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In-Heat Wheat - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 1,524
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 31
Gots: 112 | FT: 0
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 12-22-2001

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Photo of climax
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured a cloudy dull yellow/orange. An inch of white head came and left quickly, leaving not much of a lacing in my case.

Nose was more complex than I was anticipating, almost like a witbier. Strong notes of coriander stood out above banana and citrus with a very wheaty back.

Flavor was pretty complex as well, but a bit sour IMO. Wheat, coriander and citrus were the big 3 behind a distracting abundance of carbonation. The finish was brief and clean.

Carbonation was way overdone, it distracted from the flavor. It was very sharp, almost felt like drinking coca-cola. The flavors were good, but the beer fell mediocre. Refreshing....yes, good if your in THE heat.

Photo of GoalieRon33
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not the best I've had in regards to a summer style

A- Golden, almost too cloudy. A little ugly maybe?

S- Too much spice, almost a little stale

T- Unrefined spices, I expected more from flying dog

M- enough thickness to make it a decent brew...not perfect though

D- Craft beer aficianados could appreciate it, but I'm a little skeptical. Troegs Dreamweaver is a much better example in my opinion

3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Medium shade of orange that fades to yellow toward the edge of the glass, translucent and cloudy as expected with lively carbonation. Surprisingly minimal head (even from a rather agressive poor), absolutely no stick.

S & T: Apricot, lemon, yeast, wheat and straw notes with a very subtle white grape flavor at the end.

M: Above average mouthfeel. A med-high level of carbonation offsets the heat from the sub 5% ABV that manages to come through. Dry and lingering finish is pleasant.

D: Very drinkable but by no means a groundbreaking hefeweizen. I'll stick with Franziskaner...

Photo of Contagion
2.81/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It has a nice golden honey color to it. There is a haziness to it that is so thick that you can't see through the beer. Light passes through, giving it a nice glow. Almost no head formed when poured. I even added a bit of an aggressive pour towards the last quarter of the bottle. What head formed was white and faded quickly to nothing. There is no lacing on the glass.

When you take a whiff of the beer, you get a combination of wheat and grains. There is a banana undertone with just a hint of citrus. The scent is less than pleasant. The taste mainly consists of bananas, cloves, wheat and a slight bitter hop finish. The after taste reminds me of eating Cheerios with green, unripe bananas on it.

It is a medium bodied beer; there is no coating to the mouth. The carbonation is a little heavy for my tastes and bites on the tongue.

This is a standard American Wheat beer done in the Bavarian Hefeweizen style. It isn't something I would go out of my for, and to be honest, it took drinking half of the beer before the flavor got to something that didn't bother me. This is definitely not a beer I would recommend to friends or even to a stranger at a bar.

Photo of RuudJH
2.42/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't come across many american made beers where i live, so if i see one, I jump on the opportunity. After all, we should all keep open minds to new experiences.

Of course, buying it in Europe probably means it's from a big mainstream brewery, not the specialists I hold in higher regard.

This beer fizzes and smells like cider. The head is quickly gone. Floaty bits are moving about in hazy orange coloured beer.
The taste is dominated by somewhat wild yeastyness. Not much else.
It's close to disappointing. Even though there's allways some hops and citrus in the weissen style, the yeast is dominating this brew.
It doesn't support the aftertaste.
I'm not impressed.
I will give 1 extra point on drinkability for the funny label and name though.

Photo of Rhynes2
2.06/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

To be fair this is not one of my favorite styles of a beer and Flying Dog is not one of my favorite breweries. I gave it a shot when i found it in the mix pack and was pretty disappointed. Poured a nice cloudy wheat color, looked great in the glass. It initially tasted pretty sweet and then turned to leave a gross taste afterwards. It kinda made me sick. One of the things that come to mind when i think of the taste is an almost metallic flavor. This one is not for me.

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

Pretty lame-ass label art like everything form this brewery. Hefeweizen made the American way is usually not on par, we shall see.

Pours a hyper-active soda-like head that mounds up but it looks soapy and fizzy, not appetizing like the German versions. THe body is a cloudy hefe color.

Smell is very fruity with apple cider, some slight clove, and yeast.

It is ultra-corbonated in the mouthfeel, which I enjoy in some beers, but not really in the Hefe. It is very fruity, more so than a typical Hefeweizen. This tastes liek somethign that is meant to be quaffed in hot weather, but it still gets nowhere near Weihenstephaner or the like in drinkablity.

