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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 zeff80
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a hazy blonde color. A creamy white head. Some lacing.

S - Smells highly yeasty and of clove.

T - The is a banana and clove taste. Along with the wheat flavors.

M - It is dry and very grainy. At times I've had some that seemed a little chalky.

D - It is a good tasting beer and very unique.

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

Poured into weisse glass.

A: Hazy light straw yellow with fluffy white head that fills the glass. Head recedes rather quickly to light lacing.

S: A bit more bubble gummy than your typical American Pale Wheat. A bit of clove and pepper in there, too. Mildly wheaty aroma and a small hint of banana.

T/M: Bubble gummy up front that slides into banana flavor. There's a slight wheaty taste in the middle, followed by a crispness and a finish that has a slight banana bread flavor, followed by a quick hint of lemon zest, and a very light-blink-and-you-miss-it bitterness. The finish is very, very clean.

D: There are many beers that confuse me when I get to the "Drinkability" part. Strong Belgians. Imperian Stouts. Big Porters. American Pale Wheats confuse me mostly because ranking them by style is troublesome--as a style, there's not much "there" there. But they ARE easy to drink, and they are somewhat tasty, even if they are the uncool, uncultured, unfunny cousin of the hefeweizen visiting from America.

So I'm not falling into the trap of tacitly reviewing the entire style in this one review. It's a decent beer from this brewery. Tasty, easy to find near me, pretty cheap, and easy to drink. As with all American Pale Wheats, I'd reach for a hefeweizen first if I had the choice, but if I had no choice, I'd still be pretty happy with this one. A solid quencher.

Photo of blitz134
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting how this beer is listed as a pale wheat here and not the hefe that is listed on the label. The pour is definately more like a pale wheat, and possibly even small for that. Small and fleeting sums it up well, white of course. Cloudy light yellow color, similar to pineapple juice.

Banana and pineapples mainly in the smell. Some bits of clove like spicing. Simple and straight forward...

Taste is alright, kinda light overall. Yeasty and a lot of wheat. Banana isn't as evident in the flavor, but some pineapple fruityness comes out. Nice and simple and decent for the style, possibly a bit too simple. Does have a bit of spicing showing up though.

Body is a bit thin, fair amount of carbonation though adds to the touch of spice found in the flavor. Flavor doesn't last that long though.

Decent drinkability, but not one to stand out. Easy to drink but there are plenty of others I'd like to have instead if I had the choice. A decent hefe/pale wheat for the masses and I'm sure many folks really like this beer but I feel I have moved on.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

In-Heat Wheat was a hazy pale golden color with a white head. The head did not last long but did leave a little lacing. The aroma was lemon and banana with a hint of clove. The taste was about the same with a dry finish. The body was just shy of medium with ample carbonation. Drinkablity was good. Overall it was a good beer.

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

Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head that sticks around for a bit. The beer is a hazy, lightly orange tinted, straw color when poured with the yeast. Quite a bit more aromatic than I was expecting. Fruit forward notes of apple, banana and something akin to apricots greet my aural senses as I pour this into my glass. A touch of tart wheat character, some notes of clove and a dry bread-like grain note round things out.

The beer is fairly dry, but definitely has a perceived sweetness that is from the fruity fermentation character and the wheat itself. Traditional notes of banana and clove are definitely full on in the flavor profile. This beer is quite the easy drinker and I can imagine that the fruit focus of this beer would make it quite popular with the casual craft beer drinker. This beer finishes with a light tartness that seems to accentuate a plum-like note that runs throughout this beer. For my taste, this beer could use a touch more fermentation derived spiciness as well as a touch more character from noble hops. Light and refreshing, with a bit of carbonation for that little extra zip. Quite a decent beer and I am quite happy that this was not another bland American styled wheat beer.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of Mandrake
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rather cloudy light yellow, with a fairly small white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves little lacing. Smell has some wheat, but is rather grainy too, and also contains notes of citrus and spicy clove. Taste is quite citrusy, with orange and lemon dominating the profile. Banana and clove, along with a bready yeast flavour and a mild wheat bite make an appearance near the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but the beer is, on the whole, drinkable and refreshing. Not bad really, but nothing special.

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

Pours a cloudy amber color with a frothy head that stays, sadly, a little to short for my tastes. Smells of banana and citrus (mostly lemon) are immediately apparent. Taste is smoothe and crisp, with the citrus staying on the tongue. The banana disappears (disappointing, but forgivable). I enjoyed this beer immensely and would recommend it to anyone wanting to try a new wheat ale.

Photo of DrinkinBoy
2.1/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

After being poured into a glass this beer appears a translucent gold. There was little head, which dissipated quickly.

The smell is like a spice apple drink.

Its taste is a mix between the spicy apple cider and sparkling apple juice I had in my youth. Which although both were quite tasty, them combined in my beer is not satisfying to my personal taste.

In my mouth it gave a tang, which felt like it was more from the flavor than the caronation. The aftertaste is a bit lack luster, and it leaves my mouth wanting some water.

