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In-Heat Wheat - Flying Dog Brewery

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In-Heat WheatIn-Heat Wheat

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1,480 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,480
Reviews: 712
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 26
Gots: 88 | 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 ghostmech007
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

Very bland yellow, with a nice head that looks good.

Smells like... wheat. Small notes of spices and yeast.

Nice crisp, light body. Nice spicy wheat and hops flavor. Finish is dry but more wheats. This brew is so full of wheats that it's overpowering.

Nice for hot days but very bland stuff.

ghostmech007, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of eb003
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost but not quite... it bills itself as a hefe, but I say
"not quite". I'm a big fan of the German import hefe's. This american brew is pretty darn close, but it just doesn't carry the flavor. HOWEVER, for the price and the country...it's a darn good brew.

The appearance is good, it is almost the same as as hefes, just not quite as cloudy. The smell is also good. It could fool an experienced nose. The taste is actually very good; I rated it a 3.5 because I compared it to the German counter-part. It still has a very good flavor and taste. Go for it. The mouthfeel is good. It's almost as smooth as the German brands.

Drinkability on this is very high for me. I enjoyed this brew and could drink it all night...have a few.

Overall, it's a very enjoyable brew...

eb003, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a classic big and foamy hefe-weizen head of about three fingers in depth, but there wasn't much retention, and no lacing as well. Body is a cloudy gold.

Smell - cloves and bananas, saltine crackers, and a hint of citrus.

Taste - like the smell, but with less cloves and bananas. Saltine crackers and hint of citrus wash over the tongue. A simple and straightforward wheat ale, but good nonetheless. Also, it seems to me that this could be a hefe-weizen rather than simply an American Pale Wheat Ale.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied.

Drinkability - this is good ale, and it is quite sessionable.

ultralarry2006, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of biggmike
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured cloudy golden yellow. Fruity, smooth, and lightly carbonated. Pretty good stuff, but I’ve had better. It is drinkable but I thought this was an extremely poor representation of a German Hefeweizen. Mouthfeel was average as was the aroma. I was really disappointed in this one.

biggmike, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of Kendo
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a weizen glass. The result: a clear, bright yellow body with a 1/2-finger white head. No lacing.

S: Yeasty stuff -- bananas and cloves -- and a bit of spice.

T: Follows the nose: ripe banana, cloves and lemon peel over a wheat body. Heavy on the sweet banana early in the sip, more lemony later.

M: Light-bodied, somewhat fizzy.

D: Pretty good, though I thought it was a tad bit too sweet for my quaffing pleasure.

Kendo, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of bboven
2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Maybe this is because it was from a keg, but it wasn't hazy at all. Not BMC clear, but too clear. Little head.

The typical hefe smells were there, but muted even after warming the beer to the correctish temp.

Taste was way too sweet. If I had to guess, it seemed under-attenuated.

Good mouthfeel, stylistically correct.

Prtty drinkable, but really too sweet for me to want more than one pint of.

bboven, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of oneeyedhoolie
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this from the bottle into a weiss glass.

A: Looked ok, golden in color but not the cloudy look I expect from a wheat beer

S: Not much of a smell to tell you the truth. That's not a bad thing but I expected something.

T: Hints of the clove and banana, vague at best though. Not bad, but I've definately tasted more pronounced wheat beer characteristicss elsewhere.

M: Slightly chewy, kind of nice but nothing over the top.

D: This beer was ok and I enjoyed it ok. Not the best wheat beer I've tasted but it was ok. It had the nice hints of clove and banana that wheat beer should have but they were subtle. Mildly chewy which I found enjoyable. I probably wouldn't seek this beer out specifically but I'd choose it again in a pinch.

oneeyedhoolie, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served cold in a tall stemmed pilsner glass from 12 oz amber bottle.

Not as much as head as I expected for a hefe, color is more golden than yellow. Good yeasty aroma.

Tastes a bit flat, yeast flavor is more funk and less spice than I care for in a hefe.

Drinkability was a tough call--this beer went down really fast and really easy, but I didn't really want to grab another, either. That's a paradox because usually when I don't care for a beer, I don't guzzle it either. Hmm.

