In-Heat Wheat - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 1,517
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 29
Gots: 102 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours slightly cloudy golden yellow, with a nice white head that fizzles down quickly. A thin coating of sediment at the bottom of the bottle that is easy to pull up. The sediment slinks to the bottom without much of a swirl at all. The cloud brings with it a new golden opaque classic weizen look.

Smells like bread and malt. Tasty.

A malty taste swells the mouth at first with a slight pilsener like following. A good effort to the German Hefeweizen.

Feels good. Possibly a slight in carbonation?

Very drinkable. A good American wheat beer.


Photo of endincolorado
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Hazy, pale gold with clean white head. Head recedes quickly. Light lace.

Smell- Light fruity yeast aroma. Some hops, and a crisp, grainy pale malt.

Taste- Nice light fruit. Some faint banana. Yeast. Light hop bitterness. Crisp pale malt flavors.

Mouthfeel- Light body with nice carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty good. Great in warm weather.

Photo of mcraw88
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pour originally produced a golden rod color that was a little cloudy with the first 2/3 of the bottle. After swirling and pouring the remaining beer a small white 1/2" head was produced and the beer gained a nice cloudiness throughout the beer.

Smell - Smells of a herb garden placed in the middle of a wheat field. Nice cloves, and wheat, but not any banana which kind of disappointed me.

Taste - Wheat Wheat Wheat Wheat. Intense wheat flavor up front, but a nice little honey flavor and again the cloves show up towards the end. A little alcohol after taste, not to much.

Mouthfeel - Can almost feel the wheat on your tongue, very nice. Nice light bodied

Drinkability - Could have quite a few of these. Not the best example of a hefe I've ever tasted, a little to heavy compared to others, but a great thirst quencher in the summer.

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

12 oz. brown long-neck bottle poured into an American pint glass. Possible freshness date of 09.

Pour until 1 inch is left in bottle and swirl. The first pour provides barely any head. The swirled sediment adds to the cloudiness and leaves a 1-finger, off-white head, that disappears immediately. The body is cloudy, deep golden yellow with murky orange highlights.

A peculiar bacon/smoky scent is the first noticeable aroma. Followed by peach, diacetyl, toast, faint honey, sweet malts, and possible citrus from the hops. There is also a chemical note that reminds me of dry-erase markers.

Lots of wheat. A sweet, yet dry, fruitiness takes the palate but is quickly followed by a lot of wheat with a sour malt finish. Flavors of honey, banana, mandarin orange, lemon zest, and faint sugar notes of vanilla and merengue are found. Medium-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Tight carbonation scratches at the the tongue, leaving a dry finish at the back of the mouth; banana aftertaste.

Visually sad and weak in the aroma department. However, the flavor has quite a few layers going on. It's a bit sweeter than the traditional hefe, but is enjoyable nonetheless. Plenty of wheat going on (as should be) and a soft orange/citrus profile.
Not my favorite hefe, but is one of Flying Dog's better beers.

Probably best paired with heavier dishes, honey BBQ, orange/marmalade glazed halibut, or creamy cheese based dishes with tart fruit.


Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

Flying God discourages garnishing the beer with a lemon wedge but it desperately needs something to make it look more interesting. The colour is coated in a film nowhere cloudy enough to smudge clarity but noted enough to sully complexion. One look at the surface of the beer, barren and flat like a desert, and my optimism is now entirely vanquished.

I can tell the aroma tries to make amends but it, too, speaks only one word of German: deal breaker. (OK, so two words.) There is a cloyingly sweet element that rattles the nostrils like an artificial syrup. Does this brewery make their beers from extract? Cereal grains are left shamelessly bare where as they should be dressed in banana and yeast spice.

It is obvious that the brewer understands what a great German hefe-weizen should taste like. It is also clear, however, that he hasn't quite yet figured out how to brew one that tastes enough like it. The flavour is good, palatable to be certain, but it doesn't hold a flicker of light, let alone a full candle, to the authentic German offerings.

What the beer is lacking in flavour it is also lacking in mouthfeel. There is minimal fruity component; the banana-like esters often rampant in the style are slim to none. The amount of clove-like spice and zestful phenols are wholly absent. The mouthfeel is flat (especially for what should be a highly carbonated style) and featureless.