It is an ok effort, maybe overpriced.

Photo of nickd717
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, another one from Flying Dog that I think is way underrated. Maybe it's just better fresh. Had this on tap at Flying Dog Brats and Gonzo before the Friday session of GABF 2009. Pours a nice hazy golden-straw color with a creamy white head. Aroma is banana, clove, wheat, and lemon. Flavor is wheat, spicy yeast, lemon and other citrus, banana, and clove. On the sweeter side for the style but good. Medium-bodied, crisp, and refreshing. Very solid hefeweizen overall.

Photo of jamescain
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I recently came back from Germany and was searching for a proper America Hefe-Weissen. I had tried others before discovering this one and was very disappointed. All of the American Hefe-Weissens I had previously drank were too orangery.

When I first poured this beer I was a little surprised because it was not cloudy. In my opinion a true Hefe-Weissen has to be unfiltered and bottle conditioned. This beer is yellow, with a small orange tent. It forms a ring of head around the top but nothing to get excited about.

When you smell this beer you can smell the fruits in this beer. It has a citrus smell or orange, but not and over powering smell or orange, like so many I had tried before. There is also a hint of clove.

The taste was still more fruitier than the German counterpoint that I was searching for. You can taste the spices and there is a finish that is almost like a banana. This is still a little too sweet for me. The beer is fruiter than other Weissbiers because it is actually a wheat-ale.

The beer is very drinkable, hence the fact that is a summer beer. It is probably more drinkable than other wheat beers because it is filtered. However, I personally, like unfiltered beers, even if they are more filling.

If you're looking for a good beer, this is a good beer. But if you're looking for something special this is not what you are looking for.

Photo of kurp001
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle bought at Crackpot Liquors

Pours a hazy orange gold with about one finger of fizzy white head that quickly recedes, leaving minimal lacing.

Smell is mostly banana and clove, with a mild graininess.

Taste is rich spice and clove upfront with a pleasant, full banana flavor midway and on the finish.

Mouthfeel is just about right on this one; medium to light-bodied with subtle carbonation.

Very nice drinkability on this one, light and flavorful, very easy drinking. Probably not my favorite American hefeweizen, but a solid option if I'm in the mood for something light and crisp.

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

Flying Dog- In-Heat Wheat

A- Hazy/ cloudy bright yellow with a huge billowy head. Overflowing frothy head with minimal lacing.
S- Very sweet ripe apple's, banana, lemon, and wheat.
T- Sweet apple's, banana's, wheat, lemon, and honey. Mild ripe banana and apple finish.
M- Very sweet and the ripe fruits feel thick. Slightly dry with a mild tart apple cider feel.

Overall- Very fruity and tasty, maybe just a bit too sweet.

Photo of ectomorph
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with no freshness date noticed.

A - Cloudy golden orange with a small white head that breaks down fast to a thin ring.

S - Banana, clove, and apple esters blend with a bread and biscuit yeast note. Light and sweet.

T - Banana and spicy yeast flavors ride the wheat grain sweetness. Some green apple and pineapple and faint grassy hop character.

M - A little thinner than the cloudiness lets on. Medium carbonation makes it borderline watery.

D - Medium. Nothing really jumps out at you about this wheat beer. Very middle of the road.

Photo of TheFightfan1
2.82/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured a cloudy yellow color with a large bubbled white heading that turns completely flat. NO lacing at all.

Smell is all clove and banana in the nose. Followed by a lemon zestiness.

Taste is the same more of a banana taste and heavier pepperiness with clove.

Mouth kind of spicey with a bubbly sting on the tongue.Light bodied and the only carbonation is if you swoosh around on the palate for a minute,

Drink is decent at best. Nothing worth really seeking out.

Photo of Amalak
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this brew out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- It has a wheat color, it's fairly cloudy, has a slight foamy head and some mild lacing.
S- Has a too-be-expected wheaty scent.
T- It's a very refreshing, lighter hefewizen. Nice carbonation, with a wheaty taste mixed with lemon. Nice Summer brew, even if nothing really jumps out.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into Paulaner branded weißbier glass.

Appearance: Cloudy straw color with a slight hint of amber, with a huge foamy head as expected from the style.

Smell: Smells of fruit- apricot, banana, and apple with a heavy smell of wheat.

