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In-Heat Wheat - Flying Dog Brewery

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In-Heat WheatIn-Heat Wheat

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1,413 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,413
Reviews: 707
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 24
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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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 arizcards


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

Part of a sample case bought from Costco.

This brew is yellow and cloudy in appearance. Poured a small non sustaining head. Nose is good, of bananas and cloves. Taste is of cloves with a slight sour lemon finish. Mouthfeel is fully charged with a good amount of carbonation but is a tad bit too watery. Overall this is a fairly drinkable brew, definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2004 00:37:14 | More by arizcards
Photo of karengarys


3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours light orange, with a big-bubble head which dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves tufts of fluffy foam around the edge. Little to no laciing occurs. If you prefer clear beers, be careful with the pour and the yeast can remain in the bottle. if you prefer cloudy beers, with more of the yeast flavor (as I do), you can leave an ounce in the bottle after the pour, swirl the bottom for a bit, and get all the good stuff that was stuck to the bottom. So, my pour was cloudy.

I smelled some odd spice I cannot identify. Almost a citrusy vanilla flavor. Not too sure, but it was not overpowering.

The mouthfeel is creamy, but dissipates and becomes thin soon. It is okay.

I do like the taste of this, bread comes to mind, and maybe pete and some grass. Surprisingly, I didn't find much citrus in this.

It has a summer-field finish. Clean. Somewhat refreshing, almost oily though.

I think it has a bit more body and flavor than what I would expect from a "normal" wheat beer. I actually prefer this flying dog over a true imported wheat.

The nice thing about this is it does NOT leave any nasty aftertaste. It's mellow flavors attract, calling for another, making what I think would be a good session beer.

If you are looking for different wheat flavors, something non-standard, i'd give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 21:24:37 | More by karengarys
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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

Part of a variety 12 pack. Pours a cloudy yellow / orange color with about an inch and a half head. The aroma was nice as banana, spice, and wheat were all detectable. The flavor was slightly stronger on the banana tones, and and the wheat took a bit of a back seat with this. Light citrus tones were also noticeable, with a touch of pepper. The overall flavor was slightly tamer than expected.

The mouthfeel was lightly crisp at the start, with a very dry metallic finish. Light / medium in body. Drinkability is slightly above average. Not an overly exciting brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 23:45:33 | More by Gavage
Photo of Bcant


2.73/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A rather sour beer with notes of cloves. When first in the mouth it seems like ther are going to be some of the banana flavors found in many classic hefe weizen but this complexity never materalizes. Slightly matalic aftertaste. Decent color. As typical of the brewery (though some of thier beers are beter than this one) an average beer in nice packaging.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2004 00:41:38 | More by Bcant
Photo of jvajda


4.45/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light orange tint and thick haze. Good size head.
Smell: Pure wheat.
Taste: Again, a monsterous helping of wheat, it's a loaf of bread in a glass. It's really what I look for in a hefe. Good ABV too.
Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth, good carbonation.
Drinkability: I could drink this for a long time before I was bored with it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2004 20:14:23 | More by jvajda
Photo of RocketWidget


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

Pours a pale, very cloudy golden color. Head could be more prominent. Smell is sweet and citrus-like. Taste is good, malty and zesty, a sweet beer with subtle hops at best, and a definite fruity flavor. Quite refreshing on a hot summer day. A fun beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 19:22:10 | More by RocketWidget
Photo of finepaws

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This brew has been off tap at my local watering hole for 2 weeks. I've wanted to try it for some time, and finally got a chance this evening. I was not disappointed! Poured a nice summery gold, with a small head that dissapated quickly, but did lace the glass. Smelled like 'naners. As I drank and sniffed, it was a delictable combo. Very much like a hefe. Like banana bread. Mouthfeel was average. But overall I could have drank this one all nite. I think I have another favorite!

on a re-review, in comparing this to hoegaarden and Avery White rascal, this is by far tastier. Sweeter in comparasion. This time it did come in a bottle. Should I campare, maybe not, but for my own notes, it helps.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2004 00:40:14 | More by finepaws
Photo of allengarvin


4/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 1/2 bottles poured into a German weizen glass.

Appearance: Nice cloudy straw color, with a good head of foam.

Aroma: bready, with a hint of lemon

Taste/body: Creamy body, reasonably full. Lots of fruity esters (pineapple? banana certainly) . Also a lot of vanilla flavor, even more than typically found in German hefeweizen-style beers. Less tart than many of the style. Long, vanilla finish. Hop bitterness is very low.

This has a unique, recognizable flavor that still sits well in the style, but is different from most other hefeweizens out there. It's been one of my favorite American-made German-style hefeweizens since it appeared in Texas stores a year ago.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2004 00:09:58 | More by allengarvin
Photo of texashammer


3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First let me say that I am not a huge fan of wheat beers.
Appearance is good; I see a very yellow beer with a good head that fades somewhat quickly, but stays in the form of small-bubble lacing. Smell is very much yeast, with noticeable lemon and pineapple. Effervescence like I expect from a wheat beer, and body is very light. The overall effect on my tongue is very light and pleasant. Tastes sweet (malted wheat, yes) and again, pineapple. I have a very good impression of this beer. Finish is very short and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2004 20:47:55 | More by texashammer
Photo of donnebaby

North Carolina

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

This beer was 80% opaque and just thick, thick, thick. Nice retention of head. Nose was bubblegum and banana, mellow and thick.