BattleRoadBrewer, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Cloudy orange/ amber color. Short head (.5") that dissipated quickly. Little to no lacing apparent.

S: Bread up front, Banana, cloves, and white grapes after it warms.

T: Bread, citrus, white grapes, banana, slight bitterness.

M: Mild carbonation, smooth.

D: This is the second bottle I've had and I enjoyed it. I paired it with a mixed green salad with some mild blue cheese and a slightly sweet mild dressing. The match was wonderful; the citrus flavor picked up on the dressing and the carbonation helped refresh my palate between bites. I would certainly try this again.

BeerAndBourbon, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of katan
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark gold. Very little carbonation

S - Is there a smell here?

T - Finishes very spicy. Has a smooth finish. Has a little bit of a smooth hops flavor.

M - Smooth - very little carbonation

D - I could drink a bunch of these easily.

This is a beer I can warm up to - in summer I could put a bunch of them away.

katan, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked me up the Flying Dog sampler box as I had realized I had actually only had one of them. Just woke up from a rare afternoon nap so I figured I would crack open one. Out jumps In Heat Wheat.

Poured a somewhat hazy dull golden amber with no head, not even upon the pour. No lace whatsoever on this either. Nice carbonation bubbles could be seen rippling up from the bottom of the glass though. Overall underimpressed with the appearence. Smell was light and full of grain adn yeast notes. Lots of wheat and not much else was evident tothe nose. The feel was crisp, quick and clean with no aftertaste at all. Decent grainy and wheat taste. A slight back of a grape taste was evident, but otherwise this was just about average. Great drinkabilty only in that it is exceptionally light and lacks any real punch so it goes down qucik and easy in large numbers.

Overall this was rather blah and a bit forgettable. Suitable as a hydrating liquid on a hot summers day but that is about all. Better then a macro for sure, but when it all is boiled down it is just an average run of the mill pale ale,

mikesgroove, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy lemonade like color with a small head that dissapears quickly and has little lacing, scent is very citrusy, orange scents with some yeast in there too. tastes awesome, very very good wheat beer, especially on a hot day, lots of floral and citrus flavors and the familiar wheat yeast tastes. a very good beer and easy to drink

1fastz28, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Florian's. Hazy yellow body with virtually no head. Smells sweet, with banana and a bit of smoke. Tastes like banana, yeast, and a bit of lemon and malt. Fairly tasty and very drinkable. By no means is this a hef like it says on the label, but it's a tasty beer and an easy drinking one for the summer.

MrHurmateeowish, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of MarkSCCOT
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm...this is an unfiltered wheat beer, the label on the bottle says Hefeweizen, why is it classified as an American Pale Wheat Ale?

A. Poured a 12 oz bottle brew date 2/9/07 into a weizen glass. 1 finger head that dissipates with little lacing. Agitating the last ounce pours the appearance off to a cloudy appearance (again, like a Hefeweizen).

S. Very good clove/banana/bubblegum yeasty smell. Very reminiscent of Aying Brau-Weisse.

T. Very good. Banana citrus. Very typical of a Hefe.

M. Mildly carbonated as is the class, but not overly so.

D. Definitely a great session beer. I could finish many a one of these.

I still believe this is properly a Hefe and hopefully it is corrected someday.

MarkSCCOT, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of wcdoyle
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last variety in a 12-bottle sampler.

A slow pour whips up an aggressive white, white white head. Beer is a cloudy gold. D*** you all, but I'll go on record to write that I smell the banana too, coupled with a nice spicy yeastiness. Throw in some apple and you'd have a awesome cider! Taste was solid, I noticed more of the yeasty-bread quality than anything else with just a bit of sharpness in the finish. I like the way this beer feels--again I'd make the cider comparison--both creamy and dry. Not a beer I'd drink over and over, but it is a nice change.

wcdoyle, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 6-27-07

Pours a hazy gold with lots of little yeast floaters. Pretty nasty.

Smell is light, fruity, with a little yeastiness.

Taste is quite odd. Super yeasty, it would be much better classified as a witbier or hefe. Flavors are light and fruity, with a smooth and sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, poppy carbonation breaks up the sweetness.

