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In-Heat Wheat - Flying Dog Brewery

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In-Heat WheatIn-Heat Wheat

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1,448 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,448
Reviews: 710
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 25
Gots: 78 | 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 KeefD


3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a hazy yellow color with a inch head the dissipates quickly leaving behind very little lacing. Nice, wheaty aroma, some banana and clove in there, a little dry and yeasty. Taste is pretty similar to the nose. Slightly sweet up front, some hints of banana and citrus, yesty, dry on the finish. Creamy on the tongue, and overall easy drinking brew. Not bad.

10-01-2008 16:48:21 | More by KeefD
Photo of BeerBelcher


4/5  rDev +14%

I was skeptical when the guy working at Discount Liquor recommended this choice as a hefeweizen; my experience with American hefeweizens has not been great...mostly they've been thin and unflavorful beers with a hint of wheat. But this beer is thick and flavorful, with a ton of spice notes that reminded me of a Franziskaner or Hacker-Pschorr hefe.

Color was a dark amber with a good amount of head. Beer was pretty viscous, especially for a beer that isn't dark and has this low an ABV. Aroma was malty and strongly spiced. Flavor was spiced and good - what I'd expect from a European hefe, but not necessarily from an American one. Mouthfeel was pretty thick and good. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.

I enjoyed this beer and would recommend it.

I bought a 6-pack of this at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

09-28-2008 20:28:32 | More by BeerBelcher


2.78/5  rDev -20.8%

I personally wasn't too enthusiastic about this wheat ale. I've tried several other beers from this brewing company that I felt were somewhat at a better standard. For the most part the fragrance, quality of palate and overall drink ability of this beer is pretty average.
Some may enjoy it more than others, its a inexpensive beer for cheap thrills.

09-23-2008 04:48:18 | More by BEERANDNOW
Photo of gmfessen


3.78/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy golden color with a thin head comprised of many fine bubbles. The smell is mainly spicy phenols, slightly sweet, cloves and bananas. The flavor is very reflective of the smell; spicy phenols dominate and the beer finishes very smooth. The mouthfeel is fuller than I had expected and has almost a chewy carbonation. Drinkability of this beer is very high due to a combination of the smoothness, low abv (4.7%, not the 5.96% listed) and generally good flavor. The spiciness may be too much for some, but I think it's just about right.

09-20-2008 20:25:36 | More by gmfessen
Photo of mnj21655


3.38/5  rDev -3.7%

As this beer seems to fall somewhere between a weissbier and an American wheat ale I decided to rate less to a style and score this beer more towards my enjoyment of it. This beer is a very cloudy straw color with almost 2 fingers of bone white head that dissipated rather rapidly (but that may be the glass' fault). A yeast aroma was initially quite strong and one-dimensional. The aroma then rounded out a bit and I was able to detect some spicy, slightly peppery phenols (a touch of clove) and some pleasant esters (banana and a bit of bubblegum). Beneath all of the aromas that the yeast imparted I was able to find a soft wheat undertone that was quite nice. The taste included the afore mentioned aromas but not in the same intensities. There was an initial soft wheat flavor in this beer that I really enjoyed but it was quickly overtaken by the banana and bubblegum esters. The esters were in turn overtaken by a, at times, harsh phenolic spicyness that I didn't really care for much. The harshness of the phenols seemed to mellow over time, or maybe I simply got used to it, but by the time that I was half way done with the beer the phenols seemed significantly less harsh. Mouthfeel was average, medium-light+ body with a more moderate carbonation than I would have expected given the "style". Despite its flaws drinkability is pretty good. At first I didn't enjoy this beer all that much but by the end I had a more favorable impression. Overall, it was ok, a bit above average but certainly not Flying Dog's best offering.

09-13-2008 20:24:53 | More by mnj21655
Photo of diabecktic


3.05/5  rDev -13.1%

The beer is a dark golden brown color with a hint of orange. A very thin white head forms and is moderately retained - lacing is minimal. This beer is only minimally cloudy relative to other wheat beers; it's a bit disappointing.

A very sharp citrus odor hits me first. One of the Bros described it best - tart lemon. I detect a lot of spiciness and a very mild hop scent. There only seems to be a very subtle wheat aroma.

The taste matches the nose very well. There's minimal bitterness matched with a very subtle maltiness. Unfortunately, it all seems to be overpowered by the lemon taste. The faint wheat flavor doesn't initially hit hard, but it lingers for a while in the aftertaste.

The beer is pretty thick; it's slightly creamy and somewhat heavy in the mouth. It sets well on the mouth and tongue, but that lemon tartness seems to still be present.

It's a bit thick to throw down. The strong citrus flavor/aroma make it really hard to not sip on. I suppose that it's average at best for what it is.

Compared to other wheat beers that I've had, this beer just seems pretty average. Like many of the other Flying Dog brews that I've had, this beer has that really odd, overpowering citrus character that hits hard and sticks around. There's not enough "wheatiness" both for my liking and for a wheat beer - I'm a bit disappointed.

