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In-Heat Wheat - Flying Dog Brewery

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In-Heat WheatIn-Heat Wheat

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1,524 Ratings

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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 brdc
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a golden hazy beer with a white head that is just average in production and shows very little retention.
Nice, typical smeel of bananas and cloves, with additional orange peel, but overall a little lighter than I expected.
Light in the palate, initially refreshing, this is mostly sweetish, a bit sweeter than I like, with the same bananas, clove and hints of orange.
Initially refreshing, this one is perhaps a little too sweet for a summer beer, and I would limit it to one small bottle.
Acceptable, but not special.

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.75/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a big foamy white head with very little liquid actually showing – seems like there might be an infection going on. Aroma is very weak with maybe some light wheat but I am not picking up any sourness from the infection I had feared. Taste is also quite weird with some light wheat but none of the banana or ester aspects that I usually associate with hefeweizen. I couldn’t really care about that one. This batch as brewed in April of 2007 and drank in May of 2007.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pineapple/banana juice-colored cloudiness develops after a pour-swirl-pour, with a glaring white head that sticks around a good while.

The aroma is the best part. They must be using a Belgian yeast strain, or at least whatever they're using is imparting something that reminds of the best Belgian wits: very clean, as peppery and sweet spices mingle with bright tropical fruit. Also plenty of earthy wheat...some bubblegum too.

Flavor is fruity, throwing some banana, pineapple, peach and apple flavors off, some bubblegum is present, and the expected hearty wheat essence. Yeast makes itself known in the finish, giving another layer of depth to the beer. Mouthfeel attains a buttery slickness while also delivering just enough carbonation sizzle.

Ultimately this is extremely well-balanced, with a super aroma and great flavor. American wheat beers usually pale in the shadow of their German counterparts, but this one stands on its own.

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

12 oz bottle served in a Weizen glass

A - cloudy, dark straw color with a thin white head that stayed through the entire glass, leaving some lace.

S - strong malted wheat aroma.

T - very strong malted wheat taste with banana and clove spices, good example of a hefeweizen.

M - good medium body, mild carbonation.

D - Strong wheat taste and medium/heavy body will limit you to just 1 or 2 of these in a sitting.

Photo of jwc215
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into weizen glass:

Pours semi-clouded yellow with a thin white head that doesn't stay around for the duration.

The smell is fairly strongly of banana with some bubblegum.

The taste is of banana upfront, but it fades as the drink progresses. Some bubblegum. A wheat tang. Finishes with a somewhat salty dryness.

Light, but not too watery. Has a certain crispness to it.

Not a bad American wheat - and rated according to that style. Almost towards a hefe-weisse, but it falls short (outside of the banana in the nose and at the start.) Not bad for a summer refresher, though.

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

Cloudy golden-yellow appearance.

Strong banana nose.

Bubblegummy banana flavor with light bodied effervecence.

The aggressive carbonation stings the tongue.

This is definately not as light and watery as some of the newer "wheat beers" out there today, but I feel it is pretty light for the style. Decent American hefe.

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

pours hazy golden with a beige two finger head that held fairly well to a one eighth inch covering on the beer and nice sticky lace, also has a lot of bottom sediment. aroma is a little floral and fruity with lemon grass and hint of clove and spice. lots of wheat malt with lemon grass and clove ending with a little tang to the taste. mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is ok. not at the top of the list but still a good tasting beer.

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

Serving Type Sampled: 12fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. Features freshness date in some code format.

Appearance: As I pour this beer I notice that it is straw in color and crystal clear. With about an once left in the bottle I give it a swirl and pour in all the precious yeast. This also builds a nice 1 finger head that diminished quickly.

Smell: Yeasty phenols and esters, clove and bananas

Taste: A first a taste a mild sweetness that is really fluffy on the tongue. Then I get the classic hefe clove and banana notes, but not to over powering like a Bavarian. The flavors are mild. Wheat malt is very obvious as well. I taste very little in the way of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, carbonation is also medium with a fairly effervescent fluffy mouthfeel. Slightly thin.

Drinkability: Great, This is a great tasting American hefe. This fits well within the style guidelines and is truly a great beer.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- nice cloudy pale yellow body with white head. mediium retention.

S- nice citrus smell with spices and some yeast.

T- the citrus is very dominant with the spices in the background. some wheat and yeast can be tasted but its minimal.