In-Heat Wheat is not very easy to drink. The taste is very tangy and the aftertaste will bother.

Although I think it is worth a try to taste a unique beer, I personally will not have another one.

Photo of HardTarget
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Only semi-useful information was a “19A06” with I assume to be a best by date, but which “A” are we talking? April? August?

Aroma: Great bubblegum nose, light citric undertones running toward lemon rind, smells like a classic Hefe.

Appearance: Fairly clear for a Hefe, just a bit of haze in a dark yellow glass. Lots of carbonation streams feed a struggling head that manages a loop or two of lace.

Flavor: Nose predicted the flavor pretty well. More wheat and grain flavors come out and any citric note is very subtle at best. No real off flavors, a pretty clean beer.

Mouthfeel: Despite the heavy carbonation streams, the feel isn’t too bubbly. The body is a bit heavy for a Hefe, but it’s a medium-heavy at most.

Overall Impression: Solid beer! If anything it’s a bit mild overall, but that lends itself to a session. Hard to get too excited about it, but there’s nothing wrong here in my book. I think I’ve held this bottle for over a year, been so long I can’t remember where I picked it up. It’s all part of my “Operation Kill the Cellar”.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden-orange. Short bright white head. Average head retention. Little lacing.
S: Wheaty! Very wheaty! Wheat malt, weizen yeast (banana, spent citrus rind - mostly lemon, dull clove, even some papaya)
T: Typical Bavarian weizen... mostly ripe (rather than green) bananas, a little spice in just the right amount, and soft clove. A slightly cool ferment perhaps? Very nice, rich maltiness! Well balanced with the sweet malt upfront giving way to the firm bitterness in the finish.
M: Medium bodied and crisp. Standard carbonation level.
D: A very nice, slightly American version (carbonation level). On par with those from Germany. Full flavored and well-balanced. Very nice! The only thing that hurts it is the lack of head retention (which is odd for a beer with so much wheat in it!). One of the best beers Flying Dog makes.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Weissen glass. The liquid is a pale yellow, kind of orangish medium carbonation. The head is 2 finger white, a little week for a good weissen.

The smell is faint, a little banana clove going on.

The taste is much the same, week banana clove taste.

The mouthfeel is that of soda pop. Big bubble fizzy and a light body.

Drinkability is good for a light summer brew. MK

Photo of pootz
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clouded yellow-gold 2 finger cap stays for quite a while then laces the glass.

Aromas of peaches/banana/grapefruit over some light bubblegum sweetness.

Medium bodied fruity character

Starts sweet with juicy succulent fruit tones over some spiciness then midway dries out for a crisp tangy finish...this must be the unmalted wheat and cascades acting in unison to give the drying effect at the finish

A pretty decent thirst quencher and a good example of an American-styled wheat ale.

Photo of MDekker
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured this into a kolsch glass that I got at a cafe in Germany. This is one of the most yellow beers I've ever seen. I know this is gross, but it really had the color of a urine sample. I got about two fingers of white foamy head that dissipated pretty quick. The wheat element was very strong, along with a slightly unpleasant something else that I couldn't identify. It tasted similar, better than it smelled, but not a ton. Grainy bitter finish. A little sour and faintly citrus-like, too. The carbonation was biting, not smooth. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great by any means either. A passable wheat beer.

Photo of BitteBier
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy with a pale, gold-tinged lemon drop color. A small amount of bubbly head that quickly disappears. The nose is soft and somewhat fruity, dominated by grassy grains and banana with just a hint of clove present. The mouthfeel is similarly soft, with the only crispness being a carbonated bite up front. Malty taste with strong banana flavors toward the finish and little spice. Refreshing enough, but lacking the character and bite that make German hefe weizen so enticing.

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

One more single bottle from the '10 Best Summer Brews' mixed pach from World Market, brought back from the US.
12 oz brown bottle with funky dog label (as pictured above). Pours a cloudy, dark yellow / pale orange color. Good sized white head, foam left thin lacing strips. Typical wheat beer smell with banana and some citrus. This has a clean hefe flavor. There is taste of lemon and a bit yeasty. Although a touch light in flavor and mouthfeel, that is the way it should be. Crisp finish and light body make it easy to drink and a great summer time refresher.

Photo of Poser
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Three-finger head with little retention. Very thick and hazy even for a hefe.
S: Smells of wheat. Light.
T: Tastes of wheat and malt. A good taste of spice.
M: Moderate body but it's a little flat.
D: I'd say this would be a great beer to drink cold this summer. I wouldn't turn one down.

It's very good for an Amerian wheat beer, and a great addition to the Flying Dog circus.

Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.52/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Hefeweizen has an amazing yeast strain in it! I could smell the clove and banana the second I took the cap off! The appearance was a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma was amazing; this truly is a well-made Hefe. The taste was as bold as the smell. Not overpowering, but definitely a treat for the taste buds. The wheat left a soft, pleasant aftertaste on the palate that faded nicely. The mouthfeel was very good with just the right amount of body for the style. This is a very drinkable beer and perfect on a warm summer day. Pop a top and Cheers to your senses!