09-09-2008 05:29:58 | More by diabecktic
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.03/5  rDev +14.8%

Appearance: It has a good off-gas when the top was popped, and it pours a very clear yellow color with a huge 2" head of pillowy foam. The head was still at least half if its original height over a minute after the pour maintained by a whole bunch of bubbles rising. There is a considerable amount of lace left on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: My first impression was of subtle grassy hops mixed in with some grainy bread-like malts. It has some of the banana esters from the yeast, but they are reserved. It has some sweetness giving it a mild dessert like overall aroma.

Taste: The flavor is very mild compared to the aroma. There is some subtle malt in there along with the hops and fruity flavors, but the malt is the one in charge. As the beer warms up some, the banana comes out more as does a lemony flavor that makes it rather nice to drink. The finish is slightly sweet with only a faint hop presence. There is no alcohol noticeable the entire time.

Opinion: Actually I remember that I didn't really care for this beer right after I got the six-pack, but this lone bottle has been living in the back of my fridge for about a year for me to review. It has actually gotten nicer as it lagered for the last year. You would expect a beer this light to have fallen apart, but meybe they were selling it green. Either way it isn't bad now and I won't be a snob and crinkle my nose at it in the future.

09-08-2008 00:19:53 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.08/5  rDev -12.3%

Appearance: Not cloudy enough. Golden color. White head that dissipates fast. To style except the cloudiness

Smell: Smells of cloves and bananas

taste: Tastes as it smells. Typical hefeweisen

Mouthfeel: Light. Creamy. Nice

Drinkability: Could drink many of these.

09-05-2008 02:26:09 | More by Squelch
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a cloudy orange with a thick head, fluffy head. On the nose there are strong hints of clove with a hint of banana. The taste is similar to the smell, a bit heavy on cloves and other(not sure what kind) spices. The beer is very light and very drinkable. Overall a decent summer time brew.

09-03-2008 23:30:02 | More by bonkers
Photo of nrpellegrini


3.65/5  rDev +4%

A different tasting wheat than I've ever had.

The wheat flavor was very unique. The citrus taste was there but not overpowering. Good hops, an almost an unfiltered texture but it went down very smooth. It was crisp and refreshing. I'd try it again.

09-03-2008 04:26:20 | More by nrpellegrini
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.

08-31-2008 21:50:01 | More by RickSawyer
Photo of cnally


3/5  rDev -14.5%

Another Flying Dog beer here--I was impressed (comparatively) with the porter--so here goes.

The beer pours a very pale yellow color. Tangerine-ish. The fizzy head fades easily.

The smells are very wheat-beer-characteristic, yeasty, wheaty, and corn-smelling.

The taste is practically hop-less. Big corn taste. Typical yeasty wheat beer flavor. This resembles a good macro lager, actually. If there were one that actually delivered.

The feel is very watery and light. Substanceless. I just made that word up. Right there.

The funny thing is, with all the shortcomings of this beer...I could easily drink more than two. It's basically like drinking a Bud, if only Bud had flavor and distinctiveness. So, it should be put in a can, and sold mass-market style. sweet.

08-26-2008 02:54:51 | More by cnally
Photo of orangemoustache


3.18/5  rDev -9.4%

Pours a dull cloudy yellow with a thin white head that has terrible hang time and no lace. The nose is lemony and sweet with some subtly spicy yeasty aromas. I'm glad this tastes less lemony than the nose leads on(lemon just isn't my thang). This has nice citrusy sweet flavors as well as banana that seem very natural and not artificial,some nice graininess and peppery spice is appreciated as well. The mouthfeel is soft and helps this be very drinkable with low carbonation and a light to medium body. No gold medalist here,but maybe a bronze,maybe.

08-24-2008 19:45:57 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of morimech


3.65/5  rDev +4%

Pours straw color with two fingers of head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Very little lacing on the glass.

I smell cloves and a little citrus and banana. Smells like a good wheat beer should.

The flavor comes mainly from the yeast that brings a spicy clove taste. Has a bit of a lemony aftertaste. Not a big beer but is nice tasting.

A little watery and the carbonation is a bit harsh.

Overall a nice summer beer. Nothing big or complex. A low ABV (4.7% on my bottle) really helps throwing these down.

08-23-2008 22:20:53 | More by morimech
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.78/5  rDev -20.8%

Appearance: Pours a clear, dull gold body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Big pop of spiced bananas in the nose with a minor backing of malted wheat.

Taste: Malted wheat with a strong taste of sweetened banana juice. Small pinch of clove. Drop of orange oil. Almost non-existent earthy hops and bitterness. Finishes sweet with a lingering toasted banana flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Bananas a-plenty! Average at best overall.

08-21-2008 02:02:50 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.95/5  rDev +12.5%

A.Cloudy unfiltered, dark yellow in color with a nice head that recedes to a layer of sticky lace.