Taste, too, was wit yet with a far thicker and meater feel to it. Probably the meatiest hefeweizen I've had. Notes of bubblegum, banana and citrus. Afternotes of wintergreen.

Mouthfeel was thick, obviously, and the aftertaste was lightly dry, reminiscent of banana peel.

I felt myself getting bored of the taste after a while, and I wondered if it was because it was a tad too sweet, or just a little too heavy to keep drinking. I couldn't decide. Not the normal hefeweizen definitely. Appreciate the slightly higher ABV as well.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2004 04:18:09 | More by donnebaby
Photo of TPoling


3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian-wit pours a dense and cloudy gold with very little head, but some nice lace. Citrus and spice notes in the nose. There is a rich mouthfeel with some crackery malts and obvious spice. Coriander? The finish is very short, but leaves enough of a promise to call for another mouthful. Overall, not a bad beer, but not in the tops for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2004 10:59:33 | More by TPoling
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - a cloudy pale orange-yellow. A one-finger head soon disappears to nary a bubble in the glass.

Aroma - the standard hefe yeast aroma and very light fruit smell. The hefe part fades a little bit, bringing an orange fruitiness more to the front.

Taste - has a hefeweizen base flavor to it, but doesn't develop much beyond that. A somewhat powerful blast of bubbles clears out the yeastiness and replaces it with little of anything outside of a whisper of sourness. About as plain a hefe as I've had. Were they aiming for average?

Mouthfeel - very carbonated, but manages some smoothness despite. Less bubbles might give this one more depth on taste though, and likely a better feel.

Drinkability - it's got a few flaws but it's still a decent summer session brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 04:31:11 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of mobyfann


3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.49 for a single

The appearence is a nice golden base with a small white head, unimpressive retention and a few hints of lacing... The aroma is pretty average, a blend of some grain meets some citrus, average.

The taste is pretty nice, an above average taste that maximized the minimal smell, refreshing. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth on the palette especially for a 6% beer. Thus the drinkability gets high marks for the 6% ABV which feels lighter, it's nice going down and this clearly can fit into a "session beer" profile.

Final Thought: First off this beer really isn't a Hefe-Weizen, more of a golden lager...

However, this beer just kept on getting better and better from pour to finish, quite nice!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2004 01:31:25 | More by mobyfann
Photo of niknar


2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a light straw color with a sizable white head. Leaves some lacing as it settles. This one is hazy (as expected for the style), but actually not as hazy as I was looking for. The smell has very strong citrus tones as well as some yeasty, bready aromas. Overall not bad, but too strong on the citrus, so it lacks complexity and balance. Taste is somewhat strange. Very strong citrus flavors give it an almost pungent flavor. Barely some wheat flavors in there too, but everything seems to be overwhelmed by the lemon/citrus. Also a little more hop bitterness on the finish than I would expect for the style. Mouthfeel is one of this beer's better points - light and refreshing. Not overcarbonated either. Drinkability suffers due to the strong off-flavors on this one. I can't tell if this is skunked (no dates on the bottle) or if this is just the way the beer tastes... either way its not at the top of my list.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 23:29:27 | More by niknar
Photo of Pegasus


3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very hazy light-golden color with a large snow-white head, which retains quite well. The sedimentation is moderate with lively streams of carbonation.

Aroma: Quite yeasty, bready aroma with less of the clove and banana aroma often found in this style. This beer is quite subdued for a Hefe Weizen.

Taste: Begins with tart malts and lemon hops, soon followed by bananas, yeast, and clove notes. Finishes dry with a mild herbal note. Pleasant, although slightly understated.

Mouth feel: Lively stinging carbonation with a fairly thin body.

Drinabability/notes: To me, this seems a bit subdued for a Flying Dog brew. It certainly is not bad, but it seems less noteworthy than thier other beers. Quite easy to drink and refreshing, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2004 17:59:14 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Rio


3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pale yellow color, with a tiny head. A mix of hop and citrus smells, a bit of that 'typical beer smell' hidden in there, too. Strong citrus taste, with a bit of what I imagine is a dry hop taste. Good bitterness from the hops, it just doesn't seem to have much moisture in the taste, as funny as that sounds. Very interesting taste. Crisp mouthfeel.

Good beer. Not great, but a good one.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2004 02:24:10 | More by Rio
Photo of NEhophead


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

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle

A foamy 1" white head. Carbonation is visibly present. Some decent lacing that never really sticks. A golden yellow/light orange color with a glowing cloudiness.