Photo of Phatz
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy pale orange with some of the sediment swirling around in gooey fashion. Big head in my Weizen Glass.

Smell: A very clean nose with banana nut lemon and wheat, unclouded and easily identifiable. Nice.

Taste & Mouthfeel:: This has a simple Straightforward flavor but one that is extremely quaffable and very refreshing! It so light through the palate it is an easy chugger. If you slow down to realize the flavors there is a nice lemon grass tart along with the yeasty flavor and the banana and nut flavors. Then of course the phenolic bubblegum in this syrupy smooth body is actually rather tasty. The finish is malty and the aftertaste is gentle and crisp.

Drinkability: There are certainly bigger Weizens with more flavor but this one is a perfect refreshing flavored water thirst quencher beer for a hot work day. I had one this afternoon after putting up a fence. very refreshing. I left the yeast out once and swirled it in once. try it both ways. This is one to buy in a six pack. Despite the 5.96% ABV you'll want another one if you only had an individual.

Hope this is helpful.

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

Pours hazy yellow with a slight orange tint. Head quickly dissipates to a thin ring.

Smell is grainy lemon, with a bit of bananna nutbread. Subdued spices.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Big grainy wheat up front. However, the finish has a tart metallic flavor that is distracting. Mild hop bitterness and clove.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

I didn't think that the flavors blended smoothly in this brew. The tart metallic flavor does seem to find it's place as you work your way through, but overall evrything seems off somehow. Nothing to get excited about here.

Photo of granger10
2.73/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hazed yellowish bronze color with a decently creamy beige head. Smells somewhat bitter but not hoppy. There's also a stronger lemony acidity in here along with a touch of some sweeter grains. Flavor is fairly bland up front with more of a generic wheat taste I associate most APWA's with. Further along a more bitter, spicy wheat flavor comes but I also get a cooked veggie type flavor that I got with their Amber Lager. Traces of clove come and go. Finish is acidic and bitter with a touch of residual sugar. Body is thick and this wasn't easy drinking. This beer just never came together for me.

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

Poured a cloudy golden with a thin white head.

Smell has a strong yeast aroma with hints of citrus, clove, and banana.

Has a crisp wheat taste with some very subtle hefe like yeast qualities, a touch of citrus and just a hint of banana nut bread, and strong bit of pepper, with just a bit of lemony hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

Overall a decent Light Hefe.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a weizen glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a pale golden yellow with a creamy white head that could hold better and leaves no lace. The smell is of yeast and wheat with lighty fruity aromas of lemon and banana. The taste echos the smell but is overall very refreshing. The mouthfeel holds enough of a body without being overwhelming for a refreshing summer brew. Overall Highly drinkable, very refreshing.

Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.24/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled: 5.28.06

Appearance is the light pale hazy gold with a minimal head without much retention. Lacing is there, but not to a huge extent. Pretty typical, nothing stands out.

Aroma is appropriate banana/cloveness. Very nice and spicy. Light wheat tones wave in like a breeze.

The flavor carried over from the nose. Spiciness of the clove is most dominant. There’s also a good German/Euro funkiness going on behind the ssweetness. Bananas are present, but the spiciness is the main compnonent here. Very tasty beer, and just right for the late spring afternoon it was sampled. Light in the mouth and mildly carbonated.

Personally, I thought this was extremely drinkable. I feel like this is a fantastic American stab at the original German Hefes.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pour was a hazy golden, with thin head, but good lacing. Great intial aroma, very strong cloves, with hint of wheat. Body thin throughout glass. Flavor was highly clove at early glass. As beer warmed, the wheat became more predominant in both the aroma and flavor. While initial finish was smooth, palte andt mid-glass and beyond was dry and slightly sour. OK for an American wheat.

Photo of mynie
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my very first hefe. Before I drank it, I thought that all wheat beers were the same, and that this was some spicy anomaly in a world where bland unfiltered wheats were the norm. As such, I gave it a good score, and even went so far as to call it a "unqiue" hefe (that comment has since been deleted). Since it was my first taste of this grand style, I wondered what I would think if I revisited it after a few years worth of pallette growth.

Pours cloudy gold with almost no head. The color is decent, but when compared to the billowing, fluffy heads of grand hefes, it's not really that great.

Smells lightly like white pepper and banana. Not much complexity, not very strong, but pretty good.

Tastes a kick better than the nose. Dull banana and white pepper still dominate throughout, but the wheatmalt is smooth and layered--it comes at you like a wave of different mellow flavors. Tasty.

All in all, a solid example of this style. This was one of the first craft beers I really enjoyed and, thanks to the Ralph Steadman-fueled high sales of Flying Dog, it's probably been the first hefes of a helluva lot of people. Not a bad crossover beer in the least.

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