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In-Heat Wheat - Flying Dog Brewery

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In-Heat WheatIn-Heat Wheat

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1,504 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,504
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 29
Gots: 93 | 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 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.

bashiba, Jul 30, 2006
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.

MSchae1017, Jul 29, 2006
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.

GolgiIPAratus, Jul 26, 2006
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.

kimcgolf, Jul 26, 2006
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.

mynie, Jul 18, 2006
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.

Winter, Jul 13, 2006
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.

Frozensoul327, Jul 06, 2006
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.

Graebner, Jul 06, 2006
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.

Jason, Jul 05, 2006
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.

FenwaySquid, Jul 04, 2006
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.

cameraman, Jun 26, 2006
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.

jmz62565, Jun 25, 2006
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.

hopsaplenty, Jun 12, 2006
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.

plaid75, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of BigRedN
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Puchased as part of a mixed 12 pack of 12 oz bottles. When I started in on this review I was thinking this beer was a typical American Wheat (like Boulevard wheat). I was surprised to find out this is a Hefeweizen, and a fair good American interpretation of one at that.

Appearance: Pours into my weizen glass a cloudy yellow. A huge, billowy, white head forms on the beer, at least 2 inches in height. Nevr fullly settles down due to the thousands of bubbles rapidly streaming through the beer. Lacing is spotty, but damn, the head on this is great.

Smell: Once more I am somewhat impressed. While not on par with the great German Hefes (I have not had an American one that is), it is a good American interpretation. Some banana, bready malt, (banana bread?), yeasty, I am surprised.

Taste: I get banana, which washes over the bready malt backing. This one also has a bit of a citrousy zing to it as well. Bitterness is lacking, which is plenty ok for this beer. While I was very inpressed by the sight and smell of the beer, the taste was a slight let down. Still, it is good.

Mouthfeel: Ridiculously carbonated. Almost fizzy. Lighter in body. Still, this makes for a lively, crisp drink.

Drinkability: A good refresher. Nice for the summer, although I don't think I could more than 2 or 3 at one sitting. One of the better American Hefes that I have had. I'm happy with this beer.

BigRedN, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an unfiltered cloudy pale yellow color with very minimal head. Smell is of bananas, clove and wheat. Taste is light-bodied and crisp with flavors of lemon, bananas, clove, yeast and wheat. There are many hefeweizen's that are better on the market but there are worse as well. Overall not a bad beer at all, just not the beer I would pick when I am in the mood for a beer of this style.

cjgator3, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of belgaridub
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with very little head. I could definitely see sediment floating around in the glass, adding to the cloudiness. The small head went away quickly, really not a great looking beer.

The smell was sweet and fruity-mostly of bananas, very inviting.

The taste was somewhat citrus-y, but not tart, only sweet citrus with hints of banana and a good crispness.

This is a very tasty beer that really made a hot summer afternoon feel right. It came in a mix pack and one of my friends had the other, but I would definitely buy a six pack of these if I felt in the mood for it.

belgaridub, May 30, 2006
Photo of bruachan
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

grabbed a bottle at the lizard for my tour. it doesn't say "in-heat", but there's no other hefe option

huge creamy head that did dwindle, but left good residue. the beer's color is very light. good clove and banana aroma; good spicy kick. it's a nice aroma, really. weaker taste, however—somewhat watery. the correct elements are there, spicy but not enough. body is not too thin, but the flavor is. the spice character persists here

bruachan, May 23, 2006
Photo of RedChrome
2.48/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured a light yellow color with all the "murkiness" I like in a hefe. Very disappointed at both the small head and the complete lack of retention.

First noseful was a artificial banana odor. The metallic tinge to the aroma turned my off quite quickly.

Flavor had the same saccahrin sweet artificial banana taste. I took a second sip, and was upset that I can't get the tin odor of my nose while drinking.

The feel in my mouth is the only high note to this brew. There was the fullness I expect in an unfiltered beer.

Overall, I say if you want a weizen, choose something else. I, as a fan of weizen, may have put a slightly higher standard on this then other styles, but this beer falls short of even my general taste.

RedChrome, May 16, 2006
Photo of monkeytoe
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-oz brown bottle with 137A06 ink-jet printed on it

Hazy pale yellow with hints of orange. Slightly off-white half a finger quickly dissipating head, leaving a foamy ring and light lace on top.

Some banana, malt and light cloves in the nose.

Banana, malt and light cloves in the taste--no surprise. All very light with a slight tart edge. Some green apple, a hint of vanilla and metal minerality is all lurking around the corner of the main Hefe flavors. Finishes clean.

Watery, fizzy with a hint of oily slickness. Very refreshing.

Pleasant and refreshing, but I rarely want more than one Hefe in a row, but that is a personal preference.

monkeytoe, May 10, 2006
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a very cloudy yellow, even when I try my hardest to leave sediment in the bootle. Head is a medium height and creamy. Retention is poor for the style. Aroma is very yeasty with plenty of clove smell and a bit of banana. A mildly sweet wheat is also noted. Taste has a nice combo sweet malt, crisp wheat, and yeasty spiciness. Clove and banana flavors are again noted. The overall level of crispy wheat flavor is less than expected from a hefe. Overall: not a perfect hefe, but still a very good one with plenty of big yeast flavor.

Gagnonsux, May 01, 2006
Photo of aquatonex
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another quality Flying Dog...

Pours cloudly light orangey amber with not a lot of head, was expecting more carbonation but it's good enough, doesn't taste flat. Nose is very aromatic. Sweet with distinctly pear notes. Almost a little too sweet. Taste follows with a rather overly sweet fruitiness masking the yeasts, but still has a decent tang. A little unbalanced, but it is still very refreshing. Clean finish, pretty enjoyable.

aquatonex, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of Jeronimo
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

It's cheerful label caught my eye at B&B's Liquor store in Grand Rapids, MI. The reasonable price of $1.79 convinced me to buy it.

Poured chilled bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy straw color, with a thin head.

Smell: Banana notes, a little tart, no discernable hops in the aroma.

Taste: a little bland, watered down. not much flavor at first, and finishes with a nice little wheat after taste. Not very noticeable bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, medium-high carbonation, works pretty well with this beer.

This beer is a good one for sitting on the porch with, especially if it is really cold. As it warms the lack of flavor emerges. overall not bad, but there are other beers I would get for the price.

Jeronimo, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of akajimmyd
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A – Cloudy from the yeast. Straw color. Minimal head, poor retention.

S – Nice yeasty aroma, hints of banana, yeast esters.

T - Wheat and some sticky banana flavors. Maybe a little lemon.

M – Overly sticky sweet for the style. Tangy to bitter finish.

D – Nice easy beer to drink but nothing special.

akajimmyd, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of jettjon
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Highs: Appearance, nose, taste
Lows: None

Pours a nice dusky-cloudy grapefruit juice color with no carbonation and some suspended yeast. Looks like a good hefe. Two finger fluffy white head fades at a leisurely pace to leave some light lacing. Nose is wheat, a touch of citrus and spice, maybe cloves, and some light hops. Great nose. Taste is heavy on the wheat and again with the cloves; a hefe with a little extra. The cloves might turn some off, but to me it’s delicious. Mouth is watery to a bit bubbly, overall quite refreshing. Drinkability is very good, easily sessionable. Finish is spicy and clean.

Overall: A good to excellent hefe. Try one yourself.

jettjon, Apr 18, 2006
In-Heat Wheat from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 1,504 ratings.