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In-Heat Wheat - Flying Dog Brewery

In-Heat Wheat
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Ratings: 1342
Reviews: 706
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 12-22-2001)
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South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a wheat glass.

At first pours a clear golden color with lots of fluffy white foam. Swirling the dregs and emptying them into the glass creates the signature haze of this hefeweizen. Thick white stable head. Aroma of banana and slight clove as is expected, slightly fruity. Taste follows suit with big banana flavor up front that fades to a nice fruity sweetness and a crisp clean finish. Very heavy carbonation that meant I needed to pour VERY slowly. This leads to a very crisp beer that goes down very easy. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy. Light to medium in body that would allow me to drink way too many too easily. An excellent hefeweizen, I will definitely be having this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 21:34:44 | More by scvance
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3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 23:23:07 | More by DrinkMoreBigBeers
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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!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 15:50:30 | More by Rasolante1
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 11:38:28 | More by dbrauneis
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3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy hazy straw yellow color. Very minimal head which is a little disappointing for a wheat beer that has every reason to be able to have great head retention.

The beer also is a little disappointing in the aroma sector. I can detect the slightest bit of banana but any other aroma is covered up by the wheat aroma.

The beer makes a much stronger showing for flavor. It starts off nice and sweet, full of yeast and bread an finishes with a nice refreshing clove like spice.

The mouthfeel is full and creamy, really coats the mouth very well.

Overall this beer is decent. It would be hard to go for over Dry Dock or even Sierra Nevada options but it is still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 01:11:57 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy gold in color, with a big, fluffy head of white foam.
Aroma-Faint clove and spices
Taste-Clove, bananas,spices. tasty and very refreshing on a warm day. A nice match for lighter summer fare.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 16:12:37 | More by hosehead83
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3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Somewhat opaque orange brown with a thin white head, some lacing. Wheat, light wheat beer spicing and slightly sour aroma. Taste is sweet wheat, lemon, light clove and banana with a dry wheat finish and a hint of hops. A satisfactory, but not exciting hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 19:11:22 | More by LiquidAmber
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2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Barely a white head is made that gets a finger tall at the most, settles to a faint thin sudsy collar. Body is a good mix of orange unfiltered and yellow lemon hues. Rising carbonation can barely be seen.

Nose is weak. Faint orange, mild estery sense, a bit of an odd dry grain and very big sense of wetness. Doesn't seem so impressive.

A real thin body on this beer, with an almost seltzery mouthfeel. Very light orange and flattened carbonated soda. Mid palate fills with lots club soda like character. Finishes clean with a good lingering sense of witbier like orange strangely.

Overall, well may not be a fav style of mine, where is the wheat density and malt chewiness? This isn't doing it for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 23:08:51 | More by smakawhat
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3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours a cloudy yellow with a tinge of orange. Thinner than expected head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Thick aroma with banana, clove, bready yeast, nutty, wheat - smells like banana bread. Tastes are similar to the aroma - banana, yeast, clove, spice, nutty wheat. It's full bodied, smooth and creamy. Finishes slightly peppery with a prickly on the tongue. Overall, good example of the style. I was hoping for a thicker head in the pour with better retention, otherwise there wasn't much else to complain about.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 03:33:00 | More by barnzy78
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3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale yellow, a little bit hazy. Pours a thin, pure white head.

Aroma: Fresh floral aromas, citrus, quite typical for a hefe weizen.

Taste: Quite mild, a little bit sweet; perhaps sweeter than a typical hefe weizen. Some floral honey flavours, more so than the citrus which you might expect.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, light to medium bodied.

Overall: A fairly average wheat beer. Not bad by any means, but might not be able to compete with its German counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 22:38:25 | More by Arborescence
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3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review of a wheat beer. I don't normally drink them but this one came in a sampler so here goes....

In Heat Wheat-from Flying Dog Brewery

Beautiful pour. Nice head. Clear. At first glance it looks like a lager.

Then in the nose: soap (the kind you wanna eat), citrus, flowers, linen on the line.
Th first sip goes down as expected, complimenting the aroma. The back-end brings with it a distinctly wheat-beer warmth in keeping with the style.

This beer makes my mouth feel great. Smooth, a little thick, foamy, spicey and thirsty.

This is a great beer to share with a sassy girl on a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 03:45:59 | More by Maximusmaximus
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3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy pale straw body with a bubbly bone white head.

S- Clove, pepper, wheat and citrus.

T- Citrus and bubble gum are the most noticeable tastes, with some banana too.

M- Thin, light bodied, crisp and high carbonation.

