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In-Heat Wheat - Flying Dog Brewery

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In-Heat WheatIn-Heat Wheat

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1,515 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,515
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 28
Gots: 97 | 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 NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
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
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
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
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
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
4.55/5  rDev +29.6%
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
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
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
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
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
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
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
4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
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
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
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
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of Winter
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a white head. Aroma of wheat malt and lemon citrus. Nice full-bodied and creamy mouthfeel. The taste starts off with snappy lemony citrus front with hints of vanilla. It transitions to a wheat malt and citrusy twang towards the middle. Very low hop bitterness overall. Quenching acidity with a bit of sourness in the finish. This is a nice enjoyable and refreshing beer for a hot summer day. Great thirst quencher that goes down smooth.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An average wheat beer. Poured out to a chauky yellow color with a small head of white foam. No lace. Medium low levels of carbonation. Aromas of bananas and wheat are strong, with hints of roasted grain and refined, rich buttery malts. Taste is a letdown after the smell; bananas and spicey cloves blend with meager malt and bland wheat. Yawn. Mouthfeel was slightly bubbly and zesty, but lacked any standout qualities to make me remember this brew. Drinkability is ok; not a bad lawnmower beer, but outside of that, it's nothing to write home about. Worth a try.

Photo of Graebner
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an unimpressive light gold with moderate-heavy carbonation and little or no head.

Smells of sourdough, and a hard to place odor of campfire - not the smoke of a campfire, but what the firepit smells like the day afterwards. Also a little bit of dish soap.

Taste is also pretty uninspiring. Tastes malty for a split second, then a whallop of the old campfire, and a bubbly and slightly sour finish that transforms into a barely cloying malt after the swallow. Overall I'd probably drink it again, but wouldn't buy it again. Also, too much carbonation; any body the beer has is overwhelmed like Custer at Little Bighorn. Just no chance.

The drinkability will suffer on this one because of the cloying bit at the end. It's not overwhelming, but it's there. I wouldn't session it.

Photo of Jason
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Partly cloudy with a finger of head that holds well. Looks like a typical American wheat beer.

S- Mild spicy wheat aroma, hint of nutty yeast as well ... light aroma.

T&M- Ample crispness off of a moderate body, nice bite from the spicy fermented wheat and hop bitterness. Plain maltiness dulls with a earthy nutty yeast ... uneventful after that. Finishes semi-dry with more wheat malt flavor.

D- Decent drinking on a hot day, but it is just your typical American Wheat.

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

Presentation: 12 0z brown bottle, coded dating on the label tht doesn't really tell anything, poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: At first pours a clear golden color with a minimal head, then after pouring the first 2/3 of the bottle, swirled the remaining contents. The beer turned cloudy and a decent head formed, although it didn't last long.

Aroma: Faint smell of bananas, of all things.

Taste: Wheat malts up front along with some clove spiciness that lingers throughout. I never did detect any hops, but even without it's still pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, almost creamy. The carbonation is in good balance as well.

Overall: An excellent wheat beer, one of the better American versions I've had.

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

Poured into a weizen glass, a lite golden color, very transparent, also has nice puffy head that laces quickly down the glass. The aroma has a strong citrus scent maostly of grapefruit and lemon, a touch of bannana in there as well. The taste is lite and doughy, with a the citrus flavors giving it a twng at the end. In the mouth it is very lite, just a tad heavier than water. This can be very drinkable for macro drinkers, but for those loking for a good hefe weizen, it will not meet expectations.

Photo of jmz62565
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy golden yellow with a large white head. The smell is very good with lemon, wheat, and a "bisquity' aroma. The taste has a very strong wheat and lemon flavor. A nice beer that's good in the summer. The m/f is light, but the aftertaste is a little thin making this OK, not great. A good beer that I'll have in the summer often.

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

12oz brown bottle, 063A06 printed on the label.

Cloudy flaxen. Towering, crackling, loose packed head of sharp white medium bubbles. Slow to settle, leaving clumps of foam clinging to the side and a large puck in the middle. A layer of sediment hangs in the middle of the glass. Nice banana and clove notes, tilted towards the cloves, and a touch of coriander. There is a lemon creaminess up front that leads into the clove notes. The tart zest fills out the finish, but there is a light bready note in the middle. Finishes lemony and zesty. Light and frothy mouthfeel without much wheat body. Not a bad drinker, but there is a bit too much of lemony presence.

Photo of plaid75
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium straw hue with a half fing of thin head. There was little retention and lacing.

The aroma was yeasty with mild hints of banana.

The taste was doughy with a mild clove flavor. The flavor was a bit understated as compare to the German versions.

The mouthfeel was on the thin side. Not enough of a chewy wheat element. Okay carbonation.

Overall, this is an average American hefe. There are certainly better American versions and certainly better German ones.

In-Heat Wheat from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 1,515 ratings.