Taste: Starts with a banana/apple flavor, finishing with a heavy wheat flavor. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Pretty watery, with almost no noticeable carbonation. Light and refreshing, but seems flat.

Drinkability: A solid hefe, but could have done better if it was a little less heavy on the wheat and stronger on the fruit notes. Many American hefes are strong on the fruit and weak on the wheat, this is the opposite. I'd drink it again, but there are better hefes I would reach for first.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L branded Paulaner weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color typical of hefeweizens. Head is thick and foamy and dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing.

Smell: Heavy wheaty and grainy smell with a bit of lemon zest in the background.

Taste: Definitely light, maybe a bit too light, on taste. Has the typical hefeweizen wheaty taste to it with the standard citrus aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin and watery. A bit too much carbonation as well.

Drinkability: There are definitely better hefeweizens out there. There are even better American hefeweizens out there. I wouldn't avoid this beer necessarily but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it either.

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

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date recognized. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade!

(A)- Pours a hazy goldenrod color that produces a great white foamy head that dissipated after a minute to bubbles.

(S)- Lots of clove and banana with biscuits.

(T)- A light lemon banana spice with very mild wheat presence; more fruit than anything else, but good.

(M)- A nice silky smooth carbonation and body. Good balance. Not harsh in anyway.

(D)- A solid Hefe that certainly is better than most of Flying Dog's fare. Definitely a good one to try in the category.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy pale yellow color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated to an even skim. Thin lacing washed down the glass.

S: Citrus, wheat malt and banana. Thats about it.

T: Banana and muted clove spice. Crisp and refreshing with a little lingering sweet fruity taste.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Very sessionable wheat. Good for a summer hot summer day.

Photo of kegger22
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy yellow with a modest head that had little retention. The aroma was banana, and spices that reminded me of GL Grassroots saison. The taste too, was banana and those same spices. Mouth feel was medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was good.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours dark cloudy yellow, 1 finger head that didnt last and barely laced.
S: fruity, banana and another but i cant place it. yeasty
T: wheat, slight banana, fruity, very light hops.
M: mild carbonation, light on tongue
D: could drink a few if i had i few, bought as a single.

Photo of JamesS
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a decent straw yellow color with just a bit of head, and no real lacing. Nice scent, heavy wheat malt with hints of pepper, clover, and bubble gum. Good taste, but a bit overdone; nice wheat malt heaviness, but too overpowered by the yeast flavors. Goes down fine, if a bit heavy for a wheat.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. Poured a nice hazy gold, but the head didn't last long or lace well. The aroma was a mix of lemon zest, banana, and bubble gum, with the lemon a little more pungent than the others. The taste validated this; lemon, lemon, and more lemon dissolves into a subtle bubble gum/clove finish. Mouthfeel was nice and full for a wheat ale, but drinkable for a session. The only problem with the latter is that the lemon zest might get to be too much.

Photo of mltobin
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle of this to try it from a local package store in CT.

The appearance is a bright yellow color with a small white head that does stay around for very long. Sell contains some fruit, mostly banana, along with spices, nutmeg being dominant.
In Heat Wheat tastes light, with some sweetness, cloves and wheat. Mouthfeel has a carbonation to it, light overall. This hefe from Flying Dog is pretty good for a U.S. brewer. Personally, I would still take hefe`s from certain German brewers any day of the week.

Photo of ProfessorCJ
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bottle into a UFO glass.

A-Yellow with golden tints. Very turbid. A finger of short lived foam. Cool roiling effect in the glass.

S-Wheat and lemon, average for US Hefeweizen.

T-OK, wheaty and some citrus. Not any bitter, but not sweet.

M-Kind of thin, a little more carbonation would be nice. Nice little after taste.

D-Pretty good. There are better wheat beers out there but I'd drink it again.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a sampler pack into a pint glass on a hot summer day.

In heat wheat has a bright yellow appearence with some gold trims here and there, becomes cloudier as I pour the dregs. No lace. Smells consist of slight lemon with yeast and some wheat. Tastes like a nice hefe with a citrus base with lemon and orange followed by some yeast finishing off with some light spice. The feel is very thin and light with a good amount of carb. Goes down easy as pie with a low abv making this even more drinkable. With that said this is not my favorite hefe, and it leaves something to be desired, but it's great 4 the summer.

In-Heat Wheat from Flying Dog Brewery
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