O- The wheat does not come through that much, but this is a good light bodied beer with interesting flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 23:30:19 | More by stephenjmoore
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3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, faded orange with a thick white three finger head. Good retention. Resulting lace is thin. I'm noticing a rather alarming amount of granule sized sediment settling into the bottom of the glass, about a pinkie-sized worth and I'm wondering... 'is that normal?'

Smell - Strong notes of tart green apple. Love the smell, though not entirely appropriate for the style.

Taste - Follows the nose. Tart green apple flavors. Subtle notes of banana and clove spice behind this.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with some fairly aggressive carbonation. Crisp, tangy bite. Leaves the lips feeling tingly.

Overall - Loved it, but I'm thinking this is a candidate for a re-review. I don't see anyone else noting the predominant tart green apple flavors I experienced, so I'm thinking this is a contaminated bottle. If it is, I've lucked into a wonderful one.

... And on a 2nd review, nothing has changed. I'm now thinking this beer is supposed to be tart.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 04:05:56 | More by TheSixthRing
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3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one to a two finger almost white head. Body is a pale gold and is not as cloudy as expected. As its supposed to be a hefeweizen, I stopped the pour 3/4 of the way through and agitated what was left. However, no yeast or sediment/suspended matter is noted whatsoever. Head died down to a half finger froth after about two minutes.

Mild grassiness and banana are the first impression. Light, crackery malt and clove comes through as well.

Mild grass and citrus hops up front, complimented by a slight sour apple bite. Wheat and yeast slowly back in, followed by banana and clove.

Medium bodied. Not dry or coating, but slightly tart yet sweet.

This is a very American take on the style, which I think hurts the look and the nose, but the flavor profile is good enough to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 23:09:00 | More by CFHMagnet
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3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Scoring legend (BA / BJCP)

Pale to ligh gold, cloudy. Great billowing frothy white head holds remarkably well. ( 4.5 / 3)

Strong banana, ligh to moderate clove with the balance towards banana. Sligh background hints of bubblegum. No hop. Light sweet malt. ( 3.5 / 9)

Moderately strong banana and clove with the balance again going towards banana. Background notes of sweet malt and slight bubblegum are complimentary. No hop flavor. Moderate hop bitterness. Finishes dry with an aftertaste of lingering banana and soft sweetness. ( 4 / 16)

Medium to a slighthly full body. Creamy, with balancing high carbonation. ( 3 / 3)

felt that the banana and clove balance was weighted too heavily towards banana. Would have been nice to added some complexity with some light hop aroma and or flavor. Body was a little full. Enjoyable. but not quite as refreshing as I like my hefes. (3.5 / 7)

Total (3.73 / 38)

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 00:28:19 | More by Grohnke
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4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, golden, with a touch of orange. Head was 1-1/2 fingers of fluffy off-white, with decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Not as potent as some Bavarian Hefeweizen's I've had, but still full of aromas: Citrus, perppery spice, a little clove, and (maybe) a whiff of banana.

T: Mild malty sweetness, but tartness quickly takes over. Wheat and yeast are definitely in the mix, and the finish is mildly bitter, with a faint phenolic taste.

M: Typical for the style, moist up front with a dry finish; carbonation is decent.

O: Not quite up to Bavarian standards, but overall a good Hefeweizen -- it's certainly better than most American wheats. I'd definitely have one again (and again, at the reasonable price).

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 18:58:09 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a pint. Slight haze, low for the style. Orange-amber with little head. Too many big bubbles. 3.0

Rather robust aroma for a hefe. Firm Noble hop character showcases the nose, supported by lemon and banana. Not a fruity aroma. Crisp and clean, not so much messy yeast. 4.0

Upfront hoppiness, like Saaz or Golding hops. Zest and pith citrus with a pilsner-like pale malt and metallic character. The banana is very mild, but almost buttery. Not a bad tasting craft hefe. 3.5

Smooth, with nice spritz. However, not creamy in body as I aim for. A thinner example. 3.0

I like In-Heat Wheat for what it is, and would probably order it again. An above-average craft hefe. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 00:06:19 | More by thecheapies
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2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What a great name for a beer. I usually don’t like wheat beers, but I have come to affiliate wheat with Blue Moon. While Blue Moon IS a wheat beer, it’s not a good example of what a wheat beer can be. It is good to know that Scott Werner, the “top dog” at Flying Dog, has written a book about wheat beer. Makes me think this beer will be good. When I do like a good wheat, it’s ice cold and in the middle of the summer. But hey, I have been chugging stouts and IPAs all winter long, so let’s try a wheat for a change. If nothing else, I love the label.

In the Glass: It looks like a wheat in the glass. I guess that makes sense. It doesn’t have much head, and a very thin lace. The beer has a very low ABV and promises to be quite drinkable.

Nose: There isn’t much of a nose on this one, but what is there reminds me of orange peel and a loaf of bread. Not freshly baked bread, but the smell you get when you walk through the bakery at Marsh. I mean, after all beer is liquid bread.