M- medium/high carbonation and very light body. somewhat watery.

D- yes this is very drinkable. I like flying dog's offerings. This isn't the best wheat I've had but its still prety good.

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

Not a bad wheat beer, but nothing spectacular either. The beer pours a pretty good half inch head, with some lacing and retention. The color is orange yellow, pretty clear for a wheat beer, the smell is a little rusty, some yeast, a little flowery. There is a decent carbonation to the beer. The taste is light bodied, slightly dry, some banana, lemon, and generic citrus in the middle. Things dissipate towards the end and there is no real after taste. The mouthfeel is light and almost what you would encounter with a non alcoholic carbonated beverage, except for a little rustiness or tin-like feel. This is a light, summery, refreshing wheat beer that is good but not very good, nor excellent. As the beer warms, it loses almost all of its carbonation rather quickly and its true light body emerges. While cold, I thought it felt a little heavier at first, but that changed as the beer settled down. As for a hefe, you can do better, but this Flying Dog is worth a try. L'Chaim.

Photo of udubdawg
2.74/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle

Pours a hazed light yellow. Meager head disappears even as I type this, and lacing is nearly nonexistent.
Aroma is better, though that is not saying a lot. In fact it is pretty light, yet manages to be one of the better aspects of the beer. I get fruitiness and a sort of weird vanilla aroma - props for originality at least!

I doubt I could name this style on a blind taste test - I surely wouldn't guess it was an american pale wheat. I guess I can get some wheatiness here, but I an continually distracted by syrapy sweetness, some strange lemony sourness, a "WTF is that - plum?" question, and a drying effect that just doesn't meld well with what I've descibed before. No need to go further - if you like this, great....but it does not at all appeal to me.

Carbonation is low, and unfortunately this beer doesn't have a lot to offer to make up for it. Thin, and with the strange unbalanced, uncomplementary flavors I struggle to finish this. Not a drain pour, but I am already thinking about who to give the other bottle to.

Photo of BWH3
2.53/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In Heat Wheat by Flying Dog from 12oz bottle at 40 F from Pint

Appearance: Golden brew with soapy white head. Fairly still. Average or better head retention. Nice unfiltered appearance.

Smell: Mild clove and banana, appropriate for style but too faint. The beer is not effervescent enough to bring out the aromas.

Taste: Again mild clove and banana with weak nondiscript hop bitterness. Little wheat character.

Mouthfeel: Fair-average body. Faint carbonation.

Drinkability: Has the basic look, smell and taste of a Hefeweissen, but lacks the muscle and complexity to make it a good example of this style.

Photo of irishman06
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with no freshness date to a pint glass.

The head wasn't huge, but was thick and foamy and had excellent retention. Poured a deep golden color. Smelled slightly of banana, but mostly of biscuity malt and yeast. Tasted similar, with a very faint trace of hops. This is a nice robust, full-bodied beer. Overall very tasty and satisfying, even if it lacks complexity. I'd keep some of this in my fridge.

Photo of williamherbert
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Seriously hazy golden yellow color. White, rocky head. Has really bizarre floating stuff, almost like stringy pulp. Not too cloudy.

Very sweet, fruity flavor. Like orange peel with a hint of banana. Also has a spicy Belgian kick, not bad at all.

Sweet fruity and spicy hef flavor. Mostly banana/orange sweetness with a Belgian spice. Has some properties of a wit as secondary/aftertaste.

Nice body, thin, but appropriately so. Thirst-quenching. Good summery thickness. Thicker as it warms. A nice, refreshing drink. Not too cloyingly sweet. Spicy, but mild.

Photo of RJLarse
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of In-Heat Wheat Hefeweizen at a grocery store to drink and review. I poured tis eer in to a weizen glass.

Pours a yellow/gold color and is hazy. A billowing, bubbly stark white head forms and is very resilient.

The smell is sweet and fruity. There are some sweet spice aromas, cloves and cinnamon, along with some soft fruit smells, like melons and peaches.

The taste is very hefe. Smooth banana flavors, with some bitter sweet spices, and a mild hop finish. A very good tasting bottled hefe.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and clean.

This is very drinkable, refreshing, session able beer. It's good on a snowy afternoon in February and would be really great on a hot summer afternoon as well.