Tasting notes really say it all: "little haze, zero head, cheap malt smell, no banana, no spice, no crispness, under-carbonated, no effervescence, no presence of wheat or yeast, not refreshing." Seems harsh but I'm just calling it like I see (and taste and smell) it.

In-Heat Wheat might just as well be called that because to enjoy it, one would have to be suffering under direly hot conditions. The brewery claims to spend 25 days working on the beer, might I suggest they work a little longer on reformulating it? I know Flying Dog makes some really good beers but I would not consider this one of them.

Photo of colsandurz
1.43/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer looks like a typical hefeweizen, yellow and cloudy. The head was pure white.

The aroma is very artificial, like plastic almost. The taste is almost exactly same, very artificial tasting.

This beer is also a little heavier than other hefeweizens I've had. All in all, just not very good, I'd recommend any other hefeweizen over this one.

Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sperzel
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange haze with a finger-width head with a thin lace.

S: A pleasing, spicy kind of aroma with some fruitiness.

T&M: A fizzy citrus taste at first with a bite from the clove spices at the end.

D: Nice brew to have out on the porch for a BBQ. Very drinkable.

Notes: A good beer from the good folks at Flying Dog. A refreshing beer to have in my rotation in the warmer months.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellowish-orange color when poured into a pint glass. The beer appears to be virtually opaque as not much light comes through it. There is a light foam head. There are notes of banana and a zip of spiciness in the nose. The attack is light and refreshing and settles into a fruity taste with a thick mouthfeel and a crisp and clean finish.

Photo of brendan13
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy dark yellow with a few centimetres of billowing white head that quickly falls away.
S - Banana esters, clovey phenols & a slight citrus touch.
T - Like the smell; banana, clove slight citric touch with obviously a strong wheat presence.
M - Fairly high carbonation & a light to medium body. Nice & refreshing.
D - A top american brewed hefeweizen. I could drink this quite often if it wasn't from so far away.

Photo of beermanWV
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Light yellow and very cloudy. Thin head retention. Great art work on the bottle, which is standard with every Flying Dog beer.

Smell- Light banana, clove, and yeast. Nice.

Taste and Mouthfeel- Fruit flavors, hint of banana and a little citrus. Some clove and yeast flavors. Some hops as well. Light after taste.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. I have had the last one of six in the refrigerator for a while and I finally had a nice enough day to drink it with the windows down.

Good American hefeweizen. Not the best one out there, but it is good for a change. I prefer In-Heat Wheat in a draft serving rather than the bottle, but the bottle is not bad at all.

Photo of smibroncos
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a cloudy copper yellow color from a 12 oz. bottle. Had about a two finger head with a little lacing.

S. Citrus, slight bannana, not much cloves.

T. Sweet, fruity, finnishes bitter.

M. Medium bodied, semi dry, good carbonation.

D. Overall a decent beer, Nothing great, but I could drink a few on a hot summer day.

Photo of spaciorek
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy golden color, but no unfiltered yeast as some Hefes have. Nice head after pour thinning to a fine white rim.

S- Citrusy and banana smell

T- Tastes like bananas and has a sweet maltiness flavor.

D- easy to drink nothing overpowering good balance, quite refershing.

Photo of veachster
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - It appears to be tan in color and somewhat clear until the bottom of the bottle is poored into a glass then it becomes cloudy and tan. There is visible signs of carbonation. I'm not impressed with the head retention. It didn't rise much at all and dissapeared very quickly.

S - I pick up the smell of wheat and clove. Almost to the point of skunky; which brings me to believe that maye with the head dissapearing so quick and this smell that maybe I don't have a very fresh beer.

T - I can deffinately taste clove. The clove almost over powers all the other ingredients. I'm thinking is the combination of hops with clove.

M - As it sits in my mouth, I get the sensation of drinking a flat beer and feels of a medium weight.

D - Although it's somewhat dull feelign and sharp with cloves, I could drink a few of these at a time. It's a decent hefe weizen with a significant amount of clove.

Photo of u2carew
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(A) Orange Bronze color. Pours with very little head. This brew has the typical Hefe haze with no sediment.
(S) Wheaty, with sweet, citrus notes.
(T) Very weak, nearly absent foretaste. The aftertaste consists of a light wheat flavor with lemony sweetness.
(M) Clean and crisp. Medium body.
(D) Hard to find a rhythm with this beer. It lacks some of the weightiness in the body and taste that is found in a typical Hefeweizen.