Flavor: There is a lot of flavor going on here. There is a ton of flavor on the front and the sides of the palate that provide an overall enjoyment of this beer. I can’t help but compare this to a Blue Moon, and they are not that similar at all. The tasting notes speak of spices and cloves… and I am not getting that at all. There are more fruity flavors popping than anything.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is boring, at first. Then as the beer hits the sides and back of the palate, it starts to even out a little. Then the bubbles kick in and the flavor explodes across the palate. We drank this, like all our beers, right out of the fridge, so I am sure that takes a little bit of the flavor away. But that is how I like a wheat beer… close to freezing.

Aftertaste: There isn’t much aftertaste. What is there I like. It’s a subtle banana flavor that sits on the back of your tongue. The flavors all the way through are not overwhelming, but quite enjoyable. I can see myself going through a case of these if not careful. Especially outside during the warm summer months.

This is a good beer, and the label says it all. “Good people drink good beer.”

In-Heat Wheat - The bottle says: “We didn’t brew this German-style Hefeweizen with its award-winning flavor just so you 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.”

“Good people drink good beer.” Hunter S. Thompson

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 03:33:53 | More by rickyleepotts
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with little white head that quickly fades away to nothing. The nose has notes of faint banana and even fainter clove. The flavor opens with some faint straw which quickly gives way to a big fruity, banana character that has a nice, balanced clove undertone. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated with a light crispness on the palate.

This beer is brewed to style and offers a smooth, balanced flavor and nice drinkability. If you like a lighter offering or you like Hefeweizens then you should give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 00:51:53 | More by tdm168
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3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a nice light straw color with a fat-bubbled white head. Swished the remaining beer around the bottom of the bottle and added to the glass, giving a classic hefeweizen cloudiness. Head didn't last long, disappearing to a thin, patchy atop the beer.

Smell was very banana-like due to the yeast, with some sweet malt notes.

Taste reinforced the banana character. Other fruit flavors were tangerine and watermelon.

The beer felt glass-smooth, slightly sweet yet crisp.

A good enough hefeweizen, but nothing exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 02:14:51 | More by beergoot
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New York

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Cloudy hazy golden brew that looks the part, white very foamy head that leaves nice lace.

Aroma is heavier on the cloves but banana is also there, nice and fresh.

The flavor is vry good. A solid hefeweizen tang and flavor profile. A little on the heavy side but this is an excellent example of the style, one of the better American hefeweizens I have tried. Excellent summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 02:31:57 | More by kenito799
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3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Rogue Dead Guy Ale pint and the brew is a cloudy/hazy straw yellow color brew with dark specks rising and falling in the glass like some mad scientist movie (It's Alive !!). Enormous almost snow white head (plus what hit the counter) makes this a very interesting looking brew. The lacing is clingy, yet at the same time it slides down the glass ... interesting.

Opps, mission control we have a problem. The nose is pretty heavy cloves, missing is the banana(s).

You pick up slightly more banana and wheat on the flavor. but it is rather subdued. I'm more use to the slap you in the face bananas and cloves yeasts on this style.

The mouthfeel is there as well as the overly active carbination, but for me it misses on both the aroma and the flavor.

Not a bad brew, just not one that I could recommend nor purchase again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 14:55:35 | More by RedneckBeerz
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3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no bottle date information. Poured this into Victory snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Faint head of white. Swirls get some more head to grow. Some faint lacing sheets.

S: Banana and mild bready funk actually. I smell that Belgian yeast and those spice notes.

T: I get a nice crisp Belgian yeast bite on the tip of tongue. Lemon and mild clove spice. There is that banana hint that is customary with this style of beer as well.

M: Light to medium.

O: It's a middle of the road Hefe. Nothing to write home about. So-so. Easy drinking spring/summer session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 14:00:22 | More by inlimbo77
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3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden honey brown with fairly good transparency. Head dissipates quickly

S - Strong cloves and bubblegum, banana bread. Lacks some oomph

T - Lots of spicy cloves. Baked banana bread still makes a strong presence though.

M - Fairly drinkable here. Medium low stickiness feel in mouth and finishes clean.

O - Fairly average Hefe that is very drinkable. Would be a great summer beer outside on a patio

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 03:44:57 | More by bjohn84
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3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy orangish hue with a thin, 2-finger, white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving no trail down the glass..

S: Malty yeast aroma with hints of lemon and bananas.

T: Yeasty wheat and fruity flavor with a decent malt background and hints of lemon.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent wheat beer – although I don’t why I keep grabbing wheat beers – they are my least favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 01:17:43 | More by ckollias
In-Heat Wheat from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 1,342 ratings.