Overwhelming banana smell with a touch of lemon and slight diacetyl.

A flavorful banana taste with a decent amount of carbonation on the palate. A slight lemon flavor at the end of the sip that cuts through the strong banana flavor. A very mild buttery aftertaste.

A well balanced hefe given such bold flavors (banana, coriander, lemon, and diacetyl) that all come together nicely. Very smooth on the palate.

Solid hefe best to be enjoyed on a warm summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2004 18:25:09 | More by NEhophead
Photo of FormatKid


3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up from my local “Harry Food’s” in Cleveland as part of a mixed 12 pack. Nice little find for something in my little town.

Pours out surprisingly…yellow..and clear; almost reminds me of a macro lager in appearance. Then I remember to give it a swirl and a dump…and I get that trade mark hefe yeasty/cloudiness. Head tries to roll up, but not like other hefe’s I’ve seen, pretty paltry in comparison actually. Retention isn’t there either.

The smell is thick and enjoyable. Over-ripe banana, big heavy yeast, and the characteristic cloviness of a hefe.

As I drink it a dry-wheat flavor plays astringently over the front of my tongue. A heavy, almost doughy, yeasty sweetness takes hold in the middle. This is rounded out at the end by the powerful tones of (brown)bananas with a spicy peppery note. Mouthfeel is medium light and super-slippery, carbonation makes it even a tad lighter on the tongue.

A pleasant experience overall..sweet, light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2004 03:00:59 | More by FormatKid
Photo of necoadam


2.6/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this on-tap at J. Timothy's in Plainville, CT

This place isn't that bad. I liked how all the macro beers were on a tiny corner spot on the back of the menu and all the micro stuff had most of the space. I saw this on draft and thought I would take a chance with it. Came in a strange looking mug, like a left over mustard glass bottle or something. Golden/honey color with a good amount of carbonation, but faded away eventually. Smell was weak. Some yeast hits the nose but it was mostly a wheat/clove mixture. But that too was rather weak. Taste was bad for a hefe. Some citrus notes with an undertone of wheat. Where's the cloves and bananas? Aftertaste was watery as well. Is the bottled version better? I'll have to find out I guess.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2004 01:57:08 | More by necoadam
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

It poured a fairly bright gold colour with minimal head. The nose was not very floral which is my favourite part of a Hefe but the first sip helped rectify things somewhat. The beer was fairly acidic and not soft like most German Wheats. The finish was not huge but I did get a nice banana note at the back of the throat. I had better Hefes but this was refreshing and worth picking up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2004 00:51:13 | More by canucklehead
Photo of yemenmocha


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

Opaque straw color. Rocky white head.

Nose has a lot of citrus and fresh bread aromas. Very nice.

On the palate a pleasant, dry wheat cracker taste at first followed by faint banana and some clove. I think the wheat is doing more in this beer than the yeast does, or the yeast should I guess (the nice banana clove). But still, a very impressive beer.

Body is medium, perhaps on the full side for a hefe. Definitely thicker than most weizens, and so I'd say a tad less on the drinkability scale. On a hot summer day this thirst quencher will fill you up quickly.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2004 03:39:19 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of kbub6f

New York

4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A small, white, noisy, coarse head sits on an opaque, dark banana-gold body. Runny spots of lacing. The aroma is sweet, buttery, lemony. Very appealing. Spicy and fruity in front. A touch of banana, but not much. A milky, buttery, full middle trailing to corn and spice in the fresh, dry finish. This is a good, buttery, spicy, dry hefe. A nice surprise among crappy American hefes.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2004 21:12:49 | More by kbub6f
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours like a frothy urine. Golden yellow, slightly opaque with lots of carbonation and a slight white head.


Wheat characteristics shine through with less of the orange/coriander spice associated with Wit beers.


Flavors of banana dance on the tongue followed by a bread like yeasty-ness that leaves the tongue longing for the nearest bakery. A very good offering for this style beer. VG

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2004 14:50:00 | More by cbl2
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Monsterously hazy medium amber. This sucker is nearly as opaque as a stout. The head is minuscule and is down to a thin film in the time it took me to type the first two sentences. No lace; nada, zippo. The aroma does not portend great things. It's wheaty and grainy, but doesn't impress in the least.

The flavor isn't that bad, but it isn't that good either. It has a slightly sour, grain-like (wheat), mildly bitter taste that doesn't compel me to keep on drinking. Unfortunately, it isn't quite light enough or innocuous enough to be a good, poundable lawnmower beer. Flying Dog hasn' t impressed me in the past and In-Heat Wheat has done nothing to change my mind.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2004 15:30:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a full white head. Good lace.

A doughy yeast aroma dominates the nose. There is a spicy quality that mingels with the yeast.

The taste is fruity and sweet with a mild spice finish.

A suprisingly mid bodied beer that has a spicy sweet finish.

This is a decent beer that can be a refreshing summer drinker. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2004 16:17:12 | More by filabrazilia
In-Heat Wheat from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 1,413 ratings.