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

Sort of goldish with a white head. Has an ok sort of spicy taste, not too strong though. Smell was alot of wheat and a little malt. Taste was strongly of wheat and a bit of malt and spice. Not as good as circus boy but not a bad beer either. Felt light and fizzy. I was expecting sweet but it didn't taste bad either. It might suit the style but I thought it was a bit too bland for me

Photo of Vengeance526
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy copperish yellow color with a small white head that quickly settles and leaves very light lacing.

Sweet smell of wheat and bananas.

Taste comes off somewhat citrusy with mild notes of banana and cloves.

Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Crisp, mildly refreshing with decent drinkability. Slightly above average in almost every category but nothing overly special. To be honest, I don't think this is worth buying a whole sixer of, but for the few bottles I had, it wasn't too difficult to put these away.

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

i used to be a wheat fan, but i have long gone hippity hop hop hops...nice to return and relive something

nice head, ok lacing....foggy deep amber...smell definitely reminds me of a number of belgian ales (surprising?)...i can foresee the sweetness...(noticed the head is really laying low now...almost no cling left)...taste is pure wheat...just a bit too sweet...and i know i've had less sweet wheats...above average for sure...mouthfeel is as expected...would like a little more carbonation to live-ing things up. the visual head flatness is translating into the mouthfeel...only here is the banana's a totally drinkable beer. and for a hefeweizen, sure, it's a good i grade with trepidation...i think it works fine for what it is...but what it is, a wheat beer in the german style isn't my game anymore. will have to make a beer bread with at least one of the remaining 3 bottles...


i have to say i am just trying to finish this next bottle by eating something with it...this, i think, is a matter of the hefenweizen....may i just don't like HWs anymore...maybe it's FD's own take on it....way too belgian....way too sweet....i think the only food that would amply counterbalance this would be some spicey mexican food....alot of lime and habanero....

all in all, for what it is, it's a fine brew. i just don't like this STYLE anymore. no wonder i am so conflicted. and disappointed (in my taste shift....i've become a hophead so there's a clue...)

Photo of woodske1
4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer. I am glad they distribute this in a wide range. It doesn't have that very strong Banana taste that some Hefeweizen's have but still has a nice crisp taste.

Great bubbly mouthfeel makes for a very drinkable beer. I would reccomend it on tap over the bottle.

Photo of Chapter40z
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A. Pale yellow, just slightly hazy with very little head that disappeared quickly.

S. Orange smells, not very shape and sweet smelling, bananas as well as many light fruits. Nearly no hops smell.

T. Bananas and some good orange flavors, fruity and good.

M. Highly carbonated very refreshing and light without a strong finish, almost reminds me of some sort of juice.

D. Exceptional is all i cay say. a great beer for many occasions.

Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

Color is a cloudy straw orange. Nor head which was really weird for a hefeweizen (which resulted in no lace).

Aroma is heavy on banana and fruit. There was also clove, like normal for a hefe.Taste is just like the smell. Maybe some earthy hops added in there as well.

Mouthfeel is kind of crisp but levels out quickly. Ends with a slight dry aftertaste.

Overall, easy to drink. Definitely could be a session beer. I love hefes but this wasn't my top notch one.

Photo of stumac
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

...pours up a slightly murky copper color with a nice off white head... the nose is composed of bananas, coriander, slight citrus... The taste is the same as the nose... A very smoothe hefe... I would definately tap this ass again...and I will be buying more of this junk soon...

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

Out of a bottle this beer produced a finger of sand-colored head that retained fairly well and left modest streaks of lacing. The liquid was a hazy, honey-gold color and the aroma was dry, wheat with floral hops and a nip of alcohol. The flavors were very good for the style, a blend of dry wheat first followed by floral hops in the middle leading to a sweet malt finish. A pleasant curve. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium, the carbonation medium/high and just a little bit tingly. Crisp, solid and refreshing.

Photo of introvertedone
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed: 1/11/09

The In-Heat Wheat was yellow and cloudy in appearance with a floral, slightly spicy aroma. This Hefeweizen had a subtle spicy flavor with a smooth, kind of thick mouthfeel. This is a fine Hefeweizen and would drink this again. But I still favor the Hoegaarden.

In-Heat Wheat from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 1,517 ratings.