops. Not much aftertaste.

The extra yeast they thanfully left in gives it a nice creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation gives quite a bit of tingles on the tongue which suits this beer well.

Very easy to drink, but nothing that stands out from the rest. It is very crisp and refreshing. Would make a nice summer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 19:07:42 | More by MOShepp
Photo of dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

158FX08, whatever that means.
Pours a very cloudy dark straw, medium orange color with a solid half inch of white foamy head. Lots of phenolics in the aroma, plenty of banana and clove, a little sulfur, smells much more like a German version, nice. Really no citrus, just lots of clove, to the point of being spicy. On the palate, a highly carbonated brew delivers lots more clove, a light malt flavor, and a touch of bitterness. It is quite creamy and medium bodied, lots of protein in this one, finishing very dry. Surprised to see this brewed by an American brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 15:04:54 | More by dreadnatty08
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 15:52:21 | More by avalon07
Photo of tronester


3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden that is slightly cloudy from the yeast sediment. Smell is of cloves and slightly of grain. Taste is of the signature hefewiesen, bananas and cloves. Nice malty, wheaty taste, a hint of lemon as well. Slight bitterness to balance. Mouthfeel is full, carbonation levels are slightly high. Pretty drinkable, a solid ale I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 01:20:56 | More by tronester
Photo of halfP1NT


3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rated this beer on 2/27/08.

Light brown/orange in color, very cloudy. One-inch thick, bright white head that quickly dissipates into a thin layer.

This beer smells really good... Sweet banana, clove, orange, wheaty. Makes my mouth water.

Taste matches smell, although I was expecting a little more robustness by the strength of the aroma. Citrusy, clove-banana flavors typically associated with Hefeweizens. A little overly sweet.

Medium carbonation, I enjoy the balance of ingredients. Left me feeling like I wanted a little more complexity, but still enjoyable.

This beer is very easy to drink, I could definitely have several.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 01:42:52 | More by halfP1NT
Photo of genog


3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had several of these when a buddy brought some over and we watched some college bball. Poured a very pale straw golden color with a decent amount of white foamy head resting on top. Smell is strong with clove, and similar wheat scent that is very familiar to a lot of wheat style beers. Taste is very smooth and light with no aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 19:41:21 | More by genog
In-Heat Wheat from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 1,397 ratings.