S. Haha, when I sniffed it some of the head went into my nose. Smell the Bavarian Yeast and some malt.

T. Estery banana bubblegum. Some leafy hop bitters to balance the sweetness. Rich, yet fairly straightforward.

M. Medium bordering full bodied. Smooth and creamy, one of its better features. Good amount of carbonation.

D. This is a pretty strong hefe' (6.0%). That being said, its mighty tasting and I will be on the lookout for these.

08-21-2008 00:28:51 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Stonebreaker


3.6/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance: Nice cloudy, orangish amber. For a wheat beer the head was whack, and the lacing was nonexistent.

Smell: Is this the wet cardboard oxidation I've heard about, it smells funky... almost cheesy aroma.

Taste: Not as good as I remember from the tasting, first a light citrus zest, with heavy carbonation, cloves and a touch of the hops on the back end. Artificial taste of some sort. Like the other Flying Dog stuff Iv'e had it's relatively unimpressive, with the exception of the Double Dog, though that seemed like an Arrogant Bastard knock-off at the time and I was beyond reviewing competence.

Mouthfeel: A little overcarbed, fizzy.

Drinkability: Weak, sorry guys I just don't dig it.

08-21-2008 00:27:23 | More by Stonebreaker
Photo of smerkinb

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours darker hazy gold than most of this style. Sediment is visible. Light tan head that goes so quickly there's not even a ring left.
Smells of citrus, clove, with some light banana.
Pretty basic American type "hefe". Banana, clove, touch of citrus, yeasty.
Would grab this if my other options were limited, or I needed a widely available beer as a fallback.

Nothing to write home about.

08-19-2008 22:11:45 | More by smerkinb
Photo of dancinwillie


3.63/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a wheat glass. I poured it a little strong, lost a little in my excitement. Looks very inviting. Yellow to medium orange haziness, with a thick, creamy head.

Aroma is rich with clove, lemon, and tangy wheat scent.

First impression is mainly clove, with some banana, and some lemon tartness. I get a little bubble gum, which is very nice. Tangy wheat. A little apricot, or peach flavor too. All in all very pleasant taste, if not a bit restrained for a hefe.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not too much so. A nice crisp finish.

Overall, a good solid summer beer, would love to kick back and do some grilling, enjoy a few of these, after doing some yard work.

edit: reviewed this beer as a hefeweizen, realized after review that it's classified as an american pale wheat ale.

08-18-2008 17:50:24 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of keeperchaos


4.1/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

08-13-2008 01:57:52 | More by keeperchaos
Photo of GRPunk


3.6/5  rDev +2.6%

Bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- It poured with a 2 finger, puffy, off-white head that dropped a bit too quickly, but became a decent lace that left some good sticky spots. The body was a hazy, golden-organge with a little bit of sediment.

S- There was some nice banana and clove with a little bubble gum/bandaid aroma and a hint of citrus.

T- There was more banana and clove in the flavor that could use a little more "pow." It was a little subdued in the classic flavors where the citrus played a little too big of a role late.

M- It had some tingle from the carbonation and was a little grainy (good), yet a bit too thin for the style.

D- Good, but not great for a hefe.

Overall- It's actually one of the better American representations for the style. It just can't beat out the German counterparts.

08-08-2008 16:51:56 | More by GRPunk
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.

07-30-2008 03:21:45 | More by glid02
Photo of daryk77

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +12.5%

A- Looks pretty much like a wheat beer should, dark yellow, a little hazy, I remember it being a little hazier then this in the past though

S- def. banana, slight bubble gum, fruity and estery

T- Taste is good, pretty clean with minimal hops, pretty sweet on the tongue. Has a slight after taste that lingers a bit.

M- decent mouth feel, a bit thin but easy to swish and swirl about.

D- very easy to put down a few, I would recommend for an easy summer day

07-30-2008 00:37:39 | More by daryk77
Photo of nrbw23


3.38/5  rDev -3.7%

A- Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a nice white head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Smells just like your typical Hefe. Clove, banana, lemon, yeasty and some spice.

T- Follows the nose. A good bit of citrus and then finishes with some spice. Nice and bready.

M- Light in body, good amount of carbonation and crisp.

D- Easy to drink on a hot day but still not something I'd go out and hunt down.

07-29-2008 21:47:58 | More by nrbw23
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +12%

Hazy, unfiltered dark orange-yellow body... minimal effervescence.... generous head gives way to thin, white eighth-inch head, chalk-like without tracings... carbonation is fizzy in an active, respectful manner... balanced in mouthfeel from start to finish, with multiple glasses an easy proposition...quite a mix of citrus and clove: the yeast is balanced nicely with malts... overall, a solid hefe: the results (a heat-curtailing drink with some complexity for thought) speaks as clearly as any criticism I could write... I seem to be a minority on the Flying Dog leash...is the artwork causing adverse reactions from the internet beer crowd, or am I way off on them?

07-23-2008 01:23:06 | More by dacrza1
In-Heat Wheat from Flying Dog Brewery
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