In-Heat Wheat is a very serviceable hefe and I tend to disagree with the American Pale Wheat designation. It's an American brewed wheat ale, but every inch a hefe, and a good representation of the style. Far superior to the Widmer, Pyramid, Blitz-Weinhard versions of the style.

Photo of Neehan
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This poured a dark, hazy blonde with a good deal of action in terms of carbonation. Huh, more retention that I had expected. The smell is of spices but then a conglomeration of herbs that doesn't mix so well. A bit strange. A good taste with some nice spices that give it a hint of dark character. The mix in the mouthfeel is as unbalanced as the smell. Nothing is unpleasant, just not the best mix. No more than one here.

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

A - Pours a light gold with a touch of haze and a thin head of foam which breaks down quickly.

S - Toasted wheat, lemon and orange citrus tones, and coriander.

T - herbal flavors prevail, with citrus and grain backing up.

M - Full and warm with a clean finish. Slightly bubbly.

D - Everything one would expect from a Belgian style wheat beer. Nothing more, nothing special.

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

This is a decent presentation of a Hefeweizen. The characteristics of a medium body, with hues of orange and unfiltered brew are here. The brew is decently carbonated, but it kind of fails in the way of head retention. It only sticks around for about a minute after the initial pour and disolves into thin lacing, and then eventually nothing at all.

In-Heat Wheat gives off aromas of honey, bubble gum, and a slight floral fragrance. This tastes of banana and bubble gum, but is a little watery. This feels a bit syrupy at first, but overall ends crisp and clean.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: nice golden yellow color with carbonation. Foamy 1/4" head that disapateds to lacing

s: slight hint of hops and lemon zest. Very intising

t: very clean, nothing special

m: extemely smooth.

d: deffinalty a session beer.

Excellent example of a wheat beer!!

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

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Cloudy straw hue with a thick white head that holds well.

Sharp wheat with some creamy banana and a hint of clove. This is actually pretty close to a German Hefeweizen.

Creamy and smooth wheat flavors with a little bit of acidic lemon. Only a little bit of hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation that gives a bittle bite with each sip. The finish is mostly citrus with a little bit of hop bitterness.

Not bad, and actually pretty close to a real Hefeweizen, but still is in the category of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Worth a try.

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

12 oz. bottle with no code in the alotted space on the label. It pours a murky orange - between that of orange and grapefruit juice - with medium carbonation leading up to an inch of off-white head that leaves little lacing. The aroma is on-par for the style, with tart, lightly nutty wheat, lemon, orange peel, hints of clove, and light hops. It is essentially the same on the palate, with maybe some mild green hops and alcohol, but is overall very light. The body is medium to light, drying, with tingly carbonation and a finish that fades seconds after the swallow. A decent attempt, it just needs more oomph in the flavor and aroma.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle with some sort of dating system on label (hate it when there is a code but no clue as to if it's brewed on or best by). Was a cloudy yellow with a small head that quickly disappeared but did leave some lacing as I drank it. The aroma was the standard wheat with banana and cloves but not as strong since an APWA instead of a true Hefe. The mouthfeel was good and went down smooth. Overall, it's a pretty good beer that I need to retry in the summer. I could see this as a session beer on those hot Texas summer days. It's not groundbreaking but just has that certain something that goes down easy and makes you wish you had more. (4, HR, T, Y)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.42/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clouded sunshine yellow, but pale. Lots of bubbles. A tiny little head that recedes to nothingness. Nice tart, fruity smell of bananas, cloves, and some Sour Patch Kids. I likey. The taste is a little less tart, more fruity and clovey. PLus teh added feeling of great carbonation. This seems to be a very underrated beer. I could drink this stuff all day.

3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale, pale yellow with a slight haze. 1" white head with big bubbles and lots of carbonation. No retention, fades fast. No lace.

S - Pepper, wheat, clove. Faint lemon or lime like citrus.

T - Fruit ~ mild banana. Lots of wheat. Spicy and yeasty. Seems to have a good amount of hops in there far a wheat beer.

M - Thin mouthfeel. High carbonation. Crisp, with a dry finish.

D - Drinkability is good. Summertime fare.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden color that was slightly cloudy. It had a thick but quickly dissipating head. The taste is sweet and slightly bitter – pretty straightforward. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a bit of a carbonated bite. This is a pleasant beer that I find refreshing and non-offensive.

In-Heat Wheat from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 1,524 ratings.