Drinkability isn't bad, it's actually quite refreshing. This beer was not what I expected, but wasn't bad.

BMoney575, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of malcontent
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin layer of head atop a surprisingly hazy body. I wasn't aware that this was an unfiltered brew as there are now a whole lotta floaters in the beer.

Bubblegum and cinnamon lead into lemony wheat notes. The underlying aroma is almost that of jicama.

Banana bread comes to mind with a bizarre anise aftertaste. Not bad, mind you, just highly unusual. Finish is a bit cereal grain-laden but still not bad at all.

While it is full-bodied I wouldn't call it chewy in the way I like a hefe to be. Finishes fairly dry although not necessarily crisp.

A very enjoyable American wheat/hefeweizen although it's sitting a tad heavy to be considered highly drinkable.

malcontent, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of sweethome
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A classic hefe pour - very cloudy - big off white head. Cloudy light gold color. Nose of banana and clove. Entry is pillowy soft...a little citric bite, banana and clove flavors.

Mouthfeel is a little watery. A satisfying beer. Perfect summer quencher. Overall - a great version. Delivers in almost every way. I rate it quite highly as US hefeweizens go.

sweethome, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A murky golden/pale body. Some bits afloat.
Puffed up white foam settled to a nice 1/2 finger head.
A floral nose to it, with the lemony and citrus undertones. A bit sweet as well.
Sweetness is not in the taste, or maybe I just goofed. citrus holds well, not acidic, fairly smooth and a bit rich. Crispness toward the finish, very durable. No lemon is needed for this brew. Poured it into a glass, didn't try it straight from the bottle. Probably should have..

Mebuzzard, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice wheat ale. It is nice and cloudy with a very white, short head.

It smells of banana and spices, quite good.

The taste is nicely spicy and wheaty. This is one of the few American wheat beers that actually tastes like its German counterparts.

The body is creamy and smooth and just flows over my palate.

Overall this is one of the best of its style and another winner from Flying Dog. I had kind of written them off for no particular reason, but boy was I wrong. This brewery is a serious contender.

Shaw, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I haven't been too impressed by some of this brewery's weaker beers, but I love a good wheat beer. Pours with a decent head that is soon gone with barely more than a ring around the glass. Has some carbonation seeping to the top and is slightly hazy but not quite as cloudy as your regular hefe. Aroma is citrusy and there is a little banana in there with a dry malt smell. Not too much bitter in the taste, but you get the banana bread and a little fruity bubblegum out of it. Not much of a peppery kick or bitterness at the end. It's a tad watery like some American wheat ales, but it is smooth and quite drinkable. I'd put this just below Sam Adams' Summer brew.

saintwarrick, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, with whiteish highlights. Has an average white head with no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of banana and clove, smells like a hefe. The taste is more of an American wheat but does have some of the hefe qualities. It has the dry wheat malt flavors with just a hint of banana and lemon. I'm not that big fan of American wheat ales but this one isn't as astringent and has a decent flavor. The ale has a moderate body, fizzy carbonation yet finishes relatively smooth. A good wheat beer, just an average hefe. Good summer type brew.

Gmann, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of casadebia
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden color with nice white head

S - smell of cloves hits first followed by a wheat and fruit smell

T - Not much hop taste here, mainly clove with smooth wheat finish

M - smooth

D - Suprisingly quenching could go great on a hot day or cold night

Got at Gator Mart in Nacogdoches. Poured into a hefeweiss glass.

casadebia, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of happygnome
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: cloudy goldne color with eigth inch of head that does not dissapear fast and leaves a little lacing
s: bannana and spices sweet yet balanced
t: very strong bannana flavor with deffinate notes of spices a very good brew
m: medium bodied with a little more than average carbonation very nice

overall this is a very good brew very enjoyable

happygnome, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of rohrbachsfan
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden yellow with a medium foamy head. The head dissipated quickly with no lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt and cloves.

Taste: Toasted wheat malt. Medium hops bitterness. Very faint taste of clove. Sweetnesss on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty good version of a hefeweizen. Nice balance between sweet malt and hops bitterness.

rohrbachsfan, Jun 17, 2007
In-Heat Wheat from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 1,480 ratings.